* Posts by Sampler

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Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone

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And of course, who needs and interconnect anyway when you have bluetooth and wifi, this chap makes some very good points:

https://youtu.be/CcQxdjHlKO4

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A bespoke interconnect you say? I can see that working well.

What's wrong with making it usb-c and therefore more appealing to the mass market and more likely to gain traction and adoption, see Motorola mods for what not to do.

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Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned

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Do people really do that?

I mean, if you're stupid enough to think the cheap plastic on your arm is as good as a lab in terms of accuracy and you use it to say "I've walked five km so I can now have a doughnut" then I'm guessing you're going to have a lot more problems in life then a few extra calories..(such as what to do with your collection of bridges)..

Precision in these devices is not needed, they're to show trends to promote action - oh, I've not had enough steps today, I should go for a walk.

There should be a body that independently verifies these things, just so consumers know at least the level of inaccuracy to go with - I also question how many devices were used from a provider in case they got the one made on a friday arvo.

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Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31

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Re: This guy is about to become a legend

Director's already on board: https://twitter.com/JamesGunn/status/864605865701146624

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

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Interesting...

Especially if the microsoft remote desktop app works well, making the phone a dumb terminal to one of the many desktops I rdp on a daily basis will completely remove the need for my laptop..

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

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Re: And all the students that get stuck with Windows S!

Should make the maths homework fun!

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

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Meh, I give it a few months

Before they either flip themselves or someone screams monopoly exploitation..

..not to say workarounds won't be active long before then (I'm guessing a simple regedit flag adjustment)

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Jeez, we'll do something about Facebook murder vids, moans Zuckerberg

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They don't care

The amount of blatantly racist videos I report go undealt with (a thank you but we've left that hateful shit up) message is what I get whenever I report anything, system blows

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KickassTorrents kicked out again, this time by Australia

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Oh my god

Not an ISP level DNS block, however will people get around that, apart from, you know, those not using their ISP's DNS...

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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Simple solution?

Sorry, this might seem a little simple, but, as we know what characters looks like what in other languages, when some applies to have a domain like raural.com that become paypal.com is to simply flag it as unavailable, just like if someone owns the domain already - surely it wouldn't take much longer for a script checking to see if the domain you wish to buy permeates the unicode and checks all possibilities before returning the results with a big fat "computer says no" when you're trying to spoof a domain.

Yeah, a few people may end up not being able to get the domain they wish, but let's face it, most people buying a domain face that problem these days anyway as someone's beaten them to all the good names anyway.

Or am I over simplifying things? I could quite easily be, I'm rather the idiot..

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Australia scraps temporary visas for skilled workers

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Ah Bum!

Companies just merged with another so re-set my two year for applying for PR (and meaning my third 457 in just under four years whilst working with the same people for technically three companies = ( ).

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Honor phone for paupers goes upmarket, assails flagships

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Re: Worst.strapline.ever

@AC - my employer gave me an iPhone, after a few months of not answering or returning any calls / texts / emails on it they gladly exchanged it for a device of my selection.

Petulant, yes, effective, also yes..

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Samsung Galaxy S8: Slimmer bezels, a desktop mode – and yet another me-too AI pal

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Re: Hmmmm

Note 4 needs a removable battery as it drains so fast (or, at least mine does now it's a few years old).

I had a Sony Z1 prior to the Note4 and it had no hardware button at the bottom of the screen, worked fairly well, so I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt on this, and, as I've mentioned above, hopefully there'll be a way to re-assign the bixby button to shutter release.

The 9110i might only have been £463, but, you're not buying something that can do what a 9110i can do are you? From the looks of it, it's not far off a desktop PC from the same era - how much did that cost and it was how much bigger?

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Re: Nice

The article says the battery isn't removable.

My hope is you can disable the AI and adjust it's button to be a shutter release, maybe an official option is too much to hope for, but maybe one of the genius's over at XDA Devs..

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Re: Navel Gazing

From the outside, yes, from in the inside, they're viewed as "differentiators" and help retain customers by putting them off switching to an identical Sony, Motorola etc..

