* Posts by Mayday

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The future of humanity: A Bluetooth ball hitting your face – forever

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Crikey! This is still a thing?

I thought people got over the whole Pokemon Go thing. Kind of like me and Ninja Turtles in the 90s. However a cursory Google show's there's a Pokemon World Championships, this weekend in fact. I must be old and/or out of touch or uncool or something.

For those more on the pulse than me, one can still register it would seem. Unfortunately spectator seats have sold out and I will be missing out on the action.

https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/worlds/2018/registration/

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DXC Technology asks field-based techies if they'd like to leave

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Re: I heard from one of their recruiters this week...

Me too - except last week.

In Aussie, if that matters. Mentioned that they normally take one on a six month contract at first to test the water before extension or going permie. There is no way I am leaving a stable job to go there. This mob are on my rather short list of places to not work at. Never go to a place that's laying people off. The only circumstance would be if I were unemployed (which I'm not) and there wasn't much else available.

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Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level

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Re: Fundamentals of IT

"Now you need 3 weeks of meetings - some of which must be conducted standing up"

Funny because it is unfortunately very true. I think we can blame (to a degree) ITIL, Agile, Six Sigma et al.

Back in the day, my boss rang me at 2pm on a Wednesday and said, "Hey can you go to $CUSTOMER tomorrow and upgrade all the campus switches with new hardware, configure it all and do all that etc? Come in the office this afternoon to grab the new switches and see the customer Thursday, if you need to be there Friday too that's ok". I got the kit (6 switches) and spent Thursday and Friday morning doing the work.

I can't see that happening now. Changing an interface description or changing a vlan assignment is a labour of Hercules which requires explaining to all these people who dont know what the difference between a patch lead and an SFP is all sorts of things, not to mentions the meetings and documentation. What used to cost a customer $250 now costs them about $5k.

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Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

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Pint

I love it when...

...the people smarter than me discover things like this.

Keep up the great work!

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Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

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Flame

Standard

"We take privacy very..."

Slightly different tack here. Normally it is "seriously". This time it is "important".

I think mine and any vendor/supplier etc definitions differ.

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Cisco patches IOS in response to boffins' IKE-busting breakthrough

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Megaphone

Nice find

However I can't think of a single instance in the past 20 or so years of doing this where I've seen rsa-encr (as opposed to rsa-sig) being used for IKE/ISAKMP.

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Too many leftover screws? Ikea website backend goes TITSUP

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Kinne and Ikea

Sorry, I always think of this one when I hear about Ikea

Things never sad whilst assembling Ikea

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Is Apple going ease off its HomeKit chokehold? Sure looks like it...

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Re: I say no

"I've been into this home automation stuff for a couple of decades now"

I've a very cursory look into some non "Big Slurper" home automation stuff, but as I mentioned very cursory. Where's a good place to start?

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Big Brother

I say no

to all of this home monitoring^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H automation stuff.

You can all (Apple, Alexa, Google Home etc) can keep your telescreens out of my house thanks.

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Nearly half of IBM's $1bn Aussie framework deal comes from mainframes

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Re: final solution

"WTF are you on about?"

In short, there's a book out there that blames IBM for the Holocaust because the Nazis used IBM products (punch card technology etc) here and there. Personally I blame a bunch of c*nts for it.

I'm not a huge fan of IBM, particularly in recent years with their staffing practices, however blaming them for these atrocities is drawing a rather long bow.

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Re: So they tell us version 2 and 3 are already on the way?

Looks like it.

However for $2300 (plus the accessories mentioned) I'd expect it to work as advertised and cook my breakfast and supply my hookers and blow habit.

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FAIL

So they tell us version 2 and 3 are already on the way?

And version 1 is both shit and expensive. Do they really expect anyone to buy a v1?

I wont. Pity. Something like this would be good for my use case if it were any good (flight sim).

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Cisco let an SSL cert expire in its VPN kit – and broke network provisioning brokers

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Re: Manual Patch?

CCIE here.

I can assure you that I do know how to install a certificate!

