* Posts by Dave 126

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MWC 2013: The Chinese are coming - and you ain't seen nothing yet

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Re: And the Winner gets..

It's just you.

Eadon, this isn't the place to just air your prejudices, this is the place to discuss the article at hand. I'm quite sure that Win Pho lets its users post tedious messages on the Reg forums as easily as any other mobile OS - which is all you seem to use computing equipment for anyway.

As if unsatisfied with exhibiting your ignorance by your normal methods, you've employed analogies to really advertise it:

- An institute that used to be a polytechnic would be a university, so wouldn't be attended by a college student, as you put it.

-You don't get Modern Art courses, you get Fine Art courses.

-Saatchi ain't the collector to be impressing these days

- Win Pho looks like the works of Mondrian, who is well thought - or at least encourages a more orderly state of mind than the artless experiments in latex that are the true hallmark of a 1st year Fine Art student.

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Truck-maker CAT flogs smartphone spawn to butter-fingered fondlers

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Re: Not Yellow!

It sounds like it would survive a dunk in some yellow paint, so you have options.

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Tito's Mars mission to use HUMAN WASTE as radiation shield

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Re: One way trip

Earth, with its ever higher population, population density, communication between populations and human encroachment on potential 'reservoir' species is an ideal place for viruses and bacteria to evolve and spread... Mars not so much.

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Brit biz stops coked-up moist pocketstrokers ruining your pub lunch

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Coffee/keyboard

Er, in reality shit happens... And if not then water, beer or mud happens. Gear is should be there to be used, not coddled in cotton wool and silica gel inside a safe. The gadget should aid the user, not demand their consideration. We've had waterproof watches for decades, and wheather-proofed cameras- so phones are an obvious candidate. Sony's new flagship phone and tablet are waterproof, the latter ideal for consulting recipes in the kitchen with mucky hands. Fortunately, they're not bright yellow like their water resistant Sports Walkmans of yore.

Icon: beverage resistant keyboard, doh.

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Review: Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook

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Re: Intel HD graphics

Ilgaz - I wasn't aware that there were any netbooks with Intel HD 4000 graphics, they came in with Ivybridge CPUs, and can quite happily decode HD video and drive a few monitors. Check the benchmarks online.

Things do get better, you know.

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Unwearable tech: Five ways IT garb's gone HORRIBLY WRONG

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Re: iPod on while doing dangerous sports

Dunno, I haven't used headphones whilst on the piste, but snowboarding takes you in zig tags, and generally you are visually aware of your surroundings. Unlike being on a road, the moving objects that are likely to hit you make the same sort of noise as you yourself are making, and often your ears are muffled by a hood, hat or helmet anyway.

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One wearable product that enjoyed modest success- snowboarding jackets with iPod pouch, sleeve mounted controls suitable for gloves, and integrated headphone cables.

Why stakeholders in Android can't sort out a remote control / dock standard I don't know.

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

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The loudness war is sad, since most digital player have to ability to normalise the levels if the user requires it.

What would be good is for more portable players to support 192Khz/24bit playback, since music is available in this format- and a good quality external DAC fgor a PC is relativily cheap compared to Hi-Fi components of old.

There are two or three very expensive 24bit portable audio players available, or you could use a high-end portable audio recorder for output, or you could use an iPad connected to a 24bit DAC... (and possibly Android devices too, with the USB Audio feature added to Jelly Bean... but I don't know for sure)

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Re: "stereoscopic sound"?

>I think you mean stereophonic sound, unless you're one of those rare people who say they can see sounds..

"Son, what you've got to understand is that in the seventies we took a lot of drugs..."

(to paraphrase and re-purpose a Gary Larson caption)

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Re: Introducing a new definition of "a few"

>Also the iPod wasn't originally flash - it had a 2.5" HDD in it until (I think) the iPod Mini in 2004.

The iPod had a little 1.8" Toshiba disk in it, the same as the iRviver H1xx and H3xx machines, as well as some of the Creatice players, amongst others. Then mysteriously, you couldn't lay your hand on a spare drive for love nor money... and everyone but Apple seemed to move exclusively to solid-state. These days, portable HDD-based players are thin on the ground... there's the iPod Classic, Cowon and Archos, but I can't think of many others. To be honest though, a little Sansa Clip+ with a few microSD cards quickly exceeds all but the biggest music collections.

