* Posts by Annihilator

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OWC 6G Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD

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Whole hearted pedantry

Never apologise for pedantry! You're 100% correct, and the reason they're used is touched on in the article - they're designed to not slip (unlike Phillips) in order to achieve consistent torque (where the name comes from?). Presumably one of the reasons the car industry loves them too.

They're an ISO standard these days.

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Rainbow Islands

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Snob

"or as close as you can get with just 4096 colors"

4096 colours?? You don't know you're born... (where's the "when I were a lad icon..", close enough)

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100%

But you're still a swine, the theme tune for the C64 version is now stuck in my head:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gggp9JkY1Pk

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Apple Thunderbolt Display 27in monitor

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re: Hazro

So... you can get a completely different monitor for a different price, the only thing in common being the screen size?

The whole point of the monitor is the Thunderbolt expansion. Criticise if you think it's too expensive for that, but to compare it to something completely different is disingenuous at best.

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Happy birthday, Apple QuickTime

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No alternatives

Agreed, it wasn't brilliant, but it was born in the days when the only alternatives were Microsoft's proprietary formats, "Real" Media's abomination or accepting humungous file sizes in the more basic formats. Quicktime and the format it spawned (MPEG4) have for some years now offered one of the best balances between file size, picture quality and processing requirements. www.apple.com/trailers used to be the benchmark in finding quality video files.

As a Windows user, I'd argue that this is one of the things Apple has actually given the industry.

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re: Small problem

Swing and a miss again. The file in question as created by the iPhone uses the 3GP container.

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Really??

I'm not a fan of Quicktime by a real stretch, but are you just inventing stuff? iPhone users may send me a video, but it's recorded in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, the sound is MPEG4-AAC. It's an ISO standard, and has been for around 10 years now. Bear in mind that in the video world, there has never really been a video codec standard, just a mish-mash. Theora is the open source best example, and is aiming to ape MPEG-4.

I've also never seen iTunes installed on anyone's machine unless they meant to do it, I'm not aware of any installer that sneakily puts it onto a machine.

Agendas? Apple-hating and assuming everything is bad, yup, I see the agenda.

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Take this survey: Win an iPad 2

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Correction

They want opinions on Business Continuity from the sort of people who want the value of an iPad once eBay have taken their cut...

Although given the biggest complaint seems to be "it's too expensive!", many people may be happy with a free one. Jailbreak it and complaint number 2 disappears (walled garden).

FWIW, my parents won an iPad and use it as an internet tablet and nothing else, mainly because they can't figure out how to buy any Apps for it...

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Toshiba Regza 32UL863 32in LED TV

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Except

I don't think I've had such a bad experience of when I turned on the variable backlights (so as to locally dim some of the screen). It is just awful, with lag being a common problem (screen turns to black, half a second later the backlight of that section noticeably dims) and the density of the backlights not being high enough to give an even effect (part of a section turns black, backlight dims across the section giving an uneven contrast).

Top tip on any backlit screen - turn off the "variable contrast" or whatever they call it.

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No alternatives

If there were true LED TVs on the market, then fair enough, but they haven't progressed past prototypes yet, with size being the limiting factor.

Generally when you see an "LED TV" in a store, it's just to differentiate against CCFL-lit LCDs, indicating it'll be thinner and more energy efficient.

But then, I'm just pissed off that I'll never see an SED flatscreen that I was promised many moons ago :-(

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Baby-kissers battle over what to do with White Spaces

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re: "more efficient"

"Wrong. TV Broadcasting is up to 10,000 more efficient than Internet solutions."

So? It's also infinitely more efficient than a two-tins-and-string solution, who's comparing it? Besides it depends on how you're measuring efficiency.

"Wrong. It's only mostly empty. It's stupid simplistic analysis like this that is leading to the fantasy of "white space""

All frequencies are "mostly empty", there's no such thing as completely empty, but for the sake of simplicity it's acceptable to call it "empty" where a strong enough signal can reduce whatever else is there to background noise. The point is that in the "empty" space, a low powered transmitter can overcome the noise, while not being powerful enough to encroach into the primary coverage area (or rather, just become noise there within the snr)

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Insanely great PCIe 4.0 bit rate locked in

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re: Laptops

Again, varies, but they have them. Or at least every Centrino since 2006 has them (the wifi cards usually connect via PCIe, and PCIe generally replaced the Northbridge)

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PCIe lanes

Quite a low stat I reckon. On average I'd say there were at least 12 per motherboard shipped these days.

