* Posts by Graham Marsden

5526 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

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Oh look...

... another piece of TW "journalism" that relies on cherry-picking bits of a story for one more round of Lefty-Bashing.

We start off with a classic "if you don't know what I (claim to) know, then you're not allowed to have an opinion" and assertions of "ignorance" there and then throw in a bit of name-calling and ad hominem attacks ("dunderheads"? "Crayon eating", Tim? Really, is that the best you can come up with?) and we get a classic piece of Worstall trolling.

Naturally TW ignores where the piece says "The intention is not to bankrupt the companies, nor to promote overnight withdrawal from fossil fuels – that would not be possible or desirable" and "Divestment serves to delegitimise the business models of companies that are using investors’ money to search for yet more coal, oil and gas that can’t safely be burned. It is a small but crucial step in the economic transition away from a global economy run on fossil fuels" because they don't fit in with his agenda of telling us how wonderful the Market is for solving all the world's problems (as if it hadn't got us into them in the first place...)

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Ancient SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION contains enough dust for 7,000 EARTHS, say boffins

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Do I see...

... noodly appendages there?

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Silk Road coder turned dealer turned informant gets five years

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"spread the poison of illegal drugs far and wide"

As opposed to the poison of legal drugs such as nicotine and alcohol?

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More than 260 suspects charged in UK child abuse crackdown

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"the biggest UK inquiry into people allegedly sharing child abuse images...

"...since Operation Ore back in 2002"

And we all know just how well *that* turned out, don't we?

How many people this time will be told "say you're guilty and you'll get a Caution so we can tick off another 'success' in our book or we'll drag you through the Courts and give your name to the media, so even when you're found Not Guilty your reputation and career will still be destroyed"?

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NHS England has some sneaky plans for Care.data acceleration

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"We will not be contacting patients about the care.data programme before the General Election...

"... but that doesn't mean we'll not be pushing ahead with it, just that we won't be telling you about it..."

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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So shall we save up for...

... icann.sucks ?

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Revenge porn forbidden: Twitter bans hobby of bitter ex-boyfriends

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"if information was previously posted or displayed elsewhere on the internet...

"...prior to being put on Twitter, it may not be a violation of this policy"

So if it's already been on a revenge porn site elsewhere, that's ok with Twitter???

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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

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What about...

... .scam .ripoff .cashingin and, of course, .icannsmegabonusplan

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Re: @dogged - ONE IS SAD

What's dodgy about it? Pterry even asked for a signed copy of my catalogue!!

(Where do you think he got the idea for that cupboard full of "interesting" toys in Making Money?!)

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@dogged - Re: ONE IS SAD

> he never once bought a round.

He never needed to, people at Discworld Cons were practically queueing up to buy him drinks!

- Affordable Graham :-/

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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"four to six million recorded telephone calls a day"???

Is this a mistake, because, if not, two things come to mind:

1) Did nobody from their phone operating compay *notice* this?

And:

2) Based on those figures, they would call the entire population of the country in a fortnight at most.

Now I know some people get multiple calls a day, but even so, it seems an astonishingly large figure.

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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Nice whitewash, Hazel...

Hazel Blears said that it's not mass surveillance because the Security Services do not have the ability to monitor everyone's e-mails, web traffic, tweets and so on.

What she did *NOT* say is whether they *would like* to be able to do this and have it on their wish-lists for when the technology improves so that they can!

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Work harder to stop online child abuse, MEPs tell EU states

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“Any illicit content must be promptly removed and reported to law enforcement authorities,"

And we will tell you what is "illicit content" in a list that will only ever grow longer and longer...

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

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Re: Larry Niven...

As did Harry Harrison:

I Always Do What Teddy Says

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You let your *son* play with dolls?

Yes, I expect him to grow up to be a parent...!

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Faux ‪pro-IS Facebook‬ shot down within hours of launch

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Re: "Cats with Kalashnikovs"

Searching for "Cows with Guns" is much better ;-)

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Dark matter surveys turn up new satellites … orbiting the Milky Way

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Re: Get it right

"Compact"? "Bijou"?

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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"Osbo"...

"Mouth breathers"... "bleating"... pedantic quibbling over "it simply isn't tax avoidance"...?

Has TW been taking writing lessons from Matt Bryant?

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Bulk comms spying is not mission creep, insists UK foreign sec

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Apologists for the Security Services...

"The responsibility for acts of terror rests with those who commit them, but a huge burden of responsibility also lies with those who act as apologists for them"

- Philip Hammond

"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

Herman Goering

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MPs 'alarmed' by millions of mugshots on Brit cops' databases

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"some of the people had not even been charged"

Ah, but they're probably guilty of *something", they just haven't been caught for it yet!

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UK Gov SciTech advice bureau suggests keeping Tor alive to reduce street crime

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Finally...

... someone in the corridors of power seems to be getting it!

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We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

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I do hope...

... that the above post is meant to be ironic!

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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@AC - Re: @Graham Marsden - Vote Totalitarianism - vote Tory/Labour/UKIP

> So you're in favour over having a British bill of rights that can be suspended at any time by the government of the day when it feels necessary? no thanks.

