* Posts by VinceH

2203 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009

Microsoft will kill 'Get Windows 10' nagware in July – official

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Re: Finally!

No, it's taking away something you don't want.

At least that's what it says it's going to do.

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

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"Microsoft make a number of truly fantastic technologies and they are legitimately at the cutting edge of a number of hybrid cloud technologies. By the same token, Microsoft are also asshats, so any attempt to make decisions about them gets complicated and messy in a right hurry."

FTFY. No need for the rest of the article.

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'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

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"The fun starts about nine minutes into this recording of the live stream.."

No it doesn't - you've misread a report from elsewhere and didn't check.

According to other reports "the Windows 10 upgrade starts after minute 8:54" - and when it's a recording of over nine hours, that means 8 hours 54 minutes in. (And if you watch it from the start, you'll notice a Windows 10 taskbar at the bottom of the screen and wonder WTF?)

However, another option is to look at a shorter video, showing just the relevant few minutes, on YouTube.

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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"That's probably the scariest line in the article..."

Good choice of word with hustling, though. As a verb its definitions include forcing through, and as a noun it can mean a con.

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I notice it's in the list of optional updates here - but they've helpfully made it stand out from the rest by italicising it.

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Re: Tried the upgrade today: incompatible CPU. What a relief

Wait! What?

They're going to remove May?

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Re: No more nagware?

An idea is an idea, no matter what icon you attach to it.

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Have Microsoft-hosted email? Love using Live Mail 2012? Bad news

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"PS: Microsoft says that Windows 10 is now active on 300 million devices. Which is nice."

I wonder what proportion of that number is a result of forced/"accidental" downgrades?

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'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

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Re: re: Spartacus, the truth revealed

WARNING!

Do not click on either of those two links. They will break the internet.

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'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

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Re: Old old news

I stopped using iTunes when an update to it disabled my network interface.

It actually did it more than once. The first time I thought the interface being disabled was probably some random glitch that coincidentally happened when iTunes was updated. I fixed it and carried on... but then it happened again when iTunes next updated.

And just to add insult to injury, having enabled it again before uninstalling iTunes - it happened again when I carried out that uninstallation.

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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Re: Too Many bad Movies

'I think the constant need to cycle new passwords (sometimes every few weeks) is because too many CSOs/CIOs/CTOs watch bad hollywood movies. You know, the kind where a password is revealed character by character. "I only need 20 more seconds, we're almost there".'

Yeah - in the world of Hollywood, the function that is called to test a password that has been input is actually the guess checking function from the game of Mastermind.

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Brits who live in 'smart cities' don't really know or care

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Re: Soooooo.......

'If they'd asked me for a definition, I'd have replied "An IoT buzzword".'

Quite. And I might have added something about increased surveillance on the general population.

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

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Re: If only...

"Can we be referred to as commenteers from now on?"

Comentineers, Shirley?

What do you mean, that's not your name?

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Clixta: A copyright-friendly way to share your family photos

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Re: Unique ID

"How does that work?"

"Clixta adds a persistent connection between the user and their photo, via metadata"

That'll be metadata that the likes of the Beeb and the Daily Fail will remove if they ever get their mits on the photo for whatever reason - the unique ID won't prevent that. I assume the it's really to prevent the photo becoming an orphan work 'out of the box' through not having identifying meta data to start with, or to allow those who do respect copyright to find out who the owner is if they want to use a picture they've found.

Assuming they've found it somewhere and the metadata hasn't already been stripped.

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Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs

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Re: Another footgun recorded from Redmond

"At my Camera Club, three members were 'upgraded' behind their backs."

People are also being downgraded in front of their faces. :(

I commented on an El Reg article last week about someone at a company I work for whose computer suddenly rebooted from Windows 8 into Windows 10 while he was working.

And yesterday I was there again, and found out that it had since happened to another member of staff. In his case, though, what he described was even worse: He had the GWX pop up, which has the two buttons labelled 'Install now' or 'Install later' - so he clicked on the 'x' to close the window, and yet it happened anyway: The computer is now running Windows 10.

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US telly stations fling malware-tipped web ads at unsuspecting surfers

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Re: "A rogue advertiser abused the Taggify self-serve ad platform"

I thought their stock response was usually to stick their fingers in their ears and chant "LALALALALALALA!"

