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Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

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I never knew it existed.

Damn, why do I never find out about things like this in time?

See, now I want to start playing with it, to bring back my Sun days (while probably squandering a few Sundays, tinkering... I'll get me coat)

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Qualcomm's schedule for Windows-capable silicon slips

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Meh

Any strategy whose only chance at success relies on flawless execution and perfect timing is doomed from the start.

One side of the equation is Microsoft, remember - a company with the attention span of an excited toddler, who loves hanging onto their old, broken toys, hates change and enjoys bullying the other kids at playgroup until their toys are broken and nobody wants to play with them any more.

So yeah, can't see this being anything other than a 100% success*.

* this may be a lie.

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What a To-Do! Microsoft snuffs out Wunderlist

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Microsoft's strategy these days seems to be to just bun stuff down while building new stuff somewhere else.

So while hardcore Wunderlist users mosey on somewhere else (Todoist, maybe), MS have probably lost a good set of paying customers there.

And as for Outlook's tasks being useful, that would require joined-up cross-department thinking. Microsoft's never been good at that. Internecine civil war, on the other hand, THAT is something it knows how to do...

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Microsoft shrugs off report that Edge can expose user identities from JS Fetch requests

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If you read MSDN blogs then this sort of attitude seems endemic to Microsoft: if it doesn't cause Microsoft employees a problem, then any reason they can find not to deal with the problem will do.

"It's not a problem because you can only cause it if something else happens first"

"It's not a problem because that's how it's designed, even though it violates the specification, because it needs to be compatible with Excel 3.0 or whatever"

"It's not a problem because it's already on our fix list".

Microsoft: the customer is never right.

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EU plans for blockchain 'observatory' raise concerns, says expert

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Feels like Yes Minister

Meetings to discuss the agenda for forming a committee to look into whether there should be an inquiry into whether a formal panel to investigate the subject is necessary...

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

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Re: No Windows Phone Version?

@BaronMatrix "I just got the Crapators Update on my laptop and the UI STILL looks like Win3.1"

If Win 10 looked more like Win3.1, it would probably be an improvement...

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

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Re: Microsoft does not care

It's just a matter of time before enterprises start wising up and moving to Libre or Open Office, and the only real showstopper is Outlook/Exchange which doesn't (yet) have a feelalike open source alternative.

As for me, despite having Office 365 I recently installed LibreOffice so I could get some work done - Excel 2016 is horrifically bug ridden, keeps freezing, crashing or just stops updating the screen.

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No, Microsoft is not 'killing Windows 10 Mobile'

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Re: Not strictly true....

It has HP written on it. In my experience, that's not something that screams "this is reliable technology".

Says he who once opened a fairly new printer to load some paper in it and almost got hit in the eye by a flying spring.

I won't mention how many friends have missing keys on their HPs, or the number of HP printers I personally have binned over the years. But let's say that it's somewhere in the region of 100%, whereas other models is still lagging at 0%, despite some of these devices being older (and less gently treated).

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Re: This goes to show one thing

@Voland's right hand - except that Cornwall and Devon are traditional Lib Dem heartlands, and could quite poossibly revert to LD in this election having gone Tory at the last one.

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Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?

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Re: Agile Expertise?

I always thought that one of the key goals of agile is to be able to cope with clients who continually try to change the specs and architecture. Although to be fair, hiding under the desk with some painkillers and a bottle of gin are also a possible (if shorter term) solution...

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Sounds like what I have said for a while...

The "strategy boutiques" saw "agile" becoming popular and they now use it as a buzzword.

These days, I put it in my "considered harmful" bucket, along with GOTO, teaching people to program using BASIC, and "upgrading" to Office 2016*.

* Excel, in particular.

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Outsourcers blamed for cocking up programmes at one in three big firms

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Cutting costs generally means cutting corners.

Cutting corners generally means getting stuff wrong.

Who knew?

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McAfee is McAfee again, promises security with kum ba yah

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Meh

I notice no mention of something along the lines of "we're going to start building stuff people actually want to buy again, rather than just getting foisted upon them by corporate suits whose bonus depends entirely on their ability to cut a deal to save 50 cents per seat for the whole company"

Is it me, or am I starting to get cynical these days?

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Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

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Any more than it is necessary to attach a Word document to say "Yes I'll be at the pub".

Can someone please teach that to Outlook?

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BIG open-source love Microsoft and Google? You still won't catch AWS

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That does remind me

Of "Leaderboard" on the C64. Much as I wanted to know how it was done, I used to enjoy turning on autofire on the joystick while I went for a bath and see how many strokes it took on the course. I think the record was over a thousand (1,238 if I remember right)

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So Google and Microsoft talk about it, but AWS actually does it?

Sounds about par for the course

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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Re: perhaps itself encrypted with a key known only to law enforcement

@Androgynous Cupboard

You're assuming that the generated "plaintext" private key is always held securely, and I'm not sure that's the case. The insertion of malware onto the generator platform would be the obvious attack surface, and once this was done the automatic "slurping" of all private keys becomes a trivial matter. (Got any "kompromat" on any WhatsApp employees? Just send them a USB stick...)

