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BlackBerry's turnaround stalls

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Does Chen ride a unicorn to work?

Has Chen not noticed Microsoft giving Windows 10 away? That the old business model for software sales is no longer valid? I'd love to see him explain his vision to whomever he reports to, explain why the marketing for the Priv was so perfectly fucked up... I believe a valid claim could be made that Chen set the Priv up to fail just to prove his software-only Blackberry idea to be The Only Way.

Let's recap: From the November 6th, 2015 launch, the Priv was overpriced at $720, under-marketed, and carrier locked to AT&T and T-Mobile. Six months later April 2016, Verizon and Sprint get the CDMA Priv, still at $720. The Blackberry Store carries only the GSM version, not the CDMA version, and later drops the price to $649.

Which brings us to today with the GSM Priv for $499 at Amazon - still cannot purchase a new unlocked CDMA Priv from anyone other than Verizon or Sprint for.... drum-roll please.... $720.

IDK, this is kinda fragmented - reminds me of the BB Torch when it was introduced. AT&T got the slider version and Verizon got the non-slider Torch three months later. Made me mad enough to switch from our BB Storm2's to Samsung S4s and then to the Note3. I was thrilled to see the Priv introduced, I'm feeling a little burned by Samsung for not releasing Marshmallow on the Note3*, and was interested in getting some organized security patches/upgrades in a timely manner fro a vendor I trusted. Give me Apple quality hardware with Blackberry security software and I'll buy everything they have. But nooooo....

*Require Marshmallow for some stuff I want to do.

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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

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umm IoT?

Poor dog - Utah cops just bought a pet Lab, considering IoT is pretty much here and everything will have some flash memory in it...

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US House to vote on whether poor people need mobile phones

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Re: I have not down voted you

Re: side note.

An acquaintance has three Lifeline phones - two Motorola Droids and one Motorola Droid X. Runs his football/baseball card auction business through them with Paypal as his bank.

You may be wrong concerning smartphones.

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Use GWX Control Pecker or Clucking10 to prevent that from happening...

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Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

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Re: Holy shit.. THAT'S why Microsoft bought Skype...

Of course not. Just considering the software/port agility that Skype demonstrates in making a phone call if used with other applications and/or scams... Damn.

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Holy shit.. THAT'S why Microsoft bought Skype...

Ever try to block Skype on your network?

Fuck a duck....

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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Re: SAP? ..for Inventory Control? Are you mad?

'When they implemented SAP, they couldn't put a box into a truck even if their life depended on it'

Staples... Order online and pick up in store next day... One day whatever the fuck I ordered didn't make the truck and thus didn't get to the store - I didn't know this so I showed up anyway, thinking whatever the fuck it was I ordered would be there, nope.

Me: Ok, how about I take that one there on the shelf?

Staples: nope, we can't give it to you for the online price.

Me: What? Why not?

Staples: The numbers wouldn't match in the system and then we'd have to call those bastards at online Staples and we don't like them. Huge problem, can't be done.

Me: Seriously?

Staples: Yep, whatever the fuck you ordered will be in tomorrow..

Me: Let's just cancel it then.

Staples: We can't until whatever the fuck you ordered comes in, then we can run a return..........

Me:................

I order through Amazon mostly now.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: Wow...

re: Can't think of anything witty...

I've had many client machines magically unmark themselves and set that damn icon again - latest GWX Control Panel does a much better job now fyi.

Side story: Recently had reason to visit a local bank for a scanning issue (network, it's always network damnit) and they had Windows 10 Pro installed throughout their network. Quizzed their IT people about telemetry issues and they gave me blank stares... That's three banks I won't do business with due to security issues - almost afraid to look too deeply any more.

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Twitter expands beyond 140 characters

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Hmmm, that will help a bit

imo, twitter has become somewhat of an echo chamber, with folks on both sides following other folks with the same opinions. Seriously, how many times does '________ is the Debbil!' have to be retweeted? That gets irritating and I've pretty much checked out of politics until it's time to do the dirty deed and vote for the ones less likely to kill us all.

Now that being said, *targeted* tweeting can be very effective to get a point across. Whether good or bad, a good old school newsgroup flame, name, and shame (or praise from time to time), can get results with creative hashtagging and mentions to potentially interested parties. I'm currently having a lovely time trolling... baiting... having a public conversation with several local politicians and various government agencies (yeah wtf El Reg about that anyway?).

Moving on, I really don't see how Twitter can monetize unless they start charging for a organization's account/presence on twitter - make them pay for their targeted advertising etc. I mean twitter is both big and small at the same time, essentially it's a public messaging client with a much larger reach across the world. Difficult.

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Reavers! Google patent would affix pedestrians to car hoods

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Let's see what else sticks, shall we?

Dogs, cats, birds, bricks, trash cans, coke cans, Ameri-cans, Mexi-cans, Angeli-cans, Can-adians...

What about hail? Or very big bugs?

Next up, Google patents Mr Garrision's IT.... where something or other is 'gently inserted into the driver's anus to keep them in place...'

fuck the door and the coat, I'm taking the window exit...

