* Posts by heyrick

3223 posts • joined 20 Dec 2009

BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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I have used NMFP in the past. Not My {choose appropriate word} Problem".

Also LASH (Lazy Ass Shit Here) for those things that are somebody else's responsibility but they're trying to push it on to me...

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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????

I live in a farmhouse in France which is at the end of a long line of overhead three phase. When the kettle goes on, the power drops from around 225V to about 190V. The water pump (2kW) kicking in makes the lights flicker. Shall I go on? Let's just say sometimes the LED light in my lamp starts acting weird due to the lack of power...

My Pi doesn't reboot, neither does my PC. Nor the router. Nor the NAS. Nor.........

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Remind me...

...why is this so-called company not being done for fraud and deception?

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Re: Code-aware editor and diffs would be nice

"I would like the editor to have a "presentation" mode where it shows the code as I want it formatted

That would be lovely. No more fretting over the insane and incorrect things people do with the curly braces...

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earn!=paid

"Earn" is the nice figure that is dangled like the proverbial carrot.

"Paid" is what you end up with after all the many deductions.

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"Then you have very poor tools.

Uh... It can be changed you know, including a mode where tab will line up with whatever is on the previous line.

The two points were - firstly it doesn't matter how many spaces there may be, the code will look the same in every editor (unless you code using a proportionally spaced font!) as the space character is a known entity. Saying "tab is tab" is akin to "Brexit means Brexit" - what is it exactly? Two columns? Three? Four? Eight? It needs to be figured out if it was written in an editor at up didn't to the one you're using, and as I pointed out, I have seen older code written in different editors in its life where tabs meant different things in the same file.

And secondly, the point was just because you prefer spaces doesn't mean you need to repeatedly type them. Any useful editor will permit the tab key to insert your preferred number of spaces, in my case that's three...

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*Must* be spaces. When working with code you didn't write, you quickly grow tired of working out what the tab width is supposed to be to fix the code, and yet worse, code of vintage might have been passed through several editors arriving at different tab widths in the same file. Yuck.

LOL at the suggestions to use Tab because mashing the Space key is a lot more effort. When I press Tab, the editor inserts exactly three spaces. No more, no less. Furthermore, using Delete on leading whitespace will back up by a Tab's width each time.

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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

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Re: Typical.

"How so?"

Roaming doesn't cost "nothing", fair enough.

But on the other hand, if two British people in Nantes call each other, do you really think the call goes to the UK and back? Don't be ridiculous.

So why were we being charged is if it did?

Various home and mobile data tariffs have already shown that it is simple and effective to video call anybody anywhere in the world as part of the tariff. Your bytes don't cost more going to Japan or New Zealand than ones going to Wales. As such, I agree with another poster - the cash cow has gone. It's been pulped and turned into budget burgers.

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I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

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Re: Music to developer profile

"thinks he moves like Jagger, but actually moves like Merkel."

Thanks a lot. Now there's tea all over the table and bloody management smirking at me cleaning up the mess...

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Mood music

If I'm coding for fun, I'll be listening to Kalafina.

If I'm debugging, Nightwish.

If I'm debugging somebody else's code, Sarah McLachlan.

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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

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Re: So what about false positives?

If your content was erased, you're clearly doing something wrong...

...and if not, the law can be adjusted accordingly.

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Raspberry Pi sours thanks to mining malware

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Re: "...it's a sufficiently common devuce..."

Covfefe?

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

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Re: When I was a lad ....

"Round The Twist" - recently got the DVD box set, to happily remember one of the craziest shows of my (late) childhood.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Re: Ship of Theseus

Is it the same woman if some of her parts have been upgraded?

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

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Sounds to me like a bogus patent to stifle potential innovation by competitors. With the news, everybody now knows Amazon is working with the idea of parachute parcels (and they have exclusive patent on it). If it comes to nothing, no worries. But if it's the new big thing - let's talk licencing! (kerching!!!)

