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Intel sees 'signs of improvement in the PC business' but earnings remain 'Meh...'

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Unhappy

How come...

..you didn't manage to get the word 'Apple' in the header Rik? Won't the Ed be displeased?

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Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?

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Meh

'Everyone' get one?

I usually enjoy Trevor's article's, but this is a little too blue-sky for me.

Only the very rich will be able to afford a 'butler' that represents what we understand as a servant. In any case, who will look after the Butler, plug it in, make sure it gets its 1000-shirt service? Can it trim a hedge AND iron a pleated silk skirt AND change the oil in the car AND make Lasagne AND darn socks, or will we need separate devices and where will we put them?

As someone who can't spell ketchup pointed out above, the AI of a 'Butler' is going to have to be much, much higher than currently available if the little intricacies of life that a Butler needs to react to are to be handed over to it.

Machines to do things we find tedious or difficult? We have those already in washing machines, dishwashers, car-washes, patio cleaners, cars, trains, planes, coffee-makers etc.

Nah, give me micro-surgery robots that can repair things a human can't see, wearable health checks (nearly there) and collision-avoiding cars (nearly there). I don't think many people will find a 'Butler' helpful in the near future due to the limitations of the technology available, but what they will find useful is something that reassures them that they are well, being looked after 24/7 and safe.

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WD 'restoring connections' after WEEK of MyCloud outages

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WD software is shit!

Talk to all the Mac owners who upgraded to Mavericks after having made the mistake of installing the WD drive software, and then proceeded to lose everything on their external drives.

WD knew about the problem with their poorly written software months before, but did sweet FA about it.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

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Best option

Read this http://tinyurl.com/pp49tc, then buy a Mac and say goodbye to all this shit!

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We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

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NFG?

I wonder how many people here bothered to click on the 'Show More' under the into, to discover the category is Comedy!

Should have waited a few days for April 1st, some of you might have twigged!

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

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Re: How about ....

'Humanity'! These are Policemen!

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Microsoft slaps LTE mobe broadband into Surface 2 slabs (Yeah, take that, iPad)

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Re: Begs the question....

A 'faster horse' then............

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: The mistake Microsoft made was...

Love the 'even Apple' bit!

Apple have carefully kept separate the Mac OS and iOS since, oh, the time the iPhone was introduced (January 2007). About the time you left kindergarten then.

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Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

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Re: Doesn't fix inheritence

Yunno, I smell a shaved rat with that story. The family has said there is nothing on the iPad that they want and that 'Apple have not allowed them to use it'.

Beats me why they don't simply do what anybody selling an iPad does and just wipe the bugger!

But it wouldn't be an anti-Apple story then, would it?

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Comprehensive security in the home

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Mental exercise

It's probably good for staving of Alzheimer's, but that's a LOT of effort just to stand still.

Couldn't you just get Macs and spend more time with friends, family and loved ones?

Sort of 'Get A Life'!

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: £1040 for an extra 52gb of ram???

You didn't even Google it?

Before putting your name on a clumsy attempt at using slang like IIRC!

You are probably a civil servant.

4-slots numb-nuts, otherwise Apple have just invented 32Gb RAM chips.

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Microsoft took away $4m of our profits, laments mighty reseller

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Re: unfair to MS

Yup, Tech Data (TIFKACOMPUTER2000) is too expensive compared to ebuyer and even Amazon at times. I can buy an HP printer cheaper inc VAT than TD sell it ex VAT, and get it delivered free or for less than £10 next day, rather than TD's standard £15 + VAT.

I thought the idea of being a distributor was to buy at significantly lower prices than 'trade price' and then sell to retail/suppliers at 'trade price', who in turn added their own margin so that everyone made money. Perhaps that idea has become old-fashioned?

And perhaps they ought to re-educate the person responsible for keeping stock replenished. Most of what they have in their on-line catalogue is listed as zero stock with no guaranteed delivery date.

Call it tail-spin or circling the plug-hole, they need to straighten themselves out or we will start getting 'TD is doomed' and 'Beleaguered TD' headlines.

Oh wait, we are!

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Elitist approach still paying off for Apple in mobile market

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Re: Trends

"Seems to me that Android is hovering dangerously close to "monopoly" territory now, and its rivals should be supported just to maintain a semblence of competition.

That'd be easier if iOS7 wasn't such a disaster, of course. But I hear good things about Windows Phone 8. Maybe 2014 will be the year of Nokia's comeback.

Oh, and Linux on the desktop, obviously."

You nearly had me goin' there!!!!

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FBI offers $10,000 bounty for arrest of laser-wielding idiots

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Shurely....

This is actually attempted murder, and should be treated as such!

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Re: ...they can be persuaded to switch to a Mac

Er....you do know that Excel is available on the Mac, don't you? Or are you a Windows user who thinks nothing works outside the whole Win/PC environment?

I have met so many SysAdmins with that level of intelligence.

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Mass domain hijack leaves Reg reader angry with 123-Reg

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Um....

I think you might find that 123reg ARE Fasthosts! At least they were until recently.