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Skygazers: Brace yourselves for a kick in the Aquarids

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Re: Halley's Comet.

Or missed the bus, so had to wait another 75-76 years for the next one.

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"making it fly."

If a cow can jump over the moon, then a bull can bloody well fly.

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Re: Wow!

I'd also try avoiding anything with Cloud in the name.

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Re: But a shame the full transcript wasnt published

Where the Monster Clown representative mentions that threat, I got the impression he was referring to a different email exchange - presumably the one referred to as being with Marketing.

The reason being that other references to exchange as published all describes it as "today" or "this morning" etc. Where the threat of contacting the media was mentioned it was "you have in past indicated you would..." - suggesting a previous round of contact, and that's in the same message where the Monster Clown rep mentions the previous contact was with Marketing.

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IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

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Re: Minor edit

I like it. From this point forth, Whenever I read anything on the subject of cloud, I will read that word as clown. I may very well start writing it as clown as well.

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Microsoft wants devs to take notes on their families

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Re: Put down the pitchforks: this is a demonstration and training exercise

It comes to something when you have to wear a disguise to prevent your fridge from recognising you.

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It's 2016 and now your internet-connected bathroom scales can be hacked

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Re: IoT - Idiots or Twats. You choose

I'm starting to realise that lots of people seem to have cheap rubbish routers that can't cope with many connected devices.

With luck, it'll people in that situation that will be first in line for idIOT / iOUT crap, and will think the devices are faulty when it's really their router that isn't coping - and the result is that word of mouth then kills this rubbish before it gets a chance to take off.

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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Re: Almost perfect

Actually, I've just realised that I've only ever assumed it's no longer possible to put the phone on speaker and play something back.

I might have to experiment when it's not 11 o'clock at night!

If a recording can be played back while a phone call is active, this would be a good - or at least entertaining - solution to marketing calls on mobile phones.

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For the a moment there, I thought I was listening to the intro to Gary Numan's My Breathing.

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Re: Almost perfect

You could also make it less obviously deliberate by having parts in which the call seems to be picked up - but then goes straight back on hold. Snippets of office chatter.

And for real fun... many years ago, back in the old Nokia feature phone days, when a recording on the phone could be played and the caller would hear it, one prank was to have a one sided conversation recorded, ring someone, and start the playback. Then crack up at the resulting conversation. Have a section or two like that, where the recorded side of the conversation eventually gets frustrated that they aren't talking to who they thought, and puts them back on hold.

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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They're assuming lowest common denominators. If people have multiple log-ins, less sensible ones will adopt the same details across multiple sites.

Therefore, the obvious solution is to make everyone use the same details across multiple sites.

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Getty on Google: It’s all about traffic, duh

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Re: Re I don't get it?

"Neither comes across as a saint here."

Exactly - sort of. Getty aren't helping themselves if they aren't doing something to prevent this from happening to the images on their own site such as using a suitable robots.txt entry to stop Google scraping the images in the first place.

However, there's also the problem of third parties who are legitimately using images supplied by Getty - the images on those third party sites will still be found by Google, and still offered up to people using Google, who can save and use them, just as they can now. Robots.txt on Getty's own site won't help a jot here.

It's a tougher problem - but it is part of the same one - and it's not something for which Getty are to blame themselves. Partly, it's "because of the way the internet works" - the old "once it's out there, that's it, you have no control" problem.

Google, however, could mitigate the problem to some extent: Not easily presenting the full size version would be a start. Since most people probably don't disable Javascript, where they do present images, they could use a bit of script to prevent right-click saving. Perhaps they could overlay their own watermark to advise viewers that the image may not be free to use.

Ultimately, they should force visitors to the site on which the image is hosted, rather than make it easy for people not to go there. Once there, what happens is another matter - but Google will have done their part, and not made it easy to grab images without considering rights.

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"Why buy what you can just look at / use from whatever Google turns up"

But isn't that the problem?

Google helps you look at / use stuff from Getty without you going to Getty. As per the article, with one modification:

"But Google has built the equivalent of a sweet shop in front of Getty’s store - and gives theGetty's sweets away for free, monetising it by advertising and mining your personal data as you pass through Google. The public never gets to see Getty’s sweet store. Meanwhile Getty has bills to pay, but Google uses the work for free."

