* Posts by M Gale

3526 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Americans stand against UN internet-tax plan

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"and the UK ISPs want to know why they shouldn't get some licence-fee cash."

Because the license fee is an anachronism that needs to be staked, quartered, burned and its ashes flung to the far corners of the Earth.

Though I'm sure some people will tell me "well would you rather have a tax". Myself, I don't see the difference and I'd rather have neither.

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Pint-size gizmo shoots X-RAY LASER for first time

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Gayzer?

Oh dear.

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Mr Sulu causes DDoS panic after posting link on Facebook

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"This is the first time I heard a malfunction threaten us."

See title.

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EU gives Google till July to offer fix for search dominance

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Re: I'm curious.

I think you just hit the nail on the head.

Now if they'd have made it so that you had to use Google in order to use the Internet, and that changing search providers would mean having to re-learn everything you know about computers.. If they'd have strong-armed entire industries into helping them to lock billions of people into paying a tax to them.. If they did their damndest to try to ruin any kind of innovation they can find via spurious patent allegations and downright illegal threats.. then it'd have taken decades for the EU to finally turn around and demand that they very nicely please put a little notification saying "hey, Yahoo exists, don't you know" on their web page the first time you ever load it.. if they don't mind terribly. Thanks.

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Re: Can they also ask France what they are going to do about their Champagne Dominance?

Personally I think you're doing the word "wine" a disservice by associating it with "Champagne".

Godawful stuff that gets slurped at weddings due to tradition and very few places elsewhere.

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You know what Google needs? Another Street View data-slurp probe

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Re: "...doesn't explain the collection of everything else they ended up with."

me@home ~/Documents$ sudo airodump-ng --write logfile mon0

Do you think the engineers customised everything to the hilt? Or did they just run an existing bit of software that does the job?

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Re: "no real reason for leaving your access point unsecured."

Exactly.

I don't even call them "secure" or "nonsecure" any more. I call them "private" and "public" respectively.

If you're running a public router, expect the public to connect to it. Oh, and for people to hear what you're transmitting.

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Re: Not this again

Lots of downvotes from people running unencrypted routers who think they have any expectation of privacy whatsoever?

Silly people. Oh well, carry on with your voting patterns then.

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Focus groups are for mugs

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Strangely enough...

...my TF201 has no problems picking up a GPS signal.

Wifi on the other hand, is utter pants, with a router in the next room being barely in range. A bit silly for a wifi-only tablet. I could have done with a wifi dongle a lot more than a GPS dongle, Asus!

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LOHAN ideas..

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Re: Zero-pressure v. superpressure balloon.

Having made a few non-rigid sky lantern style balloons out of bin bags, I think I know what kind of idea you're on about with a zero pressure balloon. I can't say it would be masses of extra effort to stick four or six big sheets of plastic together. The only real difficulty will be making sure the edges of the mylar sheets (or whatever you use) are heat-sealed properly so the helium doesn't leak out. Easy enough to test by plugging the neck section and sticking a weight on an air-inflated balloon body overnight. No significant loss == AOK for a four or six hour mission.

The rig can be attached to either a circular or #-shaped frame connected to the bottom opening of the balloon. Make the neck section long enough that a bit of swinging won't lose significant amounts of hydrog^Whelium, and the burst problem is solved.

Deflating can be via one of a number of mechanical or pyrotechnic methods people have already described here (I personally favour a few redundant lengths of fuse attached to the balloon), with the balloon being made of something photodegradable so if the worst happens, you don't have a launch pad cluttering up the upper atmosphere for months.

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Samsung Galaxy S III

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Re: £500 for a phone?

Couldn't have anything to do with certain countries becoming manufacturing powerhouses because their attitude toward health, safety, and the treatment of their workers is somewhat more, shall we say, "lassez faire" than in the West?

Or even people who want things manufactured not caring in what conditions they are manufactured so long as they save 50p a unit.

Naw, it's because people like expensive phones. That's why.

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Re: 4.8" phone?

If you consider 4.8 inches to be compensating for a shortage...

Oh I don't think I need to write a punchline do I?

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Re: Yawn

Xperia Arc S owner.

Runs smoothly, occasional pause if I'm taking the piss out of it, but otherwise a solid phone.

Single core by the way. Android. It's also gone from 2.2 to 2.3 to 4.0, even if the last update needed awful bloatware installed on a computer with its own Internet connection to work.

