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by bobrayner
Sat May 15, 2004 2:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Information On Travelling To China
Replies: 5
Views: 1927

RE: Information On Travelling To China

Concordeboy makes a good point; for a first visit, a package might be better. I organised my own holiday the first time - it's nice to pick and choose only the things that you're interested in - but there are greater disadvantages to this in China; obviously, the language barrier is quite high, and ...

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by bobrayner
Sat May 15, 2004 1:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Let's Hug All Chechen Terrorist Bastards
Replies: 48
Views: 2422

RE: Let's Hug All Chechen Terrorist Bastards

Russophile appears to feel that the wishes of the Chechens, or declarations of independence, do not grant any legitimacy to Chechen nationhood, any more than they do to Taiwan; greater military power and widespread slaughter are the only way to settle geopolitical arguments. <i>Not completely false....

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by bobrayner
Wed May 12, 2004 9:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Let's Hug All Chechen Terrorist Bastards
Replies: 48
Views: 2422

RE: Let's Hug All Chechen Terrorist Bastards

Chechnya is an integral part of Russia and always has been.

Completely false.

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by bobrayner
Sun May 09, 2004 2:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Have I Got A Virus Or Is XP Going Mad?
Replies: 24
Views: 2585

RE: Have I Got A Virus Or Is XP Going Mad?

If anybody gets a virus-infected email that appears to be from your email address, the chance that it <b>actually</b> came from you is extremely small. All the recent mass-mailers have spoofed source addresses; usually using the same sources (any address list they find on your computer) that they us...

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by bobrayner
Thu Apr 29, 2004 4:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Taiwan A Country?
Replies: 11
Views: 1517

RE: Is Taiwan A Country?

<i>Taiwan is no more a country than Turkish-controlled Cyprus is a country. You cannot become a country by simply stealing reserves of another nation, skipping town and setting up your own nation. Even if the new has government and such.</i> Then how did any of today's 200-300 countries originate? W...

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by bobrayner
Sun Apr 25, 2004 1:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Taiwan A Country?
Replies: 11
Views: 1517

RE: Is Taiwan A Country?

<i>I want to know is Taiwan an independant country or is it a part China?</i> Depends who you ask. If you ask Beijing, it's a rogue province. If you ask most other people, it's a country. It looks, acts, smells, and tastes like a country. It has its own government and elections and ministries and in...

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by bobrayner
Sat Apr 24, 2004 11:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Where Is Bobrayner?
Replies: 2
Views: 1335

RE: Where Is Bobrayner?

Very sorry; bobrayner is doing a 3 month sabbatical, in a region without any internet access.

(no, it's not prison  Smile )

Missing y'all...

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by bobrayner
Sat Feb 14, 2004 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should The A.net Logo Become An A380?
Replies: 79
Views: 7043

RE: Should The A.net Logo Become An A380?

It's only a logo!

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by bobrayner
Sat Feb 14, 2004 8:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best Place To Live In Europe?
Replies: 43
Views: 6206

RE: Best Place To Live In Europe?

<i>Climate - good. Only few days in summers (if at all) are very hot, it's never over 40C. Only few days in winter (if at all) are cold. Although you will be able to see and feel snow during most Christmas, but it shouldn't be more than -5C in days (and temperatures are raising with greenhouse effec...

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by bobrayner
Sat Feb 14, 2004 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will The New Iraqi Airways Look Like?
Replies: 40
Views: 8238

RE: What Will The New Iraqi Airways Look Like?

<i>Possibly Spain will donate some of <acronym title="Iberia (Spain)">IB</acronym>'s old clapped out 320's.</i> 1. Donating airliners is hardly an effective form of foreign aid, unless your main intention is to support the aircraft manufacturer. It would be better for Iraq - and the donor - to sell ...

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by bobrayner
Sat Feb 14, 2004 7:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WW2...In Case Russia Was Not Invaded.
Replies: 32
Views: 2851

RE: WW2...In Case Russia Was Not Invaded.

<i>I believe that if Germans wouldn't have attacked Russia, Russians would have attacked Germany, albeit probably later.</i> Stalin was <b>scared</b> of German power. Through Stalinist eyes, the partition of Poland looked like a glacis to protect against future German aggression. For Russia, the fir...

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by bobrayner
Sat Feb 14, 2004 7:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Future Of European Countries..
Replies: 11
Views: 1823

RE: Future Of European Countries..

The EU could of course also introduce a totally new language like Esperanto. It would be very easy to learn because of its simple structure: three tenses, no double letters etc.

