* Posts by John Sanders

1644 posts • joined 29 Sep 2006

Tired: Java. Desired: Node.js. Retired: The suggestion a JavaScript runtime is bonkers

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Re: I don't get it.

I do, what sounds better on an industry driven by buzzwords and marketing nonsense?

A) Event driven system with built-in CPAN

B) Node.js

Event driven what?

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Let's go to work: How bots took over business

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Holmes

Just make a mention of systemd

And suddenly a horde of what could be described as irrational people pops in.

No way a bot will hate something it has no clue about as much as real people.

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

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Re: OS Upgrades and Other Patches

Same experience here the last time I experienced any kind of issue with upgrades was on the transition from RHEL 6.0 to RHEL 6.1, in my case it was related to a blunder on LVM assuming certain defaults, you could work-around it easily and got fixed in 24h though.

This maybe shocking to Windows people, but usually upgrading a Linux server if you know what you are doing (this is if you're experienced) is completely painless and very, very quick.

The problems in Linux come with commercial software from 3rd parties, some which insist on using abnormally large amounts of shell scripts with lots and lots of assumptions (and no fail check whatsoever), seem to have odd libraries that have strange dependencies, and support personnel who think the Linux shell is a more complicated version of MS-DOS.

That is why some people keep running their RHEL 5.x boxes happily for years and years, it is for fear or screwing these applications.

One way in which people keep these stupid turds running is, they buy new hardware running RHEL 7.x, virtualise the old RHEL 5.x server, stick it in a VM and access it via proxy software running on the physical RHEL 7.x side.

If you think about it, is like a brute-force container. I have seen that done to work around applications that can't be upgraded and depend on old versions of OpenSSL. As the proxy is running on RHEL 7.x you offload the SSL to the RHEL 7.x side and voila, new cypher/protocol support on an old application.

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Linux 4.12 kernel lands: 'Go forth and use it' quoth Linus Torvalds

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Ubuntu will sort out Ryzen on 16.04.3 LTS

Ubuntu will sort out Ryzen on the next point release of Ubuntu LTS: 16.04.3

In the mean time just grab the latest mainline from:

http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.8/

And sail away.

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Devil

Bait...

Daddy, daddy, what's this pointy sharp J shaped piece of metal with a worm in it?

That is bait my son.

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Re: Thanks!

Sanders rolls his eyes.

Mate go inform yourself a bit more.

Nothing stops anybody from distributing drivers that are not in the kernel.

Drivers are distributed with the kernel because they are maintained along the kernel as the internal ABI of Linux changes from kernel to kernel. (yes, done on purpose)

Also the drivers in Linux usually cover "entire device families".

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Looking forward to BFQ IO scheduler

BFQ IO scheduler for workstations looks very promising indeed.

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Re: Pipe Dream

>> But I sense that Corbyn's Labour party is a different animal, with a genuine commitment to social welfare and the NHS.

Corbyn is a Trotskyist, he essentially believes on a version of Marxism which believes in "permanent revolution", this is seizing power by force.

For people too lazy to fcuk read and do some research, he is totally nuts and his ideal version of society is communist Cuba/Venezuela.

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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I use systemd on all the servers I manage, out of choice. I refuse to set up non-systemd server-setups any more, it is just so vastly more pleasant to work with than the alternatives.

So, for me personally, when systemd came along, it solved all the problems I ever had with system initialization. What most systemd critics consider "bloat", I consider necessary complexity to solve a complex problem generically. You can say what you want about Poettering, but he actually realized what the problems with system initialization were and provided a working solution. I could go on for hours, but this should be a good summary.

A lot of the pushback against systemd - merited or not - is because a lot of people in charge of little parts of the bazaar have seen their pet projects cast aside by the major distros and taken over by the systemd devs. In a world where street cred is a big force in motivating people to contribute to open source being maintainer of 'x' where 'x' is part of each and every linux distro out there and then to see 'x' taken over by systemd in a fairly rough manner without any kind of co-operation between the old maintainers and the new kids on the block there are bound to be a lot of ruffled feathers. But that's not technology, that's just ego.

