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Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI's Cupertino crypto kybosh plan

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Re: I have just one thing to say to Mr Comey

Re: I have just one thing to say to Mr Comey

Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's two things....

If you are using proper Albanian hyphenation principles, yes, but hey, you are dealing with Americans. What do you expect from that School System ?

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Warning to those who covet the data of Internet of Precious Things

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" ... which then shows you are breaking the law."

William of Occam should advertise his Razor on the web. That would be really cool.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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Re: Why ?

"There was much money to be made at Spindletop, but there was even more money to lose. It is estimated that $50 million dollars was made from Spindletop, compared with investments equalling $80 million. As had happened in other booms, there were many frauds and cheats, ..."

http://www.priweb.org/ed/pgws/history/spindletop/spindletop.html

It all sort of all depends on the investors. They must be incredible idiots.

Surely the Irish are as capable as the Texas Oil men.

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'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

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Childcatcher

Nice!

The subtle point about the Surveillence Society is that Richlieu has not hanged anyone lately.

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor once famously asked Stalin "When are you going to stop murdering people ?" Stalin replied "When it is no longer necessary" She insisted the question be translated verbatim so there was nothing lost in translation. Nancy and other American chicks probably lose a lot of Translators, however. In any case, Stalin has not murdered anyone recently.

Seeing a pattern here ? It's not the act, it's the agency.

'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

Won't someone please think of the children ?

They deserve a better Monster than this little jerk.

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Re: Bose noise-cancelling headphones.

Bose produced respected, if high-end, audio equipment before Steve Jobs had his first wet dream and long before he began to design and sell ersatz wet dreams to fanbois.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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When you treat everyone like criminals...

They may respond by behaving like criminals.

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Why yes.

Don't make gadget security a crime, make crime a crime.

And when you give those in Public Service access to insider information on demand then what would be treason after their service is simply a cosmetic for greed and thin ethical protection from the hangman.

The availability of lucrative second careers for former adjuncts to the Civil Service concerns me not.

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Data cops in charge of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google get a new office

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"Data cops in charge of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google get a new office

But HQ remains next to corner store in the middle of Irish nowhere"

If Facebook ... etc. had their druthers the office would be a few hundred miles west of Irish nowhere. The only reason it isn't is because data cops are not allowed near Bermudian Banks Silicon Valley Mission Critical Facilities.

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Women in tech: Not asking for raises is your 'superpower' – Nadella. *chirp*...*chirp*

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Less Title, Taxes and kharma.

She was laughing so hard I thought she'd rip it right off me.

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Software gurus: Only developers can defeat mass surveillance

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Re: Well meant but still narrow minded thinking...

Nope sorry.

Only an incognito wage slave looking for his Master's validation could possibly write this:

"The prevailing wisdom is that multi-tenanted cloud platforms offer more cost-effective and reliable solutions than those built on private infrastructure, but centralisation has risks of its own that should be considered."

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Europe mulls weaker 'right to be forgotten' Google rule

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"Proposed penalties for non-compliance are a fine of 5 per cent of a company’s annual revenue, or up to €100m."

The stash in Bermuda Banks has a right to be forgotten ? The EU needs a RICO statute to deal with Silicon Valley. You can't let them get one apology for the misunderstanding ahead because that was just a misunderstanding, we apoligize. Meanwhile they are peeing on the Judge's shoes.

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Google's Eric Schmidt's shock confession: Steve Jobs is.... MY HERO

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"... despite recently being compared to Aristotle, the great Steve"

Finally, after almost 2300 years, Aristotle is geting the buzz he deserves.

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Ingredient found in TASTY BEER is GOOD for your BRAIN

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Re: 3,520 pints a day?

"I can't access the publication so I don't know how much xanthohumol they say is "normally" in beer and how much is needed to see the cognitive benefit."

All I can say is:

1) Xanthohumol is a funny name, and

2) It must be in there, but I can never taste it until pint # 3,500.

Give me a few minutes and we can resolve this dispute in a fair, clearheaded manner.

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Re: 3,520 pints a day?

"Sadly, to get the same effect a human would have to down 2,000 litres of the stuff a day (3,520 pints) to ingest the amount of xanthohumol used in the study for the same period, which isn't going to do anyone's cognitive functions a favour."

All I can say is ... where there's a will there's a way

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My employer, comply with data protection law? Don't think so – say 3 in 4 office drones

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Comply with what ?

I'd bet that the percentage of typhoons in Congress is lower than in Parliament. (Just typhoons, generalized windbags, the numbers are probably comparable)

Sadly both the US and the UK share only unwritten Boss's Arse Protection Laws.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Re: It ought to be banned!

That is because the Government doesn't need Cash, kmac.

If nerds ruled the Universe they would ban sex and personal hygiene. Be thankful.

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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Re: The law is an ...

It's the Hippies, they are everywhere, Pete.

The next thing you know ...

