* Posts by Grifter

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

Grifter

Re: Very pleased with Linux

@Andy Non

Aha I misunderstood then, I took your statement to never run win again as literal =)

I haven't used skype in forever, and with microsoft's acquisition I'm expecting the guillotine to come down on the linux version any day; in the meantime there are alternatives though I have not tried these myself, does anyone have experience with things like "Viber" and "Brosix" for voice/video communication (specifically relating to the linux platform)?

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Grifter

Re: Very pleased with Linux

I'm sorry your logic escapes me, you've decided to never run win again, yet say if you get a device with win on it, you'll leave it there... what? Better to format the disk and reclaim the unused space, yes?

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

Grifter

The implication was that it was a scam, like selling beach-front property in switzerland, so how did I miss the point exactly?

(although as posters below pointed out, there are indeed beachfronts there, like you, I too was under the impression there were no beaches.)

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Grifter

Sure, (though I made a typo, I wrote 88, supposed to be 80).

https://twitter.com/CAH/status/544712198720094208

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Grifter

"...and maybe some beach-front property in Switzerland."

The implication being that they made off with a lot of money from gullible people, which is actually not the case, it cost them 5.88 to send out the packages that they sold for 6 dollars, they did it for fun, not profit. The meagre profit they did make was donated to a charity. So... yeah.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

Grifter

Re: Unknown source of kernel lock-ups?

I think you missed a few things here, they're kernel developers, they churn out new releases of kernels, they don't commandeer ufos to upload viruses to the alien mothership.

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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

Grifter

Re: What

>>Your default assumption is that where I work there is discrimination

No, I apologize if I gave that impression, I make no such assumption, I hope wherever you work that it's free of gender discrimination and harassment, perhaps even equal pay.

The point I was trying to make was that unless you were confided in by a coworker who was harassed, you would never know about it. If you've worked in a lot of different places, chances are higher that it has happened somewhere you've worked, whether you saw it or not. Harassers tend to not advertise their advances and generally wait for moments of privacy with the victim.

As for proving that it's endemic? Just talk to women, man. Here's a quick google (well, duckduckgo) about women in tech; http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/21/tech-sector-sexist-survey-guardian -- and it's not endemic to just IT, this pervades our entire society.

Even here on the reg, the podcasts, one of them was (by chance) lacking in men and had only women, so their talk turned to women in tech, they echoed everything there, not being taken seriously, being belittled, being told to look pretty, being easily dismissed.

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Grifter

Re: What

>>I've worked for a number of companies in the UK and in Canada and I have *never*, *ever* seen sexual discrimination or bias in the companies where I have worked.

Well see, here's one problem with that; you're not a woman. I don't want this to sound like an attack on you, but that attitude is one of the reasons we have such an imbalance in the first place.

Unless you are in their shoes (literally), you will never ever see or experience that offhand remark, the subtle but inappropriate touch, the leering, the sneering, the utter outrage from some men who yell obscenities at women who choose not to acknowledge them when 'all they did' was to tell them how pretty they were, as if the women exist merely to make some guy's boner happy.

It is really easy as a man to say you've never seen or experienced it, and that might be why it gets dismissed or ridiculed when brought up. I challenge you to examine your own bias filters for perceiving the world around you. These comments for this article are the perfect example; the few (really obvious) women who've posted in this thread have been shot down and argued with when they speak up. And the fact is that in the workplace, most women who are harassed don't even speak about it, usually for fear of retribution, getting fired, being pushed out.

You having never seen or experienced it sadly means nothing, maybe it will mean something to you when it's your daughter or girlfriend whom it happens to.

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Grifter

Re: I can't get excited about gender imbalance on this occasion

Sadly in our society it's all too easy to dismiss anything said by women, I mean look at the Cosby stuff right now, it took a man (Hannibal Buress), after decades of women not being believed.

You shouldn't have to put up with this shit, and I wish you wouldn't have to.

