* Posts by Wommit

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US govt says it has cracked killer's iPhone, legs it from Apple fight

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Re: Why is it not a good outcome for Apple?

But the final outcome is good news for Apple and all other technical companies. One of the main arguments the FBI put forward was that 'Apple had the "exclusive technical means" to unlock Farook's phone.' But it has now been proved that Apple didn't have this exclusivity. The Feds stance on forcing a company to comply has been weakened considerably.

In any future case Apple, or any other company, can point to this precedent and tell the FBI (or whoever,) to use those means / methods again.

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Labour: We want the Snoopers' Charter because of Snowden

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FFS

If the Labour Party wanted this legislation, they should have voted for it. Abstaining is just a weasel way to be able to backtrack when it all hits the fan.

I would if anyone has asked the question - Do the people of the UK need this bill?

Thought not.

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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Re: Maybe it wasn't a drone?

The build quality on those drones are rubbish. I vote for 'Plastic Pigeon.'

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So Flying Scotsman 1 : Drone 0

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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

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Re: There should be MORE drones

Are "Air Ambulance", or "RN" or "RAF" or "Police" or "Small Local Turboprop Airline" or "ILS Beacon Calibration" or "Island Hopper" or "Post Office" leisure aircraft? "Gliding Club" is but also subject to their own specific rule & regs.

Perhaps you should re-read the OP, and use English this time.

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Lessons from history for UK Home Sec Theresa May's Investigatory Powers Bill

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And according to recent reports (can't be bothered to reference them) loads of lawyer types think this is an unworkable law.

Will I need to get the popcorn in?

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Former US anti-terror chief tears into FBI over iPhone unlocking case

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@Mark 85 Re: Kind of what I said a couple weeks ago.

The FBI bribed your toaster with a pack of fresh bagels a couple of months ago.

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Cops hacked the Police National Computer to unlawfully retain suspects' biometric data

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So the Commissioner thinks that someone has broken the law, and reported (or included) that in his statement. Will any investigation take place? No. Will "Lessons be learned?" No. People fired? No.

And the police wonder why they're losing public trust.

I'm from a true blue conservative background, I know / have known many serving officers. More than one in my immediate family. I'm ex-forces, the type of person you would expect to be fully behind the police service. I am not.

Too many instances have occurred where police officers have broken the law, clearly and provably, and they haven't been charged or disciplined in any way.

Officers have defrauded the service by using their force issued credit cards to purchase personal items. Something that would get you or I prosecuted and then fired for. No prosecutions, no reprimands, no plods losing their jobs.

I see officers travelling on the busy commuter train to London, trying to conceal their warrant cards when they show them to get free travel. For a journey that costs me 10% of my GROSS pay. I have also sat opposite / beside them while they talk about current events, sneering at members of the public being abused by the police, in one instance laughing gleefully about an innocent person being shot dead by a police officer.

I have witnessed officers who have visited the Serious Fraud Office in a pub prior to returning home (the pub was between the SFO and Kings Cross / St Pancras.) Behaving worse than a street gang. Pushing locals out of their way, annoying everyone in general, threatening anyone who dared to complain. <sarcasm>Just the sort of people you'd take home to meet Mum</sarcasm>

I have even tried to help the plods. I found one traffic officers metal clad traffic note pad, complete with his notes, filled out tickets the lot. I returned it to the traffic station. He was in the station, (I'd checked and he was in and "wasn't busy.") He didn't have the civility to come to the door and retrieve it himself. maybe I should have just wiped my prints off it and thrown it over the fence. That would have saved some motorists a few quid.

There may have been bad apples in the police FORCES of the 50's, 60's & 70's. But when an officer was caught, they were held to a higher standard than the general public and their sentences and punishments were much harsher.

We used to have a Police Force which gave us a service. We now have a Police Service which likes to use force.

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Re: Someone Else Re: @ Graham Marsden -- "no prosecution will be mounted by the CPS"

Err... The UK doesn't have a constitution. We use Common Law. You know, the basis for your laws.

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

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We aren't allowed our own bins.

