* Posts by Chris G

2782 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007

Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners

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Florida?

I suppose I must be a little out of touch, I didn't know there was a Harry Potter World, but putting it in Florida seems just odd. Something so quintessentially British and you have to fly to the land of Disney World. Anyone who will admit to having been there on these pages?

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FCC boss Ajit Pai emits his net neutrality extermination plan

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Re: "Restoring Internet Freedom"

Most forms of Freedom™ via legislation at least in the Western World is about freedom for the corporations to make more out of the consumer and deregulation means even more freedom for them to sell us goods that are tested less rigorously and potentially more harmful.

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Aussie Catholic School forced into hasty cover-up over suggestive Saint

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I had to click on the link, The people who see anything suggestive and/or offensive in that shadow seriously need to get real and get a life.

I was under the impression that it was their god who came up with breasts in the first place as a convenient system for feeding babies, where is the problem.

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Budget 2017: How to make a downbeat forecast sound better. Say 'tech' a lot?

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Battery tax

"Folks charging the motors at work will not be taxed, he said."

So if you charge your car at home you get taxed but not if it's at work?

I know the gov' is going to have to find a way to replace the revenue lost from oil based fuels but how do they go about taxing your car charging? A seperate 'Smart'™ meter in you garagr/parking space?

What will they do if you are a solar panel owning off grid type, a tax on sunlight?

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Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

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Re: Turkey

Erdogan is a delusional looney, thinks he is something much better than he is and is playing both sides against each other. At some stage he is going to become the subject of regime change attempts, either external or internal. I personally would not sell him life insurance.

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Re: Why cats?

I think it may be wise to stay away from furniture manufacturers, the majority of whose furniture is largely made of chip board or MDF. Particularly in a marine environment, having the fuselage and airframe suck up hundreds of litres of water and then swelling up spectacularly, may affect their flight envelope.

Otherwise I am all for a resurrection of the Mosquito.

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Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

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"In the past - rural communities used a horse which knew its way home."

When a horse while eating is distracted by something that it needs to look at and listen to, it will stop chewing because it's brain is unable to process eating and paying attention to a potential threat etc, at the same time.

The horse is nevertheless still way smarter than your AV will be, the exhaust is good for your roses too.

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Uber slapped with $9m fine for letting dodgy drivers pick up punters

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Re: "major moving violations "

"D'you know the piano's on my foot ,Dad?"

" No son. You hum it, an' I'll play it."

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Amazon launches Secret Region – so secret it's endorsed by the CIA

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Re: Ingenious Tradecraft Intelligence

Yeah! The really Top Secret For Your Eyes Only stuff is usually kept on pendrives hidden in commuter train seats.

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It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

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Re: Relieved of command by Captain Bogbot.

I think we are past that point already, at least in the Developed Countries of the world.

If we let the IoT develop much more we are looking at a future where robotic cats will be stalking us through the ruins of our cities, just for fun, not Terminators trying to rid the Universe of meatbags.

Ooh! I think there might be a film in this. Pussypocalypse? Or is that something else?

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Re: And birds, what about robot birds?

I would prefer wingnuts all over my ancient LandRover in preference to seagull shite any day.

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Re: When I was a kid.....

"How did we reach this stage?"

By being good little consumers we have brought ourselves to "Life As A Service" ™

Terms and Conditions state that the duration of your life and the service may not terminate at the same time.

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How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

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Re: I'd like to meet

ISIS/Al Nusra can trace their roots back to the Mujahideen/Taliban/Al Qaeda in Afghanistan who were train by and considered to be CIA assets. That stuff is apparently well documented, so who knows?

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US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins

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Build a wall

Right around the USA, with only one gate, then it will be easy to see who is coming in or out.

White Anglo-Saxon, perfect teeth, optional hair transplant? Please enter, other types consider Canada!

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Anonymized location-tracking data proves anything but: Apps squeal on you like crazy

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If you're not doing anything wrong

How do you know what's wrong and what can get you into trouble? Possibly at a later date when an innocent night out puts you in a place that turns out to be evidence against you.

An example; I passed by the Old Bailey a few minutes before the IRA bomb went off there, if they had had this kind if tracking in those days maybe they could have placed me there and accuse me of placing the bomb.

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Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

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@AC. Solo,, what you are saying, is the 100% certainty is certainly uncertain? That's certainly interesting.

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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"(and I will ban carrying knives around anyway, really no need today)."

For you perhaps, I have had a pocket knife in my pocket since I was a kid, a knife is one of the most basic tools and has hundreds of uses. Oddly I have never wanted or neede to stab anyone. The lack of the right kind of education and the way the media deals with knives I think makes them more desirable to the kind of kids who carry them, a walking stick is actually a better weapon and potentially more dangerous than a knife.

As for shovels; they are just so Norman Bates, plus an alloy baseball bat makes a more satisfying bonngg!

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Look out, Pepe: Martha Lane Fox has a plan

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Slashing regulations literally more important than saving American lives to Donald Trump

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Re: All vehicles within 4 years?

