* Posts by Semaj

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Google menaces Apple's 3-year-old toddler with its cheap stream tech

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Meh

Now I may be completely missing something because you lot (el Reg) seem to be doing a fair few articles on this thing but the only reaction I can summon of the Chromecast is "meh".

I'd be much more interested in a wireless HDMI desktop streaming dongle for the same price, if anything cause it'd make working with projectors much easier.

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Microsoft lathers up Windows 8.0 Surface RT for quick price shave

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£50

I'll give you £50 for one Microsoft, wouldn't pay any more.

I'm actually thinking of buying a new, small form factor laptop but given that I can get a really nice one from PCSpecialist for ~£500 - why on earth would I buy a surface RT for only £150 less?

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France's 'three strikes' anti-piracy law shot down

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"declining home media and ticket sales"

I simply don't believe that there is a decline in ticket sales or home media. Cinemas make an absolute fortune from every rubbish reboot blockbuster that gets released and while CDs are only bought by enthusiasts now, legal downloads seem to be doing quite well, as are devices to play them on.

Just sounds like an excuse to make a new tax to me.

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Modern-day Frankenstein invents CURE for BEHEADING

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Shortage

While this clearly falls into the realm of "cool", I don't really see the point.

Surely the only way this would benefit anyone is if they could be given a better body than the one they currently have. But don't people tend to die more often from things damaging their bodies rather than just their heads? Using a heart or a lung, which remained undamaged when the previous owner's been killed in a car crash is one thing but this would need an entire undamaged body. I just can't see them having many to hand.

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Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

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Re: Freeride

Indeed there were a lot of users who did that. And now they will either pirate the software they need or they'll go elsewhere.

Way to go MS.

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Microsoft talks up devices, Windows 8.1 at developer shindig

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Re: Maybe

Good tip but having them arranged differently to how they are on the desk would do my head in ;)

Mostly I just use the windows key.

Oh I did forget another annoyance though - the charms bar often seems to appear when I try to scroll full screened windows - very annoying.

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Maybe

I use Windows 8 on a small laptop (with low screen res) and on my media PC. I have a Windows 7 work PC and home Desktop and an old XP machine too for some games.

I actually sent a long and detailed document of my findings around the shortcomings of 8 to Microsoft and oddly enough, these new features actually pretty much cover my major gripes.

Yeah we all know TIFKAM is a culture shock but in all honesty I don't mind it (I don't really like it and having the choice of a menu would be nice but there were worse issues IMO). The thing that bothered me most was the "invisible action areas" that you had to hover around to do anything with (very hard with multiple monitors / RDP). The start button fixes this.

My other major gripe was the res restriction (I have to do the display scale hack on my laptop to run the calendar etc). So if they are being honest about app scaling being put in then that's pretty good. Same goes for more than 2 at once.

And search all instead of just my apps would be nice too (that way it's EXACTLY the same as 7).

Tentative thumbs up from me - as long as it's not all lies. I think I'll stick it on the laptop when the ISO comes out.

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Canadian TV station wails: NFC bonking... it's not SAFE

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Re: NFC

It asked me for mine. It does remember the details until the card expires though - but that's linked to the account so it should be OK.

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German boffins turn ALCOHOL into hydrogen at low temp

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So it required more rare stuff and produced more CO2 ... swing and a miss guys.

Good marks for effort though - it's always worth exploring the options.

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Unwearable tech: Five ways IT garb's gone HORRIBLY WRONG

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Re: Many

"Many glasses wearers have been trying to get away from wearing them, look at the popularity of laser eye surgery and even contact lenses"

Those are only popular with people who never wore their glasses at school as a child because they wanted to be like all the other little lambs. I.e. were terrified of being labelled a nerd.

So if Google whack them on a pair of chunky D&Gs (which look like utter crap anyway) and they get some vapid celeb to wear them then those same people will buy them in droves.

Personally I wont bother because I just don't see the point.

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Is social networking good for anything more than cat pics?

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I find that linkedin is a useful tool for aggregating results from recruitment sites.

