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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Bomarc I call BS on this article. (368 comments)

Though I'm not a bit fan of MS... They continually have shown that they have no problem leaving old architecture in the dust -- when it suits them. When 2K3 came out, they made a "code optimization" change that left all P1, P2, P-Pro multi-processors behind. Few of their drivers are compatible from one version of an OS to another (and they can be digitally signed to one version). MS has not problem leaving "old" tech in the dust.

Because Mac chose a bad font .. don't attack MS.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Bomarc Re:Because they don't want to. (261 comments)

Sorry that I didn't make it clear, I had a change of topic .... my bad.

My intent with the 2nd half ... was to be a security issue; not an email origin issue. Sorry for the confusion.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Bomarc Re:Because they don't want to. (261 comments)

I didn't want to copy all aspects of my 30 minute presentation in minutia detail here.

and it will work with mailing lists - that was directly covered (along with sending email from a different domain, and sending email for someone else... )

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Bomarc Re:Because they don't want to. (261 comments)

The meat of the idea relates to --- and using Spamcop. They have a working techniques of tracing email to it's origin and to determine of the header of the message is forged. In short, if the origin & header is good, the email is good. There is also a need to check to see if some systems are open-relays, and just ignoring all email from that IP address.
(oh joy... watch now as people ignore the "in short" part of the comment and jump on the "these are the problems" band wagon....)
And related ... there should be the ability for me to restrict where my email is access to/from and where it was sent from. I'm not going to Russia -- so why can't I block all access to my account from Russia?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Bomarc Re:Because they don't want to. (261 comments)

... and may chance you didn't read my post:
(There was a LOT more to my presentation that just this; this single part presented here to convey the concept).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Bomarc Re:Because they don't want to. (261 comments)

Actually, my presentation was based on direct knowledge, application and I presented proof of concept.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Bomarc Because they don't want to. (261 comments)

I had a meeting with the M$ person ... in charge of blocking spam. I presented to him an method that would block all forged spam (and would make most spam as we know it not viable). His (non) response was that they are working on their own techniques, mathematical models etc. Simple techniques (such as comparing the origin of the email with the domain) was beyond him. (There was a LOT more to my presentation that just this; this single part presented here to convey the concept).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

Bomarc Similar problem with PepLink (204 comments)

During install and setup, I noted a couple inconsistencies; and contacted support. They indicated that I did not need to worry about it (the problems). The device is designed to handle more than one incoming high-speed internet line.. and to load balance and fail over should one (internet line) stop working. My primary (Comcast) failed; and the united did not 'fail over' as advertised (Also the problems from long ago now were obvious: The unit failed, and the 'fail over option' never did work as advertised).

I contacted support: the unit was out of warranty; did I wish to purchase another?

about two weeks ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Bomarc Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

I refuse to get any any more LED light bulbs... every one that I've purchased - from multiple companies - has burned out prematurely. NOT WORTH THE COST. And CF are dangerous. (If one breaks, you need to open the windows and leave the room for 1/2 hr.) Further - no viable light bulb replacements will work with dimmer switches (Which my house has many).

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Bomarc Stop bitching.... (324 comments)

Someone should tell the Canadian regulator he (they) got Burger King.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

Bomarc Expect a FISA or PRISM notice in... (270 comments)

How long before they get a FISA or PRISM notice?
Wonder if they will have a "Warrant Canary" posting.

about a month ago
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7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

Bomarc Bad assumptions... (197 comments)

Several bad assumptions were caught -- however one that I've not seen (yet) is the assumption that all the cell phone are "smart" (aka latest tech features form and function). I for one don't want one (if you gave it to me I'd quickly sell it before it was stolen). I also know of many people that don't want one. Many of us like our old desktop/laptop/server. I'm also not into the idea of sharing my phone when I want to watch TV.

about 5 months ago
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Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

Bomarc Re:Moving messages out of Yahoo! (83 comments)

So far --- most solutions require yahoo+ (I don't want to pay yahoo to leave yahoo!)

