* Posts by Bandikoto

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How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Maybe not 1996 PCs, but 1987 Macs did it well

It was 1987 and although the start-up I was working for had just flamed out, the one client we had committed to deploying our system was building their new trading floor and were not about to fill it with Quotron terminals. Instead, we deployed a fleet of Macs, both color and black&white, both ethernet and localtalk, to handle the traffic. I did the transport layer, both server-side and client-side. Riding up on the train one day, inspiration hit me and I came up with a semi-reliable (reliable enough, as measurements proved) UDP broadcast protocol that solved our "TCP can't possibly handle hundreds of machines" - at that point, with the Mac II being the most powerful machine we could buy. And yes, it handled Black Monday later that year with aplomb.

Fear the Reaper: Man hospitalised after eating red hot chilli pepper

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Trollface

Shades of seventies/eighties tales about that suspect rock and roll guy

Leave it to a British publication to make such a serious error about American Rock and Roll. "Don't Fear the Reaper" is by Blue Öyster Cult, not the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Also, semen, even in massive amounts, doesn't cause stomach upset.

2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

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Re: Ah well, back to my PowerPoint slides

>The color-fest at the end?

That's not quite the end. That's the "intergalactic switching-station", assuming that I'm remembering the chapter title from the book correctly. <spoilers>From there, we have Bowman arriving at the habitat the monolith aliens had provided for him. He meets his aged self, not understanding that the aliens are four (more?) dimensional, settles into a routine eating the weird blue cheese stuff in familiar containers and watching years-old television broadcasts, finally he reaches the end of his life and becomes/is reborn as the Star Child. As the Star Child, he returns to Terra, visits his mother, and prevents the various blocs from setting off their orbital nuke - rather, he (if he can be said to have a gender, still) prevents them from having any actual effect.</spoilers>

I saw it as a wee lad, during a re-release, on the biggest screen in a large city. Probably in late '71 or '72, as we also saw The Andromeda Strain and THX 1138 projected in the classroom from 16mm prints.

Microsoft's Windows 7 Meltdown fixes from January, February made PCs MORE INSECURE

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Holmes

I'll just be sitting in my basement, occasionally firing up a dead XP box in a VM in order to program devices. Oddly enough, MSFT is still updating the darn thing!

My 7 box is still on 7 because it was dead during the free upgrade to 10 window.

Apple Macs, iThings, smart watches choke on tiny Indian delicacy

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Re: Compose yourself

Worse yet, the country that melts down on the ASCII sequence T I B E T is right in the middle. 中

Ugly, perfect ten-rated bug hits Cisco VPNs

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Re: Security appliances memory errors and programming bugs

So, did the "best and brightest from the best universities" programmer fail to NULL out the pointer after he or she freed it or were there multiple copies of the pointer to the memory region in the code? Both are no-nos that were supposed to be banned in IOS more than a decade ago. Also, looks as if someone removed the "zero out a freed memory buffer" code - probably because it was "slow". Let's not forget the old "freeing freed memory" check that was in IOS.

But I know nothing.

"Our software is our crown jewels." -John Chambers

OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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It's typical "I've been taught to code, but I don't actually understand computers and the culture/environment in which they're used". People who have no idea of the limitations of where their code will be executed — i.e. why it's unreasonable to bang out N packets all at once, rather than feed them to a rate-moderated emitter, or in this case more than N (for small values of N) is unreasonable to stuff into your for(register x=0;x<N;x++) resend_MDNS_announcement(last_index_sent+x); /* spot the errors */ loop.

What is 2,000,000 packets blasted out on your typical 802.11g network in a typical crowded urban environment, anyway?

Why, indeed, is it unreasonable for any one subsystem to be able to allocate all of the available RAM for its own use and then busy-wait while it's waiting for those 2,000,000 packets to be stuffed out the radio?

Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

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Well, it was flying a pre-programmed flight, so it was autonomous, just not self-aware. Time for 3DS to add collision-avoidance cameras like DJI has done? Then again:

https://forum.dji.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=93915

With a helpful screen-shot of its T&Cs. This flying ace managed to fly his very expensive drone into a power line. DJI was helpful until he threatened them with his advocate.

VMware: New year, new job – you're fired

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the perfect solution - finally

It keeps the troops terrorized, preserves options for C-level execs, frees up money for bonuses, and lets sadistic managers get their jollies abusing staff. VMware isn't the first Valley firm to do this. Management By Intimidation is a Valley Virtue.

Huawei spied, US federal jury finds

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Sysco

It's not as if their product had the exact same error messages, poor spelling and all.

FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

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Re: Black arm bands for everyone

In the years before? No-onBUFFERINGe remembBUFFERINGers tha

Programming bootcamp compiles $375,000 check after triggering New York AG's error handlers

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Re: So...

