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If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Re: X marks the spot

"It's not a new thing in 1809 either..."

It's 2018 here. You stick to your steam punk OS and I'll get some work done.

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Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know

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Magic

"And magical super mysterious unknown AI will switch the curve to this"

Bollocks.

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Samsung unveils next-generation 8nm Exynos silicon

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It's pop-AI but tailored, fans

Genius

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Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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"Now excuse me while I go and reboot my IOT immersion heater controller with which I replaced the old electrical timer switch that worked perfectly. I'm not joking either, I'm a moron. It must have been a pissed Amazon purchase but I can't remember."

What?? You haven't wired up an ESP8266 based thingie to it for that very purpose. Obvs, you'll need another one to restart the first and then its ESP8266s all the way down ...

We are all morons. You should see what I've done to my U/F heating. I nearly cooked the dog.

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Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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Re: Just install Linux (joking aside)

"The two features I buy Windows Pro for are the ability to join a domain, and RDP"

Well then we have you covered: Join the domain with winbind (Samba) and use xfreerdp - many GUIs available. I have Kerberized everything on this laptop I am using right now. I get my files by accessing folders in my home dir that magically mount shares via autofs. Libre Office for office stuff. email from Exchange through Evolution. Printing via CUPs. Teamviewer works for providing remote support. KeePass native for password management.

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This one weird trick turns your Google Home Hub into a doorstop

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Re: So the HomeHub has an undocumented API backdoor

Quite right and go a bit further. Engineers should design against failure and not consider it a bit of a downside.

I am still putting together my IoT stuff at home and one of my requirements is that everything fails safe and has a manual control. So, for example, my home's underfloor heating is controllable via Home Assistant and via the thingies on the wall.

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McAfee says cloud security not as bad as we feared… it's much worse

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Define average

According to McAfee, the average business uses around 1,900 cloud instances, but most of the companies they surveyed only thought they used around 30.

Define average. I suspect that the word instance here is suffering from a severe case of mission creep to assist headline generation. If nothing else I bet that the thing that instance refers to in "1900 cloud instances" is not the same thing as the 30 instances that the companies know about.

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Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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Re: Let this be a lesson

"for anyone even daring to think about using IoT for this sort of thing."

Depends on how you do your IoT. I am spending months deploying IoT at home, each step building on the last and tested. My "hub" is Home Assistant running on a Lenovo Thinkcentre (which is properly designed to live in harsh environments). It is backed up and is on a UPS and ethernet connected. I also have a standby VM, just in case. https with a Lets Encrypt cert. and HA Proxy on the front (pfSense router). I have multiple VLANs, host firewalls deployed etc. I maintain my home network to as near to PCI DSS as is possible (yes, really! I'm CREST accredited and do ISO 9001 and 27001 at work) One other design requirement is that everything fails safe and/or has a manual control where applicable.

This lot has to be signed off by wifey ...

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Love Microsoft Teams? Love Linux? Then you won't love this

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Re: "Vanishingly Small"

"OK, there was lock-in on the desktop things like Outlook,"

Evolution EWS gives you a full Exchange mailbox experience including calendaring. Get Kerberos working (winbind from Samba) and it is truly SSO as well.

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Fed up with cloud giants ripping off its database, MongoDB forks new 'open-source license'

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Some do give back

... just not in the way you'd like.

Yandex sponsors the Clickhouse database system which is quite a beast and open source. https://clickhouse.yandex/

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It's October 2018, and Microsoft Exchange can be pwned by a plucky eight-year-old... bug

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Yay, more updates

apt, yum, pacman, emerge, dnf: One of these is sometimes slower than Windows Update.

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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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Poe's Law?

Poe's law? fuck that. The lesson is way older than "that Poe's law is an adage of Internet culture" (wikipedia etc)

@AC and co: This article is anchored on "as ye sow, so ye shall reap".

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Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old

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Re: So what does Cholesterol do in the body that's so important the genes are unchanged in

1/2 a trillion years?

I think you'll find that is 1/2 a treellion years (and could probably do with a few more eeeees). It is a staggeringly long time ago. In the age quoted (558 million years) even the least significant bit is rather a long time: eight million years. Start breaking down the timescales into bits and it all gets a bit overwhelming.

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Adobe forks out $4.75bn for Marketo in massive marketing mashup move

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Five beelion USD

Is it really worth it? You decide

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iFixit engineers have an L of a time pulling apart Apple's iPhone XS

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Spudger

That's not just a spudger, that's a Halberd Spudger.

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Click your heels, um, mouse thrice and you've quickly got Ubuntu on Hyper-V in Win 10 Pro

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Re: Solution?

"I recently acquired a sexy new Dell laptop."

