* Posts by Velv

1464 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

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Re: I like Costa

Like you, I don't get this "contact us by social media".

If I had a company serving the public, would I really want my dirty laundry aired in the full view of social media?

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Belgian minister set to legalise Uber

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Re: Tech or transport co... what's there to decide?

Totally disagree, and you've made the arguements in your own words:

"connecting passengers to drivers"

Technology is only a means to an end. Uber does this as a software platform. It could equally be provided by placing a staff member on every street corner with semaphore flags to coordinate across a city for the engagement between passenger and driver. Clearly this isn't practical, but it could deliver the same service. And it is this service that Uber provides, a transport service, not a technology service. It just leverages technology to deliver the service. Uber takes a cut from the journey, not from licensing or selling the technology.

Uber is a transport company.

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Chat app WhatsApp gift-wraps free yaps for Apple iPhone saps

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Are any of these services going to offer a conference facility?

Groups are a useful feature for exchanging messages between more than a pair of people, so the next logical step is voice between them

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Unified communications is coming...

... But I can't help getting the feeling we're having a proliferation of diverse services that don't interconnect again before we get back to make them unified.

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Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

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Re: Slap me silly...

Well, duh!

Which assumes you can get to Airplane mode quickly enough after it crashes and before it crashes again.

Unless you permanently live in airplane mode, which kinda defeats the point of a phone or smart CONNECTED device.

I hope everyone is aware that Apple have hard coded wifi networks that their devices will automatically connect to when in range, for example when in an Apple Store, and this has also been expanded to Bluetooth to further refine your store journey. (Look up iBeacon if you don't believe me)

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NASA guy to White House: Be really careful with that HTTPS stuff

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While I get where he's coming from, through his own arguements he's shot himself in the foot.

"Due to many institutions having policies against FTP and peer-to-peer protocols, HTTP has become the de facto standard in sharing scientific data."

So, the arguements is that some organisations need a waiver policy to permit FTP and peer-to-peer (and any other traffic type) depending on the requirements of the application (and I mean proper requirements like time critical delivery and minimal packet size, not just lazy coders who can't be arsed to learn about security when it's actually important). p.s. Those protocols may be secured on dedicated networks or in many other ways

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Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

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Re: Refuted?

There is the infamous Airplane Engineering logbook that does the rounds...

Pilot: "evidence of excessive oil seepage on #3 prop"

Maintenance: "evidence removed"

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Re: Have Royal Mail learnt nothing?

@AC

"Royal Mail ≠ Post Office"

While technically correct, I think the lack of joke icon may have caused you to miss the satire

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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"The Register has contacted Apple and and is awaiting a response. ®"

You just add that to the bottom of every article these days, don't you. Apple related or not :)

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

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Re: Really?

Don't care WHAT the picture is, they are (to me) a pain in the arse.

Please El Reg, introduce something to turn the images off. We've all consented to your cookies, there must be something smart you can do to remove the images for those readers who don't want them. It's meant to be responsive after all...

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Learn yourself hireable: Top tips for improving your tech appeal

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Keep an eye on Grouon, LivingSocial and the other similar sites. There's regular offers on online courses dirt cheap. I got a years access to the entire set of Cisco courses for £99, and I saw one recently that had access to 4-5 different vendor related sets (which included the Cisco and Microsoft courses) for about £300

Doesn't get you the exams, but if you can find the time and can't afford to pay for the classroom courses it might be a viable alternative.

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Russian censor warns against meme 'misuse'

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Big Brother

Question authority, and the Authorities will question you!

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

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Re: Seperation alert tags

10 out of 10 for the concept.

But given most server rooms have restrictions on the use of mobile phones and other radio transmitters, I'm going to suggest these will be useless in many IT scenarios.

Occam's razor, a bit of string, or the slightly more sophisticated retractable keyring (http://www.amazon.co.uk/BLACK-RECOIL-RETRACTABLE-CHAIN-RING/dp/B00569W0EO)

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Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

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"but actual IT people trying to justify their lack of modern skill sets"

Remember the old motto... "If you're not part of the solution, there's money to be made prolonging the problem"

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Facebook preps for class action lawsuit as angry EU mob lawyer up

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Re: "Facebook’s opt-out system for advertising...

"Illegal terms are unenforceable..."

Not only that, but terms which may strictly be legal but are unfair are also unenforceable, although the test of unfair is subjective and would more than likely need to go through a court (oh wait, this case is...)

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Data centre doesn't like your face? That's a good thing

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Critical Business

"Check out the Goods Inwards area too. If you purchase equipment for the data centre it's likely to be bulky, so you'll have it delivered straight to the data centre"

Depending on how critical your business is, you might want to consider the delivery arrangements. All deliveries should be pre-registered, and unexpected deliveries should be rejected by the data centre. Because who knows what else could be delivered if they'll just accept anything. Some may even only permit deliveries in the presence of one of your named people and the packages must be unpacked immediately.