Found a way to connect to gmail, but that has issue (gmail doesn't sort right)

Might need to break down and pay to get my data.

about 6 months ago
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Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

Bomarc The good news.... (83 comments)

With the 'new' (sucky) web client -- I've started to move away from Yahoo. Bad news: Not gone yet. Biggest problem: Getting my old email messages out. (Need them for several reasons -- including legal)

Time to move out of Yahoo... (adding another buzz kill!)

about 6 months ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Bomarc Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

1. Frozen eggs fertilized eggs (yes, they all can be female).
2. As the ship will be generational, the new children will do as taught, as it is all they will know since birth.
3. Labor? Prefab houses, meals ready to go. What is left?

about 7 months ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Bomarc Re:Why send people? (392 comments)

Don't need males for the first 30--35 years. Use pre-selected (female) embryos for the first 35 years.... then allow males to enter the general population.
(Wow, just realized: for hundreds of years, no one will have seen a male!)

about 7 months ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Bomarc Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

Let's try again. Say you take 150 people to run the ship, and figure to get your 10k population level with these embryos after they arrive. You can incubate them (if you brought the equipment) but then you get 10k squalling infants and only 150 people to provide food shelter education and attention for them for the next decade plus before they start carrying their own weight. It just doesnt work that way.

They wouldn't need to all be born at the same time. Also, the initial population should be all female (obvious reasons). Time the release of new-born to allow for the most genetic diversity. (They may not be happy hatching others eggs but... hey, they've got a new planet to populate!) After the first ~10 births per woman (assuming 150 to start with, starting at age '18') working they 'norm' mortality (adult/child) after about 30-35 years you are looking at a population of about 10K, which could be sustainable.
After arrival 150...
Year 1: 150 woman give birth to 150 children. Population 299.
Year 2: 150 woman give birth to 150 children. Population 447.
Year 3: 150 woman give birth to 150 children. Population 595... (you get the point)
...(year 11 through 17 look amusing).

...again, after about 30--35 years, males could then be permitted, and one would no longer need embryos.
(side note: tweaking the spreadsheet for this is interesting.)

about 7 months ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Bomarc Re:The noise problem is not just a TV one. (544 comments)

Not to long ago, I watched as someone was texting -- walked into an intersection (crosswalk) against the (pedestrian) light. The on-coming traffic (with a normal engine) had to stop as to not hit her. As she approached me -- I told her "you just walked against the light and forced that car to stop" ... to which she replied "I'm sorry" and continued what she was doing. (Hey, I'm not the one that is going to get plowed into by not paying attention). Darwin candidate?

The point being: If someone is not paying attention - and walks into the street, engine noise (or lack of it) is not going to make a lot of difference, only an excuse for lawyers after the fact. (He knew his car was quite -- he should have watched out for that pedestrian!)

about 7 months ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

Bomarc Re:That *is* funny! (314 comments)

And just how many times do *you* crash into two walls and a tree at 110 mph (while drunk)? The risk of this happening is so SMALL, why would this a factor with a decision to not buy?
-- If my gas powered car would let me walk away after this type of incident -- I would buy that car again. Oh, wait...

about 7 months ago

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16th-century manual shows 'rocket cat' weaponry

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  about 8 months ago

Bomarc (306716) writes "An article on KOMO website highlights the proposed use of a 'rocket cat' as weaponry. The — sometimes colorful illustrations that are coming to light illustrations (Digitized by the University of Pennsylvania) that are coming to light from a circa-1530 manual on artillery and siege warfare seem to show jet packs strapped to the backs of cats.

... looks like sharks with lasers have competition!"
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Ask Slashdot: Looking for RAID Calculator

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  about a year ago

Bomarc (306716) writes "I’m looking for "RAID calculator" — that will provide recommendations for optional settings based on hardware information data entry; a way to calculate or warn that the optional parameters of controller and/or OS to keep the drive from "thrashing". Here I define "thrashing" as a way to reduce or eliminate the need to read and re-write a sector(s) that has just been written to. Most of what I've found so far is a size calculator, and if you need one of these, I believe that you are in the wrong business.

