* Posts by ZenCoder

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WTF is NET NEUTRALITY, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

ZenCoder

Article seems based on practice prior to massive changes.

To me its like saying people rarely kill each other so what harm could making murder legal do.

They are just biding their time until the public gets lazy and unvigilant. Then they will start treating your internet the same way as they treat cable TV. They have to, they have a legal obligation to make the most value for their shareholders.

Its not what they are have done, are doing that worries me, its what they could legally get away with in the future.

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ARM exec: Forget eight-core smartphone chips, just enjoy a SIX-PACK

ZenCoder

Work well marketing wise ...

You have very expensive top of the line flagship 8 core model that kills in all the benchmarks. And have a more reasonably priced 6 core option that you can honestly say works just as good in actual usage.

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App.net: 'Good news, we've made money; bad news, we're all fired'

ZenCoder

Unfortunately you do actually need a business model that keeps the lights on.

The internet isn't free, you pay for the websites one way or another, and the sad truth is people prefer to pay in ads and having their data pimped out.

It would be nice if enough people were willing to participate in a subscription or freemium model to make it viable but they are not.

Their plan will work for awhile, but eventually something will happen that will require more than a consultant hired for a quick fix, and if there isn't money to pay for that something ... the site will die.

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Patch iOS, OS X now: PDFs, JPEGs, URLs, web pages can pwn your kit

ZenCoder

Re: Correction...

A bent pin/damaged data cable can cause a grounding issues that will affect the device while charging. Creates issues with touch recognition that only happen while charging and disappear while in normal use.

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FTC: Do SSL properly or we'll shove a microscope up you for decades

ZenCoder

Many iOS devices only have wi-fi.

Its WiFi Only for ...

1) Everyone with an iPod Touch.

2) Everyone with an iPad that's WiFi only.

3) Everyone with an iPhone with talk/text only plan (yes they exist now).

4) Everyone on a pay as you go plan who hit their cellular data limit.

5) Everyone where there is wifi but no/poor cell phone reception.

Even if it make business sense (which it doesn't), I don't think Apple would approve an cellular data only app ... wouldn't meet their standards.

SSL validation works and 100% solves this problem, they just got careless and skipped it.

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Google's mystery barge flounces out of San Fran, heads to Stockton

ZenCoder

Its a security test

They give each of their most trusted employee's a completely different but plausible enough story along with forged supporting documents and strict orders to keep their mouth shut.

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

ZenCoder

FreeFileSync

Free file sync will compare folders, and well do whatever you tell it to do.

Plug in your external, run your task, and any changes to your google drive, dropbox, or whatever other folders you setup will be made to the same folders on your external.

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Google's latest PRIVACY MELTDOWN: Web chats sent to WRONG people

ZenCoder

I use google voice and experienced this.

I use an adapter that plugs into my ethernet and allows me to use google voice/google chat as my land line connection, so do three of my friends, and several more use google voice as a unified phone number.

So far I have received one mangled voice mail which started with one friend leaving me a message and ended with a 2nd talking to a receptionist to schedule a medial appointment. The middle part was them talking over each other so neither could hear the other speak.

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Facebook scammers raking in $200 MEEELLION in illicit profits

ZenCoder

Philosophical Question ... Is this even Spam?

These "spammer" has to to pay per post to use the promote option, or Facebook will make sure that out of those 100,000 posts only a small fraction will make it into the news feeds.

You have to opt in by liking a page, and you can opt out by unliking it.

To be successful they have to create pages with content people will like and share.

The ultimate goal is the money they get exposing user to ads.

Sounds pretty much like business as usual.

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EFF, Lessig battling copyright takedowns

ZenCoder

No penalty for DMCA misuse.

There needs to be an easier dispute resolution system and even a penalty for misuse.

A simple arbitration system where the person challenging the notice pays $100, and the issuer pays $100-1000 (depending on if they are an individual or a corporation) would fix a lot of this. With $50 of that going to arbitration fees an the rest being awarded based on the merits of the case.

Pretty much any simple dispute resolution system where both parties have at least some money at stake would keep both sides reasonable.

