* Posts by Stu Wilson

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Bought a new Mac Pro? 1-in-100 chance it'll destroy your data

Stu Wilson
Coat

Re: Not a mac fan

The Sale of Goods Act 2003 indicates that "stores" must offer a refund, repair or replacement, whichever the customer chooses, so unless Apple is the retailer, this is not a factor.

The story does specifically state that the source comes from at least two resellers.

The manufacturer of said goods has no such limitation for an item under guarantee. if a item is found to be faulty, they the manufacturer are the arbiter of which method of resolution is required. The manufacturer can repair or replace the item, whichever they want, and the consumer has no choice in the matter.

So Apple are going beyond their legal requirements in this matter.

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Broadway star to play Woz

Stu Wilson
Thumb Up

Arrested Development Development Development

Jeffrey Tambor FTW

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001787/

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Now Windows 8 goes into the ring to face Apple's iOS

Stu Wilson
Trollface

mine was *yawn*

Win8 running on, basically a laptop without a keyboard, fan whizzing away, and the heat being generated is just mom-u-ment-ally silly.

so it runs nice and fast, I'm sure it would look nice and fast, but unless they can get it to run, and run well, on commodity ARM (or god forbid Atom) hardware, then the Metro UI is gonna be wasted money on MS's part.

Certainly who else is going to use it? Not those people with desktops, and those people with tablet/laptop abortions won't use it except for the first minutes to show their friends.

Just for the record, I'm Apple all the way and I like what MS have done with Metro, it is actually starting to look good on a larger screen but I just know they are going to fuck it up.

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The curse of Google?: Android licensees fail to cash in

Stu Wilson

no one saw the troll icon obviously

@heyrick

Analysis done on the Android market showing that the churn on apps and developers there is much higher than at other store, and that applications are up to 20% more likely to no longer exist after 1 year than on on the iOS App store.

[quote]This is, of course, your cue to tell me that there's no such thing as an iPhone 4 specific app that won't work on earlier models[/quote]

not all all, but the inverse is more true, I have apps that have never seen an update since they were first released 3+ years ago, they still run on both my iPhone and iPad.

[quote]"or that the phone you buy actually connects to the store you want since the carrier removed the Google store and put in their own?"

Cite a reference please. [/quote]

it was a hypothetical situation, one that given the carriers penchant for fucking around with stuff is only a matter of time IMHO, especially if Amazon actually build what everyone thinks they are building.

[quote]HOWEVER, you can use an alternative - such as Amazon's offering or even (if you allow it) install apps from just about anywhere. Can you do this on a standard (non-hacked) iPhone?[/quote]

No you are very correct, but then the iOS store has more apps than every other store combined anyway, and oh yes, a lot less Trojan apps also.

[quote]And this is a criticism of Android's Market how? Does Apple *guarantee* that an app will be both available and the same 'cost' when it comes time to upgrade your phone?[/quote]

Showing a small amount of ignorance there, once you purchase an app from Apple you can use it on any of your iOS devices, since it is linked to your account not to your device. Lose or have your device stolen, you sync a new one and everything is back.

And also it gets better, since the latest announcement of iCloud etc, since I have a few banned apps (pulled for licensing restrictions such as Delicious Library, VLC for iPad etc), they are fully available to download under the new version of iTunes, free, since I had already purchased them I will be able to use and run them until such point as iOS evolves whereby they no longer run.

For me, I actually happen to _like_ Android a lot, its so much better than anything else out there, but it suffers massively in UI stakes. It is unintuitive, too techy for the majority, and lets be frank, sometimes the UI is plain ugly.

The first time I used an iPhone, it was intuitive, easy to use and the other half she managed to pick it up, unlock it, and make a phone call without any supervision or help from me. Considering when I first picked up an Android phone, I had to be told what to do. And TBH I don't want to have to learn how to use a phone, it should just do what I want it do.

I've wasted so much time in my life trying to work out how to do stuff with gadgets/phones that someone else thinks is a good way to implement, that the iPhone was an absolutely fresh breath of air and one Ill be sticking with for a long time to come.

yes there are some things I can't do with it, but they are far outweighed by the fact that is does everything else I NEED it for superbly well.

