* Posts by Bleu

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It's whiff, Jim, but not as we know it: Curiosity sniffs ORGANICS on Mars

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Re: Spikes in the methane can only mean one thing.

We love many things in our sub-arean existence. We have something like beer, it is made from something like fungus.

It is very disappointing to those I left behind that we have had a poor hit rate for causing probe failures recently.

Our people will redouble efforts to stop further vessels!

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Since CO2 is

the main component of our atmosphere, it would be difficult for you Earthlings to *not* detect it.

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OMG, that article was

truly informative. Uh, not much really.

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NY premiere of The Interview cancelled after hackers' terrorist threats

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Re: Who needs a movie theatre??

It is pretty funny. I used to enjoy a monthly called Hacker Japan, seems to have folded. They had a regular column on 'cyber North Korea'.

Nice to see they really can stage such an attack.

Is it coincidence that their initials are also those of the US Republicans (grand ole party and all)?

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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Re: AC Offensive

Matt.

There are no rape charges. Assange is not my hero, but it is clear that the Swedish prosecutor's intention is just to make trouble for him.

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Re: Oh dear...

When is the world tour of Stonehenge to start? Will the stones be earthbound?

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Re: Presumably the sculpture is quite large to allow for actual size ego.

You are making a good point and without ill-humour. ... but Assange has been trapped in the embassy for over two years. They seem to have house-trained him a little, to their credit.

Still, no matter how much of an egomaniac he is, he doesn't deserve the situation.

The chief justice minister of the UK tried to resolve the situation only a few weeks ago, begging the Swedish moron prosecutor to interview Assange in the embassy, the request was predictably refused.

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Re: Standing on chairs??

Manning was a soldier, I appreciate the blown whistle, but am not too sure about the ethics of it.

In the end, it was a betrayal of the service. I hope the prison sentence is shortened, but I would not have dreamt of such a thing when in uniform. Keeping things in-house is part of the contract.

I feel uncomfortable to think of it, it is a real ethical dilemma, I think Manning was right to release the video that became 'collateral murder', but as a soldier in uniform ...?

Wikileaks is still sitting on most of what they have, much that they have will never be released, but Domsc***t may be the most responsible there, for wiping files and handing them to Bundeswhatever.

You, Tasker, are right about Wikileaks sort of exploiting Manning.

I like the tale of Mr. Snowden, exploited by many journalists, now has work and a new home, reunion with his girlfriend, I was so happy to hear the latter.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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It would be really good if there was a flickering animated gif, at least flipping between the colour negatives, at the top of every page!

On a more serious note, I don't usually post in the fora, design is not suitable for reading from a small device.

Really think a flickering gif on every page would be fun for at least two or three months.

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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As no great lover of Visual Basic

but someone who sees how many do like it,

Djikstra's statement was from the perspective of the structured programming model, and times where references to line numbers were near-ubiquitous.

'Thou shall not use GOTO' and all.

Case statements in C are similarly despised by the purists, since they have the same effect as a GOTO.

Visual Basic of today is a structured and obj. oriented language, for sure most powerful in connection with MS products, only because so many things in their programs can be treated as simple variables there.

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

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Re: Precisely how

Well, obviously. Thanks for the link, I will look at it. My point is that this craft is being marketed as the rocket to Mars, and that is bullshit.

Again, thanks for the link.

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Re: 'over 50 years after it managed to make human footprints on the Moon. '.....The End.

I am very curious about the Roscosmos offer to launch an Apollo 8 style circumlunar tour on Soyuz.

Not heard of lately but it was real.

There are many obscenely wealthy people who had the ability to pay, a few paid many millions of US dollars to be on the ISS, why did none of the obscenely rich take up the circumlunar offering from Roskosmos? AFAIK, is no longer on offer, why is that?

It is interesting on many levels.

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Precisely how

is a small capsule like that to go to Mars and back? The main point seems to be continuing handouts to contractors like Lockheed-Martin.

Not that they are short of taxpayer dollars.

The implication in their press is that they paid for it themselves (370 million US dollars, ridiculous, and that seems to be the cost of this one flight!).

How much were they receiving in the development phase?

Anyone with precise knowledge, please share it.

I do not believe it, US citizens paid for that flight and for the overpriced project, from a corporation that is obese from war contracts.

Do not believe that they do anything for the greater good, although I know their engineers try for excellence.

Congratulations to them for the flight.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Re: Orion and the ISS...

Beachrider,

Sincerely, thanks for the precise and concise information.

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Re: Of course it can fly

You are unlikely to see more of the galaxy, except through a telescope and in photos, you can buy a suborbital flight on an old but fast fighter jet in Russia for not much more than ten thousand euros.

