* Posts by Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

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Wanna build your own drone? Intel emits Linux-powered x86 brains for DIY flying gizmos

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

I can't, you're absolutely right but would I want the drone doing video processing while it was using the same board to fly?

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The Drone board?

It's kind of 'wow' expensive, when you consider it can be done with a £1.50 Arduino and a few plug in extras.

Nice feature set but not necessarily something I'd want to lose up a tree or, in the case of the DJI I saw recently, wedged in the central reservation crash barriers of a motorway.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Re: I find the best way to avoid adverts on Farcebook...

Facebook as a tool for finding people is pretty good but there's no reason to keep feeding the machine by not swapping phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, Skype details etc.

There truly is very little reason to use Facebook as a sole means of communication, expecially if the communication is 'private' and not on the timeline other than laziness.

And the other advantage of Facebook is that you can cure cancer, defeat terrorism, stop child abuse etc. just by giving it a thumbs up.

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You will not believe this one weird trick Mark Zuckerberg wants banned

Click here to discover the secret billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg want banned

https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account

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Re: I find the best way to avoid adverts on Farcebook...

I'm trying to give you credit but am failing miserably because I can think of no way for someone to have facebook without an internet conenction that would support a multitude of other ways to be contactable.

So, your argument is null and void.

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Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar

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Re: If it was truly firmware?

Indeed, like the Seagate drives which just upped and died a few years ago but were recoverable with a firmware flash.

Bugs happen and it's a damn good idea to occasionally check for firmware updates.

My preference would be for a firmware write protect jumper next to the SATA connector or a small toggle switch somewhere, said write protect should also stop the drive being used until it's 'locked' in read only for firmware.

Of copurse that'd not stop a TLA from corrupting the original firmware but at least it'd need to be someone with that sort of clout and not some extortion oriented criminal hacker gang

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Internet of Car...rikey what the hell just happened to my car?

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It's not just Honda, I've had a Ford Focus infotainment system crash a few weeks ago, complete with filesystem check messages on restart and that appeared to be Win CE based.

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Give me an office filled with HP42x0 or 43x0 mono printers.

Bombproof and dirt cheap to run and good for *checks page count on the one I'm resting my feet on* just shy of 480,000 pages so far. .

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You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

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Magentic solution will destroy the drive as it'll wipe the all important servo data (which may or may not be desired), physical which destroys the platters is preferred and, weirdly, thermite isn't actually that effective (there are videos showng the residue being wiped off the platters) unless you're lucky/careful to place it right.

By far the best way is shredding.

But the IT dept trainee can't supplement his income if you make the disks unsaleable

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Raspberry Pi 3 tops SBC poll for self-brew hackers and Linux folk

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Re: Fixed

I'm guessing you voted leave?

Bloody Poles....

Why would I want a Pi to run Android?

Never had one overheat either, even without cooling, they just run and run.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Re: I Am Not Alone

In any retail park environment they are often outclassed and undercut by the pound shops, Home Bargains etc. for the same products at lower prices.

Maplin, to hobbyists, appear to be a spent force now, their component offering is not even a shadow of its former self (I know, a 2p resistor is not a profit item) and their website, just, yeah, let's not talk about the website.

I came to the conclusion a couple of years ago that nothing is that desperate I can't wait an extra day if it means I don't have to visit Maplin.

The staff, they've no clue, I was told in no uncertain terms that ICs don't need to be stored or jandled with any special antistatic precautions, this was after I'd refused to buy a 4000 series CMOS chip that had been taken from a plain plastic drawer, carried in the assistant's hand and then pushed across the counter top for me to 'check' it was the right one.

Good luck bullying your suppliers into supporting whatever crackpot scheme your management consultants have told you is necessary.

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Lester Haines: RIP

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Well damn....

I shall break a habit and raise a glass to the man for the many laughs and smiles he raised.