Err, WTF are you talking about??

No, I am *NOT* in favour of that, but that is what both the Tories *AND* UKIP want as I pointed out!

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@AC - Re: Vote Totalitarianism - vote Tory/Labour/UKIP

> Oddly enough UKIP are not one of the Totalitarianism parties, I was quite shocked....

You are also quite wrong. To quote from UKIP's own page:

– UKIP will withdraw from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.

– We will repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a new British Bill of Rights. The interests of law-abiding citizens & victims will always take precedence over those of criminals.

If you look at the sort of things proposed for a "British Bill of Rights", what they are really about is *reducing* people's Rights by effectively saying that only the people we *like* will be entitled to have their Rights protected and others will lose protections. In other words, "Some are more equal than others"!

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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It's quantum...

... that means it both will *and* won't work...

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

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@cosysmart - Re: @4ecks - If we can solve the power supply issue…

You mean like all those drivers out there who all know and obey the current Highway code?

The ones who don't blast past cyclists with a cigarette paper's clearnace, the ones who don't overtake cyclists and then turn left, the ones who don't stop illegally on zig-zag lines or at the advanced stop line for cyclists, the ones who...?

BTW before anyone starts with the usual BS, I also think that cyclists should obey the rules of the road, but generally they are only putting *their own* lives at risk, whereas someone who is in charge of a couple of tonnes of metal moving at high speed is putting *others* at risk when they do something stupid and dangerous.

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Re: @4ecks - If we can solve the power supply issue…

Hmm, 7 thumbs down.

Seems like on El Reg there must be either a) a lot of idiotic pedestrians or b) a lot of car drivers who think that if they have to sit in a queue then so should everyone else!

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@4ecks - Re: If we can solve the power supply issue…

And I'd like one for those pedestrians who think that because the *cars* have stopped, it's ok to stroll across the road between them, not considering that there may be a biker filtering perfectly legally between the stopped vehicles...

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Auction of a live gTLD could pave way for domain-name shakeup

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It will be replaced with .atos .g4s .capita...

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GSMA: Er, sorry about that MWC brothel ad with our logo

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Exploitation...

... it's ok if *we* are doing it...

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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"It would make BeautifulPeople just like every other dating site...

"- full of the kind of people you wouldn’t want to share an elevator with, let alone date.”

Erm, I think as far as most people are concerned it is *already* like that!

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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@Stuart Longland - Re: Okay, so they ask to see my laptop.

You're clearly a dangerous subversive for not using a proper all-American operating system (well, Windows) and must therefore be locked up for the good of society!

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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"If they start making threats about your life then it is time to get the police involved"

The problem is that the Police can't (or won't) do anything about it.

I had a scam caller who I kept stringing along for a while, then asked if his mother knew that her son was a liar and a thief and would she be proud that he was a scammer who tries to rip people off?

He started getting abusive, so I returned the compliment, then hung up after which he phoned back and yelled "I know where you live and I'm coming to rape you!" (Yeah, sure)

However I decided to contact the Police, but after coming round and taking some details they basically said "we can't do anything because the number was withheld".

Now it's my understanding that this only means that the phone company (Virgin Media) won't pass on the number if I do a 1471, not that they don't have the number at all, but there seemed to be a lack of interest or desire to actually do anything about this by getting the number off Virgin to take it further.

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Snowden, NSA spying, hard drive malware ... what we need is a UN privacy watchdog!

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@gazthejourno - Re: hmm

It is not what that theft would achieve, it's that El Reg should be setting a good example!

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WHY are GoDaddy and Verisign stockpiling patents? Do I smell war?

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"most of them cover what are already fairly common practices in the industry"

So why were they...

... oh US Patent Office, enough said.

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Sophie the Stegosaurus was a teenaged fat lass claims triple-D model

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" it’s fair to say...

"...this Stegosaurus probably would have had quite a large rear end"

It may be fair to say that, but given how dangerous it is to answer your gf's question "does my bum look big in this?" think how risky it would be to say anything to a 1.6 tonne dinosaur!

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Mummy, what's the point of Evgeny Morozov's tedious columns?

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@dogged - Re: @ IT Hack

> whataboutery is an infallible sign of somebody with no argument and no inclination to work at constructing one.

Sorry, were you talking about Morozov or Worstall...?

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And once again...

... Tim Worstall cherry picks a bit of someone else's writing and then uses it to build a Straw Man around so he can knock it down and show the "superiority" of his position.

For instance the article he (eventually) links to says:

"To take advantage of all the opportunities offered to us by Silicon Valley – including such fancy-sounding projects as Internet.org – one must first agree to share one’s data in exchange for free services. One has to be very naive to believe that this data is not going to shape how we live the rest of our lives, especially when insurance companies and banks are so eager to incorporate it in their decision-making."

Now I think most El Reg readers accept that the massive data agglomeration by the Googles, Facebooks and so on of this world is not necessarily a good thing for *us*, yet TW ignores this point completely.

