* Posts by 2Nick3

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

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Re: Dodgy Picture

There are so many things wrong with the picture that I'm trying to figure out if it's supposed to be a mix of Dune and some other series. Just can't figure out what the other one would be.

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

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Re: Daniel Gould The power of suggestion

"A friend did something similar - a fake change warning"

Your friend should have lost his job for that. As soon as IT breaks trust with the users (for real, not the way the users always complain about) they become a liability in the company instead of an asset.

The next change comes up, and it's an important one, say to patch against the latest Ransomware, and everyone just remembers the hoax and doesn't pay attention. The joke just caused a major disruption to the function of the business, one that it may never recovery from.

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O Rly? O'Reilly exits direct book sales

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Re: As long as they're still publishing dead tree books ...

..."there's no amount of electronic gizmos that can top having the book on the desk beside you with a dozen post it notes in the important places."

Exactly - there are times where you can find something in the book by feel - how thick the stack of pages is on each side. I have a number of reference books I can flip to within a page or two of what I want without looking at the TOC/Index just based on feel.

That and it's hard to take notes in the margins on an eReader. If you do manage it they tend to be visible on everything you read after that...

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Murderous Uber driver 'attacked passenger and the app biz did nothing. Then he raped me'

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I know their plan!!

With all of the negative press for Uber, they'll be able to claim that no jury could be considered impartial, and therefore they can't receive a fair trial.

It's brilliant, really.

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Re: A luddite writes... @scatter

Cutting the flight time between the US and India from ~16 hours to ~7 would make a huge difference for me, and I'm just a line grunt in my company. That's a whole day saved on the round trip - definitely not insignificant to me.

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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

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Re: Long File Path support

"I wouldn't call it metadata because it doesn't tell you anything about the data."

The original post about using an overly-long path was alluding to using the path to describe the data. For example, I had a user once trying to restore a file with a path something like this:

C:\Users\User Name\Documents\Meeting Minutes\Biggest Project Ever - Never Delete This Data - EVER\Project Scope Meeting With Bob Bill Jonathan Matthew and Jessica\Meetings in 2017\Meetings in March\Meetings on the 19th\Meeting where we discussed the Project Scope with Everyone and Jessica too\Part of meeting where Angela was there\Minutes.doc

THAT is including metadata in the path name. And no, the restore would not work to the original location (yet somehow the file had been created and backed up) while a restore to C:\Users\User Name\Documents worked great.

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Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

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Do Not Call Registry?

But nothing for violating the Do Not Call Registry? Hard to believe he verified each number he fed the robocaller had been vetted against that list.

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WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

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Re: Air gap with Windows gateways, you say (imply)

"... via two semaphore operators in a tunnel ..."

I frequently refer to bad network connections having "two squirrels with semaphore flags in the data path." I had no idea the use of that technology was so wide spread!

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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My M16 had a maximum range of 3600m

Oh, you mean an aimed shot that hits the target?? Well, that's different then. Bloody amazing at that.

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US Air Force resumes F-35A flights despite not knowing why pilot oxygen systems failed

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Re: No failure was identified

I was thinking the same thing when I read "...and allowing pilots to wear extra sensors during flight to collect data ..." That makes me think the g-suit (and associated systems) could be what they are looking at for issues, rather than the oxygen supply.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

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Re: If there is any justice...

More likely Lyft - he knows EXACTLY how Uber treats their drivers.

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Uber wants your top tips to mend its rotten image

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Tips recorded for taxes

Don't know specifically for Uber (taxi) drivers, but don't service workers (waiters and waitresses, stylists, etc) get taxed on tips? It's been a long time since I worked in that sector, but I remember being taxed on the estimated tips I would have received. I was supposed to self-report anything higher than that, too. So with paying a tip on your bill the exact amount can be monitored, with Uber withholding the appropriate amount, and sending that to the IRS quarterly (again, could have changed). So they are making interest on the withheld taxes.

From their reputation I doubt this has as much to do with driver or customer satisfaction as the bottom line.

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Re: Add it to the pile of coal.

Your point is good, but if you compared a 2010 Corolla to your 2010 Peugeot you'd see they are pretty similar with some of that. The amount of stuff that can be crammed under the bonnet of a car is pretty amazing, seeing as it all has to fit in and still function. But then there is barely room to turn a wrench in there any more.

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When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!

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Re: This will be tough...

"A search engine should be a search engine. As in, indexing information, searching for things in it, and then ranking the results based on relevant criteria. Not act as an arbiter of truth."

But in this case we are talking Google, who inserts ads into the search results, charges for things like Ad Words, and other things that involve them in the search results. And I think that's where things get a bit ugly for them here.

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Re: Not so easy...

Unless your ISP shows you being in West Virginia, or Kentucky, or western Pennsylvania, or Ohio...

When I'm on AT&T cellular data many sites thing I'm in Atlanta, GA. Except for the fact that I'm not.

I have no answer here, just pointing out how convoluted this can all be.

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Re: This will be tough...

"That company IS indeed guilty of fraud - just a different type of fraud."

This article only indicated they were being investigated for investment fraud, not that they had been found guilty. Maybe there is more information somewhere else that shows they were found guilty, but it isn't here.