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

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Re: Vacuum tube (aka valve)

Given that the original 'thing' only ran at 1MHz I'd consider a couple of hundred KHz an impressive achievement but I have a sneaky suspicion it could be possible to persuade it to run full pelt, if they've given the layout some thought it may well work.

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Landmark computer hacking archive deposited at TNMOC

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Re: "In 1985, the internet did not exist"

You sure about that?

I remember accessing a shell using dialup with a company calling itself 'The Direct Connection' before Pipex.

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Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Fancy a piece of the Riversimple Rasa?

No thanks.

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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Re: The rest of that interview

Well you can't beat a nice cup of tea and a good scone.

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Woz: World-changers to Apple Watches, why pay for an overpriced band?

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

I like Woz.

Definitely my favourite Steve of the two.

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

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Re: The price baloons. To what exactly?

Picture shows a USB3.0 connector ion the drive but the WD cable for it looks like it's got a power passthrough, so you'd plug your wall wart PSU into that first and then into the Pi.

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DARPA to geeks: Weaponize your toasters … for America!

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Have they told the FCC?

Unless of course all the toasters are conected to a wired network won't this lead them into illegality following the recent FCC ruling that firmware in wireless capable devices cannot be modifiable?

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Essex cop abused police IT systems to snoop on his in-laws

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Re: A geek!

'bi-metallic strip'

Well duh, of course, it's your flexible friend

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: Then start showing ads

no, you can't fast forward on a PC ether, it almost makes Sky+ look like value for money.

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Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Only the past few weeks?

I've been bumping into sites that complain and block access unless you disable ad blockers for a few months now.

Given the number of sites that serve up objectionable ad content and offer little to no value I cannot find elsewhere I just close the tab that they're in.

Same follows for news sites behind paywalls, I don't bother.

While it may leave me uninformed about the latest inmates of I'm a Celebrity, Look at Me, I think that in the grand scheme of things my life is actually a little better for their being hidden to me.

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Medical superbugs: Two German hospitals hit with ransomware

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Re: This is precisely why...

Pretty much that, it's the fear of being caught and punished that stops more crime happening.

I think most people weigh the chances of being caught against the benefit and make value judgements.

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NASA's Orion: 100,000 parts riding 8 million pounds of thrust

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Exactly what I have planned for next Monday.

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Re: So what about congestion

"Bad drivers are bad drivers, it doesn't matter the mode of transportation."

Precisely that, dangerous driving is dangerous driving no matter what the machine being driven.

Having seen people on pedestrian crossings mown down by idiots on pushbikes who think pedestrian crossing lights don't apply to them, cyclists hopping on and off pavements to avoid traffic congestion, cycling the wrong way down one way streets, cutting between moving lanes of traffic and causing other road users to swerve, brake etc. the only conclusion I can come to is that they have already been banned from driving anything with an engine for sheer incompetence.

The stock answer from these morons for their behaviour seems to be along the lines of 'bigger boys did it first' which makes me think a scheme to have them display a compulsory registration plate on their machines is necessary so they can be prosecuted like any other dangerous driver.

I'm happy to have cycle lanes, exclusion zones etc. and I cycle for leisure with my kids and to keep fit so anything that makes it safer works for me.

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Re: Why not sell it to you ?

Yes.

Well, sort of.

My first thought was that whoever designed the DS would be generating enough rotational energy to power several plug in hybrids, if only we could find a way to extract said energy from their grave.

From the back, it looks like they've attempted to ape an early Porsche with those louvre covers and perhaps one of the sporting Jags with the arse end up in the air.

All in, it's got lots of beautiful, classic design touchs but sadly they've managed to pick all the ones that look ridiculous when stuck together with araldite and tofu.

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Triple-murderer prisoner keeps mobile phone in his butt for a week

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Re: Love the honesty

If he wants a mobile phone up there, I think he should be allowed, nay, forced to.

http://www.fulldhamaal.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/173033mobiratalkman-slide.jpg

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Apple must help Feds unlock San Bernardino killer's iPhone – judge

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Damned if you do?