Hush you. Without this constant stream of "programmers"/"coders", how can they effectively suppress wages fight the tech worker shortage?

I ran into some of these types here in Flyover Country, and they were claiming that their grads got jobs that paid what turns out to be half the going rate here, which is less than what the imports get, even.

Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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Re: a flurry of branching narratives created to feed the attention span of modern Hollywood

Which is why you have the extended stupid exploding rubber doll sequences in "Total Recall". Well, that and the three-boobed mutie. (Hm, one of each hand, the other for...?) It gives the mouth-breathers something to enjoy while the rest of us are watching the story.

SanDisk man tipped off his family to Fusion-io fusion, bagged $220k in share snatch – says SEC

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Re: If they were a bit smarter

He no doubt got noticed precisely because they're not big boys. The big boys being the only ones meant to make a mint off of that sale. Can't be profiting from the actions of the oligarchy.

Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

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I'm not sure if you are or are not referencing 1964's "My Living Doll" starring Julie Newmar, whose character Rhoda aka "AF 709" (a robot) popularized "DOES NOT COMPUTE".

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057774/

Weird white dwarf pulsar baffles boffins as its pulsating pattern changes over decades

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Re: a teaspoon ... would weigh 15 tons.

> if you use a balance calibrated for earth

Well, actually, if you use a balance and always use the same standard weights (masses - yes yes we know they're different things, especially outside of a 1g field) on one side of the balance, it will register the same weight/mass no matter where you use it.

Your bog-standard springy scale, on the other hand, is another story entirely.

Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed

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I can imagine the casual chat Management had with the barmen

"Good job lads, but next time, ixnay on the ignsay." However you say that in French.

Calm down, internet. Elon's Musk-see SpaceX spacesuit is a bit generic

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Re: Double vacuum

>I think pure O2 is frowned upon nowadays.

Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee all lost their lives in Apollo 1 before we realized that was a Very Bad Idea.

Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

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Reminds me a lot of my time at ChipzillaWannabe in the eighties

ChipzillaWannabe back in the eighties had a fellow who was former (retired?) Army Intelligence as their head of security. His trusted lieutenant was former (retired?) Army Counter-Intelligence. They had instituted bag-checks (but NOT purse-checks) as a counter-measure against theft. This included locked bank-type bags for moving chips from facility to facility, etc. Their claim was that it saved the company millions of dollars (back then, a million bucks actually bought you something) so it was justified. Of course, my co-workers and I found out about it when they wanted to start searching our luggable computer (a Network General Sniffer™), our TDR, tools, our ladders (for getting up to the big yellow hose), spare keyboards/terminals, and of course our personal backpacks. (Remember the days before everyone carried a backpack?) Their measures slowed us down at every building entrance and exit, and in the fashion of the time, the buildings were wide-spread across the valley because there was minimal traffic. Network outages were measured in minutes, so this rankled, as their measures greatly cut into our performance stats. Claiming my backpack as a purse didn't prevent the unnecessary fondling.

It all blew up in their faces when they decided to accuse our techs of time card fraud, which was proven by your correspondent to be false, as I dug through the terminal concentrator logs and showed that they were working when they said they were. Not to be one-upped, Security claimed that they were still lying because they supposedly had to first enter our building, and then travel to the building they were performing the day's tasks in.

And the chips that their anti-theft measures prevented from being stolen? Those were being manufactured overseas. Any chips we had in our building were engineering samples and in fact, our main workplace was a design (and IT) center. If I remember correctly, they had one fab there in Sunnydale, which might have been for making the 20% faster than Chipzilla's CPU chips, thus the entire brouhaha an exercise in Wang-waggling by the ex-military types.

Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Re: It's not the odd bit of the pig

"Everything but the squeal."

Cancel your summer trip to nearby Proxima b. No chance of life, room service, say boffins

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Re: Not a clue

Waiter, I'll have what he's smoking.

Meanwhile, certain types continue to defecate all over our planet, as if they'll be magically transported to a paradise once earth is uninhabitable.

Crims snatch 5.5 million social security numbers from Kansas govt box

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And who is REQUIRED to make an account and post up their resume/job history there?

It's a condition of getting Kansas unemployment benefits that you make an account and put all of your info up there. So yes, 25% of Kansans have been unemployed in that period. (n.b. The real figure is slightly smaller, as it's all persons who live or have worked in Kansas and want to collect unemployment benefits from the state.)

Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

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SPO2 meters are under $20 now - why isn't the aircraft recording/monitoring the pilot's vitals?

They should at least be monitoring heartbeat, respiration, and SPO2, if not galvanic skin response. (For a proper measure of performance, some kind of pucker factor probe is indicated.) This is old tech now and should be trivial to fit into the system. WTFUSAF?

