* Posts by Jamie Jones

2127 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

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Re: Quality

My guess is that other official tennents in his bulding complex are renting out their properties via airBnB, against their contract conditions.

I'm assuming he doesn't like all these uncooth people in his building.

Not sure what's illegal though, unless they are a bunch of people who climbed over trumps wall.

Do I win a prize?

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Facepalm

*facepalm*

Earlier this week, though, new software was automatically sent out to folks' $469 Lockstate 6000i locks

A lock, upgradeable over the internet? What could go wrong?!

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Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January

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That simply hands control of what should be independent government requirements to the cable giants.

[ ... ]

And that the US was still massively behind other developed nations in terms of speed, roll-out and competition (16th out of 34 developed nations). Worse, just three per cent of the country had a choice of three or more providers (the definition of real competition) for speeds of 25Mbps or higher.

[ ... ]

And now, in the era of Trump, they hold a majority, and they are looking to unravel the rules to the detriment of Americans and to benefit of the cable giants.

But less government regulation is freedom! Anything else is just commie! This is the American way!

Just ask "Big John" and "Bombastic Bob"

(Meanwhile, my evil government has given me a situation where I have about 15 ISPs to choose from. Those damn politicians.. Distracting me with complicated broadband choices whilst they control me!)

P.S. This isn't an "anti-American" post. I'm with you guys against all the bullshit you have to put up with, like I am grateful when you guys are supportive of us with our own political shite

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Tech billionaire Khosla loses battle over public beach again – and still grants no access

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Re: temporary situations are exempt from permit requirements.

I'm sure the enterprising surfers would then arrange to - loudly - use it during those wee hours!

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Arsehole

What an arsehole. Maybe he should ask Chris Christie for help, he's into abusing the law to obtain private beach access too! http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/03/politics/chris-christie-beach/index.html

It's a weird story to me though - I live surrounded by beaches, and can't think of any beach in the UK where this could ever be an issue. People simply don't / can't own beach-side property - there's no access to block. Beaches are just "there", linked by common land

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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Re: Gotta be honest here...

I'm curious to what you are doing that costs so much to run. That's a lot of cpu and bandwidth there!

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Re: Gotta be honest here...

And if NEITHER can apply to you, you're simply dead?

Errr no. That's when you get a proper job.

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Re: It never used to be about money

Joe, don't forget, though, that for commercial companies, hosting is a lot cheaper than it was.

Heck, you can get a kvm virtual server on a 10Gbit internet connection now for $2.50 a month. I remember paying 25X that much for a less powerful dedicated server 15 years ago..

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It's really quite simple

Serve me ads with no tracking, from the origin server.

If you want the ads to be relevant, make them relevant to the web page the advert is being posted on, just like TV advertisers focus on the programme they advertise in. You can even do one better - you can tell when someone clicks on the advert.

You have NO RIGHT to track me and the websites I visit, just because you technically can.

If you really want to see companies taking the piss, you should look at the ad companies that use the android platform.

I've been using android for years now, but only recently started looking into how they operated. I was naive.

Even the so called respectable companies have SDKs that:

- grab your MAC address (to uniquely identify your device when sharing UUID is disabled)

- grab a list of all wifi AP's your device can see (why?)

- grab location. OK, they want to know where you are in the world, but unfortunately "coarse location" accuracy can be much better than a 1km radius. Some even request "fine location" - no doubt they need to know your GPS location because your advertising needs in the front of the house are much more different from in the back of the house.

- phone home even when not in use.

I have evidence of an app by a well known "google approved" developer that use ad ad sdk that tries to keep a connection open to the ad companies server all the time... I mean, all the time. A background process is launched independently of the main app. This process is relaunched when killed, and relaunched when you reboot your device.

Basically, as long as this "safe" app is installed, your device will be connected to this web server. I've not seen what exactly it transfers as yet, other than a randomly(?) generated uuid, as I blocked it when I first saw it.

I know block all dodgy ad sdks. The amount of ads I see have dropped to almost zero, but that wasn't my intent. I usually pay for apps I use, or tolerate ads, but if you are going to do underhand things, don't expect to get away with it.

P.S. I thought running of background services, without an icon in the notification area to let the user know was prohibited by google play stores TOS.

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US border cops must get warrants to search phones, devices – EFF

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Only affects Americans

The American authorities should realise than generally, Americans are going to travel back home anyway.