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Grifter

Re: I can't get excited about gender imbalance on this occasion

Well Stacy as you can see from all the comments in this thread, there is no inequality or discrimination, and if there is there are multiple excuses listed in all these comments boiling down to basically it being the fault of women themselves.

Sigh.

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

Grifter

It's not my main browser but I do use it for specifically the flash and quite a bit at that, and I haven't experienced any instability, it could be a matter of hardware or software compatibilities or lib versions maybe? it has worked impeccably for me.(my debian is jessie but last updated right before systemd was introduced)

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Grifter

Humm

The chromium I have installed (debian) has pepperflash.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

Grifter

You say it with such disdain, but the truth is the developers of window managers are just regular human beings, everyone of them with their own personal preferences; for those who wanted a similarity with win95, window managers such as fvwm95 exactly hit the spot, either to use or to develop.

Likewise there are window managers with similarities to amiga, os/2, cde, or any other oldschool interface that might have left nostalgic marks in people.

The most radical departure from any 'traditional' interface are the tiling/tabbed window managers which were started with the birth of ion, these are my personal choice (infact I still use ion2 on all my machines). But hey, let's ignore everything except the win95 look-alikes? Or something? What was your point again?

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

Grifter

Re: Life in plastic, it's fantastic!

>> the doll is not meant to educate.

Nor does it. However it does influence, especially very impressionable minds. Perhaps you are able to look at it and shrug off its influences because you've developped this skill over many years being an adult, if so I congratulate you. We should certainly hold children to the same standards as yourself!

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AMD pays new CEO $150K LESS than her male predecessor

Grifter

Wow.

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

Grifter

Re: Once again the drug dealers attempt ...

>>Keep puffing and telling yourself you are breaking the habit while showing al the signs of a junkie

I call shenanigans. I smoked for 14.5 years, switched to vaping and never touched cigs again. 29th of december 2010 was my last cig. Started at normal nicotine levels, and gradually went down to zero nicotine. Eventually vaped less and less. Take it out every once in a while like a bag of crisps now.

Your post is full of self-righteous misinformation about nicotine, it's not the nicotine that's addictive, it's all the other shit.

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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

Grifter

Hmm

So when a copyright thief thieves a copyright, does the copyright cease to be enforcable by the original copyright holder, since because it was thefted from him, he no longer has possession of it?

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

Grifter

Re: Surprised..

If you find the story difficult to believe because you haven't heard the men's version of events, then maybe you should talk to more women, because bullshit like this happens all the time. We don't live in a world where if you hear someone was groped/assaulted/sexually harassed we wonder "Hmm, was it a man or a woman this time?". There's a reason for that.

This is what women have to deal with:

http://www.itv.com/news/london/2014-08-27/carnival-reveller-tells-story-of-how-she-was-punched-in-the-face/

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Grifter

Don't be surprised, it happens all the time.

There was an interesting article on jezebel recently where the comments lit up with women chiming in on exactly this, be sure to read the comments if you want to be truly 'surprised'. And these guys aren't even drunk.

http://jezebel.com/a-conversation-about-friendly-catcalling-with-my-husban-1619535048/all

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

Grifter

Re: No love for Mac gamers

While not a mac user, I am a Linux user, so equally unable to program keyboards that require win soft, but I can recommend a keyboard called "Xtrfy XG1-R LED" (rebranded skydigital korean board), the macro keys are entirely programmed with the keyboard itself, not software, which means they'll work fine for both Linux and Mac. Also it doesn't have any win-logo keys, which floats my boat. Been using mine for like half a year now, works really well, love typing on it (love red switches).

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Grifter

Re: citóg

I've been using a razer deathadder left-handed version for two years now, works really well (also a Linux user, and it works without flaw there using razercfg to set profiles)

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

Grifter

Re: Does Steam OS support linux games, not bought through Steam?