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Stu Wilson
Trollface

AC === Atrocious Comprehension

Apps = sure, you can't use iPhone apps on Android.

Music = oooh, i'm pretty fricking sure I can use any music I've paid for on any of my devices because theres no longer any DRM

Android apps = so does this mean app A that only works on 10 phones, will work on your new phone? or that the phone you buy actually connects to the store you want since the carrier removed the Google store and put in their own? or that the app will still be free and available when you upgrade?

Consumers have choice, and the its pretty obvious from recent reports, the only choice that they have willingly made is too buy the iPhone and spend oodles and oodles of cash with Apple.

Everyone else just happened to buy a phone with a big screen they can play ad-supported Angry Birds on.

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Vote now for the juiciest LOHAN backronym

Stu Wilson
Facepalm

upskirt?

I know La Lohan is notorious for flashing beaver, but being under the ballon and seeing up the skirts has probably got to be easier than trying for the money shots

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Harry Potter Web-2.0 'Pottermore' offering unveiled

Stu Wilson
WTF?

dont know what the hell Sony has to do with it

except sponsored by Sony.

It's being completely developed in-house by the UK digital agency TH_NK, based in Newcastle and London

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The best sci-fi film never made: Also-rans take a bow

Stu Wilson

surely this was ripped off by...

Space truckers starring Dennis Hopper and the Dorffmeister

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120199/

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Boffins demand: Cull bogus A-Levels, hire brainier teachers

Stu Wilson
Troll

as if i *really* didn't think this was sarcasm

that would be under the labour leadership in the 70's

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Bummed-out users give anti-virus bloatware the boot

Stu Wilson
Megaphone

someone has forgotten something

you can run visturd on 256mb, it just doesn't run very well. XP will love you for anything over 128Mb

I remember running windows 95 on 4Mb RAM, and it ran very well indeed.

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Stu Wilson
Gates Horns

bloatware

i dont remember which version it was, but MS Office went from being on 3 or 4 floppies per product to being on 100+ for the full suite.

My memory says it must have been around the time of Win95.

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Stu Wilson
Coat

I haven't ran AntiVirus for over 5 years

of course, I don't run Windows either.

/mines the one with the hackers guide to OSX in the pocket

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iOS 4.2 multi-tasking comes to the iPad

Stu Wilson
Unhappy

LockOrMuteGate

dibs on this new word.

to be honest, I'm in the Lock button camp, im much more used to locking the orientation with the button as a much more useful feature that muting the iPad.

here's the process under 4.2

hold the ipad in the desired orientation

(optional rotate the ipad to the last locked orientation if currently holding it worng)

swipe the lock image

double press the button

swipe back to the orientation lock (at the last count that was 4 swipes on my ipad)

hit the orientation lock

rotate the ipad to the new orientation

hit the orientation lock

heres the process under 4.1

hold the ipad in the desired orientation

click the button off

click the button on

IMHO Apple 'ave seriously dropped a bollock here

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Google accused of hard-coding own links in search

Stu Wilson
Badgers

and..

Google Wave

Google Video (does anyone even remember that before they bought YouTube)

Google aren't the golden goose, they lay a few lead eggs now and again.

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Fifa 11 vs Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

Stu Wilson
Joke

sorry this ins't realistic enough

if Heskey isn't falling on the floor very 5 minutes, how are we to respect these games?

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Ten... iPhone 4 accessories

Stu Wilson
Thumb Down

hate to say it but the Etch is awful

that was my pick from the free case party.

the plastic back feels cheap, the rubber is nice in feel, but its not sturdy enough

especially (and here's where every single rubber case iv'e seen fails so far with the exception of the Speck HD), at the bottom of the phone just above the dock connector, the rubber there is too thin and it catches on everything and breaks too easily. having said that the button substitutes on the Etch are easy to press and use.

back to the Speck HD, the rubber around the case is much stiffer, with a good feel and because of the stiffness, the case is very hard to get on and off for this reason. The case feels very sturdy around the phone, and very solid when held but this is the Speck's downfall, the button substitutes are ridiculously hard to press, most especially the lock button on top.

