* Posts by imanidiot

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HP Inc: No DRM in our 3D printers, we swear (unlike our 2D ones)

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Re: Certified for sale

Since this is enterprise level stuff HP is probably banking on the buyer wanting warranty and support for the thing. At that level it is safe to assume HP would have a clause in its support contract that it won't provide support for uncertified materials. That would shut the door for outsider materials suppliers pretty fast.

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USB-C is now wired for sound, just like Sir Cliff Richard

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Re: I wonder how does electrocution through your ears feel like

Slight correction on my last post. -45V is ON hook ofcourse. Off hook (receiver picked up) would be "connected" and near 0V (Apart from the voice modulation ofcourse)

@AC: Jup, Phone lines pack a surprising wallop. I think its the slow and never ACTUALLY sinewave but blocky waveform. In the days of analog, the voltage wasn't even an attempt at sinewave, it was just a square wave, "on-off" modulation. Nice and spikey. Perfect for ringing a clapper on a bell. Also perfect for shocking the bejesus out of you.

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Re: I wonder how does electrocution through your ears feel like

"a whopping 48 volts of direct current"

Up to 110 volts RMS 20Hz sinewave actually. -48 volts is the "off hook" voltage.

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Mozilla tells Firefox OS devs to fork off if they want to chase open web apps vision

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Re: Doubtful that someone running an old unsupported OS is keeping their browser up-to-date

I have a laptop that by now is over 10 years old running XP. I've tried Linux, Win 7 and Win 8 on it and none worked to my statisfaction for the purposes I needed. So it keeps running XP. I've patched it so far as I (as a semi-educated noob) can and it's running a recent version of firefox (not fully up to date as I haven't actually turned it on in 4 months now).

I just keep it away from the rest of my network and am careful about what sites I visit. It's main purpose now is for retrieving data from a somewhat ancient FAI certified flight logger for gliders using a similarly ancient USB to serial adapter using similarly ancient software that simply refuses to work on anything more modern than win XP. Theoretically I should just switch to using a FLARM with build in logger and ditch the laptop for something more modern but I can't be arsed and I'm a cheapskate. (Plus the Flarm is about 3 times the price of a high end laptop)

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Eric Raymond revisits his biggest mistake, updates 'Pilot' language after 20 years

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Pretty sure there are a lot more cathedrals in the world that took much longer than 20 years to build. (I seem to recall a story about one in france that took over 100 years)

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'Geek gene' denied: If you find computer science hard, it's your fault (or your teacher's)

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lack of genes or lack of trying?

I doubt a clear bimodal peak would be seen even if there IS such a phenomenon. Since there are those students who have a hard time but manage to put their nose to the grindstone and learn anyway and there are those that can do it with 2 fingers up their nose but don't put in even a modicum of effort and fail anyway. I think this would smear the results enough to make any bimodal effect all but invisible.

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Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

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Re: I'm sorry?

I suddendly feel the inexplicable urge to register that domain...

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I'm sorry?

Who?? And who???

I neither know nor care for either of this person. But from the article I can only side with the Original Heidi.

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SpaceX: Breach in liquid oxygen tank caused Falcon 9 fireball ... probably

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Re: too technical for me

Not much more than would have been released by the launch anyway.

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Re: "...one tenth of a second..."

Pretty sure most data connections when the rocket is on the pad will already be optical in nature. Plus a whole range of radio links that would be active during flight on top of that.

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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Re: The unasked question

This can happen on any turbine engine. In fact, a lot of helicopters for instance have a "no tailwind at startup" demand in their operating manual, or at the very least strict limits. (Helo turbines are very sensitive to fuel building and hot-starting due to their compact size and restrictive expansion/power section)

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Brexit at the next junction: Verity's guide to key post-vote skills

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Re: Big numbers

Aber natürlich spreche ich Deutsch.

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Re: Slowly does it

You could do that... I'd rather pull my toenails out with a rusty pair of blacksmiths tongs than have to work in Imperial though. The process would be less painful.

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

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Castlevania?

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Is Tesla telling us the truth over autopilot spat?

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Re: It is all in a name...