" Adhoc Parking Space Indicator Lamps"

In Spain, these are not limited to Audis, they are an optional utility for all drivers here regardless of make, model or year, nor are they limited to parking. APSILs allow a driver to stop or crawl while having a conversation with a pedestrian, stop in the middle of the road on a school crossing to drop off/pick up kids while also loading/unloading and assembling/disassembling a buggy, stop part way round a busy roundabout to drop off/pick up passengers or answer or continue to speak/text on the phone. Think of an absurd or dangerous thing anyone could do on the roads of Spain and APSILs convey the absolute right to do it and some of the best instructors are the police and Guardia Civil.

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US says it's identified six Russian officials as DNC hack suspects

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Re: if the old card game taught me anything

Also, what's in the cookies?

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Comet 67-P farted just as Rosetta probe flew through the gas plume

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Re: So now we have to go back, and to other comets. Don't we?

No, we don't have to go back, that was reaction mass being ejected from one of the steering jets. They are coming back, since being woken up by a primitive spy drone crashing into the outer hull camouflage, they have had time to study us and are coming back to destroy our governments. That will leave us leaderless as a punishment for disturbing their hibernation.

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Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

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Considering

The likes of the CIA, FBI, NSA. Etc have been hacked in the past, I don't hold out much hope for Amazin's security being hack proof , I'll stick to my 5 point locking, steel lined front and back doors with no electronic enhancements other than a mains feed to the handle with a wet door mat outside.

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It's time to rebuild the world for robots

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Re: Just who's world is it, anyway?

A fairly important point the writer of the article didn't make is that the changes to the world to accomodate motor vehicles happened gradually alongside and a little behind the advance of them.

Considering how much greater the population of vehicles is now compared to then, to immediately rebuild the infrastructure to accomodate all the autonomous vehicles that would be needed would be impractical and means there would eed to be an almost overnight change from one to the other. Autonomous vehicles need to take over in stages as driver controlled vehicles are staged out, those AVs coming in should be able to cope with the existing roads, As AVs become the norm then the world can change fully to make AV's little robot brains happy.

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Curiosity rover gives Mars the middle finger, prepares to get drilling

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Re: Drilling/digging on Mars a sh*te harder than it looks

Just to be clear, while the right type of high speed carbon steel bit will cut through most metals, it won't effectively go through rock. Masonry bits are tungsten carbide tipped are a lot of metal milling bits, the difference is in the angle of attack but with rock/masonry it is also better to use a hammer action which I doubt is used on a Mars Rover as it can be quite destructive of the tool. In this case I suspect the bit is quite exotic and combines diamond and tungsten carbide. If I were designing a very remote robot , feedback from the rate of bit feed would be essential and I am nowhere near as smart as the guys at NASA, so they probably have that covered.

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Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang

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Re: Does it matter?

But that implies that before the BB there was a lump of anti-matter heading towards a lump of matter so spacetime ( of some sort) existed before the BB,the more you look at it the more it looks like turtles all the way down.

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DXC slashes meal allowances for travelling troops: Please sir, may I have some more?

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Re: No health based exception to per-diem, well sorry no deal.

Type 2 diabetes means you have to avoid leather shoes

They are ok in moderation, but you can't have any rich sauce on them.

Personally, I find I have to leave the laces, they can be twirled on a fork like spaghetti but give me godawful indigestion.

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The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

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Re: Maybe if they collected less insects, there would be more around...

I think you are slightly wrong there Mr Right Hand, most people,after getting rid of thr weeds want rid of the bugs next. Few people I have come across have the slightest clue about what bugs do and why they are important.

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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Credentials

Lucy McCormick a barrister specialising in connected and self driving vehicles.

Where did she study the subject and how qualified in the engineering aspects of the subject is she?

Maybe she got cramp chasing ambulances.

Overall, I still think the first big rollout of self driving cars will end in tears due to being 'driven' by marketing wonks and politicians who don't have much idea of what is really involved.

After the tears perhaps people will begin to take serious look at it.

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

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Re: How seizure laws ever stood --

I'm fairly sure that now the American Constitution in only intended for looking at and/or quoting, various acts including the Patriot Act have diminished it's potency almost to zero.

Your rights are the ones they let you have, the rest you have to fight for.

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Scouse marketing scamps scalped £70k for 100,000+ nuisance calls

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Re: iPhone solution

One of the last calls I remember getting before I left the UK for good, was from a company offering unsecured loans. My response was, in my Sarf London accent; great! I only got out of the nick last week an' I haven't sorted anything out yet, how quick ca.........?

For some reason the line went dead.

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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

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Jargon

My wife assures me that Russian is also a language that you can modify on the fly.

Disruptive jargon reminds me of the old Monty Python ' Sorry I don't get your banter old chap', it makes less sense though.

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Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

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Re: Speaking of toilet

I think it was intended to be tongue in cheek, if not, then you are right, its time for a new headlines editor.

I wonder how many others like this weinerstein guy are still hiding in the woodwork?

