* Posts by dbtx

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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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from through the fog

30-ish years ago some fuel station chain (Shell? I forget) was branding and selling oldies mixtapes on the cheap. And we listened to 'em. But now I'm thinking:

You're feeling so weighed down

Forget the losses and burn down

Fall into city lights

Nothing else is easy

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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have my rights, too!

Do you keep them on a shelf right next to those of J. Assange? You know, that shelf in the echo chamber.

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

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Re: same thing only different

But it was literally just that one time that it went badly. Almost always, you can get away with it-- the drive just gets some extra dust in it, which gets flung off the platters and caught in a little filter for the wind it stirs around in there. Maybe its useful life is slashed, it gets some unrecoverable read errors sooner, that's all, because 'usually' the whole spindle doesn't flop around. (yes, I did that more than a few times, yes it's fun to watch, at least one DIY thing was about replacing the lid with plexi so you could include it in case mods and it would [probably] not die)

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same thing only different

I went looking for an email in someone else's account by adding their account to KMail. Of course, I set the account type to POP3 instead of IMAP so it all got deleted, after which I removed that account and then deleted the only copy off my machine. I got some of it back by scraping /dev/hda for email headers. Then I swore off reading other people's mail from behind the scenes, forever. If they were very unhappy, I don't remember them showing it. Of course later I could always ssh and grep -rni Maildir/ but that was 2003... and only one of my total pooch-screws.

Another was spinning up a 40GB drive with the cover off-- I didn't know the spindle wasn't quite rigidly fixed to the drive body and it really depended on the top cover pressing down complete with torx screw to hold the axis perpendicular. The heads did plenty of damage... I copied out as much as possible, saved lots of C:\D&S, reinstalled XP on a new drive, and gave them back what I can only hope was all the things.

You: Why the actual fuck would you do that to spinny rust, let alone with someone else's?

Me: I... I don't know.

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Softbank's 'Pepper' robot is a security joke

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Re: false dichotomy maybe

Inventors don't have to *be* security experts, but they certainly could have *consulted with one*. If you go through all the trouble to embed an entire computer in your thing, you don't get to plead ignorance.

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Intel's commitment to making its stuff secure is called into question

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that photo...

I can't get this LGA chip to stay in the Socket AM2 here. Maybe if I put a lock on it?

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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"You're doing very well. Please be advised that a noticeable taste of blood is not part of any test protocol..."

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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I see your PETS

and raise you one Electronic Utility Liberty Annihilator. Second Renaissance, here we come. (now playing)

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According to a peculiar (American) account of it, what makes us spay-shul is that we eventually ended it. But that's absurd, as you don't get any extra credit for doing the right thing.

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MISO, MOSI, SS. The slaves aren't sentient and they don't have anything like human rights. Get over it.

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SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!

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didn't fail to notice anything

His 12 followers were carefully chosen and appointed, "and yet one of you is a devil" he said. "it would be better for him if he had never been born", he said. Read the story.

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Fourth 'Fappening' celeb nude snap thief treated to 8 months in the clink

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celebgate, gamergate, tishgate

I wonder how many kids have any idea about the first time when it was a hotel and the scandal had absolutely nothing to do with water. This [thing that people do] is depressing.

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Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!

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without the laugh track

...which is good, because being reminded that that something was supposed to be funny, or someone assuming that I need to be reminded, is not funny.

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Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

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things NoScript handled while I read that article...

theregister.co.uk, regmedia.co.uk - allowed

facebook.net, twitter.com, dpmsrv.com, outbrain.com, google-analytics.com, googletagmanager.com - blocked

It's kinda funny how that works. Are your decision makers not communicating with your humble hacks, Reggie? Would it make any difference?

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: What's wrong with "contacted"?

Or "pinged"?

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Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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"a given time period"

It doesn't matter. As long as we are talking about billing cycles, data and bandwidth are practically interchangeable. When you're computing on a hard power budget, performance per watt equals performance. Here is the same-thing-only-different. Nobody said anything about bandwidth being unlimited-- whether theoretically or realistically. They said everything about bandwidth being artificially crippled and 'unlimited data' being a falsehood anyway.

"Throttling someone doesn't limit the amount of data they can consume in total" Yeah, it absolutely does, and not just because your entire mortal existence is ...a given time period.

If I didn't have the 8GB cap, I could probably download almost 5 TB each month-- but it is capped, so I get less than 50GB. (8GB at "4G speeds" which might be 2MB/s for <1 day, ~36GB at 15KB/s for the remaining 4 weeks) It's a data cap even if its implementation is a bandwidth cap.

