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Microsoft Files Dispute Against Current Owner of XboxOne.com

galaad2 Re:Ask any McDonald about mcdonalds.com domain (381 comments)

oops.. small case of "spoke too soon"/"foot in mouth", i realize this is from before the "domain created" date, so it must be the site maintained by the previous owners of the domain name, name that had expired by the time the current owner registered it.

Anyway, it's a proof that "XboxOne" was already used by someone else in the context of computer games related stuff even since the year 2002 and IMHO should have not been awarded as a registered trademark to MS...

about a year ago
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Microsoft Files Dispute Against Current Owner of XboxOne.com

galaad2 Re:Ask any McDonald about mcdonalds.com domain (381 comments)

well, NOW it's parked after Microsoft brought the lawyers out of leashes and sicked them on the domain owner(s)...

looking on archive.org it seems it used to have an active site on it, for example this snapshot:

http://web.archive.org/web/20110207201840/http://xboxone.com/

OR this one, from the YEAR 2003

http://web.archive.org/web/20031225193949/http://xboxone.com/

about a year ago
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Microsoft Security Essentials Loses AV-Test Certificate

galaad2 Re:This is a surprise? (185 comments)

The only problem with Avast is that you have to re-register every year. Minor, I know, but a pain nonetheless.

the bonus with avast's system is that it doesn't actually make you PROVE that the email address is YOURS (code/link sent via email), it only asks for an email address and that's where it stops, so i've taken the habit of using @avast.com email addresses.

The first thing i used was postmaster@avast ( :D ) but when it started to complain that it's already used i switched to _current timestamp-YYYYMMDDHHMM_@avast, works like a charm

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Add Forums To a Website?

galaad2 Re:Google Groups? (259 comments)

+1 for Google Groups, it removes A LOT of the hassle of managing forum for a site, especially for spam management (spam prevention logic is global across all the forums they host, if someone is detected spamming in one forum it can be nuked from everywhere at once).
I use it quite successfully for a few sites.

Google even allows EMBEDDING the page via an iframe, with an url that will not load the usual Google Groups page header:

use this in iframe src:

hxxps://groups.google.com/forum/embed/?place=___INSERT_FORUM_PATH_HERE___?showsearch=true&showpopout=true&hl=___INSERT_THE_UI_LANGUAGE_CODE_HERE__&parenturl=___INSERT_HERE_THE_URL_OF_THE_PARENT_LOADING_PAGE

(replace hxxps with https)
https://support.google.com/groups/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1191206

about 2 years ago
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Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

galaad2 Re:if they used a hash...? (497 comments)

PS: the password field itself allows more than 16 chars, but if you enter more characters, when you try to login you get back a message telling you that the password is wrong. I can only login if i enter ONLY the first 16 chars.

about 2 years ago
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Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

galaad2 Re:if they used a hash...? (497 comments)

this has also been happening to Technet & MSDN logins for a while now

trying to access https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/securedownloads/default.aspx (or the equivalent technet downloads page) you get redirected to a login page that starts with https://login.live.com/login.srf and that form only alows 16 chars

i went bonkers when it started to happen, a few months ago, but then i got used to it... this is the regular crap that's pulled by MS these days. :(

about 2 years ago
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Ubuntu NVIDIA Graphics Driver: Windows Competitive, But Only With KDE

galaad2 use kubuntu instead (306 comments)

well, i figured it would be some problem with the graphics drivers and that's why i switched to using the kubuntu 12.04 LTS dvd instead of the normal ubuntu/unity one, i've been having weird issues with unity lately (invisble mouse cursor and ignored keyboard input on a fujitsu siemens Amilo La1703 notebook - but KDE works perfectly)

http://www.kubuntu.org/getkubuntu/download
( for those that fell recently into the linux soup and don't know what this is, this is practically the same thing as ubuntu 12.04 LTS but with the KDE interface as default instead of unity. )

about 2 years ago
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Hugo Awards Live Stream Cut By Copyright Enforcement Bot

galaad2 Re:usteam isn't responding. (393 comments)

Perhaps the WorldCon could claim breach-of-contract and sue to have their money refunded. That might be a possible avenue they could win.

