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French data cops to Google: RIGHT, you had your chance. PUNISHMENT time

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Re: Are they splitting hairs?

A service that didn't sell user's data or advertise at them would have to be funded by subscription fees. Now, when was the last time something like that worked on the Internet?

Ask Blizzard or CCP?

Vimeo seem to have a paid service too, if you fancy an alternative to Youtube.

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If the US can nab UK businessmen for offering online services which are legal in the UK then why can't France grab him if they get the chance?

There's a reason the film isn't called "Team France: World Police."

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

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(Side issue is the rather small likelihood of being sent one of the those letters from your ISP)

Return the letter with a photograph of the physical media and a politely-worded "fuck off". Perhaps with some kind of implied legal threat of your own.

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

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Re: Yeah right.

Or, the typical Reg commentard believes it is their right to be a complete prick to anyone

Criticising poor service is "being a prick"?

Or would that be the denying of access to anybody who criticises poor service?

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And if I were the airline employee then I might have risked a quip about getting the cattleprod out, depending on the humour of the situation. That or just quietly smirked. Maybe even side with the customer whilst also admitting that there's little that I could do about it. Give them a complaints number perhaps. Really, giving someone the 3rd degree over "moo"?

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Re: M Gale "It's called free speech"

And then starts publically slagging you & your company off ?

A few years ago, I was a PC World employee.

Try "suck it up and get on with it"? There is a marked difference between criticism and abuse. Actually, I kept my job there for so long despite not having the best sales figures because dammit, I had so few complaints. Customers liked me. Tended to come back more often because of that. Partly because I didn't respond to criticism with "right, fuck off, out of the shop, you." In fact, in many cases I would agree wholeheartedly with some of the stuff that customers came out with. Why act like a pissy jobsworth? Life's too short, and the company certainly isn't going to reward blind loyalty anyway. Yes sir, you are absolutely right, that is a terrible price for a USB 1.1-rated cable. Unfortunately there is little I can do about it, however my figures for today are not too bad. If you're buying a printer and ink, I can probably discount it for you.

Professionalism. Something an Easyjet employee or two might do well to learn about.

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Re: "It's called free speech"

Typical, a lawyer trying to scare people to get what he wants.

Typical, a pissy employee of a substandard airline trying to play God because someone had the temerity to not worship the ground they walk on.

Take a look at what happened here. The guy might be a shark, but he's also incidentally happened to defend your rights as well as his own. Or, do you think that somehow a shit airline should not be criticised?

OH GOD I'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO GET ON AN EASYJET FLIGHT NOW!!!!

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US House Republicans: 'End net neutrality or no debt ceiling deal' – report

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Re: The Republican Dream@ecofeco

you must mean when they ended Slavery

That would be the British, who then used their naval power to lean on other nations, including the US. For less than pure reasons no doubt, but still, there you go.

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Google reveals its Hummingbird: Fly, my little algorithm - FLY!

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site:theregister 2009 + IPv6

Might have something to do with Google getting rid of the "+" operator?

And all for a "social network" that only has such a high user count because they're trying every dirty trick in the book to pretend that all of its youtube, gmail and other users even want the damned thing.

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

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Re: "Oops. Did hitting that mess something up for you?"

A Windows keyboard - smells less than pouring your beer into the fan but not as nice.

Power buttons on the keyboard is something Apple Macs had first. It's just as fucking annoying on them, too. Think different? Yeah, right.

Amusingly, the keyboard I'm using thankfully has no such retardedness on it. Model? Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800.

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Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

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Security theatre aside, wouldn't a bit of yellow tape strung across the entrance kinda indicate that this is not an entrance for unauthorised personnel?

Really. Couple of $ worth of yellow gaffer tape to tide them over until the airport can afford a barrier. Emergency vehicles can still plough on through, and you'd have to be exceptionally, undeserving-of-a-driving-license thick in order to not notice it.

There. No need to thank me. Just get it done before some lost driver collapses some undercarriage and makes a few hundred people go splat.

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App Store ratings mess: What do we like? Sigh, we dunno – fanbois

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Sega Vs Nintendo

See above.

Of course, now there's Sonic games on the Nintendo (3)DS. Never thought I'd see that happen.