If you are out of your teens and not on the path already, like me, you will never be an astronaut.

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Re: The reason Orion was nearly scrapped ...

Your post has good points but also many silly ones.

The point of participating in the ISS, to the US government and NASA bureaucrats, is to leach techniques that the Russians learnt, in USSR days on Salyut, for long terms in free-fall.

The record-holder went blind.

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Re: USA commitment to ISS

I don't know why anyone would pay much attention to proclamations from POTUS, but thanks for the info, next one can easily revoke it, of course.

I wonder if the USA wanted to make it mainly burn up (bits would hit) before people in the other participating countries wanted, would the space agencies involved rebel?

Since and before the demise of the space shuttle as a people-delivery mechanism, the US and NASA have been enjoying a free ride on a platform where most parts were made by others, leaching off hard-earned soviet knowledge in particular about life in LEO.

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Re: The reason Orion was nearly scrapped ...

The main reason it was nearly scrapped was a decision from Obama to abolish NASA's 'return to the moon soon' programme, a Bush II policy.

Ugly machismo after the second shuttle explosion in response to having to rely on the Soyuz for going to the ISS was another.

I doubt that people within NASA who support manned spaceflight support the ludicrous expense of Lockheed developing the Orion capsule with no defined mission for it to support, except perhaps a few flights to the ISS.

The 380 million dollar price must surely be for this mission alone, and not include the mega-handouts Lockheed has received for development, hell, it probably also excludes the costs of the launch vehicles (which should always be at least recoverable and materials recyclable, bet they will not be on this), ground facilities, and fuel.

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Re: Looking at that picture....

... as is your post, but silly enough to get a laugh and a vote out of me.

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Re: Jack of all trades?

They won't do anything as sensible as assembly at the ISS because the US is too intent on making trouble, the ISS will likely be down before 2020. The last I heard, the schedule was to bring it down next year, but clearer heads seem to have prevailed since then. Haven't seen talk of a 2015 scrapping lately.

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Wow.

They get to launch the capsule and lift nobody for the price of just over 5 1/2 people on reliable Soyuz. Sounds like a bargain.

That they plan to send the empty capsule beyond the van Allen belt is a little interesting, but surely the many unmanned probes and other observations already provide a pretty good idea?

Maybe they just want to check whether Capricorn 1 was only fiction or a docudrama.

Oh no, hard right-hook from Buzz, the pain!

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Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Re: "Always leave them wanting more"

There was no novel adapted from the movie. It was just the PKD novel with the title Bladerunner, a shot looking like Harrison Ford in the movie, and the subtitle 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'.

It was part of the contract conditions. PKD wrote about Bladerunner, the pieces I've read were 'screw this, just a lot of explosions and nothing to do with my vision' and later, not long before his death, but before the theatrical release, a piece that still recognised the departure from the source material, but expressed enjoyment for the film.

If you are really interested, there is (or was) also an early version of the screenplay on pdf floating about, it is well worth reading. I still have a copy somewhere. Very different from the film as it was released, and quite interesting.

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Re: What's so great about Blade Runner?

Your post is interesting in that it expresses much the same views (minus your mention of 'American') as those Harrison Ford was expressing over the many years before he signed up for this project.

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Might actually be good. someone who

is on record for hating his role in Bladerunner, H. Ford, has finally noticed the many who see it as his finest performance.

Give us a break.

Does he get to beat Rachel (Sean Young) up IRL one more time?

Can Rutger Hauer return?

I am sure it will be garbanzola.

For the OPs who are hating KW Jeter's sequel novels, sure he is not PK Dick, the latter has been deceased for rather a long time.

If you knew anything about the literature, you would know that Jeter was a housemate of PK, he is the character Kevin in Valis.

That to me seems to place him in a good position to write the sequel novels that attempt to reconcile the film with PKD's original novel.

The Jeter novels are flawed, but have some great passages.

Sure, Hollywood will ignore those on this project, perhaps grabbing a few impressionistic details, which is precisely how they treated 'Do Androids' in the first place.

I loved the movie, but am always a little disturbed by how it reversed the themes of the novel-which Ridley Scott proudly boasted that he'd never read.

This sequel is bound to be a crock of poo.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: A Recommend

I think you are likely correct, only saw Primer once, loved it, but am pretty sure that watching it again would not clear up parts of the last twenty minutes.

I won't be checking the site you mention until I watch it again, at least three times, but thanks.

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Re: A Recommend

I agree, only saw Primer once at the cinema, want to see it again, think I understood the time-travel part, but did not fully understand the last twenty or so minutes.

Impressions were great.

