* Posts by Craigness

1416 posts • joined 23 Mar 2010

Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

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Re: Gaining traction

@LDS you're trying so hard to find ways not to like Chrome OS, I feel sorry for you! The teaching which is done on Ipads or Chromebooks is not restricted to "how computers work" - it's about every element of the curricula as well as student-produced work such as essays and tests. They can even learn about how computers work!

If Google made every child learn to be a consumer they would have nothing to sell and nobody to hire. It is clearly not what they want. Remember, if you buy your child a Raspberry Pi they will have no idea how a processor is made, or how to mine silicon.You must want them to be mindless sheep!

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Re: they can shift their focus from managing devices to managing something much more important —

For larger businesses the internet is a single point of failure because their systems (mail included) are distributed. On the few occasions in the last decade that the internet has gone down where I worked, most people couldn't do anything because everything they needed to access was on servers in various other sites.

For smaller businesses there are large cost and time savings to be had from using cloud services. You can buy some hardware and pay someone to run your on-site servers or you can pay a cloud service less to do the same thing, with probably far less downtime, and have someone on-site to make sure the router works.

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@anon. I'm not sure what you're trying to say about the need for connectivity. With Windows and Chrome OS you need the internet to install and update software and the OS (we're well past the days of software on CDs but both OSs can install from CD). Chrome OS does not need internet for anything else, but for both OSs there is specific software which requires an internet connection. In my day-to-day usage I would be equally screwed on Windows or Chrome without internet. But in my day-to-day usage the internet is always there, so the question is "do you want something fast and stable or do you want Windows?"

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What's so confusing about "it is possible to back up data, even if it's in the cloud"? Here are 2 examples of cloud and backup coexisting:

1) Create content locally, back it up, put it in the cloud.

2) Create content in the cloud, download it, back it up.

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Re: It's now my permenant laptop

The boot time is impressive but it's not even relevant when the resume time is pretty much instant and never fails. I only reboot when there is an update, and my "read it later" list is a set of open tabs rather than bookmarks, because it's so stable. Some tabs can remain open for weeks before I read them ;-)

With Windows I learned to shutdown every day just in case, which lead to me not bothering to use it to quickly look something up because with their boot time nothing is quick. On the Chromebook side, not only CAN it be used for almost everything, it IS used for almost everything.

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Re: Storage

128gb USB drive on Amazon is £34. The difference between 16GB msata and 128gb msata is about £30. Obviously that figure could come down for OEM bulk buyers, but the choice of 16Gb is good for most customers.

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Re: Tried development?

There are a few editors out there, including Google's own Chrome Dev Editor with Git and Chrome Store support. For Chrome apps and web technologies it's fine, but I doubt there will be any compilers any time soon.

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Re: they can shift their focus from managing devices to managing something much more important —

If you want your rant to stand up in court you'll need to show that Google's policy does in fact state "you chose to use our services and thus accepted to completely surrender any notition of privacy your once had".

It's not there, and not just because their spelling is better.

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WinRT

@LDS I thought WinRT was a good idea and well suited to certain roles, but that got a lot of hate too. With so few people wanting to write for it, you'd probably end up using the web for most things so you might as well just get a Chromebook instead. Having it check the OS on startup is not a bad thing just because MS does it. The OP was probably not talking about Win RT though, so it would require additional AV whereas Chrome OS does not. Chrome OS is better than Win RT and $250 Chromebooks are better than $250 Windows PCs.

I have a 16Gb SSD in my Chromebook and 63kb in my Downloads folder (the one which is not automatically synced). My desktop only has 30Gb, which is far more than I need. My Windows laptop has 320Gb, which is a total waste. Please be aware that it is possible to back up data, even if it's in the cloud. A lot of commentards forget that.

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You can install offline apps. For example, you can write documents, view emails, play games, watch videos, listen to music, look at photos, read books...

You will need internet at some point, just as you do with a Windows PC, to install the software in the first place and to get updates. But unless you want to browse the web or use a live app like Twitter, you don't need to maintain a connection. But have you ever had no connection? For me it's not an issue, and if it was an issue then a Windows PC or a tablet would be a lot less use too, so there is no disadvantage to the Chromebook from connectivity issues.

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Re: There do seem to be a lot of Chromebook haters on here...

@Anon grandparents who can't lean new tricks such as Hangouts should not be using XP online!

But if they can start using Hangouts on XP, it will make the move to Chrome OS easier.

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Re: they can shift their focus from managing devices to managing something much more important —

Chromebooks don't need an internet connection. But most offices do, so the loss of internet will cripple a Windows environment as much as a Chrome one.

