* Posts by TheVogon

2385 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

HPE sharpening the axe for 5,000 heads – report

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Re: @AC "your apps aren't special"

"HP-UX probably carries no more legacy old school code than Windows does, or even Linux for that matter."

Well it has had way fewer security vulnerabilities than say Solaris or Linux!

I'm sure the majority of people running "midrange" systems would love to move to Wintel / Lintel, but often the cost, effort and perceived risk is lower to sit on what they have and pay the support fees than to rewrite and migrate. I can't see many people choosing HP-UX in greenfield, but then I would say the same of Solaris and AIX. The main use cases are very large single system image and applications that are designed to scale up and not scale out. I would hope that everyone these days is writing for scale out when possible, but sometimes that's not an option...

For me these days for small / medium / DB as a service feature rich databases it would be SQL server as primary choice where I needed enterprise support / scalability and failover fault tolerance - and only if I absolutely had to have RAC (live cluster failover with zero downtime) then I would reluctantly choose Oracle too.

If my needs were less enterprisey or I had specific use requirements (for example web / digital not based on .Net) then many other choices are available - PostGres, MongoDB, MySQL etc. A few choices I would be very reluctant to use are Amazon Dynamo DB and Redhshift, Google Datastore, and Azure Cosmos DB and Document DB - because what happens if you want to run on premise? Move to another cloud? At least if you run managed versions of any of the other choices above you can still move relatively easily....If you are locked in then your provider might one day turn into the next Oracle and sweat their prisoners! Yes a specific product is still a lock in ,but at least if it's not in the cloud you can choose if you pay for support and choose what platform to run it on...

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Microsoft reveals details of flagship London store within spitting distance from Apple's

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Re: A binary future for the Microsoft shop

"Is you RETURN button broke ?"

How can a return button be out of money? Or did you mean broken?

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Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

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Re: It's not that simple

"Could we gift Wales to them? "

Firstly we need Argentina to give them Patagonia back!

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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Re: LCN is independent, Kualo too

"I can recommend LCN for domains"

I can second that. Cheap, stable, decent management tools on the website and fast service on the one occasion I needed a question answered.

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"We're talking £12 unless you click a button. Hardly worth getting your tits in a twist."

Per domain. So could be quite expensive for some...

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Re: Unsolicited Goods Act 1971

"Only if you can prove they were meant for you as a speculative sale. The law allows for errors and mistakes"

So if you receive a parcel addressed to you with goods, but no indication of who it's from you just have to keep them for 60 days?

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"So what happens when a .org.uk and .co.uk both want the same .uk? Or a .ac.uk or .gov.uk etc etc etc?"

For now it's existing .co.uk owners that gets first call on the corresponding .uk - and they are reserved for a while.

Going forwards I imagine it will be the same as happens now with .com. First to register will get it initially, and if other parties want it then the one with the most money or a valid trademark claim generally ends up with it.

I expect s.co.uk and f.co.uk etc. are worth rather more now!

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Re: Little to do with automatic renewal

"True on the face of it and taken by itself; except that you'll lose everybody who has grown used to typing in .co.uk for the last two decades"

If you just switched it over with an existing commercial site that relies on search engines / shortcuts / consumer memory, yes sure that wouldn't be good. But no one sane would do that - you would likely forward the old address to the new address and over time potentially transition to .uk once your traffic figures to the old site drop to tiny. 2 Years is probably enough for most sites to transition - if you actually care about the cost of registering both versions.

For corporate / personal - you can just choose to transition at your convenience - and going forward I would have thought for new sites the shorter url version would be commonly preferred. However that's just based on my preference...

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Re: Down with this sort of thing

""Here, we've reserved you some products you didn't ask for and will charge your card details you gave us for a totally different purchase automatically unless you tell us not to!" - is this even legal?"

It's not legal / enforceable as I understand it - unless there are very specific terms in your contract allowing for this - which seems unlikely. I'm sure they will be aware that it's potentially naughty, so I would hope that if you complained about any resulting charges - even a long time afterwards they would refund them without issue. They likely have taken a calculated risk to make a lot more via inertia of those that keep them, or don't notice!

I don't really have an issue with them registering the domains automatically, but then automatically renewing them at a cost is definitely not OK without specific permission.

As it's a technology company someone there must have read this article - if they were not asked for comment - and I would expect an innocent mistake to be immediately reacted to with an apology / comment, and corrective action taken. Therefore as it currently stands it appears intended. If I were a customer it would likely make me consider if I wanted to remain one,

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"But the .co has a specific purpose, it tells us that the site is intended for commerce (as with .com)."

That was it's intended purpose for sure. But it's often used for other things and it's scarcely necessary.

