* Posts by Jamie Jones

1727 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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No-one here is surprised...

This short of shit is the tip of the iceberg.

What about .reallysuck, .really-sucks .sucks-big-time etc.etc.

Another more important thing....

Type

ping android

at the command line.. Something I noticed when I'd forgotten that I'd changed the name of one of my devices to something less generic...

Lovely

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Someone should register the British version...

.isnotallthatgoodactually

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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Re: God help us now...

As f\r as I'm aware, the US government is one of the better ones at pushing IPv6 adoption.

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Re: You are absolute fools!

Ahh yes. Nothing like a return to the good old Dickensian Workhouse days.

You and your fellow "Get your government hands off my medicare" teaparty morons are the unknowing puppets of the Koch brothers et al.

Idiot

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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Re: What ass clowns...

WELL SAID, anon!

However, the thing is, it's the government not us that don't seem to know the difference, and as they aren't here commenting, I'm puzzled about who you could be referring to.

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Legalising London's bed-hopping economy is POINTLESS

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Thanks for the article photo...

... it helped me understand what a bed is, and what it's used for.

The article was enriched tremendously as a result.

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Dracula?

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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There seems to have been a few obsessive downvoters in this thread...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Meh

Re: Joseph Eoff

Love and marriage,

Love and marriage,

Go together like a horse and carriage....

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Re: Were you so disappointed that the shitstorm had died down...

I read, and enjoyed, the article too.

The annoyance was trying to read other articles, with the thumbnail flashing back and fore amongst the links to other articles over the right of the screen.

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Were you so disappointed that the shitstorm had died down...

... that you had to include *animated* gifs (that stupid one related to the photoshop story)

Seriously guys, I'm sure whoever is driving all these changes secretly works for a competitor...

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Re: Now that I'm somewhat used to the design

"I think I sum sum it up like this: Previously thereg felt like a somewhat professional/technical site that threw in enough silly or trashy content to keep things light. Now it *feels* like a trashy tabloid that might have an occasional good artical, but I can't spot them with a quick glance anymore so I go elsewhere."

Spot on!

That's just how I feel - I couldn't have put it better.

"My visits have reduced hugely and I've realised that 90% of them now consist of me loading the frontpage, then closing the window without reading anything."

Same here. As I said before, I'm not on some campaign to stop reading, but like you, I rarely get much beyond the front page.

It's been a month now, with no significant fixes, so I guess I'll slowly drift away like many others.

Not that it matters - obviously the demographic the Reg wants to reach for it's advertisers like the shiny-shiny fluff. Indeed, I've noticed for a while the adverts are targetted more at management types than techies.

And now they've added a new bit of bling, with the 'expand comment' function.

Ok, this isn't too major to be annoying, but it shows the priorities are in the bling.

Never once have I read comments and thought "this post is so long that I wish it had been truncated". The full comment is still downloaded anyway, so what's the point?

The thing is, the comments page is one in which vertical scrolling is inevitable. Truncating comments doesn't stop that.

But now, instead of being able to simply scroll through the comments - scrolling past those you don't like - you have to interact to expand comments you do want to read, so yeah, another step backwards

Sigh, can El Reg please use someone other than an adhd afflicted PHB to sign off these stupid changes.

AT LEAST let us disable this shite in our profile (along with the stupid blingy date/time changes - code so unthoughtout that the non javascript fallback shows the day-date only without the time)

But yeah, whilst on the subject of that.... "this post posted in the last few minutes" or "...just now".. What the frigging-facebook-fuck is the use of that?

If you insist on that sort of of code, this is how it should be done:

All date changes made *server side* prior to sending the HTML.

Then, if you have to have the dates changing, have the javascript start up after a timed delay.

That way:

1) It works whether javascript is running or not. Those who have disabled javascript won't expect the date info to auto-update anyway.

2) It still works as intended with javascript enabled, but with the added bonus there's no major date manipulation made to the page on-load.

Oh, and for the 'expand comment' thing, again, if this whole thing really was an issue, the 'fix' would be to have periodic (skip to next post) buttons. That adds the 'feature' without making it more hassle for those who don't care for it.

But I guess that this isn't blingy enough considering it could be achieved with boring old standard 'A' anchors.

