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Rackspace refuses to enlist in cloud's latest price cutting war

DryBones

Re: Well, Good Luck to 'em

How's that support, though? Crap support is crap support, it being affordable doesn't make it acceptable.

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Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

DryBones

Re: Not in the UK.....

The greenest lawyer should have gotten that dismissed without breaking a sweat. Utter cobblers.

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France demands that Google post badge of shame on its pages

DryBones
WTF?

So, I read through the letter, and suppose the points are all well and good and all. But.

I don't know of any company in the world that does those things, or ever has. MS sure as Hell don't. It feels kind of "Do all this stuff just because we say so", just to score points on them. Is this SOP for any company that operates in France, having this sort of interactive "how we protect and use your data"? Totally serious, here.

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DryBones

Have one, or are one?

Seriously, Google has a number of products, they decided to let them talk to one another, and consolidated their privacy policy to be consistent. Yes, they're all still doing the same ad-serving stuff as before, but now they're in the same drawer. The French are being plonkers, IMO.

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'That was quick!': AT&T ends $450 T-Mobile poaching promotion

DryBones

Well...

You do have to give him points for non-infantile use of taunting. In this age of political overcorrectness, damn refreshing to see.

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Google BLASTS BACK at Apple, Microsoft, Sony in Android patent WAR

DryBones

Re: How quickly we forget

Didn't the Justice Department okay this sale only after being assured that it wasn't going to be used for aggressive litigation, or something like that? Shouldn't there be a really big *AHEM* from the courts about now and a smack to the tune of about $1B? It's no secret who's in that conglomerate, and likely to not be a secret for long which patents are being asserted. Thus they can just divide the fine for perjury up.

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

DryBones
FAIL

The EFF is complaining over something that wasn't officially supported, and could cause unknown problems with apps if you fiddle with what they have in the way of permissions.

This is right up there with all the stories of companies being butthurt about their products no longer working (hint: they didn't follow the published interface spec and design documentation) when the workarounds they were using went away. Apple did it, MS did it, Google did it. RTFM.

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

DryBones
Holmes

Calm down...

You don't have to change your connector cable until you change your phone. At that time it will likely come with the right cable, probably not the outlet-USB adapter as those are understood already.

And no, reversible is not innovative and novel, it's obvious but previously judged unnecessary. Shows what they get for thinking people might stop and flip the plug over if it doesn't want to go in...

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Google to CyanogenMod: YOU! GIT yore warranty-BUSTING ASS outa Play

DryBones

I love it...

Google offers stuff that can be rooted and modded, lets you sideload applications (after ticking the box to do so and saying that you understand you may introduce malware in doing so, your own fault. Phone manufacturers lock it down and don't want to honor warranties if you tamper with the firmware (folks have managed to brick theirs by messing with it, recall), and in places besides Britain, this is well within their rights to do. Apple doesn't allow jailbreaking and such mods, actively tries to prevent it.

And Google is the new big bad for having a reasonable discussion with Cyanogenmod about an app that makes the rooting process a bit easier (Cyanogen offers a how-to for how to do it without the app, just have to RTFM), and thus could impact the user's warranty (none of the other apps really might have this issue)? You people are absolute cobblers.

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Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

DryBones

Re: New years resolution

Sir,

I think with relation to your Gmail account, you have 3 choices:

1) Stop using it. Also, stop sending email to addresses in any country that might in any way be able to obtain said mail, in addition to its intended recipient. I think you'll find that to be most all of them.

2) Start using pre-encryption such as PGP for all email traffic.

3) Take a breath and relax.

In short, you have the same issue that Google and Microsoft have. Your traffic goes everywhere, you'll have to either wrap it up end to end, or accept it can be had.

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DryBones

Re: Why 'hold off'?

Bad legal advice, is my guess.

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Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching

DryBones
Facepalm

I want to say that technology has influenced management, and vice versa. Because they now CAN fix it later, there is significantly higher pressure to do so, weighted towards hitting ship schedule even if it's not anywhere near prime time.