It's the "less important forrin' types" - tourists and business people - who now stays away that should be their real concern.

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

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Re: Blind support

"convicting an innocent person is much more abhorrent than wrongly releasing a guilty person."

Whilst I agree with that statement, there are circumstances where it could be argued the other way. For example, if the guilty person you release goes on to murder a dozen innocent people, that's 12 people who have been killed plus all their family/friends etc. Detaining an innocent person affects one person + family/friends etc.

But it's not a simple numbers game. It's about "avoid punishing an innocent person at any cost" - which is why people go free who are "known" to be guilty.

'better 10 (U.S. 100) guilty go free than an innocent person is convicted", or something like that.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackstone%27s_formulation

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Re: Who hasn't written "malware" code?

You can't call that malware if he had no idea what the friend was going to do with it.

He could have written it as a fun thing to put on his own PC as a sorta screenlock when he's away from his desk.

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Re: Blind support

Please! It is "innocent unless proven guilty", you should not presume that an arrest will automatically lead to conviction as that is (or should be) the jury's decision.

Except it isn't.

Article 11 of The Declaration of Human Rights clearly says until.

Although it's pedantry: "until" in this context doesn't mean "they will be". It more or less means "unless" - blame the ambiguities of the English language for that one - but still, "innocent until proven guilty" is the correct phrase.

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No chips for you! Toshiba takes flash off the menu for WDC

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dammit guys.. cars. cars. cars.

we demand motoring analogies, not aeronautical ones!

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London Mayor slams YouTube over failure to remove 'shocking' violent gang vids

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No, I haven't. Please enlighten me.

Do they threaten "righties"? Do they describe how they are going to murder them? Do they make shooting gestures?

Nope? I've not seen the videos, and aren't making a statement one way or the other regarding them, but damn, you "righties" bang on about "pc lefties" and free speech, yet act the biggest bunch of "delicate triggered little snowflakes" ever.

Just about everything you do, from whining about "safe spaces", to being an outwardly homophobic closeted gay is classic psychological projection.

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The Next Big Thing in Wi-Fi? Multiple access points in every home

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Re: "controlling software in the cloud"

tough. my networks are fine thanks.

I don't want my intra-house telemetric data going to anyone, nor do I want my stuff managed by some support desk person juggling other customers and clock-watching.

A mesh per household? Talk about over-engineering. There must be more mansions and castles than I thought...

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Anonymous coward sees 23 AP's on 2.5Ghz, so it must be unusable for everyone.

I can currently see 2 other than my own, if there was more than 4, I'd think there was a geek event going on nearby.

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Snopes lawsuit latest: Judge orders disputed cash can flow to fact-checking site

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Re: Snopes is a Damaged Brand....

P.S. The shift to "climate change" from "global warming" was to try and shut up your kind from saying stupid things like "Global warming?? but it was snowing here yesterday!"

Unfortunately, instead of appeasing you, you've all just added the change to your stupid list of conspiracy theories.

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Re: Snopes is a Damaged Brand....

Ken, you should have just called it "FAKE DEBUNKING" - that's what your glorious Dear Leader, who-is-a-perfect-incarnation-of-the-appearance-that-a-leader-should-have - does when a fact is reported that he doesn't like.

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Red Hat acquires Permabit to put the squeeze on RHEL

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Re: "Yes, FreeBSD doesn't have Wifi"

Indeed. FreeBSD has had wifi for years.

In fact, wasn't it ahead of linux in the early days because if a freebsd driver didn't exist you could just use the windows driver via the ndis driver..

From: https://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/config-network-setup.html :

"Unfortunately, there are still many vendors that do not provide schematics for their drivers to the open source community because they regard such information as trade secrets. Consequently, the developers of FreeBSD and other operating systems are left with two choices: develop the drivers by a long and pain-staking process of reverse engineering or using the existing driver binaries available for Microsoft® Windows® platforms.

FreeBSD provides “native” support for the Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS). It includes ndisgen(8) which can be used to convert a Windows® XP driver into a format that can be used on FreeBSD. Because the ndis(4) driver uses a Windows® XP binary, it only runs on i386™ and amd64 systems. PCI, CardBus, PCMCIA, and USB devices are supported."

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@john.jones.name

Long words (i.e. text with no spaces) get truncated on here - this happened to the links you posted.

You need to repost them as html i.e. < href="...">....<>

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WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI

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careful....

Don't get complacent. Our governments in the UK would do most of this given half a chance.

