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Nintendo is FLATLY UNHINGED: New 2DS is a handful of game

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I like it

No, really, I do. The 3DS was way too expensive at launch (the same as a Vita...really?), especially for such pointless gimmickery, but as usual for Nintendo, in amongst the avalanches of shovelware there were some games I fancied playing. Being able to get this for much less and still play 3DS games with it sounds great to me.

Wish it hinged though. Sure, the ergonomics on Nintendo handhelds are the worst, but the static design doesn't make this the most portable system ever.

BTW, is Nintendo making a 2D console that's compatible with all 3DS games basically an admission that the 3D stuff is totally pointless?

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Sony sets dates for US and Euro PS4 unleashment amid Xbox heckles

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Re: Finally, the bloody Vita!

Give it up the Vita is an epic fail

Actually, it's a rather cracking piece of hardware, and the games that I've played on it were pretty enjoyable. Dear sweet mercy, I do love me some Super Stardust. And as a machine it kicks the shit out of the 3DS in my opinion. Sony just completely dropped the ball on marketing, and with those stupid, stupid memory cards.

You make a console that's a comparable price to the 3DS, is way more powerful, has better games (again, for my preference), has some seriously sweet hardware and features, and you can't capitalise on that? Even accounting for Nintendo's somewhat rabid core fanbase, that's still ridiculous.

By the way, I fully intend to buy a Vita over a 3DS. As an owner/previous owner of two PSPs and two DSs, my PSP library was at least 100% larger for a long long time. Sure, the PSP had fewer games, but a far higher percentage of them were of a high quality. The DS has suffered from the same shovelware problem the Wii had. The Vita/3DS battle will turn out the same, I reckon. Being popular doesn't make the 3DS a better machine, after all.

I already own several games for the Vita (cross-purchase FTW), and I have numerous more lined up thanks to my excellent PS+ subscription, which Nintendo has no answer to. I've just been waiting for the right moment.

TL;DR - dual thumbsticks. Vita wins. ;-)

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Finally, the bloody Vita!

Pleeeeeaaasseee, Sony, put the effort into the Vita now that you should have put in when it launched. Remote play is a good start, but come on, the real benefit is continuation play, and damned if you didn't fuck that up. It'll be harder to do with PS4 games, true, but it's a huge benefit, as is buying a multiple-platform release as I did with Sly 4.

Really glad to hear that the memory card prices are coming down. Does anyone know when this price cut comes in? Been waiting for the right moment to buy a Vita and I think now is a good one.

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Re: $399....

So at ~20% sales tax $399 becomes $480 which is ~£305. So yes we pay more in the UK, but it's around £50 not £100

You think US sales tax is anywhere near UK sales tax? Ummmm....no. Even here in one of the more expensive parts of Canuckland it tops out at 12% max.

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Firefox takes top marks in browser stability tests

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Re: >I'm thinking these Safari 6 results might be from a Mac

Upvote from me. And regarding your downvote - leave it to a fanboi to downvote a simple statement of facts.

I was wondering about that... Oh well, that's the reality distortion field for you.

While we're discussing Safari features that make my piss boil - how about not only blocking popups by default, but not informing the user in any way that you've blocked something? There's a section of our site that has a popup by necessity, and we had to add a blurb for Safari users telling them that yes, the site is in fact working.

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Interesting that Safari and Opera have such high error rates while Chrome is so low, considering that all three use the Webkit engine as their foundation (ISTR Opera switched to Webkit a while back didn't they?)

Chrome are switching off to their own fork of Webkit, and I think Opera are following them onto it. The name of the new engine escapes me.

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I knew a dev who did this. Literally shed loads of tabs open.

When I asked him how that helped him in his role, he said it did. So I asked him what he was working on, and he spent 10 minutes trying to find it.

I'm a dev myself. I normally have around 10-15 tabs open, which breaks nothing. I might have more if I'm searching for something, but usually if I'm above 15 I decide that I must be getting distracted, and force myself to close anything irrelevant.

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Re: Nice results generally

Agreed. IE began visually improving in leaps and bounds from IE7, and from IE9 onward I've really had no problem with it. The public at large still slags it off because it's unfashionable, but at a technical level the recent ones are vastly improved. I never tend to have stability issues with any browser any more, really, except reKonq, but while reKonq is a vast improvement over Konqueror, it's still shit, and that's coming from a KDE fanboy.

