* Posts by Bill B

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

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Linux

Linux future

Serious question ... what would happen to Linux is Linus was knocked down by a bus. In my company we are always taught that your software has to outlive you. Is Linus that central to Linux?

Not really flame bait .. genuinely interested in the Linux relaese/management process.

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We come bearing internet: Google sends up Project Loon balloons in second test

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Mobile homes?

"...that can beam 4G-style signals to phones and homes circling the globe on stratospheric winds."

There many of these then?

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It’s PAYBACK time as HUMANS send a PROBE up ALIEN body

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Coat

Escaping aliens

One word

Clangers.

(walks away whistling)

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Re: Why do the play-by-play announces ALWAYS downplay these?

Alternatively.

"Ohhhhh f***k"

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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

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Re: From your photos..

@Gavin. You are obviously far too young to remember the song he's quoting:)

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Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game

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*sigh* This is El Reg. Quoting hardback prices is more appropriate to a review for The Times.

Kindle price is £8.03. Although I must admit (because this is El Reg) quoting the price of a locked in eBook format might be a red rag to a bull.

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Plucky Playmonaut parties as LOHAN hits Kickstarter goal

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Paris Hilton

I'm sorry, it has to be asked .... the first thing you do?

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: Sod the IT arguments

@shoot them later. I agree the rUK haven't had a say in this vote. However, we DO have a say next year as the rUK and Scotland negotiate on the break up, and I'm pretty sure that say will be 'You will not make any decision that benefits Scotland'. Alex Salmond is assuming (in public) that the voters in rUK will play nice about the split. Privately, he knows damn well that playing nice with an independent Scotland (and this includes monetary union) would be political suicide for any party.

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Re: What's in a name?

Just back up vagabond here. We would still have a United 'Kingdom' since we would have the same monarch. In that respect we would be in the same position we were in between 1603 and 1707. The same goes for the Royal Flag (the Union Flag) which James required to be flown on his ships before the union of 1707

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LOHAN Kickstarter bid IS GO: Back our Vulture 2 spaceplane launch

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Have you done your usual thorough research into the move? Rumour has it that the States is a no (good) beer zone. Tea might be in short supply as well.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: AC:- I want a driverless car!

@nuke. You have made the assumption that you own the car.

There is already a model for using a community car (let's call them taxis) that are responsible for taking someone from A to B . There's also the Car2go concept where you rent the car for the journey but drive it yourself. Combine the two into a driverless car model and it might work.

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Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION

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Re: It's more than that

@jubtastic... As far as I can tell from other reports (not this one, the story was incredibly short on facts, guy must work for The Sun) the hack didn't open the doors. It unlocked the doors.

On most cars unlocking the door and opening the doors are two separate actions.

Still a good hack but it doesn't mean you could fall out the car whilst it was in motion.

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Don't make laws before you get there.

There's a good chance that by the time asteroid mining becomes possible that the ownership dispute will be with the Hong Choo corporation, registered in Shanghai. The USA isn't going to remain the only superpower on this planet (or off it) for ever.

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Angelina Jolie 2.0 NOT an inspiration for Huawei phones, says exec

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Re: Correction

Well, that managed to combine both the superiority of your faith with a sideswipe at our Queen. I am SO glad I'm not a Quaker and from your comments, have no wish to be within a hundred miles of one.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: FFS El Reg

Have an up vote for comparing Lewis to Kyle :).

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

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Re: Why do we need "contactless" payments AT ALL?

"What's wrong with swiping a card?"

Well, for one thing, in this country we have chip and pin and you don't swipe a card, you shove it in a slot. The process of paying by bonk is a lot faster than paying by pin, which is really useful if you're in a hurry (the M&S at my local station uses it)

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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I would pay him $20,0000 if only he would finish the b****y books. I honestly think he lost the plot about book 4 (or else became too important to listen to editor's advice)

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Norwegians trial Oculus Rift in tanks: The ultimate battlefield simulator

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Mushroom

Cheap Problem?

Getting something to work reliably inside a heavily vibrating environment with high temperatures and lives that depend on the reliability of the item is a 'cheap problem'?

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Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

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Re: Just imagine...

Re: Yorkshire. I would up vote you a gazillion times but unfortunately, you only get one

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Japanese boffin EYES up big bucks with strap-on digi-glasses

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I've been on flights where the attendant's attitude was along the lines of "Oh God, I have another 4 hours looking after these unwashed plebs". Not sure glasses would have helped.

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Re: Air con - for the computers I hope!

It's a nice thought but actually, no, it doesn't. Alcohol is a diuretic and even the small amount in beer is enough to make you piss away more than you imbibe.

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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>Typing a Spong! message will be called "spinging"

Sexting with Spong will be called 'Spooging'

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LOHAN cops a faceful of Raspberry Pi

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So, a nice lot of expensive kit going into this system. Ummm ... have you tested that the thing actually flies and doesn't do an impression of a lead balloon (or even worse, a spinning lead balloon)?

