* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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Re: wrong hemisphere

As educated viewers will have noticed a significant number of rotating globes shown on TV and the internet are spinning in the wrong direction - i.e. with the Sun rising in the West. In that universe you may say that Melbourne, Victoria, Australia is at +37.813610, 144.963100. But it is still downunder.

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Re: Are there clear pola-lenses?

Nope. Pola-lenses (polarisation filters) will always block one of the two (linear or circular) directions of polarisation. So the transmissing is at most 50% or your pola-glasses are fake.

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@Fungus Bob

Kilograms is mass, Newtons is weight. FTFY.

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Baffled Scots cops call in priest to deal with unruly spirits

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Chihuahua in a haunted house

Ren & Stimpy

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Re: the bell, book and candle routine.

The ancient Greeks burned sulphur (sulfur) to purify their temples. Much more effective than incense.

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Bees bring down US stealth fighter

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Re: Brrrrr spiders.

@TheProf: Spiders are at least as useful as predators as bees are as pollinators and (except a number of Australian species) quite harmless to human beings.

A Zebra spider (Salticus scenicus, a common jumping spider) will actually look back at you with blue eyes and red eyelashes, when you take a close look - so cute.

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Accidents happen,

so carry in hazardous situations or when working alone a safety device like the NIROS TX 606. It is a battery operated radiotransmitter with a range of some 300m, communicating with an automatic telephone alarm system. The transmitter is activated when the device is not held upright, i.e. if the wearer falls, gets an incapacitating electrical shock, etc., unless a reset button is pressed. A very nice piece of antique hardware, containing three mercury switches.

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Boffins' blur-busting face recognition can ID you with one bad photo

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WTF?

An fancy

makeup can fool face recognition systems. It certainly works for against OpenCV face detection by Haar Cascades.

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Oz stats bureau deploys a bot to harvest Twitter IDs

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At the other side of the globe ...

Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) has said that if the world would come to an end, he would go to the Netherlands, because there everything happened 50 years later.

However 46 years ago there was widespread protest against the general Dutch census to be held in 1971 fueled by privacy concerns, computer angst and memories of the Nazi occupation.

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

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I am getting old.

My first asocciation with anti-vaxx is DEC's VAX.

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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Re: 500lb?

Presumably about 50lbs of shell and explosive, and 450lbs of false $100 banknotes

FTFY

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Gullible Essex Police are now using junk science lie detectors

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Irony is,

the best trick to beat a polygraph lie detector is to imagine the most vivid and sweaty sexual fantasies you can think of.

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Airbus doesn't just make aircraft – now it designs drone killers

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Re: Firearms?

As an alternative you might fire a Switchblade ™ (at least in Afghanistan etc.). Works against drones as well as against local wedding parties.

Switchblade is designed to provide the warfighter with a man-portable, rapidly deployable, loitering munition for use against beyond-line-of-sight targets. This miniature intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and lethal platform can be operated manually or autonomously. Switchblade provides the operator with real-time video and GPS coordinates for information gathering, targeting or feature/object recognition.

* The vehicle's small size and quiet motor make it difficult to detect, recognize, and track even at very close range.

* Switchblade is fully scaleable and can be launched from a variety of air and ground platforms.

* 10 km radius of operation.

* 55 to 85 kts.

* Precision strike with very low collateral damage.

* Back-packable.

* Tube-launched.

* Loitering munition.

* Effective against stationary and moving targets.

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Did the Russians really hack the DNC or is this another Sony Pictures moment? You decide

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Re: It's funny

"Putin isn't immune: he's squirrelled billions away himself". Er, citation? Evidence of some kind?

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/apr/03/panama-papers-money-hidden-offshore An unprecedented leak of documents shows how this money has made members of Putin's close circle fabulously wealthy. Though the president's name does not appear in any of the records, the data reveals a pattern - his friends have earned millions from deals that seemingly could not have been secured without his patronage.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-capitalism-propertymanager-idUSKCN0WX1MU Last year, Reuters reported that Putin's daughter Tikhonova, who holds a senior position at Moscow State University, is personally advised by some of Putin's oldest friends. She is also married to Kirill Shamalov, son of billionaire Nikolai Shamalov, an associate of Putin's.

Baevsky has previously attracted little attention. His connection to Putin was uncovered by investigative journalist Roman Anin who was conducting research for the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), an East European media network. Public records show that companies co-owned by Baevsky have benefited from state construction contracts worth at least 6 billion rubles ($89 million) in the past two years.

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/russia-capitalism-shamalov/ The man who married Putin's daughter and then made a fortune. The story of Kirill Shamalov, the celebration of his wedding to the Russian president's younger daughter, and the loan from a politically well-connected bank that helped make him a billionaire. Kirill Shamalov, son of an old friend of Vladimir Putin, was able to borrow about $1.3 billion via a new company wholly-owned by him.