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Chromebooks do not require an internet connection. Even when they do, how many users need cellular data?

The thing about $250 laptops is that Chromebooks at that price are not shit at all. Think of the things you can't do on a Chromebook. RAW photo editing, video editing and advanced Office features are the main ones people mention. Now imagine doing those things on a $250 Windows laptop! And how many people where you work need video editing and anything which can't be done in Google Docs or the native Office editor?

Chromebooks do 99% of the stuff average home users need to do. If they want to get a new Windows PC which does that 99% as fast and smoothly as a Chromebook, they would have to spend many hundreds. But they would not have a rock solid OS and inherent virus protection (in Chrome OS everything is sandboxed and it verifies the OS every time it boots). So for the average user suffering Windows slowdown the best option is to get a $200 Chromebook for 99% of their tasks and keep their sluggish Windows PC to boot once in a blue moon for the other stuff. How would the market look if people did that?

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The END of the FONDLESLAB KINGS? Apple and Samsung have reason to FEAR

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Re: @20legend

Steve, buying iPads new and selling for £100 is an effective cost of £300 or more, making the Android cheaper. If you compare new androids and 2nd hand ipads the androids win because they are more functional (apple doesn't update older kit).

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Google shows off new Chrome OS look

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Mobile sites from 2007-2012ish were usually based on iphone UX (nasty blue "back" button and a slide-to-the-right menu system). Since then they've tended to go with the Android hamburger.

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Re: hmmm

@gis they state what they do with our data, and they offer no way for people to buy it. That's a pretty big clue. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. The claim is that they sell our data, the evidence is not provided.

If you adblock google they don't have your data, so can't use it. If you send an email to someone with a gmail address they don't know who you are, cannot associate you with an online profile and cannot use your data for targeted ads.

"Should of bought a tablet [blah blah blah] paperweight"

I have a tablet, but I use my chromebook far more. It's simply better for almost everything. And it's "should have".

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Re: hmmm

"Craigness matter-of-factly claimed the lack of existence of a public facing arm of Google that sells user information."

What I actually did was demonstrate a way the other guy could substantiate his claim. My own claim was that google uses your personal data to provide more appropriate adverts. Would you care to dispute that, because I can provide a link if you really need it. If Google has a website where people can buy personal data, please provide a link. If they don't have a way for anyone to buy personal data, why claim they sell it?

Ad blockers: if you think a website is in league with an organization which spies on people and sells personal data then is it not moral to block any domain belonging to that organization even if the website in question would lose income as a result? They chose to make a "deal with the devil" after all. Also, using an ad blocker is a convenient way to deduce that a website is wilfully taking part in a covert action against you. You can then block the entire website; I didn't suggest freeloading.

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Re: hmmm

My C720 is the best computer I've ever had. And the cheapest.

Google do not sell your personal data, they use your data to place more appropriate adverts. If you think you can buy personalised data from Google, please provide a link to where they offer that service. If you don't want the adverts, use an ad blocker.

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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Re: So sad

Iran Air Flight 655

The US spent $5beeeeeeelion "promoting democracy" in Ukraine but that protection didn't extend to the democratically elected government. Surely some of the money would have been spent teaching them how to use false flag attacks against anyone the US doesn't like?

See also: South America, East Asia, Middle East, Central Asia.

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Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!

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Re: It's funny

Women never make false allegations, but women never objectify people or feel entitled to sex. So hard to pick a winner in this one.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Re: Developer's reasons

AFAIK Android does not send out alerts to apps when a call comes in. So if you have an app which plays music or makes some kind of noise, it has to have access to the phone APIs in order to know when to mute itself. Because the API is not sufficiently fine-grained, developers need to ask for a lot of private information in order to behave nicely when your mum calls.

So the good developers will ask for this permission. But so will the bad ones.

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Re: Waiting

They should use the Play Games service. Apart from doing all the heavy lifting for the developer, it uses Google Plus circles instead of the contacts list. Even of you do have contacts in your circles, you can select not to share any circles with the app.

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Re: Maths

"7% ask for SMS permissions"

I facepalmed when the "68% of a subset of apps" part came up. It's like Anchorman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjvQFtlNQ-M

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Re: Yup, that's why I won't use apps.

Having the browser access the webcam is for WebRTC - skype-like functionality without the invasiveness. They'll all have it soon if they don't already, so get some blu-tack on your camera!

