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This is a non-event
Does it really matter if the unwashed masses switch from buying cheap crapola laptops that end up in the landfill in 4 years (half that if the owner is a klutz), or cheap crapola tablets that cost half as much and end up in the landfill in half that time?
Either way, it's stupid people buying low end tech and using it to consume vapid and/or sexual content ("dick and drivel"), and throwing it away when it craps out.
It only matters to the manufacturers in the junk business (as Tim Cook called it, in just about his only decent quote as CEO)....
Either you guys have filthy minds, or I don't.
I have to work to see the cock+balls there. The balls aren't really visible, and the cock is mishapen. I'm sure there are plenty of roads in the world that look way more like male genitalia.
It's kinda short though - only 6 houses long. And the surroundings don't look all that nice, either. They really should have used condominiums, before putting it in there....
What a screwing!
Why can't they open source it, or at least release it into the public domain, if they're done with it? Why must they engage in "book burning"?
I use this application on all of my windows systems, and it's integrated with a remote control system that I have put a great deal of time into (based on WWWinamp, but it didn't do everything I needed it to and was no longer being supported, so I decompiled it and added a few features I needed, and fixed a few bugs).
What the hell kind of self-respecting workshop/shed user would put a tool chest blinged out in chrome like the wife's kitchen into their workshop?!
Add in the tiny television (not even a proper display that could take computer input, so you could, say, display resources relevant to whatever you're building), a stereo system taking up a perfectly good drawer, and a miniscule fridge ALSO taking up perfectly good drawer space?
The price is about right for a set of really nice drawers about that size (the kind you can pull all the way out and stand on), but based on the attention paid to stupid things on this unit, I'll wager these aren't really nice drawers, but simply average ones.
Why's the stock falling?
Acer's been getting fucked for years, I'd think the shareholders would be happy to see the wang pulling out...
This is not as farfetched as you might think.
I've got a Linortek Fargo, which I use to control the lights in my room, and kick off the microwave to start a cup of tea so it's ready when I get home.
The fargo doesn't use some remote located cloud that I don't control... but on several occasions , I've had to shut down the fargo for some reason or another... and then i'm standing in pitch darkness. That's the dark side to these connected houses - literally. Now, I could have wired it up smarter to have lights on when the unit was off, but I didn't think of that at the time (and it's kinda hard to fix now, due to questionable design decisions on my part).
That's my point though - it's a new thing you have to think about, how will software or hardware failures in the control systems effect everyday living.
Not a bad idea...
but before they start making their happymeal toys on-the-spot and just-in-time, maybe they could try that with the food?
What's wrong with this picture....
Ah! I've got it
They're at work (he's dealing with "co-workers"), but they're using an ink-jet printer.
Ink jet printers have no place in the office. Actually, they really don't have any place in the home either - home users are better off with laser printers too, because ink jets die if you don't print enough on them, which is the case for most home users (office users, on the other hand, print too much for ink jet printers to hold up). I'm honestly not sure what their niche is - I think it might be stupid people.
The point of the curved screen....
...is to distract you from the fact that the screen resolution isn't 1080p like Sammy's flagship phones.
And at the cost of not being able to put it flat on your desk, and it having an awkward shape to fit in your front pockets (does their warranty cover damage from putting your phone in your back pocket and then crushing it when you sit down?).
Stupid gimmick - surely done just to me-too samsung.
The downloads are slow due to traffic? That sure instills faith in the Azure cloud...
Maybe they should have hosted some mirrors on AWS?
Also, making it download only is not really reasonable for a 3.5 GB file, if they want everyone to upgrade. I mean, if they don't want people who live in rural areas where megabit internet isn't available to use their product, they're doing great, but I don't think that's what they wanted.
Or what if you're one of those people who tethers to mobile as their main source of connectivity? That's a $35 download if you're over your monthly limit (at least on most US carriers - maybe things are better across the pond? But then again, I hear there's no 4G LTE there yet...)
It sounds like a human race condition...
Reading over that, particularly the interim fix of disabling Microsoft's compatibility list, it sounds like something like this happened:
Microsoft released IE 11 with Win 8.1 RTM, and people started working with it for compatibility testing.
Both google and microsoft recognized that there was an issue with IE 11 and Google properties.
