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Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

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Does anyone else feel

that we might be moving towards an XP-in-a-virtual-machine direction, where corporates just virtualise what they have, and rely on the wrapper security of the environment ?

Sure MS worst nightmare - effectively immortalising XP.

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ICO: How 'sensitive' is personal data? Depends what it's used for...

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Rejected ?

I just say "prefer not to say". It's meaningless anyway, since it's all about "self identification".

I have never understood the logic that putting your race on an application form is a good way to prevent racism. Surely a better way is to NOT put your race, so any weeding out is done on merit. It's also totally contradicting the logic which says you eliminate ageism by removing the date of birth ...

Using monitoring and quotas is simply ignoring dealing with the real issue - which is why certain sections of society seem incapable of doing well.

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The official iPhone actually runs Android - in Brazil

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Re: It takes 8 years ...!

They probably take 20 years to lay 100 miles of railway too, these backwards countries.

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Perky smartphone figures can't stop droop of worldwide mobe sales

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But *why* did you change your phone ...

my phone history:

1994: Motorola M300 on 1-2-1 that lasted until 1997 when we (MrsJP and I) were given a Nokia (can't recall the model) which had no new features but was smaller with more talk/standby time

I actually revived the M300 for a couple of years when Virgin started - bought a SIM

2001 - moved up to a Philips Savvy. This was because I wanted to have SMS

2005 - moved up to a Sony W800, as I wanted bluetooth, and liked the idea of the walkman

2008 - was given an HTC by work

2009 - was given an N5800 by work

2011 - was given an HTC by work - still my main phone.

From 2005s W800i, the only things that have really been ADDED are 3G and WiFi. Beyond that why do I need a new phone. Sure, I *could* get an iPhone. But it wouldn't really give me anything I haven't got already. My only grumble with the HTC Windows phone is lack of apps, but nothing I actually need.

The next big thing could be 4G, but is it enough ? Especially as most people who might benefit will probably have WiFi enabled phones and a host of hotspots nearby.

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As with desktops

so with mobiles. Everyone who wants one has one. Simples. Now we're entering the mature market phase, where you need to persuade people they should upgrade, or target people seeking replacements.

The past 15 years have seen a frenetic amount of R&D and innovation, but that's plateaued.

Remember all those out of work car marketing executives ? I hope you kept their number.

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Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

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Wish I could find this ad ...

read this, and it reminded me of an ad I saw in an advertising trade journal about verified viewing figures. It had a couple "making out" on a sofa in front of the TV with the great slogan:

"Whos screwing who ?"

IIRC it was an ad for a market reseach company.

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Vaguely reminds me

of the time in the 80s, when anyone in the US who owned a Jag was teased about needing a second car for the days the Jag was off the road ....

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UK doesn't have the SKILLS to save itself from cyber threats

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Re: I have an idea

I pay enough fucking tax, thank you. I have no interest in doing the states job for free.

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A true story

I may have told before ...

Back in 2009, my lad was due to chose his GCSE choices. The school held an open evening and 3 local universities all gave a presentation on why kids should aspire to go to university (and thus the choices they should consider).

One chap told us of a student that had graduated in 2007, that had moved to America with her company, and was earning over £40,000 a year. Her company ? Chase Manhattan. Her course ? "Politics and history". Not a doctor. Not an engineer. No cure for cancer from her. No solution to the world energy or hunger crisis from her.

The fact that she was the aspiration this odious smarmy little shit chose to parade in front of 14 year old kids tells me exactly why things are the way they are.

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Chickens coming home to roost

so, totally debase science and technology teaching over a period of years. Allow and encourage a celeb-obsessed culture where the height of aspiration is to flash your bits on big brother. Ignore, and belittle scientists and experts in favour of political expediency.

And THEN act surprised we're not keeping up in the read world.

Well, colour me surprised.

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Dish boss on ad-skipping service: 'I don’t want to kill ads'

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Could this be an end

for the business model where the broadcaster gets paid by the advertisers AND the viewers ?

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Public told to go to hell, name Pluto's two new moons

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Sagan and Moore

thats all.

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LinkedIn proves not all social IPOs were bubbly

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In two minds ...