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Hands on with Star Wars: The Old Republic

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Obligatory whenever I see "Old Republic"

"For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the old Republic, before the dark times, before the Empire. A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights."

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James Bond savages the Kardashians

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Love it

Not only DC's comments, but the descriptive phrase of "the highly talented and decorative Kardashian clan"

On a side-note, didn't realise he was with Rachel Weisz. Lucky barsteward. I'm sure there are many who think lucky bee-hatch on her behalf too. And those that think neither.

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eBuyer £1 sale fail: Customers vent fury... on Facebook

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@Bassey

Yup, we live in the age of outrage, where everyone is owed everything.

Try this fun game at home that I often like to play. Take any news article, particularly in the Mail, Express or Sun and try reversing the angle on how they presented the case.

As an example, take this very article: "Online retailer reports record customers eager to get hands on bargains, lucky few very happy" followed by a vox pop of a Dave Widdlesworth from Ipswich saying "I struggled to get into the site as it was very busy, but was delighted with product x I got for only £1!"

Try it, you can do it with just about every story, you can even add outrage to a fun/happy story if you're that way inclined, although taking the easy "think of the children!" route is cheating.

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NASA wants space washing machine for ISS, Mars bases

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In my head

Just imagined a washing line hanging outside the ISS with a man in a spacesuit hanging up his nice clean undies. Made me chortle to myself anyway

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Best Buy fires parting shot at Dixons with closing down sale

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@Grease Monkey

"The sales weasel told me that this was because the printer didn't come with full cartridges."

It was previously the case, certainly on HP printers, that they gave you "starter" cartridges, but I believe that's fallen by the wayside of late. Was true in the late 90's, the box even said as much

I still remember being appalled when my first USB printer didn't come with a USB cable! In the good old parallel printer days, you always got one - that was another sneaky "peripheral cha-ching" trick for them...

Having said that, the XL HP ink packs are going really cheap in Best Buy... managed to grab about 6 before a gentleman came in and bought the entire stock, presumably for his own shop.

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"Where is customer support and warranty provision going to come from?"

Pretty much the reason for the discount. You're going to the manufacturer for any problems. Often sale/discount items in this case can be limited to "7 day return only"

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MPs: This plan for proper navy carriers and jets is crazy!

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@BenR

Yup, it's the Raptor you're thinking of. But the hardware is restricted too.

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Using virtual particles to get real random numbers

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Beer - random?

Sadly for me, beer seems all too predictable with no element of randomness.

Generally it's drink -> fun -> loud, obnoxiousness -> singing (optional depending on gender) -> unconsciousness -> headache + regret.

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Pirated software hard drive on display as art

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Honeytrap much??

Hang on, I've just checked out the link to the manifest - a PDF containing links to the torrent(s) in question?? Cha-ching...

Careful El Reg, the RIAA will consider you a facilitator...

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"The piece is on sale, with the price set at the retail cost of the hard drive,"

Bargain, I'll bite. To save on the hassle of downloading it all myself, I'd pay the price of a HD for it (and consider it a bonus).

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Phobos-Grunt 'crippled by US aurora station', 'is a bio-weapon'

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Question

What the holy hell is this article doing under "Science"??? Suggest moving it to a new category called "whackjobs"

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Jawbone Up wearable health sensor

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Mumbo jumbo

Two main issues with this. First is that most phones are capable of measuring activity via their gyros and accelerometers - the bActive app is one that I can think of that does just that (Android only at the moment IIRC). The second is the supposed "sleep cycle monitoring" that is similar to the Sleep Cycle app. Although it's an interesting idea/concept, the science behind it is non-existent. The apps infer that when you're not moving, you're in deep sleep and vice versa. It's been shown that this is largely flawed logic - there is no direct correlation. Sleep labs use these devices to measure rest-activity cycles, but have to rely on electrodes to measure EEG in order to determine "deepness" of sleep.

You may "feel" more refreshed if this app (or Sleep Cycle) wakes you, but it's likely to be largely placebo. I've yet to see a double-blind test of these apps anyway.

