* Posts by John Smith 19

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Facebook's billion sheeple

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To say thanks

We can't grossly violate your privacy without your assistance.

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Top IT bod Sally Howes leaves the UK's National Audit Office

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And yet IT is usually an *enabler* of organizational change

At least that's what the managers want it to be.

As for the staff who are expected to use it....

Who cares what they think? How would they know what is needed?

and worst of all..

If they do know what's needed WTF should they tell their managers, who treat them with contempt?

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VCs: Can't see an IPO or acquisition for your startup? Don't throw in the towel

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Could most of this be said about *any* startup sector?

Just wondering.

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UK 'emergency' bulk data slurp permissible in pursuit of 'serious crime'

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"strict safeguards..." "Legislative processes.."

Isn't that exactly what DRIPA is designed to circumvent.

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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

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So a bit over £1Bn/pa is generating c£2.5Bn/pa

In normal world low risk == low profit margin but in BT land low risk== high margin?

Think of BT like the Treasury when they owned things like British Steel and the British Rail.

Any profit you make we keep. We may reinvest in you, if nothing more important shows up.

Those decisions are no longer the Treasury's to make, but they are BT Groups to make.

The nearest model would be Railtrack (or whatever it's called now) combined with Lessons Learned from their relations with the companies who used their infrastructure regarding scheduling repair and maintenance.

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McCain: Come to my encryption hearing. Tim Cook: No, I'm good. McCain: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you

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No, I was thinking of this fellow.

He's one of the reasons for the f**ked up state of the US ITAR laws.

Which seems to have been his major "contribution" to politics.

Apart from his 24 hr+ filllibuster to maintain segregation, despite having knocked up 16YO Black girl

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There is no age limit on Senators

I'm not sure there's one on Congresspeople.

Presumably on the theory that somehow "age" == "wisdom."

One made the century as a Senator from some Southern state.

I think he's the reason when film makers want to depict a crooked senior politician (Brian Cox seems a popular choice for such tasks) they give him a Southern accent.

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6) Cheyney getting a staffer to award a sole source cost plus contract to Haliburton for Iraq

For support services, IE running laundry and canteens.

Said staffer goes to work for Haliburton later.

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"he picked Palin as his running mate. "

When this happened was anyone else thinking "Is this a disturbing new trend. Old politician gets "trophy" VP?"

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EU eyes flaw in Google’s cash machine

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Anyone hearing the same support for Google you used to hear for Microsoft?

They're not a monopoly, they're just better at making stuff than their competitors

Oh, there isn't really a "Chinese wall" between app and OS developers? Well so what

Charge for every PC sold, regardless of wheather a MS OS was on it. Well that seems fair.

Etc.

That last seems to be a Google specialty, Individual components appear harmless but working together to trap pretty much anyone into making their take other products and paying them.

This is not a new phenomenon. Tom Watson Jr went to jail for monopolist practices while at NCR. When he got involved with IBM he never saw the inside of another jail.

That was in the 1910's.

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Springpath to focus on Cisco OEM development

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All sounds terribly exciting and just the sort of thing a young person should get into.

If I only knew what "hyper-converged Data Platform product" actually meant.

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Successful fintech: UK has some, but it's not in Silicon Roundabout

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Need? Perhaps not, Want? Depends if it's better/cheaper/faster than what's available.

Of course the classic issue is the UK fondness for amateur managers.

You can f**k up any good idea with bad enough management.

A subject the UK seems to manage very well indeed.

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Thermostat biz Nest warms to home security, touts cam with cloud storage subscription

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And BTW what's the power system? Wireless alarm systems are notorious for eating them

Sorry didn't read the whole article.

Google subscription required --> f**k right off in my book.

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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"there is something in the Home Office "

There is.

It's a cabal of senior civil servants who believe access to more data is always better data and access to all data (forever) is best of all. It has nothing to do with "security" "money laundering" or paedophiles.

It has every thing to do power. the ability to find out at will what anyone, anytime has done online throughout their life.

It is Cardinal Richelieu line about "Give me 6 lines from an honest man and I'll find something with which to hang him."

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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I'd have prefered him in Amber Rudd's job.

