* Posts by Paul Shirley

1988 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

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quitting just after they've won? what surprise is that

Or is it simply that they've succeeded in prodding the EU into attack mode and need to be quiet, in case the EU starts thinking too hard about their involvement.

They'll be back.

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How to overcome objections that stop your enterprise from adopting DevOps

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Re: Enough already!

I can believe Microsoft do devops. It would explain why I'm still finding things last weeks "throw it at the users and see what sticks|stinks" Win10 update broke. I think I'm spending more time testing it than they did :(

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

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Surely you noticed the similarities with the Start Screen? It's the Program Manager in an always maxed window, in auto arrange mode...

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Re: All apps

With the classic start menu it didn't really matter if overenthusiastic installers injected extra crap, it was easy to delete them, easy to move them and a multilevel tree has vastly more space to hold them anyway. You always felt you were in control of it and you never had to search tediously through an endless flat list.

That's win8/10 for you, no control over and no help from the ui.

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Re: No, seriously

By the time I'd bludgeoned win10 into submission after the update I didn't have the energy to complain. Before that I didn't have a net connection to complain with, the fscking update careful corrupted my network settings and I couldn't even ping the router. When Microsoft break a system they do it thoroughly.

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Re: scary

And I think we can assume one of those tweaks will be yet another hijack of my associations/default apps, the desktop will resprout the duplicate drive folders I'm sick of hacking out of the registry and random crap will be sprayed over random settings while it replaces good drivers with bad.

Just like last weeks Windoze update did :(

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

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Re: So what is it???

It's not a closed system. If it was it would need to either convert 100% of input energy to momentum, have perfect lossless mirrors and tiny/zero input energy or melt. None of those is happening so waste energy must be leaving the drive. The em drive may just be an extremely inefficient photon rocket and simply aiming a laser into space would do a better job.

Propellent free, maybe.. New physics, unlikely.

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Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

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amd innovation

Major innovation in Zen: backing out the disastrous module innovation in Piledriver!

Done good work lower down the stack with APUs and heterogenous computing though. Wonder what the Chinese are licencing.

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Re: I've always backed AMD

I think they probably do have the majority of that market but it's not a high margin one. That's AMDs ongoing problem, they can't put together compelling high margin products. Even in the performance market the performance deficit is so marked they're forced to compete on price. Unlike other AMD diehards I'm not expecting Zen to fix that :(

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

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Re: @DougS

What many Reg commenters persistently forget is the general public don't have a rabid hatred of Google, they actually like the apps and plumbing so many here have problems with. Years of using AOSP ROMS made it clear very few CyanogenMod etc. users are doing it to escape Google. What they're escaping is the clutching hand of the phone OEMs and carrier customisation.

It's easy to forget the liberties carriers took with phones before Android and regaining that control would be a disaster for users. This EU complaint is misdirected if the reward is simply a choice of which blend of crapware your device ships with. If action leads to anything more than compulsory windows style ballot screens on app use (something Android has already built in BTW) power will shift firmly from users to suppliers and not in a beneficial way for users.

What the actual complainants are fighting for is the right to fsck up your phone before you even see it. Google did pretty well with nearly stock Android while they owned Motorola, it's not obvious they need the phone businesses help any longer.

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Re: Others?

If Google decided to follow Apple into large scale mobile manufacturing and refuse to licence anything to competitors, I wonder what the EU reaction would be? Massively disruptive but completely moving them outside the scope of this action. Would they like the result, a monopoly where only Apple and China get to compete at all and no EU oem receives any share of Android income?

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One million patients have opted out of Care.data

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GPs regularly prescribe inappropriate and useless treatments to pushy patients demanding treatment rather than wasting time convincing them that, for example, antibiotics won't help their cold. They frequently don't know if treatments prescribed in good faith actually work. Prescription rates are a terrible way to assess efficacy.

Such a pity we can't trust them to use this data to solve that problem.

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

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How much faster is a quantum computer than your laptop?

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Re: If it isn't any good

@DougS: they do it because a real quantum annealer could be a genuine improvement. Problem is D-Wave keep demonstrating significant speed improvements over classical implementations only to see the classical version improved to beat them, usually on hardware at 1% of the cost.

