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Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

antifoidulus Re:Is this all necessary? (96 comments)

-bash: !?!: event not found

yesterday
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China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

antifoidulus China is not alone (58 comments)

Even in more developed countries there are often times more people using cell phones to access the internet than PCs. For instance Japan(article is a bit old, but I don't see the trend reversing). One of the big reasons is that in a lot of countries people don't take work home. If you don't take work home, then there isn't nearly as much of an impetus to buy a PC and use it to access the internet.

2 days ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

antifoidulus iOS Management Tools for non-macs (126 comments)

I wonder if this means that Apple will finally port it's iOS management tools to run on something other than OS X server. Ever since Apple killed the XServe(and really even before that) this has been a major hinderance to wider scale enterprise adoption of iOS devices. The tools are actually quite good, but if you are forced to try to cram a bunch of mac minis somewhere or trying to get some mac pros in the server room, it's just a pain. Add to that lack of practical way to deploy OS X server instances on the cloud and you have enterprise customers just not interested in trying to screw around with iPhones. Hopefully this partnership will fix that.

about a week ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

antifoidulus Re:Will this affect overseas profits tax evasion? (749 comments)

Anyone that has a Taxpayer Identification number(read social security number) is required to report. The banks ask you at the time of creation of an account if you have one, and if you do then you have to fill out a special form and they report all your assets to the US government, despite you know, the government not needing to know any of this. If we get married then she gets a TIN and then has to report all this shit. And of course the ironic thing is that this is going to cost way more than it is going to bring in. So the US is pissing people off and fucking over it's citizens all in the name of losing money......

The biggest kick in the pants though is that this act has got me siding with the Republicans. I've officially renounced my membership in the democratic party over this turd of a law. Not insane enough to become a Republican but.

about a week ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

antifoidulus Re:Will this affect overseas profits tax evasion? (749 comments)

Um, are you aware of FATCA? It is basically the financial version of this verdict. It forces any financial institution anywhere in the world. It even demands that US citizens who have signing powers on bank accounts for their companies report the balance to the US government. And it's not only US citizens, it's everyone who is of "US interest". As a US citizen abroad let me tell you this sucks, this sucks hard. It's now harder for me to get a bank account, I'm engaged to a national of the country I'm residing in, and as soon as I get married she is going to have to report all her bank balances to the US government. I've never thought about renouncing my US citizenship until now, the US government has no business sticking its nose in when it doesn't belong. This has been a pattern of late, and Obama in some regards is worse than Bush. The US government needs to realize it's not 1950 anymore and they don't have economic hegemony anymore...

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

antifoidulus Re:Cash Needs To Go Away (750 comments)

There is a non-trivial fee associated with cash too. Cash requires labor to move/protect it, can go "missing" much more easily than credit card transactions etc. Cards are probably still more expensive, but not by as much as you may think.

about two weeks ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

antifoidulus Re:Subject bait (368 comments)

When someone is shooting at you with a rifle, do you not take cover if the bullet will not hit you? How would you even know that the bullet will not hit you?

You duck, duh! Haven't you ever played Contra, bullets are easy to dodge! If you can't duck, jump over the bullet.

about two weeks ago
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Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted

antifoidulus Re:Wish I could say I was surprised (178 comments)

No, "publish or perish" really dis-incentivizes novel research because guess what, often times really novel research fails. All "publish or perish" really does is incentivize either cheating or the lowest risk research imaginable. There are other mechanisms for making sure a researcher is actually doing their work, punishing them for taking risks shouldn't be among them.

about two weeks ago
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Homestar Runner To Return Soon

antifoidulus Re:Kickstarter (57 comments)

Homestarrunner I think works better as a part time project. While the updates over the past few years have been sparse, they have also been very inspired and incredibly hilarious. I can't say the same about the cartoons they were making towards the end when they were doing it every week. They still may kickstart, but I would much rather see sporadic but absolutely hilarious updates to h*runner than lots of bland ones.

about two weeks ago
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How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

antifoidulus Re:Misreporting (104 comments)

Damnit Microsoft, when are you going to finally include a Plutonium macro in Excel!

about two weeks ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

antifoidulus Re:A better list than expected (285 comments)

Jobs family, while not poor, certainly was nowhere near as wealthy as Gates'.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Contraception

antifoidulus Re:Why? (302 comments)

There is evidence that China's one child policy is what enabled it to grow far faster than India did(though there are people that argue that India's younger population will eventually be an economic asset rather than a drag on the economy). In 1980 China and India's economies were at about the same size, but China has grown far faster than India, and many argue that the one child policy was what allowed this to happen. By limiting the # of children people could have they could invest more capital per student, and measures like the literacy rate show that this effort paid off.

about two weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

antifoidulus Re:The goal of 1st world countries (401 comments)

