* Posts by heyrick

2790 posts • joined 20 Dec 2009

Getty Images flings competition sueball at Google Image Search

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Re: Protectionism

"Are you suggesting that legit site owners pay; then go to the trouble of adding no-index code for *each* image;"

So let's see - Getty sells an image, random person/company sticks image on website with no sort of licence or identifying information, and Getty is getting pissy about this? The only way this is going to work is if Getty talks to Google about indexing all of the Getty images in order to identify them correctly, and I'm not sure antagonising Google is the way to start...

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Re: Protectionism

"Getty have no obligation to tell Google (or anyone else) that usage has to be paid for."

The flip side of the coin is the Getty also has no right to tell Google what to do with full size images that are put on the Internet and are intended to be found and used for free.

The fault here as I see it is with the site owners not indicating that the full res photo should not be indexed, and with Getty for not specifying this as part of the licence requirement.

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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In one of these idiotic evaluations...

...I was asked if I could go back and change something in my life, what would I change?

I said "everything".

Which is apparently the wrong answer.

Why?

The way I see it, I've "done stuff" and "made decisions" and arrived here. If I should be able to go back in time and change something, why would I want to change only one thing? Why not do everything differently and see where life goes then?

Oh, and replying to the half-full/half-empty thing with "the cup is clearly the wrong size" is also an incorrect answer. Ho hum. I'll go cook my spaghetti in a frying pan, maybe that'll be the right size?

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: Google got lighter?

Remember when Google wanted to trounce the bloated Altavista so they pared their page down the the absolute minimum so people using Google on 28k8 modems would already be searching for stuff while AltaVista (etc) was still loading? Seems like a cruel joke these days, doesn't it?

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Re: And...

I tried Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A and that didn't do anything either.

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Edward Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition

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the "land of the free" is normally taken to mean the US

Don't think that's been true for quite a while...

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Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

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Re: Syntax

Just tried it on Dolphin (with all cookies nuked). "About 1030 results", of which this article is in top position. Is using Google.fr as Google.com redirected me based upon location.

https://i.imgur.com/FzCUUFF.jpg

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Re: Perhaps it's the acronym

Thank you Credas for explaining the acronym. I got all the way to your comment while wondering what the hell was going on between Google and a Belgian broadcaster.

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Google warned by EU

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Re: This could sway my brexit vote.

By referring to the referendum as "brexit", you've already nailed your colours to the mast. Nice that you'll be helping to decide the future of the country based upon whether or not the EU is upset over Google's dominance instead of anything that, you know, matters...

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over imposing restrictions on [...] mobile network operators,

Special "premium" tariffs for iPhones?

Ditto Blackberry?

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

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Doesn't the use of a non official Android

Man that all the DRM guff instantly stops working?

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UK authorities probe 'drone hitting plane at Heathrow'

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Re: Kudos to the idiot responsible

"Personally, I can't wait for the day."

As a person who enjoys flying a little drone out in the country away from anything of importance (and with a maximum range of around 70m before the radio poops out), screw you and screw the dumbasses who think it is funny to buzz airliners...

Don't assume an asshole represents everybody.

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Blackmail both parties?

BOFHs in practice...

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Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

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Re: Penguin

Nope, didn't compile anything myself. My machine runs Windows rock solid (except when using crappy Prolific driver). I didn't do anything that would be weird or unusual.

My fault finding? It kernel panicked. Sod it. Reboot to Windows. End of. I don't give a crap about the politics, I just want a machine that works and life is too short to waste sorting out stuff.

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Re: Penguin

When trying out a recent Ubuntu, I got it to kernel panic simply by trying to run Firefox. Quirk? Bad luck? I don't know, but it didn't impress me...

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

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Re: Stallman can change the GPS as welll...

"derivative work"

Surely the only definition that is logical (asides from this API/symbol guff) is code that is derived from something GPL. A clean piece of code written to fit a known API shouldn't become tainted GPL purely by use of the API...?

