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Kind of a long article ...
for The Reg.
He was an American businessman. He hsad many of the attributes of Oracle's Ellison. Both could read the market.
interesting piece in Forbes ....
Samsung 3G patents + LG 3G patents = screwed Apple
Samsung and LG both have some of the largest 3G patent troves around and together they ARE the biggest.
Apple should hope they never get together.
Apple is claiming it has rights to Samsung technology by virtue of the fact Intel is licenced for it's chips which Apple uses.
Not Actually that Great As A Phone & Stephen Fry Likes It are reason enough to avoid
iPhans don't buy Jobs' thingies to actually use, they buy them for flash or glam reasons. Any self-respecting person would NOT buy anything that was not working properly.
Anything the cretin Stephen Fry likrs should be warning enough. Send him a freebie (aka non-returnable sample) and he will promote it. Witness all the freebies from Apple.
They say One is born every minute. Now we can spot them - the people masturbating their iThingies.
Firefox has many add-ons that appeal: Chrome can be a pain
Chrome doesn't provide enough user controls and those it does, don't always play along. Chrome allows you to choose your search engine unless you want to use a different Google from that of the country you are in. Then it overrides you.
I like filtering script/adverts - great with FF, impossible with Chrome.
The biggest thing against Chrome is that you don't know/can't control what Google is doing with all the data that it collects so I use Chrome for my routine, non-revealing activities and FF + Opera for the rest.
Does the waning commercial interest signal end of another 3D phase?
II was reading in Bloomberg or Forbes that Hollywood's interest in 3D is waning as the costs are too high to warrant them. Apparently the number of 3D movies in production is falling, too.
A friend who has a GO POV camera for which he bought a 3D kit with which he has recorded bicycling trips, undersea snorkelling ventures and mountain climbing. Quite honestly, the effects were underwhelming and not worth either the cost or filming hassles
I use GO POV cameras daily in my travels and the non-3D video's are as dramatic, technically, as were his 3D video's. Another factor s how many people have 3D TV's to share videos with.
The Android version of the look-alike continues unabated
There are look-alike hand-phones on sale in China which appear, on first glance, to be Jobs' products but are actually physically identical but running on Android. The screen icons are identical.
More popular are the Android knock-off look-alike pads on sale and from the outside appear the same. However the weight is a little heavier than the fruit version.
These, and other similar devices are readily available across China in the ubiquitous electronics 'marts'.
I even saw them in Shenyang, Liaoning Province way up in the extreme north-east near the North Korean border.
The typical Chinese user seems to be more than satisfied as long as te physical appearance is similar. I did see version numbers that were different, instead of iPhone 4 they might label it iPhone 4ZE. The Android OS runs English and Chnese characters.
Think about LG and Samsung LTE patents
Jobs is currently putting the boot to Samsung - and having seen their products being SOLD at retail you know why - and undoubtedly Samsung is ready to return the compliment.
LG and Samsung might be competitors but they are also flag waivers so, together, they can put the screws to the fruit factory as far as LTE goes.
Apple's exclusive iPhone partner?
There are some excellent hardware knock offs here in China of iThingies, the very same graphics, etc. at much lower prices than Jobs iThingy. As low as $125 depending on memory size AND they support LTE.
Oh, they use the Android OS. And you can hold them any which way and still make calls.
Xoom for $99 - dream on
Motorola has a good product there, well suited to kick Jobs' butt.
Great MULTI-TOUCH, too!
... PlayBook's price point may sink, if it too becomes a collector's item
What is it worth, a pad that requires tethering to a RIM?
.unfortunately RIM looks like another Nortel.
He died innocent of charges, why besmirch a man;s name?
The U.S. in charging people, infer they are guilty= on the theory that innocent people never get charged.
Reijane Hua was, at the time of his death, as innocent as the nurse charged with murdering patienys through their ;drips' or the older male landlord who was arrested and imprisoned for his dead female tenant.
I omit their names deliberately as they have already had enough lies andinnuendo said about them.
I am sorry to see The Register trying to emulate the NotW and other rags.
R.II.P. Reijane Hua, a legally innocent man,
Up yours, Zuckerberg and, now, Spotify
I resent having to join ANYTHING in order to join another web site.