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Enterprise flash storage market report reads like it's a vendors graveyard

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111 pages?

It took them so long to write the report that some of the companies shut down before they could publish it!

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

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Re: When I was a lad ....

"Also, if I was in charge of the school in Sweden, I'd just have the sound system permanently playing a loop of farting/splashing/grunting noises."

If you're going to be worried about this, that is really the best solution.

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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

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Re: Manufacturer imposed NFZ's (No Fly Zones)

"Do you decide what is "safe" and what is not?"

"Do you decide what is "safe" and what is not?"

I'm riding along in the car with a friend of mine, and he blows right through a red light - didn't even slow down! I said "Dude, you just ran a red light!" to which he replied "Yeah, I know." The next intersection we come to has a red light, and he goes right through it. Once again I exclaim "Dude, that was ANOTHER red light!!" "Don't worry about it," he says, "My brother does it all the time and there's never a problem." We get to the next intersection and the light is green, and he comes to a screeching halt! I say, "Dude! It's green, why are you stopping?"

"Because my brother might be coming the other way."

People who make up their own rules in a society tend to throw things off for everyone else. Most laws and rules have a very good reason for being there, even if you don't think they should apply to you.

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Well, it is California, so it's a distinct possibility.

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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

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I'm wondering if the boy's family has a case for wrongful death. That's what the Goldmans and Browns got OJ on, even though he was acquitted of murder.

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Re: What about Free Will?

"I do not think that you can manipulate somebody to make whatever you want because that person is depressive, and I know that first hand."

One data point doesn't make a trend, and whatever your experience is (which I am not dismissing - depression is real and it sucks for the person suffering it and everyone who cares for them) doesn't seem to represent the whole continuum of depression. The longing to feel good, even just better than your normal state, can drive some people to some incredible extremes of behavior. Likewise the desire to not disappoint a person who you are allowing to determine your self-value (which seems like the case here) can drive you to actions you would never normally consider.

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Re: Oh no! Cyber!!

Well, as this is a tech/IT website, so the fact they are talking about the technology aspects of the case seems pretty appropriate.

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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Re: a Mortal Threat...to augmented reality games

I completely agree with your comparison to a concert - this is the same thing. You are attracting people to a location for entertainment purposes, so you need a permit. To get that permit, you need to provide facilities (toilets and parking) and security, or pay for them to be provided. Just because the crowds will be people intently staring at their phone screens instead of a stage doesn't change it.

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Dish Network hit with $280 MEEELLION fine for relentless robocalling

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Facepalm

Now if only the Do Not Call List applied for political calls...

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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"People who are trusted with classified information and pledge to protect it must be held accountable when they violate that obligation."

Unless they run for President, right?

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The nuclear launch button won't be pressed by a finger but by a bot

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King also had a book under the Bachman name called "Rage," which described a school shooting incident, way before they were common.

So is King predicting the future, or is he causing it? <glances warily at the dog/>

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Florida court's schizophrenic rulings throw mobe passcode privacy into doubt

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Sure, except...

"Many people, including myself, can't remember passwords from a year ago."

I'd venture to guess that most people, including this lawyer, are using the same passcode on their phone from a year ago.

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

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Childcatcher

Re: "Planes ban may extend to ALL nations"

"US tourism PR heads are already warning about a lost decade!"

That would make shorter lines at Disney World, at least!

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2Nick3

"The four 9/11 flights were all domestic flights. Make of that what you will."

But has there been a successful terrorist attack on a US domestic flight since then? I can't recall any (and searching for that involves terms I don't want to be associated to...). The debate is over causality - are the security procedures in place working, or is there another reason for the lack of incidents?

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IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

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Re: Just something to think about...

You forgot the cost for the accountant to figure out all of that, the auditor to make sure it's right, the executive review to change it, the accountant's time to revise...

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IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

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How often are these outsourcing contracts renewed?

You hear a lot about outsourcing contracts ending, with either a new supplier involved or things going back in-house, but how often are they actually renewed? After outsourcing to IBM/HP/CSC/Patheon/Accenture/CapGemini/etc for 3-5 years, what do companies do next?

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2Nick3

Re: @Back Door ... So...

I know a few IBM lifers, and they are all afraid of trying to move outside the company. They realize a lot of the culture they are used to won't fit well anywhere else.

IBM even has it's own internal Resume/CV style that doesn't work well outside the company.

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

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At my daughter's dorm this past year just about every room at a WiFi printer in it, including hers via her roommate, which they were sharing.

The first issue was that, between all of devices attached to the network the IP table for the building was consumed. That sorted out when all of the extra devices (family cell phones, etc.) left after move-in was complete. Then there was the fact that most everyone had the same model printer (it was on sale at the nearest office supply store), so identifying which one was which on the network was near impossible, unless you changed the printer name (and were willing to go through pages of names to find yours - always start with 'AAAA' to be at the top of the list!). And IP addresses changed frequently, so permissions had to be updated frequently, for those that had even bothered.

My solution was a USB cable off the back of the printer - worked every time my daughter plugged it into her laptop. Her roommate fought the WiFi until they were both sick of the printer firing up at 03:00 and printing a random job from someone else in the building.

