* Posts by JimmyPage

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Brit MP Dorries: I gave my staff the, um, green light to use my login

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“trolling” by computer nerds.

Pesky experts, eh ?

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Crown Prosecution Service is coming for crooks' cryptocurrency

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also of note: UK burden of proof.

When it comes to property confiscation, it's up to the citizen to prove they are the legal owner, not the state to prove illegality.

If you car caught with a plastic bag with £10,000 pounds in it, and have no way of proving it's yours, you can kiss goodbye to it. One of the handy by-products of the War on Terror/War on Drugs.

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Legal may not be possible ...

The only way to remove funds from a blockchain is to give the correct cryptographic details needed to get it agreed by the network.

If the person slapped with the order simply cannot access those details (say they are multi-part, and require people outside the jurisdiction to act) then the authorities simply can't have.

I presume there would have to be a change in the law which would allow he authorities to then pursue the operators of the blockchain, at which point you start to realise why blockchain *is* different. As in good luck finding the operators of the blockchain. You can find individual nodes. You may even be able to jail those who are in your jurisdiction for "not assisting". But you *still* won't get your money.

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Unfit to plead before a US court? You may face 'indefinite detention'

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There have been previous refusals to extradite to the US

going back a few years a court refused to extradite a sex offender because the states potential punishment was considered a breach of human rights.

It's also worth noting the UK can't extradite if the death penalty is an option. Not something the US likes but every so often Canada forces them to take it off the table, or they won't extradite.

For a beacon of the civilised world, the US can be very insecure at times.

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

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re:It also depends if the network provider

It's almost like there is a God ...

My preceding post was highlighting that in the end, it will be the networks that fuck this up with their cruft.

Maybe everyone else needs a pisspoor Vodafone, or O2, or EE collection of unkillable, unremoveable apps on their device. But I don't.

I guess I am probably an edge case, but when I buy a phone - outright - I don't want any shit on it at all. I also don't want to have to root it to use it.

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There's a layer missing in those diagrams.

and that's the layer that will **** it all up ....

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Why does no one want to invest in full fibre broadband, wails UK.gov

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For the foreseeable future

Brexit.

Anything else is just the trimmings on a turd turkey.

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Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

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Signal/noise ...

The more they gather, the more they have to store and analyse. At which point any "value" decreases exponentially.

Google itself is the best examplar. Those of us who remember Lycos, AltaVista, Magellan et al already know that Google is slowly dying on it's arse. Even in the past 12 months, there's been a marked decline in the "quality" (or otherwise) of even simple search terms.

(In fact, I suspect a lot of Google is now - like Ourubouros - a circular loop where it returns search results based mainly on the search results other users have clicked on.)

Either way, I suspect that come 2020, as an arbitrary point in the future, there will be more data, and less knowledge.

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Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams

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However, "Logopolis"

still stands as one of the best sci-fi stories made for TV ever, anyway.

And not *just* because of Sarah Sutton .....

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Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots

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Autonomous drones ?

which are probably far easier to implement than autonomous cars ...

Once again, proof that the powers that be are actually a bit thick.

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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

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Re: public funded and therefore the property of the public

I would hazard a guess you're not British ?

What a weird notion, that the public have a right to anything.

I for one marvel, applaud (and most importantly) use NASAs amazing resources under that great US ideal of public money = public access.

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Is there any future for science publishing at all ?

After all, with Trump there, and the Barmy Brexit Brigade here both ignoring science they don't like, who is going to waste years studying anyway ?

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Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

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Maybe, part of the problem is .... punters ?

It's all very well obsessing about download speed. But that's just one metric in a constellation of parameters. Howabout DNS responses, wasted bandwidth due to advertising cruft, round trip times, contention, latency.

It's like only talking about a cars top speed, rather than any other features which might tip the balance - e.g. boot space, fuel economy etc.

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'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

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Re: Unprofessional bollocks

Grump !

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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

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WTF?

Who gets paid for stating the bleedin' obvious ????