This is apart from the fact most web pages I view, are filled with gaping white spaces where FB advertising is supposed to be but is not as FB is a blocked site in my country of residence, along with China.
I was a member of an on-line interactive web site and one day I couldn't sign on. I needed an FB account.
I have already, some years ago, had my e-mail address - donated by a dumb friend - through my lawyer, removed from FB so I surely don't want them to have it again.
Costs are awarded to Apple
Chance of collecting zero.
From what the Minister from Aberdeen says in public now and previously on the BBC ...
simply proves that total pratts have an equal opportunity with those better prepared to handle to ministerial positions.
In assuming the guise of a female e-mailer might, upon investigation, prove his further unsuitability for his present position, though.But there again, he is a Conservative and they have a history of doing strange things such as being found dead in women's underwear.
Cameron should instruct all official business be conducted through government facilities.
Paper + Scanner are best!
Ontario , Canada, was an earlier adopter of 'mechanised' accountng.
Our vote ballots are on good old paper with squares against the candidates or the questions in which the voter marks their choice. Similar in concept to multiple choice exam papers.
Election officials provide super-black pencils, similar to carpenters pencils, with which to mark the ballots.
After the polls close, all the ballots are fed into scanners which check for the marked boxes. In the event of a dispute, machine or power failure, the reliable people-readable forms can be hand counted.
None of this high tech ballot stuffing as in the U.S.!
The Inertia of Big Government and Big Corporations
Too often, when a contract comes up for renewal, large organisations opt for the old route with the same supplier.
Look at OpenOffice - only the cash-strapped or more adventurous even considered it. I was in a meeting once where the MS sales rep even suggested that open source software was written by 'amateurs' which was why it was either free or low-cost.
I suggested 'amateurs' were at the forefront of technology, such as the radio amateurs.
Likely the government purchasing agent for the DOI was buddy-buddy with his supplier rep who might have even prepared a draft sales order, which frequently happens, ensuring that only one company - his - can fulfil the order.
Google did well in having the order re-opened. May the best product win.
Canadian federal goverment employees are sexless, other languages need identifiers
The Canadian Government has, for some years, omitted sex identifiers which is fine until you have to reply. The best solution is to simply include the whole name: Dear M Jackson, for example. Personally I am quite happy to have no appendage, too. My name is quite sufficient.
The Vietnamese language uses the word 'Thi', as in Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, to help users where names are interchangeable between male and female.
What DOES confuse people is where Nguyen becomes Miss Khai after the first use of her complete name!
Apple, both word & logo, copied - and they are still at it
Both the word apple along with the logo were used by other computer companies long before Jobs' decided to co-opt them.
I was looking at microfiched copies of electronic magazines and at least three companies used them before 1976 April, the month of Apple's founding.
As for App Store, a store on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in SaiGon has changed it's name from Apple - after protests from another nearby store of the same name and gas now laid claim to the name App Store!
And both are registered companies. Take that, Jobs.
I guess Gartner doesn't read The Reg
"Apple sued for iPhone and iPad chip 'patent rip-off'"
And they haven't seen the latest offering from Samsung, on sale in the Far East - enough to make even an iPhan wet their pants.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Apotheker out - good; Whitman in - bad - only retail experience; HP share values - UGLY!
They also need a complete new board of directors some didn't even interview Apotheker before voting him in.
Perhaps when Jobs feels the pain of patent attacks against him ...
he will become more amenable to cross-licencing at reasonable royalty rates as well as using his paid hacks in the US Congress to revisit the patent question.
Older Reg readers might remember when TaiWan was best known for knock-off software and hardware. Then their government got smart by cracking down on pirated software and financing a national technology drive.
I guess this is pay-off time with the former US-based technology leaders now paying others for their IP. How the world has changed.
Why would a company, just emergng from bankruptcy, want to spend millions on collecting data on where their vehicles are travelling and doing?
These are the same companies that nickel and dime costs down, during design, even to the point where the elimination of a bolt is considered a financial win. And these guys want to fit electronic modules?
This reminds me of when explosive devices were introduced to vehicles, aka air bags, (have you ever had one go off?) along with an electronic control module that analysed data including direction of travel, speed, seat belt usage, etc. which it retained in memory for a few seconds.
