* Posts by Magani

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The search for the 'next billion' users also targets the first billion

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Re: Lands of rotten roads and slow connections setting the agenda

"Services for lands of slow connections and rotten roads..."

Sounds remarkably like Australia.

The icon will be familiar to those who drive north of Bris-Vegas on National Hwy 1.

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The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

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Talk about it?

In my albeit limited experience, those who talk about suicide rarely carry it out to its ultimate end (more a cry for help) while those who do carry it out rarely talk about it beforehand.

FB, you're enough to drive a person over the edge.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: 30 per cent faster

Much the same result here and with only a few tabs open I'm seeing ~400MB of memory use against lots more for the previous version.

I (currently) only have three gripes:

1 NoScript has been consigned to the 'legacy' bin (doubtless its devs will be on the ball), but more cheesed off over:

2 The fact that I was going to upgrade one of my less essential PCs to check it out until it settled down and had no unintended side effects, but have found that ALL my PCs have been upgraded without my agreement.

Excuse me, Mozilla, but I take offence at your belief that I wish to participate in an unmarked beta test.

3 We now have square edges instead of round edges for the tabs. What was wrong with round edges? Does Apple know about this?

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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Tools make tool

The boffins say they intend to implement DeepService as a tool to help companies or governments "to identify their customers more accurately in the real life."

So, not a chance in hell of a misidentification here. What could possibly go wrong?

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Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

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Re: MUCH less of a problem on airplanes

@DougS

Heck, there is no air traffic control over the oceans,...

In that case, I spent 3 years of my air traffic control career being paid to do nothing. I wonder what the Oceanic rating in my ATC licence was good for?

I suggest you look up Shanwick or Nadi or AirServices Australia and Oceanic control for a fuller version of ATC over the oceans.

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Re: MUCH less of a problem on airplanes

@DougS

There isn't anything to hit up in the sky, and if there is it is seen with radar from miles away giving the pilot far more time to react..."

If there wasn't anything to hit up there, there'd be no need for Air Traffic Control. Trust me, there's a lot to hit, but because of the speeds, it's all seems far apart until it gets VERY close very quickly. Also, aircraft radar is only interested in weather, not looking for other aircraft. That's the job of TCAS (Traffic Collision and Avoidance System).

I do, however, agree WRT the split second your average car driver has to recognise a developing emergency on the road ahead. Some unfortunately, never get time to react.

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You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

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Re: toys out of pram?

Pedant Alert!

Even naming the cup after America ...

It's named after the schooner that won the first race, not the country.

However, I agree with your title. Really sounds like Larry's taking his bat and his ball and going home to sulk.

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

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Too many words?

...just because Donald Trump is mad at the news.

I think you'll find the last three words in your headline are superfluous.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Laws and their observance

All concerned are therefore reminding Canuck drone operators of their obligations to fly ...

Regrettably, these rules seem only to be observed by those who aren't morons and/or under the influence of the grape or weed and/or preface the flying of their drone by saying "Hey, Watch This!!"

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US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

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Location, Location, Location...

... so the Feds can make sure national boundaries are being respected...

Whose national boundaries? Are they concerned that someone in the US of A is being targeted and want to stop it, or are they really worried about the national boundaries of Burkino Faso or one of the 'stans, or the two largest countries in Asia?

I'll bet a dead dingo's donger that the Feds are only concerned about one nation's boundaries.

(No icon for a DDD, so have a beer instead.)

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Australia approves national database of everyone's mugshots

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Re: Clearly essential...

@Ledswinger

Are there any sane politicians out there,...

Quick answer: NO

Long Answer: Bl**dy hell, no

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What could possibly go wrong?

I despair for this country; I really do.

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Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull hints at surveillance expansion

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WTF?

Mission creep?

What mission creep??

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Australia commits to establish space agency with no budget, plan, name, deadline …

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Art imitates life imitates art imitates .....

Rob Sitch's show 'Utopia' is once again shown to be a documentary.

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Pirate Bay digs itself a new hole: Mining alt-coin in slurper browsers

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What a pack of mendacious mendicants (personal opinion)

"As you may have noticed we are testing a Monero javascript miner,"

Isn't it strange that no announcement was made BEFORE the "test", but only after the mushroom-shaped cloud erupted (see icon) from the user base?

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Hubble catches a glimpse WASP-12b, an almost pitch-black exoplanet

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Evidence?

Could this be the first real evidence of a planet visited by Hotblack Desiato and Disaster Area?

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Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

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A picture is worth at least one word

It's in the header photo. The word is 'Army'. As anyone in the RAF/RAAF/RCAF/RNZAF (if there still is one)/etc, will tell you:-

"If God had wanted the Army to fly, He would have painted the sky BROWN".

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How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

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Verbification

"That waste feedbacks on the state of the planet."

Adam Frank, coauthor of the paper and a professor of physics.

And presumably not a professor of English.

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Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook

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"Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook"

One of today's more depressing headlines.

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Voyager antenna operator: 'I was the first human to see images from Neptune'

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Re: Unfortunately...

