* Posts by Pirate Dave

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You Musk be joking: A mind-reading Neuralink chip in a pig's brain? Downloadable memories? Telepathy? Watch and judge for yourself

Pirate Dave
Terminator

I'm old

I admit, I'm old and un-hip, but if there's ever been a good time for a Terminator to come back in time and destroy an embryonic new technology, this seems to be that time. There could be great applications helping with people with medical problems, but that sure as hell doesn't seem to be the audience Muck is targeting with this. No, this is all about making rich techies even richer by selling frivolous tat, while at the same time, invading our last sanctum of peace. It needs to go into the furnace of molten metal. And get the fuck off my lawn!

Funny, that: Handy script for wiping directories is capable of wreaking havoc beyond a miscreant's wildest dreams

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Re: capable hands of Windows Server 2003

If memory serves, at one point Microsoft used Xenix to write the final "gold" copy of their Windows install disks before sending them off to the duplicator house. It was ironic that even Microsoft couldn't guarantee their internal Windows machines didn't have latent virii.

US drugstore chain installed anti-shoplifter facial-recognition cameras in 200 locations – for eight years

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"Tech researcher Renee Diresta, who works at the Stanford Internet Observatory"

Observatory? Like in Astronomy? So a gravy job where you get paid to browse the Internet and make notes.

Is it Patch Blues-day for Outlook? Microsoft's email client breaks worldwide, leaves everyone stumped

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Re: Other options

I miss the days when Groupwise was cool...

Apple-Google COVID-19 virus contact-tracing API to bar location-tracking access

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Re: one app per country?

Not to mention the fact that they seem to expect people to voluntarily tell the app that they have Corona. So...their entire dataset is built on voluntary submission from users. The same users who forget their 4-digit pin within 5 minutes of setting it.

And what happens when the 4Chan/Anonymous crowd (or whatever they're called these days) decide to start playing around with these "voluntary" submissions or submitting bogus submissions? It all seems like the Highway to Clusterfuck to me.

Microsoft puts dual-screen devices and Windows 10X in the too-hard basket

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Re: ...a more streamlined way to pair Bluetooth devices in Windows

Personally, I wish they would upgrade the vanilla fall-back Bluetooth service to where it will automatically receive files sent via Bluetooth, instead of having to go into the Bluetooth settings and explicitly tell it to receive files each time. From what I can gather, Microsoft left that functionality out of their service and expects the driver to provide it. But the drivers for my craptastic Dell Latitude do not.

Adobe’s Flash fade may force vCenter upgrades unless you run dodgy browsers

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Re: This is why

Not to mention all those craptastic CCTV DVR boxes that came from China and require a somewhat strange version of the H.264 codec, as well as a dodgy ActiveX control, to allow you to see the recorded content.

And some of the older Raritan IP-Reach boxes also only work in the older browsers. And those suckers weren't cheap at the time.

Zuck loves free speech so much Facebook will censor 'anti-state' content in Vietnam after telcos 'crippled' access

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"We believe freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, and work hard to protect and defend this important civil liberty around the world."

Unless you're in the US and happen to want to organize a gathering, and use wording that doesn't agree with what some TLAs are pushing as Gospel. In that case, you're zucked.

It boggles the mind at how they can so freely and openly speak out of both sides of their mouth and not expect to ever be called-out on it. They're "Facebook" after all, our most essential and critical of all services.

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file

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Re: Who needs gooey?

Or the DOS Shell for those who absolutely MUST have something to click on.

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Re: Bring back win98 UI

I still hold that Win2k was the best UI Microsoft has put out so far. XP was OK, but a bit crayola. And it was steeply downhill from there.

Internet root keymasters must think they're cursed: First, a dodgy safe. Now, coronavirus upends IANA ceremony

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Glad I wasn't the only one whose mind saw Tom Cruise rappelling from the ceiling carrying the last of those key bags.

And why do they call it a "Ceremony"? That sounds like "Eyes Wide Shut" stuff...

Google tests hiding Chrome extension icons by default, developers definitely not amused by the change

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Re: Once again, the question is choice

"I don't make a choice because I know it won't be right for all users and I believe all users should be able to make their own choice, not have it forced upon them."

