* Posts by LDS

5970 posts • joined 28 Feb 2010

Ding ding! Round Two: Second annual review for transatlantic data flow deal Privacy Shield

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Hope Věra Jourová will discuss about the CLOUD Act...

... and its implications on EU citizens privacy...

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Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

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"Image processing is only going to become more sophisticated"

Still, it's image modification coded by someone that will make all photos look alike unless you're a programmer and can change how the algorithm work. Also, most image processing is *lossy*, the more rounds, the more processing, the more the image degrades, as original information is lost. Algorithms may attempt to recreate it artificially, but once again, it makes images look the same.

Anyway, one day algorithms will be able to create whole realistic images from scratch on cheap hardware, so you won't need to take photos at all...

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Once more with feeling: Windows 10 October 2018 Update inches closer to relaunch

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In different news... Adobe CC dropped even 8.1 support.

Now, to run the latest Adobe Creative Cloud you need Windows 10. It looks MS found allies in trying to force people to switch. Maybe Adobe telemetry suggested it - but if you wished a stable system, you're in trouble...

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"OEM versions of which can be bought cheaply through sites such as kenguin.net"

Which usually are violating the license terms. AFAIK, you can't sell an OEM license but preinstalling it on the hardware you're selling.

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Stroppy Google runs rings round Brussels with Android remedy

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"hrome became market leader because that's what people wanted.2"

Are you sure? Or because they found it installed by another application, without asking for it? Or were buggered by Google to install it on every search? Actually, they installed a browser that tracks all of their Internet activities, are you sure it's what people wanted? Are you fine if Windows now buggers you to use Edge every time, and resets it as the default browser? What was the problem with IE if people could install other browsers? People have many choices, but they choose Windows, nobody is forcing them, right?

People drink Google kool-aid happily, is that just because they think they get stuff for "free"?

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"MS was unassailable, until it fell"

And that happened also because anti trust investigations - MS had to become far more cautious, and avoid behaviours who would have put it in troubles again.

Without, it could have wiped out easily most of the competitors, and probably IE today would dominate the browser market - think what if MS could have forbidden any other browser running on Windows.

And that would have given a far bigger leverage to MS in the server market.

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"If people dont want android they wont buy it"

The same was true for Windows - that didn't make Microsoft a nice company without anti competitive practices.

Also, which are the alternatives to Android without spending €500+ ? Probably, there were more alternatives to Windows back then...

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Last year, D-Link flubbed a router bug-fix, so it's back with total pwnage

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It's time to force them to release updates if they want their model approved

AFAIK, all these devices need some form of approval to be used in a given country - it's time to make part of the approval process not only being compatible with relevant standards, but also ensuring updates are released for the useful live of the device - that could be longer than its marketing life.

A company that didn't abide to the rule for older models, should not see any new approval released until it complies - plus fines.

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Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS

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Re: 2-week battery life

The problem with wireless charging and the like it's when you're traveling - bring with you everything needed to recharge several devices, or choose devices that could survive a few days without having to recharge them every night.

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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"No way, Dave, you're always leaving taps on, fail to take clean clothes out"

You mean that if the Ecuador Embassy used such a technology, Assange would have been left out?

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Re: But on the bright side...

Better than Amazon showing you ads for artificial insemination and surrogate mothers... and then wait for the spam ads for erection problems and penis enlargement...

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Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

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Re: Chaos

It would just look more like Linux....

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Fed up with cloud giants ripping off its database, MongoDB forks new 'open-source license'

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"viral GPL"

GPL is designed exactly - and explicitly - that way. Other Open Source licenses are not.

If you're using GPL code in your applications, distribute them, and you are not making the source code available, you're breaking the GPL license - and I know there are many around who do exactly that, while blabbling about the advantages of Open Source - forgetting to explain what "advantages" mean to them - and only them...

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"Try emailing Stallman and ask his opinions about commercial use"

I think there's not need:

https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.en.html#DoesTheGPLAllowMoney

I think many didn't understand at all what open source means. Too many thinks it's only "software you don't have to pay for" - but it's not that.

Developing software costs money - if no one pays, open source can become only the by-side product of something else that pays for development costs - and, believe me, that means that it is actually far from being free, because other interests will drive its development - and you could already see it in many open source projects that are far less versatile than they should be.

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"A project is not truly open source unless it is owned and run by a neutral, third party foundation"

So, where's "freedom"?

