* Posts by Powernumpty

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Brit loan firm gets comeuppance for 7.7 million spam texts

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Lies, damned lies, and Databases

The problem with many current database companies is they scrape data from each other and anywhere they can.

My employer is listed on a number of business lists but another unrelated company with the same company name but without "(UK)" is also on those lists, our artwork, website, contacts etc. are show against this other firm but trying to get the details cleaned up is pointless they just say "yes we will do that" and then do nothing. We get constant sales calls (despite being listed as no cold calls) for the other company, eventually to save time I looked up the contact for this multi million pound company on the same database and called them, turns out their "listed number" is actually a seamstress in Gloucester who is also tired of getting calls.

It's bollocks but the online database company (allegedly) leave the incorrect details on their site so they can charge £10 for "further details". Then other firms are sold, or seed their data from this list.

The other thing is name, my name is the same as a chap who runs some company in London, we are constantly getting offers of data lines for central London, despite being in the south west.

Databases are valuable it seems, even if full of ordure.

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152k cameras in 990Gbps record-breaking dual DDoS

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Apparent ease

I got some Chinese IP cameras but soon spotted they were doing far more talking to the internet than was required, including streaming via plug and play immediately (enabled PnP for a test only). They now have their own subnet and access to local DNS and a remote ports 123 for the date. When purchased it looked like they would be more useful than the current firmware makes them, I seriously doubt I'll get more firmware or, that if I did it, would be any better.

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Add 'fattism' and hacker stereotyping to the list of Donald Trump's list of non-PC positions

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Re: Someone weighing 400 pounds

Right I'll risk the backlash.

I'm sorry you were involved in an accident and are subject to to pain but have to question a couple of points.

Assuming for a moment that being heavy is seen as a problem:

Rather than "eat sensibly" to stay static, tailor calorific input to output, that may be more onerous than was "sensible" before and includes alcohol which is very high in calories.

If the drinking is really for pain control then have you exhausted all other pain control methods?

Have you ever considered that you might be experiencing symptoms of depression not just the physical pain? If the accident has taken the wind out of your sails the diet is probably a secondary issue and someone could feel trapped because other options look hopeless.

In the faceless nameless pit which is the internet I really do wish you well, oh and happy too.

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Re: Someone weighing 400 pounds

I think we should all realise we have the potential to be a fat person, I believe I could be.

The only thing that is holding me back is sensible eating and exercise, if I could just kick those two habits I could achieve my corpulent critical mass.

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Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

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do you know who I am!

I see ronniepickering.com is up for renewal in a couple of days, could get nasty.

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It's Pablo Pic-arsehole: Turner Prize wannabe hits rock bottom

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Look at him

Spraying that bloody red stuff on his hand against the cave wall, nobody cares.

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Google rushes in where Akamai fears to tread, shields Krebs after world's-worst DDoS

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Premium Rate IP's

What if you could op-out of some IP ranges at the ISP and one of those categories is "Current DDOS" targets. If that was the default a company could flag itself under attack and then many IOT devices fall off the team at the ISP.

The real user could then be redirected to a proxy so valid requests to important sites under attack can be made but rate limited (to avoid the DDOS achieving it's aim to taking the website down).

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Windows printer bug fixed

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Did anyone mention Keyboards and Mice?

I know off-topic but some recent MS "update" stopped a win8 box from seeing the keyboard and mouse, I know a "minor irritation" and why am I complaining but the Asus laptop is question is a round trip of some seven hours away, needless to say after much "reboot and try this" the new Ubuntu install is working fine and I'm loathed to spend too long trying to fix windows so it can screw up again next week. If someone handles this tripe during the day the last thing they want to do in the evening is more MS.

There are applications that require windows but thankfully fewer than ever in this use, my dad is finding Linux just fine.

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Half! a! billion! Yahoo! email! accounts! raided! by! 'state! hackers!'

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Re: Dilemma

The Privilege escalation was part of my point, have something really simple at the gate so there are not two hundred libraries to secure, it does one thing, it buffers text files coming in and has no access to anything else most of the time, when you want to empty the buffer you open a link through a firewall to it and accept only specific email type stuff then send the clear flag.

Part of the reason escalation is worth using is that there will be routes to juicy stuff behind the first point of call, if the first point is really well stripped down and has no access further up the chain except in short well controlled (AV filtered) windows then it's less worth the hassle. Currently we are meant to hang windows servers out for email, really like all that complexity to do what is basically move text files from one IP to another. Want to update the server? without a mail fall-back you will bounce email but have a small buffer in front and things still get saved.

I know comments like this are pointless because 99% of replies on public forums are "we don't do it like that", the people embracing ideas are off doing other stuff.

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Dilemma

Use an online hosted email address or run your own server locally.

With the first you have a dedicated team of paid people to maintain the service, sell your data and lie to you and the second you may be on your own hoping the attacks on new exploits discovered while you are sleeping/on holiday are not used.

I can't help feeling there needs to be* a tiny mail proxy box that looks to the outside world like an email server but has extremely limited scope to data and zero access to address book or old email, that way you can get the email but a compromise doesn't give access to your stuff. The real email can be a a separate box/VM with limited access times and much handshaking.

