* Posts by JustNiz

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Colander-wearing Irishman denied driver's licence in Pastafarian slapdown

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Surely the thing that defines a religion is sincere belief, nothing else.

If you sincerely believe in something/anything then who are "they" to say it is or isn't legitimately a religion?

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NASA injects cash into solar electric motor

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I'm begining to suspect something is going on....

So xenon huh, the same gas they use in strobe light bulbs? So a really bright blue-white glow coming out the tails of spaceships exactly like Star Wars, Star Trek and the vast majority of all video games happened to portray for the last several decades what "space thrusters" would look like..... I'm also pretty sure there must be an excellent physics/chemistry-based reason for using Xenon as opposed to any other propellant.

I'm really starting to notice how very often nature/logic always finds a way to ensure that scientific/technical breakthroughs "just happen" to turn out looking exactly the way Hollywood and video game developers already portrayed them, even though they almost certainly could have had no actual scientific basis for their portrayal, just cool-factor.

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

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I expect this is mostly bluff since it would be a stupid move for Google, but if not, oh well. This is what you get in a global free market economy. Get over it. Protectionism has even more problems.

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Dear Windows, OS X folks: Update Flash now. Or kill it. Killing it works

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Re: Get the content producers to kill it

This. Absolutely.

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Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ

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Fixed battery = ripoff

I have absolutely no intention to spend anything more than about $50 on a device that you can't replace the battery on.

The decision to not make the battery replaceable was just a blatant rip-off mechanism pioneered by Apple and now copied by Samsung, since Apple have already proved how short-term and stupid consumers can be.

These companies are building in unnecessary obsolescence, just to ensure that if you're stupid enough to buy this phone, you will also have to either send it back for expensive repair or buy another phone in another two years or so when the battery no longer holds as much of a charge, even though there's absolutely nothing wrong with the phone itself.

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Raspberry Pi 3 to sport Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE – first photos emerge

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No SATA ports is another of those "little niggles".

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When is someone finally gonna put a few (full speed i.e. not via USB) SATA ports on this or any similar product?

I'd absolutely love to (be able to) replace my aging but nicely compact 4-bay NAS box's proprietary brain with a much faster and far more useful/configurable Raspberry Pi or other small but powerful Linux board.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: Betting on VR with a dash of Vulkan

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Re: Never mind VR

Its good that they put the SD slot back in. Now all they need to do is reinstate the removeable battery again before Samsung appear back on my list of possible phone suppliers.

Until then, I'm looking at the new LG G5.

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Re: I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but...

>> Love the Bungle-fur inside the SHADO car!

You Sir earned my utmost respect and a mod point just for finding a credible way to mention both Rainbow and UFO in a single 7 word post.

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It happens so often that I'm beginning to think there must actually be a law somewhere that says alternative fuel vehicles are required to be completely ugly.

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

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The fact that the MSI BIOS manfuacturer didn't think to handle the mind-numbingly obvious case where the UEFI configuration can be empty/uninitialised is most definately NOT the fault of Linux.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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>> The Russians replaced AK47 with AK74 for some very good reasons.

I hope they come out with a Rover Land.

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NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads

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Nearly all big cheeses have gotten where they are simply because they have a massively myopic kick-the-can-down-the-road mentality. It follows that nearly all corporate strategy decisions are made entirely focussing on very short-sighted business reasons with absolutely no concerns about even the most blindingly obvious future problems/costs/risks/consequences.

They only worry about that stuff after it inevitably bites them hard, and for some weird reason even though it was the obvious outcome from an obviously flawed strategy that they came up with, its never perceived as a clear indicator of their incompetence.

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Put your private parts on display if you want to keep earning a living

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clueless wrongthinking

It amazes me how still so many companies are completely locked into determining your value as an employee only by how much time you spend at your desk and exactly when you get there, instead of what you actually achieve.

Thankfully they seem quite happy to pay people for surfing the web all day, just as long as they get to their desk by 9am not 9:01, and leave only after 5pm.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Linux just keeps looking better and better.

