Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 51908
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2022/05/27 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular
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2008/11/11-26 [Computer/Rants, Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:51908 Activity:nil
11/11   Look, even the Secretary of Defence has BDS now:
        http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122636621096215941.html
        "They also noted that Mr. Gates carries around an electronic keychain
        whose display shows the number of days until the end of the Bush
        administration."
        \_ The photo of Gates has nice bokeh. What kind of lens do you
           think they used?
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