LinkedIn was nice - I've got a nice profile, and some great recommendations. However I've only connected with colleagues (old and present) and people I studied with, in the same industry. And I can't say I've ever benefited from being on there.

Now, of late, I've started getting loads of invites from "industry experts" which turn out to be recruitment consultants with 1,000s of contacts. Which I'm not interested in. Which means I haven't actually logged in this year.

Go figure.

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2e2 cloud cash fiasco puts NHS IT and biz 'over a barrel'

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It's heartening to read

a lot of commentards get the concept of business continuity, and due diligence. I have zero sympathy for any company that suffers as a result of this, and hope the incompetent managers who caused that suffering are ejected at very high velocity. If any publicly funded organisation is affected then there should be sackings. We're constantly being told why the NHS needs such highly paid managers - I would argue it's to avoid shit like this, not walk straight into it.

If you outsource a critical part of your business operations, then you need to plan for the day it isn't there. Simples. And that process should have been part of the initial outsource, not a sticking plaster over a bad deal. If, as part of your outsourcing you discover you can't plan for such a day (say a monopoly supplier) then you really need to ask yourself if you should be outsourcing that process at all.

Having seen a proper due diligence in action, I know that it's not uncommon for big clients to request bank statements, audited accounts, historic headcounts, and a whole load of minutia before they consider spending a single penny with a supplier.

Personally (and I'm not even a business continuity specialists, I just know a few). My first question to 2e2 would have involved escrow for the hosting, so that even if 2e2 went down, their datacentres would have provision to overrun until clients had recovered their data. But then I didn't go to the right public school.

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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The neighbour of the beast

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Psst, wanna block nuisance calls? BT'll do it... for a price

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How out of date are their lists ?

Me and MrsJP got married in 2007, yet not only are we STILL getting calls asking for her maiden name[1], but they are increasing. From loads of different numbers, although if they get as far as speaking, they all seem to be about PPI.

The weirdest thing is despite us both living here together for over 10 years, I don't get *any* calls. At all. Which implies that she somehow signed up for something which snaffled her details and they are now being repeatedly sold on, and on, and on.

Some get quite arsey when we (correctly) tell them there is no one of that name living here. We've had others try and verify the postcode too - who get told in no uncertain terms to sod off.

[1]When they hear my voice, they switch to "Is that Mr <maiden name>". Creeps.

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Stricken 2e2 threatens data centres: Your money or your lights

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Sounds fair to me ...

although I can forsee a slew of downvotes ...

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Windows Phone 8 hasn't slowed Microsoft's mobile freefall

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The art of the bleeding obvious ..

This isn't the 90s, or even the 2000s. The market dynamic has changed - forever. Nobody (and I mean NOBODY) I know is in any kind of hurry for a *new* smartphone. I have my (works) Win7.8 HTC. My lad has a Nokia 5800, and wifey[1] has her HTC Android. The only person I know who does regularly update their phone is the (retired) mother in law. Who's drunk the Apple kool-aid, so will only get the latest iPhone.

So Win8, Win9, Win10 with four "M's" and a silent "Q" are a total and utter irrelevance.

It's the same for desktops. We're all running 4 year old machines, with Win7. Absolutely no need to upgrade.

There's a certain schadenfreude here. Your Microsofts and Apples et al had a field day when the IT landscape was new, unknown, and scary. But it's evolved into a mature market now, and all those old-fogies who were left behind by the tech rush are now your greatest assets, as they are much more familiar with working in a mature market. If you want to sell Windows8, you need to get someone who's successfully sold cheese, or pot noodles on board - they'd have a better idea than someone who's only ever done tech.

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Cable Cowboy lassoes Virgin Media with HUGE £15bn deal

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It makes stuff all difference where anything is

A US company is under the heel of the PATRIOT act. If they get slapped with a notice, they have to pony up the data (or shut the servers down) wherever they are. Safe harbour can go hang.

This is what MS admitted last year, and why people need to be so careful.

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3 Brits banged up for £300k VAT scam

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POCA

also, I hope a Proceeds Of Crime order was levelled on them, so they can pay back the ill gotten dosh.

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or ....

Try this graphic.

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BANG and the server's gone: Man gets 8 months for destroying work computers

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Re: Physical security of server room ?