I'm now waiting for the Marylin Manson & Cliff Richard concert to be announced. Think they'd make a nice duet?

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Google tentacle slips over YouTube comments: Now YOUR MUM is at the top

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Oh lovely

First they insisted on Google+ to rate or comment on an Android app.

Sorry, Android devs, but you'll never get another rating or review out of me, and that's why.

And now they're integrating the shit into Youtube comments? Gee, I wonder what I'll be doing about that then? What I won't be doing, is having anything to do with Google+.

Note to the chocolate factory: If I wanted a Facebook, I'd have a Facebook. I don't, so I don't.

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Fandroids at pranksters' mercy: Android remote password reset now live

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Re: same or similar on Windows Phone

What would anyone do with a Windows 8 license?

Inflict it upon an innocent victim with neither mercy nor remorse.

There's some sick fuckers out there.

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F-16 fighter converted to drone

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Re: By the time kids today are old enough to be pilots

Not just that, but a catastrophic loss of remote control could possibly end up with the aircraft making a dead-reckoning (assuming GPS has been jammed) return to safety, all by itself. It only needs to be so accurate to get back to a friendly area, then either command can be restored, or the aircraft can self destruct upon depletion of fuel. Or, just maybe, the aircraft can crashland somewhere flat and open and at least be partly salvageable.

It's not like a few people with some garden shed engineering can't build a small-scale craft that can return to base under autonomous control. The current SPB project seems to be shaping up in exactly that direction.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

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Re: Nintendo are fucked.

It has a joystick? Control pad? Buttons? Mario Kart?

Not so fucked, then.

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Hardbitten NYC cops: Sir, I'm gonna need you to, er, upgrade to iOS 7

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As I've already said...

...who cares if the phone can be unlocked? Who even cares if it can be switched off? One or two tools, and you've popped the case, ripped the battery out, and have the screen, sensor and any other salvageable spares either on Fleabay or winging their way across the seas to be sold in other territories.

Any phone "anti theft" measure is not so much anti theft, as preventing random bods from peering at your data.

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Lighting bods blind designophiles with LED-powered lounge lamps

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Re: still waiting

Mogul base eh? 300W? High pressure sodium perchance?

Methinks you'd be more interested in clusters of PAR-matched red and blue LEDs, you naughty boy, you.

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Re: @Duncan Macdonald I'd be happy with ...

Every colour scanner I've used (though granted my last one was a while ago) used RGB lights. They look white because all the lights are firing. Try doing a greyscale scan. The options will usually allow you to select all, or either the red, green, or blue light as the illumination source.

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Re: @Duncan Macdonald I'd be happy with ...

But if lit by R+G+B LEDs, the paint will reflect nothing, and will appear black.

If that was the case, colour scanners wouldn't work.

Neither would this.

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

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Re: Competition

So long as that base has some kind of ZIF-type mechanism to keep the bits attached, that looks like it could be a truly awesome platform. And, actually innovative.

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Re: Backed themselves in to a corner

because Android isn't anywhere near flexible enough support anything but the one form factor.

Phones, tablets, smart TVs, dongles to turn a TV into a smart TV, media players, SoC/SoB development platforms, games consoles, and convertible laptops?

Sure seems like a single form-factor to me.

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Re: Where Next?

Unless all you do is write letters and other not-very-demandingt stuff, 64 bit CPUs do provide more of an advantage than just accessing more RAM. Being generally faster for the same clock speed would be the main one.

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For example, the iTunes Music Store gave the major labels the long overdue kick up the bum they needed

Wasn't that Napster?

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Nokia Lumia 1020: It's an imaging BEAST... and it makes calls too

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Re: Seriously...

Calling Google "The Borg" while bigging up Microsoft? That would be some irony right there. Or cluelessness. Or perhaps both.

Really, you think Microsoft won't be ad-tracking you to within an inch of your life as well?

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Windows Phone overtakes Apple's market share ... in India

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Although it must be said, roughly zero of those viruses are present on devices that haven't been rooted or have a bunch of dodgy APKs sideloaded from Pirate Jimbob's Warez Emporium.