They're wrong imho, but, that's what they're thinking.

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LastPass scrambles to fix another major flaw – once again spotted by Google's bugfinders

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I don't get it

Why do people carry on using password managers (or did to start with). I have the worlds worst memory (I have sleep apnoea, it affects memory, seriously) and as an IT Director have hundreds of unique passwords to every single tiny thing, all complex, all high entropy (because if you're using an eight character password you might aswell not be) and I don't need a password manager and have never forgotten one - it's not that hard, really.

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Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them

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Secure by design...

...so, how's that working out for you...

As I've said to many fanboi, secure by obscure, target base isn't big enough*, not that it's actually more secure.

*for desktop usage, obviously not mobile.

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

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Re: TSA approved locks

Suitcase padlocks are pointless, if you don't believe me, do the following test, go get your suitcase, apply the padlock, then take a cheap biro pen, take the cap off, force it through the zip, then pull it aside to open the zip.

Rummage through the suitcase then run the locked zippers across the opened section, et voila, looks like it was never opened.

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hilarious

the same week I'm astonished I managed to board a plane (admittedly, an internal flight) without providing any identification what-so-ever (and, for the first time in a long time not being "randomly selected" for bomb screening, trimming the beard seems to be working) this happens.

I mean, it shouldn't be as easy as walking up to a machine, punching my name in and it spitting a ticket out (as was the case) before sauntering through security (who's metal detector should be checked as neither my belt nor watch triggered it...I shouldn't fly so early).

But really, devices no larger than a phone? What rubbish..

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Tip for darknet drug lords: Don't wear latex gloves to the post office

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for the summer

Leather driving gloves, people wouldn't suspect he was a drug dealer, just a wanker...

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

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Re: SpaceX Development

Catching parachutes - think someone's being watching too much Dark Knight, though at least he had the sense to use a plane instead of da choppa!

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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Re: Working as intended

The real question is, if electric usage is on average 3% less with smart meters, how much is actual reduced usage (and therefore worthwhile the roll out of said meters) and how much is under reporting by faulty meters meaning that a switch in meter types makes a negligible affect on users energy consumption?

I mean, it was in the interest of the meter makers that the outcome of testing users with new meters that reported electrical usage was down and therefore they get government mandated sales...

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Raspberry Pi gives us all new 'Pi Zero W' for its fifth birthday

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I wonder

Has the form factor changed at all or can I use the case from my current zero and simply swap the board out? That would make life easy (and something you couldn't do with the model B revisions for the most part).

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You want a 4-SIM mobe? Never mind why – your wish might come true

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Didn't you guys..

..recently post an article deriding the mods available for the Moto?

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Alleged $17.5m fraudster accused of duping HPE out of 42,000 servers

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Re: Sampler

So, you admit greed, you had money, but you wanted more, more than the interest you'd get in the bank, yet I'm the asshole when you rolled the dice and they didn't come up in your favour because you made three poor decisions?

Sure, sucks to be you, especially as it sounds like your life resolves around money if you tried to kill yourself because you'd lost it, put you get no sympathy here for your sad tale of woe, idolising money over relationships with other people will never end well, I can't for a minute believe if you had stable, worthy relationships with other people you'd try to kill yourself.

+10 Irony bonus for making broad assumptions about myself whilst decrying broad assumptions = )

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I don't see a problem, if HPE were prepared to sell at the price then that's their own problem if he resells, yeah, they lost out on the difference they were going to get from those customers (if they'd bought), but, they still made a profit, tough shit really.

As for the investments, if you're going to pour your life savings into one company, there's a phrase about eggs and baskets you might want to look up, again, no sympathy for the greedy.

Yes, the guy's a total asshole, but, he's only hurting other assholes, HPE can obviously afford to sell them at the price they gave to him, so really, they're just screwing the rest of us (I know, economies of scale blah, blah, but obviously the scales are tipped in HPE's favour if he can make a profit with his own overheads).

