* Posts by Triggerfish

2253 posts • joined 12 Feb 2010

After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good

Triggerfish

Re: The smartphone is not the problem...

I kept hold of my Canon S60 for ages, it may have only taken 5MP pictures but it took really good 5MP pictures and had enough controls to keep me amused. I'm not a photographer and it was pretty expensive for its class, there was no real reason for me to need a new one until it broke. I now have a Sony Rx100 V3 and there is no reason for me to upgrade it, I'm sure the new model is better in many ways, but for someone like me it's not enough to justify another $1000 for casual use.

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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Re: What is scariest..

It's like working on a cow farm, eventually you stop smelling the bullshit even though it's still all around you.

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Re: @diodesign "References involving 88, HH, and 14 have been used for years and years "

Oh is that we're they 18 came from? I remember them being prominent years ago. Disappointed on the wiki to see they're still going tbh, thought they had faded away.

HTC breaks with tradition to push out 2 phones someone might actually want to buy

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Re: I'll take the "small" one

Actually it wouldn't surprise me if a fair few do. I mean anyone who can afford a laptop and use it a lot will be able to justify the cost, but for the most part just a few docs and emails will be done on the phone. Some of this is price related as well, considering average wage.

Also most people out there from observation tend to communicate electronically using messenger apps of some type, facebook, zalo, whatsapp, line and so on. So for most it is really their only computer, and is their media content device.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: They didn't vote for him

Lets even talk about lockdown, it's needed. The length is an issue economically, probably more so for American workers as the safety net of state supplied health care isn't great and as far as I understand furloughed workers are not covered by work insurance.

It's not great economically, it's likely to have a greater effect on the poor than the well off. But it is needed.

The thing I can't help notice though is every country that reacted fast, took corona virus seriously and generally speaking whose citizens just got on with following the rules. Their lockodwns are lessening, or have finished already.

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Re: They didn't vote for him

"The real cruelty of all of this is that lockdowns, social distancing, masks, forced shutdowns of business, stay at home orders, and all of that stuff, does not actually save anyone from coronavirus. It merely delays the deaths."

"Look at countries sharing land borders with China (Vietnam, Mongolia) where the disease effect of the virus is vanishingly small".

Probably because they practised all that shit you say is unnecessary, without needing to get out on the streets politicise mask wearing and hand washing.

Vietnam accelerates – dare we say it? – digital transformation for a fourth industrial revolution

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Re: Kind of

Willing to stand corrected but I am a little confused on that. Last visa run i did was in Jan, I could not apply for an e-visa as a British Citizen. I had to apply for a VOA and stand in a queue at immigration, that also stands for many people I know listed on that list from other countries. Been living here 3 years, first visa I applied for was with the Vietnamese Embassy in London, there was no e-visa process in fact getting visa renewed past few months has been real fun and games because there was no e-visa process.

Resolution 79/NQ-CP that extended it to 80 countries is not even effective until July 1st 2020.

https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20200526/vietnam-to-grant-evisa-to-citizens-from-80-countries-from-july-1/54780.html

Vietnam also exports some textile brands like Eagle Creek, North Face, Salamon, They are definitely gearied to having manufacturers move over, there is a lot of incentives and trade areas were you get a lot of benefits for building factories, mostly concentrated around Tier 2 cities.

Yes Chains and big shops. I know what country I am talking about. Some examples, Vinmart, Lottie Mart, The Gio Di Dong, Cellphone S, Media mart, as well as foreign companies like Decathlon, H&M, Honda, Kawasaki, Burger king, KFC and so on. I mean I could find more but I have made several purchases via a standard chip and pin POS for larger goods there are definetly chains and big shops here - there's some huge malls here also. I buy any supermarket shopping with chip and pin, and a lot of smaller shops that tend to luxury goods are set up for it even if they are not chains. Dentists and so on also are set up at least the better ones.

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Just to note, the e-visa hasn't just been restored its been expanded to about 80 countries, before this is was pretty much just the USA that could get a e-visa I believe (may have been Canada also). They also have been seeing manufacturing shift over from China before COVID and ratified a deal with the EU recently for trade.

