* Posts by John Brown (no body)

2396 posts • joined 21 May 2010

Privacy? What privacy? EU's draft law on your data is useless, say digital rights orgs

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Re: Say WHAT?!?

"Assuming that these unnamed "ministers" live in a country where the populace can still vote, it would be incumbent upon said populace to vote to run the party of these said "ministers" out of office and into the dustbin of history where they so rightly belong."

The main problem there being that there are a limited number of possible candidates to vote for and most people will vote for the main parties, which results in one or other of the two main parties, both of whom are sucking from the same trough under the advice of the same civil servants.

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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Re: WTF is this?

Wealth doesn't mean money, eg precious metals and jewels. Oddly enough, some people prize knowledge over money. That's a good thing. Otherwise we'd probably not have come down from the trees.

As for the vast tracts of land, jungles grow. Fast. And it's had in the order of 500 years with, if the report on the animals reactions to humans is to be believed, no human, or at least almost no, human presence in much of that time to grow over and hide everything that might be seen as human created or modified.

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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

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Re: and closer to home....

The LOHAN Kickstarter project "rewards" have been delivered. I've just finished a pint from my LOHAN engraved tankard hewn from the living glass. Even if US bureaucracy causes an indefinite stay on the launch, those who donated have received their promised rewards.

-----------------> safety glasses required when dealing with rockets.

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Re: Dim Paul Moving back to the US is impossible, Edward..

"That fundamental error suggests you really haven't a clue what you're posting about."

This....from the guy who can't spell Snowden?

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SpaceX lofts two all-electric ion-drive comsats to Clarke orbit

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Noooooo.....don't free her. Keep her there!!!!!

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US court rubber-stamps dragnet metadata surveillance (again)

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"lust for power and influence and money and black limousines is baked into their soles."

Yeah, you better watch your step!!

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Out of time: Huawei, LG unveil watches nobody wants to buy

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Battery life

Less than a year? Sorry, but no.

I genuinely cannot see a real use case for a battery sucking smart watch. Maybe others do, but not me.

And if costs more than a 100 quid it'd better look like quality and not some cheap bit of tat with a plastic strap or plated metal that wears off.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Slimmer?

Slimness seems to be where the current battle for consumer USP is at the moment.

So how many minutes of battery life do we lose for each 0.1mm of extra slimness?

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W*nkers of the world unite to SAVE THE PLANET one jerk-off at a time

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Thank you fellow commentards

I came here expecting the usual flurry of double entendres and you have done nothing to shake my confidence.

Now excuse while I clean up this forum. Has anyone got a tissue?

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: Cathode rays

"When I first saw a concave screen "

Ah what? I've never seen one before. Where were they used? No, seriously, not trolling.

I remember the optical illusion of a flat screen appearing concave after spending time in front of a standard convex CRT screen because your eyes would compensate for the convex curve.

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C'mon! Greece isn't really bust and it can pay its debts

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This

"The real problem is two fold. Greece has long been full of corruption with many citizens shafting the tax collecting authority as an almost sport for decades."

This. Primary reason for the Greek financial problems. In isolation, it was easy to hide, ignore and/or work around. As part of a bigger financial entity, it becomes a problem which must be dealt with since not dealing with it causes problems, including the perceived unfairness seen by other EU countries, especially tax payers.

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Re: OH RLY?

"Life isn't about money." says the guy running one of the richest corporations....

Yeah, funny how money isn't important to those who have more than enough. Some of us have been in the position where spending (or not) money can be a life changing choice and that extra £1 or two makes a big difference. Never mind the odd billion or two down the back of the sofa.

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

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Hopefully, in case of terror-ism, they will have good firewalls and encraption.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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Re: Pet Peeve

"I'm just heading out toward Irish Bank."

I hope they have a shelf or rack for the regulars own private tankards and that there's a row of El Reg Lohan glass tankards on it. If not, then that's a deal breaker and I won't be applying.

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Re: Well...

"Incorrect. Facts first, snark second. Your made-up assertion means you'll never be considered for a journalism job."

Oh. I dunno. I can think of any number of print media who would see that as a positive attribute :-)

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Re: _In Search Of..._ teevee series

Yes, I saw some of those too. It continually surprised me over the years how often his distinctive voice appeared on TV. Although I do try not to think about hobbits :-)

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Sad

Raising a pint to him as I spock speak/type.

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Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

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Re: Upper-class twit of the year.

Since I can't both up vote you and down vote you I shall refrain from either.

He was a man of his time and product of his experiences.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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"And while they are at it, could they add road fund license, and 3rd party car insurance to the cost of fuel - no avoidance, no collection required, no enforcement costs."

Pay per mile road tax and insurance? That's a civil servants wet dream

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"I sold my television"

Obligatory XKCD

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Re: I'm an American

"which are getting long enough to rival commercial network ad breaks."