My urge to call for there to be shaming and such over this sort of thing is balanced against the fact that games these days are at least two orders of magnitude bigger, codewise, than they used to be. There is more ground to cover, and all that. This is probably one to file under "Dammit, Escalation!"

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DryBones

Re: PC games?

Steam, Origin, and Ubisoft. One of these things is not like the other. AKA, one is not a steaming turd that refuses to uninstall properly and constantly looks over your shoulder. Why is it that everyone seems to think that Steam is primarily about DRM? Steam is about game management and delivery. It has an offline mode that works fine. If a game has to be constantly online to work, that's the game maker's / publisher's fault.

EA and Ubisoft got jealous and wanted to work the DRM into even more places, so made their own platforms that you have to use in order to play their games, while Steam has the same stuff you can get at the store, but manages the selling, installing, and updating on its own. Consequently, I've bought plenty of things from Steam, but sweet FA from EAuno and Uglysoft.

PS, Kerbal is happily selling through Steam. Enjoy!

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'High impact' Gmail password security hole blew accounts wide open

DryBones

Re: Fix a major security hole in their complimentary email service.

Wow. There's something that couldn't be applied to lots of other companies like Facebook- oh, wait.

Companies use the information you give them, to think otherwise is naive. At least Google (unlike the NSA and others that do metadata/keyword work) is giving you something for sharing your data, which is to help you organize it, spit back some of the results of its data mining by presenting things of interest to you (maps, weather, sports, local events, search).

They pay for it by providing companies with a funnel that they can dump their ads into, and have them show up for people that are likely to want to buy them. Companies are not paying to unmask you. They are paying to get their ads shown to those that are most likely to respond to them by buying, thus giving those companies money for their investment.

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vBulletin.com's password database hack gives forum admins the jitters

DryBones

Sophisticated Attack

http://www.xkcd.com/327/

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

DryBones
Terminator

Yes well...

The coroner can recommend all he wants, anyone of sense isn't listening. Unless he has a way to make it so that only devices for the driver of the car don't work, and not any of the passengers, and it doesn't actually interfere with a phone being used for satnav, doesn't interfere with emergency calls, oh and isn't afoul of any laws making it a crime to jam communications, this tosser can sod off.

Seems to me like all those speed cameras need to be repurposed into "twit on phone while driving" cameras .

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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

DryBones
Pint

AMD reverse engineered the Intel 386

Looks like they've been stealing from each other for a bit, now. Whatever.

http://www.techspot.com/article/599-amd-rise-and-fall/

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AIR TIME! Our expert cosies up with the new top-end iPad

DryBones

Flash Impression

"Huh. That looks just like my old (first generation) Nexus 7."

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

DryBones
Happy

Re: Nice phone

"Nice phone for people that don't want an iPhone..."

There, fixed it for you.

Actually, I've suggested one to a friend with an iPhone for playing with. SIM comes out of one, into the other and away you go. It's a nice, inexpensive, no-contact way to try out what Android is really all about, without carrier and manufacturer cruft detracting from the experience.

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DryBones

Re: no sd card=fail

If rumors are right the Nexus 5 packs USB OTG support, so you just get a little adapter cable and plug in your thumb drive. Or your terabyte external drive of anime, depending. It's on my to-try list for when mine gets here, anyway.

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DryBones

I've traveled cross-country (with phone) before, and it didn't complain a bit when I checked mail, thus why I think it may be using the phone as a sanity check.

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DryBones

Aside from the fact that you likely log in from that computer with that IP address (your computer can send a surprising amount of information about itself without you being aware, you're being afraid of the instances where it's working for you?), there's this thing called location awareness.

Once I was testing out a VPN provider with my laptop, for a giggle I told it to route me to an exit point on the other side of the country. As soon as I tried to check Gmail, I got emails and text messages about possible fraudulent access. Why? My phone was in my pocket where I really was, Google looked at where it said it was, where the IP address I was trying to get from my mail seemed to hail from, and threw the flag.

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DryBones

Re: Bahh!

