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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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The ECHR describes a minimum set of rights assigned to all. Countries can have (and do have) laws that assign more rights to their citizens. Your claim that ECHR would cancel out broader and more inclusive rights is bullshit. More likely UK politicians used it as an excuse to remove rights.

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Latest Firefox and Thunderbird updates plug CRITICAL SSL vuln

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You can configure it to update automatically (I believe that is even the default).

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Mozilla gaffe exposed 76,000 email addresses, 4000 passwords

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Re: "Mozilla gaffe exposed 76,000 email addresses, 4000 ENCRYPTED passwords"

From the linked article "The encrypted passwords were salted hashes"

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Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed

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Re: I don't know where to start @BlueGreen

That wasn't really my point. My point was that the authors seem to imply that MVCC is only now possible because of the switch from disk to memory, something which is clearly untrue.

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Re: I don't know where to start

" Row-versioning and time-stamping is used rather than page locks to ensure ACID compliance, now a feasible technique as each row is stored in memory rather than disk."

Yeah, and that is why for example Firebird (and its predecessor Interbase and earlier) have had MVCC/row-versioning since the 1980s...

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

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Re: Start Icon != Start Menu. This the problem.

Then just hit the "charm" in the lower left corner (I believe, could be the upper left).

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

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Desktop 'dumped'?

Windows 8 didn't dump the desktop; I have it in front of me right now. Yes, it is bothersome to have to press Windows+D or click on the desktop tile, but except for this and the missing start button it works exactly like before.

So saying that Microsoft dumped the desktop is an exaggeration.

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Sony Xperia T Android smartphone review

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Plastic

I don't see why the plastic should be a problem or be considered a negative point. My Xperia X10 has a plastic backside and after 2+ years it still looks good, no scratches or other signs of wear and tear.

Now if I would buy a Sony again is a totally different question though... Their handling of upgrades for the X10 was annoying to say the least, and the 'eye-candy' is mostly useless IMHO.

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Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

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Re: Aaaah, the bins

Depending on the cities, there is usually no paper bin, instead a recycling company does a weekly round to pick-up paper. You just leave it boxed or bagged by the side of the road (some cities do provide a paper wheelie bin if you have a lot of paper or don't like boxing or bagging).

With regard to the council tax: you usually do get one bill (eg single or multiple household waste processing, council tax based on the value of your house etc).

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Hipsters hacking on PostgreSQL

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@Hieronymus Howerd

Maybe my sense of the English language is flawed, but where do I uses 'childish namecalling'? I state that [I think] "Matt Assay knows nothing" and qualify that further. Nowhere do I call him names in my opinion.

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WTF?

Matt Assay knows nothing

I think this article clearly illustrates that Matt Assay actually knows nothing about software development, databases and actual usages. In the real world, relational databases are still the norm and NoSQL solutions are virtually non-existent.

People running around in the VC world or hipster communities may think otherwise (as indicated by this article), but those are the facts. For most data storage problems in software development relational databases are just fine and usually a hell of a lot more trustworthy and future-proof than NoSQL solutions.

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Yahoo! bureau! chief! sacked! for! Mitt Romney! racism! jibe!

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Re: Hoooooo-lee Shitttttttt

You know: not everyone here is a native speaker. In some countries, America is spelled 'Amerika'... maybe you should get off your high horse.

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Why Java would still stink even if it weren't security swiss cheese

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You can do that with the proper java.policy file, but it is really a pain in the ass to configure correctly.

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Oracle won't pull plug on Java SE 6 until 2013

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Switching to Java 6 to Java 7 has nothing to do with language

The problem for most companies to switch from Java 6 to Java 7 has nothing to do with changes in the language, but mostly with having a new version itself. I am not aware of any language change that is not backward compatible (as in code written for Java 6 will still work in Java 7).

Most of the problems are with resistance to change or lack of corporate reasons to change, and platforms that only (formally) support running on Java 6. Also for some reason companies are a lot less weary of updating point release than updating to major release. Add to that the lack of exciting new features in Java 7 (with the exception of try-with-resources), and there is no real good reason to spend time and effort to switch.