Example: a hard drive as an example that I’m currently using is a WD red 2 TB Drive for NAS (WD20EFRX). This drive has a 64MB buffer; a sustained read/write speed off 147 MB/s; bytes per sector 512(logical) / 4096(physical) bytes per sector; 3,907,029,168 sectors; 2,000,398 MB space; connected (in this instance) to a Dell Perc 5 with 256MB RAM – that can be configured to a stripe size with data segments of 8, 16, 32, 64, and 128 Kbytes. Under the OS, the sector size includes 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16K, 32K and 64K. The drive bays vary from 2 to 10 drives per array per system (2 drives as RAID 1; 4 as RAID 5, 6 or 10; 6, 8 and 10 drives as RAID 5 or 6)

In this example: The hard drive utilizes 4K bytes (physical) per sector; so with a 4 bay system (RAID 5 with 3 data drives; one parity drive) would result in a single stripe of 12K (with 16K of physical data that would include parity) data being written to the drive in one pass. Note however: That 12K does not go evenly into any of the stripe size, nor does it go evenly into the OS sector size. The result is "thrashing". The user will see a performance degradation (depending on where it occurs) as the controller reads a sector from the drive, merge the data with the outgoing RAID data, and re-writes the physical data to the drive for the sector(s) that are out — bound. If you are lucky to be writing large files, hopefully the logic in the controller will keep the “thrashing” process to a minimum. In an extreme example: you could have a stripe size of 8K and an OS sector size 128 k; with this configuration it could take 16 writes to get the data out — and we haven’t even dealt with hard drive sector size issues; that could bump the number up 128 writes for a medium sized RAID array!

So, back to the question: Has someone made available a "RAID calculator" out there that takes in these considerations — and shows or warns the user that there might be a problem, and/or hints the best configuration for a given hardware setup?"
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160,000 Soc. Security numbers exposed in Wa State court system hack

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Bomarc (306716) writes "KOMO TV has reported up to 160,000 social security numbers and 1 million driver license numbers may have potentially been accessed. The information also includes other PII:
The vast majority of the site contains non-confidential, public information. No personal financial information, such as bank account numbers or credit card numbers, is stored on the site. However, other data stored on the server did include social security numbers, names, dates of birth, addresses, and driver license numbers that may have been accessed. Although there is no hard evidence confirming the information was in fact compromised, the data was still vulnerable and should be considered as potentially exposed.
The state has set up two web information pages here and here with more information and means to contact the state."

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How to deal with or perhaps replace Tivo?

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Bomarc writes "On Friday, Tivo release a patch with had a critical bug. The bug causes the ability to transfers any (ALL) recordings to fail. Last time I called TiVo support they (still) claims that the problem is with an update to Windows 7, which I know to be false, for these reasons: First — the system that I use for transferring files from TiVo uses Windows XP, and hasn’t been updated in two weeks. Direct transfer (also known as back-door or web transfer) also does not work. The bug has impacted both of my TiVo boxes (a ‘Series 2’ and a ‘HD box’).

A Google search of the error message returns another person that has the same problem, and no other relevant results. And a bit of history of TiVo: They will frequently release an update on Friday, and with an annoying degree of regularity, the update will have bugs. Sometimes the bugs are just annoying, sometimes the bugs will be critical.

So my question: can I get away from TiVo? I need a solution that is workable (regular and HD), allow me to record, to let my wife watch TV, and for me to record 3+ shows at a given point in time. I’m not trying to receive non-legal channels, but to watch and record and (optionally) keep the recordings that I’ve made. I don’t mind paying for the service. Most of my searches on this topic don’t end well. Does someone have a viable solution that – when implemented is legal and doesn’t require a masters degree in computer science to understand 'how to make it work'? Something that has the features of TiVo, without the headaches? (I can’t even find a media player to effectively replace the TiVo player’s abilities)

History and background: My wife is NOT a techie. She is still trying to figure out the “URL” vs. the “search box”. I’m a techie. I’ve been working with computers for many years now. Several years ago, I migrated to TiVo for two key reasons The first is that it is simple to use. Though TiVo can be annoying for me, my wife can use it and understand it. The second is its ability to transfer and save recordings to a standard format. Every morning I start my daily transfer of files from TiVo to a local hard drive. Expected usage: Recording and keeping about one TB per month, library of about 65 TB of video (at this time). I use Binaryworks.it Extreme Movie Manager to track and organize my video collection."
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What to do when an advised BIOS upgrade is bad?

