* Posts by Cameron Colley

2176 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

The future of Firefox is … Chrome

Cameron Colley

So, Chrome is the new IE then?

Good to know that, in a few years time, there will only be one real browser choice with a few based upon it (Opera, Firefox [if it survives]) and a bunch of incompatible browsers which only render a few pages.

Hopefully I'll be dead by then.

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Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

Cameron Colley

Re: That may get in my shopping list

hdparm for spindown works fine with the USB drive attached to my Pi model B, as it does with my desktop also. You'll see an error returned as USB doesn't seem to carry the response from the drive (my interpretation) but the command "hdparm -S 5", for example, does work fine.

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When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

Cameron Colley

Re: I love these stories, it shows what a nasty, immature disfunctional bunch we are.

The problem is it does cost to be helpful -- too many time-wasting calls (like the one in the article where the customer wanted support for something not covered by that particular helldesk) and you're not getting to the real calls quick enough and, in the worst case, bang goes your "productivity bonus" (or whatever it's called).

Yes, of course, it's best to be polite and, if possible, give help rather than get rid of customers but in the real world of the helldesk time is a precious commodity one can't afford to waste on a customer who's not paying for it.

There are enough genuine issues to keep helldesks busy without having to help people who either can't be bothered to think for themselves or call the wrong people entirely.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

Cameron Colley

So, advertisers are being robbed?

Considering advertising is just legalised robbery* I'm sad it isn't making much of an impact.

If the sub-human scum in advertising were really under threat we would have heard about it from every available outlet. As it is, sadly, I think the manipulative wastes of life are still around.

*Telling somebody they need to pay for something they do not is robbery.

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BlackBerry axes 200 jobs – including a third of its HQ staff

Cameron Colley

Re: Great, thanks FAndroids and Applites.

@Martin Summers: True, they are not dead yet but it's not looking good.

I honestly don't know what the specs of either are I'm one of those people who wants a mobile communications device with a keyboard. There's nothing I've seen of Android that makes me thing it's any better at email, texting, browsing and phone calls than even my old Bold.

Perhaps that's somewhere else that Blackberry have gone wrong? Perhaps they're trying too hard to be clever and "high specification" when a decent communications device may still have a market?

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Cameron Colley

Great, thanks FAndroids and Applites.

Thank to all those FAndroids and Applites in marketing forcing slabs of glass on us all. Thanks a fucking bunch.

Now there are no choices left, I hope you're all happy.

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

Cameron Colley

Re: Trying to keep the cost down..

Windows costs nothing* to OEMs, so there is nothing to be saved by providing a machine with Linux. Those OEMs which do, occasionally, provide machines running Linux do so in order to provide a bargaining chip on their next M$ licensing negotiations.

Isn't this general knowledge by now?

*They pay M$ a license for "projected machines shipped" and, likely, extra charges for anything which doesn't run Linux (taking into account the negotiations taken into above).

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

Cameron Colley

My current blood alcohol levels allowed me clarity:

This is a plot by the inebriati to keep the rest of us from becoming more successful and more powerful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zj50DmBFp0

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Cameron Colley

Re: The problem with excessive caution....

Indeed. A friend once told me they'd been advised to try to drink one non-alcoholic drink for every alcoholic one when "binge drinking" as a way to keep blood alcohol lower and reduce dehydration. Whether or not it does your health any good I'm not qualified to say but I'm sure it keeps you from drinking as much alcohol and I know in hot climates it does make the hangover less obvious.

It is said that eating properly before drinking is a good idea also -- how about trying to encourage that?

There are lots of little "tricks" that can either help reduce consumption or, perhaps, change focus a little which I am sure could help makes attitudes to drinking more healthy.

But, no, the government hires some puritanical moron to tell people something which isn't true instead. Shows just how much contempt they hold us all in -- they can't even pretend to give a shit about the people who pay them.

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Put your private parts on display if you want to keep earning a living

Cameron Colley

Re: Sorted

I suspect that "mouse jiggler" sounds much more euphemistic to the Norwegians and, possibly, other Scandinavians also.

