* Posts by hammarbtyp

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NASA seeks rocketeers for annual RockOn! shindig

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If they have space

Could you get them to launch LOHAN while they are there

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Why the Sun is setting on the Boeing 747

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Re: Really?

Correct - that is my assumption. But if you want to look at non-independent failure then the four-jet fares even worse because of the risk of uncontained turbine failure, or an engine fire, taking out the adjacent engine. That's not possible in a trijet

The way engines are place on a wing makes it unlikely that a a uncontained failure will take out another engine . Also on a 4 engine job it won't rip through your tail taking out all your hydralic lines

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

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Re: Coms

Possibly, however A.Clarke was usually pretty good on his Maths and engineering so i wouldn't bet against it

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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Re: And now, play the substitution game:

Corbyn may have no chance of being elected as PM, but he's turned the UK political landscape on its head.

Corbyn has turned Labour around.

It used to be un-electable and fragmented. Now it's fragmented and un-electable

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Re: Trump

Apart from Mexicans and Muslims...

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Stephen Hawking reckons he's cracked the black hole paradox

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Re: Other ways to preserve information

The reason that posts like AustinTx have to be downvoted is that it is pseudo-science. i.e It sounds good because it uses loads of nice complex terms that the lay person may of heard of, but is based on no proof, rigor or in many cases of pseudo-science any form of reality.

It's fine to have your own ideas as long as it is used for the basis of learnin, but the danger is that to many pseudo-science articles get presented as facts by people who know no better because they fit in with their world view, rather than the any basis on actual facts.

When scientists who have actually intensively re-searched the actual problem and follow the scientific method explain why a pet layman theory is not so, they get insulted and the conspiracy theorists get going.

We see this process all too readily in climate science, medicine, and other fields. Therefore it is not enough to let such comments slide, but they need to be be stamped on quickly otherwise people assume by the lack of disagreement that there is some truth in the statements.

It is fine to ask questions and show ignorance (lets face it there are only a handful of people in the world who truly understand the theories), but by presenting alternative theories based on nothing more than gut feeling just denigrates whole scientific process and the many years of research people like Hawking have done

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It's replicant Roy Batty's birthday – but hey, where's my killer robot?

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A more intresting representation of AI in films

Just watched Ex Machina which was excellent and probably a better representation of AI and it's dangers

Fortunately the bit about a social network billionaire building his own AI construct seems a bit far-fetched

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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Re: Flagships are sinking

Many would consider £300 excessive for a phone nowadays. Got Daughter and wife a Motorola G 3re Gen for about £110 each and it does pretty well everything you want to do with a phone in a pretty neat package.

Not sure what i would be missing out with for that £200 more

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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Smart Weapons

What i can never understand on Star wars or Star Trek, is that they jave these wonderfully advanced computers and droids, and missiles that can't hit a barn door at 50 paces.

Compare that with modern smart 'munitions and it makes little sense that you don't put a droid head on a proton missile or photo torpedo, point it in the general direction and let it go...

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iPad data entry errors caused plane to strike runway during takeoff

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Re: Why...

How do you plan to measure the aircraft's loaded weight? And the expected ambient temperature at the engine intake on the runway during the take off run?

Load cells on the landing gear.

Is the air temperature between the parking gate and runway likely to significantly vary from that at the runway? Is there a way this can be automatically downloaded from the airport data network?

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Europe fails to ban web 'fast lanes' – what now for Euro net neutrality?

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Re: Would it have been too much to ask

If I remember correctly, Andrew Orlowski had a piece, maybe two, some time ago, that I thought did a fairly good job with the basic issues

I think if Andrew had written a fair and balanced piece about anything we would all of remembered it....

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Russian subs prowling near submarine cables: report

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Re: Why have your own network?

Still, it would make more sense to have a cable labelled 'Big Secret Network' just to lead your enemies down the path you want them to take, and possibly even feed them the disinformation you desire...