It's also quite handy when you need a new job quickly because the recruiters mob you as soon as you let them know you are up for grabs.

But I can't see it's purpose for anything other than finding a new job. It's too spammed up with recruiters to find anything of interest.

Out of all the various ones I'd say it's the best because it at least have a purpose - even if it is a really boring one.

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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Boffin

Yorkshire tea bags (1 per cup) in (hot water rinsed) tea pot

Small amount of full fat milk (yes, just like Han shooting; the milk goes in first)

Let it brew strong (or agitate it)

Pour

1 tea spoon of Billingtons golden granulated sugar (or non to taste)

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Microsoft can't even shift Windows 8 slabs in the middle of a tablet frenzy

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Boffin

Third it and throw in the cover-keyboard (should come with it on all models) and then maybe.

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UK web snoop charter: Just how much extra info do spooks need?

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Trollface

Wrong Icon

You wanted this one.

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Microsoft 'touches 16k shop workers' to flog Windows 8 hard

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FAIL

Crystal Ball

Except that MS had something even better than a crystal ball - thousands of beta testers who all gave MS countless warnings that the Windows 8 UI was not fit for purpose. They were ignored and MS are suffering for it. Office 13 won't do well either for the same reason.

And as for the surface marketing - anyone with any knowledge of how people use computers could have told MS what a terrible campaign that was. What the hell were they thinking? The surface ad makes it look as though the (admittedly novel) case-keyboard is an add-on, which needs to be carried around separately - it's misses the whole point.

Fail all around at MS. Hopefully it'll give them the kick up the backside they need though.

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Kids as young as FIVE need lessons in online safety - NSPCC

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Coat

Lucky

I wish I'd been given lessons in how to find porn when I was in school.

I had to figure out all the good keywords myself :P

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Wii-U boat torpedoes Nintendo's '¥20bn profit' into ¥20bn loss

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Re: Good

The last PC game I played was Skyrim. The remapping in that was awful. Perfect example of a game (franchise), ruined for casuals and their consoles (though that UI sucks on console as well IMO).

I'd hope that some are better than others because chances are that I'll be avoiding the next batch of consoles for many years so PC will be my only option.

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Re: Good

Upvoted you because you are right. If consoles die out all together then even better. I just can't see it happening though where as they least they could do is throw the hardcore crowd a bone or two.

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Good

Casual gamers have messed up gaming over the past few years because of idiot developers trying to appeal to them with "accessible" (read - dumbed down and shit) games.

The sooner they all bugger off with their phones and tablets and leave the consoles for us people who aren't going to be "confused" by having the ability to remap controls - the better.

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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Re: ToDo Bar

I like to see when my next holidays or social appointments are even if they are a few weeks away.

So it's not a massive problem for me but if I used it for business there's no way I'd put up with it. I'm sure that sales reps who like to know at a glance if they are going to be driving up the country over the next few days will be hit especially hard.

Anyway, just do a Google search for "Outlook 2013 ToDo bar" and you'll find plenty angry people.

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ToDo Bar

I can't believe there was no mention of how much they've messed up appointments & calendars in Outlook.

If you use Outlook for managing your time you will want to avoid this update.

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Twitter adds loopy videos with Vine integration

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Paris Hilton

This can only be for Porn

Enough time for a money shot I guess :P

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Google files patent for eyewear that SHOOTS LASERS

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Also it's not much different to regular glasses. You can spend as much as you've got if you buy designer spec (not that I would even if I could)

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Office 2013 now available for some home users

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Re: IMHO, MS Office 13 has a largely anti-productivity UI

The UI is pretty meh, especially in Outlook, where emails in the list tend to blend into each other cause it's all white.

The main productivity kicker will be what they've done with the to-do bar though - it now only shows your appointments for the current day and there is no way to change it. Showstopper for many (every?) business I think.

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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

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Meh

Software Developers

Ah but the difference with us is that we start out happy and optimistic then after 5 years or so in the industry, once enough coffee has been consumed and enough DailyWTFs have been observed; we become bitter, sarcastic, cynical bastards.