Microsoft adds google to a compatibility list that makes their pages work.
Google fixes the problem (possibly very close to the Win8.1 rollout) so the compatibility list is no longer needed, but this makes it incompatible with IE 11 if the settings in the compat list are used.
Microsoft releases Win 8.1 and IE 11, and is horrified to discover that Google properties don't work anymore. As is Google.
If this is what happened, I find it hard to be angry at either of them - both of them were trying to do prevent any problems, but wound up breaking eachothers' work.
What do you think the failure rate would be with a "nice" tablet?
A 70% survival rate for tablets handed out to a bunch of 7-year-olds with the expectation that they bring them to school every day?
Those things are going to be sat on, operated with hands covered in food grease or other filth, used as both weapons and shields, dropped, lost, and submerged in water.
I bet most "nice" tablets would have a hard time getting a 70% survival rate, being handled and dragged around by first graders all day every day for a school year...
Easiest way is to pitch the CD's and torrent the MP3
That's what I've always done, at least, and I keep the MP3's backed up on a total of 5 storage devices across 3 addresses to prevent data loss (well, 4 at the moment, one of them got dropped while moving, hence the need for backups) - and you can keep a clean conscience because you did buy the music.
Also, shame on you for sending your kid off to college with a phone with 4GB of storage and a broken headphone jack! What will he listen to during lectures?! Why, I'll bet that thing won't even run the latest games!
We alienated our partners, wrote off $900m, and were the laughingstock of the industry...
We plan to do more of this in the future!
For example, we're buying Nokia...
Does this work with fast charging ports?
Simply cutting the data lines is insufficient, as they are used by charging ports to tell the device that higher power is available, by putting a DC voltage on the data lines (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#Charging_ports_and_accessory_charging_adapters ). It's not clear if the USB Condom handles this correctly.
There's a project on kickstarter right now called "Locked USB" ( http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1137339450/lockedusb-adapter-usb-charger-firewall-and-power-o ), with a few days left to go, which does the same thing, essentially, and claims to allow high current / fast charging to work correctly.
It's sort of insane how phones assume that any USB cable plugged into them is trustworthy for connecting to. It was excusable in 2007, but the smartphone has been around for 5 years, and I'm amazed that phones still don't "ask permission" before connecting to something plugged into them.
Uh, it's a little worse than the sunroof, since it unlocks doors.
Since you know where the car is, and can unlock the doors (and even honk the horn if you need help finding it in the parking lot you know it's in)... if you get this security token for any tesla, you can use it to find the car and pilfer it's contents - and since the owner can afford a Tesla, they're rich, so there's gotta be something worth stealing in it too.
Don't tell me what to do on my holiday!
I go on vacation to do WHATEVER THE HELL I WANT! If you want to live like we didn't have telecommunications, you can go right ahead. You can stay in a cave, butcher animals with stone tools, and contact your family back home using smoke signals for all I care! I don't judge - but please return the favor! If I'm traveling, I expect to have reliable internet to stay in touch and have something to do other than pickle my brain with margaritas after the sun goes down. No squalid caves, no "no signal", no stone tools, and no smoke signals (unless I'm going to Amsterdam - but apparently there's wifi there anyway)
I want my vacations to be a break from work, not a break from modern civilization.
I never before realized how expensive enterprise disk arrays are
I know it's not the point of the article... but was anyone else stunned when they read the bit about disk arrays costing over $2/gb?!
With bulk HDD capacity at around $0.10/gb, the disk arrays have plenty of room to cut costs to be competitive with flash.
No wonder the network drives at the office are so small, new capacity costs a fortune.
Nexus 7, made by Asus. Great device, sells in great numbers (for an android tablet)
Nexus 10, made by Samsung. Uninspiring device, doesn't sell.
Google is doing exactly what anyone would do in the situation. Tell Sammy to take a hike, and hire Asus to do it right.
Note that I suspect Samsung didn't really try (or maybe even tried to sabotage it), since they didn't want to cannibalize their own product line...
Re: Bad for Android
I was thinking the exact same thing.
As far as I can tell, there's a key factor missing from Acer's turnaround strategy, and that is to stop selling poorly made crap that's so severely underspec'ed that it can barely run the OS it ships with.