I have to physically hold the case in one hand and press hard with the other hand to activate the button. considering the button can be pressed easily with one finger using one hand out of the case, its a major fault for me.

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The iPad is killing laptop sales

Stu Wilson
Jobs Halo

and me

RichyS

I'd definitely recommend the iMac/iPad combo, my MacBook is as the title suggests hotly anticipating a new owner on ebay, 8 weeks after getting an iPad, it's was unused for all that time.

Heavy lifting done on the iMac, couch surfing etc, all done sweetly on ipad.

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Stu Wilson
Jobs Halo

reminds me of...

... that MS advert for Mojave, where the "new" windows version, all those people looking at the screen with no idea ho to use the new OS.

UI design has come a long way since I first used a mouse in '83, and sometimes yes Apple isn't the company innovating in hardware, but in software usability, they should be on every software designer's reading list.

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Vodafone volte-face on Galaxy S

Stu Wilson
Jobs Halo

certainly one of the nicer things...

...about having an iPhone is the complete lack of carrier branding (aka fucking up)

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BOFH: Lies and the lying liars who lie about them

Stu Wilson
Thumb Up

Farmer Sutra

had me with the tissue out mopping up...

...coffee

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iTunes disses doctorates

Stu Wilson
WTF?

reminds me of someone

I have come across an IT manager for a medium sized manufacturing business who had his full title a la Rimmer* in his email signature

the day he started work there when the other half forwarded an email from him asking what it meant.

i told her he was a sanctimonious twat with a Napoleon complex, which was clearly born out when after 2 weeks, the internet was locked down tighter than a submissive's nipple clamp, and scunthorpe disappeared from the map.

also any emails containing the letters 'xx' were designated as spam. this was caught by one of the engineers working at the company whose name was Petroxx who suddenly stopped getting any email whatsoever.

* Arnold Judas Rimmer Bsc Ssc ("Bronze swimming certificate" and "Silver swimming certificate")

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Beware the blizzard of torrents of Starcraft 2

Stu Wilson
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preordered for £25

I'd had my SC2 on pre-order with Spamazon since 2008, at £25, and they have this lovely pre-order price guarantee

o how I laughed when it retailed at £45

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Apple iPhone 4

Stu Wilson
Flame

no fixin' required

@Mr Burns and AC (assuming Smithers)

No fixin' required, just needs a s/w update apparently.

It does amaze me the amount of negative press Apple gets her at El Reg, or even the amount of vitriol spewed by people who have no clue in the comments, but at least one of you had the balls to sign their name against it.

It's a bloody good phone, but if it didn't exist, then I doubt the current crop of phones would be anywhere near the current state of technology.

Android wouldn't be a competitor, WebOS might actually have saved palm, and Windows 7 would be out in 2011 (oh wait, the last is probably still true)

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Stu Wilson
Jobs Halo

fair review

nuff said

not seen either of the two issues, no signal drops or face detection issues either.

phone is a veritable piece of technolust/envy and I'm very happy with mine, of course i've got no friends with one yet, so no facetime for me.. :p

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Diary of a somebody - life in iPhone 4 land

Stu Wilson
Jobs Halo

i came, i queued, i got my iphone 4 and had a fun time too.

quote "No other phone manufacturer has these stock issues at launch every single time they launch a product."

thats because no other company sell the amount of products in the same time scale as Apple, worldwide.

ref a/c

quote "The Motorola RAZR sold 120 million units alone before you even factor in their other handsets."

... over the full 4 year lifetime of the product

and how many of those were repeats? shit I had 4 Razrs because they were so shit, freezing, rebooting, overheating. I had 3 replacements under warranty within 4 months.

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Inevitable Mac OS X 10.6.4 update problems surface

Stu Wilson
Jobs Halo

3 here

you know there's a laundry list of thing that can go wrong on any update

but i've got 3 macs here all updated fine with no issues.

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Apple slapped with lawsuit over 'iAds' monicker

Stu Wilson
FAIL

poster prolly wont read this either

since he didn't read the article and read the bit about Apple having already negotiated the rights from Cisco on using the iOS name.

