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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Headmaster

Re: Another one bites the dust...

I don't know the details, but I'm guessing this was a massive management failure at RS. Look, with the electronics revolution of the past 20 years RS was in a perfect position to capture market share. They blew it. Years ago they had trained, experienced salespeople. Now RS stores are staffed by people that can't even insert a battery the right way.

They could have addressed the makers market. More important, they should have FOCUSED on immediate need, get-it-now items that people can't wait until tomorrow to get, like batteries, cables, memory.

Instead they tried to sell broad appeal items (you can't undersell eBay). They tried to sell mobile phones with salespeople that were pathetically inexperienced.

In a nutshell, they didn't know what they should sell. And now, in the final irony the whole company is for sale.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Re: OnePlus One

As a good capitalist, I have to shrug and say the market charges what the market will bear. The purchasers must be getting something for their money that they feel is worthwhile even if that is only cachet of owning one.

True. In this case, the iDamnThings have a high vanity effect. This is why people that can barely afford rent buy iPhones. It's marketing at it's best - or worst.

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Cyber-hoodlum tripped, fell, landed in Obama's Healthcare.gov server

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Re: They've got their heads in the sand..

"Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted," a DHHS spokesman told The Wall Street Journal.

Sorry, I don't believe it. This sounds too much like spin. Given the sorry state of HealthCare.gov (the website contract was awarded to a Canadian company run by a close friend of Michelle O.) I think it's more likely that consumer personal info was compromised.

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

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Re: "a battery life of up to two days"

These first wearables use off the shelf semiconductors that do more than needed and so draw more power. ***IF*** these devices become popular, custom chips designed specifically for wearables will be made with the proper functionality and longer battery life.

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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Holmes

I don't see the problem - my FF v3.6.28 (just checked) works brilliantly. Wake me when there's a good reason to upgrade . . .

I have an older laptop running FF 3.6.28. It's the perfect browser for a slower computer. Fast, reliable, never crashes. I have a firewall and an antivirus and never had a problem. I dare anyone to infect it - go ahead, I dare you.

On my more recent laptops I'm running FF27 and FF28. FF28 constantly shows nag screens to upgrade. I laugh maniacally as I close those nag windows.

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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

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Re: Perhaps this gets sorted when...

China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite...

..."so we can pirate it" said the Chinese regulator.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Holmes

Re: Police would definitely use that information against them if they got the chance

Reminds me of a Monty Python sketch defending police brutality

Police: "The defendant was caught doing something, (mumbles) not normally considered illegal."

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This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup

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Go

Re: Trying to save the UK, whilst the world carries on regardless

Are you actually interested in and engrossed in your idea? It'll feel less like hard work if you are!

That should actually be bullet point #1.

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LG takes on Nokia X, Moto G: These are the cheapie 'droids you've been looking for

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IT Angle

NFC

It’s interesting to note that the new LG phones don’t have NFC

Maybe low end phones tend to be used by less sophisticated users? And NFC is another tech support call to deal with.

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Xen to practice art of motor vehicle embedded development

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Re: And Mr.Pirsig quietly puts the wrench back.

Xen's efforts aim to ease these situations by delivering a regime in which a single system-on-a-chip could run several operating systems. Each OS would take care of a different task: an Android virtual machine could run the entertainment system while a Linux VM takes care of niceties like keepingt the car on the road.

There's a name for this: "Single Point of Failure"!

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Re: my guess is...

Murdoch's not a part of that debate. His preferred Twitter style is to fire off something nasty, then disappear for a few days

... just like 90% of the people that use Twitter.

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Something's phishy: More holiday scam spam flung at real hotel customers

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Alien

In these things, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. Someone working at booking.com is scamming people. The scam they are running is the lowest risk scam.

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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WTF?

John Kerry - Yawn!

Listening to John Kerry talk has to be more boring than watching grass grow.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Paris Hilton

Re: "Soon"

Julian who?

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Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

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Devil

Re: No one believes IDC

No one believes IDC's figures. They are guesswork at best which are completely manipulated to ensure the integrity of the headline figures with the current narrative.

True. Remember that IDC is in the business of selling reports. Developers are building apps and GUIs around Android, not iOS. A report that shows Android is popular, helps sell a project to upper management. So those project people better buy that report from IDC, right?

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Facepalm

Re: Orsen...

Oh Captain! My Captain!!!

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Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?

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Megaphone

IoT Hype

I recently read an article on LinkedIn that said the Internet of Things will be a "multi-Trillion dollar market" by 2025. At that point you have to believe people are just making things up to get attention. Smart investors and technologists ignore these numbers because they know they are complete guesses with no basis in fact.

