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* Posts by Cameron Colley

2088 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

Chinese IT shops love the free-ness of open source

Cameron Colley

@deegee

Did you misunderstand everything everyone above said when advocating open source?

This isn't about your dad compiling his browser to iron out a bug -- it's about organisations who employ their own coders using open source because their own coders, who they have already, can fix it rather than relying on 3rd parties -- who have more than one customer to deal with.

As for code you wrote yourself -- within the confines of your organisation it is, effectively, open source -- any in house developer can review your source and adapt it or bug-fix it.

I see this kind of thing going on within the company I work for all the time -- problems can be solved without re-inventing the wheel and if there are any bugs the source code can be reviewed and the problem tracked down.

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Consumer Panel recommends try before buy mobiles

Cameron Colley

Video callers are using free minutes?

A colleague used to make video calls on 3 regularly -- because it allowed him to make free calls after his voice minutes were used up.

Also perhaps there are other people making video calls but you haven't seen them, and they don't necesarily admit it to you, because they are of a more "personal" nature?

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Sony pulls plug on cabled power

Cameron Colley

@Those who think the technology may be good when mature.

Please explain how using an air-gap transformer is more efficient than using wires.

If it isn't then this technology is pointless. Whether you believe in all the Carbons bollocks or not we're still facing problems supplying enough energy to a growing world population.

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SSL spoof bug still haunts IE, Safari, Chrome

Cameron Colley

@AC "...hardly the most critical..."?

What? OK, I'll not argue over it being the number one most critical hole present at this moment in time but, for fuck's sake, this potentially means that customers of major banks are the victims of man in the middle attacks while using their online banking site -- meaning that they could loose money. How the hell is that not critical?

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Home Office declines to detail DNA-for-foreigns trial

Cameron Colley
Unhappy

Now I get it -- the final piece of the puzzle.

All this government is doing it preparing the infrastructure for the BNP when they take power -- things will be so much easier for them and their worthless, brain-dead followers with all this cool technology in place.

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Inmate hacker locks down jail computers

Cameron Colley

Perhaps he had a point to make or another motive.

Thankfully, I have never been interned at the government's pleasure* so I can only hazard a guess -- but I know if I was in there I would want to be "restricted" from socialising with the general population.

*has fuck all to do with Liz

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Electro/photonic 'Excitonic' cryo-computing breakthrough

Cameron Colley
Boffin

Have to add to the comments about Kelvin.

Funny thing is El Reg have, of late, being using some strange scale based on the blood temperature of an excited German or some such thing* rather than SI units -- then the moment they try to use the correct unit it is used incorrectly.

*I think it's called degrees Frauenhofer or something.

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Facebook kills 'Kill Obama' poll

Cameron Colley

I don't understand the problem?

I thought the US had free speech? I also thought that the people had the power to take up arms against the government (I know I phrased that wrong, I'm sure someone could clarify)?

If the above are true surely the poll was perfectly legal?

@mmiied and other anti-American comments: Different countries have different laws due to their size, geography, economy, cultural backgrounds and many other factors -- there are sensible arguments for both gun ownership (Switzerland doesn't have any problems) and healthcare systems, but there are equally valid arguments against both.

Also, we may not have the level of gun ownership in this country but I bet if you were to start a similar poll over here you could expect to be arrested under Anti-Terrorism laws all the same.

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Freeview website titsup ahead of big retune

Cameron Colley

RE: no telly, no problem

I agree -- with BBC ITV and C4 now showing a lot of content online, and the availability of cheap DVDs and, erm, other sources there seems to be less and less need to own a television.

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EU to shout at media player makers over noise levels

Cameron Colley
Coat

Dear EU Comissioners

Rather that spoliling things for people with brains, please google "loudness war" and "brick wall compression". Then, please, make it illegal to reduce a recording to a serieses of loud squelches.

Mine's the one with the FLAC filled A3 in the pocket with a pair of SuperFi 10s.

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Blind one-legged man wins arse-kicking contest

Cameron Colley

Of course it was attempted murder!

Shooting someone who has taken a large quantity of unknown medication in the head with a Taser!

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Penis pill spam: The hard figures

Cameron Colley
Black Helicopters

RE: It's a front...

