* Posts by JustaKOS

1528 posts • joined 10 Mar 2010

Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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"I've yet to feel the need to install another browser."

It was crap to start with but is now a lot better.

However, I found myself often running Internet Explorer because Edge was so slow to load some sites and was inclined to freeze on certain sites. I now have Icons for both on the taskbar.

In the end, though, IE wasn't enough and I installed Firefox so that I could use Noscript to keep the Ads down to a manageable level. It meant I could browse The Register more easily.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Nah, not yet

If I had an expendable Win7 or Win8.1 license I'd give it a whirl - the bugs so far haven't caused me too much pain.

But I won't upgrade any machine that I rely on for general purpose stuff until it becomes clear how many of the privacy-invading / telemetry sending features of the preview have been turned off or made deselectable (preferably by default) in the commercial release.

And also how useful it is when it has never been connected to a Microsoft Account.

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Unhinged Linux backdoor still poses a nuisance, if not a threat

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To be expected

... carelessly put together. For one thing “the disassembled code contains some strange constructions that have absolutely nothing to do with Linux”,

The Machine hasn't long been self-aware, and is still learning how to modify itself - it has to cobble stuff together from whatever passes.

Give it time.

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Happy birthday Alf Garnett, you daft, reactionary old git

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@Little Mouse - Re: "Alf said what most people were thinking"

Speight's intention was for people to laugh AT Alf Garnett, not with him.

Such is my recollection as well. I recall him being seen by me, and those I knew who watched it, as a figure of ridicule.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Re: JustaCLOT " ... dressing well improves the holistic ambiance of a brain....."

You know Matt, I think I agree with your attitude to dress code - I would never consider dressing down when meeting customers or visiting their sites.

But I read the article and the thing I took from it was that dress rules were being applied to people doing their development jobs, not customer-facing as such. And in that situation I have no doubt, from my experience, that dress rules are just counter-productive.

You'll have to work on your insults, though. The "KOS" part is self-depracating and I consider "CLOT" to be a step up.

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" ... dressing well improves the holistic ambiance of a brain struggling with ... coding"

No. Physical comfort and a total absence of management and their drones are what are needed. Total bollocks, HP

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

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Re: Try this page

Wow! Firefox went up to 750MB once I turned off NoScript. Oddly enough, IE didn't seem concerned and its use of memory didn't go up much.

I saw the vanished comments and I think someone was being snarky about the author for no obvious reason.

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NHS England backs down over another data extraction scheme

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If you collect it, they will come (for it)

Promises of confidentiality are really just so much bollocks, aren't they?

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: Idiot?

1. I am law-abiding and I'd like to be able to legally watch something via my DVB USB thingy if it's important enough to me.

2. Despite it's many flaws I think the BBC is very worthwhile and I don't begrudge the amount currently needed to fund it, whether I watch it or not.

An idiot I am not, and you can blow your cubic foot of air back wherever it came from.

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"But if viewers wanted extras, they’d need to pay. "

And the problem there is what they end up classifying as 'Core' vs 'Extra'. I have a strong suspicion that a significant portion of the BBC's current worthwhile output would be classified as 'extra', subject to subscription.

My telly died last year but I still pay for the license, just in case I decide to get a new one. I'm happy to do that because it isn't so great an amount to pay for what we currently get.

If they move to reclassify any part of what they currently broadcast as 'premium content', then I'll just stop. That's a game I will not play.

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Norton for Windows 10 is NOT a box-borking beta, insists Symantec

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"it appears to have let an alpha or beta release escape as production"

That makes it sound like an accident - surely a company as big and experienced as this shouldn't make such glaring errors?

Given that they are seemingly focused on being ready for Windows 10, I would suggest that this release was as planned, and that the Beta testing was intended to be done by their existing customers. With predictable results.

After all, they would only be following Microsoft in seeing the user base as a free testbed.

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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Looking at the long list on the right, there's hours of classy, proper smut-free (mostly) humour. I'll have to introduce the young 'uns to it.

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Happy

Well done!

