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Dr. Dobb's Journal sails into the sunset - yet again

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DDJ was a gem

I remember reading it as a kid in the 80s, including Verity Stob of course - and well done to El Reg for offering him/her an outlet for his/her fevered ramblings. Even ordered my Dad a CD with 20 years of back-issues a few years ago, flicking through that was like a trip down memory lane.

It's a shame it's going, the content was always good even if the delivery method was always archaic.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: What? Have these people learned nothing?

Where are the Geothermal power stations? They're in the same place as all the geothermal activity of course - New Zealand and Iceland for starters.

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QEMU, FFMPEG guru unleashes JPEG-slaying graphics compressor

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JPEG2000

JPEG2000 supports just about everything. It's f***ing nightmare of options - from memory there are about 16 different types of ColorSpace, although only about 8 in baseline. It's patented up the wazoo too. To make matters worse, the only public Java implementation (which has been repackaged several times) is the single worst piece of Java code I have ever had the misfortune to wade into. Some of the many reasons it didn't take off.

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USB Forum submits itself to electrical probing

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100W ?!?!?

Er, how? Not at 5V I hope, or we're going to have cables the size of our fingers to deal with...

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Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

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Re: Sorta

"It's not really the billing" - no, it's that the goal of health-care in the US is to turn a profit first, and cure the sick second. This means more unnecessary procedures, more expensive procedures, more prescriptions over therapy, and of course more insurance to cover the litigation when this massive industry collides with the other US profit-centre, the legal system.

(Aside - anyone remember who said there were no poor in the US, just temporarily disadvantaged millionaires - that's why they keep voting republican?)

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Re: Although a fairly accurate and amusing portrayal of LHR security...

Ha. Last time I flew in west Africa the woman next to me had a microwave oven on her lap. Times really have changed...

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E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

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Re: Let's sum it up

I would be gobsmacked if the cigarette firms pushing these e-Cigs hadn't engineered them to be as addictive as possible. That's the point of them, isn't it? It's not like they don't have form here.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: What is systemd

Please cite one "essential part of the system" that systemd has "steamrollered into their monster

Really? There's quite a long list. Or do you not thing logging, DHCP, network interface management, automount etc. are essential system services?

Of course, if they're not then the bigger question is what they doing in PID 1...

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Re: What is systemd

> It is the manner of the systemd project which is bad, not systemd itself.

Exactly. Where's the spec? What are the project goals? In fact, what are the project limits?

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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Re: colour me cynical - lead in petrol

Wrong on most counts.

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Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...

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Nothing on C&C

The reports don't mention anything about command & control, which is annoying - the Symantec one says that the compromised machine can initiate contact with the attacker so presumably they've seen evidence of this, but doesn't mention how or where this is done. An IP address? An IRC channel? I'm still frustrated by the lack of detail here.

(edit - found it elsewhere: http://blogs.cisco.com/security/talos/regin-campaign. Four IP addresses listed, one in Taiwan, two in India and one in Belgium)

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El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle

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Re: "Must be regional since DPD are the best couriers IMHO"

So long as we all agree that CityLink are troupe of inebriated, juggling clowns masquerading as couriers I'm happy.

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Disturbance in the force lets phones detect gestures with Wi-Fi

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But... but why would I wave at my phone from a foot away when it has buttons?

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New Snapchat Snapcash service inspires amateur PORN STARS

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If there was anyone left doubting that Snapchat's business model was entirely built around nude selfies, this should fix it.

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Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned

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Re: Since we're paying £7000 a day...

Tom 7, care to name a figure that you think the arrest of a bail-jumping rape suspect is worth? Maybe we should hire OmniCorp to do the policing, I'm sure the'd whip the budget into shape.

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Re: Do any of you realize...

You, sir, are a few sandwiches short of a picnic.

> Tell me how any of those people are any less wrong than the KKK?

Well gee whiz, let me count the ways.

> .. blah blah evidence blah ...

Evidence you say? Excellent, lets have a trial and hear it argued out in court, rather than submit to predetermined verdict by anonymous internet nutjob.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Official response received

It's not a satellite, and if it is it's not Russian, and even if it was it hasn't crossed any borders and is just lost on a training exercise and we really don't see what the fuss is all about.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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Re: Reel 'em in

Be fair. The Graun has it's issues (just don't read the opinion pieces) but in general is a pretty good rag in terms of investigative journalism and general news. Ben Goldacre's columns (on hold, he's a busy man), the Snowden thing and the fact they didn't swallow Assange's spin, the Trafigura story, plus let's not forget the demise of the News of the World and the scalp of Andy Coulson - all Guardian work.

