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Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

Fnord666 Re:Can someone explainn (156 comments)

How big is your brick? While there are hexa- and octocopters that can carry a couple of pounds (which are big and conspicuous spider-looking things), the payload of the DJI Phantom line is measured in low-double-digit grams.

Video of one lifting 50lbs. Is that enough for you?

8 hours ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

Fnord666 Re: Fault of the walled garden (192 comments)

if your friends run off a cliff, do you follow them?

Yes, but that's because we are all BASE Jumpers. Ditto for the bridges too.

5 days ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

Fnord666 Re:Weak Bladders (174 comments)

Every time there is some little incident of terrorism the public starts soiling their panties and begging politicians to do something. Frankly I find it disgusting.

Except that this raid occurred on 12/17/14, several weeks before the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

Fnord666 Re:One more reason to use a wired keyboard (150 comments)

Since AES is a block cipher, and an AES block is 16 bytes, and since keypresses appear to be transmitted "instantaneously", does that mean for each keypress, a 16-byte block is formed, and encrypted? And what about the encryption mode? (Otherwise doesn't it basically become ECB?)

You use the block cipher to generate what is essentially a random stream, then XOR it with the input stream as needed, turning your block cipher into a stream cipher.

about two weeks ago
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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

Fnord666 Re:Nope (331 comments)

The problem is, that hasn't been decided as of yet. It would make sense to any normal person that they wouldn't be. But law enforcement isn't sure how to deal with such services so they are doing their best to kill the industry with raids, but then drop the cases before they hit court so no ruling can hurt their efforts.

Even if it turns out that you are not legally responsible for the content, that's not going to keep LE from confiscating/impounding your computer systems for an undetermined amount of time.

about three weeks ago
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Unofficial WhatsApp Library Gets End To End Encryption Before Official Clients

Fnord666 Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (29 comments)

Implemented only in Android? Then how do Android users communicate with everyone else? I'm missing something here...

WhisperSystems seems to confine its development efforts to the Android platform for some reason.

about a month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Fnord666 A New Sport (335 comments)

Oh good, a new sport!

about a month ago
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Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

Fnord666 Re:Rubbish (336 comments)

You have to give them a little leeway for not thinking big picture. they're only 12 years old and all they have to work with are the scripts that they have managed to find. They did the best they could with the limited resources they had.

about a month ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Fnord666 BS (343 comments)

From the FTA:

This could be any of us. We have no choice but to entrust companies with our intimate conversations: on email, on Facebook, by text and so on. We have no choice but to entrust the retailers that we use with our financial details. And we have little choice but to use cloud services such as iCloud and Google Docs.

Bullshit. There's always a choice. It's often less convenient, but that's a far cry from not having one.

about a month ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

Fnord666 Re:Publicity stunt (221 comments)

It looked like a middling movie, but now it's the most talked about picture of the year. I bet they'll clean up on DVD sales.

Except that Sony has claimed they will not distribute it in any form.

about a month ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Fnord666 Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (611 comments)

On a dedicated path it is very slow, but with a dozen traffic lights to obey you can easily lose 15-20 minutes waiting at intersection.

But from what I've seen only 1 in 10 bicyclists in the city pays any attention to the traffic signals anyway, so does it really count?

about a month and a half ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Fnord666 Re:This isn't writers' faults (368 comments)

These days, I write only for myself. But everyone I do a reading for says "Boy, that's interesting! Why don't you publish?". Then I explain.

There are so many alternative ways to publish today that you shouldn't let this stop you. Get your work out there and let the readers decide!

about 2 months ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Fnord666 Re:Stories readers can relate to (368 comments)

How do you write dialog, for example, between beings with digital RF implants instead of speech?

That one's easy. Everyone knows that you use italics!

about 2 months ago
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Black Friday '14: E-commerce Pages Far Slower Than They Were in 2013

Fnord666 Re:The problem is relational databases. (143 comments)

I am glad you posted that. I am putting together a little project I call Distributed Integrated Scalable Array Database, DISArray. It will be a shardable web scale instantly consistent DB engine which will have kick ass performance and a Heisenberg query engine support by a look ahead design I have code named "Schroedinger".

This is going into my next system proposal to management.

about 2 months ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

Fnord666 Re:Value your prefrontal cortex? (233 comments)

But...but...where will we get future cops and politicians from, if there are no more government-indoctrinated violent and aggressive brain-damaged.individuals being turned out by schools?