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Keep the utopians out of my fridge

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Sums up cloud

Brill article.

Probably wrong that the highlight for me was in summing up automation by cloud, you summed up cloud for me:

"if it can only be had by passing my data to people I don’t know, I’ll do without or find some other way."

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Disk drive prices swell 5% every DAY in floods aftermath

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@steve007UK

It's easy to understand why the price went up of *existing* stock, because there is no distinction between the HD in the shop, and the HD further up the supply chain. Hell, the value of *your* HD went up too. It's not that there is some magically expensive hard disk further up the supply chain and is waiting to be conveyer-belted along the chain.

By value, I'm talking about "what the market is willing to pay for it", not "what the retailer bought it for". In many instances, the retailer doesn't even "buy" the stock to sell to you, see Sale or Return for an example, and quite probably iPads in authorised resellers (if the Apple NDA allowed us to find out).

In fact if the supply chain as a whole didn't increase its value, it would get even more complicated, as different shops would have vastly different prices depending on when/where in the chain they are.

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Demon Currys iPad showered kids with HARD-CORE smut

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@Joe 3

Judging by the rest of the posts, this isn't a trolling attempt, but a serious post.

Unless your post is the troll, and I've fallen hook, line and sinker. Or maybe further still, *this* post is troll-bait. The meta has gone off the scale!

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Who knows

They had a good 70 seconds to enjoy the smut, as they were apparently 10 seconds ahead of their mother, and the dim-witted parent then apparently took "a minute" to realise what she was looking at.

Best 70 seconds of any youngster's life I reckon..

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Falklands, Cardiff lie beneath track of rogue Phobos-Grunt

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Eh, no

Classic misunderstanding of independent events' probabilities. Not winning the lottery one week doesn't improve your odds of winning them next week.

I hear the odds of a bomb being carried on a plane are a million to 1. I now carry one with me whenever I fly, as the odds of TWO being on a plane must be huge, so I'll be safe..

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Rock star physicist Cox: Neutrinos won't help us cheat time

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Irony overload

Article which mentions Cox saying "of course we've thought of this, it's also a lot more complicated" towards armchair physicists results in armchair physicists commenting with their own half-assed theories...

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How digital audio ate itself and the music industry

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It did

It vaguely explained why it was required (needing to measure the peak and trough of the sine wave), however it's pure Nyquist–Shannon sampling theorem that dictates the sample rate, aliasing is a symptom of not filtering. 0 -20KHz was the desired range, 2KHz was added as a low-band filter "buffer" (44.1 can't reliably recreate 22KHz of sound). You have to sample at twice the rate of the max rate.

The ".1" was added as 44.1KHz can be represented effectively in both PAL and NTSC systems. Similarly, 48KHz is the magic number that can represent 22KHz with a filter and work on PAL/NTSC systems.

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Steve Jobs had 'personal moral failures', was no role model

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Not least

Exchange "Steve Jobs" for pretty much any CEO of a company. Hard-faced, cutting and decisive generally comes with the territory

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Yes! Perhaps! It's the Lady Gaga Thanksgiving Special!

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@Loyal Commenter

"But I would expect it to contain some sort of entertaining content, rather than an advert for a C-list celebrity thanksgiving show."

Just because you don't find it entertaining?... I thought it was a nice subtle piss-take of the show.

Advice is to not read the Bootnotes section. There is no IT content in any of the stories there - deliberately - take a look, the closest is an article about the ethics of Steve Jobs.

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"Bootnotes"

Damn I miss the moderatrix sometimes...

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Apple one-day-only sale plans for Macs, iPads leaked to web

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Leak?

It's Black Friday. It's not new, it's not surprising that Apple are joining in.

Right now in the States, there are hundreds of adverts running explaining what sales will be on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_%28shopping%29

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Apple plugs iTunes Ghost Click hole

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"Required"

It asks you to reboot. Clicking "not now, later" ended with a perfectly functioning version of iTunes.

Many installers ask for a reboot. Very few require it!

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???

The minute an ISP starts arbitrarily blocking DNS queries is the minute I leave said ISP, and I think the number would be greater than 7. Many of their DNS servers are rather shaky to say the least and basic to boot. My entire family have been put onto OpenDNS specifically to use their blocking services. You're forgetting that the simplest way to tamper with a DNS lookup is via the hosts files, which limiting the DNS server wouldn't prevent.