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MP wants to stitch 'digital' misuse laws into one bill

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Yeah, put everything into one statute so the plods can ignore them as well as all the other small crimes that they don't bother with.

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US chap sharpens paradigm-busting scissors

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@Cynical Observer

"And only a snip at $15" And $60 shipping.

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Data protection: Don't be an emotional knee jerk. When it comes to the law, RTFM

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Oh, not again.

Read Snowden's revelations, read Shrem's argument, this situation was never about the corporations on any side of the pond. It has always been about governments illegally accessing / demanding data to which they have no right. At one time I could just point to the USA, but now it's the UK too.

'National Security' is being used as a cover excuse for anything the agencies might even think ( sorry - one sentence with agencies and think in it,) that they might vaguely, just possibly sometime in the future like to have a laugh^Wlook at. Along with terrorists and peodos of course.

Nothing has changed, if you have a contract with a US / UK company to safeguard your data you've wasted your time. It means nothing, it will not stop the 'authorities' getting access. You most likely will never even know that the data has been accessed.

It isn't contracts that need to be changed or renegotiated, it's laws. Until governments can be forced to remember that they are supposed to be servants of the people, rather than masters of the rabble. nothing is going to change.

Roll on the revolution.

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Sexism isn't getting better in Silicon Valley, it's getting worse

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Re: Yes there is an international mens day...

@AC

Then Then

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Brits still not happy about commercial companies using their healthcare data

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Trust me, I'm a Doctor

This stinks of the current political (I was going to say Governmental, but it's all of the buggers,) "I know what's best for you," mindset. No, you don't know what's best for me.

Now if one of my consultants, during a consultation, said "I think your case notes would help research." Then I would agree. BUT, it's the blanket, "I've been told that this sounds like a damn good idea, and it's a money spinner, and I might get a directorship out of it." that really pisses me off.

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Final Euro Parliament vote on passenger name records delayed

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" The approved compromise text establishes that PNR data collected may only be processed for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime."

Like going on holiday during the school term time, or trying to get your children into the 'right' school. Dog fouling is also a terrorist act I hear.

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Home Office biometrics strategy is three years overdue, despite 'lack of clarity'

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Police / Home Office

In reality, Departments of Control.

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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Re: Apparently Security Guards have no rights and could be guilty of assault. @tonypreece22

" nor can they ask you to delete any shots."

According to brief I have a while ago (can't be bothered to look it up,) neither should the police. If your pictures are illegal, they have to preserve the evidence. If your pictures are legal, they have to protect your property.

Failure of either situation can land them if serious trouble.

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Re: Apparently Security Guards have no rights and could be guilty of assault. @tonypreece22

" they are not the police and we have not given our consent to be policed by them."

It's been a long, LONG time since the police farce asked our consent to police them.

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Re: Training required and Twitter suspensions

"If you're safeguarding important installations with international security regulations pertaining to them then these are not the people you should be hiring to do it, the people you're hiring should be trained and if 6 - 7 qph isn't enough to recruit and retain the people you should be hiring and training, then it's not the rate you should be paying."

Is it now that I should mention the TSA?

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Re: Who arrests the watchmen?

"Friends? Grandchildren more likely."

I didn't think the coppers looked that old.

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Re: Who arrests the watchmen?

"Are you saying the police shouldn't investigate a murder because the corpse doesn't press charges?"

The corpse itself is evidence of a crime.

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Raspberry Pi celebrates fourth birthday with fruity version 3

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RasPi 1, 2, or 3

Are brilliant for what they were designed for. EDUCATION! Try and use it for something else and it may work, but it may not. So you should do what you were (presumably) taught early in your careers, and choose the device to suit your needs. Not complain that your needs don't fit a perfectly good device. That is childish.

The Raspberry Pi community has produced a huge volume of tutorials, and content for the older devices. I can only see this adding to the foundations success.

Yes, I have just ordered a RasPi3. I also have a number of RasPi2s and a few RasPi B's. I also have a number of Arduinos, and Atmel chips, Which have been selected for various projects.

And @AC above, The Raspberry Pi is actually a real computer. Just not one of the type you're thinking of.