That's how software USED to be, before the age of the dumbed-down smartphone UI. Now, your choice, my choice, everyone's choice, is irrelevant to The Designers. Even Choice itself is bad. And {deity} forbid you have an opinion that in any way runs counter to the Opinions of The Designers - doing so proves that you are of lesser intelligence than The Designers and that you need to change your opinion to align with that of The Designers.

They (Google and Mozilla) could leave these choices in their about:config and leave the software intact that works on those settings. That would let us keep doing things the way we like. Hell, I wouldn't even care if the default for a choice was the polar opposite of what I'd have it set to. I just want to set my choice and have the software work the way I want it to (in many cases, work the way it ALWAYS WORKED BEFORE {this} VERSION). But that's not how The Designers work anymore. Their Choice is THE Choice, end of discussion.

Meltdown The Sequel strikes Intel chips – and full mitigation against data-meddling LVI flaw will slash performance

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Re: One day, not to far in the future,

You are, by far, over-estimating the average user.

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One day, not to far in the future,

we'll look back fondly at the screaming fast 386's and 486's of the past, and wonder how Intel of old managed to make such fast, high-speed CPUs, and why current Intel CPUs seem to run so slowly.

Sophos was gearing up for a private life – then someone remembered the bike scheme

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Have you seen it recently? We use their Endpoint Protection software here on our Windows machines. It is already mind-bogglingly bloated. 20 or so components running at all times, usually eating 500-700 Megs of memory, sometimes more (and that was after I tweaked policies to turn some stuff off). The only positive thing about it is that they manage to waste that much memory without actually bogging the machine down to where it's unusable. It's merely unbearable.

The only Sophos product I ever cared much for was the Astaro firewall that they bought 8-10 years ago. They didn't force them into the borg - last I checked in 2017 or so, it was still mostly the old Astaro Linux team that was selling and supporting the UTM product.

Why so shy, Samsung? Weird Find my Phone push notification did not only affect Galaxy mobes

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Probably a test by our Alien Overlords to make sure they still have access to all the Samsung phones. Hell, even the Alien Overlords don't trust Samsung to not fuck up the phones with shitty updates.

There's likely a big attack coming soon. From space. But today's Friday, so time for beer.

Edited to add: what makes it weirder (or more understandable) - I just checked and my Galaxy S8 now says it has System Update 32 to install.

Outlook more like 'look out!' as Microsoft email decides everything is spam today

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Re: Outgoing or Incoming?

Yeah, we had a rash of this in our tenant back in mid-December. It was labeling emails from vendors and customers as "High-Confidence Phish" and shoving them into the Quarantine. I opened a ticket with MS about it, who said "Oh, looks like somebody changed your spam filtering rules on the 17th". To which I responded "I can promise you, no one here touched our spam rules", and later that day, the problem stopped. I still think they tweaked something too hard in EOP in mid-December but aren't owning-up to it.

Micro Focus chairman Kevin Loosemore cuts himself loose as merger with HPE Software continues to haunt biz

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Yeah, that's the one. Looked at the NMM component several times over the years, but never bought it. I used to love HP TopTools for Hubs and Switches - simple, but effective for my low-requirements monitoring needs. And free too, with the Procurve switches (before they got diluted with 3Com).

Pirate Dave

So, eh, besides Autonomy, what "software" did HP have that was worth selling (and Autonomy's worth is highly debatable)? All I can think of is their SNMP monitoring suite ($$) and maybe the bloatware they used to shove on their printer-driver CDs.

Where do you draw the line? Escobar Inc doubles down on cut-price gold phone buying demographic with second pholdable

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Aw, damn it. I don't have any tattoos, so can't buy this phone. Pity.

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened

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Re: WTF?

" working in the public sector."

Where your job would be drawing the charts for reports that praise 77% uptime.

Star wreck: There's a 1 in 20 chance a NASA telescope and US military satellite will smash into each other today

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Re: No lineage?

I remember watching Salvage One on TV as a lad. It's one of those things from my childhood I remember fondly for no apparent reason, other than it dealt with space travel.

