* Posts by mhenriday

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Big sales growth nothing to do with NSA fears - Huawei top brass

mhenriday
Boffin

Show me the backdoor !

Given what we know about the spying on companies carried out by the NSA - and other US «[un]intelligence agencies» - for the commercial benefit of competitors headquartered in the US, any claims from these agencies that a certain foreign company builds backdoors in its equipment which relay information to the spy agencies of its home country should be taken cum grano salis and regarded as the thief-crying-thief manoeuvres they so obviously are. Those who believe that, e g, Cisco kit is less likely to contain backdoors than Huawei counterparts are naive or disingenuous....

Henri

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Licence to chill: Ex-CIA spyboss Petraeus gets probation for leaking US secrets to his mistress

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Justice is blind ?

Perhaps, but, it would seem, only in that she regularly closes her eyes to abuses by the powerful, while turning a basilisk stare towards the lowly. Compare, e g, the fates of David Howell Petraeus and Chelsea Elizabeth Manning....

Henri

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Kremlin hackers exploited TWO 0-day Flash, Windows vulns

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FAIL

«'Only a well funded threat actor,

in this case a nation state one associated with the Russian government', would be capable of pulling off the assault, according to FireEye.»

Roma locuta, causa finita....

Henri

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Drill, baby, drill: HIDDEN glaciers ON MARS hold 150bn cubic metres of precious frozen WATER

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: When is a billion not a billion?

Indeed. No need to speculate - the abstract of the article by Ms Karlsson et al refers to «1.55 · 10⁵ km³» of «lobate debris aprons», i e, 155 (long- scale) billion m³ of water ice.... ;-)

Henri

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Check out our HOT AIR INTERFACE for 5G – Huawei

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FAIL

Re: Payoff?

Any evidence for that «presumption», «Anonymous Coward» ? Thought not....

Henri

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'Net neutrality will turn the internet communist – and make Iran's day'

mhenriday
Boffin

Mr McDowell and his ilk -

in particular those segments of the ilk that pay him - are afraid that dangerous radicals like Tim Berners-Lee will take over the internet.... ;-)

Henri

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Ingredient found in TASTY BEER is GOOD for your BRAIN

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Pint

«You only have to drink 2k litres a day to see the effect.»

Y2K ?...

Henri

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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FAIL

«[T]housands» and «tens of thousands» ?

You wouldn't care, ZThomm, to provide some links to those «tens of thousands of peer reviewed [sic !] studies refuting CAGW,, and demonstrating that the current climate is neither extreme or unprecedented», now would you ? Or are you perhaps referring to «studies» in a journal run by yourself and Mr Page and reviewed by the Koch brothers ?... ;-)

Henri

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FAIL

«Skipping over P[age]'s waffley advertorial propaganda "[analysis]"

(it's not a peer-reviewed publication or anything, just a lengthy pseudoscientific polemic written by [Page, with or without the aid of] pals*) to the actual survey results, we find out the following things» :

1) Climate change doesn't exist, or if it does,

2) It's actually getting colder, rather than hotter, or if it is actually getting hotter,

3) Man-made emissions have nothing to do with it, as

4) It's the sun wot done it and not our fault at all....

The amusing thing is that El Reg insists in listing Mr Page's bloviations under «Scientific News»....

Henri

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SPACE the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of COMET PROBE ROSETTA

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Pint

Re: Pretty amazing pictures!

Indeed - the indisputable fact that many technical advances have taken place under or in preparation for military conflicts hardly means that investment in so-called «military research» is required to produce such advantages ; the implication doesn't hold. We waste untold resources on research to find ever new, ever more effective ways of murdering our fellows, while, if possible, holding down casualties on our side. There is no evidence to support the rather odd notion that technical advances can't be produced by direct investment in projects that do not have as their main objective better methods for killing the designated «enemy»....

Henri

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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FAIL

That noted climate scientist, Lewis Page,

who regularly publishes in the renowned scientific journal, El Reg, where his contributions are reviewed by an equally renowned circle of scientific peers, doesn't agree with the vast majority of those working in the field of climatology. Conclusion ? Mr Page, whose background in the Royal Navy qualifies him to pick and choose among works published in the field, is right, those who actually perform the research and have the temerity to disagree are, of course, wrong and deluded, if not actually in the pay of some sort of «warmist» mafia....