While it is conceivable, sounds an awfully expensive ruse, that you are not even sure the enemy has the technology to pick up on. Much cheaper to, say, leave a port open onto a fake server with such information

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Why have your own network?

Seems to me that if I was going to send secret traffic, it would make more sense to hide it with the facebook/twitter/porn downloads than have your own cable labelled "big secret network" and use strong encryption to guard the contents

obligatory XKCD

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Migraine in the mainframe: Unisys reports more losses

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Repeat the old money stream

Maybe they can try and licence GIF's again...

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Amazon Echo: We put Jeff Bezos' always-on microphone-speaker in a Reg family home

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Optional extra

Can you modify the wake up word?

If I could start the conversation with "Hey Asshole", it would definitely be a win for me

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Weight, what? The perfect kilogram is nearly in Planck's grasp

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Re: Heavy science

Also what colour should it be...

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Science Museum celebrates Ada Lovelace

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Re: I apologise if I missing an important nugget of information but .....

was later hailed as the world's first computer programme, although it was never tested in practice.

Wow, invented vaporware too. Clearly well ahead of her time

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Hurrah! Doctor Who brings us a bootstrap paradox treat in Before the Flood

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I'm sure there is an app for that

a phone that can connect through all time and space, but not through a Faraday cage...hmmmm.

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Autonomy ex-boss Lynch tells of poisonous life within HP in High Court showdown

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Mushroom

Inter-departmental warfare laid bare

Great, I'll get the popcorn

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It's the white heat of the tech revolution, again!

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Re: Smiffy!

His other great role was in GBH, where he played a Derek Hatton-like character running a major city. Glad the labour party have turned away from those populist socialist characters eh ;)

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Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

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Patriotism, at the right price

“I felt it was my duty to help, and so we did,”

and I'm sure they were at cost price or at a discount and with no expectation of long term support contracts came into the decision at all

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Blighty's Bloodhound 1,000mph rocket car unveiled ahead of record attempt

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Re: "It's unlikely we'll see much return from all this" - WHAT?

Measurable return. Indirect return is very hard to gauge.

You sound like a government science minister

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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

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Re: Look who's back

Thus proving Godwin's law

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

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Memory vs Processor

I would suggest that nowadays 8GB (and a 64bit OS to access it) is the new norm.

Unless the PC's are easily upgradeable, I would be worrying about that more than peak processor performance especially if you install memory hogs like chrome

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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This mirrors the real software world

To be honest, working in software today mirrors a lot of that. Today we actually right very little original code.

The job now is largely understanding the problem domain, and the then creating the best solution with the tools and libraries available.

The truth is, even in the embedded worlds, the processors are so powerful there is little need to handcraft that bubble sort. The days of trimming bytes of the code to fit it in 16K of ROM are long one.

So if the kids are learning how to create imaginative solutions to their world problems, good on them.

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Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

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Re: Apache Harmony

Judge William Alsup showed in the original case that he was far from technically illiterate, and actually for a judge had good understanding of programming, calling the code copyright that Oracle was obvious and something a 10 year old could do and hardly worth the billions Oracle were claiming

Unfortunately the appeals court had no such technical nounce and threw the case back to him after they disagreed with his findings

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Stand your ground

Them darn airliners kept overflying my properties so I took it out with my Stinger I got in Walmart. Serves them pinko commies right in thinking they can look at my children.

It's my right as defined by the constitution, darn it

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Re: Upgrading tonight

or not depending on your success...

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Voyager's Golden Record now free to download

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Will someone think of teh artists?

I hope they included DRM on that disk when they sent it off. We don't want aliens profiting from illegal downloads

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Intel tests definition of insanity with (leaked) typoslab Skylake CPUs

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Maybe the wrong battleground

I think Intel is going to always struggle prising ARM from the mobile market, ironically for the same reason no-one has moved the Intel architecture from PC's. There is too much investment by mobile manufacturers in the ARM eco-system and they like the control ARM provides over the SoC. for example, is Apple going to handover it's special sauce for making chips to Intel for it's iphone? Probably not

However there are other markets where such chips would be great. Industrial control solutions and IoT for starters. . However they are not sexy applications and Intel seem very reticent to use there most power efficient cores in these areas allowing AMD and lately ARM to make headway in these areas.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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To paraphrase Reagan...