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Israel snooped on John Kerry's phone calls during Middle East peace talks

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Meh

That assumes intelligence and some respect for another countries permanent interests. Kerry displayed no signs of any of that during his trip, so I'll put this one down to stupidity and arrogance too.

I'll have to agree. For years Kerry had the luxury of basking in the shadow of the late great Ted Kennedy. But after Teddy died and his vast accomplishments were proclaimed to the world, everyone looked at Kerry and said "So what have YOU done?" An embarrassed silence followed.

As a Secretary of State, Kerry is a seatwarmer.

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LinkedIn settles missed overtime pay case: Will pay $6m to staffers

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FAIL

Whoever those staffers were working overtime, they sure as hell weren't working to fix all the problems with LinkedIn Groups.

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Your fitness tracker is a SNITCH says Symantec

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Holmes

" lack of privacy" is the new nicotine.

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

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Megaphone

Re: "the latest version of Firefox has some great tools for web developers"

I'm not a web dev. I just don't like being dicked around. UI stupidity is the problem

I agree. If I wanted a Chrome interface I'd use Chrome. Despite Firefox's loathing and disgust for anyone that chooses to not use their most recent version, I'm still using Firefox 28 because I like the File | Edit | View |... UI.

"Provided you can overlook some of the organization's exceedingly poor decisions in the last year"

...like trying to make Firefox look like Chrome!

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Swell. Apple buys 'Pandora-for-talk-radio' app... for $30 meeellion

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Joke

Re: Sigh

"you don’t have to make decisions about what to listen to. Swell figures it out for you.”

I need an app to help me figure out what app I need to figure out for me what I should listen to.

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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Happy

Re: I object

But you are forgetting the genius acting technique known as the Shatner......

...pause.

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HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

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Re: Like, WOW, man!

it's clear Apple owes customers some answers.

Apple won't want to say anything, and if they are forced they will say something like it's part of their quality control and information is only used in the aggregate and users are not personally identified etc etc. Same ol' Apple B.S.

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: Why am I not surprised by this?

" But I wonder, if they intercept a 13 year old's sexy pic, will someone charge them with child porn?"

Actually, yes. The NSA is part of the US DoD and hence, has anyone viewing, trading or collecting child porn arrested and charged for the crime.

Actually, no. The NSA is part of the Executive Branch and as such, they are exempt from all workplace harassment laws and it is almost impossible to prosecute them for sexually oriented laws in general. This is why Bill Clinton could not be properly prosecuted for rape.

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Facebook in new 'experiment' drama: Will users buy it?

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Joke

Facebook was keen to point that it had built the "Buy" button "with privacy in mind"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Joke

To date, blocking Assange's escape in this way has reportedly cost some £6m ($10.3m) and counting.

But the entertainment value is priceless.

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Fox wants Time to wrap up even more content

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Angel

Re: ...Murdoch...content super-colossus...

At the moment, Fox says, “We are not currently in any discussions with Time Warner”.

"...because Comcast is offering Time Warner executives bigger takeover bonuses"

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Mobile, cloud, social? Data? Nadella strings sexy words together

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Re: Micro-who?

IMO Microsoft is one of those companies that has too many millionaires at the top that are no longer hungry and lack vision. The danger is that it has become a "lifestyle company" - it exists solely to support the financial lifestyles of upper management who have lost interest in making hard decisions that conflict with their tee-off times.

We've seen it before - National Semiconductor, Digital Equipment Corporation, Pan Am... the list goes on...

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Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee

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Just In Case

It’s worth noting that many of these vendors – Samsung in particular – are very happy to sign up to pretty much anything new in case it turns out to be important.

I've sat on these standards committees and pretty much that is how it is.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Re: Ah.. a scandel in the finest traditions.

Probably not murder but manslaughter. Unless there's some evidence she doubles as an assassin she was probably trying to make some extra money by rolling drugs in with her service.

That depends on motive. With a story as crazy as this, I wouldn't be shocked to learn someone wanted him out of the way.

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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Big Brother

Clegg has promised a "poison pill" clause that will repeal the legislation at the end of 2016

At which point the infrastructure will already be in place - which is what this bill is all about in the first place.

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But WE want to rule the Internet of STUFF – Intel, Dell, Samsung & chums

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"a solution looking for a problem"

Funny, I was thinking the same thing. Since every IoT "smartwatch' has failed, maybe they should wait and see exactly which IoT devices people actually want, before deciding exactly how to connect them.