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Bomarc writes "Twice now I've been advised to "flash the BIOS to the latest", once by a (major) hard drive controller maker (RAID); once by an OEM (who listed as "critical", and has removed older versions of the BIOS). Both times, the update has bricked an expensive piece of equipment. Both times, the response after the failed flash was "It's not our problem, it's out of warranty". Given that they recommended — advised that the unit be upgraded, shouldn't they shoulder the responsibility of BIOS upgrade failure? Also, if there design had sockets rather than soldering on parts, one could R/R the faulty part (BIOS chip), rather than going to eBay and praying. Am I the only one that has experienced this type of problem? Have you been advised to upgrade a BIOS (firmware); and the upgrade bricked the part or system — if so, what did you do? Should I name the companies?"
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Media Mail: How to fighting the USPO?

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bomarc writes "Sending items using media mail is a great way to save money. However, the government (USPS) is dragging its feet. I recently tried to send a 160GB SATA hard drive filled with movies to a relative. I invite readers to understand what Media Mail is, and what it was intended to do by reading the pamphlet on line "A Consumer's Guide to Mailing". The relevant text: "Small and large packages and thick envelopes can be sent using Media Mail. Contents are limited to books, manuscripts, sound recordings, recorded videotapes, and computer-readable media (not blank). Informally called "Book Rate," Media Mail cannot contain advertising, except eligible books may contain incidental announcements of books. Media Mail is usually less expensive than Parcel Post."

After several phone calls, I was able to reach a real person sent them the question by email:

Thank you for taking the time to listen to me.

Attached are several images to give perspective on the items involved.

{images of SATA drive, SATA to USB connection, and descripton removed for clarity}

Technical details:
The drive is plugged into the device outside of the computer, and the computers normal operation is not required by it's absence or presence. It's operation is the same as a "thumb drive", only physically larger. (And it is more equivalent to a DVD in that the DVD requires a DVD drive — this device requires the docking station as shown in the above image)

My Issue:
What I am shipping is the "hard drive" with video's copied on the drive. This is the (more) modern equivalent of a "DVD" in that it has movies/ videos (approximately 100 hrs). Supplemental hard ware is not shipped, nor are games (etc) included.

My contention is that if VHS tapes, DVD's and CD's are allowed, than this MUST be allowed under the same pretext. Current technology is such that the hard drives being released today are intended for this sole purpose — holding movies. This is the same as shipping a DVD or a 3 1/2 floppy — just more data.


The response from the USPS was:
"I wanted you to know the information I received says Media Mail prices are not available for computer related parts, accessories, flash/thumb devices, and storage devices such as a hard drive. Any kind of drive, whether it be thumb drive or hard drive, is not eligible." This indicates a fundamental lack of understanding of what current standards are for holding data — out side of the computer.

Anyone know how to proceed from here? The USPS doesn't know (or want to tell) how to escalate the issue. I'm concerned that my next course of action might be to go to Federal Court (not my idea of fun, since I can't afford it)."

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Tricks with your mind and a dummy's body

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bomarc writes "KOMO is reporting about a study from Stockholm's renowned Karolinska Institute. The story by the AP is using cameras setup to watch "you", from the perspective of a dummy. The system is set up so that as you perform activities with the dummy, you feel sensation. They start out with shaking hands with yourself. They have found out that most people (70-80%) tend to freak out the when the dummy is stabbed with a knife ("experience the illusion very strongly"). The entire article covers the perspective of both the study, and what the writer feels during the experience. Though this study was with short duration subjects, interest is raised with longer duration studies. "The questions is what happens if you did it much longer? If you were in there for days and weeks. Would it be like something out of Total Recall?" (Spence). I was intrigued with the possibility of VR in game simulation."
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Washington State: Is Blogging lobbying?

