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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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Getting eaten by people is by far the best evolutionary strategy for a species

bjr, it didn’t work so well for the passenger pigeon.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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Re: pounds

Lostyearsago, the monetary pound originally referred to a unit of account rather than a unit of exchange: a Tower pound mass (slightly less than 350 g) of 0.925 fine silver. Coins of that time were mostly silver pennies, 240 to the unit of account, each ideally weighing in at 32 Tower grains (1.45 g or so) of 0.925 Ag. Edward I. in 1300 was the first ruler to break this monetary/mass relationship, coining 243 pennies from this mass rather than 240; successive devaluations reached their nadir in 1551 under Edward VI., who coined 540 pennies from a Troy pound (a bit over 373 g) of 0.250 Ag. The following year, revaluation reforms began; these stabilized under Elizabeth I., who in 1560 had established the 60 shilling (720 pence) footing of a Troy pound of 0.925 Ag; in 1601, this was devalued to 62 shillings (744 pence) per pound mass. This level lasted until after the Napoleonic wars, when the footing became 66 shillings (792 pence), the UK went on the gold standard, and silver coinage lost unlimited legal tender status. The 20th century saw the reduction, and then elimination, of silver from coinage, followed by the elimination of the £ s. d. subdivision in 1971.

I believe that wool was traditionally weighed in stone.

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US rotary dials

fishman, on my Western Electric 500 telephone (the model whose herds once thundered in their millions across North American desks), the shortest distance is given by 1, then 2, …, then 9, with 0 being the longest. When the NANP was introduced, the area codes with the largest populations had the shortest distances on the dial: 212 for New York, 213 for Los Angeles, 312 for Chicago, and so on.

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Microsoft finally finishes its PowerPC emulator

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Re: Rosetta

Annihilator, Photoshop (from the PowerPC version of Creative Suite 2) runs on SWMBO’s Leopard partition using Rosetta.

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Chancellor Merkel 'was patient zero' in German govt network hack

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quantum chemistry

Anonymous Coward,

her doctorate is in physical chemistry, but her dissertation involved quantum chemistry:

Am 8. Januar 1986 reichte sie ihre Dissertation Untersuchung des Mechanismus von Zerfallsreaktionen mit einfachem Bindungsbruch und Berechnung ihrer Geschwindigkeitskonstanten auf der Grundlage quantenchemischer und statistischer Methoden ein.

(On 8th January 1986 she submitted her dissertation Investigation of the mechanism of decay reactions with single bond breaking and calculation of their velocity constants on the basis of quantum chemical and statistical methods.)

Yes, quantum chemistry existed in 1986; see the earlier work by Linus Pauling et al. to allay your doubts.

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Keurig to drop coffee DRM after boss admits 'we were wrong'

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Re: I suppose.

Anonymous Coward, the transformer would be for a Teasmade, so it would likely be making its fashion statement (hopefully “form follows function”) in a bedroom.

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Re: I suppose.

Dana W, have you looked into step-up transformers to run 230 V @ 50 Hz appliances on a 120 V @ 60 Hz grid?

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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Re: All that is left is to pay attention

Keven E., Senator Sanders is an independent, although he caucuses with the Democrats (and despite his pursuit of becoming a Democratic presidential candidate).

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HORDES OF CLING-ONS menace UK.gov IT estate as special WinXP support ends

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Re: err, what?

Trigonoceps occipitalis, the original tron („Alttron“ auf Deutsch) didn’t have one, but the new and improved tron („Neutron“) fixed that.

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Traumatised Reg SPB team barely survives movie unwatchablathon

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four words

The 1980 film Windows.

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Canada passes controversial spook-powers law

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royal ascent

Kat, are you sure about your word choice there?

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

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Re: Welsh?

A Mhaidhc, d‛fhoghlaimeoidís fiú na bPoncán Gaeilge a labhairt.

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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Bitcoin toaster

If I had to have one, I’d rather get the offline version sold by these folks instead.

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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Re: The Spanish Inquisition

Dr Paul Taylor, I didn’t claim that defending Copernican heliocentrism made Mutis a mathematician; would you please explain how you came to that conclusion? Eighteenth century Spain, like ancient Rome, was more interested in applied mathematics, such as those found in Tosca’s Compendio Mathematico; see here for one list of 18th century Spanish mathematicians. Since you don’t consider botany to have been a science before Wallace and Darwin (which happens to exclude any botanical work done by Spaniards while the Spanish Inquistion was active), how would you describe the botanical work of, say, Linnaeus?

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Re: The Spanish Inquisition

Dr Paul Taylor, that would depend upon your definition of “of note”. José Celestino Mutis was both botanist and mathematician, a priest who defended Copernican heliocentrism and Newtonian mechanics before the Inquisition. He was known well enough during his lifetime to have been elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Re: Fair Tax?

phil dude, Congress can eliminate the federal income tax without a repeal of the 16th amendment; a repeal would be needed to prevent a future Congress from being able to reïnstate one.