You should read "Player Piano" by Vonnegut if you haven't already. While some things like really rich engineers and of course the obligatory 50's reference to a computer with a massive # of vacuum tubes didn't come to pass, his depiction of what we do with the "excess" people is spot on. The basics are that they either go into the Army or join the "Reaks and Recs", basically a gang of workers that isn't needed, but gets employed by the government to do meaningless jobs so they can "earn" a paycheck. Honestly it's the most accurate prediction of modern society I have seen in any book that was written more than 50 years ago.

about two weeks ago
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New Snowden Leak: of 160000 Intercepted Messages, Only 10% From Official Targets

antifoidulus Re:Americans don't care (201 comments)

You really think that this kind of shit doesn't go on in other countries? The biggest difference between them and the NSA is that they either a) openly admit to spying on their own citizens(China) or b) Are much better at covering their ass.

about two weeks ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

antifoidulus Re:So the Chinese have created a free market econo (131 comments)

You are ignoring things like asymmetric risk. If I buy a kit and cannot sell it for more than I paid for it, I can return it*. If Oculus Rift builds more dev kits than people are willing to buy, they can't just go back to the component manufacturers and say, "I bought too many of these, please give me back my money". So no, it's not "capitalism", if it were pure capitalism then we wouldn't have any consumer protection laws and they couldn't return any un-used merchandise(which would probably put the kibosh on these kinds of shenanigans but at a cost that isn't worth it).

I'm assuming there is a return policy, laws in most countries would probably support the consumer if they tried to return an unopened product in a reasonable time window.

about two weeks ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

antifoidulus Re:say what you will... (105 comments)

I give you an 8.7, your argument is logical and you made it passionately, but your posture is terrible and you didn't sell it with your body language. Improve on those points and you might qualify for the state championship!

about three weeks ago
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Tibetans Inherited High-Altitude Gene From Ancient Human

antifoidulus Re:Really bad explanation of the evolution. (133 comments)

By your logic then this morning what I saw rummaging through my garbage was a black dinosaur. However it wasn't nearly as scary as those dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. For starters it's roar sounded more like a "caw caw", and it was afraid of a broom....

about three weeks ago
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Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

antifoidulus Re:But the Tokyo area is so crowded (133 comments)

For a lot of reasons really. First of all, the article doesn't say where in Chiba prefecture this find was made, while there is a small part of Chiba prefecture that is close to Tokyo(including the part that is home to Tokyo Disney), the prefecture itself is quite large and includes a large peninsula that is quite a long distance from Tokyo.

Secondly, even in Tokyo proper if you travel to any point in the city that is more than a 10-15 minute walk from a station(and there are plenty of them) you will find plenty of run-down and abandoned buildings. Property in Tokyo seems to follow an inverse square law, the value is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the closest station.

about three weeks ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

antifoidulus Re:98th percentile worldwide ... (561 comments)

Not only do they tend to be loudmouths, there are certain segments of the population in the United States that seem to laud ignorance..... I've lived on 3 different continents and enjoy hanging around in dive bars, you get to meet fascinating people, and one thing that I've discovered is that while there are idiots everywhere, (anecdote alert) only in the US do people BRAG about being ignorant.....

about a month ago

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Japan arrests woman for making a printable 3d model of her vagina

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  about a week ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "The BBC is reporting that a Japanese woman has been arrested for making a 3d model of her vagina that can be printed using a 3d printer. Megumi Igarashi had sent the printable model to people who sent her money to create it. A police spokesman told AFP news agency she had distributed data that could "create an obscene shape". While giant phalluses are a common spectacle at Japanese fertility festivals, apparently vaginas are still considered "taboo". Ms. Igarashi is fighting the charges."
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How can I increase cooperation between the QA dept and (test) engineers

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  about 3 months ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "I was recently put in charge of my company's newly formed test automation group after nearly quitting over the sorry state of the tests. While we have been making progress in getting engineers excited about automated testing and actually using the tests, we haven't been able to really get the QA department to cooperate. Currently the QA department just runs through manual test plans and then reports any bugs without verifying whether what they are testing has been automated or not. I have been tasked to fix this problem, but don't really have any experience working with big QA departments so I'm turning to /., does anyone here have any experience with increasing cooperation between those who write automated tests and QA department testers? How did you overcome the political and technological hurdles and actually get QA to not spend most of their time just verifying stuff that has already been verified?"
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Japanese branch of the BSA likens piracy to subway groping

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  about a year ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "I saw this recently while I was riding on a train to Tokyo and just had to share. In this commercial, the Japanese branch of the BSA likens pirating software to being a chikan(a man who gropes women on the subway).(Sorry about the spammy link, but since google is making this "real name" push, I would rather not post it on youtube). The rough translation is as follows:

To all the commuters out there
Chikan is a crime
Making illegal copies of software at the office is a crime
Both hurt people dear to us
If you see anyone pirating software at work, please report it to the BSA

Insert your own "groped by DRM" reference"
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Transitioning from "hacker"(positive sense) to "en

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "So I'm about to get my masters in CS and start out (again) in the "real world", I already have a job lined up, but there is one thing that is really nagging me. Since my academic work has focused almost solely on computer science and not software engineering per se, I'm really still a "hacker", meaning I take a problem, sketch together a rough solution using the appropriate Computer Science algorithms, and then code something up(using a lot of prints to debug), do some basic testing and go with it.... Obviously something that works quite well in the academic environment but not in the "real world" obviously. Even at my previous job, which was sort of a jack-of-all-trades(sysadmin, security, support, and programming) the testing procedures were not particularly rigorous and as a result I don't think I'm really mature as an "engineer"

So my question to the community is how do you make the transition from hacker(in the positive sense) to a real engineer. Obviously the "Mythical Man Month" on the reading list, but anything else? How do you get out of the "hacker" mindset?"
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Are there any scientifically-verified ways to impr

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "So after missing the date of a lifetime due to a killer cold(doesn't help that the country I live in bans Nyquil), I have become interested in ways to potentially "boost" my immune system, but most of what is out there seems like pseudo-science at best. Are there any actual ways to boost the immune system that have been published and peer-reviewed out there? Has anyone actually had any success using these methods? Or should I just give up and try smuggling some Nyquil into the country :P"
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Fox news confirms it: /. is dying

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "Fox News, obviously out of better things to talk about, has a list of 8 websites that are dying. The list includes Gawker, digg, blogging sites, and last on the list, this site. However their stats seem to be questionable as they report less than 100k users in April before bouncing up to 500k. Something tells me that such a wide variance is more the result of bad statistics than a dying site, but I could be wrong."
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Rinderpox virus has been offically eliminated

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  about 3 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "CNN is reporting that Rinderpox, a disease that affects cattle, buffalo, and related animals, has been officially declared eliminated. The disease is only the second ever to be totally eliminated, and the first non-human disease to get that classification. Could polio be next?"
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How "clean" do GPL-BSD translations have to be?

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

antifoidulus writes "There is a (relatively) simple library that I would like to convert from C++ to C, and then incorporate into a BSD licensed project I am working on.

Am I allowed to look at the GPL code, convert it, then release the result as BSD? Or do I have to go more "clean room" and totally re-implement the algorithm without looking at the GPL code.

Yes I know the standard "get a lawyer" answer, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this."
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Is not having Windows skills a blemish on a resume

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "After spending the past 6 years practically Windows free, I have become accustomed to how advanced other operating systems(such as Linux and OS X) are compared to Windows. Whenever I use Windows I am shocked and frustrated with how primitive it is, for example no NFS or SSH out of the box, an insanely stupid file structure etc. I would prefer to never have to touch the thing again, but I do like being employed. Is not having any Windows experience on your resume a problem nowadays? How do you handle the inevitable questions about not using the World's Worst Operating System? Should I just have to suck it up and learn how to deal with it?"
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Sysadmin job interview tips for a coder?

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "I'm currently employed as a software developer who has been migrating more and more towards system administration work. While I like programming I think that I would like to keep it as a hobby(such as contributing to Open Source projects) rather than a job. However, since bills still need to be paid, I am looking into positions as a sysadmin. I have an interview with a company in a really cool part of the world, but I'm a bit concerned. I have never really interviewed for a sysadmin job before. How different are they from say your typical software engineering position? Can anyone who has done both give any advice on what to expect during the interview? How can I convince them that a background in software engineering is applicable to system administration?"
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Women dig EcoGeeks

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo! reports that Eco geeks get all the girls. While I am a bit wary of the methodology of the study, it may show that becoming environmentally aware may also be chic. Some highlights include girls preferring the latest fuel-efficient vehicles to the latest sports cars , auto buyers finding talking fuel economy isn't a bore at parties, and more and more people no longer consider fuel efficient cars to be unfashionable. However, the article notes that it is probably more energy efficient to keep driving your current vehicle than it is to buy a new one. Alas, as a cyclist I didn't see any mention of increased lovin' for bikers. The study was conducted as part of the GM Challenge X competition, in which college students compete to make GM cars more fuel efficient."
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Urbanites produce less CO2 per capita in the US

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo! is running a story that claims that city residents produce less carbon emissions than their rural counterparts per capita. The study used the emissions from residential electricity, heating/cooling, and transportation to calculate that the residents of the 100 most populated metropolitan centers in the US emit an average of 2.47 tons of carbon per year per person, whereas the United States average is 2.87 tons per person per year. While these cities account for more than half the total US carbon output, the increased population density and use of mass transit significantly reduced their average output. Cities in the east, which depend more on coal for electricity when compared with other parts of the country, emitted the most greenhouse gasses the study found."
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CNN website targeted by DoS

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "CNN is reporting that they were the target of a Denial of Service attack yesterday. According to the article, there have been reports on Asian tech sites that Chinese hackers were targeting CNN for their coverage of the unrest in Tibet. One has to wonder if this hacking attempt was government sponsored or not. The Chinese government hasn't been very happy with CNN, in fact Beijing Bureau Chief has been summoned about a day before this happened."
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How automated is your daily routine?