How many people would vote for that? 0.001%?  Smile

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by bobrayner
Sat Feb 14, 2004 6:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: X-Rays On CDs
Replies: 7
Views: 1134

RE: X-Rays On CDs

Im taking some CDs with me on a trip. My question is will the X-Rays through the X-ray machine at the airport could cause the CDs to be damaged by radiation?

Or secondly, will they cause the data to be corrupted?


No.

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by bobrayner
Sat Feb 14, 2004 6:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Al Qaeda Fails To Turn Iraqis Against U.S.
Replies: 18
Views: 2519

RE: Al Qaeda Fails To Turn Iraqis Against U.S.

<i>Nah, there wasn't a connection between Iraq and al Qaeda. It is just another fake excuse made up by the President. Certain people on this forum have said this so it must be true.</i> And? You could invade, for example, Germany; I guarantee you that within a few months of the invasion, some Al Qae...

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by bobrayner
Sat Feb 14, 2004 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will The New Iraqi Airways Look Like?
Replies: 40
Views: 8238

RE: What Will The New Iraqi Airways Look Like?

Launch costumer of the 7E7?

Perfectly suited for them.. long routes.. not to big.. not to small


...and expensive.

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by bobrayner
Fri Feb 13, 2004 11:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: First Cloned Human Embryo Now Verified
Replies: 6
Views: 1654

RE: First Cloned Human Embryo Now Verified

I'm not completely morally against it, but what exactly is the point??? Perfect humanity???

No; medical research.

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by bobrayner
Fri Feb 13, 2004 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bermuda II - Pathetic?
Replies: 25
Views: 3022

RE: Bermuda II - Pathetic?

<I>In reality its only really US airlines that complain about not being able to get access. From a world perspective who cares??? All the rest of our flag carriers can fly there.</I> It's only US airlines... and all the non-flag-carriers... and those who can't afford slots, whilst <acronym title="Br...

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by bobrayner
Fri Feb 13, 2004 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Airbus Still Subsidized By The Governments?
Replies: 46
Views: 7081

RE: Is Airbus Still Subsidized By The Governments?

<i>EADS get plenty of rich defense contracts as well as government money to develop specific airliner models.</i> Who earns more from defense sales - A or B? <i>They just got a huge contract to build tankers for the RAF.</i> Which was far, far more open and competitive than the last major tanker dea...

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by bobrayner
Fri Feb 13, 2004 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French Participation In 7E7
Replies: 3
Views: 2122

RE: French Participation In 7E7

<i>Does Dassault have anything to do with Airbus' products?</i> Airbus already makes heavy use of services from Dassault Systèmes. Dassault is under the EADS umbrella but I don't know how independent DS is. It might be under the umbrella too, or it might have separated years ago... can't remember. G...

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by bobrayner
Fri Feb 13, 2004 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bermuda II - Pathetic?
Replies: 25
Views: 3022

RE: Bermuda II - Pathetic?

Bermuda 2 treaty is a dinosaur aviation agreement and is anti-competitive and restrictive, it needs to go.

I couldn't agree more. It stifles competition and hurts consumers.

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by bobrayner
Fri Feb 13, 2004 8:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How To Better Spend The Canadian Surplus?
Replies: 23
Views: 2192

RE: How To Better Spend The Canadian Surplus?

Reduce the national debt.

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by bobrayner
Fri Feb 13, 2004 8:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: [Canadian]Surplus Expected To Exceed $5-billion
Replies: 36
Views: 2084

RE: [Canadian]Surplus Expected To Exceed $5-billion

<i>The fact is that the multiplier effect ensures that free flows of capital self-generate as investments and purchases are made. A $1 investment results in a further $5 in ongoing investment until it peters out.</i> How does a positive feedback loop peter out?  <img src="/discussions/graphics/...

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by bobrayner
Wed Feb 11, 2004 12:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Citroen And Sebastien Loeb Win Again!
Replies: 8
Views: 2033

RE: Citroen And Sebastien Loeb Win Again!

I used to drive a xsara like that on public roads  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Rally drivers are wusses.

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by bobrayner
Wed Feb 11, 2004 12:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 170,000 Euro Speeding Fine
Replies: 13
Views: 1739

RE: 170,000 Euro Speeding Fine

I like this method. It's logical. Some other countries have a standard "range" of fines, with income-testing to decide where in the range your punishment will be; very wealthy people would typically pay the maximum amount. The main difference is that Finland has removed the upper limit. For all the ...

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by bobrayner
Tue Feb 10, 2004 5:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cockle-picking
Replies: 13
Views: 1730

RE: Cockle-picking

Why must it be snakeheads? The news reports I've seen don't mention anything like that...

