* Posts by Paul Shirley

2024 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

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nearly related

My local bus company recently upgraded their buses with WiFi, USB charging and 3 pin power sockets. The charging speed strongly suggests they isolated the USB ports (with string instead of conductors).

Took just days to discover using hair curlers in the power sockets crashes the bus electronics...

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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Re: The sound you hear are the snorring pigs

No explicit connection, however in 2007 the EU said:

"Any Member State deciding to withdraw from the Convention and therefore no longer bound to comply with it or to respect its enforcement procedures could, in certain circumstances, raise concern as regards the effective protection of fundamental rights by its authorities. Such a situation, which the Commission hopes will remain purely hypothetical, would need to be examined under Articles 6 and 7 of the Treaty on European Union."

Respect for human rights is a precondition of membership, respecting the EHCR is the most convenient way to demonstrate it. So the UK would be on unstable ground re EU membership if it rejected the EHCR, especially in the light of the snoopers charter and general right wing disrespect for human rights currently taking hold.

But you're leaving anyway lead by extreme right wingers so human rights aren't likely to play a big part in the future of England or their holiday homes in Wales.

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More Androids carry phone-home firmware

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Re: "doesn't encrypt firmware updates"

Unless they don't bother signing, the story is: "Chinese phones supply OTA updates from Chinese server"

Which barely counts as a story given how people acquire most of these devices direct from Chinese exporters.

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Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange

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"tin hat on"

Full double layer tin hat: leaking Hillary secrets during an election was deliberate provocation of the states and it's expected leader. Provocation that would increase pressure on both the UK and Sweden to not rendition him when he leaves the embassy. Attacking Trump would have the opposite effect of sending the snatch teams in without asking permission.

Probably the most disappointed man in the world with the Trump win.

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Drubbed Grubhub bub scrubs anti-Donald-dubbed snub sub-hubbub

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Re: The Right to Vote

Particularly offensive when the winners attack the losers right to dissent. I'm looking at you brexit.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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Re: Econ 101

"Sell fewer at higher prices? Good for business then, as their costs will drop too - increasing profit further..."

But isn't wealth a measure of consumption in a capitalistic society? Isn't it where all that wealth trade deals magic out of nowhere comes from? Selling fewer, at whatever price, is a loss of wealth.

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Re: Morally binding what though?

"I don't see how Parliament can agree/disagree to the final terms of exit if it can't be reversed."

The assumption there is the UK has any control of the final terms. If the current crew are left in full control the EU have no reason to waste time on trade negotiations, 'hard brexit or no brexit' isn't a threat, it's a cold statement of how incompatible Mays team goals are with any deal acceptable to the EU27. Someone needs to bang heads together and inject a wider base of opinion into the brexit planning and looks like parliament is best placed.

They'll still be busy negotiating the mechanics of divorce long after the 2yr deadline passes anyway.

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Re: unilaterally revert A50

All A50 has to say about the issue is that to rejoin the EU, states must apply like any other new candidate for admission. That's about as far as you can get from a right to cancel. Right to leave then beg to get back in is more honest.

In reality if the EU27 unanimously agree nothing is forbidden. Cancelling remains a possibility, cancelling unilaterally not so much. Either way no court should assume that the UK has a right to cancel.

I think there's a bigger issue here that the referendum is an instruction to parliament, not the executive. Parliament should have set policy then instructed the executive to start work. We have a very evil tail wagging the dog right now, without a clear mandate and deliberately avoiding seeking one, taking advice or asking the public what brexit actually means.

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"That in all probability will trigger a general election"

More immediately parliament now has influence to insist on a more considered, saner negotiation plan, instead of leaving it in the hands of extremists in secret meetings. If May and the 3 brexiteers don't play ball parliament could probably get away with rejecting their plan and requiring amendments at least once before going nuclear with an election.

They aren't going to veto brexit but now have the chance to push for a genuine 'good deal' instead of the 'worstest deal possible' we're currently being dragged towards by extremists.

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EU announces common corporate tax plan

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finally a brexit benefit (for EU)

Must be working through the pile of things uk blocked right now.

