* Posts by Stevie

5310 posts • joined 12 Jun 2008

Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

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Bah!

Who doesn't like Dire Straits?

They are the Rolls-Royce of bands, the band that Harrods would sell one.

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Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

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Re: Chicken gun 4 nick rampart

Is it possible that these "drone sightings" pilots report are actually high altitude sightings of chickens in flight mode then?

By jove, and all this time I've been calling for mandatory flogging of drone owners and even worse if they do something wrong with their annoying flying weed whackers. Just goes to show.

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Briton admits to router hack that DDoSed Deutsche Telekom

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Re: No specialiat training...

@ Bob Dole:

I bet they did, you know.

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Sweden leaked every car owners' details last year, then tried to hush it up

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Re: Read the title, knew it was IBM

Low bid, of course.

You get what you pay for, in this case a lack of training in the Govt staff at all levels.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: Irony ain't dead

"A bit shyte" is the point. It's adding all the feature-richness that makes stuff hard to use. Gimp, Photoshop, Blender. All non-intuitive because the feature-richness gets in the way.

FWIW the most feature rich drawing pad I ever found that was delightfully intuitive and easy to pick up was the old Macromedia Flash IV stage. I still fire it up if I need to draw something moderately complex quickly. Need a hemisphere? Draw a circle, cut it in half and shade. Five operations.

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You know, I think MS wants to be Apple in five years.

With locked-down tablets and locked-down music players and locked-down phones and tat like that.

I don't think they want to do computers for computerists any more.

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FUKE NEWS: Robot snaps inside drowned Fukushima nuke plant

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Ooh! Argh! This is very bad! Badder than bad! Whoever is responsible should be dipped in boiling wait, this isn't the systemd bitchfest?

As you were.

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Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

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Re: Bah!

a) Your eastern inscrutable style hid that meaning in your post. Still does in fact. I looked hard and still can't see it. I'll have to take your word for it that your intent was obvious from the context, though I'm not sure where "here" is.

2) Speaking as a fully vaccinated bacon sandwich eater, I have no idea what goes on in health food shops, nor do I care.

&) Your sarcasm gland output has blocked your chakras, flooded your system with thetans and over-ridden your ability to spell "Stevie". Have a mug of tea and a bacon doorstep and it will wear off.

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Re: Bah!

Yep. "Westerners" are the source of all the stories of how bits of animals are aphrodisiac in the East. Stupid "Westerners". Forcing people of the East to suck down Tiger glands and Rhino Horn and Elephant Tusk and Hagfish in the search for Erotic Arousal.

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Re: Should have used a hovercraft

E-Beer for you. Also e-crisps.

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Re: Bah!

Sure I do; I don't read *everything* from Twitface or El Reg. But if I read such a story and if someone from the East is involved I can safely bet money on the Aphrodisiac connection.

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Bah!

Isn't everything classed as an aphrodisiac in the East?

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Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

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Re: Netflix Worth It?

"GoT is in its 7th series and HBO has always pushed the boat out a bit. Netflix started streaming in 2008 and had little of own content then. If anything HBO showed Netflix what to do when it comes to content."

Not the point I was making. HBO still dribbles out the show bit by bit to keep people hooked for the season length. Netflix uses a completely different model for show such as House of Cards, allowing the viewer to binge watch.

This has paid dividends and brought in the punters rather than filling the screens for only three days or so as predicted by the trad series schedulers.

"Sopranos etc". Never watched it, but that show was entirely based on practical sets and had minimal post-production effort. Different beast entirely from Game of Thrones from almost every standpoint but script strength (apparently, as I said, living in Metro NY through the 80s and 90s made the show a bit ... superfluous from where I was sitting. I wouldn't watch a show about computer administration either for the same reason).

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Re: Netflix Worth It?

Yes. Very much so. Personally I think their "entire season release" model is innovative and allows the viewer much better ways to experience a show while fitting it to their personal schedule.

I find myself asking if there would be shows like "Game of Thrones" if not for the emergence of Netflix and Amazon.

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Bah!

I love analysis that pushes the "cord cutting" argument without mentioning the fact that enormous numbers of consumers buy their broadband from the cable TV companies in virtual monopoly situations.

Cut the cord? How.

