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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

Zolko

Re: Extra, Extra, The Daily Sermon from Rev Jasper is here

"if Steve (the devil incarnate) Jobs would like the offerings from Motorola"

the Moto 360 certainly. Actually, I thought that Apple would present a round and slim iWatch, and incarnate the next Swatch. THAT would have shaken the market, but a Casio clone from 20 years ago...

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

Zolko

Re: re: simply a ruse

- Symbian

- Meego

- WIndows Phone 7

- S40

- X

soooooo ... there are no more non-US smartphone OS-es out there, because M$ bought and killed the only and last non-US company able to do it on a large scale. Of course, any coincidence with the NSA spying on everybody is, well, coincidence. And Samsung getting sued over-and-over the other US company - and delaying Tizen - is also coincidence.

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Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

Zolko

Re: And yet . . .

"listening to Iron Maiden - it's a simple, if slightly guilty, pleasure"

why do you feel guilty listening to The Band ? Shouldn't you rather turn towards London and praise Lord that he has created them ? It's for comments like this, entirely expected in their unexpectedness, that I read articles and then comments about KK's arse.

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Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin

Zolko

Transformer

If you add a keyboard to an iPad, you get the best of both worlds. But of course, Asus has done that before, therefore Apple would be hard pressed to pretend to innovate.

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LulzSec turncoat Sabu avoids jail time thanks to co-operating with Feds

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! RobinHood

Isn't this Sabu the guy from LulzSec who used the credit cards that where stolen through raids - against politically motivated targets like Sony or others - to pay for his bills because he had no proper job, and that's how he got caught ? While the others didn't use those credit cards for any purpose other than to "punish" Sony (and for the Lulz of it) this Sabu guy actually stole the money of the people ? And now, he is free and his fellows are in jail !!!

In other times, he would be called a traitor.

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Apple tips Shiraz down all its techies' throats (that's the rumoured name for OS X 10.10)

Zolko

Re: Ugh...

For Linux, that's just a theme. For OSX, it's a revolution. You're new here, aren't you ?

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

Zolko

The time for Tizen has come, then.

Samsung has been preparing for that, as have Nokia (with the X series) and Amazon (for the Kindle). Come in Sailfish, Tizen, CyanogenMod, FirefoxOS, and fight. The premium over Google ? less spying.

Google has already lost, thanks to Snowden and NSA.

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Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

Zolko

Re: Helium is *very* hard to seal systems against

If you bond the hydrogen to carbon atoms, it's much easier to handle - and much denser too.

those are called hydro-carbons, like alcohol or .... petrol. Next time you'll invent cars with wheels ?

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

Zolko

Re: Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?

I were to move away from Kubuntu, it would probably be to Debian Testing.

Good choice. I'm running Debian stable with KDE from testing (4.11), because "stable" uses an old KMail, not the 4.8 branch which introduced some very interesting features.

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

Zolko

Re: Feedback

"unfiltered Bloomberg news feed - new headlines there appear so fast, the old ones are scrolled off the screen"

you should try to live a real life. You might be pleasantly surprised, it's actually fun. And nothing happens at the millisecond time-scale.

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Zolko

Re: Tobin Tax

in other words:

- can I, from at home, trade on the markets ? yes, but I need a financial intermediary who will execute my orders.

- can the intermediary trade on the markets ? yes, directly, at any speed, in my name or for his own profit.

- can I, from at home, do HFT ? no. because the delay between the time I place an order and said order is executed is several seconds/minutes. And during this time the intermediary knows what I'm going to sell/buy, and he can contra-buy/sell to outmanoeuvre me. If I make a smart move, he even can do it before me, even if I thought about it first.

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Zolko

Tobin Tax

HFT trading was already known by the very capitalist and free-market economist James Tobin, and he said that HFT trading actually screws real investors, by making profits on tiny margins in the noise of all the transactions. That's why he propose his famous Tobin Tax on all financial transactions, so only real investors make money and not the parasites doing HFT.

As for, technically, how HFT is bad: very simple ! Who can actually DO trading at the highest speed ? Those with direct access to the market's computers, in other words the financial intermediaries ... but if those intermediaries do also trading in their own name, they have an insider advantage by knowing in advance what their clients are trading and can front-run them by making decisions based on information they have only because they are the intermediaries.

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'iPhone 6' with '4.7-inch' display 'coming soon', but '5.5-incher' 'delayed'

Zolko

Re: for those of us of an age with changeing eyesight

It's not only the reading bit that's difficult on small screens, but also the typing part : it's soooooooo much easier to type on a 5 incher !!! I don't have the same finger-size as a lady or a kid, FFS.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

Zolko

Re: A few simple tests of usefulness

"Can it offset costs in other materials such as regular books?"

exactly my thought. I'd also add the weight to carry all those books, as seeing from my kids' backpacks: 5 kg could be replaced by a 300g tablet. Considering that this tablet could also do other stuff - like displaying animations - and whose content could be updated regularly - as opposed to every 5 years - it would actually be cheaper and better than all those schoolbooks. And save some trees.

