* Posts by steviebuk

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Jingle bells, IBM tells more staff it is D-day ♫

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Sad to see

Not nice to happen anytime but at Christmas its worse.

Its a shame due to the interesting past history of the company. I suspect LGR (Lazy Game Reviews) doesn't like the current IBM compared to the old. Sorry but any time I hear IBM now it reminds me of LGR.

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Re: why stay?

Some people fear leaving a place they've known for years and being the new person all over again.

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Re: walking dead

I suspect the Chinese will buy them as they did the Lenovo brand.

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Pawnbroker pwnd: Cash Converters says hacker slurped customer data

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The e-mail

If you'd like to view the e-mail sent to people here it is. I used to use them to buy retro games as could get the odd bargain now and then.

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Cash Converters Webshop has recently been subject to an online security breach. We are taking this extremely seriously and have provided you with details of the breach below.

Please be reassured that – alongside the relevant authorities – we are investigating this as a matter of urgency and priority. We are also actively implementing measures to ensure that this cannot happen again.

Our customers truly are at the heart of everything we do and we are both disappointed and saddened that you have been affected. We apologise for this situation and are taking immediate action to address it.

What has happened

• Cash Converters was notified that a third party had potentially gained unauthorised access to a Cash Converters’ UK customer database.

• The data that has been accessed relates to Cash Converters UK data from a recently decommissioned Webshop site. This site was decommissioned when the new website was launched in September 2017. This site was hosted by an external third party.

• Please be assured that the Webshop site currently in operation has not been affected.

What information was involved

• The customer data that has been accessed includes Webshop account names, passwords and delivery addresses. Please note, this does not include your credit card details.

• This information is limited to Webshop and has no impact on store activity.

What are we doing

• Cash Converters is working with the relevant authorities in Australia and the UK to investigate this matter.

• Although some details relating to the cyber security breach remain confidential while Cash Converters works with the relevant authorities, we will continue to provide as much detail as possible as it becomes available.

• We have reset all UK Webshop user passwords and they will need to be changed the next time that you log on. This has been done to reduce the risk that any customers used the same password on both the old and current Webshop sites.

• The current Webshop site was independently and thoroughly security tested as part of its development process. We have no reason to believe it has any vulnerability, however additional testing is being completed to get assurance of this.

What you can do

• Please change your Webshop password the next time that you log on.

• If you used the same Webshop password on other websites, please also consider changing these passwords.

More information

• We are continuing to assess and validate the potential impact of this incident. We will keep you updated as soon as new and relevant information becomes available.

• If you would like to speak to somebody directly about this, please call the Action Fraud team on 0300 123 2040.

Identity theft prevention tips

1. Be aware of phishing – some identity thieves pretend to be banks, shops or government agencies, over the phone and via email. No legitimate provider would ever ask you to confirm your identity in this way. Unless you made the contact, don’t give out any personal details. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to say “no”.

2. Make your passwords complicated – use different passwords for each of your different accounts. Ensure your passwords are at least eight characters and contain letters, numerics and punctuation marks.

3. Protect your phone and laptop – when in public, protect your phone and laptop screen from view, especially when entering personal and banking information.

4. Check your credit report – it’s a good idea to check your credit report and rating once a year to ensure that there haven’t been any debts or accounts opened in your name. You can check for free using Noddle or Experian.

Kind regards,

Cash Converters UK

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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I assume...

...they can't do anything to the contractor as was their last day and they clearly had the required permissions. Or even if they didn't and did something naughty to get those permissions, I'm assuming they still can't do anything as that person has left.

To cover themselves anyway, they could of just simply put a note on the account

"Disabled due to constant violation of Twitters T&Cs".

That would be correct and accurate but because of who Trump is, they let him get away with it.

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One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage

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But...

...the coverage maps are bullshit and never seem accurate. There is a mast up the hill from us yet still get poor signal in the house.

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Google Drive ate our homework! Doc block blamed on code blunder

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But....

...Google is perfect. The cloud is perfect. Surely this can never happen.

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NHS could have 'fended off' WannaCry by taking 'simple steps' – report

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Blame Jeremy *unt

He's ruining the NHS and am sure he's been sent in to privatise it from within.

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AI is worth learning and not too tricky – if you can get your head around key frameworks

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Lets all put everyone out of work

That's what AI will do.

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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

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Re: "controlled folder access"

Genuinely curious. What's wrong with Comodo? Has been fine for me for years and seems quite powerful. I'm aware they've pretty much stolen Process Explorer it would seems with their version that looks shockingly similar. But still been good.

Only issue is GeekBuddy. That should be avoided and I guess we should be pulling them up just for that alone.

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Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters

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About the comment on the brochures. You do realise lots of people used paper from sustainable forests. Trees planted and grown specifically for paper production? Chop a tree down, plant another one.

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Gartner says back-to-school PC sales failed. IDC says they worked

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And...