Even if they win, the refund in this case would be ZERO because that's exactly how much WorldCon paid to ustream for streaming the event. There was no special contract with ustream, WorldCon CHOSE TO USE a free anonymous streaming account and that comes automatically with copyright-enforcement protection, this was explained by ustream on their blog:


http://www.ustream.tv/blog/2012/09/03/hugo-awards-an-apology-and-explanation/

As background, our system works like this in order to support a large volume of broadcasters using our free platform. Users of our paid, ad-free Pro Broadcasting service are automatically white listed to avoid situations like this and receive hands-on client support.

translation: since WorldCon was not white-listed that means they decided to stream the live event without signing and paying for a dedicated contract with the broadcaster and as a result were applied the regular copyright filter that regular anonymous broadcasters were subjected to.

about 2 years ago
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Space Station Spacewalkers Stymied By Stubborn Bolt

galaad2 Re:Zero weight! (290 comments)

almost zero weight in orbit...maybe at present, but it has a hell of a lot of MASS AND INERTIA.

scotch tape can't keep it fixed in the same place when the station fires its orbital adjustment thrusters and it will move and trash around like a wild bantha when the station is doing orbit adjustments.

about 2 years ago
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Man Orders TV On Amazon, Gets Shipped Assault Rifle

galaad2 Re:Sounds like win-win to me! (666 comments)

hmm.. it seems i got the equivalency wrong... it's the other way around:

maximum pressure for the .308 Win cartridge is 62,000 psi, while the 7.62x51max is 50,000 psi.
  it is normally fine to shoot quality 7.62x51 NATO ammo in a gun chambered for the .308 Winchester
You CAN encounter problems going the other way, however. A commercial .308 Win round can exceed the max rated pressure for the 7.62x51. So, you should avoid putting full-power .308 Win rounds into military surplus rifles that have been designed for 50,000 psi max.
source:
http://www.6mmbr.com/308win.html

more than 2 years ago
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Man Orders TV On Amazon, Gets Shipped Assault Rifle

galaad2 Re:Sounds like win-win to me! (666 comments)

I didn't read if there was ammo to go with the rifle. No ammo the rifle is not much better then a baseball bat or golf club. Both of which are legal to have in DC and make a better club then the rifle does.

Ammo is relatively easy to get, the rifle had no ammo in the box because the rifle uses standard 7.62 X 51 mm NATO rounds. You can load it with commercial .308 Winchester rounds if NATO-standard rounds are not available.
http://www.sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDetails/sig716-patrol-rifle.aspx

WARNING: NEVER USE THEM THE OTHER WAY AROUND! Never use NATO rounds in rifles made only for regular Winchester ammo. A 7.62 X 51 mm NATO round is slighlty thicker, packs more explosive powder than a .308 civilian round and might jam and shatter the chamber of a regular weapon, leading to serious injuries for the user.

see: http://www.303british.com/id36.html
(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.308_Winchester )

more than 2 years ago
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Legitimate eBook Lending Community Closed After Copyright Complaints

galaad2 Re:Easy.... (288 comments)

in this case it's simple to prove the "knowingly materially misrepresent". The contract that those authors SIGNED with Amazon explicitly says in very BOLD LETTERS:
https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=APILE934L348N

5.2 Marketing and Promotion; Kindle Book Lending Program.
[...]
5.2.2 Kindle Book Lending Program. The Kindle Book Lending program enables customers who purchase a Digital Book to lend it subject to limitations we establish from time to time. All Digital Books made available through the Program are automatically included in the Kindle Book Lending program. However, for Digital Books that are in the 35% Royalty Option (as described in the Pricing Page), you may choose to opt out of the Kindle Book Lending program. This will disable lending of the Digital Book by customers who purchase it after you have opted it out, but this will not affect the right of customers who purchased it when lending was enabled to continue to lend it. You may not choose to opt out a Digital Book if it is included in the lending program of another sales or distribution channel. If we become aware that a Digital Book you have opted out is included in the lending program of another sales or distribution channel, we may enable it for lending. Digital Books that are in the 70% Royalty Option (as described in the Pricing Page) cannot be opted out of the lending feature.
[.... and a bit below...]
KDP Select Option Terms and Conditions.
[...]
2.2 Inclusion in Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Program. Digital Books included in KDP Select will be automatically included in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Program described in more detail here. ( https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=200798990#KOLL )

