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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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Hmm..

Unfortunately, I'm not going to Ms. Bush's concerts (living a thousand miles away). Pity. Love her music.

If I did however, and given the inclement weather expected, I'd take my umbrella.

Bulgarian variety, sharp pointy thing on the end. Iphone-camera-sized.Or, iBall sized...

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: @ Ian Emery (was: Smoke Alarms....)

Simple solution to the battery-running-down alarm..

Fit a snooze button!

(Thanks, Jeremy Clarkson for that gem!)

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Re: Only a complete idiot...Horovitz & Hill

Oh, gawd, that book...mine's 25 years old, and still in regular use!

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Pity not available in Finland...

Wonder if "Nokia" is doing the old Ringo trick? Released a dirt-cheap phone for 1G networks (NMT system - one radio transceiver in the base station for each connection!) maybe to breathe a bit more time in the old analog system. Nokia made infrastructure for it.

When I was at Nokia in mid-200's we were told by Sari Baldauf no less that 2G was expected to be extinct by 2010. Well, that might be the plan in Europe to phase it out soon - hence the phone not available in Europe, but in the countries mentioned in the article, maybe there's still seen life in the old dog, yet...

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Russia: There is a SPACECRAFT full of LIZARDS in orbit above Earth and WE control it

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Bet the male lizard can't get it up....

....having no idea in spaaaace which way 'up' is...

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PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

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Works fine for me...

As I won't give my CC details to paypal, I just simply add up my purchases, and transfer to PayPal that amount. From Finnish banks, at least, I can credit PP within 1 hour - free of bank charges.

Only card I have authorised through PP is my Visa Electron card (for transferring back when I felt flushed some time ago, and stuck €50/mo. in there. I don't do that anymore).

Not a problem.

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Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off

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Double whammy for Oulu

Reported in the local rag "Kaleva" (Kaleva.fi - in Finnish, natch), a double whammy in a week for my city, Oulu. First, 500 from Microsoft when the Peltola site closes, then another 430 from Broadcom...

This city aint that big....A significant loss, almost 1,000 unemployed.

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Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs

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Hitting my adopted city - Oulu.

One of the larger employers in the city will close. Papers suggest Microsoft's former units at Peltola and Technology Village is out. They're big sites, and I can't see many takers for the buildings.

Knock-on effect for Oulu University's Radio facility, I guess.

This place'll be a ghost town soon....

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Chow rocket blasts off for ISS: Awww, freeze-dried ice cream AGAIN

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Sorry, but is this another El-Reg measurement?

Can a 'Storey' be measured in London Bus heights?

Just curious....

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Mobile, cloud, social? Data? Nadella strings sexy words together

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Ex-Nokians, natch

Nokia has always had a reputation for outsourcing its redundancies. (Accenture, anyone?)

http://yle.fi/uutiset/bloomberg_microsoft_plans_to_let_go_ex-nokia_staff/7356293

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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

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An AK 47

Beats a lawyer in any trial...Damn Right!!!

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Nokia paid off extortionist in 2007: Finnish TV

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Just a thought....

Is that the real reason Symbian was shafted?

Looks like there's a lot of meat on this bone, yet....I vote the Orloski Rottweiler to be assigned to this, to "Kill, Maim, Disfigure!"

If anyone can get to the bottom of this, he can.

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Facepalm

Oh, c'mon. You're having a Giraffe, or what?

Supposed to be a "Drop-and-arrest operation" yep?

What fuc*king Plod'd use REAL money for that????

Oh, FFS!!!!

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Boris: Look on 'London's digital tentacles', ye mighty, and despair!

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Re: Adolescence?

I dunno why I reply to children. Maybe to humour them....Nonetheless....

When I started working (1974) I'd already built my first transmiiter a few years before. I was 12 when I made it.

Intel 4004, anyone? 74LS181? AMD 2900 RISC processors, that needed a "NOP" after a "JNE", because it'd 'skid' past the last instruction of a branch?

Yeah. Done that, been there.

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Nokia networks biz slurps Australia's Mesaplexx

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S'funny....

"Reducing the footprint of....Flexi BTS's"

OK, it's some years since I last worked for Nokia Slurp Networds, travelling the globe training customers about its Sexi-Flexi BTS's (EDGE then..) but the design was to fit into a 19" rack...Vertically doesn't help much, N-type connectors have a fixed size...

Must've changed a lot since I were a lad...

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HALF of London has outdated Wi-Fi security, says roving World of War, er, BIKER

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My WiFi is unsecured by design. Apartment block has a lot of elderly living here, and they want to use bank, Skype/FB for the family and relations. No problem.

Isn't it a bit posessive to protect your WiFi, if your computer is secured?

Farmer Giles: "GET ORF MY LAAAAN(D)!!!!" springs to mind....

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Google in NOT EVIL shocker: Bins student email ad scanning

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Certainly fine with it.