POS transactions are common in most big shops and chains. It's the little places that they will struggle with, the small coffee houses, street vendors, and house run business and the like, and a fair bit of transactions are done this way. People still will shop down the market, or go to the lady selling veg who turns up with a basket and just hangs out at the side of a road. There is still a lot of shopping done in peoples houses for example a few years ago i bought an e-reader and the only shop that advertised it was actually someones flat in a tower block on a housing estate, this is not unusual. Vietnam is still very much a cash economy outside of big purchases, and also has a strong grey market economy going on for some goods.

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

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Re: Excel excels

Talked a a Prof of maths. Guy owned a data science company, went were he wanted for interesting course to teach at universities around the world. Still said excel is good for quick and dirty and that even though they use tons of actual proper tools for mathematical modelling and data visualisation. They still tended to present it in excel a lot because it was a format everyone know when you are looking at numbers.

Vietnam alleged to have hacked Chinese organisations in charge of COVID-19 response

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At the same time it should be remebered that CCP can be a somewhat bad faith actor when it comes to the truth.

Triggerfish

Re: So just why it needs to look at China's virus-fighters is unclear.

It would also mean that Vietnam would be revealing they actually did do something like this which is not good OPSEC..

Triggerfish

Re: So just why it needs to look at China's virus-fighters is unclear.

I know of someone over here whose job is basically moving packed up factories from China to Vietnam. His work had increased seven fold apparently last year.

Triggerfish

So just why it needs to look at China's virus-fighters is unclear.

Possibly because they may have had some doubts about the truthfulness of reports, while having to make decisions on how much of the land borders need to be open for trade. You could probably even make some guesses about how the economy is going to be since Vietnam is right in line as one of the places that would look good for taking on manufacturing from companies that have been using China.

Lockdown endgame? There won't be one until the West figures out its approach to contact-tracing apps

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Re: Quite some use

Similar Vietnam, all case's movements are published you are told to get down to testing. In areas where they have been the gov will call you and find out how close you have been. If you are down the same street they have will definitely contact you, test you and quarantine you, people have been called and diverted in cabs on the way to work for example. One case's parents where driving to another city after they knew she had been in quarantine, police intercepted them mid journey I'm guessing by tracking the phone.

There is a good chance if the gov wants to trace your phone here they can BTW. The largest mobile provider is basically a MOD owned company, and if you buy a phone you are registered to that number, (and not relevant but just for the curios that seems to be quite an open database also as I have given my number in shops and they can get my address from it).

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Re: Oh great!

I actually think rapid response is one that's very effective. I am living in Vietnam at the moment and watching the response of Europe to COVID seemed almost glacial. By week two Jan (post TET - equiv to Chinese New year), every school was shut (they actually haven't been open since). Land borders to China were getting shut, areas were getting aggressively quarantined at the sign of a case (streets getting closed off, disinfected streets, everyone tested). People started wearing masks far more often (not just when riding in traffic).

They haven't used a tracing app here, but you're details when you have a phone are on a government DB, and certainly if you are a foreigner you are registered with local police station that you have moved into the area. I have had to fill out a health declaration stating my movements over past few weeks (when I flew in, when I last flew out, where I have been in past 2 weeks). People who live near areas where there has been a case, get a call out of the blue from the gov asking the same sort of questions.

They have used very aggressive contact tracing methods (phone calls, publicising persons every movement - backed by social media from people here really tracking what they did also - if you are a cse, all your movements will be out within a day or two - people here all seem to know what F0,F1,F2 means in terms of contact, if you flew into the country in the month or so before the borders shut you were put into a quarantine camp or packed back up on the plane. People for the most part seem to be behaving in the lockdown and not to many trying to breach it with mass gatherings (although it has happened - the best was a load of people having a party after leaving quarantine and then getting arrested and shoved back into quarantine again).

It's possibly doable without a permanent smartphone tracking app, but IMO it takes a few things, attitude of citizens, speed of government response and a bit of luck.

Honor MagicBook 14: Nice keyboard and ports aplenty – but with a webcam forever fixed on all of your chins

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Re: Sure, USB-C is way more versatile

Oh I dunno, made it easy to transition the whole office to WFH a few weeks back.

