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March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally | Climate Central -
March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally | Climate Central
"March 2014 was the fourth-warmest March on record globally, according to recently released NASA data, making it the 349th month — more than 29 years — in which global temperatures were above the historic average. The amounts that temperatures around the world differed from the historic average. Credit: NOAA The planet’s average March temperature was 57.9°F — 0.7°C (or 1.2°F) above the average temperature from 1951-1980 — behind only the March of 2002, 2010 and 1990, in that order. Data is still coming in that could change the temperature deviation from this March, but likely only a few hundredths of a degree in either direction, said climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which compiles the temperature data." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Farmer Robert Sampson ploughs fields in the way his family has since 1885 | Mail Online -
Farmer Robert Sampson ploughs fields in the way his family has since 1885 | Mail Online
"Eight mighty horses toil in a farmer's field in an image that evokes an idyllic rural Britain at risk of vanishing forever. Robert Sampson is shunning modern machinery and employing old-fashioned horse power on his land in Hampshire. Five generations of his family have used this method to plough the fields since 1885. And the 58-year-old is keen to keep the tradition alive. Every day, he takes his Percherons out to plough his 256 acre plot. The method may take a little longer than using machinery, but he saves on diesel and road tax as his horses are content to munch grass at the end of a day’s labour. He said: ‘I do it because I love it. People think I’m mad … and there are times when I think I am too!’" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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The new pulse of digital music -
The new pulse of digital music
"Besides creating their powerful music, the students have invented a series of interfaces and musical gadgets. The first is the app sensorUDP, which transforms musicians’ smartphones into motion sensors. Available in the Android app store and compatible with iPhones, it allows performers to layer up to eight programmable sounds and modify them by moving their phone. Music student Pieteke MacMahon modified the app to create an iPhone Piano, which she plays on her wrist, thanks to a mount created by engineering classmates. As she moves her hands up, the piano notes go up in pitch. When she drops her hands, the sound gets lower, and a delay effect increases if her palm faces up. “Audiences love how intuitive it is,” says the composition major. “It creates music in a way that really makes sense to people, and it looks pretty cool onstage.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
This reminds me of the stuff Interval Research was doing in the late '90s (movement to create sound, sound to create visuals, etc.) - Laura Norvig
I want to put these things on the dogs and see what kind of music they make :-) - Todd Hoff
this is kewl - Peter Dawson
Christina Pikas
I find we use "resources" too much on our website... what other words? databases - too narrow. stuff - too informal. services - too narrow, not exactly right. suggests thingamabob, but somehow doesn't see right. suggestions?
our department has had multiple meetings about this and we decided that "stuff" was just about the right term to use. - Marie
maybe verbs instead of nouns would help? what should they be doing with the stuff at particular places on your site? - RepoRat
Time to reclaim "silos"? - Meg VMeg
Snoopdoggify it and call it shit. The Web of Science? That shit is da bomb. - Joe - Systems Analyst
I think you mean shizz. - kaijsa
I for one would like to revive the word index for citation indexes that don't necessarily include full text. - maʀtha
Is that like shizznit? - Joe - Systems Analyst
I have been advocating "stuff" for over a decade... it really is all stuff in there - awd
I explain to students in instruction sessions that "databases" means "searchable collections of online stuff" in library-ese. - Rebecca Hedreen
Content? And where that doesn't work try enlightenment. - Todd Hoff
Inventory - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Anyone getting Glass?
nope. - imabonehead
I have a glass with lemonade in it. Does that count? - Amit Patel
does it come with Netscape? - Steve C
Hell to the no. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Waiting for the next version. - Todd Hoff
The library has one but I haven't tried it out. - Betsy
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Glowing swarm mimics drawings and gestures - YouTube -
"Now's your chance to make other Earthlings quail. Platoons of palm-sized glowing robots stand ready to obey your every gesture. Built by Javier Alonso-Mora of Disney Research in Zurich, Switzerland, and his colleagues, these dayglo "pixelbots" scurry along the ground in swarms coordinated by someone using a tablet or a gesture-sensing camera." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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How to Use Swales on Your Homestead -
"Simply defined, a Swale is a Ditch dug on Contour that captures water so it can slowly soak into the land. We are all probably familiar with a ditch. Well then, what the heck does “on contour” mean?  The easiest way I have found to understand this concept is to think of a topographical map, which depicts changes in elevation." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Swales are important for controlling storm runoff. Ever moreso as more and more of our cities' surfaces become impermiable. We had one on the boundary between our sideyard and our neighbor's sideyard and it kept our basements from flooding many a time. In other words, swales are swell. #sorry #dontHitMe - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
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Jeobox – This Guy Creates What Seems Like A Meaningless Mess. But Put A Light On It And… WOW. -
Jeobox – This Guy Creates What Seems Like A Meaningless Mess. But Put A Light On It And… WOW.
