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Congrats America, you can now safely slag off who you like online

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Ratings

A fellow who had been a dean at Virginia Tech wrote a book, To Rise Above Principle, and along the way spoke of the difficulties in understanding evaluations. For example, he said, the British "His work is quite sound, actually." might mean the same or more as the American "His work sets the standard we all aspire to."

I don't know why this is, but the problem is of long standing. As long ago as WW II, "above average" on an officer's efficiency rating meant "incompetent."

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Kotkin: Why Trump won

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Re: What I don't understand is

Perhaps because the US does not have a parliamentary system of government?

Governors have had a lot of success running: Carter, Reagan, Clinton, G.W. Bush. Senators elected directly from the Senate (i.e. without a VP stint in between) have had a good deal less. Most recently there was Kennedy, and before that Harding. Off the top of my head, I can't think of anyone who was elected directly from the House of Representatives.

If you haven't been elected before it usually works out best to have been a general, it is true.

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Re: Labels, labels, labels . .

I would say that the only sense of "minorities" in this context would be that if you add a few members of minority groups into the mix, you can look more diverse than perhaps you are. Having said that, it is as pointless to talk of minorities in that sense as it is to talk of "white privilege" without clarifying whether you mean the coder in Silicon Valley or the miner in West Virginia.

Americans love elites, provided they can determine the grounds of their election. The NFL draft gets a lot of press coverage. Are you a Navy SEAL? Men will in general respect you. Things get murkier when the accomplishments needed for joining the elite are less visible, or involve matters of less interest to most of the population.

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A couple of things

First, GW Bush lost the 2008 election as much as Obama won it. Once people got their 3rd quarter 401K results, John McCain was doomed. A lot of people who should have known better took the 2008 results to be the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. It is not impossible that Obama did also. Certainly, he acted as if he had more of a mandate than he did.

Second, the Democratic Party painted itself into a corner starting in 2000, assuming that the happiness of the Clinton 1990s would carry through. The leadership ignored the ill will that for some bad reasons and some good ones attached to Hillary Clinton. I suppose that she could have won in 2008; but she was selling inevitability, and once Obama put a crack in that belief, she could not get the nomination. In any case, she is not the politician her husband is. She has never needed to be.

Third, in my day one learned about the Electoral College in grade school. As best I can recall, there has very seldom been an elector who disregarded instructions--three or four since 1800.

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Japanese cops arrest serial 'foot licker'

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With all due respect to Japan

I'm not sure they are that far out there. Dick Morris, who was a PR consultant for the Clintons before switching allegiances, got found out about 20 years ago paying for the opportunity for this kind of thing. He did the usual Washingtonian resign/rehab/return* thing and is occasionally found offering punditry.

* According to Google Books, Rhodes's advice to Parnell was "Resign, marry, return"; I doubt that would have restored Parnell's career, and as far as I know Morris's marriage survived the toe-related infidelity.

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'Inventor of email' receives damages from Gawker's collapsed empire

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bundled?

Yahoo says, "Certain of the settlement terms are incorporated within Gawker Media's latest proposed plan of liquidation, filed today, and include a proposed settlement payment to Dr. Ayyadurai and removal of the article at issue."

So the $750 K is bundled not only with the Hulk Hogan settlement but with arrangements to pay the utility companies and the people who tend the coffee machines?

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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Or, for a double whammy

Riding public transport these days means that one gets to hear half of many inane conversations. Of the few that have stuck with me, one had a young man on the bus end, discussing among other things the virtues of Red Bull and vodka: the caffeine counteracted the sedative effect of the vodka apparently. It hadn't occurred to me that it would add to the effect on the liver also.

When my father was still driving cross country, he took to consuming the American soft drink Mountain Dew in preference to the coffee one can by at highway stops, which he found usually burnt and always too hot. Mountain Dew has a very high caffeine load. It also is as nasty a soft drink as I have ever tasted; in comparison, Coca-Cola is grand cru.