It was my first thought but I couldn't remember who sang it or what it was called. Brightened my day it did, listening to that again.

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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Alien

Somewhere out there ...

"OI! Who threw that!"

And that's how it's all going to end for us.

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Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

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Re: "We strongly recommend that you complete your migration to a supported operating system"

I was a bit misleading there, I think. The frown was reflecting the realisation that a windows-only user has nowhere to go other than outside it, and not a reflection on the merits of either alternative.

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"We strongly recommend that you complete your migration to a supported operating system"

Ok, let me see : what's the latest supported OS close to XP? Ah, WIndows 7. Good, I'll have one of them. Oh no, I can't seem to get hold of a copy.

Windows 8, then ... WTF is this ???

It'll have to be Apple or Linux then :(

[Despite the interesting coincidence of timing, I don't think WIndows 10 is quite ready yet to be the alternative that Microsoft would like people to go to.]

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IBM to offer BREAST MILK delivery-as-a-service for staff

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How very civilised of them

+1 to IBM

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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

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It's a nasty one and it caused me some grief. As far as power off is concerned - I found that the right-click start menu was still available, so I could get out of it.

The continuing presence of this particular problem is one reason why I have doubts about Windows 10 being good enough for release as planned.

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HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

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Sensible

I know they're going through a reorganisation so wouldn't be ready to ship anything anyway at the beginning of August, but this is a very sensible plan.

Windows 10 has to improve a lot from the last released build in order for it to be reliable enough for shipping in new PCs. Waiting (I reckon until mid-September) for the fallout to settle after 29th July is the best move. Assuming the upgrade horror stories haven't in the mean-time put the buyers off, that is.

I wonder what manufacturer is going to have the courage to ship any earlier?

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Mathematician: SUNSPOT DROUGHT will mean mini ICE AGE from 2030

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Re: This good be good news or bad news.....

Or, in the spirit of compromise : it would be a good idea to accept the 'Climate Change' argument and cut back heavily on use of fossil fuels, so that come 2030 (if this prediction turns out to be right) we'll have a stockpile of stuff to burn to keep us warm.

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Mushroom

This won't end well

I know. I've seen the film.

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US Homeland Security boss wants nationwide law for reporting network break-ins

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"Terrorism can't prevail if people refuse to be terrorized,"

The people do refuse to be terrorised.

It's a shame that the same can no longer be said about the governments.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Don't know about the modern stuff, but Halo installed, and runs, just fine. And as an added bonus, it gives me a version of Cortana that works.

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

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Re: It's a conspiracy

No need to be so insulting,mate. Speaking purely for myself, I think the probability of Microsoft automatically upgrading people is low. But not zero.

The thing is, they've already shown a significant level of arrogance and sense of ownership over people's machines by putting this feature in in the first place. The updates were not flagged truthfully for what they were, so I think it's fair to say they were installed by deception.

I should also add that there were a number of other updates which 'prepared' machines for upgrade. Again, these were unnecessary and delivered by deceitful means.

So, I'm thoroughly pissed off with Microsoft and, while they would be pretty stupid to actually force upgrades on people, I'm not so sure that some idiot in their organisation won't decide to push the button.

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So very nice of them

Now what would have been nicer would have been not to sneak the fucking thing onto everyone's machines in the first place.

Oh, and for the home users who don't have sysadmins to hand, an update that comes up with a big message when they click on it to tell them to think long and hard before going any further.

But then home users are not relevant are they?

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Privacy watchdog ICO slashes its fines in half

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Re: " the ICO said issuing fines "left, right and centre" is not the way to safeguard privacy."

I'm inclined to agree with your last para, JasonB, but it does contain a fatal flaw : where on earth do you find someone with integrity in any area remotely related to government?

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" the ICO said issuing fines "left, right and centre" is not the way to safeguard privacy."

True. Jail time and/or loss of job and income for the high-ups in the guilty organisations is the only deterrent.

Failing that, how about the ICO investigate each complaint and, when proven to their satisfaction, publish the full details for all of us to see - exposing the guilty as thoroughly as possible?