At some point they'll either put together enough usable qbits to beat classical hardware on speed, cost or both. OR they'll hit a noise wall and fall out of the race. We're a long way from finding out which.

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The unqualified use of 'quantum computer' plays on expectations of what the device actually does. 'Adiabatic quantum annealer' risks too many noticing it's not a general purpose quantum logic device, which is what most tend to think 'quantum computer' means.

A quantum annealer would be a useful device in theory for the problems it can solve, there's little evidence it's actually any faster in real life so far.

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Re: Quanum leap... in PR magic?

Yep, not only does it not 'consider all possible solutions at the same time' it's not even guaranteed to consider 'all solutions' at all. Left wondering if they're even comparing equivalent quality results for those timings.

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

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Re: Although 97% of desktop computer users prefer non-Apple OSs

99% of home Windows users didn't consciously buy Windows, they bought a cheap PC with 'free' Windows install. In some cases an actually free install like my £120 PC running as a pvr on its "Win8 with Bing" freebie OS.

The only conscious choice they made was the path of least resistance and falling in with the MS monopoly and that's what worries Microsoft as they stop needing PCs MS loses those hidden sales.

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

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I've got a degree

I've got a degree but I'm only a Reg reader. Does that make me lower than a Reg hack?

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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

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cygwin and others

Think I'll stick to cygwin for those odd times I need linux tools in Windows - can interact directly with Windows (and 'top' works). For anything more extreme I'll just boot Linux or use a VM. Bit of a strange frankensteined beast more about keeping you in Windows than doing useful stuff.

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Twitter spends $10m on rights to cover Thursday-night NFL games

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Re: Can I hope we've reached "Peak protocol"?

My Twiiter is full of rugby news, commentaries, photos and videos. Most of the many pubs I spread my time between post their beer lists and events, I even get Belgian beer and bar news on it.

In many ways it's targeted advertising done nearly right, opt in, fine grained and correctly targeted. If Twitter could work out how to monetise that without drowning us in traditional advertising they'd have a business model, sadly they're well on the way to annoying ad overload instead.

There also a tiny amount of 'gossip' and keeping in touch with family & friends when emails too much effort. A tiny amount but I'm long past my thirties ;)

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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

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Re: is this bit a leftover from earlier draft

Brother abandoned his laptop for a Samsung tablet, wifes parents couldn't give away theirs when they started using iPads exclusively. Niece needs a pc for degree work but uses her phone for everything else.

The death of the pc in consumer land is further along than many of us want to believe, an optional extra not necessity. Microsoft didn't shit on their own product without reason, the market changed, it's the implementation they got wrong.

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Android's unpatched dead device jungle is good for security

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Today's ransomware explosion can't explain the 2013 study unless you generalise to say Android simply isn't a valuable enough malware target in general. I think most owners simply don't put anything they worry about losing on them and the Google cloud let's them restore enough to not care about resets.

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Adblock wins in court again – this time against German newspaper

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Re: $22bn

$22bn not in advertiser pockets is $22bn real businesses don't need to spend or recover from customers. Not sure why that counts as a loss at all.

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Re: Oh dear, how sad, never mind!

... And forget to say: paying doesn't bypass the acceptability checking...

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Re: Oh dear, how sad, never mind!

You only pay for whitelisting above a threshold of views. They claimed the threshold means something like 90% pay nothing.

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Love our open API? Talk to our lawyers, says If This Then That

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Re: The falacy of Framework dependencies

I know the piece was pitifully short on detail but maybe you should go find out how this actually works (for the week it has left to live). No dependency on them to build his site, shims they wrote supplying an external service that's nice to be part of but far from essential in any way. An offer the top 'service' very easy to just ignore it they continue down this path.

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Zombie SCO rises from the grave again

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Re: Why can't IBM finish them?

... SCO declared bankruptcy, that protects them from most attempts at debt recovery. Neither the bk judge or trustee seem interested in letting them be squashed.

Also: the only remaining asset is the lawsuit, it's more important to IBM to win that than simply close it down

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William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

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FAIL

Re: I am shouting at the screen again.