Triggerfish

Re: Sure, USB-C is way more versatile

Ah my bad, I'm an idiot. Yes USB-A :)

Triggerfish

Re: Sure, USB-C is way more versatile

I'm a little column A and a little column B. I have a surface go, which admittedly doesnt have much space for ports I guess. So one single USB-C and you can use it with a USB hub and then connect HDMI ,USB-B and all the other things.

But it would be nice to just have a old USB-B sometimes for when you just want to connect something like a flash drive, without needing to get the hub out.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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Re: Nothing to Heil nothing to Fear.

Well rather than that you can have a look at Vietnam.

A lot of neighbourhoods in Vietnam have block wardens, police/ gov informants,and the jungle drums in the average Vietnamese neighbourhood for gossip on who has moved in down the road etc is highly efficient, (I have had people houses down from where I have signed a housing contract know what house I am moving into before I have moved in).

During the initial stages of coronavirus in Vietnam, these two networks seemingly came together into a network that was ferocious in tracking self quarantine evaders, and those who had lied about where they were flying in from. People were hunted via social media, the longest evader lasted 18hrs and they were by a long shot the best AFAIK.

Patient 17 when they revealed they had evaded quarantine (they got to about two days) had every bit of their social media trawled over for their movements in the past two days, socially shamed, their neighbourhood got locked down, I doubt they will be able to go and live back in that area again the speed the country turned against her.

Normally all this network is totally harmless to the average guy (the neighbourhood bit anyway). But its amazing how ruthlessly efficient it can be, especially likely tied with gov informants.

Vietnam bans posting fake news online

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While Vietnam definitely has some issues about freedom of the press and so on,

At the moment they do seem to be not suppressing Coronavirus news from legit sources or hiding whats going on. They have actually been quite open with case numbers, every case out in the wild there is a list of where they have been and so on in the papers, text messages and the usual social media apps like zalo with reports to contact the government., it seems they are relying on this information helping them to quarantine and track down potentially infected as they're quite aggressive in quarantining an area if they think there is risk.

Also sent to corrections, Vietnam started its lockdown on 1st April at midnight.

The show Musk go on: Tesla defies Silicon Valley coronavirus lockdown order, keeps Fremont factory open

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Simple question

Will he be working at home, or will he be going into the office and mixing with all the others who need to be there?

Hanoi rocks for R&D – just ask Samsung: Chaebol starts work on $220m AI, IoT, 5G facility

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Re: How long....

Vietnam is a regime, it is a single party state. But I think it is more capitalist than communist economically, (not that I am a student of these things) AFAIK resources and so on tend to be accessed by state owned companies which I think counts as communist but there is plenty capitalism going on here also with private ownership and companies.

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril

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Re: Isn't that what the watches with the numbered bezels are for?

Those bezels are a hangover from old school I think. Before dive comps and so on, when you worked out your dive plan and profile by hand and lookup tables, wrote it on a slate and that was basically your stopwatch.

Rotating the bezel meant you could align it with where the hand was currently

A Dive computer basically does all of the above, plus more, (depending on the model).

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Re: I would look for a different provider

There are other diving computer manufacturers out there, but I would bet most people went with Suunto, before this, their rep was very good AFAIK, most people I know use them.

Yeah I am not sure about the gauge either, I have always dived with a old dial type gauge and thought that was pretty standard on a set up, with or without computer.

Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

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Re: @Triggerfish

Most places I have traveled only one ATM has not been an issue, (except Laos and they had a guard with an AK47 next to the machine).

Generally speaking I tend to leave the card behind and take what I need day to day. YMMV but getting mugged and having the card taken and the pin for me is still a limit on what you can take out and its less than a bundle of holiday cash.

Triggerfish

Re: Cash, always

Then you are carrying your cash around all the time, lose it, get robbed it's a big loss. I'd rather pay the ATM fee for peace of mind.

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Re: I disagree...

I'd say this ball of mud is pretty special, after all it's where we live and it keeps us alive.

