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Denmark Now Supports EU Copyright Term Extension

queenb**ch Eternal Copyright (145 comments)

So lets just all copywrite and trademark everything until we end up using Orewellian "Double plus good" because "awesome" has been copywrited until the end of time.

more than 3 years ago
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Using Prime Numbers to Generate Backgrounds

queenb**ch We were taught that 1 is a prime (180 comments)

While it is isn't correct, I do recall being told in school that one is a prime because it is only divisble by itself.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

queenb**ch Faith... or Ivory Tower Syndrome (1486 comments)

IMHO, part of the problem is that professors are often economically and professionally invested in their pet theories. They derive grant money, consulting, and professional status from being an authorative expert on whatever it is. And authorative experts are "right".

  It is taboo for a student or anyone who cannot match the peeing contest of academic credentials to question them. Even then, it often starts bitter battles that last entire lifetimes. Battles which have been known to fly in the face of logical, rational thought and mounds of evidence to the contrary. Why? Because someone has an absolute need to be "right".

During my academic career, I have often run into a great deal of trouble because I do question nearly everything. I don't care if it is printed in the text book. The book is often wrong and I have, in class, on more than one occasion been able to prove it. And in at least one case, the professor had written the text book :/

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Take a Pay Cut To Telecommute?

queenb**ch Should be legal to slap parents when kids are bad (615 comments)

I'm also guessing that anyone who leaves a child to "free range" won't object when you're spending your retirement money to bail him out of jail in about 10 years......

Just more lame parents who think plugging their kid in to a an electronic device or turning them out for everyone else to deal with is a fine idea.

And people wonder why I despise OPC (Other People's Children). It should be legal to slap the parents when the kids are being a brat in public.

Examples from my recent experience - While out having dinner a nice restaurant, I am assaulted by a child who is about 8 years old and who is busily clearing his parent's table by throwing everything from food to the condiment containers - mostly in my direction. When the salt shaker lands in my plate of food, I ask them to have him stop. Do they say anything to the child? Oh no! Instead, I get some crap about how he's expressing himself. I tell the father that if he doesn't want me to "express myself" he needs to get his ugly squealing brat under control because I'm pay just as much to eat there as he is. While I am dealing with the parents, the little miscreat has left her parent's table and moved to my table where she is now eating off my plate. At this point, the parents have the nerve to tell me "Oh, look she LIKES you." My response was, "Good, because you just bought my dinner. The veal and lobster really are quite good here."

While waiting in the ticket line at the movie theater, a couple and their children walk up behind me. They have two boys who are playing with yo-yos. Now that doesn't sound bad until I tell you that their "idea" of playing with the yo-yo's is to try to clock each other in the head with them. All the thrashing around, shoving, and fighting results in me be whacked with the yo-yo's. When I ask the boys to please stop because they're not just hitting each other, the mother starts screaming at me that I can't tell her children what to do. At that point, I tell her that she can either make it stop or the yo-yo's are going to end up in a very uncomfortable spot for her.

At a completely different movie theater and parents bring a toddler - barely walking - to Grindhouse. The poor child was so frightened she screamed though the entire movie and was still screaming as her parents sedately waddled back out to their car. OMFG! Who takes a child to Grindhouse????

more than 3 years ago
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Salt Lake City To Launch Mobile Payment System

queenb**ch Wow... a train full of marks (60 comments)

So if I write something sufficiently sophisticated, I can bill everyone I walk past for a few cents.... NIIIICE!!!

more than 3 years ago
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Software Firm Looking To Hire Naked Coders

queenb**ch Re:Really?!?! (369 comments)

I You don't have to be worried about a naked man pulling a gun on you.

I think.

If he does... be afraid... very afraid....

more than 3 years ago
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Software Firm Looking To Hire Naked Coders

queenb**ch Hacker Spread..... (369 comments)

OMG! I work with coders.... and I DO NOT want to see any of them naked... EVER... *looks for brain bleach*

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft, Yahoo Finalize Search Agreement

queenb**ch Re:10 years is a LOOOOOOOOONG time... (77 comments)

In a world where 20 seconds can mean keeping or loosing a customer, a decade is veritable eternity. And I agree with you wholeheartedly about Yahoo/MSFT and it being more about mail and other services. However, I see this as the one combination that is likely to give Google a run for its money. Google, IMHO, is a far greater evil than even the Borg collective. The Borg Collective is watched and monitored and known to be evil. Google purports to "do no evil" all the while your privacy is a vanishing memory. And who are they whoring all this data out to? We don't know. At least with the credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion, etc.) you can find out. What happens to it after it gets shared? We don't know. What all is in there? We don't know.