Now, being able to re-lock a rooted build with your own damn key, that would be something.

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Office 365 goes to work on an Android

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I could say the same about anybody suggesting a Core i7 lap-scalder for doing letters and spreadsheets with. The Fujitsu Lifebook T731 is not exactly cheap either, unless you want a decrepit "refurbished" one.

So sure, if you have unlimited funds and the desire to throw unlimited amounts of them at some kind of shiny, then you might just barely, so long as you're not using it too hard, get 8 hours out of an x86 Windows tablet PC. Really, well done.

Now if you don't mind, I have a years-old TF201 here to play with. Cost £500 when it was brand spanking new. Goes all day. Like the Duracell Bunny of convertible tablets, it is.

Actually I think, now Microsoft have made the idiot decision to try and turn the desktop into a phone and get the general public used to "duh hooge squares and pretty pictures" phone interfaces, Android could go through just a few modifications to be mouse and multiple-window-friendly and stand a good chance at taking Microsoft on, on their home turf. Wouldn't that be something?

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Duo 13, i7 variant. £1725, before you even go on about the prices Sony will charge for an extra battery, a car charger... well, it doesn't come with it. I also see no battery life figures.

So, we're probably talking somewhere north of two grand, all in. For a jumped up netbook. To write fucking Office documents.

Now what was that I said about extortionately priced? Not to mention that the huge PDAs that we now call "tablets" have a battery life that approaches or exceeds all-day heavy usage already, without any mucking about swapping batteries halfway through.

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So a Windows XP Tablet PC with a ridiculous price tag and a battery life of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... not the massive PDAs that generally last all day, then?

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Re: Speech recognition

#include <iostream>

int main (int argc, char *argv[])

{

std::cout << "I can see speech recognition working really well here." << std::endl;

return 0;

}

#ifndef SORRY

#define SORRY "I just had to"

#endif

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Re: Related topic...

All of the above, plus keyboard construction. The chiclet thing on a Transformer TF201 is passably decent (even if not Bluetooth). The membrane keyboards straight out of Spectrum 16-land are most certainly not.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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That's not passive aggressive. It's just aggressive.

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Apple iOS 7 remote wipe: Can it defeat the evil scrumper scourge?

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Or...

Just take the thing apart and sell any salvageable bits. Unlock codes won't stop someone with a screwdriver.

I don't think these measures as so much anti-theft as anti-letting-some-scrote-perv-over-your-selfies.

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You thought slinging Photoshop into the cloud would fail? Look who's laughing NOW

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Quark Xpress

Crikey, that thing's still going? Mind you, from what I remember it's an actual honest-to-goodness DTP program as opposed to Illustrator's "good for making glossy leaflets" approach.

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The real reason for the laughing

Yeah, what are you gonna go to instead? The GIMP? Paint Shop Pro?

That's right. You'll pay per month to use the same old shit, and you'll thank us for it, you bitches. Now bend the fuck over and spread those cheeks.

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Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS

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Quickoffice files save into Google Drive

Ah. Never mind, then.

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Microsoft no longer a top Linux kernel contributor

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Re: Why do you want my personal details for this?

First name: Micheal

Second name: Mouse

Email address: linuxfoundation@someDisposableWildCardDomain.com

Company: Ha Ha No, Inc.

Job title: Other.

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Re: at this rate

I figured the whole point, if you're in a position to be hugely bothered by the kernel size, is that you can turn off a shitload of options in the kernel headers and compile your own teeny-tiny version, with support just for the hardware you're running it on?

Or just download Ubuntu or some other preconfigured distro where about everything sensible has been switched on.

Would a microkernel end up any smaller after every single driver (sorry, Service) for every possible bit of hardware out there has been included in with the distribution? Don't forget, Windows is a hybrid kernel that does a ton of stuff the microkernel way. Hardly a size 0, is it?

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Ghastly! Yahoo! Groups! gripes! grip! grumpy! gremlin! grumblers!

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Web2.0?

I thought that was round corners?

This is like Web 8.1, surely? And about as welcome?

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Hypertext! Is! Your! Friend Frenemy!

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

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Xperia Arc S here, from when it was "Sony Ericsson". Still working, though a bit long in the tooth now perhaps.