The power button also wakes the screen so you can unlock it. It is placed where you can reach it with the pad of your thumb or index finger when holding it naturally. You like making some unnatural, complicated move with a finger (in order to stab the power button with your fingernail) why, exactly?

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MongoDB slurps $150m in mammoth funding round

DryBones

And why not? It worked in Blazing Saddles...

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Swiss space plane to launch robotic orbital debris destroyer

DryBones
Boffin

What they need...

A cleaner that's a got some manipulators, a maneuvering system with ion and hypergol for scooting around orbit, some good cameras, and as many solid propellant affix-and-fire kick motors as they can pack into a magazine system. Approach junk, affix motor(s), orient as needed, back off, and initiate. Bye-bye, change orbit to the next dead hulk.

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Want the latest Android version? Good luck with that

DryBones
Meh

Re: update to .. what .. for what ?

Name one operating system, one program, one major application that hasn't needed patches or improvements. Not that hasn't gotten them, but hasn't NEEDED them. Hint: there is no such example.

Again, show me any software package that itemized the future bugs and feature additions during the initial release. Again, there is no such example. This is why we have change logs.

Remarkably short-sighted and paranoid commentary, not to mention badly composed. Are you off your medication again?

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

DryBones

It's the Durability, Stupid!

When I wore wristwatches, I had to replace the band once a year because the rubber got brittle. This watch has the camera in the band... which gets brittle... They can sod off, I'm not replacing a watch that costs this much every year.

If you're wondering, my watch is on a lanyard now, and my wrist uniformly tanned for it.

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Lost phone? Google's got an app for that, coming this month

DryBones

One would presume that more features will be added as time goes on, too.

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AT&T's adds 'Next' plan to allow phone, tablet trade-ins after one year

DryBones

So much taking the piss...

I thought the telcos were in the bathroom. T-Mobile went to this, hey pay upfront or pay for the device over the course of the contract... If you look at the prices of bringing your own device, they're exactly the same as they were before they decided to bring this brilliant plan in, and exactly the same as they were if you got a phone with your plan.

T-Mobile found a way to increase their profits and cut their expenses at the same time, AT&T sees a good scam working and is getting in too. End of story.

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Critical Java SE update due Tuesday fixes 40 flaws

DryBones
Trollface

I was upset about this for a little. Just long enough to verify that I don't actually have Java installed. Right, back to snooker.

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Apple's two-factor security isn't as good as Microsoft or Google's, say experts

DryBones
FAIL

Re: SURE it is.

(Yes, two replies, forum needs a bloody Edit button.)

A shame you didn't choose to follow the report link in the article you quoted. If you had, you might have found this:

http://m.techcrunch.com/2012/11/05/android-malware-surges-despite-googles-efforts-to-bounce-dodgy-apps-off-its-platform-f-secure-ids-51447-unique-samples-in-q3/

It features gems such as:

It believes Android’s growth — especially in regions such as China and Russia with “less secure” third party app markets — is a more likely explanation for the malware surge than malware makers finding a way to circumvent Google’s Play Store scanning system.

In other words, exactly the same situation as Apple users that download and install malware laden programs by entering their password, which we all rightfully shrug off as user error. Oh dear, installing stuff from dodgy sources might get you infected? Who'd have thunk it? Meanwhile, malware from the Play Store has precipitously dropped in quantity.

Good thing this isn't a tyre shop, you'd need a lot of weights to balance properly.

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DryBones
Holmes

Re: SURE it is.

15 years of Windows use and no viruses here, either. I use sensible controls and the occasional scan. More importantly, how competent is the scanner that does the spot checks? A missed infection gives the same results as a clean system.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

DryBones

Re: Much ado about nothing...

Richard :TIFKAM makes icon groups with the "folder" name above them. So a little scrolling to the right and there's the group and icons. Zoom out a little to go faster then zoom back in. Not the same, but it is there.

Roland: No argument about the lack of documentation and user training that Windows 8 has from me. If they'd just said "Windows key gets you in, Windows key gets you out" and possibly demonstrated it... Yeah, silly. I just find it hard to believe that so many companies that build UIs seem to know nothing about UI design. Because they all seem scientifically designed to suck.

