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3GPP sets 2018 as freeze date for 5G air interfaces

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3GPP

I always thought 3GPP was the file extension of the crappy low res videos produced by my first Nokia with a camera.

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Undergrads build 12.6-TFLOPS cluster out of four nodes, 112 cores

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Mostly GPU

A naive look at the top two results suggests that most of the work was being done by the 8 K80 GPUs, and the extra 56 CPUs that the 1st place team used, didn't bring much to the party.

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25,000 malware-riddled CCTV cameras form network-crashing botnet

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Turn off UPnP

Most of these IP cameras are just plain nasty, even if you've got a reasonably secured router if UPnP is enabled, they will reconfigure the router to open up numerous ports to dodgy Chinese servers in order to allow equally dodgy smartphone apps to remote monitor the camera feed. Often there is absolutely no security, all that is needed is a simple and easily guessable serial number of the camera.

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Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

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He who controls the OS...

...controls the power usage.

Ask yourself how easy would it be to for Microsoft to tweak the OS so that certain programs have better or worse power consumption?

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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Gloucester to Bankok...

Well not in the same flight. During my PPL training on a humid summers day I felt quite a bump, and my instructor told me to look at the altimeter - it had just dropped 500ft! A few months later my friends and I were flying back from Australia and the plane was attempting to land at Bankok during a thunderstorm. After holding for 20 minutes, they decided to give it a go. During the decent there were several big bumps like the one I experienced. I reassured my fiends everything was OK, but I was wondering how many 500fts we could have left.

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Will you get reimbursed if you're a bank fraud victim? Brits think not

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Re-imbursement yo-yo

I've suffered two incidents of fraud, in each case I was initially re-reimbursed, then the bank decided to take the money back again. A strongly worded complaint to my branch manager reversed that decision in each case.

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Republicans threaten to derail internet transition

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ICAN == FIFA

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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Re: A long time ago ...

It's far more likely that while Please ensure the child element is linked to it’s parent. was corrected in the language file, the actual text displayed was hard coded in the application, and never changed. They should have tried switching language and seeing if that pop-up was still in English.

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Re: Wow!

Avoiding any firm with the word Monster in them, would be a good idea. Take Monster Cables for instance, £99 for a 4 gang extension lead or £250 for a HDMI lead - and that was years ago when I was last foolish enough to enter a branch of Dixons/Currys/PC World.

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IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

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Re: Sorry but...

"work with the individual quantum bits (qubits), and explore tutorials and simulations around what might be possible with quantum computing,"

Might be possible if it wasn't all bollocks.

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NIST readies 'post-quantum' crypto competition

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Re: The Hype surrounding Quantum Computing reminds one of this:

I can't wait for my own quantum code cracker, powered by cold fusion of course.

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AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan

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Re: Interesting that...

It smells like a publicity stunt all along to me.

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Storage-class memory just got big – 256Mbit big, at least

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Re: Hybrid drive?

Lets wait until we actually see it shipping.

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iOS 'date bug' can be exploited over Wi-Fi using NTP

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bazza wrote:

If nothing else an NTP client should never accept a time that's wildly different from what the client' own RTC is saying.

So if your RTC or it's battery has failed, that's your device screwed?

Likely as not if the RTC isn't working, it will give a default date way in the past, and the NTP client should bring it back to the present once the network is up.

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'Fart detector' wins Chinese Physics prize

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Blaming the dog...

An alternative to the dog is blaming your children, well maybe just the 6 month old now, as the 2½ year old will happily betray you, laughing hysterically "but that was you daddy". If you are without your own children, you can try someone else's; "aww, has he/she got a poorly tummy".

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Trump carded again: Hotel security aced

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Curry not Gates

The Trump would be better off asking Acorn's Chris Curry, as he had to explain Bill Gates how networking worked.

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Hi! Up here! I'm your Amazon drone. Do you mind if I land now?

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Re: Propellors.

Anyone who has ever been within half a mile of the Kamov Ka-50 helicoptor knows that contra rotating blades, don't cancel noise, they multiply it!

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming this summer

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Cognitive Failure

Unfortunately for sight impaired users each version of Windows gets less friendly to assistive software. Back on NT/Win2K/XP screen readers could hook in to every application at a low level, and find out what it was writing to the screen, allowing a full picture of text and graphics to be built up, and to improve navigation for keyboard only users. Unfortunately each step in improving security in the later OS's, has had the effective of preventing the screen reader gathering the information, and aiding in navigation. There are assitive APIs in the OS, but they fall far short of what is required to give the best experience.

With a good screen reader an experienced user can drive applications as complex as Office and Visual Studio with no difficulties - with the monitor switched off! If it wasn't for the clicking of the braille display and slight sound from the speech synthsiser through the headphones, you wouldn't know the person on the other side of the partition was visually impaired.

Actually you would, from the sheer speed which they can pull up information, being unhindered by the visual ambiguity of most applications, particular the new flat colourless Windows 10 apps, and employing far better honed memory skills to be able to go straight to the right place without having to look for it!