Quite how much bandwidth you think that DNS queries take, I've no idea, but in the grand scheme of things I'd be amazed if it were even a tenth of a percent.

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I wonder

Does this latest version finally support concurrent copies of iTunes running on a Windows machine so that if my girlfriend has left it running on her account, I can run it when I switch user accounts to mine?.. Checks... nope, what a surprise.

Though to be fair, it's only a 55MB download, not 120MB. But still, Lord forbid they do incremental hotfixes like they've finally figured out how to do on iOS.

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Swedish college girls now twice as slutty as in 2001

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Not bad

Sexual encounters have doubled, and the number of STDs has doubled accordingly, despite condom use being lower. Adjusting for sexy inflation, that says that the STD-rate is technically going down (no pun intended).

Yet another study with no clear results, carry on.

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Ten... remastered videogame classics

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Flawed

"PC" when they mean "Windows"? Not really, your "Linux" machine is a PC too, and that PC is capable of running those games. Not necessarily with your particular OS, but as a PC it is capable of it.

It's the equivalent of having a roundup of "mobile device games" and showcasing DS, PSP, iOS and Android games. Hell, even a Tamagotchi would count.

Developers write games primarily for Windows (and to an extent, Mac) because there's a greater market and environment for it. They know they have graphics cards with full blown drivers and that pretty much everything is compatible with each other. "Linux" is so wide and vague it's rather difficult to target, especially given that "Linux" refers only to the kernel, which can be ported across pretty much anywhere, including my current router (OpenWRT).

A lot easier to say "PC" and mean "IBM PC Compatible".

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IPhone overtakes BlackBerry in the corporate world

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Blackberry Balance

"RIM needs to have a program (if not already) of certifying apps, so that corporations would be willing to get those apps installed on their users' devices."

RIM couldn't possibly "certify" apps, there's too many variables as to what sort of app a corporation would find acceptable.

They have addressed it recently though, Blackberry Balance. Effectively it splits the phone in two - personal and corporate use, and data cannot traverse between the two partitions - the user is free to put whatever the like on it, the corporate side is effectively unaware. Not widespread yet, and will probably take some convincing of sysadmins before enabling it.

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@Daniel B.

"Can ActiveSync remotely wipe a stolen handset?"

Yes - on WinMo and iPhones certainly, and I'm told Android. SBS/Exchange has supported this for a while now.

"Can ActiveSync apply security policies/restrictions on handsets?"

Yes, as above. Not sure what levels you're talking about, but on the SBS machine I ran, it forced our connected iPhone to have a password and time-out lock (and rather p1ssed some people off as I recall).

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Simple

They'll employ someone else who's willing to do just that. There's always going to be someone keener and greener...

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Reg man the most-flamed recruiter in the UK?

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@David Evans

Pretty much agree, but you can be honest, self-deprecating and right without coming across as arrogant and angry. As many have pointed out, the skill of writing a CV is to succinctly get your skills and experience across to a recruiter.. The basic skill is communication and failing at that hurdle should be a decent filter regardless.

A small point though re: web designers being THE worst, if you're looking at a web designer's CV, then you're recruiting pretty badly to begin with. Ask them for a portfolio page instead.

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One question

I'm guessing you were very careful about your grammar before submitting that post? :-)

9.5 / 10 however. "self important" should be hyphenated.

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Lego movie greenlighted by Warner Bros

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For every Roger Rabbit though, there was a Space Jam

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The new touchy-feely Doctor Who trend: Worrying

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Pedant..

She didn't kiss the Teselecta as far as I could tell, she kissed the doctor. The doc wasn't necessarily inside the Teselecta while in the broken universe, he just told her to look in his eyes when she returned to the beach.

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Apple recalls first iPod Nanos over battery flaw

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re: ZX80

I'd be fascinated to see what Sinclair replaced it with if your ZX80 was recalled...

Hanging on to my 3dfx 4MB card in the hopes nVidia do a recall and replace it with a GTX590

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Boooo...

Frantic scrabble in the drawer to discover it's a 2G that I owned. Bugger, was hoping for an early christmas present under the assumption they just send out the new Nano as a replacement.

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