Jeobox – This Guy Creates What Seems Like A Meaningless Mess. But Put A Light On It And… WOW.
I had an idea for something like this. The shapes that generate the shadows are fascinating. An encoded message looking for the right decoder. - Todd Hoff
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Black and White Street Portraits by Then-Unknown Photographer Vivian Maier from the 1950s-60s « The Wall Breakers The Wall Breakers -
Black and White Street Portraits by Then-Unknown Photographer Vivian Maier from the 1950s-60s « The Wall Breakers The Wall Breakers
Black and White Street Portraits by Then-Unknown Photographer Vivian Maier from the 1950s-60s « The Wall Breakers The Wall Breakers
Black and White Street Portraits by Then-Unknown Photographer Vivian Maier from the 1950s-60s « The Wall Breakers The Wall Breakers
Some great pictures. Being able to find and see these kind of compositions is a real art. - Todd Hoff
She was a great photographer. Last year I bought the book: - Nils Sandin
The documentary "Finding Vivian Maier" is currently in limited release in the US: - Nils Sandin
Nice, thanks Nils - Todd Hoff
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Three Expensive Milliseconds - -
Three Expensive Milliseconds -
"In short, we’re giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing — maybe less than nothing — in return. Mr. Philippon puts the waste at 2 percent of G.D.P. Yet even that figure, I’d argue, understates the true cost of our bloated financial industry. For there is a clear correlation between the rise of modern finance and America’s return to Gilded Age levels of inequality." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Jeobox – I Seriously Have No Idea How A Man Did This With Just Cardboard And Box Cutters. Unbelievable. -
Jeobox – I Seriously Have No Idea How A Man Did This With Just Cardboard And Box Cutters. Unbelievable.
Jeobox – I Seriously Have No Idea How A Man Did This With Just Cardboard And Box Cutters. Unbelievable.
Fabulous. - Todd Hoff
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Is global warming just a giant natural fluctuation? | Research and International Relations - McGill University -
Is global warming just a giant natural fluctuation? | Research and International Relations - McGill University
"An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate, according to a new study by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy. The study, published online April 6 in the journal Climate Dynamics, represents a new approach to the question of whether global warming in the industrial era has been caused largely by man-made emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Rather than using complex computer models to estimate the effects of greenhouse-gas emissions, Lovejoy examines historical data to assess the competing hypothesis: that warming over the past century is due to natural long-term variations in temperature. “This study will be a blow to any remaining climate-change deniers,” Lovejoy says. “Their two most convincing arguments – that the warming is natural in origin, and that the computer models are wrong – are either directly contradicted by this analysis, or simply do not apply to it.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
We did well today :)
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Woohoo! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Now you can lounge around and drink for 2 days without guilt :-) - Todd Hoff
Excellent! - Louis Gray
No lounging around, Todd, but we're saving up for a blót or two during our little Easter holiday starting later this week :) - Eivind
Sean McBride
Evernote CEO: Apps will become obsolete - Fortune Tech -
"Session length shrinks each time we move to a smaller, faster, more convenient computing system. We went from desktop computers to laptops, and then to smartphones and tablets, and now to wearables and connected devices. We use desktop computers, or laptops, for two to three hours, and we use smartphones for two or three minutes at a time, 50 times a day. On computers with long session lengths it makes sense to use powerful software with files and databases. On phones, it makes more sense to use apps for our two-minute interactions." - Sean McBride
"But when we move to wearables, session length will drop from two minutes to two seconds, Libin said. The challenge will be figuring out how to make someone productive for one second at a time, 1,000 times a day. Apps are irrelevant in the world of wearables, because "when any given interaction is a second long, you definitely don't have time to think about apps," Libin said. "It has to be more of a service."" - Sean McBride
I just read something where the average interaction on a phone is 80 seconds. I imagine wearables will be task specific, a combination of context and learning, reactive, so it doesn't mean apps are dead, they will just do what they are good at doing. - Todd Hoff
Perhaps specialized apps will merge seamlessly into AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) distributed throughout every nook and cranny of one's environment (including wearable computers). - Sean McBride
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Sperm can pass trauma symptoms through generations, study finds | The Verge -
