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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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Shame

The handbuilt nature of the Defender meant you could fix it easily as everything was bolt on, probably why so many are still on the road and as a workhorse they do the job well even though they are basic/agricultural.

Modern Land Rovers are shit, have a series 1 Freelander which between the window regulators, central locking and the leaks just about keeps going. About the only bit that works is the engine, and even that has an interesting issue as the main hose from the air filter collapses under load at 3000RPM thanks to the poor design.

Then SWMBO bought a Range Rover diseasel as well. Rear wash wipe has this stupid feed through the axle design which leaks, the high pressure diesel pump leaks, the rear boot seal leaks. Interestingly as its the 3.0 diseasel the emissions are almost fresh air and the tax is less than £300 and it is like driving a large leather sofa but from a manufacturing and quality perspective its horrid.

Neither is a patch on any of the Subaru turbo wagons I have owned when it comes to driving or reliability, all of which went to the moon and back at high speed and heavy load with almost no problems in all sorts of poor terrain and conditions.

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Senate marks Data Privacy Day with passage of critical bill for Safe Harbor

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Still doesn't solve the fundamental problem

The key point in Schrems is article 8(2) of the ECHR and the use of indiscriminant surveillance so giving a level of redress against corporate America which actually already existed thanks to the way the FTC enforces data breaches is fairly meaningless but makes for good window dressing.

The element of finding and correcting data held by the US government is going to be interesting, with 7 billion people on the planet being spied on that could become a paperwork denial of service attack in its own right. I suspect this will involve unlit basements and signs about leopards!

The only difference is the redress is now direct rather than via the FTC and at your own expense!

The fundamental problem is the mass surveillance with no oversight and the only real solution to that is to have something akin to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal we have in the UK.

The only way to make that work will be to make it a joint EU/US body which can work on data privacy issues in both directions thus providing a single framework and process for both the US and EU citiziens.

Whatever happens the DPA's of the EU have to agree on it and those countries with a firmer approach to privacy like Germany are going to take a lot of convincing.

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Twitter boss ‘personally’ grateful as five Twitter execs walk

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Re: Flawed Business Model

You would be the sunburnt bloke in Malaga shouting loudly and sticking an O on the end of every word to get your point across to the Spanish speaking staff!

Using twitter or any other social media as a channel is not avoiding customer service, in fact its opening up channels to people who may not be able to communicate locally.

Unless you want to call a local number and speak local at great expense on your mobile phone the next time you are in Kathmandu when the local desk agents dont have a clue what you are saying.

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Re: Flawed Business Model @charlie Clark

Welcome to the world of omnichannel support.

Most CS operations use traditional channels like phone and email as well as Social Media.

From an ops perspective one staffer can monitor and run with near real time multi channel coverage as opposed to telephony or live chat on a singular basis.

The public nature of social media along with the ratings and medals awarded by the platforms for speed of response make it something companies endevour to act on more quickly than something like email.

Like it or loathe it, the omnichannel support experience isnt going away.

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Safe Harbor 2.0: US-Europe talks on privacy go down to the wire

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posturing aside

All the big players have data centres in the EU and Microsoft has even appointed a local regulator in Germany to show how serious they are.

The stumbling block is actually that to agree that an EU data subject has certain fundamental rights that will be respected would highlight that US citizens have lesser rights. Can anyone see Donald Trump liking that?

After all, if Cletus J Shitkicker the 3rd can't have those rights why would they give them to any dodgy foreigners?

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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Re: If I didn't pay my taxes for 10 years ...

I now understand!

Davedavedave is a marmotte ( see YouTube)

Marmottes live in Les Deux Alpes in France

Every Summer Jews go on a pilgrimage to Les Deux Alpes to wander on the downhill mountain bike trails and to test there faith in god that they won't get flattened by someone doing 50mph down the track.

If you don't believe me you can Google it which is why criticising Google for being tax dodging scum is anti semitic.

At least that's how Davedavedave tells it to his therapist. ..

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The ironic part

Is that many of these companies set up in the UK to carry out this kind of low/no tax trading with the full support of the UK government.