Not that I condone violence

Violence is of course the traditional next step after politics has failed. Hague is claiming his well deserved share of fail while denying culpability for the violence these cnuts have invited into our lives.

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Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR

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Re: VR sounded shit in the 90s

>pimped Amiga

It was a pity they went bk before the 3dfx powered pods and games shipped. The last prototype headset I played with was smaller and more comfortable than any of the new offerings, sadly also uncompleted.

Sadly several decades on Moore's law still hasn't quite got us to 'finished' hardware at an affordable price.

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glasses

Unfair to complain about the wearing over specs comment, far too many of us wear them and it was a serious pia the 1st time round with VR in the 90s. I want a solution for that before diving into VR again.

Also worth noting that every vr device available to preorder recently sold out nearly instantly. Even the lacklustre Rift ;) Just have to hope they don't kill VR all over again with poor launch products.

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We wrap our claws around latest pre-Build Windows 10 preview

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Re: Tablet mode issues

I think it was covered by the continuing begging to stop trying so hard to unify the UI across all devices. The tablet folk are suffering from Microsoft's necessary retreat from Metro's damage to the desktop, just like the desk folk suffered before then.

Microsoft are still minded to see how much they can get away with annoying users with ill judged compromises in the UI. ATM they're on a drunken walk, randomly annoying every part of the market in turn. Feedback is telling them there isn't a single converged user base yet they carry on pretending there is and all it wants is a converged product, whatever the cost.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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listening with one ear

I'll concede Microsoft are listening a lot more than before. They still aren't hearing very much and mostly only acting on what they want to hear, compounded by the insider programme having a strong bias towards being a cheerleading camp. Whatever design damage insider is doing was and is being orchestrated by Microsoft.

Ordinary users are being constantly spied on, to find out how imposed changes are working but not actually being listened to. Not quite "take it or leave it", more working out how to discourage patterns Microsoft don't want. Ultimately this whole mess (and Win8 before it) is Microsoft putting their narrow business interests above customer needs and they still have the monopoly power to dictate to users.

Andrew is also somewhat wrong about the quality of Win10. I'm mightily pissed off with updates hijacking my file associations several times a year, with it installing known bad drivers, rebooting my network pvr server at will (and crashing doing it), still needing 3rd party hacks to its ui and the endless battle to find compatibility settings for so many apps. It's still a mess with fairly minor core improvements.

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How one developer just broke Node, Babel and thousands of projects in 11 lines of JavaScript

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Re: Time Zones vs. Left Pad

...said library call would be compiled into your local image, not yanked in from a remote site in most languages. However I'm not aware of many languages supporting standard libs with a leftpad function so you'd actually write your own, inline that 1 liner function or embed it in higher level string formatting.

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Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ

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Re: "this year's model sees only positive improvements"

I refer you to the case of Microsoft Windows v the world. Improved to death ;)

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PC World's cloudy backup failed when exposed to ransomware

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Re: No! No! No!

A good restore process can't help you if the data's not there and it's only there if you've considered the backup process and strategy. I want to know if restore works, if it's fast and easy. I want to know that and a whole lot more about the backup side of it because it's ultimately about the data, not the software.

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Re: Tthose who forget history are doomed to repeat it

Which still wouldn't explain having just 2 restore points available. Either the laptop didn't have any changes for 30 odd days or the 'backups' didn't happen for that long. Or maybe the service is just broken.

Either way flushing older copies from the cloud is idiotic. I nominally keep about 3 weeks worth of daily snapshots but the software doesn't delete anything unless I'm adding a new image, they shouldn't just disappear even if your product has "30 days" in the name.

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Labour: We want the Snoopers' Charter because of Snowden

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Re: A necessary evil?

"So, you only want democracy when it gives you the right answer?"

Well, it's a piss poor way to choose leaders but it would be nice to actually give it a try. What we have now isn't remotely democratic, with a choice of bad/worse/ignored and bugger all chance of actually having my views represented.

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let's not pretend

"the security services will continue to exercise those powers without the safeguards the bill intends to introduce" and it's pretty certain they'll carry on whatever laws get passed.