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O2 to step back from unlimited mobile data deals

Stu Wilson
Coat

fully agree

... but hell, if Always Tits-up & Tripe can do it, I'm sure O2 are thinking they can get away with it too.

mines the one with the iPad sized pocket

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Stu Wilson

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

you are in luck , T-M announced iPhone 4 today.

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Stu Wilson
Jobs Halo

...only one thing to say

... the bastards

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Regent Street blocked by iPad fanboi swarm

Stu Wilson
Megaphone

old proverb

a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

The numbers of "tablet" devices projected to arrive inthe next 6 months is huge, and those that are here (Crucnhpad or whatever its being called this month) are failing miserably.

The HP Slate when it arrives will fall apart after a year, because thats how HP make stuff, BUT WebOS on the slate should be a good fit, I'd certainly like to play with one if the price is right.

The winners from the trailing group IMHO, are going to be the Android based tablets, as long as the user experience is concomitant across the range, otherwise it's going to splinter just like Android on the phone already has, with the same sort of backlash against the manufacturer's that has already been seen.

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Stu Wilson
Jobs Halo

no reason to have a title here

funny that, i'm betting the percentage is 0.

the difference being that whatever you want to call them, sheep, fanbois etc, actually WANT the product and are prepared to camp out for them.

Is their want your want? probably not by the tone of your post, but that doesnt mean that they are wrong and you are right.

I'll be getting an ipad, not a netbook or another laptop, it will replace my aging MacBook whose sole purpose was for surfing on the couch and in the kitchen because I am of the personal opinion that it's what I need for the job I will use it for.

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Apple in shock public attack on Adobe

Stu Wilson
Thumb Up

this tile is overly zelaous!

very well said.

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'iPhone 4G' loser outed

Stu Wilson
Jobs Halo

should have used the Joke ALert

since you've been down-modded by someone with no apparant sense of humour.

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Pinhead Mac Trojan sticks it to fanbois

Stu Wilson
Troll

this title is misleading

yet another example of sensationalsim over real world "truth"

As other posters have said, this isn't the first virus/trojan for MacOSX, but since the infection vector is virtually nil, and unless the fake program keeps itself up to date, the app will get overwritten the next time an iWork update is released.

Most of the people I know run Little Snitch, something like this won't get past it either.

Pretty shoddy, should have really gone for a much less obvious app like AdobeUpdater :p

@AC #5 it's not a virus, fw

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Microsoft's dual-screen booklet shows 'face' on web

Stu Wilson

I didn't get that email

"hey dude! wheres that Cohiba Theme you were going to send me on the texture/colours you were wanting to use?"

"well I sent it using my new Microsoft Courier earlier, let me check my email?"

... 20 minutes later...

... "Hugo, sorry apparently it thought i wanted to send the email to Hugh Grant"

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CrackBerry mimics Jesus Phone with WebKit browser

Stu Wilson
FAIL

... but

AT&T were rubbing their collective hands together with glee right up until their system couldn't handle it. they were as the saying goes, coining it in.

seriously, no one expected the iPhone to be as big a hit as it was, and you could give AT&T some measure of relief that they were caught short with their pants round their ankles when it turned out otherwise.

Any back to the original article, BB using WebKit (yawn), honestly, how many BB's are going to be able to run it, and you really dont get the best out of WebKit without a larger screen (ie iPhone, Nexus 1, Pre, etc) and I can't see the proverbial road warriors giving up their chicklets for a larger screen

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Hacker cuffed for Moscow big screen entertainment

Stu Wilson
Paris Hilton

Truly awesome...

.. you can see those bazookas from outer space.

Paris cos you know, hacked, video n all.

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Apple updates iPhone OS

Stu Wilson
Jobs Halo

srsly?

" ...especially as you can't go back if you decide it's unstable."

Personally I've never had any problem with my 2 iphones when updating, ALL updates have ALL gone swimmingly.

the only time I've ever had to rollback a version was when I was testing beta firmware revisions for app development. it's very easy to do, just google it.

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Transformers up for seven Razzies

Stu Wilson
Alert

ie Halle Berry for Catwoman

she really should have done a Boxing Helena on that film, but then i'd not have those images of her rampaging through my cortex, next to the Swordfish/Monster's Ball/Last Boy Scout images.