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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

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Re: errant missile

um, maybe I should've used the "joke alert" icon for those that struggle with the sarcasm? Unless you truly believe I have a paranoia of tinfoil hats and miss my straight jacket?

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Wind

A current travelling up from Spain perhaps would account for the odd distribution pattern.

As for the source, if the wind is blowing from where I assume, didn't someone recently lose an off target submarine missile in the the general vicinity, Teresa May?

No need for the tinfoil hat, they only increase reception, but I do miss my snug jacket where the arms wrap around the back...

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Boffins exfiltrate data by blinking hard drives' LEDs

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Re: For the slow cameras...

You're recording on or off, so you want the exposure to be at a minimum, the most images the camera can do in a second, such as the sixty of a mobile phone mentioned in the article.

Long exposure and panning to create "bar-code patterns" of off and on would increase delay because you'd have to have a start and end marker because you wouldn't know if you're beginning and ending marks were off's and there'd be no way to sync with the recording device in the first place so it knows to start panning with the start marker and stop, take the next picture with the end marker.

Plus delay inbetween start and end to reposition for next pan (though, I suppose you could pan back, there's still a shutter/process wait between strings).

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Re: If malware had a way IN to the PC via your network..

But if it had a way in from being a usb drive left in the car park labelled "dave's porn stash", this is one feasible exit strategy..

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Re: What next?

In that scenario I here the only fix is to nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure...

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How's your online bank security looking? The Dutch studied theirs and... yeah, not great

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Re: Put a finger...

https://youtu.be/tZeCrHPyK7I

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Your next PC is… your 'Droid? Remix unveils Continuum-killer

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Android just isn't there when it comes to desktop. I put Remix on a spare laptop when el'Reg reviewed it before (in the link on this article) and it's a compromise, it was like, I can almost do what I normally do in windows, only it's a bit more wonky and not as many features/choices/options.

Forgivable for a young, free OS and apps that aren't designed with being on the desktop in mind, but, it's still that bit more annoying than using Windows, so why would I given the choice.

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You're doing Hadoop and Spark wrong and they will probably fail

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Isn't that like any project

Replace the words Hadoop and Spark with any project you've ever done?

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Re: Being a criminal has little to do with the list as given.

Unfortunately the scope of the NCA 'guidelines' also covers just about every El Reg reader. Perhaps the NCA should extend their notes to 50-somethings with receding hairlines, who enjoy Margaux, reading the misfortunes of GDS and the occasional hour of playing Skyrim for the umpteenth time.

Ha, your on your own there, I don't have a receding hairline :-P

yet ...

It's not receding when there's none left...

(in my case)

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Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via VPN and caused $1m in damage. Now jailed

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So how long...

Did the sysadmin who didn't terminate his access get and how big was their fine for criminal negligence?

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nbn™ to cut the charges ISPs pay for traffic

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Re: How is this good?

Well, as long as Dodo ends up as dead as its namesake I'll be happy, big group of thundercunting twatbadgers the lot of 'em..

(though, obviously loss of small providers is bad too)

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King's College London bods recruit members for penis ring study

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Better too soon then to pull out too late...

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Australia finally passes mandatory data breach reporting legislation

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I was reading this with growing concern

Until I got to the bit with "Small Businesses Exempt" - fantastic, that's my ass covered = )

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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Re: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"

"I disagree. He promised he'd keep 'America safe'. If a terrorist attack happens now, no matter what the reason, he'll have failed to keep one of his biggest and boldest campaign promises."

But that's my entire point, anything goes wrong and he points to the immigration ban not being inplace (even if it transpires they're from Jersey) - that's his level and the level he's playing to, everything else is alternative facts and fake news.

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Re: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"

Ploy all along, I think he knew it wouldn't fly, that it'd get struck down, but now, it's not his fault, he's tried, he's done what he said he would on the campaign trail, and the elite have stopped him, the liberals are holding the nations safety back. It plays into his narrative perfectly.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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Re: "a conspiracy needs two people"

Not according to The Offspring...