Don't forget all our internet comms are now logged without warrant, and we have more cctv per person than the usa...

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Mid-flight jumbo font smartphone text shock sparks kid abuse arrests

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Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

@scrubber

Is that seriously how your mind works?

The text messages were sufficient cause for an investigation.

That's how investigations start.

If it had turned out they were actors practicing their role in some new anti-child abuse movie (or whatever other far-fetched excuse you can think of), then obviously the result of the investion would be different.

Seriously, if someone had been overheard plotting a terrorist attack, or murdering someone, and the police didn't investigate because "well, he was just talking, not doing" would you think that was a reasonable response if it turned out one of your family members was the victim?

Incidentally, long story, but many years ago I accidentally (i.e. I wasn't looking for it) found someone distributing hard core child porn via a server I used. I reported it, and the Uk police followed up. A few weeks later, i got a phone call to tell me that my information had led them to someone who had sick child porn on his computer. and photos pinned up on his walls, and from his personal diary it was probably not long before he would act personally on his feelings.

He would be prosecuted, and there was enough evidence that I wouldn't be needed as any sort of witness.

I don't know if they would have ever told me his name - unfortunately I didn't get a chance to ask, because I was out and someone else took a message for me.

My point is, do you think they would prosecute someone just on the basis of "some email from some random internet geek?"

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WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

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Indeed. Trump has made things difficult for us, but I'm sure May and Rudd will once again fly the British flag again soon!

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Isn't it sad how John shrugs off needing a fresh laptop as if it's understandable that someone would go through all your personal stuff without a warrant just because you are on holiday?

John, next time, take the usual family laptop, with all the photos of the wife and kids, and bank statements. etc. Then, refuse them access to said laptop without a warrant, then report back to us on your experience!

Terrorists my arse. If you had dodgy files to send to America, you wouldn't carry them on your laptop..

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RentBoy.com boss faces six months of hard time

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Re: Land of the free

..... wood haf bean evan betar iff eye curd spelle

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Land of the free

Meanwhile, in Amsredam...

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Re: Double-standard

Ah yeah, right. I suppose it's the big gay agenda, or something?

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It’s 2017 and Hayes AT modem commands can hack luxury cars

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Re: The Hayes modem command set.

imagine including a reference to a http://theregister.com/+/++ath0.jpg in a web page.

*clicks*

NO CARRIER

You bastard!

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Cardiff did Nazi that coming: Hackers slap Trump, swastikas, Sharia law on e-sign

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Re: Part of the UK?

You want us to become a suburb of London?!!

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Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

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Re: "proven fact" and "studies show"

Errr. Both you guys.. That was sorta the idea

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Re: I think I'd be less than delighted

You do know that it's a proven fact that usage of any of the following words/phrases in their "PC" / political context indicates a lower IQ, and the tendency to follow the leader, sheep-like?

snowflake, triggered, libtard, "safe space", SJW (as currently used), "fake news"... and more...

Further studies show that users of such phrases are unaware that whilst using them shows up their stupidity, they ironically think it makes them look clever. Unable to think for themselves, they cling onto whatever "facts" are explained to them with single syllable words.

Typically paranoid, and easily scared, give them a " bogeyman" to fear, and they are even easier to control. However, protagonists in this field have urged caution, as it is very easy for such brainwashed people to have views even their own side thinks absurd, such as the government is out to get them, and there could virtually be terrorists hiding under the bed, and that their penis is abnormally small (though this latter point is usually true)

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Universal Service Oh... forget the Obligation. BT offers to stump up £600m for 10Mbps

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Re: Simply...

What about you townies getting all our lovely fresh water?

Until you stick a rain collector on your tiny roof and make do with your polluted city-air-percolated water, stop moaning!

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Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name

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Re: Evening Standard does this too

Have you tried "Osb{b][/b]orne" ?

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Re: Filters

This is why I post on El Reg.

**** womble.

QED

Did you really type four stars there, or is it the new El Reg filter?

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Re: Ivor Baddick

I know a "Richard Large" (*) - imagine school register role calls...

(*) No, I've never heard; never asked; don't want to know!

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Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

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I read an article the other week that some people don't consider themselves to be "grown up" until they hit 30... Jesus, what kind of messed up generation are we raising?

I'm in my 40's, and still haven't grown up.

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Cyber arm of UK spy agency left without PGP for four months

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Out of interest...