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It would also solve some of the issues surrounding drones flying at low altitudes near power lines and other potential hazards.

Solve...? Solve? If there are hazards to flying smallish "controllable" devices, how does dropping a very much larger and completely uncontrollable parachute solve anything?

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

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As for the idea of being charged for using an adblocker...

...until a site is willing to accept liability for damage and loss that may be incurred via their advertising, the adblocker will remain on. No if, but, or maybe.

This site is whitelisted, I feel I can trust it. If they (and others I trust) are willing to serve their own curated adverts from their own domain, then I'll see the adverts. Third party adverts, scripts, and contents are blocked. Period. No exceptions. And if they except me to pay because I'm not willing to include their random likely unvetted third party crap, don't think I'll be coming back to that site. Ever.

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the "prestitial" ads which annoyingly count down from 20 or 300 or 10 (or whatever amount of time you don't have to waste) before displaying content

You mean like Google introduced to YouTube videos?

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Europe to splash €120m on free WiFi for ~8,000 villages and cities

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Hmmm...

My local village (pop 300ish and a magnitude more pigs) is soon getting fibre.

As I'm out of the municipal boundary, I'll be stuck with 2mbit for the foreseeable future.

Would it not be better to invest in getting everybody up to a useful base data rate?

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Raspberry Pi foundation merges with CoderDojo Foundation

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Re: Sounds awesome

"start learning all the bloody Kata"

Kata?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kana

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Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

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"No, I pulled out my tablet, OTG cable and memory stick and gave him a demonstration of somethings recorded the previous evening."

Indeed. I have a cheap little satellite receiver that can dump the entire transport stream to SD card. I usually watch SD because the data size can be incredible - NHK World runs in at around three and a half gigabyte per hour. That's the same size (more or less) as Brassed Off recorded of FilmFour the other night.

So, I set up my recordings, and when it suits me, I stick the media into my phone's OTG and I watch. Just discovered, by accident, that when the transport stream is recorded, that means everything. Even got subtitles that can be turned on in MXPlayer, for those times of mumbled dialogue or overzealous background music.

This was pretty simple and the receiver plus SD card and adapter come to about fifty quid. So the question is - if it can be done, why isn't it being done? Maybe their annoying lock in captures more people than it annoys? For everybody like you and me that just want a simple way to watch stuff at our convenience, there's a dozen people that would sign up to a restrictive service...?

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Re: She is watching you

"And you expect me to click on that link?"

I did it on an old phone.

It's the Big Screen bit from 1984 edited so that Big Brother's face changes to become May, then back to Big Brother.

It's surprisingly effective.

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Re: thoughts on future regulation of encryption

"Otherwise, it'll simply improve over time."

By what metric? The benefit of a computer playing Go, Chess, etc is that while the game is famously complex with incredible numbers of permutations, the rules are clearly defined, the objective that must be achieved to win is also fairly clearly defined (take/trap the King, etc). All a learning machine needs is to have a sufficient number of games to figure out the best way to get from a known starting position to a desired winning end when playing an opponent whose exact moves cannot be entirely predicted in advance. That's the skill, responding to a "random" behaviour of the human player to keep the best advantage (which probably requires tracking player moves to work out what the human is attempting to do).

Now let's turn our attention to a learning system for spotting terrorists. There's no defined starting situation. There's no defined end game. There's no defined list of behaviours that may occur in a message in order to indicate terrorist activity. "Don't forget to put the cake in to bake at three o'clock this evening" posted on Mumsnet could be a message from one scumbag to another - they're hardly going to say "Westminster, 3pm, bang" are they? So... We don't exactly have a start or an end or even a middle. Good luck getting a machine to "learn" that.

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Fuck the level of threat. Fuck encryption, or not. Fuck the Tories.

$Person was known to police, was known to police, Was. Known. To. Police.

Want to quell the rising anger? Sort that out. We're all getting quite sick of hearing it.

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

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Re: er - call holding in *2017*

"what kind of neolithic outfits are requiring their customers to hold ?"