Shortly afterwards, Ontario Provincial Police started scavenging these modules from ALL vehicles involved in accidents and which data was used to lay charges.
Can you imagine what lies ahead? GM gathers this data, 'shares' it with Plod who, say, determines a speeding infraction and issues a Stop Engine command through OnStar (a feature that already exists). Then, using OnStar GPS, Plod dispatches another Plod, to issue a ticket.
Given ACPO's desire to track everyone everywhere, OnStar data could be fed, along with number plate camera information, into the Hendon computer for an even more complete picture of Brits going about their daily lives in a 'free' country.
The applications are limitless. An American drone, spotting a car full of potential terrorists, real or imagined, could signal for it to stop then, with a stopped vehicle, they could destroy the vehicle with less 'collateral' damage.
How about the repo(session) business? Again, stop and locate vehicle, dispatch tow truck, problem solved.
Colour me disconnected and the radio module neutered. And a non-GM customer.
So cheap, the Chinese won't pay the shipping charges for 1000 kilometres
VietNam borders China yet these wondrous boxes are so cheap to manufacture they are not worth the return shipping costs by road, rail or sea if the distance is over 500 kilometres.
As with most every other country, there are piles of disused freight containers.
Five 40 foot containers, mounted on concrete pillars, sides cut and welded to form a large area forms the basement of my house for vehicles and storage. Cost under $1,200 + digging the hole, pouring the pillars and welding.
My mini-hotel is completely constructed from containers; the rooms are factory made modules that slide in. To make the ugly containers look nicer, I had expanded metal grid welded to the outside and sprayed with concrete.
Three containers will make a cosy, compact, economical home for two.
If anything can be seen in public, where's the problem?
If an act, of any type, is done in the public domain there should be no expectancy of privacy. If they are embarrassed or otherwise annoyed, they should do whatever in public.
These days almost every half-decent cell phone has a camera, so expectations of privacy should be less than expected.
I was taking pictures of a commercial food establishment's premises, from a public footpath, and a couple of hairy security types suggested I shouldn't. I continued, so they called the Plod who, upon arrival, asked to view them. I replied my camera immediately transmits the pictures so they cannot be viewed except at the office.
Plod inquired why I was taking pictures and I told them for an article on dirty restaurants. They said I could take any pictures of anything from public streets.
At least some places get it right.
Very common in the tropics, or pee like the locals do
The cases I've heard of were people urinating UNDER the water, thereby eliminating the need for a long swim.
The locals always know more than tourists - they urinate on the ground.
In Singapore locals laugh when they see a Foreigner walking bare footed on the sidewalks rather than using flip-flops. The reason is that Singapore puts it paving flagstones down in sand, rather than cement and a local parasite lives in the cracks and joints.
A bare foot stepping on a joint or crack is sufficient time for the parasite to transfer to the skin and then burrow it's way into the body where it turns in to a very, ver long and destructive worm.
Both the penile crawlers and the Singapore worms can be ejected by drinking foul tasting Chinese medicine.
Why wouldanyone, except gullible politicians and judges, believe the FBI?
These days organisations produce documents with slight variations in them to provide an aid for identifying sources of leaked documents.
No whistle blower in their right mind would ever supply a copy of an original, be it a paper-based document, or a computer document.
Of course, many word processing documents provide a long story line which often includes drive/directory info along with registered software user.
All good copies should be run through Notepad, in ASCII, to clean documents.
Government Service Centres
In Canada there are Service Canada and Service Ontario, etc.
These offices are staffed by a handful of 'generalists' who are trained to answer common questions but also know who to reach out to get specific answers to unusual requests.
Additionally, these offices are equipped with dialing capability to government offices along with PC's for online assistance/
There are also stand alone ATM type terminals which can issue various licences and permits, accept payment, etc. These are usally located in shopping centres an the like. Of course, we don't have dress restrictions so anyone can use them. I guess hoodie wearing Brits are banned.
British 'justice' ...
sucks. There was no victim.
Also he was answering Nature's Call in the midst of Nature.
At least someone else cares - it needs repeating until people understand ...
just how intrusive most governments are.
Britain is just a bit player in this game, no self-respecting country would allow another to build a spy base as the U.S. National Security Agency has at Menwith Hill in the Yorkshire dales with British police hassling anyone, be they in cars or on foot hiking the dales to quell American anxieties.