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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conveying meaning in English

bazza, lawyer-speak also exists in the US. My understanding* of one example here is that “includes” in our legalese means “includes only” in colloquial English, so a sentence like “For the purposes of this act, vehicles includes bicycles.” would mean that only bicycles would be considered vehicles in that legislation; all other types of vehicles would be excluded from its measures.

* — That of a layman with no legal education, so caveat lector.

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Digital killed the radio star: Norway names FM switchoff date

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Re: DAB, what is that?

MacroRodent, are there any powerful enough AM transmitters near Tallinn from which transmissions could be received at your home?

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America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?

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Re: a country that was founded on a dislike of taxes

No, I will not fix your computer, Article VIII. of the Articles of Confederation contained its taxing mechanism. What the Articles lacked was an enforcement mechanism to ensure that each state legislature provided its proportional share to the common treasury; but given that Article II. noted that “Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence”, and Article III. described its union of member states as “a firm league of friendship” rather than as a single nation, one shouldn’t be surprised by its absence. To address your final remark, and to reïterate my initial point, the 1789 USA reboot was “Founded on taxes with representation”.

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Re: a country that was founded on a dislike of taxes

bazza, this has been the case since the beginning of the 19th century, and DC residents are perfectly justified in their dislike of taxes without representation. There are at least two solutions that wouldn’t require constitutional amendments: change the tax code to exempt DC residents from federal income tax, or repeal part of the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801 to restore their ability to vote in federal elections as if they were Maryland residents (as this 2004 bill proposed).

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Re: a country that was founded on a dislike of taxes

Anonymous Coward, NJ public university tuition is not a tax; the in-state vs. out-of-state tuition rates are determined by the university and/or the state legislature, not by Congress. For example, see here for the tuition residency policy at Rutgers University.

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a country that was founded on a dislike of taxes

David, it’s a country that was founded on a dislike of taxes without representation.

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Facebook worth more than Portugal? Hell, it's worth a LOT more than THAT

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Re: bootnote blessings

While the Editor is enjoying that beer,

Savvy advertisers would surely place their messages here — admittedly at somewhat greater cost — rather than flick them alongside their pennies into the dark Facebook well of nothingness and despair.
savvy advertisers might notice the point of view overwhelmingly provided by this site’s readers here (and the actions taken by them as a consequence) before deciding to Regwardly redirect their pennyflicking.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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You can’t make an intention illegal

Tom 13, I can’t speak to Canadian law, but in the States, 21 USC §846 makes a conspiracy to commit any federal controlled substance offense in 21 USC chapter 13, subchapter I, part D subject to exactly the same penalties as actually committing that offense. Unlike other conspiracy crimes, the US Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Shabani that a 21 USC §846 conspiracy does not require an overt act to be taken in furtherance of the offense; thus, the mere agreement of intent between two or more people to commit such an offense, without any action taken on that intent, would meet the definition of a 21 USC §846 conspiracy.

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Icelandic brewers knock up whale 'nad beer

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Re: I’m lovin’ it

Ralph B, why shouldn’t we celebrate complete ingredient disclosure? People who have whale testicle allergies can make a fully informed decision on whether to drink this beer or not.

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Last year was utter rubbish. Thanks for being part of it!

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Re: Silly Hats

DanceMan, that would be gratifying to the indigenous troops of 19th century Italian East Africa, whose military hats were brimless.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Hot Spanish tongue action

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over Leftpondia way

Any delicatessen deserving of the name will sell tongue (usually pickled, occasionally corned), from which delectable sandwiches can be prepared.

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Re: Time delay

Lost all faith…, which “you” are you addressing — Gavin or The Jon? (No region of Australia follows GMT.)

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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Re: “delicious” drinking water?

GBE, if the goal were for drinking water to be completely bland and tasteless, then (certain) bottled water companies wouldn’t add minerals to the (municipally sourced) water that they purify via reverse osmosis.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: A different model …

Charles 9, where was it argued that someone is above the law? What does a NDA being used to cover up a criminal act have to do with the comparison of a NDA to a contract for mandatory arbitration? Again, you’re using the phrase “taken away” to describe something which in this comparison is being given away; please note that “taken away” ≠ “given away”.

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Re: A different model …

Charles 9, if the contract is voluntarily signed without coercion, then why should it be unenforceable? The right to sue would be given away by the signer rather than taken away from him. Compare such a contract to, say, a non-disclosure agreement; what is a NDA but a voluntarily signed contract that limits another fundamental right, one’s freedom of speech?

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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Re: So if I have this straight

Anonymous Coward, by “USA has maintained an immense oil reserve”, did you mean the Strategic Petroleum Reserve? If so, note that it was established after the 1973–1974 OPEC embargo, not after the 1956 Suez crisis. Also, its current stock is well above zero.

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Solar-powered bra maker suffers 20,000 TITSUPs all at once

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Abenomics bra

Chris G, I presumed that it has something to do with Japanese quantitative easing.

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Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

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It was a Thing.

Andrew,

People still like that Thing – they hanker after that familiarity and dependability and nerdish functionality. Tinker with it at your peril.
keep these words of yours in mind regarding El Reg’s site redesign.