A billion here, a billion there, and soon enough you'll be talking real money...

A few more... Skype, Yammer, Origami

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EU squashes bogus copyright scare as red-faced Guardian slaps down Wiki's Wales

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Confused...

So let me get this right, MEP's dropped an amendment that did not exist.....

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: Cockpit

I will bow to your superior knowledge @cray74. I have never had the privilege of touring or ever seeing a B-52 in the flesh, so most of my knowledge is based on Dr. Strangelove....

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Aiming Error

It wasn't perpendicular, it was at an angle. the angle was calculated to have the maximum chance of at least one bomb hitting the runway.

In these days of precision guided weapons it difficult to remember the bombs the Vulcan were using were not any more accurate than the ones used in the 2nd world war. They slightly better radar and computers, but not much better.

Dropping 10000ft meant it would not take much of a change in wind speed to cause the entire stick to miss the target, so they decided on the least risk strategy.

I also disgree that it had no effect on the war. The fact the RAF proved they could launch missions at such range, meant the Argentinian air force was forced to keep more planes on the mainland in case of attack on the air fields there.

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Cockpit

If you get a chance to climb into the Vulcan cockpit (at EMA aeropark they have open days), do so. You will be surprised by disparity between the size of plane and the crew compartment, which is let us say, snug.

None of the huge acerage that the yanks have in the b-52, which makes the black buck missions even more remarkable.

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Unhappy

A privilege to see her for the last time

Went to see her for the last time at EMA Aeropark.

She's a sprightly girl for a lady of 55 and it was a privilege to see her for the last time.

I doubt we will see her like again. The costs of keeping some complicated machines flying means there will probably never be a equivalent project in the future. Congratulations to the Vulcan to the sky team for keeping her going this long.

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Pirate MEP pranks Telegraph with holiday snap scaremongering

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Re: Maybe nothing. but why take the chance

Sorry, but you don't really understand the law - which is a bit alarming even for a hobby photographer.

That's because I'm not a copyright lawyer, I do have some standards. I would take a bet that 95% of photographers have little or no understanding of copyright law. After all it's a hobby that causes no harm to anyone, why should we spend time studying law texts?

As most photographers I use the law of common sense. Don't trespass on private property, avoid taking photos around military installations and parks where children might be playing and be polite and courteous to all around you.

This is the problem with copyright law(yes I have studied it a little bit). Once you manage to dis-entangle it, it makes little common sense, so goes against most peoples expectations. That is a crucial test of a good law.

You may be being hassled under terrorism laws, but that is nothing to do with copyright.

No, but it is an example where laws are misused to restrict rights that people widely believe they hold. Copyright law is often used in the same way.

The "freedom of panorama" doesn't need "saving", as this is not a legislative proposal.

Yet

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Maybe nothing. but why take the chance

I think Mr Orlowski has (and not for the 1st time) missed the point.

I'm no expert on the EU legislative process (who is), but a number of facts stand out.

The MEP made an attempt to hamonise the law on the side of the artist in terms of who owns the copyright of public buildings. This was turned round so that the proposed legislation would actually go in the opposite direction.

There is a fair chance that this will never become law and be squashed in the many stages it probably has to go through. However that is no reason why every attempt should be made to squash any possibility flat before it has a chance of being born.

As a hobby photographer I find it has become more and more common to be hassled when trying to take images in towns and cities. Legislation that was designed for anti-terrorism has become a catch all to stop anyone with a camera taking photos by any security guard with a Napoleon complex. What we desperately need is greater clarification about the rules on photography in public places. Any whiff of any legislation that affects those rights should be stomped on quicker than a wasp trying to sup your beer.