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French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

Cameron Colley

Re: From my POV, it consistently comes down to #MyStupidGovernment

How do you think the rest of us feel?

Our UKian government is bad enough but thanks to various "special relationships" and out and out bribery and threats the majority of us in the rest of the world are still ruled by your, ignorant, warmongering, lawless, child-killing, innocent-torturing, fascist government.

Good to see the "cowardly" French and the "crazy drug-dealing homosexual" Dutch seem to be doing their best to resist though.

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Cameron Colley

You beat me to it.

I suppose, at a pinch, it could be said that at least monkeys have backbones unlike the majority of politicians.

I'm fairly sure the "cheese eating surrender monkeys" jibe was an ironic one but "liberty fries" most certainly was not and it would appear that the "land of the free" and the country which "rules the waves" could learn a thing or two from the country we poke fun at.

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Brit cuffed for Kyrgyz 'horse penis' sausage quip

Cameron Colley

Re: God grief...

Any such list would have to include the USA -- just a post on Twitter on jest and you are an undesirable.

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Patch now! Flash-exploitin' PC-hijackin' attack spotted in the wild by Huawei bods

Cameron Colley

Re: When will the horror end?

HTML5 gaming? See Bananabread. OK, so it's a different sort of game to the ones generally made in Flash but it illustrates nicely that it's probably not HTML5 itself holding gaming back but, perhaps, lack of experienced developers.

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

Cameron Colley

Just give me a frikking keyboard!

All these "app stores", fancy screens and the like are fabulous for those who want them but, please, somebody, just make a fucking physical keyboard! As it is I'm on a now obsolete BlackBerry Bold because the thought of using one of these glass slices for email and text chat (my main mobile uses) is just too much to bear. Surely physical keyboards aren't that expensive?

By the way, I am aware that BlackBerry are still around with things like the Classic but since I like to keep a phone for at least 5 years before changing I worry that BlackBerry may not exist when I come to buy a new phone.

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Feeling abandoned by Adobe? Check out the video editing suites for penguins

Cameron Colley

@ Chemist: My Pi tends to just run and run as an HTTP, SSH and mpd server but it has to be said that that kind of thing is a solved problem without any need for development. It would be extremely bad if web servers needed rebooting more than once a year or so since they've been pretty much doing the same kind of things for decades. Video editing and the like, however, is coping with things like 4K and a huge number of graphics cards and attempting to use every single piece of optimisation available on the platform. I dare say that if one used these video programs on last-years best graphics card, a many-threaded processor and a shed load of RAM they wouldn't crash at all (my ageing bulldozer rarely crashes and it's a rubbish processor) but this software is meant to push the limits so is bound to crash.

Games tend to he the same, also, as they're designed to push the system to its limits in order to be slicker.

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Cameron Colley

Surely software on all systems crashes and has random bugs? I won't deny that Linux source software has its share of buggy programs (though I seem lucky with my choices, Google Earth apart) but I've come across a fair bit of buggy software on Windows too and relatives have had issues with Mac software. Sadly it's the nature of software that human error will always creep in and the vast number of different hardware and software setups used means no software is guaranteed to work for everyone.

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You ain't nothing but a porn dog, prying all the time: Cyber-hound sniffs out hard drives for cops

Cameron Colley

Re: Sounds Expensive

@ waldo kitty Your link's not working but I think it will be the one, by Amber Marks.

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Cameron Colley

Re: Sounds Expensive

@ Yet Another Anonymous coward:

There's a book by a woman who has contributed to this site in the past called Headspace which, amongst other things, suggests just that. It's well worth a read, by the way (reminding me to buy it for my Kindle now).

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Cameron Colley
Coat

Re: Woo hoo! A canine dog!

Apparently they tried the ovine variety but it was too easy to pull the wool over their eyes.

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No £160m for you: BT to receive termination notice from Cornwall before Christmas

Cameron Colley

I thought BT had lost another high-value government contract recently?