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Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

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Re: A question …

LucreLout, speaking entirely hypothetically, the answer is yes, though the response to a writ of habeas corpus (for those nations that have it or its equivalent) would reveal any secret law that the accused was charged with breaking. If habeas corpus were suspended, or the response to such a writ could be evaded or obscured, then the secret law could well remain secret. Historically, I doubt if all trials in the Court of Star Chamber were a matter of public record.

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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Re: Spelling

Glenturret Single Malt, benifited is not correct spelling anywhere. Benefited is probably the most widely accepted spelling, although benefitted can be acceptable in US English.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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yet another viewpoint

First, some history: the article about El Reg’s last redesign can be read here, and a follow-up to it after five days can be seen here. Don’t forget to review the comments to those articles — plus ça change and all that. Like at least one other commentard above, my preferred design was the one that was replaced in 2008.

Regarding this redesign, my least favorite aspect of it is the increased presence and larger size of pictures; for me, each picture has a worth nowhere near a thousand words. Although I only use the Print Article feature rarely, I do in fact use it, unlike Top Stories, Most Read, Most Commented, Spotlight, Don’t Miss, and More from The Register, none of which I use. The stark monochrome of bold black text on a white background could do with a bit of softening. I don’t know if the masthead is a brighter shade of red than it used to be, but it certainly seems brighter against the new monochrome, and I wouldn’t mind it being darkened somewhat.

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US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet

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[…] that the internet community would have free reign to decide […]

Kieren, it’s free rein, not free reign.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Typo

Dr Taylor, another handy °F-to-°C phrasebook-style scale translation is -40 °F = -40 °C. Combined with knowledge of the proportion of nine degrees Fahrenheit to five kelvin, deflummoxation is certainly within reach.

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Re: their pint only contains 16 fluid ounces

kleinman, yes, the US gallon is really Queen Anne’s wine gallon, which was established in England and its possessions in 1707 (Scotland had its own system of measurements) and was replaced by the Imperial system there in the 1820s.

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Re: Typo? No, they use Fahrenheit

PNGuinn, the reason we became monetarily heretical was because by the time the Treaty of Paris was signed, we had five different £sd systems in place among the states — as with regional measurement systems in many European countries, it was easier to adopt a new system than to reconcile all of the old ones. There were still $-to-£sd tables published into the 1850s, as people even then still tended to reckon in their state’s particular £sd system, and new states often adopted the system where their earliest anglophone colonists came from; Texas was the newest state that I’d seen with a $-to-£sd conversion rate (it followed the system of Virginia and New England).

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Re: Fahrenheit

PurpleMoneky, the US fluid ounce is slightly larger than the Imperial fluid ounce, so a closer rule of thumb would be six US gallons to five Imperial gallons.

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Go festive this year with Christmas carols, baby Jesus and CLITORAL STIMULATORS

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Re: Apart from that, he doesn’t do impressions.

Darryl, do proper Englishmen pronounce “flaw” as “flar”?

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Apart from that, he doesn’t do impressions.

Alistair, perhaps you’d meant Apart from that and “Well, hot-dang, hoo-whee and yeefuckinghar”, he doesn’t do impressions.? (I’d recommend -haw rather than -har for more effective rootin’-tootin’-ness.)

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Netflix: Sacre vache! French resistance from the vestibuleurs de consommation

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Re: Joker in French is just “joker”

regadpellagru, my guess is that vestibuleurs de consommation is Registrais for “consumer watchdogs”.

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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… in whom we trust

Destroy All Monsters, In God We Trust was put on the larger denomination “real money” silver and gold coins in 1866, just after the slaughter of 1861 – 1865, well before the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. Money of any form whatsoever will continue to be “real” as long as governments are granted the power to tax and those taxes can only be paid in those forms of money.

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Re: Good stuff.

Anonymous Coward, you’re correct, I don’t travel enough. That’s why I’d limited my remarks to the situation in the States — because I have no idea what the market penetration of high fructose corn syrup is elsewhere.

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Re: Good stuff.

Tim, yes, US raw sugar price is usually around twice the world raw sugar price — on the order of around $0.50/kg in the US vs. $0.25/kg elsewhere. The nominal price of raw sugar in the US in 1974 was higher than it is now, and manufacturers of soft drinks, candy, &c. still managed somehow to remain profitable without resorting to sugar substitutes. The Secretary of Agriculture can adjust the amount of raw sugar importable at the lower tariff rates (for July 2014 through June 2015, about $0.0366/kg for beet sugar, about $0.0146/kg for cane sugar) at will; it mainly doesn’t happen because of political interests and lobbying by the Sugar Association and the Corn Refiners Association.

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Re: Good stuff.

Tim, the prevalence of high fructose corn syrup as a sugar substitute in the States is probably due more to subsidies for US maize producers than to restrictions on sugar imports. (Another effect of that policy is the widespread domestic use of ethanol from maize as an additive to gasoline/petrol.)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bryndzové halušky

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Re: Bryndza

Frank, apparently butyric acid is a notable component of the flavor of bryndza. (Butyric acid might be better known as a notable flavor component in Hershey’s milk chocolate.)

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