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'THINNEST EVER' spinning terabyte beauty slips out of WD fabs

ZenCoder

I can't believe people consider this debatable.

Which method of measurement matches the abbreviations used in every other area of science?

Which method of measurement unnecessarily complicates every single bit of math?

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Microsoft exposes green users' privates in web quiz snafu

ZenCoder
Unhappy

You shouldn't assume its a the programmers fault.

Its not like a project from a course or a programming book where you are given 100% complete and 100% accurate specifications to work with. Usually the boss/client has no idea what they want until they see it. So you create a series of quick and dirty prototypes until you come up with something that client is happy with.

Ideally what happens next is you cleanup/rewrite/refactor the code adding "invisible" features like security, legibility, ease of maintenance, etc to bring it up to full production standards. And then you spend some time testing and debugging until you are confident you have created something you that makes you take pride in your work.

Then the client's bosses boss who knows as much about programming as you know about marketing decides to make a few "minor" changes the day before everything goes live.

If you were working on something like an air traffic control program your company would refuse to compromise quality, and present the client with a revised budget and time table, and there would be a contract that would back them up.

Since this is just a stupid online quiz, and contract or no contract if the client isn't happy your not going to get that last big check. So you and your team work all day, then ingest a lot of sugar and caffeine and work all night until finally you go something that quick and dirty, and completely untested but it works well enough to make the client happy, at least until the check clears.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

ZenCoder

Your better off printing a sling shot.

Wake me when someone figures out a way to print the working parts of a gun in plastic and manage to produce something more dangerous than pelting someone with the bullet sing a sling shot, or an advanced rubber band gun.

Ingenuity simply can't escape the laws of physics. If a cheap printer can melt it ... your not gong to be able to make a gun out of it.

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Caught on camera: Fujitsu touts anti-terrorist pulse-taking tech

ZenCoder

What about terrorists detecting toilets?

Gastrointestinal distress is also a sign of anxiety and there is a clear advantage in employing toilet biometrics in that a suspect will already be in an enclosed isolated environment and therefore easily detained.

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Google Drive goes titsup for MILLIONS of users

ZenCoder
Mushroom

Great services if used properly

Rules for cloud storage.

1) If its sensitive, encrypt it yourself. (7-zip works for me)

2) If its important, back it up yourself. (OSX's Time machine for all cloud folders)

3) Only use services that store your data both locally and online.

4) If you use it to collaborate with others, have an alternative in place and tested for sharing files. (FTP server)

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Bit9 hacked after it forgot to install ITS OWN security product

ZenCoder

Good Concept, Bad Execution.

I like the concept. But part of what they are selling is confidence in their own ability to keep their systems safe and secure ... good luck with restoring that confidence.

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Senator pushes data cap and ISP monitoring legislation

ZenCoder
WTF?

Hiddend contract terms

I ran into problems with AT&T's caps almost two years ago. The terms and conditions actually gave them the right to implement additional terms and conditions which they would only tell me about after I violate them.

How is that in any way legal or fair?

Many speculated AT&T implemented the cap to hurt Netflix and other alternatives to their U-Verse cable TV offerings.

Luckily I had one other broadband option and could simply do business with another company, not everyone is lucky enough to have options.

AT&T shouldn't be allowed to advertise unlimited service while having a hidden cap.

Every customer should have gotten a notice in the mail about the new limit on their unlimited service.

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Fuming fanbois flood 'flimsy iPhone 5 Wi-Fi' forum

ZenCoder

Not that mental ....

I personally don't do this, but I know people who use no password, and instead only allow connections from manually entered MAC addresses.

If she lets person A access her network, they can't give access to B, she can revoke access to anyone at any time without having to reset password in 10 different devices, her visitors don't have to reset passwords.

I know of many cases where someone's wifi password became too well known by their neighbors, and had to be changed. I know of zero cases where someone has had issues with neighbors spoofing their MAC addresses.

Its not how I secure my system ... but its not completely ridiculous either.

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Vandals break into congressman's office, install Linux on PCs

ZenCoder

Non Event

Forced Entry

Since when does hurling concrete blocks through windows NOT constitute forced entry??!

