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Live in the middle of nowhere? CONGRATS. Some of you can pay EE for 4G

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I can't get an EE signal inside my house*. I'd change network, but all the networks' maps suggest that I'd need to go outside, or even go to the next village**, to get a signal. This is all very well if I'm making calls - I can just use the land line - but one of the reasons I have a mobile phone is so that I can receive calls from people who might offer me work.

*Middle of nowhere? No. 8 miles from the Cambridge Science Park.

**I suppose that's what they mean by a mobile phone. You have to go somewhere else to use it.

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Amazon Workspaces: A dish best served later

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How much???

The base offering costs $35.00 per month

Even if it worked properly, and it sounds like it doesn't, I can't count the number of ways in which I could achieve similar results for less money.

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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@rhydian

I've not actually had to change a CCFL or LED due to failure as yet

While I agree in general with the points you make, I have to say you've been extremely lucky with your CCFLs. I've had them fail in a matter of months. I've even contemplated contacting the manufacturers about the optimistic guarantees printed on their packaging, but I'm too lazy.

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How to Poo on a Date wins odd book title of the year

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Prion Press?

Is it run by mad cows?

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Get a life...

Feet and fathoms are much better than metres for nautical (and aviation) purposes.

I think if you're aviating in fathoms you have a problem.

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Barclays' DOUBLE DIGIT contractor rate cut? Not for us, say PPI bods

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From what I hear the contract market is pretty buoyant at the moment. I suppose Barclays see this as a good time to slim down their contract staff by cutting the rate. A proportion of contractors leave. Trouble is, those are the ones you need to stay. OK, sack the remainder and hire the good ones back again. What could possibly go wrong?

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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As for multicore, there is always Go.

Upvoted for the terrific Scala/Go site you linked to.

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Re: Good performance? Scalable?

The experts here who know how slow Java is are missing a huge opportunity. I bet all the financial institutions that run high-frequency trading applications written in Java would love to hear how they can boost performance by rewriting in a faster language.

And for those arguing about the syntactical merits of this language or another - that's not really the issue. An intelligent developer can get up to speed with any modern language. The great advantage Java has is its massive body of open-source libraries, and the vast ecosystem of Java programming knowledge that is available.

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Re: Java on the desktop is dead

@Conrad Longmore: citation required.

I'm not aware of much use of Java for locally-hosted desktop applications, but I don't have the advantage of your omniscience.

I can assure you, however, that it's extensively used via applets and Web Start applications. I used to think that applets were just a way of embedding gadgets in web pages, and that they were obsolete when better HTML and client script came along. Since then I've worked on several market-leading trading platforms that are written in Java and delivered over the Web.

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@Destroy All Monsters: In the real world, Mr Monsters, adoption of a new version of a development platform is constrained by the necessity to regression-test what is often a large body of code, and to maintain compatibility with existing libraries and infrastructure. Developer ignorance is rarely a factor. If it was left to developers, most coding would be done on the bleeding edge.

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Bing accused of out-censoring the Great Firewall

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Re: Never confuse malice-

What is it with Microsoft and search? They have a long history of failure to make it work as expected.

They always seem to have imagined that the primary role of a search engine is to find reasons for not showing things. Early versions of Windows file search were limited to "known file types" by default. Even today, I can enter "foo.bar" in the Windows 7 Explorer search box and get no results, when "dir /s foo.bar" returns a result.

All Microsoft search facilities should have a checkbox labelled "Don't try to be clever, just show me the effing files".

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Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

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Win 8 trade secrets

Secrets such as "How to spend millions of dollars developing an operating system nobody wants or likes"?

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Keep your quinoa, hipsters: Boffins back healthy slabs of choc

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Re: So is it ok to chew coca leaves now?

Not only "coca" and "cocoa", but also "cacao". The vowels seem to drift around at random.

"Cacao" is the stuff sold by the rather annoying toff from the TV series Willy's Wonky Chocolate Factory, better known as "How I struggled desperately to build my small business despite several million pounds-worth of free TV publicity". The chocolate's not bad, actually.

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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Re: That's my code knackered then.....

Up in Yorkshire we burn our faggots.

And in Eastern England they use faggots to build roads and banks. With any luck there are quite a lot of faggots in the vicinity of Scunthorpe.

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@Destroy All Monsters: actually, the conventional spelling is "Genghis Khan".

It's presumably a transcription to the Latin alphabet of a Chinese transcription of a pair of Mongol words, so you could probably spell it any way you like. The "gh" construct suggests that the transcription was done in a language like Italian, where "gh" and "ch" are required for a hard consonant before "e" or "i".

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

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Re: I find that nappies

@gloucester Are you using the Humpty-Dumpty Words Means Whatever I Want Dictionary? This is what I find in reputable sources. And, no, I haven't omitted a second definition from further down the page.

OED 1. Very loyal and committed in attitude and 2. (Of a wall) of strong or firm construction.