I say again, you cannot hike the dales because of Americans.
France wouldn't do that.
And the national number plate tracking scheme being installed by the unelected ACPO floes i the face of the furor of the proposed National Database proposed by Labour and a reason for their downfall. Not only does the system use public cameras but also private ones.
A friend visiting Britain on business reported he stopped at a roadside gas station and it displayed signs advising their cameras were hooked to Hendon.
The Plod designed system has one big weakness, it depends on criminals not being smart enough to switch number plates. Unlike North America, where number plates are issued only by governments, anyone can have any number on a plate made up in Britain.
Fortunately, infra-red 'night vision' cameras can be effectively neutered by a handful of LEDs mounted around a plate or on a baseball cap, in the case of facial recognition,.
What other country imprisons someone for not handing over a password? My fellow employees, when traveling internationally, are required to carry essentially blank hard drives - they are formatted and have DOS but nothing else. Upon arrival in a foreign destination it is necessary to use a cell phone to activate a download which subsequently permits downloads of working files. We are not alone in this, many corporate IT departments are adopting this - not because we live in authoritarian countries but because of supposedly free countries in the West.
So long as electorates permit their representatives pass laws overriding basic human rights without protest it will continue. In Britain it is worse as the government grants amazing powers to the police who have proved repeatedly they can not be trusted.
If police, without judicial oversight, are permitted to do this one has to ask why we need politicians.
Local number expansion no problem with Siemens
When VietNam decided to modernize it;s POTS system, it decided upon Siemens equipment.
Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh/SaiGon had 04 and 08 as area codes and all the line numbers began with 8 - a lucky number for many here - followed by 5 digits.
Expanding subscriber numbers were accommodated by simply inserting an additional prefix number universally across an area code. Recently we went big time in these major cities maintaining the same area code followed by a new prefix digit (either 2 or 3) plus the former 7 digit, for a line number with 8 digits.
At all times local dialing was possible, i.e. no area code, and because the new numbers were the older, familiar, number plus a new prefix, and inconvenience was minimized. This schema has been used throughout the country with each province retaining it's unique code.
Of course, the secret lies in the flexibility of the switching software.
North America has stuck with it's 7-digit local number plan and now has cities that have two or three different area codes, intermixed rather than by geographic area. Really confusing. The problem started when they allocated cell phones numbers within land area codes - the UK solution of having separate area codes for cell phones is far superior and enables call billing to be implemented.
Suth-East Asia: SIM ID's
I am currently in China and there is absolutely no problem is getting a SIM. I went to a China Telecom's place, took out my old SIM and waived it at the woman and pushed some money across the desk and the deed was done. She didn't speak English and I pretended not to know Chinese!
In VietNam you are required to show your visa to get a SIM from a store. The hotels also have a supply, obtained by using guests passports without their knowledge. All previous unknown SIM users lost service, earlier, until info was supplied.
In Cambodia no Foreigners are supposed to have cell service. No problem - ask any hotel and they will get you connected within 5 minutes.
In Laos, same as VietNam.
All three Indochina countries have 3G, some patches of 4G and radio streaming multi-channel TV everywhere!
Why do cell phone manufacturers think thet are entitlrf to data?
All customer data should be deemed private by law, including UDID and SIM information.
Jusy=t because the software and processors in smartphones have the ability to capture and transmit this data doesn't mean they have the right.
I have a simple Samsung slkider phone, in which I had the GPS module disabled, and found out that some d=collected data as mundane as the number of times the slider is operated/used is counted and held in a register.
The trouble with smartphones is that we don't know what data is captured and transmitted by anyone nor where or what the data is used for. It's bad enough having snoop software of cell systems that enables tracked cell phones usage, numbers dialled and message content, be stored and regurgitated at someones whim.
Now we want pictures of Cameron - and an offer he might find hard to refuse
Given that Cameron has threatened to disable cell systems, a very easy exercise achieved by changed users Class of Service, perhaps some of his drinking buddies in Oxford or girlfriends have some pictures that ,could be donated to the public domain.
That the Western governments support Arab Spring and protest when Middle East governments limit messaging systems and close down cell systems illustrates what a two-faced hypocrite he is.
For Apple $8,000,000 is ...
