* Posts by Jim 59

1626 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

CONFIRMED: Tiny Windows Server is on the way

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Re: What's tiny?

Lol. In the Reg forums, people vote down your seemingly banal postlets, while ignoring the massively tendentious rant you did posted above.

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Re: What's tiny?

I said 'Net attacks rarely come from Unix servers IMO. But on second thoughts, many civilians are buying Raspberry Pi's these days and putting them on the web in a badly advised manner, eg. running SSH services and the like with no security - and getting hacked. This may be adding to the botnet problem. Against that though, the Pi owner usually scrubs the OS after a few days.

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Tiny Windows Server

That would be the RPi 2 running Windows 10 ...?

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Re: What's tiny?

And in the *20 years* since...

And in the 20 years since Microsoft have single-handedly birthed the entire malware/hacking/virus/botnet culture which dominates today's Internet. After bad-mouthing the 'Net for 5 years, they finally put Windows (NT) on it with virtually NO rigorous security, and history hasn't been the same since. Today, the Internet is infested with bot armies, owing their entire existence to unsecured legacy Windows kit, and millions of lines of legacy MS code in which nasties can hide virtually forever.

"huge unix security holes" don't matter because when discovered they snap shut almost immediately, a natural consequence of community-driven open source. If your server were attacked today, it is unlikely to come from a Unix workstation, and more likely to originate on the Vista laptop of some of some blissfully unaware housewife in Chile or wherever.

Errr... despite the rant I actually agree with you 80%, have an upvote.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Re: Wonderful screen, less wonderful everything else...

To me, plastic seems the ideal material for a phone, ever since those Bakelite 1930's models. I have seen too many iPhones with crazy-paving broken glass. I hope Samsung stick to light, flexible, strong plastic. Mine has received a real beating and barely has a scratch. Mean while my brother-in-law is risking a cut ear by continuing to use this smashed iPhone.

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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Re: get yer pitchforks

Lol. I believe the Americans have a saying, "Sh*t just got real!".

Sh*t just got real for these lads, and no mistake. Personally, if I was going to make vulgar comments to a young girl on or off line, I probably wouldn't pick one whose father is a professional athlete and carries a bat for a living. The trolls are lucky, sh1t could have got even realer.

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Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

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Planes

Privacy? DigitalGlobe's heard of it and thinks-

Lol.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Unfortunately, the BBC is nothing like what it was, or was ever is intended to be. It isn't a private company, but pretends to be one. It isn't a public service body, but pretends to be one. What is does appear to be is, really, just a darned good wheeze if you can get on the payroll.

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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Re: Trouble , nothing but trouble

If you can't tell the difference between Mother Teresa picking a dying child out of the gutter, and an totalitarian state torturing its citizens, you are short of MIPS.

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Re: Give some thought about all this...

This is not the Saudi government practicing some extreme form of radical Islam. It is the Saudi government killing its opponents and keeping the population oppressed, just like dictators everywhere.

Speak out against the party line and you will be lashed, or shot in the back outside the Kremlin, sent to the Ghulag, machine gunned en-masse, sent to the camp, etc. etc. etc.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Re: WTF?

Explorer is the one most users get given

Chrome is the one from Google's suite of stalky apps

Firefox is the customizable one

Safari for the polo-necks

Various others for experts, Pi users, specialists.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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...the moment anyone loses their job, a snatch squad from the DWP should raid their house and replace it with a black and white portable.

Binatone. No remote.

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An old B/W 14 inch was actually okay for a Dragon 32 or the likes. Low res, bit that was fine when the screen is only 32 characters wide.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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MS gives away Explorer for free to consumers who already have a choice of other free browsers, so who does Explorer benefit ? It benefits Microsoft, and in one way only: by driving Windows hegemony. That appears to be its sole purpose.

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Syneto: Behold, blockheads – an all-flash array... based on ZFS

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In other words they stuck some Illumos based distribution like OpenIndiana or SmartOS on top of commodity hardware, added a Web UI, and called it a day.

Lol.