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Time has already run out for smart watches

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Boffin

Watches are a Status Symbol?

No, for most people, a watch is a way to easily tell the time. They are a status symbol of you are a douche bag who is compensating for a certain something being below average in size (do you drive an Audi TT as well by any chance?). But in that case you won't buy one of these until everyone's got one anyway.

No, this is a geek toy and will be for some time. So fix the battery issue then maybe it'll take off. It'd be kinda handy to be able to see text/IM/email and appointments without having to get the phone out.

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'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

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There's a Good OS in there Somewhere

I installed it on my small, low powered laptop (mostly to test) and tbh - it's not an awful OS, it's just crippled with awful, arbitrary design choices. The biggest one of which for me is that apps won't run in a lower (netbook) res and this is impossible to change, even though all of those apps have vast amounts of white space. There are a number of other issues as well but that's the one that winds me up the most.

There are a lot of low powered laptops (mostly people who don't give a toss about whether something looks good or not), which could have generated quite a number of upgrades if nothing else. If only they hadn't totally ignored their Beta and RTM feedback.

And I think this res issue is going to bite them even more in the coming months / years because surely you could produce a much cheaper tablet with a low res screen, which would be ideal for the netbook market (i.e. those who want to pay <= £200).

Ah well - at least coding Android apps is pretty easy.

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Cameron defends U-turn on web filth ban, leaves filtering to parents

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2 Things

I should point out that most of the comment leaving DM readers were AGAINST an opt-[in/out] block. So it's not really for "Middle England", it's for the DM and no one else.

Also one thing I posted on there too: I expect this will be done for new and current customers. They'll be asked if they have kids. What about couples who've not had kids YET. Will ISPs be informed of all births?

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Re: Is the Fail confused or am I?

Upvote for the needless delicious breakfast description and the obscure knightmare ref in your name :)

Not to mention that I agree - the DM confused me earlier as well.

I'm thinking that they just want to do the old trick of pretending that's what they wanted all along when they clearly didn't.

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

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I'd love to see a time lapse video of the whole process. If this isn't fake it'd be amazing to watch.

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Facebook to debut auto-play video ads in 2013

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Re: Angry Birds does it

I'm glad I'm not the only one whose noticed this. I thought maybe it was something set wrong on my phone or it was a version issue (I have an Ace so not exactly newest). Surely it should be impossible for apps to do such an override and it's a bug in the OS?

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A valid use for Windows 8?

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Remote

Now I was thinking about doing the whole win8 for media centre thing myself but I've held off because the primary method for my navigation on that PC is with an RF remote control (in place of a mouse).

And that's the problem. It seems like it would be impossible to work in the new interface with a remote (even worse than a trackpad at any rate) so I just don't fancy doing it. Plus, the majority of the time I'd be in desktop mode anyway so what's the point?

Now if I could close apps by right clicking somewhere I'd consider it.

If anyone's tried the same setup and likes it though then please let me know.

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Post-defenestration Microsoft: It's the APIs, stupid. And Metro

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Unhappy

Re: What a mess.

Hey, at least you can run the apps that it comes with by default - I have t plug a second monitor into mine to do that as the primary has too small a res.

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Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

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Trollface

Acurate

Well at least they decided to include the scratches on this one.

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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Meh

For the most part I really want to upgrade.

The deal breaker for me though is the whole "invisible corners that do stuff" concept. I use RDP and dual screens extensively and in these environments you NEED visible buttons to click. Even relying on keyboard shortcuts is flakey for RDP (expecially over a mobile device).

Give us a start button & menu and give us a way to access the charms bar et al from a button and I'm there. Till then I'll stick with 7 at least on my desktops. I might give it a go on the media PC (the taskbar on dual monitors looks great for my particular setup) and on my small laptop (better boot time and battery usage would be good there).