Yes you can add a non-steam (linux) game to your steam library, it's just a matter of pointing a shortcut to it, you'll have to supply it your own custom icon graphics if you want it looking nice.

But as for battlefield or any other windows-only game, I've no idea, I suppose if you wanted to wine it, you could just make a shellscript wrapper that launches bf4 through wine, and then add that wrapper as a non-steam game.

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Grifter

Re: Never gonna replace windows

Sorry but that's a terrible comparison, you wouldn't buy 520 games only to be able to play a few. The whole business model of cable tv is to inundate you with extra channels that you really don't want but must pay for in order to get the one you do want, it's almost extortion.

If numbers are what matters to you for games, then I'd say you're more of a collector than a gamer. But that's ok, to each his own, there are plenty of Linux games and plenty^2 to be released, if that isn't enough for you that's also fine, noone is going to break into your house and replace your windows machine with a linux one.

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Grifter

Re: Not drivers

>>I could be wrong, but I think a few of the games on SteamOS are Linux native, and quite a few more are still "for Windows" but are running under (I would assume customized) wine.

You sure are ;) Games on steam are native, other than a few very old adventure games like the Tex Murphy games, there the game is bundled with dosbox. However it's the same release for all platforms, i.e. the win version is also bundled dosbox. The Witcher 2 is using a compatibility layer called eON, which is probably setting up gog's windows-only catalogue for linux release, just a guess though. Other than that it's all native, to the best of my knowledge anyway.

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Grifter

Re: Never gonna replace windows

Look clearly you're not into Linux, which is fine. I'm not into cars for example, don't know a thing about them, don't care about them whatsoever either. Likewise for that same reason I don't expect someone who doesn't really care about Linux to know anything about it.

Yet whenever the topic of Linux gaming comes up on the reg there is no shortage of people disseminating as if they are the authority on the issue, when they've only substituted knowledge for an emotional decision of what the truth is. They don't care so they don't know but they have an opinion thus it must be truth. Infact a lot of people are openly hostile to the idea of gaming on Linux; You think I'm passionate about Linux, but you're wrong, I'm merely reacting defensively to the hostility.

What it usually all boils down to when you strip away all the superficial complaints is this: “You should not play games on Linux because there are more games for Windows than there are for Linux,” and while that discrepancy in quantity is absolutely a fact, it also absolutely misses the point which is; it doesn't matter one bit if there are two million games for Windows or twenty million, you're never going to play them all anyway.

So we have fewer titles, but we have an intense growth rate and a fair quality of the available titles, many of which are indeed contrary to your assertion major titles. You say gaming on PCs means Windows, but I've been gaming ever since I made the switch, and for me gaming on PCs means Linux.

The games I mentioned in the previous post are certainly not triple-a titles (apart from W3), and if you thought that's what I meant then I must have expressed myself poorly, I apologise for that, those games are merely ones that are just around the corner and games that I personally await with great eagerness to play, I used them as examples of what is currently going on, every month new games are revealed and it is a very exciting time to be a Linux gamer.

As for triple-a titles, there hasn't really been enough time to tell what's going to happen and if you hear anyone claiming otherwise, then you know they're full of it. I'll grant you that you could be correct and there won't be any Linux ports at launch of any upcoming triple-a titles, you could also very well be mistaken (I certainly hope you are).

What you should consider however is the list of engines available for Linux, some which have been finished porting this year, we have Linux games running on Unreal Engine 2 and UE 3. UE 4.1 is available now as well, and since Epic has previous experience with Linux it seems extremely likely that the new accompanying UT feature a Linux release. On the CryEngine side we have a triple-a title called “Homefront: The Revolution” which will feature same-day Linux launch. Another CryEngine game I'm really looking forward to is “Kingdom Come: Deliverance”, though I don't know if that one counts as triple-a, either way the combat system looks bloody brilliant. Unity is another very popular engine. Point is, there is so much going on -- too much to mention -- and so much available that triple-a just seems inevitable. Time will tell, not prophets of discontent.