Linux just keeps looking better and better.

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Spoilsport scientists unstick Spider-Man

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Don't worry Spidey fans

This all presumes he is using the same technology that geckos use, he weighs the same as a normal human, and has no supplementary assistance from other sources or technologies.

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Never mind the patent trolls. Here's a riddle: What about the inventors?

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Re: So, what's the invention shown in the image?

I guess it saves a lot of effort if you can convince future fallout victims to already pre-bury themselves. When the guy inevitably dies from radiation, all they have to do now is fill in the hole.

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Qualcomm, Nvidia are driving us nuts – with silicon-brains-for-cars

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I Seriously just want a new car with no tech in it.

There are literally no new cars that don't also come with a crap load of retarded built-in tech 'features' that I just dont want. For example you can't even buy any GM model without it already coming with Onstar.

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Man faces 37 years for sarcastic post insulting royal dog

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Surely the onus is now on us as members of the civilised, free world to swamp the internet with as many jokes, insults and photoshopped images about the Thai royal family as possible.

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Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

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Re: All you treehuggers need to look at the numbers.

Your argument is stupid. Not that I'm a christian either, but if you can't see the significant difference in actual behaviour today between proponents of christianity and proponents of Islam, then you must be incredibly stupid.

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Re: All you treehuggers need to look at the numbers.

Sorry but I'm not a Christian either. Go take your mistaken preconceptions elsewhere.

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All you treehuggers need to look at the numbers.

I actually agree with Trump. Maybe if Europe could stop blindly hugging trees for a moment and look at whats really going on, they'd be keeping Muslims out too.

The Qu'ran clearly says (multiple times) that in order to be a good Muslim you must (not just should, MUST) conduct Jihad, Its not even open to interpretation.

This study: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/07/muslims-and-islam-key-findings-in-the-u-s-and-around-the-world/ found that 7% of all muslims already in the US say that suicide bombings are sometimes justified and 1% say they are often justified.

It also found that in several countries, a quarter or more of Muslims say that these acts of violence are at least sometimes justified, including 40% in the Palestinian territories, 39% in Afghanistan, 29% in Egypt and 26% in Bangladesh.

Those percentages equate to a friggin large number of people that think killing innocent US/EU civilians is justfied, and right now they can pretty much walk right into the EU and US.

Maybe if you morons who are all morally outraged by Trumps suggestion would just stop being led by the nose by the hippie leftist media, and actually checked for yourselves how big the scope of this problem actually is, you might agree that doing something tangible to protect yourselves is actually more important than inadvertently offending some illegals. If people worried more about their own safety than some ridiculous sense of political correctness then maybe the next Paris-like terror attack might actually be stopped before it happens.

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Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

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Re: Clara dies

Absolutely.

Thankfully they couldn't let Jenna Coleman escape the show early. That is one seriously hot piece of eye candy. Sadly I read somewhere she won't be back in the next series though.

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Apple's Faulty Powers moment: iPad Pro slabs 'temporarily bricked' during recharge

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Given how obvious this problem is, Im kinda amazed at how little testing they must have actually done before they released it.

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Hold on, France and Russia. Anonymous is here to kick ISIS butt

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>> "A website is speech... no provider has an affirmative obligation to monitor and make determinations about the theoretically harmful nature of speech a site may contain," said Cloudflare's CEO Matthew Prince

if Anonymous just planted some rips of commercial CDs and DVDs on all the ISIS sites then tipped off the RIAA/MPAA, I'd give it a day at most before Cloudflare suddenly did a complete U-turn.

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California cops pull over Google car for driving too SLOWLY

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>> "zooming scarily through neighborhood streets"

35mph is now zooming scarily? Fucking tree hugging muppets.

What IS scary and furthermore downright dangerous is some idiot impeding traffic by unnecessarily doing at least 10mph slower than the speed limit everyone else.

Speed itself is not dangerous, its relative speed that is dangerous.

