* Posts by Daniel B.

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FBI reopens Hillary spillery

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Way to go Comey!

So, the guy isn't only trying to screw over crypto with mandated backdoors, he's also trying to screw over the US Elections as well?

He needs to get sacked!

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Every LTE call, text, can be intercepted, blacked out, hacker finds

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Re: Clarification on LTE call/SMS interception (not!)

One of the features I really liked from the BlackBerry OS was that it had the ability to choose 2G/3G, 2G only or 3G only. Both Android and iOS lack this ability ... you either choose to limit yourself to 2G, 2G/3G or 2G/3G/4G. There's no way to disable the older protocols and thus are susceptible to these kind of attacks.

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Lad cuffed after iOS call exploit knocks out Arizona 911 center

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Re: AZ sheriff

His continued existence in office with the support of so many hispanics belies all their hate-filled rhetoric about how completely racist white people are for not accepting unrestricted immigration. They've been trying make an example out of him for many years, and have failed miserably.

Arpaio is going to lose this time around. He's also proven his detractors right by arresting actual U.S. citizens because they "look Mexican". Or sending people to jail for not using a turn signal. Do you want to know more?

He's going down, finally.

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Google: We look forward to running non-Intel processors in our cloud

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Yes

The CPU market needs a shaking. Going AMD still means x86, while jumping to POWER or ARM actually means true innovation in that field.

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AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all

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Re: Bad products is AMD fault only

The only thing that makes the next-gen a "fake next-gen" is the use of crappy x86 processors instead of keeping PPC and improving on that line. Instead of getting true next-gen consoles, we ended up with PCs masquerading as "next-gen" consoles. But we would've had this with Intel chips as well. So you're right, just not for the reasons you think you are.

As for AMD processors, I had a quite decent run with them. The last crappy AMD I had was the infamous K6-2 which was indeed crappy. My 9 year old Athlon64 PC is still going strong, even though it's been mostly relegated to a storage server these days.

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Re: I think we have to look on the bright side here

Oh, I hope this actually happens. It's about time the x86 architecture is put out to pasture, as it should've been done back in the late 90s. Intel cheated its way to the top during the CPU wars.

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US reactor breaks fusion record – then runs out of cash and shuts down

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Sad thing

... that the US seems to lack the money to keep these projects working. Reminds me of the Superconducting SuperCollider, which was to be 3 times larger than the LHC ... but was never even finished.

Because the US Government prefers to blow money on blowing other people up.

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Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?

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Wrong Call

Microsoft didn't call the smartwatch trend dead ... it only call its useless MS-infested crap deader than Windows Phone. It's more of a matter that Microsoft-branded anything will usually go unloved, ignored, and eventually dead unless it's Windows or Xbox (and the latter is also stagnating as of this generation).

While wearables might not be that loved right now, it doesn't mean there's no use for them. 25 years ago, we were using CASIO Data Bank watches. Remember those? They worked as a calculator and had the ability to store 50 or 100 phone records. Those needs haven't really gone away; we might carry phones everywhere right now, but many times, we just don't want to whip out the whole phone to check the time, weather or check something real quick. A wearable allows you to do that. It's just that the devices are still too expensive to buy on their own; the same was true for smartphones merely 15 years ago. Prices will come down, and wearables will gain traction. Just not the MS branded ones. :)

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Re: Fact Check?

Indeed, Acorn gave birth to ARM. But Apple's Newton made ARM get spinned off into a separate entity from Acorn, which ensured it would outlive Acorn Computers itself.

I like to see ARM as the ghost of Acorn, rising up from the grave, taking over the mobile world and exacting revenge on Intel. :)

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Re: Looked Inevitable?

I think the problem was that Apple looked at the price of workstation 68k OS and tools and priced below them, not realising that x86 would become the new workstation. The 68020/030 looked superior to Intel's offerings of the period; they had no idea just how hard Intel would fight - until Apple, after a foray into PPC, became an x86 vendor too.