As automating tasks go, landing a plane is pretty straightforward. Plane autopilots really are as intelligent as a pile of bricks. Yes they can fly the plane, but that's the easy bit of piloting. Any yahoo can learn to control a fixed wing. Doing so safely in busy airspace while maintaining positional awareness relative to other traffic is a whole different ballgame. And we are a long way from automating that aspect. We just work around it with minimum separation rules and constant ATC attention and guidance.

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BSODs of the week: From GRUB to nagware

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Re: And this is why we use embedded operating systems

Have you met the average human being? I'm not convinced there may not be upsides to killing us all.

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Re: And this is why we use embedded operating systems

to varying degrees of badly. Throws a hissy fit every now and then and MIGHT not show an ad to some eyeballs is a somewhat acceptable form of bad. Kills a person is a somewhat less acceptable form of bad. Kills us all is ofcourse also somewhat bad -->

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Italian scientists use fluorescent box to arouse sexually indifferent men

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Re: Wonder where they got the bulbs from

Dwarf: "I wonder how they managed to do this given that Italy is in Europe and in Europe, we are only allowed the 100 Watt 53 Watt 28 Watt, 11 Watt energy saving bulbs these days and nobody can work out how much light that actually is compared to the Watts of last year.

13,68. But only on a Wednesday in November. And nobody knows which.

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So is it actually sex drive that is improved?

Or where these gents just suffering from "plain old" seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and was their "drive" just a little low because they were down in general? Those 2 are most certainly interlinked.

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IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

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Re: The title is no longer required

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't one of the points of contention on IPv6 implementation that it did not support NAT? So how to you plan to roll this?

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Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

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So the jets get loaded with alternating IR flares and these new doohickeys. Wahey, IR AND radar decoy deployment at the push of a button. (Pretty much how it works now anyway.)

I can't find any indication these would full up replace all flares, so I don't see why you need to be so cynical in the first place (in this case).

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Conviction by computer: Ministry of Justice wants defendants to plead guilty online

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Not being there is taken as a "I'm better than you and have better things to do" by the judge in any country it seems. Better to show up, be polite and keep your gob shut as much as possible.

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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

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Re: Civil War

"Or possibly very well educated people who <emfound reasons other than "blimmin' forinnners"</em> to vote exit."

Of which there are NONE.

Seriously.

Citation needed.

Because the way the EU is now trying to steal the pensions funds (BTW, until the UK is out the UKs and the Netherlands pension funds, which form the vast majority of pension savings funds within the EU, are still at risk. Look into the recently passed EU wide pension legislation), the way the EU is trying to backdoor in an EU wide army, the way the EU is trying to backdoor a federation, the way the EU is trying to backdoor and backroom handle trade negotiations like TTIP and CTIP and the way the EU is trying to backdoor and closed door backroom handle many many other less than popular legislations cannot POSSIBLY be a reason to vote for Leave. Nope, just "blimmin forinrs"...

Maybe you should step out of your little bubble and meet some people from other walks of life. You seem to have been infected with EU propaganda. And if you really think all those who voted leave are ignorant racists it bloody well falls on the Remain campaign for failing to actually, you know, campaign and explain people PROPERLY why remain is the better option. Instead of going doom mongering.

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Re: Just move your business before actual Brexit

@Len, BTW, don't get me wrong, you are very welcome in our little country. We could do with the added work/economy/tax given how many companies have left or fallen over. I'm just a little puzzled why anybody would choose the Netherlands out of all the EU countries on offer given our current goverments hostility towards any bussiness smaller than a few million euros turnover (Current attitudes seem to be: "If you don't make enough to make a special deal with the Tax services, bend over and take it!"). I certainly wouldn't consider starting a company in the Netherlands. And I live here!

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Re: Just move your business before actual Brexit

@Len,

I think your research is a bit flawed to be honest. There are more parties and politicians that have voiced doubt about the current direction/organisation/politics of the EU.