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Second one this month: Another code bootcamp decamps to graveyard

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Re: Checking to see if it's 1999...

When the MSCE program was introduced, the first people who gained the paper were those who had pertty much built the technology the "Core Four" were based on. This produced an unsustainable benchmark from which late graduates of the program were assessed.

That said, I had a colleague who sat the exams, won his spurs and could talk you under the table on the subject of SIDs and tokens and gosh knows what else. He had years in the business too.

But he couldn't grant permissions so that a computer user was a local admin to save his life.

Me and my uneducated, uncertified poor grasp of the networking infrastructure had to do with a rock-concert jobsworth stage doorman metaphor that got me through the same job in under ten minutes and left no dimwit holes at the browsemaster/server end.

Guess who got richly rewarded and promoted? Hint: >8o(

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US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called

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Bah!

Ten trillion bux spent on baggage scanners, none left over for background checks on baggage handlers and cleaners ...

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Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

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Beyond 11

It's always darkest before someone subverts the TOR node.

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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

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Bah!

A brilliant plan suggests itself: Bezos incorproates in Amazonia, and offers the Brazillian govt cut-rate cloud hosting for Amazonia-related govt purposes!

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Re: A (not so Swiftian) modest proposal.

Like barbara.hudson (county or river?)

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Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

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Bah!

Typical military mindset overthink.

Just crack a window when the air gets stale.

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Disneyland to become wretched hive of scum and villainy

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Bah!

Having seen what was done at Universal with Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade I predict a gobsmacker experience, if you go in with the right mindset.

You paid for it, so if you want to sneer it's your dime so to speak. But later on you'll have to wonder if you didn't miss the point and waste your hard-earned.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Not my opinion!

"Speaking as a female with 'Dr in front of her name, I do get tired of the assumption that Dr = male."

Gels can be doctors now? Intollerable! They'll be demandin' the vote next!

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Men can be and are nurses too.

Like Rory was, in fact.

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Re: Overstated importance of fans

I remember watching the first episode, then getting to do so the next week before episode two.

Last time I looked I was alive. Dead probably doesn't ache as much.

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Re: Sorry, but ...

I think the memory of your "favorite" Dr Who is colored in no small amount by the ensemble cast chemistry, the situations (as opposed to scripts) that they find themselves mired in and the general tone of the show.

I loved most of the early doctors *when I first saw them* but they don't often wear well when viewed today (for me). I found Ian Chesterton to be violent to the point of sociopathy - and him a teacher too! - when some of the first shows were recently rebroadcast. I had remembered him much more fondly.

Troughton was fun for the most part, though I found his obsession with the recorder to be "too much".

Pertwee had the advantage (for me) of being an actor I loved in other roles - The Navy Lark springs to mind - but was saddled with the at the time infuriating lack of a working time machine and a surfeit of what I call "70s Stupids" - special effects and script "bits" that were supposed to be cool but were cringe-inducing in their naffness. Venusian Karate was one I hated, as was the Whomobile. Just awful.

Baker was, of course, almost born for the role and his concept of a time-travelling Harpo Marx was inspired. But this was also the era when more and more of the situations were huge story arcs that were wound up with technoblither on the last page of the script a-la Star Trek.

Davidson's doctor cured me of the show, mostly because I hated his companions, his tooth-achingly bad obsession with cricket and that damned celery stalk. The scripts were all gothic doom and gloom too (with the occasional brilliant one like Castrovalva).

McCoy's Doctor was a breath of fresh air, but again, the situations were dull and the companions were intolerable to me. By then I wasn't watching the show much, not making time for it, but I caught a few episodes.

I only saw one episode of Colin Baker's Doctor. I thought it showed promise in a completely over-the-top way, but as I say, by then I wasn't really paying attention and wasn't crushed when the show was dropped.

Besides, the Baker episodes were in constant rotation on PBS here in NY every Saturday afternoon. I was astounded at the show's popularity and the fans' efforts to keep it on screens all around the country. Tom Baker did a fund-raiser "bit" when our local PBS station was having a beggathon, in which he berated those who watched without subscribing at length and with great creativity. It was hysterical right up to the time they cut to someone else, anyone else for God's sake.

