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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

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Re: IDEs

REAL men have a look on the files, which makes them to edit themselves.

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

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Probably the wrong kind of excitement.

Like discovering that W8 doesn't quite do background audio anymore - Metro-mode app can claim exlusive lock on all audio channels, including audio CD. How quaint.

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Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'

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Re: about that trickle-down

And to follow up on that - it is actually a good litmus test for judging the 'filthy rich' types. Some of them have got their riches by providing useful improvements for the society. Like better tools that are enhancing our productivity. Some provide entertainment, which is not so clear cut anymore. There are, to put it mildly, those who will part fools from their money. Even some outright leeches abusing their power to the detriment of many.

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about that trickle-down

"You need rich people in your society not so much because in spending their money they create jobs, but because of what they have to do to get rich. I'm not talking about the trickle-down effect here. I'm not saying that if you let Henry Ford get rich, he'll hire you as a waiter at his next party. I'm saying that he'll make you a tractor to replace your horse."

-- Paul Graham

paulgraham.com/gap.html

paulgraham.com/wealth.html

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SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches

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Re: I wonder

Careful now. Should you ever bump into Eadon, you'd create a sizeable crater, lots of gamma radiation, and possibly a shear in the space-time continuum.

Have an upvote, though. For...erm...amusantly relentless reflection of the vividly virtual alternate reality.

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Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

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Re: I say good for them

Yeah, good old days, when they had The Knack.

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Re: No bucks, no Buck Rogers

"The US ran the former USSR into the ground by printing money"

I'm pretty sure US did not print those surplus roubles that caused hyperinflation in the late 80s.

Decision to print money was probably made around '79, because of the huge expenditures - Olympic games, war in Afganistan, space race, arms race.

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Re: How do you say, "awesome fucking moonbase" in Russian?

No, that's meaningless Googrish.

"Ni figa sebe baza" would be more like it, at least in the cultural sense. Apologies for not having any cyrillic fonts at hand.

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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Re: And they said I was crazy

Yay, ksh. Always knew it had to be good for something, besides pulling pranks on the unsuspecting juniors. "Hey, what's wrong with the terminal?"

/cue maniacal laughter/

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Why does it take 8 hours for my posts to be approved?

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Re: Why does it take 8 hours for my posts to be approved?

Are you absolutely sure that all your comments are delayed?

Because pre-moderation doesn't necessarily mean you're on the naughty step. It may have been enabled for some specific articles only, by the author's will.

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Want a Tizen phone to build apps for? Now's your chance – provided you don't need it to work

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Hah. It already looks like a plan conceived by Elop. Maybe he's been moonlighting for Samsung.

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Microsoft to patch ASP.NET mess even if you don't

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Re: MS changing your server behinder your back?

They're doing it via their new and wonderful invention: Quantum Entanglement (®, TM, pat. pend). If they enable the flag on their server, it gets disabled on yours. Large scale deployments are also possible - in order to disable it in our universe, it has to be enabled in the parallel universe, where, as an added bonus, it might actually work well.

There is a downside, though. Every time the switch is flipped, a cute cat with a German-sounding name will be either dead or alive.

/the one with QT for Dummies in the pocket, thank you/

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Time to ditch HTTP – govt malware injection kit thrust into spotlight

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stolen shamelessly from a haiku site

guess what i found out

my cat rules the universe

that explains a lot

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

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Re: "Starting the cooker, washing machine or whatever to coincide with my arrival home"

"I am absolutely not interested in having a Microsoft house that attempts to set fire to my kitchen"

There's a bright side, though. We might see that bungling Clippy fried for good, when it attempts to help with the cooker.

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Re: Not surprised, but...

"The internet of things is more"

Sure is. More stuff to sell, more bollocks to tell, more holes for the peeping toms, more data to keep miners busy, more adverts to serve, more vulnerabilities to worry about. Did I miss something? Ah, yes, a little bit more convenience for the lazy. That sure justifies it.

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Bitcoin on ATM? Pfft! We play DOOM on ours

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Re: Steam Punk Cool

This computer rag went titsup in 1995, so it had to be either 1994 or early 95. I'm almost tempted to trundle into the library to find it. Unfortunately there's nothing else to see besides the picture.

Yes, cover shot was a real deal. ATMs of that era had 386SX boards and it was quite possible to get Doom up & crawling there. Just enough to get a static shot of it. It's kind of obvious that those rascals did not want to stop there - next steps would have been a TSR routine to map ATM keypad buttons into the PC keys, and a card billing routine - but the lack of horsepower made it pretty pointless.

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Russia: There is a SPACECRAFT full of LIZARDS in orbit above Earth and WE control it

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Re: June/July?

"affectionately known as Ural Seks"

That's a short moniker for Westerners.

GlavBytVetMatYobTvoyuDrovNet might break somebody's tongue, if they lack experience, and do not take proper precautions (1/2 litres or so).