"A group of European researchers have discovered that early life traumatic events can alter a non-genetic mechanism governing gene expression in the sperm cells of adult mice. And they think that this finding, published today in Nature Neuroscience, explains why the offspring of these mice exhibit the same depressive-like behaviors that their parents do." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism -
The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
"In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism. Rifkin uncovers a paradox at the heart of capitalism that has propelled it to greatness but is now taking it to its death—the inherent entrepreneurial dynamism of competitive markets that drives productivity up and marginal costs down, enabling businesses to reduce the price of their goods and services in order to win over consumers and market share. (Marginal cost is the cost of producing additional units of a good or service, if fixed costs are not counted.) While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring marginal costs to near zero, making goods and services priceless, nearly free, and abundant,... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Not sure if I'll buy this or not. Abundance seems a real possibility with nano manufacturing tech on the horizon, and as Marx noted our social structures mirror our economic structures, so this should be interesting in the large, I just don't see a connection with IoT. I reads too much like "and a miracle will occur." - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
What if there really is a Galactic Federation of highly technologically advanced a superhuman/godlike species with a Prime Directive not to interfere with primitives like us? So the reason why we haven't seen any signs of extraterrestrial life is because they're deliberately withholding them from us.
If we manage to get our shit together, they'll offer us membership, but they're betting we'll annihilate ourselves first. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I am more likely to believe that than there is zero life elsewhere and we're it for the universe. - (Curtis/Alan) Jackson
So this is the naturalistic version of a providential god? - Todd Hoff
I'm betting that there is plenty of other life out there, but 1) lots of worlds will have one celled organisms, or plants, or animals that are in the dinosaur stage for hundreds of millions or years, or 2) there are highly technologically advanced species, but the energy needed to get their physical bodies from one star to another at a speed of like 0.5c or 0.9c is too great. Space is... more... - Joe - Systems Analyst
Sure, interstellar travel is difficult. Although if you think about it, we already possess the technology to send probes to nearby stars—it's not really a technological problem, but a resource allocation and political stability problem. Still, it's very low probability anyone will send a starship, but radio waves are fairly cheap. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Yeah, communication and radio waves are cheap. We probably just can't listen in to the conversation going since they may be doing communications that seem like static to us, but we don't have the right software to decode that static. I wonder what a digital version of a PDF document sounds like. - Joe - Systems Analyst
In other words, another life form would have a hard time decoding our PDF documents. But, they might be able to figure out our radio and tv signals. - Joe - Systems Analyst
We just watched Contact again recently, so I have been thinking about this kinda stuff. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Reaching the Andromeda Galaxy would take 2,900,000 years. Humans started using fire 80,000 years ago. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, but with currently existing ion propulsion drives, you could actually reach a velocity of 0.3c. At that velocity, it would only take about 13 years to get to Alpha Centauri and 20 years to get to Barnard's star (although the lengthy acceleration and deceleration phases would probably add a lot of travel time.) - Victor Ganata
Lets say the round trip to Alpha Centauri is 26 years and ignore the accel/decel phase. One would also need to feed the person for 26 years, and food storage would take a bit of space and weight. By the end of the trip, he or she is going to be very bored of the MREs. - Joe - Systems Analyst
I doubt we'd send people. I bet no one in the galaxy sends people. They just send robotic probes that will send zettabytes of data back to the homeworld and if anyone really wants to visit distant planets and colonize them in the flesh, they just load up the data in their holodeck and play SimTerraformer. - Victor Ganata
We will probably turn into robot/cyborgs anyway to extend our life spans. Then, human life forms will essentially merge with the robotic probes. No more meat space for us. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Yeah, I could see cyborg starships. A definite one-way trip in more ways than one. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Marine layer fog. I guess it really *is* summer in So Cal.
We're fogged in too. - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
Why would the NSA even f- around with stealing passwords when they can just get a rubber stamped warrant?