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"Open source software doesn't require you to give back to the community"

Are you sure? Most licenses I've seen ask you to make your changes available - while GPL forces you to give back all of your code if you ever use something GPLed in it. Of course if you "distribute" it, but that was the main business model when those licenses were enacted. I believe the "internal use" exception came from university environments where giving out ideas about ongoing researches wasn't much appreciated.

While open source supporters always pointed out open source model was not about giving away code without making money, that "free" was the source code availability, not the application itself. Otherwise, after all, how could developers survive?

Now someone is asserting is good to reap someone else's open source code to make a lot of money, and giving back none? Fear of angering some prospect employer? How many would think twice to publish open source project that could now be easily used by AWS, Azure, Google to make tons of money, and nothing for the creators?

PS: I had to delete "libre", because, sorry, I can't match that word to freedom when it was used by one of the worst dictatorships in the usual Orwellian doublethink. Using it, some open source supporters just show they would like a dictatorship, obviously the one run by them.

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GPL & C. were thought before the "cloud"....

They believed people would have kept on distributing software, not selling services.

But starting more or less with Google, someone understood they could offer services without distributing software, or just a little part of it - so they could modify it without any need to distribute the changes also.

So I fully understand MongoDB and others - now if you like open source, you have to open source the code you use to sell your remunerative services built on that open source.

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Web browsers sharpen knives for TLS 1.0, 1.1, tell protocols to dig their own graves for 2019

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"have hardly noticed anything breaking"

If you just consume web sites, you're probably right - and I'm sure porn sites are very careful their dedicated users can easily access them.

As outlined above, it's a lot of embedded management applications that will break, and many of them cannot be updated bur replacing the whole device - something that is not always possible.

There's a risk that to keep on using them, you have to disable TLS wholly -. which actually decrease security far more than using an older version.

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When telemetry kills you... and big data finds the wrong answers...

Sure, just a low percentage of my browsing habits is made on hardware devices supporting only older version of TLS, because, well, it's not what I like to stare at all the day long. Just, one billion of accesses to cat images are less important than being able to configure and check devices - most of which are in private LANs behind a firewall, were encryption is still important, yet using older versions until those devices are fully retired is not a so big issue...

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The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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"allow Amazon to offer more products with no risk to Amazon."

Also it allows Amazon to offer those less mainstream products which would be non profitable to keep on inventory - even at Amazon scale - but still keeps people on Amazon, so they'll buy mainstream product from Amazon, and the less common one from other sellers.

Just, most of those seller won't be usually able to survive just selling those uncommon products.

I'm shutting down my late father's shop - and many customers are asking "where will we find now those special items we found only from you?" - just, while years ago they bought both special and common items, now they just bought the few special ones, buying everything else from Amazon & C.

But keeping that inventory of special items readily available was expensive, and if not sustained also by the larger sales of the common ones, not really sustainable. My father did because he was already retired, and in his 80s, he was still happy to work. But the income, after the expenses, was very little - thus no way to keep it operative.

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"Let's start by simply MAKING them pay their fair share of taxes."

Ssshhhh! Many people here prefer to pay less on Amazon and see many business and jobs go away, than having Amazon pay taxes as everybody else, and raise prices a little... just one day, the destroyed jobs can be theirs - as soon as someone like Amazon enters their market....

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Re: Should there be a legal maximum size of company ?

That's what antitrust regulations are for. When a company becomes so dominant it does set the rules, it can be investigated - just now politics and big companies are so dependent on each other that you really need someone out of the loop, and investigations start - and finish - often too late.

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Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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"by sandblasting all the paint off, and then re-painting ;)"

But if you have a corpse in the trunk, after the sandblasting and repainting, you will still have a corpse in the trunk...

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Re: There is a little bit of me

For what I read, it had big troubles restoring the mail database because in Exchange just replacing an older file is not enough - as database systems are usually picky when data files, logs and other things don't match. So, sure, he deleted the ILOVEYOU mails of that day - but whatever else was lurking there from previous days was still there.

Cleaning such stuff exactly needs tools which are able to read the database correctly and clean infected messages one by one - but you usually need to have the mail database open and accessible to run them, because accessing the on-disk structure of such files - often undocumented - it's a very risky task.

While in certain circumstance you may not have other options that wiping everything, running an AV against database files is usually a very bad idea - especially if the default actions is "delete".

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Re: There is a little bit of me

No, the server was not clean. It didn't clean the mail database, it just deleted it, so a previous copy had to be restored - it still contained all the bad emails the previous one contained but the last day.

And why a company should not rely on email? Should they install pneumatic mail, and have people with carts going around desks bring paper documents to read and sign? Companies always relied on internal document shifting...