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DryBones
Flame

Much ado about nothing...

TIKFAM is a full-screen Start menu with enough space for each program icon to also display information, live-tile style. That's it. Much nerd-rage about nothing. Even with Windows 7 people were well on the way to not really touching the Start menu. Pin your most common programs to the bottom bar, put the rest on the Desktop, and hardly ever open the Start menu. Need to find it fast, Windows key and type the name. Exactly the same with Windows 8.

I have seen people with so much cruft on their machines that the Windows XP Start menu takes up the entire screen, all full of masses and masses of tiny little icons, so really the only thing that saves you from (gasp!) losing most or all of of your working space for a few seconds (horrors!) is pinning or placing your shortcuts on the Desktop. Apples to apples, TIKFAM wins because both are used as little as possible, but it looks prettier when you do.

Know what I don't miss? The absurd delay between telling the machine you want to open the All Programs listing and it actually showing it. It's like it had to rebuild it every single time. The listing should have been built and saved to a prerendered structure, updated only when something is installed or removed, and other than that not faffed with.

I imagine there'll be downvotes, rather a number judging from previous posts, but the only thing I fault Microsoft for at this point is doing a piss-poor job of educating about the changes. That install tutorial was PATHETIC.

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US Air Force beats off competition in NSA hacking fight

DryBones
Coffee/keyboard

I'm Surprised

Not one comment about how on the left side of the pond "beating off" means something else...

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RIAA: Google failing on anti-piracy push

DryBones

No, that's very true. In theory Google could just delist these sites entirely, I suppose... But that way lies morality police so no, the RIAA gets to go suck eggs.

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DryBones
Angel

Re: "Legitimate download sites like amazon.com"

Works for me. Might do a little search and see if the band's got a PayPal or other donation box that some coin can be tossed in, but hey.

"It's a global economy, you might want to try harder to keep up."

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

DryBones
Holmes

Re: @Psyx

So the short summary of your position is "I have enough street smarts to see problems coming, and am fit and tough enough to deal with anything I can't avoid. In my situation the chance of my needing a gun looks like it'll be in behind being struck by lightning".

Well done, gold star. Bit of a pity that the situation varies, isn't it? Here's an interesting one. No relation, no acquaintance, no indication anything was the matter, no desire for money. Just... her phone? Didn't even demand that, just wailed on her. Evidently an out of the blue flip-out. If the train had been close, it might have finished with her being struck and killed.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-man-arrested-in-subway-assault-in-philadelphia-20130118,0,2712387.story

The awareness bit is too hindsight to discuss. Should she have had a gun? Don't know, a force multiplier of some sort certainly would have been nice. Oh, the point? Some prefer the option to be prepared but not need, rather than need but not be prepared.

Brisk business in tasers, there?

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Don't shoot the Windows Live Messenger, cry IM users

DryBones

Is it just me, or is the video chat rather pants? Speech breaks up, lots of feedback

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Google to scan Chrome extensions, bans auto-install

DryBones

I'm not sure about Google Toolbar, I don't use any of those as they take up screen space that I'd rather use for what the hell I'm trying to read. Chrome's just fine, though. I imagine the real determining factor is how cleanly easily the stuff uninstalls.

I will agree that they really ought to see about dropping some of that bundling incentive stuff. They're not helping by using a similar MO to crapware.

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Musk's SpaceX gets foot in door of US secret 'black' space program

DryBones
Pint

Re: Bye SpaceX, t'was nice hearing you

Well, not quite. There may be nothing currently on the manifest, but that's because the NRO, air force, NASA are tossing stuff at them. They've launched several commercial sats, ICO-1 for one.

This development will help level the playing field of the launch business, but not how most might expect. To participate in government contacts, SpaceX must comply with requirements for reporting, testing, audits, quality management, and the vagaries of a more particular customer, which ULA and its parent companies have been dealing with for a while, and which do figure in their costs.