Not a perfect phone, but still damned fine. Dual GLONASS/GPS before the Applistas ever thought of the idea, and the ancient, replaceable battery still gets me all day if I don't hammer it. Camera's awesome for a 2011-vintage phone, pretty good even for a bleeding-edge new smartphone, and it can actually make calls while being held like a phone, unlike the iPhone 4 that it went up against.

I'll probably be getting a replacement in the next year or two, simply to take advantage of multiple cores and stupidly high-res screens (as if the current phone isn't high enough). However, this ol' Arc S still gets appreciative comments, mostly on the size and clarity of the screen. It really is eye-searingly bright and razor-sharp.

Oh, and it seems to play almost every video file I throw at it. All without being tied into some PC-based bloatware.

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

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Re: Exactly - with a modern multitasking OS this would do really well

I think you're mistaking pre-emptive multitasking with cooperative multitasking. Coop multitasking was what Mac OS had all the way up to OS X, and Windows up to 3.11 (up to 9x for 16 bit apps). It is, to use the crap analogy, the equivalent of leaving a bucket of money out and asking people to only take from it fairly. The program hogs resources until it gives them back to the OS.

Pre-emptive multitasking on the other hand, is where the OS decides how much CPU time each process is having, and rations timeslices accordingly. Unix has always had it, right back to 1969. Linux has had it since its inception in 1991, and since Android is based on Linux, well, Android has had it since day 1, too.

Strangely, pre-emptive multitasking works, regardless of how much an individual process wants to hog things. The only remaining argument is the best type of rationing policy - round robin, least-used-first, priority-based or other?

Ignorance, eh? It's everywhere.

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Re: Exactly - with a modern multitasking OS this would do really well

OSX is proper Unix. Not Lunix.

GNU's Not Unix.

Never has been, never pretended to be. Why does it have to be?

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Zuck off, Zuck: Brit duo's JustDelete.Me nukes clingy web accounts

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Re: Impossible sites?

No, but a whole bunch of people replacing their name with "Cockmeister McFuck", and their profile picture with dongcopters and other such loveliness might prompt the site owners to allow deletions. Even if not, it's a funny form of protest that leaves the offending site in an awesome state for future viewers.

Of course if it's a site where the owners are not likely to be offended by such imagery, you do a bit of research and find something that will offend the site owners.

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Impossible sites?

Just how offensive or pornographic (or offensively pornographic) can you make your content before you get the banhammer?

More than one way to skin that cat.

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

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Re: But... but... but...

It also states "as part of a well-regulated militia", but it's funny how many people forget that part.

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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So...

Now there's a useless start button that does nothing, what's going to happen with the start menu replacements that put their own start button in?

Aha, now I think I see the plan. Well fuck you, too.

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US plaintiffs can seek damages over Street View data slurp - court

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Re: Yawn

What is it with crap analogies?

It isn't a car. It isn't a house. It's a router. Lots of routers in fact. That were left in public mode. The public used them. This is not difficult to understand.

You want another crap analogy? You just bought a bus, stuck "10A Liverpool" on the front of it, painted it up in Arriva's livery, stopped at the bus stop, opened the door, shouted "don't worry everyone, it's free today", and now you're acting all surprised that you got a boatload of passengers expecting to find themselves in Liverpool City Centre via Rainhill.

Unencrypted routers are public routers. Get that through your skull, and encrypt yours if you don't like that. It's not hard. As for exploits, that's a different kettle o' fish, and quite clearly a case of trespass if you've done anything more than ping the thing and ask for its capabilities (which is, duh, just what Google did). Encrypted routers are private routers.

Why the hell do idiots make things so much harder than they need to be? And why are so many supposedly smart people acting like complete fuckwits over this? Kick Google because it's Google? Yeah, real smart move, that.

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Corel re-animates zombie brand for patent case

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Mushroom

Destroy all patents. Start again.

This system ain't fixable, ain't curable, and requires a mercy shot to the head before it fucks anything else up in its rabid writhings.

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

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Because unless any enterprising and rather ballsy Somalians get a bit daring with lawn chairs and weather balloons, it's rather unlikely?

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