It wasn't that obvious back then. Remember that back in the 80s, most Personal Computers (when PC didn't mean IBM PC compatible) were based on the Apple II. The most popular platform was the C-64, or the Sinclair in the UK. It wasn't until the early 90s that the IBM PC started taking over the whole desktop PC market. Had Apple priced their Macintosh computers at more competitive price points, they might've won that war.

Also, for some time during the 90s, the universal platform that was expected to become the dominant one was the PowerPC one. Intel was the ugly duckling that happened to win because MS-DOS and Windows were cheaper, and craptel x86 was also cheaper than the competition.

Basically, the crappiest OS+Hardware combo won, all the better ones died off. Some of that hardware still lives, like PPC, MIPS and ARM; others are long dead (Alpha, PA-RISC).

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VMS will be ready to run on x86 in 2019!

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Re: Not quite

So basically, x86 is garbage compared to processors that have been 20 years out of production.

Why are we stuck with this crappy architecture in the first place?

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EFF declares anti-piracy DMCA unconstitutional in new legal showdown

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Re: Wow!

There have been quite some articles on copyright that aren't written by Orlowski and that are very critical of the current state of copyright. It's just that Andrew usually gets dibs on some of those topics and then it gets all ruined (as an example, the FunnyJunk vs. Oatmeal one, where AO actually sides with the copyright infringers!)

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Apple squishes crypto bug

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Well

That's why I don't update during the first month or two. Bugs are very common, even some that break security.

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‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s Windows NT

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Re: NT, or XP?

It's actually both things. Andromeda is both a new OS (like NT for the DOS/Win9x branch) and the one to replace the diverging branches of Android and ChromeOS. Though I'd point out that Windows 2000 was the first one to merge both branches ... XP was more popular, but Microsoft was already pointing in that direction when they released 2000.

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Lenovo exec: Nope, not building Windows Phones

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Re: Microsoft & Nokia

How on Earth could Microsoft spend £4.6 Billion buying Nokia, and then in the space of a few years throw the whole thing out with the trash?

It was already in the trash, Microsoft was the only entity that thought otherwise. It was telling that Nokia was still #1 in the smartphone market before the Burning Platforms memo. If anything, the whole Elop/Nokia brouhaha just proved what everyone already knew: Microsoft has no place in the mobile OS market.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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Trump to Mars?

I'd think the Martians would see that as a war crime. Can't anyone think about the Martians?

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Before Bitcoin, digital cash was called Beenz – all that's left is a T-shirt

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Re: Sun Microsystems

I have a couple of Sun freebies, and now I fiercely guard them. Those who were working there when they were gobbled up by Oracle went on a mad quest to grab everything available.

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Re: Wish I'd kept it.

The PlayBook. One of my coworkers bought one... only to get played when BB10 was announced, and the playbook was not given an upgrade to it.

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Invasion of the Brandsnatchers: How Nokia and BlackBerry inhabit the afterlife

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Re: How many phones has MS killed?

Pretty much most of the smartphone manufacturers that chose Windows CE (later Windows Mobile) died due to that decision. The poster child for this would be Palm, but they weren't the only ones.

Nokia is the outlier, as they were able to offload the Microsoft infested parts off to Microsoft itself.

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Re: Burning Platform?

Nokia's last pre-Elop attempts were actually gaining traction. The few handsets that were released after the Burning Platforms memo still sold pretty well, despite the platforms being declared a dead end. Symbian Belle got rave reviews.

And they still were #1 in global market share, and an army of developers interested in their ecosystem. Elop just set it all on fire to sell the whole thing to the mothership.

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Criticize Donald Trump, get your site smashed offline from Russia

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Re: Trump will win

Actually, Trump will lose thanks to the Electoral College. You don't really need a majority vote, you just need enough states to go for one candidate to win. Trump managed to piss off enough states to make a Hillary win a sure thing.

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‘Inflexion point’ BlackBerry washes hands of hardware biz

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Re: Crap

Count me on that 5% as well. I ended up switching to iPhone last year, as the writing was in the wall and I needed the second-best secure phone out there. One of my main gripes is the lack of qwerty keyboard.