While planning a trip once, I remember seeing a 'targeted' ad, clicked it and remember saving a bob or two...(Some years ago, don't remember the details, think it was a better offer on the same hotel I had decided upon. Probably a 'coupon'.)

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Microsoft beats cloud drum as revenues remain solid but flat

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Explain "Nadella said in a canned statement. "

I always thought that cans were for putting worms back in...after they'd been released from a smaller one.

My bad.

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Innovation creates instability, you say? BLASPHEMY, you SCUM

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Ace response to an ace article!

Ta Muchly!

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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

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Sorry...but...

Why a fuse in the first place??

Thing's designed to go 'bang' anyway, and unless the intrepid playmonaught has been trained to replace it in flight, just seems like excess weight to me.

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

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WAAAANT!!!

Can't imagine how clear my Nokia 5110 is gonna look...

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Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

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Re: Win 8 trade secrets

...nobody wants or likes...

Hasta la Vista, baby...

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ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

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Re: Traitor?

Is losing the ability to live in America such a bad thing?

Just asking....

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LOHAN bloodhound unleashes solar-powered minitracker

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Oh, we Geriatrics looove microelctronics..

Couldn't find my glasses Monday (they were hanging on my Zimmer frame, natch!)

Put Sleepy Pi* onto Raspberry Pi, and misaligned by a whole row. Result? 5V onto 3v3.

Dammit! Foresdt Pi (the one that was addicted to Saunalahti's 3G network) dead in a nanosecond.

I'm on the smegging dole. FFS, thinking of buying a new Pi is kinda like dreaming of waking up with George Formby. (Each to his own..)

Beercans and begging, here we go again....

*http://spellfoundry.com/products/sleepy-pi/

I'l get there..I will!. 'kinell...

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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You got a downvote for that???

I had to go outside - my laughter was gonna get me barred!

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I bought a house in the mid-90's

Lovely place. Woodside Cottage.

£69,000.

Didn't even haggle, as a 'yuppie' then taking home £4,000/mo, and my (then) missus getting about £2,000, £500/mo mortgage was chicken-feed.

In the house, forgotten by the previous owner was a porcelain pot, full of 3d bits.

Took me back awhile. I remember burying a 3d piece when I was a kid of about 10, remembering even 47 years ago *precisely* where I've hidden it. Sadly, 1500 Km from where I am now.

Gave 'em away. Now, if I had a pot of silver paint....and as I'm on the dole now...

Nah.

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Flying Toaster screen savers return on GitHub

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Rooting your wife??

Westboro Baptists'll be around in a flash!

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Indian supremes demand $573m in Nokia-Microsoft phactory selloff deal

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cost-effective over the next few quarters...

Yeah, I remember working for a company that was so obviously going down the U-bend,

Drinking in a bar with the bosses, where one of the managers lit a cigarette with a £20 note. The same day they'd laid off about a third of the workforce, leaving 6 of us to hold the fort.

Then, some 'cunning stunt' by a salesman convinced them to use factoring to enhance their cashflow.

Yeah. Does. Until the customers realise "Factoring" == "Cashflow Problems" and left in droves.

Wondering if this escrow thing is a bit of a trick, to scupper the whole deal? It'd work..

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Re: so... friends and relatives...

Not really decision time. Stick one (or more) of those on your list, and dual (tripe...) boot.

Just alter the boot order as you get more comfy.

(I'm assuming dual-booting with Android is possible...)

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MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

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The MtGox writer....

...will have no trouble finding new employment. As a spam mail author.

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Inquietante testimonio gráfico: Electrosonda orgásmica anal aplicada… ¡a un TORO!

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"No DS18B20 waterproof probes

were harmed in this experiment".

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Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

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Re: Balancing Imbalance

Hehehe!

That'll be why they sent British miscreants to OZ.

"Stick 'em in open prisons! That'll thin the buggers out"

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What's up with that WhatsApp $19bn price tag? Answer: Voice calls

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450 million?

Whew! Thank Gawd it's restricted to USA only. Isn't it?

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Bolshy investor pushes Juniper Networks into restructuring plan

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Am I missing something???

Or are two juorno's spending lunchtime in different bars???

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/21/nokia_may_consider_merging_with_juniper_report/

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Jolla announces Sailfish OS 1.0, says Android love-fest soon to come

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Damn....

Wish my N8 hadn't bit the dust...Photo competition in the local rag (Kaleva.fi) to win a jolla. I'd choose my "Onkia" snap - poked on el-reg. a couple of years back.

But, can only enter by sending said snap from a phone. Backup? Meh...

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Harvard student thrown off 14,000-core super ... for mining Dogecoin

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Re: Some things never change

Yeah, but after he'd put the fanfold printout on the table, did you offer to remove "Spelunker Today"? You'd get a point for that!

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Nokia may consider merging with Juniper: report

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Bloody hell, don't they learn?

After nipping into bed for a steamy, disastrous 6-year relationship with a German trollop, instigated by Wylie-my bestfriend's Simon (notable by making a swift exit, once the folly of his ways became clear), they now want to snuggle up to some Yankie bit of fluff..