I hate putting servers (or even private NAS) online to make use of some service, anything on the net is a target, not just that service all of it.

*I assume it exists but await the name(s)

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Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

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Nope

One thing I used to see as a sensible idea was keeping windows updates, up to date, (with caveats) that stopped with Win10, MS will push any old crap to your machine now so that limited trust has gone.

Lock in? It's a big world out there and surprisingly small servers with software other than MS will do a remarkably good job so introducing lock in means MS has realised that too and rather than up their game has run off with the ball thinking we all have to chase after. I don't see the move hurting anyone but MS in the medium term.

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Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat

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Wanted to visualise him

So searched and got a snap on cbc.ca.

(http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/michael-howells-bomb-threat-1.3773794)

Note to self:

It most be possible to look like a complete moron without wearing a baseball cap, by why bother when you can don one and save all the effort.

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'Strategic' submarine cable to connect islands where locals just emerged from stone age

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Out of the stone age

Into the facebook age, managing to avoid intelligent civilisation completely.

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

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Re: "To improve system performance, Lenovo is ... adopting RAID on the SSDs..."

Listen guys, nobody mention the downvote.

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Man accused of $180k ass-based gold smuggling scam awaits verdict

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Deterrent

He later said his time in gaol had in no way reduced his capacity for crime.

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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Re: Displaced, by gad.

Why do you have those things to hand?

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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That's it

Just a little bite, go on.

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Larry Ellison today said really nice things about rival Amazon's cloud

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Re: If you needed proof...

You're on an IT site, I doubt many of us were employed from casting photos.

In fact many of my users say I should get more into telephone support, or "at least knock".

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Are you sure you want to outsource IT? Yes/No. Check this box to accept Ts&Cs

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Re: Good Point

Having the ability to read is considered too high a bar for cloud adoption, too grounded, too yesterday.

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Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

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Live Linux?

Boot DVD without writable media attached, no net access (or local network only, slow-proxy with packet sniff), have a look from there, see where it wants to call.

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Microsoft sues Wisconsin man (again) for copyright infringement (again)

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Re: Hang on a second

"Isn't this the same company that spent a year just trying to give their software away"

"Isn't this the same company that spent a year giving bait away"

FTFY

His error was not getting people lined up for the subscription model.

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ROBO-PLOD! 'Droid snatches scumbag's shotgun in standoff

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Should have

replaced the shotgun with a cucumber then put the video on YouTube, could pay for another whole robot.

"Check out his expression at 2:17!"

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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Thought for the day

"planet-friendly gussets"

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2,000 year old man found dead near 2,000 year old computer

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Found with

various articles though to be associated with beard maintenance.

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NASA starts countdown for Cassini probe's Saturn death dive

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Re: Legacy

"by our works know us" but only if the prevailing "time-line story" permits.

Oh that metallic looking thing? no that's just a bit of crystal that has formed over time, purely coincidental, no we are the only intelligent life that has ever been on earth.

(note to the clean up team have we finished Phrygia yet?)

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Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs

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Problem with the P2P model

Was that they couldn't make it go down often enough, that reflected badly on Orifice 365.

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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Re: Don't blame Pirates.

I am with you on most if not all of that, saw it as the internet honeymoon being over, ranted about it years ago but of course people don't want to look at the bigger picture, will try to get a mob against anyone who uses reality or the "truth", remind me what is the opposite of truth, lies isn't it? so these days you can be derided for being a "truther" because that word has connotations, fuck em speak the truth regardless of the hashtab.

In case no other bugger says it, don't off-yourself too soon buddy, there is dark stuff creeping and those who seek to benefit from oppression but there is also higher meaning, and energy at work if we are open to it. Sometimes in this field we might have to step out of the technology forest to feel the light.

Thanks for the post, bit of fuck yeah moment.

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Re: Users required to reveal identities

and on "receiving his mark" he might get access to channel 6 on 2.4GHz and 66 on 5.8GHz

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The EU

Employs a lot of legal folk, someone has to create the work you know.

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By the requirement for "identities" does that mean that I can't now have a general staff/guest WiFi with the password available to all, that I need to see proof of ID before allowing users to connect?

"Can I use your WiFi?",

"Let me see your papers!"

(no prizes for the accent I slipped into on the second bit)

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T-Mobile USA: DON'T install Apple's iOS 10, for the love of God

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Ah bless

"It's a disaster"

No, it is connectivity issues on a mobile phone.

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Pass the 'Milk' to make code run four times faster, say MIT boffins

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Re: Must be an acronym

A cat that is lactose intolerant?!

Well I suppose there has to be some down side to having the ability to type.

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Great British Block-Off: GCHQ floats plan to share its DNS filters

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Safe Internet for all!

Or the slow lane, you too can chose soon.

Obviously networking resources will need to be focused on the GCHQ compliant traffic to ensure all good citizens see the benefit of adopting safe, compliant browsing.