And while there may be confidentiality agreements preventing you, try to find out who the other tenants are. You might not be a target for terrorists, anarchists, animal rights groups, etc, but are your co-tenants?

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

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Re: Sounds like a script for a "die hard" movie...

I was just wondering if Hans and Simon have any other brothers who might be a bit upset by their family losses...

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

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Re: An appointment to buy a watch !

The first thing you learn when you retail quality and high value products is that nobody is unworthy. You treat all comers well from the outset, and those not worthy will soon leave of their own accord. True customers will stay and buy.

And remember, just because someone might not be able to afford it today doesn't mean they won't be able to afford it tomorrow, and you want them to come back. And not like the shop scene from Pretty Woman.

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Rumour rumour rumour

Watch, iMac, iPhone7, shiny, rumour, shiny, exclusive, rumour, shiny, Announcement, rumour, September, confirmed cult, trusted sources shiny rumour

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Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot

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Re: The punishment

@Graham Marsden

Well you don't tend to get repeat offenders...

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THOUSANDS of alleged pirates' addresses to be handed to Dallas Buyers Club

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The judge is approving the list of targets.

Is the judge also going to approve the wording of all correspondence given the implications of sending both technical and legalese documents to Joe Public? Has Australia got the equivalent of the Crystal Mark for clear English?

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Boris Johnson backs trade union campaign to ungag civil servants

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Bernard Woolley: That's one of those irregular verbs, isn't it? I give confidential security briefings. You leak. He has been charged under section 2a of the Official Secrets Act.

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Virgin Media takes its time on website crypto upgrade

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Re: And they have a ludicrous mandatory weak password policy too

... and at best the password is stored with reversible encryption. When you phone the call centre they ask for your password, and I've received it in emails and written letters from Virgin.

As I say, at best, reversible encryption. It might not even be encrypted at all.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

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iVac

With Apple branching it's technology's to new consumer areas I'm just waiting for the iVac. Should be the only Apple product that doesn't suck

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Starry-eyed hackers stuff Eurovision's voting app

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Re: Melodifestivalen

That makes more sense.

I was going to get all shouty about there only being 1.5million votes across Europe and why was this expensive shit still being shown.

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Affirmative wrist action: Pebble Time raises 20 MEELLION BUCKS on Kickstarter

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Re: hmmm...

I've got the original Pebble, more because I'm a curious geek more than anything else.

I spend a lot of time in a suit and the phone lives in the inside jacket pocket if not actually in use. I found it all to ease to miss alerts, calls, messages and notifications as the phone would be silenced and just vibrate. Now my wrist vibrates no matter where the phone is. I'll continue wearing some form of alerting watch from now on.

(And no, I don't spend time phoning myself just to make my wrist vibrate. Honest)

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Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

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principles or profit?

Since it's about legal principles and not financial loss then perhaps when they win the plaintiffs will donate all their winnings to UK charities.

Because let's face it, nobody will have suffered severe financial hardship through googles actions. Totally agree Google should be answerable for those actions and deserves to be fined, but it's about upholding the principles of privacy, not about financial gain for the sake of it (which is what most of the plaintiffs will be).

I do hope the action group wins the case, it sends a red flag to business not to ignore the law.

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When cash is King, mobile money means economic freedom

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Don't know why you put the joke alert icon, that's exactly what HMRC do.

It goes even further. HMRC know, for example, exactly how many meals each type of restaurant can get out of a chicken. Posh French might get two meals per chicken, Italian might get four, Indian six and Chinese eight. They also know (and feed back to trading standards) when a restaurant deviates from the model and is selling more meals than they buy chickens, thus implying the local cat population is at risk.

As always, it's just a model, but it proves that if you're attempting anything out of the ordinary you're going to stand out. Got to buy the boxes to match the sales. So if your local purveyor of genuine Italian pizza is regularly taking unused boxes to the recycling, they probably are genuine Italian of Sicilian extraction.

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Chrome trumps all comers in reported vulnerabilities

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Not all vulnerabilities are created equal, so a raw count is meaningless.

Even if you take the comment "1698 (11 percent) are deemed highly critical and 43 (0.3 percent) are extremely critical", where's the breakdown across browsers?

The moral of the story is that ALL software potentially contains vulnerabilities of varying degree of severity and you've got to put as many layers of security as possible between you and the bad guys.

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More suppliers join flagging GOV.UK Verify ID assurance scheme

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Re: The Government Gateway is good tech

Not trying to defend it as I think it was doomed from the start, but I think you've missed what the scheme is about.

The Government has essentially outsourced the validation of your documents when you apply for a Government ID.

The third parties provide the initial matching of who you claim to be to your passport, driving licence, bank account, voters roll, etc and allow you to create a government verified ID. That ID is then used to access the Government services by authentication within the Government services, not back through the verifying party. So Experian et al only see your first ever logon.

The theory is that Experian, Banks, etc have already physically checked who you are, so why should the government set up another office doing exactly the same thing - just rely on those other organisations. Having previously spent several weeks working with Experian to tie together my credit report (and I've only lived in two properties in the last 20 years) my confidence that any of the third parties will help reduce fraud is somewhere between slim and fuck all.