On top of that you seem to highly overestimate the intelligence of the average politician in the Netherlands. If they think they can get votes by being EU skeptic they will be EU skeptic. On top of that the current governing parties (PvdA and VVD) are polling at an all time low and total decimation at the next elections (next year). PVV is still polling at a major win. Whatever happens in the meantime, political upheaval and uncertainty is no doubt coming to the Netherlands come the elections next year. I doubt it's going to stay business as usual over here.

I'll agree Geert Wilders is a bit of a loony and his "election 'manifesto'" is somewhat laughable, but we'll have to see if possibly VNL might be able to jump into the gap by being right wing but not batshit insane.

In any case, there is a massive undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the current government and current EU and Netherlands policies. Who knows how that will eventually work out. I wouldn't exclude a Nexit. (Like I said, my thinking is this will only happen if the EU as a whole falls apart)

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Re: Just move your business before actual Brexit

moving ... to Amsterdam.

By moving to a country that will stay in the EU

Given current unhappyness about government policy and the rise of EU skeptic political parties in the Netherlands, I have my doubts you should be so certain about that. I do believe however if it comes to the Netherlands leaving the EU it will be because the project has finally just failed so miserably it just falls apart. Doing so at the moment imho would probably have a massive negative impact on our economy (even if it IS the smart/right thing to do).

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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

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Re: Hang on a minute...

@Wolfetone, probably that last one. Spark surpression is pretty important in a fuel vapour rich environment.

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NASA starts countdown for Cassini probe's Saturn death dive

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Re: What is Saturn's policy on recycling?

Probably closer to "You will be assimilated"

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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Why come in?

No overtime pay and no contractual obligation to come in for this sort of work (on-call work should be specifically mentioned in the contract)? "Sorry, I have other commitments today I cannot cancel. Good luck with that".

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Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

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Re: Exactly...

@steve,

not every single tomtom has a 3g modem inside. Only the models featuring HD-live or HD-traffic have such a modem. And you paid for the data connection when you bought the thing. The rest of the upkeep is paid for by TomTom (since it's 2 way traffic and TomTom benefits from it I don't see why they shouldn't. Its only limited amounts of data so i'd be surprised if most Nav units featuring this send more than maybe a few hundred MB in their lifetime). I believe some of the units featuring live traffic updates also required quite a hefty monthly extortion payment membership fee to use it.

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@cantankerous swineherd

According to TomTom this is a myth and never happened...

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French hackers selling hidden .22 calibre pen guns on secret forums

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why buy an expensive illegal pengun

When you can legally buy a small lathe and bar stock for the same amount and make many many more (not legal but near impossible to track if you keep you gob shut yo everyone else).

Small non repeating arms are really really easy to make. Which is why getting ammo in many EU countries is also a challenge. Sometimes even for those with a licensed legal firearm.

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Re: "bagging between €5 million to €10 million a month"

Because those transactions are hidden behind a surge of legitimate payments for goods and services and tracking them down is not as easy as you seem to imply it is.

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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Ofcourse its not fake. Its all filmed live on Mars!

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Nothing intermediate?

It looks like Bezos is trying to go from the "dinky little" New Shepard to New Glenn in a single go. Which is like SpaceX going from Falcon 1 to Falcon Heavy in a single step. Seems a bit ambitious to me.

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As a hypothetical occupant would not be able to walk away I doubt a pointy end down rapid geometry adjustment would classify as a landing.

Remember, any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. If the aircraft can subsequently also be reused it's a great landing!

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'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'

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The bleeding heart typea have no idea what a farm looks like. Let alone how one works. As to their opinion on animal slaughter, they can go ^*@@ a dong for all I care. Animals are tasty and provide good nutrients. Humans are omnivores and if you don't like that, please go very slowly kill yourself somewhere else you without bothering the rest of us.You quinoa munching bunch of stinky hippies...

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Hololens for biz shocker: Surprisingly, it doesn't totally suck

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Re: Marketing and alternative uses ?

Pretty sure physical security measures like this aren't for "screen peeping" which can be solved by giving someone an office with a desk facing the door. The important bit is the prevention of physical access to the (airgapped) system. Using a hololens doesn't provide the physical barrier, so I don't see this taking off.