Would ya like to try re-thinking the "needs a quad core" statement? Only things I see "needing" multi-core and heavy duty GPUs are things like 3D buildings in Google Maps/Earth, and certain games. Maybe multicore would help if you're the type to have umpteen highly-active badly-programmed widgets on each home screen, but even then that's less of a load than you think. Even my Mum's el cheapo Galaxy Y runs at a nice pace, and that's a "free on contract" bog standard basic thing with an 832Mhz processor.

Not sure where the "needs a supercomputer" myth came from, unless it's from people using really shit 600mhz ARM11 things running Cupcake or Donut. Those things really do need a kick up the arse.

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Universe has more hydrogen than we thought

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"an animal 95% of the population haven't heard of"

Some of us played Sonic the Hedgehog.

Okay, so Knuckles is a bit cartoony, but then Sonic does look like a spiky Felix The Cat.

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Julian Assange extradition: What's next for WikiLeaker-in-chief?

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Re: Phrenology.

Phrenology is the discredited pseudoscience of determining criminal tendencies by the size and shape of certain parts of the skull. Eyesockets included, though granted, not the eyes directly.

However, Lombroso's work is interesting, and you forgot about the icon on the left!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesare_Lombroso

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrenology

(note the phrenology chart at the top of the page)

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Phrenology.

I dun like 'im.

His eyes are too close together.

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Google's 7in Jelly Bean Android tablet spied in benchmark

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Re: Infact feeling for anyone that bought a 7in tablet.

A 5th the price of the iPad, yes. However the battery life is quoted as "4 hours", which you can divide by 4 to get a more realistic picture of the battery life while actually doing anything. There is also no Google Play, which is an almost criminal omission bearing in mind Currys' target market.

Yes, you can find a dodgy APK. No, my mother wouldn't even know what that is. And yes, everybody regardless of technical expertise, would probably be pissed off when the lights went out barely an hour or so after charging it up.

It's a nice techie toy, as I said. I just wouldn't buy it for anybody not a propellorhead.

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Pixels are not necessarily square...

...and if someone wants to make a panel that is 16:10 and has a resolution of 2048x32, then they can. It'd just be a bit shit, is all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_aspect_ratio

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Re: Infact feeling for anyone that bought a 7in tablet.

No Google Play store and a battery life that could be described as "awful".

Yes it can probably be rooted, modded, have a dodgy Google Play APK installed, whatever, however it's not exactly iPad-easy is it?

Still, at £80 I guess it's a techie's plaything. Just not much cop as a general public plaything.

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Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

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Re: Users were not so much won over to new versions

First thing I did with Windows 7?

Made the taskbar work properly.

First thing I did with Office 2010?

Ignored it and used OpenOffice.

So much for being won over. I think I'll give 8 a miss.

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Wealthy Kensington & Chelsea residents reject BT fibre cabinets

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Re: ummm

Pretty much this, yes.

I know all of the VM (previously BlueYonder, previously C&W) boxes in this street, because they are the only boxes in the street. BT's stuff is either underground (under aforementioned GPO manholes) or stuck up on poles.

It's also ancient to the degree of barely being able to get broadband, and the location is smack in the middle of four exchanges, on the distant edge of them all. Joy.

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BSkyB blocks The Pirate Bay for millions of Brits

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How many sites get blocked until it is of interest to you?

(and why did my last post get yanked?)

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Sony PlayStation 4 will not be download only

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Re: On PC We have Steam...

...in itself a reason why quite a few people, myself included, avoid such games like an AIDS-infected leper with bubonic plague.

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Leaked snaps said to confirm iPhone 5 speculation

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Re: If I was Apple

"...since the 30 pin dock connector does a hell of a lot more than what USB can do..."

You know what the "U" part of "USB" means, don't you? Even the old version 2 is 480mbits/sec of fun, more than enough to send a stream of digital information to an ickle microcontroller in a USB Video Adapter or somesuch.

Really though, I don't see Apple changing that dock connector. It's their baby, they've gotten a whole market of people making iThing-only docks for it, and they'd piss a rather large number of not-unimportant people off if they made everyone from customers to manufacturers change their shit around. Might even prompt some of them to make a universal dock that isn't ball-and-chained to Apple.

Oh please, Apple, change the dock connector! I double-dare you!

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Re: Thunderbolt?

In order to creat a publically-consumable iOS App, Thou Must Use A Mac.

So that's, what, 95% of the populace that are excluded? Hasn't stopped them. Just make sure you buy your Thunderbolt-to-USB or Thunderbolt-to-firewire or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet or whatever adapter along with the phone.

