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* Posts by jai

2219 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Ultimate simulator to streak into living rooms next month

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friend of mine has already done this with three PS3's, three HD projectors and three projector screens - all in his living room. Cost a lot less than 11.5k, but admittedly the total screen isn't seamless. And the only game that really supports the three view is Gran Turismo.

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Judge: Big Five ISPs must block The Pirate Bay

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real impact?

But, TPB only stores the torrent files, doesn't it? And those are available from a multitude of sites, not just TPB. So this is just going to stop one possible source of the torrent files, but not the actual P2P data. So instead everyone will get their torrent files from other sites (if they don't already) and it won't change anything?

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The truth about Apple's mind-boggling low tax rate

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i wonder...

how much tax the New York Times manages to avoid paying...

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Boffins cross atom-smasher streams, 'excited' beauty pops into being

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Don't cross the streams!

Tell him about the twinkie!

etc

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Woz says Windows Phone 'sets the mark' for mobile UI

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Re: Make your mind up man!

i think he has, that's why he's carrying two iPhones

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James May 'hologram' raves about old tech at Science Museum

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boo

why couldn't you have included a close up photo of the marker in the review? I tried in vain to get the app to pick up the marker from the photos included, they're too out of focus.

(yes, I know I could get the QR codes from the SciMu website, but that's no where near as fun on a friday afternoon as getting it from a picture on an unrelated website is it?)

re: AR app - i'm a bit disapointed to find that it's just Mr May talking to you. I was hoping the AR in this app would be more involved with the exhibts. For example, the bisected Mini - in an AR app they could show the missing pieces of the Mini and peal them off as they get described. For other exhibits, the AR could impose authentic backgrounds around the items so you can see them in their surroundings. For the Natural History, AR apps could be used to put flesh and skin on top of the dinosaur bones...

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Computer nostalgia is 10 PRINT 'BOLLOCKS'

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Re: 30 RUN

i think you're missing the joke in the code...

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30 RUN

hahhaahaha that's genius!

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Google Drive Issues on Mac

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Re: Lucky escape

because google fanboys are just as bad as apple fanboys if you dare to suggest their beloved choclate factory is anything less than uptopian perfection...

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Thanks so much

I was going to try it out and see if I was missing something that would make it useful for me.

But thankfully, after seeing the troubles you've been through, i'm not going to bother. If i ever need to store generic documents in the cloud, i'll stick with dropbox.

It's worrying that Drive begins to copy everything. They only give you 5gb, right? I have far more than that on my machine - how does it know which 5gb i'd want to sync?

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Basic instinct: how we used to code

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Re: LOGO!!!

Yay, I remember learning Logo on my dad's hand-me-down Apple II

Like a lot of people have said, I think the grounding I had as a kid in learning these basic procedural languages has paid off when I've come to pick up a new language. I wonder what it's like for kids today - do they still start by teaching Basic? Or do they jump-start 7 year olds with a course in object orientated theory before setting them up to write a "hello world" class for a .net app?

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Indiana cops arrest violent 6-year-old

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people just don't arrest a six-year-old

sounds like an exorcism would be more appropriate

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Brydge pledges to turn iPads into MacBooks

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those prices have sold out

the $150 and $180 price points are no longer available. They only had 100 available at those price points.

Now the prices are $170 and $210 instead.

Of course, for a grand you can get a gold one....

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Nokia's fontastic Pure wins 'design Oscar'

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don't like it

for some reason, it really bugs me the way the tall lowercase letters are taller than the uppercase ones. surely it just adds to the confusion when reading a work that starts with an uppercase i followed by a lowercase L

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'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

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Re: Huh?

seems James O'Brien is more than willing to ride that same high horse and tell us what's good for us, instead of letting us make up our own minds, so why should Apple be any different?

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Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

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go traditional

I'm all for hang-drawn-and-quartering, like we used to do in the old days. But in this age of reality tv, it makes sense that we'd have a telephone vote to see which convict the hangman pulls the trapdoor on. And also, prior to the hood going on, they could hit the button that starts the Lotto ball machines going.