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The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom

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Re: I'm stuck with HERE maps

So your problem is with the integration of HERE into your Citroen, not with HERE as such? The phone app can get a little confused as well (especially if the GPS position accuracy is "a bit shit" TM), but updating and navigating with it is about as painless as it used to be when I used TomTom. Frankly I never bother with built in navigation systems, they are ALWAYS shit and the screen location is usually in a very distracting place. I keep my phone in a holder attached by suction cup to the lower left corner of the windscreen where I can glance at it during my scan of the mirrors and instruments.

Also, why do people feel the need to stick the satnav smackbang in the middle of the windscreen below the rearview mirror? It takes away pretty much all periferal vision to the right/left (crossout as applicable in your country)

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Re: Pretty good navigation

It's not about the hardware. (AFAIK, I don't work nor have ever worked for TomTom) The vehicle type option is intended for professional users driving lorries, busses, vans, etc with certain weight/height/width constraints. This option requires special maps that have additional information on these limitations for road sections. Those are NOT present on the standard maps. So you might have to buy new hardware, but it's still mostly about buying a new software license.

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Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography

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Here is where ALL of those in the article go wrong

"But what happened then shows just how much Facebook needs to grow up and review how it views its users and their use of its service."

Those with a facebook acount are not Facebooks clients! They might be "users" in the way we traditionally looked at these matters but to Farcebook, the user/client is the ad agency paying them. So long as users keep splaffing them their data, Fakebook doesn't give a rats arse about you, your privacy or your rights!

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Wait, wait – I got it this time, says FCC as it swings again at rip-off US TV cable boxes

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Re: True

Cable companies warned that the plan would allow third parties to introduce their own advertisements without bribing paying the cable companies for it and could cause the leak of consumer data.

Once again scare tactics are the order of the day. In the meantime the halfarsed security measures of cable companies is probably much more of a problem for consumer data safety.

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Curiosity rover likes big buttes but it cannot lie around

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Anybody else?

Does anybody else try to read that headline in the cadance of the song and fail miserably at the end?

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Retired Philae lander slouches on Comet 67P

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Re: Why not leave it.

Setting down as gently as possible has to be weighed against using more fuel for stationkeeping and doing a little more science. The balance in this case seems to fall on orbiting a little longer and setting down a little less gently. Given orbital velocity around the comet is measured in single digit meter per seconds the touchdown will be relatively mild in space vehicle context in any case.

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'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

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Re: Going nowhere

Video so car seems to indicate the fire started at the second stage fueling umbilical connection. The payload fairing was intact until it hit the ground, which suggests it was the second stage that exploded and collapsed.

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Second 'dimmer switch' star spotted

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Cool

In terms of interplanetary observation a lot of cool things are happening. We are in a time when science and technology have allowed the construction of telescopes with previously unimaginable clarity and sensitivity. And given whats on the books things could get even more interesting.

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98.1 million CLEARTEXT passwords pasted as Rambler.ru rumbled

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Re: Is there a point in reporting this?

The leak seems to have gone unreported by the site itself, so it might just be as a "hey this happened" message.

Pretty stupid to be storing passwords in cleartext in any case. In 2012 even I knew better (And I'm a mechanical engineer)

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SpaceX blast kills Zuck's sat

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It was the second stage

Looking at a video of the event (https://youtu.be/_BgJEXQkjNQ) It seems the second stage went cablewy. The payload survived until it hit the ground several seconds later (It can actually be seen falling to the ground and then exploding)

Looks like the launch tower and pad took some serious damage. No more SpaceX launches this year (and that means no Falcon Heavy this year).

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Dang

Lets hope no-one was around to get injured. As it seems the RUD happened during a static fire test it seems likely everyone was at a safe distance, but news reports seem to indicate it was one heck of a (series of) boom(s).

Edit: its just been confirmed by spaceX no-one was injured as the pad was cleared for a static fire test, the vehicle and payload have been lost.

Funny how Russia Today seems to have the most information compared to all the fearmongering US "news" agencies: https://www.rt.com/usa/357893-spacex-explosion-platform-launch/

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BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

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Facepalm

--->

I Knew BT was incompetent, I never realised they were THIS incompetent.

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