Ho hum

EDIT: The top banner ad that is now visibly 'outside' the main page looks like the sort of thing you get on spammy sites which are covered with dodgy ads.

HTH

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We've kinda been inundated to reply to every reader comment. I'm personally a bit surprised to see the number of people who've registered just to say they hate it.

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Don't go nuts, we're all human here. Some people seem to be treating the redesign as tantamount to physical assault."

I agree that some posts have been a bit extreme, and that in my opinion, your followup posts have attracted unnecessary down-votes, but generally, please see this as a good thing.

It shows the 'brand loyalty' and passion this site has built up in people - Far better than if everyone just shrugged and went elsewhere.

"Again, personally speaking and not wishing to pour fuel on the fire, but I'm wondering what the problem is with reading the headlines on the front page? The font may be a little big for your liking, but ... it's still the same 3 column design broken up a little."

OK, here are my thoughts:

Main page

The banner logo looks less professional - maybe due to removal of the shadowing? But, meh...

The category links stood out much clearer, and looked more like links with the white on grey font.

I see no point in this bar now being statically placed at the top of the screen, but meh #2

HUGE PICTURE: Also often not even specific to the article, but some general stock photo. Tolerable before with the thumbnail size, but now ridiculously large. If pictures are specific to an article, their use at this size should be on the article page only. Thumbnails on the front page can help break up the text, but don't have too many useless stock images for the sake of it.

Before, I'd load the front page, and a number of articles would grab me at once, and I'd end up reading more than I planned as I sift through the many tabs I've opened. Now, you need to scroll through 3 article links at a time, making it easier to leave the site when originally intended. I'm sure many bosses will thank you for that!

Main links.. Yes, still the 3 column design, which is good, but there's something there that makes them not appear as separate as before. I can't put my finger on it - it's as if each box previously gad a border, but now doesn't -- I know this isn't the case, but something is making the entries seem less individual than before.. Is it maybe the white-space change, or the lesser colour distinction between the headlines and the bylines? *shrug*

Time-format..... Is this being done to make it easier for people in different time-zones?

Add back the article author please!

'number of comments' under each link. This should either link to the comments (rather than the article) or not be a link at all.

Too much white-space around that 'feature box' that appears after the first 2 rows

"Is it mainly the front page you hate? The article pages look so much cleaner IMHO."

Article page

Huge detracting photo with no specific relevance.

Same image often repeated (obviously a bug not a design decision, so I'll ignore that)

Otherwise, yeah, that page is ok.

comments page

not a new change, but the date of the comments is awfully imprecise.. At least change it so that the non-javascript fallback shows the time as well as the date!

TL; DR

To me, apart from the huuuuge image on thr article page, it is mainly the front page.

You ask for details about what we consider wrong with the new design: I'd turn it around, and by no means trolling, would ask what you think is now *better* when compared ti this: https://web.archive.org/web/20090228193120/http://www.theregister.co.uk/

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Re: Designed by the monster behind this site.....

I visited the above site using this mobile, and just got a blank site.

Lovely

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Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

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Re: About that root certificate...

"I think, and other readers are invited to correct me, that the problem is that all clients have a known, installed, self-signed root CA certificate. If you have an identical copy of the root certificate (something that is normally kept secure, and probably off-line), then you can generate SSL certificates for anything, knowing that they will by accepted by any Lenova client."

My point was that this depends on whether the *superfish* proxy accepts such a certificate as valid - the web clients on the machine are irrelevent if they go through the superfish proxy.

"I think, and other readers are invited to correct me, that the problem is that all clients have a known, installed, self-signed root CA certificate. If you have an identical copy of the root certificate (something that is normally kept secure, and probably off-line), then you can generate SSL certificates for anything, knowing that they will by accepted by any Lenova client."

ummm, well yeah, that's exactly what I wrote (though whilst you got an upvote, 2 moronic plebs downvoted me with no explanation, or mitigation for their lack of brain cells)

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Re: Superfish comes with Lenovo consumer products only

"Because, of course, we wouldn't jeopardize our lucrative SMB and Enterprise business by pulling this shit on them."

Oh, I get it now.

I originally read "Superfish comes with Lenovo consumer products only" to mean that only Lenovo used their software.

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About that root certificate...