I wouldn't be at all surprised -- I also have a feeling that the more esoteric SPAM may actually be coded messages of some kind, sent either to people or botnets, using the mass-mail to fool any traffic analysis.

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Microsoft howls as Google turns IE into Chrome

Cameron Colley

RE: Tech savy users

I agree completely -- I've had experience of (ignoring the really old) IE6, IE8, FF3 and Chrome on Windows and FF3, FF3.5, Chrome, Opera and Konqueror on Kubuntu and I have come to the conclusion that if Chrome and Opera had cookie and object (advert and active content) white listing I wouldn't care which of FF, Chrome or Opera I used.

As it is I'm "stuck" with Firefox because it works best for how I browse -- but, other than not using IE for idealogical reasons (I don't want to encourage IE only coding), I'm relatively browser agnostic.

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Euro project to arrest us for what they think we will do

Cameron Colley

Where's the ship to mars?

After listening to people denying that we're walking into Stalin's wet dream I'd love to sit back and watch some morons loose everything -- but, unfortunately, the morons wanted to drag us all down.

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Intel crams four displays into one PC

Cameron Colley

Why three more?

Surely you could just have one long, thin, screen to divide as you wish?

@Tony72: I think there's more mileage in that concept myself -- Imagine being able to switch the keyboard from qwerty to classic azerty to dvorak to Nordic...

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Does the Linux desktop need to be popular?

Cameron Colley

Linux needs games!

One group of people who don't mind messing around downloading drivers and patches are gamers -- they're also more likely to build their own machines and have to install Windows themselves.

If games like Crysis and Fallout3 could be made to run on Linux I'm sure many people would migrate.

Sadly, I'm not sure how this could happen.

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Oz bottle shop falls for 'double your money' scam

Cameron Colley

So The Real Hustle hasn't aired there yet?

Though I suppose this disproves my theory that The Real Hustle was faked because I couldn't believe that people could be that greedy and stupid.

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Second Life slapped with counterfeit sex toy suit

Cameron Colley

@Adrianww

Then you're lucky -- most people I talk to in Real Life seem more interested in talking about their money problems and Big Brother (C4 TV show).

As for going to other places -- of course I do that, the two are not mutually exclusive -- but what's wrong with doing both?

Of course, Second Life isn't for everyone -- but to dismiss it as a "place for sad people to hang out" pretty much proves that you're closed minded and intollerant.

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Cameron Colley

The reason they are suing Linden:

They are suing "Linden Labs" because the T&Cs of Second Life state that anything you produce "in world" is your own and that you own the copyright -- they also state that they comply with the DMCA in this regard.

This is akin to paying a web hosting company to host you digital photography, protect your copyright, and allow you to sell access to it -- then finding that another customer managed to copy your photographs and is hosting them with the same company but giving them away. Since you are paying for copyright protection and hosting you ask the company to take down the infringing site, and they don't.

You may not like Second Life, or even see its appeal, but this has very little to do with the actual "game" and is about contracts, the DMCA, and copyright.

I'm always interested to know what the people who supposedly have "Real Lives" actually do that makes them so much more special than those who like to use Second Life -- do you all go straight from work to the gym, then do some charity work, then teach your kids quantum theory, make love to your beautiful partners then make some more notes in the margin of King Leah as you drift off to sleep?

I think you just watch TV with your other half, go on the odd bike ride, have a few drinks with mates in the pub and feel smug because you're not having conversations about politics, philosophy or art with people from across the world while playing around in a virtual environment.

Personally, I find people in Second Life more open minded and less judgemental than in real life -- meaning conversation is much more wide ranging and stimulating than most in real life. It also gives one the opportunity to communicate people with diverse social and political backgrounds from all over the world.

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Student loans company says 'we're not overloaded'

Cameron Colley

They're too busy harassing me.

The reason they don't have enough people to answer the phones is because they're busy ringing my answering machine while I'm at work every day an pestering me for payment -- despite the fact they've never sent me a Direct Debit form and I send them cheques fairly regularly.

When the company changed hands a few years ago they changed from a (relatively) efficient and reasonable loan provider to a third-rate debt collection agency.