Q.E.D.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Deal With 200k Lines of Spaghetti Code

galaad2 Re:A meal fit for a programmer. (236 comments)

don't forget a fork.
all spaghetti needs a fork, even spaghetti code. /:)

more than 2 years ago
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Security Expert: Huawei Routers Riddled With Vulnerabilities

galaad2 Re:This doesn't surprise me... (126 comments)

many Vodafone-branded devices across the entire Europe are actually huawei devices, especially those usb 3G+ hsdpa/hsupa wireless modems that look like fattened usb drives.
If you have one look on its back and it's almost guaranteed to see the label that says it's made by huawei.
Also, the installation package for Vodafone Mobile Connect (their connectivity management software) has most of its drivers made by huawei.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Claims Net Neutrality Violates Their Free Speech Rights

galaad2 free speech as a double edge sword (430 comments)

they do have free speech but their speech must not affect others' speech.
this is why neutrality is needed.

more than 2 years ago
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Basque Country Gov't Decrees State-Produced Software Should Be Open Sourced

galaad2 Re:Europe, bad? (38 comments)

Except this is already policy in the United States. All computer programs that are "works of the United States Government" enter the public domain upon publication.

maybe that was wishful thinking but then why is the Federal Reserve Bank/ US Treasury prosecuting and convicting people and getting them to admit to "theft" of public domain stuff (some accounting program)?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/29/usa-crime-fed-idUSL1E8GTBG120120529
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-18/man-said-to-be-charged-by-u-s-in-federal-government-computer-data-theft.html

more than 2 years ago
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350-Year-Old Newton's Puzzle Solved By 16-Year-Old

galaad2 Re:That Moment (414 comments)

I'd reserve your hosannas until this kid's magic formula gets published, along with a formal statement of the problem.

the formula has already been published, here: https://www.jugend-forscht.de/images/1MAT_67_download.jpg
(photo of the formula taken on May 18th)

article source:
https://www.jugend-forscht.de/index.php/projectsearch/detail/6038.4568
and
http://www.jufo-dresden.de/projekt/teilnehmer/matheinfo/m1

i can't find the full paper yet though, but on reddit some users claim that the formula works in Maple
e.g.
http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/u7551/teen_solves_newtons_300yearold_riddle_an/c4szejb

where f is constant on the path the particle makes in the space of velocities:
f:=(g^2 /(2*u^2 ) + a*(g/2)*(v*sqrt(u^2 +v^2 )/(u^2 ) + arcsinh(v/u)));

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Creates Superhydrophobic Condiment Bottles

galaad2 Re:Hellmans beat them to it (292 comments)

ps. i stand corrected, i see now that they also adjusted the composition of the plastic itself, but they formulated it only for holding mayo (or other oily substances), not any substance (or non-oil-based substances).

more than 2 years ago

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Seagate replaces RMA'd 1TB drives with 250GB ones

galaad2 galaad2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

galaad2 (847861) writes "After announcing the purchase of Samsung's HDD division in April 2011 (and completing the acquisition in December 2011), Seagate is now "managing" the Samsung warranty process by sending 250GB drives as replacement for 1TB Samsung RMA'd hard drives. The Samsung section on the Seagate support forum has some examples, such as
this
http://forums.seagate.com/t5/Samsung-Internal-Drives/23-dec-2012-No-Progress-here-for-SAMSUNG-HDD-RMA/td-p/143015

or this
http://forums.seagate.com/t5/Samsung-Internal-Drives/Warranty-RMA-FAIL/td-p/144969"

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Sony changes PSN ToS, adds ILLEGAL terms

galaad2 galaad2 writes  |  about 3 years ago

galaad2 (847861) writes "Sony has revised its Playstation Network terms of service, forcing users to accept changes that ban subscribers from bringing class action lawsuits if they wish to continue using the PlayStation 3 online gaming network.

However, such a ban is ILLEGAL in the USA because on April 27, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court held in AT&T Mobility, LLC. v. Concepcion that federal law preempts a California rule that banned class action waivers in arbitration agreements.

In AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the Supreme Court determined that the Discover Bank rule is preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) because it “stands as an obstacle to the accomplishment and execution of the full purposes and objectives of Congress.” Justice Scalia, wrote the majority opinion, joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Alito, Kennedy, and Thomas (who filed a concurring opinion).

The Ninth Circuit had found AT&T’s class-action waiver “unconscionable”."

