* Posts by Jamie Jones

1817 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

Jamie Jones
Coat

More importantly than that....

What a weird and ugly earring he's wearing...

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

Jamie Jones

Re: You don't need to be a genius!

And there was me thinking that all the 'cool kids' bought iStuff!

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EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

Jamie Jones
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YES!

I'm no 'three' shill, but the three PAYG prices are so much lower than the others, that I'm surprised anyone bothers with anyone else.

Don't forget you can add montlh;y bundles to that, with no contract or requirement to renew.

When I last moved, I bought a £15 "unlimited data for a month" bundle, as I was without a landline for a couple of weeks.

What's more, I phoned them once regarding my address change, and 'sales' tried to get me on contract. I worked out that even their best 'specials' were worse than the PAYG option, and I told her that.

Of course, she was surprised(!) at their PAYG rates, and I ended the call suggesting that if they want more sales, they should ask their PAYG department to stop undercutting them!

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Jamie Jones

Re: Ripp-off Britain

Um.. I'm not one of those "Britain is the best" jingoistic Brexit voters, but the prices both of you quote are huge.

You can get unlimited mobile data and texts for £15 a month, and broadband for less than £20

I believe what you both say, but you are certainly comparing expensive deals!

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Uber lost $7m a DAY in the first half of this year

Jamie Jones
WTF?

Eeeeek

I'm no business expert, but even I could run a company that loses less than that!

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

Jamie Jones

Vauxhall Vectra...

I've had my car for 18 years, and it has a setting that adjusts volume based on speed. No GPS, no cellular intcoming internet. No need!

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

Jamie Jones
Facepalm

Re: Microsoft or Americans?

Um..

That *is* what .com means. (Or *did* mean, but anyway, there is no viable pedantically correct alternative)

As the internet started only in America, there were no top level country codes.

.com is the USA equivalent of .co.uk

Of course, policies were relaxed to earn more cash (For example, you had to be a proper ISP to get a .net) and things took on a life of their own.

Meanwhile, .us was added, basically used by local councils and schools.

Bottom line, .com is where a US only company *should* reside, but none of this is relevent any more... (but was more relevent when you ssy the internet was new and shiny - I assume you mean 1982 when IP started being used?)

How many Uk-only companies use .com ?

Or UK TV stations preporting to be in Tuvalu (.tv)

The whole domain-name structure is totally abused,so people can make a quick buck. You know that, so I'm really surprised that you thought it wise, or correct, or even productive to call them out.

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Snowden files confirm Shadow Brokers spilled NSA's Equation Group spy tools over the web

Jamie Jones

Re: "now that the exploits have been released, [..] ordinary criminals will use them [..]."

All very good, apart from the fact the guy you are quoting has sod-all to do withe the NSA or their program.

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Tech support scammers mess with hacker's mother, so he retaliated with ransomware

Jamie Jones
Devil

"He finished his introduction and I remained silent, dikes and wire nuts in one hand,"

Blimey! Someone sure knows how to have kinky parties!

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Google AdSense abused to distribute Android spyware

Jamie Jones

Indeed! /etc/hosts even still exists on android devices

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

Jamie Jones
Facepalm

Stating the obvious

"Some 288,000 4K Ultra Blu-ray discs were shifted in the first half of this year. The 4K Blu-ray format was only launched last year, and only benefits from a 4K or UltraHD telly."

Stating the obvious? To us, sure, but I still recall my dad telling me that when colour tv broadcasts came to Swansea, his step-dad waited all day for the colour to appear (on the same old B&W TV they'd had for years..

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Baffled Scots cops call in priest to deal with unruly spirits

Jamie Jones
Happy

Re: Spooky co-incidences!

Those evil poltergeists made you double-post!

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Jamie Jones
FAIL

Cheer up!

"More recently, he has suggested that God will “soon admonish humanity in a very powerful manner.” ®"

These people.... They are always so doom-and-gloom!

Cheer up! Fairy stories don't come true!

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HMRC: We've got £1.3bn for digital tax schemes. Tell us how to spend it

Jamie Jones
Joke

Hmmmm

Why don't we just come out of the HMRC scheme, then give that £1.3 billion to the NHS?

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Jamie Jones
Facepalm

Re: Start with the lo-tech first, they can call it OSI Layer 8 to make it sound technical

I've had worse - I was waiting for ages in a queue to a certain mobile phone company.

I decided to not give up and hang up - It was a freephone call, and I had the phone on the desk, in loudspeaker mode, whilst I did other stuff, so it wasn't interrupting me.

Over an hour later, stilll no answer - just the crappy musak periodically interrupted by "please hold the line. All of our operators are busy. Your call will be answered shortly" etc. (There was never any queue position information)

After a while, I realised we were now some time after the office had closed. I called up on another phone to get "Our offices are closed. Please try again tomorrow.".