My phone is 2 years old. What does the latest phone have mine doesn't ? Oh, a different colour cover.

Battery life and accessibility features are the next challenges. To cater for the "phone is my life" situation we are moving towards, coupled with "I need to be able to read/use it now I'm 70" demographic.

You can have those for free. My moneys already invested.

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

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Interesting distincntion they make ....

between "corporate" data - which we are assured WASN'T affected, and "customer data" (i.e. the untermensch) which was , buy hey: who cares ?

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Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

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Is there a name for the act of moving your location ...

to spell words on a map ? GeoOrthpgraphy ? GeOrthography ?

Because we could all spend a few hours and draw a route to tell Google *exactly* what we think of them.

(p.s. 5-eyes .... are you 100% sure that bad guys aren't doing this already ? Maybe you need to go back over all that geodata you've got and re-analyse it for patterns that spell words - or draw pictures)

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Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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Terrestrial uses ?

A shame it takes a mission to another planet to kickstart innovation which would enhance the lives of tens of thousands of earthly wheelchair users ?

In fact if NASA had bothered to scour the less able community, they would have probably found a solution all ready to roll (pun intended).

I wait the Russian trollbot downvotes.

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Connected and self-driving cars are being sent to Coventry

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Left hand ... meet right hand

The problem here is that UK road design and management has for *years* taken a stance that private motoring is bad, and not to be encouraged.

Hence the proliferation of road layouts and traffic signals which actually *slow* a journey down.

If you want to win a bet, compare the A38 from Longbridge to Edgbaston priory via the "bypasses" which takes about 3-4 minutes longer (watch out for the *pedestrian lights with their 20-second phase) than going through the town centres.

Ever sat waiting for a light to change, and noticed that the pedestrian lights 25m on seem to be such that you hit them at red as soon as your light is green ? You didn't really think that's an accident.

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Your next laptop will feature 'CMF' technology

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Meanwhile, the committee on fire hasn't reported back ...

"OK, smartarse, what colour would you make it ?"

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Parity's $280m Ethereum wallet freeze was no accident: It was a HACK, claims angry upstart

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Re: The Blockchain

Rule #1 of (pseudo) financial transacting is you never roll back. Instead you post correcting transactions later in the record.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the underlying Ethereum blockchain isn't really well designed for this sort of thing.

Also, in order to post correcting credits you may need access to the multiple keys on each affected wallet. From the sounds of it, this is the problem.

Personally I don't see this as a failure of the blockchain. As with the previous Ethereum snaful, the blockchain did exactly what it was designed to do. It's the design that's dodgy.

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...thus setting back blockchain development by years ...

which may have been the original idea ?

Given the current climate, I'm surprised no one has asked "cui bono ?" and suggested the 5-eyes might have had a hand ?

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Uber loses appeal against employment rights for workers

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Re: Uber are planning on taking this all the way to the Supreme Court.

Well, it's their money. Better pay lawyers than drivers, eh ?

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As I recall ...

the original judgement was very full, precise, and had no real room for any wriggling. As this appeal seems to show.

There were several interconnected checkboxes which made the drivers employees, not just a single rebuttable point of law.

One has to wonder whos paying the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) expressed surprise at the ruling. for their opinion ???? And they might have looked a little less tittish if they had read the original ruling, rather than sounding off willy nilly, as they'd know the fact that an Uber driver cannot negotiate the fee for a job before acceptance moves them from being "self employed" to an employee. That was one aspect - there were a raft more.

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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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Since it's just data ...

it should be fairly straightforward to write an app to inject any amount of random crap (you could use the Daily Mail website) into the key streams to render this useless.

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Uni staffer's health info blabbed in email list snafu

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WTF?

Sorry, is this El Reg or "Take a Break" ????

UEA's IT department responded by remotely extracting the email from the accounts to which it had been sent.

