* Posts by Greg J Preece

2418 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Google IS listening: Binary blob banished from Chromium build

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The *buntu repository versions of Chromium don't seem to install this module, but then Chrome on Linux doesn't seem to either, at least on my machine.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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Re: I've just read.

Hmmmmm. 10 book series. Tech site, so likely a nerd. I'm gonna shout....Wheel of Time. No, wait! Belgariad/Mallorean.

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This is going to be a bitch for people writing technical manuals/reference books/textbooks. Does anyone read every single page of the computing books they buy?

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Oculus Rift noggin-bucket ... heyyy, errr ... have we all got them on already?

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Both the Unity 5 and Unreal 4 games development toolkits will be free to Rift developers.

Errrr those are already free, or are they offering to pay the threshold licencing fees?

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Apple extends idiot-tax operation, makes devs pay to fix Safari snafus

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Re: Probably not

Opera? There you go, a giant hole in your own argument.

You mean Chrome?

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Everything Apple touted at WWDC – step inside our no-hype-zone™

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The one that jumped out at me:

iOS 9 will also have a smaller footprint, requiring 1.3GB of free storage space compared to 4.6GB for iOS 8.

Bloody hell, how bloated was iOS 8?

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Chips can kill: Official

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I look forward to having this study misquoted back at me on Facebook by alternate/weird diet nutters.

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Google blames Flash for hobbling Chrome, says it sucks (too much power)

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You mean Steve Jobs' astroturfing for his devices not having the same functionality as the rest of the industry?

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Re: and in the real world...

maybe my employer is atypical (local government) but quite a few of our windows servers run middleware and client/server stuff that absolutely must have a GUI to allow it to be configured and interrogated.

.......So then you would install the optional GUI? The article makes it clear that's still 100% possible, soooo.....what's the issue here?

You *can* install a GUI on a Linux server, after install, in very much the same way as this. It's just that in 99% of cases there is absolutely no reason to, and as mentioned it vastly increases your attack surface.

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

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Can we have Eich back?

He might have been a bit of a twat, but the decisions Mozilla made were less insane/against their principles with him around.

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CBS boss says he'll show off his crown jewels on Apple TV – for a large enough check

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I love all this "Apple is trying to change the universe" crap, when Netflix already walked in years ago, kicked everyone in the teeth and took their lunch money. I don't have a single device Netflix won't run on - I even have 4K through the decoder in my new TV. Netflix already became the iTunes of TV and didn't write unholy shit software to do it, or lock it down to their preferred platforms. In what universe is this guy living?

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WTF is going on with the zombie NSA-friendly Patriot Act? Let us help

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This is also coincidentally right as the Canadian government has authorised their own brand of completely unnecessary surveillance bullshit, and have you heard the shit coming out of Cameron's mouth since he got his majority?

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

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Oh, downvoted for pointing out facts again. I guess Chrome doesn't have the DRM extensions I use all the time to watch Netflix on Linux.

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As for Firefox, well, shame on Mozilla, but I moved to Chrome ages ago anyway

You.....know this stuff's been in Chrome for ages, right?

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Re: out of the frying pan...

Actually, Netflix already uses the extensions to serve up video content without using Flash. Chrome on Linux has had support for it for ages, which is why Chrome now actually gets used on my PC at least some of the time. They were probably checking whether their particular extension can be put into the container, rather than whether they should be using Adobe's crap.

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House of Cards UI central to Mozilla's plans for Firefox on tellies

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Re: Missing the problems of TV GUIs

TV GUIs are different, you have no pointer device, or if you want to have a pointer device that's very inconvenient to use.

I have one of the LG TVs with WebOS, and it comes with a pointer remote. Those aren't difficult to make these days, and I assume this would only realistically be going onto new products, so that's a small hurdle to overcome.

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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

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New Kubuntu release is great

For all the shouting about SystemD, Kubuntu just got a hell of a nice upgrade. Plasma 5 is lovely, and the OpenGL hardware rendering in the back makes it pretty slick too. My Macbook Pro touchpad drivers are fixed, my AMD drivers are improved and game performance is up, Breeze Dark is both lovely and universally supported. Really happy with it, and with how stable it is for a KDE rework.