Are you truly sure that the whole plot has a logical explanation?

Suppose I will have to track it down (with difficulty) and (with pleasure) watch it again.

I will posit the rom-com Time after Time as the all-time prize turkey of time-travel films. For sure, someone must know of an even worse example! Yet another criminal waste of McDowall.

That reminds me, my concentration only lasted about twenty minutes, but the remake of The Time Machine was truly execrable. Recalling it, that is now my nomimation for prize turkey, at least the rom-com part of Time after Time worked a little.

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Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

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Re: REUH!

I hate wikipedia, but learnt a little from that link. From the covers of the comics, I always assumed it was 'welcome to our extreme-right state broadcaster'.

Don't watch much TV lately.

Should have looked a little further.

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Thank You for Smoking

was a minor masterpiece.

Juno sounded just a little less preachy and pathetic than Precious, so I voted with my feet and stayed away.

This one sounds awful, so thanks for the scathing description and warning.

After I post this, I will dutifully give a vote to all anti-Sandler posts.

If anybody hasn't seen Thank You for Smoking, you should, it is a great laugh.

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Re: Play store

Crap.

They have a few good preinstalled ones, I suppose it depends on the provider and place, I have installed precisely one, the file system and process controller.

All of the others I have installed were pre-installed in the first place.

Still a pretty good machine, does most of what one wants out of the box.

Point being that the 'app' and 'store' systems mean just about *nothing* to me and many others.

One program on Google looks interesting to me, as does one book that is exclusively on Amazon.

I still much preferred my old brick. As a telephone (and in several other ways, the provider threw up some clunky but hard puzzle games, other game demos, videos, enjoyable wallpapers gratis every month, special alarm tones, ran a closed blog service, etc.), it was more fun.

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Who does?

People with the same mentality as those who want to wear clothes or shoes with the brand as the highlight, or want to make a show of only carrying Apple products, for a couple of examples.

Give it a few years, and comment sites will have many commenters whose only desire is to display their devotion to Bezos, as they now do with Saint Steve.

Some of the comments here show that the process is under way.

I avoid Amazon like the plague.

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Re: an ersatz-3D image

Good question, so a vote from me.

However, Hitachi has such a system, demonstrated it at CEATEC around the middle of the last decade.

It requires multiple cameras around the space to capture the video, and the playback system is electro-mechanical, delivers much the same effect as the hologram viewers in THX1138, or Princess Leia in Star Wars.

Unlike holograms, you can walk around the playback system, and it doesn't have the same problems with colour distortion. One of the demos was a sumo match.

I thought at the time (and still do) that it was very ingenious, expected to see the system pop up in public spaces, but the costs of commercialisation seem to have been judged to be too high.

Respect for NDAs precludes more, but we are now restricted to 'jump out of the screen' 3-D, I like my 3DS, but have not seen any of the recent American blockbusters in 3-D.

I like the old ones, using it as a shock effect, for that, my prize goes to Paul Morissey for 'Blood for Dracula'. Flesh for Frankenstein, Jaws 3 in 3-D, all fun.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: three "disasters" so far - Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima

I am not anti-nuclear. In fact, I think breeder reactors are a good idea in terms of efficiency and reduced waste, ours was taken out of start-up several years before the earthquake and wave that hit, not just Fukushima Number 1, but a huge swathe of the Pacific coast.

Sure, it was a natural disaster. Well over 20,000 dead. I had been planning to take a rail holiday there at the time, I thank the fates or god that I didn't feel good at the time, so didn't go.

Am yet to see a figure on how many carriages were swept away.

I still travel through the area at times.

In the southernmost city in Fukushima Prefecture, a lovely park, even this spring, a long way from the reactor, has been stripped of its soil. Why? Too radioactive. Signs were posted to display the before-and-after millisievert levels.

Try telling all of the evacuees that it wasn't a major nuclear disaster, on top of the quake and the wave.

Try telling the small army of day labourers actually working on the ineffectual cleanup that it wasn't a nuclear disaster. They enjoy being put up in good hotels on the periphery, but they are the ones who take the risks, and, according to our press, sometimes play (or used to play) tricks with the dosimeters to stay on in the work (nice hotel in the evening).

Only three major disasters so far, perhaps. There have been many smaller ones.

British had one earlier than the others listed. It was called Windscale, the government even renamed the location (to something like Sellafield?) in an attempt to make people forget.

Here, also two incidents at the Tokaimura reactor, on the other side of the island.

First was an explosion, limited venting of radioactive gas, but overexposure for about forty people.

Second, about fifteen years ago, workers were putting powdered fuel in buckets, it reached criticality, two were dead in short order, several others got a radiation overdose.