Warrants aren't scalable. With backdoors they can monitor all the things all the time and nobody knows. - Todd Hoff
Picking off passwords one-by-one also seems non-scalable. At least with a warrant, you can force someone to install a server on their premises that grabs all the data without f-ing around with encryption at all. - Victor Ganata
don't need no warrant, but the little girls understand. - Big Joe Silence
The picking is completely automated. We've paid for many datacenters worth of machines that make this trivial for them. - Todd Hoff
I guess it's possible. But in my imagination, using PRISM instead of trying to exploit Heartbleed just seems like it would be more efficient. - Victor Ganata
Bloomberg News ‏@BloombergNews 19m BREAKING: NSA said to have exploited Heartbleed for intelligence for years - - Todd Hoff
You mean the two years when the bug was present in OpenSSL code? - Victor Ganata
That certainly puts it in a different light. What can four random guys subsisting on donations really do against the full might of the NSA? - Victor Ganata
Being aware there's an enemy attacking you a good start. - Todd Hoff
“In a typical year the OpenSSL project receives about US $2000 in donations” - Todd Hoff
The NSA wouldn't be much of a spy agency if they couldn't insert arbitrary code without anyone detecting them despite testing, would they? :D - Victor Ganata
Amit Patel
rm -rf /Pixar/Toy-Story-2 - Amit Patel
"What do you mean backups have failed for the last month?" - Amit Patel
Remember tape rotations? God I hated doing that. - Todd Hoff
Best. Story. Ever. - Laura Norvig
Victor Ganata
I think I might have a radical skeptical tendency mainly because my dad is a lot like Calvin's dad from "Calvin and Hobbes", deliberately making up shit to troll me and my siblings. So basically, everything is bullshit until proven otherwise.
How does your theory deal with recursion? - Todd Hoff
It doesn't. Radical skepticism is an untenable epistemological methodology :D - Victor Ganata
I mean, you can't know anything if you can't know anything. - Victor Ganata
What difference does it make? - Todd Hoff
Everything is a lie :) - Victor Ganata
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Shtetl-Optimized » Blog Archive » Is There Anything Beyond Quantum Computing? -
I'm going with running caluculations in parallel and in other parts of the multiverse. And creating a universe with physical laws that are faster than quantum calculations in or world. Plus QM is only useful for solving certain kinds of problems. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Hive minds: Time to drop the fiction of individuality - opinion - 08 April 2014 - New Scientist -
Hive minds: Time to drop the fiction of individuality - opinion - 08 April 2014 - New Scientist
"To develop this new science, my students and I have been studying living laboratories. By distributing smartphones with special software to all the residents of several small communities, we could track their social interactions with their peers – both friends and acquaintances – and at the same time ask questions about their health, politics and spending behaviour. For instance, when we looked at weight gain, we found that people picked up new habits from exposure to the habits of peers, and not just through interactions with friends. This means that when everyone else in the office takes a doughnut, you probably will too. In fact, this type of exposure turned out to be more important than all the other factors combined, highlighting the overarching importance of automatic social learning in shaping our lives. We found that this same pattern held true for voting and consumer consumption. The largest single factor driving adoption of new behaviours was the behaviour of peers. Put... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"In light of this, perhaps we should ask how important individual choices are compared with shared habits. Here again the power of sharing ideas, as opposed to individual thinking, is clear. When we study decision-making in small groups, we find that the pattern of communication – who talked to whom and how much they talked – is far more important than the characteristics of the... more... - Todd Hoff
Hegel would love this - "Instead of individual rationality, our society appears to be governed by a collective intelligence that comes from the surrounding flow of ideas and examples; we learn from others in our environment, and they learn from us. A community with members who actively engage with each other creates a group with shared, integrated habits and beliefs. What social physics... more... - Todd Hoff
"Our culture and the habits of our society are social contracts, and both depend primarily upon social learning. As a result, most of our public beliefs and habits are learned by observing the attitudes, actions and outcomes of peers, rather than by logic or argument. Learning and reinforcing this social contract is what enables a group of people to coordinate their actions effectively." - Todd Hoff
"It is time that we dropped the fiction of individuals as the unit of rationality, and recognised that our rationality is largely determined by the surrounding social fabric. Instead of being actors in markets, we are collaborators in determining the public good. Indeed, our research has demonstrated that people are much more influenced by their social networks than by individual... more... - Todd Hoff