However, I can't find any news on it and don't want to post any details lest it be privileged information, for some reason. Has anybody heard of such?

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Researcher claims Facebook tried to gag him over critical flaw

Cameron Colley

Why the "house" and "underwear drawer" analogies?

Do some of the posters above live in server rooms or something? The comparison to breaking into somebody's home is at best inaccurate and at worst deliberately overly-dramatic.

This is akin to breaking into a place of business using a credit card to bypass the Yale lock then finding the safe keys in an unlocked drawer, opening the safe, photographing the contents then sending the photographs to the company who own the premises.

Please do not be so misleading as to suggest that this is in any way akin to the heinous crime of housebreaking.

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'Paedo hunter' who made £40,000 from blackmail jailed for 9 years

Cameron Colley

who told us that the victims were looking for child abuse images?

The victims of this scum may just have like a woman who looked a little more youthful -- but the shild abuse images would have been sent to them anyhow.

Without actual evidence even suggesting that the victims of this fan of child abuse images are guilty of anything looks like slander to me.

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One-armed bandit steals four hours of engineer's busy day

Cameron Colley

Re: Epson

I thought it was off PARC avenue?

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Cameron Colley

Re: And the point is?

Pretty much what I was thinking: The machine did have a fault and the technician fixed it. I dare say the pub paid for a support contract to keep the machines in good working order so they had every right to expect them to work perfectly.

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Pope instructs followers to put the iPhone away during dinner

Cameron Colley

Re: Remind me why anybody should listen to this guy?

Ah, so why not have Roman Abramovich's thoughts on family dinners?

Yes, sorry, I forgot all these servants I have and high-class rent-boys. Easy to forget when you're not in a gilded palace.

Seriously though, you really think he's not pampered? The guy's the head of a multinational billion-dollar firm which claims to worship a man who would give his life for other men yet they have a whole country of their own they could sell to help with world hunger yet just sit by and watch...

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Cameron Colley

Remind me why anybody should listen to this guy?

Good advice or not, why on earth should anybody be listening to this man? What relevance or authority has this pampered prick?

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Sound waves could power the future's magnetic HDDs

Cameron Colley

Re: Ahem:

Don't SSDs have many more unused sectors though? Meaning that the drives themselves last longer, since they're over-provisioned and have no moving parts, but the actual bits themselves are less reliable than those on magnetic media. That's certainly the impression I get anyhow.

The fact this is done so well means I'm happy to trust SSDs with my data possibly even a little more than spinning rust but I think the technology itself has a shorter lifespan.

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Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

Cameron Colley

I wonder...

Are some Western Digital "security" bods moonlighting in the malware business?

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Drones are dropping drugs into prisons and the US govt just doesn't know what to do

Cameron Colley

@Various naysayers.

I notice a lot of replies here saying things like "But nets over such and such a yard would be too big." (which I agree with) or "But criminals will ignore a law stating that it is illegal to fly drones over prisons." (which, again, I agree with).

What those people are forgetting is that security is a process and not a single thing you do. The nets over anywhere practical will prevent some intrusions, the law against flying drones over prisons will allow those with the ability to do so to do things like shoot them down or fire HERF weapons at them, and so on.

Heck, the way some AC posts read here it seems that there are no prisoners in the US since I'd wager every single security measure within the prison system has, at one point, been compromised in theory if not in practice.

I would type more but I've got to put my SSH port back from a non-standard as that's pointless because a real hacker would port-scan. Then I'll uninstall fail2ban because, after all, a real hacker's not going to use the same IP address twice. Then I'll disable public key authentication because, after all, the NSA can break that. Then I'll be nice and safe with my standard-port password-only SSH server...

Edit: I happen to be in the "Just decriminalise drugs already and let prison inmates have all they want" camp.

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How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves

Cameron Colley

The answer is slaves, of course.

In Dubai, at least, they'll just build giant freezers then make slaves carry blocks of ice with them everywhere for cooling.