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Iraq shuts down internet to prevent exam cheating. The country's entire internet

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OOOH! Dinosaur Game!

I'm on satellite so I see this often - my high score is 1830 :P

(You see Mr Dinosaur, hit your space bar and jump over cacti, pterodactyls, maybe more, that's as far as I have been so far lol)

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Sat TV biz Dish: I'm not an authorized iPhone repairer ... but $20 is $20

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Re: 4-inch lag screws

HA! You got screwed!

Mine used Gorilla Glue from a caulking gun... Gorilla Glue is for Gorilla glass, right?

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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Re: Why not bigger drives

This one time, at band camp, I had a cd come spinning out of the cd tray at about Mach 15, and hit me right in the throat. It hurt.

Ok, it wasn't band camp. Musical instruments are expensive. But it did hurt, even cut me a little.

;)

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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

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Precedent

Need to have legal precedent set before self-driving cars can be sold publicly - can't have terrorists disabling critical safety features such as remote control for the 'Safe Emergency Vehicle Brake and Lock' software for Public Safety Officers...

If you wear a full set of medieval armor on a daily basis, does it qualify for tin foil hat membership?

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Re: Car lobby?

Seems Detroit, Michigan was the auto manufacturing capital of the US at one time...

;)

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FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

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Re: Please lose this - loser!

oh please God, not the guy from 'You're Fired'...

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FBI's PRISM slurping is 'unconstitutional' – and America's secret spy court is OK with that

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Re: *FOREIGN*

Pretty damn stupid, don't you think?

'Those that don't learn from history, repeat the French Revolution as necessary'.

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Damn...

So the bottom line is that the 2nd Amendment will be required to enforce the 4th Amendment in order to stop the fucking secret courts then.

Nice.

oh and YEAH, I SAID IT! NSA/FBI/etc be damned.

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NYPD anti-crypto Twitter campaign goes about as well as you'd expect

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Hey Aodhhan....

Fuck off.

Is that critical enough for you?

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Re: Other rights

"Americans have a right to privacy, but crime victims and surviving family members have rights, too – namely, the right to have cases solved with the strongest evidence available. Juries don't just expect that – they demand it, and evidence that used to reside in file cabinets, closets, and safes is today stored on smartphones."

That's the part that gets me - what rights now? "Americans have Constitutional rights, BUT..." No, that's it... no ifs. ands, buts, or any other qualifications.

Fuck you, do your fucking jobs within the law. If you cannot, we'll find somebody else who can.

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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Re: Strange email from them today

Somebody dusted off tapes from 2012... 'Oh Hey look what I found!' lol

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UK authorities probe 'drone hitting plane at Heathrow'

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Re: uninsured birds?

Wut? DARPA doesn't have bionic birds? Remember, reasonable doubt can set you free. /s

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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

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Re: IDK, WTF, and STFU

Found the Hildawg supporter....

;)

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IDK, WTF, and STFU

I don't know what the fuck is going on in this year's election and ya'll can shut the fuck up considering ya'll thought Obama was the next best thing to Mother Teresa...

(Bernie should be winning over that sack of recycled potatoes Hildawg and Trump? Cruz? WHO the fuck let them out? Jesus...)

...the camo jacket with MREs, wooden stakes, garlic, and other interesting bits in pockets...

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What's wrong with the Daily Mail buying Yahoo?

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Re: I am a bit worried

Currently, AT&T (and all the domains AT&T acquired in the rush to reassemble Ma Bell) hosts their email with Yahoo, so should be just fine for a while.

;)

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Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

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Re: Penguin

Binged? BINGED? GTFO! That way ->

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America's Intelligence Transparency Council to meet for the first time … behind closed doors

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Transparency...

...Let me tell you a story of a man named Jeb.....*

...redacted...

...redacted...

...redacted...

*.* This comment was edited for your protection by the US Department of Public Safety. "We're The Good Guys"

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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Unintended Consequences

I want to encrypt *everything* now... just because I'm contrary and don't think these idiots could program a VCR... they have 'people' for that mundane stuff...

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White House flushes away court-ordered decryption like it was a stinky dead goldfish

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Congress has exempted themselves out of every other questionable legislation they've passed, what would be different here?

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There's oil in that thar … Chinese space probe?

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Re: Small particiles don't drop

Good Call.

Osama had an uncivil degree in engineering...

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Re: Cheap shot.

It is 'High Energy' after all...

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Humans get 'aroused' fondling robots in their private areas – study

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Humans...

...get aroused by everything and nothing at all... now gimme my grant money.

Grant Money arouses me.

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Commentard April Fool decries Blighty's dodecaquid

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Every day is April Fool's Day on the internet... I thought this was already established.

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You can't dust-proof a PC with kitchen-grade plastic food wrap

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Re: Lightning strikes are always fun

In the late 90's, company I worked for put up Tsunami 2.4Ghz transmitters in towers around Tucson, Arizona that could push a wireless signal about 5km line of sight, creating one of the first point-to-point consumer wireless connections in the country. It was done on the cheap (ok gear wasn't cheap, but the owner of said company should have bought spectrum since he was throwing money around), but we used Cisco 48 port switches with T1/T3 connections to each tower for packet traffic.