"Google might be a bit naughty... Hell even downright evil is some books. But, they never pretended to be someone else's charity."

Not being someone else's charity doesn't mean they can be some kind of digital Robin Hood.

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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"Windows 10 has been installing without permission."

That I'm already aware of, since it almost happened with my machine* - but here it was a case of (before I took control of updates). One happened as part of the regular update cycle, and I caught and stopped it. The other, having taken control of Windows Update, was the time when the update screen carried a big splash for Win 10 with it already ticked.

In the example given above, though, the guy was working away at the computer when it unexpectedly rebooted into the update. No 30 minute warning - just working away, then an unexpected reboot into Windows 10. Hence I'm wondering if the usual pop up appeared and he inadvertently said "Yes, please take me up the jacksie" simply by it gaining the focus while he was typing.

* Originally,I had allowed GWX onto my system on the basis that I would eventually upgrade. That was obviously before MS successfully persuaded me it was a bad idea, by way of their foot-cannon.

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Well, how about two out of the three ? (It's a couple of years old now, but still funny.)

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"I've had two customers who claim the 10 upgrade just started and then couldn't be stopped - now I'm sure they clicked a 'yes' box at some point unknowingly but that doesn't excuse forced installation..."

Where I was Monday, someone commented that afternoon that another chap's computer "crashed" that morning. When I spoke to that person (bearing in mind I'm really there for accounts purposes, not IT) he said he was just working away, when all of a sudden the computer restarted for no apparent reason, and it was now 'different'.

Glancing at his screen, it was clear he was now running Windows 10 - so probably as you say; confirming the upgrade without realising it.

(I wonder - does the pop up respond to key presses? Is it a case of it popping up while the unsuspecting user is typing away, grabbing the input focus, and if the right key is being hit at the right time, the upgrade is confirmed and goes ahead?)

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Re: "What's a Cortana?"

"The answer to the questions, What do you think of Kiera Knightly? Would you like a coffee? Would you like a copy of Windows 10?"

Hmm...

"What do you think of Kiera Knightly?"

Phwoaaaaar!

"Would you like a coffee?"

Please!

"Would you like a copy of Windows 10?"

No, shove that crap somewhere painful!

So, in summary, that's "Phwoaaaaarpleasenoshovethatcrapsomewherepainful" then?

Is that some kind of phonetic spelling to indicate how "Cortana" is pronounced?

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Nearly two billion in the bank and yet this VC is slowly losing his beach-blocking battle

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Re: re: I once bought a forest

A quick search reveals that, yes, it's Andrew Ryan from Bioshock, so:

"it does sound like Ryan was based on people like Khosla."

That's probably the point being made by attributing it to him.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: Poor IT Standards at this outfit

"You should help them out, install something better."

It has to be said (although I don't like Google) when my step dad wanted a new computer several years ago, persuading him to get a Chromebook was a sensible move - it's more than adequate for his needs. (Though for other people, mileages may obviously vary).

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Re: Small misfire by M$ leads to a Butterfly Effect...?

More likely they are putting their fingers in their ears and shouting

"LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-I can't Hear you!".

Well, given that we've long since established that's what muppets in advertising do when ad blocking is justified to them, it must well and truly prove that advertising works!

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The Internet of Things edges toward a practical reality

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Yes, I was going to comment that the "big three" should be a "big five" with security and privacy being top of the list.

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"He's not responsible for the server, so no 2:00am calls. And once set up, it is easy to add other devices and get them to talk to one another. And best of all, data security is handled by Samsung."

IOW: "We can ignore security and if it goes wrong, we can blame it on someone else. Yay!"

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Kids racking up huge in-app bills on Kindles, Android is all your fault, Amazon – US court

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Re: Issues

"Only solution seems to be to create an eMail account for kid / friend (Kobo) with no credit card. Amazon seems to need a credit card and no way to disable small kindle book purchases via WiFi or 3G"

I bought my mother a Kindle as a Christmas present a few years ago, and her book purchases are done by me buying her gift vouchers. I'm fairly sure (but not 100%) that originally she had to put her credit card details into her Amazon account even to use the vouchers, which we removed again once each was used up.