Petty PETA rapped by judges over monkey selfie copyright stunt

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Re: No Slater did not intentionally set it up.

How about set up this way then?

Monkeys can be unpredictable, they can utterly dislike some people from subtle queues in body language, I have had them run past me photographing them and attack other people. They can also do a remarkable amount of damage for their size and often one in all in with a troop.

It takes a while to get close to Monkeys in a lot of cases, depending on how used to people they are. Patience, an awareness of them and yourself around them. Traveling to Indonesia and getting to be comfortable with monkeys, and all the logistics and work that entails could count plenty as set up for me, as the above post said it's basically what things like the beeb do with their camera traps.

Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

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Re: Just say no

This is the problem I have people may be switching of facebook in the West, South East Asia is a different story, pretty much everything is done on there.

I didn't even use facebook really till I moved out here, now I have messenger on my phone dammit.

The true victims of Brexit are poor RuneScape players

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Re: Funny...

"effect of Brexit" - Like this is ONLY due to the effect of Brexit, like there isnt anything else going on in the world that would cause effects, the markets reacted and got over it, the effects of Brexit at this point are of little consequence compared to say the possibility of a Major war about to break out. - No its Brexit..

I did not say that it's the only reason. I was pointing out you said the effects lasted a day.

"Ill just repeat this bit" - No let me repeat it, in the long term this should benefit us, growing our national industries rather than relay on imports.

How does this work? Where do we get raw materials from? Please explain why long term it's better for us? Willing to listen.

"Like what?" - Like what? why dont you ask the person who made the point?

That was you in an earlier post.

Triggerfish

Re: Funny...

So are you saying you do understand there can be general trends that last long but the effect of Brexit only lasted on the day of announcement?

Ill just repeat this bit - we buy a lot of stuff in, including raw materials for manufacturing, the myth that cos the pound is cheaper our goods will be cheaper is not exactly correct due to this.

*fuck off! this isnt big companies that are holding development, its a bunch of "academic's" leeching off the public purse.*

Like what?

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Re: Funny...

Yeah, the market response to Brexit lasted all of a day as those factors were priced in by the big players, the next patch of uncertainty is when the deadline is actually up, the current economic issues have very little to do with Brexit and more to do with the general trend of world trade

Erm no the market response is still happening, it doesn't last just a day.

"A weaker pound" - is suddenly bad for the economy?

Yep can be we buy a lot of stuff in, including raw materials for manufacturing, the myth that cos the pound is cheaper our goods will be cheaper is not exactly correct due to this. Abroad you have less spending power.

"academic projects are ending and new ones aren't starting" - oh no Communists will have to find actual jobs.

You're right new tech, products and innovation make no difference to an economy. We do not need to create the next ARM holdings we can all work at McD's

Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

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Also, what surplus? Wasn't every uk gov study coming out that brexit will cost extra money?

Yes yes but that's only until the resurgence of the British Empire They're preparing for it right now, there's some Polish guys down at Portsmouth recaulking the victory. BAE are doing mods; the masts are coming down and a couple of Yamaha outboards are being shoved on the back to make room for the F35s. Apparently there was a worry that the decks might be damaged by the engines, but they got a great deal on some cladding from an estate management company in Chelsea.

James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

Well no, see above. The percentages of successful women in engineering versus men does at least correlate with the theory that women are less suited.

Not necessarily, after all it's been a male dominated field for social reasons as well, may take a while for the filter to wear off.

NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

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Re: We don't need no education @Lars

Balderdash it would be easier for us all to do geometry if we change Pi and square the circle. I'm all for it. History and Biology would be easier as well with every answer being God did it, grades would be a record high.

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Trump wants to privatize the space station, and sell it off to commercial concerns

WTF? I still can't wrap my head around that.

Think of the presidency as a hostile corporate takeover, with asset stripping.

Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins

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Re: Galaxy S9 Lite

Is that correct though, for example if you had the S8 out with a removalable battery vs one without, same specs and design in all other ways. I am pretty sure the replaceable battery one would win out.