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Revealed: SECRET DNA TEST SCANDAL at UN IP agency

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Re: on a technical note...

Attention News Flash;

THE UNITED NATIONS IS CORRUPT!

up next:

THE SKY IS BLUE!

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Atmel buys more IoT capability

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Holmes

Re: Cornering the unicorn feed market

Atmel is a smart company, should be interesting to see what they do with this acquisition.

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Dating app Tinder faces sexual harassment suit from ex-exec co-founder

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Who Said She Said

You never know who is telling the truth in these things.

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NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

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Re: Might need more of these

I anticipate that once CO2 maps are made, the climate-change deniers

"Climate-change deniers" are called "scientists".

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iFind: Critics slam Kickstarter campaign for miraculous battery-free phone finder

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Megaphone

Kickstarter's actual stance in the real world seems to be "we're quite happy to cash in commissions from any scam no matter how obvious (even to the village idiot) it might be..."

That was pretty much eBay's operational policy early in their history. I recall being ripped off by a seller in Florida, I bought a "new" pasta pot that ended up being rusted and encrusted with old food. She responded to complaints with horrible, bigoted insults. This was back when you could message other buyers, and after a few weeks I had about 15 buyers that had been ripped off furiously messaging eBay and logging complaints. She had about 100 items for sale and over 5,000 feedbacks about half of which were negative. eBay did absolutely nothing. 60 Minutes ended up doing a feature on eBay profiting from dishonest sellers.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Re: You need to carry an Android phone with you in order to use it?

Now do you see the logic?

"Logic" - you kept using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.

Technology during the mobile age has been CONVERGENT. Wearables and this "smart watch" are DIVERGENT.

Do you see the flaw in your logic?

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Wake up, grandad: All the techies use social media

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Meh

Re: Since I started using the internet in 1998,

Since I started using the internet, I am now overwhelmed with information. I have a LinkedIn account, a (fake) Facebook account I barely use, and a Twitter account.

In order to receive the emails I want with relevant content, I am forced for receive an avalanche of useless emails generated by these websites.

In the conventional sense, at a social event I can engage in conversations I find interesting and walk away from conversations I find boring. In that sense, these websites are UNsocial.

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Indie labels: 5 reasons why we're hauling YouTube before Euro antitrust watchdog

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Google Mottos

Google's motto in 2004: "Do No Evil"

Google's motto in 2014: "MUAH-HA-HA-HA-HAAAAAA!!!"

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'Our entire corporation cannot send or receive emails from Outlook'

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Happy

Re: There are always trade-offs

Office365 is Cloud services are beginning to look like a very poor choice for mission critical services.

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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Happy

Re: £480 RRP

They had me at "removable battery". I can't wait until it's rooted.

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US trading, energy watchdogs asked: Does Google's Skybox gobble pass the sniff test?

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Google’s “vast data mining and processing empire”

Best description of Google I've ever read.

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Google Nest slurps your life into the Matrix? The TRUTH

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Re: So if we want to break into your house...

"We’re not becoming part of the greater Google machine,” insisted lied Matt Rogers, co-founder of Nest.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Re: I bet he felt a massive twat

What a big pussy.

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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FAIL

Re: "inexcusable for an IT business."

Note that in their explanation here: http://pastebin.com/WvtjMe9T

They state: Upon realisation that somebody had access to our control panel we started to investigate how access had been gained

It should, instead, have been: Upon realisation that somebody had access to our control panel we took down the website and disconnected all our systems from the internet..

Although that might be too much work for people working from home.

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Joke

I'd forgotten he even existed.

Julian who?

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

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WTF?

Be glad they arrive at all. I've had to stop using suppliers who ship by UPS

UPS is not my preferred. I had a package sent on a Monday, for next-day delivery on Tuesday. After a week's worth of a phone calls and comedy of UPS errors, my package finally arrived at my local dispatch on Friday - yes, Friday afternoon. When I asked if the package would be delivered on Saturday I was told "No sir, you did not pay for Saturday delivery". Nothing I said about the UPS foul-ups would cause them to budge.

Compare that to FedEx. After a missed delivery one day, a FedEx supervisor showed up at my house that evening in his own car to deliver my package.

Oh, and FedEx was also nice enough to throw Tom Hanks that great party after he got off the island...

FedEx gets my vote.

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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Facepalm

Isn't Hanks one of the decent ones,

A celebrity's public image can be the opposite of their real persona.

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