...because of the way the UK government is treating everyone, epecially people in the public sector regarding pay, no one can afford to buy anything.

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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Yet...

...they've still been given a IRS contract despite this. The IRS must be as stupid as Equifax's security.

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Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill

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Saw it on Saturday...

...in 3D in the iMax. Was good. First 3D film I've seen.

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Ex-Harrods IT man cleared of stealing company issued laptop

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IT worker?

People can't say "He shouldn't of had personal stuff on the laptop". Everyone does it eventually. You'll end up with some personal documents on there at some point. However, if he's an "IT worker" surely he should know that upon returning the device it would of been wiped, so claiming he was doing it because he wanted the data wiped seems a bit of an odd argument. However, it's possible he knew someone in the department would snoop. But the next question is, why did he take it to a computer shop? Was he not an IT engineer then? As if he knew what he was doing he'd have been able to get into it himself, then no one would of know and no court case would of happened.

Seems odd, unless he was just a manager for IT but wasn't really IT savvy (I know some IT managers who know fuck all about IT).

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Re: Waste of Money

What did you expect, it's Harrods. Of cause it was going to be expensive.

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

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Mine...

...is OK but I regretted buying it pretty much after it arrived. Got the high end Surface 4. Was supposed to be for drawing but I haven't used it much. Wish I'd got a Wacom instead really. It's OK but the mouse pad on the keyboard is crap. I still think they should of supplied the keyboards with the device.

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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Was never...

...a massive fan but liked it anyway. The new one looks good and Ryan Gosling is good so I think all will be well.

I watched the original recently and was confused about the story because it turns out the story I remembered was the one from the 90s PC game.

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Sole Equifax security worker at fault for failed patch, says former CEO

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I call bullshit...

...and did they question (I haven't watched the video) on why there was that single point of failure? That engineer, if the story is actually true. What would of happened if that person was off sick?

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Nothing matters any more... Now hapless Equifax bags $7.5m IT contract with US taxmen

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All...

...hope is lost.

Speechless.

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Adverts...

...is the reason I don't mind the telly tax. Crapita sending out hence men/women is the problem (although I've only ever seen men attempt to collect on the YouTube videos).

Fly to America a watch some of their channels with the adverts. Lets take a show like Friends for example:

An advert before, then the small segment before the credits, then an advert, then the credits, then another advert, then the first half, then the adverts and so on.

I like the BBC due to no fing adverts.

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

Because part of the fees go to those channels as well. Well Channel 4 anyway.

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Deloitte is a sitting duck: Key systems with RDP open, VPN and proxy 'login details leaked'

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Someone...

...pointed out that the Gartner award was being mislead by the media in a way to add fuel to the fire of this Deloitte situation, as it was an award for revenue in Security Consulting, not actual Security Consulting. However, not according Deloitte themselves:

"Deloitte ranked #1 by Gartner in Security Consulting for the 5th consecutive year"

https://www2.deloitte.com/cy/en/pages/about-deloitte/articles/deloitte-ranked-1-gartner-in-security-consulting-for-5th-consecutive-year.html

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That's odd...

..no mention of a massive Deloitte data breach?

:)

https://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/footerlinks/pressreleasespage.html?icid=bottom_pressreleasespage&q=*&sp_x_18=content-type&sp_s=date-published%7Ctitle&sp_q_18=%22Press+releases%22#

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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Seems....

...rather pointless if you can't use the keyboard on the device. Looks like they are releasing a full size, fully working version in 2018. Maybe wait till then to see if the keyboard actually works on the full size version.

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China cools on Apple's high-priced iBling

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Re: Well yeah ....

I must be one of the very few that finds the location of the finger print on the s8 just fine. I have big hands and it allows me to unlock it one handed.

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Sensitive client emails, usernames, passwords exposed in Deloitte hack

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surely....

....that part of their business is now dead

"a range of cybersecurity services to banks"

No one is going to hire them for that now.

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EC and the Piracy document

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EC and the Piracy document

Just seen an article on The Inquirer about the EC holding onto a document that points out that piracy/copyright infringement doesn't displace sales.

Wondering when The Register will do an article on this story?

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Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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Re: Don't bother

Tell that to Tom Francis. Who had no coding experience but was teaching himself Game Maker. Left his job as a Games Journalist and concentrated on Gunpoint full time. Release it and it became a big success.

So it's not all bad.

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Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

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Who or what....

....is taking the pictures/videos of Cassini? Is there something else up there taking those shots?

I'll get my coat.

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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What does that even mean?

What does that bollocks even mean?

"Device disappears into the experience"

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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"Genius Groves"

Will these be where you get your smashed glass repaired at a massive markup compared to the independent repair stores? The independent repair stores that the likes of Apple have been trying to destroy and are trying to fight the "Right to Repair" legislation.

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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Odd...