There is a online petition if you agree

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

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Re: Use-case for colour e-paper: digital frame

I think the challenge for that sort of application would be the brightness and resolution. Most of the e-ink colour displays I've seen make the image look like its been dipped in mud. Also e-photo frames don't need to be portable, so battery life is not a great issue(if you wanted to save power connect a sensor that turns the display off when no ones around.)

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Pros and Conns

I've had a kindle e-reader for years, the one with Whispernet(does that still work?) and physical page turn buttons. I bought it originally as a e-reader, but also so I could access the internet while camping(I was too poor/tight to afford a smartphone in those days).

This instantly showed the limitations of e-ink, in that web browsing was a frustrating experience(however it did so the benefit of having a always connected clod device). However as a e-reader it has been great, and generally I use it when flying because I know that I won't be eeking out it's battery life at the end of a 8 hour flight(I also like the fact it is not touch screen. Physical buttons are far better for page flipping).

However it has its limitations. While it is great for text based literature, it is is generally useless for anything technical in nature. The small screen size and the tendency to re-format pages on a ad-hoc basis means that code examples or technical diagrams tend to be distribute haphazardly or badly rendered.

I had high hopes for the A4 reader that Plastic Logic were promising to bring out in the day, but that turned out to be vapourware. I still think a low power A4 device would be great for schools and university if the price was low enough, but now you can get a perfectly usable A4 android tablet for less than £200 maybe that market has gone

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US students prevail in rocket-powered egg challenge

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Happy times

Anyone remember the great egg race? These sort of challenges bring back warm memories when engineering involved more than minecraft

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Good luck with that

I live near Donington Park. By the end of the festival you will have trouble identifying the species never mind what their face looks like

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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As long as there have been telegraphs, there has been tapping...

Electronic espionage is just an extension of the age old practices. For example Queen Elizabeth I security services would intercept sealed messages, copy them down and re-seal them.

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Will Hay: Britain's bumbling star of the screen and skies

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Re: Astronomy

I remember going there too, although I wasn't aware it was Will Hay's old place. Some impressive instruments, but terrible location. I remember one problem they commented on was getting Mercury lines on their spectrum caused by the local football grounds floodlights.

However I was impressed by the CCD one student had built housed in a old bake bean tin...

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Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

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Re: Sharholders != Investors?

well, that's a good question and complicated that they may be the same individual i.e an employee, may also be a shareholder and a customer.

But let's assume the majority of the shareholders are not employees, just people who are using the shares as an investment. They don't in any way contribute to the success of the company, instead ride on the company coat tails. In fact you could argue they can reduce the success of a company by indulging in short term speculation which results in a lack of long term strategic thinking from the company involved, for example paying large dividends to maintain the share price rather than investing in R&D, infrastructure or retaining key employees.

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Sharholders != Investors?

Once the original shareholding has been sold, are new shareholders really investors, or more equivalent to parasites riding their host and trying to suck out it's life?

Ok, an increase in shareprice may have some benefit to a company, but if I buy shares in company A, what benefit does that accrue to the company. Presumably they don't get a cut of that money?

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Steve Jobs movie gets October release date

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Re: Not another one!

Jobs wasn't the messiah, he was a very naughty CEO...

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Not applicable

Had a blue-ray player for about 2 years. Bought it when the DVD went pfft, and it was only £5 greater, so i though why not.

Since then it has never seen a blue-ray disk. On the rare occasion when i do buy a DVD, I look at the price difference and think what's the point. Yes it may display a bit clearer, but it won't make the acting, script, special effects any better.

If I would to see a film in hi-def I goto the cinema.

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Election? Pah. Here's the REAL question: Who’s the SEXIEST MP?

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Gimp

Re: Conservative Majority again.

I think it was P.J O'Rourke who said that the right wing are always more sexy because no-one ever fantasized about woman standing over them with a whip dressed in a liberal uniform

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