NASA whistles up electron noise from the Van Allen belt

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Van Allen Belt surrounds it!

This is the space age ...

This is the space age ...

(repeats and fades)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khQiqFArffo

Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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Methane? Forget the pizza

Mars colonists are going to be eating a lot of beans.

Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Re: tabs take fewer keystrokes

>Unless your still programming in vi, I don't think you are actually typing these spaces. Of the 2 modern(ish) IDEs I've used this week, pressing enter will indent automatically to the same point on the next line.

And this is why I hate looking over someone's shoulder as they attempt to use vi. Vi has had autoident since I first encountered it in 1981. ":set autoindent" and be done. Also of use: ":set shiftwidth=MYPREFERREDINDENT" and the ^T and ^D insert mode commands, which head out to your next indent and unindent for you, respectively. In command mode, you would enjoy <MOTION and >MOTION, often used as << and >>.

Crapness of WannaCrypt coding offers hope for ransomware victims

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Re: 'Important Folders'

So you're saying that "Swordfish" was a work of fiction?

Way to destroy my hopes and dreams, man.

German robo-pastor preaches the GNU Testament

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THX 1138

I'm sure that OMM 0000 would have something to say about automated churches: " Let us be thankful we have commerce. Buy more. Buy more now. Buy. And be happy."

Cisco cuts 250 jobs in San Jose, has 850 more pink slips to hand out

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Yet the cutbacks aren't small to the people being showed the door.

How times change. The Cisco considered itself a software company (thus sayeth Rev. Chambers) in the early aughties shortly before Huawei was caught selling hardware running IOS, The Cisco's self-described "Crown Jewel" of software.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/01/24/cisco_sues_huawei_over_ip/

NASA duo plan Tuesday ISS spacewalk to replace the mux that sux

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Re: Uh-oh

It was everyone's first thought.

Code-thief pleads guilty to pinching file system to sell to China

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Perhaps the unnamed company could speak to the formerly-great routing giant to find out what happens when their cheap workers steal their source code.

No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

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Do you remember all those religious nutters from the seventeenth century?

Your ancestors sent some of my ancestors to the Colonies, starting in 1620, because they were religious nutters. The Puritans might have changed - the UCC is now one of the most liberal Christian churches in America - but their blue-nosed offspring live on.

Microsoft's Windows 10 ARM-twist comes closer with first demonstration

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Surface 3 and better can do that because they're x86 devices. Prior ones ran WindowsRT and software had to be recompiled for them.

Fancy a relaxed boozy holiday? Keep well away from Great Britain

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Easier to get guns in some states then Scotch.

I've never had to fill out a federal form (required for all retail firearm purchases in all states) to buy hooch.

Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead

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Re: Cue David Lee Roth

What instrument do you play?

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Victoria_Williamson/publication/235417631_Contracting_Earworms_The_Roles_of_Personality_and_Musicality/links/0fcfd5116185c5013d000000.pdf

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Re: Proof

>"Anal" is also an effective contraceptive. Apparently.

That's how you get lawyers.

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Re: A bit of German

And someone who is "earnest", could be said to be serious. Thus, it works in English as well, you just have to pick your words carefully and translate the lad's name.

Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

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Re: Trump had better hurry up and ban Mint

He's on-tape as favoring Tic-Tacs, though.

BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

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Re: Optional

Scott has gone full Randroid. If the garbage man had anything of worth to say, he would be paid accordingly.

Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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Coffee/keyboard

Tap water? Why not distilled water? Why not pure grain alcohol? (197 proof ethanol)

Water's all fine and dandy, but tap water? Surely you keep distilled water on-hand to block Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

For me, the cleaner of choice is pure grain alcohol and a toothbrush. It will absorb the remaining water and whisk it away.

SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

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Re: The advantages of poverty

Music is but a small part of the QuietComfort experience. It's nice to have music, but the superior noise reduction these bring to the table (vs. el-cheapo Sony cans) is worth every damn penny. I put them on, I still hear some of the conversation from people who never learned the difference between their "inside voice" and "outside voice" in the open-floorplan hell almost all of us are forced to work in, and then I turn them on... Sweet, sweet (mostly) silence. Not quite a snowy day out in the country, but as close as I can get without screaming at everyone to "shut the fuck up for once". Adding my favorite music covers up the rest of the conversation.

n.b. I don't work for Bose, nor have I met a Bose. I just don't like having to listen to random twats prattle on all day long. The $350 I handed over to The Bezos for my QC35s was a fantastic investment in my sanity and employability.