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But to be comparing IE vs Chrome and Safari means using Windows and most people seem to agree that Safari sucks on Windows.

Given that Safari doesn't appear to be developed for Windows any more, and Safari 6 isn't on Windows, I'm thinking these Safari 6 results might be from a Mac.

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

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Christ, you know the government are acting like twats when Keith fucking Vaz is on your side.

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Brits: We can STOP TROLLS if we know where they LIVE - poll

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Isn't having a survey like this in the wake of a major incident and then calling it objective kinda trolling in itself?

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Engineer's $30m windfall from Nintendo 3DS patent spat SLASHED by beak

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Or the Wiimote was blatently cloned by Sony in a similar manner

Motion controllers had been around in the PC space long before the Wiimote, and the technology/techniques used by the Move controller are quite different.

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: I can’t wait, give it a few years…

I was thinking the Immortal Emperor from Battletech/Earthsiege/Starsiege, but then I played waaaaay too much Starsiege as a kid.

Wait, what am I saying? It's impossible to play too much Starsiege. Hell, I hooked a Steel Battalion controller into my PC for that game.

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Fingerprint sensor? Hello 2000! Back again I see?

Yup, pretty safe to say everyone's done that one before, and then gotten rid of it as a pointless gimmick.

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According to the tech titan's government liaison Michael Foulkes, Jobs oversaw the design of two models of iPhone to go on sale after his death.

Well that's typical Apple innovation right there. Still using designs from a dead CEO means they're revolutionary and super advanced and ahead of the curve, right?

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Mother of Chelyabinsk spotted

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Re: Wait a minute

Maths. Lots and lots of maths. We've plotted the orbits of many trans-Neptunian objects (including the not-planet Pluto) despite not having known about them long enough to have observed anything like their full orbits. We just plug what we do know into our gravitational models of the star system and let the computer do the rest.

Over-simplifying, naturally.

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Re: *$#£+!

Wonder if they found any incinerated bugs on that asteroid...

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Barbie paints Red Planet pink with NASA-approved Mars Explorer doll

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In fairness, if it was real-world accurate, you'd rip it in seconds and her head would explode.

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Google SELLS OUT the INTERNET HIPPIES! AGAIN!

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On Google's side on this one. Those seem like fairly ordinary ISP terms, and if Google is actually running 1Gb connections without caps, it seems like a reasonable restriction...if...

...Google have a reasonable charge (say a few bucks a month) that would make that clause go away. I've always paid extra to use tech-friendly ISPs. I pay the additional amount so that they'll throw me a static IP or two and not give a shit about server usage. I don't mind paying a little more for connection perks that would take me outside the category of a general user - I'm guessing that Google is referring to always-on servers here rather than uPnP game servers and the like.

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Mozilla ponders blinkers for your browser

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Re: No

Like there is for JavaScript?

Edit > Preferences > Content > Enable Javascript

Did I miss something?

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Re: Mozilla = Google

So you'd move away from Firefox to Chrome because of fears over advertising...

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Re: God bless his little Royal Highness!

The real question is why would they bother reading the words of someone who can't coherently form a sentence, and who thinks Britain would be better served by "President Blair" / "President Cameron" / "President Clegg" <- That one is so good :-D

I hear this rather odd objection every time I argue with someone over the royals. Are you allergic to the word "president" or something? Does it physically hurt you to read it? Why not, then, keep on calling them a Prime Minister, and just ditch the pointless monarchy part?

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Re: No

Agreed, I prefer to be able to find stuff by accident. That said, some recommendation systems (such as Google's YouTube algorithms) are superb. Not the kind of thing you can likely replicate in a browser though.

Fortunately, this is Mozzy, so there'll be an off switch.

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Pikmin to the rescue: Can Nintendo revamp revive Wii U fortunes?

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The problem is I can say that about almost EVERYTHING that gets released on all platforms any more.

No, you couldn't, because I was referring to Nintendo specifically as the poster child for franchise stagnation. There's nothing wrong with sequels at all, but you need other stuff too. Whereas, say, Sony went to great lengths at E3 to point out all the sweet indie stuff arriving on the console, as well as some interesting looking oddball games I'd not seen before, Nintendo just keep on churning away.