Shirley, there's got to be a nerdette out there who digs this stuff?

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A glimpse of life under President Zuckerberg? Facebook CEO's boffins censor awkward Q&A

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Censorship

Is and always has been double-plus ungood.

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nbn™ cracks the $1bn revenue barrier, cracks whip on tardy retailers

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Be like Lionel Blair and Give Us A Clue

"...he said nbn™ has collected statistics that tell it which are problem children."

My guess is a 2 syllable name starting with either 'O' or 'T'.

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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@ST - Re: I don't use a cell phone to pay so...

If you use NoScript (and Ghostery??), you can selectively see, and subsequently block, all the hangers-on who follow your progress through Interweb-land. Even our illustrious Vulture Central uses google-analytics.com and I block it everywhere.

Someone has to use the black helicopter...

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

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What's in a phrase...

"Evaluated intelligence indicates..."

That seems like shorthand for "Fred in the back room has had a good idea...".

Where's the proof that there were ever going to be exploding laptops? It seems to have magically gone back into the fairy dust / rocking horse excrement that it always was. I'm also glad to see the UK's 'Me too' knee-jerk reaction has quietened down.

While the US isn't going to be on my 'must visit' list any time soon, I think I feel a lot safer without all the Li Ion batteries quietly warming up in the hold, away from any method of being extinguished short of arriving, along with the fireball remains of the aircraft, at high speed into the Atlantic from about 38,000ft.

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Oz government wants its own definition of what 'backdoor' means

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Semantics?

When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.

Humpty Dumpty,

Parliament House,

Canberra, ACT

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Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month

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Great potential here...

...to create The Donald's 'Fake News' automagically.

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Queensland Police want access to locked devices

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'Don't You Worry About That'

Joh Bjelke-Petersen is cheering from beyond the grave.

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London City airport swaps control tower for digital cameras

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Re: It's not all "cyber"

Despite all the much-trumpeted built-in redundancies, experience has shown that all it will take is a hung over JCB | Back-hoe | Ditch Digger driver to turn it all to rancid dingo kidneys.

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nbn™ demos gigabit-speed fixed wireless services

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How about getting the basics right first?

,,,has committed to 100Mbps fixed wireless services in 2018.

It would be nice if they committed to speeds like that on their 'wired' service sometime soon.

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Tesla's latest car crash: Its 'meritless' lawsuit against ex-Autopilot bod

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Self-regulating recall?

"... that suffer from a crappy parking brake that won't always release. The recall is voluntary."

Presumably only those vehicles that could get their parking brake to release could get to the service centre to take advantage of the recall?

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This story is no more

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Whoops...

Anyone else have a brainfart moment and read this as:-

...orbiting a red dwarf star in the constellation of Cletus.

Don't think I'd be wanting to visit somehow.

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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The future?

So in the forthcoming blocker vs adslinger stakes, are we to end up with the internet version of Product Placement a la the movies where the ad is an integral part of the content and not served externally?

Gee, I hope not, as the whole Interwebs will end up looking like Farcebork.

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Zuckerberg: Escape from the real world into my goofy make-believe science-fiction fantasy

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Dept of Corrections and Clarifications

The previous media release from Our Great Leader that stated:-

"direct brain interfaces that will eventually one day let you communicate using only your mind."

should have read:-

"direct brain interfaces that will eventually one day let us inject ads directly into your mind."

We regret any misunderstandings or inconvenience.

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eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

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Easy...

1. Get gun

2. Point gun at foot

3. Pull trigger

4. Profit?

This rule brought to you by Gerryus Harveii and the Law of Unintended Consequences.

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Ombudsman slams Centrelink debt recovery system

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Re: Crazy talk in this day and age

I've been hounded from projects for attempting to do this.

Been there, done that.

One Project Mangler I talked to after my quote for a smallish project was being reviewed, was heard to say, "We don't need a testing phase as that would mean you hadn't analysed or written it correctly.".

I withdrew my interest shortly after that.

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nbn™ gets its wish: Australian ISPs' performance to be rated

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Doesn't go far enough

...that compel them to advertise typical internet speeds users will experience at peak times, rather than theoretical headline speeds.

How about a guaranteed minimum speed below which penalties apply to your ISP?

A few days ago, I went into my local ISP's store to get myself "upgraded" as my street has just become nbn-ready. I was offered an 'up-to-25Mbps' connection for my been-in-place-for-years HFC cabling. I asked why it was being downgraded and charged $10/month more, because I already get 'up to' 30Mbps[1]. In return, I got a lot of pseudo-techno-mumble from the PFY at the counter that seemed to totally ignore the question and instead revolve around 'We're just selling what they tell us to'. This was followed by 'The actual speed depends how many people in your street are using the Internet'.

WOW! I'd never thought of that.

</sarcasm>

He then suggested I could buy a Speed Upgrade to 100Mbps but seemed unable to explain how it could go faster if it was already maxxed out at 25.

YES!. Not happy, Jan!

