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Full Disclosure redux: under new management

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Excellent news!

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Re: Vote Farage

You lost as soon as you said "Vote Farage" .....

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

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Re: I think not ...

Cheers for the correction. My fault for basing it on my last reading the Highway Code book :o(

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I think not ...

I've got 2 different TomTom devices (Start 60, and the Go Live Black Edition I bought a few years ago (brother borrowed it, which required I buy another one (had to drive to the other end of the country and didn't have a clue where I was going (was fine from the A1 > M1 > M25, but buggered from there)))), and do still use them, but;

1. Their latest ones (last 24 months) ALL require use of a crappy ActiveX based GUI, which frankly, sucks (the older TT devices had desktop based software that was far superior - but it seems TT don't give a damn)

2. Despite numerous manual corrections and emails to TT, their sat navs still seem to be under the silly illusion that roads marked as 40mph (they've got speed signs and everything!) are 60mph, single carriage ways are 60mph (nope, always been 50mph unless marked otherwise), and seem to think 20mph roads are 30mph (again, nope, there's damn speed signs saying 20mph!)

3. Despite both devices coming with "lifetime map updates", neither actually did - they want £70 for map updates! (wouldn't be so bad (though still way overpriced) if they were actually accurate - but they're not).

4. To make matters worse, done the map correction thing a few times to correct it as far as my own postcode is concerned (not exactly the middle of nowhere), and it still doesn't have a clue (seems to have taken no notice (advised TT and got a nonsense reply ignoring what I told them)).

5. As of 2012, NONE of their devices have a backup facility (was present in the older devices, courtesy of the desktop software). Advised TT when I first bought it last year, and was blown off with;

"I do understand how important it is for you to use the the features you were accessing on TomTom Home on MyTomTom software.

I would like to assure that you will definitely be able to use such features very soon in near future.

Our Development team is currently working to introduce more features on MyTomTom software for the latest generation of TomTom devices.

And once more features are added to 'MyTomTom' Software, you will be able to access those features efficiently.

You will get a notification via E-mail when more features in 'MyTomTom' Software is available."

.... that was July 2012 - and there's been bugger all since (and NONE of the facilities of the Home software are available in their crappy ActiveX web UI (which FYI, has gotten worse since last month))

/end rant

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Our Vulture strokes Dell's ROBUST 15 INCHER: Inspiron 15 Core i7

Steven Burn

Personally ....

I'd suggest using pc.co.uk (aka pcspecialist.co.uk) instead, you can customize your chosen PC, laptop etc to your hearts content, and the specs for the price points, are way better than any of the "named" machines are offering.

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When the lights went out: My 'leccy-induced, bog floor crawling HORROR

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Bah

I'd be happy if it were only once per year (well, less annoyed anyway), but we've had 6 so far this year (town outside Newcastle Upon Tyne), and a friend down in Dover has had several in the last few months alone.

Wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact it also caused spikes that fried several servers, a couple of hubs and a couple of test machines (got kit for protection against surges, but not spikes (yep, completely my fault)), requiring a lot of kit be replaced.

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

Steven Burn

Thanks but no thanks

I don't want an OS to try to be everything. It's the very reason I'm not going to Windows 8, and the reason I dropped Ubuntu when Unity came in.

I'll stick with Windows XP, 7, Debian, Backtrack, DSL, Helix, Austrumi for now (couldn't get along with Mint, but still have hundreds of other distro's on CD/DVD to play with too).

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Campus Party: Did it start Silicon Britain or let 5,000 geeks sleep together?

Steven Burn

Errr ya!

If they can't even do basic over-clocking or basic coding for a PI, then they're not geeks (hell even leaving out the PI, even newbie geeks can over-clock a machine - machines of the last few years or several, have removed the need to do it the "old fashioned way" ffs!).

As for social skills - they're over-rated.

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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

Steven Burn

:o(

Useless for me until they add the US and Mexico :o( (o2 charged me around £30 for a 15 minute call - twice (and that then prevented me from topping up the PAYG phone I had with me for the rest of my trip (still not worked out why you can only top up using the same card twice in a month (there's never been the same restriction for using the card to purchase coupons), which was a major pain! it wouldn't even let me use the website to top it up using the same card))

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Web ad giant (Google) pops Adwords into Maps for iOS and Android

Steven Burn

Bah

I'll stick with my non-smartphone, lovely little clam shell (LG GB220), and Tom Tom sat nav for cases where I need directions (only ever need it when driving anyway, and even then, only if going somewhere I've never been before, or rarely go to).