about 5 years ago
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Google Visual Search Coming Soon to Android

queenb**ch Re:Sixth sense here we come (111 comments)

And Google gets yet another stream of data on you. What products you're looking at... Comparison shopping by UPC... People are flat out willing ot sell their soul for a "free" service

about 5 years ago
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How Does the New Google DNS Perform? (and Why?)

queenb**ch Sell Your Soul for Free Services (275 comments)

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog entry entitled "Google - The New Mark of the Beast" and was fluffled off as an alarmist. Now the truth about Google is slowly seeping out. For those of you who don't do data mining, you just don't realize how sophisticated its become. Google doesn't do anything unless it gets them another stream of data on their user base.

Gmail - your email - subject -content - to and from
Google Chat - content and other people
Google Latitude - your physical location and cell #
Google Voice - your phone number (which can be trivially tied to real identity including your address) as well as the content from your phone calls and messages
Google Docs - Your documents, power points, and spreadsheets
Google Chrome & Toolbar - Your browsing History
Google Search - if you're logged in this gets stored if not, it can still be tied back to you via IP address

With Google DNS, they can see what you're requesting even if you're not one of their users and they can start to build a profile on you even if you haven't signed up.

about 5 years ago
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Freshman Representative Opposes "TSA Porn"

queenb**ch Re:Being a policeman is only easy in a police stat (620 comments)

Every time I've seen them scanning osmeone its a hot chick with big boobs.... And all the guys are over looking at the screen... It's never Nanna or Billy Ray with his beer gut....

more than 5 years ago
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Unmasking Blog Commenters Not a Huge Threat To Freedom

queenb**ch Re:New section called editorial (105 comments)

My personal feelings agree with you. However, I find this to be incredibly valuable as this is an area that I deal in quite a bit. A friend of mine runs a quite popular local web site that I write for as a reporter. Many of the artciles deal with political corruption; negligence, malfeasance, or just outright stupidity of elected officials; and now we're going after the school board for just plain being tards.

It's quite useful for us to have the ability to harvest comments off our news blog for further investgation. However, I'm going to put up a disclaimer and point people to a web form that will email me. Set up CAPTCA so that the bots don't drive me insane and we should all be good.

more than 5 years ago
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Aspiring Massachusetts Teachers Fail In Math

queenb**ch Deficiencey in Teacher Prep???? (15 comments)

OMFG!!! They were *supposed* to have learned this stuff in ELEMENTARY SCHOOL...... How is that a failing of the teacher prep? It sounds like a failing of the public education system.

more than 5 years ago
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Tiered Data Plans Coming To the iPhone?

queenb**ch Re:economics (142 comments)

I have all you can use data and it's not on an iPhone and I actually pay less than some of the iPhone users I know with their iPlans. I have unlimited data, unlimited text messaging, and unlimited minutes. I get that for $99.00 a month from my current carrier. Yes, there is an iPlan for that amount but you have to pay extra for unlimited text messages (another $20/month) whereas mine is included. And the voice dialing is extra ($5/month) whereas mine is also included.

Since more than one carrier is offering such a plan, that tells me that they *have* to be making money at it.

I would think that they'd be trying to rope in more users, particularly older users that don't burn a lot of minutes.

more than 5 years ago
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Front End Drupal

queenb**ch Re:At first I thought it said the end (68 comments)

The biggest issue is that many of the CMS developers lay the page out for you. They hard code all of these little boxes. This one goes here at the top left. Under that is a banner.

It's *not* up to the designer to decide what goes where or even if its appropriate for the site to have even a given little box. All the designer can do with it is to try to "deal with it".

Worse yet, to move them around or remove them becomes a hideously painful exercise in hacking someone else's code base.

more than 5 years ago
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What OS and Software For a Mobile Documentary Crew?

queenb**ch Re:MacOS X or Windows (229 comments)

It's not even that.... Most of the editing software is only going to run on either Mac or Windows. Depending on what your guys are used to using, they will need a platform that can support the way that they are used to working.