What does that even mean ? They just did a Microsoft Exchange "recall" ? What about non-exchange mail servers ? What about people who use Outlooks preview feature (which bypasses the "recall" feature, as many a co-worker discovered when I saw "recalled" emails).

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Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

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Underscores a point I've been making forever ...

It's all very well promoting FOSS as less likely to have holes because of plain sight oversight. But unless and until you have verified every underlying component - including the logic gates bakes into the silicon - you are still placing your trust in Somebody Elses Work.

When I was cautioning about trusting CPUs, I envisaged the odd dodgy or undocumented opcode that could escalate privilege, or access processes.

I have to admit, that cynical as I am, I didn't imagine a hidden OS in the CPU.

So, how many other chips have hidden depths then ?

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UK's surveillance regime challenged in landmark European court hearing

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Re: watches the watchers?

Wrong question. It's

who pays the watchers ?

Qui poenas custodes, if my rusty Latin serves ....

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... and ... ?

The UK - like every other country in the world - has a proven track record of ignoring judgements it doesn't like whilst simultaneously wringing it's hands over (say) smoking bans and metrication saying "we had to do it, or the nasty man will be cross".

This will change nothing - whatever the verdict,

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Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census

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WTF?

cut the cost of producing population statistics. - WTF ?

It's once every 10 years FFS, How on earth can it cost THAT much, that we need this to save it ? Are the DUP delivering the forms by unicorn ?

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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Re: Those indicator "flags" on metal poles

"Trafficators"

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'image persistence' or 'burn-in'

In other news, my new Ford will have a choke lever and need to be run-in for the first 1000km ?

Mind you given the length of time it takes my "Smart" TV to actually be ready to use, the old warming-up time of valve TVs was an improvement.

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Look out, Pepe: Martha Lane Fox has a plan

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Re: Some years ago I served as Invited Expert with the W3C on accessibility.

But now realise how you wasted that time.

My partner has MS, so problems with vision as well as locomotion. I could count on the fingers of one hand websites that are *properly* accessible.

If society as a whole can't manage to make the web - which should be accessible AS STANDARD - accessible, what hope for the real world, with those stupid steps, and kerbs, and narrow doorways.

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Re: Accessibility

What grinds my gears (have a partner who has to use a wheelchair) is when the "accessibility" link on the website blabbers on about the website accessibility (which is almost invariably shit as my partners sight is poor too) rather then the premises accessibility

The end result is a less able person can't even read how inaccessible the place is.

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Like "Checkatrade" ? Or "RatedPeople" or "Trustatrader" or even "TrustedTrader"

and just as useless ?

First question: who is paying the piper ?

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How we fooled Google's AI into thinking a 3D-printed turtle was a gun: MIT bods talk to El Reg

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Pattern matching ... keyword matching ...

A *awful* lot of what is laughing called "AI" at the moment is no such thing. It's keyword matching on steroids. Or, as evinced in this instance, pattern matching (on steroids).

It was pretty whizzy when you only had a few million targets, and fairly simple selection criteria. But as we are seeing, scale things up, and add in more complex (i.e. real-world) criteria, and you get distinctly unintelligent results.

The most impressive display of machine learning I have seen was in IBMs Hursley labs, where a neural network was run over a video of a scene in a park. It managed to spot when a skateboarder (which it highlighted in red as "human using wheels", jumped off and walked - which it then highlighted in blue (as "human on foot"). However even it still struggled to spot "human not moving", so missed the people sitting around the fountain unless they moved. Not sure if that was a good economy of processing, or a mistake.

Human/mammalian cognition is a much more distributed and subtle process. I suspect it's working in a very intermeshed manner simultaneously looking at shape, colour, symmetry in the first instance, and creating a matrix (or matrices) of probabilities which is then being compared to learned objects and how they would be expected to behave if they are what the guess is.

If we're going to get anywhere near, I would expect to see a wall of smartphones looking at the scene, with each one doing a single specific job, but (and this is the bit we *can't* do yet) communicating in real time to refine it's little bit of the universe.