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

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Re: Something similar

"Because when the file system is FAT or FAT32 you can't remotely connect to the C: share like you can with NTFS."

Really? So please explain why that old XP PC in the corner with the 40GB FAT32 harddisc is shared on my machine as Z:...

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Taking an artsy selfie in Stockholm? You might need to pay royalities

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Just discard public space photos from Sweden

And when the wider world starts to know less and less about Sweden and Swedish culture, they will know who to thank for that.

BTW, calling Wiki "non-profit" is stretching the concept considerably; maybe they weren't the best to argue this one?

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Humans get 'aroused' fondling robots in their private areas – study

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Re: A robot that size?

Wow. That's a lot of chrome.

Personally, Briareos Hecatonchires is my idea of what a humanoid robot should look like. Not at all sexy, but makes up for that with plenty of random awesomeness.

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A robot that size?

It'd be like touching up a young child. Eww.

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Google tried to be funny, cocked it up, everyone thought it was a bug

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Re: Just tangentially related...

Oh I don't know. One of the emoticons looks suspiciously like a smiling poo.

I can't post it, forum rejects Unicode. However you'll find it in both Android and iOS. It's brown, curled, and has eyes. What more needs said?

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

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Re: For your consideration

And if the series gets cancelled, easy out : they get clobbered into the Stone Age for infringing a patent they never knew existed, until the day suits turn up with a warrant and walk off with absolutely everything "as evidence".

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Many have tried...

...all have failed.

Writing code just isn't exciting. "Hackers" gave us spinning phone booths and 3D mazes. "Swordfish" gave us...musical attitude and slomo explosions.

"WarGames", "The Matrix", "Ghost In The Shell", "Sneakers"...the list goes on. And what they all have in common is the we get glimpses of stuff happening on a computer, because in movie terms that's all we need to know. The actual nuts and bolts of what is being done, from ghost hacking people to writing apps, is fucking boring. There is just no way to make programming cool on screen. That's why...spinning phone booths...

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French publishers join Swedish 'Block Party' to pester ad refuseniks

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Re: This hard on the news that students are protesting...

"I also know that my US-based managerial colleagues simply refuse point-blank to even consider hiring in France because of it."

And to balance this, I know some Europeans that were pink slipped when the company decided it had what it wanted from the employees - as in here's your pay, note the pink bit of paper, get out - and as such they refuse point-blank to work in the United States.

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

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Re: "Same memory as the BBC Micro Model A"

Beeb had the OS and BASIC in a masked ROM, and add ons were either masked ROM or EPROM. Useful, as I recently changed my B from DFS to DNFS just by UV wiping the EPROM and blowing the replacement ROM image into it.

Downloaded from the Internet, burned into EPROM, installed. I guess this is piracy, eighties style. That and dub tapes of software that throws up never ending load fails. ;)

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Comms 'redlining' in Brussels as explosions kill up to 30 people

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Re: That's perspective for you.

Well it does highlight limitations in the infrastructure and hints at the possibility of total chaos should the assholes try doing multiple targets at the same time...

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'Contractual barriers' behind geo-blocking could breach EU rules

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I live in France...

eBooks and MP3s can only come from Amazon.fr. This is annoying in the case of MP3s as for some of the more obscure artists, the selection on amazon.co.uk is completely different.

Takes the piss, when I can buy a CD or printed book from just about anywhere...

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Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday

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Re: People that are 'not always on'

"the modern paradyme is that you have to be always connected 27/7/52"

Twenty seven hours in a day? Oh crap, don't tell management...they'll want me to work some of them!

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So where has the legal 'right' to 10Mbps broadband gone?

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I have 2Mbit down and about 700K up

I'm at the end of nearly 5km of wire in a setting (in northern France) so rural it gets pitch black here at night. 2Mbit isn't terribly fast but it suffices and can even handle streaming SD video (I watch NHK world via their app).