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Horrific moment curvy mum-of-none Mail Online spills everyone's data

Steven Burn

Ah an easy one ...

Worst thing about the Daily Mail? Easy - it's still being produced!

Second worst thing about it? Even easier - it's readers! (only crowd I know that are worse than the mumsnet lot)

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

Steven Burn

Re: Laser

Strangely, got 3 HP laser printers (4000TN) I got a toner for a couple years ago, and cost £80 each or there abouts (HP is selling them for £143 each now), but would still rather pay for the toners for it than buy any of the newer printers, specifically because the toner it's been using since I got given it (~4-5 years ago, on the "if you can fix it, you can have it" deal - ended up with 3 of them), only finally needed replaced with the one I got a couple years ago, around 3-4 weeks ago (original toner it came with, was with it for several years, no idea of the pages it managed to do until needing replacing though), and in all of the time I've had it, only rarely has paper jams, and only needed a new network card due to an electricity spike nuking the one that was in it at the time.

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A "-" wtf?

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A "-" wtf?

Ref: [dead URL via Twitter or email newsletter removed - mod]

Shows with both title and sub-title as "-";

"

Cloud News

* -

-

"

Then loading it also shows the entire thing missing - am I missing something here?

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

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Re: Just get the filters installed and everyone shut up.

The problem? IT'S THE BLEEDIN PARENTS JOB TO FILTER CONTENT!

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US boffin builds 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster

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Ooooh

Performance may not be stellar, but damn does that thing look good!

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Half of youngsters would swap PRIVACY for... cheaper insurance

Steven Burn
Mushroom

Oh the joys

As already mentioned, youngsters for the most part, don't care about privacy, so the answer to this was already known before it started. Because of this, as ecofeco mentioned, we're screwed.

31 here, 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 Ltd, previously only a named driver on my brothers car, so 0 no claims when I finally got this, and costs me £1200 p/y for the insurance and around £180-200 per year for the tax (and she drinks petrol like it's going out of fashion (managed to keep it around 17mpg, Jeep docs quote 14mpg, so quite happy, as I love her to bits, despite her costing a bleedin' fortune*).

* Paid £900 for her, and she's cost easily 4 times that, in repairs since I got her last July (only problem she seems to have now, is a warning sporadically popping up saying the coolant sensor is bad, but I'm told I can ignore that as long as I regularly check the coolant level (already do anyway, as she goes through around a litre of the stuff a week anyway)).

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Tablet? Laptop? HP does the splits with Tegra-based SlateBook x2

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Bah

I'll stick with the laptop thank you. 2GB Ram, seriously?, given the price that is extremely disappointing (almost as disappointing as the price of the Surface pro).

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El Reg drills in Office 365: See the evidence

Steven Burn

Re: >Ming the merciless

Nope, you're not alone - have ActiveX, Java and Flash all disabled here too ;o)

For things like this, videos, especially on sites such as this, are pointless when text + screenshots will do the job.

As for videos being expensive - since when? CamStudio and the likes, and I'm sure there's likely open source alternatives (especially since all you really need is screen recorders, rather than full blown video recorders) available.

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Who wants a smart meter to track'n'tax your car? Hello, Israel

Steven Burn

Re: Brill!

Indeed. I run my company from home, and pay an average £400 in electricity per month alone (went up 200% since they put their new meters in - something they still deny is the cause (except paperwork makes it damn clear!!)).

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Network Goliaths and upstart Davids join in on OpenDaylight SDN project

Steven Burn

They had me until ...

"the controller will be written in Java so it can run on any server or switch that supports a Java Virtual Machine"

Think I'll give this one a very wide berth

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Electric cars stall in USA, Australia

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Err no thanks

I'll stick with my Jeep Grand Cherokee (1996 4.0 Limited) - she may drink fuel like it's going out of fashion (managed to get her to 17.4mpg), but overall in the long term, she's still alot less expensive and easier to fill, than electrics will ever be (given there's not a single electric filling station up here, nor are the batteries cheap enough to ever consider being a viable alternative to petrol))

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Hacktivists, blackhats snatch sixguns from whitehats' holsters

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Bah

Neither the tools, nor the blackhats use of them, is anywhere near "new" - it's been going on for years, since the tools were first published online.

As for mitigating them, unless you can spread your servers and such over a ton of different upstreams, you've got no hope of ever stopping such an attack, either saturating them to the point of uselessness, or taking them down completely.