Outlawing snooping might not stop it, it will make the security services a lot more circumspect about how they obtain and use the results and paranoid about who they share with. Anything that reduces gov access to surveillance has to be a win. Maybe the saner voices in the securiity services could even impose some needed restraint without constant pressure from power mad ministers. Maybe.

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7,800 people's biometric data held on police anti-terrorism database

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Only takes one observation to establish an alibi, 100% surveillance isn't always needed.

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Mozilla burns Firefox on old Androids

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old android

Does Firefox work acceptably on older android devices? I never saw it working usably till last year's G2, sluggish and nothing had enough ram to run long before crashing on the ones before it. Can't see this as a blow to 3rd world users, ff is too bloated for their devices.

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Google-backed British startup ‘stole our code’, says US marketing firm

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Re: Perhaps ...

..or cut&pasted from the same API documentation, then search&replaced renamed to make sense.

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Microsoft joins Eclipse Foundation. Odd thing for a competitor to do

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Re: Oh. Woo. Yay.

Diversifying into new niches, nothing new there. Being successful at it, very rare for Microsoft. With new management they're going to do it more and in surprising areas but I have trouble believing they'll have a higher success rate.

Monkey wrenching Eclipse... I doubt there's any damage they could do anyone would notice in the rest of the Eclipse car wreck and zero chance of any takeover succeeding.

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Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

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even linkedin rejected them

Yes, the home of panhandlers, opportunists, cruising sharks and the implausibly (and unbelievably) "positive" rejected these slandermongers decisively when they tried to defend the stupidity last year.

There's no plausible deniability about how this will work left, they couldn't convince one of the most business & business scam friendly places on the net. They know it's wrong and knowingly carry on. So wrong it's likely they'll never get sued because no one will use it to enable a suit.

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AMD to fix slippery hypervisor-busting bug in its CPU microcode

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Re: I'd have assumed that their test code suite would catch something like that...

"Test coverage should be a long string of '9's."

You're assuming it isn't. And as long as any 9's are in the test, bugs can get through.

The alternative is never shipping complex products.

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Re: Learnt something new today

Nowadays flashing a BIOS from Windows is common. You dont need physical access to hack the firmware in theory. Easier than trying to subvert the os boot. Image checksumming/signing shoild still be a problem.

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Microsoft wants to lock everyone into its store via universal Windows apps, says game kingpin

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Re: Hang on...

One goal of UWP is to run the same apps everywhere. Run them at all. It's not to run them equally well everywhere and it can't do the impossible. Well it could slow down every platform to match the least capable one - that's the Metro solution BTW.

Unfortunately Microsofts real goal is maintaining and increasing Windows lock in, they'll grab as much control as we let them. It's not a time to be quiet while it happens.

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Re: Hang on...

No. And it doesn't make the system software "look the same" on any device any more than Win32/64 does either.

No. Because every pc out there has different hardware, no software can disguise that CPUs have different core counts or performance varying by 1000%. GPUs support different feature levels or with vastly different performance profiles.

Games devs like consoles because the hardware is constant. The OS is frequently a moving target.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Re: "Ad blockers are as much a "protection racket" as "cops" are."

Advertisers are paying for the service provider to vouch for the 'acceptability' of their adverts, buying use of the adblockers good reputation. They are perfectly free to rely on their own reputation and appeal directly to the users. After a few decades good behaviour they might earn enough trust for that to work (so really it's never going to happen).

That's not blackmail, it's a reputation repair service that costs money to deliver and no one else would ever pay for the work involved. If there's blackmail, it's entirely self inflicted.

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Ofcom should be the BBC's ultimate overlord, UK.gov told

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half the job

The BBC don't need a regulator just to protect themselves from themselves, they need one to protect them from unfair external interference as well. Particularly unwarranted political pressure and the nonstop lies spouted by some media rivals. OFCOM in that role makes no sense at all unless the aim is destroying any independence the BBC still has.

Enough people hate them for usually purely selfish reasons, OFCOM aren't the solution to ensuring honest and strong but fair and balanced independence in the face of so many wanting to cripple and control the BBC.

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

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Re: Message to advertisers

Oh yes, I remember the first banners. And the first adblockers turned up within weeks...

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