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'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'

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Re: Russian snoops snoop on Kaspersky says Israeli snoops ..

In the world of spies and intelligence agencies, they have replaced all the turtles so that its lies confusion and doubt all the way down.

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European Patent Office staff rep blames prez for 'slipping quality'

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Relocation

Apparently there are sites on the internet where you can hire relocation specialists who will expedite even the most reluctant of individuals to a new position. These positions can include subterranean or submarine locations, frequently they will include positive reenforcement to stay there.

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Smut-watchers suckered by evil advertising

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Re: Purely in the interests of research...

One of the many problems with this kind of site is that there are so many openings that can be exploited.

Something that can lead to infection that is difficult to contain, cure or control.

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Ghost in Musk's machines: Software bugs' autonomous joy ride

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Here's a thought

We could use special training techniques on certain individuals, when they complete the course we could call them ' a driver' . Then include regular update training to allow for changing traffic conditions and retest for ability and driving safety.

You would not need any special programming or even need to input a destination, you could stop and look at the view on a whim, it would be a kind of automotive freedom.

Alternatively you could buy a piece of not ready for use marketing hype called an ' autonomous vehicle.

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Re: The solution is to modularise neural networks

Presumably, various of the NN modules will require some part of other modules data at times, I can't wait to see what kind of conflicts arise from that.

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Russia, America dig into tug-of-war over Bitcoin laundering suspect

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"Why don't they have a naked mud wrestling match between Trump and Putin to decide who gets him?"

Now that is something I would pay NOT to see, even the thought needs brain bleach.

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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Re: V for Vendetta, 1984 etc.

2022 is just around the corner, the year Soylent Green is set in. Plenty of time to get to that scenario, not necessarily, the overwhelming greenhouse effect just yet but the authorities attitude to the great unwashed is beginning to show through some of the more worn spots in society.

Biscuit, anyone?

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Hey, IoT vendors. When a paediatric nurse tells you to fix security, you definitely screwed up

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Re: But then comes the big problem: the bill.

She did say, as written in the article, that security should be built in from the ground up so the price of that security would be included in the purchase price.

Though it is unlikely that any security will be perfect for the life of a piece of kit so a firm protocol for security updating should also be built in.

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Li-quid hot mag-ma: There's a Martian meteorite in your backyard. How'd it get there?

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Re: Bah!

Stevie, I'm sure you were thinking of this "Scientists have calculated that the chances of something so patently absurd actually existing/happening are millions to one.

But magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.”

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Russian bot-herder and election-fiddling suspect closer to US trial

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Re: "I will die within a year"

In the US, they mostly seem to develop suicidal tendencies, so he made a bit of a mistake suggesti g he might go that route. Now, he probably will.

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Hubble spies most distant comet zipping through Solar System

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Nibiru

Yeah once again there is conclusive proof that we are in the End Times, nephilim are going to walk the Earth and I am going to win the lottery!

Or it's a lump of space stuff that is not going to come that close and won't be visible from any place I am a t due to cloud.

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Playboy founder and dressing-gown wearer Hugh Hefner dead at 91

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Limited access

I worked on building sites as a teenager in the '60s, most tea sheds had a copy floating around.

The worst thing was when the pages were stuck together and no sign of tea stains.

Is jAzz mag the word that was intended or was a vowel trnsposed?

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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Alperian, I'm not sure if Tofumak is a typo or not but I think a Tofumak that could fuse tofu into the 'F' plan diet would provide everyone with a healthy diet while solving energy needs with a human derived bio fuel that recycles carbon. Just need to sort out a means of collecting the bio fuel .

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Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

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Re: Curious Spanish attitude

While I don't agree with Rajoy's actions , what you are missing is that in terms of the Spanish constitution, ALL Spaniards should have a democratic say in whether or not Catalunya should be independent. It also seems to be what a fair few Spaniards think. Some of those I have spoken to are Ibicencan catalan speakers who think Catalunya should abide by the rules of the constitution they are currently part of.

Personally, I think both Spain and Catalunya would suffer economically if they separate. I also expect Madrid is concerned about the route to the rest of Europe being controlled by Catalunya.

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IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

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Re: Wow. Just wow. What a moron.

Seargeants and seargeants major may not come after you like Rambo but they really aren' t people you should fuck with because they won't quit trying to find you. They usually also carry enough weight to make sure you don't just become a cold case.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Re: What language?

In view of her ' develop the technology' , I expect she thinking AI/algorithms 'cause it's just like pulling a rabbit out of a hat isn't.

Maybe she could try pointing a little stick and shouting ' expelliamos jihadis', just as likely to work.

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From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head

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Ban them!

When dropped from 5.5metres a drone can cause injury so ban them, alo g with anything else that can be dropped from a similar height; boxes of bananas, babies, bowling balls, anvils or politicians, they can all e dangerous.

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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White hats

Are not the optimal people to test to destruction, for, hat you need children from age three up to high school age. If there is a way to break it or hack it one of them will find it.

Kids are not constrained by adult preconception they are far more novel and creative in their destructive processes.

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