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When the windows was accidentally broken by an 8th grader ... and a staff member accidentally inserted a Linux ... and no crime was actually committed.

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Markets to remain glutted with rapidly-depreciating Facebook shares

ZenCoder
Happy

A return to santity?

Investors intentionally buy overvalued stocks hoping to ride the bubble then sell before it bursts. Basically your betting on the market behaving irrationally.

Apparently there has been a shift and people are actually expecting the stock prices to have some reflection on the actual value of a company.

Apparently the market has become less interested in hype and more interested in antiquated notions like numbers and math.

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Samsung: We can't find any child labour at our Chinese contractor

ZenCoder
Unhappy

So where are the children working now?

I wonder if social / economic conditions are forcing these kids to work and if instead of protecting them, they are instead being are merely denying access to better and safer jobs, and they are now forced to work at a coal mine.

Are these local manager factories the bad guys, hiring underage labor to save a buck, or are they just trying to some hungry kid a break in life?

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Here we go again: Critical flaw found in just-patched Java

ZenCoder

Language you learn first ...

My first language was basic on an Atari 800 XL, then Turbo Pascal in High School, at the university level Fortran, then Modula-2.

After the first introduction to programming class, people finished their assignment in whatever language they wanted. Everyone learned C and at least some C++, Java was less popular. If you actually wanted to be taught a language it was a 1 credit hour pass/fail class, but people only took that when they needed more credits to reach full time status.

Obviously the class on x86 required assembly language and a lot of the Knowledge Based Systems/A.I. classes used languages like Scheme and LISP.

I don't think the languages you learn has much importance, unless your the type to learn just enough to get by then stop.

I personally wasn't that great a C++ programmer, until I read a couple good book on design patterns.

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Facebook announces crackdown on fake 'Likes'

ZenCoder

Facebook is fine when used properly.

Everyone on my Facebook is either an actual offline friend, family or someone I went to a school with.

I don't play any of the games, block app requests.

When people spam their feed too much I just set it not to show me their posts.

I am fully aware that once I post something its out there forever and act accordingly.

I can't really see how its ever going to generate enough revenue to justify its current share prices, but the sites pretty useful.

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Open source author pulls code after GPL abuse

ZenCoder

They know how the license works

You can copy a GPL program and sell it, but if you are obeying the GPL

a) your product will be no better than the freely downloaded one because all your modifications have to be shared.

b) your customers will know that they purchased something they could have downloaded for free

Or you can copy a GPL program, violate the GPL by selling it under a non GPL license.

a) Your customers won't know they purchased something they could have downloaded for free.

b) You don't have to share your modifications.

c) There is almost zero chance the actual developer has the money to sue you.

Everyone understands the GPL ... its just that some people want to make money scamming both their customers and the original developer.

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China could penetrate US with new huge missile

ZenCoder
Joke

A new way to influcence elections.

Political parties can sell congressional districts that are likely to vote against them to the Chinese to meet loan payments. As an added bonus we will be able to buy goods build with 3rd world labor without all that pesky international shipping.

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Cook's 'values' memo shows Apple has lost its soul

ZenCoder
Happy

The jury was right, the law was wrong.

Reading the account of one jury member ... they seemed to make the right decision based on current patent law.

Don't blame the jury, or the judicial system, they don't make the laws they just interpret them.

If you you think the patent system is broken, only Congress can fix it. Good luck they are too busy slinging mud and trying to undermine each other so spend any actual time trying to enact laws for the good of the nation.

The ultimate blame is with the voter. They act in whatever way gets the most votes. If we had intelligent well informed voters who paid attention to the details of politics we'd have politicians engaging in intelligent debate with each other and the electorate.

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Court confirms $675,000 fine for sharing 30 songs

ZenCoder
Unhappy

Congress passed this law, and only congress can fix it.

Don't blame the judge, the jury or the supreme court. Congress passed this law, and only congress can fix it.

When you stop to consider how much the music and recording industries contribute to campaigns, and how little your typical file sharer contributes ... I wouldn't hold my breath.

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AT&T defends FaceTime price gouge

ZenCoder

This should invalidate all contracts.

Why do companies get to lock you into a contract then unilaterally change the terms?