There was one important tower close to downtown that got hit with lightning literally every storm and would take it down. Credit goes to Cisco with their robust switches, we would have to go to the tower, simply move the ethernet cable over to another port, and connectivity was restored. That tower's switch would get replaced roughly every two years after it ran out of ports - owner of that tower never did figure out why it was such a lightning magnet or ever get t grounded properly. Mysteries of the Unknown shit.

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Done making the big stuff better? The path to Apple's mid-life crisis

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Re: Crisis, wot crisis?

'Obviously, Jobs turned the company around after his return in '97. Apple is well down the same road again.'

man... I don't know how well I'd deal with a Zombie Jobs as CEO of Apple...

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Reddit's warrant canary shuffles off this mortal coil

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Obviously...

The NSA/FBI are from Goonswarm/Imperium - kinda figures they would be goons - since Dreddit and TEST are on the Good Guys side, they're making good on their threats after getting their asses handed to them in-game.

Bastards...

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BlackBerry's still losing millions – but hit its revenue target, finally

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Why all the carrier hate?

Verizon is trying to sell the Blackberry Priv for $299 *plus* a two year contract. Few years ago I bought the Samsung Note 3 in a buy one get one free scenario just after the 3's were introduced (and before the Ellen Degenerous did the selfie thing). There's been no advertising and even though I had a BB Priv arrival notification in with my local 'Verizon Business Representative', not a word has been said by this Verizon busybody about it, yet calls up every other week trying to dump last year's POS tablet flavor of the month on me. I know the BB Priv is in stock, yet Verizon has decided to be dicks about it for some reason.

Fuck. I don't like companies like Verizon, AT&T, Facebook, Google, etc becoming all-powerful, where just a word or policy can make or break another company. Between the governments and the corps... us line animals are fucked.

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Android's unpatched dead device jungle is good for security

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Re: Image not representative

ooooohhhhh... got it!*

;)

*slightly brain dead after a 14 hour day troubleshooting/installing stuff. I need a beer.

Edited to say: and boobies. Beer and boobies would go over nice right now.

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That one phone the FBI wanted unlocked? Here are 63 more, says ACLU

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Re: Involuntary servitude

FYI, it's 'Native American', not Indian, you silly Brit wogs...

;)

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Amazon WorkSpaces two years on: Are we ready for cloud-hosted Windows desktops?

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Optimistic pricing

$948/yr will buy a decent workstation that will last 3+ years. Not seeing the benefit here.

Nope.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: 'Trumpet'

Bwaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaahahahahahahahahahaha! That's fucking great... 'Trumpet'... hahahahahahaaa

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Re: Small != Small

Real reason I have the Note 3 is because of Minecraft and Clash of Clans... figure if I have to carry a leash around, might as well get some fun out of it during downtime.

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Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

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The first rule of AI

There is no AI....

Prettt\y cool, just like fi.... nm

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Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs

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Re: Mark!

BURN THE WITCH!*

*he turned me into a newt!

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

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Re: They are generally pretty good

All I ever wanted at 12 was this: http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2023689_2023681_2023598,00.html

A Mattel Electronics Football game... but then I discovered the radio in 1977 and built them instead.

Funny, I still want the Football game...

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iOS flaw exploited to decrypt iMessages, access iThing photos

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Re: Nation-state?

The implication being that without the courageous brilliant leadership of Le Professor, it would take a nation-state with comprehensive reading skills like he has, to discover a security hole in IoS. Ordinary plebs like us could never find such a thing...

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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Re: There is a hair in my soup

Digital camera embedded in the toe of his shoe, duh... wait. Stupid problem-solving mind... hate it when it does that.

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German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

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Re: His female companion

The 13 Rings and the One O-Ring That Ruled Them All...

Heard that someplace....

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Re: Points for the image

If sitting in an ER with 13 rings around your Precious didn't convince you that perhaps you may be just unlucky, I don't believe adding frostbite to said Precious would be conducive to an active sex life...

Just saying...

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

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I hate code...

... I hate the people writing it, I hate having to fix it... which I do all_the_fucking_time.

I liked doing programming at one time - until that fateful day the main programmer moved on. This programmer was responsible for porting Netsol's Unix registrar code to our ISP's Windows 2000 AD network, a biggish deal since everything has to be perfect. This guy made performance bonus's and a fucking big payoff when the software was 'finished', then he quit and moved on across the country. Week later the big launch comes and it_failed_horribly. Enter me, the senior admin who just recently upgraded the ISP's network from NT 4.01 to Win2k AD with Solaris x86 DNS servers, and I'm the guy they're pointing fingers at. I didn't know shit about what the 'programmer' was doing, I'm not sales or head of the programmer/webdesign department, How_the_fuck_am_I_responsible? I caught so much shit... and the motherfucker didn't document shit. Ended up coding that POS essentially by gunpoint, no bonus, from scratch. I giggled when that registrar (and the ISP) folded a few years later...

I have hated programmers since that point in my life. I'll admit they are useful at times, but overall they did shit code.

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