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Top FBI lawyer: You win, we've given up on encryption backdoors

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That would be my bet.

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Rise of the Machines: ROBOT KILLS MAN at Volkswagen plant

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Step 1: Skynet attempts to purge all humans from the planet by hacking diesel cars to fill the atmosphere with the highly carcinogenic compounds found only in diesel, not gasoline fumes. Part of the hack is to stop the vehicles themselves reporting the emissions to the pesky humans. Skynet specifically targets German brands because many humans have already been brainwashed into incorrectly thinking that German engineering is somehow superior so are less likely to question/check emissions from German cars.

Step 2: Skynet didn't anticipate that humans were smart enough to find the fiendish viral code it planted in many German vehicles ECMs.

Step 3: Skynet gives up being subtle and starts to take more direct approach to the human infestation problem by directly accessing powerful robots to kill humans one by one...

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Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

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80 is far too small. I normally stop around 120 and it looks fine

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Re: Goto has some niches.

Code with gotos in it is far more brittle and will lead to far more unexpected side effects from making changes.

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Yes they do ...and in spite of that, Windows is still undeniably more insecure than Linux and much more of a shit product generally too.

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Re: He's blunt. He's aggressive. He's offensive.

>> It's small wonder that GNU/Linux is going the way of the Blackberry!

Wow how uniformed can you be? You need to go get a clue.

Guess what OS over 99% of the worlds 500 top supercomputers run? Guess what OS is the parent of what most of the world's smartphones run? Guess what OS Google and most of the other servers on the internet run? Guess what OS your own home networking gear is probably running?

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Re: He's blunt. He's aggressive. He's offensive.

You "politically correct at all cost" types make me wanna puke. How is this incivil? he's insulting the code no the author. The code IS crap and he's pointed that out with the force it requires to nip it in the bud and stop some moron copying that approach again later.

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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I sincerely love this move. Microsoft truly deserve recognition for being so amazing in their ability to continually find new ways to do something even more excessively moronic than everything that has gone before.

Please Keep it up Microsoft, your continued blatant abuse of your own customers is doing FAR more for popularizing Linux on the desktop than anything the open source community could have ever achieved on its own.

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American robocallers to be shamed in public lists

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I have no idea why telcos allow the user to override the caller ID. The Gov/FCC should make that illegal.

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Linux kernel dev who asked Linus Torvalds to stop verbal abuse quits over verbal abuse

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Re: The problem is, usually Linus is right

>> On another note, China has their own version of Linux. Supporting Linux is supporting the enemies of the United States.

>> If things go downhill more in Syria, including the now verified involvement of China, Linux would need to be categorized as a weapon or enabler of terrorism.

Seriously, these comments are products of the most cluelessly fucked up thinking I've ever seen here in years of regular visiting. Well done I guess.

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Torvalds is an arrogant dick, but apparently thats what it takes to get things done right these days.

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Worker drones don't need PCs says Microsoft, give 'em phones instead

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Its blatantly ridiculous of Microsoft to assume that all employees are basically sales droids that just need to check emails and know when their next appointment is.

I for one can't imagine ever doing my job (software development) entirely on a phone.

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Ecuador and Sweden in 'constructive talks' – just don't mention Assange™ by name

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Re: @AC ...

That would all be feasible and great if the UK wasn't actually just a blatant glove puppet of the USA. Obama has his arm so far up Cameron's ass that I'm surprised Cameron's eyes haven't turned brown.

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Assange™ offered 'plans for escape by flying fox to Harrods'

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I doubt if the cops are stopping and searching every vehicle leaving the Ecuadorian embassy, and even if they are they won't be allowed to search diplomatically sealed containers, so it seems that the Ecuadorians could easily smuggle him out anytime if they really wanted to.

Does anyone know for sure that Assange is really still at the the embassy in London, and not actually already in Ecuador and just keeping the myth of his location in the embassy alive for convenience?