This whole thing is disgusting, so please don't think I'm sticking up for Lenovo here, but (not having the equipment to test) I'm puzzled about the issues involving their local root certificate.

Surely it is only accepted by the local browsers when they talk to the superfish program, and NOT the Superfish program as it talks to the outside world, therefore making concerns over thr cerificate key strength/password etc. moot?

Extending on this, interestingly it would become a problem only when the software is removed if the client-installed root certificate is left behind!

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Re: This is why cert authorities are broken.

Politics.

Too many certificate authorities would lose money, not to mention that NSA/GCHQ probably have some hook into some of them.

I'm sure it will happen, but expect resistance!

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A cookie with a 7,984-year lifespan. Blimey, Roy Batty only got 4!

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Re: A little tale for you

.... on a simlar vain, many "private browsing" / "incognito mode" equipped browsers (particularly on android) actually are nothing of the sort, as for some reason, they still store stuff in an sqlite db, which remains even after the object is deleted.

Try running "strings" on the ".db" files after a suppposed "private browsing" session!

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HTTP/2 spec gets green light: Faster web or needless complexity?

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"They're just so much better than him at everything he's ever wanted to do.)

To wit: https://bjornjohansen.no/caching-varnish-or-nginx

Hmmmm:

502 Bad Gateway

nginx/1.7.9

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: So Stupid

Even more stupid would be to reply to a comment about not commenting.

I'm certainly not going to do that.

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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

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Re: Business class...

"500kbps for 9 hours = 15.8Mbits total

15.8Mbits / 150 seconds = 105Mbps "

Of course, where you say "15.8Mbits" you mean 15.8Gbits!

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: 711

Same in the Uk.

If you see someones wipers go on when approaching a junction turning, inevitably. it's a new car to them.

As for the horn on the steering wheel... I thought that was a new thing, growing up with cars with it always on the indicator stalk!

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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Re: @ Martin - I think your

Until now, I'd always assumed it was "B.A. Baracus (Mr. T)" from "The A team"

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

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"Mrspudulike", are you a male potato I like, or a female pudding?

These are the sort of questions we need answers to!

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NHS refused to pull 'unfit for purpose' Care.data leaflet

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Re: @Terry 6: "must try harder"

"Great Britain is a weird land: people protested long and loudly at the very idea of Identity cards, even simple, basic ones, while being quite happy to use passports, copies of bank statements and utility bills to provide the proof of identity needed for banking, car hire or just to buy a drink or cigarettes. They tolerate the greatest density of private and state cameras and officials filming them with wearable cameras, while the same people object to the public filming them or their buildings and transport."

As a Brit, have an upvote.

I think that will be my nomination for quote-of-the-year

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: @Chris Miller

"You generally do not want to deploy an Open Source system (the access to uncompiled code means flaws are far too easily exploited, their code review processes too lax,"

Apples and oranges.

Your examples refer to software that is free, and used widely. That the code is exploitable is because of lax programming standards, not source visibility.

There are many peer-tested secure open sourced projects (often paid for, but open to allow external auditing)

How has 'security by obscurity' helped those guys and gals down at Redmond?

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QWERTY-tastic BlackBerry Classic actually a classic

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Bleugh, I have a few android tablets (typing this on one now), and tv sticks, and love them, but my mobile is my trusted old Nokia E63 I'll keep until it dies.

I don't want to deal with androidisms when using the phone, and a physical keyboard is a must, for being able to type without looking at the keyboard (which invariably happens when walking or in someones company)

The E63 has a great browser if you install UC Browser, and putty for ssh. The mp3 and other stuff is a bonus.

And yes, it was my brothers back-of-the-sock-draw phone, and whilst he's upgraded, he never used it to 10% of it's abilities.

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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Re: Sony Pictures "hack"

...as opposed to the false facts?

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: Snobbery bollocks

You are an idiot, or a troll. You expect to compare the cheapest Chinese tablet against the top end Samsung?

Anyway, not once did I mention bad screen, plastic case, unknown CPU or all the other bullshit you came up with. Don't choke on all that straw.

I'm currently typing this on a 7inch 1920x1200 8 core 2GB 48GB tablet that came with the "ancient" kit-kat which cost £120 including postage, though I guess the dual sim makes it a 'phablet'.