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Amazon to bad cable slingers: USB-C yourself out

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Re: And in the UK?

An when a trader is found to be selling a dodgy cable what are Amazon going to do? The same as when I pulled them up for selling equipment with potentially lethal poor quality fuseless UK style plugs - FUCK ALL.

They tried to totally avoid responsibility by saying they are just a market place - wrong - it is Amazon who take my money and the product comes from their warehouse, that makes them the seller, and the other company their supplier.

They said they would stop selling the item, but I checked and they had not, the pictures of all the fake plugs were just changed to real ones. They admitted to me that the were still selling existing stock, despite being notified how dangerous they were, after that they stopped replying to me.

I then passed it on to Trading Standards, who were not interested whatsoever. So much for consumer safety.

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Pothole campaigner sprays Surrey street with phallic paintings

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Re: Councils

JC_ wrote:

You may feel that cyclists are holding you up, but they aren't, other drivers going nowhere fast in their cars are.

No, somewhere ahead of that queue of cars will be a bus or a lorry doing under 10mph because they can't overtake a cyclist on a narrow road.

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Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ

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Re: Embrace the change!

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Leaving your devices plugged in ALL night is really bad for the, so maybe if you looked after the battery a bit better, you wouldn't have such a strict view requiring a replaceable battery.

Remind me to set an alarm at 3 fucking am just to unplug the phone.

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Google tries to run from flailing robotics arm

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Re: What an amazing, almost spooky video..

Re: Aqua Marina - Are you sure? All of those robots were in space, back in the 1970s we'd just landed on the moon, we had supersonic passenger aircraft, and were developing space planes, we could believe in the future of both space travel and robots. Now in the 2010s we are pretty much resigned wobbly earth based robots.

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Woz: World-changers to Apple Watches, why pay for an overpriced band?

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Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore, and why?

My wife has just bough me a smart watch - a no name Chinese one with colour touch screen for £9. The built in apps are pretty useless, and most of the notifications are annoying, but ironically it is good as just a watch, as it has a large bright display which means I can tell the time without glasses.

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Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

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Commentary

Anyone able to hear the commentary on the video, over the music?

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Woz waxwork weady to woll

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Re: All hail The Mighty Woz!

Hopefully the exhibit will be clearly labelled; the guy who created first Apple computers, the guy who sued other people for using rounded corners, and the guy behind the biggest waste humankind's time,.

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FBI says NY judge went too far in ruling the FBI went too far in forcing Apple to unlock iPhone

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The problem is it probably requires Apple to abuse their signing keys

Well if Apple doesn't want to abuse them, the FBI can always seize them, and do the abuse itself.

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Raspberry Pi 3: Four days old and already flying

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Re: "We make these Pis"

I told my wife about it on Monday, one turned up on the doorstep on Wednesday!

She's bought me one of each variant of model B so far. The Pi3 is going to replace the Pi2 as my ssh gateway machine, and the others are going to shuffle down the chain of media players connected to TVs, leaving my original 256MB B available for electronic projects as it was originally intended - if I ever get the chance!

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Computers abort SpaceX Falcon 9 launch

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Re: *Doesn't apply to fireworks

But on rockets with mixture of liquid fuelled engines and solid boosters, they start the liquid fuelled engines first, and make sure they are working, before lighting the unstoppable solids. So the Shuttle, or anything else with solid boosters, can abort in exactly the same way as this did.

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Reinvented ransomware shifts from pwning PC to wrecking websites

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Re: "Victims...

Just make sure that one of the two free files is a tarball backup of the entire site.

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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Re: As for the RAZR..

My first ever phone was a Motorola, and it was the last ever Motorola too, due to the abysmal UI.

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Gosh, what a huge shock. Ofcom shies away from BT Openreach split, calls for reform

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Opportunity Missed

This would have been the ideal opportunity on bringing BT to book over their broken promises to run Openreach as an arms length organisation and finally spin it off as a truly separate business. Instead they've been given the green light to carry on the same as usual.

Particularly galling is not a thing was said about BT forcing everyone to fund their acquisition of EE via the hikes in the wholesale broadband prices (The Reg), regardless of who your ISP is (except for a tiny few that don't use the last mile).

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Microsoft acquires Xamarin: An obvious move not without risks

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@ HmmmYes

Despite all my pre-conceptions I too ended up liking C# when I started using it. It's saving grace was that there was a commercial company supporting it on non Microsoft platforms, but not that's gone now. We can look forward to a $400m to $500m write down in a years time, mono rotting, and Core.NET changing in incompatible ways on every second day of the week.

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Can Qualcomm broker a peace deal between LTE and Wi-Fi in unlicensed spectrum?

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Ofcom

Lets get in early and start lobbying Ofcom to prevent this happening in the UK.

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

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Is there anyone on board that can fly a plane?

Just once, please, just once!

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Ukraine has a Eurovision pop at Russia

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Terry's gone now...

