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

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Re: No thanks

I remember the days (and I mean sometimes days) of searching for a decent mirror for the latest countre-strike patch. When Steam came along with 1.6 it was both a blessing and a curse. No more malware infested click-lottery downloader sites - but also forced updates which could screw up offline lan gaming

Mines the one with the Steyr AUG in the pocket - not a Bullpup!

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

Sharepoint, is a pain to use, that may though be our IT departments fault can't really say, still a pain and I'm missing a lot of key functionality that I do expect from it.

Someone hasn't used Jive then?

It's like someone showed an A level student Yammer and Sharepoint, and then got them to create it in Frontpage 97.

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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

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Re: Stupid buttons on the side of the mouse

You can probably set the extra buttons to do whatever you want, but that means installing the mouse software.

Mine's the one with the RAT5 in the pocket.

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Naughty NSA was so drunk on data it forgot collection rules

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If you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide.

With the amount of hidden content I assume they have done a lot of wrong!

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Aviation geeks

You need to play more war thunder. Does wonders for your WWII aircraft identification.

TB-3M? Arm the rockets!

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Clock ticking for Surface 3 as Microsoft preps for globo-launch

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Re: I'd love one, but

As you say, though: Touch screen? Detachable keyboard? SSD?

To which I say: Bigger screen. More USB ports. More connectivity in general

So we have identified one is a tablet, and the other a laptop, and you can only compare them so much. After that they both have advantages that the other cannot perform so comparing is pointless unless you want to discuss which features are people willing to compromise to have the alternative.

Would you drop the ability to use touchscreen and function as a tablet for extra USB ports and a wider screen? YMMV.

For me, having SSD is a no-brainer on a PC/laptop/tablet. I'd rather have 1/4 the storage but 4 times the speed. Storing junk is what NAS devices are for.

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Re: I'd love one, but

If they want to get some traction they need to drop the price on the RT versions. As much as I enjoy using ours, I wouldn't buy another at the current full price. £280 for the original and £360 for the 2nd gen are just too high co compete against the current market with the old/new iPads being £330/400 and every price point satisfied in the world of Droids.

When MS dropped the price about a year ago you could not find a Surface for sale anywhere. As soon as they went into stock they were sold. Ebay was flooded with people trying to make a quick buck on ones they have bought for cheap. If MS are serious about breaking into the market they need to take a short-term hit for long term success. That would be the price to pay for bringing a good product, but missing the boat by a good couple of years.

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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Re: Behold, the iPad Macbook Pro Retina

Balls. Missed one but it leaves scope for the next model...

The iPad Macbook Air Pro Retina

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Behold, the iPad Macbook Pro Retina

...did I miss any?

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China: Microsoft, don't shy away from our probe

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Re: Just leave now...

Most people don't want to buy Microsoft. They don't trust Microsoft, and they sure as hell don't want Microsoft's broken UIs

Citation needed?

In my experience, outside of the workd of Linux and Unix admins, most people are blisfully unaware of the OS on their PC, and just don't complain in the way you are suggesting. We must move in different circles?

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

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More science needed.

Do they actually run slower or is it just once the new iShiny becomes available, people complain theirs is slow and they need a new one? I bet people don't complain when it's announced because they can't get one.

I imagine this is like when the number of iShinys dropped by management increase after the launch of the latest version, but not when it is announced.

Hasn't someone tried running a non-upgraded phone against a similar age/model running the latest firmware and compared the performance?

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Re: Upgrades to software, other platforms.

Reminds me about when I complained about the interface on the Ricoh being confusing, and my boss happened to walk past and quipped.. "Are you sure a career in IT is for you?"

Toucé Mr Boss.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: New binary state?

Was that what was known as 'fuzzy logic'? I heard about that years ago, not heard the phrase since, but then my parents received a rice cooker as a gift from their Chinese student houseguests - and it has fuzzy logic.

Last time I heard rice and fuzzy in a since sentance was about a plate I forgot to wash up before going on holiday.

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Microsoft rolls up more Windows Server 2012 R2 updates

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Re: Pure genius

You will also need a SCOM licence which I believe will hurt your pocket more than the Windows Server licence you might need to install it on.

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Re: Pure genius

If you already have SCOM in place, it makes sence to add a management pack if 365 is a big component of your IT services. Beats having to get someone to browse to http://status.office365.com/ every 5 minutes (which you can do from any OS or browser).

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

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Will I even notice?

FB messaging is possible direct from the people hub in WP8. I've never felt the need to see if there is a messaging app for FB in the store.

Actually removing the messaging part would clean up some annoying behaviour where you get an alert on the FB app that you have a message, then the message shows on your people hub also, meaning you have to aknowledge it in both places.

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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Five years ago I became lighter to the tune of 24% and it wasn't even anything remotely exotic. Beware heading into a showroom and thinking "oooh shiny... I can afford this!"

Now rolling in 3.3% despite it being a significantly better car. Faster, bigger, smoother, sexier.

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Australia floats website blocks and ISP liability to stop copyright thieves

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So will this work for the little guys?