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Yup

All of my Blackberries were Made in Mexico, which meant that every time I was buying one, I was also helping my own country's economy. It also means there was no risk of having Chinese spyware in it.

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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

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Re: "Demons infest California"

The power of UNIX compels you! The power of UNIX compels you!

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Lenient

20 weeks seems light on the guy given the severe beating he inflicted on the driver.

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Valid logins to your workplace are on the net, right now

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Re: iOS or Windows? Why?

iOS does have vulnerabilities as well, but Apple patches are available as soon as they're released. Android phones will vary from getting their patches on time, to lagging a couple of months, or not getting them at all. So an 0-day on iOS might be fixed in the next couple of weeks, while some Android phones will be forever stuck with that exploit.

As for Nokia, well, that's what happens when the board promotes a Microsoft sleeper agent to CEO. Fortunately, Nokia was able to jettison that part of the company along with the sleeper agent, and soon will get back at doing smartphones with non-crap OSes.

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Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat

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Re: Re. Lol!

Not quite the same thing. The Robin Hood tweet was a joke, and anyone reading it would've understood it as a joke. Instead, the UK cops made a gigantic shitstorm out of it.

This Canadian bloke, however, made a real (albeit bogus) threat.

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Safe browsing checks fail as 16,000 WordPress sites hacked this year

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WordPress

The blogging platform that somehow has been hacked into a "CMS" and it shows. It's the lazy webmaster's solution to "I need a quick web site that looks snazzy".

The only thing it has going is that it isn't a horrible MS propietary turd like SharePoint.

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Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

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So that's M Bison's new power

Rootkit attack! Your PC is now working for Shadaloo!

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Uni student cuffed for 'hacking professor's PC to change his grades'

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Welp

At least he didn't hack the WOPR as well. Then again, he might've found inspiration from Ferris Bueller's Day Off as well.

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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Oh the lost opportunity

of calling it the USS Enterprise. After all, CVN-65 is inactive.

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

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Interesting

The "Lenovo Product Expert" feedback has been altered to show the new "official" parroting, while hiding away the original "MS pays us to lock out Linux" line.

1984 in action! Your complaint, doublethinked away!

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Samsung intros super-speedy consumer SSDs, 'fastest M.2s ever'

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Um...

"The device supports up to 400TB written"

That's too low. Given heavy usage of such an SSD, I guess it'll die within the 3 years given by the manufacturer.

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Re: I'm not sure how he thinks this will work on an iPhone 6

Interesting read. I've been curious on how the SEP works. Looks like it's pretty secure by itself. Sure it's exploitable, but it's far harder to exploit than the rest of the phone.

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iPhone 7's Qualcomm, Intel soap opera dumps a carrier lock-out on us

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CDMA

That garbage tech should've died at least a decade ago. It's only alive in the US and some parts of China. The rest of the world chose GSM and uses SIM cards, which means that carriers can't apply vendor lockin on their cellphones.

It seems that even Intel realizes this, hopefully they'll speed up CDMA's demise. In my own country, the few CDMA carriers built up GSM/UMTS networks and are eventually killing their prehistoric CDMA towers.

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Stripped and ready to go: Enterprise Java MicroProfile lands

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Re: Java, lightweight?

That's right! Until it hits the unavoidable OOM (out of memory) event that is....

It'll never hit the OOM event if properly configured. That's the whole point. If it's hitting OOM, that's because -Xmx has been configured to a value higher than total available physical RAM, or high enough that it's triggering swapping due to total memory > physical memory (say, you have 8GB worth of programs running, -Xmx is set to 8GB but the system has only 12GB RAM available).

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Re: Java, lightweight?

every real-world Java program I've ever encountered starts by grabbing 1GB and eventually consumes all the physical memory on whatever it's running on and then carries on until the thrashing makes machine unusable and someone kill -9s it.

Isn't that what -Xmx was made for? It pretty much limits Java to whatever you set the heap max to. Sure, if you set it to 512M it'll eat a bit more than that, but it won't go full Chrome and eat all your RAM.