All-in-all Java 7 was a disappointment, and now it looks some of the exciting things which mere delayed to Java 8 will be delayed to Java 9....

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MIT boffins play BUILDING-SIZED Tetris

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This news is so 1995...

It was done in 1995 on the Delft University of Technology, faculty of electrical engineering: http://web.archive.org/web/20080119060815/http://www.etv.tudelft.nl/vereeniging/archief/lustrum/90/english.html

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Billionaire astro mining venture long on hype and timescale

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Re: Protector

They are talking about "Protector" the book by Larry Niven and related (short) stories in the 'Known Space'-series.

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Euro climate probe Envisat silenced, boffins baffled

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Re: Poor planning...

ESA is not part of the EU (although the EU is a member of ESA). So this has nothing to do with 'EU bureaucracy'.

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Iranian coder faces execution 'for building smut websites'

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WTF?

Re: Oh dear

The guy lived in Canada, he was only in Iran to visit his sick father. Even then: is writing a tool to upload pictures, which is subsequently used by others to upload porn really a good reason to imprison let alone execute someone? (IMHO there is never a good reason to execute someone).

Lets execute Vint Cerf for creating TCP/IP as it is used for transferring 'orrible things around the world (and not to forget: IP infringment), and lets not forget Tim Berners-Lee for creating that abomination called the World Wide Web! Put them to death for all atrocities other people committed with their inventions/products!

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EU asks why credit cards are so expensive

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Two different machines

As far as I know there are two models of train ticket machines in The Netherlands, one type does not accept creditcards, only debit cards, the other type does accept creditcards. The machines only taking debit cards are more widely available. This is largely not a problem as people in NL are more likely to use a debit card than a credit card (only a minority has a credit card here).

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Dutch clog up The Pirate Bay (again)

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@ShelLuserBrein not funded by government

Brein is an organisation funded by the (Dutch) Entertainment Industry, not by the Dutch Government

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Former coder, NASA 'naut to lead DARPA starship dream

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Boffin

@Boltar

The whole idea behind the project is:

1) fund research into relevant technology and sciences,

2) get money out of spin-off products and patents,

3) invest that again in more research,

4) ...

5) profit!

Do that until there is both 1) the technology for intersteallar flight and 2) the money to build a ship.

I believe something similar was proposed in several classic science fiction books.

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Alien

Where can I invest?

I might not see its flight, but I want to invest! Where can I apply?

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Swedish college girls now twice as slutty as in 2001

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Boffin

Skewed results

It is a survey under students that used the University's health service. Maybe there is a correlation between 1) slutty behavior, 2) non-use of condoms, 3) contraction of STDs and 4) contacting the university health service as oppossed to people not needing health services at all or contacting their GP instead?

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Army raygun to boost power with starlight de-twinkling tech

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FAIL

Nothing new here, then

I remember Tom Clancy mentioning adaptive optics in the context of astronomy and laserweapon research in his novel The Cardinal of the Kremlin from 1988. In that novel both the US and the Soviets attempt to build an anti-ICBM laser and the US side uses adaptive optics to solve the problem of dispersion. The book even mentions that this is the same solution used in astronomy to prevent twinkling.

I can't believe it took 23 years for this to trickle down into actual weapons research (especially not because Tom Clancy sometimes uses scientists and military sources for inspiration).

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Samsung pulls Galaxy Tab Android 3.2 update

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Facepalm

As a tester, I guess they focussed to much on testing factory images (ie re-imaging the device everytime with the newest test version), and that they did not perform sufficient testing with various upgrade scenarios (or if they did: they did not test sufficiently after upgrading the device).

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World Solar combatants rev their engines batteries

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Kapsalon v quesadillas

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Don't forgo the lettuce, it is crucial to the taste sensation of a kapsalon. BTW: if you want something it a bit more spicy: include sambal sauce as well.

Also some kebap shops also include (red) onion, tomato and a variety of other vegetables.