Cambridge always loyal in supporting a person, organization, or set of beliefs or opinions.

Collins 1. loyal, firm, and dependable, 2. solid or substantial in construction, 3. (rare) (of a ship, etc) watertight; seaworthy

Merriam-Webster 1a : watertight, sound, 1b strongly built: substantial, 2 steadfast in loyalty or principle.

I'm afraid my knowledge of Old French isn't as good as yours, but some dictionaries appear to concur in your view that "staunch" derives from a 13C verb meaning "to stanch". If people are going to post to El Reg in archaic foreign languages, it would help to add some indication of which language they are using.

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Re: I find that nappies

staunch a deep puncture wound

staunch /stɔːn(t)ʃ/ adjective Very loyal and committed in attitude.

The word you are thinking of is "stanch".

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

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Re: $127 fee

whats to say he wouldn't loose it on a hand of poker

I doubt that it's possible, but he might lose it.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: and for the yoof

I don't think the yoof will be able to understand anything that contains an apostrophe.

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

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Re: Perspective

@horsham_sparky - You are mistaken. £500 per day is mid-to-low for IT contractors in London banks.

I've never been on the wrong end of one of these rate cuts, but it's been in the air, and I've naturally considered my response. Even with a 10% reduction in effort I'll still be more productive than the permies, and I can spend the 10% of time I've freed up to look for another contract at leisure.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: "In conjunction with Electronics Today International. "

And Watford Electronics. And Henry's.

Henry's had an actual shop in Edgware Road. In the late 1970s I worked in Westbourne Grove, near the shop of Zaerex Valves, another regular advertiser in Practical Wireless. One night the shop burned down - probably the sensible course for a valve supplier in the solid-state age.

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Re: Great headline! re: prices

It scares me how much their prices seem to have hiked in recent years.

It's surprising how many retailers have responded to the threat posed by cheap online prices by increasing prices in-store.

You can never find an economist when you need one.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Will attendees be identified..

by their forum names?

by what they claimed were their real names when they signed up?

by their email addresses?

not at all?

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Aargh! My EYEBALLS are MELLLTING! Curse this DEVIL LAPTOP

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Re: Not just an expert,

I object

Overruled

sudo I object

oh, well, ...

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Bill Gates is BACK... as CHIEF RICH human of PLANET EARTH

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As of Jan 2013 (1 year ago) Gates had given $28B to charity.

It would be interesting to see Forbes Rich List enhanced with the level of charitable donation for each billionaire. Has Lounge Lizard Larry spent money on anything more praiseworthy than a boat, for example?

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Re: Sick emphasis on and glorification of the wealthy

When somebody replies to your post with [Citation needed], repeating the post with an added title doesn't count as a citation.

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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Re: Story

I wouldn't have thought it would require a mastery of subterfuge for him to keep the settlement secret from his daughter. $80k is unlikely to change the family lifestyle. In view of the apparent insecurity of his occupation, the expensive trip to Europe doesn't seem like the best course of action.

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RSA booked TV's Stephen Colbert to give the final speech. This is what happened next

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Re: Growing like Topsy

completely pwned by a 29-year old with a thumb drive

I liked that bit, too. But it made me wonder how to use "pwned" in speech, rather than writing.

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Github brews text editor for developers

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Over the years I've used a wide variety of editors, from edlin to <insert name of favourite powerful editor here>, to write code and munge data.

I've found much to criticise and wish for in most of them. Oddly enough, the one thing I've never thought is "I wish this editor was part of, or an offshoot from, a web browser". It's impressive that they can do it, but I find it hard to imagine why they want to.

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HP: We're so down wid da kidz! Look at... er, Smithers, what DO yoof look at these days?

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Re: Sad state of affairs

Unfortunately proof reading is a skill that seems largely lost nowadays, scarily I've seen PR people drafting press releases without any proofing what so ever.

A proof-reader might tell you that "whatsoever" is usually written without spaces, and that you shouldn't join two sentences with a comma. A semicolon or colon would be appropriate here.

Sorry.

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Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

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Re: Developer expectations...

VS is so far behind IntelliJ IDEA

I'm glad I'm not the only one to think this.

VS (very expensive) compares unfavourably with the features that IntelliJ (reasonably priced) and Eclipse (free) had 10 years ago.

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LG offers BRAIN-SAVING CANCER-BL... er 'good luck charms'

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Re: Finally save

nobody really believes they do anything

The claims on the packet seem to say they do. The Carbolic Smoke Ball Company tried to claim that nobody takes such claims seriously, and it didn't work for them.

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Saving private spying: IETF Draft reveals crypto-busting proxy proposal

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Re: Pointless?

Why would "broadcast and on-demand entertainment media streaming" be encrypted in the first place?

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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Re: Time to get the calculator out

@dogged

I used to think "burgled" was correct, too. On investigation it turned out that it's a back-formation based on the incorrect assumption that "burglar" is just a funny way of spelling "burgler".

