* Posts by Long John Brass

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

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X-Clacks-Overhead = "GNU Jerry Pournelle"

You will be missed

We still have your books

That will have to be enough

RIP

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Re: IT angle

And we had to walk uphill both ways to get to Radio Shack to buy solder...

You lucky bastard; We has to dig the solder out with our teeth at the manor house solder mines!

Kids today, don't know how lucky they are...

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Re: IT angle

@Pompous Git

So was that a mini or a mainframe? If it wasn't a personal computer, it must have been one or the other.

S100 & CP/M systems were mostly(All?) personal computers. They were by all practical measures the first of the mass produced personal computers

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altair_8800

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

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Re: Usefulness

@Wensleydale Cheese

RPG-II

I feel your pain. I remember using that god awful code ruler on program listings.

When I was young and stupid (as opposed to now; old and stupid) I had RPG-II buried in the fine print at the end of my CV. I had agents contantly calling asking if I was interested in RPG-II work... That was 10+ years since I had last touched it! Have long since removed the offending line, Don't need that amount of suffering in my life.

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80% of IT projects in public sector delayed due to IR35 – report

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Re: All because the lady wanted 50 million

Please tell me you at least use a spell checker on your documentation

Why? It's not as if anyone will ever read it!

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Belarus declares war on imaginary country within borders of Belarus that is better than Belarus

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These dicktaker type are so blind to opportunities

If the fictional enemy in their war games is more popular that the "home" team.

Declare that they won & take the opportunity to re-brand the entire country.

If you do it right you can claim that after the merger that they "decided" to leave you in charge

All change; Everything the same

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How the CIA, Comcast can snoop on your sleep patterns, sex toy usage

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You had me at ...

Smart Plug .... Fnar Fnar Fnar

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Huge Apple news CONFIRMED. Software deal with Accenture is official

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Coventry

So exactly what does an Apple employee have to do to get sent to Accenture?

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Boffin rediscovers 1960s attempt to write fiction with computers

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Haiku generator

When once I was but a strapping young lad; The English department at my school asked if someone in the CS class could write a poetry generator in this case Haiku's. Running on trs-80's written in basic; but I finally got the damned thing working. It was weird to see the various English classes roll through the CS 'lab' using the software I wrote; But it was the event that then shaped the rest of my career :)

Also the is a Ruby based IRC bot that generates movie plots

Summary: He's an immortal zombie househusband who dotes on his loving old ma. She's a Cosmopolitan antique-collecting socialite from a family of eight older brothers. They fight crime.

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Another dimension, new galaxy. Intergalactic planar-tary: Join us on our 3D NAND journey

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Re: A luddite writes...

I still think tying knots in string and cutting notches in sticks was a pretty reliable way of storing data.

String and Wood rots; You want fired clay or stone tablets

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DreamHost smashed in DDoS attack: Who's to blame? Take a guess...

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Now correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that similar to what ${bad_guy_dujour} did

<grumble-rant>

That's what all authoritarian bastards do... It's not a left or right thing. I'm pretty sure Uncle Joe Stalin did the same thing; That's whats missing from this little fracas... Intelligent debate, the ability to discuss ones opinions in a calm and sensible manor. But no it's all howling mobs with pitchforks and burning torches.

And no, before you start in with calling me a alt-right nutjob; I'm not, but I'm not a alt-left loonie either. I support free speech, I support the freedom of association, I support the ability to entertain an idea without accepting it. Logic, Science and reason got us where we are today & we seem to be pissing it all away

I'm tired of the howling shit-storm of stupid that seems to have broken out everywhere I look lately! and would like it VERY much if everyone just calmed the fuck down and shut the hell up for a bit.

<grumble-rant>

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Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

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Why don't they just ...

Pass a law?

In OZ the laws of mathematics are all well and good, but the laws of Australia override all others... Right?

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Russia's answer to Buckminster Fuller has a buttload of CGI and he's not afraid to use it

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Re: obviously fake pix even for CGI

Bah,

I see your communist Fiat and raise you a Triumph 2000; All the power of a wheezing asthmatic 80 a day smoker and the handling of a drunk battleship,

but built like a ... a ... umm ... battleship :)

Is it weird I actually miss that car?

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Internet addict sent to an anti-addiction boot camp is no longer an addict. Because he's dead

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Re: Tragic, but what was Long John Brass thinking?

Nice Ad-hominem attack there Mr Anonymous Coward.

Anything in the actual content of my post you wish to debate/discuss?

Or did mommy take your WiFi password away :)

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Re: Tragic, but what are parents thinking?

Most parents don't think; That's how they ended up parents in the first place.

Don't have any loin fruit myself, but have friends that do... They all manage the screen time the fresh faced little bastards get. When I was but a nipper it was TV time used as the heavy cudgel of oppression. For the moppets I know its tablet time/network access.