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NASA's Curiosity puts cat among the climate pigeons: Lack of CO2 sinks water theory

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Carbons not the only greenhouse gas

Just sayin'...

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Oculus gift: VR biz to cough up half a billion dollars for ripping off software copyright

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Re: Bit Steep

@AC above, is that when the PSVR is working and not blacking out?

No one seems to mention the screen fucking close to your face which seems to be the main drawback with VR I've used, even when putting my prescription in to the config as I can't wear my specs under the VR specs, the screen's just too close and gives headache, google cardboard approach is awful too, tried a Samsung demo of their gear vr and even on the top end spec phone's they'd strapped in the dpi was still too low to not get blue motion blur around the pixels and everything being too blurry and high latency.

Total waste of time, as these aren't metrics you can fix with a Clarkson application of "moar powah" (well, maybe the pixeling & latency), and by fading out like 3DTV I mean the way the "buzz" has died down by the technology again, just like it does every cycle. I love all the comments about "in two years" when VR was being wheeled out when I was kid, and, I'm a kid no more, I've been waiting over two decades for what you're ascribing to the next two years, like 3D, the tech comes en vogue every now and again and then disappears because no one can fix the fundamental flaws they have.

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Bit Steep

How do they calculate a half a billion value for Zenimax if total Oculus revs have been a quarter of a billion (taking the upper estimation of 400,000 @ $600 a piece = $240million).

How have Zenimax lost out on so much if Oculus have been unable to generate half that before costs during the peak of VR interest (which appears to be on the wane now, going the way of 3D tv's/movies).

Can't imagine there's much more legs left in the industry, everyone interested in the gimmick have bought their toy.

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2016: Snapchat loses $515m... 2017: Snapchat rips veil off $3bn IPO

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Fund managers

Please god none of my pension fund managers invest in this crap!

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You're taking the p... Linux encryption app Cryptkeeper has universal password: 'p'

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Re: Assuming makes an ass out of you and some guy named 'Ming'

I imagine it's more like:

Following documentation: failure

Huh, wonder why, ah, it's not doing this right...

There we go, fixed my end: success

aaaaand ship..

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Sony takes $1bn writedown: Streaming has killed the DVD star

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Re: bad economics

That's less Sony and more JB HiFi though - you can pick up Blu-ray movies online for a reasonable price.

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Re: Endless format upgrade treadmill

At what point were you expected to re-buy your dvd collection? I can't think of a single Blu-ray player that didn't also support DVD, so it was hardly an upgrade cycle, just an improvement opportunity for the new films you purchased.

I may have re-bought some movies I had on DVD in Blu-ray (ironically, Blade Runner being one) but, that was my choice, I wanted the higher quality image and sound, but the platform itself didn't force me, I could've put the old DVD in and it'd've worked just like it did.

Hell, they didn't even stop making DVD's, so it's not like the forced you across to the new platform.

What caused Blu-ray still birth was the format with HD-DVD, folk not knowing which to back and I'm sure those who backed the wrong horse felt more than a little burnt and not enough incentive.

VHS to DVD was a giant leap, no more rewinding, degradation was less of an issue (scratched discs vs degrading/chewed tapes), no more head cleaning, smaller device under the telly and a monumental shift in video and audio quality.

The change to blu-ray, it looks prettier, if you have all the shiny tech to go with it, the audio you're probably not going to notice if you're using your tv's built in audio.

If whoever made Blu-ray expected the same shift as DVD got, they didn't really understand their market.

I personally still prefer it over streaming services, especially with Australian internet, but, I can see why there on the wane and I'm not working in the industry, it's a little surprising this is a shock to Sony..

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Dropbox: Oops, yeah, we didn't actually delete all your files – this bug kept them in the cloud

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Why

"However, the deleted files and folders impacted by this bug had metadata inconsistencies,"

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"So we quarantined and excluded them from the permanent deletion process until the metadata could be fixed."

Why? They have meta-data inconsistencies? Big freaking deal, they're going to be deleted, what matter does the metadata mean in relation to a file that no longer exists?

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