Etc, Etc.

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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WTF?

Let's do the sums.

Fig. A8. gives World's energy production as ~5*1020J/yr without any reference. World Electricity Production from all energy sources for domestic and industrial use was in 2014 22433 TWh = 8*1019J/yr or 350 W per person (including those living on less than a dollar a day).

Ever heard about solar energy?

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Re: Terrible fates

Most people die after drinking water for about 70 years.

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Boffins unveil 500TB/in2 disk. Yeah, it's made of chlorine. -196˚C, why?

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1200 °C

Between five hundred thousand to two million cuneiform clay tablets survived the millennia because they were baked by (accidental) fire. There is plenty of room at the bottom as Feynman said to store a huge amount of data on clay-like material.

Mine is the one with the matchbox in the pocket.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Re: The family snaps, gone in a flash.

There is a book about that. You know the things they make from dead wood. When We Are No More, How digital memory is shaping our future by Abby Smith Rumsey.

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Missile bods MBDA win Brit military laser cannon contract

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Fair weather models

Demos of high energy laser weapon systems are AFAIKS all performed under exellent weather conditions. I want to see their performance (and survival rate) in an arctic blizzard. Mine is the one with the Goalkeeper in the pocket.

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UK.gov flings £30m at driverless car R'n'D, wants plebs to speek their branes

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Full circle

The car is evolving from a horseless carriage to a driverless car with the intelligence of a horse.

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Idiot brings gun-shaped iPhone to airport

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Re: My God.

Article 13 of the Dutch law Wet wapens en munitie, 's-Gravenhage, 5 juli 1997 states: it is not allowed to make, transform, make for a third party, transfer, have available, carry, transport, import or export an object ... that in so far look like a weapon that it is fit for threat or extortion.

So in the Netherlands you can be arrested for the possession of a piece of soap that does not resemble an iPhone.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Yes, we can

LOL. Just Youtube adds simultaneously an estimated 18000 videos to be censored rated.

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Bloke 'lobbed molotov cocktails' at Street View car because Google was 'watching him'

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Later developments of the Molotov cocktail

The early history was IMHO correctly described by Kmiettinen. In 1968, when students and laborers almost toppled the French government, an improved version was developed by adding a layer of suphuric acid to attack priceless marble. Finally there is supposed to be feminist Molotov cocktail where the glass bottle is replaced by a cola-can which makes it almost harmless.

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Forget YouTube – meet ChewTube: Strangers watching millennials eat

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Social Eating

reminds me of the film The Phantom of Liberty (Le Fantôme de la liberté, 1974) by Luis Buñuel which shows what happens when social eating becomes a taboo.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: July 29 .. ?

MS does not state "Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends July 29 2016".

See you in court.

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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

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Re: Bag of chips?

The Enfer of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France contains 2600 erotic and pornographic books dating from the 16th century to the present day. At an estimated weight of 800 g per tome this comes to 2 tonnes.

Keep playing with your punched cards, or your DVD for that matter. Old books smell better than punched cards.

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Get-rich quick trick Twitch snitch: Bots sued for fake video views

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Re: Every follower needs to pay USD $1 per month to charity

Every man, woman and child on the globe needs to pay USD $6.58 per month to fill the coffers of the Pentagon.

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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Re: pieces of buttered toast

There is no need to experiment with buttered toast. If the toast would land on the buttered side, it confirms Murphy's Law. However if the toast would land with the buttered side up, that only confirms that Murphy's Law holds for this kind of experiment. QED.

It is left to the reader to proof that this is a fallacy.

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

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just checked LiN:

found 2 posts.

1) Open Sourcing Photon ML LinkedIn's Scalable Machine Learning Library for Spark. Machine learning is a key component of LinkedIn's relevance-driven products. We use machine learning to train the ranking algorithms for our feed, advertising, recommender systems (such as People You May Know), email optimization, search engines, and more.

2) "registreer je voor het webinar met kenner Yorick Dokter" sponsored by Microsoft Nederland (never saw this s** before).

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It's not us, it's you: Boffins ditch supercomputers in lust for new materials

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@Bloakey1

Give me the cat for ten minutes and the hammer and I will sort the whole quantem super position thingy out in one swift blow.

Not so fast: Heisenberg's uncertainty principle states that you can not control with certainty the momentum and position of the hammer in one blow.

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Cold space gas? Sure, supermassive black holes can eat that. Nom, nom, nom

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You can NOT peer through the ALMA telescope.

ALMA consists of 66 mirrors of 8.2 meter diameter working as one interferometer at (sub)millimeter wavelengths. The 66 heterodyne receivers operate at 4K (-269 °C). ALMA is located at the uninhabitable Chilian Atacama desert at 5000 meters above sealevel. The operations Support Facility (OSF) where the primary observations are done, is located at 2,900 meters.