Then he might have asked the assorted data fetishists in her department WTF their problem is.

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"But admirably his was one of the few voices raised against 90-day detention "

I think you'll find he was against ID cards and the various incarnations of the Snoopers Charter.

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Google on piracy: We really, really care

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"So Google, "Why ya doin' it"?"

Because they can.

Same reason as any bit of psychopathic corporate behavior, even when the organization is not being run by one.

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"YouTube operation were to drive down royalty rates for creators."

Don't know.

But it's been very hand that it does (for Google) has it not?

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A bad day for DBAs: MIT boffins are replacing you with a mere spreadsheet

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Maybe.. a spreadsheet-like interface to allow the user to design the database.

Excellent idea.

But that's really hard. :(

Personally I'd like to start by English language parsing of the description because if the parse fails due to ambiguity it means the user does not understand their problem well enough in the first place.

Incidentally deterministic parsing of English is possible and has been so for the last 30 odd years. Search "parsifal" for an example, while a PhD at Edingburgh demonstrated that a 2 word lookahead and evaluation stack was adequate to get the job done.

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TL:DR Guy who does not use spreadsheets "invents" wizard that does nested queries.

I don't have the time to wade through the full 16 pages that AI reports usually run that seems to be the core of it.

The big thing seems to be that they demonstrate that you can do everything in the UI that you can do raw SQL in terms of logic and set manipulation.

IOW it's the MS Access SQL wizard done completely instead a bodge job of the most common tasks. :(

And note this is all about questioning a DB.

It has nothing to do with structuring data within one, or paraphrasing the query so it asks what you think it asked.A classic case would be the library query "Give me everything by Smith and Jones," which most people would actually want as author = Smith || Jones ||Smith && Jones.

Underwhelmed in every way, despite the epic amount of grunt work this probably took to get working.

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SCADA malware caught infecting European energy company

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STUXNET.

Now any nation can play "disrupt your (potential) enemies infrastructure"

Wonder if this happens to Merkins wheather they'll declare war on the source?

The precedent is Iran, and they did not.

Could America manage to behave as well?

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A journey down the UK's '3D Tongue' into its mini industrial revolution

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"take weeks rather than months or years to build an aircraft, claims BAE Systems."

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

One word

F35.

Try decades.

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London Stock Exchange's German mega-merger: It's a go, despite Brexit

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"HFT" or to be more honest automated man-in-the-middle robbery

Hijacking real share trades and effectively "taxing" the real buyers.

Relocating to Frankfurt should kill the time advantage HFT's needed to pull off their scam.

If Frankfurt refuses to allow co-location of course.

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New DNA 'hard drive' could keep files intact for millions of years

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"a mutation of only one base in 3 base codon likely results in same overall translation."

Mostly.

IIRC there are 2 amino acid codes that have only 1 codon pattern.

Mutate one of those codons and you are guaranteed to make a new amino acid.

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Bad blood: US govt bans bio-test biz Theranos' CEO for two years

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"how she got all that money to begin with. "

"in black turtlenecks, have her enroll in a fancy school to drop out of, can she also get billions of dollars in funding by holding a press conference?"

You forgot the near psychopathic levels of self confidence in herself she'll need, coupled with the utter lack of self doubt.

And of course she'll have to be comfortable blaming everyone but herself when it all goes t***sideways.

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Hmm. Jennifer Lawrence to do the movie? So kind of like the reverse of "Joy" ?

"Sorrow"

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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"Do they have immigrant-seeking missiles?"

Oh sweet $deity no. SFU now.

You start saying things like that and next week BAe will be giving a presentation to their friends in the MoD.

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

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So to misquote Adkins

All science is done with numbers, not opinions, as well.

A very depressing demonstration of real human nature (not the sort fMRI claimed to show) at work.

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Etch a stretch: 3D NAND layer cake flop leads to 'string stacking'

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Did not realize they were this far down this road.

I thought they'd wait till they ran out of road on linewidth.

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UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned

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WTF?

National Information Board

WTF are they?

What is their remit?

Who's on this?

NHS. DWP? HMRC? GCHQ?

I smell a very large rat, and it's growing.