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: People of the world?

"In our highly evolved society, we don't use that name [Tiamat] any more"

Oh, but we do. It's been recycled though.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiamat_(disambiguation)

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Re: Microsoft's productivity challenge

"Under competitive pressures they had to listen to customers and understood what it takes to build a productivity tool."

It used to be that way, in the ages long past. They (well, somebody influential in there) wanted to scrap the old boring toolmaker image and dip into entertainment. Thus bringing about those silly hide-and-seek games, weird selection of colours, myriad of uncanny ways to draw user's attention on the interface, changes for the sake of change, lots of babbling about "user experience". Attention whoring, to put it not-so-mildly.

In this regard, any talk about enhancing productivity has to be viewed as a good sign. Maybe the tools will get usable again, instead of trying to "entertain" users to the point of mental meltdown.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: Noting error messages....Let's be fair here...

"So when I get an emailed screenshot, it's from someone who ought to know better."

Nobody's perfect. I had an e-mail from a very sensible IT person, who had, for some unfathomable reasons, decided to wrap the screenshot inside the .docx file. Oh dear. It took a lot of willpower to overcome the urge for vengeance - like sending a handwritten reply in .djvu format.

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Dead letter office: ancient smallpox sample turns up in old US lab

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You must be referring to the Pajarito:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pajarito_accident

It looks like a pure reflex. During criticality, there is not that much time to contemplate. Then again, an experienced person may well be able to suppress the instincts and do the right thing.

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Unexpected Termination Error at Year of Code: Chief dumps venture for other UK.gov riches

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Null pointer

dereferenced

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

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"communicating with 0 characters seems Orwellian"

Hmm. There is a peculiar, almost Tao-like appeal in it. Communication without communication.

I, for one, welcome our non-communicating overlords. May they keep quiet evermore.

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USA! USA! ... Aw, screw it. Motorola to close Texas smartphone plant

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Re: Great Thinking

"Now unlike planned stubborn economics, like socialism, capitalism is based on reality"

Decades ago it may have been the case, but modern oligopolies are wildly different beasts. It's exactly these 'planned stubborn economics' at play, hidden under layers of rhetorics and bullshit. Reality is heavily frowned upon, because it invariably interferes with the most precious plans and processes.

Previous poster was quite right - Politburo is back with the vengeance.

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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Re: "Dark" , "Off the grid" , "Underbelly"

Yes, time of the subtle hints is over. Social equals modern, progressive people are actively using social & mobile, usage is skyrocketing, yada yada yada.

Now we're into the second phase - casting shadows on those who still refuse to get the message. Language is getting stronger and darker. Effectively a public smear campaign.

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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Re: Who taught these children ??

"1001 Wonderful Things"

Thanks. Seems like it's still a good book for the young & curious. But rare.

For more amusement, try "Victorian Inventions" by Leonard de Vries.

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Re: Who taught these children ??

"they have no experience of other forms of control-input, which a modern keyboard on Windows/KDE/etc isn't"

Mostly true. But I have a hilarious counterexample - a twelve-year-old, who discovered an IBM Model M keyboard at about ten. He promptly seized it for himself and chucked other input devices away. Complaints about the clacker noise are usually met with a shrug and a terse reply "oh, but you can close the door then".

Last time I checked, he had found a PC version of Elite and was quite annoyed. No, not at Elite, mind you. At those modern games - all eyecandy and no content to speak of.

There's a geek born every minute, I tells ya.

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DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? New leccy BMWs have flimsy password security – researcher

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"BMWs have special glass which has a layer of plastic film"

Otherwise known as triplex, or laminated glass. Everybody, not just BMW, uses it for the windscreens. On the side windows it's very rare. And not a good idea either.

overlawyered.com/2005/05/laminated-glass-in-car-windows/

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Pirate Party runs aground in European Parliamentary elections

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Re: Dear Europe

"It might appeal to the sort of voter who thought it was cool to vote pirate last time" + "Your friendly kiwis"

You really thought it was a friendly thing to say?

OK, no upside-down jokes today. Pirate parties got a lot of protest votes, because disappointment with the mainstream political parties runs deep. This should be quite familiar feeling for the people all over the world. Nothing to sneer at.

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China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

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Re: Delusions and Dreams. An Economic Know-Nothings in the FT

Not so sure about that. Similar rationalizations were once flowing around about Soviets. No, they cannot be pissing money away just like that, they have to have a master plan. Being brilliant chess players and all. Of course they weren't short of the long view, they had lots of 5-year and longer plans to justify all those monumental projects ^W^W sorely needed infrastructure projects. Only the time could show what utter bollocks these plans really were.

Is it different with China? Who knows. Little birds are singing that an alarmingly big portion of the Chinese govt projects are just show-offs with mostly symbolic value. Pork-barreling isn't that uncommon either.