The kids who were given the choice of jail or the marines are a likely source.

about 2 months ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

Fnord666 Re:That's going to be tricky to wiggle out of... (233 comments)

While soccer (football to the rest of the world) probably has less of a problem, it is still a potentially serious issue. Better suggest golf next time. Or Dungeon and Dragons.

You've obviously never seen me try to golf then. The only safe place is the middle of the fairway.

about 2 months ago
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Music Publishers Sue Cox Communications Over Piracy

Fnord666 Re:All of this is extralegal (187 comments)

I just don't see why our elected officials should assist them at our expense.

Because reelection campaigns cost a lot of money these days.

about 2 months ago
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Music Publishers Sue Cox Communications Over Piracy

Fnord666 Re:All of this is extralegal (187 comments)

Nope. Common carriers can be held repsonsible for turning a blind eye to illegal traffic.

Indictment != Conviction

about 2 months ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Fnord666 Re:catholics actually do contracept (289 comments)

Indeed - the page actually mentions the rhythm method, the Catholic's favoured method.

Someone please help me understand. How is the rhythm method not a form of contraception and as such just as much a sin as any other method of contraception?

about 2 months ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Fnord666 Re:Remind me again (289 comments)

We let people determine what can be taught. Very few people are free of ideologies, whether they be religious or secular. Find me a living, breathing human being who has no personal biases, and I'll ask the doctors why a patient with absolutely no higher brain function hasn't been taken off life support.

One of the things that we, as conscious human beings, should do is strive to recognize the lenses through which we view reality. Yes, everyone has personal biases but it is possible to understand those biases, examine decisions that you are making and recognize their influence on your decision making process. This allows us to make more objective decisions. If someone is not able to do this then IMHO they should not be in a position to make decisions that have significant influence over other people, such as judges or educators.

about 2 months ago

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Google acquires Israeli security startup SlickLogin

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about a year ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "SlickLogin, an Israeli startup and developer of smart identification technology through user smartphones has been acquired by Google for several million (the official transaction amount remains undisclosed). SlickLogin was founded under a year ago by Or Zelig, Eran Galili and Ori Kabeli. The company first unveiled its technology at TechCrunch Disrupt held last September. the company has yet to launch their product nor have they any customers to date."
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Incredible 3D GIFs Created with a Simple Visual Effect

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about a year ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Animated gifs seem to be everywhere these days, but some gif creators are taking the visual experience of viewing quick clips of silent motion to another level. By carefully adding a couple of solid-colored (typically white), vertical lines to the moving images, an incredible three-dimensional effect is created. As characters and objects move into the foreground, they seemingly extend beyond the barrier of the image."
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Nation's most notorious "troll" sues federal government

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  1 year,15 days

Fnord666 (889225) writes "MPHJ Technology Investments quickly became one of the best-known "patent trolls" of all time by sending out thousands of letters to small businesses—16,465 of them, we now know—saying that if the business did not pay a licensing fee of $1,000 or more per worker, it would be sued for patent infringement. MPHJ claimed to have patents that cover any networked "scan-to-email" function.

As the debate over so-called "patent trolls" has flared up in Congress, MPHJ became the go-to example for politicians and attorneys general trying to show that patent abuse has spun out of control. "We're talking about bottom feeders," said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in one Senate hearing focused on patent demand letters.

We now know that MPHJ has also become the first patent troll targeted by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC's interest in MPHJ was revealed in an audacious "preemptive strike" lawsuit that MPHJ actually filed against the FTC on Monday. The suit, which names the four sitting FTC commissioners personally, says that the agency has overstepped its bounds and trampled on MPHJ's constitutional rights."

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Court Strikes Down FCC Open Internet Order

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  1 year,15 days

Fnord666 (889225) writes "WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. In its decision, the court said that the FCC lacked the authority to implement and enforce its rules under the legal framework the agency put forth.

The FCC’s 2010 order was intended to prevent broadband Internet access providers from blocking or interfering with traffic on the Web. Instead of reversing a Bush-era FCC decision that weakened the FCC’s authority over broadband, and establishing solid legal footing for its rules, former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski pushed for rules under the complicated legal framework the court rejected today."

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Hackers Steal Card Data from Neiman Marcus

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  1 year,18 days

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Another day another data breach. Apparently high end retailer Neiman Marcus has also suffered a breach of credit card data. Krebs on Security has the news:.
"Responding to inquiries about a possible data breach involving customer credit and debit card information, upscale retailer Neiman Marcus acknowledged today that it is working with the U.S. Secret Service to investigate a hacker break-in that has exposed an unknown number of customer cards.""