Desktop still won't boot without going through recovery mode => resume, though. No idea why on earth it does that. Started when 14.10.1 dropped and even with the move to SystemD it'll still hang right before showing the login screen. Go to recovery mode and just hit "resume", and it boots just fine. Annoying, but manageable for now.

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Money-for-mods-gate: Valve gives masterclass in how to lose gamers and alienate people

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Re: Meh

Oh, well if a client also runs on the machine then...um....bad things will happen, somehow. You should throw away any purchases you make from the Apple/Microsoft/Android stores because the store is still there on the device.

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There were a number of troubles with the implementation. The cut that modders received was IMO insulting (and led to modders hiking prices), both Valve and Bethesda said they wouldn't curate the store, there were huge numbers of fraudulent listings, etc. I don't have an issue with modders getting money for their efforts, but I object to the way that this was done.

From a consumer's standpoint it was terrible: pay more than the value of the game you're playing for an amount of content that would be insignificant within the game itself, and receive no after-sales support whatsoever, even if a game patch breaks the mod you're using. You have no recourse, you cannot get a refund past the first day, fuck you.

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Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

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Re: It's gone

Still appears for me here in Canada.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Objection!

If you've never heard anyone complain about the reliability of their Mac, allow me.

I have a company-provided Macbook Pro, 2011 model, so about the same age as yours. The slot-load optical drive died within 18 months, and the RAM died shortly afterwards.

Having replaced those, I then had to later replace the power adaptor, where the cable wore out and was designed in such a way that it could not easily be replaced. $110 of your finest Candian dollars for a new one.

After that, the hard drive recently conked out, so that was replaced with an SSD. To add insult to injury, OSX Yosemite disables TRIM on any hard drive you didn't buy from Apple. (Dear Apple: fuck you.)

And now the return key has broken in half, a fortunately cheap if irritating repair job. One of the USB slots is also on the way out.

The only reason my laptop is still alive is because I can easily open it up and repair the components that break. Were that not the case, I would have been several laptops in by now. The fabled "Mac reliability" is a myth.

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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You mean JavaScript/ECMAScript app?

Technically I mean a HTML 5/Typescript/CSS app, but "HTML 5 app" is much easier to say, and most people understand what I mean just fine. It's become an acceptable shorthand for a modern collection of language versions, no?

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Genuinely interested; is it proving to be a write-once-run-everywhere experience

Sort of - we've done a pretty nice job of creating a new UI for the applet client. Just having some issues in that the tech to run it originally only existed in Chrome, and I think most modern designers know how buggy Chrome's engine is. Now we're testing on FF and finding issues that people are blaming on FF, but are actually down to Chrome bugs.

In terms of device, it's actually working pretty damn well. We have a seamless Flash fallback for browsers that don't have the appropriate tech, and that'll be phased out in time. I've tried it on a range of devices and it's hard to trip up. The new JS APIs are pretty solid, it seems.

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Good timing on our part then. Our first(?) Java application to be completely rewritten as a HTML 5 app goes live this week.

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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$707 eh?

That's ironic. I recently spent that exact amount of money buying a new toilet. Probably more comfortable/functional in the long run.

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Who is the fastest-selling phone maker of ALL TIME? Samsung? Apple? No, it's Xiaomi

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Can't resist

And it goes a little something like this.

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Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

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Re: Some People

Do you people not know what private browsing is?

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25 years of SNK's Neo Geo video gaming platform

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Re: Neo Geo compatibility

That was pretty damned useful. Thanks, dude!

(Incidentally another local store has a 3DO for the same price as the Neo Geo, and that's also extremely tempting.)

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I should check out compatibility between the home consoles. There's been a boxed Neo Geo in my local EB for ages for $200, and it's tempting...

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

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VeraCrypt

Moved to VeraCrypt, remade my container, transferred the files, carried on as normal. Top dollar.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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"If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no," said the pizzeria's owner Crystal O'Connor. "We are a Christian establishment. We're not discriminating against anyone..."