So Apple provide a back door, which I think they've previously denied is possible, and the TLA's demand it all the time, indeed, they demand it built in.

Or.

Apple cannot provide a back door and the TLAs howl all the way up to the highest levels about how unfair and downright dangerous it is to allow the population to have secure crypto and demand/get a ban on secure crypto.

Don't ever forget, this is happening in a seriously fucked up country that has past history on attempting to force backdoored crypto and restricted the sale of encryption technologies as 'munitions'.

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Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

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Re: Permanently deleted you say?

Yeah, no.

You deactivated your account, you need the difficult to find 'delete my account' page.

Helpful link:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/help/125338004213029

Aftyer 90 days they only retain log data and things that are held external to your account, all your personal pics, etc. are deleted.

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

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: cd trays

Your recollection may be that 5.25" floppies were long dead but that's not mine, I recollect my 486 machine had a 5.25, a 3.5 and a SCSI CD-ROM along with a couple of Maxtor XT4380S drives along with 32MB RAM, a real power house of a machine which ended up being a Netware server for a household name manufacturer of sporting footware for a period of time.

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Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: cd trays

'Enter credit card details'

So the user forced their card into the 3.5" floppy drive. They only called us because they couldn't get it back out.

Not because the drive's heads were mangled beyond repair.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

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Re: Par frying chips

Every decent chippy, restaurant etc. should par fry chips.

Every decent cook book recommends par frying and every deep fat fryer I have ever bought (OK, all three of them) recommends it too.

I can only assume that those to whom the art of par frying is a surprise has never made chips properly.

Sadly Beef Dripping for chips is a long lost practice in many places that claim to be 'traditional' chippies but there are still a few enlightened masters of the delicacy still out there.

And anyone who doesn't put mint sauce in mushy peas is a heathen.

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FTDI boss hits out at 'Chinese criminal gang' pumping knock-off chips

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Re: Common sense

Fair play to FTDI, they've got every right to refuse to allow their drivers to work with the fakes but the way they do it sucks.

if they'd approached this differently, lots of publicity, lots of user interaction, handy utilities that verify genuine chips, guides to spotting fakes etc. then it could have been so much better for them, even a publicity win, I'd certainly respect them a lot more.

Instead they went about it in a very underhand way, bricking hardware with no warning, sending wrong data in the second.

Hells, even the Chinese gangs who made 'homebrew' cards for games consoles managed to do better than FTDI when their products were being forged, they offered utilities to verify your homebrew cartridge was genuine, pictures of real vs fake etc. (researched for legitimate reasons BTW)

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Re: Common sense

Trust me, I know how difficult it can be to get changes made in some industries (40 year old control computers still in use and actively maintained) but by the same token, those industries also have incredibly stringent QC and supply chain management which I and many others can't hope to emulate.

So, in my personal life, I avoid FTDI, as I said, I can't guarantee the parts built into products I might buy are genuine and there are perfectly acceptable alternatives. While I could easily replace dodgy parts with genuine (I have the skills and tools) it's just as easy to buy something that doesn't use them in the first place.

If I were still designing products for sale (I designed a few that were moderately successful in the automotive diagnostics market) I would be avoiding FTDI like the plague, purely because I don't need to find out in six months time that I can't get hold of genuine parts as they have no stock and need to rely on brokers who may or may not have bought dodgy counterfeit parts.

Yes, I appreciate that might happen with other brands too but FTDI have form, bricking embedded designs, rendering them useless and generally causing mayhem.

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Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: Common sense

I suspect FTDI's own beligerant approach to the fakes has cost them more sales than the fakes ever did.

I don't buy 'stuff' I can see has FTDI named in the spec or that I can see on the board, it's not that FTDI are bad devices, they're good, it's not even that they're pissed off by the pirates (they've every right to be) but it's that they have pulled stunts like this which mean that I, as a consumer, have to be able to verify the provenance of the FTDI device before I buy the gadget or I run the very real risk of it being a useless lump of crap when it arrives.