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"do not automatically update" flag

Apps which have new permissions will not be updated automatically nomatter how your flags are set. Additionally, pressing "Update All" does not update those apps - it notifies you of changes* and prompts you to accept or skip the update. I have a number of apps in my Updates list which have been there for many months following the introduction of an unnecessary invasive requirement.

It *used* to notify you of the changes, but after their "simplification" of the permissions system it just says that something is different and leaves you to work out what it is.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Same here

I had the same problem with some wiseguy who wanted to leave an ISP in the UK. He gave me the runaround for 10 minutes before swearing his mouth off and cancelling his direct debit. What? Oh...I'll get me coat.

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Acer cranks Chromebooks with Core i3 models

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Couldn't

"chores like backup could be less onerous." You mean they couldn't be less onerous. I bet you're American and say "could care less" about things you in fact couldn't care less about.

The C720 works perfectly well with a Celeron and 2GB. Anything more is a waste. But on Google subsidising the cost, it's been said that Intel was actually subsidising the cost of the Celeron processors for Chromebooks. Apparently it was part of their $1beelion marketing budget, and wanting to gain share over ARM processors.

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Thought PCs were in the toilet? They're STILL eating Apple's lunch

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Re: That's because

If specialist software locks you into expensive hardware that's unfortunate, but those of us free to choose can get like-for-like performance for less than the cost of the depreciation in an apple machine. Your "high resale value" blinds you to the false economy.

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Re: Profits?

Haven't apple been cutting prices whilst others have been moving to expensive ultra books for the high end? It's direction rather than absolute numbers that shareholders care about and I'd guess the direction favours PC makers.

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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Re: anti-sex morality groups

You can have sex, just as long as you don't enjoy it.

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Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear

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Re: Doesnt look like equality to me.

Meerkatjie

Clan: faminazi

Special move: straw man

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The Boy Scouts accepts girls, the Girl Guides bans boys. There Must Be No Male Spaces!

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Can't we all just...

@psyx They're allowing separate competitions for women, banning them for men. If women can't compete with men then there would be no issue with a men-only tourny, but there was.

The participation levels never will be up. Their discrimination is based on the idea that 50% of women are gamers, which comes from surveys where an hour on Candy Crush is counted the same as playing Halo for 48 hours every weekend for the last 5 years. But if there are less than 50% women in professional competitions then it must be because of some kind of bias, right? Something is causing women who game not to feel welcome in competitive gaming, right? But if you reject the 50% notion and look at the proportion of women streaming on Twitch you might find that women are no less likely to enter competitions than men are.

End discrimination by not discriminating, it's that simple.

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Re: Because it is the law.

Why doubt it happened when affirmative action programmes are designed to make exactly this sort of thing happen? They can't face prosecution by telling him they're breaking one law, because they're force to break it by another law. And if they have an ounce of decency they should tell the guy why he didn't get the job.

It sounds plausible to me, and I've heard the same thing elsewhere.

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Apple fanbois to talk at the iWatch, INSPECTOR GADGET style – report

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Android

will copy this. Already has!

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Bill Gates asks telcoms standards boffins to define future of money

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Re: Obligatory

Quite.

“What is lacking is an international standard that will allow interoperability between the services offered by different operators”.

...and which will allow those services to skim 3% from each transaction.

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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Re: Education market, anyone?

Schools are going Google. A Chromebook can do everything they need for 25% the price of this thing, and they're portable.

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Perfect machine

...for the front desk of a hipster design consultancy.

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Hey! Where! are! the! white! women! at!? It's! Yahoo!

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Re: Sigh, one subject that drives me ...

When people think they're referring to the difference in salary (often "for the same job"), what they are actually comparing is average earnings of full time employees. If you look at the average hours worked by full time employees (in the US it's those working 35 or more hours per week) you'll see that men work a lot more than women do. When you compare relevant experience, education, type of jobs done and other life choices which affect pay, you'll find that the only wage gap is in those under 30 (more likely, those who have not had children) where women earn more than men. Whether you think this is an issue or not, the fact is that nothing will be done about it because the official line is the feminist idea that women are oppressed.

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Re: Is the US second only to apartheid South Africa in its obsession with race?

The US is 73% white and MIT intake is 37% white so why do you focus on "underrepresentation" of black americans? Both Google and Yahoo are not employing enough white people in the US to be properly representative, and they are both described as "pasty" (El Reg) or in other anti-white racist terms because of their predominantly white workforce.

People need to get race out of the equation and not worry about who gets what jobs.

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HP has Chromeboxes with Intel Core i7 chips, but they'll cost you

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Re: What the?