So as SpaceX comes into the government contracting fold, their costs are going to rise. It is possible that ULA costs will fall, as if SpaceX is excused from certain requirements inherent in the EELV program, ULA can make a good case for also not having to abide by them.

This should be good, seeing the fur fly.

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Bah humbug! Google cancels Christmas

DryBones
FAIL

Re: The Real Google Calendar

Obvious troll is obvious.

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Android adware capability a vulnerability, claim boffins

DryBones
Devil

Nope! But neither can anyone else, which was my original point. IOS has the user base and monetary motivation to make hackers look for exploits. You just haven't heard about them.

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DryBones
Trollface

What, you mean the same one that's pwned first every Pwn2Own?

Nice troll, but we know this sort of story about Android always leaves out or willfully ignores the start of the process, which goes something like "well if you install this app from a dodgy third-party app store (after having agreed you knew you were at your own risk by enabling sideloading and seeing the warning)..."

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Shuttle Endeavour buzzes the Golden Gate Bridge

DryBones
Terminator

The attachment to the shuttles is entirely an emotional reaction, with no grounding in rational, reasoned thought. The shuttles had a lot of stuff in them that was unnecessary and expensive because the Air Force wanted it, and those specials were used only a handful of times. Things are done faster, better, and cheaper without them. Why? Because as thrilling as it is, launching humans is horribly wasteful in terms of results per pound, per launch.

Witness the X-37B. Launched on a simple rocket, spent 468 days in space, came down autonomously. Surgeons can do surgery remotely, once state-of-the art telepresence and robotics systems are provided there won't be a real need to go outside the station. You log in, and you are There. You log out, and go to the pub for a pint. People are so caught up on the thrill of sending a person into space that they don't ask if it wouldn't be more efficient to simply extend their reach.

If the ISS was built as a science platform, using the sort of technical acumen that vending machines and warehouse logistics systems use, it'd be a quarter the size and have four times the experiments going on. Why? Simple. Most of that volume is for people and the support for them. Living space, sleeping space, food, water, air. I'm not saying that there's not good value to studying the long term effects of people in space, and in having a manned station. Merely pointing out that they are inherently inefficient to include in an industrial design. And yes, an orbital science platform could be an entirely industrial design. We just haven't done it that way.

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Apple iPhone 5 review

DryBones

Re: better

Never in doubt that it is FRAND. However, the point of contention is on whether Apple needs to pay, or their chippery supplier already did. So basically it's yet another game of legal footsie.

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Third of iPad owners want smaller slabs

DryBones

Re: Apple fan buying a Nexus.

Milo.com is your friend in this, I think. Staples has 'em. Cheers.

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DryBones
Pint

Re: Apple fan buying a Nexus.

Try a Nexus out in store if possible, as with most things tech hands-on testing is best. That said, both OS will be (and are) pleasantly snappy. Obviously if the tablet is intended for the purse, a stern cover is needed.

Also:

* I half expect a $299 price point for the mini, between cost savings and a light subsidy. It needs some separation from the 3 to be looked at... Or maybe it doesn't. Proximity to the 10" iPad in price will show how loyal/rabid fans are.

* Swype beats every other virtual keyboard hollow. Yes, including SwiftKey. It's beta for ICS right now, but if it's not on the demo unit, make them install it. Seriously. Yes, this requires installing code not directly from Google Play.

* Nexus 7 has a replaceable battery. I like things where one has the option of replacing wear parts themself. But that's just me, I like having the option to do the work (pop cover off, unplug cable, swap battery, replace cable and cover).

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Breaking news, literally: Reuters hacked third time this MONTH

DryBones
Pirate

It's WordPress. No, really. Once Reuters gets a clue and changes their blogging platform, they'll just have to find something else to try attacking on the site. As much as I hear WordPress and hacked used together, you'd think their unofficial icon was from Goatse. Wiiiide open.

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Marlinspike demos MS-CHAPv2 crack

DryBones
Coat

Re: Ouch!

Ah well, he got the point, anyway.

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