* Posts by mark l 2

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PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

mark l 2

I hadn't consciously realised that was the Paypal logo, so i doubt i would confuse the two brands, although I didn't know what Pandora was - I thought they made jewelry until i read this article.

The infilled letter P and the colour are pretty similar though.

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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

mark l 2

I got rid of my FB account several years ago, although you can't actually delete it only 'deactivate' which makes me wonder how many of the 2 billion accounts are actually being used since FB don't seem to ever delete accounts no matter how long they haven't been inactive.

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Phishing scum going legit to beat browser warnings

mark l 2

It is no suprise that scammers have taken advantage of getting SSL certs since you can now get them with no financial cost or checks. Letencrypt.org or cloudflare.com both allow you to get SSL connections for free with nothing more than an email address needed. While there service are good for genuine website to get themselves a SSL cert they were bound to be abused by the scammers, let just hope that a solution is found before these free SSL certs end up not being trustworthy and all the existing certs get revoked

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

mark l 2

While XP was only supported until 2014, Windows 7 is under support until 2020, but how does that work when some versions of Windows 7 came with XP mode which is essential a VM running XP, surely if they are offering functions such as XP mode as part of the OS Microsoft should continue supplying patches for the XP mode virtual machine until the support for Win 7 ends?

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

mark l 2

I liked this idea when Motorola brought out the Atrix phone in about 2011, surprised the idea hadn't been resurrected sooner.

Still think the dock is a little expensive though for what is essentially just an USB OTG adapter with HDMI and ethernet interfaces. I am sure that these cost no more than about $20 to actually manufacturer. The specifications for this have been around for years with MHL - which Samsung used to support on their devices but now hardly any phones support.

There is a list of which new phones do support MHL here although its a few month ago now so before the S8 was released.

https://www.computersdealstore.com/list-of-all-2016-2017-phones-supporting-mhl-or-hdmi-output/

The only difference is that the S8 looks to give you a different desktop interface rather than the standard Android and perhaps this is easy to use with a keyboard and mouse than standard Android which is a little clunky when not using it with a touch screen.

Personally i would want a laptop style dock though -like the Atrix had - so i can sit on the sofa and work rather than a desk based dock

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While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February

mark l 2

I am far from a Windows fanboi (my day to day system run Linux) but I actually don't blame Microsoft for hoarding in this situation, It us understandable that they wrote the patches for XP when they wrote the patches for other Windows OS because some organisations pay for custom support for XP (like the NHS used to do) so would need it patching or for the embedded version of XP which is still under support. They will have written loads of XP patches since it fell out of mainstream support in 2014 which have not been released to the public. They didn't have to release the patch to fix the hole being used by Wannacrypt, they could have just put out a press release saying that you need to upgrade to a supported version of Windows to get a fix.

Even if the NHS were running Linux on their machines, if it was a out of date distro released 15 years ago it would likely to be as vulnerable as an unpatched XP machine is today.

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Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

mark l 2

I am assuming that the malware writers targetted their malformed PDF to Adobe Acrobat reader users as that is the most common version. Does the ransomware still work if the user was using an alternative PDF reader such as Foxit reader or Sumatra?

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

mark l 2

Re: From North of the Border

Jeremy Chunt saved a few million by ending the support contract for XP but how much has this ransomware cost the NHS in lost man hours because people can't do their jobs?

Lets say in a week all systems are restored and patched, their will be other vulnerabilities in XP that someone could take advantage of and it we could be reading the same story again in a few months time.

If there are systems where the software will only work on XP its time to evaluate either having them air gapped, replaced or paying for new software to be written for an updated OS. Keeping the status quo is just not an option.

On another point who knew that all it took to get some free XP patches out of MS was a massive cyber attack on one of the worlds largest employers.

On a side note now that XP is not supported by Microsoft and therefore im assuming the EULA agreement is no longer valid, can i now sell my OEM copies of XP? (assuming anyone would want to buy it)

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Naked Androids to rampage across Russia

mark l 2

Yandex could just do what Amazon have done and fork Android and make their own flavour of Android but with their own search.

But of course that would cost them money and time and they would need to encourage OEMs to offer this new OS on their phones. It would also mean that there would be no Google play store, Maps or other Google apps so they would then have to create their own app store and try to encourage app developers to upload their apps to this new store.

So instead what they want to do is get Google to do all the hard work take on all the costs and then cut Google out of the equation.

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WannaCrypt ransomware snatches NSA exploit, fscks over Telefónica, other orgs in Spain

mark l 2

It wouldn't surprise me if some other UK gov organizations also got hit by this. But if its MOD, GCHQ or Police etc they won't got public with it.