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UK minister promises science budget won't be messed with after Brexit

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Re: Mission Impossible

" German CBI has already gone on record as saying that "it's a political issue"

More importantly the German car workers agreed. They want trade to continue but the want the basic principles of Europe maintained more. The brexiteers seem incapable of believing money can be a secondary issue, despite complaining about the EU morphing into a poltical union they can't understand why anyone inside would make a political decision and sideline raw greed.

So we're doomed to see them continue to claim a deal is possible right up to the point they're offered an all or nothing choice :(

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politicians lies

When a politician 'promises' or offers to 'work hard to' you know they're either lying or not in a position to make the offer. And aren't ring fences just fences with big enough holes to extract money through to most of them?

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Who killed Cyanogen?

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More than half the Android devices I've owned had 3rd party app stores (sometimes more than 1) preinstalled. None of those stores got any use after a quick trial. The Orange OSF had it's own mail, maps, store and I forget what else, all instantly disabled.

People have this dream that replacing the Google framework and apps will make them irresistible to customers and wildly rich as a result. Most customers neither care or find the replacement efforts worthy. The minority that do want to avoid Google, install CyanogenMod and choose their own apps.

CM are free to try what Amazon, Sony (3 fscking store apps on my Xperia), most Chinese phones, every carrier and most OEMs have failed to achieve but it won't save their business because there are more blowhards pretending they hate Google than actual customers prepared to do something about it.

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Re: So let me get this straight...

The whole premise fails on Andrews mischaracterisation of what CyanogenMod is: it's not an attempt to excise Google or it's apps (though that's an option for those that want it), it's about improving Android, filling the support gap left by device vendors, about all the things that make OSS fun to work on. There's a loosely symbiotic relationship with Google and the flow is both ways.

It's not clear how much value Cyanogen adds to that. Partnered with hardware manufacturers it would have better (any) access to drivers than the OSS version but if OEMs actually cared that would happen for CyanogenMod. They're failing because they don't offer much over the free versions and have behaved like dicks to far too many people, all in the pursuit of cash.

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LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?

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Re: Nice upgrade from the G4 @AC

I really like my stupidly thin and curvey G4!

Especially with the leather backplate to stop it sliding out of my hand. Thoroughly annoyed with slippery phone backs forcing me to add chunky cases, that's what you lot need to stop saying yes to ;)

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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Re: The elephant in the room

There's nothing the UK could do to stop the EU offering very low barriers to desirable UK workers

Seen chatter that some German politicians are already floating the idea of brexit refugee citizenships with 0yr residency requirement. The most elite Sunderland car workers might have a future after all.

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There's a clue in your rant. If EVERY ad demands experience, then clearly they're not actually prerequisites and you should do what the rest of us do, apply anyway and demonstrate you can learn any missing skills.

It filters out the less 'determined' applicants nicely though.

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Re: Cost

It doesn't mean you didn't do it.

Sometimes you have to try something to find out it doesn't work. It's just more catastrophic when a country tries something after being stampeded into it by loathsome media magnates, traitorous politicians putting self above country and a pissed off underclass only hearing what they want to hear.

I will be watching, not taking part.

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Re: Cost

oversupply of humanitarian graduates

Is the entirely predictably result of using higher education as a way to hide youth unemployment. STEM qualifications are hard work even for clever students, if you're trying to get 50% of youngsters off the unemployment list for a few years there have to be easier courses with little other value to the country to get them there.

That in the age of fees so many still sign up for so many soft, pointless courses shocks me.

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Re: @qwertyuiop

From the leavers pov it's much worse. There no chance of retaining any opt outs if we do go back. Almost none if brexit is cancelled. The bridge is already burnt, the only way out now is to burn the fuckwits that caused that and accept the uk has already lost a lot.

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Re: No degree guarantees you a job

...but the people you meet gaining one often does. You only have to look at government to see the proof.

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Re: The elephant in the room

This all presupposes it actually becomes as hard for skilled UK workers to head to the EU post brexit as the UK wants to make it for EU workers coming here.

There's nothing the UK could do to stop the EU offering very low barriers to desirable UK workers, the referendum and it's immigration spin mean the UK could not do the same without going to war with it's voters. Yet another area where the brexiteers have no leverage over the EU and could only threaten their own people to prevent it.

If that happens, there might well be higher wages for the few that remain here. Might not be many companies left though.

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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Re: Empty pavements and buses

Sodding pedestrians survive because drivers are far too scared of what happens to insurance premiums if they don't survive...

