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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

Mattjimf

I just got a new router from Sky and had to go through the whole I want porn selection again.

When I was in a flat share we had TalkTalk (legacy account, no one wanted to change it) and every time I went on to pay the bill after logging in, I got the Filter screen which I always had to select no, so that may account for the bigger uptake.

In the BBC article it mentions that as Virgin require an engineer to complete the install, and as a matter of course they have been selecting no for the customers, Virgin are saying that they are going to be reviewing the instructions to engineers, I think they should be given bonuses.

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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

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Windows 8 not compatible with MDM

The NHS trust I work for has predominately iPhones out in the wild due to being able to be set up and restricted by the MDM solution we use (Sophos). This allows us to restrict the iPad to what we want it to do and ensure that the security of the devices are locked down as much as we can. We have a few Android devices out as well, which again can and are locked to how we want them to be using the same MDM.

When looking at Windows 8 phones the big issue we have found is that Windows allows the user to remove the restrictions put in place without notifying us, so we have no idea what the user is doing with the phone once it's out in the wild. Until this is sorted Windows is just not an option for us.

Of course it may be that this is more to do with the MDM we use rather than Windows, but we are not really in a position to change it.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

Mattjimf

I was looking at the cost for a taxi from central London to Watford for a wedding. Uber were quoting £30-35, a taxi fare website was saying a taxi would cost £53. Given that difference in price, I'm not surprised the cabbies are spitting the dummy out.

My local cab company have an app that does pretty much the same as Uber https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.autocab.taxibooker.dean.newcastle so it looks like they are ahead of London when it comes to technology.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

Mattjimf

So can you now use MDM to restrict like you can on iOS/Android or can the user remove the restrictions without you knowing as at present.

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BT snatches crown: Soars to top of complaints list

Mattjimf

Beware of faulty routers

I had major issues with getting a replacement home hub from BT, existing one was dishing out 169 ip addresses to wifi devices, cue three hubs being sent out to an address we had never had an account, my wife had lived there while a student, and being charged for them sending each one out to the wrong address. Then when it came to moving house, we're going to charge the standard £120 installation charge, Sky were charging £40 and were cheaper and offered a better calling package.

Last time I had to call Sky, I was told how long the queue was and they offered to ring me back.

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

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Re: Who sued who?

You might want to have a look at this story for the full details - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/13/beastie_boys_sue_goldieblox_right_back/

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

Mattjimf

If they have access to the email address used for verification, could they not just reset the password?

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

Mattjimf

Re: Not Necessarily Bad

The follow-up story that will hit the site in a few hours will most likely be a rehash of this - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26464007 where they are talking about a BBC1+1 and extending CBBC.

The BBC 1+1 is presumably to shoe-horn the Eastenders repeats that will be going with BBC 3.

It does also make it seem a bit pointless introducing the BBC3 HD channel at the end of last year.

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Mattjimf

"The BBC, which broke the BBC story, reported that the BBC will make an official statement about the BBC on Thursday on the BBC."

I think you could have got a few more BBC into that sentence.

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HTC One grabs BEST SMARTPHONE gong

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Re: James Cordon

I would go one further and say he's even less funny than toothache that results in root canal work.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

Mattjimf

As I mentioned in the comments of Yesterdays article, when I was in high school, I had computing from first year (Scottish system). With this article and a response saying the first time they saw computing was when they moved school to Scotland, I decided to have a look at the curriculum for computing studies at my old school and found the following:

"S1-S3 Course

All pupils in S1 attend core ICT for 1 x 50 minute period per week. Pupils will have the option to chooce Computing or Business Studies for S2 and S3 where they will receive 3 x 50 minute periods in their chosen subject, on top of their core ICT period.

Pupils who chose Computing have the opportunity to develop their problem solving skills and experience a deeper understanding of how software, including games, are designed and created. Topics include computer systems, biometrics, legislation, games design and development in a variety of languages, App design for Android devices and Web Design." http://www.hazleheadacy.aberdeen.sch.uk/computer-studies.html

Without looking at other Scottish school websites, I would guess that most schools will offer the same classes for the first three years. If the government really wants to fix the issues of computing in schools, might it not be an idea to look at what the other constitute countries of the UK are doing with regards to coding and computer studies classes, and stop saying computing teaching in the UK is broken, when it just seems to be in England (god I hate sounding like a nationalist complaining about being lumped in with England).