Now for the flipside ;)

The physical security was mandated by a security audit (before I started). So far so good. However, there were boxes in the server room that developers *did* need access to. So we installed a KVM over IP solution, and developers could access the boxes over the network. Now this was user and password protected, but as a couple of guys pointed out, when you had to have physical access, there was at least the chance an imposter/hacker would be seen (bearing in mind they still had to get past the 3 card locks to get to the floor with the server room). Doing things over the network was *less* secure.

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Physical security of server room ?

In my last office job, as a development manager, even I had no access to our server rooms. And that was in a company of over 1,000 employees. IIRC about 8 people had access - it wasn't even the entire Tech Services team. Someone pulling a stunt like this would have been rumbled in hours.

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First the NYT, now the Wall Street Journal: But are hacking attacks from China new?

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Slightly OT

but does anyone else get a warm glow at the thought of Rupert Murdoch being hacked ?

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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Prior art ?

The city centre PCWorld/Currys has a very similar look, only in dark, muted colours .....

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'Silent but deadly' Java security update breaks legacy apps - dev

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Versions: does anyone remember Lenny Henry ...

years ago, he commented on the difficulty in buying a record[1] ...

"Do you want the 12", the the extended 12", the club mix, the extended club mix, the club house mix, the 12" club house mix featuring Sir Skankalot, the dub house mix ....."

"Just give me the one where they got it right."

[1]Ask your parents. Or their parents.

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Car dashboards get Nokia HERE without a phone in sight

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where it's going

a standard car/phone interface, so people can plug their phone of choice into their car of choice ?

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Nokia tries its luck with a sub-£150 Win Phone 8: The Lumia 620

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Re: One question

I'm sure I read the reason you couldn't is because MS didn't implement the required part of the BT stack ? Also why you can't transfer files over BT.

I can't speak for others, but a few times I've found it useful to be able to BT a picture or MP3 to someone in the same room without using email, or MMS (which can cost). Also BT to BT is *way* more secure depending what you're sending.

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You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

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And yet ...

there are at least 5 cats that prowl around my neighbourhood. So why do we still see rats ?

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Lotus 1-2-3 rebooted: My trip back to the old (named) range

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Copy protection ? Really ?

I'm struggling to recall the progam (yes kids, we called them "programs", not "apps") you could get which would copy "copy protected" disks. Had "II" in the name, "CopyIIPC" ? rings a bell.

In those days, copy protection usually involved bypassing the BIOS to get the disk controller to access track 41 ? If I could be bothered, I'd dig out my MS DOS 3.00 programmers guide (which cost about £60). I also had a schematic of the FDC subsystem, with codes.

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Ah ... 1987

I found a copy of 1-2-3 that came bundled with one (of two) PCs my department of 60 had to mess around with. Given I was on a student placement, I was allowed to have a play. I pretty soon got our HP7475 plotter working with it, and within a day, had knocked some graphs up.

This piqued on guys interest. His job was to supply MI to various committees. Previously this involved using a teletype (yes !) to enter data to a Sperry 1100 (/60 IIRC) and waiting for a overnight batch job to turn it into binary. He then had to take a "Y" cable, and plug the HP7475 in between the teletype and RS232, and hope it would plot. 50% of the time it would, 50% of the time it would mess up. Another day gone.

He was literally speechless, when I produced a graph he needed in less than 3 minutes. It was a true efficiency booster.

When I left, they had 30 PCs, and more on order. I went to the Lotus exhibition at Earls Court (where I first saw a PS/2) , and kept bumping into people from my department ....

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Pop tix touts slung in the cooler for 4 years after £3m web scam

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Re: Purely as a matter of intellectual curiosity .....

Mysteriously, the story is detail-lite. The investigation would have started with the complainants and the website, and worked backwards. Presumably, the cops found the one nexus of the trail of deception, and the real world. At that point it's just a question of monitoring the suspects with the power of technology.

Could they not have used BitCoins ?

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Re: Proceeds of crime

POCA is being very sparing used, since that story a while back that the CPS spent something like £28 million, and recovered 2.5 pence, 3 drachma and an everton mint. There is a train of thought that says the present form of POCA could be considered to violate the ECHR - jailing people for not paying a debt is frowned upon.