Let me see. It's probably a premium number. You're on hold, to said number, waiting waiting waiting.

Ketching.

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Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web

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Google's News app recently changed to use AMP.

For an ACCELERATED mobile service, it's funny how the adverts load first...

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America's drone owner database grounded: FAA rules blown out of sky

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The cops will shoot on sight.

Don't they already?

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

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Re: Dell BIOS update may be a security fix

"And even then only after you have properly tested the floppy controller and the drive,"

WTF? It's too hard to load the data, then perform a CRC check to ensure it loaded correctly before trying to dump it into the Flash? What is this, the '90s?

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"Wonder what they have to do to get zero stars?"

Indeed. Wonky update bricks the machine, won't boot, no sort of fix, may be expected to pay for a repair. And that gets two stars?!?

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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"Would you really want a hospital where the many different machines ran many different OS's?"

Why is that a problem? A device running a specific piece of application software ought to present an easy to use UI that takes over the screen, so it will appear that only it is running. As long as the UI is clear and logical, it shouldn't matter what the underlying OS is. You're expected to use an MRI scanner to image people's insides, not run Solitaire in a corner of the screen...

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Would we excuse the manufacturer and allow unsafe vehicles on the road?

I guess this rather depends upon what the defect actually is.

Oh, and note, Windows (various versions) did not "develop a defect" as the question posits. The defect was always there, just not noticed until it was possibly too late.

For my money, the bad actors here are the NSA. In keeping such vulnerabilities secret, and infinitely more so for the utter utter stupidity of getting their little wizzles ripped off.

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For now, GNU GPL is an enforceable contract, says US federal judge

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Re: One point of criticism though...

"the GPL pushes that all the way downstream."

Assuming the company bothers to pay attention. I emailed MCLSamar a while ago for the GPL code for my buggy-as-hell IP camera.

No response.

I'm not even remotely surprised...

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Re: Answer the ringing doorbell, rescue the potatoes etc.....

"They would regularly waste hours doing this until they got bored doing this and reverted back to old fashioned mockery & abuse."

Dunno about you, but I think my free time is more valuable than that...

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Crooks can nick Brits' identities just by picking up the phone and lying

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Re: Bank security is a complete joke

"Worst of all, when calling back they expect you to provide your security details when they have offered no evidence that they really are calling from the bank. When challenged, they invariably seem utterly bewildered and refuse to provide any info, endlessly repeating the mantra of 'Data Protection'"

A few years ago my bank called me. After identifying themselves as such, I asked for the name and amount of any of my direct debits. They kinda freaked out so I politely said they had completely failed to verify that they were in fact my bank. I didn't wait for a response, I hung up.

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Team Macron praised for feeding phishing spies duff info

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Re: On fake news

I recently came across this, which if there's any truth in it, is pretty fucked up behaviour... https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/07/the-great-british-brexit-robbery-hijacked-democracy

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

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Re: So, just another day in the office...?

"If it does tilt the election and undo the 20 point advantage, that indicates that the French people happen to agree with the Russians about the candidates. There's nothing wrong with that."

Okay. Fair enough. Let's see a dump of Le Pen's data. Then the people can compare one with the other. Without equality, it's a blunt and obvious attempt to subvert the elective process. And while you're all pointing at Russia, to dump the data just prior to the media embargo suggests some inside information in the French process.

[Disclaimer: ex-pat living in France]

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User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

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Working as an office nerd a billion years ago...

...there was an incident with a CD-ROM and sticky tape. Exactly as described. Even at the slow 4x speeds as was current back then, the disc came apart, the tape stuck to internal stuff while spinning and, well, I dunno what exactly happened but myself and the photocopy girl took the thing apart and that little plastic lens was nowhere to be found.

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Amazon tweaks so-called 'assisted suicide' publishing contracts to ink EU deal

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10% of Amazon's total annual turnover

1, Is this the figure they quote when not paying taxes everybody thinks they should, or the figure used to work out how much the upper management gets in bonuses?