Bow before me and weep, for I have the WiFi password :)

Isn't it a teenagers right of passage to over indulge in things? Beer, Bong and Broads? or if they are well off wine, women and song?

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WannaCry vanquisher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to flogging banking trojan Kronos

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You seem to have misspelt ...

But I've always felt their whole system makes a sad mockery of 'The Land of the Free' :-/

It's land of the Fee not Free.

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New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

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Ahh the good old trash-80's

The sweet memories :)

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We all deserve a break. Pack your bags. Four Earth-like worlds found around nearby Tau Ceti

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Ummmm

Tau Ceti, a Sun-like star just 12 million light-years away.

12 light-years not 12 million

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Watch this nanochip reprogram cells to fix damaged body tissue

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Re: I want a tail,

Second pair of arms for me please

I'd love to be able to hold a heavy boxes and open doors etc at the same time

Or hold PCB + Component + soldering iron, All at the SAME TIME!

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China can't find anyone smart enough to run its whizzbang $180m 1,640ft radio telescope

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Re: I'll do it...

Bah! Amateur

4 Scientists go in; one comes out

!!!FIGHT!!!

Stream the contest & make one beeeelion dollars

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: Ruddy Hastings

The Enemy", and how important it was to know what "The Enemy" was planning

You don't get it do you?

We have always been at war with Eurasia Eastasia.

They think this kind of newspeak will work to frighten the muggles into giving them the one thing the politicians so desperately want; More power.

Problem is, they are right, they will get it with cheers and howls of happiness from the cheap seats.

Gimp mask because that is how we are all going to end up with these muppets in charge and those muppets supporting them because terrorist

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Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

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No doubt

That Mr Kálmán Dabóczi was rubbing his hands with glee at the thought of being able to report that *HE* had bought to justice an *Evil* haxor and would be showered with cash and prizes.

Whoops; How bad, how sad, never mind.

Next time these idiots screw up; I suspect that the 0-Day will quietly sold on the black market :(

Muppets

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They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

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Re: A Stonking Year???

stonking (adjective BRITISH informal)

used to emphasise something impressive, exciting, or very large.

"a stonking 207 mph maximum speed"

If only there was a global information service that could provide answers to such arcane & difficult questions...

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Death to strap-ons, says Intel, yet thrusts its little AI stick into us all

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Re: "the armbands were overheating to the point of injuring wearers. "

Once you get away from their near monopoly product, and the SoA fabs it funds, it's like a headless chicken with an open wallet. No one seems to have a helicopter view. All tactics, no strategy.

Totally untrue; They have a strategy! ... Fling shit at te wall & see what sticks :)

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Boffins with frickin' laser beams chase universe's mysterious trihydrogen

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Re: Re why the interest in making H3 from hydrocarbons ?

I doubt you'll ever find a career information sheet on science that would talk about "scientists standing on the backs of smoking corpses who did something ill advised and it went wrong". It might not send quite the right message to impressionable young minds.

au contraire: I rather suspect that things go boom would a massive draw-card for most young budding scientists and engineers.

To stop things from going ka-boom you need to know WHY things go ka-boom, this requires many and varied experiments on things going ka-boom!

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Re: Trihydrogen...?

So the warp reactor has to squish it back together?

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

As for me I am QWERTY

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Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile

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Paris Hilton

+1 for the wargames pic

And b'cuz Ally Sheedy was te hotness :)

Can we replace the Paris Icon with an Ally Sheedy one please!

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Re: Doing the math, at least a little

Mass of NASA object ... I believe I read somewhere that it was one ton? one tonne?

A one tonne fridge! Where are the noodles?

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

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Or...

Jeeze it's hot down here :)

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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Re: Polyester in 105F temperatures

Brogues are a good general purpose shoe

Oxfords not Brogues!

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We'll drag Microsoft in front of Supremes over Irish email spat – DoJ

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Wonder what would happen if

A ${country} decided that because a user was keeping files on a US server and their courts then demanded that ${corporate_over_lord} hand over all the server data to ${country}

Given the behaviour of the US govt and courts, I would hope this will start an unholy shit-storm of a backlash!. I suspect however that it won't, and it will be business as usual for all concerned :(

Yep that my coat; The one with the tickets off this rock

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'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

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Re: If you're into tool porn...

Not so good your hammer analogy, they are still all hammers. The gimmicks/and tweaks are largely cosmetic and don't change the basic bashing functionality expected.

I guessing you don't know your ball-peen from your dead blow, or your soft face from your lump hammer. Not every hammer is the thing you use for nails.

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Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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π = 3.0

Damn; Now you have to know some muppet in parliament is going to try that one on.

Stop giving them ideas dammit!

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Debian devs dedicate new version 9 to the late Ian Murdock

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Re: UEFI: Need to dual boot Mint on Asus G75 from 2012

What are the Do's / Don'ts etc.. Can someone ...

That is really easy to answer.... DON'T USE IT. IT'S CRAP.