Maryland: Make malware possession a crime! Yes, yes, researchers get a free pass

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Yeah, ummm

"Strangely enough, most ransomware gangs go to great lengths to ensure their victims can't work this out. "

Considering the struggle most of their typical "victims" go through to simply turn-on the PC, I think the ransomware gangs could safely reconsider the necessity of this.

Take DOS, stir in some Netware, add a bit of Windows and... it's ALIIIIVE!

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Re: All IT issues are caused by management...

Yeah, Novell's port of xwindows to Netware NLM was hideous. Seems like the only time I remember using it was something having to do with Groupwise upgrades, or maybe SSL certs. Otherwise, avoided it like the plague that it was. Then they went to Suse and decided that monitoring screens, and even the half-baked xwindows screens, were giving out way too much information, so they stopped showing ANYTHING AT ALL on the terminal and shoved it all into log files instead. That was, IMHO, the beginning of the end of my love affair with Netware. And it didn't help that dsrepair under SLES needed a bazillion command line switches to run instead of having a menu system like <deity> intended.

Yeah, it wasn't just Microsoft that killed-off Netware, Novell did a pretty good job of it too, there at the end.

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Re: All IT issues are caused by management...

I did it in 2013 - moved from Netware/SLES/eDirectory to Win2012. It wasn't too bad with 2012 - since Powershell is a first-class component, not an add-on, the scripting is scads easier than using batch files. It did take a lot of little scripts to create accounts, move files/etc over, set the permissions. Then there's the whole learning-process of doing drive mappings via GPO instead of centralized login script. Personally, I still think Netware's client login script processing is worlds ahead of the GPO garbage, but the world moves on. OK, full confession - I still think eDirectory is a far better directory service than AD, and Netware file serving (and being able to give permissions to OUs instead of only groups) beats Microsoft's offering, hands-down. But, like I said, the world moves on.

BOFH: When was the last time someone said these exact words to you: You are the sunshine of my life?

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Re: The opposite of an annoying survey is just as bad

Yeah, the "My Analytics"/Delve thing is creepy as hell. I hadn't heard of it until a month ago, and turned it off immediately. They really shouldn't be so obvious that they're skimming stuff...

No backdoors needed: Apple ditched plans to fully encrypt iCloud backups after heavy pressure from FBI – claim

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Re: GDPR?

"they would lobby for congress/EU/whoever to pass a law requiring all companies that host data to ensure they can access it in plaintext for when the feds come knocking."

Eh, in the 50,000 ft view, isn't that pretty much what they're doing (or making preparations to do)?

The time that Sales braved the white hot heat of the data centre to save the day

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Re: The quiet hero almost never gets the beer.

We call it "Read-Only Friday"...

Copy-left behind: Permissive MIT, Apache open-source licenses on the up as developers snub GNU's GPL

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Re: Times have changed

Yeah, today must be Irony Friday at El Reg...

A Notepad nightmare leaves sysadmin with something totally unprintable

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"accidental" corruption

Sometimes you gotta do the unthinkable. In 2000, my employer (a university) migrated the accounting/student records/class records system from an ancient custom in-house bunch of COBOL to a shiny new commercial system that used MS-SQL as the back-end. All good and fine. Except the one elderly lady who was the Accounts Receivable manager. She still went into the old system several times a year to check to make sure potential grads and students requesting transcripts didn't still have charges showing in the old system. So this meant we couldn't nuke the old system off the file server - it was maybe 350 megs, which was quite a lot back in the days when RAID arrays were still found built out of 4-Gigabyte SCSI disks. So we had to leave the system in-place.

Fast forward 13 years, and she's STILL using that old system, even though no new data had been put in since late 1999. Still double and triple checking that students didn't still owe the library 50 cents in late fees from 1995. We asked her to stop, begged her to stop, but she'd started using that system the day she stepped off the Mayflower, and damn it, she was going to continue. We even got her VP to tell her that she needn't run that check any more, to which she responded "It won't hurt anything to just check."

Finally, late one night, I'd had enough. I went in and opened a few of the many, many data files and started randomly flipping bytes. Not a lot of files, and not a lot of bytes, mind you, just enough to cause problems.