Apple's, and Jobs', loss of 'face' is priceless!
Only crazy people check valuables - especially in the USA
London, and the 'tunnels' used to be the prime baggage theft site for baggage theft, but now the WHOLE of the USA is on the list.
I always carry my goodies on my person as carry-on. If important, although less valuable, I put them in netted, as from Pac-Saf, which are securely attached to the bag. They permit inspection yet remain secure.
X-ray theft is also prevalent and I use the security cable from my laptop, looped through my jacket and other stuff, to prevent theft. Waiting, as in holding back, to ensure the X-ray channel is clear also helps prevent 'accidental' theft.
Most every flight I make requires a hand-job so previous passengers have usually cleared by the time my first carry-on has been X-rayed.
I also carry plenty of 'baggies' and make a point of packing my pocket items in them, before heading off for check-in. Even in a tray, stuff in bags is harder to steal.
Another distraction, during which thefts can occur, which can be avoided are metal belt buckles - I now only use inelegant plastic web buckles along with web belts and they NEVER trigger the X-ray. The only challenge is when a stupid security type says 'remove your belt' for I cannot remove my belt without taking my pants off!
The penalty of using poor quality unapproved connectors
One benefit, for consumers, of internationally accepted connectors is that there are numerous sources for them, eliminating monopolies and exorbitant prices but also has the added attraction of being tested against accepted standards.
But some vendors love the extra revenue stream afforded by their unique, sub-par, connectors.
"it's not really precise at all" you wish!
Software currently running on almost all North American cellco networks is good for an accuracy of less than 3 metres. Remember, they can use more than 3 tower arrays to pinpoint a wanted cell's location.
Only local very ow power re-broadcast units can lessen this software's accuracy which is why ATT wants femcels to have GPS in them.
Nortel, Canada's version of AT&T and Bell Labs, had a lot of Canadian taxpayer money ...
in it. It's a pity no one is thinking of them.
As for the shafted ex-employees pension contributions, I hope they don't expect Delaware courts to give a damn, Delaware is for business only.
How does "insist that privacy would be at the forefront of such a system" work with Facebook?
Apart from the fact Facebook and security are incompatible why should I have to sign up with any non-governmental system to access my entitlements?
Or is it a tacit admission that the UK's purported world leading cyber 'experts' can't handle secure logins?
Making one of the early users the pensions scheme is more than nutty - these people are more likely NOT to have InterNet access as well as being MORE likely to less computer literate.
I am fed up with people expecting myself and fellow employees to obtain FB or Twit accounts so we can learn some information. I simply refuse to use Twit and the decision about FB has been made as the government of the country I live in has blocked FB very, very effectively.
The UK government is my government so why the hell should I use American gateways to access my UK government, gateways that the American government has total access to.
Bet the French wouldn't do this - or the Americans - they have a sense of pride in their countries.
US 'Justice' arse backwards
Most jurisdictions put an alleged offender on trial first, then apply penalties.
If you think the money is going back to the suckers, think again. The US Government has an insatiable appetite for money.
Ask the international drug cartels.
I seem to remember one of the points Cameron/Clegg ran on as the elimination of the national ID database. And they even honoured their pledges.
Contrast that with the collection of old farts that comprise ACPO, the commercial outfit that benefits by selling government data, who announced a couple of weeks ago that they had scored GBP24,000,000 to enable it to equipment every roadside AND EVERY PRIVATELY OWNED traffic facing camera with number plate reading capability, in real time, with the data to be stored on a new computer to be housed in Hendon. This will only record number plate details and depends on the criminally minded not to switch number plates - a la James Bond.
Clarke, in addition to rendering his thoughts on rapists, also declared he thought 15 years was not an unreasonable time for the U.S. to store PNR information for 15 years.
In case any Register readers aren't concerned, consider that the following information is also collected but not shown on tickets, Numbers refer to PNR fields:
2. Date of reservation; 5. Other names on PNR; 6. Addresses; 8. Billing address; 9. Contact telephone numbers; 11. Frequent flyer information (miles flown and address(es)) (frequent flyer number might be shown on tickets); 16. Split/Divided PNR information; 17. E-mail addresses; 19. General remarks; 23. No show history; 25. Go show information (often used to note a "walk-up" passenger, i.e. someone who presents themselves without a ticket or reservation, and buys a ticket to travel immediately. Some carriers create a reservation on the spot . Other carriers simply sell them a ticket- which might be an "open" ticket, boarding them as a stand-by); 26. OSI information; 27. SSI/SSR information; 28. Received from information (the person who requested the reservation, not necessarily the traveller, e.g. a business associate, personal assistant, friend, family member, etc.); 29. All historical changes to the PNR; 30. Number of travellers on PNR; 33. Any collected APIS information.
