* Posts by diodesign

2527 posts • joined 21 Sep 2011

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: Re: Brexit sat-nav eh?

"My problem is the appalling coverage the press has been giving to all things government to the point where I and a large proportion of the population now reflexively assume that anything in the press that is negative about the government probably isn't true."

I'm afraid to tell you that it really is that bad. We're not going to sugarcoat it. If we let things slide, they become the norm.

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Come glide with me: Virgin Galactic gives Unity some fresh air, looks forward to rocket-powered flight

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Re: Behnken is not a NASA astronaut

He most certainly is a NASA astronaut.

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Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. Comcast to handle DNS-over-HTTPS for Firefox-using subscribers

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Re: So will Tor be using Comcast for DNS? Will my VPN also start going through my ISP?

No, Tor routes DNS through Tor. Your VPN will work as usual. But Firefox, if you use the default and are on Comcast's broadband network, will send its DNS via Comcast over HTTPS.

Bear in mind most or many subscribers send their plain-text DNS via Comcast anyway, due to their cable modem's DHCP setup, so for them this is no change except it's via HTTPS and Moz has made Comcast swear it'll be nice.

In a way, DNS-over-HTTPS was an opportunity to shield DNS lookups and route them where you want, but instead, yeah, nah, Comcast will just handle it anyway.

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Detroit cops cuffed, threw a dad misidentified by facial recognition in jail. Now the ACLU's demanding action

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Re: The facial recognition report has said outright there were no grounds for arresting anyone.

"A quick google of Robert Williams' name will turn up a copy of the report spat out by the facial recognition system."

If you're referring to this, that's not a direct output from the software – as far as I can tell – it's internal paperwork generated by the police, with a big note on it saying this is just a lead.

The way the officers went about confirming the lead – apparently showing it to a guard who didn't witness the crime – was, well, sub-optimal.

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Hey NYPD, when you're done tear-gassing and running over protesters, can you tell us about your spy gear?

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Protests

Nah, it's 90%+ peaceful protests. What you see as riots is people fighting back after the police lose their cool and fly off the handle unprovoked. If you live in the cities where protests are taking place, it's pretty obvious.

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Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez

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"The article is therefore of no real technical enlightenment"

Lovely, so can I put you down as 'undecided' on our reader feedback survey?

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The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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"you see them *everywhere*"

Cool, that's not what's happening here. It's pretty blatant. If there were 101 types of far-right coded references, I could see where you're coming from. But there aren't, there's 2 (or 3 if you include HH as well as 88).

Denial isn't a river in Egypt, friend.

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

It's not a joke

References involving 88, HH, and 14 have been used for years and years to signal white supremacy support to other white supremacists. It's a code, a wink, a nudge to an ideology touted by the likes of Nick Griffin, Richard B. Spencer, and others.

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Nothing fills you with confidence in an IT contractor more than hearing its staff personal records were stolen by ransomware hackers. Right, Cognizant?

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Re: Details?

We're chasing that up. Cognizant told us so far:

"It involved certain personal information related to some current and former Cognizant personnel and individuals involved in corporate transactions."

Edit: It's folks in and outside the US.

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AWS scoops Intel silicon and 8TB of storage into new Snowcone edge box

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Re: CPU

It's dual *vCPU* -- there's probably one processor inside it, multiple cores, two of which are available for customer use.

I've made it a bit clearer where we mean physical and virtual processor cores.

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Living up to its 'un-carrier' slogan, T-Mobile US stops carrying incoming calls, data in nationwide outage

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Re: What's an "un-carrier"?

See the linked-to article in the story. Un-carrier is T-Mobile US's slogan to distance itself from the other main carriers. As in, it won't treat you badly like the big players, and will offer you features the others can't, allegedly.

In America, T-Mobile US is third place to Verizon Wireless and AT&T, pre-Sprint merger.

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Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

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Re: Baffled

Other way around -- baffling is more inclusive than crazy, says Google. I've clarified that sentence.

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GitHub to replace master with main across its services

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

"If there is no word for slavery, how can those you enslave fight against it?"

You use it in context. This isn't hard.

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

White space

You can, and if there's a collective movement supporting it, then sure.

Also: oh look, now who's easily offended?

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Let's go through this point by point

> Is there anyone out there that has been associated directly with slavery that is calling for this change? I suspect not.

I suspect so. If this is the reaction from *White* people asking to move away from problematic wording, can you imagine what would happen if people of color spoke up? I don't blame them for trying to keep quiet -- but enough is said behind closed doors, in private conversations to necessitate this change.

> The term "master" is a pretty central core concept in git.

I suspect GitHub will alias master with whatever they choose to use instead; that is the hard part of the switchover. It may only be the default branch name going forward that's changed.

> I really hate that ignorant people are dictating the agenda

I guess you feel powerless, like you're losing control? Someone else is telling you what to do, and that the old was bad? You feel red faced. I get it. But you have to look beyond it. Don't take it personally. It's just picking a word that is more inclusive.

> When we talk about, say, a "master swordman"

Great cool but that's not what's happening here.

Let me put it this way. Imagine you're Black and you've grown up in a White society that treats you different your whole life because of the color of your skin, and all the history associated with that.