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Raspberry Pi 3 to sport Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE – first photos emerge

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Re: Arduino 101

"Reg's core competencies."

El Reg has competencies? Wow, who'd have thunk it?

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

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Re: Its a game of poker.

"4. What would've happened if one of them BCC'd you a note saying, "If you want to challenge the CEO so bad, how about YOU do it?" and leave a usable contact? That way, they shirk responsibility and, by directly connecting you to the guy up top, force YOU to assume the risk."

There is no risk. The more senior managers have refused to cooperate, for a mission critical system, he must escalate to the CEO. And he would have an email to back him up.

Strangely, many people, especially in the higher levels of an organisation, seem to forget that they are all working for the same aims. Keep the company going and keep getting paid. Most often the lower level techies don't have axes to grind, nor personal agendas, they just want to do their job the best they can. It's the more senior levels that are too busy back stabbing, and "Looking at the big picture," to actually realise that if they don't assist, there will be no "big picture."

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Secret UN report finds against controversial WIPO chief

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Oh my goodness!!!!! Corruption in high places!!!! I am really shocked!!!!

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Q: How many guns to arm nine coachloads of terrorists?

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Re: So,

My preference has always been for the UK SLR (AKA The Widow Maker.)

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US DoJ files motion to compel Apple to obey FBI iPhone crack order

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So a government agency has used old laws, out of their original context, to force a company (could be a person too,) to create something that every security expert in the world says is a very bad idea.

The UK police often use laws in ways that their originators never envisaged, and in ways specifically denied by parliament. So we have a lot of experience of this type of thing.

IMHO this case should go all the way up to the Supreme Court. Perhaps the US Congress could clarify the law being used.

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ADpocalypse NOW: Three raises the stakes

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Why should I pay for content I do not want, and didn't request? If a site throws ADs at me, I won't go there again. So the advertisers and the original content provider lose.

Now, If the advertisers want to PAY ME to receive their ADs, well that's a different story.

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Met Police wants to keep billions of number plate scans after cutoff date

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@Lindsay T

You are, of course, assuming that the bad design was accidental.

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About time the police realised that they enforce the law, they are not THE LAW.

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Dumping chapter and verse on someone's private life online may be outlawed in Utah

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Re: How Much?

Oh $<DEITY> how often have we heard "remember the phone book!!!!!"

There is such a huge difference between a BOOK, you know paper pages you can look at one at a time, and a phone number & address database that you can search and sort through in seconds.

DON'T start with the "PHONE BOOK" crap, it's the refuge of a simpleton.

</rant>

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FTDI boss hits out at 'Chinese criminal gang' pumping knock-off chips

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FTDI refusing to let their device drivers operate with a fake device is the best resolution for this situation.

Most buyers have to trust their suppliers when ordering small quantities. Those suppliers also have to trust their brokers / wholesalers too. How on earth are small scale customers supposed to ensure that their device is kosher?

FTDI have authorities that can help them stem the flow of these fakes in the UK at least (Trading Standards and Customs & Excise.) They should be using those instead of bricking an innocent third parties components.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: Is anyone really surprised ?

@ Keith. How many times have you been told? DON'T GIVE THEM IDEAS!!!!!!!!!

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Chip company FTDI accused of bricking counterfeits again

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@ inmypjs

"Specifically detecting non-genuine chips and treating them differently which all the whiners said they should do likely puts them on legally shakier ground."

How? Is setting a device driver to refuse to work with something provably not a FTDI device illegal or something.

Shirley issuing a warning and then not interacting with the device is the best option. The user then can complain to their end of the supply chain, and so on.

However, just pissing the paying public off will only hasten FTDIs demise. Rightly or wrongly, people remember these things.

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FTDI did a bad thing last time,

and a worse thing this time.

They can detect that a device isn't theirs, so just ignore it. Don't change a thing, perhaps let the user know they have a (possible) counterfeit. But otherwise do nothing.

The device will show up in device manager and the user can source their own drivers.

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Re: Piffle

Down voted for two reasons.

1) Boo Hoo comment. Seriously? How grown up is that?

