* Posts by phuzz

2666 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010

Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Re: Why wait?

I'm not sure if they still do, but Watchguard firewall boxes used to require Flash for the admin interface. I'm assuming they've moved on in the last few years, hopefully.

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House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

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Re: "Making the pirate experience less fun is part of the strategy."

The only legal way of watching GoT in the UK is buy giving money to Rupert Murdoch.

Lets face it, piracy is the only moral choice in this situation.

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Devs shun smartwatch work, gaze longingly at web-only apps again

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Re: Privacy

You can just deny all the permission requests. Well, you can in LineageOS, I was sure I'd read you could do it on stock Android now as well, right?

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Re: Paint has its uses

How does the newer interface make it harder?

You have almost all the same buttons that were visible before, plus buttons for stuff like crop/resize/rotate, that used to be hidden in a menu or non-existent. What about less clicks to access everything that's harder?

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Re: Used Firefox from when it was Firebird

"Used Firefox from when it was Firebird"

Pft, I've used it since it was Netscape Navigator.

(and Firefox was Phoenix for a version or two, before an existing company called Phoenix told them to change it. So they changed it to Firebird, but there was already some software with that name too, so eventually they renamed it Firefox)

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The Reg chats to Ordnance Survey's chief data wrangler

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Re: Disagree - GPS is the future

Surely somewhere flat, like Norfolk, is easier to get lost, because all it takes is one tall hedgerow and then you can't see half your surroundings?

In somewhere with a lot of vertical range, like the Lake District, you're able to see landmarks (ie bloody great mountains) even if there's a tree between you and it.

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Snopes.com asks for bailout amid dispute over who runs the site and collects ad dollars

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Reality has a well known liberal bias.

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

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Re: The end

There seems to be two kinds of IT types.

There are those, that when presented with a new UI, will learn how to use it, and there are those that will complain for evermore because it's not identical to the UI they first learnt.

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Fan of FBI cosplay? Enjoy freaking out your neighbors? Have we got the eBay auction for you

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Re: Retro

"you couldn't sell wood paneling to anyone in 1989"

Until some clever dealer realised they could offload their stock of old, unfashionable, fake-wood panelled vans to the government.

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Andy Rubin's overhyped and underdelivered Essential phone out 'in a few weeks'

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Re: Not trying to shoot anything down - What sets this product away from the competition?

"small form factor for the screen size"

Suddenly I'm interested!

"5.71-inch diagonal screen"

That's not small. Well, it'll probably be about average for new phones, but I'd like something closer to 4", all the better to fit in my pocket.

(While we're at it, why this obsession with thin phones? Make mine 10mm thick and fill it with battery)

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

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Re: Can't say I've seen a problem with my SH3

"Ironic considering that this is on the top of the range router sold to gamers as the best they can get."

Ours was free, which is part of the reason it's in modem mode with a proper router behind it.

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User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

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Re: Has a customer ever apologised to you?

The accounts department at my old job used to pre-emptively bribe me with food ("you don't look like you eat enough, here, have some of this home made cake"), in order that I would prioritise them above other departments.

It worked, and I am always willing to work for cake.

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Re: Bunch of Hunts

As collinsl correctly notes, the Hunt class vessels were named after older ships which were themselves named after hunts, for example, HMS Brecon which is named after the previous HMS Brecon which was a Hunt-class destroyer. The Hunt-class destroyers all being named after prominent British fox hunts.

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Remember that Citadel bank-slurping malware? Its main man was just jailed for five years

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Re: Sir

It used to be possible in the US, until 2005 when a law was passed making it impossible to sue an arms manufacturer for unlawful killing. (You can still sue if your gun is defective and fails to kill people).

As someone with no legal knowledge whatsoever, I'd advise the writers of malware to join forces and create the National Malware Association, and once they manage to get funding to similar levels to the NRA, then they should be able to get laws passed to make malware great again. After a few years it could be legal to concealed-carry malware, purely for self defence of course.

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$30 million below Parity: Ethereum wallet bug fingered in mass heist

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Re: Those who don't learn from history

Ahh, but the real benefit of crypto-currencies is that they can also reproduce all the mistakes previously made in programming and cryptography as well!

Well, it's a benefit if you're an elReg journalist looking for a story anyway.

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

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Re: "whether the Navy should be abandoning low-tech backup solutions"

As a low-tech backup, perhaps they could just have a printed copy of the Morse code?

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China's 'future-proof' crypto: We talk to firm behind crazy quantum key distribution network

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It's complicated, but without going into too many details once the message has been intercepted, it is irrecoverably changed. There is no way to recreate the original message without knowing it's contents.

If you don't have a headache yet, the wiki entry is a good place to start.

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Re: Shared key?

You're almost there: (Lets call the start Alice, and the endpoint Bob, as is traditional) My additions in italic

So the stream is sent, and the end point (Bob) reads it, it says ABC.