Sure, I'd like faster (who wouldn't), especially seeing as I'm paying for "up to twenty", however unless the EU is able to legislate changes to the laws of physics, I don't see myself getting anything faster unless Orange rip out the wires and fit fibre and install a mini exchange just for me. Well...ain't gonna happen. So 2Mbit it is. And with that I'd rather have slow reliable than fast flaky.

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Biometrics not a magic infosec bullet for web banking, warns GCHQ bloke

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Two thoughts...

Firstly, why are the banks making a big deal out of this fancy new way of authenticating ourselves when A, chip and PIN is protected by a lousy four digit PIN (come on, we're expected to know eleven digit phone numbers, can't they offer us the option to have a longer PIN if we want?) and B, we are expected to take it on trust that the little keypad connects to a proper secure device for the purposes of completing the transaction. I, personally, do not believe the so-called security one bit. There is no way to tell if the device isn't harvesting card numbers and PINs. In today's world of instant communications, it strikes me as odd that inserting your card can't open a secure connection to your bank, with the bank passing a special security phrase that can be shown on the LCD (an improbable passphrase of YOUR choosing known only to the bank such as "Duck! Duck! The turd is shiny giraffe!") so you know it is supposedly safe - this being an encrypted channel between the device itself and the bank. All the till will ever see is a yes/no response and some gibberish passing to and fro.

Secondly, I know Sneakers is an old film, but it is perhaps the best example in cinema of how to pwn voice based authentication systems. Do not forget that if this is done on a computer or smartphone it will likely require specific software (which is a whole other trust level - such as NatWest's constant demands for me to install Trusteer Rapport on my computers) and if it is done over the phone you'll be subject to the limitations of POTS, which may well mean that the authentication could be able to be fooled by a cassette tape recording of your voice.

So, sorry, call me cynical, but I'm wondering what this development is really intended to address. I'm wondering how it could be (ab)used to push more liability onto the end-user (who, helium balloons and singing aside, don't usually get the ability to change their voice...or other biometrics).

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Hotel light control hack illuminates lamentable state of IoT security

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Just don't try to hack Anita. Bad Things Happen.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

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Re: Catchup

The reason I still use ABP is because it has a really simple element hiding extension that can get rid of such overlays.

If the site is dumb enough to serve the entire content first, then that's their problem not mine.

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DARPA to geeks: Weaponize your toasters … for America!

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Left hand, meet Right hand

So DARPA would like us to hack IoT devices (what, the NSA running out of steam?) while at the same time, the FCC (according to TP-Link at least) would prefer us to drop dead rather than dare to touch the firmware inside a broadband router... Hmm...

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Data protection: Don't be an emotional knee jerk. When it comes to the law, RTFM

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Re: Privacy Shield?

"At the very minimum redress should be sought against the EU organisation that exports the data."

This.

This cannot be upvoted enough.

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

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CEO Radia told the FT that it had replaced the code anyway.

Isn't that kind of admitting that the code used to be the same, then got "replaced"?

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UN rapporteur: 'Bad example' UK should bin the Snoopers' Charter

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He isn't threatening a nuclear device, it's a little graphic designed to suggest the level of anger for when a picture of steam coming out of the ears just isn't sufficient.

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Brits still not happy about commercial companies using their healthcare data

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This finding has implications for thinking about whether an opt-out should be available

What do you mean "whether"? If a third party wishes to share medical data held on us ("anonimised" or not) with other third parties, the fact that the ability to opt out is even a question speaks volumes about their real motives.

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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Re: Shuffle

"Why the fsck would a music player have a shuffle ?" - it is useful when you are in "all tracks" mode and just want it to play some stuff at random.

Sometimes I like to random play my albums. Keeps things more interesting than the predictable this-song-follows-this-song. I grew up with cassette tapes and even mix tapes were a strictly linear order.

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Decent phone reception isn't available everywhere in the world.

Quite true, but every Android phone I have used has made it pretty easy to turn airplane mode on and off, plus WiFi, mobile data, and Bluetooth.

Learn to use those widgets.