By contrast the only good thing the Mail has done in the last 20 years is chase down the Stephen Lawrence story, and that only because his dad had done some work for Paul Dacre - they originally went with their usual black-urban-hoodlum fear piece. "Making Britain a more Fearful Place" seems to be the unwritten Mail group motto. That or "Things that cause or cure Cancer".

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Apple OSX Yosemite infested by nasty 'Rootpipe' vuln

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Hmm

Would have been nice to see "ls -l ./rootpipe" - if it's a suid binary owned by root, I won't be so impressed.

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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

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You want irony? I'll give you irony.

Our "equality minister" didn't do gay marriage.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29815429

How orwellian.

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Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8

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+1 for renaming Firefox to "Fatweasel", to avoid confusion.

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Slap for SnapChat web app in SNAP mishap: '200,000' snaps sapped

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Re: A question

I think you misunderstand - the people saving the pictures are likely the ones who received them, not the clueless mugs who sent them. But yes, first rule of digital content is that if someone else can decrypt the file for viewing, then you have to assume they'll find a way to decrypt it for saving. Snapchat was always a con.

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

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Re: Apps?!!?!!

Pah. I acknowledge your feeble thumbs down and give you exhibit A in return.

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Apps?!!?!!

Apps? On a NAS server? Dear Lord, a thousand times no. NAS is there to do precisely one job and it's in your interest to ensure it does no more than that, given just how opaque, outdated and customised the underlying OS almost certainly is.

If you want any services beyond basic file sharing, run them on a box which you're comfortable administrating and securing - a proper Linux OS or, if you absolutely must, Windows (usual terms and conditions apply). But on no account should you ask your NAS to do more than the get files around your LAN as quickly as possible.

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Re: "can't oppose the gubmint cuz they got tanks and drones.."

> Every time a proper army has dealt with middle eastern insurgents it squashed them flat within a forthnight.

I cannot begin to fathom how you came a conclusion so wildly at odds with observable facts.

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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HUMAN RIGHTS?!?!?!??111!!

HOO ARE THESE BLEEDIN' 'OOMANS ANYWAY, CUMMIN OVER ERE AN TAKIN AAAH JOBS?!?!?? !??! NOW DEY WANT RIGHTS???!?!!?11? SEND EM BACK WERE DEY CUM FROM IS WOT I SAY.

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Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey

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Re: There is no patch for Human stupidity.

Personal favourite T&Cs are the Barclays Bike Hire units in London. The first page comes up with "Page 1 of 19" - no, strangely enough I haven't read them either.

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'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

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Re: It's not just the grocery duopoly...

Ppopulation density? Try mining. It wasn't always eye-wateringly pricey, but now it's got a good case of Dutch Disease, egged on by a PM terrified of taxing their #1 industry (god knows why, it's not as if they can relocate overseas)

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Spare a thought...

... for us poor hobbyist hardware folk. USB2 is a doddle to solder, chips are plentiful and software stacks abound. Now USB C comes along with 24 pins in a tiny package. Soldering anything less than 0.6mm pitch is pretty hard, and given this is only 8.4mm across I predict I won't be building anything with USB C for a long time.

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

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Re: OH RLY?

1500m below sea level? You credit these people with skills which border on superhuman. Some of the Snowden releases have smelt fishy form the start - not all, definitely, but some are bordering on technical fantasy. Splicing fibre at the bottom of the ocean is one of them.

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Oracle's MySQL buy a 'fiasco' says Dovecot man Mikko Linnanmäki

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Re: Open software

... and now we know there are at least two things you don't understand - open source and communism. Thanks for sharing.

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Re: kickstarter

You are Andrew Orlowski and I claim my £5.

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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Re: Cheap PIC

After 30 years of programming proper computers and 5 years on embedded hardware, I am prepared to categorically say that debugging embedded software is an absolute ****.

Start kids on embedded hardware and ask them to do something more complex than blink an LED and they'll get stuck, solid, when it doesn't work. Give them Python or Java or JavaScript - anything with no pointers and access to a console - and tell them to print out the values of all their variables when things don't work as expected, and they'll soon figure it out.

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'I think photographers get TOO MUCH copyright for their work'

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Hello! It seems you need clarification on the difference between "hobby" and "profession".

I take photos for a hobby, because I enjoy it. It doesn't form any part of my income and I don't give a toss who copies them.

My friends take photos for their profession. They work hard, buy expensive equipment and don't have any other form of income except payment for freelance work and the royalty sales from their previous photos. If someone publishes their photos and does not pay them, they go hungry and if this continues they will either a) die of hunger or b) abandon 30+ years of experience in a field in which they are experts and find a new field.