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IBM spends holiday season wrangling e-tail FAIL

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Re: Whatever,

A good post. It managed to combine a sneering superiority together with a complete ignorance of the realities of the marketplace in a single sentence. Just for that I gave it a thumbs up.

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'Don't hate on me for my job!' Googlers caught up in SF rent protest ruckus

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Re: Only...

"In countries where people are expected to define themselves based on their own merits, "

This from the country that gave us Paris Hilton and the Kardashians?

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Half-blind Glassholes rejoice! 'Prescription' Google goggles a-comin'

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Catering for all ages

Not that I'm going to buy a GG, but I wonder how they will handle varifocals?

Maybe we could sue for age discrimination?

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Tor usage up by more than 100% in August

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Oh for heavens sake. I know you're El Reg but can we have slightly less Sun style reporting?

GCHQ didn't 'storm the Guardian', neither did the 'smash their computer equipment'. Their officers had an expenses paid trip to London so they could report to the political numbheads that the symbolic gesture had been carried out.

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Bug-finder chucked for posting to Zuck

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Re: ...and here we se the "Head In The Sand" approach to system security...

I don't have 10 top reasons for being on facebook and I admit my use of it is only applicable to myself, but here goes.

I have family scattered across the States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Italy. I have an equally scattered circle of friends. I use Facebook to keep in contact with all of them, share what we're doing, family pics and news. Before Facebook we used email with a BIG circulation list.

Security is set to Friends (sometimes 'Friends of Friends') but specifically family stuff is limited to a Facebook group.

I don't tend to 'friend' people I'm in everyday contact with because .. well .. I see them everyday. But Facebook has been a really good medium for maintaining contact with distant family and friends.

Facebook isn't for everyone. On the other hand, there are some things it does well, which is, I assume, why it survives. If you have an alternative method of keeping in touch then sure, let me know.

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How our shaken Reg Playmonaut survived a 113,000ft stratodangle

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Re: Just as last time..

Surely it's called "falling with style?"

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MySpace zaps millions of teens' tearful rants, causes wave of angst

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Re: Content you create but don't own

This could never happen with Google. After all, I've seen the ad where the proud father uses Google to record his daughters important life events for posterity ... So it must be true.

*cough*

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Murdoch Facebook gloat: You're like my $580m, 'CRAPPY' MySpace

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Re: Although

I agree .. calling this a Ratner moment is a bit off ... Ratner slagged off a company he still owned. Murdoch is slagging off one he used to own.

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Top guns doomed as US Navy demos first carrier-launched drone

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Can we have one with VTOL

so we can launch it from the RN carriers?

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Mobes' pay-by-bonk just isn't cool enough, sniffs Tesco bod

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Re: Revolutionary small payment method

I agree .. stupid idea. I mean, there's always the danger that all you have in your pocket is a lot of small metal discs of various types and you then have to get each one out individually and inspect it closely before handing it over in payment.

At least .. that's what the short sighted arthritic granny in the queue in front of me was doing yesterday.

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Re: NFC payment is pretty crap....

Both M&S and Boots at my local station use pay by bonk on a card and it IS a lot faster than paying by cash or card (unless you have the exact change). It's the sort of thing that is valuable in store that deals in lunchtime traffic or 'buying something for supper tonight' because it speeds up the process so much.

Pity our local Tesco Metro doesn't have it. I suppose they are just a bit behind the times.

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SpaceX Dragon eventually snared by ISS

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Re: Good save

The downvote was probably for "NASA would probably have dropped the ball" which seems a bit negative.

Apollo 13 anyone?

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North Korean citizens told: Socialist haircuts are a thing... go get some

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Mushroom

Re: Not socialist..

@andy mcandy "...the average Labour voter is a communist bastard"

I find this statement deeply offensive, insulting, inaccurate and a gross generalisation.

My parents were married when I was born.

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Apple releases iOS 6.1, adds LTE carriers, tweaks security

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Re: So I take it...

Does it need an IOS update to fix Maps? I thought that the maps app was just a means to display the map data. It's not the container that's wrong, it's the data, which presumably requires an ongoing effort to update the stuff on the server.

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Entire Reg readership would fill 205 Olympic-sized swimming pools

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Re: There has to be a joke in their somewhere...

It took me a re-read to realise they were talking about filling the pools with the Reg Readers, not filling the pool with what Reg Readers recycle on a Friday night out.

My first reaction to the headline was "ewwwww!!"

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Bubble baron treats Space Station crew to blowup model

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Re: Once again

James, I'm sorry to have to say this, but you have COMPLETELY missed the point of being a true commentard. There are several requirements before you can achieve this status

1) You should only read the first few paragraphs of the article.

2) Cross references or links to the original article should NEVER be read.

3) Never do your own research on the article in question.

4) You should immediately hit the reply button and say the first thing that comes into your head.

5) Don't use a spell chequer. If you can confuse "it's" and "its" even better.

6) Remember that you are the expert on the subject, whatever it is, and that all the other commentards (and the author of the article) are idiots.

7) Deride anyone who has a different opinion to yourself, since they obviously have no brain (see 6 above).