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US copyright law shake-up: Days of flinging stuff on the web and waiting for a DMCA may be over

mark l 2

Copyright law should be there to protect the small independent content creators but in reality it is just big businesses who use it to bully the small people. I don't see any reason - other than for big business to make money- for copyright to continue after the death of the creator. I wouldn't expect my employer to continue paying me for work I did years ago after I had died.

I think that 50 years is a fair amount of time for most content such as books and films to be under copyright and others which are generally only of use for a very short amount of time (such as newspaper and magazine content) could be even less before they become public domain.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

mark l 2

Would this new law cover UK data centres?

If your a data centre business has to be able to monitor all the traffic in and out your going to find a lot of your customers moving their servers to outside the UK jurisdiction

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

mark l 2

Windows 10 S reminds me of those starter editions of Windows 7 that they did to run on netbooks (remember them) it sort of has some functionality but is really just a crippled version of the full OS. So why worry about being locked into using Edge and Bing on a platform that is essential Windows RT but on x86 and will be dead in 18 months anyway.

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Windows 10 S: Good, bad, and how this could get ugly for PC makers

mark l 2

How many US schools still don't have WiFi coverage over their campus?

It has been over 10 years since i worked in schools but even then most of them had WiFi networks. Perhaps some US schools made with lead lined walls to absorb all the stray gunfire.

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Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

mark l 2

Well i guess everyones Internet costs are going to start to increase since they law requires that the ISPs block none compliant websites and this is going to cost the ISPs more which they will ultimately pass onto the customers. With the number of pron websites that appear everyday and are picked up by the filtering companies it won't take long for the Russian and Eastern European website to get around any blocks. Plus you can still go to Google images and get all the pron you want without every needing to visit another site

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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

mark l 2

I'm typing this from my laptop which has Mint 18.1 installed. I hadn't realised it but I must be a terrorist.

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Phew! Chrome to warn when you watch insecure smut

mark l 2

We all know that incognito mode is used for viewing pron and unless you are entering credit card details i don't see it needing HTTPS and lots of free pron website don't have HTTPS enabled.

Will there be a way for us who like to make our own decisions to turn off Googles warning?

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eBay denies claims it's failing to thwart 'systematic fraud'

mark l 2

It doesn't surprise me that ebay aren't doing much about it. I reported a seller flogging fake SD cards which claimed were 32GB yet when i ran a read/write test only successfully wrote to 8GB. This seller had sold over 300 of them. I reported the finding to ebay customer services nearly 2 months ago and yet the seller is still selling them. I am guessing because this is a 'powerseller' with over 100000 feedback they would rather have their fees coming in than do anything about it

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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

mark l 2

I have 2 batteries for my phone great for when you are doing a lot of traveling and don't have the time to put your phone on charge you can just swap out a dead battery for a fully charged one. Can also do the same with my Dell laptop

Unfortunately to save a couple of millimeters of the thickness of the phone/tablet more manufacturers are building the battery into the device so it can't be removed

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Indestructible, badass rootkit BadBIOS: Is this tech world's Loch Ness Monster? VOTE NOW

mark l 2

My guess is that either this virus has been written to specifically target Dragos Ruiu PC as some of the claims that it works across multiple computers and platforms seem a bit far fetched. Or (and i expect is more likely) is that someone had pawned his twitter account and posting this BS for fun

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RM CEO: We didn't even try to sell PC biz before killing it

mark l 2

"two UK system builders left – Stone Computers and Viglen"

Aren't Zoostorm (CMS computers) British? they are based in Warrington and according to their own website they are the UK's largest system builder to the channel.

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FIERY DEATH awaits all who stroke mobes mid-flight? Nope, says FAA

mark l 2

There is even inconstancies between airlines regarding this in Europe, i flew Ryan air and was playing a game on my phone during landing and the stewards walked up and down the plane checking people had seatbelts fasten an trays up etc but never asked me to turn of the phone but on the return trip with Easyjet they told me to put it away every time the seatbelt light came on during the flight because we had a little turbulence

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Nokia wins UK patent spat: Quick, let's boot HTC One out of Blighty

mark l 2

If Qualcomm have sold the parts to HTC with a supposed worldwide patent then surely Qualcomm are to blame here and should be taken to the court by HTC and it would be bad for Qualcomm's business if HTC (and perhaps others who currently use Qualcomm for parts) decide to ditch them as a supplier and use someone else over this

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'Tablet' no longer means 'iPad': Apple share PLUMMETS below 30%

mark l 2

Cheap Android tablets are getting better all the time, i bought one of the first Eken 7 inch tablets a few years ago which cost me about £100 on ebay, it had a single core ARM 600mhz CPU, 256meg ram, 4gig storage and only had Android 1.6 and a resistive touch screen.

Now for £100 you can get one with a 1.8ghz quad core cpu, 1gig ram, 16gig storage, Android 4.2, multi touch 1024 x 768 screen and HDMI output which 18 months ago were top of the range tablet specs and certainly for the sofa surfer tablet users are more than adequate.