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Re: Introducing a new definition of "a few"

Yeah, that jumped out at me as being a very strange paragraph... The cassette Walkman was king for years, then a very few people bought DAT and DCC, before the CD Walkman became very widespread (though wasn't as portable as its cassette brethren). The MD player started to gain a bit of momentum before it was killed by flash players (more portable) and HDD-based players (more capacious).

I miss my iRiver H320, stolen from my car, one of the few HDD machines that had mic and line-in for recording WAV and MP3, analogue and digital recording was a feature most MD devices had.

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4G in the UK? Why the smart money still says 'Meh'

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Re: Busting your data allowance in minutes

250 GB / month sounds much the same as my use... a few times a week I will use it to stream an hour long 25MB podcast, to keep me company as I walk to the pub or drive to the next city, plus a bit of browsing here and there, sometimes some maps... If I were more organised, I would download them via WiFi before leaving the house.

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Google takes Chromebook upmarket with touchy-feely Pixel

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Re: @SuccessCase

I tried an EEE PC with its stock Linux distro on it... it wasn't great.

Netbooks tended to be second machines, when the user's primary machine most likely ran Windows- so no matter how easy the Linux distros on them were to use, the user would be learning their way around a new-to-them OS (and associated applications) for a machine they only used occasionally. Average Joes found it easier if their netbook just behaved as a 'mini me' to their primary machine. Simple.

The Linux distro that came on EEE PCs seemed pretty limited and designed to point the novice user at a web browser. Many of the concepts required to use Linux (package managers, mounting disks, SUDO) are logical and make a lot of sense- but they still do require a few sessions to get used to if you are a newbie, as does knowing which GNU program is the equivalent of one you are used to using on Windows.

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Lack of storage...

There was a bloke that made a lot of money by playing piano at posh parties and corporate events... his 'unique selling point'? Any tune that a guest named, he could play. This ability allowed him to charge top rates for his services, even though most of the time he would only be asked to play one of a few dozen famous songs.

I'm beginning to have similar feelings bout the storage on my laptop, filled up with old projects, and films that I've already seen. The occasions that I'm away from a fast enough data connection are becoming shorter and less frequent. Time for a spring clean and tidy, methinks!

That's not to say that the Chromebook is for me... convenience isn't the only concern; being dependant upon being able to find a working data connection isn't a good idea, and there are security concerns too.... but then I have mates who are issued Linux laptops purely for remotely and securely logging into their companies' systems.

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Drone quadracopters throw and catch inverted pendulum

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Re: Where do I get one?

Try this, a review of a low-cost Quadropter (about $40 USD, available in the UK too), followed by a discussion thread. Its rivals are mentioned in the thread. It seems well suited for beginners.

Syma X1

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1797545

I have a conventional Syma helicopter, S105G (more stable than it is agile, so suitable for people learning in normal sized rooms), and I can't believe the number of times it has bounced of walls and ceilings with no real damage... since it was around £20 all-in, I was prepared to be generous. The battery has required soldering back onto the PCB- not hard- after my mate swatted it from the air cos we were buzzing him with it.

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Ubuntu Preview alpha arrives for fondleslabs and phones

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Does anyone know...

How tricky it would be for flavours of Linux (and ChromeOS, for that matter) to run Android apps?

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Boffins use DVD burner to scale graphene supercapacitors

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Re: Why a DVD?

CDs are about £0.10p each; I haven't seen coasters that cheap.

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John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net

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Re: It's the hydrogen bomb part

If you've already dropped your enemies in a volcano, why waste a nuclear bomb?

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Re: Sweeney

L Ron Hubbard: It say a lot about a man when he is criticised by both Aleister Crowley and Isaac Asimov.

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New blow for Microsoft Surface: Touch Chromebooks 'on sale in 2013'

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>No body wants to reach across a working keyboard and track pad like a Zombie to wipe mucky fingers on a screen. Ever!

I think the idea is that you write your novel on the machine when it looks like a laptop, then you proofread it (or catch up on your favourite TV show) sat on a comfy chair when it is in tablet mode.

Personally, I'm more connived by the idea of a laptop and tablet working together seamlessly, with the tablet acting as second display and input device.

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Re: New blow for Microsoft Surface?

>People think of Windows as something that ... ... runs boring spreadsheets (the work association).

And games. Games are boring, right? and Photoshop, video editing, CAD, music production... really boring software.

If all you do with a computer is to use a browser to post tedious comments on The Register, it doesn't matter a damn what OS you use.