Shoutout to S2 Games, Savage and HoN/Strife for life, more Ferraris for Maliken! Thank you guys for unwavering Linux support!

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Grifter

Re: Never gonna replace windows

>>and only a small fraction (and certainly no new AAA titles) get released for it.

Blah blah so much fail. There has been literally an explosion of games that are available for Linux since Steam came out. Now we're waiting for Van Helsing 1 to come out of beta, just heard Dead Island is about to come out. In September we're slated for Wasteland 2, Killing Floor 2, the new Gauntlet is coming out around there as well. Is Witcher 3 triple-a enough for you?

Why on earth would it 'replace' your windows gaming? At _most_ it would complement it, so what's the bitching about?

How about this, since the availability of titles available for Linux is just a small fraction, why don't you get off the comments and go play the remaining fraction of titles. That'll really show us Linux users!

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NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess

Grifter

Re: Non sequiter

He didn't compare the two, you should read his reply more carefully.

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No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

Grifter

Re: What a load of self-indulgent twaddle

Then your hope goes in vain, there is no god, sorry :(

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Can't touch this! Microsoft joins OpenGL 3D graphics group

Grifter

Re: Eek.

>> Worse still IE for Linux !!!

Actually that existed for a brief period in time, it was an unfinished beta that never went anywhere.

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What's next for OpenGL for the desktop, mobile devices, and the web?

Grifter

Re: first steam, and now

The future of linux gaming is indeed bright, but not because of the companies you just listed, I very much doubt we'll ever see a linux title from blizzard or ea (even though blizzard have internal linux builds of at least wow, they'd never release anything for linux). To have epic back is wonderful though.

EDIT: Sometimes I dream that blizzard open sources starcraft1, that would be nice...

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Grifter

Re: If this is anything like the last major rewrite...

To be fair it wasn't khronos's fault, it was the pressure from cad people that befucked ogl3.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

Grifter

Re: The reason why this is published

It's not a reactionless drive though, it needs reaction to generate thrust, it's just a propellantless drive.

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Shuffling Zombie Juror – aka Linux kernel 3.16 – wants to eat … ARMs?

Grifter

Optional

Wtf is Btxrs? You mean btrfs yes?

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

Grifter

Re: Why won't they sort it out?

For two reasons,

1) because they are microsoft and they decide for you, it's what they do

2) because eventually you'll end up using it anyway, it's what you do

(perhaps not you in an individual sense, but certainly in a general sense)

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Google shows off new Chrome OS look

Grifter

Re: Looks very

Maybe the name is a pun (or homage) to X Athena Widget?

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

Grifter

Re: Lack of options?

I believe if you buy it through greenmangaming.com and then activate in steam (as opposed to buying directly in steam) you can sell back a game that you've previously activated. Not entirely sure though, but you could look it up if you're interested =)

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600 school sysadmins sacked in New South Wales

Grifter

Re: That sounds like American politics...

Why not get a group of the students themselves to maintain the computers, there'd be some who'd thrive with a bit of added responsibility even if the chore is crap.

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The Pirate Bay's stor ost Peter Sunde collared at farm in Sweden

Grifter

A completely reasonable comparison!

>>It is akin to me walking into a local government building and murdering somebody

Yes, downloading a movie is exactly like murdering people, that's not overstated at all.

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

Grifter

Re: 2nd hand vapours?

It is a base liquid of either propylene-glycol or vegetable glycerin (also called glycerol), or a mix of these two, optional flavourings, and optional nicotine.

The liquid is hygroscopic and when you heat up the liquid and drag air through it, it sucks up the moisture in the air, the moisture is bound to the molecules and becomes visible (like fog is moisture that binds to dust particles).

One of the guys responsible for the smoking bans in USA (so very anti-smoking) Dr Michael Siegel I think it was, already debunked the myth of secondhand vapour.