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James Martin apologises for cyclist outrage

Cameron Colley

He should not have apologised.

And as for those accusing him of "dangerous driving" I think you mean "driving without due consideration" or some such law -- dangerous driving would be if he drove at them. While beeping the horn may cause them to fall off, it would be their own fault for riding without due care and attention.

I think what you are missing Alan Wray, Andy 79, et al is that these pricks were, apparently, deliberately taking up the whole carriageway thus making it hard for people to pass them -- while this may be perfectly legal it is twattish behaviour and typical of many cyclists "exercising their rights". Yes, you are legally allowed on the road and, yes, cars should give you as much room as they would another car but, in the real world, you're just being tedious, stubborn, pricks and causing other people annoyance because you can.

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Microsoft harries XP-loving biz customers on to Windows 7

Cameron Colley
Linux

@Kevin Bailey

In an ideal world I'm sure a lot of companies would more to some flavour of Linux or other -- alas some have invested huge percentages of their IT budget in Windows-only third party applications and, as a result, are stuck with XP until they can either afford an upgrade to Windows 7 or work out how to use Linux.

With any luck a decent percentage will do the latter.

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Brown says the 'C' word

Cameron Colley

I wonder who sold us all in the first place?

Which government decided to dump the nation's "war chest" and get us all into debt?

I just wish the thieving waste of space would tell us who owns us now so I can learn the language if I need to.

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British TV firm dumps Silverlight

Cameron Colley
Linux

Yipeee!

While there isn't that much ITV content I'd like to watch, there is some. Plus, hopefully it will make C4 reconsider their MS only (not tried Mac) stance also -- having an XP virtual machine to watch the odd program is a pain in the arse.

Adobe (TM)(C)(*) -- proving you're better with the devil you know...

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Apple iPod Nano 5G

Cameron Colley

Is it the same otherwise?

Is the sound quality still as good as it used to be(I hear good reports generally)?

Do you still need to install iTunes to use it at all?

Does it support any more Codecs?

Bollocks to the camera, is it a less restricted personal audio device?

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Ballmer garnishes Bing 2.0 with iPhone 'stomp'

Cameron Colley
Flame

Worse than Balmer are the assholes cheering.

I've never understood why people cheer for corporate leaders unless, of course, they've just given the workers a bonus or made a donation to charity. The morons cheering the greedy, sweaty and obviously mentally-disturbed leader of a company which has been abusing its marketing position to stifle innovation for years are the real problem here.

I you want to use or code for Windows then bully for you, but why the fuck do you care about the company that made it? What the fuck does a moron dancing have to do with it?

I bought a Nokia phone, and I like it, does that mean I have to go pray to the great gods of Nokia (I don't even know who the CEO is)? Should I now only buy Nokias every time and ignore the competition? Should I have "Nokia" tattooed on my arm?

Product fanboys make me sick -- products and tools are there to be used an you should use the best one available at the time. MS, or any other company for that matter, couldn't give a fuck about you as long as you pay them.

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Mozilla Labs bootstraps on another Jetpack

Cameron Colley
FAIL

More malware?

So, now any fool can create an add-on and send an easy install link. Yeah, good one.

Are they deliberately trying to open Firefox up to more malware?

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Virgin cops to bad routing

Cameron Colley

I wish there was a choice.

If someone got their arses into gear at BT, or one of the other ADSL providers and put something other than 50 year oll bell wire between the exchange and my home I would't be with the incompetent fucks at Virgin.

Over 24 hours of complete network outage is just pathetic.

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Disney sued over Pixar lamp 'copy'

Cameron Colley

RE: Remarkable Unanimity

I think it must be a reflection of the open and shut nature of the case -- even us IP-sceptic commentards can see what Disney is doing is wrong.

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Apple unloads 47 fixes for iPhones, Macs and QuickTime

Cameron Colley

RE: Move along, nothing to see here.

The flaws in OSX aren't exploited _at the moment_ because it's still largely used by trendy types who like their computers dumbed down -- once a few more real people start using them the flaws will be exploited quick enough.

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Philips waves farewell to point-and-press remote controls

Cameron Colley
FAIL

Sounds like a pain in the arse.