See http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2011/01/17/entanet_stepney/#c_959179.

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Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

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Taco Bell advertising campaign that featured a talking Chihuahua

Does it still talk after they've cooked it and rolled it up in a tortilla?

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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Re: *facepalm*

If gambling is illegal... then betting on a duck race outcome is ... therefore illegal

You're telling us that gambling is illegal in the USA? I could have sworn I saw a lot of illegal activity when I visited Las Vegas.

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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Re: Dyson overrated

@James Hughes 1 Bags clog and suction efficiency decreases as the bag fills

I'm sure that's true, but everything depends on how well the bag/filter/cyclone solution is implemented.

My Miele vacuum cleaner is about 5 years old, but there's no evidence of loss of suction, even when the bag is packed tight with something like a kilo of dust. It's also fairly light, easy to carry, and retracts its own cable very smartly.

The predecessor was a Dyson. Even without bags, it suffered from diminishing suction. Emptying it was a filthy job on anything but a windless day. Various components, including the hose, failed and had to be replaced. And it was so heavy and cumbersome that my cleaner hated it.

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Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

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"In the post – just imagine!"

In the days before email, when spam was nothing more than a rather nasty tinned meat and the subject of a Monty Python sketch, it was not uncommon for offices to receive Nigerian scams in the post.

They mostly appeared to have been laboriously produced on a pre-war manual typewriter, and the propositions were every bit as unconvincing as today's. I dare say the response percentage to postal spam is much greater than to emails, but even so it must have taken a lifetime of pounding, and a fortune in stamps, for the scammers to hook a victim.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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I too experience allergic reactions when I use many substances that contain fragrances (though I haven't worn Chanel No. 5, as it doesn't fit my lifestyle). I also find that banging my head against the wall causes discomfort.

As a result, I abjure both activities, but I don't see why the EU needs to get involved.

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Broker accuses FAST of scaring users off secondhand software

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Re: It can be a grey area ...

support in my mind ... expires with resale, like a car warranty

Whatever the situation in your mind may be, it's not the case in the real world. Whenever I've bought second-hand cars I have had the benefit of any unexpired manufacturer's warranty. I have never been asked whether I was the original purchaser.

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

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My what?

This thing seems to be an overpriced file server with limited features and flexibility. Several posts have described how you could achieve better results for a much smaller outlay.

But in what sense is it a cloud? Or is everything a cloud now, in the same way that everything once used to be turbo?

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

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"The Chocolate Factory has been not-so-quietly hovering up companies"

I think you mean either Hoovering, or possibly Dysoning.

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

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Epsom dot-matrix printer

I've heard that they go through the print queue like a dose of salts.

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How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

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Re: That's progress!

If you can't remember the shortcuts you need, how the hell are you going to remember what icons represent them?

Exactly. I find that I frequently click the wrong button on the Windows taskbar. Toad for Excel, Outlook for Explorer - the evidence suggests that selection by colour tends to override selection by image, which makes sense, given that colour perception is immediate, while image interpretation takes time.

+1 for the Clippy paragraph.

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LOHAN's handsome young autopilot springs into life

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Buzzer???

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NASA quandary: Should Curiosity channel Fast and Furious for Martian dune-buggy jump?

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Re: A daft question...

I suppose it looks wet because the impressions are sharper.

I believe the maximum gradient of a heap of sand is a function of the cohesiveness of the sand and the strength of gravity. Wet sand takes sharper impressions because it's cohesive so the micro-structures that constitute the impression have steeper edges. Impressions in Martian sand are sharper because of the lower gravity.

It's also possible that impressions in dry sand are rapidly blurred by air movement. The thin atmosphere on Mars would reduce this effect.

Disclaimer: I know absolutely nothing about soil science and I'm making this up as I go along

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Bletchley Park spat 'halts work on rare German cipher machine'

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"beurocratic"

What is it about the Human relationship with computers ?

They are by design, meant to enhance our lives and make things quicker and somehow less beurocratic

I hear some computers even include spell-checkers.

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Re: Connect me! @Big_Boomer

DIN plugs...falling out

I once fitted some audio equipment with incredibly sexy DIN plugs that had a screw-down (or possibly bayonet) collar that would prevent them falling out.

SCART connectors, on the other hand, were designed specifically for falling-out. I didn't know they were French, but it doesn't surprise me.

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MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

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often you don’t remember things in quite the same way as they are being recounted by some smart-arse who’s just snorted a line of hindsight

One of the bizarre experiences of advancing age is to see your own youth recycled as period drama, and to sit there spotting the anachronisms.

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Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm

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Re: IE is much better than it was previously...

It still won't run on anything except Windows :)

Actually, there still seem to be compatibility issues. A client called me recently about an old GWT application I wrote for him some five years ago. In the latest IE version it displays blank screens. It continues to work without issue in the latest versions of FF and Chrome. Leopard, spots.

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