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Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update

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Re: KitKat - no complaints?

@Hans - "Well, Android users have low expectations, like 25 email messages max is normal."

I haven't the slightest idea what you are referring to. Is there some hidden limit in this email program?

Seems to scroll down through quite a few hundred messages, and the search results returns things from a couple of years ago if you want to go back far enough. It's IMAP - I think the technology is pretty well feature-set by now, 28 years after Xerox wrote it for its "TOPS 20" servers. Are you referring to some kind of POP3 download limitation? I haven't bothered with POP3 on a phone since the earliest days of experimentation with my first Blackberry. Seems like a bit of a heavy data requirement for a phone to have to handle.

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Re: KitKat - no complaints?

@ItsNotMe - "Hey dumb-arse...there are PLENTY of problems with Kit-Kat."

Panties in a twist much?

Good collection of articles though. Looks like I've been fortunate to avoid any connection or battery draining problems. Looks like a lot of the connection problems are on European networks. I did see that IHeartRadio was my biggest battery draining app, so I uninstalled it yesterday. Maybe that app is a drainer on other phones too though. I don't use Skype, so don't know about that one. Battery life has been good. One of the few phones I don't have to charge up at some point during the day.

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KitKat - no complaints?

I've been enjoying the hell out of my shiny new KitKat mob for the past week, and suddenly noticed something odd - very few complaints in the entirety of the twitterverse/blogosphere about this version of Android. Normally when a new version of something with this many striking changes comes out, I'm used to seeing all the wailing and screaming and hair pulling like with iOS7 and BB10 and already with this Win 8.1 update.

What's the deal? Are people in general enjoying a tasty KitKat bar as much as I am? Are there no KitKat trolls rustling around in the underbrush?

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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@IanTP - "Even as I upvote this, I can hear the helicopters..."

If they were really coming to get you, they would use the silent helicopters.

Since you can hear them, that means they are just trying to scare you...

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: Odd timing

@AC - "So let me see if I get this straight: at minimum the bug is 1 year old, as it is claimed that Sievers created the bug and since he the last time he worked on said code was at minimum a year ago, and not only did no other coder fix the problem but Torvalds is only now complaining about it?"

It IS a bit amusing when you think about it. Might be interesting to get together a list of other non-contributors to the kernel that Linus should refuse to accept code from in the future:

- George Clooney?

- Lindsay Lohan?

- Steve Jobs?

- Kurt Cobain?

- Vladimir Putin?

- Bill Gates?

- Darl McBride?

- Larry Ellison?

- Kim Dotcom?

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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I've had a Win 7 menu from day 1 on Win 8

It's called Classic Shell. It costs $0.00. Takes 60 seconds to download and install.

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British trolls to face 'tougher penalties' over online abuse

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Re: Really?

El Reg needs to change our comment voting options on these pages. We need buttons for - "Upvote Post", "Downvote Post", "Report Abuse", and the new "Prosecute and Jail for 6 Months" button.

Since I love to troll the fanbois, should I just go ahead and report for my 6-month term?

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

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Re: Dear Richard Ledgett,

Don't worry - they know exactly who you are and already have all your files.

Including your nude selfies.

Even the NSA needs to have someone to laugh at.

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Apple rakes in 60% of profits in still-surging smartphone market

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"Apple Ireland rakes in profits, Cupertino hits 0% tax rate"...

Fixed your headline for you.

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

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Re: Classic Shell - I've been beating the drum for a year now

@Michael Habel -

What the hell is "Stardock" anyway?

I'm talking about Classic Shell. It's free, and it's supported by a community of users. Works fantastic too.

Jesus - if you people are going to scream and yell about what a troll and shill I am, can you f***ing try to read what I'm saying for half a f***ng second? WTF??? Asshole.