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GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G's

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Google ignores it, others can't get it right

A site today, using TrustArc/TRUSTe: "Some opt-outs may fail due to your browsers cookies settings. If you would like to set opt-out preferences using this tool you must allow third party cookies in your browser settings." - so to increase privacy I have to decrease privacy? Opt-out? And of course a big "Accept And Proceed" button - it looks many in US didn't understand how to be GDPR compliant at all.

It's no surprise many sites may have dropped services who just got in the way and had the only effect of driving visitors away.

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Facebook mass hack last month was so totally overblown – only 30 million people affected

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Re: 14.7m

I would have also hacked enough accounts at random to disguise the real target, as long as it didn't trigger too many alarm bells.

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"Dear users, you've been hacked"

Please change your password, email address, home address, name and last name, date of birth, parents, spouse, children, job, education, and if you've posted photos, please contact a reputable surgeon to change your face as well, and whenever acceptable, gender.

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Microsoft reveals xlang: Cross-language, cross-compiler and coming to a platform near you

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"then theoretically any other language could consume that definition"

That was what COM tried to achieve (and before it, DCE RPC, on which a lot of COM is based).

The issue are not languages who have compatible data types - usually compiled languages that use the underlying CPU types, and their in-memory structures are quite "simple", and can be easily addressed using pointers - the issues are often in the interpreted ones (and some vm ones), where data type often have their own representation, and can't be easily passed around.

You can see it easily with "string" types - even compiled languages where the "string" type is native can use different ways to implement it internally - so they are not compatible across calls into different ones (but maybe as read-only buffers).

That's why COM had its own datatypes and all that marshaling stuff to convert them to and from, giving each side of the call something it can use.

Another attempt is doing what XML and JSON do - turn everything into some character-based format, and still needing code to convert to and from (which is usually far less performant than using native types when possible).

Of course, if you can force different languages to abide to a common standard, it's much easier.

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Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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"If you have a relativly new car it probably has a button"

AFAIK, all of them have a mechanical backup, usually now hidden in the key fob, to open at least a door. And anyway the button commands the car directly, doesn't ask a remote server to open your car (for now, at least...)

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Now this might be going out on a limb, but here's how a branch.io bug left '685 million' netizens open to website hacks

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"so you could be using it when shopping online without even knowing it"

It could even be worse. I know at least a site (a known photography bags maker) where you can't even see the products if you don't allow Shopify. A lot of sites today are an intricate mesh of different services, including "malware as a service".

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That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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"If they are trying to optimise and improve the OS"

Is a great improvement and optimization releasing an update and revoking it four days after because it deletes user file? Maybe their trying just to improve their testing costs by shifting testing to users?

They would be fine just with the telemetry from user accepting it - and it's not only "diagnostic" telemetry - they collect far more data for pure marketing needs. Do they really need my browser history and contact list to improve the OS? And the idea they can get files from my PC without my knowledge is really worrisome.

It's not having mega-secrets (although my company may not like some of its IP are read by MS at will), stil my PRIVACY IS MORE IMPORTANT than any improvement in the OS. It's not being paranoid, it's being aware of MY RIGHTS - which MS is breaking to improve and optimize its profits only.

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"Your think the OS is the worst offender when it comes to slurping data?"

Yes, because I can't protect from it (sure, you can try to sinkhole a lot of domains and IPs, but you can't kill the offending code most of the time), and has a total knowledge of what you do on a PC:

I don't use Chrome, I don't use Android, I don't use Facebook, and I do my best to run blockers in the browser to keep them away when Google, Facebook, and many other infest the site I visit.

But at least I wish my local activities aren't tracked and slurped.

It's clear that Chrome OS and Android aren't better than Windows 10.

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"Yo, dude, how do you like your 12 month warranty???"

Depends on where you live. I live in EU, so I have a two years mandatory warranty without having to spend more to buy it...

SP1 wasn't a success, so probably it's difficult to see one. I'm still using my SP2 Pro, anyway, and I'd like to replace it with a new Surface - what I don't like is Windows 10, and frankly, I like the Wacom digitizer more than the newer Bluetooth pen.

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"away from their most important customers, the PC OEMs"

Actually, the real OEMs don't really care if a PC is built for Microsoft, Dell or HP - if you mean that those who rebrand Chinese-made PC with US brand names may lose some money to MS, that's true.

