* Posts by Tim 11

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

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windows updates anyone?

I assume this is running full-fat windows rather than win RT. If so, 32GB is only enough to last for about a years worth of windows updates even if you don't install any local software or store any local data at all (some of my PCs have over 50GB in the c:\windows directory).

This is a very short-sighted idea

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Exchange Server 2016 will be mostly Cloud Exchange ported back on-premises

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"Faster and more intelligent search"

Having just switched from gmail to office 365, the biggest downside for me is search which doesn't seem to have improved significantly since I used exchange in 2001. If this is what on-prem exchange customers have to look forward to in exchange '16, don't get your hopes up too high.

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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"....all the user would need to do is run their own encryption on top"

yes in theory, but this cunning plan relies on the fact that most users aren't savvy or motivated enough to do that... only the ones with something to hide... oh crap!

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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is £150 really a bargain

I paid £109 for my 23 inch full HD monitor in 2009 and have never had any problems with it

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Wanna quote tweets without manual faff? HAVE AT IT, sez Twitter

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Is this really big news?

Not a twitter user myself but to the uninitiated, this looks like something that would take one competent programmer about half a day to implement.

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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politics

It's interesting to look at the upvote/downvote ratios on this story. On most stories, a common-sense comment gets a big pile of upvotes an a stupid comment gets a load of downvotes. What we're dealing with here is basically a political issue so I'd expect people to vote along party political lines (tories in favour of the original article and lefties against). Hence a fairly even split of up and down votes.

We might not necessarily see it as party political, we each see our own view as common sense, but that's the nature of politics.

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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Re: Better than expected

Don't forget this is just one specific category of one specific area that's being identified as wasted for one specific reason.

If you take into account inefficient public services, benefit payments, parliament, bureaucracy etc, I'd guess at least 1/2 the £700 billion is "wasted" in that it could have been better employed had it not been given to government to spend.

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Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion

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Good news

for private companies to start digging up roads and putting down their own TV cables 25 years ago was a very brave thing to do. After a lot of long-term losses and consolidation, the fact that it's still privately owned, and the new owner thinks it's a good idea to dig up more roads and put down more cables, is basically a vindication of the original concept.

Cable TV and internet has served me well over the past 25 years and I'm pleased that it's turned out to be commercially viable and worthy of more investment.

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Microsoft slurps Apple-happy, Google-tastic Sunrise calendar firm

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same old Microsoft

Buy 'em up; shut 'em down. No news here

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Facebook bug could have ERASED the ENTIRE WORLD

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does anyone give a shit?

since nobody ever looks at a FB photo that's more than a week old, presumably after a week, everything would be back to normal anyway

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

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Re: I can say...

Yup that's the elephant in the room with EE, customer service. It doesn't take many wasted hours on hold or talking to their f**kwit alleged customer-services people to completely eradicate any advantages of EE.

And yes, I know all phone company customer services is shit, but unless you've experienced EE, you have no idea how bad it can be.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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SPOILER ALERT - This is almost exactly the script from the movie.

However, cynics might still want to go and see it for the bit when one of the finest mathematical brains in history mispronounces "Euler" and another of the finest mathematical brains in history doesn't notice the rather obvious slip.

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Microsoft: We bought Skype. We make mobiles.. Oh, HANG ON!

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...gradually becoming more coherent

Don't forget the second law of thermodynamics though.

You don't just kick off something in a "more coherent" direction and expect it to naturally gravitate there; lose sight of that goal and things will start getting chaotic again. And if there's one thing MS are good at, it's losing sight of their goals after 5 minutes

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Cash-burning Box makes yet ANOTHER IPO promise

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Investing in data centers

I presume the number/size of data centers required will scale linearly with the number/size of customers.

So surely if you can't make a profit from the customers you've got now with the data centers you've got now, there's no reason to believe that by increasing both you'll become profitable.

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One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

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check-out?

I've struggled with the flakiness of OneDrive for business and its predecessors for several years. The most recent problem is that it now doesn't work against document libraries which require check-out/check-in (this is by design with the latest update).

Now it becomes apparent that this change was probably the first step along the way to getting rid of ODFB altogether and replacing it with the consumer OneDrive. Assuming that the new unified OneDrive doesn't support check-out/check-in either, that will be another big nail in the coffin of anyone who wants to use SharePoint or office 365 as a document management system.

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Stuck on a coding problem – should you Bing it?

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Trollface

Fits in well with Windows 8

Of course for those of us still using windows 7, it's possible to have a web browser and visual studio on the screen at the same time and switch between them easily. That also means we can use Google instead of Bing,

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TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

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Re: Hmm... Whilst there is much that one can criticise Redmond for I have to say..............

I'm not a big fan of MS or azure but I have to admit they're on to a no-win situation here. Being open is definitely what we'd like to see from these mega-service-providers but it just gives a bigger attack surface for their detractors.