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Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

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No issues here

I see streets in the US marked "No outlet"; but Americans would not call most of those cul de sacs. Usually a cul de sac is not only a dead-end street but expands at the dead end for easier turning and more houses.

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Uber's robo-truck makes first delivery of ... Budweiser in Colorado

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Re: Burning bridges

You'll find that Anheuser Busch product is launched all over the college campuses of America, particularly on weekend nights. Whether The Register would care to be invited to see this is another question. But I do like the notion of Larger Beer.

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Re: Unintended consequences

Ah, but if you want to be alarmed, count the "Aggressive DUI Defense" billboards along other stretches of road in Pennsylvania. I can remember thinking how little I'd care to be on 11/15 around Liverpool on a Saturday night.

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Today is the 211th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar

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Re: "and were intercepted earlier this morning off Dover by a news helicopter from the BBC."

Of course, there is the American usage "flack" for publicist, or as the Webster's on my shelf says, "press agent". So a flak jacket could protect a flack.

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US DNC hackers blew through SIX zero-days vulns last year alone

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Mostly

"Most of the targets uncovered by ESET's research have Gmail addresses"

Most of the people I know seem to have Gmail addresses.

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Trump vs. Clinton III - TPP looks dead, RussiaLeaks confirmed

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confirmation or not

Clinton appeared to say that she was quoted out of context. I understand that as confirmation that Wikileaks quoted her correctly, if perhaps incompletely.

The notion of a previous poster that the Republican Party is down on TPP has its weaknesses. Over the last fifty years, at least, the Republican Party has tended to favor lowering restrictions to trade. (Which, now I think of it, may reflect the movement of its center of gravity from Midwest to South.) Now, over the last twenty years it has preferred to regard the initiatives of Democratic presidents as the work of Satan, so that could weaken its support for TPP.

I do not say that Russia is feeding Wikileaks, though it may be. Still, I suspect that Putin favors Trump. If you were playing poker for real money, which candidate would you prefer as opponent? It seems to me that once you got used to Trump's tendency to throw down large bets on a pair of twos, he would be the more profitable.

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confirmation or not

Clinton appeared to say that she was quoted out of context. I understand that as confirmation that Wikileaks quoted her correctly, if perhaps incompletely.

The notion of a previous poster that the Republican Party is down on TPP has its weaknesses. Over the last fifty years, at least, the Republican Party has tended to favor lowering restrictions to trade. (Which, now I think of it, may reflect the movement of its center of gravity from Midwest to South.) Now, over the last twenty years it has preferred to regard the initiatives of Democratic presidents as the work of Satan, so that could weaken its support for TPP.

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This speech recognition code is 'just as good' as a pro transcriber

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humans

Thirty years ago, while reading the proof of a speech given at one of the local schools, I encountered "houndsman of a stiller hound". A moment of reflection yielded A.E. Housman's "townsman of a stiller town". The rest of the transcription was on a par with that, but mostly without expressions from which one could derive a better sense. To be fair, it was probably the work of a parent volunteer, rather than a trained stenographer. As I recall, the whole thing was replaced by the speaker's own copy.

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Democralypse Now? US election first battle in new age of cyberwarfare

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Unfortunately

The US Congress and the state legislatures are full of people with a devout faith in technology that is not shared by technologists, unless you count the sales staff of those selling the technology. Peter G. Neumann of the Risks in Computing mailing list has been beating this drum for years and years. I am not sure how one changes such a fundamental American belief as that newer and more complicated is always better.

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Oracle DB admins urged to swap their gas guzzler for an electric car

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EnterpriseDB

EnterpriseDB's great attraction for Oracle shops is that it will run PL/SQL. So yes, I guess it is competing with Oracle.

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Queen Lizzie awarded good behaviour medal

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Bravo

I've away my copy, but I believe that in Goodbye to All That Robert Graves quoted a common saying that this medal was awarded for "fifteen years of undetected crime".

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Nuke plant has been hacked, says Atomic Energy Agency director

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PDP-11

I thought that PDP-11 assembler was called "C". Surely it should be possible to train the engineers needed to maintain the code.