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Bad news: MySQL can dish out root access to cunning miscreants

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If you actually spend some time configuring SELinux policies, you can actually make it so that the mysql daemons are unable to write to the configuration file even if they have UNIX permissions. The whole point of SELinux is to lock down everything at the OS level.

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SELinux

That should avoid modifying configuration files.

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Did you know iOS 10, macOS Sierra has a problem with crappy VPNs? You do now

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Re: WEEKS

iOS rollback is supported, as long as the previous version is still being signed by Apple.

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iOS 10 bricks iThings

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Re: Early adpoters beware

Unlike Windows 10, iOS only nags you to update, but you can happily say no and the device will honor your decision.

In this case, iOS hasn't even told me to update at all. I guess it isn't yet being pushed for the same reason most people avoid x.0 releases.

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Hypervisor security ero-Xen: How guest VMs can hijack host servers

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So...

Basically, I can break out of the VM by running DOS and hacking up a program with DEBUG?

-affff

NOP

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Re: Ah the joys of segmented memory

My first assembly programs were written in TASM, targeting 16-bit x86. Ah, the memories...

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Hacking mobile login tokens tricky but doable, says reverse-engineer

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Not surprised

I've always feared this could happen once your tokens start living in a device that can potentially have its entire contents dumped. By the way, some entities that shall remain unnamed do indeed activate PIN mode, but they restrict said PIN to a 4-digit code. This, coupled with the "parity" check means that you can quickly narrow down to a few possible PIN candidates and just try those ones until you hit the right one.

And that's assuming they didn't nab your PIN as well by pulling off those nifty phishing app tricks.

I'll keep my physical tokens, thank you very much.

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

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Re: What does "Bing" mean?

Bing is (or used to be) an ice cream parlor franchise in central Mexico. Haven't seen much of those lately.

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Re: Nanny Microsoft strikes again

The reason for the silence is he asked Microsoft shills to answer and there aren't any here.

Still haven't stumbled into TheVogon, eh? That's only the most known one. There are many more out there. I guess they're sleeping or too busy shilling on other articles...

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Update your iPhones, iPads right now – govt spy tools exploit vulns

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Re: Phone Security

Ah, the MS shill chimes in.

No, they weren't able to hack her Blackberry. They did hack her other handset, a Nokia 6260 Slide. The Blackberry Z10 wasn't.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/10/all-the-chancellor-s-phones/280913/

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Re: Phone Security

Blackberries are used by top level government officials. The surface area may be small, but there is definitely an interest in hacking these devices.

The NSA was unable to hack Angela Merkel's Blackberry. That should show how well they fare.

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Dear Mr. Comey

We already had this adult conversation. Secure backdoor is an oxymoron. We've shown the math and science behind it. Give it up.

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Larry Page snuffs out ‘too expensive’ Google Fiber project

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Re: "Public utilities and government agencies are better at handling"

Evidently. you never lived in a country where there was a state monopoly over telecommunication.

I did.

Privatization kind of worked.... but only when Telmex started getting real competition. Even then, competition was mostly on large cities, while the rest of the country remained with awful customer service. At my mom's town, getting a new landline = 30 days. At Mexico City, 24 hours or less. But oversubscription is an issue everywhere, with varied results:

Telmex: Get a real IP, low latency, you might get your full Mbps but most of the time it will drop to 50%.

Cable co's: Get CGNATted IP, high latency, traffic shaping and all the awful crap Comcast was doing in the US before the FCC slapped them. (Worst. Experience. Ever.)

Axtel: Get a real IP, low latency, mostly high data rate. Coverage is still limited to major cities, and even then it might not be available in your neighborhood.

Totalplay: No idea if they do CGNAT, low latency, high data rate. Only available in major cities.

The main difference between Mexico and the US is that most of the country is covered by Telmex, which isn't stellar, but at least it isn't trying to screw over their customers. In the US, the cable co's are the ones covering most of the country, and they DO want to screw over their customers. Which is why municipal broadband sounds like a far better option.

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