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Apple 'dismayed' to find over 100 kids building its iDevices

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Could this be translated into sales ?

In the same way *some* people are willing to pay a premium for "organic" food, could there be a group of users who would pay more for a product guaranteed to be made ethically[1] ? Possibly by being built in the UK. Or US ?

[1]Yes, I'm aware there's the provenance of the raw materials ...

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Now Spanish sperm takes a kick to the cojones

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Darwin in action ?

fewer sperm = fewer mouths to feed = more likely survival for the rest ?

IANAB, but I'm sure that population reduction in the face of adverse environmental factors is one valid strategy.

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Backdoor root login found in Barracuda gear - and Barracuda is OK with this

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Trusting trust

fascinated to read this, and it goes much deeper.

How can you know the actual CPU you are running on can be trusted ? How do you know there isn't some sneaky opcode which can be used to leverage an attack ?

To all those smug commentards who boasted about having the source code to a system: did you get a schematic of the CPU, and logic arrays ?

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FIELD/SERVICE ?

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UK malls use Google in desperate stab at luring shoppers off the web

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Not a joke though ...

Mrs Page has her hair cut by a mobile service. Manages to be *cheaper* than going to a store (and the hairdresser claims fuel back on expenses).

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Re: To survive

None of which will happen ...

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It's become a vicious spiral ...

fewer customers means less need to stock so much which means less stock which means less chance of any customer finding anything. The recent Page family experience of "going [clothes] shopping" is to find a nice whatever, then realise they don't have our size, go and ask to be told "if it's not on the rack, we have to order it". Or the even more annoying "Have you tried our [miles away] branch ?". As if we *want* to drive all over the place.

If they have to order it, we may have well ordered it online (remember folks DSR gives you 7 days to return) since we don't "go shopping" every week.

For those that like to pick their meat/veg, then we have found that online ordering of sundries leaves us *more* time to visit local farm shops and butchers. Win/win.

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Chinese boffins crack cloaking tech for camouflage

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50+ posts ..

and no one has mentioned the best way to make something invisible ...

Cloak it in someone elses problem

(credit to Douglas Adams)

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‘That’s not art’ says Apple as it pulls nudes from AppStore

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RE: Victorians

Where do you think they got it ?

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Cautious Brits less likely than US firms to puff on clouds - survey

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Patriot Act

Our ISO has stated that using any US connected service would put our data under scope of the the Patriot Act, and that as a company we would be liable to the data subject (i.e. could be sued) for any breach arising from that. End result - very cautious use of cloud.

Remember - it's not just about snooping. Patriot Act allows the FBI to shut down any server farm anywhere in the world if it's under a US companies control. So you might come to work one day and find all you data has done a MegaUpload and disappeared.

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Fraud cops collar two blokes accused of dodging bank's 2-factor auth

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Re: Suggestion

I'd be keen for my bank to send an SMS (or email) every time my account is accessed. I'd wager a system like this (with an opt out, for those that must) would reduce fraud by a considerable amount.

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Re: Whose 'fault' ?

IANAL but from my viewpoint, it's the banks fault. They paid money to somebody who wasn't the rightful recipient. End of story. It makes no difference if the thieves cloned a phone, wore a false moustache, or just said "this is my account" while waving their hand. It's up to the BANK to verify the identity of the recipient. And it's up to the BANK to devise a system that does that.

The logical conclusion of any other way of looking at it (i.e. it's not the banks fault) means that if the banks computers were hacked, or stolen, or if their data centre when "boom", would be that all account holders would suddenly have no balance, and the bank would just say "oops".

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AT&T 'violates net neutrality' by NOT charging twice for same data

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Reasonable and sensible

are not mentioned anywhere in the US constitution.

Just life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

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Bloke blasts Sprint for fingering his home as phone thieves' den

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Re: Say it with me, Euro-weenies:

What about septics ? Although I believe when they found out about that, they tried calling themselves "Shermans" ...

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Re: 2 years ? I'd have moved

I suspect from the tone of their reply MachDiamond is American. Which might explain it ....

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2 years ? I'd have moved

Given how merkins love guns ...

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Playboy fined £100k by Blighty watchdog for FLASHING SMUT at kids

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Ofcom, not ATVOD

or whoever ?

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