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that looks awesome! and I was just wondering how feasible it would be to sneak the ps3 into the car so when I open my xmas present on sunday and it's a ps3 game, i'd be able to get a few hours playing in. but sadly, not sure the girlfriend's parents would appreciate my taking over the telly. THIS however would be the perfect solution. The _almost_ perfect solution, actually, as would still have to find away to avoid the girlfriend's wrath when she discovers I've disappeared from the annual xmas day family marathon board game event and am plugged in to Uncharted3 in the front room instead :)

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Ofcom's Local TV dream: No smut, an hour of news, endless ads

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so, can we expect lots of....

"Wayne's World

Wayne's World

Wayne's World

Party on!! Excellent!!!" type quality programming?

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Motorola Pro+ Qwerty Android smartphone

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damn that's ugly

I know LarsG already said it, but it's that ugly it deserves to be said twice.

To many, I'm sure, a smartphone is just a phone with more bells and whistles and so perhaps aesthetics shouldn't count, but when the other phones on the market are so much nicer looking and provide the same functionality, in some cases, better, then there's no excuse for making a phone that looks like it hit every branch as it fell out of the ugly-design-tree....

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Ofcom grills pirates, loses report under fridge for two years

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typos?

"more aware that what they were doing was legitimate, but had more justifications for it"

If it is a legitimate activity, why would they need to justify it?

"then legal file sharing would not have taken off"

I thought legal file sharing didn't take off and it's the illegal kind that is the most popular?

Also, can't believe someone got paid to conduct "research" on only 36 people and then have the audacity to publish the results as if they mean anything at all.

Even your suggestion of using a sample set of 2000 seems a bit small to get decent results.

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O2 denies Nokia WinPho handset cull

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404 error now

now the links just give you a 404 not found

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Facebook shoves your face into creepy 'sponsored stories' in 2012

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simple opt out?

surely the easiest way to opt out is to stop clicking "like" or rsvp'ing to anything on facebook?

actually, there's an easier way, it's to delete your FB account.

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Sony Tablet P split-screen Android fondleslab

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gaming

shoulder buttons on the top screen? so nearly impossible to use while your thumbs are on the controls on the bottom screen then. and so totally useless to play anything more complicated than the likes of Crash Bandicoot on.

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Sony PS Vita sales fall shy of 3DS launch volume

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sterotype

that's such a typical response from a PC FPS'er

not everyone in the world plays Counterstrike or Modern Warfare. and equally, not every game that is available for the Vita can be played on a pc or a smartphone

the Vita just needs a few big brand exclusives to draw in the crowd. It's already got Uncharted. It just needs GTA, God of War, Killzone and Metal Gear Solid titles that aren't available on the PS3 and then it'll shift a chunk more units to fanatics like myself who otherwise wouldn't bother.

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Shed Xmas flab and debug code with treadmill laptop contraption

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wrong market - should target the fat MMO players so this way you can exercise without having to logout and interrupt your quests/raids/guilds-flashmob-dancing/etc

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Jedi light-sabre beats Taser in Oregon parking-lot fracas

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Sentencing

"three counts of fourth-degree assault, second-degree disorderly conduct, third-degree theft, resisting arrest and interfering with a police officer"

I believe the current sentencing for that particular crime is carbonite freezing...

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Cops target climate-sceptic bloggers in three countries

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a bit slow?

So, those likely to be targeted by the police, were told a week ago, and so had plenty of time to move and erase any suspicious files and run a 72 times zeros to the empty space on their drives before the rozzers turn up and half-inched their hardware.

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Nokia lightens Dark Knight with Batman blower

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tucks! "T"ucks!!!!

"tucks an inebriated Bruce Wayne"

man did I read that wrong on the first pass....

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Grand Theft Auto 3 fires towards fondleslabs

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awesomesauce

recently played GTA3 again when it came out on OS X a couple of months ago. was a massive slice of nostalgia. and quite surprising how much fun the game still is. graphics, obviously, looked very dated, but will be interesting to see how they fair on the mobile screens, probably look quite reasonable.

there's no finer way to pass the time than driving around Liberty City, working for the mob, listening to Lazlo on the radio offending just about everyone.

