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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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"Can't they find the staff nowadays?"

I haven't bothered to look, but I'm guessing most of their hacks look more like Gollum every day given their unswerving desire to find "the precious"

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

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Re: In the Olden Days ...

They emit an SEP field

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It's always amazed me at how apparently easy it would appear to be to walk in through the exit route at most airports. Now I've always assumed there was someone watching on CCTV, and I have been through a couple of airports where a real person appeared to be watching the flow, but this just goes to show that there are substantial gaps in the system.

Large revolving doors that only permit a one way flow would solve the problem :)

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

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Childcatcher

Maybe it will be like the olden days when they allowed smoking and you had a choice of section on check-in.

"Will you be sitting in Civilised or Chavzville Sir?"

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Four caged in UK after cyber-heist swipes €7m in EU carbon credits

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Point of order.

Please can all "journalists" stop using the word "caged" (so I'm not jsut getting a John here). We haven't caged anyone for over two hundred years when the Victorian prisons were built with stone walls and solid steel doors.

And besides, it just makes you sound like a hack from The Sun, not a respected technical author.

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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Coat

Call me cynical, but why do I get a sneaking suspicion the pipe is going to suffer from a substantial number of "accidental" breakages by workman who just happened to be digging up the road near by...

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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"with judicial authorization"

There in lies the problem. The public don't trust the process to achieve judicial authorisation.

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

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Re: And that's why ..

I've always followed the same philosophy, waiting a time before installing a release. They only came along once a year and it was easy to wait a couple of months to see what bugs got flushed out.

More and more developers are releasing smaller but more frequent releases - I hate the word agile, its not agile, its lazy and poor development practise not interested in producing well written and well tested code first time - "fuck it, the users will test it and we can fix it quickly".

So the time between releases is shortened, and as a user I need to test more often. This ultimately costs me more time and money overall since there are more releases. Every release carries the potential to break something, and all we're doing is increasing that risk, this being a perfect example (and I'm not just getting at Apple, almost all developers are doing it).

There are a few good developers out there working properly and in an agile manner. But being agile requires a much stronger discipline than traditional development cycles, something lacking in many development houses and teams.

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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Re: wtf

Yeah, its a myth, a bit like haggis running round the hillsides.

It's actually a trapezoid sausage sandwich, but getting a hungover Glaswegian to say trapezoid was pushing the butchers luck.

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Re: What are your predictions?

Going to be a big turnout with 97% registered by last Friday and the SNP hoping to sign up the remaining 33% before today.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Bad Science

Social media is not a good place to take a measure of the feelings of the people.

There has been a substantial amount of intimidation where anyone has expressed a preference, with idiots on both sides. There's a large number of No supporters who are frightened to make their feelings known in public, and the Yes campaign is being particularly vocal. If you want to know what it feels to be intimidated like the Blacks and Gays, put that little "No Thanks" sticker on your Facebook picture (apologies for the non-political correctness, but it gets the point over). So looking purely at social media I predict Bing will be wrong (bookmarked to come back on Friday and check).

Tech bit over.

This has become a War of Independence. We might be using the ballot box instead of the bullet but this War of Independence has deeply polarised opinions and brought the worst out in supporters of both camps to the extent of being "religiously" fanatical. The metaphorical "spilling of blood" typical in revolutions and Independence wars has not happened (yet), but blood has been drawn, violence has taken place and property has been vandalised and destroyed.

I hope my fellow countrymen of both sides are proud of their actions and behaviour. I for one am looking for a new country to call home. Ukraine is looking good at the moment. (Count down to nasty replies just to prove my point).

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iPhone 6 will make you fork over with Apple Pay if you want to BONK

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Re: third-party usage

Target - now there's a company that inspires confidence when one thinks of payment handling...

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Catch-22

There won't be widespread uses for NFC until it's easy for developers to leverage, and Apple won't open it up to developers until they come up with new uses.

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Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

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Re: So we'll all have

Which is precisely why the FIDO Alliance is creating a Universal two factor standard (U2F).

https://fidoalliance.org/

Short term you're right, we'll probably all have a few separate tokens, but done properly it should be possible to have a single item that covers multiple services.

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WTF?

Way to go confusing the general public again. TFA? WTF!

Why not stick to the industry standard acronym of 2FA, you know, the one most people recognise as security related. (don't believe me, google "TFA" - first mention of it being "two factor authentication is on the fifth page of results where 2FA is on page one)

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: Scottish Politicians warn Telcos that Hefty Bills could lead to Nationalization of Telcos.

Presumably this "nationalization" would take place when the Americans invade and insist we use their language?

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Re: If they say yes...

There's no whiskey from Scotland. Lots of whisky, but no whiskey.

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

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I foresee a "fire sale" of cheap devices on he horizon. Could be some bargains to be had as the stock in the shops is sold off.