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Flappy Bird's ANIMATED CORPSE may spread malware PLAGUE

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Re: Why not code your own FlaBi?

Or if your a hip, young band (one of these may not be accurate) jump on the bandwagon yourself - http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/02/12/fall-out-boy-releasing-flappy-bird-clone

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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I still have my 464 with green screen in the loft at my parents (long since dead) pretty sure there are still tapes in there as well. I remember being jealous of my friend having the adapter to play it on a tv, it was a revelation to go round, or him to bring the adapter round to mine and witness the games I had spent hours playing on a green screen in colour and being totally different.

The other great thing was the tapes that had games for both the speccy and CPC on either side, meaning you could once again borrow from people that had the game for the speccy. Add on the fact that they were generally 2-3 pounds, with the bigger cardboard boxed versions being closer to £10.

The added bonus of a friend having the same machine was that we could copy each others games onto standard tapes, listening to the screeches as it copied (or turning the volume down if watching tv) was second to the perfect timing needed to record songs from the Top 40 on a Sunday.

@Mr C Hill I also remember the franchise in Aberdeen having the GX and all other manner of Amstrad machines, plus games and such.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

Mattjimf

I'm still wondering how coding fell out of the syllabus.

When I started high school (Scottish system) we had computing in first and second year where we were taught basic and started with the mundane make the screen flash up to getting a car to move round a track. This was back in 1991, now it seems that that has been abandoned and forgotten, to suddenly be rediscovered by the current boom in the technology sector.

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Dejected NFL fans seek smut after Super Bowl blowout

Mattjimf

More likely to have the Lingerie Bowl then Janet.

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

Mattjimf

Re: I'm amazed people use premium rate numbers

"Even if you do have the regular phone directory handy, it only covers the nearest two towns these days anyway"

Unless you live in Aberdeen, which covers Aberdeen City and Orkney and Shetland Islands, rather than the immediate area of Aberdeenshire.

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Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

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Re: Facebook - solution

"Unless you are masochistic, are those people really your friends?"

In my case most of them are family, mostly over 60 and just share any crap, but you can't really block family can you? (although you can hide them from your news feed.)

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Murdoch stands between your kids and filth with BSkyB network-level SHIELD

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Re: Where's the "I dont need protection"?

I had to select an option before I got the turn off option.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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Re: yea google F*ck you

"How is this different from supermarkets who for years have required you to present a "club card" or be charged a higher price for your purchases?"

Which supermarkets are these? As I have a Nectar card and a Tesco Club card and neither give me reduced prices when presented at the till. In fact with all the "offers" they print/send out they are usually trying to get you to spend more with them for the promise of points that typically amount to £2.50.

If you don't want these companies to have that information about you, don't sign up to these things. If you have to sign up use fake details.

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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"It's only been viewed 1,805 times on YouTube - but surely deserves a wider airing"

And god knows how many airings on the BBC, who manage to circumvent the whole not-advertising by chucking in mentions of BBC stations and events broadcast on BBC stations.

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

Mattjimf
Pint

Just been battling a print spooler/spooler subsystem app (no I hadn't realised it existed either) issue. Cue having to delete stuff from spool folder and copy spoolsv.exe from another version of XP (saved faffing about with install cds) then having to delete and reinstall printer before it would work.

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Bucket? Check. Toilet plunger? Check. El Reg's 50 years of Doctor Who

Mattjimf

Re: Only 11 actors?

Wrong it was Stuart Marconi for a bit he did in the NME - http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/comedy/2009/05/hignfy-guest-interview-stuart-maconie.shtml

Or Tommy Boyd or Raphael Ravenscroft - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12120809

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

Mattjimf

Re: not in scotland

"That's because Scotland doesn't have a bunch of radical Presbyterian fundamentalists - like the CoE"

You've never heard of the Free Church of Scotland or been to the Western Isles have you?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/highlands_and_islands/8157570.stm

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/2721309

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Mattjimf

Unless your in Scotland in which case 24 hours means exactly that (minus Christmas, New Year, Easter and select bank holidays).

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

Mattjimf

My number is ex-directory (or whatever it's classed as now) and I'm signed up for TPS and the only annoying phone calls I get are from my mother-in-law, who I would make a fortune from the amount of times she phones a day.

I really can't remember the last time I got a cold call.