Bob uses ABC as the key to encrypt his message, and only Alice can read it, all good.

Now instead, a middle man reads it first.

Stream starts off 'random', lets say it's now DEF

Middleman reads it, it now shows 'ABC'.

Bob reads it, it still shows 'ABC'.

Bob uses ABC as the key, and here's the important bit, because Alice has used DEF as the key, they can't communicate, so they know that the key exchange has been tampered with.

Of course, now Alice and Bob just know that someone is trying to listen in to them, but they can't exchange encrypted messages until they find a way to communicate that bypasses the middleman.

This is what quantum cryptography gets you, a way of detecting that the key exchange has been intercepted and read. You still need a decent crypto once you've exchanged keys, and in some ways it makes it easier for bad actors to 'jam' your communication.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Meh

Re: The only stereotypes left

Men can get Thrush as well, although generally in their throats, but it's basically just a type of yeast infection, so no matter what bits you have between your legs, you can still carry a disgusting disease.

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

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Terminator

Re: "We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots. "

Those of us born in the last forty years weren't promised flying cars, we were promised a grim totalitarian cyberpunk dystopia.

It's looking a lot more likely than flying cars.

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

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Paris Hilton

Re: Riyadh

Wouldn't a woman with visible ears be porn by Saudi standards?

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Kerberos bypass, login theft bug slain by Microsoft, Linux slingers

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Re: Open Source is necessary, but not sufficient

If "open source access is a necessary condition" for finding bugs in code, surely that would mean nobody could ever find bugs in closed source code, and thus it must be totally secure?

Open source code makes it easier to find bugs (and much easier to fix them), but they can be found by a sufficiently motivated individual with no access to the code.

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All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

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Most musicians don't have the money, time or expertise to make their music freely available to anyone around the world from their home. Soundcloud did all that for them, along with providing a central place where people knew they could listen to all sorts of music, making it slightly more likely for unknown artists to be found.

How does a home NAS help with any of those things?

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

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Err, your skin colour is very much affected by your genes, all of which affect how, and how much, melanin is produced by your skin cells. It's worth noting that people with lighter skin, have ineffective, or faulty versions which cause their skin not to develop as much melanin as our (very distant) ancestors once did. It's hypothesised that although this leaves people more at risk of sun burn and skin cancers, it does allow them to produce more vitamin D in the lower levels of sunlight in the northern hemisphere.

Although, of course, the other large factor is how much time you spend in the sun, even I can get a respectable tan if I spend a lot of time outside in the sun and I'm pasty as fsck.

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Bupa: Rogue staffer stole health insurance holders' personal deets

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Happy

Re: Boggled

But then how do you prevent a DBA from copying the data?

Well obviously you pay all your IT staff loads of money, so that they have no incentive to steal. There, problem solved :)

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

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Re: I don't know about stock Android

Yep, it was part of Cyanogenmod for many years, I assumed it was part of stock Android already.

For those wondering, you need to enable the Developer settings, and then enable "Stop app via long-press" (exact wording may vary).

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

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Re: Red Tape

Pffft, customs, what a complete waste of time eh? Lets just let people bring whatever they want into the country, what could possibly go wrong?

I'm sure importing any old thing without paying taxes will be a massive boost to British businesses, it'll probably save us at least £350 million a week!

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WannaCry prompts promise of extra cash towards NHS security

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Boffin

It's a shame they've ballsed up this patient data thing so badly, because from a medical research point of view that data would be incredibly useful and could absolutely save lives.

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Brit military scolded for being too selfish with sexy high-end tech

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"Who uses drawing boards in the modern era?"

Hipsters.

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NASA flies plane through Earthly shadow of Kuiper Belt object

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Re: I'm lost

I'm glad I'm not the only one who missed the little word (letter?) 'a' in front of 'sun'.

I was wondering if it had an incredibly eccentric orbit.

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Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

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Re: Coming soon to the UK...

"if you read the fine print of various agencies Blighty already effectively has this shit"

Apart from the bit about having to get a license for my VPN to my job, which is literally what both those pieces of legislation are about.

I'm pretty sure I missed Tor being banned as well, but hey, now that you've informed us all AC, we can stop bothering to fight any new legislation the government might come up with and just lie back I suppose eh?

(There is of course part of the GSM spec allowing messages to be sent to all users on a tower already, so that bit is indeed with us in blighty.)

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Ghost of NTLM still haunts Microsoft: Aged protocol hole patched

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Gimp

Might have been handy to add this link to the article:

Using security policies to restrict NTLM traffic.

And if I wanted some downvotes, I'd point out that it's not possible to completely disable NTLM in Samba yet...

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Mappy days! Ordnance Survey offers up free map of UK greenery

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Re: mafia

The Ordnance Survey was a branch of the government until two years ago (and it's still wholly owned by The Crown), originally it was part of the Army (hence the name). So yes, OS do have a monopoly on the data that they have collected, in the same way that the Police have a monopoly on law enforcement, or the Royal Navy has a monopoly on nuclear submarines.