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I just LOVE Server 2012, but count me out on Windows 8 for now

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"There really isn't anything quite like the stark refusal to give you even a hidden registry-setting "off switch" to make you realise how irrelevant you and your concerns truly are."

This.

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Is lightspeed really a limit?

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Alien

What I don't get is the obsession with going faster than light in the first place.

Yes, it would be better if we could get to very far away star systems in months or even a lifetime but if you are talking about the expansion of the species then why does that even matter? Even if it takes centuries to "system hop" there will be pioneers willing to be part of that either through stasis pods, generational ships or whatever. Yes it'd be a 1 way trip but so was emigrating to another country thousands of years ago.

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Boffins build program to HUNT DOWN CO2 polluters where they LIVE

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Well I've just checked and they've put their FTTC rollout back by another 2 months for my area ... so forget FTTH, I'd personally be happy to get any connection over the pathetic <2Mb we currently get.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

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Flame

Re: As punishment

Exactly right but you missed the part where for the first 2 days you've taken off work, the engineer doesn't even show up and the one about them sending junk mail for their cable broadband to areas that have no cable.

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JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL

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FAIL

High Price

Not that I'll be buying it anyway but...

Buy the paper copy second hand or pirate the eBook. Then the tax man gets bugger all. When eBooks start coming down in price to a sensible amount (i.e. £1.99 or less) then maybe I'll consider them but till then, I'd rather have my second hand hardbacks thank you very much.

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Network boffins say Terabit Ethernet is TOO FAST

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Unhappy

I'd just be happy if I could download a file and watch 1 Youtube video at once...

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 launch spreads desktop app love

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Windows

Desktop Apps?

Those would be "programs" for us old late 20's people then?

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Ding dong, the Ping is dead! Apple brings in Facebook for iTunes

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Re: Can anyone....

This is going back a bit but I remember Winamp having an iPod (classic) plugin. May be worth checking that out.

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Anonymous takes down UK government websites in Assange attack

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Trollface

Re: Yawn.

Yeah, the best they could hope for would be that they'd (for some strange reason) decide to upload a zip file containing loads of emails from a larger country saying "bust his ass" by mistake. But no one would ever do anything that stupid from being DDoSed would they.

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Judge begs Apple, Samsung to get a room, or trial will end in tears

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Re: Sounds like she thinks they're going to go against Apple

My thoughts exactly. Funny how she waits until it's Samsung's turn before coming out with this.

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Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

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Trollface

Re: i hate cats...

"A hessian sack and some bricks are the best thing for cats"

Many would feel the same way about your spawn.

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Doctor Who to unwrap new sidekick in Christmas TV special

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Trollface

Re: Dr. Who is a lot of shite, and everyone knows it

You are right - it was BBC'd to death and they just keep raping it for all it's worth and will continue to do so till the money runs out.

It's sci-fi for plebs - dumbed down, family friendly, PC crap. Which is why so many people like it but those of us who enjoy real sci-fi hate it. Then there are the crowd of older people who liked the old ones and feel obliged to watch and defend the new ones even though they are NOTHING like the old ones. They may as well have made it a different series but it's a common tactic to crowbar a new idea into an old successful one to make more money.

Also I think the next doctor should be Stephen Fry ;)

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UK judges quietly declare text chat can be obscene

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Big Brother

Re: This isn't just about pedos

Indeed - it's very very dangerous :/

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"This decision ... closes one door where people that would abuse children share and indulge in their fantasies online without the use of images, and prior to now have felt beyond the reach of the law in doing so."

Excellent news - now not only are children such as Lisa Simpson protected but now they can also protect those who aren't even depicted! With any luck they'll be able to arrest those who even THINK of children soon (the pedos will have to prove they aren't thinking about kids). </sarcasm>

Do they really think that making it as much of an crime to engage in FANTASY as carrying out the acts for real a good idea? Don't they see that those with such interests will then be more likely to just have kids of their own purely to abuse them?

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Anonymous hunts down Voldemort for hacking hungry kids' charity

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Re: Anonymous has "rules"?

You really do seem to be the only one here who "gets it"

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