You get an education and you enter computer science or software engineering and you find people holding on dear to things like 'black list' for banned things, and 'master'.

Yeah, I'm White, though I've PoC friends and I've had Black housemates. Don't assume this isn't some right-on crusade. Some of us are trying to listen to and respond to and help friends and family who are minorities.

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

"There's no slave in git though"

It's still a reminder of the outdated master-slave trope in computer science. Also, there's no point calling it master. The main branch makes more sense, anyway.

Miss me with this master recordings stuff, too. That doesn't apply here. Masters are the official finalized recordings from which copies are made. A Git master branch constantly updates, so it should be main or devel.

Also, some people seem to think that by changing the word from master to main (or blacklist to blocklist) it's a condemnation of those who previously used the terms. It's not.

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: Master copy

Pick a more welcoming, inclusive word... or stick with the word that reminds some people of past and present acts of inhumanity. Such a tough choice.

As someone else said, what's the harm in making the world a little better?

And if changing a word makes you feel angry, frustrated, and powerless, imagine those facing injustices on a near daily, weekly or monthly basis.

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I've got me a stalker! Obsessive downvoter alert!

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've got me a stalker! Obsessive downvoter alert!

Yeah, same with me, it happens if you irritate the wrong child.

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You know Facebook has an image problem when major nonprofits start turning down donations over political lies

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"Even the 'dont mention the war' episode of fawltey Towers!"

Yeah, mainly due to the repeated use of the N word in the original edit.

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Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets

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Payload and freight weight

FYI: rather than paraphrase the Russian space boss, I've dropped in his quotes verbatim so you can see where he's trying to come from.

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Keepnet kerfuffle: Firing legal threats at bloggers did infosec biz more damage than its exposed database

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"just containing e-mail addresses?"

FWIW Diachenko said the data silo contained:

* hashtype (the way a password was presented: MD5/hash/plaintext etc)

* leak date (year)

* password (hashed, encrypted or plaintext, depending on the leak)

* email

* email domain

* source of the leak (I was able to confirm a few of the most prominent ones: Adobe, Last.fm, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, VK and others).

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IBM quits facial recognition because Black Lives Matter

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Re: Hillarious

"white males are more likely to be killed in an encounter with the police"

Is that because there are more white males than black males in a population (leading to people of color being disproportionately detained, which is the half the point of the BLM message) or do you have some kind of source? Because I r doubt.

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June's Patch Tuesday reveals 23 ways to remotely pwn Windows – and over 100 more bugs that could ruin your day

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Patches

Patch Tuesday reveals the ways Windows et al can be pwned, with patches to stop that from happening. The patches disclose not only the way in which the bugs can be exploited but provides enough material for reverse engineers to product exploits.

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It's nice y'all like our chips but half our data-center sales are from cloud giants, FYI, says Nvidia's chief beancounter

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Data center sales

Yeah, according to Nvidia, 50% of its data-center sales go to top-tier cloud giants, aka the hyperscalers, and data center sales as a whole make up 37% of total revenues.

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Tech set responds in wake of American protests, police violence and civil unrest

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"Sons of Obama"

To the folks reporting this ridiculous comment - I hear ya. It's already been shot down and down voted so I'll leave it be for now - not that anyone here agrees with it.

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7*7 = a simple equation for taking total control of multiple VMware-powered clouds

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Re: Test.

There should be no code execution! That would be a security vulnerability.

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All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft

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Re: Re: Nice stunt...

Yeah, that was a little DHC-2 Beaver. This is a larger Cessna. I've made that clearer in the article.

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Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays

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"journalistic parasites"

Bear in mind we're the ones sticking our neck out on the line when we report things. Any one can post a theory to Reddit, and if it's right, we're thankful they alerted us and the world. If it's wrong, well, who cares, it disappears into the mix.

When we publish something and it's wrong, there are consequences - legally and reputation-rise - which is part of the reason why we try to get everything right first time (the main reason is none of us go to work to spread misinformation, quite the opposite).

Happy to tweak it to say B&F first reported it - but don't call us parasites. We're the ones who have to stand up the rumors, and carry the can if it turns out to be wrong. 50 percent+ of journalism is figuring out if what you've just been told, by someone on the street or someone in marketing, is actually true.

In Chris's case, he managed to get a confession out of WD, one that made it into a lawsuit. That deserves some kudos.

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They've only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station

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Re: How much?

It's cheaper. About $60m new, $50m reused.

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New TLD redirect?

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Re: New TLD redirect?

Hi - don't worry, you're not missing any content. It's still the same site and articles.

It's a reflection of the fact that after 20+ years of publishing, we're reaching readers and advertisers in all parts of the world. We're still headquartered in the UK and still have the same core values: irreverent, independent, and investigative.

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Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam

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Re: not all speech is protected

If you say on the internet that you're going to commit crimes or cause civil unrest, obviously that's going to hamper your ability to enter another country.

But what if you were barred entry because you leaned the wrong way left or right, politically, or you are friends with someone who knows someone whose brother is a bad person, or if you disagreed with a policy of the current or past administration?