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

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Why 2600

Why not bring the Atari Coin-OP games too; Tempest, Centipede, Asteroids etc...

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot

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Hmmmm

So when the Microsoft for kill bots powered Mechs come for us; what we will need to do is start dropping small white stones to lead them away; Or start shouting Whoop whoop whoop like pack man ghosts to scare them off?

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Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

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Re: 10base2 outside of the building you said?

I loved ARCnet; Was a code monkey/SysAdmin/Network guy running DataPoint kit. Some very fond memories of the 8600's and RMS then later RMS/XA on x86 CPUs.

I remember making a 4 port hub as the official ones were eye bleedingly expensive

Just 4 resisters! (Can't remember the values)

ARCnet was if I remember 2mbit, could run in star and/or bus configurations. It was a virtual token ring; So it's max throughput was very close to the 2mbit limit; Way better than Ethernet was in those days. The only time our net went down was when one of the cards decided to flood the network with "Hey I'm here, whats my token #" requests.

There was a rumour that DataPoint was to release a 20mbit version, but they were too slow too market. 3com and friends stole the march as DP was being to tight fisted with royalty demands or at least thats was what I was told at the time.

Ahhh ... Happy days

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What a tit! Uber CEO hijacks his staff breast-pump room to meditate

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Over inflating the problem

How big do they get after pumping?

Is there a risk of over inflating them?

What are the risks / downsides of burst boobs?

Inquiring minds etc..

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Hand in your notice – by 2022 there'll be 350,000 cybersecurity vacancies

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Re: It's all total...

@Doctor Syntax

Know how you feel mate; 32 years at the coal face myself. No sprogs therefor no grand-sprogs, but mates have; I've been telling the fresh faced little bastards that Bio-Tech would be where I would be investing my interest if I was in their shoes.

Luckily none of them seem interested in IT; They have watched their fathers grey & burn out. The money has been mostly good, but those days are behind the industry now I think.

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Re: Outsourced to India

9,909 jobs for IT security

And out of that

990 that don't ask for 10 years experience in a 5 year old technology

99 that actually want to pay anything near market rate

9 that are within 100km of where I live

-9 that EXACTLY match my skill set (Oh you don't have experience with foo v9.0 sorry foo v1.0 thru v8.9 doesn't count

Pint Icon: As we all need some(lots) libations to clear the palete after dealing with HR/Recruiting muppets

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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Could you not argue rights of assembly?

Rather than free speech?

If you can penalise game companies for driving a massive horde or gamers though a public park

Then could they not do the same to the GPS maps people who drive a horde of traffic thought some tranquil little backwater?

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Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts

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@mstreet

The other solution is to move the rest of the world to an alternate fuel. Once oil stops being valuable, World+Dog stops being interested in the region, world+dog stops sending $vast amounts of money, guns and technology into the region; Region quickly (hopefully) degenerates back to stone age backwater that no one gives a flying fuck about. (See most of Africa)

Do I wish that there was a better way, that results in the lives of everyone becoming better, fairer & more fulfilling? Yes;

Will that ever happen? No :(

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Oil and lube firm offers to ease pains of frustrated office workers

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Re: Emo Oil

Is it made from real Emo's ?

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

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Re: Boom

@Mark 85

I'd be more worried about the kid living in the parent's basement that is stuffed with computers..

Hey! I moved out of my parents basement AGES ago.... I now have my very own basement :)

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Raspberry Pi foundation merges with CoderDojo Foundation

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Sounds awesome

until you have to start learning all the bloody Kata and having to sweep the floor before class starts :(

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Three Nigerians sentenced to 235 years in prison for online scamming

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WTF?

HELO DEEREST FRIED

MY UNCLE OLADIMEJI SEUN WAS SENTENCED TO 95 YEAR IN PRIISON TODAY ALONG WITH MY COUSIN RASAQ ADEROJU RAHEEM FOR 115 YEAR

THEY HAVE LEFT ME WITH **ONE HUNDREDS AND FIFTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS** THAT I NEED TO GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY

ALL I NEED FROM YOU MY DEEREST FRIEND IS.....

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Microsoft court victory prompts call for data-grabbing regime

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In other news

Power junkies, desperately looking for a fix; Demand more powers

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Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

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Sorry, but most of Yoda's advice is utter crap

Do or do NOT; There is no try

What a shitty piece of advice; If you can't do it first attempt, don't bother. There is no try? Bullshit, there is ONLY try, and if you fail try again, and again until you figure it out.

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Permission to fail is an important concept; Time more people learned that. We are where we a as a species as a civilisation because of our failures, we screw up, we learn from out mistakes, we get better at things.

<grumble/rant>

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Orbital boffins cut four years off NASA mission to shiniest object in the Solar System

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Re: Shiniest?

but I'm not sure how reflective of light it is.

Our deal old Sol is not reflective at all. It is in fact considered a black body :)

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