* Posts by JustNiz

106 posts • joined 18 Apr 2012

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

JustNiz

Re: JustNiz

> Sigh, the article + headline are fine.

I said nothing about the article, just the headline. which is: Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

I actually am a professional Linux dev and even have a GTX 980 in my PC. I can tell you I'm completely not affected by the lack of source code for my video driver, nor is any of the other Linux devs I work with or even know. I also can't get the source to the bios for my motherboard, the firmware in my monitor, or to the driver or firmware for my Broadcom Wifi chip, or to my toaster, microwave, car and stereo, but I don't see anyone making equivalent noises about those.

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JustNiz

The headline of this article is VERY disingenuous and misleading.

This almost certainly doesn't affect any other Linux developer or user in the slightest, since there is already a better and more optimal nvidia driver out there for free (nvidias own Linux driver). Yes it doesn't come with source code, but that is mostly if not completely a philosophical rather than practical limitation, since who in the real world ever has an actual need or even desire to dive in and modify video driver code?

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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Re: I'm impressed.

Computer-controlled taxis lorries and trains would likely already come under the definition of a robot.

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

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Re: Strewth...!

Are you sure? Looks more like the ugly one to me.

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

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Samsung makes masive marketing mistake

>> there's no reason the phones won't become very popular indeed

Actually there's 2 very big ones:

No SD slot = No Sale. No removeable battery = No Sale.

Samsung have now stupidly removed the 2 most important differentiators that made their phones better than most of the competition. If I wanted a phone without those things I'd have already bought a Nexus phone so that I could also get more regular updates and less bloatware, and better styling.

At the time I chose my S3 several years ago, the upside of an SD slot and removable battery far outweighed the downside of its plasticky utilitarian styling. And its still true. The lack of those things is exactly why I wont even consider moving to an S6, since it would be an obvious downgrade in usefulness from my S3.

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

JustNiz

I personally enjoy driving, my hobby is classic cars. I will never accept that I will ever be any safer in a car being driven bty a computer than when driving myself. I will also strongly rue the day if/when there is a complete ban on human drivers. Musk for me is the devil.

Don't EVER expect me to buy a car with this "feature", for at least as long as any other option exists. In fact don't even expect me to ride in a car when it is not being driven by a human.

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Re: Top Gear won't like it!

Wow I just watched that Stewart Lee video. That guy is a complete asshole. If thats what all so called "politically correct" people are like then they can all go fuck themselves.

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Re: Not a problem solved

What happens when an autonomous car is approaching an accident and only has a choice between mounting the pavement and possibly killing many pedestrians, or going into the accident and killing the driver?

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Re: Am I the only one...

Trains and planes are both in a fairly predictable environment where the rules and conventions are pretty much always followed by other users. And the other users are ususally miles away. Things don't generally suddenly appear in front of you.

Cars are in an environment where the rules and conventions are often broken, other users are trying to share almost the same space, and things can and do suddenly jump out in front of you.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

>> Let me get this right. You're interested in spooks not being able to even scan everyone's telephone records or emails. .... At some point you're going to have to accept that a certain number of deaths through terrorism are unacceptable

Its uninformed, paranoid idiots like you like you that are the real problem. You have no sense of perspective and are simply buying into the mass hysteria that the NSA are promotoing just to get you to mindlessly comply with their rape of our constituional rights.

The hard fact is that the chance of a civilian located in the US being murdered as a result of terrorism is vanishingly small. Statistically you are 5 times more likely to be struck by lighting than killed by a terrorist. You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a cop than a terrorist. If you REALLY want to save lives, why aren't you advocating thatt something be done about gunhappy cops, or better yet, heart disease, since You are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack. Reduicing either of those would not only be far more actually productive, but also don't require people to relinquish theiir constitutional rights.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/youre-more-likely-to-be-killed-by-a-toddler-than-a-terrorist.html

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AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

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I hope nobody actually buys one of these cars, but I already know the public are so damn stupid that a large enough group of people will actually think this is a good idea.

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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intelligence of Hillary Clinton

This stupid woman clearly doesn't even understand basic concepts like email security or even the need for it over her own convenience..... Its VERY scary that she wants to be the president, a person that will regularly handle the most classified material and have significant input into complex issues like net neutrality. She has clearly demonstrated serious failure to grasp basic issues even in her current role.

