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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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According to most of the broadsheets, if there is a Conservative government after the next General Election, the European Court of Human Rights will no longer be able to overrule British courts.

For that to happen, the UK would need to leave the EU? Recent opinion polls would suggest that, in terms of EU membership, UK voters know what side their bread is buttered on.

I don't think you can tell the ECtHR to go and "do one" just because you don't like their thinking on human rights issues. They have the final say, and I don't think they'd play by the proposed rules...

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Netflix bullish after six-country European INVASION

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Re: signed-up for free trial in France - still feel it is bad value for money

" it seems all I am paying for is access to a library (incomplete) of loads of old movies and TV series. Where is the new content? What's worse too is that House of Cards, a show they produce themselves I believe, is not even available as the rights were sold to another French provider!"

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"Never having tried Netflix, I always imagined that the latest shows were available, however it seems that it is not the case, you just pay of a load of old TV."

There's always one person who doesn't get it, isn't there? You thought you were getting the same amount of content as a £60-70 per month Sky package?

Netflix costs €7 per month. How's that bad value for money? You could go to Paris and pay more than that for a coffee...

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Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts

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Holmes

"Sea-Me-We"... seriously?

South

East

Asia

Middle

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Western

Europe

What would you call it?

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Dyslexic, dyspraxic? No probs, says GCHQ

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Re: That's the most ridiculous thing I've heard this month. Well done.

it's pretty much empirically measured fact,

What's empirically measured fact?

That "most people will be at the centre of the curve" as James 51 says?

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Re: Duh

Yea but most people will be at the centre of the curve, neuro diverse are probably more towards the edges.

That's the most ridiculous thing I've heard this month. Well done.

Of all the things you do every day, there are thing you are excellent at doing, things you are ok at doing, things you are shockingly bad at doing... You get the idea? You can't say most people will be at the "centre of the curve" with any certainty.

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Duh

"What people don't realise is that people with neuro diversity usually have a 'spikyskills' profile, which means that certain skill areas will be below par and others may be well above," he told The Sunday Times.

What a load of shit.

Everybody on the planet has a 'spikyskills' profile - things they're good at *and* things they're bad at - not just the "neuro diverse".

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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Re: Will the German government be sensible?

My understanding is, if Microsoft lose and Microsoft US has to hand over the data...then the executives in Ireland will be liable to prosecution under EU data protection laws.

Your understanding is wrong. Data is shared and moved across borders all the time.

What EU data protection laws do you think they could be prosecuted under?

Anybody using a Microsoft cloud offering should look at the terms of service:

"Microsoft will not transfer Customer Data outside the major geographic region you specify (for example, from the United States to Asia or from Europe to the United States) except:

where you configure the account to enable this, including through use of features that may not enable regional selection or may use multiple regions, as specified in the Microsoft Azure Trust Center (which Microsoft may update from time to time but Microsoft will not add exceptions for existing features in general release); or

where necessary to provide customer support, to troubleshoot the service or to comply with legal requirements."

If you're a user of the service, that's what you agreed to.

Tough titty if you didn't read the small print.

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Typewriters?

There is an alternative: the Russian and German governments have recently invested in typewriters following the Snowden revelations, but I’m not sure if that's really going to catch on.

The only thing I'd say to using typewriters is "good luck with that"....

Project GUNMAN - the Russians were bugging typewriters in the 70s and 80s, so they are more than likely aware of the disadvantages of going old-school.

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Germany strikes again over Amazon warehouse pay

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...the union supporting staff have a good case

A good case for what?

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Re: retail or Logistics?

I have never heard of Amazon being called a logistics company before

Perhaps you should buy a dictionary and look up the word 'logistics'.

Also, I've never heard of people picking orders in a warehouse being called retail staff.

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

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Meh

Australia...

Tough on crime, and tough on the the causes of crime, since 1788.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: Geneva Convention

It's in Irish but note the reference to "If posted from the Republic of Ireland" on the prepayment stamp

That's all you've got? A prepaid envelope? Hardly an official document, is it?

Any other official government documents such as a passport, birth cert, etc that uses your choice of name?

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Re: Geneva Convention

I'll just use a map next time and point as clearly some people can't even use accepted, non offensive descriptive terms without taking severe offence.

