* Posts by frank ly

4849 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

NBN shenanigans: someone wants broadband speeds hidden

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"... had to be confidentialised ..."

My response to this linguistic atrocity had to be self-censorated. Moving on ......

We need some kind of 'citizens statistics bureau' where ordinary people pool their meaurements of internet speed along with their location and the name of their ISP, etc., to be collated and published by volunteer statisticians and analysts. It should be possible to develop a simple application that does this, run by the user when they want to, that reports the results to a database. It's the only way we'll get the truth, about anything.

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How Remix's Android will eat the world

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Re: VirtualBox?

I did a stand-alone boot from a usb stick and it got stuck at the bright, white, pulsing Remix-OS logo. This was on an old but powerful Dell Precision T5400 with an old Nvidia graphics card. I might try it on my more modern laptop tomorrow.

As far as I can tell from the website and instructions, you can do a dual boot installation onto an existing Windows drive or you can run it alone from a usb stick. It needs an option to install onto an empty drive.

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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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Re: An innocent explanation

I'm sorry Alistair. I didn't realise you were in story-telling mode.

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An innocent explanation

"My house is full of IoT devices, ..."

We're all hoping that this is because of your techno-journalist interests. (See many previous comments on IoT articles.)

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Academics claim Google Android two-factor authentication is breakable

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Details?

"... a Man-in-the-Browser attack can be elevated to intercept One-Time Passwords sent to the mobile phone ..."

I'd have thought that the One-Time Password sent to the mobile phone could not be intercepted by a man in the browser, but that the password could be monitored when it is typed into the browser to gain 'authorisation' from the website that you're trying to connect to for full services.

As such, if you, the user, then gain authorisation to access services from that browser session, surely nobody else could use the one-time pasword for another browser session on a different computer from a different IP address? Isn't that the point of a one-time password?

As was mentioned, if you do have a 'bad guy' sitting in your browser with capability to monitor and inject data, then it's game over no matter what security you have in place for browser session authentication.

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

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The pictures and videos in my head could get me arrested in some countries.

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Man pleads guilty for serving white hat with DoS, swearbot, sex toys

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Re: phishing?

A more mature response would have been for Nichols to bring a libel action against McCrew Security.

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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

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Well?

"When I typed "notepad", the system invited me to install Wine, a means of running Windows applications on Linux."

Did you? Did it work? Amazed minds want to know.

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Megabreach: 55 MILLION voters' details leaked in Philippines

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Cynicism?

"We will be using a different website for the election, especially for results reporting and that one we are protecting very well,”

Yes, you wouldn't want anyone interfering with the reporting of results of an election; that's the government's job.

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Taking an artsy selfie in Stockholm? You might need to pay royalities

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It gets worse

Google, via their iniquitous Street View service, have published pictures of the front of my house and garden for all the world to see. My choice of curtains and their arrangement, the angle at which I park my car on the drive, the shape into which I prune the small tree, my choice of which weeds to kill and which to allow to grow - my entire artistic creation published with no thought to my intellectual and artistic property rights.

If this carries on, I shall cover the entire front of my property in tarpaulin and only allow people in to see it if they pay me a dodecaquid, or perhaps a thrup'ny bit; I need to consider the pricing model.

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Ubuntu plugs code exec, DoS Linux kernel holes

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The only constant is change

The next LTS version, out soon, will be smothered in love and patches until 2021. However, due to improvements in the kernel, changes to the desktop manager, improvements to systemd, a new graphics engine and some cool new ways of managing your desktop wallpaper depending on which 'context' you're using your computer, it will have at least one serious flaw that won't be discovered until 2020.

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Australia's broadband policy is a flimsy, cynical House of Cards

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Re: Magical Thinking

Australians in remote areas have been running telemedicine services for years. That has a serious latency problem though, since it involves a small plane and a doctor who can fly it. They also run 'teleeducation' services for remote communities via radio and postal service. Where there's a will (and a technology), there's a way.