Naturally, while domestic law enforcement might play by the rules, I very much doubt foreign intelligence agencies, hacker collectives or criminal enterprises would have much incentive to do the same.

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Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor

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Re: Rule #1 for the user-facing components development

Which is why I've had bosses ask why I don't want an upgrade to my development machine.

"But this is one of the oldest machines in the company? Why?"

"Because if it doesn't work well on here, it's not fast enough. And I don't like writing slow code..."

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Re: The solution -

I am wondering if Munroe got the inspiration from the first "Real Programmers" rant: Real Programmers don't use Pascal

Or The Story of Mel?

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Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers

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Re: Rules

Does the first rule of C++ club multiply inherit from the 2nd and the 4th rules of C++ club?

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Re: _

Eschew obfuscation

Sounds like the name of a modern death metal track. Seriously, seems bands have a competition among themselves to see how many polysyllabic words they can use per album that haven't been cited since the 1600s.

I blame Slayer*

Joke alert because ... er... this isn't a very serious post?

* last time I looked up abascinate, "Reign In Blood" is cited from 1986 as the first usage for about 300 years, the show offs...

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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

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Re: Anyone

Although pre-decimalistion, ten bob was ten shillings (20 shillings to the £). And used to be a note, before it was a coin... (I still have a lot of ten shilling coins in my collection, but no notes, alas...)

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Paris Hilton

Re: Ouchie

Then you'll remind them of the revenue cost after it has all died down and they'll be happy again. I for one am grateful that I don't have to mess about supporting exchange server, as I think many people are.

Doesn't work when it means you've just lost a £100K (or more) deal. In that case it's usually "who suggested we start using this rubbish - I want them fired and a proper system installed to replace this malarkey, AND I WANT IT TODAY"

(Paris Hilton because that's as good an analogy for an IT manager as I can think of...)

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Interesting

MSFT has been pushing "don't use user agent sniffing" in their web development guidelines for years. Shows that their own devs don't actually bother reading their own guidelines.

Actually, Office 2016 has so many bug reversions, I'm wondering whether they didn't just try and cut costs by giving all the dev work on it to interns, but maybe I'm just being cynical...

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ICO scolds UK councils: GDPR is coming. Are you ready? Pop quiz says you're not

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Unhappy

Probably they're thinking "la la la, Brexit, it'll be gone year after next, then we can do whatever the hell we like".

Sadly, they're probably right.

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Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

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Re: In other news

My "small round cable" is buried underneath some paving slabs and about 50cm of hardcore, so to cut this would require a pickaxe and some hard graft.

Challenge accepted, anyone?

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Dear Microsoft – a sysadmin's wishlist

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Re: Dear Microsoft - Windows 10 Phone

That used to really annoy me too, a few years ago. Unlimited 3G, yet metered Wifi. And everything insisted that "I need wifi to upload this huge file that will cost you extra money on wifi, but won't cost you a cent on 3G..."

That kept me on Android longer than I really wanted to because Apple devices don't know the difference between an Android wifi share and real wifi (but they do with Apple, and treat it as mobile data - which is really annoying).

The new metered connection stuff on Android, allowing limits - it's a step in the right direction. But it's not a cure... (not until people wake up to the fact that in some circumstances, mobile really is cheaper than wifi...)

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MSFT remind me of Commodore in the late 80s/early 90s

"Load... Fire... Aim!"

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Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

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Re: dream on...

I use SQL every day at work. I don't really care whether the server is running Windows or Linux, just whether I can connect and run the queries I need and tune them.

To the extent that Windows is essentially finished, especially for RDBMS servers, this is the beginning of the end. That SQL is one of the "big dogs" of the database world, and that it exclusively ran on Windows was a big USP for Windows Server. It isn't any more.

You don't need Windows domain servers - AD in the cloud will do. You don't need Windows Server to run a DHCP server, a DNS server, a mail server (Office 365, remember), and now you don't need it for on-premises SQL (you didn't really need it for cloud anyway, did you?)

With the advent of Visual Studio Code for Linux, you quite possibly don't need the development stack I use every day, either.

You can only swim against the tide so long. The day of Microsoft dominance is ending. They are slowly, but surely, going back to being just one among the many, and the demise of Windows Server is simply another nail in that coffin. I suspect Windows desktop to be around a bit longer, but macOS, Chrome OS and desktop Android machines need to start selling in bigger numbers before that finally falls off the perch.

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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Anyone fancy a sweepstake on how long before Drumpf cancels the "Five Eyes" agreement or the "UKUSA" agreement, just out of spite/revenge for alleged "wire tapping" that may or may not be an "alternative fact"?

I'm going for June the 7th. Has a nice ring to it...

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UK Home Office spy powers unit pretended it was a private citizen in Ofcom consultation

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FAIL

If the "submit anonymously" is a single checkbox, and it's ticked by default, then yes, it could be a simple administrative error. In which case Mr Dine could well be handed a P45 for incompetence.

On the other hand, it may be a deliberate attempt to deceive. In which case Mr Dine will probably get handed a P45 for being careless enough to get caught.