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Britain needs more tech immigrants, quango tells UK.gov

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Shortage of skilled people willing to work at market rate ? No.

Shortage of skilled people willing to work at a quarter of the market rate ? Yes.

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XenData’s storage Jurassic Park: PC tape backup is BAAAAACK

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...before the '90s even, you could backup your PC to external tape drives. It was a nightmare mix of weird software and slow transfer speeds ... and then external disks came along to rescue us.

Really? I don't remember that. Most 80s PCs could have been backed up to a single floppy using DOS commands. Those that did have a "Winchester" could use Windows Backup (bundled with 3.1 IIRC) out to a floppy or DAT tape. It worked for me.

As for external drives, those didn't reach the domestic marked until after USB was released in 1998. Before that they were SCSI, and restricted to wealthy corporations.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Pics or it didn't happen.

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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"Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few." - George Bernard Shaw

Shut up George! Winston, tell him:

"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." - Winston Churchill

Yeah! you torched is ass man. Torched his ass.

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: Stupid

Hence the old saying:

The world would not be in such a snarl

if Marx had been Groucho instead of Carl.

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Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy: Hands-on gizmo-packed motoring

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Sounds a bit adverty

"...almost Lotus-like in the mastery of ... a tingle as you drop into the Recaros and grip the thin alcantara enveloped ... very special chassis magic... a point to point weapon ...Lancia integrale... so hot the 275 Trophy is amazingly liveable with ...you’d be a fool not to

...and so on. Not a single negative in the whole article, except 5 words about the small seats buried in the middle somewhere. Remarkable.

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Linux kernel dev has gone well and truly corporate – report

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Re: systemd

If Linux is going to survive the next 10 years, it seriously needs to man up and become more maintainable.

Isn't this article saying that Linux (kernel) is maintained more than any other software in the world ? "...13,722 patches delivered at a rate of 8.17 per hour." ?

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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Re: Sir

The article reports apeeds of up to 90 MB/s, so it must be gigabit. Fast ethernet tops out about 12 MB/s.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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Any AI system will have to be bootstrapped, developed, upgraded, fixed fed and watered by humans. In a word: engineered. You will always have a job, even in the distant future. It's just a question of what you will be doing.

In the meantime, a good engineer armed with Google & Wikipedia (and feeding those engines as well as eating them) will be very tough to beat, even for a god-like AI monster.

Despite being a Unix grey beard who has never touched IPV6, I just configured a Windows server for ipv6 after 45 minutes on Wikipedia. Having a deep background makes it easier for you to swallow new stuff, not harder.

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Re: Grey beards pricing themselves out of the market

@AC Shut up boy. No. I will not tell you how the df command works. Go and read the man pages for ***** sake. By my beard!!!

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Tiger Moth: Old school flying without all those pesky flaps, brakes and instruments

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My dad learnt to fly in Tiger Moths.

Mine too. The RAF used Tiger Moths to train pilots in WW2. My Dad joined up and was shipped out to Rhodesia (via Sierra Leone and S. Africa), where the RAF had a large training camp on the outskirts of Bulawayo. There he attended maths and engineering lectures as well as learning to fly. His recollections of the Tiger Moth did sound a bit 'seat of the pants'. He mentioned looping-the-loop and, when upside down, being held/suspended in place by the belts only. There was also a crash into a hillside at some point, but no injuries resulting.

Hillside Training Camp, Bulawayo is now an agricultural show ground. I visited as a tourist in the late 90s and the area was very pleasant, much as Dad had described. I still have his flying log book and engineering notes.

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Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

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Re: Not metadata....

Samsung decided that the best way to process voice commands in its new smart TVs is to send them off to the cloud.

Who's designing this stuff, Vladimir Lenin ?

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

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@Reg The page says nothing about the attack vector except a vague "mounts a brute force attack to establish an SSL connection with a target machine.". What does that mean ? SSH ? https ? Not much use without details.

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It needs a cool name. Heartbleed, shellshock, err...