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Dang, that sucks. At least he GTFO in the end.

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P.S.

the company president heartily promotes Trump, probably because Trump is a fellow businessman, besides incidentally being on the correct wing. Everything humans do (well or otherwise) ultimately reveals the quality of our information, and their quality problems go all the way to the top.

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snowflake world a.k.a. SFW

TL;DR: I got written up at the aforementioned tool and die shop for leaving a homemade 3s3p LiIon pack in the men's locker room, after someone somehow mistook it for a bomb.

I had (hopefully) made it somewhat rain-resistant by wrapping in clear packing tape, which also held the NdFeB onto the bottom/back (normally for holding it to my bike, for the lights that make it street legal at 6 AM during most of the year). The clear packing tape was because I hoped to be able to see when there was water getting in and if the strips joining the cells were rusting (they were, lightly).

I don't have a locker-- it was supposed to go into my backpack as usual. My mistake was sticking it onto an I-beam while I got my shirt out of said backpack and changed into it, and then forgetting it. Their mistake was being a paranoid mindless Murkin-- who believes their favurite government official that tells them "land of the free, home of the brave" means the worst is about to happen and we all have to act accordingly-- and assuming that same worst thing, without spending another 30 seconds working on an awareness of their "situation."

It wouldn't have been so difficult. All 9 cells were positioned with the label printing facing out: ICR18650A220 (can you believe it? 18650 form, 2200mAh) and the letters YLE (the manufacturer in China) and 3.7V and a plus and a minus at either end... and a bar code which matched a 12-digit serial number, which would be pretty important for quality control, or something. Very readable. Very obvious. It would have been nothing for someone to notice and look it up on their phone, but instead they got on the phone with the cops and started evacuating until a guy recognized it and had a good laugh (and many more in the following weeks). But I'm the one who incited a panic. Not that whistleblower.

A few rhetorical questions: what kind of self-respecting terrorist is masturbating in the village of <deleted> instead of getting busy in a real city with lots of potential victims? What kind of self-respecting terrorist takes a bomb to a factory and then puts it in the vicinity of toilets and clothes racks instead of near some industrial chemicals, preferably flammable ones? What kind of self-respecting terrorist puts a bomb on/near a wall, at chest level, almost directly in front of a mirror where lots of people will have a good reason to look directly at it, instead of hiding it anywhere?

More recently there is a suggestion/subliminal message posted around, whereby this tool and die shop ironically encourages "attention to detail." The company has more than a few ongoing quality problems-- they're on what is basically probation with their more important customers including Honda. My unhappy conclusion due to this and a dozen other obscenities: the people who make decisions there also kind of suck at thinking, fail at creative problem solving, and generally aren't as properly addicted to believing true things as one would hope.

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Funnily enough, no, infosec bods aren't mad keen on W. Virginia's vote-by-phone-app plan

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Yo dawg I herd u liek voatz

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NO

NO

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Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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hadn't heard of that... but it's a Google thing, so probably not (no GApps). Just the same, SMS is just the obvious thing I'd then be able to do, not the only thing.

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Set the brightness to how you like it, depending on your setting

So my 'setting'... is that my surroundings, ambient light, etc.-- in the classical literary sense? I hope so... otherwise this is kind of like a weird way to say "have a user-settable setting which sets something in some way which is predictable or not depending on how much the current batch of smart features gets in the way and/or breaks outright"

Now, back to trying to find a proper VNC server so I can still use SMS while my phoneinternet antenna box is out on the roof.

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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grating?

Is that a cheesy way of saying Regreatification?

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The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one

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Re: 5G

Boy, I wish I could get cable to my workstation. 4G is nice when there's a line of sight to a local or semi-local tower, and the carrier isn't capping it, and tethering & mobile hotspot aren't being a bad joke. 5G presumably won't make any of that suck any less. My phone can get ~25mbps in itself right now only because it's up on the roof. It's tethered to an RPi at the end of a 25ft Cat5 supplying the WAN port on a router, but sadly the RPi only gets around 6mbps at best over the USB cable. I'm sure it would be just dandy if any tethering wasn't capped to 15KB/s after the first 8GB each month, so I could use the builtin USB tethering, so I wasn't all but forced to rely on that app and its PC-side relay thing written in javascript. I feel like I could rewrite it in some compiled language but that is The Wrong Thing. Cable would be The Right Thing but I'm just renting a room and the people who are allowed to decide seemingly don't care.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Winnicks Premiere Prole 2038?

Don't care. All Software Sucks.