Paul McGann was excellent in the challenging role of trying to make Dr Who a prime time US TV product. A difficult act to bring off and pretty thankless, many daft UK viewers seeing his role as some sort of betrayal. His was the doctor that first showed us a Steampunky Tardis.

Eccleston was nothing short of brilliant. I don't kid myself that he was the only actor capable of giving the franchise a new lease of life, but he bit off huge chunks of it and made it his from the first few seconds of the opening. He also had some of the finest scripts I think have been attempted for the show. His is the doctor I wish we could have seen more of.

Tennant was fun, but began to get too shouty. He was also saddled with Donna which was the point at which I stopped watching again for a season or so. Did love Broody Tennant Doctor though.

Never really cottoned to Smith in the role. The show had some very clever plots and he was particularly clever in what he did with the role in places, but I found much of his reign to be "meh". I'm re-viewing his first season on disc so maybe I'll learn to like him better. Also: not fond of the River Song plot thingy.

And so to Capaldi's doctor. A bit of a puzzler this one for me. Half the time I love his characterization, half the time I hate it with a vengeance. A bit too much "today" in the set dressing I think. Some of the scripts have been stinkers, but some have had moments of inspired brilliance - the long way round springs to mind, as does the breaking of the fourth wall to ask "who wrote Beethoven's Fifth?". But the last season was saddled with too many problems for me. I wish they could have spread the encounters with old enemies over the four Capaldi seasons instead of mashing them into one horrendous crescendo.

Still iconic though, no matter who plays him. Especially if it's John Hurt.

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Re: Yorkshire?

And by a peculiar syncrony, for the second time in this thread I am reminded strongly of MPFC's Spanish Inquisition Sketch (though strictly speaking that were started in Lancashire).

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Re: Sorry, but ...

Cue riff based on MPFC Spanish Inquisition "Our Chief Weapons" bit.

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Bah!

About time. And several regenerations late I might add.

Now let us get to the matter of accent.

No more "Yawpy Donna" for fuck's sake.

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Bah!

Having removed the need to understand what they are signalling, why stick with visible light? Why risk dazzling these poor Jack Tars with the mega candlepower?

And fyi Mr Reporter, the correct term for the flashing torch of eye-hurtiness is an Aldis Lamp.

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

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Re: cut the crap, Linux is UNIX? @Stevie

"I think that you need to say why you don't regard AIX as UNIX."

Then I will.

Lets start with the logs. If you really know about AIX I need say no more other than to cough "binary format".

Then there are the processes (like volume management) that are much easier if you use smitty, which will show you the scripts it generates that look only superficially what my clever young things want to code because real Unixmen don't do menus. Or something.

I should point out that I work in an environment with Solaris, AIX and Red Hat Linux and am often confronted by naive coding stupids:

a) scripts that assume Linux versions of utilities that have been wildly expanded in capability and are therefore "broken" good and proper when they propagate out into the enterprise

2) scripts that fail to take into account differences in default behavior of said utilities on different *nixes and are therefore "broken" a bit more creatively - df scripts will sometimes feed back a number after being stroked by awk or cut, but since df has different columns under AIX than solaris the numbers aren't what the script-laddie thinks they are and comedy ensues. The sort of comedy that wakes people up at night a few weeks after script deployment.

@) more of the same.

One can approach (most of) AIX like it was BSD or SVR4, but life is a lot easier if one comprehends that IBM wants their "Unix" to look like a mainframe O/S and the jobs are quicker and safer to complete if one does it their way instead of the generic Unix way. One also has to understand that even if AIX has a "This Is A Real Unix" sticker on it, the utilities don't always behave the same way they would on the spark computer running an O/S directly derived from SVR4.

Given the differences between BSD family and SVR3 family Unixes, one might be on safe ground to say "Unix isn't Unix". It certainly would make for better preconceptions of engagement in the Bright Young Things hereabouts, who use the "Unix is Unix" mindset and send all output to /dev/null by default so figuring out what went wrong with their brilliant script and when the wheels fell off is a crapshoot.

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Re: cut the crap, Linux is UNIX?

A bit too close to home?

I wish you'd use the same argument with some of the clever young things hereabouts who think AIX is Unix, and get very bent out of shape when it isn't so much.

And my child was working with Windows before she could write. Learned basic arithmetic by playing with it on a windows machine.