Only make sure it doesn't use Android or iOS, or any other commercial OS. Some pure Debian probably the best.

But one thing not to replace: regular paper for writing.

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

Zolko

they copied my workstation

I wanted a Windows workstation for 3D CAD, but I wanted it silent. So I got a Silverstone Fortress FT03 housing, with passive PSU (actually, hybrid but the fan never switches on), and an AMD FirePro v5800 with passive heatsink, all of this cooled via a large vertical fan at the bottom that increases the convective vertical flux of the case. The mini-ATX motherboard is turned 90°, the PCI ports facing upwards.

It's so silent that I can hear the neons and the halogen lamps in my office.

OK, it's not as powerful as this MacPro, but Apple could have gone the same way and build a traditional case but turned vertically, allowing easy upgrading and commercial parts. A real Pro machine, not this toy that will go into history's trashcan like the Cube did.

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

Zolko

Re: A vote for the HP 15C

did you try the Android emulator of it on your phone ? With a 5'' screen, it's nearly the correct size.

Or the PC emulator for your desktop.

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Zolko

Re: My smartphone emulates my beloved HP41

I prefer the HP-15c, and it has it's Android andro11c emulator also (the HP-11C actually, but they're nearly identical)

Then there is also the HP-15C emulator for computers.

These have put my real HP-15C to rest, even though it still works perfectly (aaahh, those keys were a pleasure to type on)

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Carl Icahn broadcasts his $150bn Apple shakedown effort to world+dog

Zolko

Re: Using your cash to buy back your shares already sends a bad signal to the investors

Errr ... you do know that Apple has $145bn in cash in tax-heavens, don't you ? Therefore, taking a credit of $150bn to buy back it's own shares leaves Apple naked, without any disposable money anymore. There was an article here yesterday about what Apple should do for it's future, and some argued that there is nothing to worry for a company having $145bn in cash, but this is a sure way of blowing it all up at once, and leave absolutely nothing in return.

Apart for those "investors" who profited from the buyback.

That money in tax-heavens is not really available, if Apple now repatriated this money and paid taxes on it and paid dividend with part of the remaining, and invested the rest in new developments, that would be a bold move.

This iCahn looks to be for Apple what Elop was for Nokia.

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It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

Zolko

Re: Now @zolko

@AC: right, the sentence is bad english : Samsung makes the Galaxy Note with a pen, and because of the lawsuit where Apple accuses Samsung to only copy and not innovate, Apple can't now make an iNote with a pen because that would invalidate the Samsung-are-copying-us argument (imagine how silly they would look in the court). Even though Apple did the Newton 15 years ago, and even though many people would buy it.

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Zolko

Re: Now

"Develop a plethora of barely indistinguishable products? That didn't help them either."

it did with the iPod: from the Nano to the Shuffle, the Touch, the Classic ... why wouldn't that work for tablets ? Especially as a 5 inch iNote with a pen would be very popular with business-men, and would go pack to the original Newton. Except that Samsung did it first, and they couldn't paint themselves as "innovators" with that.

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Zolko

Re: @ Wibble - iPads are expensive? @Lusty

"if I am somewhere that doesn't have wireless coverage"

"But seriously, how often do you actually visit the 80s?

in my building, there is no WiFi because some people are concerned about the electromagnetic waves. Also, for security reasons, we're encouraged by the admins to use wired ethernet. Those people with MacBook Airs need the extra USB<=>ETH dongle, that they regularly forget.

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

Zolko

Re: Asymetric Speculation

"FTT assumes that *all* trading is speculative and therefore punishable."

no, quite the opposite: FTT says that long-term investments won't feel the pain of a 0.1% tax, as they are in the business for at least 10% or 20% return, but high-frequency short-term speculations which are in for every fraction of % will loose if their margin is less than that. An FTT wants to limit transactions with tiny margins, that's all.

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Zolko

Re: I have a related question

What are the costs and benefits of putting sand into the engine oil as a way of slowing a car down?

Actually, that's exactly the reason Mr Tobin has proposed this tax: to create friction, to slow down speculation, which has a tendency to overshoot in corrections (because of the sheep-like behaviour of speculators).

Such a tax has the same effect as oil in the dampers: to take away some energy from a system, to allow it to be closer to it's equilibrium at all times, instead of oscillating all the time : boom and bust.

So can you please answer now the following question: what are the cost and benefits of dampers in a car ?

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Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING

Zolko
Happy

Re: And so it begins

The Blerch: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running

that's bloody freakin genius, thank-you

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So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

Zolko

Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.