The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth

(c., 2014, Gannon J. Dick, All Rights Reserved)

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New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality

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A Candle in the Darkness

Here's your upvote

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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El Reg, the new Historical Literacy Hangout

The Holocaust ... Check

Magna Carta ... Check

Henry II (Becket) ... Check

Not that I mind, where have you all been ?

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Nicked iCloud snaps: Celebrities were 'dumb' – new EU digi boss

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Re: The weakest link

Exactly @Chris Miller

In the US, you have to get a Learner's Permit so you can practice, so you can get a License to drive a car.

Almost everywhere. On Wall St. and in Silicon Valley if you have an IPO or two on your CV the assumption is that you were granted an iLicence to do whatever the hell you damn well please any time you damn well please to do it.

Oh yes, the IT Angle my friendly El Reg Icon promised ...

(wonky, nearly indecipherable W3C snooze-fest alert. May require Addition, Subtraction AND Reading Skills)

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/uri/2014Sep/0006.html

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Re: Fuck these guys 10'000 times.

So, um, you are upset ?

Don't push the "like" button.

That will teach them a lesson, which, by all indications they have already learned.

BTW, Could you loan me a few zero's ? I am having an appropriate magnitude shortfall in my agreement.

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An Unsolved Geometry Problem ...

... encryption puts people 'above the law'

when they should be bent over with their backs to it.

Thanks, but no, maybe some other time.

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Stanford Uni: Google cash leaves us entirely impartial and unbiased

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Please, Andrew

This is just what my old friends at Google were saying ...

You said ... <parody>yabber yabber yabber</parody>

We say, (correctly) ... <parody pageRank="1">yabber yabber yabber</parody>

Don't you see the added value or are you an anarcho-syndicalist with leanings toward poor personal hygiene ?

Which is it ? Honest debate is healthy! For The Children!

Sincerely,

Larry L.

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ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee

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Mobile Communications makes a difference.

The "energy" to run land lines is supplied by the Phone Exchange. That is one of the things for which you are paying to have a phone on your table. Having switched to a cordless phone - a radio link which requires power you supply - does not change the difference between a service you buy and a Public Utility service which works whether you buy it or not.

Ever since the forced retirement of Ma Bell, players in the Communications Industry have been fighting over the last mile and the first mile without any obligation to render service to either mile.

Turn them all back into Public Utilities - Recordkeeping and Privacy would be a good universal basis for public obligation - and you will see the the cherry picking cowboys vanish.

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New UK.gov DATA SLURPING diplomat to push US telcos to share more subscriber info

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A friend in need is a conspiracy waiting to happen

"In July, Cameron expressed frustration with US communications providers for "severely constraining" the work of spooks in Blighty over jurisdiction issues, by citing a conflict of legislation between US measures and UK law."

If you've done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide bitch about, Mr. Cameron. If spook work is much easier on this side of the pond, let me ask, do you envy their power over ordinary citizens ? You want that for Blighty ?

If your spooks need a hug, say so, but do not intimate that a little less supervision is appropriate.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Interesting times

@Chemist

"... so this isn't anything more than a thought experiment unless you've seriously been dieting"

I suspect people cut down on thought experiment production by thinking less. I've tried everything, South Beach (thinking like a Blonde), Low Carbohydrate (thinking like a rock) ... if this diet works it will life-changing for millions.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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EWWWWW ....

Haven't you been to the Primate House at the zoo ? That's not water.

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Re: Copyright is a fickle mistress

Can not very well judge without evidence ...

1) On the Planet of the Apes the monkeys no longer produce lawyers.

2) Monkeys don't post on El Reg

Oh.

Moving on ...

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Re: Infinite monkeys

"He doesn't get any, on the grounds of being dead."

Um, long dead. Last I heard Einstein and Elvis were doing fine in the royalty lottery. Apparently being dead helps ... something one can not remind some celebrities of often enough.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Weekends

So if I get tired and emotional, you'll find them for me ?

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Google to offer special accounts for kids: report

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The weeping you hear is ...

... the sound of parents of Google Employees realizing what they've raised.

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Re: On which internet is google an "opt-in site" ?

Out of the mouth's of Cow Heards pearls of wisdom :-)

There is something else you have to do too.

Make sure the "Country Code" of your Loopback server is "XZ". This is "Installations in International Waters" in the UN-LOCODE system. This is an ISO "User Defined" Code. For a three character code (FIFA World Cup, etc. use those), I use XZZ because either XZ or ZZ are User Defined. The "civil" spooks in the US (NGA) use "UF" for "Undersea Features". You are kind of limited because there are no three character codes defined. However, if a transliteration of "UF" resolves to both "XZ" and "XZZ" you should be ok.

If the prying eyes of Social Networks were told that everyone were out of cannon shot range (this is where the "Three Mile Limit" comes from) then prying eyes would be shit-out-of-luck.

The "generic" jurisdiction violations would quickly become hugely expensive - a milking machine for arseholes. Well done Cow Heard.

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@Fuzzy, Lots of Downvotes, but not from me ...

... because you are on the right track, IMHO.