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Classic Shell - I've been beating the drum for a year now

Our office has quite a few instances of Win 8.1 running now, and has been running Win 8 since it was officially released. The free Classic Shell has handled over 99% of our user's problems with the new interface. The other 1% is handled by training users how to exit a Metro full-screen program if they get stuck in one (grab the top of the screen and swipe down to the bottom with the mouse). We also have several Win 7 PCs running, and users still like it, but I can't think of any problems for users who have been going from one to the other. Classic Shell seems to handle nearly everything.

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MtGox gets its sorry assets frozen amid US class-action lawsuit

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Time to start talking truthfully about these scammers

"Hundreds of millions", my ass.

They'll be lucky to ever see pennies on the dollar. El Reg should stop talking about this sham outfit as if it had any real assets. It's a pyramid scheme, plain as day, nothing more. And the party's over.

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CIA hacked Senate PCs to delete torture reports. And Senator Feinstein is outraged

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Re: Schadenfreude

Agreed - I'm going to have to pull that comment down. Dangerous waters right now.

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Dammit internet... you promised naked videos of my Facebook friends

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Clearly he meant to say "iPhone".

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

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Re: Mozillidiots

@CatptainHook - "This is a Trademark / Contract issue. If there weren't any restrictions associated with the use of the Trademark then you would be correct. As it is, you're an idiot."

Just watch - Dell will start installing IceWeasel instead.

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Mt Gox fielded MASSIVE DDOS attack before collapse

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"850,000 Bitcoins worth hundreds of millions of dollars"

I love how the press throws around numbers like this when there is a loss or a crime. For instance, every time a shipment of illegal drugs is seized by the police in America, the press quickly declares that the shipment "had a street value of $50 million dollars" or some such.

It should be noted that "hundreds of millions of dollars" would be maximum value under ideal conditions. Just like selling street drugs in America for $50 million would be "maximum value under ideal conditions". The fact is, those ideal conditions are unlikely ever to be met either in the case of a failed drug sale or a flopped bitcoin exchange. Buyers may not have been willing to part with maximum price for questionable coin from MtGox - so the "hundreds of millions" might be a totally bogus number in the first place.

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Dell thuds down low-cost lap workstation for cheap frugal creatives or engineers

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Re: low cost?

@Mikel - "$1,199? So that's £1,199. You forgot the transatlantic markup and VAT. In Australia that's AUD7,250."

- and yet, somehow the profits will go to Ireland, and no corporate taxes will be paid.

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft

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Re: A question

@moiety - That's freaking hilarious! Nice work - no, please keep posting after the beers. As long as we know, we'll be able to laugh along with you.

I like the paid Wikipedia article idea though. I'll have to borrow that one for my blasts against Apple's press-release/articles.

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Re: A question

@Anonymous Coward -

"Actually, I thought it was a dig at Wikipedia's upcoming "paid edits" policy..."

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OK - I could see that. Not a bad bit of trolling after all then - a slight little more info would help the trolling process though. Like sticking Jimmy Wales' name at the bottom or something. Don't want to make your trolling so "insider" that no one even understands what they're being trolled about.

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Re: A question

What does that even mean? That's just stupid.

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Brilliant

Applying updates with no description of what the update is supposed to be doing. And with no idea if these are the final, official updates, or some kind of beta or internal rc release. And no idea if they have any impact on your drivers.

Windows users - got to love 'em. Clicking "install" with no idea what the consequences will be since the early '90's. This is what you call "job security" if you work in the PC repair field.

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China to blow away smog with DRONES

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Re: State deodorant

Looks like the smog clearing chemical will probably be liquid nitrogen, something the Chinese have been testing for awhile:

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/03/china-is-deploying-smog-busting-drones-so-its-airports-can-stay-open/

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MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

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Re: Some hope?

Maybe Apple can trade 5c's with Microsoft for a bunch of Surface RT tablets.

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X-rated Android antics: Motorola's Moto X puts boot in chunky brother

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Re: no 32GB version

"We may as well get this out of the way now: as well as lacking a user replaceable battery the Moto X doesn’t have a memory card slot"

So - more Android landfill. How incredibly worthless.

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MWC: The good, the bad ... and the Galaxy S5

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For some reason...