In cases where source code is audited, does this mean that the government etc. deploy all the hardware themselves, with firmware compiled by themselves with the original audited source code, where the entire build and tool chain has also been audited?

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US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

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Just one word

NO FUCKING WAY (when one word just doesn't do it)

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We also make our dog go out in the back yard to take a crap. He doesn't seem to mind, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea for me.

You're doing it wrong.

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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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Re: eth0

FreeBSD uses the same convention as for all other drivers, i.e. device-driverX

e.g. vtnet0, vtnet1, vtnet2, fxp0, re0, rl0 etc.etc. Of course, you are able to change them if you want, but otherwise.. meh.

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Re: The real question

Hark at you, commenting on the real issue and not just using it as a systemd bashing excuse like the rest of us!

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Re: underscore illegal dns character

As someone considering a move to BSD away from Arch, can you elaborate on what you don't like about the BSD userland stuff?

I guess it's what you're used to. I much prefer the cleanness and coherence of the BSD userland. Hierarchical structure is much cleaner, and the command options are far more coherent and structured.

Anyway, if you want, most of the GNU main commands are easily installable, so I see no downside.

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Re: Alternate

DNS is meant to be a distributed system, and your local resolver should be as close as possible.

You also don't want to use a server you can't trust to not intentionally send bogus results.

So, why all these dumb solutions? If you don't want to use a forwarding DNS to your local ISPs server, just roll your own recursive dns. it's virtually configuration free

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UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

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Ah, but does your broadband go up to 11 on the dial?

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Re: Jesus, NO!

What about your crappy after shave to mask your awful BO and bad breath? Not to mention the fact your underpants stink of piss and shit because you've not changed them for weeks.

If you recognise these faults, why do you continue them?

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IETF moves meeting from USA to Canada to dodge Trump travel ban

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Re: Sounds good to me

Canada is welcome to all the travelers from countries that cannot properly vet its citizens (per Obama's standards). If the tourist dollars are worth the risk to their citizens, OK. Perhaps they will take a more careful approach if they get a building or crowd bombed.

A tip: Don't say things like this aloud. It just shows you are:

1) A scared little snowflake (to use your right wing terms)... Funny how the Trumpets come up with insulting words for others that actually apply more to them. It's of course a classic case of Psychological Projection.. Trumpets could have written the book on that subject (if the could read)

2) Someone who believes Fox 'news'. They make out that terrorists are running amoc in Europe, Sharia law is taking over, and silly misguided fools believe it.

3) ISIS supporter. - ISIS is all about unjustified restrictions on people, and therefore loves unjustified restrictions 'the land of the free' puts on innocent people - not only is it good old ISIS thinking, but the whole point of their terrorism attacks is to frighten people unproportionally to the actual threat. You are a classic case of one of their pawns. They want the West to demonise innocent Muslims. It helps their cause. You are one of their star foot-soldiers.

4) An American traitor. Related to the above points, you show why countries have been losing respect for America. True American patriots are friendly, tolerant, helpful. fair, and very intelligent and innovative. It's what actually made America great. I feel sorry for the many decent Americans now surrounded by a bunch of insular, paranoid, scared, racist bigots who seem to wear stupidity as a badge of honour.

As for tourist dollars, you want to keep people out to keep you safe, but ironically there are 2 major things affecting peoples desire to holiday in America - the aforementioned border restrictions, and your out of control gun crime.

Now, to save you from falling into the trap, I'll help you out. - Your reply would probably be about how the gun violence problem is exagerated, and people are naturally scared of something the press hypes up if they don't actually live there and know the real situation.

Well, I agree - (to an extent - there may be some hype to it, but the right wings response is positively delusional)

But guess what - DING-DING-DING - That's exactly what you are doing with terrorism threats, and then some.

So, please tell me why terrorism is driving you potty when:

Number of Americans killed by terrorism in the last decade: 24. Number of Americans killed by guns in the last decade: 280,024.

More Americans are killed by toddlers with guns than terrorists

Finally, for your reading pleasure: The Psychology of why Americans are more scared of terrorism than gun, even though guns are 3,210 times likelier to kill them.

Have a nice day!

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

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Re: they should have rebranded...

If choosing how to spend their own money attracts such opprobrium, perhaps we could have your list of Jamie Jones Approved Spending For the Mega Rich?

Oh fuck off you humourless piece of sanctimonious anonymous shit. Do your "rich people white-knighting' where someone gives a crap.

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