I find amusing that no one here is asking why systemd-resolved was introduced, or what problem was it intended to solve, read this post:

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2016-May/039350.html

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Re: If THIS isn't a reason to hate systemd...

>> If it were a stand-alone DNS daemon then you could easily change to another one.

Dude, you can just do that, systemd-resolved is a separate module.

systemd stop systemd-resolved

systemd disable systemd-resolved

systemd mask systemd-resolved

apt update

apt install dnsmasq

I guess this is the 21st century version of the peasants with pitchforks.

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Re: If THIS isn't a reason to hate systemd...

The ignorance is strong yes, but el reg loves sweet sweet clickbait.

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Re: If THIS isn't a reason to hate systemd...

So systemd provides with an optional module systemd-resolved to do dns caching, Ubuntu uses it to replace dnsmasq, there is a bug in systemd-resolved which affects a small number of distros, notably Ubuntu 17.04 for which a patch does exist...

Oh noes, the end of the world!

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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

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Is this an accident ?

@kain preacher

Who cares? it is not as if you can use the code to improve anything or to create your own product. maybe this is useful for learning about the innards of windows? Something that has been possible for 20+ years if not more?

No one cares. oh yeah pirates and people who write malware may do.

Nothing to see here, move along.

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Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

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I love it

All these corporate types who despise IT, when they realize IT will kill them.

It is too good. What a time to be alive. :'-D

I'm not going to make a lengthy post, the two or three people lurking here with some spare IQ power understand this well enough.

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Stop trying to make The Machine happen, HPE. It's not going to happen

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Unfathomable power!

>> These computers will be so powerful, they could each catalogue an iTunes music folder in less than ten minutes.

Inconceivable, who would have thought this would one day be possible 15 years ago.

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

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Re: website bombshell

A bit autistic are we?

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Mushroom

Re: What about the important things?

I heard your call brother, we must stop the heresy!!!!

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John Sanders
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Re: My code won't run but the spaces are great

Those who give any kind of meaning to white-space in source code other than to separate one word from another is a heretic and has to be cleansed!

Yes this goes for python too.

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Mushroom

Tabs in code? heresy!!!!

Cleanse the heresy:

:set tabstop=<n> (2, 4, or 8, etc.)

:set sw=<n>

:set expandtab

:retab

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Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

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Re: All I want

You need:

http://piro.sakura.ne.jp/xul/_suspendtab.html.en

It has changed firefox for me, night and day difference.

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Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

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XFCE Yes!

You'd be surprised, the latest incarnation (stil in dev) uses GTK3 and surprisingly uses much less memory and it is noticeably faster than the GTK2 counterpart.

Also it has an enhanced compositor and proper vsync support.

As much as I despise Gnome and their API breakage policies GTK3 once it has reached maturity its proving to be decent.

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The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

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Oh yeah, how could I forget!

Systemd makes container integration easier.

https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/

red_hat_enterprise_linux_atomic_host/7/html/

managing_containers/using_systemd_with_containers

Come at me with your debuan little buggers. LOL

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Also...

Dunno with LXD as I haven't tried it, but not every workflow works well with normal docker style containers.

PD: No one doing anything remotely interesting cares about Windows these days. I'm sorry but Windows is both liability and boring as hell.

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MySQL devs take cache behind shed, shot heard

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Does Oracle

Understand the "concept" that no one is using MySQL anymore?

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Microsoft Master File Table bug exploited to BSOD Windows 7, 8.1

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Re: Applications are vulnerable?

>> I really don't know why people that don't need to run Windows, still run Windows....

Search for the word Masochism in the dictionary, I think it is what you're looking for.

MS says; "Assume the position" and the entire industry says; "yes master".