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Apple's founding contracts sold for $1.59 MILLION

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bad luck

so not only did he sell out of the company early and so give up what would now be 2 billion dollars, he also sold the documents in '94 and so missed out on making 1.5 million if he'd sold them today.

that guy has had a really long run of bad fortune. dude is either due a lottery win, or did something so terrible that karma has spent all his life screwing with him.

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Apple TV tops connected set-top box chart

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Not sure about consoles.

Very few people buy a ps3 just to be able to stream media from their pc or the internet to their telly. Whereas for AppleTV and Roku and the rest, that's their primary function.

Also, the types of people (like me) who would buy an AppleTV, are also going to have at least one console connected to the telly as well. And I use both for streaming video media (AppleTV streams iTunes content, PS3 streams avi's and divx's).

So including consoles would complicate the results terribly because you'd have to account for those that bought and use multiple devices. Whereas I doubt anyone uses both a Roku and an AppleTV.

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World's biggest music streaming service launches - for tech idiots

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oh really?

"HP has agreed to bundle the service on their hardware"

and I seem to remember they said they were going to bundle WebOS on their hardware too... we'll see how long they stick to their word, eh?

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Beeb rescues old Who episodes

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intergalactic tivo! :)

In space, no one can hear you scream... above the cacophony of 50's sci-fi television episode signals colliding with last years reality-tv broadcasts

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Acer CEO: No more 'cheap and unprofitable' products

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crossed lines?

So, if Gartner reckon that ultrabooks are over priced and the prices must be reduced, how are Acer going to return to profit? They will again be chasing a market were the profit margins get smaller and smaller. Won't they just be in the same position in two years time, but instead of stacks on unshiftable notebooks, the piles will be a bit smaller because they'll be stacks of unshiftable skinny ultrabooks?

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Thieves plunder apartment for Facebook booty

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tough on crime...

and yet, a quick google for "Sao Paulo riot" shows that such toughness wouldn't have done anything to stop the London riots this year

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UK.gov to require YOU to opt out of data-sharing plan with drug firms

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The danger will be in opting out

If you opt out, then the govt/nhs have to keep your records in a separate, secure confidential database, away from the more readily available one.

So you're guaranteed that someone will leave a copy of your health records unlocked on a laptop or usb drive on a train or in a taxi every 4 months. Whereas, by staying opted in, your data should be safer by obscurity, as it'll be lost amongst all the rest of the populations data which will be held in a privately run database with the correct levels of access controls and redundant backup systems.

Possibly, they've spent the last 5 years consistently "loosing" people's private health data in order to convince us that being auto-opted-in really is the better and safer choice.

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Samsung Galaxy Note

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huge!!!

I can just see Dom Jolly walking around a library with this by his side....

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Dead at 13: Napster 1998-2011

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rental

Isn't this the exact scenario that most people envisioned when looking at the music rental model that they tried to sell us, and the reason why most of us didn't choose it?

Are people accounts still working? And if they are, for how much longer will they remain working?

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Happy birthday, Apple QuickTime

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stop complaining

you only have yourselves to blame.

if you'd accepted the Truth and converted to the Way of Mac years ago, you'd have avoided all of this built up angst and dangerous levels of blood pressure when talking about this software.

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Greatest ever first-person shooter* brought back to life

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the test of time

The game was incredibly good fun, back in the day. and the way the story was handed out to you piece by piece created the atmosphere and made it so enjoyable.

i tried Aleph One a few years ago, and it was okay.

Shall be interesting to give it another try now that it's reached a full version number, to see how it compares in these current days of gaming.

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Does your smartphone run Carrier IQ? Find out here

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iDevices

"leaves open the possibility that earlier iDevices"

no, it means what apple said, that if your iDevice has iOS4 or earlier still, then you might have CarrierIQ running on there.

but as has been pointed out elsewhere, the resources that CarrierIQ is able to snoop on under iOS are much less than those it can report back when running on Android.

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Lord British: Games consoles 'fundamentally doomed'

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> "The creator of the popular Ultima RPG"

which isn't exactly a game that works well on a console platform, so possibly, Mr Garriott doesn't have the best experience from which to speak?

