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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Who chose that photo though? I thought that was where the 'art' and copyrightable-ness came from?

Or are we saying the monkey not only pressed the shutter, but also picked which was the best images ?

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Re: Did you take the quiz?

I was 'amused' by the google glasses and smartwatch question..

Does ofcom actually think google glasses are on general sale? For that and smartwatch , it didn't have "I know about these, but they're clearly not really suitable yet, so since I'm pretty tech savvy I'll let someone else alpha test the products"

Clearly the issue of self-selecting surveys doesnt crop up with journo's/ofcom.

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Micro Men: The story of the syntax era

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Re: A brief - and significant time

Forget the micros'. The main stupidity of the 'sell at all costs' was surely Inmos?

( Villa was in it ? Oh blimey, my nerd rating drops for not noticing him... )

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'I don't understand why they feel like they own the word CANDY'

davefb

the app name was what now?

"All Candy Casino Slots – Jewels Craze Connect: Big Blast Mania Land"

Well actually that's an app store rejection without anything to do with candy, because the icon and real name isn't that.

It's gaming the app-store keywords and should never have been allowed by apple in the first place :)

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Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

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what was that game again?

"Candy Casino Slots – Jewels Craze Connect: Big Blast Mania Land"

tbh the only surprise here is that there wasn't the words "Clash" or "Clans" in the name..

oh , gamasutra mentions this..

http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/JasPurewal/20140121/209020/Lets_talk_sense_about_game_trademarks_King_and_Candy_Crush.php

No need for any King.com 'candy' tm. that breaks Apples rules..

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Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

davefb

It's not a rabbit..

It's a mouse shadow.

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THOUSANDS of UK.gov Win XP PCs to face April hacker storm... including boxes at TAXMAN, NHS

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Recently saw an example. OH was getting hearing aids and the app to set these up was on a windows xp machine.

Now, I'd assume the NHS is at the whim of the supplier and new software for something like that isn't going to be cheap. It certainly wasn't a very simple piece of software either.

And the pc it was running on, didn't look like it would run win7 anyway,so probably would have needed replacing as well.

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

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So these A7's..

Would they run in servers? Or would they be totally unsuitable? Just thinking since the world+wife are slowly dipping the toes into arm-64 serverland have Apple built their own tech?

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Re: One wonders

Yeah maybe..

Only yes, on ios7 if you have an app running in 32bit, then it calls 32bit os functions.. So, if you can have everything 64bit, then you only load the 64bit frameworks, hence use less ram.

You have read the docs haven't you?

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Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

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So , why does the UK feel that NSA documents have anything to do with them anyway, surely they didn't look at them then told the NSA they'd been destroyed?

Let alone the fact repeating these comments just goes to show they even admit they didn't have any concerns about Miranda being a terrorist, so should have used the correct laws.

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Apple: You thought Google dodged taxes? Get a load of THIS

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WTF?

Re: re: Google and Microsoft have already done this

Didn't realise that m$ had $100billion offshore? Have they?

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Brits on benefits: 'Dole office site only works on PCs over 10 YEARS OLD'

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still?

friend mentioned this a few weeks back. He was saying that the previous site had worked okay on his phone, but the new one they'd been telling him to use wouldn't work and yet was required in order for you to get your money.

Are we in a book by khafka ?

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Elon Musk: 'Fudged' NYT article cost Tesla $100m

davefb

Has he looked at the telemetry he posted?

Because, apart from the speed issue, it was an exact correlation. Especially the huge drop in expected range overnight, it's there in the telemetry.

It's the sheer cheek , after all, NYT didn't ask to do this did they, Tesla approached them in order to publicise the new charging stations. Next time, keep the camera rolling.

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Oracle wants another go at Google over Android Java copyrights

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WTF?

copyright for code.

fwiw, decades ago doing 'archives' for some product, we would have to print out the first 100 pages of code, then have that in the archive. The understanding was that this was what you needed in order to 'prove' the copyright..

now obviously this is a while ago..

but it was far far from 'just the headings'. So god knows what Oracle think they're playing at.

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Review finds Wikipedia UK board needs major leadership overhaul

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It's not even subtle

if you goto the archive of 'did you know'... I have to admit I didn't realise there were that many facts about Gibraltar.