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AllThingsD co-founders launch new tech site, Re/code.

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  1 year,27 days

Fnord666 (889225) writes "The founders of popular technology website AllThingsD have launched a new digital news and review website after parting ways with Dow Jones back in September.

The site, Re/code, was announced on Thursday by co-founders Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. The site and conference, which will be called Code, are to be managed by Revere Digital LLC, which received investments from the NBCUniversal News Group as well as Windsor Media, founded by former Yahoo chairman and CEO Terry Semel. The first conference under the new company will be held in late May outside Los Angeles."

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Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about a year ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "A large, classified unmanned aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman is now flying—and it demonstrates a major advance in combining stealth and aerodynamic efficiency. Defense and intelligence officials say the secret unmanned aerial system (UAS), designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, is scheduled to enter production for the U.S. Air Force and could be operational by 2015.

Funded through the Air Force’s classified budget, the program to build this new UAS, dubbed the RQ-180, was awarded to Northrop Grumman after a competition that included Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The aircraft will conduct the penetrating ISR mission that has been left unaddressed, and under wide debate, since retirement of the Lockheed SR-71 in 1998."

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Twitter Implements Forward Secrecy for Connections

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about a year ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Twitter has enabled Perfect Forward Secrecy across its mobile site, website and API feeds in order to protect against future cracking of the service’s encryption. The PFS method ensures that, if the encryption key Twitter uses is cracked in the future, all of the past data transported through the network does not become an open book right away.

“If an adversary is currently recording all Twitter users’ encrypted traffic, and they later crack or steal Twitter’s private keys, they should not be able to use those keys to decrypt the recorded traffic,” says Twitter’s Jacob Hoffman-Andrews. “As the Electronic Frontier Foundation points out, this type of protection is increasingly important on today’s Internet.”"

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Apple, betrayed by its own law firm

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "When a company called FlatWorld Interactives LLC filed suit against Apple just over a year ago, it looked like a typical "patent troll" lawsuit against a tech company, brought by someone who no longer had much of a business beyond lawsuits.
Court documents unsealed this week reveal who's behind FlatWorld, and it's anything but typical. FlatWorld is partly owned by the named inventor on the patents, a Philadelphia design professor named Slavko Milekic. But 35 percent of the company has been quietly controlled by an attorney at one of Apple's own go-to law firms, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. E-mail logs show that the attorney, John McAleese, worked together with his wife and began planning a wide-ranging patent attack against Apple's touch-screen products in January 2007—just days after the iPhone was revealed to the world."

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FBI Pursuing Real-Time Gmail Spying Powers as "Top Priority" for 2013

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Despite the pervasiveness of law enforcement surveillance of digital communication, the FBI still has a difficult time monitoring Gmail, Google Voice, and Dropbox in real time. But that may change soon, because the bureau says it has made gaining more powers to wiretap all forms of Internet conversation and cloud storage a “top priority” this year."
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Researchers Demonstrate 3D Spy Trojan for Mobile Phones

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Researchers at the University of Indiana at Bloomington and the Crane Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) created a program to use a phone's camera to take surreptitious pictures of its surroundings, weed out poor photos, and send the remaining stills back to be used to construct a 3D model of the environment. Called PlaceRaider, the project shows that virtual thieves and spies could identify and steal information from a remote location, the researchers said in a paper posted online on Sept. 26."
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Research Shows Half of All Androids Contain Known Vulnerabilities

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "According to an article on threatpost, the Kaspersky Lab Security News Service, "About half of all Android phones contain at least one vulnerability that could be used to take control of the device, according to new research. Duo Security, which launched a free vulnerability scanning app for Android this summer, said their preliminary data from users shows a huge number of the devices are vulnerable to at least one of the known Android flaws.""
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Novel text analysis uses PageRank to identify influential Victorian authors

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "A literature professor has developed software using Google's PageRank algorithm that has identified Jane Austen and Walter Scott as the most influential authors of the 1800s.

Matthew Jockers of the University of Nebraska analysed 3,592 digitized novels published in the UK, Ireland and the US between 1780 and 1900 using a combination of Google's algorithm, machine learning and a series of techniques used in computational text analysis including stylometry, corpus linguistics and network analysis."

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US-CERT discloses security flaw in Intel chips

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has disclosed a flaw in Intel chips that could allow hackers to gain control of Windows and other operating systems, security experts say.

The flaw was disclosed the vulnerability in a security advisory released this week. Hackers could exploit the flaw to execute malicious code with kernel privileges, said a report in the Bitdefender blog.