Even so Cisco docs are generally pretty good with all this kind of stuff, although I'd have to say they have been in decline in recent years particularly with acquired and new or "non traditional" products (ie not routers/switches/security products).

In addition Cisco GUIs are traditionally woeful and on the occasion I need to dive into the config I generally prefer the CLI. Having said that ACI GUI in the current version is better than previous version, just like dried up cow shit is better than dog shit.

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Manual Patch?

"It relies on an embedded SSL certificate"

How about being able to install your own or some other certificate?

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Castaway hacker guilty of sedating children's hospital computers

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WTF?

Sail to Cuba?

WTF was he hoping to do when he got there? Get a free house and smoke some cigars? Shack up at Guantanamo?

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Oz government offers privacy concessions on MyHealth Record

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Mushroom

Too late

Mine is opted out, as should everyone else's. Never to return.

Unless they surreptitiously and mandatory reintroduce this "new and improved" version which I will also opt out from (should it occur).

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Apple laughing all the way to the bank – with profits of $5.3m per hour

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Mac sales declined nine per cent over the quarter

Make a decent one, and I'll go buy one!

*Desperately wants a new Mac Mini but it's beyond the waiting and caring phase now.

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Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator

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WTF?

I wonder...

If Remington, Winchester, Colt and co should be held liable for school shootings too then?

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Pesky 'restructuring charges' make off with Citrix's cloudy cash

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That'd be Cisco.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/07/23/cameron_cisco_cio_conference/

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MyHealth Record rollout saga shambles on: ALP wants it put on hold

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Health Records, ok to a degree

First of all, I have opted out. Any other skippy should too.

I can see the merit in a system where health professionals and only health professionals with the consent on the patient can view and get information about them, so the GP or specialist can provide treatment and the like based on a history.

What I don't like is how just about anyone else can see this too it would seem. I don't want some "informed party" to be able to view my health info. Fuck that. Not the cops, not some bank to assess my credit abilities because I may be too sick to pay for something, not CASA when they decide to revoke my pilot medical because I didn't tell some DAME about a head cold I had 5 years ago. No thanks.

Not to mention the attraction to Mr and Mrs Hacker having this out hanging in the breeze on the internet, now that's another story again.

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If you're serious about securing IoT gadgets, may as well start here

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Terminator

Good idea in principle

Getting manufacturers to comply is another story.

"Too hard" and "afterthought" generally are the terms used when security for IoT devices.

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Big(ish) Blue: IBM sales creep up four per cent, share price follows suit

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Devil

I think Ginny

Should trigger a few new Resource Actions to "celebrate".

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Yar, thar she blows: Corp-cash-stealing email whaling attacks now a $12.5bn industry

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Re: Two factor of sorts can work here

"I don't do company on-line banking but I presume there must be some emulation of the way cheque signatures have traditionally been done.

Cheque up to £x? One signature.

Cheque over £x? Two signatures." etc

In Aussie:

I am, and have been for a number of years, on various sporting club committees. One time about 10 years ago an unscrupulous treasurer stole from us in this manner :/ Referred to the Police and dealt with of course.

Now we have a facility similar to what you describe when two signatories must login to send the transaction and one to concur and confirm it. It works well.

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Two factor of sorts can work here

<<email received>>

Give lots of $$$$ to Legit Business today please

<<approach/ring boss>>

Hey boss, I got your email, shall I give lots of $$$$ to Legit Business?

<<boss>>

yes/no

FWIW - I cant think of a place I've worked where a simple email was enough to transfer funds or approve expenses. Most needed the boss types to login to some kind of online portal/system to approve. Of course this can be compromised too, but that's another matter.

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Who's leaving Amazon S3 buckets open online now? Cybercrooks, US election autodialers

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Re: "...including the audio files to be used in robocalls to voters..."

"On the rare occasion when I even bother to answer a ringing phone, if it even sounds vaguely like a robocall I drop it like two hot pennies"

I do that when a human tries to flog me something too when they ring me.