It doesn't look like that they thought of having the special unlock motions only unlock one app (blocking access to home screen or other apps). I have trouble reading patentese, but I couldn't find anything that covered using different patterns for different levels of access, though they sprinkle "may" around so much that it's hard to be certain of anything.
They certainly didn't seem to be thinking much about that while writing the patent, even though that's the most interesting (and probably hardest to implement) use of this....
You think the GenY'ers at El Reg were telling the truth?
You need to ask again - but this time demand proof if they deny having dirty pics on their phone... and post the evidence if you catch them lying about it.
It would get lots of views, sort of like a NSFW get-to-know-the-Reg-staff-way-too-well article...
That's gotta be either the best or the worst last name ever.
I love how it's not entirely clear at the end, when the boss runs off to the old printer, what's going to happen there.
Will he free the guy?
Discover that it's a clever trap, and the PFY arranged it so the boss's own tie gets stuck, and the printer turned back on as he tries to free the guy, killing two bird[brain]s with one stone?
What to do with an instant server?
Well, first you set up an instant server to run some scripts that sign up for more instant servers and load them all up with another script.
These child "instant servers" call home to the main one, and once there are enough children, they all initiate a DDOS attack against instantserver.io
That sounds fun doesn't it?
What's sort of ridiculous is that you can already get a limited time EC2 micro instance for free, and then pay to get it for longer. Only you get it free for a year, instead of 35 minutes, and after that you pay 2 cents an hour for it, instead of 25.
Maybe Chrome users click through more because they're aware of Chrome's reputation for security?
Chrome has consistently done the best out of the mainstream browsers on security tests (ex pwnium, etc). Maybe the users are more likely to be like "So what if the site pushes out malware. I'm on chrome, the malware won't pwn me"?
The thing is, when you pop up a malware or cert warning, with the only option being ignore or leave, you are asking people to stop the task they were trying to do - and the only way to move towards their goal is to ignore the warning entirely. They could improve the effectiveness of these warnings by giving us an alternative other than all or nothing...
They should always give an option to proceed with JS and all plugins disabled.
For cases where the warning is one of those "Site X contains content from Site Y which is known to distribute malware" - which are almost always caused by an ad network getting hacked and filled with malware - why is there no option to "Proceed, but block all content from site Y"?
The point is to get an understanding of the scale on which SSD's are being built and used, and by whom. In that light, you have to include Google.
This question is only coming up because we're judging the adoption of a class of device in terms of dollars - that's an excellent way to measure adoption of, for example, dollar bills, but less optimal for anything else. It would be fascinating to see these totals next to total units shipped and total capacity - I think that (particularly combined with similar info for HDD market) would put things in perspective, and give a lot more insight about SSD usage trends. I think most of us would be most interested in those numbers for google's share, naturally.
Let's play "list the dealbreakers"
* Crap display. Not only is it 1280x800 (the same resolution as the phone I got nearly 2 years ago), but it's not even a nice 1280x800 panel (if El Reg disses it like that, it's gotta suck, considering what they let acer get away with on laptops).
* No micro USB charging connector. Seriously? This is a tablet, with finite battery life. If you use a non-standard charger, I have to carry that with me everywhere I go. With microusb, I can count on there being a compatible charger most places, and even if I need to bring my own, it would handle all my devices. IMO, to be fair when comparing tablets, you need to add the weight and size of any custom chargers to the quoted weight and size specs.
* Micro SD capped at 32gb. God, I hope that's just an oversight in the specs; they're available in 64GB already, and I'd expect another 2:1 increase within the replacement cycle for a new Windows device.
* The OS takes up 30gb of storage on a device with as little as 32.
* Full version of Windows 8 crammed into 2gb of ram, so you can't really do anything with it.
The core problem here is that they want windows 8 pro running on an 8 inch tablet - which is a really tall order with current technology. But they're acer, so they aren't using current technology. As usual, they cheaped out and cut corners until they produced a product nobody will want to use. Chuck it in the bin with the rest of Acer's sub-par product line.
Let's run the numbers...
The cost of just the media for optical drives is just plain not competitive with harddrives.