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AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

Cameron Colley

Colour me ambivalent.

I tend to agree with above posters that the AMD documentation and, even, marketing does explain about the "cores" being in "modules" and that, historically, no FPU is required for something to be designated an FPU so I think the case ought to be dropped.

I actually bought an FX-8120 (I know, somebody had to) and performance-wise it lives up to expectations, though it seems prone to overheating (but no more so when overclocked). I really have no idea which Intel CPU and motherboard combination I could have bought at the time which would perform better for the price since Intel seem determined to this day to produce so many overlapping products with this and that feature enabled or not that it's almost impossible to decide which combination will even support virtualisation never mind will perform the best for a specific workload. Well, until one starts looking at CPUs which cost more than two AMD CPUs and motherboards.

Oh, the reason I am looking at Intel is that I know they do currently make better CPUs than AMD -- I just wish they'd make it easier to choose one.

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Scarface's explosive 'Little Friend' goes under the hammer

Cameron Colley

Re: Very Hip.

They can be fired from the hip, as this bloke demonstrates:

https://youtu.be/d84r8gMGxFQ?t=125

Of course you need somebody dragging around a box of ammo and a battery though.

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Big mistake, Google. Big mistake: Chrome OS to be 'folded into Android'

Cameron Colley

Re: It's not all bad news, however

Androgen OS?

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Ex-Microsoft craft ale buffs rattle tankard for desktop brewery

Cameron Colley

What's the point of this?

It's hideously expensive per pint and, as pointed out above, the beer's not "craft".

If you want something DIY then just home brew the usual way and if you're after "craft" beer buy it by the bottle as it's not going to be more expensive than this.

What is the point of this?

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It's all Me, Me, Me! in Doctor Who's The Woman Who Lived but what of Clara's fate?

Cameron Colley

Re: I don't understand the negative comments about the "jokes"?

See Simon Harris's Post below referring to Amy and Amiability for an explanation of the squirrel reference.

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Cameron Colley

I don't understand the negative comments about the "jokes"?

It would, in my opinion, have been cringe-worthy to watch the condemned man making actually funny, witty or, especially, intelligent jokes. The whole point of the jokes was that they were bad and in bad taste -- it's part of the plot for goodness sake.

If they featured an untalented but aspiring musician who couldn't sing or play guitar would there be moans about how bad they were?

I was disappointed though that Ashilder didn't shoot any squirrels.

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'Cancer-causing bacon would put a real dampner on processed pig sales'

Cameron Colley
Black Helicopters

Of course Bacon is carcinogenic!

Though not apparent from the ingredients label it contains the known carcinogen DHMO which is said to be implicated in 100% of all cancer case, as well as many other fatal illnesses.

Sadly, the movement to ban DHMO from food is being blocked by governments paid off by pro-DHMO lobbyists and deaths where DHMO is involved in some way are rarely attributed to it.

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TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

Cameron Colley

Re: Radio 4

@Anonymous Coward: "So, how is that important? They have the same details you give when you write a cheque for something to be delivered to your home address. And, like any sane person, you don't use the same password for your banking."

You sound just like Jeremy Clarkson. Perhaps look into how well it went for him when he made his baking details public?

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Experts ponder improbable size of Cleopatra's asp

Cameron Colley

Re: It's obvious!

The best vampire movie has to be Abel Ferrara's The Addiction. A modern-day vampire story with plety of darkness and no glamour.

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Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

Cameron Colley

I despair.

It's a sodding file extension. What a horrific world we live in where the use of a three letter extension could cause controversy.

Heck, I've installed some SIS files in my time and it took this article to make me realise that may have a double meaning:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIS_%28file_format%29

Mind you, why only three letters for a file extension anyhow? This isn't the 1990s, just give them the extension .brotli and have done with it.

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Hurrah! Doctor Who brings us a bootstrap paradox treat in Before the Flood

Cameron Colley

Re: I thought there was no such thing as the "bootstrap paradox"?