The original phone was still getting the "Please hold" loop until I hung up an hour later.

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

Jamie Jones
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Re: I did that quicker..

I like your style!

I'm also an ex vax/vms blokey... showing my age now :-(

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

Jamie Jones
Coat

So the more confident you are of your immunity - the more easily manipulated you are.

Utter bollocks. I'm not susceptable to any of these ads.

In fact, that lady on the TV (a new plasma for only $2.50 a week for 50 years from tritehouse) who said she could tell my future told me that, and it *only* cost 99p a minute. A real bargain.

But before you reply, you need to know.... This crazy (crazy as a frog) price will not last indefintely, so call while it's still cheap. Further more, buy one and get one free. (*)

* Terms and conditions apply. The model featured is not necessarily the same as the one we provide. Shares can go up and down in value. Always read the label.

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Scam adverts served by The Register

Jamie Jones

Re: Scam adverts served by The Register

Cheers!

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Jamie Jones

Scam adverts served by The Register

I understand why you need to advertise, and I intentionally don't use any kind of adblock (whilst realising that my contribution alone is irrelevent)

However, yesterday, I was presented on more than one occasion with an advert for a known scam site, which falsely advertises a 'military flashlight' for $50 ish. I'm sure that the site would be illegal under UK law. https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en-GB&oe=utf-8&safe=images&q=g700+scam

Their claims have been universely debunked, and you can even get the more powerful version of this torch on amazon for only 4 quid! https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=g700+led+flashlight

I realise the ad was provided by one of the third-party advertisers you use, but it is still your responsibility.

I'm interested to hear your opinion.

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Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs

Jamie Jones
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Re: Are you seriously telling me...

"Sadly most of them today don't even seem to care about POSIX and are perfectly fine with Linux morphing into the next windows as long as they can game on their laptop for free."

Totally!

Remember all those years ago when the typical fanboi gripe was that software should be portable, and not tied to one platform?

Basicall, when they cried "software should run on any OS", they actually meant "software should run on Linix"!

I think the rot started to set in when Linux became more popular, starting with ALSA (guess what the "L" stands for, boys and girls!) and ever since then, linuxisms have become more and more prevailent.

I remember one of the 'advantages' of ALSA over OSS was the claim to be able to play multiple audio sources simultaneously, without needing to rely on pulse audio, or ESD etc.

Guess what? Other systems with OSS have been doing that for years. Why didn't they just fix their bloody OSS implementation instead?

I understand a similar thing occured with the devfs / udev change, and I won't even start on systemd!

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

Jamie Jones

Re: I'm wondering

Quote:

"I suppose there's also the question of who is responsible for the content. Content checking, management, hosting, click logging, etc. all takes time and money.

And If you end up unwittingly serving up a nasty trojan-bearing ad the reputational damage is all yours! Using an ad broker at least spreads the blame around a bit."

Only yesterday I was shown a fraudulent advert by this very website:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2016/08/10/Jamie_Jones_Scam_adverts_served_by_The_Register/

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Somethings Wrong at El Reg

Jamie Jones

Basically, the GNU/Linux fanboi mindset is that if a site isn't praising GNU/Linux 24/7, and dares to be impartial, then they must be biased.

Funny, I've heard MS fanbois say the same about anti-MS bias.

It reminds me of something some BBC big-wig said in reponse to a question about political bias at the BBC. Paraphrasing:

"In the same week, the right wing have accused us of having a left wing bias, and the left wing have accused us of having a right wing bias. That's when I know our objectivity is fine"

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DNS or Registrar Problems

Jamie Jones

It's OK here - now, at least!

15:51 [2] (2) "~" jamie@lapcat% nslookup

> server a.root-servers.net.

Default server: a.root-servers.net.

Address: 2001:503:ba3e::2:30#53

Default server: a.root-servers.net.

Address: 198.41.0.4#53

>

> set q=ns

>

> theregister.co.uk.

Server: a.root-servers.net.

Address: 2001:503:ba3e::2:30#53

Non-authoritative answer:

*** Can't find theregister.co.uk.: No answer

Authoritative answers can be found from:

uk nameserver = nsa.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = nsb.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = nsc.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = nsd.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = dns1.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = dns2.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = dns3.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = dns4.nic.uk.

nsa.nic.uk internet address = 156.154.100.3

nsb.nic.uk internet address = 156.154.101.3

nsc.nic.uk internet address = 156.154.102.3

nsd.nic.uk internet address = 156.154.103.3

dns1.nic.uk internet address = 213.248.216.1

dns2.nic.uk internet address = 103.49.80.1

dns3.nic.uk internet address = 213.248.220.1

dns4.nic.uk internet address = 43.230.48.1

nsa.nic.uk has AAAA address 2001:502:ad09::3

dns1.nic.uk has AAAA address 2a01:618:400::1

dns2.nic.uk has AAAA address 2401:fd80:400::1

dns3.nic.uk has AAAA address 2a01:618:404::1

dns4.nic.uk has AAAA address 2401:fd80:404::1

>

> server nsa.nic.uk.