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Ancient video of Steve Jobs launching the first Apple Mac found

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Re: Link to the interesting bit of the video/128k RAM

Didn't I read somewhere that the Mac(s) used for the launchings had additional RAM, possibly 256k?

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US Navy trials GIANT ROBOTIC SPYBIRD for coastal patrols

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Re: @Ledswinger The UK should sign up now

I saw what you did there!

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BEAM ME UP... twice: No local storage on Transporter Sync

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Re: So what is this thing?

"It sounds like a fileserver."

It sounds like a dead duck!

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Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'

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Megaphone

Re: We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET

"I've always had the unique, valuable perspective of being on the front line selling, working with our partners," he said, "because in some senses your ability to understand how to make money is heavily shaped by what you think people will pay for, in addition to what it costs to get things done."

Microsoft's 'understanding' amounted to screwing as much money out of as many people as it possibly could for as long as it could. And it wasn't selling, it was a 'take it or leave it' extortion.

Their third-rate, shitty products that demanded that companies of ten users needed their own IT person are an example to everyone of why competition is a good thing. Unfortunately Microsoft were allowed to get away with their restrictive, and in many cases, illegal devastation of any competitive products.

Due to their incompetence the security industry is worth billions.

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Hello! Still here! Surface 2! Way better than iPad! says slightly desperate Microsoft

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Re: What iSheep fail to realize...

"This spells doom for iPads in the work place. It's just a matter of time."

Holy shit! How many times have I heard variations of that opinion!

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What are you, APPLE? Storage upstart patents filesystem wrapper tech

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FAIL

Obligitory?

I sense the headline writers at El Reg have had a diktat from on high that they must have three verifiable and preferably sane excuses for not putting 'Apple' in.

Seems to be working as a lot of articles have Apple in the title and, actually, bugger all to do with Apple in the article.

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OCZ goes titsup, flogs own corpse to Toshiba

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Ohhhh

Chair (tick)

Popcorn (tick)

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Revealed: How Microsoft DNS went titsup globally on Xbox One launch day

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Re: Translation from MS BOFH speak to English...

Call me old-fashioned, but isn't that..........

Switching it off and switching it back on again?

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No more Service Packs for Microsoft Office? HA! Think again, Ballmer!

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Re: No new service packs??

"They could have three tiers of release speed -- Azure where things change every day, Consumer Windows which is more app driven, and Business Windows which focuses on stability and predictable release schedules."

I've got a good idea, they could call them 'Homer', 'Home' and 'Pro', just so no-one can get confused.

Oh, and give more upsell opportunities.

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Citizen Kano pitches easy-build Raspberry Pi for code-hungry kids

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Happy

Re: Lovely.

Get him one of these, then he'll have a career in IT rather than a few memories of building something that has a vulture on its shoulder.

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Ballmer: Microsoft stronger without Bing and Xbox tinkering

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WTF?

Wow!

Is 70's cheap plastic Hong-Kong styling back in then?

Seriously, how ugly is that?

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Samsung v Apple: Titans await jury verdict on damages of MILLIONS

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Re: I know this'll bring on a world of hurt but ..

"Plus you don't have to stand in line like you're in some former communist country waiting for bread or toilet paper."

Like socialist/communist Venezuela?

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Re: I'm shocked, shocked to find that ...

Do your research properly, Apple PAID for that look at the Xerox GUI ideas and it's only lazy idiots like you who keep the myth going!

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'PATHETIC' Galaxy Gear sales skewer smartwatch HYPE-O-GASM bubble

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You forgot..

Walled Garden, shiny, overpriced and "it'll get viruses soon, just you wait".

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iSpy with my little eye: Apple wants to track your every move

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Re: I'd have expected the author of this article to provide the details...

I'm beginning to expect that virtually every Reg headline will have the word 'Apple' in it as clickbait so that the poor (and getting poorer rapidly) writing quality is ignored.

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Western Digital 'fesses up to Mavericks data loss mess

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Re: Treat third party drivers with caution

@Dan 55

You didn't read the article, did you?

There are problems losing data when the WD software is installed, not with Mavericks itself. WD has known of this problem for a long time as it was reported on their own client forum when Mavericks GM came out over six weeks ago.

A LOT of people have lost a LOT of data due to this. And don't say 'backups' as they could have used a WD drive for that as well.

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iPAD AIR WORLD DEBUT: Our Australian team gets an early fondle

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FAIL

Not that old humbug again?

Are you still pushing the old, old story of market share being the main deciding factor?

If tablets running Android range from £50 kids stuff to highly capable items like the Samsung Note 10.1 and above, then it's only common sense that 'Android' will sell more tablets.

Point is, will these companies make money and still be around or making tablets in a couple of years time? You can bet your nads that Apple will.

To pull up an old, old comparison myself that others will recognise, do BMW or Mercedes lie awake at night worrying about how many cars Ford sell?

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WD slips bullet between teeth, gets ready to hand $706 MEELLION to Seagate

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WD in the doghouse

Looks like it's not WD's year (or decade).