Are all hard-drug dealers Colombian?  Smile


[Edited 2004-02-09 21:29:10]

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by bobrayner
Mon Feb 09, 2004 10:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Religion Question
Replies: 213
Views: 9535

RE: Religion Question

<i>Silly?! Why when dealing with religious and biblical text word choice is everything. "I am that I am" can have a completly different meaning from "I shall be what I shall be" as the great Rabbis have taught us.</i> Whilst it certainly is an interesting terminological point, I think we can get a l...

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by bobrayner
Mon Feb 09, 2004 10:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Iranian Air Force 747's
Replies: 11
Views: 6904

RE: Iranian Air Force 747's

Oops - small omission. I meant "most of the country's helicopter fleet".

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by bobrayner
Mon Feb 09, 2004 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Aren't There Commercial Guppys?
Replies: 10
Views: 3197

RE: Why Aren't There Commercial Guppys?

<i>Why doesn't airbus build the guppys for commercial cargo airlines? It seems like it would probably sell pretty well.</i> As said before, they are available for charter (to some extent). However, if there was enough extra demand to justify another one (or two, or ...) then you can be sure that Air...

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by bobrayner
Mon Feb 09, 2004 9:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Iranian Air Force 747's
Replies: 11
Views: 6904

RE: Iranian Air Force 747's

<i>how does the iranian <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> and airlines get spare parts for all their american hardware, ie. 727, 747 and Chinook helicopters with all the embargos. Who would do the conversion to tanker if they are used for this purpose?</i> As well as buying from other countri...

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by bobrayner
Mon Feb 09, 2004 9:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Religion Question
Replies: 213
Views: 9535

RE: Religion Question

<i>Ts-ior initiated this whole thing with his deragotory and pathetic comments. Of course you would deny that. Nowadays it's perfectly fine to mock the Christian faith as long as the other faiths aren't mocked. Such hypocrisy</i> Marco, not everybody who disagrees with you is either a brainwashed ex...

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by bobrayner
Mon Feb 09, 2004 9:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Truebeginnings.net Banner Ad On A.net
Replies: 5
Views: 2077

RE: Truebeginnings.net Banner Ad On A.net

What's next, pre-date urine tests?

Have you seen Gattaca?  Smile

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by bobrayner
Mon Feb 09, 2004 9:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: France Bans British Vets From D-Day Remembrances
Replies: 34
Views: 3384

RE: France Bans British Vets From D-Day Remembrances

<i>Sorry for what? The French trying to make the United States of America look like the world's most evil nation and making Saddam Hussein look good? Gee, if I have to apologize for that, what's next?</i> What's next? You could calm down a little, put down the strawman, and try to say something fact...

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by bobrayner
Sun Feb 08, 2004 10:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Religion Question
Replies: 213
Views: 9535

RE: Religion Question

<i>Maybe you should go back and read who called who an extremist first.</i> The word first appears here: <i>Thank God my destiny is not in your extremist hands</i>. Who was first? I thought it was you, but perhaps one of the brainwashed masses provoked you with a comment that subsequently got delete...

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by bobrayner
Sat Feb 07, 2004 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Please Turn On Your Laptop!
Replies: 18
Views: 2795

RE: Please Turn On Your Laptop!

<i>Still pretty stupid. You can make it so it will turn on and disable the keyboard so when you press enter nothing happens and still have a bomb in it. This is the same crap security we had before the terrorists and its the same crap security we will have forever.</i> To do that, you would need to ...

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by bobrayner
Sat Feb 07, 2004 6:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: German Vote: Best Cars Of 2004
Replies: 20
Views: 2425

RE: German Vote: Best Cars Of 2004

Whats an opel when its at home

It's a Vauxhall with a different badge.

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by bobrayner
Fri Feb 06, 2004 9:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Walmart Causes Another Casualty
Replies: 47
Views: 2134

RE: Walmart Causes Another Casualty

Indeed. Don't like walmart? Shop somewhere else. If enough people change their shopping patterns, then shop development patterns will change too. It seems likely that your favourite old stores close because they <i>aren't selling enough</i>. If more people wanted to shop there, they would. Walmart i...

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by bobrayner
Fri Feb 06, 2004 8:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strange Objects On Mars?
Replies: 13
Views: 3379

RE: Strange Objects On Mars?

Dust on the lens?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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by bobrayner
Thu Feb 05, 2004 7:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The New Alfa 166 - Che Bella Macchina!
Replies: 11
Views: 1618

RE: The New Alfa 166 - Che Bella Macchina!