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "As many perl hackers can attest to, computers can easily automate almost anything. I have been thinking about ways to automate the drudgery of daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning etc. There are products such as roomba which help, and of course the inevitable wife/girlfriend/mom jokes, but I was wondering what do slashdot users do to help automate the less than pleasant daily tasks that life requires? What can one do for less than $1k? And, why aren't networked appliances more common?"
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Cyclists in US 12x as likely to die as drivers/km

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "A blurb from the freakonomics blog points out that in the UScyclists are 12 times as likely to be involved in a fatal accident as drivers are per kilometer. The study was done by a researchers in the United States and The Netherlands. While the odds of dying in a collision are relatively high, other studies have found that the overall morbidity rate from commuting via bicycle versus car is actually lower. An interesting from the paper cited, "American pedestrians and cyclists are much more likely to get killed than Dutch and German pedestrians and cyclists, both on a per-trip and per-km basis. They are also far more likely to be injured." Yet another reason why SUVs(which are very rare in Europe) need to banned ASAP."
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "At work we occasionally have to pull shifts to support our application, and we divide each day into a day shift and night shift. However, the married people at my office have all coopted the day shifts and because there are more of them than there are unmarried people, they not only force the singles to work nights(including weekends), but force us to work almost 2x as many shifts per person. I guess they assume that since we aren't married our lives are pointless and should be spent at work, but I don't see them eager to dole out the raises in the same fashion. Is this type of behavior prevalent in the IT world? In the US, is it even legal to so blatantly discriminate against a group of people? What are some of the worst things slashdotters have seen in regards to this type of behavior?"
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo finance is running an article detailing how the EPA is changing fuel efficiency standards for 2008 models. This seems to be the first overhall of the miles per gallon(1 mpg=.42 kpl) since the 1980's. Previous tests assumed that drivers did not exceed 55 mph(88 kph), that drivers never used their air conditioner and heaters. The new tests push cars up to 80 mph(128 kph) and drive them in hot and cold weather conditions. Naturally the reported MPG number has dropped, for example the Prius' reported mileage dropped 20%, but the new number reflects what most drivers see. And as always, your mileage may vary. (Your kilometres per litre may vary)"
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "As an avid cyclist but someone who gets lost frequently, I have always wanted a GPS system like some of my friends have in their cars. But I wasn't sure that I could find soemthing that was accurate enough for cyclists as well as something that wouldn't tell me to go on a highway when it was obviously unsafe. However, as always technology has marched forwards and there seem to be several handheld units that are accurate enough for cyclists. Some seem to be a very fancy(and somewhat expensive) bike computers without much navigation aid, others seem to be navigation aides with a bit of bike computer tacked on. Have any slashdotters ever used a GPS on their bike? If so, what kind? My ideal GPS would have maps for both North America and Europe(and maybe Japan as well). Any suggestions?"
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "The NY Times is reporting on how Indosnesian farmers are cleared huge tracts of rainforests to make farms for palm oil. Demand for the oil surged as many European governments subsidised it in order to attempt to reduce emissions. However, to quote the article, "But last year, when scientists studied practices at palm plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia, this green fairy tale began to look more like an environmental nightmare." In addition to clearing rainforests, the farmers also cleared large tracts of peat that sent huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the air. So much that Indosnesia is the world's 3rd largest carbon producer. In response, some governments, such as that of the Netherlands, are suspending palm oil subsidies and many environmentalist groups are saying that biofuels are not automatically considered to be renewable sources of energy."

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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago After reading the news everyday in the US, I was suddenly hit with a realization, the Simpsons predicted the response in 1996, 5 years before 9/11 in the episode Much Apu About Nothing. Basically a bear ends up in downtown Springfield and the town goes nuts and spends tons of money on things such as stealth bombers despite the fact that Flanders stated that this is the first bear in over 30 years. Of course the people get upset about the cost but refuse to get rid of the over the top protections, so the mayor decides to placate them by shifting the blame to illegal immigrants.
Remind you of the American response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11? It was the first time it happened in a long time, we went way over the top to prevent another attack, and of course when that all inevitably went south, the government shifted focus towards illegal immigrants who of course, like Apu, tend to work harder than your Homer Simpsons.....

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