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Google mystery server runs 13% of active websites

Stu Wilson
Terminator

...singularity

Eschaton or Pintsize? (gratuitous Questionable Content reference http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1586

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Experts fret over iPad security risks

Stu Wilson
Troll

PDF != Adobe

Since Apple does not use Adobe code, and since 99% of the vulnerabilities in PDF are in the Acrobat Viewer from Adobe, how will these "vulnerabilities" affect the iPad.

The only vulnerability I have found for PDF on OSX was patched nearly 2 years ago.

Of course, I agree that there are always going to be bugs and vulnerabilities, but they could have least not talked out of their asses

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Google to ape Apple with Nexus One 3G patch

Stu Wilson

Nokia and Motorola are the worst offenders

granted they have a much larger portfolio of products, but i've not used a phone from either that hasn't has some obvious bugs and hardware issues.

the most memorable for me being Motorola's RAZR which would freeze for no apparant reason, bluetooth issues where the phone would unpair with a headset, crash and say it had no bluetooth on reboot. both issues had to be fixed by doing a full reset by taking the battery out. Considering that the BT issue was most grievous when driving, made for a phone that quickly got shitcanned.

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Nexus One teardown: 'nicely put together'

Stu Wilson
Grenade

as long as you have a USB port anywhere...

...you can charge your iPhone, or one of those car adaptor thingy's

and as the other guy said, doesn't take more than an hour to get back to full charge even on trickle charge for a USB cable.

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Ballmer preempts Jobs with tablet slate trio

Stu Wilson
FAIL

...apparently this needs letters or digits

I can't say how happy I am to see these products, but Windows 7!?!

when will they learn?

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Ballmer readies slate PC for CES

Stu Wilson
Troll

Developers Developers Developers

Hmm

"Plus this will be a tablet that you will be able to run tens of thousands of third party apps. In addition I will be able to pretty much load whatever content I like onto it. No iTunes getting in the way."

No but there will be a crappy 3rd Party sync app (AppsForSure anyone?), one thing that can be said iTunes works, even if you don't like it, hey even Palm tried to use it instead of writing their own.

Plus how many of those tens of thousands of apps will make this tablet run like ... well a Windows machine. I have to admit, I'm looking forward to seeing this thing, then watch it crash and burn into oblivion with 6 months.

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Magic Mice cast energy-sapping spell

Stu Wilson

more like never have to change a battery or charge it

IMHO the benefits outweigh the inefficiencies of induction charging.

* A mouse that can charge as you use it

* Forget to stick it in its cradle? no problem its charging right where you left it.

* Service replaceable batteries reduces waste

* if a switch to a localised distinct frequency away from BT is used, the the mat could also be the receiver massively reducing power requirements

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Apple misses self-imposed Windows 7 boot camp deadline

Stu Wilson
Jobs Halo

we mean...

the only reason I have Windows 7 running on my Mac is that I need to TS into my work machine once a month.

If MS actually made a RPC program for mac that supported TS Gateway then I wouldn't need to run it at all (P.S. they make an RPC program but it doesn't support TSG before you shout)

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Nokia sues Apple (again)

Stu Wilson
Pint

N series - looks like a cow...

... feels like a cow, steers like a brick

I remember when the N95 was out and the first iPhone came out and I made a bet with a workmate who loved his Nokia brick to a web surfing challenge. The N95 was on 3G and the iPhone was on Edge. We both had full signal and the challenge was to do a "purposeful" wikipedia drift.

We had to search for a specified item in Google, find the Wikipedia page referring to it, then take the last but one link in the article. Repeat that twice then tell the arbitrator of the challenge what page/article we were on.

The arbitrator of the challenge set the search term, and followed the challenge on a normal PC to see where it lead. The challenge was effectively threefold, download speed, rendering of pages, and usability of the phone in terms of keyboard, pan/scroll and zoom in the browser.

The iPhone finished first in under 2 minutes on the correct article, the N95 finished in just over 3 minutes and on the wrong page.

The sausage buttie was very tasty.

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