8) Try to use any of the phrases "sheeple", "fanbois", "fandroids" at least once (if you can get all three in so much the better).

Your comment failed on a large number of these points although I congratulate you on the capitals.

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iPhones, tablets... Pah: By 2020, we'll froth over hot new SOFTWEAR

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Re: How many shirts do you own?

Depends on how big the wearable computer is.

Doesn't have to be a shirt. It could be an armband, scarf, hat or an earring.

Given technology and fashion trends I could easily see a pair of wrap around dark glasses being your 'wearable computer', since it gives you private sound and sight.

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At last! A REAL use for NFC: Bonking butler bots and oven-puters

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Re: Vapourware time

I agree. In addition they really haven't followed this through.

I get a recipe that involves the current contents of the fridge (sausages, bacon, yogurt and half eaten banana) and cook it up.

I eat half of it and put the other half in the fridge. What's it going to do about THAT?

And is it going to tell me about the Vindaloo that I bought 3 weeks ago and forgot to eat that is now nestling quietly at the back cooking up an entire civilisation of little monsters?

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Senator threatens FAA with legislation over in-flight fondleslabbing

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Testing iPads

There is a bit of a difference here

1) The pilots have been given a specific make and model. It would be possible to test this for interference (Don't know if they have or not, but it's possible). In addition, because they are being used for manuals, the equipment could be put into flight mode permanently.

3) Passengers can use anything from a mobile phone to a 5GW radio transmitter (OK I made that up). Although it's possible that some of them have been tested and shown to be clear, how do you know that every piece of equipment in use is OK? I can imagine the anger if the announcement was made "We are shortly due to take off. iPad owners can continue to use their equipment; Android users must switch their equipment off".

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NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

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Nibaru??

The end of the world is going to be caused by a world called 'Nibaru'? 'NIBARU'????

I don't mind be wiped out by a planet called 'Megadeath' or 'Shiva', but 'Nibaru'? That's a bit of a let down.

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A tweet too far: UK contempt law reform push begins

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e-book

The one thing you need to take with you when you are on Jury service is a damn big book. If I ever get called up (again) then I'm going to have problems, because I now use an e-book reader (which coincidentally can also search the web).

Going to be a real bore if they keep confiscating my book reader when waiting around (which in my experience is most of the time).

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GE study pimps ‘industrial Internet’

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Megaphone

Challenge

As far as i can see this paper isn't saying 'lets connect our existing systems to the existing internet'. If they did that then the comments in this section are valid. What it does seem to be saying is "What should we be doing to connect our systems and the people who manage and maintain them together?".

One of the things that clearly comes out is 'we need secure connections'. This might mean a redesigned internet, new protocols built for security rather than robustness. What GE seems to be doing is setting out a challenge. "If we are to do this properly, how are we to do it?"

The need for such systems is growing. Operators want more reliable systems with minimum down time. They want experts available 24 hours a day 7 days a week so that if something does go wrong it can be fixed immediately. They want to be able to operate in more remote locations (think deep water drilling or offshore windfarms or remote pumping stations). Preferably, the operators want to know if something is going to go wrong before it actually does so they can be ready with a maintenance schedule and the appropriate equipment, particularly if the thing which has to be maintained is in the middle of the North sea.

Given these pressures from operators the suppliers have responded by bolting on interconnection to existing kit. This, as has been pointed out, is a recipe for disaster.

Like it or not we are now in a globalised world where the expert on a system may live on the other side of the planet. We are in a data centric world, where what the plant is doing RIGHT NOW is of importance to the operators and where there is a need to respond rapidly to changing conditions.

And I'm beginning to sound like GE now so I'll get my coat. It's the one with a bunch of fibre optic cables and thermocouples in the pocket.

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Warming up the thruster that will ram LOHAN to glorious heights

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Re: "You lucky bastard"

I know.

He also gets paid to do this.

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Thanksgiving in orbit: Irradiated turkey, yam-and-marshmallow mix

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Thanks God we don't have Thanksgiving

I'm beginning to get an idea of what the other ingredients of a Thanksgiving meal are and I'm glad we don't have it.

I think I'll stick to brussel sprouts.

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Apple granted patent for ebook page-turning

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20 years

The other big problem with this is the life of the patent ... As far as i know it will stand until December 2031.

Now I am all for protecting intellectual property and investment in IP but I'm pretty sure that Apple didn't put a vast amount of research and development into this sort of thing to the extent that it needs protecting 20 years.

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iPad voice app back after patent spat: Mute kids get 'voices' back

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Re: Someone else well versed in the arts of reductio ad absurdum

> it certainly wasn't obvious back in 1995

and this is part of the problem. A patent stands for 20 years, regardless of whether it is hardware, software or the pace of innovation in the given areas. The question is whether such a period of time allows the patentee a good return on investment or just stifles innovation.

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Miniature Baumgartner jumps from 128,000ft

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Re: Blocked here?

Yup, same here.

"The website http://www.dumpert.nl/embed/6394742/6eb9eea8/ has a ScanSafe category rating of "Adult"."

So I have to use my imagination based on the information given to me.

Hummmmmm.

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