"This power of the social fabric on individual decision-making is, in fact, the real reason that privacy is so important. As Stanley Milgram's work on social conformity demonstrated many years ago, the power of social influence can lead people to both good and terrible behaviours, and can transform our behaviour to an extent that is scarcely believable. Without privacy, the power of... more... - Todd Hoff
Good book so far. There's a similarity between pruning trees to sculpt light to get the best fruit and shaping social networks to make the best decisions. It's disturbing though to think of what passes for decision making is just copying others. - Todd Hoff
I was going to suggest Christakis, but I expect you've already read "Connected"... also a great book. :) - Ken Morley
I hadn't read it Ken, thanks. - Todd Hoff
Does the herding effects of oxytocin work over computer networks? - Todd Hoff
I'm doing it now. :) - Ken Morley
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Amoeba Eats Cells Alive | The Scientist Magazine® -
Amoeba Eats Cells Alive | The Scientist Magazine®
"For decades, scientists assumed that the intestinal parasite Entamoeba histolytica killed human tissues with toxic molecules before ingesting them. They were wrong; it’s actually the other way around, according to a study published in Nature today (April 9). Katherine Ralston, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Virginia, has shown that E. histolytica—a single-celled amoeba—tears chunks from host cells and eats them. These attacks eventually kill the cell, at which point the parasite moves on. E. histolytica is the only parasite known to attack tissues in this way—a process known as trogocytosis, after “trogo,” the Greek word for “nibble.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Nice! - Drones that can land on power lines to recharge themselves -
Nice! - Drones that can land on power lines to recharge themselves
"'Recent advances in xed-wing perching have made it possible to consider a new solution to this problem - landing on a powerline to recharge.' The system works using the power line's magnetic field. Four metres away from it, sensors in the plane's nose sense it, and allow the plane to fly itself so it lands perfectly on the wire, exactly like a bird." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
awesome - Shevonne
I hope Google's autonomous flying cars will be able to do this. - Ken Morley
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Is This A Crazy Guy Just Walking Miles In The Snow Or A Creative Genius? -
Is This A Crazy Guy Just Walking Miles In The Snow Or A Creative Genius?
"Beginning today, you will not be able to forget Simon Beck, even if you’re just meeting him for the first time. His wintry works of art will work their way right inside your heart. I can’t think of any artist well known as Simon when it comes to creating exceptionally fine and meticulous pieces of art in the snow." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
If you had no other heat source at home and were apocalypse-desperate, what would you burn first?
Well, if I could get a surgeon to play along, I'd get all the unnecessary fat flayed off me and burn that first... - Spidra Webster
Alcohol. - Not Me
My neighbours stuff - Johnny
^win^ - chaz2b
(and i was just thinking my neighbors wood pile, :( ) - chaz2b
To make it easier. "My neighbors, then the neighbors stuff." - Not Me
Furniture. - Jenny H. from Android
The roof of our garage and our deck. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
trash - Lnorigb
We have plenty of timber to burn, so no worries there. We would just do like we have always done, thanks to our trusty woodburning stove. It has a catalytic combuster (which does essentially what a catalytic converter does) recycling the smoke to use as fuel. This stove will outlive us. >>> - ᏓᏰ #team Monique
I would collect all the shit I read on the internet and create methane for fuel. That should be enough to last many life times. - Todd Hoff
Our neighbor has a dog that deeply believes our backyard is her toilet. She times it very accurately with our weekends' breakfast time and she makes sure that the location is in a perfect spot that nobody on the breakfast table misses watching her pooping performance. What was the question again? - ؛ patrick
All that dead stuff behind the fence, that was left there by whoever cut the trees back there. There is tons of it. - April Russo
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Amit Patel
Went to Uvas Canyon on Sunday, with daughter and her boyfriend
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It is great to see water in the streams. - Todd Hoff
So is the 'One day only' general public availability of Google Glass to protect the exclusivity people feel about being Glassholes?
Maybe? It also means you've got a predictable window of massive user influx - new sign-ins, activity, press, and then if there are any previously unseen beta-program glitches, a still relatively small group to deal with. - Jennifer Dittrich
At $1,500 a pop for beta hardware, is mass user influx really an issue? - Johnny
Honestly, no idea. I wouldn't have said it would be with iPhones on the first round, and it was. I'm thinking less network strain, and more the inevitable creaking you get when a bunch of people outside the bubble start using a technology in ways that use cases either didn't predict, or focusing on ones that were thought to be pretty fringe based on initial, very limited releases. - Jennifer Dittrich
Sounds like inventory reduction. - Todd Hoff
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