* Posts by D@v3

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Re: when you think you have made something foolproof

Nature makes a better fool

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What code is running on Apple's Secure Enclave security chip? Now we have a decryption key...

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Re: Focussed Ion Beam microscope

Cool. My Dutch mate Bob has one of those, that he made from components easily available on them there internets, I'll give that a go at the weekend.

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Re: reall_adf

Except as a 'normal user' just because i can look at the source code, doesn't mean it makes any sense to me, or that i can fix it.

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

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surprised this is an issue

My cars; current, previous and one before that (at least) had bluetooth, and would auto connect when the engine started, but would just carry on playing what was last played. Current car has CarPlay, and is much the same, plug phone in (car play isn't bluetooth, wired only) picks up where it left off.

Only annoyance i have is that sometimes it doesn't realise I'm listening to a podcast, so it plays music, but i think that is more to do with iOS going, "oooh, you're in your car, where you normally listen to music, here you go" instead of "oooh, you're in your car, here is what you were last listening too"

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Batteries that don't burn at the drop of a Galaxy Note 7? We're listening

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Re: why aren't many people going back to fat feature phones?

Because people don't want 'feature' phones, they would rather have a slim, poor battery smartphone, than a phone that lasts a week that does 'nothing' (which is why the battery lasts so long)

"If there really was a demand for fatter phones, you would think someone would've sold one by now and made a killing."

Can't really argue with you on that one, but, the argument that people are buying slimmer and slimmer phones, is because they are they only ones on the market. I think (and i expect there are many others here who would think the same, IF someone did make a thicker phone, with a double sized battery, they may very well make a killing, but for some reason or another, no one is.

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Capitalism explained

https://matadornetwork.com/pulse/capitalism-around-world-explained-cows/

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Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

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Re: We have to consider the human costs

That is one of the points i was going to make. A lot of people here seem to be focusing on what happens when people on minimum wage, no longer are, and are unable to buy their 'stuff' what happens to the economy?

What they are not looking at is, people on minimum wage are often not buying much 'stuff' because they are on MINIMUM wage, and what they do have goes on important things, like staying alive. Take that away from them, without giving them an alternative means of income and they stop paying bills, (rent / mortgage) and lose their homes. Cant afford food / clothes, resort to shoplifting.

All these things pile up making someone who was already in a low paid job (for what ever reason) even less employable.

Another thing is, the idea of re-training people (which many have already correctly identified as not being viable). You can only train people for the problems you have today, you can't start training people now, for an 'opportunity' that wont present itself for another 10 years, because you don't know what training they will need.

Even with school kids, we can teach kids today, with the skills that are relevant today, what we can't anticipate is how the world will change in the next 5-10 years before they leave school, and how relevant those skills will be then.

You can't replace someone's job with a robot then train them to fix that robot. What happens in the mean time (while they are being trained)? You need the people who can fix the robots before the robots take the jobs.

Also, 1 robot does not equate to 1 robot fixer, so even if you could retrain someone to fix 'their' robot, say you replace 100 minimum wagers, with 100 robots, you retrain and keep maybe 5 fixers. What about the other 95%?

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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Re: Deadpan Emoji

Yeah, sure there is

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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

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Re: Giant Space Ducks!

the question has to be asked....

1 giant space duck

or

100 duck sized pieces of space rock?

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Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

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a couple of things...

1) who the hell cuts an onion with a bread knife? (see pic) also, 1 handed!? this man is a fool.

2) i have found it is the root of the onion that produces the most / worse LF, chopping from the other end rarely causes me any issues.

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New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

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Re: Malcom (unlocking phones)

With my iphone, when i am at my desk, it is (generally) sitting face up within reach. If a message or email comes in, i can reach over, and with one finger press the home button with enough force to unlock it and slide it towards me, then still using that one finger open, read and reply to that message. Not sure how well that would work with the reader on the back.

I don't think i have ever used two hands to unlock my phone, either when it was 'slide to unlock', complicated password, or print reader.

Yes, i have seen people that hold it in one hand and very carefully apply a finger to the reader with the other, but i have also seen people who type on a PC keyboard with a single finger, so.....

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Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)

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Re: Kickstarter's not all bad...

+1 for exploding kittens.

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Re: HHGTG radio series

Have the collection in a nice 12CD box. Have found that once ripped to an ipod, and played on shuffle, it is just as entertaining, and makes almost as much sense.

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Sysadmin jeered in staff cafeteria as he climbed ladder to fix PC

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Re: JeremyTheLaptop

Tag numbers for work units.

Silly names are perfectly acceptable for home units, as you (should) have fewer to manage and keep track of, hence mine have had such standard names as Quentin and Rupert (over the years).

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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

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Glastonbury

I (on O2) found i had lots of 4G bars, but poor signal, worked better when it dropped to 3G (eventually turned 4G off). My girlfriend on EE had good bars and signal all weekend. No surprise that one of the 'partners' for the festival is EE.

Actually found much the same when I went to see Tom Petty in Hyde Park with my mum (also on EE) seems that O2 don't like big crowds of people.

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Re: Kewl!

Don't give them any ideas

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@ richardcox13

The folder may not *actually* be filled with gigabytes of files, but, if all the tools say it is, and you cant use the space for anything else, or delete the files, then does it really matter?

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Re: "Morse code usage"

at the beginning of OHMSS by Propellerheads (reworking of the classic Bond theme), the letters are played out.

Personal favourite though was in the expansion pack for Red Alert, there was a piece of paper with Morse code instructions on how to access some hidden missions against giant ants.

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Android-ocalypse postponed: Jide withdraws Remix OS from consumer frontline

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Re: big_D

where as, i know a few people with Chromebooks, picked up for <£200. (in the UK)

That does seem to have been near the beginning of their existence, as it is now hard to find one that is over specced and over priced. (big SSD's lots of RAM etc. Also hard to find one with 3/4G modem)

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: the idea of a black Spiderman?