"The NSA don't resell their users .Google and Facebook do and are the two worse enemies of privacy liberty and freedom ever."

The insidious act here is not collecting data but rather "front running" personal information.

It rate of collection depends only on the hardware infrastructure. The NSA, Google and Facebook have these resources in megamultiples of you and I.

Be afraid of the NSA because their minions might act in haste - and irreversibly - on noise.

Be afraid of Google and Facebook (et al.) because they sell back doors and faster access to the noise product if you are a front runner with lots of cash.

Things could get worse if the NSA were to behave like Google, Facebook, et al..

The only way things get better is to fine the bejesus out of spam enablers.

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

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"... give Europeans the same rights of redress as American citizens if their data is used inappropriately."

Hasn't Europe suffered enough ? The rights of redress posessed by American citizens are explained in detail in a sentance much shorter than this: None, you Dung Beetle.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: The internet is full

Oh dear. I hope the Internet is not full of what GCHQ and the NSA are.

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Apple, Intel, Google told to stop being tightwads and pay out MORE in wage-fix settlement

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The Chinese are jumping off buildings for joy.

I am thankful that at least the Judge knows how bad this looks in world eyes.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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Eddy, please.

"... it only catches the dumb ones ..."

Please don't say such things around Silicon Valley. It gets them all IPO's up and innocent legs may be humped.

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Re: Midgets.

Knock, Knock,

Just wanted to say ...

Hiding behind the Joke Alert. Nice touch. Use that one myself all the time.

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Jack, is that you ?

Here's another upvote

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Re: Slippery slope - we're already sliding down it

"Google is legally required to report suspected child abuse, as are all other US companies (Yahoo and Outlook.com included)."

I saw that, and it concerns me too. There are "Good Samaritan" laws and you can be charged with a "failure to render aid" for ignoring an accident victim, for example, and I know Teachers are "required" to report child abuse, but in that case you are a witness to some misfortune or crime and a Prosecutor is required to name you as such. Other things being equal, "Confidential Informant" is a legal status not an assumption.

Your concerns have long since been observed in the wild: When one of Apple's resident geniuses left an iPhone prototype in a bar, the San Fransisco Police were led to a location and stood outside while Apple Security conducted a "search".

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

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The difference between an idiot and an idiot savant is BEELIONS

This is what Physicists used to call, and not in a good way, the Ultraviolet Catastrophe.

Is it possible to invent an Emperor Nero Robot which will "fiddle while Rome burns" ?

No, you can't.

If (Rome still burning) then {do nothing and die last;} Oh, except keep checking which is "doing something" as the little guy in the back row quickly points out.

Surely, if you are rich enough you could buy a Nero Robot !!! Sure, it runs on Tachyons and your Bankers know where there is an unlimited supply. Unless the Unicorns refuse to work for free.

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Samsung sticks with CHILD labor shame fab: Zero-tolerance means 30% less trade

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Re: Zero tolerance?

Thank you. I thought my maths battery was dead.

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Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in SECRET

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Re: Nothing to hide, nothing to fear...

The UK gov brought this on themselves.

We on the other side of the pond have had a fully implemented Military-Industrial Complex for years now. We flash a EULA, you drop a tonne of Pounds and ... done deal.

But, nooooooooooooooo, they had to grow their own. Austerity, frugality, freedom, dignaty, blah, blah, blah, I call it cheap.

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Re: If the public knew the truth about Company X...

That's exactly what Google said when I told them not to climb into the shower with me.

My synchronicity detector is wailing.

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Microsoft and pals applaud UK's 'Google Review' copyright move

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The sound of one hand and five eyes clapping.

c.f. Microsoft and pals applaud UK's 'Google Review' copyright move.

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

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Careful what you wish for Vlad

I've seen some of that source code. It doesn't prove they are spies. Wow, in fact it does not even suggest they are sober.

Sure, if you have a lot of time on your hands but, you know, government, Russia, it's a big place, lots to do etc.

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Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law

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Nothing is certain except death and taxes. - Ben Franklin

This all makes perfect sense, you see, because extending Copyrights to death + 70 enables artists to cheat death and Google to cheat .... um, lost my train of thought. Carry on.

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In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

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Re: Its just a token tinkering of the law.

"laws of supply and demand" ... um, I'm pretty sure they are just suggestions of unknown origin.

Not really "laws" as we understand them, but rather like a Great White Shark attack without ambient dampness.

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Ace in the hole

As a red blooded American slacker I was initially alarmed at this blatant ploy to make life easier for bureaucrats.

But then I thought, we have slacker methodology light years ahead of anything the Brit Civil Service can deploy.

They will never catch up, [METHODS REDACTED IN THE INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY but it sure is fun to watch them try. Pffft ... amatures]

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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Re: And yet again...

I think business should stop touching themselves on this one.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Re: Smelly pirates ahoy...

Ahoy, upvote for you Matey, because I do smell.

I have to admit it was fun hearing people cough rude personal hygiene remarks on "Talk Like A Pirate Day".

I'll miss that :(

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