Simple is so often better.

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

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Re: Bah!

Nope, my eyes were wide open, even had just had a second cup of coffee. It was a genuine question, my apologies that you took it as some kind of insult.

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Re: Bah!

Didn't the scroll at the beginning start out with "Episode IV: A New Hope" even in the initial release?

(Need to find John, the guy from my school who claimed to see Star Wars over 100 times in the theater. He'd remember for sure!)

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Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

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"Plastic carrier bags and party sized balloons should pose no threat to even small single engine ultra lights,let alone a huge four engine accident waiting to happen like a 380.."

Fouling the prop on a single engine light aircraft would cause a major problem - it just became a glider (and not an efficient one with a fouled, unfeathered prop). And the pilot now has to find a suitable place to land within the glide range (which decreases with any maneuvering they do) while also keeping the plane above stall speed (which increases during maneuvering).

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Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

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Re: Price googing?

"You would have thought they would have got a better discount but OTOH there are other unspecified items."

Well, there is no incentive at all for MS to provide a discount at this point. There is zero chance of a renewal. They aren't going to collect on the bill, which means they will end up writing it off, so maximizing the value makes sense. And if they somehow do collect on it, so much the better.

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

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Time Warner Cable

When on hold for TWC you would regularly hear Jackson Browne warn you "The Next Voice You Hear Will Be Your Own."

Great song, wrong message...

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

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"Odd - I never had any issues with our OS/2 Notes servers. They just ran and ran, and were fairly nippy too."

The only problems I ever had running Notes on OS/2 was when the Notes Admins did something dumb. Like turning off the machine because shutdown took too long (because Notes was doing it's shutdown).

A few corrupted os2.ini and os2sys.ini files later the Notes Admins weren't allowed in the data center any more.

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2Nick3

Re: To quote a popular song ... 'Let it go !!!'

The joke was if you wanted to stress test your hardware build install OS/2 on it. If it got through the install and booted up, you had a solid machine. The bugger was trying to diagnose the TRAP 0002 to determine what was failing.

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Police anti-ransomware warning is hotlinked to 'ransomware.pdf'

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Or when your corporate Cyber-Security annual training is outsourced, so the email everyone in the company got to invite them to the training looked just like what you were supposed to avoid:

Unknown sender

Link to an abbreviated URL

All recipients on bcc

Lots of "action" words - "Immediate" "compliance" "required"

Font changes through the body of the message

This was the week after Corp IT Security sent out an email describing exactly what to watch out for, and they managed to check every box on the list. I can't imagine how many help desk tickets got opened that day!

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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Re: MP3 is good enough for 90% of people.

I had a professor in college who claimed he could hear the digital "steps" in CD playback. Back in 1993-94. It's supposedly impossible for the human ear to detect, but he claimed he would get headaches listening to CDs. He would correctly identify cassettes recorded from CD against store-bought cassettes or recordings from LP, and we even tried to fool him once by switching between LP and CD for sources on a mix tape. He offered a 5% bonus on your final grade if you could fool him - to my knowledge no one ever claimed it.

But then he was a huge Grateful Dead fan, so who knows??

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IBM's pension fund sells most of its IBM shares

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WTF?

Not a big deal for the value of the IBM Pension Fund

Based on a share price of $180 (about the high for the year), the value of IBM stock in the fund went from just under $15m to $2.2m. So for the >$100b (fund value at the EOY 2014 per the 10-K filing), the portion of IBM stock in the IBM Pension Fund went from 0.015% to 0.002%.

So the IBM Pension Fund never really had much faith in IBM stock in the first place.

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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What if the pilot and copilot both have the fish???

If someone has to let you in from the cockpit side of the door, and both pilots are incapacitated, it doesn't matter if Ted Striker is on the flight or not - your only hope is Otto!!

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Crooks can nick Brits' identities just by picking up the phone and lying

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Re: 'Security' questions?

The security questions with answers that can change over time are not very good. I had this one come up the other day: "What is the name of your favourite movie?"

What took me forever to remember is that I had setup the online security on this account a good decade ago, so I had to ask what my younger self would have answered. I probably only got it because I had rewatched it recently.

So then I had to work through how I could have ever liked that movie, much less had it as my favourite!

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Fake ruse: USA Today calls the FBI after half of its 15m Facebook Likes turn out to be bogus

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Re: Never quite understood the logic

Too many people have their self-value defined by the number of "Friends" they have and the number of Likes their posts get.

Is it really 15 minutes of fame when it's the summation of 900k separate milliseconds?

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What's your worst nightmare? A Comcast, Charter cellphone network? Oh, it's coming

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Re: And of course this service will involve piggybacking on Comcast and Charter WiFi routers

I don't have either provider, but from what I hear of them (here and elsewhere) they might be in for a surprise when their customers actually have the choice to not use their services. Such tends to happen when there is competition in a market rather than a physical monopolistic lock-in.

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A 'Transformational License Agreement' – what merry Dell is this?

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Coat

TLA?

Trivial Letter Arrangement?

Mine's the one with the BS Bingo cards in the pocket.

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