Things like the "costs plus" arrangement allows a company to channel all sales overseas and not charge VAT whilst running a "marketing" operation which reclaims the VAT it spends.

This gives a massive advantage over the local businesses and the only taxes paid are payroll related.

The key problem is the government set this up and encouraged its use assuming it would never be as big as Google or amazon have made it. Now they see how big it is

they want to change the game.

That's the sad reality although it could of course be a massive anti septic* conspiracy!

* urban dictionary should help. ....

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New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich

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Re: Sounds interesting

Cutting revenue to the daily mail will only impact the wealth of the owners and the tax advisors they employ.

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Boards.ie floored by DDoS assault

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wow

a "ddos attack on site"

Does that mean the skiddies turned up in person and plugged in?

Next up R2D2 shuts down all the garbage compactors.....

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Friends Reunited to shut down. What do you mean, 'is it still going?'

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Re: So...

I got an email today saying they will be sending out a link to download all your stuff like pictures etc.

Then they will flog it all to the highest bidder once those clicked links have verified the active email addresses!

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Wanted man sends selfie to replace 'terrible' police mug shot

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Re: Rack up another charge

Is that before or after the bit about the right to arm bears?

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Re: Win-win. e-gates

Nothing automated about them apart from reading the passport.

The images are still approved by the meatsack sitting in the booth to one side and he/she controls the opening of the gates.

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Irked train hackers talk derailment flaws, drop SCADA password list

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If someone can

Get into great northern and make them run on time that would be great. .....

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Aroused Lycra-clad cyclist prompts Manchester cop dragnet

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meanwhile

the real criminals in Manchester consider that the bike they nicked and gave to Grandad and the £10 cycle shorts from Aldi have proven to be a good investment

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

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over sharing

Sometimes its just TMI thats the issue.

That and a lack of decent security and its adios to the wheels.

Alarms, CCTV, embedded locking post and a baseball bat all help.

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Apple pays two seconds of quarterly profit for wiping pensioner's pics

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FAIL

it just works

Part of the problem is that Apple markets to the lowest common tech savvy denominator. Consequently expecting joe public to be au fait with back up protocols when "it just works" is part of the reason why he had a case.

Data loss is always a risk, as is backup restoration failure but it should have been a standard practice for the Apple "genius" to backup before doing anything that could have even vaguely led to the possibility of data loss.

Having experienced Apple users who buy new machines when "the old one is full" ( I kid you not ) the concept of external storage is a mystery, let alone backing up data and restoring it.

Ultimately, if you sell to idiots dont complain when it turns out they are idiots.

As for the Apple "Genius" label that in itself is a wide open invite for litigation, after all, a genius wouldnt make a basic error like not backing up before performing a factory reset!

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Fingers crossed tomorrow morning for Telecity's third repair shot

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Have they tried

Turning it off, then turning it back on again?

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Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger

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Furry buggers

Like to chew on our phone line, I doubt we will see the same problems with the medievel terror bastards of ISIS/ISIl/DAESH etc.

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Austria's highest court mulls class action status for Schrems v Facebook

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Could get interesting

Especially after the Belgian Data Protection ruling last week with the €350,000 per day penalty that Facebook got over the tracking of people without consent.

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Rdio's collapse another nail in the coffin of the 'digital economy'

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Re: Being a bunch of experts in this matter...

Good idea

Currently Jason Derulo and Justin Bieber owe me several billion dollars for the arse gravy they spout forth.

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Brit cops accused of abusing anti-terror laws to hunt colleague

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Re: What's your point?

Preventable terrorism? Is that like dehydrated water, simply add water?

As for the rest of your drivel about immigrants fuck off back to your mud hut and the Daily Mail you inbred cockwomble.

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Re: Entirely too distracted

I do believe it was the same UK police force which took on a band of marauding bovines and shot them for persistently grazing in the wrong field.

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Telecity London data centre outage borks VoIP, websites, AWS...

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That's one way

To stop those pesky terrorists using the interwebs, stop putting 50p in the meter!

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TalkTalk boss: 'Customers think we're doing right thing after attack'

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Yesterdays security

Would have been a start.