They *can't* put a back door in, because it would be quickly spotted by everyone who audits the kernel source

ah ... except for the binary drivers then, that run also in kernel space.

And who provide binary drivers ? Network card suppliers like Broadcom for example. Now, you have a system connected to a network, and the first-line device is a black box supplied by a company subjected to NSA authority !

Call me paranoid.

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Mastercard and Visa block payments to Swedish VPN firms

Zolko
Holmes

Re: Perspective, please

@ Kristian Walsh: "Tesco in that example would have every right to ask you to leave if you've been caught stealing from them on repeated occasions"

You confuse things: Pirate-Bay doesn't steal anything from Visa or MasterCard, they offer a service independent of them, but some people accuse PB's customers to use that service for stuff that is illegal in the US (but may-be legal in Sweden !). If anything, some of the customers steal from Hollywood, and some use it for perfectly reasonable and legal purposes.

In this Tesco example, it's as if Visa forbid payment to Tesco because they accused some of the customers to use some of the products purchased there for activities that they disapprove.

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Zolko
FAIL

Re: Perspective, please

if I go in the local TESCO, it's private property, private company they have every right to refuse to me service

no. you have obviously no clue. If Tesco refused to serve you because you're black arguing that they're privat and can choose their customers, would you understand your error ? Said otherwise, if a company advertises a product or service, and they do deliver that product or service to some customers, they can't refuse you that same service without judicial justification.

In Europe, that is. Visa and MasterCard ar US companies, where the rule of law doesn't apply, the one with the bigger purse writes the rules. BTW, is there a European credit card company ?

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Spam and the Byzantine Empire: How Bitcoin tech REALLY works

Zolko
Holmes

@ Mike Dimmick

"The fact is, fixed currency standards don't work; they cannot scale to the level of growth in the economy"

and what if the economy doesn't grow ?

"Banks create money when they create loans, and they now create the vast majority of money (...) Fiat currency allows the supply of money to approximately match the aggregate demand of the economy"

Correct, except that you are missing here the interests : when a bank creates money by making a loan, the amount of money created is equal to the amount of principal of said loan, but the amount of money corresponding to the interests is not created. So how are you supposed to pay something that hasn't been created ?

Duh !

Therefore, in such - our - monetary system, the amount of money must always grow, but when the economy cannot grow (because of the physical limits of resources for example), the system gets out of control. The interest should then become negative, but it cannot because then all investors take their money out of the banks and keep cash, and the fractional reserve banking collapses for lack of deposits.

This is the root of what we are witnessing today: a giant (150 years old !) Ponzi scheme unraveling.

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Who is the mystery sixth member of LulzSec?

Zolko
Devil

I am AVunit

there, said it, feels a lot better.

oops, did I forget to post as AC ?

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

Zolko
Pirate

I don't understand

What's the purpose of having 145 billion dollars if you can't use them ? What good is there having 145 billion ins a bank account if you have to borrow money whenever you need 17 billions ?

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Apple's next OS X said to be targeted at 'power users'

Zolko
Linux

Re: KDE 4

you think I can use Linux on a Mac and not know the difference between KDE and Linux ?

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Zolko
FAIL

KDE 4

"tabbed Finder windows"

"different working area, which Apple calls Spaces, or a full-screen app on a second display"

holy crap !!! my KDE 4.5 does this since 3 years ago. Admittedly, it runs on a MacBook Pro 13, but did they catch up with Linux only now ? What's next ?

- right-click to create a folder here ? (shit, no right click on iMouse)

- drag'n-drop asking if I want to move or copy or link ?

- clickable and editable file path ?

- a button for "open terminal here" in the finder ?

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Pirate Bay docks in Iceland

Zolko
Holmes

Re: Let's see how this plays out.

Iceland has also plenty of free and easy energy, and therefore plenty of industries necessitating tremendous amounts of energy, like turning alumina into aluminium. Or forgeries, and this sort of stuff.

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

Zolko
Holmes

Re: .so

@Steve Evans : "(FYI, Somalian pirates have a habit of throwing all the AK47s over the side and claiming to be fishermen when intercepted)"

funny how things go: what I've heard is that the Somali where fishermen, but since the BIG Chinese and Japanese and European fisherboat-factories are fishing in their waters, they don't get to eat, and use their waters to intercept some boats.

In other words, if you want to get rid of Somali pirates, clear their waters from GIANT fisherboat-factories.

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German boffins aim to burn natural gas - WITHOUT CO2 emissions

Zolko
Holmes

Re: Hmmm

probably negative yield. Like shale-gas, solar-cells, electric-cars, and many other newly invented energy "sources".

Invest in bicycles, that's the future.

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Zolko
Go

Re: Why not run the exhaust through a large greenhouse?

actually, that's what biomass is: make carbo-hydrates through photosynthesis by turning CO2 + H2O into O2 and CHx, and then burn that CHx with O2 into CO2 + H2O. It's a closed circle, no need to invent fancy words (although, admittedly, Flüssigmetallblasensäulenreaktor is pretty cool).

