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3130 posts • joined 24 Sep 2014

Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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"My dish washer is connected to the internet. Me !!!"
My dishwasher connects to the Internet too. SWMBO! :-)

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'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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"Most of you complain about how bad Microsoft is then you keep using it and not save a BACKUP. Seems a few screws short in my book. Looks like most of you are trying to blame MICROSOFT for you not beeing educated enough to be using a PC."
You're obviously a noob. And a fuckwit...

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I'm just so glad I'm retired

That's the prime requirement for being expected to support friends and family.
Actually, demand for my support has declined since retirement. First, I only provided support for WinXP and Win7. Then following the GWX fiasco, I demonstrated Cinnamon Mint on various friends' PCs. All were more than happy with Mint and none have needed support since.

Also made a habit of lending my Mac Mini to people considering upgrading their hardware. Most changed from Win to OSX and needed no subsequent support from me. I'm a lazy fucker at heart :-)

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Re: About time too

Pirate versions are better, always have been...
Not so. Many prate versions of software contain code you definitely don't want running on your system. Conversely, until WinXP MS software wasn't copy-protected. Heck, you could purchase an upgrade version of Word 6 for example, and so long as you had a file called word.exe on your system, run the upgrade. Word.exe could just be a text file renamed to word.exe.

As for movies, I just "pirate" my legitimate version with DVD Fab to remove the unwanted crap :-)

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exactly what has that got to do with my original post?
FWIW that was aimed at several other posters here rather than your good self. Reinstalling w7 is not necessarily all that easy.

And yes, I think you've been lucky. Clients can be maddeningly obtuse. One I had set up to backup her data automatically decided to purchase a new machine. To "make the transfer quicker", she deleted all the backed up data. There must have been maybe 100 MB of data on the several gigabyte hdd! Unfortunately the outlook.pst file was unrecoverable.

I'm just so glad I'm retired.

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Discussed this with...

... a colleague/friend/relative [delete whichever is inapplicable] and a couple of things came up.

While ASUS obtained permission to put the CoA/PK on the power adapter of my Zenbook, disconnecting it is most likely a breach of the MS EULA. Further, when I used my OEM w7 DVD in conjunction with the ASUS supplied PK I was definitely in breach of the MS EULA. I imagine the data recovery business in question might very well play things by the book. A missing CoA or restore media means a whole new OS is required and I seem to recall w7 licences being very difficult to purchase recently.

The problem with w10 I had was also experienced by my friend. He solved the persistent "you appear to have a graphics problem" by installing the correct driver from AMD. Needless to say, on the first mandatory "upgrade" from MS, the problem reappeared as MS appear to disapprove of correctly working video drivers.

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I've done hundreds of windows upgrades and have NEVER lost access to the old data. It stores it in windows.old.
While what you say is undoubtedly veridical, it marks you out as a bit of an amateur. I've been using Windows since Win 286 and there's one thing I learnt very early on. Upgrading Windows is vastly inferior to a clean install.

You can't reinstall the previous Windows version if you lack install media and the Product Key. The PK is on the power adapter for my Zenbook and it's not beyond the realms of possibility to leave such plugged into an hotel wall on the opposite end of the planet. Or for wear and tear to obliterate the PK (overzealous office cleaners).

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win 10 update stores old user profiles and windoze folders in windows.old with an option to rollback
So I take it you've never seen:

"...refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, on a network, or on a different computer on your home network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the Internet or home network, and then try again. If it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location."

Oddly, Linux can see and copy the files, but not Windows. Nor can you delete the folder in Windows. When Windows fucks up, it does so big-time. BTW, none of the suggested fixes on the interwebs worked for me.

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Re: Except that doesn't work

Rollback didn't work on my main desktop machine. Had to reinstall because w10 didn't work. Still, I must say I'm grateful to MS for the opportunity to install and enjoy Cinnamon Mint :-)

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

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the road to hell is paved with good...

...inventions. FTFY.

Computers, nuclear power, DDT, bird- and bat-mincers...

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Re: It's slippery sloop at best

... and Tom the cabin boy smiled and said nothing.

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Re: Distraction tactics - attack is the best form of defence

Try to look further back than your own adolescence. In fact, try looking back over the past 4,000 years of history.
Some of us have and it's incredibly rare to be killed by a terrorist. The big killers, particularly over the last 100 years have been governments executing their own citizens. The ratio is well over 1000:1.

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Re: Education PC seller says Apple is no good in that market

THIS (gently shakes said iPad) is NOT a computer.