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Cyanogen mods self away from full Android alternative

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Re: My other half hated it...

It's always been a PIA that AOSP roms have made so little effort to gracefully support upgrading. Hot installs of the updates to the same major version usually work. Anything else needs a full wipe and even app backups often fail. Stock Android is getting good enough to make that a serious disincentive to use them.

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Re: They screwed over OnePlus now no other company would risk working with them

There were enough reports of flaky cyanogen releases on Oneplus that I'm not 100% convinced there was a success story there anyway. Further tainted by the hardware issues making it harder to tell what was actually broken.

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Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

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Re: @Alan Brown

What could one use Sunderland for? Wind farms?

That would just undermine efforts to send the Welsh back down the mines on workfare ;)

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Re: We have got our country back!

...who cares if there's just a little less of it in british hands every time the £ drops and foreigners go on a stock buying frenzy...

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

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Re: Three things you can do about this Brexit nonsense

It did occur to someone. The freedom hating witch then vetoed parliament having any say preemptively.

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Then add in the effect on JIT supply lines of even small and/or unpredictable delays crossing customs borders. That inefficiency will drive assembly plants out of gb.

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Re:Brexiters are tired of experts and facts

Luckily we're being governed by amateurs and failures from now on.

Elite amateurs though, so no real change.

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Re: Huh?

"we won't know unless we ask them, put it to a vote."

No, that doesn't work. We'll only know when brexit happens and we all find out what the consequences are after enough years pass. Whatever happens half(ish) of the population is wrong and will never accept that without experiencing it. (It's not impossible everyone is wrong and in/out is irrelevant - just unlikely)

If I get another vote, I'll be voting the English & Welsh out regardless. I'll also be voting for breakup of GB if given the chance.

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Trade tariffs are also influenced by perceived fairness in production and competition. Directly subsidise your producers more than your target country: tariff increased, indirectly subsidise them with poor working rights for employees: tariff increased. It's the underlying basis for the 4 freedoms, letting movement eliminate unfair competition.

The tories will find themselves seriously constrained on their usual behaviours if they really wants free trade.

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EU turns screws on Android – report

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Re: Google bar on home screen

It's not configurable on Android 6 on my LG G4 only because the old superimposed bar doesn't seem to exist at all. Both available Google search bars (and the LG equivalents) are just widgets, trivially removable.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ will ship on time, developer claims amid doubts

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150% authentic Sinclair

No need to worry, they're just being 150% authentic, honouring the long history of Sinclair products never shipping on time or even being made before thousands of buyers have waited months!

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Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

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Re: Americans, again not realising there's a world outside them

the comedy act with the daft hair who still thinks he can give himself a presidential pardon just before that November court appearance, fire the judge if that fails or rewrite the law to get off the hook.

Forgetting the last Clinton couldn't manage that, despite being 10x more slippery and not having pissed off the entire legal system.

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Brexit at the next junction: Verity's guide to key post-vote skills

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Re: The past was not always so good

A surprising number of youngsters seem to have no problem with their 568ml glass actually containing about 500ml of liquid when the head dies ;)

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Malware figures out it's running on VMs and refuses to execute

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ummm

More detail please.

Does it have to be Word opening them?

What if you delete the history regularly?

Which history is it checking anyway?

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

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Re: Another Illustration of the Fact...

But the affects of the vote in favour of an EU exit are being felt now; the pound has already lost around 10% of it's value against foreign currencies for instance.

Thanks to currency hedging the effects of currency fluctuations aren't being felt by most companies yet and by almost none of the public, to remain competitive companies without protection can't afford to pass on the change till their competitors are equally affected. That won't last forever, effects might even start before A50 is signed.

Most people probably aren't worrying much about the stock market reaction either, after all it panics all the time but more because they forget where their pensions are invested.

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

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Re: Two faced Which?

Helping people use a pre-installed clusterfuck OS they will be unable to avoid on new PCs is not endorsement, it's accepting the sad reality that most plebs won't (and probably shouldn't) try to replace what it shipped with. It's an OS even experienced IT folk need internet searches to make sense of and we can't all choose to dump the sorry POS.