I suspect in the long term the convenience from say "Tesco.uk" versus "Tesco.co.uk" will win out for general use - but of course large brands will still register both.

As to my own .co.uk I use them to access my nas and Exchange server, so .uk is an instant win of 3 fewer characters to type in on the rare occasional I'm not using an app or a shortcut!

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Re: Customer retention -> vendor lock-in

"By automatically registering the .uk for customers, they increase the number of domains that customers would have to transfer to another registrar should they be inclined to leave 123-reg."

Domain transfer is selective. You only update the IPS tags for the one you want to move...

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"therefore 123-Reg may have quite a few court cases to fight in 2 years time when they ask their customers for payment."

If they really are automatically signing you up AND autorenewing with a charge then I can't see they have a leg to stand on to enforce it.

However they might well be simply planning to refund on demand and likely will still make bundles from those who don't notice or decide to keep them....

Signing you up free automatically I don't have a major issue with (although opting in would be better), but the auto renewing for something you didn't specifically agree to seems terribly shoddy.

As I understand it, it is also illegal to sign you up in this way under the Consumer Contract Regulations that came into force in 2014...

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Re: Unsolicited Goods Act 1971

"Basically after (60/90?) days, if you have notified the company of their error, they become your property. So we flogged them on eBay."

Surely if actually sent to you then they are "unsolicited goods" and are your property for free anyway?

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is that danielmcintire.co.uk or danielmcintyre.co.uk the notorious spam, phishing and malware hosting site.

See what I did there? Same difference.... Not a new problem.

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Re: How much

".co.uk now £23.98 for two years."

A quick look shows £8.95 for 2 years at LCN.

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"Why is there a need for the doubling of names by direct .uk registration in the first place? It's only for registrars to make money."

No need to double - 2 years free gives you the time to switch to .uk without additional cost.

A straight .uk is better than the relatively pointless .co addition imo.

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"It strikes me that a lot of people moaning about "having to pay for these domain names in 2 years time" aren't aware of turning the automatic renewal off on these domain names."

LCN defaults to it turned off. I just registered my reserved .uk domains with them for free for 2 years. I get the choice though - they don't register them unless I say so!

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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Whatever they do, it will be cracked within days.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Re: Seen in the wild!

"The pinnacle though is that Edge is wholeheartedly aimed at end, home users and not business or enterprise users. It's barely compatible with SharePoint"

You likely need to apply cumulative updates to your SharePoint server to support Edge!

" Edge is thoroughly uncontrollable using group policy"

See https://colinfordblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/gpos_1703_rtm_vs_1607_oct17_v2.xlsx

And remove the filter on column D to see all of them. What's missing that you need?

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Re: And its only Windows 10?

"And they made it the default reader for some files, including pdfs, which it still handles badly and fails to print, for example."

I find Edge more reliable for printing PDFs than anything else bar Adobe Craprobat Reader. It seems to handle complex / foreign files without issue that trip up other third party options.

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Re: The interface is terrible

"The biggest irritant with Edge is that if you use a Microsoft account, it's next to impossible to get it to not sign you in by default. "

In Edge goto the Options menu (the 3 dots), then Settings, View Advanced Settings, Manage Passwords - and you can right click on and delete anything you don't want remembered. (At some point you must have clicked the please remember me on this PC option if it's doing it automatically). Then it will always prompt you.

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Re: The interface is terrible

"You have to switch to private browsing mode after starting to avoid sharing everything you do with your browser with Microsoft."

Agreed - which is relatively easy to do if you care about such things. It would be nice if there was a single "I'm paranoid don't send anything to anyone" button option. It is possible to disable it altogether for normal browsing (although a bit of a PITA) - If you want to do that here you go:

* To stop Microsoft Edge general data forwarding, under Microsoft Edge Options, Select View advanced settings and Turn any of these off:

Use page prediction to speed up browsing, improve reading, and make my overall experience better

Show search and site suggestions as I type

Help protect me from malicious sites and downloads with Windows Defender SmartScreen

* To stop Microsoft Edge from collecting your browsing history:

Go to Start , then select Settings > Privacy > Feedback & diagnostics.

Under Diagnostic and usage data, select Basic.

*To stop Microsoft Edge from collecting your browsing history for Cortana personalization:

On your PC, select the search box on the taskbar to open Cortana home. On your mobile device, select the Search  button.

Select Cortana’s menu  > Notebook > Permissions.

Find Browsing history, and turn the switch to Off.

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Re: Seen in the wild!

"I helped a customer out just yesterday and was flabbergasted that she was running Edge as her browser of choice."

Well "customer" implies a work environment - and lots of corporate stuff is still IE only - which can be directly launched from Edge.