That would be okay if the longevity of the optical disks was better - but reported experiences with optical disks are not consistent with them having greater longevity (not that harddrives have a sterling record, of course, but when not in use and stored carefully, they rarely fail to work when you fire them up again). Even if optical media is only 2x the cost per gb of spinning rust (I suspect it's worse), i wouldn't feel confident enough to keep only one copy. Whether using spinning rust or optical drives, I'd feel like I need at least 2 copies of the backup.
I think the best solution for you is either tape or high capacity harddrives (maybe configured as RAID array, maybe even in their own second 5 bay NAS that is nominally kept powered down in a secure location)
Let's assume you're backing up 16 TB of data (a 5 bay drobo in raid 5 with the largest HDDs you could find), and let's be assume your data is essentially incompressible (such as video, which is the only way for any normal person to use that kind of space)
I was able to find a quote of like $7k for that optical drive, and the media seems to run a whopping $300 for 1.5TB media. That means your 16TB of data would be $3300, plus $7k for the drive, for $10300 for one copy, and $3300 for each additional copy.
LTO 6 tape seems to run like $80 for 2.5TB. The drives are around $2300, plus 50 for an SAS controller, since you probably don't have one. This would be 7 cartridges for $560, so $2910 plus $560 per extra copy of your data.
LTO Ultrium 5 runs $30 per 1.5TB cartridge. The drives are around $1700, plus 50 for an SAS controller. This would be 11 cartridges for $330, so $2080+330 per extra copy of your data.
A diskless 5 bay NAS can be had for as little as $100, but it seems like reputable brands start at $400-500. 4TB drives can be had for like $180. 5 for $900. So 20 TB of raw storage in 5 bay NAS is $1400 - you'd run it raid 5 like before and get $1400 per copy of your 16GB backup
Spinning rust: $1400 per backup ($1000 if you trust a cheap NAS to house the drives)
Spooling rust (LTO6): $2910 for first backup $560 per extra one
Spooling rust (LTO5 ultrium) $2080 for first backup, $330 for each extra one
Spinning optical dye: $10300 for first backup, $3300 for each extra one.
Looking at even these example numbers is, I think, a good exercise to keep these options in perspective.
Re: Research is hard
I'm not getting any explanation either from Google search- other than that they were planning to use Intel SSDs. Which is inconsistent with this report- it implies they are selling SSDs. All I could find was referring to them buying ssds.
Apple has lost it's way without their messiah...
If Steve was there, he'd have made the marketeers walk the plank (off that yacht that he never got to sail) just for daring to think about designing an icon...
And the people who talked to that blogger? Yeah, them too.
Flattening the styling on the layouts is fine - whether your have flat or faux-3d buttons is a matter of fashion, and fashion is dynamic. In the 00's, starting with WinXP's restyling, faux-3d was in fashion, probably in part because computers had reached a point where they could do that and have the result look decent. Now tastes have moved back to a flatter styling (we can all theorize about why - but really, it's fashion - rationalizing only goes so far). Steve might well have come around to this - but if he was in charge, the flat icons that went out on the developer preview would have actually been good.
Sounds like a crap tablet...
The screen is dim, it's heavier than the competition, and thicker too...
The screen resolution is poor (1024x768? please, my 1.5 year old phone has higher resolution), the touchscreen responsiveness is below par...
It's processor performance barely matches that of the Tegra 3, even though the former has been in shipping devices for nearly a year...
Oh, and it's made by Acer, which has a less than sterling reputation for build quality and power management.
This tablet seems to have nothing to recommend it.
Are you kidding me?!
Why the hell should I want my modem giving internet to anyone other than me?
For that matter, why do I want my modem doing wifi period? I do NOT trust the comcast clowns with my wifi security. Will I need to wrap my next modem in foil?
Totally not cool.
Re: Acer Laptops
I've had no problems with the 2 cheap acer laptops I've owned either, nor the one my mother had - but I had a lousy experience with the high end one I bought. As far as I could tell, the cooling just wasn't sized appropriately. If it was cleaned out with canned air every few weeks, I could watch videos on it, and do some light gaming without it overheating and throttling the processor (resulting in the system being entirely unusable). My friend had a mid-range Acer fail within ~2 years (screen died - still in service with external display).