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Google Play privacy SNAFU sends app buyers' details to devs

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merchant account.

Since it's the same system that google uses for actual physical stuff.

What do people expect?

Mind you, as john says, everyone pirates on android anyway. Gee thanks.

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

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In what way

Controversial? Obviously the must have been correct with the 55 miles, because in two court cases tesla couldnt' show otherwise. They only appear to have complained that people may have got confused , but the judge disagreed.

Crew push it, to show what you'd have to do. Not like you could walk up with a little tank of fuel is it?

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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Devil

But he got this number supposedly randomly, twice?

Maybe there's more to this... Needs more exorcism.

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What’s a computer? Eat yourself fitter!

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glitter and van damme?

and the Mighty Fall it would seem.

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E-reader demand slumps, slapped down by slates

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Holmes

how many do people need ?

I mean, once you've got one, there's now "do i need another" ? most of the people I know who were thinking about one, have got one in the last couple of years..

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'Brit Bill Gates' defends his honour in open letter to HP board

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FAIL

obviously, it's not HP's fault

after all, they haven't paid massively over the odds for other companies, then have to write down the value very quickly is it..

Apart from EDS. Or Palm...

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Apple, Spotify, Amazon: All your Cloud are belong to us, says firm

davefb
WTF?

how can this POSSIBLY

relate to spotify or itunes or whatever ?

It's a nice idea for err delivering cd-r's, but how can this relate to what digital music does ?

epic-patent-fail.

err herby, american football :)

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

davefb
FAIL

sure you got the stations right?

says here merseyside was one.. and 600 people complained..

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/nov/09/bbc-criticised-closing-medium-wave-radio

Oh and , I'm with the DAB+ why are we bothering with stupid DAB tech camp.. People didn't need to get forced to watch colour tv, they didn't have to compromise with other issues ( except cost of new equipment), why do we have to have this issue with DAB?

I've tried rebroadcasting devices with my car radio, they're hopeless, so a DAB would effectively mean a new car, like that's going to happen.

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Stob on Quatermass: Was this British TV's finest sci-fi hour?

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the film remake of the pit

Scared the utter bejeezus out of me when reshown in the 70s80's (?). I was probably about 10 or 12?

Utterly terrified and had problems sleeping for a few nights..

Great stuff!

oh and yeah chris, the goon version is brilliant as well :)

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Pixar names HQ after Steve Jobs

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Big Brother

and be a cube

made out of totally inappropriate materials, then start falling apart far too early..

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British judge: Say you're sorry Apple... this time like you MEAN it

davefb
WTF?

according to groklaw post

The print advert was in the FT today..

funnily enough it didn't have the extra bits, it was just as the judge ordered.. Now, I reckon this means someone has decided to run two different ones. Now why would you do that if you were confident of one? If that decision has been made, then doesn't that mean they knew of a problem, yet still were cheeky on the website ?

As for 'takes 14 days', well frankly it shouldn't take 48hrs either... Note how the website has changed anyway ( though the ruling is the same) and on the US site theres a ( no problem with this) link to Hurricane Sandy appeal fund.. Obviously that hasn't taken 14 days to do...

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BBC's Incurious George vows to 'calibrate systems' after Savile affair

davefb

why has this taken so long ?

the information that newsnight's story was spiked , was a story in at least january 2012.. This was noted in last nights Panorama and can be confirmed with a bit of google.

So it's pretty sad for other media outlets to complain about "why didn't the bbc do anything" when they also did nothing this year until the itv documentary came out, which mainly was the same interviews initially taken in the newsnight investigation.

Obviously a bit of beeb bashing is much more fun than investigating Savile.

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Microsoft: Welcome back to PCs, ARM. Sorry about the 1990s

davefb

Re: 30000 transistors, roughly the same as 6502

wrong cpu to compare with

the idea is to compare transistor count of z80 or 68000 . 6502 was 'riscy' in itself..

Bit confusing to make the claim that 'risc takes more instructions' by talking about loading and storing, when ARM has far more registers so doesn't need to be moving in and out of memory all the time.

In fact, looking at most code, ARM is often shorter than x86.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

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Meh

Re: As punishment

Yeah, the truth..

We will throttle you to a speed still far faster than the maximum any local competitor can be bothered to supply.