Errrr....yes you are. Your dumb beliefs might be the reason why you're discriminating, but discriminating you are. If you believed that black people were inferior, that wouldn't get you any further.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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No.......you're wrong. Those barriers are there to stop some naive gullible fool from going off half-cocked and carrying out an irreversible process when his or her mind is screwed up. Nothing to do with stigma. Its to do with protecting the vulnerable from self-harm.

Naive? Gullible? Are you implying it's easy to persuade someone to have their penis removed?

I'm not certain you're familiar with just how many checks and balances we're talking about here. I wouldn't mind some if they were reasonable, but it can take timescales on the order of years, not months, just to get hormone therapy, never mind surgical adjustment.

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Chelsea still has one so is biologically male but requests that people treat said male as a female.

And how much pain will it cause you to honour the request? If she identifies as female, that's good enough for me. My trans cousin hasn't been able to get her op yet because, aside from the costs involved, there's a whole shitload of barriers, waiting periods and assessments put in place by the rest of us because there's still a stigma around the whole thing. Chelsea might be in the same place, biologically male and unable to do anything about it, so why not just let her be whatever she wants to be?

I.e. don't be a dick.

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Re: A new sport - Base Crashing

Well it worked in Just Cause 2...

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*Chelsea

*her

Don't be a dick.

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PlayStation Vita owners – Sony owes you $25 cash or $50 credit

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It is really disappointing that more game makers didn't hop on the potential of cross-buy/cross-play. When it's available, it's great (see Resogun/Sly Cooper 4), and it's such a neat idea. I also haven't come across any games where I feel ripped-off compared to the console versions. Unfortunately, not many people actually went with it, and when they did some idiots screwed it up.

(No, Konami, I will not give you another $30 for another copy of MGS3 HD on the Vita, when I already paid you for MGS HD and MGS Legacy on the PS3.)

I don't necessarily think that Sony were wrong to advertise that feature at launch in the way they did. It's certainly something the console is capable of, and at launch it was a great potential for the Vita, but the studios didn't like the idea of buy-once-play-twice, because the console game industry is about as anti-consumer as it gets.

As for 3G gaming....yeah, the adverts were total bollocks. Anyone who knows what the latency is like on 3G knew it would be total bollocks, and sure enough, it's total bollocks. At least on that half of the suit, Sony deserve it.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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OK, this woman's an idiot, but that description of their programme....

"examined the use of CCTV cameras to monitor the public areas of 19 council-owned tower blocks in Southampton and included the views and opinions of CCTV operators and residents on the impact of CCTV".

Bullllllllllllshit. Let me correct that for you:

"offered voyeuristic middle class punters the chance to ogle the zoo of poor people doing things they would never ever do not even once, and pontificate about what it all means over their Marks and Spencer TV dinners."

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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Oooh, that was very old-man-ranty of me. That's what a screen full of merge conflicts does to you, I suppose.

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Oh, for....

The British pound was the *one* coin I could easily identify by feel when my Canadian and British money gets mixed up, and I'm trying to catch a bus, because there's no other coin I've encountered that looks or feels quite like it. Now they're making the bloody thing exactly like the Canadian $2 coin, as if 5ps weren't already annoyingly close to dimes, and 10ps weren't annoyingly similar to quarters. Thanks a bunch. Now the only coins I definitely know at a glance are British are the penny and 50p, because Canada doesn't have them.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: None

Yes, lovely story. On my iPhone, I didn't even need to do that. I take photo, it's on a webpage in under a minute. iCloud.

A "lovely story" you apparently didn't read.

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Re: None

The iPad only has the one port (and a 3.5mm audio) and that seems to be considered acceptable.

The iPad is a fancy window through which the vast majority of users poke at things and don't tend to do much of productive value.

Laptops have keyboards and other such whizzbang things because they're used to actually do/make/produce things. This ability often requires such archaic nonsense as memory sticks.