I've heard many people say the same thing, but there are better mini-desktops to put Linux on, like the NUC mentioned in the first comment. Furthermore, a NUC with XBMC etc is better as a HTPC, a Chromebase would be better choice for a public terminal in a library, and a Chromebook is a better all-round option for the home unless you have a *tiny* desk.

I think HP are just using the Chromebox brand name as a marketing gimmic to sell to people who want a small Linux desktop and haven't heard of the NUC, Gigabyte Brix and other products.

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Google to let Chromebookers take video content OFFLINE

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Re: But no network shares @Craigness

@Roland, you really should try a Chromebook for a while before criticising. You say you can download media to your ipad, so you don't rely on wifi, but you can actually do exactly the same on a Chromebook, because they work fine offline. But it's not just mp3s and movie files, there was a Register article not too long ago about the Google Play Movies app being upgraded with an offline feature. I'll see if I can find a link...

More to the point though, if you need to be online to work then nothing will let you work where there is no connection. Chromebooks do not require a connection in order to work, so the claim above about Chromebooks being "a daft way to work unless you work only at home with a good internet connection" was in desperate need of being called out. I did call it out, and unless you can show that Chromebooks DO need to be online whilst you work, or that you CAN'T install apps from non-cloud sources, just give it a rest.

If it really bothers you that Chromebooks work fine offline, you might find some comfort in the fact I use my tablet for media stuff. It's just easier to hold. But I'm fortunate enough to live somewhere that doesn't force me to have a Chromebook, and I'm allowed more than one device. That freedom, and the fact that Chromebooks don't need a connection, seem to have people confused and full of hate.

Did I mention Chromebooks can be used offline?

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Re: But no network shares @Craigness

@Sandtitz you're obviously one of the people who is banned from having more than one device, or is forced to use a Chromebook. There's no need to be angry at Chromebooks, it's the system you should hate! Aeroplanes not having wifi has nothing to do with the price of fish! If you need wifi to work, then don't use panes? Chrome OS is not an issue because it DOES NOT REQUIRE WIFI! That is something I pointed out to the OP, who was dissing something he clearly knew nothing about. I'm here to educate you, so pay attention. Do not let ignorance make you fearful.

@Roland6 the train I was on now has wifi, so quit your anti-marketing hype.

Most of my work is on databases, and if I can't connect then I can't work. It doesn't matter if I'm using Windows, Android or anything - no connection = no work. Fortunately I am representative of about 99% of the UK and am always connected. For the rest of you, move to a country which lets you not use Chromebooks, and Calm Down because the rest of us are just fine!

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Re: But no network shares

The last time I did any work where there was no internet connection was 2008. That was on a train, and trains now have wifi. If you want to work without a connection, just sync the files you need beforehand (the files you most recently viewed will sync automatically). You can edit Google Docs and Word Docs (presumably spreadsheets and presentations too) offline, and there are many other offline apps available. There may not be as wide a selection as you can get on a phone, so if you live somewhere that bans you from having 2 devices and you really need to have cached maps, get a phone. If you want books, music, videos etc offline then a Chromebook will suffice.

If you want to install your software of choice, just drag the .crx file from the Downloads folder (it doesn't work from the Drive folder for some reason) to your Extensions page. And you can install from source code too, obviously.

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Re: Do as I say...

"Fact": [Google's] dominance in...online video

Verification: None.

But it's possible the downvotes were because the analogy makes no sense. Google provides no way to download Youtube videos on Chrome OS, and Google Movies is a separate product. It would make more sense to point out that Google hasn't made a Google Movies client for Windows phone, or that their public API (if they had one) doesn't allow downloads.

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Toshiba's CB30-102 13.3in Chromebook – imagine a tablet with a keyboard

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Settings > Add Connection > Add Private Network

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Re: One of these things is not like the other

If you want to use an external HDD instead, you can. There is no catch here. But the cost of an external HDD is actually pretty comparable to the cost of cloud storage if you upgrade your hardware at the recommended frequency, and you consider how fast cloud storage prices are falling. Cloud storage is always with you and makes file sharing easy. An external drive won't help you there and can get lost in a fire.

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Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

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Re: Maybe...

If there was really a "Bro" culture, wouldn't women want to set up on their own to get away from it?

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Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

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Re: Fragmentation

Does anyone make the point that because people still use XP, and because devs found it impossible to make software for it as soon as Win7 was released, that Windows is irreparably fragmented and therefore a failed platform?

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@dogged

It's not about overall Android sales figures, it's about how Samsung's move to Tizen will affect Sony's (and others') KitKat update plan.

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