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Registration Form Used To Send Spam Via Welcome Email

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While reviewing a client site, I recently noticed a small number of accounts had registered with spurious firstName and lastName values such as: firstName:You have 5 new messages from Patty: lastName: 12 firstName:You have 5 new messages from Patty:lastName: After some digging, it appeared these customers had legitimate email addresses, however had placed no orders, nor had they interacted with...

Reliably Processing Azure Service Bus Topics with Azure Functions

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At ASOS, we’re currently migrating some of our message and event processing applications from Worker Roles (within classic Azure Cloud Services) to Azure Functions. A significant benefit of using Azure Functions to process our messages is the billing model. As an example, with our current approach, we use a Worker Role to listen to subscriptions to Azure Service Bus topics. These Worker Roles are...

Disable gzip responses in Azure Functions

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By default, responses from Http Triggered Azure Functions are gzipped: Not all clients are able to handle this (although they should be) Turning it off isn’t particularly trivial. A change needs to be made to applicationhost.config – which is located in LocalSiteRoot/Config However, this file is readonly, so the change needs to be made via a xdt transform. In the Azure portal...

A Seller On Amazon Offered Me An Incentive To Leave A 5* Review

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I buy a lot on Amazon. Probably too much. I enjoy the convenience, pricing (mostly) and reviews. Reviews, however, have to be looked at carefully. Some sellers, particularly new sellers (or selling new products) offer incentives for 5* reviews. I knew this practice happened, but I’d never experienced it first hand. I recently bought a product on Amazon, with a smattering of 5* reviews. I...

Some products on Amazon cost MORE on Amazon Prime, Even For Prime Members!

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Earlier today I was looking to purchase an item on Amazon. (2x VonHaus Vertical Wall Mount Bike Cycle Storage Hooks to be specific) I found them for £7.99 – available next day, on Prime. However, I noticed it was available £1 less in the “other sellers” bit. Curious, I took a look: Both same product Both same vendor Prime was however £1 more. This was despite me being a Prime...