OED defines computer as "A calculating-machine; esp. an automatic electronic device for performing mathematical or logical operations; freq. with defining word prefixed, as analogue, digital, electronic computer"

So presumably incapable of performing mathematical and logic operations. Maybe he was channelling John Sculley and mistaking the iPad for a bottle of Pepsi :-)

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Unhappy

Actually

I hope the era of the iPad comes to an end ASAP. The main purpose of owning one appearing to be to obscure what's happening on stage from those unfortunate enough to be behind the wankers holding them above their heads!

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Re: If you wish hard enough - it might come true

Pull your head out of your backside and visit some actual schools and universities, then bask in the glow of illuminated Apple logos.
In the dim and distant maybe. Two decades ago, UTas was awash with Macs. A decade ago, there were more PC labs than Mac labs and if you wanted to get some work done, the Mac labs were the place to get it done. Hardly any in use versus queues in the PC labs.

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Re: I've said it before...

Have you tried reading The Reg on a laptop while taking a dump,
No, nor have I tried wiping my arse with a laptop. Isn't that what newspapers are for?

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Re: I've said it before...

Not on its own but you can use it to shovel coke onto the forge.
You can also shovel coke with a rolled up banknote :-)

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Re: I've said it before...

I really thought this 'real work' gripe has been put to bed some time ago.
Have an upvote...

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Re: No moral reason

On the other hand "oaked" wines always have a bitter kick in the throat.
That's because you're committing infanticide. The tannin from oaking is not there to add a bitter taste, it's there as a preservative while the wine matures. Over time, the tannin deposits itself in the bottom of the bottle and when that's (almost) complete, the wine is at its peak.

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Re: Moral: Life is a terminal disease.

you will only get half your mother's genes anyway
Rather more than half actually. You're forgetting about mitochondrial DNA which comes exclusively from your mother.

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Re: Two whole pints?!

There are many good reasons for drinking, and one has just entered my head

A toast:

Here's to the perfect girl,

I couldn't ask for more.

She's deaf 'n dumb, oversexed,

and owns a liquor store.

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Re: This is correlative not causative.

I don't drink wine much because most of it is bitter stuff. Gold medals are usually a warning sign IMHO.
Actually, very little wine is bitter; Amarone is deliberately bitter, but most wine is made from other grapes. If the white you're drinking is bitter, it's likely oxidised because of a faulty closure.

Gold medals are awarded for the best in class at wine shows. They are not intended to be an absolute guide. There are ever so many different classes at any given wine show, so it's possible to obtain a gold medal merely by being the only wine entered into a particular class. It's also possible for a bronze medal winner in one class to be ever so much better than a gold medal winner in a different class.

Basically, the medal system is a marketing tool unless you can be bothered to understand which class the particular wine was awarded its gong. Far better IMHO to have a good working relationship with your supplier. Mine allows me to drink two bottles from a case and if I don't like the wine, return the case for a full refund. His "sales droids" also know my tastes and phone me when a favourite is about to cease to be available. The discount on the last few dozen tends to be 50% or more. I do love those "sales droids" ;-)

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Re: Small beer?

In olden times small beer was drunk by children
And the women of the household. While Brande's early 19th C figure is 1.28% alcohol by volume, second washings I've made have been ~3–3.5% so much small beer could have been 2–3 times as strong. For comparison Brande's numbers had London porter at 4.2%, the more expensive “stout” porter was 6.8% , and the famously powerful Burton ale was 8.88%.

Interestingly, the chap who lent me the money to go to university in 1969 was a Methodist and therefore teetotal. However, he and his family drank copious quantities of homemade ginger beer and were often noticeably tiddly by bed-time.

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Re: I guess I picked the wrong week to quit drinking

There is no correct week to quit drinking!

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Re: A question

Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
"I love Americans, but not when they try to talk French. What a blessing it is that they never try to talk English." HH Munro The Chronicles of Clovis

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What should password managers not do? Leak your passwords? What a great idea, LastPass

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What's missing in this discussion...

... is the fact that your personal details are far more vulnerable in others' keeping than your own. I've been pwned four times to my knowledge. Adobe, Linux Mint, LinkedIn and vBulletin have all exposed varying amounts of my personal data because of their poor security. Troy Hunt's Have I been pwned is worth being subscribed to.

Cross platform password keeper I use is Password Safe. It works with Windows, Linux, and Android. It's popular and FOSS so likely as secure as can be.

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Google's stock rating downgraded as YouTube ad boycott contagion goes global

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Re: Youtube has ads?

Blowed if I can remember what was being sold by any of 'em.
A bit hard to remember what was being sold when one has a policy of never purchasing anything so advertised :-)

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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Re: Who knows really

What's a poor boy to believe
That there are no liberal celebs left in America? After all, for weeks on end there were any number who declared that if Trump was elected, they'd leave. And we wouldn't want to accuse them of lying would we?

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Re: That was then...

Dammit! I got Tuvalu...
It could be worse. I got the Duchy of Grand Fenwick.