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The UK Energy Crisis in 3 simple awareness-raising pictures

Zolko
Flame

Re: Fortunately I live <2km away from a 100MW hydroelectric power plant

there might be more to Russian money than that: what if the Russian money in Cypruss was actually that of oligarch opposed to Putin ? In that case, the Eurozone is helping Putin (by getting rid of his opponents) and thus assuring the future gas supplies.

It wouldn't help "democracy" but since when does the EU care about such annoyances ?

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Holmes

Re: Not according to Beddington.

What I've read is that a global warming would cause the Gulf-stream to weaken, thus causing locally in Atlantic-Europe a cooling. Therefore, the cool winter in Europe is not at odds with global warming.

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LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

Zolko
Holmes

Draw program

actually, the Libre-Office Draw program is bay far far far away superior to anything M$-Office. It does actually basic 2D scale drawing, when the 3D CAD is too long to launch.

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

Zolko
Mushroom

Re: Eh?

@ The BigYin : "why wasn't the feckin' thing nuclear?"

yes, exactly my question. If it is acceptable to consider the French Rafale as an option (which is probably one of the best carrier-grade aircrafts flying today), why not consider the French nuclear drive of the Charles-de-Gaulle as an option, that would make long missions possible, and would also give steam catapults for free ?

I mean, Waterloo, Trafalgar and Austerlitz are forgiven today, aren't they ?

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Apple 'slashes iPhone 5 screen orders', tight-fisted fanbois blamed

Zolko
Go

UltraKeyboard

The best keyboard available on Android: has arrows, and good looking.

What, you don't have UltraKeyboard on iOS ? Tough !

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Anger grows over the death of Aaron Swartz

Zolko
Pint

Re: Comparing Turing to Swartz? Complete FAIL!

@ Naughtyhorse : "I got about 2 sentences in before looking at the by line ... Matt Bryant"

yup. Interesting how predictable some writers are. It's the same with Tim Worstal or Lewis Page articles (although Lewis Page's are at least funny)

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US gov blames Iran for cyberattacks on American banks

Zolko
Mushroom

Re: "itsoknoproblembro..."

not to mention "abeeback" and "astalavistababy"

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Zolko

Re: Harbinger of Doom

in 2014, the USA will be even more broke than today, and even less capable of launching an attack on Iran.

in 2014, the petro-dollar empire will be history, and Iran will sell all it's oil for gold, to Turkey, India and China.

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The best tablets for Christmas

Zolko
Thumb Up

Re: What about the no-names?

Onda V712, Ainol Novo 7 Fire, are Chinese-made (but so are all the others) 7'' with 1280x800 IPS screen, 1Gb RAM, dual-core A9, HDMI-out ... for 125€ ... asked for one for Xmas, wondering if Santa-Klaus will have it for me.

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Chinese student fails job interview because of iPhone

Zolko
Unhappy

depends

"Is it wrong to penalize a person for the phone he/she is carrying?"

well, that depends *how* they carry it: since the recruiter knew right from the beginning that the guy had an iPhone, the bloke probably put his phone very ostensibly (and proudly) on the table looking like : "ha, there, see how cool I am !" ... and that's probably the *real* reason - looking like a fanboï - rather than the phone itself. Had he done the same with an SIII, the sentence would have been the same.

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BOSS Bang boffins: DARK ENERGY spreading across the Universe

Zolko
Holmes

Lambda

"if our theory of the universe relies on 73% of the universe being something we cannot observe or understand"

actually, no: in order to explain our observations with the theories we have, we need to introduce an arbitrary number that has the same dimension as "mass" (as in energy = mass, E=mc2) and represents 73% of the known mass (dark+normal). There can be many explanations to that, "dark energy" being only one of them. This more-or-less translates into: "we bloody don't understand what's going on, let's call it dark energy, it sounds much more professional than to justify this by some giant goat."

Another explanation is that the universe wasn't created at t=0, but was created already aged and we try to explain something that never was (anyone having programmed the game of life knows what I mean)

Another explanation is that speed of light has changed during the times, therefore the expansion of the universe is not accelerating at all.

"it's perhaps not a very good theory"

well, it works pretty well close to us, it only fails when looking far away. May-be the theory is good, but our observations are poor.

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Japanese car nuts build racecars powered by shouting 'Brrrm! Brrrrrm!'

Zolko
Alert

unfair

This race is rigged: the guy in the inner track has an awful lot of advantage.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Android tablet review

Zolko
Thumb Up

Re: Or you could do what I did...

do you have a link, or a name of such a device ?

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Israeli cops penetrated by army of fake generals with trojans

Zolko
Holmes

Glass

stone house throw

Am I correct ?

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