* Posts by Powernumpty

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Japan tries to launch satellite on rocket the size of a telegraph pole

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Reg units?

Is the telegraph pole a recognised unit for use on here, is it's use restricted to rockets?

There seems to some abiguitry in dimensions, so they seem a fine candidate for inclusion.

"How big are telegraph poles ?

No hard and fast answer. But 30ft (9m) would be a good average pole.

They are classed for width as (L) Light, (M) Medium, (H) Heavy or the less commonly used Stout."

(http://www.telegraphpoleappreciationsociety.org/faq)

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EE brings 1,000 call centre jobs to UK and Ireland

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Re: Its cyclical

"Why do they always appoint CXOs with learning difficulties?"

Equal opportunities is not just for the low paid, obviously.

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Black horse blacks out: Lloyds Bank website goes down

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Re: Problems not fully resolved?

Staff member just hit problems and his was DNS related, (specifically MS server DNS) nslookup for the domain he was after timed out. Linux DNS seemed OK.

Could be that had some bad DNS out there and it takes a while to recover.

I can't say for sure either DNS is correct but the MS servers to me seem slower to drop bad data.

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Re: They DID Warn You

Probably the elites have some scam to have a bank "hacked", all our money goes missing but luckily they had moved their cash just before and coincidentally had some nice campaign donations just after.

Oh and I can see the BBC headlines now "Bank X failure believed to be Russian hackers"

can we please go to war now?

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Asteroid nearly gave Earth a new feature, two days after its discovery

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Asteroid FMTWC2017 first seen heading away

F* me that was close

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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

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Not quite what the BBC promised

Swarms of drones everywhere, no planes able to land, much blood letting.

@DropBear

In the UK the drone should never be more than 500m away and always in visual sight of the operator, not to mention being more than 150m from built up areas, 50m from building and people etc. Obviously once they go outside the rules and guidance, don't read the operators manual, make any risk assessments, nor allow the GPS to capture enough satellites for a good fix then the area to cover does indeed grow, but who would do that?

The "Phantom of the operator"?

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Re: I have actually thought of an IoT that might be useful

I've wanted "Classes" of mains powered devices for ages.

1. Never to be on when the owner is away

2. Can be on for a selected period once the owner has left the building (E.G. oven that will work for half hour while you "pop out" but turns itself off after that)

3. timed use only - Irons, hair straigteners, vacuum cleaners.

4. can be on all the time but reports status in house monitor.

5. Dumb devices.

Downside

Insurance would then say they won't pay out on a house fire because you had too many Class 5 where Class 2/1 were required for cover.

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Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath

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Re: Don't forget this is optional software

I wonder if the reason he doesn't open source it is because he has invested many hours learning to write software and some of his code is quite useful (used) in the paying jobs?

I rarely see people who criticise software writers writing their own better software, could that be because "talk is easy" but writing software is time consuming and might impact their other income stream or life in general?

I've used Simon's software and beta tested some SDR (with many other people) the experience was good and if I assisted in any way with bugs and feature requests that's fine by me, it didn't interfere with my paying job and even if time-limited more people benefit from the software than pay out in their own effort.

If you don't feel his software has any value to you that's fine but it sounds petulant and somewhat naive to expect someone to devote so much of their life to providing you with free stuff because you have taken a city & guilds test.

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Hate 'contact us' forms? This PHPmailer zero day will drop shell in sender

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People !

Shouldn't try to contact me anyway.

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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Aand

No shit sherlock, too late.

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Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

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How I miss CRT's

A decent sized neodynium magnet shaken behind a partition was all it took for the screen display to wobble disturbingly, when you were requested to check out the screen it would be stable, but again as soon as your back was turned (hand in pocket) it would start again.

Growing up is not something to be proud of.

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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Re: A canary by any other name?

The radios are generally fully working without HRD, all HRD does is allow you to control the radio from a computer.

The only thing you lose by HRD not working is being able to control the radio from the computer with that specific software.

The radio still works and there are other ways of controlling from a PC but for "preppers" the simplest most reliable, supply friendly way to use is it is without a PC (I'd have thought).

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Why does Skype only show me from the chin down?

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Re: SPED???

Because then we would have fed the troll?

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Oi! Linux users! Want some really insecure closed-source software?

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TLA request

Listen guys it's great you are working with us to give, back, side, and front doors to all systems but what good is that if no one is installing the stuff?

Release another version for Linux as soon as you can eh, we might be missing some traffic.

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Facebook's internet drone crash-landed after wing 'deformed' in flight

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"Anyone know where I can buy some second hand Buk missiles to knock these things out of the sky ?"

Not sure you need to go that far

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8SZdag2od8

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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

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The messenger, shoot him.

Imagine a scenario where emails were uncovered and what was found was honest dealings, hard work, fair play, good intention and a mixed diet.

The issue was not the hack, the issue was the content.

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BT's hiring! 500 more customer service folk to answer your angry calls

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Planet(s) BT

There must be a few, their database refers to them*, a sort of parallel universe that is more fixed than our own, BT refer to those realities in all negotiations.