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For fanbois only? Face ID is turning punters off picking up an iPhone X

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I was using FaceId (or whatever)

on Android in 2014. Decided it wasn't really solving anything, so lost interest.

3 years on, I really can't see anything has changed.

With the nod to Henry Fords dismissal of customers desires, I'd wager that if Apple asked their customers what they really wanted in the next-gen iPhone, a better removable battery, and SD slot would have been way above "FaceID".

But they didn't, and here we are.

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HTC U11: U-hoo. Look over here! Two new phones! We're Not Actually Dead

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RE: or sd slot or removable batteryDual SIM ?

good catch sir ! Yes, the cornerstone of any new phone I get (my 2 year old Wileyfox Swift is still covering all but one need) will be:

Dual-SIM,

SD-slot (which doesn't require losing a SIM),

Removable battery,

Full GPS suite (US, EU, Russian and China)

NFC

Not network locked

Basic Android which doesn't need rooting to remove cruft

No cruft to start with

But - in a microcosmic example of market pressures - I don't need a new phone. I am "managing" with a 2 year old device and am mature enough to not care about the shiny.

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Giza geezers' muon-geyser visor reveals Great Pyramid's hidden void surpriser

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Occam here

it's a mistake from the construction phase.

Anyone who has vaguely read up about Egyptology will know that they had to build a few pyramids before they perfected the art (so much for "space aliens" doing it for us).

Incidentally, satellite imagery archaeology has shown the sites of loads of "lost cities". One lesser known fact (well I didn't know it until the BBC docu) is that over the thousands of years Egypt has been populated, the course of the Nile and it's tributaries has changed many times. So there are cities waiting to be found (although one Pharaoh did actually move a city block by block).

Archaeologists are able to trace where these rivers ran by the style and dates of excavated pottery.

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Black Horse Down: Lloyds Banking Group goes TITSUP*

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On the day the BoE base rate goes up ?

I wonder if they are running a piece of software somewhere that is less than 10 years old, and not been tested against a BoE rate rise ?

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Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash

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It's great to know the price of everything ...

if you can afford it.

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Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

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Re: the last thing you want floating around a space station

Which was what NASA pointed out ... hence the work to find an alternative (which I think ended up being the Papermate pen with the heart that could write upside down).

Agree about the crayon.

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I know it's apocryphal ...

but the old canard about NASAs $1,000,000 space pen versus the Russian pencil still applies.

(If my memory is correct, the real incident was based around the docking camera. NASA built a joystick operated PTZ camera whilst the Soviets used a mirror on a stick).

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Boffins befuddled over EU probe into UK's tax rules for multinationals

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My first thought was ...

here's a way to add a few zeros to any sum the UK might think it can get away with paying.

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Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

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Re: You do realise that this "colony" overwhelmingly voted in favour of remaining British?

*shrug*

So ?

What about the people of Diego Garcia who wanted to stay in the homes they'd had for generations ? They got told to get fucked. In fact they were evicted and told to get fucked.

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UK's NHS to pilot 'Airbnb'-style care service in homeowners' spare rooms

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May I be the first to be recorded as saying:

CareBnB

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Hackers nip into celeb plastic surgery clinic, tuck away 'terabytes'

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re: especially to a bribed insider.

with the added complication that the people that could are probably paid peanuts.

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How on earth did the hackers get the crypto keys ...

that must have been needed to unlock such sensitive personal data ?

Is one of the questions that will be awaiting the CEO, given the victim lists access to high-quality legal advice.

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ARM chip OG Steve Furber: Turing missed the mark on human intelligence

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Plus ...

an awful lot of mammalian intelligence isn't in the brain anyway. Every single cell in the body has an input into it. Vision, for example. Your eyes and optic nerves are WAY more thank just cameras and cables.

Hearing ? Well, we know that the ear processes sounds before letting the brain know what they are.

and so on.

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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Reading with detached interest

None of these problems on my Mint laptop. Including needing anything that *has* to run under windows.

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