Or maybe they are performance sensitive? https://microsoftedge.github.io/videotest/2017-04/BenchmarkMethodology.html

Or maybe they care about battery life? https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-battery-life-test-gives-edge-leg-over-chrome-and-firefox

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Re: Every time you visit Google with Edge, you see an ad for Chrome

"How do Goodle still get away with this? "

They haven't in the EU.

Unfortunately in the colonies, money is king and they just pay lots of politicians lots of money and the problem magically goes away.... See https://www.ft.com/content/6b637b56-53da-11e4-80db-00144feab7de

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Again, not ideal, but you can install the "Save HTML in Edge" app from the Windows Store

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Re: Javascript ?

"And who uses Bing as their first choice search engine?"

it's far less irritating than Google for sponsored content. However if you were going to change it, DuckDuckGo is my preference, (which does include content from Bing).

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Re: The biggest issue with Edge

"Is that I cannot imagine anyone with any regard to privacy running a win 10 integrated browser rather than one from another company."

Versus say Chrome which is Spyware by design?!

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Re: I was prepared to give it a try when I first installed Win10...

"Whilst the idea of Edge being gung ho on ad's may seem reasonable, it's quite terrible. Websites that rely on adverts to pay the bills (i.e. most of them) would simply block Edge with a "we don't support Edge, please use Chrome...."

Edge now has various Ad Block options including Ublock Origin. And if you ever do hit a website that denies access to Edge, all you need to do is hit F12, click the "Emulation" tab and you can be pretty much any browser you want to be...

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"For me the single biggest reason I don't use edge....I cannot right click anywhere on a page and select back."

In Edge, click on the menu options (3 dots on the far right), select Extensions, then Get Extensions From The Store, then install the "Mouse Gestures" extension. That should be everything you need.

I agree this should ideally be built in, but I think this is due to Microsoft's attempts to keep the attack surface and code base to an absolute minimum...

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"The current version of Edge on Windows 10 Mobile works very well"

Agreed, but a) there are no add-ons as yet - and add blockers on mobile are really a must these days have with so many websites having popover adverts that obscure the entire screen, and b) to get mobile website to actually show modern content it seemingly pretends to be an Android browser meaning you are forever being offered useless apps from the Google Play Store...

I really liked Windows Mobile, but primarily because of App availability I got myself a Samsung S8+. I could spend a day writing abut how many things suck on Android / Samsung - for instance nearly every app sending lame notifications. Bixby not being able to be uninstalled, and even though I disabled it and denied all rights to every installed Bixby app I still get repeatedly prompted to update it! But if you need a wide selection of current Apps - it's either that or pay the Apple tax....

What doesn't make sense to me is Microsoft releasing zero handsets whilst still updating windows 10 Mobile....They need to release something very good very soon or concede total defeat In mobile.

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Re: And its only Windows 10?

"No, Edge should've been left in it's box 'til it was ready. Shipping it incomplete in Windows 10 gave everyone a chance to use it, find it was inferior to whatever they'd been using before, and promptly ignore it forever after."

Agreed, but you could to a degree say that about Windows 10 in general. The RTM version was awful - they wanted to get it out the door before it was really ready. If you install a current version it's a lot more bearable.

Ditto Edge. Now that it has a selection of add-ons including Ublock Origin etc and because it's very fast it's the preferred option for me.

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Re: The interface is terrible

"There is something just terrible about the interface, it's difficult to pinpoint but it just feels uncomfortable..."

Short learning curve to understand what the (not very intuitive) icons actually mean, but once you know that I find it preferable to Chrome or IE.

"even though I know that Edge is more secure ( or at least that's what we're told)..."

In terms of vulnerability counts it consistently beats Chrome. And it's faster.

"Flat is boring"

They can make the interface look like whatever the fashion of the day is. However I guess it was originally called Spartan for a reason....

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DoJ: Look! Google is giving up overseas data for warrants outside Second Circuit

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Re: Easily circumvented

"One of the things that came out of an outage MS had a while ago is that AT LEAST one of it's authentication servers is in the US"

Primarily for US servers and services. With Microsoft's security model, even if you authenticated against a remote server, your access rights are still controlled by the local / regional authentication infrastructure to the data / system you are accessing.

And if you really care about it, Microsoft offer a "bring your own keys" option with secure HSMs where even Microsoft can't access your encrypted data...

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"I never understood the Microsoft case anyway, there have been rules in effect for decades on getting this information - you petition the Irish courts (in this particular case) with the assistance of the local authorities"

But that would acknowledge that US law doesn't apply globally which is what they have tried to pretend to date - despite evidence to the contrary: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/04/08/wto_online_gambling/

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"the DoJ said: “In the wake of those decisions, Google has reversed its previous stance and informed the government that it will comply with new Section 2703 warrants outside the Second Circuit.”"