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The Apostrophe is mostly used in contractions of words such as "it's", "won't" and "can't" and not only does using it make your message clearer to read, but consistently [i]not[/i] using it tends to make your readers assume you are uneducated, and you wouldn't want that, would you?
And if you had used angle brackets instead of square brackets, the word "not" would have appeared in italics. Further, the word "not" would also have been emphasised by a screen-reader. It's called HTML (hypertext markup language).

Just a little smidgen of education for you :-)

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Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

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Re: Older sometimes makes more sense

I've yet to hear of an AAA battery exploding.
Me either, but that's likely because I'm listening to Massive Attack at full volume when they do ;-)

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Re: But a 14KW Power Wall...

If you need one to show off indoors then I daresay Mr. Musk will sell you a dummy.
And if he won't, I'm sure some enterprising person will manufacture cheap fakes in his backyard shed for a shitload less money than the real thing :-)

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Re: Recall? @Andy The Hat

Problem is getting replacement batteries at a decent price
It's even harder in Australia for some reason :-(

However, putting the batteries in a ziplock bag in the freezer for 12 hours or so does wonders for NiCd batteries that many discard as no longer fit for purpose.

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Re: But a 14KW Power Wall...

it isn't the fire from batteries that worry me, it is the combustion fumes, containing all manner of unpleasantness. If you want a Powerwall or any battery storage system, I'd recommend having it somewhere outside the house.
Dunno why you were downvoted on that one ledswinger. Excellent advice. Presumably a Powerwall installed in a safe place wouldn't be so effective in signalling how virtuous you are.

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and her eyes got pixelated !!!
That was from the terrible singing she was listening to...

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But a 14KW Power Wall...

... in your living room is perfectly safe.

Yes, alkaline AAs are a great idea

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Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

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Re: Amazon dont ban enough

Now, kids whose life experience consists of attending college and watching TV are posting multi book series - and Amazon shoves them into your face in some kind of "you may be interested" list, while the good authors I am actually interested in I have to search out manually.
How odd! Amazon's recommendations, while not perfect, are usually of things I'm interested in reading: philosophy and history. The only items of no interest to me, such as Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for meaning are because I already have on my Kindle.

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Re: YouTube firmer than Facebook or Twitter? (Titter ye not!)

Try telling that to all the people in the music industry who have ever tried to get YouTube to take down videos that are in breach of copyright.
It is true that there are many musicians that would rather you never got to hear their music. Go figure!

OTOH there are many fine musicians who appreciate the exposure youtube provides and subsequent sales.

Alan Gogoll: Bell's Harmonic [Bell Harmonics Guitar Technique]

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Re: Education, Education, Education

Yet still managing to give out the entirely "fake news" that some middle eastern country "had weapons of mass destruction they could ready for use within 45 mins" and then proceeding to bomb the fuck out of them?
Untrue truths? I wonder which the Iraqi populace would have preferred. Hate speech or having the fuck bombed out of them?

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Re: Hasn't history taught us to think twice before appeases the Germans?

Social media sites aren't 'the internet'. They're just the tabloid end. Clean them up and leave the rest alone.
Or... just ignore them...

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Then you'll get Iran trying to gte everyone to take down pictures of inappropriately-clad women and so on...
What complete and utter bastards! I hate that!

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Re: Hasn't history taught us to think twice before appeases the Germans?

knowingly asserts or disseminates an untrue fact related to another person

Fact: "Something that has really occurred or is actually the case; something certainly known to be of this character; hence, a particular truth known by actual observation or authentic testimony, as opposed to what is merely inferred, or to a conjecture or fiction [OED]

Presumably the inscrutable German lawmakers have included a method to determine the difference between true truths and untrue truths... Or maybe not.

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Tesla, Atlassian told to go through front door in effort to save Australian industrial civilisation

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Re: Not fixing the problem

The Greens kid themselves that they are being influential. They apparently thought the corrupt entity Enron was being a good corporate citizen; an example all other business should emulate:

Parenthetically, I heard many times people refer to Enron in glowing terms. Such praise went like this: “Other companies should be like Enron, seeking out 21st century business opportunities” or “Progressive companies like Enron are….” Or “Proof of the viability of market-based energy and environmental programs is Enron’s success in power and SO2 trading.”

The "people" referred to in this quote being spokespeople for Greenpeace, WWF, NRDC, GermanWatch, the US Climate Action Network, the European Climate Action Network, Ozone Action, WRI, and Worldwatch.

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Re: Not fixing the problem

Proper oversight preventing the operator from blacking out 60,000 homes for no reason seems to be what's needed.
By oversight I presume you mean the use of force. The reason the operator never fired up the Pelican Point plant was it was not economically viable. The reason it was not economically viable is because the SA government legislated to make it economically unviable for the operator to fire it up. The operator did not black out 60,000 homes "for no reason". The operator wants to remain economically viable rather than go bankrupt like Solyndra and that other darling of the greenies, Enron.