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bomarc writes "Washington State is asking — is blogging lobbying? As KOMO's website is reporting, if blogging is lobbying, then those who are doing the blogging are required to file public reports detailing their finances. This is another instance where 21st century and 1970s political reforms are clashing. Though media is excluded, this could have a chilling impact on private blogs (and websites)."
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Fed judge ruled part of law terrorism vage

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bomarc writes "The Seattle PI is reporting a story by the AP where a Portland, Oregon Federal Judge has ruled against terrorism law: unconstitutionally vague.

He ruled a law prohibiting material support for terrorists is unconstitutional because it is too vague. The judge also ruled the law on the provision of "material support" to any group given the designation was unconstitutionally vague."

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Georgia men claim hairy, frozen corpse is Bigfoot

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bomarc writes "Two men claim to have shot Bigfoot, and placed him in a freezer. The announcement describes the creature as a 7-foot-7 male, weighing 550 pounds with 16-inch human-like feet and reddish hair. Three different tales so far offered three different tales so far about how they came to find the creature:
In one, the animal was shot by a former felon, and the men followed it into the woods. In a second version, they found a "family of Bigfoot" in North Georgia mountains. In the third, the two were hiking and stumbled upon the corpse with open wounds.
One interesting note is that this is being picked up by the mainstream media.
However — this rates up there with — Wow, we've found a new and wonderful creature. Let's kill it!"

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Paper posts names of those it says bought degrees

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bomarc writes "The Spokesman Review has published the names of nearly 10,000 people that have alleged to have purchased bogus college degrees from a Spokane diploma mill. The U.S. Department of Justice had refused to release to the public.
The list is available on Spokesman-Review's Web site. The newspaper did not say how it obtained the list.
A preliminary analysis by the newspaper, based on e-mail addresses, showed 135 individuals with ties to the military, 39 with links to educational institutions, and 17 employed by government agencies. But the numbers could be much higher if buyers used their personal e-mail accounts"

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Japanese Company Unveils Solar-Powered Bra

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bomarc writes "One company is really trying to empower women — with a new "Solar-Powered Bra". The aritcle has several models showing the new invention. And to no ones surprise, Fox is also — well, covering the story. It is environmentally friendly, and includes a belt that goes around the stomach. Its creator admits that "people usually cannot go outside without wearing clothes over it" and says it should not be washed or worn in the rain to avoid damage.
Imagine the uses: IPod, GPS and other low powered portable devices...."

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Indictment highlights file-sharing risks

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bomarc writes "From KOMO TV website, an article about how Gregory Thomas Kopiloff used Limewire, Soulseek and other "peer-to-peer" file-sharing programs to troll other computers for financial information, which he used to open credit cards for an online shopping spree, according to a four-count indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court on Thursday.

The news article isn't big on details, but it does outline the risks with "peer-to-peer" file-sharing programs. Carried by the By Associated Press"

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Space shuttle was sabotaged!!

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bomarc writes " KOMO TV reports that 'CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space program worker deliberately damaged a computer that is supposed to fly aboard shuttle Endeavour in less than two weeks, an act of sabotage that was caught before the equipment was loaded onto the spaceship, NASA said Thursday.'"
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HD DVD fights back with new features

Bomarc Bomarc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bomarc writes "KOMO has an article by the AP about HD DVD; more about the wars and how HD DVD is fiting back. One key part of the article is: The HD DVD version of "300" will allow users to re-edit the movie, selecting and ordering the scenes as they see fit, and upload their edit to a server hosted by the studio, Warner Bros. The edit will be accessible to other users, who can download it to their players and see the movie in its new form.

Ability do download it to others??? What is the world coming to will? The MPAA allow this?"

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