...I'm completely bored with all the phone and mobile offerings these days.

iPhones & iPads - annoy me with all the idiot crap they won't do. Can't have my choice of keyboards? No Micro-SD after all these years? Just plain annoying.

Android - the apps all suck. iPhone apps too. I haven't seen a useful app except memory managers and ad-blockers for ages. Facebook? Twitter? WhatsApp? (I already have cheap unlimited texting, email, phone). Moronic games? Readers for crappy blogs I don't really want to read? Meh.

Seems like these devices have awesome specs, but there's no worthwhile content to use it on.

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We test Intel's 730 480GB SSD Skulltrail scorcher

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Re: "copying a 50GB folder of small files"

It was 5 million small text files. They all said "@BlueGreen asks dumb questions", oddly enough.

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Apple to maintain phone profit lead through years of 'enormous transition' – report

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Re: History says otherwise

@cap'n - "Apple got a way back partly because Jobs had a clear picture of the niche they needed to target."

- and mostly because Jobs' buddy Bill Gates used MS money to give Apple a life-saving cash infusion.

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History says otherwise

Apple thought they could sell computers at a premium while the rest of the world was in a race to rock-bottom prices for PCs, and Apple very nearly went out of business with that model. Commodity Wintel hardware destroyed their business model, and they were nearly dead by the late 90's.

I think they are facing a much greater loss than 0.5% of market share if they continue to focus solely on high-end, high-dollar smartphones, in the same way they lost massive market share to the PC market.

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Apple slams shut TEN code execution holes in QuickTime on Windows

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Your dastardly tricks won't work on me Cupertino

I refuse to let Quicktime or iTunes or Safari or "Bonjour" on any Win systems I administer.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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What I don't understand..

...is why anyone would run production operations on a device built for teenage girls?

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Update your Mac NOW: Apple fixes OS X 'goto fail' SSL spying vuln

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Re: This is funny

@GaryDMN - "I have been using a Mac since the 1980's and have never had a virus, been hacked or lost data and I have never spent a single cent on anti-virus software."

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I was wondering how long it would take a fanboy to post the obligatory "I've never been hacked or whacked in 30+ years and don't believe in security measures on a Mac" post.

No - you weren't (that you know of) - but millions of Apple users have been, and some of the consequences have been pretty disastrous. And that number probably went up substantially over the weekend. Keep drinking your own Kool-Aid though, and telling all your friends and family that "they don't need to worry about security on a Mac". Hope it works out for you.

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Why would a citation be needed?

Millions of Macbooks were wide open to exploit. What sheeple in their right minds wouldn't be worried sick?

Probably had to drink an extra tall caramel mocha frap to get over their jitters.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Re: I've gone one better

I grab all my family and friends' phones and add little Bobby Tables as a contact.

Facebook is about to have a big data-loss problem.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Re: Trotters independent traders

That's it, I'm buying a Wii U right away.

If all you trolls and commentards hate it, then it must be the best console ever.

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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Re: Send him to Texas

I heard he shot a bunch of kids and teenagers.

Odd sense of humor you've got there, little man. I didn't know it was open season on the political leanings of dead kids.

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Send him to Texas

We know exactly what to do with folks like him.

Death Row at the Huntsville, Texas federal prison wouldn't include a Playstation 2 or 3. And definitely not a weekly monetary stipend.

But he would be "free" in a much shorter period of time than in Norway, in a manner of speaking. As per the latest Hobbit movie, his disgusting head would be soon freed from his worthless neck.

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Google's revamped JavaScript engine cures Chrome's stutters

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Trying it now

Seems a little zippier. Not bad. Definitely Chrome was needing a little more pep recently.

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Snapchat bug lets hackers aim DENIAL of SERVICE attacks at YOUR MOBE

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Got to respect the man's sense of humor

Some of his payloads came from "strict_daddy4u", "whoknew69", and "commonname69".

Of course, those are probably typical snapchat usernames now that I think about it...