Finally, anyone claiming a child could understand the man pages is pushing it, a bit. The one I like to cite as being willfully dense is the one on ln butbthere are many othrs.

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Re: Horror Movie?

YOUR MSDN CDs? I think you need to re-read the EULAs.

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Hot HoloLens models 'shafted by Microsoft'

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Re: The Las Vegas attitude...

Oh bob, what about the population that would rather have stud-muffin eye-candy strutting around, oiled and shirtless?

Or that which believes (foolishly in my opinion) that the ony way to dress a woman in public is in a tent wit an eyeslit? They buy computers too you know.

Please try and get solidly into the twenty first century before it is over and the rules change again.

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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Bah!

All that seems missing is the provision of a toilet plunger for a hand and we can say "Job Done".

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Facebook users pwnd by phone with account recovery vulnerability

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Re: He's lucky if F-Bitch doesn't have him arrested

Bob! Take your meds at once!

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Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

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Bah!

"Wait a minute! When I said to release the mosquitoes from Containment Facility A and destroy the control group in Containment Facility B, I had that the wrong way round. I'll forget me head next!"

"What?"

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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Oh Danny Boy

The pipes, the pipes were falling.

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Burglary in mind? Easy, just pwn the home alarm

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Bah!

I'm shocked by this unexpected development!

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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4updraft102

But Linux Mint runs systemd ...

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Re: US Portions

Only a problem if you are served them in the UK (I'll wait while the laughter subsides) where you don't own the food you just paid for.

In the US it is expected that if you are served a gigantic portion of food you will have the common sense to ask for a take-out box after eating half of ithe meal.

No more gourmand criticism from the land of the see-through luncheon meat slice and the deep-fried Mars bar.

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Re: faint praise?

Thank you for the timely explanation of the term "faint praise" Mark 110.

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Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

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Bah!

"to combat wildlife crime"

About time if you ask me. Gangs of cows are roaming the countryside openly. It's a national disgrace.

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€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

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Re: rare *unautographed* Pratchetts.

If that isn't worth an e-beer I dunno what is.

Here y'go!

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Re: My Find (When I went to University)

I had a friend who, back in 1987, decided to collect an entire chapter of "beaky" Space Marines for the Goons Wonkshop game Wonkhammer 401K Rogue Trader.

He accordingly set about buying up all the $22, 30 minis per box sets he could find until he had the requisite 1000. He gave up at around 500, deciding half a chapter would do for now. He washed the sprues and left them to dry so that he could paint them. While he was at it he acquired a few hundred Space Hulk Genestealers for another Wonkhammer 401K project.

Some of these Marine sprues were the ultra-rare blue styrene ones from the very first production runs.

Whereupon dear old Mom decided to clean out the basement and tossed them all in the garbage.

Months of effort. almost $600 of investment, chewed up in hydraulic masher in the back of a dustcart.

He was pissed-off for weeks.

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Utk!

Qpan Ds!

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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re: I prefer not to look like a ragbag

Which is why you'll get labeled as a management drone and shunned instead of worshiped and revered like the other IT guys are.

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Re: Smoking at the desk

I no longer smoke, haven't since before some of you were born, but when I did I went throuogh a period of heavier than normal at-desk smoking.

We had hired a new bloke who had the habit of watching over one's shoulder, then running to the boss's desk as soon as the problem was found and remedial action underway to claim the credit for "figuring out the problem".

Everyone hated this "work" habit and my way of dealing with it was twofold.

He claimed to be allergic to cigarette smoke so when I was problem solving, if I heard his voice in-theater I would light up.

Whenever I left my desk I would run a macro that printed a line every few seconds like:

UCURBNGAD nnnnnnnn nnnnnnn nnnnnnn nnnnnnn

Where the "n"s were the values from three counters under the macro. He eventually asked me what it was and I told him it was a diagnostic I ran to "test the mainframe's registers".

He never did wise up, but he spent a good few lunch hours wasting his time trying to analyze the numerics.

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Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

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Bah!

It's one way of dealing with Wannacry I guess ...

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Now here's a novel idea: Digitising Victorian-era stamp duty machines

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Bah!

Don't replace, augment the old with new tech for a truly twenty first century steampunk ambience!

T'would be a great draw for new hires too, I reckon, by gad.

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