Given my choice, I'd prefer OSX. It's been absolutely seamless with every camera I've ever plugged into it. The OS comes with iDVD, which is hard to beat unless you do start getting into professional software. It also comes with Garage Band, which is good for all kinds of audio editing, not just music.

more than 5 years ago
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MS Word 2010 Takes On TeX

queenb**ch Re:Low (674 comments)

And Microsoft basically gives us Office. My personal copy is $6.

more than 5 years ago
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Gene Transfer Immunizes Against Monkey HIV Analog

queenb**ch What happens when... (104 comments)

We already have diseases like Scarlet Fever that cause the body to attack itself. In the case of Scarlet Fever, a strep infection (like strep throat) causes the body to attack the the valves in the heart because the protien in the valves is similar to the one on the bacteria.

Now you want to start bonding things to stuff and seeing what you can get it to attack... Why am I seeing cancer, kidney, and liver problems in the futures of patients treated with this stuff??

more than 5 years ago
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A History of 3D Cards From Voodoo To GeForce

queenb**ch Honestly (320 comments)

I remember when we were big time because we had color. No movement... just more colors than amber or green. Whooo Hoooo! We were the shizzle!!! Especially with our 9600 baud modems!

Then we got movement too, not just pretty words on the BBS, because, yeah, that was before the "real" internet happened.

more than 5 years ago

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Yahoo Blocking Email from Universities to Students

queenb**ch queenb**ch writes  |  more than 6 years ago

queenb**ch (446380) writes "I work for a university and we're having heck with Yahoo. We've been back and forth over it. We've been told were in a black hole list first. We proved that we were not. Then we were told that we were a relay. We ran the relay check at abuse.net and proved that we were not. Now we're being told that we're a proxy when I know for a fact that we are not. Our IPS wouldn't allow it even *if* our mail server did.

I'm really sick of Yahoo and since I work at a University, we'll begin advising all of them to get an account with Gmail or Inbox straight away. I have to tell you that based on the Webster's Dictionary definition that they've certainly named their company properly....

Yahoo Audio Help /yhu, ye-, yhu/ Pronunciation Key — Show Spelled Pronunciation[yah-hoo, yey-, yah-hoo] Pronunciation Key — Show IPA Pronunciation -noun, plural -hoos.
1. (in Swift's Gulliver's Travels) one of a race of brutes, having the form and all the vices of humans, who are subject to the Houyhnhnms.
2. (lowercase) an uncultivated or boorish person; lout; philistine; yokel.
3. (lowercase) a coarse or brutish person.

Our Email Thread with the Yahoos @ Yahoo

Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Mail.

Thank you for submitting this IP for retesting. I am currently unable to remove the block from our servers since this IP address still appears to be an open proxy.

I recommend that you download a utility so you can run an open proxy check on this IP address. Such utilities are available at:

      http://www.corpit.ru/mjt/proxycheck.html

      http://www.unicom.com/sw/pxytest/

Once you have ensured that open proxy is closed, please notify us and we will be able to retest this IP address.

For assistance with delivery issues to Yahoo! Mail, please visit:

      http://postmaster.yahoo.com/

Your patience during this process is greatly appreciated.

Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Mail. Your case number for this issue is XXXXXXXXXX. Please reference it in all future communication about this particular issue.

Regards,

Chris Warren

Yahoo! Mail Customer Care

http://postmaster.yahoo.com/

Original Message Follows:


We were never a proxy and never a relay. You blacklisted us because we subscribe to NJABL and it black listed you. If you have evidence to the contrary we would very much like to see it. We plan on advising all of our students not to use Yahoo mail if you continue. My boss is offering a substantial bounty for a single unsolicited email from us to a yahoo subscriber. If you continue we will have no choice but to suggest that our students get gmail accounts.

— Original Message —
From: Yahoo! Mail
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2008 8:39 PM
To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Subject: Re: Other (xXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX)

Hello XXXXXXXXXX,

Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Mail.

I have retested the IP address you submitted and it appears that the open proxy/relay situation with this IP has been resolved. We have now removed the block from our servers for this IP address. However, please note that it may take approximately one week for the changes to take full effect.

For assistance with delivery issues to Yahoo! Mail, please visit:

      http://postmaster.yahoo.com/

Please let me know if you still experience problems so we may assist you further to resolve your issue.

Your patience during this process is greatly appreciated.

Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Mail.

Regards,

Raoul

Yahoo! Customer Care

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

For assistance with all Yahoo! services please visit:

      http://help.yahoo.com/

Original Message Follows:


Mail-Id:
w1.help.re1.yahoo.com-/l/us/yahoo/mail/postmaster/defer.html-1206649288-
8919

Name: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Email Address:XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Domains: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.edu

Subject: Other

IP Addresses: Your mail servers are generating bogus error messages.
According to your web site, you have us listed as an open relay, which we are not. We are also not in any of the RBLs. Ive checked.