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Scumbag confesses in court: LuminosityLink creepware was my baby

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Colton Grubbs

Name suits.

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Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes

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I wonder...

...if they can blame this on the mob who hosts their web presence?

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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Re: I work in the field

Nice explanation, have an upvote.

The article mentions "dirty bomb" Although I cant see there being enough to drop in the town square and give the populous cancer, is there enough to say grind into granules and put in a letter and post to some politician you dont like and get them sick?

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I was told never to leave a work laptop in the car

Or sensitive documents, or removable storage, or x or y

Nuclear material on the other hand, no worries!

PS. I actually wasn't necessarily told not to leave that stuff in the car, I just have a brain that I use occasionally.

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Google's ghost busters: We can scare off Spectre haunting Chrome tabs

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Good idea :)

One thing I've found rather annoying is each page/tab group in incognito mode is in the same "session" Hopefully this sorts it. One reason I've been playing with containers in Firefox lately (certainly for antisocial media).

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New Pentagon CIO's JEDI mind-change trick: Controversial cloud deal paused

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Re: More Alan Turing than Francis E. Dec? More Douglas Noel Adams than Einstein?

I read your post and It appears that the bot in question in the article below wrote it.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/07/07/ai_sucks_at_grading_written_essays_but_its_not_too_shabby_at_old_atari_games/

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Timehop admits to more data leakage, details GDPR danger

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Unhappy

Wow

That's a lot of people and a lot of info. Glad I'm not one of them.

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Like my new wheels? All I did was squash a bug, and they gave me $72k

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Good on them!

I'd much prefer these to be discovered, the finder paid $lots (which would essentially come out of what other customers and I are paying in licences) and potentially save me and my business $lotsmore in downtime and data compromise.

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BGP borked? Blame the net's big boppers

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Back in the day

Details/memory are murky. I wasn't the boss guy here so don't blame me for the initial cockup.

Some ISP in Malaysia begun announcing a /15 (??) of ours. Bad bad ISP, and bad for those ASs around them to accept it. Probably a lot of bad all round.

Everyone running around like headless chooks trying to sort the routing out until such time as we could tell the Malaysian mob to re-enter the right config on their boxes. I (young guy not allowed to talk because I couldn't possibly know any better) suggested that we advertise the /15 as two separate /16s so the more specifics would appear in the tables until such time as we could sort it out.

It worked until we were able to contact the Malaysian ISP but it goes to show how easy this stuff can happen.

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Apple emits iPhone cop-block update – plus iOS, macOS, Safari patches

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Big Brother

With a bit of luck

You could enable restricted mode as needed. This way you can use USB power sockets in public places such as airports* etc.

*I wont trust it anyway and I prefer to use an old fashioned AC charger to prevent snooping, regardless of any software features.

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Fitness app Polar even better at revealing secrets than Strava

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This makes me glad

That I don't do much/any exercise. Least of all with one of these portable telescreens.

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And in current affairs: Rogue raccoon blacks out city power grid after shocking misstep

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Re: Possums on the list?

A customer from a previous life was a telco who also manages the power grid. They use substations for placing of comms gear, and underground ducts and poles which are shared with power to install fibre and other cables.

One day I had to go to a substation site to do some work on the comms gear. As you can imaging, in this environment there is a substantial induction process to work around multiple 66kV systems, cabling and the like. Unfortunately for a common ringtail possum, it was not privy to said induction and I saw the remnants of one across the terminals of the primary of a transformer within the substation.

All that was left looked like a tube of grey fur with nothing inside of it. It almost looked as though it was something you would need made or milled somehow. It didn't even look "damaged", just a hollow grey furry tube.

This mishap did not cause any blackouts nor do I think anything tripped (not that I'm aware). I am guessing (I'm not an electrical engineer that controls power grids, just a network architect commsy guy) that the arc was within tolerances for this system and it was able to carry on.

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AI bots suck at marking written essays, not too shabby at old Atari games, and more...

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Devil

It actually sounds like a few of the Project Managers (Agile of course) at my work.