Its abundantly clear that the Talk Talk approach to security was derived from neolithic times and involved keeping a fire lit in the entrance of the cave!

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

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At least

it makes a change from the the arse gravy spouting forth from the fuck nugget that is Jason De Rulo. An "artist" so bad he has to tell you his name at the start of every track so you have the opportunity to kill yourself before it gets going.

Love or hate Phil Collins and/or Genesis but at least he has some talent, unlike a lot of the current bunch of muppets.

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Spanish town trumpets 'Clitoris Festival' thanks to Google snafu

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Re: Soon they'll report

That assumes they can find it.,,,,,,,,

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UK watchdog offers 'safe harbor' advice on US data transfers

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Seems strange

That pretty much the only voice downplaying the importance of this comes from the ICO.

The Germans are starting enforcement whilst Smith is busy polishing the turd of MCC's and BCR's as a way around the problem whilst ignoring the elephant in the room of article 8(2).

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Re: Give me liberty or...

"The fact that some of our citizens supported Sinn Fein during those years only affects THOSE who supported them, not all citizens but you damn us all nonetheless."

Nothing to do with Sinn Fein, the support was for the IRA and was in large numbers, the fact you cannot even bring yourself to admit that speaks volumes really.

And thats before the meet and greets with likes of Gerry Adams and the rest of the IRA army council at the direct invitation of US senators.

Worth remembering that for many years Osama Bin Laden was also fighting the good fight with US funded weapons against the Russians and Saddam wasn't exactly hamstrung in the war with Iran either. But then, the Iranians didn't miss out either with lots of nice missiles shipped to them with a little light money laundering to fund the Contra's in Nicaragua all done via those peace loving Israelis.

The bottom line is that none of our countries have histories that are commendable when it comes to the funding or fighting of terrorism, trying to paint one as some kind of paragon of virtue only makes you look like a bit of a cockwomble Dan.

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Re: @x 7 -- @AC (the naive one) Works for me

Did I just wake up on the set of Team America World Police 2?

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Re: @Dan Paul: So What?

"AS I SAID BEFORE, reporting the news is fine, making it up and promoting it as the truth is NOT."

We call that Fox News over here......

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Re: So What? @Dan Paul

"It should be illegal to provide any media exposure to or for terrorists. They do not deserve any consideration and their supporters deserve deportation (at a minimum)."

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Given the unfettered support for those lovely irish freedom fighters thats most of the NRA fucked with your laws Dan.

And thats before we get onto the issues of the support for the Afghans against the Russians etc. etc.

Best not mention Nelson Mandela either, another long time terrorist in the eyes of the South African goverment.

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TalkTalk attack: UK digi minister recommends security badges for websites

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I think appropriate badge for talk talk would be

A massive dog turd with a lolly stick in it.

Rather than a kite mark its a shite mark.

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TalkTalk attackers stole 'incomplete' customer bank data, ISP confirms

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How stupid

Do they think people are?

The last 4 digits are a standard security question when trying to access other accounts and services, and combine that with the personal contact info and identity theft is a no brainer.

And the bigger question is wtf is the card data doing in the same place as the other website data? It should be held in separate databases and secured separately as well but I guess its a lot easier to stick it all in one database!

If only TalkTalk put as much effort into security as they have put into polishing the current turd this would not have happened.

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Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

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Re: Welp that answers alot @Sgt_oddball

"what sort of trained gibbon do they have running their IT"

One that seems to need a lot more training!

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Online pharmacy slapped with £130,000 fine for flogging customer data

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Re: And this was a 'legitimate' online pharmacy

https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/form/reporting-concern?wssl=1

Reporting form for the GPC

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So

He didnt get consent, he deliberately sold data without the consent, the ICO has fined him but it was an "oversight" on his part and when he got caught he had to stop?

This is why the ICO needs to be given powers to imprison people like this cockwomble.

As for any NHS contracts they should go immediately, selling sensitive personal information of people with medical conditions is the worst kind of breach.

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Nippy, palaver and cockwomble: Greatest words in English?

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Re: If you have to talk about Blaine...

And not forgetting the one he did at Tower Bridge with the epithet "twatdangle"

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

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@ John Hughes Re: Emeritus

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Emeritus

Maybe at work, but not bothering to keep up with the research.