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Analysts: Shamoon oil biz malware flingers were 'amateurs'

Steven Burn

Re: WTF?

If you'd read the write-up correctly, you'd have noticed, it's not that they didn't create means to download additional malware, but that they actually messed up the routines to do such - this makes them worse than amateurs (aside from anything else, testing code written, is programming 101, especially if you're coding it to be used maliciously).

Indeed, if they're to be called anything, it should be amateur coders, rather than programmers.

The fact there was virtually no protection against researchers/analysts identifying it, also makes it highly unlikely to be the work of professionals.

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Windows Server 2012: Smarter, stronger, frustrating

Steven Burn

Re: @Prof Denzil Dexter

Cheers for the clarification.

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Re: @Prof Denzil Dexter

So my dual processor box requires a single license (with extra licenses required if I want more than 2 VMs on it?), but a quad processor box requires 2 licenses? (with extra licenses required if I want more than 2 VMs on it?).

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Google to rent Chromebooks for $30 per month

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Thanks but no thanks

I'll stick to paying once for a machine that I can do anything with, rather than a limited machine that I've got to end up paying alot more than paying once would cost me.

$30 x 12 x 3 years = $1080 (likely with a ton in tax added on top of that)

Whereas I can get a brand new and "do anything with" machine for a single cost of around $478 (depending on spec), and that machine isn't restricted as far as the OS/browser I want on it either (as the "do anything with" implies).

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North Tyneside: Mega-outsourcing deal will SAVE jobs

Steven Burn

Yikes!

North Tyneside council are already worse than useless, but I've got a sneaking suspicion this is going to make it miles worse for those of us that have to put up with them :o(

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PayPal drops into McDonalds, begs meat-guzzlers to give it a bonk

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Forgot ....

Forgot to mention, all of this is before we point out that there's already a slew of malware affecting smart phones, it stands to reason they're going to target these new payment methods in the near future (payment interception anyone?).

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Steven Burn

Bah

Given most outlets still don't even encrypt chip and pin transactions, I shudder to think how long it'll be before these new "options" are in the news for anything other than publicizing them.

Use my debit card for things, but still prefer cash.

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RBS collapse details revealed: Arrow points to defective part

Steven Burn

Hmmm ...

Anyone else find it highly suspect that the advert for the job, shows a Gmail address? Perhaps because I've been investigating Indian based scammers for years, I've be come overly skeptical, but no bank or financial company, should be dealing with ANY company that uses a Gmail address as a contact spot, especially for something as important as this.

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Infosec and B-Sides: Security biz exhibitions face off in London

Steven Burn

Bah

Was at InfoSec myself for the 3 days, and got extremely sick of people shoving leaflets etc in my face. Spent most of my time with my friends at the Eset stand (partially because I was meeting up with them anyway, and partially to avoid the leaflets etc).

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Global cop squad busts 36 credit card data-selling sites

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Skimming, phishing and keylogging primarily.

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Facebook gets creative with mobile phone data harvesting app

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@PaulR79

Phone numbers can be traced to the network operator using;

http://www.ukphoneinfo.com/section/tci/locator.shtml

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O2 tries to explain its new prudish nature

Steven Burn

To those wondering ....

This is a change of contract and as such, you're entitled to get out of the contract for free if you wish.

Interesting coinkydink - their name servers suggest a relation to adultfriendfinder.com ;o) (likely just coincidental, but I thought it humerous all the same).

As for Bango (aka bango.com, .net, .co.uk, .info) wouldn't surprise me if they were just Phorm with a different name (umbrella companies are very popular ......), but that's just my suspicious side coming out.

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IANA address space running on empty

Steven Burn

One answer .....

One answer of course, is to stop issuing IP ranges to criminals, and pull the IP ranges currently leased to criminals (e.g. NForce Entertainment, who are solely blackhat and have somewhere in the region of 12288 IPs leased to them)

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Brits not buying into Freeview HD

Steven Burn

2 primary reasons ....

.... I'm not switching to Freeview HD (or any other for that matter);

1. I've got Freeview and;

a. It's x number of channels with 99.9% repeats

b. They can't even get the damn signals right for standard freeview (and yep, I've tried different boxes, arials, TVs etc etc etc)

2. Inclusive of the 99.9% repeats, given HD only has a few channels at present, there's absolutely no point.

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Dell does factory fresh virus infections?

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LOL!

You owe me a new keyboard!

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You can't know it all

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Errr ....