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

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Re: Website policy stupidity

Around here, major banks are doing a bit of community service, and are providing website authentication services on very amicable terms. Authorization tokens from the online banks are accepted by most utilities and e-tailers.

Bank credentials have to be guarded with utmost care, obviously, but the password hell is neatly avoided.

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Space hackers prepare to reactivate antiquated spacecraft

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Re: Where have you been?

Obligatory Douglas Adams quote

"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move."

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: Black and White

"He who battles monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster."

Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: Rants vs. Reporting and Analysis

It's a new paradigm, you know. RaaS aka "Rant as a service". Delivered to us every Friday (occasional hiccups notwithstanding), just before pub'o'clock. And quite a popular service it is.

Stop whining and get on with the times.

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Re: "Cloud computing is shite."

It should have been marked with an adult rating. Coarse language, wicked humour, multitude of other sins. Glad you got out of it, and not a moment too soon.

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Re: turn chaos into clockwork

Not just any clockwork. A Clockwork Orange. For the cloud users, life is never boring.

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Everything you always wanted to know about VDI but were afraid to ask (no, it's not an STD)

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Re: Pretty good reading

Of course. Trolls have always been lazy and stoopid. Waiting for somebody to show up, somebody worth trolling. Nowadays we're even lazier. "Hey, you! Cum here! I'll scare your pants off or sumthing!"

Wouldn't want to break ancient traditions, no sir.

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Re: Pretty good reading

"With the demise of DOS-based Ghost"

Sad indeed. It had less quirks than other image tools. With all those "smart" tools you just cannot be sure whether your image is any good.

Few years back, I finally had enough, and decided to take a path of brute force: dd + gzip. Storage space is cheaper than time. For the time not spent on troubleshooting mysterious restore errors (like 0x80070057), I can buy a fucking crate of disks. Or tapes.

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<brownie mode>

Excellent article. Well-rounded. Which, sadly, does not leave much room for commenting. How are we supposed to live without flamebaits?

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Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

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Re: Good

"Sorry, but it was Excel getting MS Office on most PCs, bringing Word with him"

That's Excel 5.0 you are talking about, not 4.0. They are worlds apart.

Which makes both assessments correct - 5.0 was indeed a killer, but 4.0 was very much a dead duck.

"Excel was the first to include Visual Basic For Applications, and it made its programming capabilities far more advanced than simple "macros"."

Here's a little refresher:

blogs.office.com/2010/02/16/migrating-excel-4-macros-to-vba/

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Brain surgery? Would sir care for a CHOC-ICE with that?

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Re: A very informative headline.

For the people, who are not well versed in antology (ha!), it is far too easy to commit a heinous crime of missing a cultural reference or two. Having seen far too many cultures coming and going doesn't exactly help either.

But I'd guess there's not much to do. That's one of the subtle hazards of the Wild Wild Web, which has existed since its inception, and probably even before.

Have a pint, good Sir, and an upvote or two.

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Re: A very informative headline.

Ugh. Lots of mandatory "education" that is served these days is far worse than ridicule. An outright insult to a reasonable level of intelligence. Not to mention the time wasted.

/icon: a tall stake of pointless certificates is merrily burning/

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Vladimir Putin says internet is a 'CIA project'

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Re: some 80%

It's 146%, as any fule kno.

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

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Re: WTF???

"everyone should be equal" + "not being true to their Communist ideals"

Well, cry me a river. Practical attempts at Communism have always meant that everybody is equal, some are just more equal than others.

May the gods have mercy and save you from actually living in a society with Communist ambitions.

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Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys

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Re: population growth

I, for one, welcome our new plastic overlords.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Re: So what happened to the coder

"Almost the entirety of the source code universe is a total mess"

Why, the entire universe is a total mess. Entropy is one of the most fundamental qualities of it, and an important driving force. It would be folly to hope that our puny sources would be unaffected by the Almighty Mess.

Excellent comment, though.

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

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Re: Real Programmers *and* Mythical Man Month?

Great indeed, but Real Programmer canon is not complete without Mel.

cs.utah.edu/~elb/folklore/mel.html

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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Re: Is this why some Android devices don't take SD cards?

"what's the pro these days?"

There's one more, admittedly a variant of sneakernet. SD is a relatively easy way to salvage data, when the device becomes an ex-device.

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

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Re: None of this changes anything

"Only Microsoft.. well, perhaps Microsoft and Canonical.. have an idea of how it will all fit together five or ten years down the road."

Oh, why settle on five, when they're aiming for 500. It's got Electrolytes!

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Re: None of this changes anything

"AFAIK [DLL] versioning got better years ago"

WinSxS provides...ahem...wildly fluctuating values of $better.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

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Re: reminds me of a poster

Ahem. Now let us read another passage from The Fine Book.

And thus was it spoken in Murphy 4:4

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.

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