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Getting documents all too easy for Snowden

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The media misses the main point

For every Snowden handing documents to the press, there's probably 50-100 "contractors" who were downloading and selling the same stuff (or worse) to Iran, North Korea, Russia, etc...

The fact that it was this easy nearly guarantees that unscrupulous people with access would have decided to make a few bucks off the data.

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Tuesday declared 'The Day we Fight Back' against NSA et al

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Re: Spread the word

Go on Facebook and Twitter to protest snooping into personal online communications.

BRILLIANT!!

Is it too late to harness the power of MySpace too?

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

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2-box configuration using Synergy and Portable-VirtualBox

I use a 2-box configuration (Windows i5 Haswell laptop, Debian running on the AMD 6-core tower). I have a 3-monitor arrangement (23" monitor for Debian, 23" monitor for Windows, and my laptop screen). I use a program called Synergy (instead of a KVM switch) that works on Linux, Mac and Windows to share my mouse and keyboard between the two systems:

http://synergy-foss.org/download/

I don't like using VM's - much better and smoother performance for me on bare metal without any configuration hassles. With this setup, I'm only having to use one keyboard and one mouse (which was one of my primary goals - separate keyboards and mice are a major hassle), and I've got access to everything.

When I travel with my Windows laptop and I need basic VM functionality for a Linux guest, I use Portable-VirtualBox and keep my Linux guest on a USB 3.0 external hard drive:

http://www.vbox.me/

Portable-VirtualBox via USB 3.0 gives me adequate performance for a Linux guest compared to running a VirtualBox instance on an internal hard drive. I can run streaming video, some simple games, compile from source in a reasonable amount of time, etc. But it allows me to keep my Windows and Linux hard drives separate.

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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Already been done many times

It's called iDroid. It installed on a jailbroken iPhone. Don't think the project has been updated in a couple years though.

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Just how solid is cloud storage in 2014

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@Just a - "On another note 'The UK's 2e2 cloud service collapsed in February with users asked to pay up to $40,000 extra to get their data back.' - anyone have a link for that?"

Feb. 7, 2013

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2013/02/07/2e2_data_centre_calamity/

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Apple in patent cross-hairs AGAIN

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I had the original idea...

...for a small, handheld digital device that makes fart noises to embarrass your colleagues and to disrupt meetings.

Apple stole my idea with the iPhone. Think I'll sue for $10 billion.

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Fixed networks to sag under weight of mobile data: Cisco VNI

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The 2-iPhone craze

One thing I've noticed recently at meetings is that the iPhone users are pulling out 2 iPhones each and monkeying with them both throughout the meetings. I assume that one is a work iPhone and one is a personal iPhone.

I would imagine that this kind of 2-phone usage per person will massively increase the amount of data flowing on the networks.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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@MrXavia - "The one thing I hate that Apple made popular is the soft-keyboard,

I really would love a flip cover for my phone that had a nice flip out keyboard built in, unfortunately the ones i've seen are so bulky it makes the phone too big!"

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Agreed. I decided during the time I owned my Blackberry that I simply couldn't ever be terribly productive without a physical keyboard. My first experiences with an iPad and an Android tablet really confirmed that for me. My Android phone has a slide-out physical keyboard, and I almost never use the soft keyboard - much more productive for me.

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My quality of life has improved

@Taylor 1 - "Modern life is very much possible without a smartphone. Never had one, and life is great. Everyone else I know has one, and their quality of life is worse."

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My quality of life has been better since I got my first Blackberry. Why? Because I always wanted to un-tether myself from my desk for a few more hours a day/week, and get outside and walk and jog and enjoy the world, but still be able to respond to urgent emails and make a living. Also, I returned to school, and have used my smartphones to listen to lectures while I'm outdoors, and even submit short homework assignments - now I'm attaining a lifelong goal of getting a graduate degree.

Smartphones can be used to involve yourself MORE with the outside world - if you don't spend all your time playing with Twitter, Facebook, Angry Birds, and your multiple Fart apps.

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