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Re: Different kinds of products

If you just use Ninite to install the essentials on your new Win 7 machine (Codec packs, several browsers, Foxit reader, WMP Classic, whatever you poison is) you'll notice that Classic Startmenu is there- that's right: adding a start menu to Win 8 literally takes one extra tick-box.

Similarly, Win 8 can be made to skip the 'Metro' interface entirely. I imagine that most people here do some faffing around with an OS after installing it, so why all the fuss about a start menu?

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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Re: Social? .... Where's the SPLIT-SCREEN gameplay?!

The recurrence of '3' in your titles suggests that developer's were a bit slow in appreciating the demand for split-screen games.

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Re: Back on the treadmill again...

@Amorous Cowherder

There there, it's okay, I've recently found I suck at Playstation games these days too.

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Re: Obsolete tech

The games I enjoy the most are split screen, on a TV, sat on a sofa with mates... far more important to me than the better graphics on a PC. I'm not knocking PC gamers, but those who say 'my pc can do this...' are missing the point of what console gaming is about. Anyway, a PC gamer who is into WOW and uses fancy keyboard might be a different animal to the PC gamer who has a steering wheel, pedals and three monitors for a quick half-hour racing session.

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Re: And of course

Title exclusives on the PS3 seemed conspicuous by their absence. A few tempting games did emerge (WipEout HD, Flower, some of the stranger Japanese titles) but nothing major at launch. On the previous gen, we'd been used to the PlayStation getting first dibs at Grand Theft Auto, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.

When the PS3 came out, many people didn't yet have the HD TVs required to take advantage of BluRay, either.

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Re: AC. Sony and Valve should Merge?

If someone wanted the 'it just works out of the box' approach for games, they'd just get a console. Macs offered neither the constant upgrade path of PCs, nor the 'plug and play' big screen experience of consoles.

I do remember the Pippin, but then I remember the Phillips CDi, the 3DO and the Windows/Sega Terradrive.

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Re: Well hello there...

>Good luck with that. PC games such as the Civilization series would be a nightmare minus mouse and keyboard (shortcuts).

The PS4's Dualshock controller has a touchpad on it.

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Re: "So ready ..... to run PS4 VM on my laptop."

What currency are your figures in? It doesn't look like $(USD)

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Re: Proof of the pudding

>Do you work for Sony and you need to sell c*ap at any cost ?

Sod off Joerg.

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Re: It's such a shame it's x86

Well, the other partners in the Cell gave up on it a while back... better to appease developers, I guess.

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Re: Now...

'Destiny', though it won't be a PS4 exclusive. With the next gen consoles being built upon PC lines, I expect platform exclusives to be rarer- though if you have a fetish for Japanese titles then the PS4 will be the one to go for.

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Re: Pics of peripherals

Going by Sony's past PS design efforts, I'm not too worried that the PS4 will be a carbuncle in the living room.

Curiously, the original Playstation was in part a homage to Frog Design's work on the Apple Macintosh, according to the head of the Sony Design Centre. Other geeky design details included using a more lavender shade of beige, so that UV ageing wouldn't be too yellow, and using a more expensive three-part injection mould for the case, with its cooling vents.

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Proof of the pudding

There is zero need to try to extrapolate its performance from its specs if you can just watch a video of what it can output. The demonstrations looked very impressive.

Judge for yourself.

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Re: Well hello there...

That point was addressed directly in the presentation, a soundbite along the lines of: "designed by developers for developers"

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Re: Sony have dropped the ball

The last two generations of Playstation haven't been an embarrassment to the living room in terms of their looks, so I don't need to see a mock-up of the hardware to be reassured.

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The EyePad makes sense now

One bit of new during the announcement made sense of that Move-enabled tablet the Reg featured a few days back: 'Digital Clay'. During the PS4 presentation, the its 'Move' controller was used to 'sculpt' 3D models. Combined with Sony's 'EyePad' ( http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/19/sony_patents_eyepad/ ) there is the makings of a capable content creation system. The obvious applications are for creating levels and avatars, but there are applications beyond gaming. For certain scales of models (human-sized, creatures, vehicles), using a TV with a 3D cursor and tablet could be very usable indeed.

The general consensus about the PS4's graphical prowess is that the games almost look like films, except that characters still move like video games (an issue with the game engines used, I assume)... The rendering of human heads looks very impressive, as did a Havok physics scene with a million objects.

And it turns out that Bungie's next game, 'Destiny', is everything I hoped it would be - a blend of Elite, Halo, Planetside, Cowboy Bebop, Iain M. Banks, Borderlands and Star Wars Galaxies. Being produced for current and next gen consoles, with intention of a PC version.