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US military tests massive GPS jamming weapon over California

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The Embraer Phenom 300

and other planes use avionics based on the Garmin G3000 system. That seems to be 100% GPS-based. The manual mentions GPS eighty times.

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

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Re: Complicated permissions system + humans != security

But they're as likely to do it as the pope is likely to convert to islam. Pope Sylvester II came close to that after his visit to Córdoba.

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

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Re: Stronger than steel...

Hopefully they do not rely on the same contractor as the first high-speed fiberlink laid in Belgium - on the cheap. No watertight couplings were used to save time & money. That is, until they had to start digging when the first rain came.

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

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Re: Fly agaric..

Sven Moeschlin's, Klinik und Therapie der Vergiftungen states that deadly poisoning by Amanita Muscaria is exceptional (2% according to Habersaat).

However consumption of reheated leftovers of edable mushrooms, even if stored in a refrigidator can be very dangerous. Prepared mushroom dishes contain enough protein to be a good breeding ground for bacteria.

Before modern times people had a very limited knowledge of foodpoisoning. Many cases, like the death of Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander VI) in 1503, which were attributed to deliberate poisoning, were probably a case of foodpoisoning.

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King Tut's iron dagger of extraterrestrial origin

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Re: How did they manage to carve granite

The Egyptians used diorite for pounders to work hard stones like granite and quartzite. Diorite is a crystalline, granular rock consisting essentially of the minerals plagioclase felspar (white) and hornblende or augite (black or dark green); it may be either fine- or coarse-grained.

Making Classical Art, Process & Practice, © Roger Ling, 2000. Page 19.

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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0 - 100mph in four seconds

For freight transport? I would not put all my eggs in thát basket.

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Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

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Fuel

So the RD-274 and assumably also the RS-28s will use almost the same nasty fuels as the Amercan Titan II. - Read Command and Control by Eric Schlosser.

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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Re: Best password advice I ever had?

I will never discuss passwords - full stop.

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Re: Gateway Terrorism

Or they would have converted the chicken fat into some nasty explosives.

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Skygazers: Brace yourselves for a kick in the Aquarids

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If you missed the Aquarid meteor display

or just slept through it, you could try to observe the transit of Mercury on May 9 2016, 11:12-18:42 UTC.

Use binoculars or a small telescope to project the image of the Sun on a sheet of paper.Never look at the Sun directly.

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Europe's Earth-watching sat beams back icy first pic

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Re: Must. Build. Big. Radar Corner Reflector.

The hi-res mode offers a resolution of 5mx5m. So may be you can build an array of corner reflectors and leave a message.

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

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This

makes me sick, even from the other side of the herring pond. I can feel my kidneys already.

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30 years on, Chernobyl wildlife still feeling effects of nuke plant catastrophe

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Re: CIH

And just in time several viruses ("W32.Ramnit" and "Conficker") were detected at the German Gundremmingen B nuclear power station. It only affected the handling of nuclear waste. The reactor is safe. Nothing to see here.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclearpower-cyber-germany-idUSKCN0XN2OS

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Re: Well

Fishermen used to have a golden earring, so when they drowned and washed ashore the gold would pay their funeral bill.

The Loon balloon could have a bundle of dollars in a titanium box to pay for damages at the crash site. But then ....

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: from three 'double u's to one single 'm'

@Charles 9

In the 6th century AD the Roman script started to be used to write the version of English spoken at the time. But Latin does not have the W-sound. So that was written an VV, where V is the way the romans chiseled their U-sound.

(The compact edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, lemma W)

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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Re: as if owning IT antiquity was one of those positive character traits

Mine is the one with UNICODE, The Universal Telegraphic Phrase-Book, Cassell and Company, Ltd. London, Paris & Melbourne 1897 in the pocket.

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

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@John Brown (no body)

What about bats armed with napalm bombs?

FTFY

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Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

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The NRC-Handelsblad newspaper writes (2016-04-21, page 3)

Selling PGP-services is not punishable. Nevertheless is the owner of Ennetcomm detained on Tuesday. He is accused of laundering. According to the police he must have known that most of his clients were criminals who paid him with money originating from crime. By accepting that money for his services he is guilty of laundering, is the proposition of the public prosecutor. (my translation)

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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@Robert Jenkins

CDs should be OK, at least

The data on (audio)CDs are not compressed, but in reality almost all CDs develop defects - think scratches - which are in principle masked by error correction code which comes with every block of data. In that case the information can not be restored to the original form, i.e. the data on a pristine CD. So it becomes illegal under the proposed Burr-Feinstein bill.

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