Me too. I got Arch on it without even having to accept any unwanted license agreements. Being able to update the BIOS from the EFI partition is a welcome change to the contortions Linux users have often suffered in the past (eg convert swap partition to a fat32 f/s so that FreeDOS can run a DOS only updater)

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'I am admin' bug turns WD's My Cloud boxes into Everyone's Cloud

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Re: Another WD nightmare

You might consider NextCloud. Mine is open to the world but securing IT stuff is my day job. If you are not sure then start with getting a VPN running for remote access to home. OpenVPN listening on 443/tcp looks very like a https website which can work nicely on many sites and you can even drill it through many web proxies if needed.

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Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Another option (USB over PoE)

Note that you can get devices that turn a PoE into a powered USB connector. The one I got off Amazon didn't want to allow the ethernet to get through so I ended up using the wifi.

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Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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Re: Is ABC...?

Angry of Andover (Billious of Birmingham and errrr Cold of Stream)

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Well, can't get hacked if your PC doesn't work... McAfee yanks BSoDing Endpoint Security patch

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Re: Who uses McAfee ?

You are probably unaware of their ePO product and the other big outfit stuff they do. McAfee has a rather better name in corp circles than you might think. To be honest, their enterprise stuff is massive and sometime quite bewildering (I've been "doing it" for about 10 years now). I run Arch on this laptop and my office workstation and can install Gentoo without bothering to refer to a manual but sometimes an ePO can stump me for a while but not for lack of functionality 8)

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Somerset boozer prepares to declare its inn-dependence from UK

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Optional

Well, Lydford is just up the road from here (Yeovil).

Might have to pop inn.

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Everyone screams patch ASAP – but it takes most organizations a month to update their networks

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Patchy McPatchface

I am a dyed in the wool sysadmin that owns my own company (MD). I only have around 10 Windows and 20 odd Linux servers to worry about on a VMware cluster with a slack handful of SANs, switches etc and pfSense routers.

I can't manage to patch that lot to Cyber Essentials standard all the time because CE mandates patches applied within two weeks of release. That's a laudable aim and one to work towards but the real world has a nasty habit of intruding.

For example, recently (last two months) Mr MS unfortunately released a right old bugger's muddle of updates that broke Exchange a bit (ooh me Transport Service has died) and broke older and weirder SharePoints, and screwed Azure Sync (and the rest). I have also had RDP die on 2008R2 servers until I fix certificate perms and even which one to use. I really picked the wrong time to start restricting schannel stuff and enable other MS patches via registry keys.

I *am* the pointy haired boss and have absolute power (until my office manager kicks me into touch) and know what I am doing. I'm CREST accredited and can throw together a Gentoo box without bothering with docs. There are not enough hours in the day to patch things anymore.

I have a few customers to worry about and a few PCs as well

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Your Phone prematurely ejected, Skype texting on the way, and 900 more years of Windows

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Re: 2919

To be honest it depends on how the 2032 thing pans out.

For me 1999 was the first year of the Linux desktop. OK, year of the Linux console - it took me a while to configure XFree86 and work out how to get a window manager together. God it looked crap compared to what I'm typing this on: sysadmins should not have to work with typeface choices and anti aliasing was not exactly a thing.

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Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

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Unencumbered by patents

https://buttplug.io - probably the best URL in the world.

It is probably NSFW but it is also a genuine open source project with a particular focus. The TLD choice is pure genius

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Microsoft Teams goes free, as free as the wind blows... up to a point

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My count is less than that and I follow Hacker News FFS!

I see they have Papr but not Plopr or Wnkr

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Fresh cup of WTF with lunch? TeamViewer's big in Twitter's domination-as-a-service scene

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Go on, you know you want to: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23teamviewer&src=typd

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Microsoft might not support Windows XP any more, but GandCrab v4.1 ransomware does

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Re: And people still use XP

Get a grip. My firm tends to a Win 98 (*) machine for someone. You'd be surprised what runs the machinery in manufacturing ...

(*) It breaks if you put a default gateway on it. NetBEUI becomes NetBIOS and that's too modern. Hilarious

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At last – a use for AI! Predicting an England World Cup victory

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Bollocks

"Brazil are still favourites with a 29.9 per cent likelihood of taking home the spoils."

Not any more they aren't.

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While you were basking in the sun, the relentless march of the Windows-maker continued

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Re: bugger the mouse

If having your ball and rollers removed and replaced with a red light and sensor wasn't bad enough, you want to do that to the poor thing.

For shame Sir, for shame.

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Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

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IoT

Look, if you are going to do IoT you need: A network technician, a sysadmin, multiple sites, the mind set of a proper engineer and a lot of time to experiment and test. You'll need a safety first mentality and a few other skills.

I have most of the above, including a lot of tape. I am starting with ESP8266s and simple circuits, Mosquitto and Home Assistant. My VMs live on a proper SAN and VMware cluster. I start with multiple segregated VLANs and firewalls (including hosts). All comms including MQTT are TLS 1.2 or similar. Web apps live behind HA Proxy etc etc. If anything fails, it is designed to fail to manual operation rather than fucked.