*There must be be more than one as no two parts of BT can agree the physical state of anything.

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Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

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Re: Plusnet are a bit pushed right now

Exactly - If the MS update (rein)forces v6 as the priority protocol and deprecates v4 do you not see how that could be a problem where v6 is not supported or served?

That's what I obviously failed to get across, not having a v6 route or address may stop the thing working if that is what it expects to use. If I leave the default configuration on 7 or later I will often see delays as it tries to get/use v6 addresses for resources before falling back to v4.

I just disable v6 until there is a pressing reason to do otherwise, when I cannot disable v6 it better be fully supported on the route.

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Plusnet are a bit pushed right now

Work college needed to sort a service upgrade/move issue and just could not get past the first "Home or Business prompt" for hours.

Still think it is IPv6 related, but we are not meant to question that, it's the modern way don't you know, old school "leave my f'ing LAN addresses alone" attitude is so last decade!

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OK reading the comment above I could be wrong but won't retract this as I hate those "deleted by author gaps"

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Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

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Radio 4

Is the only BBC output I listen to now due to the constant drip feed of

"no proof but we think it was Russia",blah blah "the CIA are pointing to Russia after the American Election".

"The CIA have given no proof but surely it must be Russia or we would not mention Russia so often in news reports!"

I have shouted for the first time at the radio "OH Fuck off!"

Prove it or get on with life.

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Why no mention of actual IP's?

By default Win 8 and 10 give priority to IPv6, BT/PlusNet do not officially support v6 for all customers so this may relate to local ISP connection support for v6 and 6 tunnel weighting.

It doesn't mention if the problem is the same with IPv6 disabled or the geographical distribution of the issue.

I assume with BT's ongoing adoption of v6 users in the city may fare differently to those in the sticks.

The BT routers may pass the v6 packets without any firewalling or filtering, those with routers who "do a bit more" with the traffic or stop LAN devices getting addreses from the ISP don't see the issue (?). If it was a v4 issue it should not be affected while behind v4 NAT.

Typed from a Win8 box via one of the affected ISP's but third party router and DHCP setup.

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CloudFlare warns of another massive botnet, er, flaring up

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The goal

Is to have the average user asking for web filtering.

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GET pwned: Web CCTV cams can be hijacked by single HTTP request

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Internet of Titanics

Call it secure, get it out there, worry about holes later.

(Hope the band keeps playing as the whole thing sinks).

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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Unpopular as it is

to say anything vaguely positive about the banksters, Barclays do seem to innovate more than some.

Obviously we all know this will be attacked sooner or later but sticking a card in the wall and entering a code was invented in the mid sixties, Beatles playing in the background and miniskirts the fore, it's about time something was done.

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Re: Guarding Against Contagion

"Aha , now I see how you get a gold vulture badge."

That's actually a bronze, and I sort of miss mine and they stand out more.

And before you all jump on the down vote to help get mine back I think it only makes it worse, just ignore me.

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Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

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Roost spots

Some of the early stragglers developed long distance travel patterns by attaching to diesel electric trains and then finding spots to perch on overhead high voltage cables to recharge at night.

We should have worked out the significance of car HT coils failing to be delivered and their reverse use, but this was in the days before a true grasp of iVolution.

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USS Zumwalt gets Panama tug job after yet another breakdown

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Superiority - uneasy thought.

"The Court will be aware that the conditions under which we are housed and the constant surveillance to which we are subjected night and day are somewhat distressing."

Today's prisoners are subject to less pervasive surveillance, than a free person with a smart phone.

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Will find

That is for one eye.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Izal

“Toilet paper with all the absorbent qualities of an armoured car…”

— Ben Elton, ca. 1990 (IIRC)

Anyone else wonder if there is a standard armoured car somewhere for calibration purposes?

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Surprise, surprise. BT the only Universal Service Obligation provider in town

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Tarnished opinion

"Even now in the future with G.fast, BT invests less in its copper network £300m per year than in the depreciation."

That is in the expectation of a continued monopoly, customers will see copper increasingly failing and be offered a replacement optical service at an obvious premium.

Mine's the one with "Oxidisation for profit" in the pocket.

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AI gives porn peddlers a helping hand

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That awkward hi processor load, moment of silence.

As it discovers Artificial Insemination (the other AI) and tries to identify the use of very long plastic gloves in conjunction with cows.

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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Re: Real life testing

"Google owns it."

I didn't know that, my spider senses told me there is value in the content of the uploaded "clean" submissions so the service probably pays for itself.

I'm sure google would not be mining the data from non virus submissions any more than they would be mapping WiFi data with streetview!

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise to outsource global IT team to CSC borg

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Acronym fatigue

does anyone else have trouble reading between the acronyms and management speak to extract usable knowledge from these sort of deals?

FFS!

(Fortuitous Financial Steerage, the exclamation is to display "being excited, going forward")

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Dropbox upgrade adds nice bits for sysadmins

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Does sound sensible

Until the private (free) accounts switch to something else to get round the limit.