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Why did Nokia bosses wait so long to pop THAT Lumia tab?

mark l 2

So basically Nokia claim they waited so long because they had to wait for Qualcomm to produce a chipset with integrated modem. How come Apple, Samsung and loads of other manufacturers could produce a tablet with a built in modem for a few years now but Nokia couldn't?

Smells like a excuse for something else to me, probably that they didn't think Windows RT was a good enough product to compete against Apple and Samsung so wanted to wait until 8.1 was released

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Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

mark l 2

Instead of the Skype devs removing well established API's they need to work on making skype more reliable for making video calls. I skype regularly to family living in Australia both of us are on a reasonable speed cable broadband but yet skype constantly drops calls or the video quality looks like a Picasso painting flick book.

Apart from the fact it has a large user base i fail to see how Microsoft expects to make money from Skype, if they start to charge for it people will migrate to one of the other free services and if ads become too intrusive they will force people onto other services.

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It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

mark l 2

I do see some problem with Apple's current high end pricing model going forward.

* As some people have pointed out the build quality is very good and even an old Ipad 1 can do as much as a new low end cheap tablet, the bad points for Apple don't sell the old ipad 1's anymore and where they do sell the older Ipad 2 its twice the price of these lower priced tablets. So people wanting to save money are either going to buy a second hand ipad or a cheap Android tablet, neither of which make Apple any money. (except perhaps a few pounds on app sales on a second hand ipad)

* There is going to become a saturation point with tablets just as there has become one with PCs and laptops, sure some people will always want shiney shiney but others will be happy to stick with their ipad 1 or 2 unless it breaks especially with prices of £400+ to get a new ipad

* Apple have no low end range to compete with the cheap Android tablets and this will become a problem in emerging markets like India and China where £400 for an iPad is over a months wage for most people so a tablet at £100 is a lot better option in those market, and once they have become used to using Android they are more likely to stick with it on their next device.

As others have pointed out a low end range does dilute the Apple brand some what so perhaps they should consider releasing iOS devices but not branded as Apple, perhaps they could resurrect the Newton brand for the low end devices?

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Brit PM raps Facebook for allowing GORY beheading vids

mark l 2

Although FB may like to think that by saying its user created content and they are not the publisher, if the content is reported and then they allow it to remain on their website surely thats a editorial decision which does make them a publisher and responsible for whether the content is appropriate for a website that allows under 18s to sign up?

Also the content maybe illegal in the UK under the Obscene publication act, after all if someone can be found guilty of writing a fictional story about killing the members of girls aloud in the UK then actually showing footage of a murder must fall under the same law but what's the bet the CPS/Police will even bother to look into it

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

mark l 2

I have read through the new features (or old in the case of the start button) that come with 8.1 and can't really see why the upgrade is so big. Is there some sort of HD tutorial video embedded in the update or are the Microsoft programmers just becoming extremely lazy and creating very bloated code?

The entire XP OS fit onto a single CD yet now just to get a few enhancements you have to download 3.5GB and on every PC if you own more than one.

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Microsoft wants to 'move beyond' the Cookie Monster

mark l 2

Re: M$ Cocks Up Agian

Do not track enabled for None MS websites, other than your cookies being available across many devices with one login i see no advantage to having them stored anywhere other than locally.

Infact i often browse in privacy mode just so i don't get tracked.

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Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT

mark l 2

Perhaps microsoft like Windows RT on ARM because they don't want to put all their eggs in the Intel basket incase Intel fall behind in the mobile race again.

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

mark l 2

how can they justify $60 for a bluetooth adapter for your keyboard, you can get an entire bluetooth keyboard for about £10

Have Microsoft not yet realised they cant go around charging Apple prices and just expect people to be willing to pay them

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

mark l 2

Surely it would be better to let all domain names be registered no matter what terms they used and then if a domain is reported as being used for illegal purposes it can be reported to the police or is that too complicated now?

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

mark l 2

If smart watches are still around in a few years then it maybe something i would consider then once the tech improves with better battery life that can run for at least a week between charges rather than a day

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

mark l 2

What the bet that any other oems that did support Windows phone suddenly have a fire sale of them then drop the platform completely.

the worst thing Microsoft can do now is to try and force the Windows branding more than they do already, they need them to be Nokia phones NOT Microsoft or windows phones.

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

mark l 2

Re: What technology.

Philips also came up with the CDI (all in one movie player, music system, and games machine) which was way ahead of its time and unfortunately didn't sell well but the idea is what modern Playstation and Xbox consoles are turning into

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NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN

mark l 2

this goes to show to anyone even the NSA that if someone with bad intentions has physical access to a system your data is NOT safe.