It's also true that HP made a Surface-like PC before MS, but it lacked an OS to make it appealing, and HP didn't go much far in customizing the OS to make it a real working tablet/laptop combo. That's the issue, this kind of devices may need a strong coordination between hardware and software design.

For how long Dell, HP & C. churned out so-so PCs - up to the point that building your desktop machine gives you better value for the money? They awoke only when Apple beat them with its MacBooks (only then Dell awoke with XPS line), and now that MS delivered the Surface.

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"Try running Virtualbox with Debian 8"

I'm not surprised VirtualBox is much more optimized to run on Linux. If you look for performance, and not compatibility, running the native OS hypervisor is recommended, there's good chances it's far better integrated with the kernel.

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Re: Is there anything wrong with Windows 10?

Yes. How much data it slurps from user activities. It may be the best OS ever written, but if does slurp, that makes it wrong.

I don't want free stuff, I'm ready to pay for software, as long as it does not send anything to anybody without my full consent.

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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"even accepted 5th Nov 1605 as my DOB"

You were lucky you weren't "born" some years earlier - AFAIK old versions of SQL Server for example chocked on dates before 1601...

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"You are being served by Jesus."

He was known to serve wine, bread and fish, but coffee?? Anyway, it would have been a miracle to serve it back then...

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"I am forced to hide my serious writing behind aliases."

Steve Bong?

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Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Exactly - it would be interesting to know what borked the driver - a bad kernel change, or a change that triggered some bad code issue in HP code which went unnoticed before?

Anyway, why MS thinkers with kernel code so often is a bit worryingly - it got issue with the Intel audio driver, now with the HP keyboard one.

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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It's simply the Google's hate for "personal" devices.

Google can't understand personal devices running local software. It's trying to build them because others, especially Apple does, but it's wholly outside their DNA something working locally on local data.

So they can put an i7 inside, but will still need to run something that calls some remote Google server to perform anything. Android wasn't developed at Google, otherwise it would have looked much more like ChromeOS. Data slurping is not enough, everything must happens on Google's servers - were, BTW, competition can be even controlled better.

That's why they didn't replaced ChromeOS with Android.

Apple, from this point of view, care far less about you doing everything on Apple's remote servers - as long as they can sell you Veblen goods, it's fine if you keep you work locally. Sure, they will slurp some data, just they are not obsessed doing it.

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It's October 2018, and Microsoft Exchange can be pwned by a plucky eight-year-old... bug

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"Adobe Experience Manager"

It's a marketing tool - its name needs to be deceiving

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Next on their list to include is your NAS...

As long as they don't know how to delete snapshots...

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"Should they not be dumping them into c:\programdata"

ProgramData is for non-user specific, non roaming files. You usually store there files that for some (good) reason aren't going into <program files> (which non-admin users cannot modify), and need to be accessed by different users.

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"the program can NEVER access any other file the user has"

Just, it won't work when you use different programs to work on the same files. While I understand a game has no need to access your CAD files, it's quite common for example to work on image files using different tools, and some applications use files from many other ones to create their output (think a DTP or PDF creator accessing text files, document files, images, etc.).

It could be feasible to have ACLs that work with applications too, and not only users, but many users would probably dislike to be asked to give permission each time (and which privileges would you need to give permissions?)

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"How long before an update moves or deletes files that aren't "

Well, I believe it would make a lot of users quite angry... and I would like to be a MS lawyer if it ever happens. The fees to defend it would become soon astronomical.... think if Windows started to delete files on separate internal and external disks, shares, etc. etc... even Nadella chair could become very hot.

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"by cleaning up that heap of stinking dog poo called the AppData Folder"

That's another issue when bad applications don't clear up the poo when uninstalled. It's even worse with applications using DIY installers instead of one of the good ones. They did it with the registry, they're doing it with AppData. Unluckily, there's little to defend you from bad developers but not using their applications.

Still, I've seen Linux applications as well leaving poo behind when uninstalled - because even writing rpms and debs require some skills, especially when files are created after the package is run. Those not using the package manager can be even worse - often having some way to install them, but not a way to remove them fully.

The AppData folder is hidden just like most config files in a Linux home directory are hidden.

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It's a cert: Hundreds of big sites still unprepared for starring role in that Chrome 70's show

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Did Symantec and DigiCert warned their customers?

OK, it was in the news, but I guess they have an email address to send a warning to - of course, that address to may be not read by anyone, or even the one of someone no longer working at the company....

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Microsoft gets ready to kill Skype Classic once again: 'This time we mean it'

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Re: I want my Skype credit back

I asked them to refund my unspent Skype credit, of course they won't.

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