That's starting to sound more like Iran or China than a free country.

Hopefully you can see that it's not as clear cut as you think it is.

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Great news. Patch load drops 20% for the first time in 10 years. Bad news: Well, you've heard about coronavirus?

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How many software companies have been laying people off?

Ah, quite a few. In fact, a lot of tech cos have used the pandemic as an excuse to offload staff, blaming the economic uncertainty.

There's also the drop in productivity as people work from home for the first time, and in stressful circumstances - not just world events, but also things like childcare.

It appears to have had an effect on the number of bug advisories.

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Broadcom sends its England-based staff back into office as UK lockdown eases – though Welsh workers get a free pass

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And over in America...

Yeah, true - I've acknowledged that in the article.

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This'll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year

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Re: And there is of course also lazarus/freepascal

This is not a sponsored piece - advertorial is clearly marked on the site with 'sponsored' (written by the advertiser) or 'promo' (written for the advertiser) labels.

I can add a mention to lazarus/freepascal.

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Arm goes off road... map: 5nm Cortex-X1 touted for phone, tablet, laptop processors needing Apple-level oomph

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"new geometries"

Actually, the A78 and X1 are targeting 5nm, rather than 7nm, which I've added to the story.

The overall architecture hasn't really changed. It's taking advantage of, say, TSMC's upcoming 5nm process node.

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Switzerland 'first' country to roll out contact-tracing app using Apple-Google APIs to track coronavirus spread

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UK app

Sure - we've made it clearer it's the track-and-trace stuff today.

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IBM's sacking spree reaches Australia – and as staff wait to exit, they're offered AU$4k to find new workers

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Re: Does IBM still exist ?

FYI.. We covered the recent IBM and HPE layoffs.

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Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma

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Re: Order of magnitude error

Thanks - that's been fixed. Please drop us a note via email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong so it can be addressed immediately and not a day later when we get round to reading comments.

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Forget BYOD, this is BYOVM: Ransomware tries to evade antivirus by hiding in a virtual machine on infected systems

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Re: Use of SMBv1 for XP compat may be at the core

FWIW the files are shared between host and guest through vboxsf, VirtualBox's shared folder driver. There's no SMB involved TTBOMK. If a network share is mapped to the host, it can be accessed by the guest via vboxsf.

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UK MPs to off-payroll workers: Delay IR35 reforms until 2023? You wish

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"I am constantly surprised"

We've cleared up a few things in the article, and added a fact box we'll use in future pieces.

Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong so we can fix up issues immediately.

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Wording

Thanks - we've tweaked the wording of the article to make it clearer and added a fact box we'll use in future articles.

Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong so we can fix up issues immediately.

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Apple, Google begin to spread pro-privacy, batt-friendly coronavirus contact-tracing API for phone apps

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Re: Have you looked before complaining?

Under Google + Apple rules, there can be only one app operating in a region using the API so it'll be grayed out in the UK until the NHS plugs into it.

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Remember when Securus was sued for recording 14,000 calls between prison inmates and lawyers? It just settled

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Re: "selling location data"

It's worse than that. It's everyone. Read the linked-to article:

"An American telco that provides costly phone services to prisoners has been accused of harvesting location data on American phone users – and selling it to the police with no oversight.

"That's all citizens, by the way, not just prisoners. Securus sold details of where you have been in the States, based on your phone's location, to the cops."

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Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite

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Petty or Pedant?

No, you're just wrong.

Duck tape is an alternative spelling of duct tape. Duck tape came before duct tape.

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Attorney General: We didn't need Apple to crack terrorist's iPhones – tho we still want iGiant to do it in future

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Re: Apple told The Register - ????

Nah, they like to pretend half the time we don't exist, and we like to pretend they totally hate and ignore us. If it suits Apple, they'll respond. If it's us picking apart their tech or decisions, it's the silent treatment - which has never stopped us before.

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Feguson's Crap Imperial College Model

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Re: Feguson's Crap Imperial College Model

Ach, the review is a wee bit bollocks. There's no smoking gun in the science of the model nor the math - just gripes about quality.

If someone who is an expert in modeling pandemics can point out a flaw, great, otherwise it's grousing about code smells.

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Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

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"No it won't"

Sigh. I knew if we didn't mention HTTPS and DNS-over-HTTPS, we'll get moaned at, and if we do include HTTPS and DoH, we'll get moaned at.

Sure, if you use Cloudflare or Google for DoH, the Feds can request it. That's obvious. But then someone will say they're using DoH through their custom VPS in Laos over Tor, so nerr-nerr. That's why the article said tunneling and DoH would work "to some degree."

There was a whole part at the end discussing the situation but it started to feel like an article within an article so I cut it. I've added a summary for those who need to know what "to some degree" means.

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There's Norway you're going to believe this: Government investment fund conned out of $10m in cyber-attack

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Yup, we f'ked that one up royally. Lessons have been learned - the article's been corrected.

Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong - we'll get those complaints immediately without having to read every comment.

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Meteorite's tiny secrets reveal Solar System's sodium-rich, alkaline liquid past – a clue to formation of life

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Re: sorry to be pedantic

Ah, you know what we mean, tsk.

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