2, Is that Amazon Amazon everywhere Amazon, or Amazon France vs Amazon Germany vs Amazon UK vs (continue until bored).

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Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it

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Re: Couldn't be arsed. Elevenses.

"I'm bored of it and the SNP."

Eh? An independence referendum, an EU referendum, a local election, and an upcoming general election following the one two years ago?

In essence, you're complaining because you were expected to get out and vote for something five times in the last three years? No wonder democracy is screwed.

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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Re: Meow

"First I picked up the frog and then the frog peed in my eye."

Second question - is "frog" a little green/brown animal, or a euphemism for a person of a certain nationality?

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Re: Piss poor service?

"Thats pretty bad, what if someone else picks it up and gets to the data?"

Funny how so many people are having a go at Jim for tossing the thing. Maybe they'd like to consider the actions of a manager (hence has strings to pull) who did something solid and then hands a biohazard off to IT "to be fixed".

Touching that is more than he should be expected to do, telling the manager to stuff it is more than his job is worth. And being discreet be could hardly take it out back with a sledgehammer to ensure the drive is unreadable before binning.

Sorry. I'm with Jim. It's not *him* that created the mess, just him expected to sort it out.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Just a little question...

... If we're expected to remember 11 digit phone numbers of family members and friends, why so much objection to a longer PIN? It seems ludicrous that payment codes are still but four digits long.

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Trump's lips sealed on surveillance, complains EU privacy chief

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Concern as to whether new administration will abide by Obama's promises

Oh come on. Trump doesn't even abide by his own promises, be just makes it up as he's going along...

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Re: A stupid question

"Without it, El Reg (for example) is a mess. But I'd be happy to support El Reg."

I have Ghostery (Firefox on Android), and while I have no particular qualms about adverts on El Reg, they're still blocked because it isn't El Reg providing the content. It is doubleclick and addaptive and whoever is behind the scenes there. No matter how much I might want to trust the domain I'm looking at, that's not who serves the advertising content and... No. I don't trust random third parties. Just no.

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A chrome plugin

So let's get this straight... In order to try out a widget that highlights advertising, I need to download a browser created by one of the biggest advert pushers around and then install it so god only knows what information can be sent back for analysis and tracking?

You're nineteen days late. Better luck next year.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Re: Chrome works better

"Usability and reliability trumps principles when you've got to get stuff done."

I stick with Firefox. If a site has trouble, I just go and don't come back. Their loss.

However a rear of these comments (stupid sound issues, compatibility, reliability, etc) perfectly illustrates why a browser monoculture is a bad thing. You can whinge about the bad decisions of Firefox, but more importantly you can choose something else. If there was only One Browser, you would be beholden to the whims and desires of the company that produce it, you would get the features they think cool and that's that.

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Fixing your oven can cook your computer

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Re: Firewall

"on its third motherboard"

There's your problem right there. It's a motor, a heater, a valve, and a pump along with various mechanical sensors.

Our machine gave up last weekend after a long life (bought in 1984). It was entirely mechanical and just worked. I'm dreading finding something useful to replace it with.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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WTF?

Degrading...?

The two hour humiliation was "degrading", but telling the world that your name is Joann Davis, you're 74, and you peed yourself while being interrogated by a power-happy jerk whilst trying to sell a bit of Moon (!) is not?

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Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

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What seems clear to me...

1, for all the talk of backdoored encryption, we simply cannot trust state actors to keep a secret secret; and encryption with a hole is only going to work whilst the hole is closed

2, while it may serve the state actors to keep an arsenal of ways to hack into things, the failure to report these problems becomes in itself an act of sheer negligence when these hacks end up being released to the public

3, way to go America, great job breaking it hero......

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Back to the Future 2: Gasp! America's trade watchdog discovers the risks of 'free' movies

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We recently downloaded movies from five sites that offered them for free

So he's basically admitting to downloading movies to see if they contained malware...

...can we all use that excuse too?

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