Anybody upgrading to Mac OS x 10.9 Mavericks with WD's software installed stands a good chance of losing the data on WD external drives and any external drives that have WD Green mechanisms. WD have known about this for weeks, well before the Mavericks launch, so I've got the popcorn in........

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Microsoft: You've got it all WRONG. It's Apple's iPad playing catch-up with our Surface

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Re: Includes Office 2013 - yeah....

"Maybe Frank Shaw could explain why the 'free' version of Office on the Surface tablets is not licensed for commercial use. To be licence compliant any business buying Surface tablets has to buy another Office licence, which makes a Surface very expensive."

You don't think that could be the reason business users aren't buying do you?

The busiest department in Microsoft must be the unit creating feet with back-lit targets on them. The overtime lately should have been great.

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

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Of course....

One of his books gave the Bush administration the idea for 9-11.

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F-16 fighter converted to drone

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Re: By the time kids today are old enough to be pilots

I think you mean Heinz Guderian, not Erich von Manstein....

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LinkedIn lowers age of consent to 13

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Unhappy

Re: OMG!!! LinkedIn FTW!!!One11!!

Actually, that's not too dissimilar to the boxing glove attitude to using a keyboard that most arrogant pricks in middle management are adopting nowadays!

How will we tell?

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MoD signs Microsoft mega licensing deal for 180,000 PCs

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Re: One Hundred and Eighty ?

Having worked in the MOD I can tell you those drones don't think two or three REMF civil servants per front-line soldier is out of order at all.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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Holmes

Re: Search as primary means of navigation?

You can put it in your sidebar and even (shudder) put an alias on your desktop!

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Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for 'tricking' artists with petition

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Re: Music was the Greatest Bubble ever...

Venice? Buried in a canal!

Methinks you have erred and meant Vienna.

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It's a fiddle! Funnyman's Irish tax flashmob floods Apple flagship store

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Re: Well-intentioned but ...

Cos Apple sell to fanbois at such a low price compared to the wholesale price it's charging the various reseller companies, it would be foolish of any reseller to go lower. It's not a conspiracy, it's a commercial necessity!

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London Olympics site to become digital mega-hub

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Re: Look on the bright side.

Who?

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Fasthosts CEO Burton hits alt-F4 for last time at web biz

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FAIL

non-joined-up-thinking

I remember when I wanted to sell some domain names along with a company I wanted rid of, they held everything up because they had 'no mechanism' to move one name from one internal system to another. The technical staff just didn't want to know.

In the end I had to relinquish the name, buy it back so it was on the 'new' system, then sell it to my buyers.

Tossers!

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Google to Glass devs: 'Duh! Go ahead, hack your headset'

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Re: Brilliant initiative from Google's end

Am I the only one worried about the invasion of the privacy of the people being recorded?

Looking at the specs (sorry) and the quality of the result it looks like a perverts wet dream come true.

Given that the next models won't be so obvious or will be built into the frames of real spectacles, how long before we start seeing an explosion of upskirt shots taken on the tube or bus? Take that one stage further and people being financially coerced or blackmailed into taking video's from that kindergarten they work in, or the ladies changing room at the gym.

I'm really not looking forward to being videoed and recorded everywhere I go, by lots of individuals I don't know and who don't know me. I realize that we have a huge number of static CCTV cameras around but at least they ARE static and reasonably obvious.

How long before a salesman in a shop you've never been in before knows your sales history and credit rating before even speaking to you? Google sell the info and the facial recognition data, heaven forfend!

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Spectre of Steve Jobs in one last outing at WWDC

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Joke

Re: *yawn*

Er.........

You do know they did, don't you?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_III

Or were you tempting us.................

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Microsoft: Brits, grab our Surface Pro ten-incher for satisfaction in May

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Re: Usual Microsoft spin.

@Frank 14

Is 14 your physical or mental age?

It's one thing to argue a point, another to start labeling everyone you disagree with as a derogatory name.

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Office for Mac 2008 support umbilical chopped off

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History son, history!

Word and Excel actually started on the Mac, not Windows.

Bloated pile of shit now though, and not cheap.

MS really need to sort out the backup problems with Outlook for Mac (effectively, you can't) , although we know they won't, don't we!

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Samsung didn't break quarterly profit record, consoles itself with $7.7bn

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According to......

The Wall Street Guys© their shares should go down in price, and everyone will say they lack innovation etc.

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BlackBerry results not as bad as they possibly could have been

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Re: not as bad as they could have been

Point is, Blackberries are simply unfashionable at the moment. The pace of change in fashion wif da yoof can change on a tuppence or celebs seen holding them, so don't write Blackberry off. They were just a 'little' slow in reacting to the iOS and Android revolutions. The Z10 looks like a damn good phone and promises well for the future.

OTH I think that Microsoft has a hill to climb (which is getting much, much steeper), dead weights holding them back (their reputation and Ballmer) and the fact that they've obviously completely missed the tipping point for Windows Phone success. As far as I can see the phones are reasonable attempts, but with a current coolness factor of a cardigan.

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