That's because large amounts of BBC production has been farmed out so the BBC only buy it in rather than produce it themselves. The original producers want to sell that content elsewhere in the world too so they create it based on future ad breaks being inserted. That's why even so-called BBC programmes have a obvious break points. In the case of non-drama type programmes there will be one, two or even three "here's what we just told you and here's what we're about to tell you" re-caps.

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Re: John Tserkezis

"That's not a very smart TV if it can't cache that file and goes on strike if it can't find it."

That's not a very smart TV if it has to phone home before allowing the likes of iPlayer or Netflix to work. There's no need at all for that other than data slurping. IMV, no device should be phoning home unless it's to connect to their own app shop or their own apps. It most certainly should not fail to work with 3rd party apps via the users own BB connection, DNS etc. just because "home" isn't answering the phone.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Re: Instant Karma

Yes, cutting corners almost always leads to tears.

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Re: How they going to fund it?

The value of the Ruble is only relevant for imports/exports. Russia is big with a lot of resources.. A Ruble collapse would have less of an effect than, say, the Euro.

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Re: The more entertaining one would be if it is 2015, not 2024

"I am just waiting for the moment when they will decide that they had enough sabre rattling on behalf of the USA and Airstrip One side and detach their part of the space station"

As the only currently viable source of man rated lift capability, they could just annex the non-Russian parts of the ISS.

On a slightly more serious note, why would they have to separate if the US and/or EU decide not to continue? Those pulling out of the operation will have no further use for their modules other than to de-orbit and burn them up. Unless spite is part of the negotiations.

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Bloody TECH GIANTS... all they do is WASTE investors' MONEY

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not wasted at all from the point of view of the consumer.

Agreed It's a method whereby large chunks of company profits return to the economy in a nice scatter-gun approach instead of sitting somewhere doing very little. R&D staff jobs,wages spent, money paid for equipment etc etc. It's all one big merry-go-round.

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Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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Been done...

I remember many years ago, when AutoCAD R10 was still fresh and new and Windows was still the new kid on the block, a "demo" truck turned up at our place of work operated by the MSC or some such Govt. Department pushing technology. On board was a fully automated computer controlled manufacturing plant which made screwdrivers. On the fly injection moulded handles which were then mated to the (pre-made) shanks/bits. It was explained that they could have had a CNC cutter in there which made the flat or Philips bits for the screwdrivers but that added weight and cost. I still have the sample screwdriver, created before my very eyes before and popping out of the slot especially for me.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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Re: Better still

"Why not ship computers without an operating system at all. Let people choose what they install without having Microsoft Windows forced on them to begin with."

Because most people want to open the box, plug it in and start using it. And factory installed media-free Windows is massively cheaper than buying a full-fat retail Windows package. It's a while since I looked (winXP days) but a certain retailers "config" screen used to have the option to choose which version of XP, or "No OS" and the difference in the build total between no OS and WinXP Home was £5. IIRC, a full WinXP Home retail pack was about £80 back then.

Note also that said retailers factory installed WinXP did not include any bloatware to subsidise the WinXP install.

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Re: Just take off...

"Finding the drivers is the pain....download all the relevant drivers"

The problem there, for most average users, is when the LAN or WiFi drivers are needed before you can get on t'internet...

Admittedly this seems to be less of a problem these days than it used to be. Not so many years ago it was vital to get the drivers downloaded before nuking or to have another way to get online.

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Re: A tragedy of errors continues

"Don't they know who their customers are? Did they assume that 'domestic' customers could be treated as consumers/cows and be milked?"

I suspect it's at least partly, maybe significantly, the BYOD crowd connecting up at work or remotely.

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Re: It looks impressive

"But how essential is it? I mean I can't imagine living without my smartphone"

How old are and how long have you had a smartphone?

The use case for the first smartphones was not really the mass market, everybody will be gagging for one. Especially when they were not all that smart at the time. For that matter, the first mobile phones were a niche market. People grew up without them so they were a nice but expensive toy in the eyes of the sort of people who nowadays can't live without them simply because society wasn't geared up to "expect" everyone to be contactable 24/7 on an instants notice.

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Re: Meh...

"Something to do with water blocking radio signals..."

There will be an app for that

"and buggering electrical kit by the conduction of electricity by ions."

...there's already an app for that.

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

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Re: Unqualified

"There are some things I can ping that I can't physically locate so I can't quite tell you what they are..."

That's the definition of a proper home network :-)

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ACLU: Here's a secret – cops are using the FBI's fake cell-tower tech to track crims' phones

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Yes, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Or you go down for contempt of court until you decide to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

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Re: Fines

Yes, well, it's a German record label going after websites likely hosted all over the world using a US law against a US company. I hope said German record label actually has a US office which is issuing those complaints otherwise I'm not if the complaints would even have legal standing anywhere other than Texas. Assuming said German record label does have a US office, I'd expect sueballs to be flying at least from US websites falsely accused, especially if any of the fake claims were actioned by Google. Google themselves could be open to being sued for defamation by acting on the fake accusations since Google is a legal "person" and needs to take responsibility for it's actions.