It'd be much like it was in the medieval days, but instead of everyone having to crowd into a market square to watch, these days the whole nation can tune in on Freeview, the advertising revenue would be huge, which could be cycled back into helping get us out of the recession.

"Aaaaand those are the numbers for this Saturday. The numbers were picked this evening by Lotto Machine Galahad, and convicted child murderer and rapist, Barry "The Butcher" Smythe, who topped the telephone vote. And here comes the hangman, he's putting the noose over Barry's head. Barry gives us all a big grin and a wave, and.... there he goes! See his legs kicking!!"

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Google Drive stalls on LAUNCH DAY

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same here

I'm a Mac user, but currently using a PC at work. But i also get no option to access the GoogleDrive, just to request notification for when my drive is ready.

I guess they need some considerable amount of time to set up the 5gb of storage space?

Not a problem, I've no intention of using it, but seems it's far short of being ready for everyone at the moment.

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Crytek: Schemes to strike second-hand games biz 'awesome'

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Re: I got some second hand food he can have

sticking it to big media is one thing - but the 2nd hand games industry hurts all games companies, large or small.

it's probably the reason why there are so few small independent games companies around anymore, they can't afford to develop new and cutting edge games themselves. nor can they afford to spend ages developing long and involving games that we'd consider worth the money and time investment to complete. so they have to become absorbed into the larger companies, and then the large publishers are unwilling to take a risk on a new title, and instead would rather rehash a previous title that had success and is seen as having a recognisable brand.

it's the same as happens in the movie industry. the "big media" as you call it control most of the distribution channels, and they're too cautious to take a chance, so they stick to sequels and prequels and reboots that they view as safer bets.

and who looses out? we, the consumers, get lumbered with rehashed versions of increasingly inferior quality to the original.

but that doesn't matter. as long as you're happy buying 2nd hand and not giving anything back to the developers who spent all their time creating your entertainment, then it's all alright isn't it?

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Billionaire astro mining venture long on hype and timescale

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space elevators damnit

Surely the best way to bring the goods back down to ground level is for these guys to finally get around to working out how to build a space elevator. It's the gift that keeps on giving. Cheap and easy way to move items out of the Earth's atmosphere and into orbit (space craft for mining or exploration or colonisation, huge sacks of garbage for shooting into the sun for disposal so we no longer need landfill sites) and at that same time, equally cheap and safe means of bringing in bits of asteroids in a controlled way that isn't going to create tidal waves or huge holes in the ground, or scary atmospheric effects like in ID4.

In fact, you build two together, surely, so the one bringing asteroids down to earth is pulled by gravity, and in turn provides power to the other one to lift items up into orbit.

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Google motors into cloud storage with Drive

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no thanks

am just a little too worried about Google having an off day and suddenly everyone's private files show up in public searches and so on. think i'll stick to keeping my files local, thanks all the same

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Supernovae blasts shape climate, life on Earth, reckons boffin

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as above, so below... who'da thought it?

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China backs Proview in Apple iPad trademark war

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the shape of things to come?

The trouble is, if Apple, with all their huge big pile'o'cash and lawyers, can't win a case in China, what hope that any other western company have? It may be the biggest marketplace and so seem highly inviting to try and conquer, but China will always side with their own, whether it's a trademark case like this, or obvious imitations of existing products, like the one BMW lost.

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Apple set to drop 17in MacBook Pro, says watcher

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The numbers being the prediction

I also thought this sounded like the usual analyst bunkum, but here's the numbers that influence his report:

But while Kuo predicts sales of nearly 1.5 million units of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, he sees much lower sales of roughly 500,000 15-inch models and only 50,000 17-inch models. ref MacRumors article.

So while, yes, graphic designers and video professionals are probably the core demographic that buy the 17", it doesn't seem like there's very many of them. Apple have got to be making serious profit margin on the 17" to make 50k units earn them more profit than 1.5m 13" MBPs. So now I'm kinda inclined to think this might be true.

Perhaps they're going to ditch it and bring out a 17" MBA. Just think the size of the battery they can fit into a 17" Air enclosure. It'll run for days... and get hot enough to fry an egg on.