The chargers/power supplies for those laptops are a different story. Budget or high end, they're crap. The charger cords routinely break - the cord between the power supply and connector is coaxial, and the outer wire breaks away from the connector due to inevitable flexing of the cord. Between us, my friend and I have racked up 5 power cord repairs and one replacement with only five computers. The only saving grace is that the power supplies are all interchangeable, so we're not dead in the water when one fails.
I also got duped into buying their A500 tablet. Granted the whole first gen of android tabs sucked - but the A500 was particularly bad. Several times the wifi crapped out and needed factory reset to fix, and physical design was awful - felt much heavier than the specs said. Wound up selling it for less than half what I paid a few months later.
I can't recommend Acer for any scenario that demands a real computer, and there are far better options for scenarios that don't.
It still costs more...
Than a 10 inch android tablet, bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and an OS that actually has an app ecosystem...
(Desperation? Is that what that smell is? I thought it was just that their product stinks...)
Re: But 666 is a wonderful number!!
Stomach acid is acidic, not caustic. Caustic means it's a base, not an acid!
In any case, couldn't the religious nuts just get the tattoo on their LEFT hand? or anywhere other than their right hand or forehead? The bible passage mentions only two places the mark of the beast could be placed, so they should be fine with authentattoos elsewhere....
That blue band sounded interesting (though maybe not in the right place on the physical mouse) until I got to the word "store" and then promptly lost interest.
A sensitive band on a mouse that would act like alt+tab or alt+shift+tab (and maybe a small motion would just bring up the alt+tab window?) could be handy if it was located appropriately. Restricting it to windows store apps, when the quality and functionality of said apps is miserable just needlessly cripples the hardware.
I don't think they actually envision people using it with a tablet except when the device is in it's keyboard dock pretending to be a laptop and the owner is trying to do real work with it. Editing a document is dreadful on a touchscreen (since it's hard to move the cursor to the exact location you want), so you need a mouse if you want to be productive on one. Even if you're not editing text or doing a task that itself requires a precision pointing device, the dearth of useful apps for Windows Store means you're going to be using the desktop UI*, which is hardly ideal for touch...
*Assuming, of course, you're not on a WinRT device - but if you are, the most useful accessory is probably be that pair of skateboard wheels they used to tout the Surface's durability, not a mouse - that way even though you can't get work done on it, at least you can get to work on it.
Correlation =/= causation
So, countries in which companies can afford properly licensed software have higher GDP growth? Never would have thought!
Countries where companies don't think they can get away with piracy, due to a strong legal system have higher GDP growth? Such a remarkable discovery!
An iWatch will be a tough sell...
They probably won't be able to include the 3g/4g data connectivity in it, at least without it weighing a ton or having crap battery life. So you'll still need a phone (even if you could somehow use a watch to do all the other things you do with a smartphone) - of course you'll still need a phone, otherwise sales of the iWatch would cannibalize iPhone sales.
The only thing I can think of for it is for notifications, or an alarm if you leave your phone behind. But neither of these require an OLED display - you can do it just fine with LEDs. Indeed, there are at least two kickstarter projects for a bracelet with LEDs and bluetooth in it, to do notifications and warn you if you've left your phone behind (here's one: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/embraceplus/embrace-a-smart-piece-of-wearable-technology ), and another one to do the same thing with your wallet.
In order for Apple to justify the costs associated with the OLED display and the Apple brand, Apple is going to need to do something really cool /and useful/ with that OLED display. And I just don't see any functions like that.
Thank you, Google - this is an improvement in my user experience.
People seem to be looking at this from a security standpoint - and trashtalking appropriately, since it's well known that security on android is substandard, and protecting apps from updating themselves to be malicious isn't going to change that (though I recall reading an article on the register a week or few ago about some malicious android apps that did exactly that - maybe that's what this is a response to?).
Regardless of any security ramifications, though, forcing app developers to update through the play store improves the user experience. Getting app updates shoved at me via non-standard methods is fucking annoying - one of the really obnoxious things about windows is how every application has it's own method of getting updates, each with their own quirks. Getting updates through the app store on android is much more pleasant....
With normal Google Play Store updates, I can easily:
* Use the app without a nag screen telling me to update (FB updates were giving an obnoxious message that left me unsure as to whether the app would even run if I didn't update it). In-app prompts to update interrupt workflow - we start apps to use them, not to check for updates.
* Check reviews on the latest version before updating, so I can avoid getting a version that everyone says broke stuff.