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Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom

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Re: "Currently, encryption is forbidden"

"Seriously though, how would they know there is encryption? Do the waves change colour?"

D'oh!

If it sounds like English (or another spoken language), it's not encrypted. If sounds like backwards high speed audio garbage, it's encrypted. I'm guessing you've never actually heard radio ham communications.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Headmaster

Based on some of the figures quoted above for contracts proves there's a market for shops to help customers work out what they want because the accuracy of maths being displayed is atrocious.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber Pool is bogus: Ride sharing biz is illegal in the state, says regulator

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Re: Wondering.

"Isn't it true that any business, organization, enterprise, or endeavor that uses the internet in some way is automatically exempt from all laws?"

It's worse - everything on the Internet is behind a Schrödinger field - it is both exempt from the law and under US legal jurisdiction at the same time irrespective of the country.

It's only when someone lifts the lid do we find out if it still responds to a ping.

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NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies

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D'oh!

Doesn't sound like the government knows much about spying.

Tardy sysadmins "accidentally" leave open wifi hotspots.

Locals "find" open connections and have access to the uncontrolled Internet

NK spies didn't think to slurp the traffic and catch the "rebels". Even google figured out there was a benefit to capturing all passing wifi traffic for later analysis

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EMC has nothing to say on VMware sale plan

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Headmaster

The age old adage remains true - never believe anything until its been officially denied

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Google swallows SMARTSPOON manufacturer Lift Labs

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Terminator

Technology to stabilise an object being held or attached to something moving.

<cynical>What possible reasons could google find to invest in such a business?</cynical>

Sounds like a solid investment to me, I do hope they continue and expand the medical uses along with everywhere else this will be used.

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Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

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Big Brother

As a concept, services such as Uber have their merits.

But let's not forget that Taxi regulations date back to the 17th century when rules were brought in to ensure fair and prompt service by the carriages servicing the public for hire. Uber et al may claim to be outside the current taxi regulations in the relevant jurisdiction, but they won't be for long - the rules will be changed (and are probably long over due an overhaul).

Ultimately the protection of the public will prevail, and it's the evolution of that protection of the public that has led to the regulated taxi services in place today.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Paris Hilton

Not everyone wants to carry around a phone that can double as a TV you can hang on your wall.

It need to fit in your pocket, suit or jeans, and be both comfortable.

I find the iPhone 5 large enough, and while before yesterday I had no plans to replace it with a 6, I'm now pretty certain I won't be replacing it with a 6. Indeed when the time comes I'll probably be looking elsewhere for something sensibly sized.

Or am I the odd one out?

(Paris? She'll never be plus sized)

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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Re: not a Delivery?

"It must be a really shit IT firm that has to take down its online store to add products. I wouldn't buy a wheelbarrow from an IT company that had to do that."

Absolutely true.

"It must be a really good marketing company that takes down its online store to add products. I would buy lots of shiny shiny from an marketing company that had to do that." said the Fanbois

(or maybe you were right first time, and Apple really are that shit at IT)

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Apple promises iCloud security alerts, better 2FA after, er, NAKED Internet of Thingies flap

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Re: 'Apple bashing, a favoured sport amongst infosec geeks'

No smoke without fire ...

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Salesforce cloud goes titsup: Users face another long weekend

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Re: Today's weather

I'm not a Salesman.

I never wanted to do this job in the first place!

I... I wanted to be...

A LUMBERJACK!

Leaping from tree to tree! As they float down the mighty rivers of

British Columbia! With my best girl by my side!

The Larch!

The Pine!

The Giant Redwood tree!

The Sequoia!

The Little Whopping Rule Tree!

We'd sing! Sing! Sing!

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

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Re: Must have a think about this

Some "banks" view some of the services they offer as a value add item, and it could be the same with your digital ID. Customers will be more reluctant to switch banks if they've got an established digital ID they'd need to move or possibly even recreate.

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Re: Out of cheese error

There's more to government services than just the issuance of passports and driving licences.

And besides, you'd never have entered the circle of trust. If your ID couldn't be verified outside the circle, you wouldn't get the bank account or the passport in the first place to then be in the circle for future verification. See above comment about Finland and people with poor credit ratings.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Re: Soo... any of the pics any good?

If it's true it's an iCloud breach, then it's iPhone photos, so not even as good as the other "blurry out of focus junk"

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Apple reportedly inks deal with American Express for its iPhone payments system

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Payment Processor

So Apple has inked a deal to use American Express to be the payment PROCESSOR. That's the back end bit.

So the point isn't that nobody accepts Amex. It's that nobody (yet) accepts Apple!

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

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Re: Just don't do it

"Additional think like hardware encryption..."

So that would be Apple iPhones then. Hardware encryption as standard (3GS and later). I haven't investigated any others.

As for the communication channels, they're the same for all Internet access, so you might as well restrict yourself to performing all transactions at a branch. And carry lots of cash. And be even more vulnerable to attack.