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Six of the best ways to mess up IT change management

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we definately have two of those here

Too Much Process and Poor Communication are what cripple our efforts here.

Especially the Too Much Procees one, the Blame Game is perhaps the single largest activity of any of the management team.

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Microsoft mulls backside display for mobiles

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i like it

I very much like to idea of putting the status icons and time on the top of the case, in e-ink.

Not sure about the time being backwards though, that'd take some getting used to - but perhaps they did that to make sure it wasn't confused with prior-art ?

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Asus: Ice Cream Sandwich Transformer Pad out in May

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Re: Who needs a tablet and a laptop when you can have both?!

It's not actually a laptop though, is it?

Who wants a laptop form that can only run tablet apps? Sure, it's nice to have a huge keyboard if you need to type in lots of text. But I just spent all weekend playing Diablo3 beta on my MacbookAir while watching telly from the sofa. Will I be able to do that with this? No. It's a nice looking tablet with a funky keyboard - but it's not a laptop replacement.

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Adonit Jot Flip precision tablet stylus

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recommended

I have the Jot Pro and it's a brilliant stylus. Perfect for any apps that you either want to jot notes in, or for those that provide handwriting recognition.

I'm no artist, so can't comment how this fairs in the paint apps compared to some of the ones with thicker tips. But for writing, it's perfect.

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Oracle v Google: Lindholm takes the stand in Java trial

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actaully relevant

The issue isn't whether Lindholm suggested that they license Java, it is just that he was aware they were using Java in Android. If you actually read the article, it says exactly that: "evidence that Google was aware of Java code being integrated into Android"

The fact that a license would be needed to use the Java code is obvious to everyone, not just IP Lawyers.

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Nokia loses $1.7bn in Q1, sales chief falls overboard

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blame?

Nokia blamed "lower seasonal demand for our feature phones

It's a bit rich to put blame on "lower seasonal demand" - what that means is that the competition's phone where better and more inline with what the customers wanted. And Nokia can only blame themselves for that, not the general phone-buying public.

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Gemini outs trio of budget Android 4 tablets

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scale?

doesn't ICS scale the size of the icons for the smaller screen resolutions? they look HUGE

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Propellerhead Figure

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lots of fun

played around with this yesterday, lots of fun.

this weekend shall sit down with this on the iPhone and some of the other music apps i have on the iPad and have a bit of a jam between the two.

would like an export function - ideally to be able to export across to Garageband so i can use the loops i create in this app in full songs

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RIP Ceefax: Digital switchover kills off last teletext service

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noooooo

When i was 7 we spent a couple of weeks in our computer classes learning how to write Ceefax style pages on the bbc micros they had in the rudimentary computer dept (read: room).

ah, such halcyon days...

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US judge orders Apple, Samsung CEOs to get a room

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Patentdome

two lawyers entere, one lawyer leaves...

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Zuckerberg blew $1bn on Instagram 'without telling Facebook board'

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did Systrom give Zukerberg a happy finish?

<hbo>om nom nom nom nom nom</hbo>

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Himalayan glaciers actually GAINING ice, space scans show

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@Geoff Campbell Re: So which is it?

Conversely, you could argue that the BBC and other large media outlets have significant previous form for under-stating the relevance of such findings and putting a pro-warming spin on them. But you seem happy to give them plenty of credence.

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Apple TV third-generation (2012)

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your friend could run all his files through something like Handbrake to turn them into mp4's and then use Identify to tag them, and then the videos work fine in iTunes and AppleTV and iPad, etc without the need to jailbrake. avforums contains many methods of automating this process using the Automator app that comes with OS X.

I've resorted to viewing all my many many dvds as hardcopy backups and am in the process of importing them into iTunes using the above two apps to that i can start watching any film at will from the AppleTv. When you have as many dvds as i have, it's no simple matter to find the film you want to watch. having it all streaming from iTunes makes life a heck of a lot easier.

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ISPs should get 'up to' full fee for 'up to' broadband

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smart meters?

so now we're asking for smart meters on our broadband pipes?

interesting...