@Six: Nobody's getting offended, I'm telling you to use the correct name without being a sarcastic twat when it's pointed out to you.

What official documentation is "RoI" used on? I've never had a letter from the government of the Republic of Ireland, or seen a Republic of Ireland passport...

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It's because they wanted the cloudiest place in the country so Soviet satellites couldn't spy on the SSBN fleet. This is why it's always raining when you go to Faslane.

No satellites needed.

All spies needed to do back in the day was park up at the little picnic area on the A817 overlooking Faslane, and break out the binoculars... Check it out on Google Maps

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Re: Sod the IT arguments

I am really starting to regret casting my vote in the last UK General Election for a party that included an independence referendum for Scotland in its manifesto. What was I thinking?

Hold on... NONE OF THE PARTIES HAD THIS IN THEIR MANIFESTO. So much for democracy.

Giving the electorate a referendum to decide their country's future is the epitome of democracy.

Or do you not understand what the word democracy means?

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Re: Geneva Convention

I would assume both the UK and Republic of Ireland would simply extend the Common Travel Area and similar rights to Scotland on a similar basis.

Bear in mind the border between the UK and Republic of Ireland in Northern Ireland is not even marked.

Please get your facts right - the name of the country is Ireland, not the "Republic of Ireland".

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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Re: Unsustainable and unrealistic my a**e

yep and try being in IT in the civil service. We're lumped in with general admin staff, we get nothing extra for being technically skilled.

Dry your eyes.

Maybe people would feel sorry for you civil servants if you didn't go around leaving laptops full of sensitive info in pubs or on trains.

If working for .gov.uk is so shit why don't you get a job in the private sector?

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No wonder...

...there are loads of linux jobs - the so called experts spend all their time on El Reg telling us how great linux is (a full time job in itself), as well as badmouthing Apple and Microsoft...

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: OOPS! Why it could or couldn't

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.897306,-2.122742,3a,64.2y,331.71h,94.95t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sYl5FXBRmKk8L9TO4eN-_ww!2e0

That Street View data's from 2010. I wonder why that is?

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Re: Another 'could be' law?

I'm guessing that standing on a public road taking photos of people or things inside the GCHQ site will give the cops the excuse to arrest you for spying under the Official Secrets Act 1911 and 1920. You'd probably never get to court, but you would get to experience the local police station at first hand before getting a caution and your camera back minus the memory card.

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Angry Birds CEO hops into slingshot, goes 'WEEEEE!'

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Hed Case

So the Angry Birds fad is over?

I'm surprised it lasted this long to be honest. Innovation wasn't Rovio's strong point.

Still, they should have plenty of cash stuffed in their mattresses by now.

"As long as it's a family (small) business, they'll be ok."

Rovio has 800 employees IIRC. What the fuck they're all doing, I have no clue...

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Re: Now she can start her own coder academy...

Or did you not read the bit about her being a founder member of Code Club?

Yeah I did. It's right there in the article title.

P.S. Another director apparently resigned earlier this year for the same reason, according to a comment on her blog...

So comments by readers on blog posts are newsworthy now? Do you have a press release or something to that effect? Something a bit more solid, you know?

Despite her praiseworthy efforts to get kids interested in computing, this woman sounds like a fucking baby throwing her toys out of the pram because things didn't go her way.

If you're happily taking Google's (or Apple's, or Microsoft's) money you can't turn around and bitch about them. Take the money and say 'Thank You', or hand the money back and get your sponsorship from the local fluffy bunny sanctuary if you don't like ethical dilemmas...

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Re: G00gle is

Thus you mean if a company buys ads on a newspaper, actually funding it, journalist should avoid to tell anything bad about that company?

Care to tell me how newspaper advertising is the same as corporate sponsorship of something the government should be funding?

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Clickbait much?

And now a message from our sponsors: 'STFU or else'

Did I miss the bit in the article where Google threatened the Code Club?

Has the author (or anybody else) got proof that the sponsorship enabled them to steer the Code Club in a certain direction? The Code Club's statement about funding on their website would suggest they're not obliged to any sponsor.

Sandvik obviously didn't like Google so she left - seems like a non-story to me.