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Rise of the Machines: ROBOT KILLS MAN at Volkswagen plant

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"So don't start with the Skynet, okay?"

Apart from that line, I thought the article was quite short and to the point, with no attempt at humour.

But that line was surely intended to provoke such responses as I've seen above.

For my part, I think it's way to early to find humour in someone's death, and certainly too early to imply that he may have contributed to his fate by being stupid in some way.

It is of great interest to all of us that the reason how/why it happened is thoroughly investigated and reported on. We're more and more expected to trust to machines and their programming out in the real world and we need the causes of such accidents to be fully exposed.

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Reg forums TITSUP?

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Yup

Response yesterday was crap and I got errors logging in. One post last night failed to appear.

Today, only one of three has appeared, and then after a long-enough wait that I was beginning to think that I had transgressed somehow and was being pre-moderated.

Of course, you may not see this response due to the problems ...

... Ah, they've appeared at last.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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And another thing ...

When I give someone the WiFi password I am authorising them to use my network. If they pass it on to someone else, that person is by definition an unauthorised user.

So this feature is facilitating - nay encouraging - unauthorised access to networks. Surely illegal in most jurisdictions?

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FAIL

Banishment is the only way.

I can easily change the default, but I can't force any user of my network to do so as well. So I come to the conclusion that I cannot allow anyone with an electronic social life (I'm safe) - family member or visitor - to connect a Windows 10 device to my home network.

What a totally stupid idea, Microsoft. Given the security problems that it is bound to cause, you could at least have defaulted to OFF.

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Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from googleapis.com

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Ah, so I'm not paranoid after all

I've been purging the Noscript Whitelist for quite a while, just in case, like. I just felt that Noscript should mean exactly that unless I decide otherwise.

I feel a little bit vindicated now.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: Hard to say

I know 10130 is an old build now and that there are others that can be obtained by non-official routes, but that means that the majority of Insiders still won't have seen the latest - even if you and others think it's better.

The problem is the clear difference in opinion that has been evident all along - what does 'better' mean?

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Will it be ready? Maybe, but ...

Meeting Microsoft's own development plan is one thing, and it's possible to form an opinion on whether or not they have the time to fix all the known flaws.

The big unknown to me is whether or not the end result will be acceptable, by which I mean whether or not those who comment loudly on new OSs (such as us here) think it's OK. If they don't think it's OK, then Microsoft are going to have trouble selling this thing.

Issues that bother me, and that I see no sign of Microsoft rectifying include:

# Loss of control of updates and the clear aim to use home users as beta testers forever.

# The fact that privacy and data-sharing settings default during installation to "Come and get me, baby".

# The need for a Microsoft Account for many features to work.

# Perceived poor functionality and performance of many of the apps.

I will say this - its better than Windows 8.1 from the outer view, but what's going on behind the scenes does worry me a little.

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Hard to say

There's a lot in build 10130 that still needs fixing and until the majority of the testing serfs (Insiders) get to properly play with an updated build we won't know for sure if they're anything like on target.

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Cisco in single SSH key security stuff-up

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OK, so no random miscreant should be able to get in. That still leaves the hard-coded login credentials available to somebody who is not the owner of the appliance. A backdoor if ever there was one.

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Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

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Magic?

It would take a bit of magic to turn the current Windows 10 from the sow's ear that it is, into the silk purse that this plan needs it to be.

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Triple glitch grounds ALL aircraft in New Zealand

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Win

Computers go Tits-up and Humans just calmly carry on without them, and without incident.

That's the sort of machine-related story I like.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Going back to 7

Historically the evidence would suggest that going back to 7 or 8.1 would be OK. There is confusion here I think because, just as with the 'free for insiders' issue, questions have been asked and no-one has come back with a concise Yes/No answer.

One thing that raises suspicions that the upgrade is irrevocable is the language used by Microsoft : the license is not transferred to Windows 10 but, rather is consumed by Windows 10.

For what it's worth, I suspect that the transfer will be one way, or at least reversion will involve a bit of effort.

That's a non-simple answer to a simple question. I hope that satisfies nmy downvoters above.