...just let it die with him.

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Eurovision Song Contest uncorks 1975 vote shocker: No 'Nul point'!

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It's dead, it's an ex-contest

Look dear old Wogan has popped his clogs, just let Eurovision die with him, as even he got fed up with it in the end.

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PC sales aren't doing so great – but good God, you're buying mountains of Nvidia graphics cards

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Your no-faster but cooler CPU, does give you the opportunity to fit an even hotter running GPU in the case.

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Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

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Yes I can fly a plane

I think anyone with a PPL and a bit of help from ATC could bring a modern passenger jet down safely.

Where as a non flyer would be overcome by the complexity of the cockpit, and frightened of crashing when taking the control manually, a pilot can find the few key controls that count, and know the fundamental rules of flight aren't any different. What you do have to take in to account is the slower reaction of a larger aircraft, and the higher landing speeds involved.

Trouble is every time I board every commercial plane now, I'm hoping that they'll make request for anyone who can fly a plane, and I can say yes.

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FBI iPhone unlock order reaction: Trump, Rubio say no to Apple. EFF and Twitter say yes

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@circuitguy

What have we said before about arranging words in an order that makes sense?

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If Apple can only be compelled to hand something over, then the court could ask for the private key used to sign the firmware (or the hardware containing it which performs the service).

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Toshiba rolls out PC-busting monster: 1 terabyte TLC flash SSD

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Re: DVD still outsells Blu-Ray

The remake of Robocop is on UK TV at the weekend, I might watch it, but I really wanted to see the original again first. Went to Amazon, it's not on prime so would have to pay £7.99 to stream it, but they sell the DVD for £3.49. Ordered 10pm last night, here 8am this morning - chalk a win up to DVDs there!

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All-American Apple challenges US gov call for iOS 'backdoor'

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Re: AC There is a secondary problem here..

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However, the mechanism proposed involves creating *signed* firmware which is signed using the *private key* which is held in Cupertino.

So the Chinese won't be able to exploit this mechanism unless they can steal the key - which is likely to be very, very, very well guarded indeed.

Let's give Apple the choice of producing a one of piece of custom firmware with a couple of if statements comment out, which they can use and destroy afterwards, or the court can subpoena the privite code signing key.

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

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Re: #define spel spell

Quite often this is down to a foreigner thinking they know English better than you do - and I'll be first to admit that English taught to foreign students is vastly better than what us natives had in 1970s schools, but in case this it wasn't.

We were porting Swiss Interbank Gateways code from one platform to another, the coding rules at their end specified English for all comments (understandable given the mix of German, French and Italian speakers in Switzerland), but I kept getting annoyed by a comment repeated thousands of times at every error handler

// DESASTER
I changed all occurrences to DISASTER and even put in the change control logs that this was the correct English spelling, but blow me if they didn't change it all straight back again.

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Re: Let me guess, that last one was an academic?

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I often re-wrote the helper classes & methods we were given to use, purely because they were so badly written it frustrated me to even try and use them....

I would tell the lectureres I re-wrote them, why I did it and then ensure they had my updated code for future years...

I can imagine how well the egotistical bastards took that - did you managed to graduate?

I was lucky enough to get one one of the first Computer Science courses in the country using C++. The language was only a couple of years old, and the only compiler was CFront. There was no teaching books on it at the time, so the lecturer writing one based on the course. At the end of the year he gave us the draft printout of the book, and promised a pint for each mistake anyone spotted. I had a list of 10 by the next day, did I get as much as a single pint? The hell I did, and strangely enough things started getting a lot more difficult after that.

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Stray electronic-magnetic leaks used to harvest PC crypto keys

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Re: White noise jamming

The most effective jamming is by having a multi-core CPU and to make sure the other cores are all active doing something else while the decryption is taking place.

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

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There was also RISC OS 2.0 in 1989 which never mind Win3.11, it beat Windows 95 in to a cocked hat.

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Intel's Wind River preps server to deliver VMs into home routers

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ARMed

No need for an Intel space heater in a modem/router, an ARM based SOC with a decent GPU can take care of all those tasks, and run as cool as a cucumber.

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NASA charges up 18-prop electric X-plane

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Re: That reminds me of something

It reminds me of the old pilot joke about how many engines a plane should have. The captain says well if there is an engine failure, I want the co-pilot to tell me that it was engine number 9, and then I'll ask is it number 9 on the left or right wing?

Still not keen on flying anything batter powered though.

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Health Secretary promises NHS £4.2bn to go 'digital'

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Re: NHS money wasted on wifi for customers

It's certainly not wasted providing WiFi. My wife and son spent have spent several weeks seriously ill in hospital in the last year, I was able to be there for them throughout visiting hours everyday thanks to free fast WiFi, which allowed me to WFH(ospital), and thus paying the taxes which keeps the NHS going.

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T-Mobile US's BingeOn does break net neutrality, says law prof

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@leexgx

Only two things missing from your post; capital letters, and arranging words in an order that makes sense.

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