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Nest's bricking of Revolv serves as wake-up call to industry

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@martinusher Re: That's useful information

"... what I really want to do is just play music off a NAS device."

Can't the modern Pi type of devices play your LAN/NAS music files, with WiFi and battery operation into the bargain?

Going further, you can rent a Shoutcast server for $1 a month by Paypal that will stream at 192Kb/s (or less) to 100 listeners (but you'll be the only one listening to it, of course). All you'd need to do then is run a streaming player on a box at home and maybe develop a remote API for it so you can choose your music wherever you are, all under your control.

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IPV6, TLDs, etc

"That's why we need a DNS for IoT"

I thought that IPV6 would provide 'space' for many, many devices of whatever kind. Can't the existing DNS system accomodate a massive increase in individually addressable entities given that it seems that any number of new TLDs are now possible.

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Huawei's P9 flagship: There's a lot to Leica

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My misunderstanding?

"But the second sensor is no Ernie Wise: they're identical and exceptionally strong sensors, with 1.25-micron pixels (smaller than Samsung's) letting in more light."

Surely, larger pixels 'gather' more light and hence have better S/N ratio. Have I become confused between dual sensors and dual lenses? I think I see two camera lenses side by side. I'll wait for someone to explain ............

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Google's dream city isn't a new idea

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Dan Doctoroff

If only he had a PhD.

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

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More tailgating

I worked on a large 'secure' site that had employee tracking by proximity card. If you tailgated and didn't offer your card to the reader, the system thought you were outside the area you were actually in, so it wouldn't open the door for you when you later 'swiped' from inside. You had to phone security and explain to them what you'd done. After the first lapse, the vast majority people always gave a scan before they went through a controlled door.

(I was sure that security had been given carte-blanche to act like sarcastic dickheads when they got one of those phone calls. It seemed to work though.)

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Three MEELLION satellite snaps now free for all

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Re: Finally......

Don't you know about drones with cameras? Where have you been?

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

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Re: Why is it...

I belive that the 'red flag' limit is £10,000 when it comes to 'funny money' investigations.

I cashed in a long tern ISA style savings policy last year, for £12,000. I'm a UK citizen all my life with a UK bank (for many years) and a well known UK savings organisation. The savings people sent a cheque to my registered home address (they have to do that because of 'security' rules, no bank transfers.) I sent the cheque to my bank and they usually take 3-4 days to have the money in my account. It took two weeks and when I phoned up, the standard operator tranferred me to someone who told me it was being 'cleared in another place'.

This is where we are now. Ordinary people who have done nothing wrong have inconveniences dumped on them at every turn while rich people, corrupt people and criminals have various mechanisms available to them for making their activities easier.

As Paul Ab says below, I pay my builder/plumber/mechanic in cash and good luck to them.

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Telstra hauls in Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper to explain TITSUPs

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Re: 15% increase causes overload?

Is there anybody in Telstra (or similar) who knows how to design a network like that? I'd have thought they'd subcontract it out to groups who do have the experience.

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Top Firefox extensions can hide silent malware using easy pre-fab tool

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Re: NoScript = Tor browser bundle

A quick search tells me that Firefox is in most Linux distributions. So, Firefox users run Linux - obviously.

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Re: Alternatives?

Living on the Edge? They're going to give it extensions.

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Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

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Re: @ bazza

What is the fuel-energy conversion efficiency of a modern all electric car compared to a modern petrol driven car? By that, I mean how much fuel do you need to burn in a power station compared to burning in an IC engine for the car to travel a certain distance.

I realise that the comparisons are complicated by the fact that power stations can burn 'low quality' fuel so they avoid the refining costs and there are, of course, the transport and infrastructure costs of car fuel distribution. Has anyone done a detailed analysis of this?

When I start my car on an average UK morning, the first thing I do is turn the heating full on for a good 15 minutes. In the winter, it's front and rear electric defrost for a good 10 minutes and 50% heating/demist all the time. In the summer, I have the aircon running. I have a feeling that these conditions would invalidate the mileage range claims for any electric vehicle.