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Win Server 2003 custom support: That's NOT going to be fun

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"instead of supporting a dead-end legacy they could be contributing to Microsoft's future battles with Google, Facebook and Apple”.

I think you meant to say "instead of making money and keeping customers happy, they could be wasting money making stuff that nobody wants" ?

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: I'll wait thanks

c) there's something worth watching on ;-)

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Oh SNAP, Microsoft! Asigra steals a march with Office 365 cloudy backup

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one simple rule...

Never put anything in office 365 that you can't afford to lose.

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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Re: No need to move away from VB

I think the article author could have made a better job of pointing out that he was referring to VB.NET, not "proper" VB/VBScript/VBA.

As others have pointed out, VB.NET has much more in common with C# than it does with original VB.

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Buy Your Own Device: No more shiny-shiny work mobe for you

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Re: Buy my own device for work...

it's Horses for courses. A lot of people don't want to carry two devices around all the time.

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400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes face SUPPORT DOOM

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"...customers see the need to migrate"

Maybe MS could try making a server OS that doesn't require a touch screen and then perhaps people will have a realistic choice.

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Stupid humans and their EXPENSIVE DATA BREACHES

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Re: occurred as a result of technical failings?

Agreed 100%. Even if it was a hardware failure, and even if the hardware failure wasn't a design or manufacturing defect, ultimately it was a human who chose that hardware and had an unrealistic expectation of it.

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Parachute

I would have thought if they're going to bother to implement anything this big and complex, it would be easier just to put a parachute inside the phone and use the accelerometer to trigger the release mechanism

Then again, we all know patents aren't about actually inventing things; they're about using litigation as a revenue stream as part of your normal business model :-(

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AWS CloudFront wobbles at worst possible time

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Re: Azure too

azure going down doesn't count as news ;-)

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Hire and hold IT staff in 2015: The Reg's how-to guide

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Re: Not all skills have short half-lives

I think convincing someone to leave their existing employment for less money but better environment/role is a very difficult sell, because those are 'soft' factors which the candidate can't evaluate until he gets there and could easily be bullshit.

On the other hand, retaining good staff by giving good working conditions instead of paying top whack is definitely a reality. I doubt there's a single employee at my small ISV who couldn't earn more money somewhere else just by doing a job they'd enjoy less.

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STOP PRESS!! - Recruitment consultant forecasts buoyant job market

What next? - Estate agent forecasts growth in property prices? Microsoft predicts increase in Microsoft share price?

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

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What about acrobat?

I know that Chrome has its own built-in PDF viewer but doe anyone know if using Acrobat embedded in chrome uses NPAPI?

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HTML5 vs native: Harry Coder and the mudblood mobile app princes

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Meaningless graph

Asking mobile app developers whether they use HTML5 is only part of the story.

A lot of the mobile experience comes from people accessing web apps on their phone, but the developers don't see those as a separate app, and don't see themselves as mobile developers; they are web app developers who include mobile amongst their target devices.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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brief history of time??

It's an OK book but it's not top 10. I'd have the selfish gene over that anyday

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Kryder's law craps out: Race to UBER-CHEAP STORAGE is OVER

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Re: What's the difference?

I think you're missing two points:

1. The amount of data will continue to grow exponentially, but the cost will not decrease as fast so total storage costs will increase. That may not be happening to your customers data at the moment, but in general it's an industry-wide trend.

2. Even storing today's amount of data at today's prices is untenable in the long term. Today's prices are a loss-leader and the business model of these cloud companies is based on the fact that they will start to make money someday based on ever-decreasing supply costs.

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NHS XP patch scratch leaves patient records wide open to HACKERS

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would that really make any difference?

Here's a simple thought experiment:

1. list at all the ways an attacker could try to get access to patient records

2. remove from the list anything that does not depend on a known vulnerability which only exists in windows XP

3. remove from the list anything where that vulnerability would probably not have been fixed by Microsoft even if XP were still in support

Anything still left on that list? I bet it's a pretty small percentage

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How's the great dot-thing gold rush going? Well, coffee.club just sold for $100,000

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algorithm for naming your new product or business

1. think of a catchy name which sounds unique

2. check whether <catchyname>.com and <catchyname>.co.uk etc are still available

3. if not, repeat step 1

4. register all the <catchyname> domains you want for $10 (or less) each

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Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

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Re: missing the point

If what they're trying to do is create an air gap, all well and good, but for testing web sites for IE compatibility this has no benefit whatsoever.