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Amazon to hire 20,000 seasonal workers in UK

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Well

About forty years ago, I was hired as a stockboy at a department store (remember those?) over Christmas break from school. On the Friday after Christmas, I was not surprised to find my name on the assignment sheet for the following week, only amused that I hadn't heard otherwise. More than sixty years ago, my father, then employed by a federal agency, moonlighted at the United States Post Office (if you remember that) about Christmas time.

So whatever Amazon may have invented, seasonal jobs aren't on the list. None of this is to excuse ill-treatment of its employees. The troubling aspect is that 1960s and 1970s jobs for teenagers--seasonal stockboy, MacDonald's cook--have come to be the least bad or only option for so many grownups. A discussion of that would be most interesting, but maybe not up The Register's alley, as a) involving a lot of companies with less computing involvement than Amazon and b) too dreary to be perked up with snark.

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Can Facebook influence an election result?

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Re: Do the math(s) 4 Stephen Roper

I am one of two sixty-somethings in a household, and we both vote. Assuming that one registers promptly at 18, and ceases to make it to the polls about 80, one would expect the median age to be about 50. It does look a bit younger than that at my precinct, but the median age isn't under 30.

To be sure, you won't be seeing an "I Voted" button on my Facebook page, because I don't have one.

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Yahoo! Answers used to cloak command and control networks

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Re: Did you guys finally run out of exclamation points?

Well, Tom Wolfe has a new book out; it's a wonder I can afford to write scripts with she-bang lines.

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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where nary a prospect pleases

"face the prospect of social approbation"

Is there something humiliating in having transit riders approve of one?

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Eye contact

The problem that I have discovered is that making eye contact with a female someone will often cause her to offer me her seat. This tends to damage my notion of myself as a vigorous young man, but so far I have resisted bursting into tears.

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What a time to be alive: Nissan reveals self-driving chair

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Golly

Next somebody will invent the powered wheelchair.

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Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

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Disappointed

How could you run this story without a picture of Ann Margret drenched with baked beans?

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Revealed: The true horror of being a big CEO

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Billy Joel and Sting?

Maybe it is time to short Oracle stock. I bet the AWS conferences book musicians under 60.

(No, dammit, I'm not discriminating at the older among us, for I'm getting up there, too: I just think that certain jobs, e.g. pop musician, pop music critic, and high school athlete ought to have an age limit. Sing opera and I'm happy to let the conductor tell you when it's time to step down.)

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Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin

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wow

Just imagine if people like the Fords or Rockefellers had done something like that.

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Add 'fattism' and hacker stereotyping to the list of Donald Trump's list of non-PC positions

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Re: Not so smart

Impressive. What did this candidate do before he ran for office?

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Books

Has any American president or serious candidate written his own book or books since Woodrow Wilson? I would be surprised to learn that Clinton wrote all of her books by herself (though curiously enough Powell's Books credits one to "Hillary Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton). I would not be surprised to learn that Donald Trump has not read all the way through the various books published under his name.

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Brit boffins get $800k for Los Angeles Twitter pre-crime tech

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Bravo

On to sentence first, then verdict.

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Behold the fruit of your techie utopia: A $43 San Francisco fog-infused martini

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Really

I find it hard to blame the restaurant owners, who are simply separating hipsters from cash that they can presumably spare. Were I ever caught purchasing such a thing, I'd become a strong advocate of the right to be forgotten.

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

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There is a story that has circulated in Washington circles for thirty or more years:

Enemies of our country have captured three US citizens: a sergeant of Marines, a government auditor, and a government program manager. All are condemned but shot, but each gets one last wish. The sergeant requests to hear the The Star Spangled Banner before he is shot. The government auditor asks to deliver a talk on waste, fraud, and abuse. The program manager asks to be shot right after The Star Spangled Banner.

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Oracle happy to let Apache Foundation adopt NetBeans

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Re: "“I'm worried that anyone is still using java to be honest"

So is it OK to use Java not to be honest? If so, there could be a very large market.