Default server: nsa.nic.uk.

Address: 2001:502:ad09::3#53

Default server: nsa.nic.uk.

Address: 156.154.100.3#53

> theregister.co.uk.

Server: nsa.nic.uk.

Address: 2001:502:ad09::3#53

Non-authoritative answer:

*** Can't find theregister.co.uk.: No answer

Authoritative answers can be found from:

theregister.co.uk nameserver = gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

theregister.co.uk nameserver = dahlia.ns.cloudflare.com.

>

> server gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

Default server: gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 2400:cb00:2049:1::adf5:3ba8#53

Default server: gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 173.245.59.168#53

>

> theregister.co.uk.

Server: gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 2400:cb00:2049:1::adf5:3ba8#53

theregister.co.uk nameserver = gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

theregister.co.uk nameserver = dahlia.ns.cloudflare.com.

>

> set q=a

>

> www.theregister.co.uk.

Server: gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 2400:cb00:2049:1::adf5:3ba8#53

Name: www.theregister.co.uk

Address: 104.20.24.212

Name: www.theregister.co.uk

Address: 104.20.25.212

>

> server dahlia.ns.cloudflare.com.

Default server: dahlia.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 2400:cb00:2049:1::adf5:3a59#53

Default server: dahlia.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 173.245.58.89#53

>

> www.theregister.co.uk.

Server: dahlia.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 2400:cb00:2049:1::adf5:3a59#53

Name: www.theregister.co.uk

Address: 104.20.25.212

Name: www.theregister.co.uk

Address: 104.20.24.212

>

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

Jamie Jones
Happy

A very long time ago, when I was a student (1989) I was in one of the computer rooms, and someone asked me for help - her screen kept switching off.

It was a super-duper VAX/VMS workstation, with a huge screen, and she was reading some large document in a way that meant she was rarely touching the keys/mouse.

Basically, the screen saver was kicking in.

I walked over and said "ahhhh, the prblem with these machines is that they enjoy messing with you. You have to be stern - shout at them - show them who's boss."

She looked at me as if I was mental, so I turned to the monitor, pointing my finger up close in an agressive way, and shouted "I'm fed up with you playing around like this. If you don't switch back on now, I'm throwing you out of the window. LOOK AT ME. I'm serious." (I'm paraphrasing, I don't remember my exact words!)

At this point, I thumped the desk 'in anger' close by the mouse, causing the mouse to move slightly, which in turn woke up the screen. I turned to her and said 'It won't misbehave again' and calmly walked away!

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Classic Shell hackers: We infected FossHub so ransomware couldn't (and yeah, also for fun)

Jamie Jones

Bollox

"We screwed up your PC for your own good"

"I only hit you because I love you"

"It's not you, it's me" ....

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

Jamie Jones
Happy

Re: Portrayal of computer tech guys in films/tv.

"Enhance" :-)

https://youtu.be/gF_qQYrCcns

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Jamie Jones

Re: Mr Robot

*shrug* The machine rooms at work were the only places where the temperature was sane, unlike the supposedly air-conditioned offices that were inhabited by 'soft southern Jessies' like you. :-)

Incidently, I always wear shorts - I last wore long trousers about 6 years ago.. I guess it must be the South Wales climate...

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Amazon launches its own plane line. Sort of

Jamie Jones
Coat

Re: Own airline? Not really news

what was odd about him/her?

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

Jamie Jones
Thumb Up

Re: More reason to use Linux

I suspected as much.

Thanks for the clarification, AC!

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Jamie Jones
Devil

Re: More reason to use Linux

Could the national security service intercept a download request and insert their own malicious version? Inquiring minds would like to know beneath their tinfoil hats!

I don't know about Linux, but FreeBSD keeps sha256 checksums of all it's distfiles (seperate from the distfiles themselves!)

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WhatsApp chats not deleted

Jamie Jones
Mushroom

Re: Very remiss

Noooooo! I was dragged kicking and screaming into SQL database programming for a while at my last job... left join this, select where this. learn to optimise your queries etc.... (even though this should be the database softwares job!)

Arrrrgh, database design is to IT as accounting is to maths.

I get cold sweats thinking about it.

Kill it.

Kill it with fire,

Kill it now!

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Jamie Jones

Re: Very remiss

I've only ever used it to debug/investigate other peoples code... I otherwise try to avoid SQL!

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Jamie Jones
FAIL

Re: Very remiss

Dan, interesting.