"Some 64-bit operating systems and virtualization software running on Intel CPU hardware are vulnerable to a local privilege escalation attack," the US-CERT advisory says. "The vulnerability may be exploited for local privilege escalation or a guest-to-host virtual machine escape.""

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New Twist On Ancient Math Problem Could Improve Medicine, Microelectronics

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "A hidden facet of a math problem that goes back to Sanskrit scrolls has just been exposed by nanotechnology researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut.

Called the "filling problem," it seeks the best way to cover the inside of an object with a particular shape, such as filling a triangle with discs of varying sizes. Unlike the traditional packing problem, the discs can overlap. It also differs from the "covering problem" because the discs can't extend beyond the triangle's boundaries."

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A new approach to motion capture

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Traditional motion capture techniques use cameras to meticulously record the movements of actors inside studios, enabling those movements to be translated into digital models. But by turning the cameras around — mounting almost two dozen, outward-facing cameras on the actors themselves — scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh (DRP), and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have shown that motion capture can occur almost anywhere — in natural environments, over large areas and outdoors."
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VAT to be implemented in the US?

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes ""Have you heard about the value-added tax (VAT), a horrible new tariff Americans will soon have to shoulder? The alarm is sounding on the conservative Web site Townhall.com, in the editorials of The Wall Street Journal, and on the opinion pages of The Washington Post (as well as in the pages of NEWSWEEK): consumers can expect to soon see the feared VAT sneaked into price tags nationwide.""
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Toktumi releases Line2 VoIP app

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes ""For a little $1 iPhone app, Line2 sure has the potential to shake up an entire industry. It can save you money. It can make calls where AT&T’s signal is weak, like indoors. It can turn an iPod Touch into a full-blown cellphone. And it can ruin the sleep of cellphone executives everywhere.

Line2 gives your iPhone a second phone number — a second phone line, complete with its own contacts list, voice mail, and so on.""

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Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "According to an article in tgdaily, Best Buy Burbank has given the boot to the ten people waiting for the Sony PlayStation 3 launch. According to our sources in the line, Best Buy kicked the group off property on Friday afternoon November 10th. ...The group was in high spirits Wednesday night when we interviewed them for our "PS3 fans quit jobs and postpone engagement to wait in line " article. At that time they seemed to have the full support of Best Buy and several employees walked by to chat with the group. ...It's unknown if the call to move the campers was a Best Buy corporate decision or if instructions came down from the Empire Center, the mall where Best Buy Burbank is located, property management. Calls to the Best Buy corporate offices and Best Buy Burbank went unanswered."
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Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Fnord666 writes "On Monday, interface developer Synaptics, together with Pilotfish, an industrial design company, announced a keyless prototype of a mobile phone that is all screen — all touch pad screen, to be exact. ..."Device manufacturers want to have larger and larger LCDs, so suddenly you need to have a touch input system on top of the LCD — and that's what we're suggesting here," said Mandi Mena, senior corporate marketing manager for Synaptics. ...This creates new possibilities such as assigning functions to two-finger taps, closing tasks by swiping an "X" over them, performing drag and drop applications, and answering the phone by simply pressing it next to your face. ...The two companies worked together to develop the phone, which uses Synaptics' ClearPad touch screen technology and interaction design with Pilotfish's user interface and industrial design. ..."We see the enabled ClearPad technology as something that can be applicable to remote controls or any sort of handheld device that is experiencing the same content overload that mobile phones are experiencing today," Mena said."

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D&D Cofounder Dave Arneson has died

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago "APOLIS -- Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy game and a pioneer of role-playing entertainment, died after a two-year battle with cancer, his family said Thursday. He was 61. Arneson and Gary Gygax developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. The game known for its oddly shaped dice became a hit, particularly among teenage boys. It eventually was turned into video games, books and movies. Gygax died in March 2008." - The Huffington Post

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Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 6 years ago This article on macworld is just a waste of server space. I especially like the second editor,

who's as gung-ho about the iPhone 3G as ever.

Apparently he has not one, but two 1st gen iPhones, yet he can't even get signal most of the time! He doesn't use text messaging, so why does he even have the thing? He could just as easily use an ipod touch and wifi to do everything else. Instead he is planning on getting an iphone 3G, which uses a faster network that he will get "the day before never". If this is the technical insight I can expect from macworld, I'm glad I don't subscribe.

In true Slashdot fashion, I'll just end with a question:

Why would anyone listen to this person?

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