Unthrottled you can have speeds far in excess of what any local competitor can even dream about..

And that's on the "it was 10, its now 30" tarriff, let alone 100..

Time to fix Sky's "unlimited", it is limited, by the relatively lame connection speed and BT's "well , great, but even though you've supposedly upgraded the local box, you won't accept connections" network..

Mind you that router is only functionally competent as a modem..

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UK to hold public consultation on social-media troll prosecutions

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Meh

So if .

john terry had said what he allegedly said ( or is it fact now, not sure) on a tweet, it would have been okay?

It has to be the 'pub test', if tom daley walked past and you shouted what was tweeted in front of people, would that be acceptable?

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Virgin Media STILL working on fix for SuperHub corrupt downloads glitch

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same as a lot of people on here

Got the new superhub as they upgraded me from 10mb to 30mb ( YAY!).

After ages talking to someone( about an hour after 20mins on hold), eventually have to decide wifi just doesn't "work", so after trying to put up with reboots and messing about with settings, flicked it to modem only and used my "old" belkin N router..

I'd initially assumed the connection wasn't working, but my connection was, it was just the wifi that was hopeless. ( hopeless on a laptop, on my pc with wifi adapter and on two phones that previously worked.)..

God knows why, but there were loads of 'reasons' on the forums. Like I want to be beta testing hardware at home.

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Apple pounces on Samsung doc as proof of 'slavish copy' claims

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Re: Madness!

No, it's the rank hypocrisy. Apple took all the best bits of other phones , then did their own. None of the bits in the first phones was unique, they'd all been done in other phones, but apple did them 'a bit better'.

A lot more expensive as well..

But to think anything in that first phone was innovative is bizarre. In fact it was way behind in a lot of areas.

FWIW, Apple have already admitted they also too other peoples phones to sort of technical issues. That's what ( as a coder involved with ui design) that Apple can patent " a colour", but just rip off technical patents and avoid frand.

What Samsung have done, which is worrying Apple, isn't to copy anything specific APART from finally paying some attention to detail, something Nokia should have done years ago.

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If Hotmail was a person it could have kids now. But it would be a crime

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still use hotmail

Yes I get spam, but it's survived longer than any of the stupid email accounts.

gmail gets just too much spam.. my ISP one was forced to change address and it became 'web only' and not as good as hotmail interface... so yeah, hotmail it is..

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Skydiving daredevil Baumgartner leaps from 96,000ft

davefb

I'd rather he didn't break the record

Kittingers record is so insane that it should stand for 'all time'. Good luck to him though.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

davefb

Re: You STILL get Traffic Management on 30Mbps

Yeah

it drops all the way to 15mb... After downloading 7gb.. (3.5 depending on which time ).

So basically still 'flipping fast'

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Dear BT and Sky

instead of moaning at VM about their adverts and buffering. Perhaps you could spend some time sorting your networks out such that VM are no longer able to say "four times faster than average".

Recently got 30mb upgrade from 10mb on virgin media (free?). BT STILL say they can't do Infinity even though they have some cabinets in my area and claim the exchange is 'upgraded', so maximum predicted is about 10mb on 'upto20'. Which means, even on the 'slowed down' , its 50% faster than I might get if I signed up for BT/sky.

Oh yeah, that's probably why the just complain about the ads to the ASA..

Mind you, VM is right, sky anytime+ is now working a treat, no buffering like there was at 10mb :)

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Olympic Security cock-up was down to that DARN software

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software that orders itself does it?

Sounds more like id10t error to me..

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ITU adopts two ultra-high def TV specs

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Great news

Might finally mean larger resolution computer monitors since these seem to have stagnated at the hd-tv sizes ( without paying daft monies)..

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Virgin Media mauls UK.gov for pumping millions into BT

davefb

Re: Cables

after..

not that hard to read wiki, or remember tbh..

the merged ntl/telewest brought vm mobile, aggressively, they had to pay more than they (and mr branson) wanted.. They then joined everything up and have licensed the virgin brand and branson himself.. Of course richard owns part of the new company and 'his' investment company also owns a lot.. But it's just a rented name.

Iirc from when the cabling issue has been raised locally, one problem is that the initial tv companys (which predate the opening of phones in some areas) initially had deals to allow them to cheaply cable, its now more expensive ( ie the council charges them more) , they also initially had local monopoly protection..