What next, "gesture based" keyboards for PCs? You could imagine you're writing hte words in the air in front of your PC, would be so much more efficient, eh? How about a "gesture based phone"? You could waggle the thing around in the street to dial numbers -- how cool!

Fair enough, if you want some clever "flick motion" to enable you to change to the next channel then have it -- but getting rid of the buttons is plain stupid.

With a remote you can change to any channel, or flip channels, using either hand with very little movement -- having to learn how to write an imaginary letter in the air to change channels directly, rather than just typing a number, would be a pain in the arse.

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Critical bug infests newer versions of Microsoft Windows

Cameron Colley

@WTF

Are you suggesting that SMB is not used inside networks, or that no unauthorised code is ever executed within a corporate firewall?

On enterprise networks the only thing stopping "the bad guys" from taking over your servers is layered security -- that includes preventing the majority of user accounts having any kind of Admin access, meaning that any malware they execute can't "escape" their machine. If there's a hole in your server that allows non-admin accounts to execute arbitrary code on it you're in trouble -- some dope can try and run the latest freeware game doing the rounds and take down all your file and print servers.

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A phone in every car gains hard-won GSMA support

Cameron Colley

To the "EU sceptic" haters:

I take it I'm a Daily Frail reading member of Combat 18 when I say this is typical Euro bullshit? I take it that "EU will make it mandatory" does not mean they dictate our laws?

If the UK is a country in its own right this does not concern us.

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EC to tackle 'misleading' online gadget sellers

Cameron Colley

Doesn't surprise me.

I was about to comment something along the lines of "bollocks, if you read the page properly it's rarely a con" -- then I realised that, on a number of occasions, I have found that the product I want to order is more than the "headline" price and/or that "free 'First Class' shipping" turns into "free shipping if you'll wait a month". I then realised that my initial reaction was because I've just started to assume that there will be at least £5 added somewhere along the line when I'm shopping online and don't pay much attention to the exact price until the payment page.

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Microsoft tells US retailers Linux is rubbish

Cameron Colley
Flame

Out come the power users I see.

I notice how many of the people sticking up for Windows are the ones who know how to install Windows and its device drivers as well as how to do complicated (by man in the street standards) things like using a proxy.

How many old dears know how to install Windows? How many know how to set a proxy server?

I wasn't going to get involved in this whole thing again but I can't resist replying to the comments from people who think "Linux is too hard" because they assume they "know about computers" because they know where the dialogue boxes in Windows are an are used to the typical MS hidden settings:

If you don't understand how to, for example, set a proxy server in Linux you do not know about computers -- you just know about some operating system versions by Microsoft.

If you can't install wireless drivers with ndiswrapper using instructions on the internet you don't understand computers -- it's very simple to do.

I'll admit Linux has its limitations -- but granny not being able to install and configure it it is a limitation to Windows too.

Both OSs have their places and their uses -- but morons who think they "know computers" and say "Linux is hard to use" piss me off -- if my computer semi-literate pensioner of a mother, amoungst others, can boot into Kubuntu and find her way around with no training you must be extremely stupid if you can't use Linux day-to-day.

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Cameron Colley
Linux

Who cares?

Personally, I leave people who buy MS products to it -- I've given up telling "Microsoft people" about Linux as most people are too lazy, stupid, or dependant on crap like iTunes to use it. I've given up trying to support them though as I've no wish to learn _another_ Microsoft OS -- if Windows is so easy to use nobody should need tech support anyhow.

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Post-Vista Windows flaw creates Blue Screen risk

Cameron Colley

@David W.

DoS attacks? Disgruntled employees?

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Apple yanks C64 emulator from App Store

Cameron Colley

Tough shit.

I hope Apple buyers love the jail their few hundred quid and expensive tariff bought them.

Meanwhile, the rest of us will continue to use our phones as we wish on cheaper contracts.

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Explorers unearth cat-sized rat

Cameron Colley

But they're are loads in the Quatermaster's stores.

Seriously, though, I swear I have seen rats approaching that size in the North of England.

@Richard Scratcher: So what do Yorkshire Terriers, which can be rat-sized, hunt in the wild?