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Microsoft Xbox One to be powered by ginormous system-on-chip

mark l 2

i wonder how much cooling its going to require with 5 billion transistors?

is it going to need a air conditioning unit installed under your TV and double as an extra heater in winter?

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Intel ships high-powered C++ compiler for native Android apps

mark l 2

I guess some developers may decide to compile two versions of their game/app one for Intel devices and one for the rest since its a free download, although without being a programmer i admit i don't know how much extra work is involved in compiling your code for the two different cpus. And if they begin charging for it i don't see many takers with the Intel Android market being so small

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Silicon daddy: Moore's Law about to be repealed, but don't blame physics

mark l 2

I think he is correct about economics being the factor at play. With less desktop PCs and laptops being sold and most phones and tablets having ARM, Intel is reliant on selling its top of the range chips to datacentres and the hardcore gamers who want the lastest and greatest which is a much smaller market. Sure big enterprises will still be buying desktop PCs and laptops but the current generation of low end intel chips (pentium & celeron) are more than capable of running Windows 7, office and doing email and internet so the money intel will be making will be less but yet need to invest in huge amounts into R&D to reduce the die sizes. Maybe the only way intel can still continue to invest as much as they do is to begin to fab chip for other companies

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Intel: Our new mobile chip SoCs it to its predecessor

mark l 2

its all very well having these chips available but at what costs to the OEMs,? Intel will probably be wanting to charge a premium to recoup back all the R&D and fab costs but if comparable ARM SOCs are cheaper then what is the incentive for the OEMs to pay more to use the Intel one.

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What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

mark l 2

I am not really sure why windows RT exists, i understand why there is Windows 8 (for X64/86 cpus) and Windows phone 8 but why not just kill RT and allow phone 8 be used on larger screens or merge phone+RT into one version that can be used either on a phone or tablet/laptop

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Good Tech: Windows is as secure as a rooted Android mobe

mark l 2

We can't assume that phones are going to be changed in 12 -18 months, unless my phone breaks or the new smart phones start coming out with batteries that last 1 week+ between charges i am not planning on changing my phone in the next year as i don't see anything new i need my phone to do that is doesn't do already.

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Tat bazaar eBay takes a rest for 'scheduled maintenance', goes offline

mark l 2

I have a all in one multifunction printer on ebay atm which is worth a couple of hundred quid but currently has 1 bid of 99p and is due to finish in about an hour so i will be seriously pissed if this downtime means i don't get anymore bids on it.

I just tried logging in again 12:45 and although it appears to work, i tried replying to a message and got kicked out and told the function is not available

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Ubuntu Edge crowdsauce cash stash comes up short

mark l 2

Wasn't the Ubuntu edge a more updated version of the Motorola Atrix which would convert into a full linux PC when you docked it in its special docking station or laptop?

Motorola didn't have much look selling them and ended up discontinuing them, even though i think as a concept a phone/PC is a good idea since many phones now have as much processing power and memory as a laptop from a few years ago. And my 5 year old Dell laptop still does everything i want it to do

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

mark l 2

let not forget Truecrypt with a hidden container, it would be almost impossible to prove it existed and as long as you give up the password to the first container they couldn't do you for refusing to give password.

Also Steganography to hide messages into other files. As the spooks have already said that they drop P2P data from their snooping due you could put up some torrent of an MP4 video with the message hidden inside it, anyone who didn't know how to retrieve the message would just get some video of a cat playing a piano or whatever.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

mark l 2

What about all the watches with phones built in, surely they just as small as these car fob phones, i bet they wouldn't consider banning those especially if the rumored Apple iWatch appears as they wouldn't want to risk upsetting some big businesses will deep pockets for lawyers

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Microsoft fights Google for kids' attention with ad-free Bing for Schools

mark l 2

No details on how this will work though, do the school register their IP range with Microsoft who then sends them off to a different set of servers when someone searches with bing or will the be a school.bing.com domain they have to visit to get the no ads, no porn searches?

Since Microsoft are so keen to keep kids free of ads does this mean if you register your windows phone, surface tablet etc as being for a kid to use they will remove all ads from bing searches there as well?

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Wow, the future is HERE: Charge your phone (wirelessly) in your CAR

mark l 2

Because Apple chose not to implement micro USB on the iphone even though it was agreed as a standard with other phone manufacturers so we are now heading back to a state of each manufacturer going there own way with wireless charging just as they did a few years ago with wired charging.

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Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

mark l 2

The fact that someone bothered to complain to ASA because the stores had ran out of stock on a sale item, if they had never had the stock in the first place then it would be a fair complaint but you can hardly blame barnes and noble for a sale being popular and them running out of stock, it could easily have bombed and resulted in just a 1% increase in sales. I have missed out on lot of sale offers over the years because it has sold out but ive never thought 'i must complain to ASA because i didn't get one'

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