For months, I didn't hear anything from her about it. Then, a few months before she was due to retire, I got The Call that she couldn't get into the old system. Hadn't tried to go in for six months, and now she was getting weird errors. "Ah, it appears the data files are corrupted, let me restore from last month's backup... Nope, it's bad, too. Sorry. Enjoy your retirement."

Deep down, there's a little Bastard in all of us.

Cogent cut off from ARIN Whois after scraping net engineers' contact details and sliding them to sales staff

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Arin

I dealt with ARIN 6 or 7 years ago when getting an ASN. They were pretty cool dudes overall. More chill and relaxed than I was expecting, but I worked in EDU at the time, so maybe they treat education folks differently. Sounds like they went way out of their way to convince Cogent to stop before applying the emergency brakes. Good for 'em.

Windows 7 and Server 2008 end of support: What will change on 14 January?

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Re: A repeat of XP?

Still have one XP VM, and a 2003 VM. We won't talk about the 2003 VM, but the XP VM runs old crusty software that's (you guessed it) crucial to the business but nobody knows how to migrate or replace easily. So it just sits there, running, laughing, beckoning, and will probably run as long as VMWare can give it virtual hardware that it likes.

As internet pioneers fight to preserve .org’s non-profit status, those in charge are hiding behind dollar signs

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"The new corporation doesn’t intend to offer a bid: its sales pitch appears to be an appeal to the internet’s founding beliefs."

They're gonna use it to stream porn?

Back up a minute: Private equity outfit coughs $5bn for Veeam

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I use Veeam, it works reliably. I hope this acquisition doesn't turn it into a money-grubbing clusterfuck like so many other acquisitions have. Or, <deity> forbid, Insight Partners decides to sell it on to Microsoft/Oracle/VMWare/Dell a year from now... because that never happens, right? right?

Linux in 2020: 27.8 million lines of code in the kernel, 1.3 million in systemd

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Re: Workload

Digital diarrhea in its finest form.

Beware the three-finger-salute, or 'How I Got The Keys To The Kingdom'

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Yeah

Early on, I realized that editing inittab and changing the Ctrl+Alt+Del behavior on my Linux servers was a good idea. Got bit a few times on production machines, and decided to instead have it flash up a message like "I just saved your ass, idiot! Use the shutdown command." or something like that.

One less vector for public failure is always progress...

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

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Re: AKA Libertarians

At one point, back in the early 1990's, licensed hairdressers in the state of Georgia were required to have more training and certification than police officers. It's a strange world...

We are absolutely, definitively, completely and utterly out of IPv4 addresses, warns RIPE

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Re: "We have now run out of IPv4 addresses"

So would you have us show up at the Carrousel for a bit, or just go straight to the Soylent Green factory? We haven't been doing much the past 20 or 30 years, just keeping the wheels of Industry and Education turning, waiting for a Messiah such as yourself to come along and point out how utterly wasteful our lives have been. Thanks, mate. You've set us free now.

Gospel according to HPE: And lo, on the 32,768th hour did thy SSD give up the ghost

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Re: SSD Auto-Bork

Agreed. The time-limited auto-bork capability doesn't really seem like a great selling point, IMHO. Like selling a car with... uh, sorry, almost started a car analogy there. Why would the firmware bork the storage just because a certain number of hours had passed? That truly doesn't make any sense at all.

It woz The Reg wot won it! Big Blue iron relics make it back to Blighty

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Congrats!

Glad that got sorted. And folks said the Internet would never be good for anything but pr0n...

PSA: You are now in the timeline where Facebook and pals are torn a new one by, er, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen

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Re: advertising

Valid points. Perhaps my memories have a haze of youth to them, but it seems to me that the media bias in the 70's and 80's was much less pronounced than it is today. I don't know that the world is smaller, but it sure is louder.

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Re: advertising

Therein lies the problem. Polarization. Objective neutrality isn't seen much these days, most things are slanted to one side or the other. Everyone is pushing one agenda or another. The question is - why? Here in the States, if you turn on the news, it's either the Mainstream Media pushing the their vitriolic anti-Trump campaign non-stop, or it's Fox or OAN pushing for Trump to be made a Saint and declared Emperor. There's no quiet middle-ground of just simple, accurate facts. Obviously, facts aren't glamorous and don't generate "likes" or hipster points amongst the yoof (which is ALWAYS the target demographic these days), so they get shuffled to the side and ignored, or coated with sugar to the point they aren't recognizable anymore.