Someone needs to rule that these contracts are not really contracts at all and therefore unenforceable.

I don't have a smart phone, I have a cheap dumb phone and an iPod touch. I have room in my pocket and it saves me a ton of cash and keeps me from being too angry about the one sided nature of mobile contracts.

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PayPal co-founder sells out of foundering Facebook at VAST profit

ZenCoder
FAIL

The health of the stock is not the same as the health of the company.

Lets say there is a company that's making a tidy profit quarter after quarter, they have a good produce people like using, it provides good jobs for its employee's sends lots of taxes to federal and local governments alike.

Then some wall street speculators decide to buy the company for an amount that is 10 times what its profits could justify, not really caring about the numbers ... just hoping to ride a bubble and get out before it pops.

Lets say that company does an incredible job and doubles or even triples its profits.

That company is now officially failing. Its profits are still only a fraction of what the gamblers on wall street would be happy with.

Its stock prices will continue to fall, at some point maybe even falling below the actual value of the company. Then some venture capitalist swoops in and tears the company apart for a quick profit. The assets go in one direction while somehow, magically all the debt goes in another.

Meanwhile this perfectly healthy company which was more the adequately providing goods & services, jobs and tax revenue the entire time ceases to exist.

Its creditors are in bankruptcy court argues over pennies on the dollar.

Its employee's are mostly on unemployment.

Its stock holders are now gambling their money elsewhere.

Its top executives rode their golden parachutes to safety.

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Network sniffing algorithm could have fingered 9/11 suspects

ZenCoder

Computers don't work that way.

We don't understand how human's think and reason, so we can't create the algorithms necessary to simulate human thought.

We haven't figured out an artificial way to think and reason.

Until we crack one of those two problems ... we can increase the power of computers a billion fold and we'd still just have a fancy calculator that can only do exactly what we tell it.

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SHOCK: Poll shows Americans think TSA is highly effective

ZenCoder

The government gives us what we want.

The government isn't freaking out and over reacting.

The media terrorized the public for ratings.

The public freaked out and wanted drastic action.

The politicians pander to the public's panic by creating security theater.

If we want a better government we need better informed voters.

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EA sues Zynga over ripping off Sims Social

ZenCoder

Is any of that actually illegal?

Is any of that illegal? Also all the similar cases I've read about involved patents not copyright.

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Netflix lets free simian software for cloud chaos

ZenCoder

Used Maliciously?

It doesn't bypass security, it just randomly shuts down virtual machines you already have complete control over. The worst that could happen is that a programming error allows the user of the tool to shut down too many servers.

Well I suppose the very worse thing would be a security flaw which would allow a 3rd party to hijack the tool while its in use.

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Nexus Q preorders halted, price dropped to $0

ZenCoder

Does too little costs too much

I have a western digital live hub that replaced my HTPC. It does a lot more and costs half as much, I'm not surprised they are pulling it. If I had one for free I'd still have zero reason to use it.

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Google taking orders for Kansas City gigabit fiber network

ZenCoder

Re bargain.

I've read rumors that someone is creating an ISP that collects and stores as little information as possible, encrypts email so even they can't read it, will only give out information when it's legally unavoidable and is willing to use its lawyers to combat frivolous information requests.

What I haven't read about is them actually opening for business, let alne offering services in my area.

Yeah Google sucks at privacy, but where's a better alternative?

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Mozilla shoots down Thunderbird, hatches new release model

ZenCoder

I don't see this as a problem.

Thunderbird does everything I need it to do.

1) automatically setups gmail, hotmail, yahoo, aol accounts via a simple wizzard.

2) works correctly with both pop and IMAP

3) optional unification of inboxes and other folders

4) addons to reorder account listings

5) addons to find and delete duplicate messages

6) addon to sync with google contacts

I can't think of any new and exciting features I would want added, if they keep what hey have working smoothly I'm a happy camper.

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Boffins program peripheral visions for ultra TV immersion

ZenCoder

Might be usefull in movie theaters.

Side projectors might be useful in a movie theater. Other than that I don't see this as home technology.

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FATTIES are DESTROYING THE WORLD, scream mad professors

ZenCoder

Re: KILL AMERICANS and save the world.