Presumably Google can look forward to some exceedingly large fines in the EU under the GDPR then:

"Breaches of some provisions by businesses, which law makers have deemed to be most important for data protection, could lead to fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global annual turnover for the preceding financial year, whichever is the greater, being levied by data watchdogs. For other breaches, the authorities could impose fines on companies of up to €10m or 2% of global annual turnover, whichever is greater."

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Microsoft fixing Windows 10 'stuttering' bugs in Creators Update

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Re: Disabled update service before "Creator's Update"

"As of today I still haven't enabled it again and while I worry about bugs and unpatched exploits"

I would recommend that you at least download the Windows 10 media creation tool and complete an in-place upgrade to the latest major release. They have fixed lots of bugs, performance issues and glitches since RTM.

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Re: WAAS

"The big question is when does it start and how much do they think they can get away with ?"

Well it likely won't start without buying a new device in the future if and when they decide to launch such an option. Windows 10 is supported for "the life" of the device it's installed on.

I suspect you will in future get say Windows Basic free and can then choose to rent OR once off fee upgrade the Windows version IF you need / want to for more advanced features. I would also expect to see the Windows upgrade rental included "free" with an Office 365 sub, etc....

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Re: Sigh, Poor Ordinary Folks

"Looks a useful site. Unfortunately with the BTInternet account, (because set-up couldn't complete due to outdated information?) the option to modify settings wasn't shown."

It should be. Open the Windows Store app and check for updates - so that you ensure the Mail app is the current version. The RTM version was very buggy.

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Re: Sigh, Poor Ordinary Folks

"When you went to manage accounts there was simply the option to change the mail box name or to delete the account. "

See https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6135-add-delete-account-windows-10-mail-app.html

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It's September 2017, and .NET lets PDFs hijack your Windows PC

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Re: Still nope

" but Microsoft Word could not detect what encoding it had."

"Libre Office would open it but the formatting was off and it was almost frozen."

Sounds like a non standard encoding PDF to me as both had issues. Is the source by any chance a non western country?

"so I installed the same font into Win 10. No change, Win 10 is a POS!"

if the issue was Windows 10 encoding support, then you would likely have needed to install the relevant language support - for instance Russian, Chinese, Arabic, etc, not a font. However I suspect this is simply that Word doesn't recognise the encoding. See https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Choose-text-encoding-when-you-open-and-save-files-60D59C21-88B5-4006-831C-D536D42FD861

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Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source

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Re: Technically speaking...

"Was it really necessary for MS to change the architecture of the NT kernel just so a server OS could have all-singing all-dancing display drivers?"

They didn't change the kernel at all. They changed the display driver architecture. The micro kernel was not changed by that.

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Re: Technically speaking...

"Think display driver in kernel."

Most of it runs in User mode in Windows: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/display/windows-vista-and-later-display-driver-model-architecture

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Re: 18+ hoursTo Go

"A microkernel differs from monolithic kernels – such as the Linux and Windows kernels"

The Windows kernel isn't monolithic. It's a hybrid microkernel.

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China crackdown: VPN vendor gets prison

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Re: that pesky ECHR

"You mean the ECHR that is not an EU thing and so not affected by Brexit?"

Quite. It's not the ECHR that we need to get rid of, it's the CJEU. That's where most of the ridiculous decisions regarding rights have originated...

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Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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Re: Paraffin is the answer

"Works for nests in attics, although there may be some collateral damage."

Amazon sell little plastic fumigation candles that you light and then burn for about 30 seconds and then emit a cloud of white insecticide smoke. One of those set in the middle of my loft cleared out a large nest in my eaves without issue...

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Re: Where's the AI angle? @Stoneshop

"At home we have a smallish industrial unit with two of those blue/UV tubes"

I have an Insectocutor near my conservatory with one round UV tube. It's very effective when fitted to a dusk-till-dawn security plug. The large tray underneath is quickly filled with incinerated insect parts....

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Re: "Scumbags" is understating matters

"¿sɹǝpᴉds ɹno ɟo ǝɯos ʍoɹɹoq oʇ ǝʞᴉl noʎ plnoM"

NO

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2016/oct/24/huge-huntsman-spider-tries-to-eat-a-mouse-video

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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"is costing publishers and e-commerce sites billions in lost revenue."

Surely making them extra revenue? If you spend longer on a page you are more likely to view the product, see adverts, etc. etc

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Re: Personally

"And why on earth will they not provide an alphabetical list so you can find a particular channel quickly."

Or not have say Dave and Dave + 1 a hundred channels apart.

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Crypto-busters reverse nearly 320 MEELLION hashed passwords

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Re: Uh, oh!

As is for instance youcunt, motherfucker, suckmeoff, ifuckpigs, and most other abusive terms i can think of!

theregister is also there!

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