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RealVNC distances itself from factories, power plants, PCs hooked up to password-less VNC

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Pirate

And people wonder why the Architecture team screams when some techie suggests "Let's just install VNC"

Don't get me wrong - there's nothing fundamentally wrong with VNC, or most of the other remote control tools - AS LONG AS THEY ARE CONFIGURED AND SECURED PROPERLY

To quote the great Robin Williams - "it's like partial circumcision - you either do it properly or you fucking forget it"

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Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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Why don't they just buy Pebble?

Probably a better product already, so just stick it in an Ive's case

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Dragons' Den man and co-CEO to work for FREE at loss-making Outsourcery

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First it was Brighton. Then it was Fleetwood. Hastings came next, then most recently Eastbourne.

Which of our famous Piers will be next to go up in flames?

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Re: Maybe he should go into the Den

I'll give him all of the money, but I want 35%, not 18.2%

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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

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Prior Art

The Heart Of Gold spaceship had motion sensing controls, and that's simply all this device does - detect motion through changes in pressure.

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You've got three days to patch Adobe Flash, Air, Reader

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Re: Update management

Even if you use a third party update tool, you can't actually turn off the inbuilt Adobe Updater for Flash. If you want to stop it checking for and offering updates you need to set the check time to a large number as well.

I found this after being offered updates after turning off auto-update.

I then found this article: https://forums.adobe.com/message/6250514

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Now even Internet Explorer will throw lousy old Java into the abyss

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Great move, however the cynical side of me predicts a substantial number of internal applications failing in the business world.

Maybe it will encourage more businesses to consider refreshing their estate more often...

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Target tosses US$148m onto data breach barbecue

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Pirate

Another US$148m this quarter. Ongoing. Increasing.

And yet so many large businesses are continuing to scrimp and save on little bits of security "because it'll never happen to us"

Is your security as good as it could be. If you just answered "yes", prepare to be boarded. What was the best last week is old news and vulnerable. Security is a moving target and if you don't keep looking at ways of improving it you will be a victim.

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New iGasm: Apple to unveil not one but TWO iPhone 6 models on 9 Sept

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You missed an option on the Poll

"Don't be stupid, El Reg is never going to be invited to an Apple event"

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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Re: unsolicited

If it's unsolicited, why didn't they delete it?

We're talking several months where it was on their device. The judge is right - we cannot permit "it was unsolicited" to be a defence for the continued possession beyond what would be a reasonable time to check and delete.

What is a reasonable time? Every circumstance may vary, but I'd have thought 99.9% of people check and clear their messages at least once per week. Most people are several times per day.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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I doubt the Merkins were even aware of the different jurisdictions jeopardy otherwise they'd already have tried something surreptitious to make him visit Scotland then nab him while there. Oh, little bit of a conspiracy theory there.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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"There is no reason, in a competitive integrated market, for companies to frustrate customers on both sides of the border by introducing roaming charges after independence."

Although there will be a currency conversion between Sterling and the Euro

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Bitcoin on ATM? Pfft! We play DOOM on ours

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Much as I commend you for your attempt at wit, Link is the agreement where cards from one bank can be used in an ATM provided by someone else, and Link make no charge to the card holder for this service. (Banks pay each other an interconnect fee of ~30p, but across the major providers that pretty much evens itself out since they all own some of their own ATMs that can be used by other banks).

Charges are levied either by the owner of the ATM, or less common, by your bank if its one of the few who charges for not using their own ATMs.

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ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

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Facepalm

It's like trying to stop the phone from ringing by removing all the phone books.

If information is out of date, then it is the out of date information that should be removed, not the links to it. The links will disappear if the information is removed.

Politicians really don't get it, do they

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Conspiracy Theory

There is actually an extensive, ongoing, developed monitoring of a specific known threat. Why else would ALL parties agree to this rushed legislation.

I don't for one minute believe it would have received the support from Labour if Ed Milliband not been fully appraised of what his predecessors left behind and he would be likely to inherit.

Now I know David Cameron announced in a vague way that loss of data retention "would hinder investigations", but I'd suggest there must have been something substantially more tangible to present otherwise the opposition would have taken the opportunity to oppose.

Or maybe I just need a thicker tinfoil hat...

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Statistics are brilliant. Until recently that's how the insurance industry priced premiums. Male, 17, more likely to have an accident than a Female, 17, or a Male, 45.

There are types of people who are more likely to have accidents. It's largely down to attitude. It's a generalisation but it's been the foundation of the actuarial industry for centuries. So the people who adhere to the ban are typically those less likely to have accidents in the first place. Those who "know better" tend to be paying less attention irrespective of it being a phone, cigarette, CD, satnav, short skirt or any other distraction. That doesn't mean the ban is invalid. It simply means those who have chosen to ignore it continue to have accidents.

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