Revealed: Scammers plaster Google Maps with pins to lure punters from honest traders

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FAIL

A "mall" is not always a place to shop

There's been problems with the data in Maps long before the Black Hats figured out how to game their naïveté. I don't know how many local corrections I've submitted, removing items that were clearly shovel-ware garnered from some out-of-date business index. "There's a private firm there, not a grocery store. Look at the Street View if you don't believe me."

Maps editors insisted for quite some time on keeping a phone number that was harvested from a city history site in Cleveland attached to the entry for The Mall, which is a classic open urban space downtown where people can go to walk. The phone number rang to a reference librarian's desk at Cleveland State University, as the Uni had put together the city history site - said phone number was listed in the common footer for the site's pages.

Now generally, having the phone number listed on a random physical feature wouldn't be a problem, but enter the 21st century - people tell their phones to "Call the mall", expecting to reach a shopping center so they could ask questions such as "Like, how late is Forever Twenty-one open?", but instead the caller reachs a reference librarian who then gently points them towards the correct resource. Similarly, people asking their phones to "Navigate to the mall" would get taken to a small urban park near the historic city center rather than a giant parking lot outside of a temple of consumerism in the suburbs.

Fortunately, The Mall is no longer indexed in Maps, and the calls to the beleaguered librarian have dropped off drastically.

Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

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Re: Pays to be running Windows 10

"On coins, on stamps, on the covers of books, on banners, on posters, and on the wrappings of a cigarette Packet — everywhere. Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, working or eating, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or in bed — no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull."

US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags

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Re: Stupid bastards

Fluffy and has had plenty of nitrogen added to the soil.

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Do you know how you can tell an honest politician?

But will they stay paid off?

DTMF replay phreaked out the Dallas tornado alarm, say researchers

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It needs to be simple to set off

This sort of system needs to be simple to set off and quickly. It needs to be resilient against power outages, backhoes, and sabotage. Setting the sirens off needs to happen if a twister was spotted or is imminent - warning times vary from zero if a twister has just been spotted to twenty minutes if one is already on the ground. Multiple agencies may be responsible for setting off the sirens, namely the county may set off some or all of the sirens in the county, or a particular city may do so.

A radio-controlled system fits the bill. There are no one-time pads as multiple people need to be able to set all or portions of the system off, from diverse locations. An encrypted radio system (e.g. P25) could be used, but that would require retrofitting the ancient control boxes on each of those towers and no doubt a certification effort before they're deployed - when the emergency manager says to start the sirens, those sirens had better start howling. This incident will no doubt cause those who haven't started the certification process of an encrypted control system to highly consider doing so.

Still, public safety is nothing to mess with. The ability to make such a replay attack has been there since before the systems were first deployed - the radio equipment necessary was already in the hands of (a section of) the public.

Facebook's 'delightful' AI Clippy the Paperclip creeps into Messenger

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Flame

Re: and it will be as broken as Google is

And the search engines aren't helping when they decide that you've mis-spelled something or that what you're really interested in is actually something else, or when it starts to return random rubbish related to one of your search terms when you would really most sincerely rather prefer that it return no results for your carefully-crafted query. Sometimes one feels safer knowing that there are no musical groups comprised of alto clarinets, bagpipes, banjos, and violas.

Dieting cannibals: At last, a scientist has calculated calories for human body parts

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Facepalm

$ units grams lines

A calorie (cal) is the unit that raises 1g of water 1C, which is about 4.184 joules (per El GOOG), for those of you in countries not suffering from a hodge-podge of units systems that don't correlate with each other - the calorie being a perfect example - sounds like a SI unit, but isn't. Personally, I blame the French. This unit isn't used except in middle school science class, when the concept is demonstrated to you. A calorie smells like burnt sugar. The only people that remember this is those who didn't spend the latter part of their pre-university schooling drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis.

Now, food energy in silly-unit countries (as opposed to countries that use SI units) is quoted in kilocalories, and is written Calories or Cal. (4184 joules or 4.184kJ)

For what it's worth, the number of Americans who aren't aware that there are 28 grams in an ounce is vanishingly small. (Although be aware there's the "Isn't it 30 grams to the ounce?" crowd, but that's within 10% now, isn't it? At least they have a feel for the general size of the unit.)

It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

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Re: Perspective of the PC developers?

Do you participate in your local IBM Club? I know that at least one still exists in San Jose, California. There's an IBM Club in Boca, which seems like a good place to start, given that was the home of the IBM Personal Computer personal computer. http://www.ibmsfqccaa.org/

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I wrote fixed the Madge Tolkien Ring network card driver when I worked at Telebit, long, long ago, in a Valley far, far away. I'm pretty sure that was part of the work to get IPX working properly in Fred, as well. Token Ring was rated at 60% faster than thin Ethernet, and actually much faster at Load, but a real pain in the behind to work with.

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