Any chance of ensuring this becomes the very first page you see on every IT related book, tutorial, website, t-shirt, and becomes a mandatory first and last read for those studying IT in school/college/university.

Indeed, perhaps this should be the first thing you MUST read regardless of the field you're in?

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TomTom slashes LIVE subs

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Oh dear ....

Got the XL Black Edition recently as Dixons (or was it Curry's, I forget), had it for £130 instead of the usual £260 price tag (yipee). Got Billy Connolly's voice for it too.

Sadly however, the "Live" services, which would've been great, are still too expensive, given the price of the devices themselves, and how often you're likely to actually need it, on top of the fact the subscription for the "map updates" is somewhere in the region of an extra £60 or something.

As Robert said, wake me up when it's a tenner .....

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ConLibs to outlaw kiddyprinting without permission

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Joke

Errr ....

What's wrong with just giving all kids, free school meals? We pay enough damn taxes to afford it (just nick some of the politicians/bankers pay/bonuses - they can afford it, or ask the government to stop spending so much on useless stuff such as a plethora of unmonitored CCTV).

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3G

Had a 3G dongle both when I attended the Microsoft Technical Launch for 7 last year, and the Reading MVP get together, and couldn't get a connection from the second the train left Newcastle Central Station, until I got to London, and even then, it was absolutely rubbish (was still rubbish when I reached Reading, used the internet cafe eventually as I got tired of trying).

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Mobile Broadband

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The problem ....

.. with the test, is that all 3 were done within the same city, which isn't representative of reality for anyone living outside of such location. Would've been far more accurate to have done the tests at least once in 10-15 of the major towns and cities across the country, or even better, to have done a test in all of the major towns and cities (though that's likely not viable for most reporters, let alone a web reporter that likely isn't paid travel expenses).

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Tr.im cuts air supply, says no money in tiny Web 2.0 pot

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Woops ....

I run a URL shortening service myself (no linky as I don't want to do the self advertising thingymabob), and am amazed that people still think you can make money from these.

URL shorteners have never been a viable business model, indeed, I run my own as a convenience to myself and others, and have never even contemplated trying to make money from it.

Anywho, I'm rambling.

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PC-pwning infection hits 30,000 legit websites

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Just a correction ....

.... the fact it's obfuscated actually makes it easier to spot as obfuscated scripts are instantly analyzed when I come across them (specifically because I want to know what they're trying to hide from me)

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Scareware scammers adopt cold call tactics

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Cheers John!

Cheers for the article and ref John. The more people we can warn and subsequently prevent from being scammed, the better :o)

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Fasthosts to offshore support staff

Steven Burn

FastHosts? Bah, I'd rather use Virgin Rail!!!!!

FastHosts as far as I am concerned, can go straight to hell ......... especially after doing things like this;

http://hphosts.blogspot.com/2008/11/fasthosts-how-to-annoy-customer-in-one.html

@AC (Thursday 19th February 2009 15:37 GMT)

FastHosts are good at screwing people over ;o)

Where's the "Bomb FastHosts" icon when ya need it?

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Man robs convenience store with Klingon sword

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@Anonymous Coward Posted Thursday 5th February 2009 11:10 GMT

Definately more about Star Trek ....... I'm sick to death of PH

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UK.gov and UK.biz pour £60m into IT skills gap

Steven Burn

Employers don't want UK techies

.... if they did, I'd have a job! (as would several hundred other UK IT folk)

UK employers want CHEAP employment, which means outsourcing to places such as India. They don't give a crap whether or not they can actually do the job required, aslong as they come close to being able to do it at around a quarter of the cost.

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Review site furious over McAfee SiteAdvisor 'false alert'

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Advertising .....

.... known rogues, tends to have that effect ........ lie with the dog, get fleas.

Just one example;

http://www.tech-pro.net/the-shield-deluxe.html

... and surprise surprise, your buy now button for it;

tech-pro.net/click.php?clickid=460

... is an affiliate link;

regnow.com/softsell/nph-softsell.cgi?affiliate=69581&item=12753-9¤cy=USD&ss_short_order=true

tech-pro.net obviously couldn't give a crap, until it stops them earning money ...... what did they expect to happen?

@El Reg, TP are NOT a review site ........ reviewers that get paid by the companies that developed the program they are reviewing = biased (everything I saw on their site had affiliate rubbish all over it).

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Nike pulls Air Stab trainers

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Boffin

Forget the article

..... these are the most hillarious comments I've read in years!

Cheers guys ...... I was in need of cheering up, hehe :o)

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