...considering they are leaving Donald Trump in the White House.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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Didn't know they were still going

My dad had a Psion Organiser II I believe it was, from BT when he was a manager there. Then they moved onto a different style organiser with a keyboard that looked something like the Casio fa-20. May have been the Casio, not sure. I've still got it in my draw at home I must check.

I remember my parents went to France one year with the Psion and the xray machine for baggage wiped the memory cards :)

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Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

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The fact that...

...Amazon's Go shop got confused when more than 20 people where in there and couldn't track items that people were too lazy to put back on their shelf means we'll be OK.

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Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S to Win 10 Pro upgrade offer

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Re: Is there a TARDIS in the room?

Was actually in the 90s that happened. I think they get away with it now because of Google Chrome laptops do the same.

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Was a shit idea...

...Windows 10 S. Why did they even think it would be good? I like Microsoft but limiting a unit to only use the Windows Store when the Windows Store itself is failing is not a good move. Look at all the adverts we see on TV today and pretty much none of the "phone apps" that are advertised have Windows Phone support, so more than likely won't be available on the Windows Store for the Surface either.

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Billion-euro Intel EU antitrust saga goes on and on and...

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And the lawyers...

...hope it goes on and on and on as they'll still get paid.

The problem here is, should another case be either taken against Intel or Microsoft for the crap that is the Kaby Lake chip. Forcing people into using Windows 10 with it as previous versions of Windows won't be supported? Does this not sniff of Microsoft allegedly saying to Intel "Please only support Windows 10 on the Kaby Lake chip so we can then force people onto Windows 10. We'll give you lots of money if you do."

Allegedly.

I wonder.

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Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks

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The same EA...

...they release Simcity 5 that everyone hated. The same EA that managed to kill the Simcity franchise with that release. And the same EA that didn't have adequate servers setup for the release of Simcity 5 so everything was overloaded and no one could play.

If you fired your network admins and got the developers to do it, the developers I know, they'd be no security. EA are idiots. Don't listen to the bullshit they speak. The amount of games they've screwed up over the years and destroying the once loved Maxis.

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Just never answer the phone...

....instead have a voicemail setup that is the sound of an old modem or fax machine. Obviously make sure all your friends are aware. Then when their automated software calls your number and waits for a human to answer, it hears the modem/fax noise and thinks its rung a fax machine so will hang up and blacklist your number from their list. So you'll never get called again.

Works with cold callers as well who tend to use the same type of software.

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Retail serfs to vanish, all thanks to automation

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I see...

...with Amazon Go, everyone is young and pretty. No old people appear to exist according to Amazon. And similarly no disabled people appear to exist so everything is at height. With no one manning the shops, how will disabled people use their automated shops? If no one will be working at them, will everything be cheaper? Will the suppliers agree to take less of a cut due to these discounts? Will it just consist of security to stop people jumping the barrier and stealing everything? Who will the old people talk to when they go to shop if there is no one there? There are still a lot of old people who either don't like new tech or can't afford a mobile phone and contract required to use their store.

Maybe, just maybe, this will create a revival of old local stores with actual people manning them because not everyone wants Amazon to be able to monitor everything you're buying.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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We all know it's probably because of who she knows and being the daughter of a billionaire. Upset for good reason, you'll probably end up being the one that gets fired.

Bad but probably true.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Re: I wonder

Although I've never read any of his books he seemed a nice person when watching him on documentries. I just wonder if someone secretly took a backup of that hard drive before rolling over it.

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Lottery-hacking sysadmin's unlucky number comes up: 25 years in the slammer

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Re: No code review??

And as we see in Better Call Saul he weights the bingo balls with metal liquid which I assume goes hard and is magnetic. Switches the balls out and can force the ball he wants with the magnet he consealed.

Obviously wouldn't work with a lottery machine as they are checked but still interesting :)

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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I'd rather....

....be under the nuke when it goes off than live after. Just play Project Zombiod when the water gets shut off to realise how annoying it is to live without the basics.

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Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?

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No one in the AI community....

....thinks about the Asimov Laws apparently:

https://youtu.be/7PKx3kS7f4A

If the link doesn't work just lookup "Why Asimov's Laws of Robotics Don't Work - Computerphile" on YouTube

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

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Re: Economy

And watching the film Infiltrator that was based in the 80s and based on a true story. You find out each year (either at that time or not) several trillion dollars is laundered every year. Not that it's right but, I assume without that illegal money the American economy would tank.

Or am I not understanding economics right?

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Watch this nanochip reprogram cells to fix damaged body tissue

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Star Trek

Heading towards Star Trek tech. Next someone needs to make a holodeck.

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Google drops poker face, allows gambling apps on Play Store

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Re: How will that work?

The National Lottery security, considering what it is, is seriously poor. Not 2 step verification available its shocking. All to save money on support calls. Took them ages to allow special characters in their passwords.

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DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

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I assume we won't be going the registration route in the UK considering it's been canned in America and lots of people should be getting refunds.

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