Error Codes: Mar 27 15:14:01 xxxxxxx EA2E51A2231:
to=<tahneshawilliams@yahoo.com>,
relay=g.mx.mail.yahoo.com[209.191.88.239]:25, delay=24, delays=0.02/0/24/0, ds n=4.0.0, status=deferred (host g.mx.mail.yahoo.com[209.191.88.239]
refused to talk to me: 553 Mail from xxxxxxxxxxxx not allowed — [10])

Mar 27 14:50:29 xxxxx postfix/qmgr[27984]: 497B11A21FE:
to=<recentcoin2000@yahoo.com>, relay=none, delay=5.3, delays=5.2/0.03/0/0, dsn=4.0.0, status=deferred (delivery temporarily
suspended: host g.mx.mail.yahoo.com[206.190.53.191] refused to talk to
me: 553 Mail from XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX not allowed — [10])

Contents: Im sorry but Im not priviliged to give you another users email contents. I will paste the test message that I sent myself.

Test to me

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions — http://www.cox.smu.edu/intranet/facstaff/webfaq

Additional Info: Please fix this as it is affecting our ability to communicate with our students and our prospective students.

While Viewing: http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/mail/postmaster/postmaster-26.html

Form Name: http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/mail/postmaster/defer.html

Yahoo ID:

Other ID:

Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9b4)
Gecko/2008030714 Firefox/3.0b4

Date Originated: Thursday March 27, 2008 — 13:21:28

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queenb**ch queenb**ch writes  |  more than 7 years ago

queenb**ch writes "Well, we used to have a very good relationship with Compaq, so when they became part of HP, that relationship just sort of rolled over for us naturally. We'd always bought HP printers since they have a fairly high duty cycle. Recently, we discovered that the toner cartridges that were "empty" were, in fact, not empty at all. They had hit their maximum number of "passes". Now it doesn't matter if you print one blue period on an other-wise black & white document or if you print a flyer with a blue background. Either way, that's a pass on your toner cartridge. Now I can't help but think that this is done to increase sales of toner cartridges. Nothing we've been able to do has been able to get any of our newer printers to use the toner cartridge to completion. Never mind the waste, disposal, landfill, etc. that this generates, we're rather upset because of the cost of new toner cartridges when we're being forced cover because we have to toss out ones that aren't really empty yet.

Now, we've discovered that some of the laptop makers are doing the same thing — putting "smart chips" in the laptop batteries. Once the laptop battery hits its magic number of charges, it ceases to function. So far we've not found a way to hot wire around, flash the chip or remove the chip to get this perfectly functioning battery to work again. The only workaround we've found so far is to purchase a brand new battery. Now, for some of the older laptops, this is more than the laptop itself is worth and so we're replacing units that should have a much longer useful life.

In neither case is this information made available at the time of purchase, nor have we been able to have the manufacturers tell us ,for the equipment we already own, what the "magic number" is for either the laptop batteries or the toner cartridges."
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queenb**ch queenb**ch writes  |  more than 7 years ago

queenb**ch writes "A new open source development is roaming the net. They've found a home over at BuildaWorld.net. They're taking the Delta3D engine and turning it into something a bit more user friendly and ready to build a game with. It's getting the networking components added back in along with avatar inventory and a user interface. That should make it ready for a RPG or FPS game. Their "mission statement" and "purpose" is as follows... Now a small bird told me that they're getting close to releasing the network code and that the avartar inventory and UI won't be far behind it. You can visit them at http://www.buildaworld.net/ for more information.

Mission Statement

We are an alliance of smaller teams that are working to build a rules-independent world-independent Free Software-licensed game engine that we can share.

Purpose

Our purpose is for several teams to come together to create tools that let you build your own virtual world, roleplaying game, or whatever else you can imagine. Our purpose is to create a game engine and at least one "reference world."

1 — The license must permit anyone to use, modify, and distribute work based on our products.

2 — All decisions will be made by participating teams, not by a few individuals.

3 — Creation, administration, and maintenance of the demonstration shards will be shared by participating teams.

4 — The reference world will demonstrate that the game engine functions.