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5 years, 2,300 data breaches. What'll police do with our Internet Connection Records?

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"..a tiny proportion of access" "..and there has to be a balance of risk"

Funny how that works.

They risk a slapped wrist for pulling someone's life history

You are guaranteed to have your life history spewed out of the all the computer systems they have access to.

That's your idea of "balanced" ?

Doesn't sound too balanced to me.

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fMRI bugs could upend years of research

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"“lamentable archiving and data-sharing practices”"

Yes that did put me in mind of The Climate "Research" Unit and the harryreadme file.

I've heard people comment that functional MRI has been used by drinks companies to identify brain activation and response to various drinks. Yes that really is your brain on Coke.

That research has been very quietly done and is obviously worth billions in a global market.

"Know your tools" is a good moto but of course with tools this complex there is a reason for "we have to trust the developers knew what they were doing."

This looks like the situation in CFD,but without the approach. In that field no software (or new major release) gets accepted without multiple test runs amongst known test cases (many from live wind tunnel tests). First they test, then they trust.

BTW doing it with dead samples brought up the interesting factoid that about 500 genes were firing after death, presumably as part of the organisms last ditch attempts to self heal.

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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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"..and they should then get more from the Indian subcontinent. "

Only one thing to say to that.

So Priti vacant then ?

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May gets the thumbs down for the Snoopers Charter and being Remain when it's a Leaving do

Plus I'm loving the "Double Brutus" nick name.

I think "Double B" sounds appropriately gangster, don't you? Let's be honest the Tory party love someone with demonstrated ruthlessness, who's not afraid to stab a friend in the back make the hard choices.

Meanwhile the lurking Boris bides his time before getting ready to pounce like a giant floppy haired bear....

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We'll smash probe into comet 300 million miles away for kicks, er, sorry, ... for science

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Astonishing achievement

Not this is an orbit around a non-uniform (but shallow) gravity well.

Which is a pretty incredible concept.

I trust the data haul will be every bit as productive as ESA hope.

Farewell Roseta, you have served us well. :( .

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Apple, Amazon and Google are screwing us, warns Elizabeth Warren

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All female ticket, brings in people Hilary can't. Stood up to "The D."

Sounds like a pretty good tactical choice for Hilary.

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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No, it has to happen in 2 years AT MOST.

Clause 50 has to be invoked.

This has not been done yet.

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I think the four horseman are Gove, Dacre, Murdoch and Farage.

Indeed.

Gove or "Double Brutus" as he's been called over his "support" for call-me-Dave then signing up as Boris's "Campaign Manager" has been getting a lot of love from both Rupert and Dacre, or as we like to think of him, the husband of the owner of the Daily Heil.

Ladies and gentlemen, time to grease those cheeks and grab those ankles.

This is going to hurt.

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" freedom of movement was exactly what they did not like about the EU"

The technical term for your relatives is "played"

Because they have been.

Nothing changes for at least 2 years and this "taking back control" bo***cks leave banged on about is more BS.

You know how remain said the Australian style points system could increase the number of EU migrants?

Guess what. It could.

BTW I'm guessing at least a few of your relatives have private pensions. Props to them for taking the £74Bn hit on the share prices most of them are held in.

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Global 'terror database' World-Check leaked

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"The Economic League" goes global.

Unchecked assertions ?

Used by people with murky affliations?

People put on list due to personal malice?

Maintained by some sort of quasi private company with links to government departments?

Yea. Let's here for the return of uncheckable, unanswerable black lists.

But it's more difficult if you don't run paper only than it used to be.

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US Senator Wyden: Why I had to halt FBI's latest internet spying push

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"Find it interesting that the Orlando killings were used to justify this. "

Don't be.

A data fetishist will use any crime to call for more snooping powers and less oversight regardless of the human tragedy or any signs it would not have made a blind bit of difference.

The real drivers for this are twofold.

1) Because we can. The cost of data storage and voice and text analysis is low enough the hard ware can do it and we (the data fetishists) want to. More data is always better data because of

2) In the words of Cardinal Richelieu "Give me 6 lines from an honest man and I'll find something with which to hang him."

These powers give those who want them so many more lines to read, and hence "crimes" to charge people with.

