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Cryptocurrency cruncher cranks prime number constellation

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If bitcoin mining is basically a distributed brute force attack, how long until the NSA come up with a system that rewards cryptocurrency in exchange for throwing your PC muscle behind cracking 'communications of interest'?

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Anti-download biz sued for 'abusive' robo-call demands for money

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It occurs to me that this is basically Extortion Racketeering where the threat is the stress, drain & possible financial ruin instead of good old fashioned violence. They shouldn't be sued, they should be investigated by the police and possibly put in bracelets.

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I suspect the trolls would never actually initiate court action, aside from being far too expensive they wouldn't want to push their victims to seek professional representation or to put their case in front of a Judge. Either scenario would see them ripped to shreds.

The only way they'll end up in court is with a suit against them, either a class action like this or if they balls up and target someone with money or legal qualifications.

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Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned

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@Persona non grata

"So, like to admit you got that wrong then?"

Not particularly.

The Swedish courts have a warrant for his arrest. (which has just been upheld)

Interpol has a warrant for his arrest.

The UK courts agree that there is sufficient grounds to extradite him to Sweden.

I would imagine they also have a warrant for his arrest out given he skipped bail.

Ergo, he is going to be arrested and held as soon as he leaves the embassy, for bail-jumping at least even if the Swedish charges were to magically melt away. Questioning him in the embassy accomplishes the square root of fuck all for the Swedish prosecutors, so why would they bother? It would be bad precedent to pander to a fugitive in this way.

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Re: Flame Suit Donned

This has been said a thousand times and I can't believe I'm letting myself be sucked back in but here goes: It's not about interviewing him, it's about charging him with the crimes he is accused of - the interview is a mandatory part of Swedish law that must occur before he can be charged. There were warrants out for arrest years ago. Swedish officials coming to the UK would accomplish nothing and would probably actually be counterproductive.

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BEST EVER broadband? Oh no you DIDN'T, Sky – ad watchdog

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"Gavin Patterson, BT chief executive, has previously accused Sky of "buying" customers with its special offers."

Clearly BT are incensed at the prospect of the commoners getting a benefit from dealing with a corporation. Don't Sky know you just lock the peasants into a 2 year contract (3 when we can slither it through) and ignore them until they are free to leave?

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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Don't be ridiculous. if we tried something like that we could end up looking at a Resonance Cascade failure!

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Even if they perfect the gripping operation so it is optimum for 'normal' building surfaces, I think they'll run into issues with the grip pads becoming clogged. Try it in the real world and the supergrip is bound to get clogged with dust and grit and become unable to make contact with the climbing surface. Possibly the next step in the technology will be 'switching off' the grip when it's not hugging a wall so crap doesn't accumulate.

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USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked

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Would a WhiteHat attack on the firmware be feasible? Have a background program on your machine attempt to own any USB device inserted, and if it's succesful throw up a panic flag, install verified clean firmware and start scanning for hidden partitions.

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Far Cry 4 REVIEW: It's a far cry from Far Cry 3

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Re: Not quite sure...

I loved FC3, my main gripe with it was the speed of spread and deadliness of the fire. The most annoying bit was when you caught fire there was a delay between the 'oh shit I'm on fire' animation/damage and the 'heal' button switching over to the 'Extinguish fire' function. More often not I'd try to pat myself down too early and inject a healing syringe. Then I had to wait for a cooldown period on the button WHILE I'M BURNING to put myself out.

Having said that I did love FC3 and I'll probably pick this up. I hope they add some better mission replayability this time though.

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SCREW YOU, net neutrality hippies – AT&T halts gigabit fiber

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Re: Obama Plan for Internet?? - Nooooo!

'Keeping costs low' is relative. I would say £110Bn a year is a (financially) high cost but we gladly pay it to live in a society where the sick aren't left behind. It only looks like a low cost in comparison to the mind-boggling US system.

One of these days someone over there will work out you could probably fly a patient to Canada, put them up in a hotel for a week and buy a minor operation from a private practice there cheaper than the US does it. Would be interesting if someone like Musk tried to build a business model around it.

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GIANT sunspot returns, bigger and belchier than ever before

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Whatever happened to the Maunder Minimum we were supposedly due? I thought we were in for a series of SuperWinters.

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Boffin imagines Wi-Fi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

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Re: These can't be DoSed, right?

So what happens in a Civil War when both teams theoretically have home field advantage?

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German telco watchdog bitten by hound with bigger teeth

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It's nice to see regulatory capture isn't exclusively limited to Blighty and her children at least.

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Windows XP market share FELL OFF A CLIFF in October

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Re: A large uptick for "Other" on the first graph

Or people still sticking/stuck with XP are taking steps to obfuscate their OS so as not to advertise a vulnerability to all and sundry. I could speculate that a 'hide my OS' browser extension has gone viral.

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Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

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Re: Hippo Farts

I would pay to have that particular memory erased from my brain.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Re: makes you blind...

Only if your aim is off.