* Update all my apps at once, in one place.
* Know when an app has been updated (ex, to track down new problems).
Meanwhile, in-app updates seem to offer little to no benefits to compensate for all these shortcomings. Can anyone explain what benefit an in-app update has?
How about Google-
(as in, the opposite of Google+, since you're being subtracted from the google world, just like you've been subtracted from the real world)
"This annoying error message you say keeps appearing, have you read it?"
This rings so true to me.
It's so frustrating when lusers complain of a problem... and don't read the error messages. Or there's a forum thread about people seeing, oh, a "File not found" error, and someone posts and says "I'm having the exact same problem, every time I do X I get an 'Access Denied' error"... NO, YOU ARE NOT HAVING THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM! You have a TOTALLY DIFFERENT PROBLEM.
It's like they think that the content of the error message doesn't have any meaning... If someone said they had a flat rear-left tire, would these idiots say "Oh yeah, me too, my car won't start"?! Would they, upon the other person saying that their car is fine after changing the flat tire, go change their rear left tire, and then be all like "I changed the tire, but my car still won't start"?
I don't think anyone is that stupid with cars, yet they apparently are with computers!
1) Where are the USB 3.0 ports? It has thunderbolt. What the hell good is that? The cables cost more than a USB 3.0 cable + USB 3.0 SATA enclosure, or a 64GB usb 3.0 flash drive - and that's if you can find peripherals that use it at all! Meanwhile USB 3.0 is cheaper to implement, and peripherals are readily available.
So why are we stuck with ancient USB 2.0 ports instead of 3.0? (Answer: Because intel is pulling a microsoft and trying to throw their weight around to promote theirs and apple's pet standard)
2) External powersupply? Thanks - I'm buying a miniature computer because I want more ugly bulky electronic objects. While power bricks have gotten smaller, they're still bulky, and they're still another item that you're screwed if you lose. And they usually have those cursed ferrite beads on them which makes them a lot more awkward.
This should take a standard power cord. I'd prefer an IEC plug, but I realize these are bulky, but the ones used with lots of household/kitchen devices would work fine. Powersupply should be internal, and the slightly increased bulk of the unit would be a small price to pay for not having another non-standard power brick.
3) They want HOW MUCH for it?! For that price, I could buy an acer laptop with better specs, and it would come with RAM, a harddrive, a screen, and a keyboard. They're demanding a truly ridiculous premium just for the polish and form factor.
Adding it to CALEA will not hurt crims, just US businesses
Because the people who care about privacy will just use software made, and services operated in jurisdictions beyond the reach of the oppressors. So while US companies will not be able to make an attractive product for people who need privacy (for nefarious or legal purposes), everyone outside the US still could (subject to their country's own stupid laws, of course)
Tim Worstall wrote a much better article on the discovery two years ago, wherein he basically trashes the whole stupid idea of dredging mud from the bottom of the ocean for a few tenths of a % of rare earths. The author of this article would have done well to read it, as he seems to have succumbed to the hype.
The message is clear - Do not use microsoft for communication
They've borked hotmail several times, forced some hotmail users to switch to outlook to conform with their mad vision of the future.
They're pulling the rug out from under messenger, just to force people to another product of theirs.
In both cases, they're forcing people to use their newer, less desirable product, just to get people onto the new product... Actually, they are doing much the same thing with desktop windows and TIFKaM....
So maybe the message is "Don't use Microsoft, for anything, because they'll shaft you whenever their C-suite has a "vision of the future".
This ain't gonna fly...
Might get some niche use for major live events... but for the most part, people using mobile devices are not going to be interested in watching something that runs at a scheduled time with no pause/rewind/skip - they're used to doing that with video on the same device; any service that doesn't let them do that will seem antiquated by comparison.
I'm sure the operators wish this would take off, but the viewing experience is just all around worse from the consumer's perspective.
Looks like a Nexus 7 clone...
Only the screen is crap, the processor is crap, it's got half the storage, the manufacturer has a worse reputation, and it's 8 months later to market. And it's only $30 cheaper, and Google will probably have room to cut prices on the Nexus 7 by then....
Who in their right mind would buy this? (at least until HP cancels it because nobody's buying and cuts the price to $50....)
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