I think this may be what used to be known at Sun Microsystems as a "career-limiting move"

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Uber loses court fight over London drivers' English language tests

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Re: RE : "Living in a British/English enclave is not the way to integrate."

"And while we're on the subject, they're not ex-pats they're immigrants!"

The OED says an ex pat is "a person living permanently abroad", whereas immigrate is "to come into a foreign country to live there permanently". So Gary "Fingers" Bankjob* living on the Costa del Sol is an immigrant into Spain, an expat from the UK, and somewhere on Scotland Yard's "most wanted" list.

* The names have been changed to protect the guilty. I ain't no grass.

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Yet there are those who come from outside of the UK, Europe, Africa, wherever, and they have a better comprehension of the English language than most natives do.

And I doubt any of these will have problems passing this test. Unlike me if I needed to become an Uber driver here and had to take a Portuguese test. Which, I have to add, would be perfectly right and proper, as far as I'm concerned. (The fact that I don't have a driving licence might prove a bigger stumbling block, but that's beside the point...)

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Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

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Re: Caution outweighing excitement

I know what you mean. Despite having been run over - twice - my 3a is still working (even if the hinge has now broken irreperably). I'm considering whether I want to take the risk of having something that will sit unused in a drawer forever. But then if this fills the gaps I just might be able to get away with an iPhone SE if I do that, which would mean I get my headphone socket back.

But ah, I have so many fond memories of the Psion as a full time device :)

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Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

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“Educate end users” has been a staple of the IT sector for decades. If it was going to work, we'd surely have evidence by now.

That. Is. Depressing.

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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

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"Don't be evil".

Nope. This may not be pure evil, but it was definitely well along the road...

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Microsoft ups Surface slab prices for Brits. Darn weak pound, eh?

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"If we had a pound for every time a firm cited Brit currency woes"

...then you might actually be able to afford some of this stuff?

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Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

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Do you want Cybermen?

Because this is how you get Cybermen.

(If he also has a plan to produce little beeping robot mice called "Teslamats", then we really need to start to worry)

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Kids these days will never understand the value of money

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Re: And once there's no cash

Here in Portugal the banks don't run the ATMs, so there aren't any feeds, regardless of which bank you use...

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And once there's no cash

What's to stop the banks starting charging a bigger fee? "Ah well, the fee was 0.5% but due to the economy, it's now 5%, sorry about that. Want a choice in the matter? Oh sorry, there isn't one now. This is now the cheapest way to pay. You pay 5% as the buyer, the seller pays another 5%, we always win. Maybe you should have kept on using cash, but you didn't - you gave us this power, can't blame us for using it. Have a nice life."

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Re: Replacing Linux with Windows, based on *cost*?

I cannot honestly think of a decent mail client for Linux these days

Indeed. I can't think of a decent one for Windows either, since Office 2016 borked Outlook.

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Planned Espionage Act could jail journos and whistleblowers as spies

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WTF?

Stasi wet dream

You weren't supposed to use "1984" as an instruction manual, damn it!

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Windows 10: What is it good for? Microsoft pitches to devs ahead of Creators Update

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Windows

I use it on my work machine because it came with it. Home is Ubuntu and has been for a while. For everything else there's Virtual Box.

Let's face it, I'd probably be running OS/2 to this day if it was a bit more usable. Yes thank you, I have taken my pills today nurse.

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GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

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Some redundancy should be compulsory for all professional systems.

Or, in this case, whatever the Netherlands equivalent of a P45 / Pink Slip happens to be...

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Baird is the word: Netflix's grandaddy gets bronze London landmark

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"Nipkow"

Refers, I believe, to Paul Nipkow, who invented that same spinning disc in 1899 - and patented it. The next 20 years of tv development are people sitting around waiting for Baird to finish inventing the photovoltaic cell - and for Nipkow's patent to run out...

I'll get me coat...

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Windows code-signing tweaks sure to irritate software developers

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Is it me or are MS doing everything in their power to make Windows die? Seriously, they seem to be trying to annoy developers as much as possible, competing directly with their business partners, making Windows 10 annoy its own users...

I mean I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but I heard a bunch of pigeons the other day whispering "coup, coup"*....

* Old Bill Hicks joke, not one of mine. Sadly.

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Oracle lied: Database giant is axing hundreds of staff – at least 450 in its hardware div

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Re: And Whither SPARC?

I always had a hankering for someone to licence SPARC and produce a low-cost version, then stuff a Linux (or even Open Solaris) based SPARC PC out the door (probably using as many off the shelf components as possible). No chances of MS snarling about the Windows tax, because it can't run it. I'd have probably bought one, five or ten years ago.

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Go dark with the flow: Lavabit lives again

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Re: Groklaw

Yes, thank you. Exactly what I was going to say. Have an upvote.

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The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature

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Re: If this could be...

Yes please.

Is it just me or have they made a concerted effort to make Office 2016 more cluttered, less usable and far, far, far more buggy than usual?

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Re: [sigh]

"UI sucks" - exactly most people's experience with moving to Windows 10 from, well, almost anything really.

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