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Arrrr GOSH! Argos website goes titsup to make it EVEN BETTER

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Didn't know people found the Argos app useful, last time I tried it was dire; might be worth giving it another whirl. Maybe they are changing their ways after all.

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Argos seriously need to get with the times. Laminated catalogues and slow broken touchscreens aren't cutting it any more. They should have a decent Argos app and WiFi in every store so you can smoothly browse, reserve & pay with your phone whether there or at home.

Also they should be partnering with Amazon/others for the locker thing where you can have online goods delivered to a store. Their entire business is basically storing stock in a warehouse, a partnership that would bring extra revenue and footfall should be a no-brainer.

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Wir streiken! German Amazon workers down tools

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Re: Are the strikes the reason...

Minimum wage, minimum effort.

Simple as that. When you know your employer is scaling your pay to the lowest setting allowed by law and busting your arse won't change that, it's entirely rational to save your energy for jobhunting / uni / generally pissing around.

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

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Re: BAE a 'Brit' company?

I think they are typicallly only 'BRITISH' when they do bad, i.e. how the US politicians were lining up to bollock 'BRITISH Petroleum' after the Gulf spill. Kind of like how Andy Murray is Scottish when he crashes out of tournaments.

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Re: Numbers

"A missile can take down ONE attacker. If the enemy attacks with a wave of drones then the available supply of missiles will be exhausted very quickly leaving the vehicle with no protection."

That's currently one more than a not yet existing railgun that will be highly unlikely to effectively scale to APC level. Even if a ground vehicle railgun did come into being, it would still suffer from the same ammo limitations. Okay railgun slugs would take less space than missiles, but now you need something in the vehicle to power the accelerator.

Also if the railgun projectile is to be launched at speeds that make it worth using a railgun instead of an old school decent calibre cannon, the air disruption at launch would likely pose a serious threat to nearby infantry if not the vehicle itself.

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I think the main purpose of this project is as a money funnel flowing from the military to BAE. God forbid a General have time to think and realise the best thing for the army would be to demand more of the missiles that have done the job for years at a cheaper price.

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

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Re: We shouldn't be surprised, should we ?

"Linux is providing them with revenue via patents"

I think that's a VERY shaky house of cards that could fall apart at any time. Sooner or later someone will standup to the Microsoft shakedown, and MS will either have to back off or declare once and for all in court the patents allegedly infringed by Linux. Neither option would bode well for strong-arming further licencing agreements.

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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"The more feral kids will use this to write rude words, which can be a powerful motivator to learn things at that age."

10 PRINT "MR STEPHENS IS A BELL-END"

20 GOTO 10

RUN

Happy memories.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: 10 years

I don't think Big Oil could afford a bidding war over the fusion startups; a lot of their value is tied up in the company's core business being viable. If fusion genuinely becomes a realistic thing Oil companies will go from multinational money machines to debt laden liabilities sitting on obsolete kit they paid billions for in a very short span of time.

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Australian spookhaus busted for warrantless tap of own phones

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Hiding in plain sight

It occurs to me this could be them actually so paranoid in the wake of whistle-blowers like Snowden that they were genuinely spying on their own department. The stroke of genius is to admit it as a 'technical error' rather than trying to bury it.

This way the headlines are more 'HAR HAR SPIES ARE MUPPETS' and less 'Warrantless Wiretapping Scandal Continues'.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: Nice, but why...

It's so the bloatware is always in your face when you're on the tablet. Every time someone less technical than a Reg reader sees the icon, there's a chance they'll go "Oh, what's this?" and fire it up without realising it's a hook for someone who wants your money. Or you could be trying to buy the latest Patsy Cline album and suddenly find your favourite Goongle muzak player cannot connect to servers. You really want that album today though, and look, there appears to be a ChamChung muzak app already on your phone...

Basically the bloatware is always there to maximise chances of preying on a moment of weakness.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Re: No-one gets away scott free

"Yes, he should've been fired right there, on that moment, for melting down 50% of Nokia on the market in ONE F'N DAY. "

While I agree with your assessment, who on the board would realistically have pulled that trigger? Firing a brand new CEO with clearly no planned replacement strategy would have only doubled down on the share nosedive, and then the firer has then just committed the same offence as the firee.

Ironically picking a direction and sticking with it come hell or high water was probably at one time the best strategy for Nokia, unfortunately that time was months ago and definitely long before they were brought low enough to have to accept the Devil's coin from MS. That just left them with outsiders effectively setting policy for them.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Re: Pope Francis patting a fanny

You're meant to keep it in your head as a mental image of the scene rather than a collection of words. It's proven that imagery is much more memorable, especially if it's amusing. And if you can imagine the Pope waving a fan over a patty it's much less likely to mutate into an image of the Pope patting someone on the [body part appropriate to the nickname on your continent.]

Although that image would be much more memorable...

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Strange tale of an angry bean counter, Comcast and a shock 'firing'

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God forbid the free* news services make any money.

*Yes, not technically free, you are the product, free at the point of delivery or whatever bollocks it's called today, I don't care.