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'We already do that, we’re just OG* enough to not call it DevOps'

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Re: Wrong, wrong, wrong!

How about OopsDev? You bring in the consultants, they do it their way, and the management says "Oops" when it doesn't work out. The managed don't, for they have been let go.

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Google tries to lure .NET devs with PowerShell cloud bait

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Eh?

I did not mind the little bit of PS scripting I did, but it wasn't the sort of thing that made me long for its availability on other OSes. Why PS instead of Google Apps Script?

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Student charity's ex-IT boss in the cooler for stealing $1.3m through fake tech contracts

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Well

The United Way of the Washington, DC, area got a remarkable amount stolen by its chief about 20 years ago.

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You're guilty but broke, judge tells Wash.io – the 'Uber of laundry'

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For once, it's true

The noise is coming from outside agitators.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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The damage seems all to Apple

Russell Baker once described covering the US Senate as "waiting for someone to come out of a room and lie to me." What does physical presence offer a reporter as against watching the webcast? If reporters get to ask questions (and dare ask questions that don't qualify them for permanent wait list status), then yes, there is some slight harm. If not, the events sound a bit like the opening show for the latest Star Wars movie: bragging rights, and a chance to commune with fellow enthusiasts.

(Yes, I'm ignoring the expense of buying the toys to review.)

How about making a stunt out of it? Say a small charitable fund offering $10/head for every authenticated slot on an Apple live event media waitlist?

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Chubby Chinese students refused top bunk

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Re: Mini-lift entrepreneurs take note...

I have not spent a hell of a lot of time in US dorms since I was in college, and am not likely to, now that I'm out of the business of turning up (or not) for parents' weekends. But I don't remember seeing bunk beds in dorms at the handful of schools I've attended or visited.

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Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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I know

He's tall, reasonably athletic, has a good voice and great name recognition, and will be indefinitely available starting in about four months: Barak Obama. Now, I know that he isn't English, nor even Scottish, but his attempts at an English accent can hardly be worse than many American actors have achieved.

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MedSec's 'hackable pacemaker' report autopsy: Bombshell crash claim in doubt

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Let's hope

They lose their shorts.

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French submarine builder DCNS springs leak: India investigates

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Oh, dear

Will somebody end up in the dock?

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HMRC's IR35 tweaks have 90% of UK's IT contractors up in arms

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revenue estimates

The government believes that it can pull an average of 20 thousand pounds per individual contractor? That sounds like one hell of a tax bite. Is there that much money to be had, or will the contractors simply be run out of business?

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Reminder: IE, Edge, Outlook etc still cough up your Windows, VPN credentials to strangers

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Re: it's only a vulnerability if you use a stupidly simple password though

a. "[our] small dictionary."

b. Then you trust their reassurance? Why?

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

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"replacing an ancient mainframe payments system"

With a modern system-integrator payments system? That part should work fine.

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You think Donald Trump is insecure? Check out his online store

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Trump-Pence dog coat.

Dammit, now I'm going to be humming "I've got Trump-Pence, jolly, jolly Trump-Pence" for the rest of the afternoon.

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Ditch your Macs, Dell tells EMC staff

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Re: apple only? (@Nate Amsden)

Letting the interior designers dictate the computer platform? Are you working for Sir Steve Bong?

I can almost see the expression "Agile Desking"; the best desk is to the most agile. Will the insurers allow you to vault over desks to demonstrate your agility?

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branding

Some years ago there was a lawsuit in the US, arising from fiddling with the brand markings of sports shoes. As I recall it, somebody under contract with one of the big manufacturers was wearing shoes made by another, then fiddling them to look like the first one's. I think that it was the second manufacturer that sued.

As for me, neither Apple nor Dell is offering me endorsement money to be soon in public with its goods. Until that happens, I'll use what I use.

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Why Agile is like flossing and regular sex

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When waterfall is good.

You have a) an agile evangelist, and b) a barrel.

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