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leaving thousands of dazed revlers wondering how the world ever got along
without a iPad-connected potty

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The Olympics were *Jose's* favorite part of last year; *Nishant* "created
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connections from his computer to a network in China, but before he was
caught, he had managed to create a reputation as one of the best
programmers in the company.

All the story needs to be completely ironic would be to find out that the
Chinese company was outsourcing it back to an unemployed American
developer, but no such luck.
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