For example - I don't expect that, in my lifetime, we will ever get an objective overview of the Trump years. The normal press hates him passionately, and so will tinge everything they report about him in a negative light. And we have no hope of ever getting any truth out of the Trump camp itself. This whole administration will go down in history as a blackhole of truth at the center of a quasar of misinformation.

Intel end-of-lifing BIOS and driver downloads for dusty hardware

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Re: A 20-year support cycle

If that is the BIOS for the 440BX motherboards, those things were awesome pieces of kit back in the late 90's and early 2000's. Rock solid, stable, reliable. Maybe not the fastest, most cutting-edge board available, but damn, they just kept going and going. I wouldn't doubt that thousands of them are still chugging along in service. I sold probably a hundred of them in various systems, and issues were scant.

Although, I guess the better question is why would folks still need a BIOS update this late in the game? I would think that the folks still using and maintaining systems using these aging boards would likely have already updated the BIOS, or would have several copies of Intel's update on thumbdrives and CDs scattered all over the shop.

Heads up from Internet of S*!# land: Best Buy's Insignia 'smart' home gear will become very dumb this Wednesday

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Re: We shouldn't have skipped the time when it was the Intranet of Things

"DAMN! I wish *MINE* was that reliable..."

Depends on how big of a boot you use. ;)

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Re: We shouldn't have skipped the time when it was the Intranet of Things

I still have that remote capability. It's primarily executed by calling the moody teen who stays home in his room, and telling him to go turn the lights on/off, turn on the oven, shut the fridge door, do we need any milk/eggs/butter, etc. It's not a cheap system, considering how much he eats and wants to wear nice clothes, but it has worked out pretty well so far. Only had to reboot it a twice in the past 5 or 6 years.

Microsoft sees sense, will give Office 365 admins veto rights on self-service Power tools

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Not the first time

So apparently this isn't Microsoft's first foray into this corporate Self-Service universe. I was searching around for the magical Powershell command to disable this, and found that Microsoft has already gone through this back in September with their Dynamics 365 self-service.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/business-central/dev-itpro/developer/devenv-business-central-manage-selfservice-signups

Funny how on that page, Microsoft is fairly straight-forward about it, they aren't acting like a kicked puppy the way they are with the Power Apps self-service fiasco.

Linux kernel is getting more reliable, says Linus Torvalds. Plus: What do you need to do to be him?

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Yeah, I looked and thought "Where's Linus, and why is Bill Maher in this photo?"

Microsoft explains self-serve Power platform's bypassing of Office 365 admins to cries of 'are you completely insane?'

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I guess MS is out of "good" dumb-ideas, so they are floating one from the "bad" dumb-ideas list.

I fail to see how this will make things better for corporate users or admins. Looks like it will just be a big PITA from the get-go. Because, you know, some damn VP will get the email and decide it's a BRILLIANT idea, and then hit corporate IT for support when he gets himself into a mess. Why should he have to talk to "Frank" in India for support when the company has an entire IT department? Isn't that what they're for? Oh, and God help if it's a small shop with only a few IT bods who know NOTHING about the POWER crap when this VP needs help. Will MS Support work with the company's IT folks, even though the licenses are in the VP's name?

BOFH: Judge us not by the size of our database, but the size of our augmented reality

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Re: Performance a little choppy ...

Wasn't the robot part of the BoFH vs PFY Wars from a few years ago?

Help! I bought a domain and ended up with a stranger's PayPal! And I can't give it back

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Paypal - where the motto of the Customer Service drones is "Sorry, I can't help you with that!".

Years ago, I got a new credit card specifically to use with PayPal. Something on PayPal's end screwed up as I was trying to get the card registered, and the card number wound up in limbo within their system. Called their "customer service" and was basically told there was nothing they could do about it that I'd have to use another card. Stellar customer service there.

Not to mention the ridiculous amount they skim off when you use them as an Ebay seller. After PP and Ebay take their cuts, it's not even worth the time to use Ebay to sell old low-priced network gear.

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