Unless you're suggesting that the heads of other mapping firms have woken up with a horse's head in their bed, or perhaps been discovered off Scarborough pier wearing a concrete overcoat, then perhaps calling them a 'mafia' is a bit of an exaggeration?

(Note, they don't have a monopoly on mapping, it's entirely legal to go out and map the entire UK yourself, and to do what you like with the data)

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Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

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Re: Will it really make any differece?

In a shared house of five people, all with their own computers, we get through almost 1Tb a month combined upload and download. Never noticed Virgin throttling us.

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Former GCHQ boss backs end-to-end encryption

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Mushroom

There's another downside too. The resources ploughed into breaking encryption, are resources that can't be used for (eg) following up on reports that Dodgy Bob has been going around muttering about 'killing all the infidels', and maybe someone should pop round and check he's not trying to make a bomb out of tin foil and Swan Vestas...

The trouble with breaking encryption, or tapping more lines of communications, is that it just increases the size of the haystack that the security services have to search through.

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GSM gateway ban U-turn casts doubt on 8-year prosecution in Blighty

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The trick is in ripping off your customers just slightly less than your competitors would, so they stick with your network. Capitalism in action basically.

(In the case of mobile providers, the aim has always been to get as much money from the customer as possible, and then immediately plough that money back into building more masts and adding more connectivity. But sure, they're rip off merchants.)

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Good luck building a VR PC: Ethereum miners are buying all the GPUs

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Re: Mining-specific GPUs

nVidia have been selling 'headless' versions of their GPUs for a few years now, for use in servers. See their "Tesla" range. They are not cheap.

AMD have been at it for a while too.

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Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

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Re: Impenetrable Cyber Security unit?

A laptop that old isn't going to have wifi, and probably won't have ethernet either, so without the floppy drive it's effectively air-gapped. It's pretty much as secure from cyber attacks as is a filing cabinet.

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Boffins start work on data centre to analyse UK infrastructure

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Until they get an answer they don't like, when funding will be withdrawn.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Without going into details, they had a thing which worked, then they moved their office around and it stopped working 90% of the time. Several months later it was mentioned to me and I raised a ticket and made a fix. I think they're back to 100% now, but the email is a little vague.

Alas, the idea that nobody bothered to tell me about the problem for months doesn't surprise me at all these days.

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You think normal users are bad when it comes to colours? Try a bunch of graphic designers who all insist that they need, nae, deserve calibrated monitors (which just so happen to be slightly larger than the last person's new monitor), and who then proceed to do most of their work on their iPad, in bright sunlight..

Actually, I've literally just received an email from a user about a fix I made saying: "it's not made it any worse but not better"*. That pretty much sums them all up really doesn't it?

*(The user then goes on to say that the thing which was broken is now working, but apparently that doesn't count as 'better')

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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Re: injuries....

When I used to build PCs all day for a living, I constantly had a cut or scrape on one hand or the other. No sooner than one had healed, I'd slice myself up on some other poorly built case.

Mind you, the worst injury was when you went to plug in a cable on the motherboard, slipped, and jammed a pin up under your fingernail. Ouch :(

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Google patches pwnable 'droids for Wi-Fi vuln

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Re: Who updates SIM free phones?

It's something you should check before you buy your phone; how often, and for how long will it get updates?

Which narrows it down to either a Google phone, or something with good 3rd party ROM support.

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

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If you're paying for a Windows Server license, why would you only use it for a short period of time?

Everywhere I've ever worked, the Windows servers were kept around for years. If someone wanted to spin up a server to test something quickly, that's when they'd use Linux.

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Re: I Feel Safe Today

Another proud Windows user!

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Need a change? Well, the Euro Patent Office needs a new president...

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I know he's claiming that as it's an international organisation, they're immune from local laws, but that's bollocks right? Surely any organisation has to adhere to the labour laws of the country they're employing people in?

I suppose they can just refuse to pay up even if an employment tribunal finds them guilty of (eg) withholding pay.

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RED ALERT! High-speed alien fugitives are invading our Milky Way

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If they're coming towards us, shouldn't that be a blue (shift) alert?

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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Re: Agreed but...

Just because a user has permissions to create a file in a certain directory, doesn't mean that they should have rights to run a service as root on every boot. This is basically an escalation of privilege attack.

Although, I'll admit that an attacker would require quite a lot of privilege already to create the file, that's still no excuse for letting them run a service as root though.

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Brit teen accused of running malware factory and helpdesk for crims

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It's not like terrorism, he was DDOS'ing large companies, that's more like vandalism.

Oh, and I think your keyboard is broken, when you tried to type 'smart-arse-motherfuckers' it came out "a**" instead.

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UK Parliament launches inquiry into NHS WannaCrypt outbreak

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Re: "NHS ransomware attack cost £180,000, "

You forgot the 400% price increase because it's a government contract.

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