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Spacewalking NASA 'nauts hook up power and data cables to ISS Harmony module

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Re: What a job!

"ripping up a raised floor and laying CAT 5 cable."

Oh, you don't know you're born mate! I dream of ripping up raised floor and laying CAT 5 cable. We have to lay CAT 3 across the floor. And pay the boss to let us do it!!

<cue the third Yorkshireman>

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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Re: you had me at Bacon..

too much faff for a morning after hangover cure though, as tasty as it looks! "

Agreed. Anything with a prep. time of more than 30 minutes is no good for breakfast, especially after a night on the sauce. Although it does look nice even if it is just a bacon and egg sarnie with some fancy sauce on it.

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Something Coming Through – aliens, LA noir, techno-thriller, dystopia ALL in the mix

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Re: Aliens that refuse to show their faces is new?

+1. And at least a few others I've read over the years.

On the other hand, a story which doesn't start by explaining the way of the world over the first few chapters but assumes the reader is intelligent enough to pick it as they go along is an ok author in my book :-)

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: Most political economic and social theory..

"Basically, they are all a bunch of total Cnuts."

You're wrong. King Cnut was specifically demonstrating that even he, the King, had limitations on his powers. Prospective governments trying to get elected will promise lower tides if they think it will them an extra vote. That makes them cunts, not Cnuts.

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Be your own Big Brother: Covert home spy gadgetry

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Old tech

I see there's one of those very early and ancient Microsoft tablet computers on your WiFi network. How well does MsDs work on a touch screen? And will MS or Apple be suing each other of the use of MsDs iPad?

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: My flabber is ghasted

"Y'know, where all the project management books say things like 'stakeholder' and 'consultation' and 'specification'... idiots."

The whole point of that process is to ask as many people as possible in as many different ways as possible so as to get as many different answers as possible. That way, there's no obvious "right" answer and the one which was decided on before the consultation is just as "right" as any of the others, "because we listened to stakeholders and did what they asked for"

PS. No, I didn't downvote you :-)

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Re: Battery life

I'm glad I kept on reading through the comments before posting so now I can upvote you for pointing out the bleeding obvious. Battery life was the first thing I though of (after the creepyness factor). No kid is going to be happy with a toy doll where the battery dies after only an hour. Kids playing with dolls tend to play a long time and the doll will get thrown away when it keeps dying on them.

And just where exactly do you insert the batteries anyway? Barbie is skinny!

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Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver

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Re: Impact in.... oh!

"If by some miracle we do detect it in advance, and we're allowed to know about it, the only difference it will make is we will talking about it when it hits..."

...on Facebook and Twitter.

"Wow!, incoming asteroid! OMG Amazeballs LOL, WTF"

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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"Probably because Cameron and every other politician in Labour and the Lib Dems promised them more devolution."

You what? The offer on the table for a yes vote was the ultimate in devolution, yet the vote was no. Why would an offer of "some more" devolution have swayed yes voters to vote no?

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Oxygen?

"Growing crops within the proposed habitat could generate dangerously high levels of oxygen"

Won't the joss sticks and scented candles balance that out?

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Re: There is no "software" that can comprehend .......

"Johnny cab would probably not be driving in such a manner as to make instant response necessary. Humans on the other hand have a blind spot for 30 signs!"

Why would JohnnyCab be driving overly cautiously in the first place? It's not expecting the completely unexpected. The only logical response would be to stop in the event of something completely unexpected since there will, by definition, not be a programmed response. Sometimes, stopping is the last thing you want to if you want to survive.

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Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

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"Apple has something to bring to the computer business - it has nothing to offer the car business."

Oh, I don't know. Maybe Apple, MS, Google et al could use this as an opportunity for cross-fertilisation of technology. They could teach the car makers about network and software security and systems hardening. Compared to the average in-car network, Apple et al are paragons of virtues and skillz"

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Ex-NASA boffin dreams of PREDATOR-ish tech in humble microwaves

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Re: Modernize the whole damned thing

"Gimbal the emitters... "

And don't forget to reverse the polarity of the tachyon flux.

You'll need a flux capacitor too if you're going to interface it with the living room Interocitor.

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Re: Not so bad

"I suppose that's why most microwave cooking/reheating instructions say to leave it covered for 2-3 minutes after cooking"

Yes, as anyone who knows how to cook will tell you, things don't stop cooking just because you remove the heat source. That waiting time in the instructions is part of the cooking time. Many people think microwaves aren't very good because they don't understand that and don't wait, they just tip it straight out.

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STINKY nerds: Sick of horrifying chums with your terrible BO? Nosey Google wants to help

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Patented??

"So there's no indication that the device will ever be prototyped,"

In which case, tell them to piss off. If you want to patent a physical invention, a minimum requirement ought to be to produce at least one working prototype within some reasonable time period or the patent expires. Otherwise your effectively patenting a theory.

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