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Firefox to warn users of insecure Adobe Flash

Cameron Colley
Linux

@TeeCee

Not used an OS with a package manager then? You are quite free to install any software you damn well choose but any software you get from a repository will be updated automatically when a new version is available -- that includes any third party repositories you trust (in my case, Sun for Virtual Box), there is no manufacturer's approval process necessary.

Personally, I'm quite happy with the arrangement -- while I have the knowledge to compile applications from source if need be I quite like to spend some of my time using my computer rather than making it work.

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Conficker borks London council

Cameron Colley

Title?

RE: iPod

What on earth were you doing allowing USB mass storage devices _and_ autorun on an "Instrument" PC if it would likely cause problems?

@Dennis: Not sure about the rent or library fines, but Parking fines have an expiry date -- it was explained in the previous article regarding this fuckup.

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Canonical rents out Ubuntu mavens

Cameron Colley

RE: Intel love?

It's not the Linux community's fault that you can't be bothered to get two monitors working. I've had a dual monitor setup for some time now and can choose between one giant desktop, two separate ones (with separate task bars), or a graphical desktop and a console/ICEWM desktop -- far more choice and flexibility than Windows will allow.

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Sale talks heat up at T-Mobile UK

Cameron Colley

Contract continuity.

Only a guess, but I'm expecting that existing contracts would be honoured but once renewal time comes up we'll (I'm with T too) have to start on a new contract and price plan.

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Israelis offer unmanned robo smart-missile 8-pack

Cameron Colley

@SimonC

I couldn't agree more. But, unfortunately, politicians still love to have young people kill and maim each other to further their agenda.

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Texan confronts the legendary chupacabras

Cameron Colley
FAIL

So the Chapacabra is just a medium-sized canine?

Surely saying that either of these is the chupacambra is like saying the Loch Ness monster is a slightly large eel?

Or are they really saying that a strange-shaped coyote (or whatever) is a deeply terrifying and supernatural thing in South America?

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Hands on with the Nokia N900

Cameron Colley

Battery life will decide it for me.

After moving to an E71 from power-hungry HTC WinMo devices I don't want to go back to charging every day.

I've been waiting for a Nokia tablet with a qwerty keyboard and Linux since the N800 came out.

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Will Intel's Braidwood threaten SSD uptake?

Cameron Colley

Why not just use more RAM?

I don't know how Windows behaves but on my system almost all the RAM not being used by an application is used as disk cache anyhow -- how is this an improvement over having more RAM?

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Mozilla: Web's future rests with millions outside IT

Cameron Colley
Unhappy

People just don't care.

I talk online to people from all over the world about computers and the non-geeks regularly say things like "I had to reinstall windows because I had a virus that had been bugging me for weeks." -- never mind that they may have used their credit card in the mean time. Some even wait until their PCs are almost falling over under the weight of malware, adware and browser "helpers" before they do anything about it .

I think unless the BBC news starts running stories like the Click botnet report on manstream news people will continue to think that IT Security doesn't apply to them.

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NZ woman sacked for SHOUTY EMAILS

Cameron Colley

Looks like she was trying to be helpful.

While those who constantly use all caps and regularly send things in silly colours do annoy me -- the sentence quoted looks like it is important and helpful so, though her highlighting may have been a little extreme, it was done to help. Perhaps she should have sent it out in 9pt grey and told people to "read their fucking email" when their expenses weren't paid?

Though, admittedly, if I were her boss I'd have a quiet word about netiquette.

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Linux guru: interface innovation is the challenge

Cameron Colley

Still don't see waht all the fuss is about.

I've never understood this obsession with bells and whistles interfaces -- the first thing I do with Windows, KDE or Gnome is turn off any fancy transparency and wobbly effects. I also get rid of any additional task bars that take up real estate. Some things are also much easier and faster using the command line -- that is unless you're too stupid or too lazy to use it (that goes for Windows and Mac users too).

I agree with those who say what Linux needs is to work out of the box on more machines and with more devices. When I talk to people about using Linux that's all they're generally worried about and those that do get it working "out of the box" generally get to like it.

@deegee: You may not use the command line on Windows but enough of us admins do that MS have brought out a new command-line language for us to use called PowerShell. Scripts and the command line are the most efficient way to carry out tasks and Microsoft admits this too.

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