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Init freedom declared as systemd-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status

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Re: If you want to know what's wrong with systemd, try other bits from the same stable

They do different things, "hostname" only reads the current hostname. "hostnamectl" is able to set the hostname, standardizing what used to be a per-distribution custom mechanism. Despite being shipped with systemd (to make sure everyone can rely on it) it doesn't actually depend on systemd and in no way goes through it.

also hostnamectl is the agreed replacement for "lsb_release -a" and provides other information (like the underlying virtualization platform) useful for orchestration all in a standardized manner.

firewall-cmd (firewalld) is more of the same, an effort to standardize configuration, however on this one I have to agree that after learning how to use IPTables directly, I do not have much use for firewall-cmd as for me it gets in the way, however:

systemctl disable firewalld

And we're done here, thank you very much ladies and gentlemen.

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Re: Consider this: (was: No - systemd doesn't offend me)

xorg, gtk, qt, libc, these are all choke points...

OMG the kernel is a choke point!!!

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Re: No - systemd doesn't offend me

Some of us; believe it or not:

1) Do not have any problem with systemd.

2) Have actual problems that sysv can't deal with effectively.

3) Like systemd.

4) Understand systemd.

5) Have had bugs fixed by the systemd developers after politely reporting them.

6) Are extremely happy with systemd.

7) Think systemd is a massive improvement over sysv which is/was great on its day but falls waaay short in the current year.

I'm sick of the systemd crap people post online, out of 1000's of posts I have seen maybe 1 or 2 issues that were genuine issues with systemd, the rest was people who do not know/are not familiar with systemd and just complain when they do not know what to do when their sysv hacks don't work on systemd.

For all the hacks out there who hate systemd, create a unit, and run your fucking script from there:

/etc/systemd/system/lowgpu.service

[Unit]

Description=Set the RADEON R290 to low energy profile

After=lightdm.service

[Service]

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/lowgpu.sh

Type=oneshot

TimeoutSec=20

User=root

Group=root

[Install]

Alias=lowgpu.service

WantedBy=multi-user.target

systemctl enable lowgpu.service

Oh my god, it is so complicated, all that to get a little script to start at boot with complete control of when and how!

HERESY!!!! I want muh "rc.local" and my sysv scripts (never mind that systemd supports rc.local and sysv cripts just fine)

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What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course

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Yawn...

Yawn...

Kindly pets penguin in the head.

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

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Re: The NAZIS finally Won

Goyim I can't even...

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Re: It's game over for democracy

"Which begs the question as to the real purpose of such legislation."

Think about this:

Who is the surveillance supposed to cover in the UK, why is this even remotely necessary? Is it because of the naughty UK natives?, if not who?

The national socialists?

The members of the Red Brigades?

Members of the IRA?

Members of ETA?

The Bolsheviks?

The FARC?

The Khmer Rouge?

The members of GRAPO?

I wonder who could be so problematic as to grant the government the power to spy over everybody.

The funny bit is that these who the legislation try to address were brought in by a political decision which could be easily reversed if the politicians had any honesty.

But instead you and me have to now see our freedom eroded.

This will be used to spy on political adversaries, and anyone critical of (((the system)))

This is a massive slippery slope.

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Holmes

Re: Only one question

(((Only one answer)))

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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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Linux "... eleventy million varieties ..."

Sorry to be pedantic.

There is only one "Linux", the kernel, what you complain about is that there are too many Linux distributions.

Advise to newcomers overwhelmed by the sheer variety.

There are three main families you care about as a beginner:

RedHat/CentOS

Debian/Ubuntu

Suse

My advice is to stick to Ubuntu or CentOS until you're familiar with how they work, once you understand the basics you can move easily from distro to distro.

My personal recomendation is to use Ubuntu MATE as your fist Linux, specially if you mistakenly think that Linux has to be Windows-like.

I won't lie, it takes effort, but trust me there is no looking back.

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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Two words really

Cargo cult.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult

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Solaris admins! Look out – working remote root exploit leaked in Shadow Brokers dump

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Linux

Brace yourselves...

I'm scared when they begin airing what they have on Linux.

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Google fumes after US Dept of Labor accuses ad giant of lowballing pay for women

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Flame

I propose two things to women:

These two things end the problem, choose weasely:

Either companies fire all men and hire only women. (If women earn less they are cheaper employees and thus more profit)

Or by governmental mandate we make every single woman earn 10% more than a man, thus ending the mythical pay gap forever.