I know a couple of photographers who have had their photos used without consent on the websites of some newspapers. Can they strike for the papers to be DNS tombstoned, and how does it work with sites (and/or content) hosted or incorporated outside of Aus?

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: Why am I not surprised by this?

The difference here is you are a honest person, and the customer is bringing their PC to you and entrusting you to not snoop around their files. The people in the NSA and such are already OK with snooping around peoples files without their knowledge - the lines of trust have already been blurred.

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Hey Microsoft: You want to keep hardware partners onside? Stick to software

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Re: Actually...

That's not obligitory, more of a serving suggestion.

Beer. Because it needs no serving suggestion.

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Re: Actually...

Not quite a laptop... but the Surface pro is probably as close as you can get to the MS laptop. I've not used a Pro version yet, but I imagine it would be as you say - how other laptops feel AFTER you have uninstalled all the crapware!

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Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

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Re: Perhaps

"I still have no idea why a Galaxy is more use than an iPhone"

Perhaps your sequence was shortened?

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Remember when Google+ outed everyone by their real names? Now Google's sorry

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WTF?

Has anyone actually tried changing their details to display only their chosen nickname?

You have 3 boxes, First name, Surname, Nickname

Then a drop down for 'display name' with the options.

1. <first name> <surname>

2. <first name> "<nickname>" <surname>

3. <first name> <surname> (<nickname>)

I don't see any option for not splashing my real name all over short of using Hell + Cat as my first name and surname, and then selecting option 1.

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

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Re: Accessing data , and Chromebooks

So Microsoft need an OS to run on cheap chromebook-spec hardware? To provide a device with the ability to create local content, but with an eye to using cloud services and storage? Is Windows 8.1 with Bing the new name for Windows RT?

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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I'm going to have to put a good word in for my not so local cinema. A really good independent showing a few blockbusters, but also a good amount of less well known and foreign films. Staff are knowledgable and happy, the place is spotless, and for less than the price of a sticky airplane seat you can cosy up on a leather sofa with a well stocked bar.

I cringe when I am 'invited' to go watch a movie at one of the modern cattle houses. It really is a excercise in restraint when subject to mental torture. Awful conditions, awful films.

Tyneside Cinema, I sault you!

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Teensy card skimmers found in gullets of ATMs

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Re: Contactless? No thanks!

The limit is due to it being a single factor authentication... and wireless even if only almost in contact with the reader. I would suggest adding PIN for taking out larger amounts, and I expect with the contactless being encrypted it is more secure than the mag strip. Reading elsewhere it seems 1st gen (over 5 years old now) contactless were not encrypted, or not to the same level as today.

I've not seen anything to say if the cash machines in the UK are magstrip or chip&pin once it disapears inside the machine. Perhaps it's time for an experiment?

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Since the unencrypted magnetic stripe is the biggest vunerability, why aren't ATMs transitioning to being (or at least supporting) chip&pin or even contactless? Wouldn't that at least make it harder to skim people's details.

As one commentator on the Krebson page put it - you don't need to outrun the bear, you only need to run faster than the other campers.

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So what are we meant to do?

Attempt to pull apart every ATM we use?

Given the number of different designs we encounter, it's hardly surprising we don't notice something unusual. How difficult would it be to have a single plain design, so any 'addition' would stand out like a sore thumb?

Perhaps having the pin entry on a touch screen, with the number positions randomised? Then there would be no 'false keypads' and no 'warmth spotting'.

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Dear Windows Journal, today I got owned: 29 security bugs swatted

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Re: Be aware Surface firmware updates can be delivered later to your device....

Cheers for that tip, shall check it when I get home.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Re: I had a break in Dubai, last year

I was offered a job there and turned it down; and so did my wife.

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Panasonic's seven-inch Windows slab has tough exterior, confused mind

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Re: Windows 8 *PRO*

(Here we go again)

Yup, who wants to spend $300 on a tablet when you can get one for only $2600?

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Microsoft ups OneDrive storage, slashes prices to match Google Drive

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Re: Watch the lawsuites fly...

I'm not sure if I missed the sarcasm in this post because you _can_ map a drive letter to your Onedrive, and Win8 _has_ Onedrive built in.

If not, then http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/34847-onedrive-map-onedrive-pc-windows-8-1-a.html

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Re: 2Gb file?

Onedrive isn't a cloud backup service. It's meant to be a synchronised location for storing live files. If you need to backup huge zip archives, or VMs then look at any of the cloud backup services, or (crazy idea here) keep it local - because who wants to be waiting for 2GB or more to download when something local has gone horribly wrong...

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

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I was looking for a ISIS Gigapipe bottom bracket for my bike. That will be my internet running slow for the next year.

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

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Let me offer my sincere thanks on your comment. I had mistakenly believed my phone was able to make calls, send texts and emails, browse the web and waste hours of my life which I will not get back on daft games and watching cats on YouTube. I immediately threw it in the bin once I read your comment and will proceed directly to a phone store to buy an iOS or Droid since only these devices can do what I need.