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Hands on with Star Wars: The Old Republic

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very looking forward to it

I know people claim it's much like WoW and very cookie-cutter, but, it is an MMO. There's only so much you can do with that genre. The alternative would be something totally different like Eve Online, but that wouldn't appeal to as many people.

I've heard that the devs have made a concious effort to ensure the game is story driven, so not so many random pointless quests purely for the sake of leveling up. Also, no grinding mobs for the sake of levelling too. All of which appeals to me.

And to be honest, the core demographic for this game will be Star Wars nuts, so it makes sense for the story to drive the game.

I wasn't expecting to enjoy it so much, MMO's aren't really my thing, but I'm quite a fan of Star Wars, so I played it to check it out. And I really enjoyed it. Found myself logging back in for another hour or two again and again. And when I wasn't logged it, I found myself thinking about it, wondering what it'd be like when I got to the higher levels, what it'd be like to play the other classes. Whereas, with WoW, I only played the other classes out of boredom, not because I was genuinely interested in how they differed.

Can't wait for Dec 20th.

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Ravens' secret sign code probed

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other animals

my dog uses deictic gestures all the time

if he wants food or water, he paws my chest while i'm slouched on the sofa

if he wants a toy from his box, he looks from it, to me, then back to the box, and then to me

if he wants to go out for a piss, he looks out the door and whines

and if he's desperate for a crap, he barks and pounces on my genitals, since he's worked out that's guaranteed to get me off the sofa regardless of what is on telly

I think scientists spend too long being smug and assuming they're so clever and not enough time paying attention to the world around them

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The BBC Micro turns 30

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A final BBC Micro, the A3000, was launched in May 1989. It was the last of the line.

"turns 30"

Are there any still in active use anywhere? A better title would "BBC Micro would turn 30 if it hadn't died 15 years ago"

Never was a big fan. Not sure if that's because we used them at school, so associated it with school work, or just because I'd been using an Apple][ since I was knee-high to a snail, and two years before I got a BBC Micro to help with school projects, my dad had brought home an Apple Mac to work on, so the idea of the command line interface seemed prehistoric to me.

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Ten... top PlayStation Network game downloads

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coming soon

the one to look out for is Wrecked Revenge Revisited which must surely be due for release any week now.

it's guarenteed to be the best multiplayer fun you've ever had.

it's by the team who did Micro Machines V4 for the psOne and the incredible Mashed games for the PS2. This is basically Mashed, but with flashier graphics and physics. It's going to be awesome!!

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WinPho sceptics cut Lumia 800 sales estimates in half

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very nice

Colleague at the office has one of these, and very nice it is too. Feels well build, and the rounded edges spark nostalgia for the way the original iPhon felt in the hand, or an old iPod nano.

Interface seemed very nice and fast, although I wondered how it would work if you have it loaded with a lot of apps. Would it still seem so easy. But then, that's not a problem until there actually are a lot of WinPho apps that are worth having, i guess.

Overall, I liked it, and if it wasn't built by Nokia, and running M$ software, and I didn't already have an iPhone, then I'd likely consider it at length, before choosing an Android or iOS phone instead.

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Pro-game MP rewrites Modern Warfare censure motion

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shocked!!!

I'm somewhat gobsmacked to discover something sensible has happened in parliment.

Where's Toto, surely this is all just a dream....

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Hubble snaps mystery green death nebula in NGC 1846

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You'd prefer another target? A military target? Then name the system!

That's no moon....

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Samsung jumps into bed with Google TV

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different

"Samsung's Google TV was going to be different from its rivals"

At least, it'll have a different shaped bezel around the edge...

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Microsoft and Samsung uncloak slimmer Surface

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how much does it cost?

i want on in the lounge

not that i'd ever really use it, but surely you could get a MAME emulator running on it and play old fashions pub table space invaders on it, no?

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Supercomputer Watson too thick to use Siri

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incompatible

"It's not just the different ways they take input that makes the two incompatible."

Is it not rather the very fact that both take (even require) input, that makes them incompatible?

Both are designed to be given some data, and then do something with it.