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Grifter

Re: Addicts

That's exactly what I did, I started out with a high nicotine liquid to try it out, and found that I didn't need such a high amount at all, gradually went down in nicotine (and subsequently I found that I could actually vape more with less nicotine in it, which, I discovered is what I really enjoyed, just dragging in and blowing out huge clouds of vapour -- but if you do that with high nic you'll get a headache =P), until I was vaping zero nic.

Doing this is what made me realize something that I had never questioned before, intellectually I knew nic is just a stimulant like caffeine for example, it's supposed to make you a bit more hyper, but when I smoked ciggs it wasn't to get hyper, it was to relax, at the time I smoked I asked myself this but dismissed it and forgot about it. When I started vaping and encountered pure nic I remembered again, and that's when I learned what /other/ mind-altering crap they put in ciggs, like antidepressants. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Wtf.

But I digress, good luck on continuing your two weeks, vape on!

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Grifter

Re: Nike

>> If you can't do this then you don't want it enough.

Dude that's really harsh, I once tried quitting cold turkey, I went without ciggs for 2 months and I was a nervous wreck the entire time and I had a constant yearning for a drag, and after 2 months I was back on it anyway.

Switched to vaping, and it took the compulsion away completely over time. I completely bypassed the difficulty of cold-turkey quitting. If that's not 'manly' enough for you or whatever, then maybe you need to confront your own masochism.

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Grifter

Worked fine for me.

Smoked for 14 1/2 years, found out about ecigs early december 2010, researched like crazy for a week, ordered my kit, got it in the mail 29th december, smoke free since then. Eventually I stopped using my ecig as well, I take it out on occasion for sentimental reasons.

Unlike the cold-turkey quitters of smoking, I have no problems with smelling cigg smoke, infact I still enjoy catching the occasional whiff (just not the cloud inside small compact area without ventilation -- but then again I couldn't stand that even when I was smoking myself).

When I switched to vaping it changed from a compulsion to hobby, in the beginning I was vaping constantly because I enjoyed the hell out of it thoroughly, I failed at blowing smoke rings with cigs, but with vaping I had so much fun with that, and they were huge rings too!

Like I mentioned, eventually I reached for it less and less. Nowadays I liken it to a bag of chips or candy, something you can have every once in a while for some enjoyment.

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Not your father's spam: Trojan slingers attach badness to attachment WITHIN attachment

Grifter

Re: Can I get pwned by ZeuS...

Hamilton.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

Grifter

Meh

To be fair, I merely skimmed the article. The excited mentions of clicking windows, dragging windows, and resizing windows really put me off reading the entire thing.

Thank fuck for tiling/tabbed window managers, well I suppose to be correct, thank Tuomo Valkonen for coming up with it, even though he's batshit crazy. Still using ion2 bitches!

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

Grifter

Fuckity fuck, FUCK! Fuck no, not buying anymore! This is horseshit.

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Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

Grifter

X-Com is already on its way.

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Grifter

Re: Crysis

I'm not sure what your point is, you use rectally derived numbers to prove... what? That people shouldn't play games on Linux?

Get off the comments and start putting some time into your billion billion games, otherwise you'll never get to play them all.

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

Grifter

I don't get it

I don't understand this whole fascination with "flavours" (and what a silly moniker to boot). Why can't you just apt-get install a couple of new window managers, and then switch between them whenever you feel like it rather than installing a whole new operating system? It just seems like an entirely ass-backwards and inefficient way of trying new window managers.

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UK citizens to Microsoft: Oi. We WANT ODF as our doc standard

Grifter

Re: Very long term

>>Microsoft's format is published and freely available.

Meh, when microsoft doesn't even follow its own spec in implementations, what worth does that have?

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Grifter

Re: Data Format, not Applications

>>I might be wrong in saying this,

Yes, quite wrong, Munich for one, it's certainly the most famous one.

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