India signals ban on cryptocurrencies, embraces blockchain

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Re: Sales tax in India

Similar in Thailand, one way they used to get round it was have all the parts shipped in and have someone build it there

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Re: Quality of British Business versus Service to British Customers

Yeah I came across that, washing machine broke after about a month, seller tried to get me to do all the work. Took a couple of weeks but I ended up getting a fixed washing machine and about 90% of the machines cost back in compensation. CEO email address sites come in very handy.

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers says insects are the new lobsters

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Re: Insects...

To add to that, ants eggs taste a bit like Lemon Sherbet.

Frenchman comes eye to eye with horror toilet python

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@Doctor Syntax

I beg to differ

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/life/2016/05/25/1464165135/

Some of those picture might not suit the squeamish.

Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

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Re: @ Pen-y-gors

How curvy is a banana? Or cucumber?(did they retract that one for being too pedantic?). Or what can be called jam? Or apparently the size of a drink in a pub?

You do realise there's a reason for standards don't you? And that things like bananas weren't banned for curve shape?. And that a lot of the appearance of fruit and veg in stores is dictated by a mix of what the consumer wants to see and what the retailers think we want to see? Which is why some of the classifications of things like fruit came about.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

Triggerfish

What a delicate flower you are - there are large parts of the world where it is consistently that temp or substantially higher for major parts of the year.

It's called adaptation it takes a while. You don't just step into somewhere that's twenty odd degrees hotter than what your body thinks is a really sunny day and instantly adapt, the body registers only a couple of degrees as a temp change, It's a process that takes months. I currently think 18C is a bit nippy, last year in the UK I would have been sleeping with the window slightly open all the way down to near 0C with just a light duvet.

Also those people in hot climates. If it's humid especially they suffer as well, there's a reason people in hot countries often take siestas. Real feel this year was hitting 48C in the cities there were plenty of locals who suffered, not as badly as me, but enough that there was articles in the paper about how deadly the heat could be.

Triggerfish

Re: Hot?

Vietnam it hits upper 30, and the odd 40 a good portion of the year. But humidity is around 85-90%, not so much fun.

'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

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Engineer

UPS problem, SCO running on pc servers as back end to a shop Contract field tech on 3 times my first level support spod salary, gets to the site late for no good reason, (and I worked in one of the call centres that expected you to stay till the job was solved, while treating you like scum), so already half hr past when I am supposed to leave. Calls me, first words are "So I have two boxes in front of me, which one is a UPS?", He reported me because I swore.

Danger! High voltage: German customs bods burn half-tonne of weed in power station

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Re: Quentin Sommerville

And also a bit of drop the dead donkey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbXYnisZP9c

Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

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Re: RIP free speech

It's not a public service.

Free speech applies in this way, set up a shit load of kit, do the coding, run your own version of twitter.

In fact by imposing rules on the people running twitter and silencing their right to dissent against these racist groups you are actually calling for the suppression of their own rights of free speech.

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@AC

It's not a requirement to have a twitter feed, not having one doesn't impose on your basic freedoms and human rights, if they want to use it they have to play by the rules. Alternatively they can set up their own. Look at it this way if your CEO, would you want to be tied in with those fools like Britain first, after all by letting them air people could say you were endorsing/ supporting them.

Reminder: Vast majority of serfs toiling away as Mechanical Turks for megabucks Amazon earn less than min wage

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Re: Poor relations

As someone living in a country were the daily wage is low, there is some truth in it provides work that is equivalent to a a not bad, possibly little above average wage.

Thing is though plenty of people on this average wage, have also some pretty poor conditions. At that wage you can't afford health insurance, and state hospitals can be inadequate as a generous description someone I know recently had to share a bed with three others in a hospital while they had dengue, likewise affordable housing can be of a lot lesser quality than we grew up with, 12m square of living space for example. Or places we would consider as a decent master bedroom being occupied by multiple people.

I am a little ambivalent on this, part of me realises it provides work for people that in their countries may be considered a living wage and as such cutting it off could be disastrous for them, part of me thinks there really should be nothing wrong with paying a little over, a company could still pay a decent wage and make savings and improve someones life for only a little extra expenditure. I don't think there is an easy cut and dried solution.

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