5 — The reference world will serve as a working "HOWTO" with examples of some basic tasks."
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queenb**ch queenb**ch writes  |  more than 8 years ago

queenb**ch writes "I have a friend who we shall call Lana. Lana likes to play with graphics and makes a lot of sigs and things for people. It's her hobby and far be it from me to frown on anyone who makes graphic sigs for use on things like bulletin boards. Lana downloaded a trial version of the Corel Paint Shop Pro and then posted it on her RapidShare site for a few of her friends in one of her on-line groups to download. Keep in mind that this is a trial version straight off the Corel web site and has in no way been cracked, hacked, patched, edited, or anything else.

What I'm pasting in below is the nasty-gram that Lana got from the lawyers at Corel for helping them spread their trial version of their crappy-a$$ software. As a result, Lana is now leaving the on-line group that she posted the link to and is boycotting any and all Corel software. I'd like to urge everyone to write Corel at the address they've so kindly supplied below and tell them what you think.

Note: The email below was forwarded directly to me from the recipient.

September 25, 2006

Via Email

Re: Your Unlawful Distribution of Corel Software

Corel Corporation (Corel) is a worldwide leader in software manufacturing. Corel's trade-marks have been used and advertised extensively since 1985 in association with a wide variety of Corel wares and services. Corel is the exclusive owner of several registered trade-marks, including but not limited to Corel® and Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo XI. By virtue of these registrations, Corel has exclusive rights to these trade-marks throughout the United States, Canada and numerous other jurisdictions. Furthermore, Corel is the exclusive worldwide copyright owner of Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo XI.

It has come to our attention that you are engaging in the unauthorized distribution of our product bearing the name Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo XI. (the "Software"). Your unauthorized distribution of this product is unlawful, infringes on Corel's intellectual property rights, and is significantly disruptive to Corel's business. It is a breach of Corel's rights under United States and Canada law and the laws of other jurisdictions. It is further a breach of our license agreements with our partners and customers. Finally, your actions are inducing copyright infringement by the end users of the Software to whom you are distributing.

Also, given the publicity and reputation associated with Corel's trade-marks, your use of Corel's trade-marks causes confusion in the marketplace and depreciates the goodwill associated with Corel's trade-marks. We demand that all use of Corel trade-marks in association with your business cease immediately.

As the potential impact on Corel's business is significant, we require that you immediately do the following:

1) immediately cease and desist from redistributing the Software or any other Corel software.

2) provide us with a written undertaking confirming that you and your business have ceased all use of the Software or any other Corel software and have destroyed all copies of same.

3) provide us with the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the individual(s) or company(ies) who supplied you with the Software or any other Corel software. The list you provide should clearly indicate the supplier and the software programs supplied by that supplier ie.: publisher, title, number of programs supplied, date(s) supplied, and amount paid by you to the supplier.

4) provide us with the e-mail address of the individuals and/or companies who downloaded the Software or any other Corel software from you. The list you provide should clearly identify the individual and/or company and the program(s) downloaded by that individual and/or company.

Corel is taking this matter very seriously. Please send all information to us at the address provided below. In the event that you fail to comply with these demands within five (5) business days we will initiate other steps to enforce our rights without further notice to you.

Yours very truly,

Natalie Lemieux

Litigation Coordinator

Corel Corporation, 1600 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 8R7, Canada

Tel.: 1-613-728-8200 Ext. 5219

Fax: 1-613-725-2691

Email: natalie.lemieux@corel.com"
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queenb**ch queenb**ch writes  |  more than 8 years ago

queenb**ch writes "A little birdie passed this one on to me. I don't have a Diebold voting machine, but I have no reason to doubt the source of the information since they've been more than reliable in the past. I'm quoting "Does anyone want to know the administrator's password for ALL Diebold voting machines? It's "11111" — it can't be changed either, because it's hardwired into the binary part of the bios. "

If someone could verify that I'd certainly like to know. I don't expect you guys to pick this one up and run with it, but it sounds like something Diebold would do given their (ahem) history with credit card POS termials."
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queenb**ch queenb**ch writes  |  more than 8 years ago

queenb**ch writes "There is a thread going on the security focus mailing list where a couple of gamers who play Rakion are reporting that a rootkit was included in the lastest patch from Softnyx. When confronted by users who detected the software on their system, Softnyx's response was that the antivirus software was the issue and should be uninstalled. The latest patch includes a file called "entitiesMP.dll" whose main purpose seems to be to hide the processes, rakion.bin and gameguard.des, from the Taskmanager.

As a result the users a quite upset and asking for ideas. I thought that the /. crowd ought to get a chance to sound off and maybe even offer some useful advice."

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