So, I don't buy it.

While that doesn't directly cost FTDI sales of any significant numbers, it does mean that if other people realise buying 'FTDI' is a gamble too, FTDI will lose design in for new products and that will eventually hurt them an awful lot.

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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: " Soviet SS-1 "Scud" powerplants"

Thank you, I've just ordered an amazingly cheap hardback dead tree copy of that to read.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

So...

In an other ten years we'll have neergy too cheap to meter?

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Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: Sounds Really Clever?

I may be wrong here but my understanding of the situation is that particular FS is a part of the flash chip which holds the UEFI BIOS, sloppy coding by the BIOS authors and also by the Linux team(s) allows it to be erased, thus 'bricking' your system.

However, this sound like exactly the kind of thing a recovery flash should be able to fix, you don't need a functioning BIOS to be able to perform one on many (all?) systems, it just relies on the bootblock in the flash chip being intact (and if the system powers on and stays on it's likely to be intact)

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Stop the music! Booby-trapped song carjacked vehicles – security prof

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Stick this in your pipe 'Sherlock'

The OBD port within a specified distance from the steering wheel isn't the only place you can get onto the CAN bus *NETWORK*, that's just the 'official' way, if you've a mind to, you can find CAN bus wiring in all sorts of places that are easily accessible from outside the car with no visible damage (or no damage at all), some of them are also 'official' manufacturer access points designed for technician use.

So, that's like having your servers in an unlocked cabinet on the outside of your building, open to the public.

But, Occam's razor here, if I were stealing high value cars for profit, I'd haul them into a covered truck/van marked up as something innocuous like 'specialist vehicle logistics' or with dealership/manufacturer logo and hack away at the systems in the privacy of my own Faraday caged premises

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Airbus, Boeing aero parts maker loses $54m in cyber-stick-up

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Re: Inside-out non-hacking cyber fraud ..

"the firm's financial servers are being pored over byte by byte to find the culprits."

"We haven't a clue how they got in .."

Said a company spokesperson before leaving in the last Bugatti Veyron off the production line.

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Hippos in Britain?

Good job I sold my Landrover...

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Re: If Pluto is taken.

Well if we're heading down the mythological/deity route, with an orbit like that surely it should be named Bilious?

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

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Symbol for Heavy Metal?`

https://www.change.org/p/support-lemmy-tribute-name-newly-discovered-heavy-metal-lemmium

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Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

118?

Telephonium?

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Here – here is that 'hoverboard' you've wanted so much. Look at it. Look. at. it.

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: Oh dear

Maybe not quite the immediate future but some advances in battery technology and maybe a thrust vectoring system like the Harrier and I reckon it could become a whole heap more viable.

But right now, it looks like it's attempting to kill the rider.

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DEAD MAN'S SOCKS and other delightful gifts from clients

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Never answer 'Whisky' to a non Whisky drinker.

Because you'll end up with a bottle of Bells or some other similarly foul paint stripper.

Every sodding Christmas.

Still, the school bring a bottle stall always seems grateful.

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Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

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Re: Whats the trade off?

So we just need to have it design an even larger computer to figure out what the question was?

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Brit-American hacker duo throws pwns on IoT BBQs, grills open admin

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I'm sorry, what?

An Internet capable barbecue?

Let me guess, it cuts out the meatsack and posts pictures of what it's cooking to Instagram?

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Hungryhouse resets thousands of customers' passwords

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Re: Very disappointing

So essentially what you're saying is that none of your services or client data are on 000webhost but when your client's email addresses turned up in a list of those affected by a hack of their services you took the initiative and reset their passwords/deleted payment details in case they'd recycled passwords?

If that's the case, I think perhaps an email to the potentially compromised accounts would have been a better response,

As it stands, you're also guilty of sensationalism because you should have no way of knowing if those clients had recycled passwords.

Unless you're telling us you store passwords in plaintext?

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

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Bye Bye BBC

Well that's just scuppered the BBC's MicroBit project...

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