The following data might be gleaned from tickets:
1. PNR record locator code (Tickets don't always show any record locator-the CRS record and not necessarily the same); 3. Date(s) of intended travel, airlines, dates, and flight numbers or '"open"; possibly hotel or car hire reservations, tour or cruise bookings, etc., on non-air PNR; 7. All forms of payment information; 10. All travel itinerary for specific PNR (reservations for current flight, and might include reservations for flights not yet ticketed, or ticketed separately, together with non-air components of the travellers such as accommodations, car rental or rail reservations, tours, cruises, etc.) 12. Travel agency; 13. Travel agent-IATA/ARC accreditation number, agent, etc.; 14. Code share PNR info; 24. Bag tag numbers; 34. ATFQ fields.
Register readers can no doubt determine just how invasive this information is to their own situations.
The PNR often contains additional information pertaining to car rental and hotel stays and all the associated data such as affinity cards, etc.
In reality I don't think Clarke, or the present government, has the faintest idea of what privacy is. Additionally, ACPO will undoubtedly build a case for having access to this data so Plod can track a persons movement aided and abetted by knowing cell phone information.
If you want to take some action now, you can do it by using a travel agent and requesting the agent to (1) hold all data not needed to issue a ticket on agency based contact management software; (2) Book hotels and car rental directly, on-line; (3) Use the agency as your contact address and telephone number.
15 years is one hell of a long time to hold any data.
It's not McKinnon who should face charges but the incompetent people in NASA and the Pentagon ...
as it was their lax commitment to duty that enabled McKinnon to breach what is laughingly called 'security'.
It is time that defective piece of legislated by Blair & Blunket was amended so that Britain can put on trial all people accused of crimes committed in British jurisdiction - as do the French. Cameron has the responsibility, now, to secure justice for Brits.
Just imagine what the Chinese hackers can do if poor old Gary McKinnon can hack these computers!
Something like this happened back in the '60's with a UK electronics magazine, ...
except it was an article on war surplus conversion of a radar unit which featured a 'horn' and a 'cavity', in the days before the commercial resale market developed and the magazine was distributed and when readers, at least those with dirty minds, realised it described the deflowering of a virgin all tangled up with words technicians commonly use there was absolute panic. One phrase that comes to mind was "blowing away the cobwebs before you start". A real collectors item.
Yes it was an April issue - which was hurriedly recalled, unsuccessfully.
As for the question: : "What is the official currency of Vietnam?" the answer is the DONG (pronounced DOM) and has a picture of Uncle Ho on everyone of the notes/bills. They start at VND200 and the largest is VND500,000. There are about 22,000 to the dollar. My morning Cafe sua nom (strong enough to melt a teaspoon) costs me VND5,000.
Lamo - a publicity seeking piece of scum out of the ...
gutter who wrapped his betrayal in the flag to claim he was a hero.
(1) How much has he been paid or will he be paid;
(2) During this much touted Washington trip will he be advised or coached into what to say:
(3) How does he reconcile the varying accounts of what transpired between himself and Manning;
(4) Will the prosecutors try to get him to include Wikileaks in his 'disclosure'.
Do I feel sorry? No! If Sony had expended as much energy on
security and updating server software as they did whilst harassing George Holtz it would not of happened.
Poetic justice: what a hit on the bottom line! Hooray!
Kind of hard to operate when you have holes in the factory floor
According to ChengDu, SiChuan local media a friend relayed to me apart from the damaged explosion area there are holes/cracks in floors above the detonation point and there were concerns the floors might collapse.
What interests me more, are the employees going to get compensation for the lay off period?
To beat the best Tube movie, made before CGI, which was ...
IMO, American Werewolf in London, anything better will have a hard time making it. The subway chases were superb in Werewolf - all taken with straight cameras!
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