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The SHOCKING storage truth: Everyone's buying spinning rust

JustNiz

Flash storage is still at least 10x as expensive as same-size disc storage and also fundamentally flawed as a technology due to having by comparison a very low limit on write cycles.

SSD has 4 advantages over disc, power consumption, size, shock/vibration robustness and I/O performance, which makes it great for a laptop, but in a datacenter environment, most of those advantages are pretty much irrelevant. The advantages of SSD are not enough to outweigh its disadvantages, and probably won't ever be until SSD technology changes again.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

JustNiz

That is the cutest selfie I have ever seen.

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Snowden must be mad wanting to return to the US.

There is no way in hell he will get a fair trial since the US Gov are just dying to make an example of him.

You can bet that any judge that Snowden gets will already know to play ball with the US Gov and automatically give Snowden the worst possible sentence.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

JustNiz

>>> Human aggression threatens to destroy Earth so we'd better start colonising planets soon

...or we could just address the root cause of the problem right here on the planet.

And if he's right, even doing nothing would lead to one (terminal) solution to end human agression.

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

JustNiz

Just another control-freak company with an overinflated ego.

Hey Apple, Do I need your permission to think for my damn self?

Yes? Then F*** you and your overpriced overrated products.

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

JustNiz

Re: Please inform youselves instead of making assumptions

...and if you checked the facts instead of just gone off you'd know that the doctor is advising against it becuse of the hypertension he is suffering from, not physical injury.

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Re: Please inform youselves instead of making assumptions

..and of course there is absolutely no chance that doctor is just saying that to get him off.

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Please inform youselves instead of making assumptions

All you people who are loudly claiming that this corporal punishment is "barbaric" need to see the actual video of him being "lashed".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd3dh9sy2SE

Each hit Is little more than a tap with a thin cane perfomed over clothing. It appears to hardly inflict discomfort, let alone any real pain or physical injury. The cane at our school in 1970's UK was way worse than that.

Since this is also taking place in a public square, It seems very clear that the punishment is actually all about public humiliation rather than anything corporal. Since seeing the video, I for one don't think its so bad as punishments go. if it was me I'd easily choose such a lashing over serving prison time.

if you really want to something worthwhile to complain about around this case, it should be his incarcertation, or better yet, the fact that he got punished at all for just blogging. The lashing part actually seems a relatively insignificant issue now I've seen it.

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Valve set for OpenGL BIG REVEAL at upcoming conference

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Re: Are AMD and nVidia on board?

I'm finding it hard to believe that. I can imagine that Microsoft might have had some suggestions around their GPU designs, but not that they (or nVidia at least) would have baked-in DirectX-only functionality. nVidia in particular have a lot of stake in the Linux/Android/GPU computing markets so I'm sure wouldn't design in features that are only available under Directx/windows.

Have you any actual references to AMD/nVidia implementing any significant level of DirectX-specific functionality in silicon?

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'Revenge p0rn' kingpin Kevin Bollaert faces 20 years in jail

JustNiz

I have absolutely no sympathy for this A hole. He's just bottom-feeding scum.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

JustNiz

You seem to be one of those rabid Apple fanbois that somehow thinks it should be self-evident to everyone that Apple automatically translates to "better". Your "IPhone = the phone you really wanted" comment has zero foundation in anything he actually wrote. He could equally have chosen the GS3 because he felt it is a functionally better phone than iPhone (which having used both actually agrees with my own experience too).

After my own experience with an iPhone it seems very clear to me that Apple products are mostly just sold to gullible people that can't tell marketing bullshit/image from actually useful features. Personally given a choice between a free iPhone and buying an Android phone, I'd still take the Android.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Stupid clock

In its nearly 70 year existence, it has NEVER been set any earlier than 23:43, and its usual state over that whole time is within 10 minutes to midnight. Given a clock displays 12 hours, and that we're even still here, it is VERY clear that the Doomsday Clock massively and systematically over-exaggerates the actual risk of the threats it supposedly quantifies.

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

JustNiz

Wow. Have Microsoft finally just innovated something new instead of just repeatedly remarketing a worse version of other peoples products? If so, Good for them!

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Are you running a Telnet server on Windows? Oh thank God. THANK GOD

JustNiz

More evidence that Microsoft have finally caught up to the 1980's

I hear they're finally going to implement multiple desktops in the next Windows.