If it was like that then somewhere down the line it has changed, though, because with the most recent one, her card wasn't necessary.

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Go to Topshop, make a Bluetooth gizmo, stick it on your dress

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Re: during a month

How about pockets that act as Faraday cages?

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China's Dalek-like robots fear only one terrifying nemesis: Stairs

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Re: Mutated species...

Mall cops were once humanoid?

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Has anyone opened one up to check if they contain a mutated species that previously had humanoid form?

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Tokyo rebrands 2020 Olympics

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Re: The whalesong is deafening where I work...

"Plain text -

SKY ONE

That is all most people (I assume) need."

^This.

And as for the logos for each Olympics, might I suggest something that is both adaptable and will uniquely identify each games, while also easily identifying that they are indeed the Olympics? I suggest, the basic five interlocking rings, with the host city above, and the year below.

Now send me five million quid for that effort and we'll call it quits. I take cheques.

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Vanity dating site BeautifulPeople popped

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Re: Confirmation is needed

Some of us automatically assume comments on El Reg are jokes until told otherwise.

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Re: Confirmation is needed

And what makes you think we readers are any better looking? We're IT geeks, after all.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: Ads are bad, mmkay

"The Royal Mail now has contracts for delivering bulk unaddressed mail. They really ought to be responsible for the costs of disposal and pass that on as part of the contract charges."

Quite so - and if enough people put unaddressed stuff delivered by Royal Mail into the nearest "red recycling bin" that Royal Mail kindly provides especially for the purpose*, that's what will happen.

Sadly, too many people put it in their own recycling bin, thus adding to the costs they themselves incur in the form of council tax.

* Bonus points awarded for marking the crud "not at this address"

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Re: Lots of people hate adverts...

'"This answer wins the "putting it clearly and in a nutshell award".'

I'll accept the award, but don't expect any bloody speeches!

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Re: One way online advertising might change?

"Shame really that El Reg does not give an option to hide the posts from such like you, but perhaps your boneheaded stubbornness will give them the motivation to implement such feature."

The problem with an option to hide someone's posts is that you might still see replies quoting them - so what would be needed would be an option to kill both from your feed, and that would need much better threading than we presently see on El Reg. (However, for all we know that threading might actually be there, and we only see something more limited).

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Re: Lots of people hate adverts...

"But, if there's going to be advertising, wouldn't you rather it be for something you might be interested in than for something irrelevant to your life?"

No.

The only way the advert should gain any semblance of being relevant should be because of the content of the site on which it is placed. So if I am on a site discussing science fiction, I would expect to see static/non-tracked adverts for science fiction books, DVDs, etc. and would have no objection. The adverts are relevant to me because they are relevant to the site I'm on.

If I then went to a site about fluffy bunnies, I would expect to see adverts for rabbit stew fluffy bunnies and other cute animal toys, and definitely not science fiction books, DVDs, etc.

As far as I'm concerned, the relevance should come from the content I am viewing - not from content viewed on other sites (or from previous purchases, etc, etc, etc).

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Captain! The edge of the world...

"A long time ago i took note of a series of good ads. Brits of a certain age will remember the Hamlet ads - witty and even a fragment of JS Bach. As far as I was concerned it never did them a bit of good because I've never smoked."

Yeah, they were entertaining. (And the same applies here; non-smoker).

Not buying the product because you and I are non-smokers, however, doesn't change the principal at work. In fact, I can't think of any other brand of cigar - so if I was to take up smoking, and specifically cigars, which brand am I going to initially think of?

(Whether they still exist all these years later, of course, is another matter.)

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" In fact 2 really ought to be keeping quiet about the whole thing and the only reason I can come up with as to why they aren't is that they're so full of themselves that they really think they can overcome ad-blockers."

Or they can see the writing.

The writing that's on the wall.

As far as I'm concerned, the only solution is for 3 to adopt a different business model: Either take static adverts (no scripts, no sound - animations are okay as long as they aren't stupidly large) directly from the advertisers, or take subscriptions.

2 can just go out of business.

Or mostly, anyway. Not everyone in 2 has to lose out here; there are undoubtedly some talented people doing the graphic work; they can subcontract their services out to party 1 to design those static adverts. They'll have to disassociate themselves with the knob head element of the industry.

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