Now she can start her own coder academy and raise her own funding...

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We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie

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Kroes will want answers about proposed domain rights for the new dot.wine and dot.vin top level domains (TLDs)

I call bags on the s.wine domain.

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Euro banks will rip out EVERYTHING and buy proper backend systems ... LOL, fooled ya

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To date, European banks have shown little interest in cloud computing platforms as a means of delivering their core services...

Cloud banking. Now what could possibly go wrong with that?

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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Re: performance hike?

Except, perhaps, if your reason for upgrading is that you want a fairly hefty performance hike?

If you're buying an iPad for "performance" you're doing it wrong.

Unless your idea of performance is posing in a Starbucks...

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Loss of unencrypted back-up disk costs UK prisons ministry £180K

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Re: Cocking Up

You sure a public servant did that? In many government organisations (can't speak for this one - anyone else know?), the policy is in-house, the implementation is private sector contractors.

Spoken like a true public servant - you put the blame on somebody else and the problem goes away...

If you search past articles on this site you'll see a fine array of government entities losing "customer" data which should have been under tight control (my personal favourite was the council employee data dumped in a rubbish bin in a Tesco car park). It's obvious that fines are no deterrent.

I wonder would security be improved if the persons responsible for protecting data were given custodial sentences every time their department messed up.

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Cocking Up

Cocking up - it's what public servants do best.

Another meaningless fine from the ICO, with the taxpayer footing the bill... Why bother?

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: Microsoft will hijack Steam Boxes just like they hijacked netbooks

I am grateful to Linux for forcing Microsoft to cut the cost of Windows 7 on my Netbook from $100 to $10.

How did you come to that conclusion?

Nobody was offering Linux as an option on netbooks by the time Windows 7 rolled around, so I wouldn't think much of your theory.

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Re: Microsoft will hijack Steam Boxes just like they hijacked netbooks

This is what happened with the Netbook where Linux was killed off by Microsoft offering Windows 7 virtually for free on Netbooks.

Are you serious? You think linux flopped on netbooks because of Windows 7?

First of all, cast your mind back. XP Home was installed on netbooks long before Windows 7 Starter existed.

Secondly, anybody who ever used that godawful linux distro Asus installed on the original Eee PC will know better than to blame Windows.

You linux fanboys are hilarious - you think every obstacle in the way of linux is somebody else's fault. It doesn't say much for the quality of the OS when it couldn't compete with XP Home...

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Being forced to put some extra hours into Half Life 2, Rust and Don’t Starve wasn’t too painful, although I did miss being able to play my new RPG game of choice: Divinity Original Sin.

Are game saves not stored in The Cloud™ or anything?

Some Steam games will play on Windows but not linux/SteamOS?

What's the point? it seems like a fairly half-arsed setup...

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Re: Standard Windows timings

And that's only worth it if you have more than one computer to update. Why can't Microsoft offer updated install images as suggested above?

What a dumb suggestion... What are they supposed to do? Issue a new ISO every patch tuesday? Do you really need your hand held to that extent?

A clean install of Windows 7 SP1 will take 150 updates or thereabouts to be up-to-date.

Last time I looked (which was two days ago) those 150 updates came to about 500Mb.

If you're only doing an install ONCE I don't see the need for bitching - 500Mb is nothing.

If you're doing it multiple times you'll have an automated solution unless you're a total mouthbreather.

Maybe you should try installing OS X or Ubuntu and see how many hundreds of megs of updates you need to download after an install...

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Re: Standard Windows timings

Reinstalling Win 7 Pro seems to take several hours, if for no other reason than all the updates since the iso was created

They got this thing called slipstreaming now. You integrate the updates into your install image so you don't have to piss around installing updates post install.

Crazy, eh?

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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I have to wonder...

...what type of idiot can be arsed recording a gig on a phone.

YouTube is full of blurry videos taken from the back of a hall in 240p - why?

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EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'

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Re: Sauce For The Goose...

I still prefer not to take any risks of breaking them by posting under a handle that could be linked to me.

AC, you might want to think on if you're operating on the assumption that ticking the 'Post anonymously' box offers you some degree of protection.

If you had any brains you wouldn't have advertised the fact you work for a local authority. :)

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Re: Sauce For The Goose...