At this new increased rate of progress they might even get rid of the registry as soon as 2035.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

JustNiz

its VERY worrying that no-one seems to even care that this car is always connected to the factory and reports back everything you do, including everywhere you go, and how you drive, including how fast you do it, even how hard you corner and brake.

Nor can you dare to work on your own car:

https://transportevolved.com/2014/04/08/owners-hack-tesla-model-s-electronic-car-tesla-politely-asks-stop

Yeah no thanks Tesla, Any car I pay for is MY car NOT yours, and I don't appreciate you using it to spy on me either.

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Samsung’s SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper

JustNiz

>> The XP941 was rated at 73TB written (40GB/day) and had a 3-year warranty.

So is the idea that SSD drives are now *designed* to only work for a few years? Seems to me that SSD is actually big step backwards if that's true. I've had the same mechanical hard drives in my PC for maybe 10 years now with no problems.

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Microsoft has made excellent software, you pack of fibbers

JustNiz

NT worked because Microsoft didn't actually write NT.

Microsoft hired a bunch of programmers from DEC, led by Dave Cutler (who had previously helped develop VMS and RSX-11).

NT was actually pretty good/solid to start with, but quickly got much buggier, much more bloated and less useable after the Microsoft programmers got their hands on it.

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Re: Jim 59 Re:TheOtherHobbes

@Matt Bryant:

I totally agree with the eseence of what you are saying, however what rich people like Chakrabarti do, even though immoral, is technically not illegal.

Until we fix that, it gets called a "Tax Mitigation strategy" rather than Tax Evasion, and there are expensive tax advisors that other rich people like Chakrabarti pay a lot of money to just to come up with them, all quite legally. Apparently when you have a lot of money you gain access to a completely different world and set of rules, which also makes it easier to make and keep even more money. THAT double-standard is the actual root of the problem that most needs eliminating, however all the people that have the power to do anything about it are exactly all the ones that are (ab)using it themselves.

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Branson sinks sub dream: Plan to explore Earth's bottom scrapped

JustNiz

Shame that a single stupid action of one test pilot can ruin so much in the way of future-thinking projects that actually would expand the horizons of our world. Anything hard is bound to have failures. its part of the learning process, not a reason to quit.

A lot of the posts here are poo-pooing Branson's efforts, yet I don't see anyone else actually pushing the envelope. I for one applaud Branson for at least daring to try.

No matter what the armchair experts here have to say, I think we need more philanthropic people like Branson pushing the boundaries, not less. The world is already too full of risk-allergic bean counters that only do things that offer immediate profits. New model Iphone anyone? its actually the same phone with different graphics so none of that risky "actual progress" stuff, just a new number on the box. Nice and safe profits to be had from marketing it to the sheeple though.

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QEMU, FFMPEG guru unleashes JPEG-slaying graphics compressor

JustNiz

So in short it doesn't stand a chance then, since in any format war, it's always the best technical solution that loses.

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

JustNiz

Blunkett was a moron. if he didn't already expect RIPA would get extended and abused just like every other law does, then he's far too dangerously clueless to have been given the authority to make such laws.

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The internet is less free than last year. Thanks a bunch, Snowden

JustNiz

Dont blame Snowden. This was inevitable.

It is the very fundamental nature of all human organisations, especially governments, to endlessly seek more and more power/control over individuals, so in time they would have gotten around to limiting the internet anyway (or even possibly worse had it not been for Snowden).

The will to do this was there all along, Snowden was just the excuse they needed. if he hadn't have come along they would have simply cooked some other ridiculous excuse up to justify the removal of yet more of our freedoms. Probably something around anti-terrorism or preventing child abuse.

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Sony SPILLS GUTS on OTT service, so far for PlayStations only

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I just hope they support us Formula1 and UK Top Gear fans.

As an Englishman now living in the US, I've been very depressed about the complete lack of affordable ways to watch Formula1 and Top gear UK here.

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

JustNiz

...In other news, BP are following Sky's lead and becoming "P".

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Samsung to boot out Shin after Galaxy S5 tanks – report

JustNiz

My old unlocked S3 running cyanogenmod already does everything I need well enough. What extra would an S5 get me that is worth the $780 cost of an unlocked device?