[1] At 02:30 on alternate Wednesdays that coincide with the alignment of all major planets. Any random time that falls between about 16:30 and 22:30, it runs (HA!) at somewhere less than 4Mbps and occasionally just grinds to a .

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LastPass scrambles to fix another major flaw – once again spotted by Google's bugfinders

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Flaw? What Flaw?

Am I the only LastPass user who wasn't notified by email that there was a problem?

I would have thought if there are problems that are bad enough to have LastPass say:

And we want to offer our users with a few steps they can take to further protect themselves from these types of client-side issues.

then why do I have to find out about it through El Reg? Is LastPass's email system not able to send out a warning? Oh, and it seems it isn't a problem, it's an issue. Pardon me.

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

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Only partially finished the US's Kool-Aid

The UK managed to miss out/ignore/avoid the 2 main UAE airports and their associated airlines (Etihad & Emirates) that were on the USA's list, while totally ignoring Oman (Seeb/Muscat), Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, and their associated airlines. So, with the exception of Saudi Arabia, no Gulf States seem to be involved.

It's all very strange. Mrs Magani and I plan to visit The Old Dart in the near-ish future, but getting there in comfort (and without crossing Trumpville) is getting more of hassle. Maybe we should return to the milieu of the '50s and '60s and take a long cruise to Tilbury or Southampton (P&O First Class, of course).

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Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

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"...after several big brands pull YouTube ads"

YouTube has ads?

<Thinks> Maybe I should turn my adblockers off to see what I'm missing....

<Thinks again> On 2nd thoughts, maybe not.

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'Australia Card 2.0' is dead: Government ditches plan for one ID to rule them all

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Rights? What rights??

"He also said the government considers it a citizen's right to have ..."

Since when has any recent gummint had any regard to citizen's rights that don't happen to coincide with its own agenda? Uncle Malcolm and Uncle Bill don't seem very different in that respect, do they?

I'll now move to the back of the class and take of my cynic's hat. Thank you.

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Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

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You want WHAT?

...John Kelly, has said that such checks should be mandatory and travelers should also be forced to provide passwords and banking records.

The US of A officials have 2 chances of getting my banking details. None and Buckleys.

In the immortal words of John McInroe, "YOU CANNOT BE SIRIUS!".

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Cold callers illegally sold Aussie farmers 1,700 years worth of printer ink

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Re: It's not a new scam

I suppose you are all too young to remember carbon paper.

I remember it OK, but I find it doesn't work very well in an ink jet printer.

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Re: This just reinforces the stereotype

No mention of hoop snakes?

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UK Home Office spy powers unit pretended it was a private citizen in Ofcom consultation

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Brilliant!

The legal method of banning them was to require them to be licensed and then not issue any licences.

That is certainly worthy of Sir Humphrey.

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Passport and binary tree code, please: CompSci quizzes at US border just business as usual

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Re: Once upon a time...

What is the airspeed velocity of a fully laden swallow?

HA! I'm not stupid enough to fall for that one! I know your tricky English-type humour. The answer to your question is based on continents, is it not? I will ask you if this is a Pacific or Atlantic Swallow!!

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China proposes new world order for cyberspace regulation

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The Great Firewall will remain, then?

It also says “No country should use ICT to interfere in other countries' internal affairs or leverage its advantage to undermine the security of other countries' ICT product and service supply chain.”

So, no telling the heroic people of the Middle Kingdom that the ruling party's story about the Tiananmen Massacre as a western media beat-up, was not true.

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Who will banish spy-cam drones from US skies? The FAA doesn't want to do it. EPIC disagrees

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Re: Craignez l'aigle

They are training a very large species of eagle to attack drones.

Sticking one's finger into a rotating propeller or rotor can be a little painful, especially if it's running flat out.

How long will it take a raptor to figure out that sticking either a beak (near its eyes) or a talon (near its feet) into the same prop/rotor isn't a way to lasting happiness, despite what its handler wants it to do.

Fortunately, penguins are never going to intercept drones.

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It's the act, not the platform

If you are taking photos from a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft, the CAA, FAA, ASA, and all the other aviation-based TLAs have no jurisdiction over that, so why are drones any different? It's the act of taking the photo that's the issue here, not the platform on which the camera is mounted. The same situation arises if someone has a telephoto lens from a neighbouring apartment building or on a hillside.

Shirley, there are rules covering privacy already.

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This ferry is said to weigh 250 cows. We say that is actually 20,600 Lindisfarne Gospels

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Re: Cows/Cowes, IOW?

...would she be called Isla White-Ferry?

Boom! (And according to some traditionalists) Tish!

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Raspberry Pi gives us all new 'Pi Zero W' for its fifth birthday

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Re: Android Things?

...I can ask my IoT toaster if my IoT cats bowl needs filling as I tell my IoT kettle to stick a brew on.

If my (albeit limited) exposure to the IoT is anything to go by, at this point it will toast the cat, fill the cat's bowl with boiling tea, order you a gross of Teas-made from Amazon for drone delivery and ask you to ensure the Amazon Landing Pad is in place.

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