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Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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re: Opera

I tried Vivaldi for a while, then I figured out that precompiled binary means severely poorly optimized. While it needed to do stuff like draw on the screen-- open the window at first, change to another tab, etc., my *audio* would crackle because the buffer size on the sound server was apparently too low to cope with the load. It probably was using tons of statically linked stuff instead of my local bits, all baked the same (sad) way. And it probably could've been mitigated by a realtime kernel, and I can't exactly get into that then or now, so... if I can't compile it, I don't care. Chromium will probably do the same opinion-pushing thing, or already has done- but at least it could be patched to piss off about security blankets.

Q: What's the difference between a marketing campaign and wetware hacking?

A: Powdermilk Biscuits.

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Joke

Stuff that e.g. Firefox renders which is browser UI and not stuff from over the network.

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AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs

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Re: something that would be quite disorienting

I am prejudiced. Oh-ree-ehn-tayt sounds like an elephant fart.

Actually it sounds worse because flatulence can still be funny. You know what isn't funny? Guys givingpresentating presentations during meetings where I work, in the USA, using it even though it's incorrect in the USA, and now I can't even imagine correcting them because I am trying to stop the tide. I can never know whether the examples they are following-- the users whose usage they are learning from-- are from another country where it is legitimate. It's like the legitimacy is more or less viral, while the correction isn't-- unless all the Brits want to let the Murkins tell them they're doing it wrong. It's got a diode.

So the elephantine flatulence becomes colloquially legit over time and there isn't a damn thing I can do about it. THAT is the horror that is on me, whether or not you were wondering. On the side, of course it was all my fault-- to announce non-correctness without referring to my favorite naughty-list of English errors, which agrees with Ashley_Pomeroy. Could have avoided this.

Maybe I'll just start saying and typing limitated because it imitates imitated, but why should the absurdist protest stop there, or anywhere? Adaptate, citate, recitate, excitate, visitate, temptate, plantate, instrumentate, quotate.

Come on. Lamentate with me.

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fine. The jokehorror is on me.

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something that would be quite disorienting

Orientate is not the root word or even a real word.

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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$ whois fake.news

This platinum domain is available for purchase. If you would like to make an offer, please contact platinums@donuts.email.

Oh, platinum. I had better make a pretty sweet offer, then. J/K, I ain't got time for that anyway. Well, if I could afford it, I'd probably just have it redirect to whitehouse.gov

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especially fake.news which I am suddenly tempted to try to grab

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GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

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freewheel

This 10+-year-old MX Revolution has that and what they call 'smart scroll' so the wheel switches between ratchet and free based on its speed, and the thresholds are configurable. It is the one and only thing in this world that I actually insist on using despite it having 'smart' in the name, and Logi discontinued it in favour of manual mode switching because apparently I was in the minority. Go figure. Middle-click on the wheel was a pain (actual tactile button is farther away from the fulcrum than the wheel is). So I rewired the search button just south of the wheel to perform that-- but in the other relatively new mouse, the search button's place has been taken over by a purely mechanical mode button. Of course I keep soldering random LiPos into the old one and it keeps working.

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Snooping passwords from literally hot keys, China's AK-47 laser, malware, and more

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OK, but doing a virtual waveguide, what keeps the maser from diverging if the maser is there to keep the laser from diverging? And if you're superheating air, obvs. air or something in the air has to absorb those wavelengths, would that be water vapor? And if you target a person, how do you keep the same energy-tube from engulfing your listener's head and starting to cook it? I would go and look it up but I probably already landed on more than enough watch-lists this week, for that heresy above.

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proceed with phase 2

I should, if I considered myself a Good American, but I don't. So long as representative democracy is the game, and the majority keeps voting for this to stay the same -- bloody warped as it is-- then I have little to do for it but to finish whining. Like I said at work to a True Believer in all of this (and its current superuser), all I'm tryin' ta do is come up with something useful or find out something true and deliver it to the human race. Spoiler Alert: it won't be another Constitution.

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Does 'hold' mean grasp and compare and consider, or believe and internalize? FWIW, a genius can still 'doublethink'.

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Huzzah, we kicked out the Brits

You may be surprised to discover how many Christians consider themselves Good Americans, yet will reflexively roll out the admonition by Paul to 'be subject to earthly authorities' every time you declare shenanigans on the government-- even though deciding your government is corrupt, and throwing it out, is the most American thing anyone can do. I'm not saying that would make someone a Good Christian, I'm merely saying it's kind of impossible to be both.