Same knee-jerk response I get every time I criticise Nintendo: Nintendo isn't bad, because everyone else is just as bad. Nope, they're not.

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But it's cheaper.

Because the tech is old.

And the games are cheaper.

Because many of the games are also old.

Pikmin 3 is starting to tickle my fancy, but it's just another Ninty sequel, and I've had more than enough of those. The Wonderful 101 has my attention, as does the recently announced Mysterious Cities of Gold game.

I might get one, maybe when they're cheaper, and only after I get a new gaming PC, PS4 and possibly a Vita. ;-)

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Re: Three mobile has it already

Orange tried that on our company phones, and they wanted all our staff to phone up with credit card details to prove they weren't minors. That lasted as long as it took me to phone Orange and tell them to fuck off.

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

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Re: @Greg J Preece

What precise features are you missing from nvidia drivers, apart from the ability to read their source code?

More to the point, what features have you missed from nvidia drivers for the past 5 years, during which time every single nvidia graphics card going back to the geforce 2 has been fully supported on linux, BSD and solaris.

Down, boy! I was referring to optimisation, where the nVidia cards are - like the Radeons - still faster on Windows by significant amounts. nVidia have done waaaay better with their Linux support up to now, but they're not perfect, so simmer down. :-p

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That's more a result of the unstructured architecture of Linux compared to Microsoft's optimised model. I wouldn't expect to see that fixed any time soon.

Utter, utter nonsense. Valve's initial port of L4D2 ran faster on Linux by quite a way. Some of the original Eyefinity multi-monitor demos were running on Linux, apparently. When the software running on it is properly optimised (which is what AMD are doing), Linux is by no means slower than Windows.

Please go and read up on Linux graphics capabilities so you have the slightest notion what you're talking about.

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Most notably, AMD has contributed more than 150 patches that improve support for Radeon graphics cards, including support for new hardware and for dynamic power management in the open source driver.

Can't wait for this! Nice to see AMD continuing to improve their Linux support after the release of Steam on the platform. The cards are still woefully underpowered when running under Linux, compared to Windows.

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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but it was Parallax's space-sim Descent and iD's Quake that took it to the next level: out went the sprites and in came characters and enemies all modelled in 3D - although, certainly in Quake's case, at the cost of a limited colour palette and a limited lighting model*.

iD and its lead coder John Carmack set the bar for first-person shooters.

And again we're going to ignore Future Shock? The game that came out before Quake, but had 3D enemy models, was the first game with mouse-look, featured driving and flying levels, had a better storyline, had better atmosphere, had huge (for the time) free-roaming levels encouraging exploration, etc, etc.

Incredible game, that never gets appreciated, so I'm always hearing how an inferior game released later "set the bar".

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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A solid percentage of the moans would have evaporated if the announcement of the XBO was identical in every way but with "..games will now only be £24.99 as a result of these changes"

Ahahahahahahahaha, no. Which Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft are you thinking of? Last I checked, games on the online console stores were usually way more expensive at launch, not cheaper. Far Cry and FIFA were 60 quid at launch, and 35-45 in the stores.

If you honestly think they would have reduced prices like that, when you would have no other way of sourcing the games, you're naive.

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Is there really any reason at all that they couldn't have simply done both? Other than spite for being forced to remove their anti-consumer bullshit?

You want a Steam-like online market, you can have that without restricting disc usage. That's what PC does...

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

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Re: Texas ADULT who posted threats about killing school children can't make bail

They weren't threats, you dipshit.

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Re: Freedom of Speech

...is not here to protect each and every stupidity uttered.

Aaaaaaactually, it is. Popular or "harmless" opinions don't require protection.

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Totally on the kid's side here. El Reg didn't replicate his emphasis either. He was clearly speaking in that Internet dialect known as HURR DURR. You would need to be utterly ignorant of so many things to not realise that what he said was a joke. Another atrocious oppression from a fear-mongering government.

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US public hate Snowden - but sexpot spy Anna Chapman LOVES him

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The American public is turning against NSA leaker Edward Snowden, with increasing numbers of people now believing he was wrong to reveal details of secret US government surveillance, a survey has found.

I do wonder, has the almost non-stop propaganda the government has levelled at him had anything to do with that?

You know, because they spent far more time attacking the person who pointed out their massively illegal activities, rather than - I dunno - doing something about their massively illegal activities.