Choose the form of the destructor.

And please leave us alone, we're tired of PC bullshit.

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Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

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Re: "Web native" developer?

"""You also get what you pay for...""

You're implying open-source is free as in free beer, this is not the case, not by a long shot, maybe for a ma&pa shop if they have someone competent, certainly not for most medum/large business.

Difference is open-source will not trip you, you can use it whatever way you see fit and doesn't impose stupid limits like what can you, or can't virtualize.

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Well...

Good riddance...

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Linus Torvalds explains how to Pull without jerking his chain

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Re: git shit

>> git is a PITA

Wait what?

Facepalm.

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Kodi-pocalypse Now? Actually, it's not quite here yet

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Unhappy

Re: Shaming

If each movie created 15.000 jobs we'll all be working for the entertainment industry.

Besides, I trust nothing that (((Hollywood))) says related to cost, profits or salaries.

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Re: Get it right

Hmm some day maybe there will be anything worth to watch.

For the last 2 years I have been just watching the occasional fail-army youtube video, reading books and playing video-games.

Piss off entertainment industry, you produce 99.99999% boring PC garbage.

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Spies do spying, part 97: Shock horror as CIA turn phones, TVs, computers into surveillance bugs

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Re: While it was nice to see no mention of Linux here...

This is because they need to "get into it" first.

Not as trivial as with another OS that can't be audited.

Not saying Linux is perfect or unhackable but it is a tad more difficult to get into Linux servers if they are configured correctly.

The more savvy and seasoned the user, the hardest to hack.

But all of this is moot if the state is after you.

They will apprehend you at your door, bash the hell out of you, get your keys and passwords and simply plant whatever evidence they want on your computer.

And you my dear friends will never know and will hate me once the press writes the corresponding kill piece and the BBC declares me enemy of the people.

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Meet the chap open-sourcing US govt code – Paul, an ex-Microsoft anti-piracy engineer

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Re: Significant legal risks of open-source software

@toadflakz

Google created their own implementation of Java not by copying the source but by re-implementing an open standard.

Oracle is suing Google claiming that if you implement a standard they own, you own them the moneyz because they are Oracle and Larry Ellison's yacht's deck is dirty and needs a new yacht.

Pandora's box.

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IT Angle

Re: Go for it!

>> That's really daft, when they could have used the shitty, unmaintainable and insecure real OpenSSH for free.

Dude WTF?, explain yourself or piss off.

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Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

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Holmes

Elemental.

>>> What’s the point of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)?

Embrace, extend, extinguish.

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Git fscked by SHA-1 collision? Not so fast, says Linus Torvalds

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Big Brother

Re: Lifetime of Hash Algorithms

"""The difference Google demonstrated was the background colour, so basically turning #FFFFFF into #FF0000"""

They achieved this by including a binary chunk on the PDF, you make it sound as if the only change is FFFF to 0000, the document payload was altered significantly.

If you run a diff of both documents the differences will be massive on the binary chunk.

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Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

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Re: Which operating system?!

>>> Giving up Epoc for Windows CE was definitely the beginning of the end of Psion.

Giving in to Microsoft is the sure way to start the end of almost any company.

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Re: Bit pricey and it'll be a few more months until it's out but...

>>> Fails on at least three core criteria.

You do realise this is not an iFail do you?

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Microsoft sets date for SQL Server on Linux

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Re: This is actually largely irrelevant

"""Except.... that if you pay for large scale enterprise support it costs nigh on as much as an MSSQL licence for the same feature set. Just like if you pay for Red Hat Enterprise it costs about as much as Windows Server."""

Except that I can affirm that RHEL support works quite well, while I can't say the same of MS' support.

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Is it the beginning of the end for Visual Basic? Microsoft to focus on 'core scenarios'

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Re: Fickle Microsoft

""None of use should be dependent upon a single language.""

'None of use should be dependent upon a single language FROM MICROSOFT TO BE USED ONLY ON WINDOWS'

There fixed it for you.

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