Wonder how many people had those godawful iThing docks before the iPhone came out?

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Boffins build all-silicon CNOT gate

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1.25x32.5mm

Not so much "chip" as "slab", then.

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EE splurges £50m on OS-specific experts

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No advantages...

...unless you want to get some work done.

Yes, blahblah type safety blah. You don't get in a formula one car and try to drive around the M25. You don't try to aim for the moon with anything made by Estes. You don't piss into the wind, don't tug on superman's cape, and you certainly don't design anything in a dynamically typed language without taking into account that the language is dynamically typed.

Or "Duck Typed", or whatever funky things the Ruby crowd come up with these days.

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Intel inks deal to let Ultrabooks leech off Wi-Fi net

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Poisoned AP + auto sync

I can see the fun happening already.

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Sony to bring bog-friendly blowers to Blighty

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Re: Sorry... no more Sony for me

Facebook, Email, Get Apps, Get Games, Liveware Manager, News & Weather, Music Unlimited, PlayNow, Performance Assistant, Timescape, TrackID, UEFA.com, vscreens, Video Unlimited, Wisepilot, XperiaTimer...

Dunno about the AC, but these are apps I never use, that I can't uninstall. Though I can "disable" them since the update that I needed to install two different kinds of Sony bloatware onto the computer for, one of which bluescreened it.

At least, I can disable *most* of them.

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Cisco Cius sees us no more

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Re: Proves the real reason for tablet computers:

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You have come across ASUS's Transformer Prime ?"

Got one. Stroking it right here actually. The proper keyboard helps, and using RDP over a decent connection is pretty good. It's £500 though, and a netbook is £300 or less and has a bigger HDD.

Pounds spent per unit of productivity? Still better with a cheap laptop or netbook for most cases.

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Proves the real reason for tablet computers:

"Coo, isn't mine shiny?"

"Yeah, but mine's shinier."

"Naw, mine is!"

Any idea that these are genuinely useful tools compared to even a simple netbook is just bullshit peddled by people who want more shiny on the company budget.

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Vatican in pact with Microsoft to initiate world's youths into Office

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Re: Ignorant Haters

There's nothing quite like religion to take all the credit away from good people in the name of a fairy tale. Anyway, asking the heretics and apostates here to read some history and do some research on religion of all subjects, really is opening yourself up to a can of ass-whup. I think I'll just sit back and watch the fireworks, myself.

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Ah, the Raspberry.

Sponsored by someone who thinks that second hand software either is or should be illegal.

Nah, I'd rather not.

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LOHAN starts to feel the barometric pressure

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Re: Difficulties of an enormous canopy...

...there aren't any! Well, asides it being enormouse. Use a round parachute and attach the balloon to the centre of it, like "proper" meteorological set-ups use. The parachute is effectively already deployed, and is just waiting for the balloon to burst before the drop fills it up with air.

I can't see why the parachute can't be whatever size you like.

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HTC phones held up at US ports after Apple patent ban

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Re: Don't buy USA goods

Except Japan's intellectual property laws are highly influenced by the country that dropped two fucking huge bombs on them circa 1945 and totally ruined their shit.

Japanese IP law is as bad as US.

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125,000 Ubuntu PCs to land in Pakistani students' laps

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"Scientific enquiry in the modern sense was more likely to arise from monotheistic belief in a universe governed by God through laws of nature, than from polytheistic or atheistic belief in an essentially chaotic and capricious universe."

A bit like the Greeks, who were quite advanced for their time despite having an entire pantheon of gods. Or maybe the Romans, who adopted monotheism at about the same time their entire civilisation went kaput? The Egyptians performed some minor miracles with a sound knowledge of building materials and an almost endless supply of cheap, disposable labour. Oh, they were pretty polytheist, too, what with horus, ra, and set and all the rest.

The key thing here is that religion served to concentrate wealth and control. Once that had happened, one person with a brain can control an army, if they believe said person has some kind of godliness in them. It's okay to waste 100,000 people on a bloody big triangular coffin if your local collection of sky-fairies say it's what you're supposed to do.

I will reiterate: Religion has not served to advance science one iota.

...and what's this about "belief in a chaotic and capricious universe" being an "atheist" belief?

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Re: This could bite them in the arse

What Skrrp said.

Basically, religion has done nothing, at all, to further the field of science. Some religious people have been involved in the scientific process - I do believe Newton was also an alchemist who fervently believed that you could turn base metals into gold, and had an interest in the occult to go along with it - but the religious process of "I have faith therefore it is true" has accomplished nothing asides maybe some periodic repression and warfare.