You can't even do that though because you are affecting the causal chain which led up to the present circumstances. In the same way that events which have no impact upon each other do not have to take place in any order therefore don't really take place in the same time stream events which have a causal relationship cannot be changed in order therefore time travel within that causal chain is impossible.

There is no paradox because, physically speaking, it breaks the laws of thermodynamics and quantum physics -- at least that was the gist of the article I read.

Edit: By the way, this isn't so much a criticism of Dr Who as it would be pretty dull without time travel within causal streams but more a criticism of there still being a thing called "bootstrap paradox" referred to when as far as I was aware it had been proven not to be possible.

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Cameron Colley

Re: Faraday cage with a window ...

While it doesn't surprise me one bit you would think that if somebody were to try to tempest-harden a room they would be worried about the wires transmitting a signal also. I am actually frightened that people incompetent enough to cut a hole in a Faraday cage could end up making decisions which could cost lives. I thought that wilfully aiding the enemy would be a court-martial offence or was everybody involved a complete and utter moron?

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Cameron Colley

I thought there was no such thing as the "bootstrap paradox"?

I am sure I read an article in New Scientist around 20 years ago regarding time travel which suggested that time travel is only possible if the causal chain of the present is not altered -- so you can go back and kill the grandparent of somebody who has no causal relationship upon your existence and your having made a time machine but you cannot kill the grandparent of anybody who is in your causal past.

I think the article used an analogy of a pool table with time-travel wormholes in the corners and that the ball could not go back in time, come out of a wormhole and alter its course so that it went into the wormhole which caused it to go back in time. I also seem to recall there was some quantum mathematics involved so this wasn't just saying "it's a paradox therefore it can't happen".

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

Cameron Colley

Re: Bah. I never have any problems with card code theft...

I prefer Fish and Cushion myself. Thought it was a red herring at first but now I'm pretty comfortable with it.

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Cameron Colley

Re: Cruel and unusual punishment

One hotel I stayed at I had to ask for two new cards in the same day and a new one on two subsequent days. I didn't keep the cards near my phone and while they were kept in the same pocket as my wallet they weren't toughing the magstrips on either of my cards and there's nothing magnetic in my wallet.

I've a feeling (backed up by Mythbusters) that the whole mobile phone causing issues (with magstrips and NFC and other RID) is a myth anyhow -- I just think that many people keep their various cards near their phones and that the cards are prone to failure and the two are unconnected.

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Ship-swallowing GREEN BIO-STORM spotted FROM SPAAACE

Cameron Colley

Re: It can "swallow" ships

Should have replaced them with "Caspian sea monsters" -- has to be the coolest method of transport out there.

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

Cameron Colley

I miss Hilary Duff.

It doesn't do it any more but Google Translate used to translate Zwarte Piet (Santa's companion in the Netherlands) to Hilary Duff. Sadly they corrected it to Black Peter not all that long after I discovered it.

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

Cameron Colley

Re: Why does the government fear private computers?

Governments, well Western ones at least, don't fear private computers.

They want to provide their chums in the computer hardware and software business with lucrative contracts selling to the "intelligence" services. The politicians want the board of directors jobs and kickbacks offered for drumming up business for their pals.

Governments aren't about helping the people or the country they're about helping the members of the government make more money.

Governments couldn't give a shit about terrorism, illegal drugs or child pornography. They want power and money.

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

Cameron Colley

This would have been interesting a few years back.

I wonder whether the whole of Iceland (country not shop) was banned from downloading their products after Iceland was declared a terrorist organisation?

To be fair to Sophos I have seen these lists passed around by email at a previous place of work (hence knowing about Iceland) and the warnings accompanying them suggest that dealing with anybody on the list without proving they are not a terrorist can end up with jail time for the employee and the CEO (or equivalent) so I tend to blame the morons in government for thinking that a name used on the internet is any kind of a way of identifying anyone.

Anyhow, back to writing articles and shagging Yvonne... ;)

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