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* Posts by Andy Prough

724 posts • joined 15 Jul 2011

Tablet boom quiets down a bit as growth slows

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Re: Any surprise?

Besides which, most of the apps suck, and much of the content sucks. And many of the input methods and input and storage restrictions suck.

Other than those three things, tablets are awesome.

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Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

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Re: This sort of thing doesn't happen

@cap'n - "If you do want IE working (for whatever reason) try this - go to search 'internet options'. You get the default options that are available in IE but that you probably cannot access. Then go to the advanced tab, and hit the 'reset' button."

Nope. Same thing - IE never starts up at all. I've read that it's some corrupted Win process, and I could use DISM.exe from the command line to fix it (MS's "Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool"). I just had to go through a variety of uses of DISM to get Win Update working again, not really looking forward to spending a couple more hours watching DISM spin away and finding the exact correct command line parameters that will get IE working. Especially for a browser I'll probably never use again.

Maybe in a couple weeks, next time I get seriously bored.

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Re: This sort of thing doesn't happen

...and oh by the way, I tried out the M$ "Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit". It's REALLY GOOD - at SLOWING YOUR COMPUTER to a zombie-death-crawl.

Gives Norton a run for its money.

This is the future of computing - machines that spend 100% of their processing power on security algorithms and that do zero actual work. Correct that - this may actually be the current state of computing.

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Re: This sort of thing doesn't happen

...to me.

Because IE hasn't been working AT ALL on Win 8.1 on my machine. Refuses to open. There are lots of complaints about it on the support forums too. Brilliant move M$ - update your OS and bork your browser.

Which is fine - it's crap anyway. The two websites that didn't work well without it - I found I could get along just fine without them.

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Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

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Re: Don't get too excited ...

@rapidwiz - "All this genius wanted to do was open the phone and check for water damage so he could ding me,"

I've heard this repeatedly about genius bar service. I buy all my gear at Best Buy instead, and get their no hassle warranties. Those guys love to help me. Cracked screen, water damage - they don't care. Handed me a brand new Motorola phone that was $100 less than my old, cracked Samsung two weeks ago. For the $100, I got a new two year warranty and found myself an Otterbox Defender series for the phone. And i had a much faster, nicer phone than the Samsung for free, with KitKat as the first update.

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Bankrupt Bitcoin bunker blender begins: MtGox admin starts liquefaction

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Re: Expensive

@d3rrial - he might have needed a little bit of "protection" money also....

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Kind of funny that the bitcoins disappeared about the same time that Snowden was going to be needing money for a security deposit on a new Russian flat...

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Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

@AC - "Err, no. For the direction she is cutting (ie- pulling), the rotation of the blade means that it is pulling the grinder down, so if she "hit a hard spot", the grinder would jump forward (away from her) or would wedge itself further down and stop."

You obviously don't cut much. Let me tell you, a grinder or a circular saw will gladly skip toward you in the opposite direction the blade is turning if given half a chance. I've got a couple of scars (small, fortunately) to prove it. You definitely want to push that rotating blade out away from your body - gives you much more leverage and control to keep it off your body.

Don't ever rely on the direction of the blade's rotation to tell you where the grinder/saw is going to end up once it decides to skip out of its groove.

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

She's cutting in the wrong direction. Dangerous to cut towards yourself - hit a hard spot, and that blade comes up out of the groove and straight at her legs.

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Teen student texter busts 20-second tongue-twisty SMS barrier

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Re: Obviously autocomplete

So - iOS is the only major smartphone OS left where you can't do swyping or "word flow"?

Tap, tap, tap, fanbois...

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Bevy of tech behemoths aim to plug the next Heartbleed with DOLLARS

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Re: Apple would have thrown in a few bucks

@Bronek - you can't play both sides of the argument. Either you share the wealth with those whose technology you gobble up, or you don't. Google does, Apple doesn't.

The connection between OpenSSL and NetBSD? Neither one of them appears to see a penny of Cupertino's vast fortune, even though some of their code gets shipped with the iGadgets.

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Re: Apple would have thrown in a few bucks

@Bronek - "Apple oferred money to OpenSSL once, to help implement support for dynamic libraries and the offer was rejected in no uncertain terms. This led Apple to never upgrading OpenSSL in its products and, in the words of their engineer "taking it behind a shed and shot". I do not think there is much appettite in Apple to offer the money again."

Google paid $300 million to the Mozilla foundation last year.

The NetBSD foundation, whose products and services ultimately benefit OSX, had a total income of $26,000 last year.

I can see why a foundation might reject Apple's offer of assistance.

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Apple would have thrown in a few bucks

But all the cash is tied up in Irish tax-avoidance schemes, unfortunately...

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Patch iOS, OS X now: PDFs, JPEGs, URLs, web pages can pwn your kit

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Re: Did they fix the bug where you can't use a Swype keyboard?

@AC - "As an impartial observer I'd say Prough's original post seems almost totally irrelevant, but Sean bilbo baggins reply is positively spittle flecked. Neither comes out of this looking good, and the discussion thread on a relatively interesting article descends into immature "did", "didn't", "did too!" arguments."

This article originally was about iOS updates to the built-in keyboard, but when the new "Triple Handshake" security info became available, El Reg completely changed the article but left the original comments. Now all these comments about iPhone keyboards look pretty silly, but it was still a fair bit of trolling on my part, if I do say so myself. Certainly seemed to get some fanboy's knickers in a twist. And what's more fun than that?

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Did they fix the bug where you can't use a Swype keyboard?

Not yet?

Tat-tap-tap, fanbois...

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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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