As I've found out from many years of pain, if you need to support IE8 on windows XP, you test IE8 on windows XP. Not IE10 in IE8 quirks mode, not IE8 on windows 7, and certainly not some kind of online tool where you have no idea what environment it's running on. most browser-specific code in my applications is to work around browser bugs in specific environments, and you don't find that out with an emulator

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Programming Office 365: Hands On with Microsoft's new APIs

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not just the APIs

It's not just the APIs. we've been trying to use office 365 for internal document management for a few months and it's as flaky as hell, with frequent "service unavailable" messages.

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Bad dog: Redmond's new IE tool KILLS POODLE with one shot

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Microsoft's own servers

I think you've missed the point here.

Assuming Microsoft's own servers haven't been compromised, counting the number of people who connect with SSL3 is only counting those incapable of better security (basically IE6 users). The point of the poodle vulnerability is that anyone capable of downgrading to SSL3 (i.e. the vast majority of people) is vulnerable even if they use a higher security by default.

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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UAT

If your users aren't motivated to get their hands on the software and try it out, maybe you're making the same mistake 95% of IT operations do. It's your job to supply what the user wants so that it will make his job easier, not try to foist stuff on him just because it suits your own purposes.

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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You don't have to be mad to work at Apple but....

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Thus it ever was

Like it or not, most brilliant products (brilliant ideas even) come out of a relatively small number of often very intelligent and highly motivated individuals being completely obsessed with it and working their ass off to the exclusion of everything else. A larger team of people just "doing their 9-to-5" just doesn't seem to have the commitment and innovation required to push the boundaries.

The challenge for us as a society is to reward and leverage these type of people so they can produce their best but still value those who want a more relaxed work/life balance, not to judge between the two.

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Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

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Re: User Interface

don't hold your breath. I presume using anything other than touch-screen to manage the server will be considered "legacy".

don't you just love trying to hold the mouse over the exact right pixel to get the start screen to show up using server 2012 over RDP?

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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deliberate misinformation

Since 8.1 is an automatic upgrade from 8, and you are counting the two separately, it would be pretty much inconceivable for windows 8 market share to be increasing.

You might as well run the headline "google loses browser wars, chrome version 32 market share less than IE9"

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Vodafone to stock BlackBerry Passport – on sale tomorrow

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Re: £530...

yes but don't all phones have a completely fictitious RRP nowadays? £530 is less than the list price for the cheapest iPhone 6. As with all phones in the UK the actual price will depend on what contract deal you do.

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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not the BDOD

I don't wish to appear pedantic, but "BSOD" is usually used to refer to the stop screen in windows NT4 or it's successors, which is terminal and requires a reboot.

The screen in the screenshot allows the user to press escape to return to Windows and, as far as I can remember, a similar screen can be invoked in Windows 3.1 at any time using control-alt-del, so it's more like a system-modal dialog.

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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Re: um

> Anything less than *** with more than 50 reviews should be removed immediately; simple uat...

And how exactly would a new app ever get on the store in the first place if it needs 50 reviews first?

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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

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Re: Shops?

Last time I was in an EE shop (my 4th visit to try and get a PAC code, but that's another story). there were a queue of people (all with complaints) and 3 staff, all the staff were on hold to the customer services line trying to resolve complaints so nobody could attend to the queue. Is that really any way to run a business?

I'm never going back to EE as long as I live, and I strongly advise anyone else never to touch them. I should probably put "YMMV" but from discussions I've had with colleagues this is a universal finding.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Is it really that important

"The browser is one of Microsoft’s premier pieces of software – a piece of code as important to Microsoft in terms of brand as its presence among developers building for the web and Windows and netizens consuming it."

it it really though? sometimes I have problems with a web site in chrome so I just switch to FF or IE to view it. Since all browsers are basically the same nowadays I don't see why we should be fanatical about having a favourite browser like we used to. And that's from someone who works in IT - I reckon for most users if you switched them to a different browser with the same home page they wouldn't even notice the difference.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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wrong on two counts

I have no reason to question the author's knowledge on the history of computing (I didn't study the article too closely) but he makes two fundamental misjudgements about the nature of people.

Firstly, many (and an increasing number of) computer attacks do/will not arise from a lack of hardware/operating system protection; they come from things like social engineering attacks - fooling the naive user into doing something they don't understand.

Secondly, we are now in 2014 yet still a large proportion of the worlds population does not have access to drinking water, and any relatively rich nation spends a large proportion of its wealth on going to war (and inventing machines to kill people). Over half the world's population still believes in God for f***s sake. Humanity is simply not rational nor capable of acting in the best interests of the whole world.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Password fields need to be bigger.

one nice trick is to have a space at the end of the password - even if someone finds it written down or sees the plain text on your screen they're unlikely to be able to use it :-D

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Re: @ J.G.Harston Resets?

the worst offender I've found here is fasthosts (this was a few years ago and I wouldn't be surprised if they've fixed it now). The "change password" form allowed me to set a password with punctuation characters, but the login form did not allow me to log in using such a password - D'oh!

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