Now I realise this happened with coal mining in the UK for example, and not every profession will last for ever, but if you're going to throw an entire industry on the fire then you had better have a very good reason, and a nebulous "information wants to be free" of the fact you can't be arsed tracking down or paying the owner of a photo you happen to like is arguably not enough justification.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Does the court case matter?

@Stuart 22, what exactly do you think a trial is for if not "to tell the difference between (...) a set up and genuine case". It's the defining purpose of any trial.

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Stephen Hawking biopic: Big on romance, not so much with the science?

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But who will they cast as Davros?

http://www2.b3ta.com/hawking/

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: Double edged sword...........

I didn't vote for her either but you don't see me trying to form a republic.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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Re: MD5 seems rather a bad choice

Why all the hate for MD5? It's been demonstrated that with a large amount of effort it's possible to create two items with the same hash, which makes it a bad choice for digital signatures, where that's what you're trying to do.

For everything else it's fine, and collisions are no more likely to occur than SHA1 or SHA2. With 128 bits of hash, do the math and figure out how likely that is.

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iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple

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Re: I wasn't against Contactless use

Think back to Chip & Pin, there was a big song and dance around the roll out.

Performed by the comedy duo Fish & Cushion as I recall.

<Tumbleweed>

Anyone?

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

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Re: Security framework

Hello Ian, welcome to our planet. You must be new here.

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: A Physicist and a Chemist (walk into a bar).

I have a science degree, but I don't feel qualified to assess and discard the millions of hours of research and analysis put in by those who have made this topic their life's work. Just like I don't feel qualified to design a nuclear reactor, knock up some meta-materials in my basement or attempt to genetically modify my cat.

All you've managed to demonstrate is that some people, sometimes even those with a sciency background, be they MPs or naval-officers-turned-journalists, let dogma override reason whenever this particular topic comes up.

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'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter

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Re: Plus ca change

I heard a great anecdote from someone years ago who was investigated by Interpol and more after his house was burgled while on holiday (on a chartered yacht) in Spain - they turned up to investigate and found lists of wholesale prices for vast quantities of drugs, a result of our hapless hero being unable to remember the prices in the "Drugs Kingpin" game he was playing online.

Queue mysterious spanish holidaymakers who were planning on chartering the same yacht and wondered if they could look around it before he left; odd comings and goings in the night when he got back to blighty, his car alarm going off and things being mysteriously rearranged in the boot overnight; some impossibly helpful and curious PCs to assist with his burglary case and finally what turned out to be a high-speed chase down the motorway, which he didn't realise was underway until after he'd taken his intended offramp and wondered why all the rozzers were in such chaos on the motorway below him. Less amusingly they'd also had a word with his boss, but fortunately that amounted to nothing.

When they finally pulled him in they danced around it for a few hours before informing him he was bang to rights and presenting their evidence. Apparently his response (bemusement then laughter) didn't go down so well.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Re: You heard it here first...

If buy something from an online retailer, I use the same junk password - if hacked all it will allow them to do is log on, but that's it - placing an order still requires my card details. It's a minimal level of security appropriate for a minimal amount of risk, and doesn't imply the data is worthless or any trust is misplaced.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Vino, Vultur, Vacuum

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

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Re: Ungrateful trolls

Considering James works either with or for the foundation you shouldn't really be too surprised by his position.

I'm a fairly neutral party but claiming the BBB is "better" is ridiculous. Yes, it has a better SoC and better GPIO, but the kernel is being maintained by one guy (Robert, a genuine hero) who isn't an employee of Beagleboard. For months (until I got fed up with it and abandoned the platform and my lovingly crafted custom cape) I could have USB hotplug or GPIO, not both. Maybe that's changed but I'll take a 700Mhz Arm 6 chip running a stable, well documented, well supported Debian "fudge" any day over an admittedly wonderful piece of hardware with an unreliable software environment, particularly when you're running a multitasking OS like Linux.

You seem to consistently undervalue the stability, documentation and support provided by the RPi and overvalue the horsepower of their competitors, which makes me wonder if you've actually developed anything of any complexity on either platform.

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Re: Rounded corners

Another outing for the same jokes about Apple we've been hearing for the last bazillion years?

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Standby consumes MORE POWER THAN CANADA: IEA

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Re: Well it's not hard

What's that? Consensus amongst climate scientists you say? Nonsense! I think you'll find Canada is smack bang on the equator and that any coldness is due to natural variations in fridge door opening.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: I name this ship White Elephant.....

> Oh wait, no, nearly all of our wars in the last 20 years have been about air power.

> So, why would we invest in anti-sub and surface combat destroyers?'

We haven't had a nuclear war for even longer but we're renewing Trident...

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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

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You definitely need a sub

There's a glaring error:

"... knowledgeable but occasionally passionate readership"

occasionally is qualifying the wrong adjective.

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