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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Re: Confidence Trick

@smartypants Lol. Google's penetration of your life goes a little but further than targeted banner ads. If the Faustian bargain were favourable to you, Google would be trumpeting it from the rooftops...

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Re: Not so fast

Disagree with Alister's conclusion.

The vast majority of the population Do Not Care about their personal data.

That is a bit like looking at the UK population and their widespread obesity, and concluding that most people do not care about their own health or future. Not quite true.

The majority of Facebook users are too young to know that "personal data" is a thing. Their older siblings have some idea it is a thing but have not formed a view. Their parents know it is a real thing and some act on it, while others assume it can't be helped and so exclude it from consideration.

A bit like junk food. Infants don't know it is bad. Older children do. Parents know and may act on it (feed their kids wholemeal bread) while others don't bother (fizzy pop). Like over-sharing, a diet of junk food has consequences for you and your future, and understanding that requires a degree of maturity and learning that many of the users have not yet attained.

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Not-spot-busting for the home: Eero thinks tiny mesh router's a winner

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Eero

Seems a little expensive for a range extender with the added novelty of app integration. A cheaper alternative might be to repurpose an old router to give your home a second AP. (Link points to my own article).

Getting the mesh talked about would require several Eeros, the ones further away from the wired master presumably getting a doubly repeated/attenuated signal. The Eero site doesn't go into details of how it is all managed, just saying it is "enterprise technology". Sounds nice, needs to be a bit cheaper ?

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Lol. raspberrypi.org is creaking...

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Server

Eben Upton said: "I think it's a usable PC now. It was always the case that you could use a Raspberry Pi 1 as a PC...

More to the point though, the Pi 2 seems to have passed the (fairly modest) threshold of speed required of an internet server. Those 4 cores should dispatch Owncloud and Wordpress with relative ease. My sheevaplug runs both with acceptable speed, but this thing should be substantially faster. And a quarter of the price. The old Pi B could run Wordpress but too slowly for a realistically responsive web site.

Go on... cancel your GoDaddy VMs. Stop using blogger.com. Shove it on a Pi 2 and do it yourself. You know you want to.

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Re: Windows 10

I really do hope the Paspberry Pi Foundation do absolutely nothing to the Pi in future to accommodate Microsoft's inevitable desire to lock things down and push out all competitors.

Nah. Systemd will do that.

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Re: Zola

@Zola Respect the Bird!

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Re: Competitors dead in the water?

Not much point in putting gigabit on here, the CPU wouldn't have the power to leverage it, even with quad core hows-your-father. It might *just* max out 100Mb/s, will be interesting to see test results though. Even if it just maxes out Fast Ethernet, (say 12 Mbyte/s), that's not bad. According to my measurements, the Pi B (not overclocked) achieved about 7 Mbyte/s acting as a NAS.

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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Phones

Maybe phones have reached the point that midrange is now good enough. Nobody really cares about 8 megapixel vs. 12 megapixel, because 8 is more than enough. Similarly, marginal improvements to dpi is not going to get anyone excited. DPI is not an issue.

The manufacturers release a new top model every 8 months. It should be more like 3 years. A 2 year old Samsung S3 is virtually identical to an new S5, in appearance and utility.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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In the UK, we seem to pass buzzword laws to tackle crimes that would already seem to be plainly illegal enough under existing laws. One suspects the motivation is partly political - from the government, and partly driven by the legal profession - who are over-represented in the government and the Lords. The legal profession has a clear motivation to expand the statute book at every opportunity. For them, a new law means new business (sorry lawyers!).

For example, internet trolling would already seem to come under laws around threatening and abusive behaviour. If I swear at you in the street - that is technically illegal, as is hectoring, harassing or stalking other citizens. So if I do the same on the internet, just use the law from the street. Posting nudies ? Couldn't that be prosecuted under the laws around slander, deformation, or even obscenity ? If a magazine or newspaper published such images, such laws would operate.