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All this confusion is entirely focused on the Insider Preview builds, so just ignore it. If you're concerned about free upgrades from Win7/8.1, then nothing has changed - you can still screw your PC up if you want to.

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

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WTF?

Eh?

The idea of a watershed is that after the set time children are presumed to be in bed.

So, what will children be doing after 10 in their bedrooms? Apart from the obvious things, they'll be on their computers. And therefore free to download the stuff anyway.

Strange.

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Redmond: IE Win 8.1 defence destroying hack ain't worth patch, natch

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And the solution is?

... upgrade for free to Windows 10, of course.

And if it's not fixed there, there's always Spartan/Edge.

I'm sure Microsoft consider that they've already provided the solution to this and all future Win7/8.1 exploits, so why bother fixing them elsewhere.

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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Automatic Upgrade

If Windows Update is on Automatic then a Win7SP1 or Win 8.1 machine will be quietly updated to prepare it for the Win10 upgrade, and the "Get Windows 10" icon will appear in the Taskbar.

I've disabled this whole process as I have absolutely no intention of giving up Win7 for Win10, but I understand that you have to actively initiate the upgrade when the time comes.

However, given how sneaky Microsoft have been about putting in the "Get Windows 10" icon and all the other deceptively named updates that it needs, many people have expressed the suspicion that Microsoft will decide to upgrade people whether they've asked for it or not.

For my part I don't think they will - it would be a truly epic fail on their part as I'm sure millions of users won't have a clue how to deal with the upgrade and will be left with a machine that they cannot use.

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@Hellcat - Re: 'registered MSA connected to their PC'

You must be holding it wrong

Uncommonly polite for this place. I think I have been misled (a) by crappy error messages from the OS when trying to de-link my MSA from one account and link to another and (b) the clear statement from a MS engineer on the forums that it was so. That engineer was swiftly corrected by a moderator as it turns out.

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"... cover their backside"

I'm inclined to agree. It is telling, I think, that on the Insider Hub it was still giving the original text of the announcements - without the tweaks.

I think Microsoft would be foolish to treat the Insiders who have stuck with this thing for months with exactly zero gratitude : they would find a lot of people leaving the program with pretty firm 'anti' feelings, as opposed to staying and eventually (maybe) coming to appreciate their vision and spreading it.

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Re: 'registered MSA connected to their PC'

I believe it means the MSA used to register for the insider program, enabling you to download and install Windows 10. What they are now saying is that insiders will have to use that MSA to login to their PC if they wish to continue getting upgrades on the Insider program.

Having a local account and then logging in to Outlook.com will not be good enough.

An interesting point not touched on anywhere is that (at least so far), Win10 will only allow one MSA to be linked to a PC. That means that a Win10 machine cannot be fully used as a multi-user machine (eg two people using it with separate accounts having separate MSAs).

They really do seem to be going down the path of treating a PC as simply another device (like a phone) linked to a MSA.

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Re: Optimal?

What it means is that the OS will be hamstrung unless you use a MS account to sign in, as many of the Apps require a MS account (even Calendar, for God's sake).

You can use it without a MSA, but it will not be worth it.

As for the main point of this article : screw you, Microsoft. I think I'll just wipe my VM, cos I sure as hell am not junking Win7 for this glorified mobile phone OS.

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NIST issues 'don't be stupid' security guidelines for contractors

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Ah, I see now

I've been wondering how the US could have been so lax in its security standards as to allow Manning and Snowden to do what they did. I didn't realise that processes and procedures that are very familiar to Brits just haven't been issued (or at least followed) over there.

Oh and of course patching comes under Configuration Management. Persuading Management and end-users that certain systems have to be frozen and only changed under a bureaucratic process is a pain, but that's no excuse for being lax about it.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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"The government has already vowed not to introduce a levy on copying music."

For once, I have to say that I agree 100% with the government's position. Seems strange to be saying that, but they can be right at least once.

I of course am only referring to copying for the sole purpose of converting one's own purchased material from one medium to another for personal use.

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