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Apple finally deploys Mac Flashback Trojan terminator

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Re: Strangely...

not so. none of mine are infected either, and i only use Safari for browsing. They have all been upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion though, so not a conclusive correlation to your sample group.

I suspect the infections are just down to the usual way that trojans get onto any computer, users don't pay attention

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Re: So...

If you're not using Java regularly within 35 days of the last time you used it, then you don't really need automatic applets switched on, do you? It's a security risk, and surely Apple forcing this is a good thing, protecting those average users who wouldn't think to switch it off.

And if you do need it, it's not exactly an onerous task to switch it on again when prompted.

Or... was your Fail icon more for your own post in a post friday lunchtime ironic twist?

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Sharp starts punching out IGZO LCDs for retina screens

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32 inches?

That's a bit small by today's standards isn't it?

Nearly everyone I know has at least a 40" lcd telly these days.

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Pasce Minirig micro speaker

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daisy chain?

that's awesome that you can daisy chain them. I wonder how many in the link you need before the sound out of the last one is noticably later than the sound from the first one.

a room full of these could be an awesome sound effect. or could be utterly awful.

if i win the lottery this weekend, i'm going to try it out :)

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Life on Mars found – in 1976

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Alien

No one would have believed, in the last years of the 20th Century...

I've just started playing the War of the Worlds game on my iPhone again, so this piece of news is extremely good timing :)

ulla!!!!

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Most anticipated videogames of 2012 revealed

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my list

Games I'm looking forward to are Max Payne 3 (obviously) and Diablo 3.

Tomb Raider also looks good, but I'll wait for hands on reviews first because i'm worried it'll turn out to be disappointing.

Does The Last Guardian have any chance of coming out this year (or ever)? Really want to play that.

Also, GTA5 (guess that'll be a 2013 release?) and StarCraft 2 Part 2 (if that ever gets released, I guess Blizzard will be waiting for the hype and cash from Diablo 3 to die down before putting out another game).

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DoJ could start Apple ebook price-fixing lawsuit this week

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"Under the wholesale model, Amazon was selling ebooks at knockdown prices, sometimes not even at a profit, in order to entice customers to buy its Kindle ereaders."

Why didn't this warrant an anti-trust investigation as well? Surely this is blatant misuse of their, then, monopoly on the online book market?

I'm not saying it's the same as the alleged price-fixing, but surely it's much the same as forcing Internet Explorer to be present on all installations of Windows isn't it?

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I think it would be 10% of Apple's turnover from the eBook market, not from their entire profit. I seem to remember that wasn't a very large part of their quarterly earnings report.

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Dream:ON iPhone app-maker seeks sleepy fanbois for testing

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mattress type

there was another of these sleep monitoring apps. it would monitor your sleeping and adjust your alarm time so that it wouldn't interrupt you in the middle of REM sleep and so ensure you woke up refreshed rather than groggy. But it only works on standard mattresses. These funky and comfy memory foam mattresses that are all the rage these days dampen and absorb your movement, so the phone can't monitor your sleep patterns. I imagine this app will also fall foul.

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iPad to reign unchallenged as KING of FONDLESLABS

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Re: Which is it?

the answer, of course, is that no one has a clue. but everyone knows that you'll get plenty of click-through rates if you write articles about it and analysts will continue to get paid if they make predictions that are sufficiently far into the future (i.e. more than 6 months) that no one will remember what they said they the time arrives.

Who loses? Us poor mugs that read this gumpf in the misguided hope that we might glean some useful information from it.

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DARPA boffins seek Terminator-style disaster-zone rescue robot

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Terminator

There's no fate but what we make for ourselves

I, for one, etc etc

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Lenovo readies Yoga Ultrabook-cum-tablet for Blighty

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Re: why?

1.5kg is not going to be a comfortable way to read magazines and e-books, good luck with that.

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why?

Why would you want an ultrabook to act like a tablet?

Or a tablet to be able to act like an ultrabook?

I don't see those two form factors appealing to the same demographic. Surely it's a one or the other type of deal?

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