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IBM wins five-year whole-of-government deal with Australia

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FAIL

Nightmare

That is all.

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Apple is Mac-ing on enterprise: Plans strategic B2B alliance with HPE

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I like Apple stuff - Generally

I'm a fanboi I suppose, although I haven't bought a Mac for a very long time because I don't really think they have been that good for a number of years. My main home PC is now Windows due to a specific use case (it was Linux, but what I need is Windows only which is a drag - personal opinion, use whatever you like in my view). I also have a Mac Mini which I use as a HTPC which is very old and soooooooo due for replacement.

Which leads me to the next point. Look at the Mac lineup! It is woeful in my view. A Mini or Pro which would be a prime enterprise product, has not been upgraded in years, far from modern and still costs a modern price. Dodgy keyboard on a laptops and no server products.

What else is there? No desktops, laptops not as good as they were 5 years and no servers? Having said that, give me a new Mac Mini and I'll replace my ancient one thanks.

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Re: Translation Required:

"2) be an “expert at presenting” - you know PowerPoint well"

Don't you mean Keynote?

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Feds charge Man after FCC boss Ajit Pai's kids get death threat over net neutrality axe vote

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WTF?

What an idiot

All views on net neutrality, the politician and everything else aside, this guy uses a Gmail from his own home, with his regular Gmail as the backup address? Linked to social media too?

WWWWWWWTTTTTTTTTTFFFFFFFFFF?

Did he want to get caught or something?

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Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes

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Re: Shoo, camera (sorry)

"I'm really struggling to conceive of a legitimate use case for such a device."

I'm a skydiver. Often skydivers attach cameras (such as GoPros) to their feet to take certain angled shots, such as during canopy piloting or wingsuiting. Presumably other "action" sports may do similar.

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Facebook shells out $8k bug bounty after quiz web app used by 120m people spews profiles

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Childcatcher

“More explicit websites could have abused this flaw to blackmail their visitors, threatening to leak your sneaky search history to your friends.”

You mean people dont Pr0nhub in a new private window session with tracking blockers etc on?

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Time to dump dual-stack networks and get on the IPv6 train – with LW4o6

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Go

Looks good

I'll need to read the RFC now :)

Offhand (without reading said RFC yet) the only drama I can see would be overhead caused by MTU issues with the extra bytes added to packets from the tunnelling and shit networks fragmenting and/'or dropping. But let me read the RFC first :)

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Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

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Big Brother

"Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb"

You have to be utterly dumb to install this shit (telescreens) in your home to begin with.

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Big Blue's Summit super sits, aptly, at the peak of official Top500 beast list

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Re: shout out for storage?

Hi DerGoat,

I work at place with a supercomputer. Most of the storage isnt there to keep data per se. In the TLDR terms, the HPC gets data from its sources, does a whole bunch of modelling and crunching then sends the results to the people that want it (I dont want to go into too much detail of who or how for confidentiality reasons).

So you essentially get a whole load of stuff in, it gets crunched essentially in RAM and CPU (its a many/multi node system, not just one fat CPU!) and spits the results out and the original data in essentially gets discarded. Anything that needs to be archived goes to a traditional compute/storage type system which we all know and may not love. The HPC has no need for this once the crunching has been done as a new model needs to be run almost continuously and the old one is no longer relevant.

This is our particular use case anyway, others may have huge storage arrays for their use cases as you mention.

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'Black hat' extortionist thrown back in the clink after Yelp-slamming biz

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Holmes

Freedom of Speech

Sure, you can say what you please about anyone you please.

Impunity does not apply and you must accept the consequences of what you choose to say or type about them.

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India tells its banks to get Windows XP off ATMs – in 2019!

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Pirate

"To:

The Chairman / Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer

All Scheduled Commercial Banks (excluding Regional Rural Banks)

All Small Finance Banks and Payment Banks

White-Label ATM Operators"

Does this mean that Regional Rural Banks are exempt? Take your USB ATM skimmer to the bush and skim away!

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