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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Surely the fact that Leo Apotheker considered this should be the #1 reason not to do it? Unless she's trying to launch a new ship that her and her mates can jump to when the Autonomy fiasco turns (even more) sour?

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Re: ...one doubt is about stop and start

With twin batteries, presumably never unless you're extremely unlucky or negligent with maintenance?

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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That was an example of what in some circles is known as hyperbole, and in others as a "joke."

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Re: alas

I never said that was the only consideration, if l only looked at price per gig I'd be a staunch advocate of magnetic tape. But within the realm of SSD's, price to capacity has reached a sweet spot where you can upgrade from spinning drives without a massive hit to the wallet.

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But the £:Gb ratio has only recently become favourable enough for most people.

Having said that if you can snap one up now go for it. I've just upgraded PC and the new one has Win7 on SSD - I barely see the boot screen now when I power on. I might actually have difficulty next time I need to get into BIOS, the bootstrap flashes by so quick.

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Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

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Re: So sad...

I don't know, I think in a world where junk food is so pervasive and aggressively marketed I think it's good that people struggling to lose weight have an option to go "Cold Turkey" on flavour. Obviously it's not for everyone, but if it's doing no harm, more power to them.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: Do they really care?

School toilets? You were lucky. Back in my day if you needed to go you were sent to fertilise the allotments round back.

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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This whole thing kicked off after someone alleged that their iPhone bent after being treated respectfully (i.e. spending a day in a FRONT pocket.)

Hence why I asked if someone had tried replicating the bend through simulating an average days wear & tear as opposed to bending it all at once.

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WTF?

I thought by now we'd be seeing the new iPhone being returned in bulk as not fit for purpose. Goes to show the power of contract lock-in I suppose. What I'd like to know is

1) has anyone tried to replicate the bending without forcing it, i.e. simulating a day's careful use like the guy who allegedly went for a drive with it in his front pocket and wound up with a bananaphone

2) isn't anyone worried about the battery in a phone that isn't protecting it from stress?

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Ingredient found in TASTY BEER is GOOD for your BRAIN

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I wonder how many kids who dreamed of being scientists ever thought they'd grow up to spend their days tormenting rats?

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Third patch brings more admin Shellshock for the battered and Bashed

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Re: More patches....

We need an option on posts that is more severe than a downvote but less severe than 'report this post' for content that contributes nothing to the discussion and/or wildly praises/denigrates certain companies/products. Although as I type this it dawns on me such a thing would be abused until it lost al meaning.

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EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers

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Nothing new here, overcharging for data has been going on for yonkers. I can't find the link now but I'm pretty sure at least one older Orange plan had the data costs jacked up sky high (as in at least treble the average of other providers) rather than fix their broken billing.This is why I ditched Orange months ago.

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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Re: I wish they would give me something anywhere near that...

Isn't Openreach supposed to have some sort of accountability process for the provision (or not) of comms infrastructure? Might be worth seeing if you could request the details of the cost estimate that returned a 'not viable' verdict. The cynic in me wonders if 'not viable' is code for 'can't be arsed.'

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Feds: Cheeky scammers are impersonating us in criminal capers

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Re: "buy prepaid credit cards"

In theory they could disguise it as bribing a corrupt agent who has the power to bury the 'charges' against the mark. I doubt they've got that far yet, but I suppose it depends how long the scam has been going on, and if the baddies are continually refining it or resting on their laurels.

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Yahoo!... Our Alibaba stake's worth BILLIONS. Oh – our shares are in the toilet

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The negative worth thing is no great mystery. Even assuming the Yahoo! board made a written declaration that they'd not piss their cash pile away on hot companies, they would still be an also ran with near zero public goodwill or recognition and no big projects in the pipeline to make them stand out, and they're competing with Google and Bing. Investors would be better off putting their money in a basic savings account than going with Yahoo.

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Bloat-free, unlocked Moto X to be dubbed 'Pure Edition', says report

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Re: I don't know why they even bother with crapware

SIM free won't save you from the manufacturer's bloatware.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: Thanks All

Yeah this seems to have been the most informative and civil forum I've seen on the issue; The debates between Pieface and Eyebrows were a waste of time with good questions being ignored and them shouting over each other. Yesterday's debate in front of da yoof was much better, at least until Galloway started banging on about Hitler.

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What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

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Presumably MS are betting big that interesting exclusives will 'make' the XBone, in the same way that the original XBox was 'made' by Halo. I think the big battleground of this console generation will be who best supports/captures the resurgent Indie games.

When you think an engaging concept with retro graphics like Minecraft or Hotline:Miami can make AAA money off a shoestring budget, it's a no-brainer really.

(EDIT: to clarify, courting Indie studios is what I consider to be the no brainer, MS have most likely overpaid for Mojang bigtime in true Corporate Monolith form.)

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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Re: Sharon T. Pokeworthy...

As part of my fake identity for online signups years back, if I needed a US zip code I would Google for Microsoft's and use that. I thought I was quite clever until I began telling my friend about needing a US zip code and he immediately cut me off with "90210."

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