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15 MILLION dodgy login attempts spaffed all over Nintendo loyalists

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This is ridiculous. How do you not spot a month-long brute force attack on a system like that? How do the first wave of breaches not give the game away?

Good thing I already cashed in my excessive number of club points on that rather fetching Link/Epona statue. :-D

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INVASION of the UNDEAD ANDROIDS: Hackers can pwn 'nearly all' devices

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Is it me, or does the Android logo, when given horns, look a lot like one of the imps from Zero Punctuation?

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Ubisoft admits major hacking breach, advises password change

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Re: What they say and what they do.

Well the consoles in question are still in pre-order, but...

http://www.ibtimes.com/ps4-vs-xbox-one-nearly-80-percent-gamers-would-still-prefer-ps4-if-it-cost-500-according-poll-photo

http://www.dailygame.net/features/ps4-pre-orders-dropping-hard-at-amazon-except-one

Apparently the PS4 was outselling the 180 at a 2:1 ratio, until Microsoft reversed their DRM bullshit. Now Microsoft sales are on the up again and we might have an actual fight on our hands. I have far less venom for the console now than I did, I'll admit, but it's still more money for less grunt, and I can't forget that they tried this crap, even if it failed.

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Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

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I've been looking forward to this for ages. Missed both Geeksphone releases (I tried, damn it!) but I've heard good things about them. Being someone who doesn't like the app-for-app's-sake approach, this is right up my street.

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Chinese 'nauts return to Earth after vigorous space coupling

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Re: You came in that thing?

Basically the same as one of the USA's, but without all the paint?

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

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Re: Faster phone ?

The Toyota Aygo is fast enough for day-to-day use, but would you really go for that over a nice Fiat 500 Abarth?

Yes? Not least because a 500 Abarth is the equivalent of tattooing "cockend" across your forehead.

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Re: "fast enough"

Now I had to finally abandon my 3G earlier in the year , as the storefront was removed of all IOS4 compatible apps. It is not possible to upgrade the Iphone 3G.

Woah, woah, what? I wasn't aware of that! That's some forced-upgrade bullshit if I ever heard it!

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Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air

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Re: Apple seems to have had a history on this.

Putting a computer into a metal case might be a good excuse to slap a premium onto the retail price but it can't be very beneficial for wifi reception.

No, but it does allow you to keep using your unbelievably shit cooling methods that don't put any unsightly vents into the body - just dump heat into the casing! ;-)

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/01/30

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I just went and took a look at the Apple stock history. They've lost nearly half the value of the company since October? To be honest, I think that's a clear indication of how much of their value is based on hype and advertising. With the demise of the Dear Leader, and then their continued failure to actually bring anything new & interesting to the table, people are starting to admit that maybe the iPhone wasn't as awesome as they made it out to be.

If you're a tech company that ties all your value to your image, and the fashion changes, you're knackered.

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Had 2 Mac laptops, a Macbook and a Pro, and both have shitty wireless connectivity. At the office, it's simply unusable, unless you like dropping and reconnecting all your SSH sessions every five minutes. Worst part is, it doesn't matter what OS I run; it still sucks.

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Pussy galore: Bubble-bath webcam spy outrage

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Re: All this controversy about Google Glass

The amount of times cats have tried to follow me into the bathroom is unbelieavable.

Tried? Mine wander in all the time. When I lived on my own, they figured out that it was a perfect time to pester me for attention; captive audience and all that.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

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Re: used to play Quake and UT all night?

Talking of old, blocky things, and iD software, who round here remembers being impressed by Doom back in '93? And in fact being genuinely scared whilst playing it?

I genuinely thought it was rubbish. I never liked Doom, at all.

Now Heretic, on the other hand...

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We've already seen things where technically the better solution is generally rejected, even as recent as the Xbox One digital sharing feature that, amongst others, was dropped.

....and then turned out to apparently not be nearly as nice as MS made it out to be. But I'm sure their glorified demo mode was worth it for all the inconveniences it brought.

No-one rejected digital sharing. They rejected the excessive bullshit the console heaped on the consumer, and when they did, MS threw a tantrum and took digital sharing away as punishment. There is literally no reason at all why they couldn't have both.

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Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

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I can't honestly believe that I'm defending the Daily Mail, but is it really wrong to call a fraud a fraud?

Why do we let these charlatans continue?

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