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Re: “It can burn through clothes in minutes”

s/minutes/seconds/ ... when I was a dumb kid, an Army quartermaster (if that was true) said they already had laser weapons but they couldn't use them because it was possible to slowly track across an enemy's e.g. arm and cut it off... and that was prohibitively inhumane. Gotta love the classics-- a small remotely launched bit of mass delivering kinetic energy to randomize some bit of flesh has never been a war crime per se.

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Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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something must be done -- this is something

"Ahh, there's nothing like a totally worthless 'CYA' maneuver, when one's customers are miffed."

"... wouldn't 'creative problem solving' lead to a much better ending?"

"I didn't say there was nothing better, I said there was nothing like it."

(because some people who make decisions where I work happen to really suck at thinking)

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Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS

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will scare potential customers

and scare former pseudo-employers into buying SSL certificates they didn't absolutely need. (because they thought *everyone* was going in with https:// and would see the scary warning about the self-signed cert that nobody had any reason to see, incl. the same person who kept seeing it because of a wrong habit vs. making and using a correct bookmark)

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Re: I'll switch browsers...

Probably they get at something behind it first and pwn the firewall from the inside. You say "SPoF", I say "minimal attack surface". You can make it real hard for a malicious bit to phone home, and the whole thing holds water.

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this is stupid

They missed a level: secure, insecure, irrelevant.

I don't need SSL to read a stupid web comic and I don't need my browser to wail at me about it. I also don't need a guy asking me why his browser is wailing about things that don't matter. Looks like dd-wrt doesn't do HTTPS. I suppose everyone follows Google's stupid trend, then my browser will feel entitled to indirectly demand that I get a new router.

Maybe Waterfox won't.

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Gentoo GitHub repo hack made possible by these 3 rookie mistakes

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How nice it has been to forget-- Win10 does that a lot, too. I guess I best get to memorizin'

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I got to admit that's the weakness in my approach... I assume JS on any tab or window can spy on the clipboard, maybe even the alternate X11 one that I actually use (not the ordinary Ctrl+C one). Then I still have the problem of needing to trust the browser addon-- which, after the Stylish disaster, I probably don't.

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dumped straight into a database

Seriously this. From that page:

"Every time this page is displayed, our server generates a unique set of custom, high quality, cryptographic-strength password strings which are safe for you to use:"

That is asinine. It needs to be done client-side with a chunk of JS or with a native program, on the client CPU, not on the server... this URL is just another way to be lazy and maybe get slapped for it.

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predictions

Last night I started to make a backup with Acronis and they have something like mystery meat navigation in that particular 'UI' (free WD Edition, build 33). There are little icons in a column on the left of the window which are obviously supposed to be obvious, but aren't. I was fairly disgusted to learn that when you hover on one, it doesn't even have a tooltip to indicate what the hell it is I am looking at... well, it reminded me of the hospital scene, like many modern 'UIs' do.

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only one viable solution

Danger, Will Robinson.

Open a terminal, run pwgen, copy and paste into a plain text file and the site where I'm making an account. If anyone could ever read that file, the game was already over and now they're merely looting. So no need for master passwords, and especially no need for choosing to trust someone's code to do my copy-pasting for me, which also requires that I believe their source is secure, like they didn't have their GitHub account silently compromised...

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The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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sorry it wasn't his back but his front. It's a very poor sort of memory that only works backward... tried to get the exact phrase from online-literature.com which had the full text but suddenly I get:

You Are Banned

You have been banned from our site for one of two reasons:

You use an offline browser to download our site in mass.

You use an ad blocking program.

We do not allow offline browsers on our site. People use them to download the entire site which really puts a load on our server. Additionally they can be used to effectively steal all the work we put into placing these works online. If you're interesting in buying PDF files of the works on this site please visit http://www.online-literature.com/cd/

We do not allow ad blocking programs for obvious reasons. Nothing in life is free, you pay for your access to our site by viewing the advertisements, if you choose not to view the advertisements then you're stealing from us. You will need to deactivate your ad blocking software in order to access this site.

Your IP address is: (the end, nothing here.)

Ooooh, I'm stealing! Just like the jerk who said skipping commercials with a DVR was stealing! FFS, all their content is necessarily public domain to begin with, so they do very little work... but I'm stealing. THE BAN IS MUTUAL. I'll get some 100% legal torrents and consume a few more of my billions of megabytes and then I'll be able to grep through that stuff, without you knowing what I like to grep for--- how do you like that?

Can't even spell en masse...

updated to add: I can't even follow their link to purchase PDFs-- just get the same message. Fucking incredible. You get nothing. You lose. Good day, sir.

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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GitHurrb, also has the anagram: BuhGrrit

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