Stay on yer own for awhile, Nokia. Mergers rarely work. The only time I've seen synergy work is sharing a keyboard and mouse between computers...

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Doomed Cassiopeia star was sloshed just before deadly supernova blast

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Re: Flash vids don't work for many people!

Not missing much. For a re-enactment, just imagine your teenage son's bubblegum exploding on his face. (And a lot more entertaining!)

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Vertical take-off and laughing: Space Harrier

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Angry birds 8-bit...

Now that's what I'm talking about!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfDTwFaFhvI

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

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"But, but, but, Sahib!"

"I graduated from Starbucks College, and know how to make a good cup of Java!"

"Java?? OK, you're in!!"

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Re: Meanwhile

"Free World? Where's that, then?"

Never fear, Curiosity's near. It'll find it for you unless its power unit fails first.

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Reg readers fret over misty-eyed LOHAN

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Wasn't a problem before

Shouldn't be a problem again.

(Reaches for Apollo-13 video...)

Seriously, the team, and other flights have proved it. A couple of 470Ω 'torched' by 4v (it will be, when it gets cold) jobbies aint gonna do it, bit like warming an igloo with a candle.

It's the temperature differential rather than the moisture, surely? LOHAN's got plenty of time to get it up and get used to it before the elastic snaps (or whatever).

Bit like driving my mates LADA in Finnish winter. The heater's eff-all use, inside ▒, outside ░ more-or-less the same. Fergerrabahtit.

BMW passes me in -40, frantically wiping.

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LOHAN cops a faceful of Raspberry Pi

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Re: Just a little thing but thanks for the heads-up on the pIO microSD card adaptor.

Bloody SD card sockets - my first Pi arrived with the adapter broke. The replacement - same! Reckon same heavy-handed muppet was to blame. Sourcing an identical new one (from alienspec) was the easy bit. Removing the old one was a bastard - lost 3 pads. Tiny bits of single-stranded wire to adjacent resistors fixed. Needed a tin of tramp-juice (see Icon) first to keep my hand steady enough. Didn't bother sending the second back under warranty - another 6 week wait...Stuck a piece of a credit card on the top, and a bit of thick card to hold.

Yep, if you buy a Pi, buy one of them adapters as a mandatory accessory. Or a new socket and a tin of tramp-juice.

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

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Now, I'm really confused...

As I understand it, "Old" Nokia (the non-Redmond bit) is still free to make its own phones, should it choose. I don't remember anything in the interminable press releases about this.

Am I correct, or would lawyers be slavering in the wings?

If so, it might make a lot of sense for "Old" Nokia - free from Flop - to do just that. There must be loads of expertise awaiting for the inevitable pink slips that always follow acquisitions dying to jump back, esp. if they're Finns...and there's a jolla nice company nearby who might need a shedload of Finnish cash....

Interesting year or so ahead....

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Boffin dreams up smart battery gizmo for Raspberry Pi fiddlers

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Curious as to why a SEPIC wasn't chosen...

...Dramatically widened the source of power. OK a bit bigger, but if the Chinese folks can do it on e-bay for a few quid...And the lack of charger is unfortunate. I'm planning my own version using a SEPIC, charger(s) 'cos I want mine sitting in the forest, guzzling whatever power I can throw at it, and any battery technology I've got to hand. Yeah, it won't be small, but as the case (cctv case) has to be weatherproof...batteries, electronics, air-pi equivalent, not such a problem

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NASA quandary: Should Curiosity channel Fast and Furious for Martian dune-buggy jump?

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My vote would be NO.

Just a gut feeling.

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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Order to Grunt.

"Let's get it on!"

"What, Sarge?"

"This. The last suit you'll ever wear..."

(Apologies to Men In Black)

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

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Yes, but ...Look at the wookie!

..hasn't anyone else noticed in the 'before' snap, there seems to be a bit of green 'sellotape' securing one of the cables to the 'wing'?

Seems to have survived the severe Martian conditions rather better than the stuff I use to fix my glasses.

Oh, and what's that circular lens cap doing lying on the 'after' picture, about 11 o'clock from the 'mushroom'.

The film crew at area-51 are getting sloppy!

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The other end of the telescope: Intel’s Galileo developer board

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On first squint

..seems like a strange beast. OK, somewhat more welly than the Pi, but I can't really see it making many inroads against the BeagleBone Black (Judging from specifications and writeups, not experience. I do have a Pi, however, in daily, 'dole-destroying boredom fix').

Maybe too late? I'd get a BBB, or maybe a "Teensy 3.1" first, although I'm more likely to just get a brace more Pi's shortly.

(Happy to find the sticker hiding "Designed in ---land" obscured Ireland)

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

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Re: Alright, folks. I know my limitations...

Thanks, Vocifeous.

Needless to say, I tried it on the pub's Linux computer. Very effective!!!!

(Now, get my copy of "The Rute" out and find out how it works.

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