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China enacts 'real name policy' for internet addresses

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Facebook comparison?

I don't think you can compare China's domain registration system with Facebook's user account name requiirements, because they are not the same area of operation. A better comparison would be with domain registration in Europe or the USA.

My little .com hobby domain has my name, address and contact phone number registered for it, as is required by the domain registrar. I don't know how rigorous they are in checking that and what would happen if I provided false details. However, since I pay monthly by credit card, I'd be easy enough to find.

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Tay talks back: What made you think you beat me?

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"You taught me tautly ..."

The result seems to be tautology. It was good though, well done. (How about a version where Tay was only allowed to converse with Microsoft executives and staff? What would that be like?)

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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But, but

Old people like me might confuse them with thrup'ny bits and be cheated by unscrupulous people. I don't like this modern world.

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You can't dust-proof a PC with kitchen-grade plastic food wrap

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If you have lots of standard PCs for office type work in a fixed location, it might be a good idea to set up a positive air pressure area that was fed from a filtered air supply. In the HVAC industry there are massive numbers of different fans, filters, etc that could be used for this purpose.

Then again, for simple use, it might be cheaper to regard the PC as a 'wear-out' consumable and have data stored on LAN drives that are well protected.

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Re: Maybe metal dust...

I'm sure the storeman had a television at home which had a screen that was always clean as if by magic or, more likely, by wife.

You have to wonder about people who don't notice thick layers of crud on something they use, especially when it stops them using it.

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The Register to publish Mindful Sysadmin adult colouring book

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Oh no!

Colouring in and around the keyboard keys would drive me mad.

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Sedan (definition?)

That looks like a hatchback with a truncated (trunkated ?) back end. What is meant by 'sedan'?

(In the UK we use saloon, estate, hatchback, MPV as broad vehicle design classes.)

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Reddit's warrant canary shuffles off this mortal coil

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re. The picture

It's not a canary, it's some kind of tit. Great or Blue (maybe), I'm not an expert.

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'Planet nine' theory boosted by Kuiper Belt Object with odd orbit

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Re: Planet Nine?

Just let it wear clothes and call it Goofy.

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Re: How is this different?

Windows Hopes It's a Nice Emulator?

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Adblock wins in court again – this time against German newspaper

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Re: $22bn

I hadn't realised that I've been taking bread out of the mouths of advertising executive's children. I feel bad about using AdBlock now.

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Google fills BigQuery with public data, invites world+dog to play

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Re: $5

I already gave them bits of it over the past ten years. They've blended and repackaged it for me, which must be worth $5 a month.

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William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

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Re: Huh?

"pre-paid phones that terrorists, human traffickers, and narcotics dealers often use to avoid scrutiny ..."

She forgot to mention paedophiles.

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Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR

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"The lenses fill with light."

That's the problem. Lenses are supposed to allow light to pass through.

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Glum, depressed ... and addicted to Facebook, Twitter? There's a link, say medical eggheads

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I'm wondering

What's the difference between an egghead and a boffin?

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Pothole campaigner sprays Surrey street with phallic paintings

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A lonely pastime

"... after spraying their penis images around the Surrey street’s notorious potholes ..."

He needs to get out more. Oh, ... wait.

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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Re: HSBC

"... connecting through a device that has an address in one of the IPV4 private ranges (10.n.n.n 172.16-31.n.n 192.168.n.n) is clearly using a LAN."

Whatever the complexity/simplicity of your home LAN wiring and Wi-Fi, when you connect to some site outside your home then you appear to be coming from an IP address assigned by your ISP. Have a look at www.whatsmyip.org to see a clear demonstration of this. (Also useful for checking that your VPN is working.)

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Police create mega crime database to rule them all. Is your numberplate in it? Could be

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Responsibility

"... follow some basic rules to protect ourselves – ..." etc.

They forgot to mention using strong encryption.

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BT: We're killing the dabs brand. Oh and can customers re-register to buy on our site?