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LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

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Re: Microsoft FAIL

How is life under the bridge trying to catch billy goats?

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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Black Helicopters

I for one like this new edgy side of el reg.

Flightradar24 even has helicopters now. Say goodbye to another 30 minutes of your life!

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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"Do not give up, keep coming , we r winning, if diverted return by any route however circuitous ! United we stand! RT"

Well they would be the experts in circuitous routes!

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Migrating to Windows Server 2012

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Re: Or....

Isn't that what Core is for?

The fun of migration is finding all the business critical systems that talk in a protocol that was in one OS, but replaced in another, then finding a way to hook them up again.

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First iOS, now Android to get fondleslab Office ahead of Windows

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Re: yes of course

Can't say I'm on the edge of my chair over this touch-optimised Office, as the version that came with RT works fine for anything I've ever tried to do. Since the surface devices make up the majority of Win tabs, and they have touchpad/keyboard covers, it makes sense for Microsoft to work on a version for iOS and Android before Win8.1.

Still, unless they sort out their single-sign-on it will all be a moot point as I'll be going back to google!

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

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What happens when...

You're docked and the phone rings?

I don't think I'm a target user here. I've dual-booted my PC before for gaming vs everything else, and found it a right PITA, plus docking the phone I guess means you're fixed to an individual model of phone? Perhaps if the offloading of work was done wirelessly this could be a viable platform - but we're a long way from there!

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Toshiba's CB30-102 13.3in Chromebook – imagine a tablet with a keyboard

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@Stuart 22

Very good points that equally apply against those who deride the RT tablets. I can't run War Thunder on the houses' SurfaceRT - but I equally can't make annoying facebook updates on a train with the gaming PC.

I'm still waiting to see a Chromebook come into the office, but will give it an open minded look over when it does. Are they very chromecast compatible?

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

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Re: Question

No, that was killed off with Windows phone 7. I agree it was traumatic.

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Re: how does this compare to phones from a few years ago?

Not sure why you got a downvote for that question - It's perfectly valid.

I also have a Galaxy SII which I replaced with a Lumia 1020. The main problem I was having with the GSII was the speed of the OS. Just moving from home screen to SMS messages took a few seconds, and it seemed to get slower with every update to the OS and Apps. Of course Jellybean was a long way from Gingerbread, and brought many great features but really demanded higher performing hardware. I would have said stay on Gingerbread to avoid the slow-down but you must stay up-to-date if you want to be able to install and update many apps.

So this brings onto your question. How does this perform against a GSII? Probably on par with the GSII when both were new. WinPhone seems to get away with much lower hardware and remain zippy. Comparing to the Fully patched GSII I think you would find the Lumia noticeably faster.

Best plan is to run the 'can I help you Sir' gauntlet and go and try them for yourself alongside your current fondleable, and ignore all the advice here - especially this one.

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

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Re: Good luck with trying to get support for one...

There is so much wrong with your comment it's almost not worth commenting... almost.

My experience as a lowly home user is the Surface support is good. Our gen1 scratched, bashed up RT was replaced for new at 10 months old for a battery charging issue. Turn around was a few days but could have been much quicker if we had opted for the express service.

You compare the Surface 3 Pro with an iPad or Droid tablet? I don't believe an iPad can install OSx or come with an i7 processor and upto 512GB of FLASH storage (not SSD).

RAM =/= storage. Even on the RT versions you can add more local storage via SD card or USB stick or making use of cloud storage like dropbox/googledocs/onedrive.

After a year of ownership, the fully patched gen1 RT is still quick and perfectly usable. I have no reason to believe versions with faster hardware will run slower.

But don't let facts get in the way of a dig at Microsoft 'cause that's what all the cool kids do!

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Re: Windows 8 is an unfocussed mess

Ah, PICNIC.

Nobody in my house seems to have any problems using the PC or the tablet, and the Xbox 360 isn't too far removed from the 'tiles' type start menu.

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Curiosity GOUGES AND SCORCHES Mars with drill and laser

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A hole in another planet...

...that's all cool and all, but how big is the hole? We need diameters and depths people!

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Windows Phone Live: An enterprise story

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Re: Ooh, an article about Azure and Windows Phone...

Agreed.

I keep my 1020 in my pocket while in the wild. Who would wave their shiny about in full view of those who would relieve you of said device? Downvote away if it's you!

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Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

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Re: University education

TOCA touring cars - 4 player on PC. 2 on keyboard, one on joystick and 1 on wheel thrashing a bunch of Fiestas around Loch Lomond - Those were the days.

Culmenated in the last decent version, Race Driver 3. Three PCs around a table, Belgian beers in hand blasting Indy cars around the Brickyard. Full 200 laps needing several pitstops over an hour of driving. Tried to do a pitstop less, the other two shake-and-baking for slipstream, final corner a tyre blows followed by another. Crawling up the pit straight, sparks flying, and finished... 2nd splitting the other two. They are the gaming events that stick in the mind.

Not releasing it properly on steam, and it being unable to run on Windows 7 killed it. Grid was such a massive disapointment we never drove again. Damn you codemasters!

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