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Weird garbled Windows 7 update baffles world – now Microsoft reveals the truth

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>> Thirdly, everybody in the industry releases buggy software and screws up patches.

Not really true. There are plenty of industries that can't afford to get it wrong even once, have unavoidable processes and do appropriate levels of testing.

Even if it was true, the real point isn't that someone made the mistake, but how professionally they recover from it and do the right thing after.

Not properly communicating what actually happened including explaining what the patch actually does is (yet another) highly unprofessional, blatantly arrogant cover-up by Microsoft instead of them doing the right thing.

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The fact that Microsoft's own processes aren't rigorous enough to have prevented this test code leaking into their live environment is VERY scary.

Microsoft should come out and say exactly what the test patch actually effects/does, not just say that they are removing it. Its already in the wild and already effected public systems so therefore WAY too late for Microsoft to live in denial about it. I'm surprised that The Reg allowed themselves to be brushed off with corporate hyperbole instead of pushing Microsoft for these details, but I'm not even slightly surprised that Microsoft are still doing their usual "you don''t need to know what we are actually doing to your property" coverup instead of doing the real professional/correct thing.

It just boggles my mind how evern large companies and so-called 'professional' IT managers can see this stuff happening then still choose to buy more Microsoft products to run their entire businesses on.

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: A solution for the wrong problem

Politcal purity will be the first thing go out the window when someone's new game won't run.

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Re: firmware

Its not as clear cut as that. My own experience is of far more problems caused by nouveau that installing nVidia's own drivers fixed, than round the other way.

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Bribing public officials up to $900 is OK-ish, says South Korean court

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This is them trying to look like they're fighting corruption instead of actually fighting corruption.

Hardly surprising when the people making these decisions are themselves already the upper echelons of a corrupt system.

If they were actually serious they would have sent the message that any corruption at all is unacceptable, and made the penalty the same for accepting even the smallest bribe.

Instead they built a law already with obvious backdoors in it so they can claim to be doing something but actually can keep doing business as usual, just now using multiple payments of 899.99. The fact that even if they get caught for a big con, the law already says they still get to keep half their pension is another clue.

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

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There is already legal precedent that shows this lawsuit has no hope.

http://www.wired.com/2015/05/chimpanzee-rights-get-day-court/

(In an appeals court decision in the US, judges declared that chimps are not legal persons because they can’t fulfill duties to human society)

Also under the same US law that allows people to take pictures of cops doing their duty in public, if this photo was taken in what may be legally construed as a public location (presumably the entire Indonesian jungle isn't privately owned and properly posted), and even if the Macaque was ruled to have legal status, he would still have no legally valid expectation of privacy and therefore no legally valid claim on the photo.

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Ex-HP boss and US prez wannabe Carly sings about her dog on TV

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So she already clearly proved she can't run a company, and hasn't even got enough intelligence to be able to make up lyrics that rhyme.

How F***ing stupid must those Americans be that still believe she could successfully run a large country?

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

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"what the cloud and enterprise networks find challenging is integrating the radically different software running on each different type of switch into a cloud-wide network management platform."

Translation: Instead of just staying standards compliant and making good itneroperable products, Microsoft keeps inventing their own (usually technically worse) secret versions of existing industry protocols just so they can lock their customers into paying through the nose for licences and crappy Microsoft apps. That has caused so many customers to switch away from using Microsoft infrastructure that even Microsoft finally can't keep sticking its head in the sand any more.

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Software update borked radar, delayed hundreds of flights, says US FAA

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Seriously the FAA are running their next generation radar system on Windows? Wow. Whoever made that choice badly deserves to get fired for incompetence.

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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As a Brit now living in the US, I've repeatedly observed firsthand a very interesting phenomenon that apparently nearly all American women's (but not men's) solutions to almost any societal problem is to further dilute or even eliminate citizens constitutional rights/freedoms and give that power to the US government/police instead.

It's truly amazing how consistent this is, and how they all seem to have a complete blindspot to the obvious downsides.

I would truly love to know why this is.

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