Those who chose not to use the government approved name servers will enjoy the 2% of bandwidth allocated to them by 2020. You see you will still have choice and if you have plenty of time will probably be able to resolve all those old unregulated sites you used to.

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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to misquote

"only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to not remove their batteries"

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So, Gov.UK infosec in 2015. 'Chaotic'. Cost £300m. NINE THOUSAND data breaches...

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Is it me?

or does anyone else when seeing "gov and IT" in the same story expect to see "loads of cock-ups, millions of pounds lost...."

I'm sure IT wasn't meant to be like this, in the early days, there was so much hope.

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Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

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Re: No problems here...

Seems OK here too (two sites checked)...

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Re: Unusual dog

SSS, slipper service sausage.

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UK nixes Land Registry sale

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Re: The goose that lays golden eggs

Politicians are only in power for a short time, what do they care about the future? (beyond a nice retirement package) The corporations are the future, private ownership is not really part of Agenda 21 and a corp' with the records would make "small changes" to ownership and mop up of "lost title" so much easier.

They will try again soon.

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Second 'dimmer switch' star spotted

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Obvious is obvious

these planets are just outside the Duracell zone.

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Chubby Chinese students refused top bunk

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Cacomor-Barophobia-Asian

Fear of fat people, being affected by gravity, in the far east.

I know someone will improve on that....

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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Santayana

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

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Re: She's not wrong (a quick question)

To not leave the question hanging her family had a microwave with an automatic setting for potatoes (it would weigh them) so she just hit potato and went back to watching TV until the timer sounded, she had no time perception of that period due to other distractions and it would be different with size.

What I was trying to highlight is she could have taken a video telling her how to do the "modern microwave way" but that would not be the same as just doing it manually.

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Re: She's not wrong (a quick question)

"It might not be how you'd prefer them to do things, but that doesn't make it wrong."

I'm not quite sure he was saying it is completely wrong but real world experience is being lost while we specialise in virtual tasks.

Not directly related to computers but someobody please answer this very simple question.

I shared a house once with a girl who went vegetarian as a teenager and told me she lived mainly on microwaved baked potatoes for a couple of years, she then asked me how long to give a potato in the microwave because she didn't know how long it took.

Why did someone who had been doing something for a couple of years (yes she cooked them herself) not have a clue how to cook a potato in a microwave?

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Re: She's not wrong

"Don't give them a kite: show them how to make their own so they can feel the thrill of having something they made fly and fly well."

Seen that first hand.

I once showed a neighbour's son (about 12 years old) how to build a sled kite from a bin liner and a couple of sticks (plus tape) I wasn't sure if he was just humouring me while cutting and sticking, but at the end after flying it he asked if it was OK for him to keep it?

I was genuinely surprised, how easily we forget the pleasure of actually making something and not from expensive kits.

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Seagate scoops a revenue boost off back of its 8TB drives

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"they could use long magnetic strips that could be wound up in a circle."

I'm going to sit back and wait for the first American reply to that, we just know it will be in earnest..

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OK, we've got your data. But we really want to delete it ASAP

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Re: The real problem is the way bean counters work.

We almost need a data retention tag on on all files and folder created with the data, that way at a later date we can purge all "retain_24m" files at two years and a day.

"pi_0" is personal information top level, down beyond something like "pi_7" - "first name and email address"

With the amount of data users keep, going through the stuff later is a nightmare, and with the cloud inviting users to squirrel data away in any one of many hidden services it almost justifies my dislike of the cloud.

So many small companies could be opening themselves to data issues because users can get to onedrive, dropbox, google drive etc. upload data there and on leaving the company not flag what services they used or clean up properly. The cloud providers are partly to blame for this, the easy services that "will get through a firewall" (silently) are not aimed at data compliance.

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Russia reports RAT scurrying through govt systems, chewing data

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Re: After reading the description of the malware...

Brexit?

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

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Re: Wrong turns

Having been asked some questions about iPhones I did my usual web search expecting to grab some techinical response from online forum, what I discovered is that a lot of Apple users are non technical but can post on the net, trawling through the wrong answers and completely illogical thinking had me feeling it is more than a brand it is a mindset and until that mindset can be cajoled into new purchases it is not going to move forward until beards or tatoos are seen as "yesterday".

It's not the technical details that people are looking for, many of them don't even get that side it's the tech envy buttons they need to polish.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: Faint hope... very faint....

"In the meantime it had adhered to the old Safe Harbor rules despite the agreement being found invalid." doesn't have the same ring to it, does it.

MS have gone full on slurp mode with 10, they probably knew some states would bitch but needed to get the basic database populated so any later tracking by other means can be tied up to a person.

I bit like non facebook users still having a facebook identity, just not a public one.

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Web meltdown: BT feels heat from angry punters

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Same today?

I'm seeing similar issues this morning and downdetector is peaking again.

I guess the London crew have installed some extra slurp servers but not figured the routing properly.

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Microsoft wins landmark Irish data slurp warrant case against the US

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It's all a play.

It's about the money, cloud and related commerce are more valuable than government "face" and the data will still be accessed en route.

In fact once people relax there will be more data, you see now?

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