2) Thinking that the EEVBlogs site owner is a fantastic resource. Have you sat & listened to his last rant over the FTDI chips? How about the one in which he called assembler programmers stupid? That man just likes the sound of his own voice.

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TalkTalk admits losing £60m and 101,000 customers after THAT hack

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@ Doctor Syntax

£40m to £45m, yes, about right for enhanced security. Extra bodyguards, armour plated limousine, constant police guard on her house. Dildo needs protecting from a huge number of pissed off people.

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Safe Harbor crunch time: Today's the day to hammer out privacy deal

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Umm...

"exceptional circumstances" 1) You are breathing. 2) You are not POTUS. (bit iffy that second one.)

"Some companies have claimed that changes to their terms and conditions have the same sort of legal protection that the Safe Harbor agreement provided." It isn't the companies at fault. It's the US government and associated three letter agencies. The US government will decide what is 'legal' and what isn't. They will also decide whether the data subject gets to know about the spaffing of their data, or not. What the data subject doesn't know they can't complain about.

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

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Cash less society will never happen

The politicians won't allow it. How would they get their 'little brown bags' of incentive?

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

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Sooo...

Two lies for the price of one.

1) The Americans don't 'enjoy' privacy to the levels that Europeans do. To increase the Europeans privacy to that of the Americans would mean moving backwards a few decades.

2) The American government is the problem. It decides what is or is not legal within the USA (it hasn't quite figured out that that right also extends to other sovereign countries and their governments.)

So this is basically the same old situation that existed pre-Snowden. And the same old crap that Snowden showed us was happening will continue.

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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www.thedailywtf.com has it covered

I wrote to thedailywtf.cm once, a good story. A real WTF!!! It wasn't published.

Until a few weeks later, then a (modified) copy of my tale was published and attributed to someone else. They changed various features, country, names, etc. But it was still so obviously my story.

Never visited that site after that.

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Ban internet anonymity – says US Homeland Security official

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The terrorists can sit back, have a bee... er fruit juice, and relax. This twit is doing their job for them.

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Apple backs down from barring widow her dead husband's passwords

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Looks to me a bit like using iforgot.apple.com. That resets your Apple ID password, and requires a new password to be entered to continue.

Yes, I own iShit.

Sorry.

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Waving Microsoft's Windows 10 stick won't help Intel's Gen 6 core

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Not too long ago my company changed from desktops to VMs. Now we have a tiny box on our desks that just boot up a VM, and BIG servers to run all of the VMs. So, I guess we won't be changing the desk units for seven to ten years. If a unit starts playing up, it is just replaced. It doesn't have any storage to need transferring, or special settings either. Replace and boot up a new image.

The servers will be replaced more regularly, but they are only a small number of machines, and given loads of TLC.

The OS? Well if the system architects can persuade the bean counters that a change will be cost effective (not very likely) then we'll change the VM image.

So, I don't think we'll be in line for a hefty spend on new kit soon.

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Bigger than Safe Harbor: Microsoft prez vows to take down US gov in data protection lawsuit

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"This is BS and appalling."

No, it's not BS and yes it is appalling. If you're a US citizen then have a word with your elected representatives. (Not that that will do any good. It doesn't work in the UK anyway.)

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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Re: It's far inferior in that capacity (& others) vs. hosts files

I use a modified HOSTS file an ad blocker and noscript. I don't have any problem with the minute amount of ads that do manage to crawl through that lot.

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Re: Adblock's next step?

"You do consume the website's bandwidth though."

Err... No.

With adblock, noscript and a modified hosts file I don't download these ads. Therefore I don't use up the sites bandwidth. So the site should pay a little less for their hosting.

I haven't requested these ads, they are forced upon me. In my opinion these unwanted advertisers are stealing my electricity, something that is against UK law.

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TalkTalk outage: Dial M for Major cockup

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Re: FFS

It was the GCHQ taps that shorted out the dial tone server.

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Philae's phinal phlop: Lonely lander didn't answer wakeup signal

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Yes, Very nice ...

and all that. But Did you see his SHIRT!!!! I mean, well really.

PS - See icon.

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