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We take bots down, but they get up again – you're never going to keep them down

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Bots have become a constant background drone on the internet. My internet server sees a few hundred password guesses per day, ramping up to tens of thousands in a few days when a bot decides to get serious and do a proper dictionary attack. When the guesses exceed a certain rate it even affect CPU resource, so I moved some scripts around and now they get 404 instead. Sending a 404 is quicker than authenticating a wrong password.

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A docket, tweet and selfie can reveal your identity, boffins find

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+1 to Mr Pauli for the word "docket".

Would have been +2 for "chit".

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: The new man

Google should never have been allowed to buy YouTube and the other internet giants it bought in the early 2000s. It now lacks competitors in many areas and the internet has stagtated from Google and the loss of a free market.

This Youtube debacle reminds me of Tesco fleecing milk farmers here in the UK. Like Google, Tesco generates no "content" but acts as a gatekeeper. It deals with suppliers sharply, and milk prices are forced so low many farmers go bankrupt or worse. The way Tesco talks to suppliers is similar to that conversation between Keating and Google (according to Panarama). We are happy to by the cheap milk. We won't be so happy when Farmer Giles sells out to a householder who will promptly put 1000 new "starter" homes on our doorstep.

If you like to look at the cows out of your window, you have to pay for the milk. Maybe we are the ones bending the market, with our impossible expectations of free stuff.

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Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

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Re: Solaris for high end, said Larry

Even kits with hundredths of CPUs are running multiple Linux instances (each one with own kernel etc) as partitioned environment.

However many instances there are, the OS of choice is Linux, not anything else. It is strange that Linux dominates the very biggest (top 500) and the very smallest (eg. Pi). Perhaps due to licensing issues as much as anything.

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Was it a mistake for Sun to open source Solaris ?

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As a contacting Unix admin, I know at least one large Sun customer who is abandoning Solaris due solely to Oracle's spiraling support costs, poor (support) performance and don't-care attitude. They like Solaris and would like to keep it, but when refresh time comes, Solaris is always replaced with Linux. Sad.

I like Solaris. Although it never made the administrators job easy, that was mainly because it is so cutting edge. It torches pretty much every other OS.

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Re: Solaris for high end, said Larry

Linux is good for small servers, but you have never found Linux on large servers

This magazine runs an annual article highlighting the world's top 500 supercomputers, many of which run Linux. As of Nov 2014, the world's top ten supercomputers are all Linux based.

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Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...

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Re: CCTV rant

Oh not to mention the allotments by the church - an allotment for Pete's sake - has a large cam on a big pole, covering you should have the cheek to walk by the river.

I read 1984 at the age of 14 or so. Winston Smith is afraid to walk in the country and talk to his girlfriend because the hedgerows contain microphones (he knows this being a Party member IIRC). At the time I thought this was far fetched - where would the mics get power, how could they have enough people listening and so on...

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Re: CCTV rant

When your closest police response is 30 minutes away the camera is a good deterrent for that Coop and Pub not getting knocked off.

Ever heard of hoodies? Modern crims routinely cover their faces, making CCTV completely useless.

And I didn't say the cam was operated by the Coop, I just said it was outside the Coop. Cams aren't labelled, they are completely anonymous and keep you guessing - a important element of oppression.

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CCTV rant

On a related note, CCTV cameras are out of control now in the UK. There is some chap whose job it is to "monitor" CCTV, and he wrote in one of the papers a few days ago, saying people from other European countries are shocked at the number of cameras in the UK.

In my own sleepy village a big pole recently appeared outside the Coop with 3 or 4 large cams. All the pubs have cams, some of the roads leading to the village have cams, the shops have cams of course. And there are random cams in the street apparently for no reason - they are not obvious, just small round domes on walls about 8 feet up. I walked up a quiet alley way to avoid the cams, only to see a cam pointing straight at me from the far end. No car park, nook, crannie, pathway, garden. hedgerow is free of them, like an infestation of insects. I blame 18 years of socialist government. Torch all cams I say.

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There's life after Oracle, but very little left in Oracle's reseller channel

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Oracle

Larry has driven people into the arms of Linus.

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