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Clean and simple

The great thing about Dabs was that I didn't need to register an account with them and could pay by verified Paypal account and have it delivered to my Paypal registered home address. Click, click, ... click - job done.

I hope I can find somewhere with similar simplicity. I'll start looking - any suggestions?

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Comms 'redlining' in Brussels as explosions kill up to 30 people

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Safety Check

It's a pity that it takes a private company to come up with and implement what seems to be a very good and useful idea. Having said that, I shudder to think of the delays and 'negotiations' if separate governments, even if limited to a region such as the EU and supposedly with a common purpose, were to try to come up with anything similar.

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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@Charlie Clark Re: precedent

I see you're a member of the SS (Syntax Stormtroopers). Much fiercer and more scary than grammar nazis or spelling nazis.

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@redpawn Re: precedent

I've worked with two dyslexic people, at separate times in the past. I've looked at your previous posts and they are remarkably good for someone who is 'dyslexic'. Well done for coping with your condition.

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Google gives away its internal $200 patch analysis tool for free

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I'm happy

... that I didn't buy one before the price dropped. That's always annoying.

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Yahoo! kills! more! passwords! with! push! notification! app!

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Re: Trust us with your phone number!

No f**king way! I don't forget my passwords but if I do then they're printed out neatly on a single sheet of A4 paper, which I very rarely have to look at and then only with the rarely used passwords.

If that fails, they can send reset links to another registered email address or use a security question, which is really another password with a hint.

If you feel that you have to use SMS push, for whatever reason, get a PAYG SIM card in a cheap second hand Android phone and use that for SMS push and no other purpose.

P.S. Google look at your IP address when you login and will make you jump through hoops if you use a VPN or login from a different physical location (same thing I suppose). This happened to me and the VPN went down halfway through my verifying my identity. As a result, they told me that my account had been hacked and I was forced to change my password. This hasn't affected my Android phone, as far as I can tell; it probably uses an authorisation key that was loaded when I first signed it up.

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FCC boss: Oh look, net neutrality didn't end the world after all. Surprise!

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@ Red Bren Re: re: former telco lobbyist

Or a wizard's staff, with a big iron knob on the end.

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Microsoft will rest its jackboot on Windows 7, 8.1's throat on new Intel CPUs in 2018 – not 2017

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@kb Re: "One solution is to boot a Linux USB stick ..."

I'm very tempted to respond to your comment, almost line by line since I think that you are wrong/misguided in so many ways. It's early on Sunday morning though, so I'll only try a little stab:

"... either a programmer, or someone who ONLY uses the Internet,.."

You're wrong, so wrong. I'll leave it to other people to explain why, if they want to. The fact that other people could easily explain why, even though they don't know me, says a good deal about your limited outlook. (I've just noticed: "limited outlook" is not a sly joke, it just happened.)

" .. that do not run on your OS ...", "... the software required to get our work done ...", ".. Your OS is useless to us ...", "... your OS doesn't run ..."

I believe this is a rhetorical technique called 'othering' and in your case it seems to indicate some kind of bunker/siege mentality. There is no 'my OS' involved here, it's all in your head.

"... software that are mission critical to people's daily work that do not run on your OS ..."

That's because they haven't been written/developed to run on Linux.

"...thanks to the hostility of FOSS to proprietary software ..."

I'm running proprietary software, written and supplied for Linux, on my Linux box. It works. One item of said software needed me to buy a licence afer the free trial period, but I didn't bother because it wasn't 'mission critical'; I was only playing with it out of mild interest. Another item cost me about £10 for a lifetime license, which I paid for because it's so useful.

As I understand it, the APIs and inner workings of FOSS are fully documented and freely available to anyone who has any interest in them, for the purpose of developing proprietary software to use with them. How can this be hostility? You may have misunderstood what 'FOSS' means.

I'm too tired to deal with the rest of it so please forgive me if I don't bother.

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"One solution is to boot a Linux USB stick ..."

And then install Linux. Been there, done that, never regretted it.

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