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SCARESTEROID of the week to miss Earth on Friday

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Wouldn't it be ironic if a small object was missed that did get through the atmosphere and managed to take out only the Express offices. I guess it would get the Daily Star too, so a double win?

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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Re: Coin-swallowing machine

RBS have coin deposit ATMs in some branches now. Pays straight into your account and they don't charge any commission like Coinstar. Great for emptying that jar of shrapnel

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1p per thousand. Yes, that would be a nice little earner.

By 2013 there was an estimated 1,528 million £1 coins in circulation. Not all the same design admittedly, and I'm not suggesting the kid shouldn't get something, but £15,000,000 seems a tad high.

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German court slaps down Uber's ride-sharing app

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Re: Uber arrogance again

Even if European Law is interpreted as a right to create a service, it will be WITHIN the existing laws and regulations of the member state.

Would Uber expect to be able to set up a service providing children to paedophiles under the same European right, as that's what their statement implies!

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Banks defend integrity of passcode-less TouchID login

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There's a limit to how much you can pay in one transaction to an unverified contact (i.e. Someone you've not set up to pay through other channels)

There's a limit to how many unverified payments you can make in one day.

There's a limit to how much you can transfer in one day.

If someone takes you to a hotel and renders you unconscious I think you've got more important "assets" they're going to be after.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

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86.8% of statistics are made up on the spot (Vic Reeves)

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Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

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"Had an accident with work? Lost your business or been overtaken by competitors? Got some spurious hook to hang a threadbare case on?

Call Loyers4U and we'll take your case on a no-win no-fee basis"

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Borg to assimilate Square Kilometre Array data

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Re: Won't They Be Pissed...

I think you'll find Abbott has very little say in the matter. There's 11 member countries of the SKA Organisation

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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Re: COUNTRY.sucks

How dare you mock the sacred.

flyingspaghettimonster.sucks

Clearly it is the spaghetti that gets sucked

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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If the allegations are fabricated and the case is truly politically motivated (to allow extradition or rendition to Merkinland) then the best thing Assange can do is fall on his sword and become a Martyr.

The authorities cannot win. If he is extradited, it proves the governments cannot be trusted and will cause international revolt by the people.

Certain anti-government groups won't be served by due process being followed, a fair trial taking place and a jury decision based on fact. That wouldn't serve the cause at all.

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Court nixes four HP patents in ServiceNow infringement case

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I hope everyone's got their Business Continuity plan dusted off.

If you buy an application and run it locally, your "service" probably won't be effected if the author is forced to stop selling it. Not much they can do to shut you down.

If you're buying a cloudy service and the courts tell them to "cease and desist"...

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Ark scoops £700m to host ALL UK.gov's data centre needs

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Are we finally loading up the B Ark?

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Doh! iTunes store goes down AFTER Apple Watch launch

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I'm just shocked and stunned that an El Reg journo managed to use the word titsup without explaining the acronym

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Wikimedia chucks sueball at NSA and DOJ over mass surveillance

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Question authority...

...and the Authorities will question you!

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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

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Interesting spin...

"Backers" are upset at not getting their product or full refund. But how many of the backers are being vocal? I'll bet it's not 100%, and that as suggested above, most of the backers understood they were venture capitalists who might lose their money if the project failed.

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

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Re: UV blue

Most "blue" flowers photgraph as purple or violet (or at least they did on good old film). I believe it's down to attracting insects which have a different visible light range to humans.

Lithospermum was one of the few that looked the same to the human eye in real ire as on film.

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It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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Re: Abuse of market power?

Abuse of market power is usually regulated by the government.

Given the political pressures being brought it is highly likely the government had a hand in "asking" PayPal to drop some customers.

No conflict of interest there then...

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Re: Overtly sexualising women

The Diet Coke ads always puzzled me.

Is it really the blatant sexist sell to women of the hunky guy stripping off?

Or is it much subtler. Is it trying to sell Diet Coke to men, since let's face it ALL the women in the Diet Coke ads are pretty foxy, so which straight guy wouldn't aspire to be the workman/lift operator/lawnmower man.

Mines the one with the spray stains...

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Barclays punts instant Twitter mobile payments app – best avoid while drunk

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Paying by Twitter handles,Mehta could possibly go wrong...

Like when The Rangers Football Club launched a fighting fund to save the club but published the wrong PayPal address, and BlueNose the Clown received thousands of pounds unexpectedly.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Nothing wrong with Patent Trolls...

So what's wrong with someone buying the rights to some intellectual property and then licensing that in the future? The "inventor" gets cash now, and the "investor" risks money on that idea being useful and sellable in the future. Standard investment model.

OK, now you're fuming, here's the problem. All sorts of shit is being granted a patent, and the detail of patents is so loose that they are being applied to scenarios that the original inventor never even thought of.

So yes, the patent system needs overhauled. But don't blame the players, blame the game.

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