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Google to snub Samsung, hand Nexus 10 to Asus – report

Mattjimf

Re: Ugh

The difference is, In the US at least, they tend to try and get things out for between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so to them it is the holiday season. To the rest of what is referred to as the west, it's just November/December.

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The O2 4G Lottery: Are YOU in one of the three LUCKY cities?

Mattjimf

He was talking about introducing wifi on trains, he never mentioned it working.

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Mattjimf
Facepalm

You know East Coast, Cross Country and Transpennine all offer wifi on board (you do have to pay for these, although East Coast offer 15mins free). I'm pretty sure all the other train companies offer the same.

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ASA remit

Mattjimf

ASA remit

There's been a bit of a hoo-haa going on today with the ASA upholding a complaint about swearing on the website of Brewdog - http://www.asa.org.uk/Rulings/Adjudications/2013/7/BrewDog-Ltd/SHP_ADJ_231183.aspx

The ruling is upheld under marketing rules, but following on from the ruling means that all websites are marketing and as such are governed by the ASA, unless I'm reading it wrong. If I'm not reading it wrong, does that then mean I can complain about the Daily Mail website for just about everything on it?

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Pint

Re: Big Brother Nanny State

Might I recommend this - http://www.brewdog.com/blog-article/the-nanny-state

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Botch Tuesday: Redmond frags video codec

Mattjimf

Re: The etsting is getting worse

To be fair, that issue is related to Windows 8 which is why it hasn't been picked up by any news sites.

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Chrome and Firefox are planet-wreckers, IE cuddles dolphins

Mattjimf

Re: Bing vs. Google

It would help if you both pointed out which graph you are referring to. The notebook graph shows Google to be less power hungry then Bing, whereas the desktop graph shows the opposite.

Which makes me wonder, why exactly that is the case?

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Hey, O2 punters: Kiss goodbye to 4 MEELLION* Openzone hotspots

Mattjimf

Re: Change of terms???

Not really. I was kind of curious when you mentioned this so went onto the O2 website and found the following in their T&C under Services Agreement :

2.10 Unless specified otherwise in a Related Agreement, we can add to, change, substitute, or discontinue any Additional Services we provide at any time. We don’t guarantee any particular Additional Services will continue to be available.

http://www.o2.co.uk/termsandconditions/mobile/our-latest-pay-monthly-mobile-agreement

And no I don't work for the company.

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The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex

Mattjimf
Mushroom

Guess it would read something like this http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/09/scottish_bunker/

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Microsoft conceals job ad in Bing homepage

Mattjimf

Re: http://bit.ly/ZZayNx+

And I bet the first 36 were the devs and marketing monkeys checking to see if it worked properly/show off to friends what they had come up with.

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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

Mattjimf

Re: I guess they should read some of the deleted emails

Nope, work for a housing association in Edinburgh.

The bit in between the quotation marks are... quotations, the first from the article, the second from the only email in my Sky email account dated the 27th March, the last sentence is me stating my belief that the email points out in precise detail what is happening with the switch. Whether the lay person understands it, I don't know, I haven't actually read through it all, but from a quick glance could work out what was happening.

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Facepalm

I guess they should read some of the deleted emails

"The migration to Yahoo!'s servers, which happened without warning to Sky's subscribers, has been branded a total cock-up by Register readers."

I have had about three emails to my sky account telling me the switch was going to happen and having just checked, the following email was sent to me on the 27th:

"The change to Sky Yahoo! Mail is just around the corner – 4 April to be exact. We thought it'd be helpful to remind you of the important things you need to know, to make sure you're ready for the change.

We'll start switching over to Sky Yahoo! Mail late in the evening on 3 April and your webmail will be unavailable for a few hours during the night. As there is a lot of information being carefully transferred, it may take up to 24 hours for everything to appear for you, so here's when you can expect to see things in your new mailbox:

Emails – we aim to have all your emails copied across within 24 hours of the launch. This means you may not see your most recent emails right away, so if there are any important emails you'll need on 4 April itself (for example flight tickets), please make sure you've printed them off beforehand

Contacts – To ensure your contacts are available for you to use immediately on 4 April, we will transfer a copy from 31 March. We would suggest that you avoid adding, modifying or deleting any contacts between these dates as the changes may not be replicated in your new account.