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Re: Farmers think different

Well, the water could be pumped up into a tower by day...
Why do townies think farmers have millions of dollars just itching to be spent on boondoggles to keep townies happy? Try calculating how much storage is needed to apply 25 mm of water on a hectare of land. Then there's the tower to hold all that water up high enough to provide the needed head. The cost would be way higher than electricity and diesel is already ~30% cheaper than electricity.

There's a very good reason that less than 1% of Australian farmland is irrigated.

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Farmers think different

As energy prices soar, Australia's farmers have had to rethink their energy strategies. Irrigation pumps need energy and electricity prices have soared so time for a rethink. Solar doesn't work at night when most irrigation takes place (less evaporation loss). Wind tends to be low at night also.

Most farmers don't have a few million dollars spare for batteries. My friends in Queensland tell me they are installing new diesel plant to run their irrigation. It's the lowest cost alternative to electricity. Whoda thunkit? Green energy initiatives lead to increased demand for diesel.

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Re: Sorry but how

lglethal, you're attributing things to me based on your prejudices, not my words. You fail to ask why are we generating "excess" energy with windmills when we could have a sensible mix of dispatchable and non-dispatchable energy such that there's no "excess" needing to be stored. Gas can be stored with very little loss compared to charge/discharge cycles of batteries and the problem of what to do with batteries after their useful life has been expended.

The path we are on was set in motion by the politicians who promised that in return for privatisation, we consumers would have cheaper energy. Manifestly, the reverse is the case.

As a conservationist (not a greenie) I'm also appalled at the death-rate of the endangered Tasmanian wedgetail eagles. If I kill a wedgies, I go to jail. If you meet the greenie seal of approval (saving the planet), you can slaughter as many endangered species as you like and receive a get out of jail card for free.

Wedgies BTW have feral cats as 40% of their diet. Feral cats mainly eat small birds who among other useful things eat insects that feed on farmers' crops. Is malathion preferable to wedgetail eagles?

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Re: Sorry but how

Batteries allow you to save the excess from when they are generating too much, to use when they are not generating enough.
They also allow you to waste ~20% of that overpriced energy. For a limited time before they're landfill.

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Re: Did they repeat California's failed energy deregulation?

While the provision of energy was privatised, energy provision is far from unregulated. Preference is given to "green" energy when it's available. Thus the last few times Pelican Point was fired up, it was shut down again before profit was made. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the profit motive aka known as not wanting to go bankrupt. What's wrong here is the wilfulness of government(s) refusing to accept good advice from them who were willing to do the hard sums. Politicians don't give a flying fuck for the customers.

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Move over, Bernie Ecclestone. Scientists unearth Earth's oldest fossil yet: 4bn years old

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Re: >It did NOT evolve on planet earth.

No, I haven't [read Crick & Orgel]. I am vaguely aware of Panspermia as a general theory, that's about it.

Despite not having read your above recommendation, I find it quite amusing when someone who, I presume, works in IT like me, claims to know all about early life's bootstrapping mechanism.

First, I have never claimed "to know all about early life's bootstrapping mechanism". If you believe I have, you will need to quote my words. At this point, I can only assume you are making stuff up.

I am not sure why being vaguely aware of something counts for very much.

FWIW Crick not only wrote the paper I referenced, he received the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his and Watson's discovery of the helical structure of DNA. He was also the first, in 1968, to propose that life could be bootstrapped from non-living chemicals if it started with RNA; the so-called RNA World hypothesis.

Despite becoming a significant industry in biology, RNA World research has generated ever more complexity to the problem rather than approaching a solution. To paraphrase Lynn Margulis, it's a piece of piss to go from bacteria to humans but a huge leap to go from inert chemicals to RNA.

Gerald Joyce estimated 400 million years for The Rise and Fall of the RNA World "beginning 4.0 to 4.2 billion years ago and ending 3.6 to 3.8 billion years ago". Except it looks like there was already fully formed prokaryotic life around 4.0 to 4.2 billion years ago so not sufficient time for the RNA World to have taken place.

It's also worth noting that despite spending a decade in IT, I was never told over a 40 year period that, no, you can't undertake the courses I did in physics, chemistry, mathematics, botany, genetics, zoology, geology, philosophy, history and engineering because I was making my living as an artist, market gardener or IT consultant.

Occam's Razor kinda puts the onus of disproving a local life start on Panspermia, doesn't it, though? Why go for something complicated, when simpler will do?
Only a simpleton would refer to the transition from lifeless chemicals to life as "simple".

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