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Oklahoma cops rake ashes of 'spontaneous combustion' victim

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Re: I thought this kind of thing had been explained as a 'wick effect'?

Yep, the 'inside out candle' theory. Different materials react differently to temperatures and time- in a crematorium, (high temperature, short duration) steel balls are used to crush the bones, whereas lower temperatures sustained for a longer period can reduce bones to ash.

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Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star

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Re: I know someone who's like that.

I spied that quadropter in Maplins yesterday, couldn't be arsed to look it up on my phone... I don't think they wanted as much £50 for it, though most of their stuff is overpriced. I'm still getting value out of a £20 Syma S105G helicopter. A fantastic toy, very stable and suitable for beginners, and I haven't managed to break it yet.

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Re: My Evaluation of J. White's Comments.

He's just putting out the same sentiments as Kurt Vonnegut Jr: "The meaning of life is to fart about, and don't let anyone tell you any different"

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Re: He's quite right

Cycling is the same- components wear out, and are cheaper online... but the bike shop will give you advice, lend you a tool, let you rummage through the bucket of old bits, meet other people, build you a wheel to spec... and the part is available that day. Well worth paying a few quid extra.

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I came away from both Maplins and PC World yesterday, convinced that they deserve to fail. Maplin only sell the Raspberry Pi as part of a £75 package (with mouse, keyboard, power supply, cables and SD card... hardly £50 worth)... without fail, everything in there is overpriced by about 100%. PC World have an entire aisle filled with mice, but half of them are damned near identical, the rest have a touch pad instead of a scroll wheel; and the only decent Logitech rodents (with extra buttons and 'hyperscrolling') were the expensive ones that work on glass- a feature I don't need. Sod 'em.

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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>They should use the Microwriter chorded keyboard.

This lad has already made a prototype chorded typing case for a mobile phone. Well done him!

http://srimech.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/chorded-keyboard-for-mobile-phones.html

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Chinese PLA soldiers 'mastermind cyber-espionage Cold War'

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Re: Computer insecurity ...

>If the US security services hadn't enthused the 'computer' makers to dilute security on the desktop, then you wouldn't be facing the current security debacle ...

When I as school in the nineties, we were shown videos about Phil Zimmerman and his PGP... all the arguments were in terms of private individuals and the US Government not liking encryption. I guess that at the time, far less data was kept online, the Cold War was over, music was good, and obviously nobody was worrying about the threat of foreign states stealing sensitive data.

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Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'

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Re: Gates has just OSBORNED the Win 8 phone

>The guy isn't fit to wipe the backside of the tens of thousands of engineers he has screwed over.

Weren't Nokia's assorted tribes of software engineers (Symbian and various Linux flavours) inside doing a fairly good job battling each other?

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Re: A great mind at work..... NOT!

>However, the Windows 7 strategy had the additional disadvantage that it's UI was rejected by the market in the first place.

Come again?

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Fall guy OS

That was my take on it. MS probably figured a good number of people and business have only settled into Windows 7 in the last couple of years, and so were never going to be in the market for windows 8. Therefore, they chose to be a little bit experimental, and then sell Windows 9 as "Hey, it's not Windows 8".

Most of the annoyances with Windows 8 are in the UI and are easily fixed with a bit of 3rd party software - one to skip past 'Metro' to the desktop, another to restore the start menu, plus some other details. Hardly a massive extra effort, given that most of us install software and tweak settings on a fresh Windows install anyway.

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Re: Gates quote - XBox is a success myth

>Xbox360 will never make a dime of profit for Microsoft. The development costs and warranty repair costs will always outweigh any profit from the hardware and game licensing.

You forgot Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. Don't know if it changes your assertion, because you didn't show your working,

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Coherent use of graphical user interface elements - fail

Eadon, please stop abusing the "May contain highly technical content requiring degree-level education or above" icon for posts. Your posts don't.

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AMD: Star Trek holodecks within reach

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Re: Holodecks aren't just about processing power

> Or make it possible for two people in the same room to travel at the same time to opposite parts of the world?

You just put each person in their own holodeck- each holodeck then presents a simulation of the other users to its own occupant. Easy.

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Review: The ultimate Chromebook challenge

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Re: Multiple accounts?

It would seem that you options are setting up a multiple user profiles (not great for working between accounts) or launching incognito windows to access the web services of your other accounts (no saving passwords or history).

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/chromebook-central/nhITKi0YI38

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