What has happened in the past 10 years is that the discrepancies between what's observed and what's predicted have become much stronger.

That's simply rubbish.

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He was being polite, as a proper scientist he probably shudders at the thought of the fraudsters at UEA and the rest of the climate scammers.

As he points out, CO2 isnt the issue, its all the other stuff you get from burning coal and other fossil fuels.

Diesel, less CO2 per KM but many thousands of deaths from all the other crap is just one example.

Bottom line, pollution is bad (particulates, NOx etc) whilst CO2 is plant food.

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Don't panic, biz bods: A guide to data in the post-Safe Harbor world

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Indeed

That is the key point.

You can try to polish the turd with BCR's and Model Contract Clauses but you will still fall down on the article 8 (2) requirement.

The only way to get round that would be a change in US law to afford aliens more privacy rights than the locals or a change to FISA and the Patriot Act (amongst others) to add oversight and redress to the process.

Neither of those is a vote winner from a US perspective, can you imagine Donald Trumps reaction to "aliens" having more rights?

The issue is really that its the Data Controllers responsibility to ensure that the requirements are met which means not sticking data into the US until things change.

The big players got ready for this in advance with EU data centres etc its now upto the smaller players to get into a better position.

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Playmobil cops broadside for 'racist' pirate slave

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WTF?

Its ok

Not sure why the NAACP is getting in a tizzy, the pirate figure "identifies" as being white so its all good.

After all, whats good for the NAACP is good for all!

Nothwithstanding that both Piracy and Slavery are a part of history and trying to whitewash them out of history shows a level of stupidity and ignorance that forms the real problem we face in society today.

The stupid woman has clearly been beaten around the head with a large twatspanner.

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iOS malware YiSpecter: iPhones menaced by software nasty

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Joerg, oh Joerg wherefore art thou Joerg?

Oh Joerg, someone is suggesting the Church of Jobs is less than secure, should you not be turning it upto 11 and attacking like a rabid hampster.

This is clearly blasphemy and they should be burnt at the stake.........

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Watch out VW – French prosecutors are pulling on the rubber gloves

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Re: Have a Landy freelander with a remap

It also doesn't test for the presence of cheese either, the point I made was that it got through the MOT tests and what they require.

The MOT also looks for visible smoke so it does have a rudimentary particulate matter test.

Not sure how you think it's "tax dodging" either, it's a year 2000 W plate car so pre dates the CO2 bands for VED and pays the rate based on engine size.

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Have a Landy freelander with a remap

More power, better fuel consumption and just went through its MOT as clean as a diseasal can be.

Given its a mark one and the standard ecu is akin to a broken abacus it's not surprising the remap is cleaner.

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Marijuana from heaven: Bundle of blow bombs bow-wow's boudoir

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Re: Just think -

Because of course no one spannered on weed ever died as a result of doing something stupid whilst spannered on weed.....

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PIGS IN SPAAAACE: HAMS send porker to 25,927m

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Re: Scratching around to find it

I am not sure that technology is entirely kosher.....

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Re: Does the ham turn into bacon ?

That's one for Corbyn to ask at PMQ's!

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iOS's infected app-list continues to grow, says Lookout

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Re: Convenience

This is deliberate as it allows the fanboi to stare lovingly at the shiny iDevices whilst pulling themselves furiously around the room waiting for the download

Just ask Joerg, he got so excited earlier he nearly tore his cock off!

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Re: All these developers using illegal XCode must be jailed!

@VinceH

Thank you

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Re: Toxic hellstew @Joerg

So its a security issue then, thanks for confirming that.

Using your very weak logic guns are perfectly safe, of course that is until you load them, point them at someone and pull the trigger.

This must be doubly painful for you Boerg, firstly your precious iDevices are now filled with the code of the evil ones, and worse the crime was perpetrated from within the sacred grounds of the church of Jobs.

The only thing that could make your day worse would be your hipster soya latte being made with the wrong kind of organic beans and served lukewarm.

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Re: All these developers using illegal XCode must be jailed!

Quick nurse bring the twatspanner, we have a loose nut

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