Yeah, I know, it's a pain in the ass to intentionally select what you want to use, but it is a lot less of a pain in the ass when nothing happens because you have a brilliant mobile connection but the phone is confused and is trying to pull data from a distant WiFi connection it can barely receive.

That's why I also force my phone to work on 3G only. It is a lot simpler to have the signal drop out in blackspots than the totally random and erratic downgrading to EDGE when 3G is good enough, and the fact that it doesn't like switching back to 3G (not to mention EDGE is voice or data, not both, and Orange France is set up that data has priority).

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

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Re: Very different from magazines

Isn't that what eventually did in Computer Shopper - when people realised that they were paying for an insane advert:content ratio?

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Re: Turn it off? Not no way, no chance, no how. @ Andy Non

"never learned to use the ads themselves as indicators of whether or not a site is worth visiting."

I tend to find assessing the site content is a better indication than adverts that are served by a third party. If the content is crap or I need to turn off blocking - bye bye. I'm getting older and as I age I find my tolerance for bull lowering. It's just easier to close the tab, there are very few sites that I need to visit...

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NSA boss reveals top 3 security nightmares that keep him awake at night

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Right...

So the head of a bunch of secretive spooks is a keynote speaker and we're supposed to trust a word of what he says? Come on, it's basic social engineering to push an agenda.

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Ukraine has a Eurovision pop at Russia

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Re: WTF?

"More people watch the Eurovision final than the Superbowl. By a long way."

And I'm one of them.

To all the detractors: I'll tell you what. I'll happily let Eurovision (which is maybe in the region of ten hours per year) die quietly if you extend the same courtesy to all the bloody football on TV.

Wait, what? You're hovering the pointer around the downvote button? Well, before you click it, just accept that there are some things on TV that may not be to your taste. That you don't like it doesn't mean nobody likes it.

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Loved one just died? Pah, that's nothing

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Meh

If waiting a few seconds for a picture causes you stress it's time to unplug.

Waiting isn't the stressful part. It's the inconvenient buffering that irks me. So you're watching something, right? And it has played fine for hours in a hurricane/earthquake/firestorm/apocalypse and you're really into what's going on and something extremely important is Just About To Happen when.... it all freezes and you get that stupid little spinny thing in the middle of the screen and if you're lucky a stuttery hiccup as it plays the fractions of seconds it receives as and when it receives them.

GAH!

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But there's no fear.

I could happily stand at the edge of a virtual cliff. I could even swan dive off it. And splat on the bottom. Then complain that the blood stains aren't realistic. Why? Because IT IS VIRTUAL. There's no risk. It's an entirely different proposition to a real cliff.

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Eurovision Song Contest uncorks 1975 vote shocker: No 'Nul point'!

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Please tell me the semi finals won't be on BBC THREE any more

As that'll make it unavailable to overseas ex pats, those with crappy internet, etc etc.

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Playmo...

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Playmo...

Was browsing the magazine aisle in the local supermarket (I live in France) and saw a Playmobil magazine. One of those DeAgostini things that comes out weekly for something like fifty parts, and don't do the maths as to how much it'd cost.

Normally I'd walk on by.

But this, part three, it just had El Reg written all over it. What can I say?

http://imgur.com/MhoOwmo

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Europe's Earth-watching satellite streaks aloft

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I watched the webcast

Well, being used to watching the Shuttle crawling into space, it was quite a surprise to watch this tear into space. Okay, it was a much smaller payload than a Shuttle, but still, damn.

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

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Re: It's going to be a mess

"Never again have I been able to look at a Christmas banquet consisting of walnuts and sausages on a bed of shredded red cabbage and blanched pork loins without heaving."

Bloody hell!

TMI.

Really.

Burp.

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Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge

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Re: Maybe it's time..

My iPad is running iOS7. It came with 6 and the update was fairly simple. However since it is a 16GB model, upgrading beyond not only requires me to clean a lot of stuff off the device AND manage to download a 5GBish file with my slow rural Internet, the doubling of the size of the OS means that much less space on the device.

It's a shame one can't install a base OS and then the options you want/need...

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