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Can a user really do BI from the desktop?

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Earlier this year I did some BI using Pentaho BI, worked perfectly for me and the fact that part of it can be done using point-and-click construction of the dataflow makes it relatively easy (although it still requires some knowledge of your datasources and basic programming concepts).

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DNS hijack hits The Register: All well

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Repair internet connection?

Just use ipconfig /flushdns ...

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Hey dumbo, Facebook isn't sharing telephone numbers

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Facepalm

Read the security info

If you sync with Facebook, of course your phonebook gets sent to Facebook as well, not just info pulled from facebook. It isn't called sync for nothing. On Android when you first enter your account details, it explicitly asks if you want to sync everyone, or just the people you already friended. You also have the option to say it shouldn't sync. This is not rocket science people.

Also anyone who installs an app that ask permission to look into your contact list should know it is bound to use that info in some way. Buyer (or downloader) beware I'd say.

BTW: I did remove the synced contacts from facebook, but just because I think having it in one place (as in Google) is sufficient.

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Putting the Square Kilometre Array on a Cloud

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Not the biggest

LOFAR has a larger area, see http://www.lofar.org/ and http://www.astron.nl/~heald/lofarStatusMap.html

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Glasgow cammer not thrown in slammer

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And I'll never understand

Why people even watch some of the drivel coming out today (and clearly, I am one of them)...

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Chess crown stripped in plagiarism furore

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@What the hell happened to presumption of innocence?

Presumption of innocence only applies to penal law, not to civil law or dealings between civil entities (as this is purely a case between a committee of some computer chess org and the programmer).

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World IPv6 Day fails to kill the internet

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Facepalm

Netgear *is* IPv6 ready

My Netgear WNDR3700 router has IPv6 support since a firmware upgrade a few months ago, for me it uses a 6 to 4 tunnel because my ISP doesn't support IPv6 yet, but other than that it works fine.

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Netherlands first European nation to adopt net neutrality

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Boffin

Not about bandwidth hogging

The problem wasn't about bandwidth hogging. Last month a recording of an investor meeting leaked, were KPN announced that they would be charging their customers for use of applications like Whatsapp, and that they used DPI to find out what applications their customers were using. Their primary motivator was that they are losing SMS revenue as people start moving to text messaging using Ping, Whatsapp, Skype etc.

Most people feel that they pay for mobile internet, so they should be able to consume all available internet services without being charged for that use by their ISP(!) who is not actually involved with providing the service, but with moving the data packets from my phone towards the internet (and through the internet to the actual serviceprovider). To aggrevate the matter, the fact that KPN (and vodafone!) snooped on customer traffic to see 1) what they are doing and 2) if they can block or charge for the service wasn't well received. This led to a general outcry of the public and an offensive by Dutch IT professionals, nerds and privacy activists to get net neutrality into law.

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Entire London 2012 Olympics' cultural events database held on Excel

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Boffin

@Niall 1

You are aware that you can enable concurrent use of Excelsheets? Its conflict resolution can be slight clunky, but it does work well enough if people sharing the excelsheet don't work on exactly the same cell.

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Linguists use sounds to bypass Skype crypto

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How is this news?

Exactly how is this news? Statistical analysis and pattern matching to derive content or crack encryption has been in the standard toolkit of cryptanalysts and cryptologists forever. That is why a good encryption algorithm needs to have good diffussion. Unfortunately good diffussion is not possible for the almost-realtime and streaming nature of VOIP. In this case having streaming with a fixed bitrate would fix most of the problem.

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Linux kernel runs inside web browser

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Go

Woohoo infinite recursion!

Just load Linux, start Firefox, load Linux-in-browser, start Firefox etc etc.

BTW: "the man [..] now servers as senior JavaScript architect", seriously? Servers?

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US lawyer's email not creative enough for copyright protection

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WTF?

Copyright certificate?

I thought the US subscribed to the Berne Convention, meaning that the copyright exists as the work is created, without any registration or other forms of government intervention.