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Scientology founder exposed as a fake

galaad2 galaad2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anonymouse (847861) writes "London, UK — Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard made up his qualifications along with his religion, as shown by secret documents released to the Times — http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article6740831.ece

Department of Health files, some closed until 2019, have been released early to The Times by the National Archives after a successful request under the Freedom of Information Act.

TGDaily ( http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/43539/181/ ) summarizes the Times article very well: "Hubbard bought a sham college and then awarded himself a PhD from it, according to files released by the National Archives after a request by the paper under the Freedom of Information Act."

In a signed statement amongst the documents, one of Hubbard's collaborators wrote: "The position is L Ron Hubbard [and others] acquired premises somewhere in Los Angeles which they had registered as a university called Sequoia and immediately awarded each other doctorates.""

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APPLE KEYBOARDS infected with keylogger firmware

galaad2 galaad2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anonymouse (847861) writes "APPLE KEYBOARDS are vulnerable to a hack that puts keyloggers and malware directly into the keyboard's firmware. This could be a serious problem, and now that the presentation and code is out there, the bad guys will surely be exploiting it.

The vulnerability was discovered by K. Chen, and he gave a talk on it at Blackhat this year ( http://www.blackhat.com/html/bh-usa-09/bh-usa-09-archives.html#Chen ). The concept is simple, a modern Apple keyboard has about 8K of flash memory, and 256 bytes of working ram. For the intelligent, this is more than enough space to have a field day. It is completely remotely exploitable, and almost impossible to remove, especially if you don't know it is there.

PDF: http://www.blackhat.com/presentations/bh-usa-09/CHEN/BHUSA09-Chen-RevAppleFirm-PAPER.pdf
Slides(pdf): http://www.blackhat.com/presentations/bh-usa-09/CHEN/BHUSA09-Chen-RevAppleFirm-SLIDES.pdf"

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Riot police raid facebook user's birthday barbecue

galaad2 galaad2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anonymouse writes "The police spend their time trawling our private information on Facebook looking for criminals, Welcome to 1984:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/17/police_raid_birthday_barbecue_facebook_invitation/

Riot police stormed a man's 30th birthday barbecue for 15 guests because it was advertised as an "all-night" party on Facebook.

Four police cars, a riot van, and a force helicopter were dispatched to a privately-owned field in a small village near Sowton, Devon in the UK on Saturday, ordering the party shut down or everyone would be arrested.
The birthday barbecue was busted up before they even had a chance to plug the music in, reports the BBC ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/devon/8155441.stm )

It was about 4pm when eight officers with camouflage pants and body armor jumped out of their vehicles and ordered everyone out about an hour into the party. [...] The police had full-on camouflage trousers on and body-armour, it was ridiculous. There were also several plain-clothes officers as well [...] they kept on insisting it has been advertised it as an all-night rave on the internet. The times on it were put as "overnight" in case people wanted to sleep-over, but after being explained this they were still banging on saying it was advertised on the internet. They wouldn't accept it wasn't a rave. It was in a completely isolated field.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1200310/Police-raid-30th-birthday-barbecue-man-used-Facebook-invite-friends.html"

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Best Ambush Marketing at the Beijing Olympics

galaad2 galaad2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

galaad2 (847861) writes "Adidas pays around $80 million to be a sponsor of the Olympics and Li Ning gets to carry in the torch, practically burning much of that $80 million and advertising his company for free.

Li Ning isn't just China's most famous gymnast. He's also created the most popular Chinese shoe company, Li-Ning. This year, they're outfitting tons of Olympians, like Argentina's basketball squad, Tanzania's track & field athletes and even China's ping pong players. But they're not an official Olympic sponsor, which means a diminished role for the company in terms of domestic and international advertising during the Games.

So you can imagine how executives at Adidas must have felt when Li Ning stole the biggest moment in the entire Opening Ceremonies. A billion people in China saw him running across the rafters at the Bird's Nest and thought not just of the gymnast but also of his shoes.