馬鹿に付ける薬は無い。。。。

Henri

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Snowden SLAMS iPhone, claims 'special software' tracks users

mhenriday
Big Brother

Too bad you didn't remind us three times, Shaun !

«... attorney Anatoly Kucherena told the English-language Sputnik News, a division of state-run news agency Rossiya Segodnya.

...

The Sputnik News article – which we remind you, dear reader, was generated by state-run media – ...»

If you really want'ed to convince us, you should have made an extra effort and followed the path taken by the Bellman :

«Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:

That alone should encourage the crew.

Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:

What I tell you three times is true.»

Henri

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China fingered for Afghan Govt attacks

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WTF?

I particularly enjoyed this sentence :

«Hackers popped the network run by the Afghan Ministry of Communications and IT which delivered malware to many of the Government's websites including the Australian embassy.» Has the Reg entirely dispensed with such antediluvian procedures as proofreading ?...

Henri

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Google it! Ruskie gov user data slurps jumped 25% last year

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FAIL

«... when master blabbermouth Edward Snowden

became a resident of Moscow ...» Let us hope we get more «blabbermouths» of Mr Snowden's stature next year - he has done and they would do far more to protect our rights than those hiding behind the sobriquet «Team Register»....

Henri

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CERN's 2014 Xmas gift from the Large Hadron Collider: Two new baryons

mhenriday
Pint

Most of us, Osgard,

do indeed find these quarks (positions), if not romantic, at least of use in romantic situations....

Henri

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Annus HORRIBILIS for TLS! ALL the bigguns now officially pwned in 2014

mhenriday
WTF?

Shouldn't that rather be

«anus horribilis» ?...

Henri

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This isn't a sci-fi movie: It's a human-made probe snapping a comet selfie

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Brilliant photo -

kudos to the Rosetta team at ESA and thanks to El Reg editors for publishing it !...

Henri

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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FAIL

«Russia, China could ban western tech

if they want to live in the PAST» So banning Windows 8 indicates a desire to live in the PAST, Mr Sharwood ? TINA, as Ms Thatcher used to say ?...

Don't make me laugh....

Henri

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Robert Baker to Jolly good work.

I just downvoted your comment, Mr Baker, since it proved you to be the idiot you described, and I thought you might be lonely all by yourself. A fault, I suppose, but I chalk it up to the milk of human kindness, which runs thick (but hopefully not too thick !) in my veins.... ;-)

Henri

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Snowden wants YOU – yes, YOU – to build spy-busting tech

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Bravo, Mr Snowden !

I sincerely hope that you inspired no few attendees at the Hope X hacker conference, and that some of them do manage to produce user-friendly products which hinder the type of snooping carried out by organisations like the NSA, GCHQ, FRA, etc, etc, ad nauseam....

Henri

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SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

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Pint

Nice to see/hear

the Space X team using SI units (or derivatives thereof) ! Hope the Reg will prove capable of doing the same !...

Henri

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NIST told to grow a pair and kick NSA to the curb

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Unhappy

For once I agree with a Reg headline ;

growing a pair would indeed be excellent advice for NIST. But given, as pointed out above by Marketing Hack, the superiors to whom NIST answers, it is likely that the pair would be immediately pruned. Foxes don't make good hen-house keepers....

Henri

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Dead letter office: ancient smallpox sample turns up in old US lab

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I seem to remember, more than two decades ago,

the highly publicised worries about Soviet nuclear warheads adrift, which those nasty terrorists were almost certain to get their hands on. Fortunately, such things are handled better in that Shining City upon a Hill....

Henri

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Snowden seeks Russian asylum extension

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FAIL

«rogue sysadmin»

You mean, Mr Leyden, like James Robert Clapper would have been, had he possessed the intelligence to become a sysadmin ?...

Henri

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

mhenriday
Boffin

That's the problem with a rising power -

the Chinese court was obviously and embarrassingly unaware of the fact that in international jurisprudence, there are two types of patents : those held by Apple and the others. Only the first are valid....

Henri

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

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Hallelujah !

«You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks» I e, nada, zero, zilch ! Thanks for nothing, Mr Holder !...