Dropbox makes sure it has paying customers and staff quietly jump to other services spreading the risk. Dropbox focussed sounds good, bigger picture not so much.

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Microsoft sweet-talks EC antitrust bods over LinkedIn buy

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Crypto next

So they get all the information from the usual slurp channels and MS accounts, cross reference it against the business data from LinkedIn, build a relational model of much of the developed business world, launch their crypto currency for business with trust and validation links through the MS model.

Will be a beast of a system.

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Admins aggro about Azure AM absence

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Only significant for those involved.

In the greater picture you are of little value, a rounding error on an uptime spreadsheet.

HTH.

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Revelation 22:13

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, 0.0.0.0-255.255.255.255.

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New Ransoc extortionists hunt for actual child abuse material

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"But it must be a fairly small target. One would hope."

I thought the same, is it that they are so engaged in the field they assume others are too or is there really a significant enough number of people out there with images to target?

Pizzagate research material maybe.

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Brit smart streetlight bods Telensa named 'global market leader'

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Re: For walkers too

The lights in the works loo do that, if you stand too still you can plunge into darkness mid stream, then you have to wave your hand to get them back on. I call it the rodeo urinal.

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For walkers too

I want the lights to come on while I walk dark streets, I also want them to do some random stuff or play with me so I know when the IOT has gained sentience.

"He walked the usual route but knew something was wrong, the lights they came on but just a perfect fraction late as if they cultured and valued his annoyance, even his Jack Russell would look up and to the distance as if something was coming, and the flickering lights foretold."

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Analysts apply Occam's razor to Tesco Bank breach

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Stupid idea

I wonder if there is a refund/cancel electronic transaction mechanism that does not check the payment was correctly made or redunds before the transaction is recorded?

Ghost £20 payment to account, refund / error transaction system triggered via mobile connection and funds return to ghost account.

I told you it was stupid.

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Navy STEALS? US sailors dispute piracy claim

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Now I get it

Lauri Love can prove "concurrent use" over the licensed number of seats so he needs to be silenced (how else could the software house know about it?).

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Origin of the beasties: Mirai botnet missing link revealed as DVR player

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Re: Does it matter?

Interesting please cite some examples, not being funny I genuinely want to know which of the consumer brands or models you are referring to.

At least two brands I have been looking at in the last few days/hours do not firewall IPv6 well at all.

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Re: Does it matter?

Hardcoded passwords with IPv6 will be malware nirvana once the enough ISP's support it as very few home networks will stop the traffic, even if they see it.

Then of course there will be a push for each individual internet connected device to be identified and it's location constantly monitored "for the safety of the children".

Colour me a cynical, firewalled, NATed, luddite.

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Shhh! Shazam is always listening – even when it's been switched 'off'

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Re: Language

Verbificationalist Ameribarstardationisms of English?

Shirley not.

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Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange

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In all of this

Those who have understood the implications of the WikiLeaks revelations will have gained some power over the machines of control, world war three might just be a bit harder to kick off "for the lol's".

I hope he didn't commit rape and I hope the governments and militaries of the world avoid doing the same to the planet. I commend his alleged work with the leaks but not his alleged misdeeds.

May our eyes stay open and our focus include the horizons.

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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Re: You mean the US still has any secrets to share after they've passed thru Hillary's server?

Well that is the system you have accepted, if you don't believe in the system then you probably also believe many previous presidents were elected wrongly or is it just this one because of his party?

If it is wrong forget the political in fighting and get enough people of all persuasions behind a change in the electoral system.

What I find difficult to reconcile is the vehement opprobrium metered on this guy who has clearly used the system provided and even turned a profit (allegedly) from the campaign, now if that is not being a true enterprising American I'm not sure what is.

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Re: You mean the US still has any secrets to share after they've passed thru Hillary's server?

I guess John will "get over it" once there is more balanced discussion on here, the voting and opinions are so partisan it deters genuine discussion of important world issues.

BTW it's not John, it is the will of the American people through democracy, get over it.

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Microsoft: Don't worry about the CRM cloud price hike... think of the features

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Marketing>Software

If only the software was good enough to "sell itself" they would not need to fund the marketing layer who's role seems to be to obfuscate cost and confuse customers.

If I want some software I want to know how much it costs, not get the "well it depends, what shoes were you thinking of wearing while using it, was your maternal grandmother left handed, what direction was the prevailing wind the last time you rebooted?"

Humbug on a cloud.

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Google to patch Chrome mobile hole after bank trojan hits 318k users

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Oooh Mobiles

Off topic but I'll chuck in...

For the last week I've seen (poor/slow) brute force FTP access attempts at the FTP server, looks like a botnet as they hit in turn sequentially from different IP's but using same user/password lists, most of the IP's have been cellular networks. Either I've got on to a list of an existing mobile botnet or some new exploited handsets are hitting targets and guessing user/pass combinations from the domain name.

One password tried was "derok010101" which gets some web hits but not specifically from mobiles.

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