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"National Security Letters"

So how many of those cases where an NSL was issued really related to National Security?

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"The only way to deal with this is to cut their budget or develop better security for the people. "

Didn't you realize, this is always about "protecting" the public, never about letting lazy investigators go on fishing trips.

It's all for your benefit.

Allegedly.

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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

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"Are they, or is it more FUD from the remain snowflakes?"

Perhaps it's the £74Bn wiped off the FTSE that's stayed wiped off the FTSE (early stages it was about £120Bn) and the number of UK private pension owners who've just seen their pension pot shrink quite a lot. For the second time in 10 years. Maybe it won't take another 5 years to climb back, like it did last time.

Perhaps the Leave campaign expected that to happen and it was an "acceptable" loss. It think quite a few people would disagree on that.

Or maybe it's the £/$ exchange rate dropping to the worst value in 30 years? Still not to worry that'll attract more Americans, right?

Or the prospect set out by Leave supporting economist Patrick Minford that Britain will lose all mfg as it will no longer be "protected" by the EU. But he seemed to think the loss of about 2m jobs a price well worth paying as the UK will move (wholesale) into "Marketing" and "Design."

Hilariously the people who's jobs will be disappearing agreed with him, since a lot of them also voted to leave.

It looks like the British working class has managed to do something even Margaret Thatcher could not do.

Completely destroy itself.

But hay at least you've "Taken back control" as the Leave side banged on about over (and over, and over) again about in the TV debate.

Except, oh look, it seems you won't be.

No. that's not Fear Uncertainty and Doubt. That's Fact, Probability and Certainty.

Welcome to the future.

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"Believe them and...well you won't be getting what you expected."

A subject British leave voters are starting to realize as well.

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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"manoeuvring sets up gyroscopic and bending loads on the rotating bits."

Which may explain why the Pegasus was the first (AFAIK) engine to run with contra-rotating shafts (or spools as gas turbine people seem to call them).

This was one of the avant garde features of the SABRE design but now the Trent 900 uses it well it's gone mainstream, although probably not due to the A380's need to do snap turns in a dogfight :) .

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I've read the paper.

There is no reference to it running on a Raspberry Pi.The learning system runs on a single desktop PC. Very interesting approach.

For those of an older generation of AI work I'd suggest it runs a multi level blackboard of fuzzy logic systems that analyse different parts of the problem.

It is also an evolvable system. The system evolves system designs (using a proprietary algorithm) to solve the problem, then the most successful of those evolve to get better by learning.

Lots of feedback with a human, lots of recursion.

But note you can't prove there is not an interaction in the system that has not been modeled which would be it's Achilles heel in combat.

Personally I'm suspicious they've inserted the proper time delays for vehicle responses and they respond like vehicles in a cheap video game IE instant turns and acceleration/deceleration

But they'll have to work hard to make it the $40m a copy that cost plus defense con-tractors like to charge.

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Hopeless Vic agencies have two years to hit infosec best practice

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"Australian Signals Directorate's lauded but non-compulsory top four security controls"

But still 4 too many for them to implement.

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Big Pharma's trying to kill us, says man with literally millions to lose

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good looking blond x psycopathic levels of self confidence x gullible investors --> trouble.

If that sounds superficial would this have gone anywhere if proposed by some 5'4" 200lb male undergrad instead? I rather doubt it.

Instead she drops out and starts a company.

Turns out engineering stuff is harder than writing code, or learning to write code for that matter. Hence a decade later still no product, just a service.

The idea is clever (multiple tests using nanolitre sized blood samples) but implementing stuff like this is hard. Blood is just nasty stuff to handle, starting with it being a mix of multiple liquids and solids.

The loop hole in the law has stopped close examination of their hardware but personally if I were an investor or a medical care provider I would not touch them with a barge pole.

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Never-never chip tech Memristor shuffles closer to death row

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Deader than bubble memory.

Bubble's issues were

a) Very demanding (for the time) line widths

b) Unusual (ceramic) substrates.

c)Access times

There were developments in the pipeline at Bell Labs that would have fixed the materials issues access time problems and time would taken care of the lithography.

But time was one thing they didn't have

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