Calendar – Your calendar will be copied across as soon as we have finished copying your emails and contacts

If you usually access Sky Email using an email client, for example Outlook, don't forget you may need to change your connection settings to see your emails coming through on 4 April. Just visit our help page for more info.

Finally, as part of the switch we will transfer your mail, calendar and contacts, but there may be some information that you'll need to back up, such as your filter settings. This is because some Sky Email features will work a little differently in Sky Yahoo! Mail, but please visit our help page for more information."

So I'm not sure what isn't clear in there about the switch.

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

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Pint

Re: Not a good day!

I got that t-shirt as well, although I think my wife consigned it to charity as I had too many shirts. A lot of people commented on it as it was unusual to see t-shirts for books.

I met him at a book signing for The Business when it was released, nice guy to talk to and will be sadly missed.

It was The Crow Road tv series that got me into him, although I haven't read his sci-fi stuff.

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

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FAIL

Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry

Brian Cox may know about astrophysics, but what does he know about Biology??

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Mattjimf
Stop

God I'm getting sick of Fry

I'm getting a bit sick of Fry and also that Cox guy that was in D:Ream, spouting gibberish over things they don't really know about just because they can put it into words the plebs (people who get angry over someone being voted out of a talent show, but admit they don't vote) can understand.

Fry is only revered due to QI and having a air of pomposity about him, which is why he always played characters in Blackadder that now just seem to be a natural extension of himself, making me wonder if he was actually acting.

In a survey 8% of people wanted Fry to be Chancellor and 3% wanted Cox, no idea why as neither have anything to do with economics.

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Microsoft issues manual on Brits to Cambridge exports

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Re: Classic Yanklish

An Edinburgh taxi driver told me that when he got fed up of people asking if "THAT" was the castle, pointing to the great big castle looking thing on the hill, he would reply "No, that's a housing estate for poor people, the castle can't be seen in the city centre".

Pint because one will always keep you sane.

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Microsoft backs law banning Google Apps from schools

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Angel

"It was an unnamed Jesuit* who coined the phrase "Give me the child for seven years and I will give you the man""

Came up on as a question on The Chase on ITV1 yesterday (Friday) who gave the answer of Ignatius Loyola.

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

Mattjimf

Re: Where to go then?

He was asking for suggestions that weren't BT, Sky or Virgin which Talk Talk fits into, as painful as it is to suggest it.

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Mattjimf
Devil

Re: Where to go then?

Talk Talk?

I was looking at changing from Sky to O2 due to the cheaper package with phone discount and free 0845 calls (not available with Sky), Sky cut line rental in half for the year, cancelling out saving and saving having to get another new number (something about not being able to do an active line takeover).

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Love in the time of the internet: A personal memoir

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Pint

Neither of us oddly enough, she was looking for a soldier, I was hoping to get a nurse to be honest.

And funnily enough I did use to work for the golden arched one, but that was long before signing up.

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Mattjimf

I met my wife on Uniform Dating. We exchanged messages/emails for about 3 months before we finally met up (me being an hour late).

I travelled to visit her a couple of times, then she came to visit me, I was looking for a job in two cities, decided it would be easier to look in one and moved in with her.

I have used various different dating/meeting sites, most for short term dalliances.

A friend of mine was due to meet a girl in a club while we were out, I went with him, he met her, and then ran out saying that she was nothing like she had described and her photo had suggested.

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Jammy b*stards: Admen flog chocolate bars with 'Wi-Fi-free' zones

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Facepalm

Re: Yes it is totally legal - just read and look!

But it's not in the street, it's in a shopping centre.

You can see the floor plan with the list of shops behind the seats, the floor is the standard white tiles you usually find in shopping centres.

So it may be that the centre has wifi throughout the building, meaning that regardless of where you are (outside of being in stores) there is wifi.

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Tick-tock, TalkTalk: Users face fourth day of titsup broadband

Mattjimf

Re: ahead of the wave

"If you get a problem with your line, hope there is some (any) crackle on the line, they seem to always prioritise this higher than a pure broadband issue."

That'll be due to BT making voice a higher priority than broadband. I used to work for a company doing helpdesk support for a reseller, if there was a broadband issue, it would sit for days, even after calling the Indian drones they employ, as soon as it was an issue with voice they were all over it.

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Stricken giant 2e2 may be sold off in one by Monday - sources

Mattjimf

There was a job advert for 2e2 posted yesterday, which made me wonder why they are looking to recruit while laying staff off.

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