Why would that guy have requested a copyright certificate? Why does the US government even issue copyright certificate as they are - re the Berne convention - without value.

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Dutch courts: Wi-Fi 'hacking' is not a crime

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Oversight of the lawmakers

The point the judge makes is that both in the law (Wetboek van Strafrecht 80sexies) and in the 'Memorandum of Understanding' during the creation of the law, they only considered devices ('automated works') that store (in a non-transient form), (substantially) process *and* transmit data. According to the judge a router fails that test because it does not 1) store (non-transient) the data sent, and 2 does not process the data beyond what is necessary for transmission.

Secondary, the judge finds that the computer crime law (Wetboek van Strafrecht 138a) according to the legal history was intended for protection of those who 'through actual security measures have made clear that they want to shield their data/information from prying eyes'.

As the defendant did not break into a computer (80sexies), and the misuse / misappropriation of a connection is not covered in law (138a), the defendant was cleared of that charge.

Oh, IANAL

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Oracle kills Sun.com after starvation diet

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Queue ...

... screams from Java developers and server administrators when there XML parsers attempt to locate DTD and schema definitions that for some reason don't have system-local resolution.

In other words: I don't think that Oracle will close off the entire domain, just the usual user-visible parts.

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Obama to overhaul heinous US patent system

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Boffin

That sandwich does have some originality

The way I read that sandwich patent, the invention is in keeping the filling from leaking out, by sealing the sandwich by sticking the edges together. Now, I'd still say that still reeks of prior art (pizza calzone), but it is hardly just a sandwich with the crust cut off.

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'Most stupid criminal ever' blew cover on Facebook

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Paris Hilton

Got another one

A few days ago a burglar got caught in Roosendaal (NL), as he had taken a hot chocolate milk from the coffeemachine and had left a drip-trail to his current position... According to the newssite he had stolen a bag of instant hot chocolate milk powder for use at home.

http://www.nu.nl/opmerkelijk/2453815/warme-choco-verraadt-inbreker.html

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20-tonne space truck heads for ISS

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Garbage-service

@Eddie: how else do you propose they get rid of their garbage? Just chucking it out of the airlock is not a good idea.

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Steve Jobs unveils 30% subs model for ... everything

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Badgers

Why so negative?

Why are you being so harsh to apple about this model? I was highly negative of this myself initially, but only because I got the impression that publisher would be forced to do everything through apple. Now it seems that publishers have the choice to still sell through their own channels and take the full price. So newspapers are still able to give their (hardcopy) subscribers access to the digital version without paying Apple, and can still maintain a record of their subscribers (as long as they are not subscribed through Apple).

I think that takes most of the sting out of the subscription plan.

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Skype goes titsup across globe

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Big Brother

@salada2k

Actually, the chat is stored by all participants in the chat. You might have noticed that the chat *only* gets updated when one of the other partners in an old chat comes online.

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Mozilla showers Firefox, Thunderbird with updates

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Joke

Hmmm, curious fix ;)

I wonder if updating is such a good idea with fixes like this:

"Several fixes to improve corruption in local copy of IMAP mailboxes."

Yes, new Thunderbird, now with improved corruption of your mailbox.... When do people learn to either note the bug fix *or* the improvement; not a combination of both.

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My Droid EXPLODED mid phone call, says Texan

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Terminator

Damn those Cylons....

... they will do anything to off us humans.

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Aircraft bombs may mean end to in-flight Wi-Fi, mobile

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Why so hard

Just use any other radio frequency, or simply use an accelerometer, or a pressure switch, or make it trigger on specific airport beacon signals, or...

The possibilities are endless.

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LG touts 'surprisingly productive' iPad killer

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Coffee/keyboard

Still wouldn't know....

I still wouldn't know, what I would need an tablet device for...

The only thing I can think of, was shaving my head, sipping earl-grey tea and tugging my spandex-like uniform... while walking around looking important with my tablet.

And as I am not the trekkie I was 15 years ago, even that doesn't seem appealing.

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