Notice how Newton's theories on alchemy aren't discussed by anybody except as an academic exercise? Because they are scientifically unsound, a bit like a book that tells you to lock your women up, or another one that bans wearing jeans for some reason.

I will reiterate, religion has done nothing to advance science, has held it back in a few places, and religious texts have zero predictive value.

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Re: This could bite them in the arse

"Islam has been a driving force in science over the years."

Really? What new theories can be attributed to Allah?

I throw that one open to the other sky-daddy worshippers too.

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Mozilla and Google blast IE-only Windows on ARM

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Re: Google Calling the Kettle Black

"Oh, and my ROM is..."

Hate to say this, but this immediately discounts everything you've said.

Standard options please. My mum recently got an Android phone with her contract, but if I said "you can root it and install Cyanogenmod" her answer would be something like "I understood everything up to the word 'can'."

Still, it's not like the stock ROM won't allow you to install Firefox. Or Opera. Or Dolphin. Hell, I even have MX Player Pro for my videos, and I'm looking for a better music app because Google Play Music is desperately awful shit.

Desperately awful replaceable shit, I must reiterate.

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Re: Google Calling the Kettle Black

"Nothing attached to an Android device or anything else "smart" can be described, even loosely, as a keyboard."

Asus Eeepad Transformer Prime TF201

....just to be awkward.

Damn nice keyboard it is too, for the size.

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Re: Google Calling the Kettle Black

"This is just more astroturfing BS from Microsoft's PR dep't."

Actually if you bother to look at the guy's posting history, he seems to be more of a very badly informed Apple fan.

Or maybe that's part of Ballmer's master plan!

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Apps for Android can be served from anywhere you can download an APK

...just thought I'd let you know that.

Also I wonder how are Microsoft going to stop Google and Mozilla? An Apple-esque "our way or the highway" app store?

Well fuck that shit, then.

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Carriers, prepare to bleed: EU pops a cap on data roaming

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Still stupidly pricey...

...more pricey than getting an el cheapo throwaway SIM from the country you're going to and using that for the duration.

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At last! A use for Blighty's phone-boxes: Free Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: muggers, get yer smartphones here!

Or alternatively, any phone with wifi?

ZTE Blade. Real high end, that one. I can see it fetching a pretty penny down the local pub, a whole £2.50 or so! That's assuming it's not loaded up to the hilt with tracking software and the owner isn't about to appear with six friends and a baseball bat.

Smartphones. A risky business for a thief.

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Because Tesco is 5 minutes away...

...and delivery takes longer.

Ditto Aldi, Iceland, and at least two or three local computer shops. I get stuff from the Internet when I can't find it elsewhere, but I'd really rather shop at a physical store. That way when something goes tits-up, I know where to take it back, and it happens straight away and not after a couple of weeks of fucking about, spending money to insure stuff by next day special delivery, hoping the other guys got it and waiting for the credit to your bank account that might take a while.

Now if you're 10 miles from the nearest shops and have no transport, I can see delivery of Internet-ordered groceries being advantageous. Otherwise, not so much.

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Re: Don't knock the old phone boxes!

Never used a phone box in your life and you're "only" 30?

Laddie, I'm not much older than you and I distinctly remember being on an exchange that was crap enough that you had to dial the operator for a trunk line so she (was always a she in them days) could do the whole plugging-jack-leads-in thing.

Was fun when someone hacked the local phone box to play a few minutes of radio when you dialled 147. More fun when we had to leg it with speed at a BT van turning up after a bunch of us had sat around the phone box for an hour repeatedly dialling. Hey, I was 6 or 7 years old, do you blame me?

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Microsoft digs Doppler to effect gesture detection

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Re: Dogs

Err, kilohertz, not hertz.

40khz is well into the ultrasonic. 44.1khz is the sampling rate of a compact disk.

Maybe I should have said 40,000hz?

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Indeed.

Put an 18khz noise out loud enough and I can hear it, and I'm in my 30s. I know the shops that have those stupid, ineffectual "anti-chav" sonic weapons installed on their premises because they affect me too. It's like sitting next to a really loud, broken cathode ray tube. Nice to know I'm having my hearing potentially damaged and it's all okay because it's been scientifically tested, and stuff.

Make the noise closer to 40khz or so and you'll be safely out of the range of human hearing, but good luck to anybody with a pet who buys one of these.

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