Especially at that price, it boggles my mind why Samsung didn't use premium quality materials, not just obviously cheap out again with more plastic. Really Samsung... would it kill you to spring for the extra maybe 25c per phone on some actual quality case materials for once?

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

JustNiz

I can totally imagine how relative safety will just become another pre-purchased software option.

The hypothetical head-on-crash scenario above would be immediately preceeded by the two cars talking to each other and comparing how much money each driver spent on relative safety, with the lowest having to get out of the way of the highest at ANY cost to itself and passengers (e.g. driving off a cliff).

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

JustNiz

>> Barbie's 1337 skills seem to devolve down to getting boys to do the hard stuff and then claiming all the credit,

Actually all 3 females on my CS course got through their whole degrees exactly this way.

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>>> We believe girls should be empowered to understand that anything is possible and believe they live in a world without limits.

So deluding them with lies and false expectations is now a GOOD thing?

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

JustNiz

....Of course the fact that this move is necessary to enable them to further monetise the game with micropayments etc. whenever they like is COMPLETELY coincidental, as is the fact that they actually just did a classic bait-and-switch move on everyone that donated.

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British drones target ISIS for the first time

JustNiz

Whats the maximum range on detecting those little RFID thingys embedded in the back page of UK passports? I hope the RAF drones make a special point of targetting ISIS fighters carrying them. The one good thing about the war against ISIS is that it got a bunch of the worst muslim psychopaths to leave the UK to go over there and fight. The last thing we want is to let those scum back in. We need the RAF drones to find and wack them all before they can get back on the plane home.

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

JustNiz

Re: Stupid question

...Because for developers other than those working on windows products, and for many other experienced computer users, Linux also makes a better desktop environment than windows.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

JustNiz

This just underllines how obviously stupid it to run any campaign off a facebook page instead of your own website. I guess common sense isn't one of her skills.

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FIFTEEN whole dollars on offer for cranky Pentium 4 buyers

JustNiz

This is bullshit. You have to have bought a pre-built PC, it does nothing for people like me that actually bought Intel P4s and other compnents separately to build their own PCs.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

JustNiz

Nice thing? Really?

From the description it looks like someone took an old cheap phone and added a metal ring around the edge, believing thats enough to fool people into thinking its as classy as an Iphone.

You'd think that someone somewhere in Samsung would "get" what classy design means, but apparently still not.

The lack of an SD slot alone would keep me from buying this, let alone that the rest of the tech specs (battery, screen res, USB interface version etc) are all compromises, and look scarily like the spec a 3-4 year old phone.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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Re: Can't believe that I agree with Balmer

but does he really STILL say Apple are crap?

Sure he would have had to deny that anythnig good ever came out of anywhere but Microsoft when he was CEO of it, but if he's still actually saying that now, I'm amazed at how someone so genuinely clueless could have ever got where he is/was.

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

JustNiz

I'm amazed we haven't plonked a few MBTs down in Iraq just for some semi-modern battle experience and just to see how they really work out these days.

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>> steel balls can provide hours of fun for the home experimenter.

...Might be fun but it doesn't sound very comfortable.

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

JustNiz

Re: US chocolate stereotypes are 20 years out of date

I'm an English expat, been living in the US for about 12 years.

I think the actual chocolate (and cheese, and good bread, and reasonable cornish pasties) problem in the US is not that you can't find it _somewhere_, its just that its going to require uncommon local knowledge of where, and a (probably 50 mile+) special trip to get it. Then it will be hideously expensive.

Pretty much all food in the US (even stuff that you wouldn't expect like bread, milk etc.) gets massively oversweetened with high fructose corn syrup. On top of that natural food like meat and especially vegetables have little to no natural taste (relative to same in the UK/EU) because they are all genetically modified to grow unnaturally large as fast as possible.

Its so prevalent that when arriving (back) here, the only taste you experience at all for about 2 weeks is high fructose corn syrup. After then, your taste buds just give up and shut down in total sumbission so you cant taste anything anymore, except spicy food.

I think Its why Hersheys, Liptons and Buweiser can all get away with tasting like crap yet are pretty much the only brands that Americans buy. They literally can't taste them, and also have hardly any opportunity to experience actual chocolate, tea and beer.

IMHO nothing is as good as the bar of plain Galaxy and regular old Cheddar you find cheap at just about every supermarket in the UK, and cost a fortune here in the US if you can find them at all.

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