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Let's Encrypt won its Comodo trademark battle – but now fan tools must rename

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Re: @Paul Shirley Wow

IANAL but it might give Comodo a chance to demand a licence on equivalent terms

Trademark law is explicitly discriminatory in favour of the IP holder with no way to force issue of a licence against their will unless they signed up for something like FRAND in standards licencing or other similar binding commitment. It's purpose is to prevent competitors doing what Comodo tried. Comodo would not have a cause of action to get a trial afaik. In fact they only got this far because LetsEncrypt had not been trademarked, they would have hit a stone wall right away.

Legal costs are a problem but I'd argue a suitably restrictive standard licence would be both unusable by competitors and a visible sign they were protecting the trademark for the courts.

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Re: Wow

I wonder if they even considered licencing the trademark under non transferable terms before taking the nuclear option? Defending does not automatically mean shutting down.

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Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

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When even slightly contradicting the editor's obsessive ranting and raving it's probably wise to choose words carefully ;)

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Play is the store app.

Play Services is a support framework, one job it does is mediating access to location to prevent multiple clients hammering the underlying GPS & Wi-Fi hardware. It's meant to reduce battery use. You really want a warning about disabling it.

On Android they're both apps, someone thought they should both be in the app location permission list but took the trouble to add that warning and the confusing ok option. On my phone the location settings button takes me to location settings and happily let me disable them. Be more sensible to not list it with apps perhaps.

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Songsmiths sue US antitrust over Google-friendly rules ruling

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Re: There few getting "rich".

Except... The music industry is looking robustly healthy. The artists are a mixed story. Those still participating in it are more screwed than ever, those outside it are doing better than the nothing they had before.

Andrew would do better agitating to reform the whole system instead of picking villains challenging the status quo. Too agitated to see the evil in front of his nose.

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

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Re: Isn't this actually what we've all been asking for?

Setting up their own ad broker/server and pre-approved, locally stored content potentially makes injecting malware from compromised sites impossible. They'd need to hack the adblock server or use MITM interception downstream of it.

Acceptable ads promises are warm and fuzzy but the tangled mess of intermediates serving ads prevent it being safe or trustworthy without a system like this. An entire industry needs tearing down and rebuilding with safety as a goal. They won't do it voluntarily, if nothing else this might force their hand.

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Post-Brexit UK.gov must keep EU scientists coming, say boffins

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Re: "attracting European students and staff members to the UK was necessary"

"You'll presumably agree that we really shouldn't have given the hoi polloi the vote, when the urban liberals know what's best."

My position is we should allow an informed public to vote. Actual effort has to be made to honestly inform them. That attempts to misinform voters to influence a vote should have career ending penalties or worse. That deliberate media misinformation should have business threatening penalties (and for Europe that needed to start when BJ got his first EU reporting job decades ago).

And in an ideal world we'd also come up with a less damaging way to register protest votes and avoid issue hijacking.

But most of all I'd like sore winners to FOAD.

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Re: why not promote science/engineer in UK Education instead?

You're talking about a different problem, getting skilled workers. What's under immediate threat is progress enabled by collaboration and cross fertilisation between researchers. Usually fairly short term arrangements, not life long commitment.

UK loses 2 ways here, it's researchers miss that contact and the new thinking it brings and UK institutions miss capturing any of the benefits. Throwing money at creating more local researchers won't magically make them more creative or intelligent and they'd still be stuck in their own isolated talent pool. A second rate solution with second rate results.

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There's the real possibility that any brain drain is UK -> EU.

Brexit directly threatens EU -> UK immigration, from movement restrictions & the hostile sentiment here. Most countries have always been very happy greasing the wheels of immigration for higher level scientists, all the way to offering citizenship if needed. A future where UK->EU movement is still easy for the skilled is very possible and a net outflow very believable.

By the time our political scum work out how to talk down the leave vote enough to compete for talent, it will be too late.

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Re: "attracting European students and staff members to the UK was necessary"

Oh, I think so many leave voters demanding less EU immigrants on their precious island is closer to demanding EU out than UK out.

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Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup

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Re: I wouldn't worry

"The single market and its associated custom union are highly beneficial for its members."

They are not.

Interesting. When a brexiteer has a wet dream about trade deals it's guaranteed to be great. When the EU has an actual concrete 'trade deal' it's automatically a failure?

Day 1 of brexit negotiations may end very quickly when you have no actual choice when offered 4 or 0 of the 4 freedoms as the base deal.

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