Good luck with that, if American's are 6% but account for 34% of the biomass then the rest of the world has an average weight of an obese large breed house cat.

6% account for 34% means 94% account for 66%. (34/6)/(66/94) ~= 8. The average adult in the USA weight about 200 lbs. An chubby main coon (large house cat) weighs 25 pounds.

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NHS fights record £325k ICO fine after clap records appear on eBay

ZenCoder

Re: Pay the fine and go after the contractor

Maybe they didn't have a proper contract with anyone, in which case the blame reverts back to them.

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ZenCoder

Why not securely erase the drives and sell them?

Is their really any way of recovering data from a hard drive that's been overwritten three times by random numbers. Once is enough to prevent any normal data recovery.

Since the write head will be slightly out of alignment on each pass, I suppose if your using a device that is several orders of magnitude higher in resolution you could read the current and an old track, but once its been overwritten three times, it would be a mess of overlapping magnetic fields.

You could write some software that will log the serial number and model numbers reported by the drive after its been securely erased. That way the workers can't get lazy and not process the drives.

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Fans get date with Lara Croft

ZenCoder
Facepalm

I misread the title.

I misread the title. I thought they were running a promotion where those who pre-order could win a date with a actress pretending to be Laura Croft.

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The most dangerous job in America: Keeping iPhones connected

ZenCoder
Unhappy

Most dangerous job? Out of how many workers?

I was curious enough to look this up, thought I would share.

Climbers average Average 123.6 death per 100k from 2003 to 2011 with around 8-9 thousand workers. Since 2009 the number dropped to 58, then 81 in 2010 and 81 again in 2010.

In comparison to other high risk professions tower climbing jumps is the 3rd most dangerous most years, but quickly jumps to the top of the list when demand is high and there is pressure to skip safety precautions.

Fisherman

Fatality rate per 100,000 workers: 116

Median wage: $27,880

Logger

Fatality rate per 100,000 workers: 92

Median wage: $38,660

Airplane pilot

Fatality rate per 100,000 workers: 71

Median wage: $115,300

Farmer and rancher

Fatality rate per 100,000 workers: 41

Median wage: $65,960

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Seeing ads on Wikipedia? Then you're infected

ZenCoder

Re: CTR?

This is malware they can generate any CTR they want, or use any trick they want to enhance the CTR. The only reason its not 100% is they are trying to go undetected by both the affiliate program and the end user.

They got it half right. People are writing angry emails to Wikipedia over their horrible ads rather than running security scans.

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UK man to spend year in the clink for Facebook account hack

ZenCoder

I bet the real crime was ..

The police in general can't be bothered with minor crimes so I'm betting the real crime is messing with an important person.

I'm also guessing that if said important person had their house broken into, mobile phone stolen, punched in the face ... the police response would also be much different than when the same crime happens to us ordinary unimportant folk.

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'IT is no place for the little ladies', says Dell mouthpiece

ZenCoder

I'm outraged.

I'm officially boycotting any and all Danish comedians as providers of IT equipment, support or services and I strongly urge everyone else to do the same.

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Apple drops '4G' label from new iPad

ZenCoder

Don't blame Apple.

The ITU has decided that anything significantly faster than 3G can be marketed as 4G. This is considered an acceptable compromise in the US but not in other countries with a tradition of enforcing stricter advertising and marketing regulations.

Now we got a situation where its 4G in one country, 3G in the next. If I were in charge I would have created a new and more relaxed standard called 3.5G, leaving the original 4G standard as originally specified.

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

ZenCoder

I use 9 out of 10

Most of these can be automatically installed via ninite.com, otherwise I'd probably only be using 7 out of 10 :)

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Cloud data fiasco forces bosses to break out the whiteboards

ZenCoder

I love clouds ...

I love cloud .. but only when its used as a backup and syncing mechanism for data that resides on my own computer, data that I can chose to back up locally.

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Why embossed credit cards are here to stay

ZenCoder

Signing the back of the card.

At my local US post office they will refuse to accept an unsigned credit card until you sign it. They also compare the signature on your credit card to the signature on your ID. Its rare but it does happen.

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