Oh and the wife is the customer.

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UK Foreign Office offers Assange a doctor if he leaves Ecuador embassy

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Re: WiFi coverage

He is next door to Harrods and on a residential(ish) street with a *lot* of APs nearby. At least one of those will be running WEP or have a PSK of "Password1" or "hanscrescent" or something equally stupid. If he does not have internet access, then I'd be quite surprised.

He's here (Google Maps, Street View) That droopy flag is Ecuadorean and those green boxes to the right of the iron railings are BT jobbies. Yes he has the internet rather close by.

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Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering

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Title

Wouldn't it be nice if threads that had a title with an OS in it had a no Anon rule?

Has anyone really bothered to value their el Reg karma value?

Does anyone really give a shit?

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Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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"but Sonos only connects via SMBv1"

I too have Sonos, so does Jeremy Allison.

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1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded due to botched IT migration

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"it is tempting to go 100% cashless"

It seems that several 1000 TSB customers have beta tested that for you and found the experience less than satisfactory.

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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Re: This is why science rocks

"As much as you're upvoted, you must accept the scientific fact that placebo ... works. "

Yes, placebo has a measurable effect. Homeopathy is still bollocks.

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Re: "Judge us by our actions"

"It decided it was going to download 1803"

Calm down hmkay ... we use the same numbering scheme as Ubuntu. Windows 10 is practically open source and hence lovely.

In case it passed you by: 1803 (Win10) is March 2018, 18.04 is April 2018 (Ubuntu)

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Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

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"or you could try hosting your own Git service"

I do - its called git!

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Facebook finally fully embraces GDPR – Generally Derailing Pages Recklessly

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"If a vendor is too lame to have a real page, then I just skip them."

However, many business owners are unable to avoid the fact that their customers are glued to FB and unable to engage with them otherwise.

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GDPRmageddon: They think it's all over! Protip, it has only just begun

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ACs ACs everywhere, yet ne'er a comment to worthily remark upon

Is RegAuth down? Every comment here so far is AC. (OK test done and "no"). So wtf is going on? Am I really going to have to ditch my Private Eye sub?

On balance I think that a set of regs with aims like this might be useful:

This Regulation is intended to contribute to the accomplishment of an area of freedom, security and justice and of an economic union, to economic and social progress, to the strengthening and the convergence of the economies within the internal market, and to the well-being of natural persons.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32016R0679

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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Re: Welcome to the 'new' Canonical

"I think you need to run wireshark and look at the actual traffic on a minimal install ubuntu. I think you'll be surprised."

It's not going to be very minimal if you've got Wireshark on it. Perhaps you meant tcpdump? Anyway, I've just done a Bionic minimal - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD - install and there is no sign of any data slurping.

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Re: "opt-out was probably the best choice"

GDPR relates to personally identifiable data. I'm not sure that the metrics being gathered constitute a fingerprint.

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Advanced VPNFilter malware menacing routers worldwide

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Re: It's the Russians, No the Chinese...

Trump.

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You've got to be kitten: Vet recruiter told to pay £1k after pinching info from ex-employer

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Re: 3 fivers and change?

GDPR doesn't apply yet. This would have prosecuted according to the provisions of the Data Protection Act.

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Summoners of web tsunamis have moved to layer 7, says Cloudflare

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Simple solution

"OSI layer 7 attacks"

Simply use the DOD four layer model and avoid the problems at layers 5,6,7! Job done.

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IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Re: How to make the move?

"My ISP (Plusnet) is IPv4 only." I used to be with PlusNet and when I asked a few years back what their plans for IPv6 was, I was told "no plans".

I left. I also took the four office links to another ISP ... and around 30 odd of my customers ... and my dad and my brother and a few other family members and friends and acquaintances.

Not the end of the world for them, I'm sure.

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Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

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Re: So Facebook's response is to shoot the messenger basically

Dream of electric sheep (possibly).

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Meet Asteroid, a drop-in Linux upgrade for your unloved smartwatch

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"Privacy has been a design consideration. And because it's actually a rich Linux, you can run Docker."

wtf?

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UKFast bit barn yarn: 'Cisco switch glitch' leads to service ditch

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"so the incoming mains supply was lost to the bit barn and generators failed to pick up the slack"

They are not generators then, just lumps of stuff taking up space ..

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UPnP joins the 'just turn it off on consumer devices, already' club

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Re: another lesson

"NOBODY NEEDS TO FORWARD PORTS UNLESS THEY ARE RUNNING A SERVER."

IPv6 8)

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Facebook stuck with IRS bill after court tosses $7 BEEELLION appeal

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Re: “the IRS gets to decide what does and doesn't get an appeal hearing”

"Rather defeats the purpose of an appeals hearing, if the opposing side gets to decide whether to let you fight."

That was the result of a court hearing, not a fight in a playground.

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