This entire country was tuned into the Opening Ceremonies, and worldwide, millions more saw Li Ning light the torch and learned that he owns a shoe company. Even the best Clydesdale ad at the Super Bowl doesn't reach 100 million people.

more: http://blogs.rockymountainnews.com/2008_summer_olympics_blog/archives/2008/08/the-greatest-free-ad-ever.html"

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Sears at it again: burglar's reference

galaad2 galaad2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Anonymouse Coooward writes "CA has another scoop on Sears:
http://community.ca.com/blogs/securityadvisor/archive/2008/01/03/managemyhome-com-another-privacy-issue-for-sears.aspx

Sears' managemyhome.com site allows any burglar to case a home from the comfort of their armchair and provide them with everything they'd need to bluff their way through picking it up for a "recall".

quotes from TFA:

Once you register, you can look up major purchases for ANY address. All you need to do is enter a name, address and phone number and if the person attached to that info has made a major purchase at sears you get that info!! They have no real controls in place — you have to enter an onscreen code and they say that keeps your info safe, but that does not stop someone from entering other people's contact info to see their product purchases.

I checked this out, and sure enough, in about 2 minutes I was looking at every purchase my parents had made since 1989. What's worse, I had used no more info than is publicly listed in the phone book: their name, address, and telephone number. Once you have an account at http://www.managemyhome.com/ and have logged in, select the first option (Home Profile) from the "Home" pull-down menu on the main page. In the upper right corner of the page, you should see a "Sears Purchase History", with a button labeled "Find my Products". The only information they asked for when I followed that button was a name, phone number, and address.

If you had major dealings with Sears, that information is now available to the public, from a television bought in 1978 to a stove which was purchased elsewhere but had been repaired by a Sears technician."

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galaad2 galaad2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

galaad2 (847861) writes "Want to own the real castle that was the source of all the vampire stories? Want to have your very own vampire castle? Here's your chance!

The Transylvanian castle of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Count Dracula, is on sale for £40 million [timesonline.co.uk] (around 77 million dollars).

Bran Castle [telegraph.co.uk], near the historic city of Brasov, in central Romania, is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations because of its association with 15th-century Prince Vlad Tepes III, also known as the Impaler for his favoured method of executing opponents.

The local town council has preemption rights, they have 30 days to review the offer, and then the property will be put on the market.

Extra info: wikipedia article about Bran Castle"

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galaad2 galaad2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Adidas pays around $80 million to be a sponsor of the Olympics and Li Ning gets to carry in the torch, practically burning much of that $80 million and advertising his company for free.

Li Ning isn't just China's most famous gymnast. He's also created the most popular Chinese shoe company, Li-Ning. This year, they're outfitting tons of Olympians, like Argentina's basketball squad, Tanzania's track & field athletes and even China's ping pong players. But they're not an official Olympic sponsor, which means a diminished role for the company in terms of domestic and international advertising during the Games.

So you can imagine how executives at Adidas must have felt when Li Ning stole the biggest moment in the entire Opening Ceremonies. A billion people in China saw him running across the rafters at the Bird's Nest and thought not just of the gymnast but also of his shoes.

This entire country was tuned into the Opening Ceremonies, and worldwide, millions more saw Li Ning light the torch and learned that he owns a shoe company. Even the best Clydesdale ad at the Super Bowl doesn't reach 100 million people.

more: http://blogs.rockymountainnews.com/2008_summer_olympics_blog/archives/2008/08/the-greatest-free-ad-ever.html

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Sears at it again: burglar's reference

galaad2 galaad2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago CA has another scoop on Sears

Sears' managemyhome.com site allows any burglar to case a home from the comfort of their armchair and provide them with everything they'd need to bluff their way through picking it up for a "recall".

quotes from TFA:

Once you register, you can look up major purchases for ANY address. All you need to do is enter a name, address and phone number and if the person attached to that info has made a major purchase at sears you get that info!! They have no real controls in place -- you have to enter an onscreen code and they say that keeps your info safe, but that does not stop someone from entering other people's contact info to see their product purchases.

I checked this out, and sure enough, in about 2 minutes I was looking at every purchase my parents had made since 1989. What's worse, I had used no more info than is publicly listed in the phone book: their name, address, and telephone number. Once you have an account at http://www.managemyhome.com/ and have logged in, select the first option (Home Profile) from the "Home" pull-down menu on the main page. In the upper right corner of the page, you should see a "Sears Purchase History", with a button labeled "Find my Products". The only information they asked for when I followed that button was a name, phone number, and address.

If you had major dealings with Sears, that information is now available to the public, from a television bought in 1978 to a stove which was purchased elsewhere but had been repaired by a Sears technician.

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