It's a Fiat with nicer packaging.

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by bobrayner
Thu Feb 05, 2004 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Charleroi Rules Against FR...
Replies: 31
Views: 4196

RE: Ryanair Charleroi Rules Against FR...

Would anybody want to go to Charleroi if flights weren't subsidised?  Smile

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by bobrayner
Wed Feb 04, 2004 10:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: George Bush Unbeatable In Nov?
Replies: 40
Views: 1795

RE: George Bush Unbeatable In Nov?

That is correct, Perot is the reason Clinton was elected the first time.

People voted for Clinton, didn't they?

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by bobrayner
Wed Feb 04, 2004 10:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Computer Question, Please Help
Replies: 6
Views: 2148

RE: Computer Question, Please Help

XP will not be a problem.

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by bobrayner
Wed Feb 04, 2004 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Charleroi Rules Against FR...
Replies: 31
Views: 4196

RE: Ryanair Charleroi Rules Against FR...

<i>Don't you want F/A's, pilots and ground crew to have jobs?</i> I want them to have jobs if they can earn a living. The employees who benefit from subsidies are those that wouldn't earn a living otherwise; this is wasteful. You could reduce unemployment levels to zero by paying half the unemployed...

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by bobrayner
Wed Feb 04, 2004 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Do Manufactors Skip Series?
Replies: 6
Views: 1756

RE: Why Do Manufactors Skip Series?

<i>Why do manufactors skip series? For example why isnt there any 757-100 767-100, 777-100, and A-340-400.</i> <b>It's just a number. It doesn't mean anything.</b> The manufacturer might choose a particular sequence of numbers to symbolise something or other, or to emphasise some discontinuity in pr...

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by bobrayner
Wed Feb 04, 2004 8:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Religion Question
Replies: 213
Views: 9535

RE: Religion Question

He's just telling us what the brainwashed masses of the Middle East believe. Prove to us, ts-ior, that the Koran hasn't changed.

Brainwashed masses? Are you generalising about muslims, about arabs, or making some other generalisation?

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by bobrayner
Wed Feb 04, 2004 8:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Breasts!
Replies: 49
Views: 2543

RE: Breasts!

<i>PLEASE READ <acronym title="Anderson - Regional (County) (AND / KAND), USA - South Carolina">AND</acronym> PASS <acronym title="Air Nauru">ON</acronym>. THIS <acronym title="Island Airlines (USA) and Eagle Air/Arnaflug (Iceland)">IS</acronym> VERY SERIOUS. WARNING!!!!! If a man comes to your fron...

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by bobrayner
Wed Feb 04, 2004 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Charleroi Rules Against FR...
Replies: 31
Views: 4196

RE: Ryanair Charleroi Rules Against FR...

<i>And when are the subsidies and government ownership of Alitalia and Air France going to end? Is the Czech Republic going to sell off CSA when they enter the EU? I'm sure there are a few more European airlines receiving state assistance. Let's get government assistance out of all airlines and not ...

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by bobrayner
Wed Feb 04, 2004 2:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What's The TGV Like?
Replies: 39
Views: 3525

RE: What's The TGV Like?

<i>Does anyone know how far north it is capable of going, Copenhagen perhaps?</i> Define "capable". The main technical problem is electrification. Different countries have different electrification; standardisation is coming gradually, but the remainder of some national networks still use a differen...

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by bobrayner
Wed Feb 04, 2004 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Charleroi Rules Against FR...
Replies: 31
Views: 4196

RE: Ryanair Charleroi Rules Against FR...

How exclusive are the discounts, does the airport have to keep details a secret? or can they offer similar discounts to other airlines?

If any airline can collect - and if the bidding process is open - then it shouldn't be illegal.

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by bobrayner
Wed Feb 04, 2004 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 7E7 Production
Replies: 28
Views: 3485

RE: 7E7 Production

<i>has boeing only a 35% share of the design process? up to now i theought that it would be disigned by boeing and then the parts would be produced elsewhere.</i> No; it's a 35% share of structures. Building an airplane requires more than just structures. We can assume that more of the design will b...

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by bobrayner
Wed Feb 04, 2004 1:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What's The TGV Like?
Replies: 39
Views: 3525

RE: What's The TGV Like?

<i>The difference is that the <acronym title="Lajes / Terceira Island / Azores (AB4) (TER / LPLA), Portugal">TER</acronym>'s and TGV's are directly and shamelessly subsidized by the state and/or region whereas does not receive any more government subsidies. Therefore it is unfair competition. I boyc...

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