There must have been many similar incidents in other places.

France seems to have the best record in using fission for power safely. Germany also seems to have had a good record until they made the mad political deal to shut down all of their plants.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Life in plastic, it's fantastic!

The Barbie type will be aroud until the coming collapse, as will her male counterparts.

On another thread, some fool repeated the received wisdom that the population will start to fall after reaching 9,000 million around 2050. Not going to happen. Humans today are lemmings (yeah, I did enjoy the old game, thanks to those of you who are and are not at Rockstar, also loved Chinatown Wars).

Collapse is coming, it will be within this century. It will likely not be acknowledged at first.

Population growth will not magically stop at 9,000 million around 2050, it will continue until some kind of collapse.

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Re: Not far off

Your father sounds very sensible on the subject of 'Architects'.

My mother? Let me tell you about my mother ...

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Re: Pink crapfest

So you are reading the same articles. That comes from the Smithsonian on-line. I can't see any evidence for the article's claims of colour preference, but then, I wasn't around a hundred years ago.

I would love to ask Zelda or F. Scott about it.

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Re: Pink crapfest

With you on pocket monsters, they seem to grab a demonic hold on the minds of children.

I can never work out why.

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Re: 'Well said' to that.

I am embarrassed. However, I always try to post from memory.

I checked, the US navy renamed 'commodore', 'rear admiral (lower half)', typical grade inflation on their part. Personally, I think commodore is more stylish.

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Re: Life in plastic, it's fantastic!

I was going to throw in a comment on Aqua's great mega-hit, too, congrats to you for being in first!

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Re: Barbie films are just as bad

What is a 'kead role'?

I enjoyed the Barbie game on Game Boy. Right time. Haven't heard of the Barbie versions of fairy tales, they sound like a laugh.

I wanted to be an astronaut, too, will never happen.

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Re: MEN!

They usually don't have school furniture, the curriculum is mainly rote-learning lines from an odd book.

... and girls aren't allowed.

Though they may be receiving a favour there if the system is just madrassas.

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'Well said' to that.

'we can all think of a few bosses (male and female) who've turned this into a successful management strategy', although Barbie is not a manager in this scenario.

Amusing that the product had been around for years before the twit-storm broke out.

Also amusing that it is not a rare phenomenon IRL!

To the earlier poster who referred to Grace Hopper, who really did walk the walk, Cobol remains big in banking and finance after how many years? She was a commodore, not an admiral.

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Fred Hoyle

a great astronomer and writer, supported several heterodox ideas, while he did not go so far as to explicitly support panspermia (as far as I know), he was keen on the idea that many viruses have come from comets.

Who knows?

He also made a steady-state universe theory. Probably wishful thinking on that, but even more dependent on unknowns.

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Re: Secret mode?

It sounds like Space Channel 5 (I have synathaesia for sound and vision), but also looks like the Konami code. Not having used it lately, I suppose I am wrong.

Lef-righ-lef-righ, shoo shoo shoot!

I guess anybody under thirty will not remember how revolutionary Space Channel 5 was and looked. I have to reconnect my Dreamcast!

Oh no, I am also going off-topic!

... not completely, the Moon stage has some connection with Philae!

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Re: @dan1980

You are absolutely right but you are completely off-topic (sure, not alone in that on this thread).

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Re: Secret mode?

Psyx,

I was about to post much the same, but followed my usual custom of tracking until I found a sensible post.

Indeed, 'organic' meaning carbon-centric, also CHON as the main bits.

Amino acids? Maybe, sounds like the sampling was about as successful as our Hayabusa a few years back, a *very* small sample.

Most of the other posts are centred on cod-philosophy or religion, or denial that Philae largely FAILED. I hope that it reawakens under more light, but it sounds unlikely. If it does, it doesn't have a surface-sampling tool any more.

'Organic' produce seems a particularly unfortunate term, suppose that's what you have to expect from people who hate science and maths at school! Not that I don't check and prefer 'organic' produce at times!

Controversial on the reg., I know, but glad our govt. doesn't allow GM foods.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: Of course it's a weapon.

"Except for the UK". I saw what you did there. Not bad.

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Re: It's blatantly Putin

Baloon? Do you mean balun?

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Re: or...

Come on, the B-37 is a little pricey to be a mere decoy.

Admirable degree of paranoia, but are you paranoid enough?

Quiz question: which nation constantly chafes at the bit on the treaty against militarisation of space?

Hints: the air force has a nifty space plane, they like the occasional chat about "rods from God", are situated between Mexico and Canada, whoah, you've hit the buzzer!

... and the answer is ...

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