Henri

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Snowden defends mega spy blab: 'Public affairs have to be known by the public'

mhenriday
FAIL

OK, Kelly ;

we know where you're coming from - «Master spy blabbermouth ...» «The infamous whistleblower ...». But you might want to remember that the removing superfluous and misleading adjectives - and even ill-considered nouns - is the first duty of an essayist or, for that matter, a Reg blogger....

Henri

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'Executed ex' of Norkers' bonkers Kim Jong-un rises FROM THE GRAVE

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Holmes

The Reg's amazing readership

Good to see the so many of the Reg's readers are experts on North Korea, both possessing a knowledge of the language and having resided there during long periods. That they are so willing to share their profound knowledge of the country with others is just the icing on the cake....

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That Snowden chap was SPOT ON says China

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FAIL

«And of course let's also note that there's colossal hypocrisy on both [emphasis added, MHD] sides ...», which, of course, explains why our dear Simon points out examples of such hypocrisy on the part of only one side, that of the Chinese - quelle surprise ! And speaking of «hypocrisy», I like that comment about «Snowden allegations» - which would indicate that Simon questions their veracity. Way to go, Simon, can't wait to read more of your impartial and unbiased reporting from the region !...

Henri

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NASA spots 'new' star just 7.2 light years away

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Solid surface?

From what I am given to understand, this body, with a mass some 3 - 10 times that of Jupiter, would, in fact, possess a volume or «size» less than that of the latter planet. Choosing to call it a brown dwarf rather than a Jovian body due to what is believed to be the greater frequency of the former in the galaxy seems odd to me ; unless there is something in its spectral distribution which indicates otherwise, as a body of less than 13 Jupiter masses, it would hardly seem to qualify as a brown dwarf....

Henri

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China's CERT blames US for a THIRD of all attacks on Middle Kingdom PCs

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FAIL

Thanks, Phil,

for reminding us that the Chinese government is capable of «massaging» figures and of attribution difficulties when it comes to foreign attacks. I don't remember you making the same reflections on US government claims about Chinese hackers - very well publicised her on the Reg - but on the other hand, you, with your unique linguistic and cultural qualifications, only comment on matters Chinese (and rarely, Japanese, for which you also possess unique qualifications)....

Henri

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China shutters Windows ‘rival’ Red Flag Linux

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FAIL

Way to go, Phil !

«Glorious free operating system of the people» You may not know the language, Phil, and you make up things out of the whole cloth - but you really have a sharp sense of humour !...

Henri

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

mhenriday
Pint

The drama doesn't seem to be over quite yet ...

as signals seem to have been received which indicate that the Rabbit has awakened. Our moon may be rather closer than the stars, but Seneca's dictum still holds : non est ad astra mollis e terris via. Kudos to all those working on the programme !...

Henri

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CERN outlines plan for new 100km circumference supercollider

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Is that really the best place to build these things?

Thanks, Fraz, for that detailed run-through ! May I point out, however, that in cases like these, the pedantic grammar-nazi ikon is hardly appropriate ; from your vantage point there at CERN, you should rather have chosen «May contain highly technical content ...», an example of which I've appended hereto.... ;-)

Henri

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CERN boffins fire ANTI-HYDROGEN BEAM

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Very important work,

Richard - kudos to the ASACUSA experimenters and many thanks to you for posting !...

Henri

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Huawei dismisses NSA backdoor claims as profits soar

mhenriday
Boffin

Obviously, one should not use Huawei kit -

that is, if the NSA has been anywhere near it, since, according to der Spiegel, that delightful organisation («Defending our Nation. Securing the Future.» attempts to install backdoors on it. Actually, what the article in question had to say was the following

ANT [Advanced Network Technology ?] offers malware and hardware for use on computers made by Cisco, Dell, Juniper, Hewlett-Packard and Chinese company Huawei.
which would seem to greatly restrict the kit that the security-interested user can safely install. Better break out that old soldering iron !...

Henri

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Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge

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Pint

«If this limited amount of access ...

... constitutes “irreparable harm” to Apple then the standard for irreparable harm is low indeed.» Judge Cote obviously fails to understand that looking cross-eyed at Apple subjects that frail entity to «irreparable harm»....

Henri

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'Toothless' environment protections in secretive global trade pact TPP leaked all over the web

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Yet another secret treaty for the benefit of the megacorporations ?