And the local authority I work for hires on talent

A local authority with talented employees?

That's what you call an oxymoron.

BTW why do you feel the need to post as an AC? Got something to hide?

Now get back to work. My taxes are paying your wages...

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Re: Sauce For The Goose...

So you pick out one sentence of a longer, more complicated post, and use a technical discrepancy between that sentence and your post to try to invalidate the poster's entire argument...and you call their argument a straw man?

A longer, more complicated post rant which had nothing to do with my original post. The person was expressing some butt hurt due to a perceived slight on my part...

Maybe you should do some learning yourself...

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Re: Sauce For The Goose...

Try working in local government before you rattle on about how corrupt/wasteful/secretive it is.

Straw man argument - I didn't single out local government for criticism, but don't let that interfere with your right to feel offended.

I doubt I'd ever get a job in local government anyway as I'm not female/coloured/disabled/LGBT or otherwise worthy of hiring to meet an equality "benchmark"...

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Sauce For The Goose...

Reicherts welcomed this: “If a company has broken the rules, this should have serious consequences. Yet so far, the fines European data protection authorities can impose are very low. For giants like Google, they are just pocket money.”

What about government bodies who breach data protection rules? They're hit with "pocket money" fines by the ICO...

Only difference is that when some NHS employee leaves files in the pub, or an MI5 agent leaves a laptop on a train it's the taxpayer who ultimately pays...

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Google to offer special accounts for kids: report

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Parental Responsibility?

God forbid parents would take some responsibility for what their kids do on the internet.

You can't keep kids off the internet, thanks in no small part to cheap smartphones.

What you can do is educate them about safety and privacy - don't give out personal info (including photos), how to lock down social media, how to deal with trolls and cyberbullies, etc.

It's not the EU privacy regulator's job to look after you kids.

It's not the government's job either. It's your job as a parent.

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Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again

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Infinite Monkey Theorem

"It should be made very clear that the WMF are subordinate to the community, not the other way around," writes one miffed contributor.

I'm sure there will be no shortage of opinionated twunts with hidden agendas to take the place of any miffed contributors who wish to depart.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: He needs the attention, but still...

Aah, the South Yorkshire Police. That fine upstanding force.

<cough>Hillsborough<cough>

The force with the nice officers who went to court to sue for the psychological damage they endured that day - after the families had been told they couldn't get compensation.

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Re: "Soon"

A whole post to explain yourself because you noticed some down votes? Do you have any self-reflection at all?

Ah, you must be one of the mentally challenged I was on about.

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Re: "Soon"

Two downvotes by 'tards who think 'Filth' means Assange, and one from a Police groupie? Or vise versa? Or....

In hindsight, 'the filth' may have been a bit esoteric for some of the 'tards on here.

I should have made it easier for the mentally challenged by using a different slang term for the police such as po-po, pigs, bacon, 5-0, narcs, bobbies, peelers, babylon, bizzies, etc.

Also some people are sociopaths and love downvoting posts for no reason at all... It doesn't bother me.

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"Soon"

Head WikiLeaker Julian Assange™ has said he is planning to leave the Ecuadorian embassy "soon"

The filth may have other ideas, although he could have tunneled his way out of the embassy Great Escape-style by now.

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Re: Without coffee?

I'm unsure if that's a good thing or a bad thing

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Turkey‬'s foreign ministry has reportedly summoned the German ambassador for a meeting without coffee

Can't imagine much coming of that.

What's Turkey going to do? Let MORE illegal immigrants into the EU as punishment?

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Top money men face up to 2 YEARS in slammer for neglecting to spot crim-cash activity

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Now this. Very disquieting. Inland revenue 'rules' and 'guidance' - completely shortcutting the courts and democratic institutions. Making financial institutions an arm of law - no, of POLICY - enforcement.

HMRC can do this kind of thing thanks to the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (among other things) - they didn't just pull some 'rules' and 'guidance' out of their arses. They can also enforce delegated legislation (Google it).

They are one bunch of people I would avoid tangling with as they have a LOT of powers.

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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The old bastard must be going senile.

I'd rate News International as a more despicable organisation than the NSA any day of the week - Google doesn't even come into it...

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