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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

davefb
FAIL

re making stuff up

well thats a genius idea isn't it.. because obviously in 6 months when asked for the answers again, I'm obviously going to know the same made up answers.

Got the same questions last week, only the first set was usable , the second set, I think I could answer, though it depends on the mood which childhood friend I'd pick ( I moved and thats the only question I think has a memorable answer) and the 3rd , that was hopeless.

grrreat..

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Star Trek role-players' privates sniffed by alien invader

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what filippo said...

was about to post roughly the same..

Looked only slightly more believable than the multiple 'enjoy wow beta' ones which arrive.. The not correct url was the most dodgy part..

Still, I logged in and changed the password... Using a typed in url of course...

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Norwich City FC Web CMS exposes privates. Club respond by calling police.

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evidence not required?

So, we all bleat about the rights and wrongs of various digital age laws, surely this is a good example of 'where was the evidence?'. Why were the police actually able seemingly to goto the kids address with it seems just the word of norwich saying "he dunnit"..

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Propellerhead Figure

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look brilliant, but

it's ios5 only and I'll have to upgrade my ipod :(

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Apple New iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 4G

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FAIL

Speedtest

Yeah, really amazing.. So compare with my htc hero on 3 which just got 112ms , 4029down, 1628 up... (2nd was 118/4683/1504)..

So, not too impressed by that( I know its the networks),, mind you I wasn't going to bother with the "phone" version, just stick with the wifi...

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UK kids' art project is 'biggest copyright blag ever' – photographer

davefb

Re: "Charities" acting like business ... Am I the only one

No, they'll be getting commision on any they sign up.. They are unlikely to even be being paid min wage, they'll be "self employed".. Well that's what a lot are, the charities farm out the actual 'signing up' to different companies, probably to avoid the stigma of not paying people.

On the other hand, apparently the DD's do actually "work" in terms of getting cash in, so probably won't be stopping soon.

( friend has done similar, he was even out of pocket for the travel expenses, but hey, anything to keep the house :( )

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LG 3D TV ads misled buyers, judges watchdog

davefb

yes but

will samsung have to remove their claims for 'decent 3d picture'. Can't stand those active screens, flicker like maad. So I definately take my cinema 3d , even with lower resolution..

Are any sources actually 1080p? The display from the sky box certainly isn't full resolution is it?

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Brit pair deported from US for 'destroy America' tweet

davefb
WTF?

missing the point

If people would read the article, the tweets were from 3rd january and 16th..

This wasn't like the ill advised Doncaster bloke who tweeted whilst in the airport... This was a week before they'd left... Or so it seems..

Now either you fill a form in saying what social media you have, *or* they automatically trawl for stuff... Though you have to say, this is lunacy in the extreme are they just bored in the DHS?

Mind you, scares the crap out of me, I'm hoping to go this year :(

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Apple wins skirmish in HTC-Google patent war

davefb

theres a reason peoples phones used to do this

isn't it from the mac this patent?

Does this mean normally it's cross licensed ?

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BUSTED TWO: Carrier IQ monitor-ware on iPhones too?

davefb

'iphones ask'

well yes, when you plug the iphone into itunes for the first time, it has some warning about 'diagnostics and such' , so obviously you say 'nah'.

which is annoying, because those diagnostics appear to be the crash logs generated by apps... I'm guessing thats why whilst we have a few users complaining about crashing apps, we only have one uploaded crash report..

as for the android logging, has anyone shown it actually sending the info it logs , because it does just seem to be the adb logcat output..

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Gates: Novell are sore losers, Word trounced WordPerfect

davefb

tbh my recollection is

that windows had loads of 'workarounds' to get things like word perfect to work, because they'd accessed hidden features ( rightly or wrongly , its always a dangerous thing to do). then let all that lead they had disappear by being more bothered about running to the lawyers instead of fixing bugs or rewriting code.

I'm sort of confused by the 'encouraged to use' then 'pulled' stuff.. Did everyone else have the same problem? It just seems like the usual issues that happen on the roll out of a new os, why was it seemingly only word perfect that had problems?

In fact as someone has already said, the pre-release are in m$ best interest to get software working, otherwise why would people buy windows?

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