And which tramples the rights of consumers ? Who'd have thought it ?...

Henri

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China ALSO building encryption-cracking quantum computer

mhenriday
Boffin

Zheziang university ?

«"The value of the quantum computer to the military and government is so great, its cost has never been considered," Zheziang university professor Wang Haohua told the paper.»

Phil, you wouldn't want to consider telling interested - or bemused - readers just where «Zheziang university» is located, would you ?...

Henri

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I want NSA chief's head on a plate for Merkelgate, storms Senator McCain

mhenriday
Holmes

Given Mr McCain's distinguished flying record,

he might be advised to refrain from metaphors about pigs flying....

Henri

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Furious Google techie on NSA snooping: 'F*CK THESE GUYS'

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Pot, kettle, black?

MostlyCommonSense, have you ever heard of NoScript ? DoNotTrackMe ? I presume you do not run a Windows OS on your computer....

Henri

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mhenriday
Big Brother

Re: "...laws are for the little people..."

Don Jefe, I suggest that if you look more closely, you will find that the US Constitution was designed mainly to keep the «little people» from getting out of hand. (Some of) the big people in the colonies did, of course, want the British off their backs, but they certainly didn't want the little people to have too much to say in running the government, which is why the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union (sounds grand, doesn't it ?), which didn't reserve sufficient power to the central government to make its writ felt throughout the country, in particular in circumstances like Shay's Rebellion, were abandoned and a new constitution adopted....

Henri

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mhenriday
Big Brother

«I've even seen oppressive governments ...

use state sponsored hacking to target dissidents.» Indeed - but then, why is Mr Downey so surprised to see US government agencies snooping on everyone and everybody ? Or does he define «oppressive government» in such a way as to exclude the US government ? Isn't that sort of linguistic legerdemain known as special pleading ?...

Henri

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PC rivals weep while Lenovo dazzles with Q2 box-shifting numbers

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Holmes

Let me get this straight -

Lenovo ups «year-on-year revenues 13 per cent to $9.8bn, with pre-tax and net profit up 30 and 36 per cent respectively to $265m and $220m» and HP's Jos Brenkel claims that they've been «low-balling prices» ? After Mr Brenkel stops gazing at those high-hanging grapes, which no doubt are very sour, indeed, he might want to consider «low-balling» prices on some of HP's products....

Henri

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From Russia with Code: Edward Snowden gets job on website helldesk

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FAIL

Would, Mr Fiveash,

that we had more people with the guts to be «blabbermouths» of the Edward Joseph Snowden type ! Alas, they seem to be few and far between. Kudos to Mr Snowden for what he's done and best wishes for his future !...

Henri

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China softens duty-free stance to revive global IT trade talks

mhenriday
Boffin

Looks to me as if the Chinese government,

seeing the parlous situation in which world trade finds itself amid worries about a possible US default, which would really throw the cat among the pigeons, has decided to do what it can to give IT trade a boost. The problem is that in the best of cases, negotiatiing a new agreement is going to take quite some time, while the US default is staring us in the face....

Henri

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Brit boson boffin Higgs bags Nobel with eponymous deiton

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Pint

Quite a lift

when Vetenskapsakademien finally got around to announcing its choice an hour later than the customary time. Kudos to Professors Englert and Higgs !...

Henri

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So sad about the NSA web-spying bombshells - but think of the MONEY!

mhenriday
Boffin

«It just means that your local government grabs your data first.»

And then turns it over to the NSA, as our FRA, whose motto should be : «At the service of the US government since 1943 [under other names]», does here in Sweden....

Henri

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Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

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Trollface

Rumour has it

that Oracle has filed a motion to have the venue changed to the Superior Court of Hawaii, conveniently located on the charming island of Lanai. Strippers are welcome on day- night-trips....

Henri

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Boffins explain bizarre here-one-month-gone-the-next 'third Van Allen belt'

mhenriday
Boffin

«High Voltage Orbiting Long Tether,

or HiVOLT, is a concept proposed by Russian physicist V.V. Danilov and further refined by Robert P. Hoyt and Robert L. Forward for draining and removing the radiation fields of the Van Allen radiation belts that surround the Earth....»

What could ever go wrong with geo NEO engineering ?!!...

Henri

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