When I tested it on Antutu, it didn't score highest, but I was informed 'welcome to the world of high-end smartphones'

'Support' is your only nearly valid point, but I've been in the business long enough that I don't need it - I also don't buy from PC World. YMMV.

If you feel better spending over 4X the amount for a similar spec., then good for you! The economy needs morons and fanbois after all.

I suspect you are one of those who queues for days to buy a new product on launch day, so you can 'show off' to all your imaginery friends on twitter.... See? I can come out with unsubstantiated bullshit too!

Oh yeah, I don't have an nvidia tegra/shield, so I can't run a game written for an nvidia tigra/shield, but if you're going down that route, I'd have to agree with any iphone owner who says your tablet is crap because it doesn't run Siri.

HAVE A NICE DAY

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Re: Agreed somehwat.

I totally agree with you about the tablets. I've bought 7 in total (for various people) and others have been shocked that these cheapies fully support things their expensive one doesn't (usb otg for example)

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Snobbery bollocks

"The same can be said for off-brand tablets that many people will find under their Christmas tree and expect to work just as well as a Samsung or an iPad. These devices are cheap for a reason."

And that reason is that you're not paying some huge markup for a 'label'.

Seriously, as long you check the spec before buying, some of these comparatively cheap Chinese tablets can be real bargains.

Besides, whetr do you think most of your branded products are manufactured?

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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taxis may not be subsidised....

... but I'm sure my town isn't the only one that let's them use the *extensive* bus lanes (about half the road capacity in Swansea City centre)

I still don't know why that is. A taxi is less green than a car, based on mileage per journey

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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Re: Hilton, Marriott et al market themselves to business travellers

It's closer to $220, and I broadly agree, however I couldn't watch American tv with the ridiculous amount of adverts.... It's whatever you are used to, I guess.

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I'm sure my local hospital isn't the only one to provide free wi-fi hotspots in all the wards....

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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Re: One of the things that shouldn't be automated

That was probably true in the recent past.

These days, the root zone refreshes twice a day (serial number increment) because of all these bullshit new domain names.

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Re: Good, the deserve it

I'd love to be able to understand that.

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And any fully-decent administrator would rip out SPF whilst tutting unapprovingly to the semi-decent admin!

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Re: The end

"iYou might hope that, but why would it be the case? Because he works for ICANN, the receptionist also knows how to debug BIND?"

No. Because he works for ICANN, you'd expect the receptionist not to have access to this information in thd first place.

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Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk

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Re: ZoneAlarm advert?

Hmmmm, a server called "mis" from a previously unknown Irish company called fortunecook.

Bloody kids today and their domain name abuse. get off my land, you're not having your ball back etc.

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How does the US government run the internet? This is how

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Re: Not sure what the point is @W3dge

Bloody hell guys, this isn't Slashdot.

How about "The idiots are the people who suggested the idea, snd the lawyers who ran with it - all of who have exploited (either inadvertently or not) the families grief."

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Re: @ The Vociferous Time Waster

"That is NOT how IPv6 addressing works, sorry. Your address is all fresh and new"

I'm assuming you misread his post, because you are both right - nothing stopping you setting the last 32 bits within your fresh and new address to match the IP4!

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Re: IPv6

"You may find the opposite is true. IPv6 has privacy addressing.

http://www.revk.uk/2014/11/privacy-addressing-and-government.html"

Not relevant. That article is talking about the 64 bit 'host' part being unique, and therefore identifiable whatever /64 network it sits on.

The point raised here is that home users can be given static IP6 addresses (whether a single address or a subnet) which will always be identifiable to that customer, irrespective of the setting of the host part

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.... currently typing this on an IP6 connected android device (as are all my others) but, of course, falling back to IP4 for sites such as The Reg!

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Re: Does anyone trust Ofcom to handling any IP addressing?

If only we had some sort of server system that supported domain names that could be mapped to these IP addresses...

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Pirate Bay towed to oldpiratebay.org

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Re: No, no, no, Hell NO!

Trevor, do you really think that if there was no DRM, the media would be pirated so much as to be non-commercially viable?

As you know, anyone more serious than the 'make a copy for my mate' crowd can break the DRM already.

Whilst the more casual users tend to spend the same amount anyway, only having a finite amount of money.

"Home-taping isn't killing Music"

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