I recall coming home from a skiing trip with the family and chums. Ex-teacher family-friend couldn't get her photos off her iPad onto her non-Apple machine for love nor money. E-mailing was possible but the UI made it inconvenient, she's 65 and has no bloody idea what "cloud accounts" are, and you can't plug anything into it. You also can't transfer the photos via direct wi-fi or bluetooth or several other methods because that's not letting Apple control your life, and you can't install a better file browser for exactly the same reason.

My old man, on the other hand, just plugged his non-Apple tablet into his non-Apple computer (of a totally different brand) and "oh, look, there it is." He gets drives, and plugs, and cables; those are easy. You plug a thing into a thing and they talk to each other. Got it.

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For a company with two pinnacles of design and engineering in its current range – the MacBook Pro and 13-inch Air are strong contenders for the finest personal computers ever made

I shall post my riotous laughter from my MacBook Pro, fresh off it's fourth repair job and waiting on a fifth.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Re: @A.C. -- As Treasonas May is fond of saying...

I know this is a serious topic, but the pedant in me will not let this lie. You used a boffin icon!

Half the population have a below average IQ.

Median!

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First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

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Plasma 5

I'm interested to see what the new Kubuntu looks like, and I'm glad to hear it's fairly stable already, but it's the upgrading from the Plasma 4-driven Kubuntu 14.10 that worries me. Here's hope it's more seamless than the 14.04 => 14.10 path was.

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Re: An amazing grasp of the obvious.

That pretty much is the only real difference.

Yeah, it's just that a windowing system & appset can be quite a large number of associated packages. KDE isn't small (by Linux standards) so having to install one default environment and then install more is just filling your hard drive with crap you don't need.

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Love rats show sex while drunk will sober you up, say boffins

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Re: Not ALL 12 step programs

Not ALL 12 step programs rely on Jesus. However, the participants in the program have a limited pool of sober examples to choose from.

My apologies, step two refers to a "higher power" that definitely won't be inferred to be Jesus in a US-based structure, and I'm certain that the Twelve Traditions definitely have nothing to do with Christianity either. It's not like the 12-step programmes were created by a Christian institution or anything.

If you don't have a belief structure then you really have no right to criticize those who do.

Well that's a disgusting notion. All ideas are open to criticism except faith? That smacks of intellectual honesty, alright.

What you're basically saying there is "you're not allowed to disagree with us unless you agree with us, in which case you won't, and we don't have to hear any challenge to our ideas." Yeah, fuck that.

Your criticism is nothing less than hate speech.

Criticising an idea is the same as hating the people that hold it? You've got some really funny (twisted) notions of how the world operates, though this "hate speech" attitude reeks of the notion of the poor, oppressed, put-upon minority (75%) of the population that's religious.

I'll continue to criticise the institutionalised pushing of religion on the non-religious, thanks. If it was reversed I'm sure you'd be throwing a shit-fit about it.

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Actual medical treatments for alcoholism? Research? Drugs? No, no, no, the US court system has taught us that all you need is Jebus! That's why they order folks to take 12-step programmes, which might only have the same success rate as non-attendance, but at least they don't use any pesky scientific facts or suffer from earthly corruption.

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W3C recommends Pointer Events standard – but it's a touchy subject. Right, Apple?

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Re: Point of order

MS' motives in developing and offering Pointer Events for free? I don't know. Good experience for Windows tablet users? Hard to find a cynical reason although I really am trying.

In recent years the attitude from MS has been changing to the point where I'd be tempted to consider it actually altruistic.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Most people don't care what resolution its broadcast in. They have a 4k telly so think they are watching 4k. Like how people thought an HD telly magically made all broadcasts HD.....

Which is where all the "I can't tell the difference" bollocks comes from. My old man, nicely into his retirement years, can easily spot the difference between HD football and not on his TV, and will buy blu-ray over DVD if available for the higher quality. He's the exception because he knows roughly what's going on, so he knows to match the source to the screen.

If the source isn't up to the screen, then it isn't worth it. Also, as others have said, 4K makes little difference to TV media in the living room on even fairly large screens.

Video games, on the other hand? Bring it on, bring it on, bring it on.

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