TW then says "that consumption inequality of tech products has been falling", but the article also says: "It conceals the fact that the nominally free information available on Google is not equally useful to an unemployed graduate and a secretive hedge fund with access to sophisticated technology to turn data into trading insights", yet he ignores this too, seeming to think that we should be content with the Bread and Circuses we are offered and ignore the man behind the curtain.

TW makes a dig: "how clever a Morozov can be in uncovering the feet of clay of our current gods" but what, exactly, is wrong with this?

Should we sleepwalk blithely into a future where we find that we have given away control of our data and our lives to businesses which have no accountability to us or, possibly indeed, our elected governments (see TTIP etc for details)?

These corporations have no interest in our well-being, only in what we can do for their bottom lines and that is something that can be seen by looking at what happened with the "well they did it in the past, so it must be ok" Barons such as Carnegie, JP Morgan and Rockefeller to name a few who made their money by screwing the little guys who worked for them and buying out or bankrupting their competition simply so they could increase their own bloated fortunes even more.

As George Satayana said: Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, yet that is what Tim Worstall seems to want to happen.

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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“ground-truthed"???

You mean they'd actually been there?

Or is that just not cool-sounding enough?

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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"This enables a rider alert system...

"... that both warns the cyclist when a vehicle is overtaking,"

Thus removing the need for Lifesaver shoulder checks? Hmm.

> and alerts motorists of the presence of the e-bike by illuminating handlebar lights.

Thus meaning motorists don't need to make proper observation because the bike will do it for them.

Hmm...

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He can't give it away FAST ENOUGH: Bill Gates richest man in world again

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Re: Most philanthropic American...

I was going to post something similar. Exactly *how many* billions of dollars does he need to live comfortably?

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The spy who leaked me: Ex-CIA boss Petraeus 'fesses up to blabbing intel to his mistress

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As always...

... one rule for them...

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Is light a wave or a particle? Beaming boffins prove it's BOTH

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I stil don't really understand it...

... but I loved the cartoon explanation!

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ICANN switches off dot-word admin portal amid security leak scare

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"just five per cent of ICANN's budget...

"...is spent on performing the technical job that it was originally created to carry out."

And that tells you just what a scam the whole dot nonsense business is.

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US court rubber-stamps dragnet metadata surveillance (again)

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Y'know, I could have sworn that I've heard Merkins objecting to the Executive Branch trying to meddle in the affairs of the Judiciary, yet now you seem to be saying that you *want* them to do that...

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Blockheads bork Bitcoin Foundation board election

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I said it to Wilbur...

... and I said it to Orville: That thing will never get off the ground, so why bother trying in the first place?

Or perhaps "Some said that even the trees were a mistake and we should never have left the oceans".

We learn by *trying things*. Maybe they work, maybe they won't, but until we try we'll never know.

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Murky online paedo retreat: The Nether explores the fantasy-reality divide

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@P.Lee

> this was the reasoning behind redefining "marriage" to include homosexual relationships,

No, limiting people's minds was the reasoning behind the *objections* to allowing gays to be "married".

> if I buy the means to that satisfaction; if a significant number of women I see and hear want to be my dirty little slut-whore, what kind of person does that indicate that I am?

I would say it indicates that you are someone who enjoys a bit of fantasy role-play in his sex life, along with a large number of other people in the population.

I would also presume that, like them, you also have a conscience and can tell the difference between fantasy and reality and know that enacting these things in real life with a non-consenting partner is not a good thing.

However to then call for such fantasies to be banned because of a spurious "slippery slope" argument or because "well there might be *someone* who can't tell the difference and could do something bad" relies on the sort of fallacious post hoc justificiations that lead to the Extreme Pornography laws and the desire to find a scapegoat to blame for something.

> As long as "no-one gets hurt" are we likely to progress from pretend-sex to trying it out in the real world?

Provided those partners are capable of giving *lawful* consent, what business is it of yours or anyone else?

> If you have an alcoholic or a heroin addict, do you put them in a padded room with alcohol and drugs and say, "off you go" or do you try to break the addiction and keep them away from places where they may be exposed to the temptation to indulge?

If people wish to indulge in drugs and alcohol, it's their choice.

If they want help, support mechanisms should be in place to enable them to get that help.

Prohibitions of alcohol and drugs have been shown to fail time and time again, but still our politicians and "moral media" won't grasp the nettle and admit that their "solutions" have failed and it's time to try a different approach.

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@terra

> i'm sure some form of therapy can be included in this world where the kids turns out to beat the crap out of them everytime they try it and huge electric shocks in the real world induce real pain.

Oh, you mean just like the gay "cures" being offered by some Moral Crusader quacks? Yes, let's beat the sin out of people because that's always worked so well in the past!

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> This play tries to create a discussion where no discussion is needed.

Translation: This play tries to create a discussion where x 7 doesn't *want* a discussion to happen, so he goes for the simple categorical "won't someone think of the children" argument.

For his interest and edification, I give him the Paedofinder General...

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In Barcelona, no one can hear you scream ... HTC, Valve unleash Giger-inspired VR headgear

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Pah!

I was expecting something that looked like a Face Hugger...!

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