I'm surprised that function exists, as I see a hell of a lot of apps fall into the same trap. "Delete history?" - if you're lucky!

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You think Donald Trump is insecure? Check out his online store

Jamie Jones
Stop

The threat is over exaggerated

Yes, yes, http isn't encrypted and is insecure, but it still doesn't mean open the whole database is going to be readily available to the public!

Assuming the user isn't using a passwordless public wifi access point without a vpn, to get the session data, you'd need to tap in to the connection somewhere - preferably as cose to the server as possible.

I don't think you'd be able to bribe someone at an ISP/transit site with the details of a few redneck trumpies!

Anyway, it would then be only the users connections being eavesdropped on - hardly blanket access to the whole db!

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Encyclopedia Dramatica user hit with £10k damages after calling ex-councillor a 'paedo'

Jamie Jones
Windows

Re: There is a fine line between satire and defamation

Agreed.

Have you seen some of the so-called 'pranks' on youtube. Sigh.. They seem to think filming them makes them funny and OK.

Here's a hint for them: If you do something nobbish to someone, it is still just as nobbish if it's being recorded. The only difference is that you're now not just a nob, but are a nob with a camera.

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Jamie Jones
Windows

Re: "Encyclopedia Dramatica is one of the more amusingly offensive destinations on the web."

To be fair, the last time I really looked at ED was when I was about 13. Then I discovered girls, alcohol, the outside world...

I've heard of people doing that... Could you tell me how?

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Jamie Jones
FAIL

Re: "Encyclopedia Dramatica is one of the more amusingly offensive destinations on the web."

Apologies.

I was getting mixed up with Uncyclopedia but it wouldn't surprise me if ED met the same fate.

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Jamie Jones
Flame

Re: Smith

Point taken. However, the site is clearly satirical and one would have expected thicker skin from an ex-councillor

Tough. He could have gone straight to court, but he first just asked them to delete it.

Any sympathy I may have had for them was lost when I saw how they reacted.

If you're going to play with adults, prepare to face the consequences. Laws don't simply vanish when using the internet.

I'm glad he won, but don't hold out too much hope that the basement dwelling geeks will be able to pay.

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Jamie Jones
Windows

"Encyclopedia Dramatica is one of the more amusingly offensive destinations on the web."

Encyclopedia Dramatica is one of the more amusingly offensive destinations on the web.

Is it? I haven;t been there in years. It used to be good, but the site was overrun with brain-dead morons who kept replacing decent and witty satire with low-level toilet-stall graffiti.

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Give .gay to the gays, roars exiting ombudsman

Jamie Jones
Angel

Like waterskiing, swimming, sailing etc. ?

;-)

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

Jamie Jones
Happy

Re: coffee in the kettle...

:-)

You are, of course, correct Sir!

Thanks for the advice... I feel so ashamed now (even though it was damn fine coffee!)

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Jamie Jones
Boffin

coffee in the kettle...

I've been known to shove milk, coffee, and water into the kettle, and boil the lot together (I was busy and thirsty, and didn't want to keep getting up to pour another cup!)

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Here WeGo! Google Maps rival drops Maps branding

Jamie Jones
IT Angle

Surely I'm not the only one to notice...

<b3ta mode>

Surely I'm not the only one to notice the big yellow cock-and-balls in the middle of the photo at the top of the article?!?!

</b3ta mode>

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Gullible Essex Police are now using junk science lie detectors

Jamie Jones
FAIL

Re: "scanty and scientifically weak"

Oh really? How come Jeremy Kyle states they're 98% accurate then? Unless you're calling him scientifically weak as well.

Yeah... And even going by his own figures, on average, one in 50 of his lie detector shows has come up withe the wrong answer...

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PHP flaws allowed God mode access to top smut site

Jamie Jones

Zero day?

The identified flaws are patched in PHP versions five and seven released last month. ®

If they were fixed a month ago, how come they are still zero day?

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Blocks appear in DigitalOcean's Droplets

Jamie Jones

Ad

This article sounds like an advertisment.

Is it mainly a cut n' paste job from a press release?

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No, Google you still can't have dotless, one-word domains

Jamie Jones
FAIL

And it could (will) screw up LANs everywhere.

Yep, it will do, in many places, and that brings up a security can of worms..

Basically, such infrastructure is not secure. There should be no way your internal network can be affected by external changes. Organisations whose infrastructure was affected by the verisign 'wildcard A instead of NXDOMAIN' fiasco of a few years ago should have seen it as a wakeup call, but alas...

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50 CELEBRITY SECRETS EXPOSED scores year behind bars

Jamie Jones
Black Helicopters

“The crimes committed by this defendant violated the privacy of dozens of people, fostered identity theft, and endangered the safety of many others,” US Attorney Channey Phillips says.

"Further more, that's our job" - NSA/GCHQ

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