For a system to be compatible with Siri or Watson, it would have to be capable of coming up with a question that it wanted an answer to, without any prompting, and to be able to do something with the response, other than interpret it as a question.

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Goldman Sachs slapped over iPad price-cut call

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shocker!!

You mean there's an investment analyst that's got no clue what's really going on and is just spouting pure guesswork as actual advice and insight? Say it ain't so!

I can't believe these guys get paid for this kind of stuff. Even the weather forecasters are right more often than these analysts.

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Apple's cloud music service 'WIPES your iPHONE'

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The theory goes, if someone thinks you've illegally downloaded a music track, they'll have a record of your ip address connecting to whatever server you got the file from.

So regardless of whether you have the file on your machine or not, and regardless if you've since replaced it with a legitimate version from iCloud, or bought the CD and ripped it, they'll still sue you based on the record of the illegal download.

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It merits 5 thumbs down (at the time of writing) because the OP hasn't bothered to even see if that's how the system works, which it isn't.

If you loose your signal, the music files are still on your iPhone. Just as they're still on your desktop machine. And they're still in the iCloud.

But if you add a music track to your desktop machine, it'll be copied up to the iCloud and then immediately pushed down to your iPhone (if you wish)

They've never said it was an online streaming service.

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tags aren't used

They don't use the id tags to match the tracks, that'd be a bit daft for the very reason you point out.

From http://appculture.net/how-does-itunes-match-work/

"When iTunes on your computer looks at your songs, it takes an audio snapshot of each one so that it can compare them directly against the iTunes Store database. This way, even if you’ve mislabeled Brian Eno as The Beatles (“wow, their later work really pushed the envelope!”), iTunes will get you the right match.

The same goes for live concerts vs studio recordings: if it’s on the iTunes Store, it’ll figure it out. (A lot of people had trouble with this part initially, but as of now, it’s pretty flawless at picking the right version.)"

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Leaked blower sports RIM's prospective OS, BBX

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the London looks damn nice

but why are they going to take so long to bring it to market? if they release it now, they'll snap up a lot of people that were disappointed by the iPhone4S and who will otherwise get Galaxy S IIs.

Release it in autumn next year, and they'll be fighting to get any attention amid the predictable hype and expectation for the iPhone5

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Hackers port iPhone 4S' Siri to rival devices

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not exactly "cracked open" if you still have to spoof the id of a 4S and therefore can't include it in anything you wish to be widely distributed.

reversed engineered, yes, but not really usable in the real world

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Lego movie greenlighted by Warner Bros

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oh dear god no!!!

As a purely Lego movie, in the style of the computer games, and those fantastic short movies that were around the web a few years ago, it'd be brilliant.

But mixing in live action? It's going to be horrific. It'll be like a Power Rangers movie or worst yet, the horrific car crash that was the Garbage Pail Kids movie :(

Roger Rabbit definitely made it work, but everything else.... wait, doesn't Avatar count as a mix of animated and live action? Then again, Roger Rabbit was still better than that, so your original point still stands.

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Go back to the future with Red Dwarf

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september?

They should aim to release it in a year and one week from now. What better way to celebrate Gazpacho Soup day?

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ref: series 7 episode 2

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Netflix signs Reservoir Dogs film firm for UK streaming

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So we'll be able to stream Red State then? that's ace!

But then again, but the time Netflix launches, I'll have bought the film on blu-ray, so won't have to stream it.

Oh well.

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Latest Call of Duty day-one sales hit $400m

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anti-climax

so after all the hype and the anticipation of the BF vs MW face-off, turns out there wasn't any competiton at all and it was a walkover

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Instapaper 4.0

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love it

Been using Instapaper on the iPhone for ages, and the iPad version is just brilliant.

Easily my most used app on my iOS devices and while i'm at work :-)

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New pics of giant black sphere hurtling toward Earth

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old skool asteroids graphics

all that graphic needs is a small white triangle, pew-pew'ing the asteroid as it gets near

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mul-ti-pass

i'm just saying, it looks like the big bad sphere of evil from the Fifth Element

we're all doomed!! doomed i say!!!

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