First appearance 2011.

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Miles_Morales_(Earth-1610)

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Re: Two comments

by my count its Capaldi - 3 seasons (8,9,10)

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1Password won't axe private vaults. It'll choke 'em to death instead

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Re: cloud

what?

surely not..!

I thought all these *free* cloud systems were purely for my convenience.

(OK, OK, I'm going)

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Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

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Obligatory

https://xkcd.com/1846/

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

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Re: LGBTQQIAAP

Is something i saw the other day, even a bunch of 'young people' had trouble identifying the whole thing

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Nokia touts future of virtual reality ads... but who's the audience?

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Re: Play room

i think the problem of movement / play room is less what the system can handle, and more the actual physical space you have available. If i were using one of these in my living room, i would have maybe 1.5m^2 walking space to move around in before i start bumping into things i cant see.

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

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Re: Like those Chryogenic companies

I once had a long conversation with a friend who didn't understand the futility of freezing dead people. They couldn't understand that even if you can be defrosted (which as far as i know, no one has cracked yet) you're still a corpse.

You would of course need to freeze 'nearly' dead people, and hope that by the time you have a cure for what ails them you have also worked out how to defrost them.

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

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Re: Sierra

Bring me the head of Sierra Garcia.

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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Re: second SIM

I don't know for sure, as I have not used a phone with more than 1 SIM slot before, but i would have thought that if you are in an area where there is no signal, it doesn't matter if you have 2, 3, 5 or more SIM's, they're not going to help.

My understanding for multiple SIM's is, 1) you spend lots of time in 2 areas, with good signal on two separate networks, 1 SIM for each. 2) you have a really good minutes plan and a really good data plan 1 SIM for each. And you switch between the two as required.

The only way that i can see that the proximity of Twonks could affect the usefulness of your 2nd SIM, is if you have chosen a 2nd network that only has coverage in areas frequented by Twonks.

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

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Re: Obligatory XKCD (was: Once again: WE NEED A STANDARD !!!!)

one of my favourites

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And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin hologram ... Sir, it is only wafer thin

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Re: Where have the real holograms gone?

Cant remember exactly where it was, but the best one i saw (quite small scale) was a computer chip, under a magnifying glass. From the side, you could see a small chip, with a magnifying glass floating above it. If you looked from above, you were looking 'through' the glass, and saw an enlarged image of the chip.

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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Re: Captain my captain....

I had a similar idea some 15 odd years ago back before (i was aware of) touchscreens and smartphones. A simple module, about the size of a laptop hard disk that could be plugged into a 'base station' an on said disk would be all your software and settings, internet favourites etc.. so that any computer you used would be 'your' computer. All through a 'standard' interface. If i recall, it was before USB was much of a thing. (blimey, well, maybe more like 20, time flies)

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

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Re: @ mcpharm

I know this is going to get lost in a sea of 'replies' to the ongoing post, but, I can't agree with you enough.

I work in IT in healthcare, not the NHS, but close by.

So many of our users seem proud of the fact that they can barely switch on a computer without assistance, it's scary. But of course, like you say, their comeback is, 'but I'm a healthcare professional, i cant be expected to know about this'.

While I do understand to an extent, because I can't be expected to provide end of life care to our patients, but, I am a first aider. There has to be give and take on both sides.

I keep hoping that the younger generation of HCP's that have grown up around and using computers will be better, but it doesn't seem to be the case, it's all, 'oh, at home we have a mac' or 'my partner works in IT, he said it would be fine'.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: ok

In general i would agree, however my recent experience was that you can take an empty bottle through security and fill it up at the various "fill your bottle here" points, dotted around (at least the airports i was in).

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Re: Another impact on airlines

I also saw that very recently on the Alaska Airlines leg of my trip to / from Hawaii. They would even rent you a tablet with the service pre-loaded if you didn't have one. I chose to (try) to sleep instead.

Mostly my trip through the various security barriers (Heathrow, Seattle and Kona) were no more intrusive than they have been in the last few years going in and out of various parts of Europe. (except for the thumb and hand printing in Seattle on the way out). Had a brief scare when the robot at Heathrow pushed my carry on bag (filled with all the electronics i didn't want in the hold) to the side, thankfully the guy with the grabby claw pushed it back.

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Re: It is 'that wall' in disguise

bollocks to the niceties, i AM jealous. You utter swine.

Regardless, have a great time, I'd be massively surprised if you don't. And I'd argue, you will have a better time in NZ, than you would have done in the Good Ol' US of A

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Re: oblig xkcd

yes we do, and always will

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: have you seen the fjords?

I was wondering if this might have something to do with Copenhagen airport being closer to Malmö , than Malmö airport, but perhaps not.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Re: Muggings...

yeah, just like when 'phones started with finger print access. Remember all those news reports of people being mugged and having their fingers chopped off. was horrific.

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PACK YOUR BAGS! Boffins spot Earth-size planet most likeliest yet to harbor alien life

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Re: mass vs density

my thoughts on the 'its mass suggest something denser than an iron core' question are. What if, unlike us with our 70% surface water, it has something like, 10% surface water, and that extra 60% surface is something like a much more dense version of 'rock' than we are used to. Or, it's Core is just much 'larger' proportionately than ours.

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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Github power shell script

I've been 'cleaning up' a bunch of windows 10 pro machines for deployment this week, and cam across a handy power shell script that removes a whole bunch of, stuff.

https://github.com/W4RH4WK/Debloat-Windows-10/blob/master/scripts/remove-default-apps.ps1

True to windows nature, doesn't work every time, sometimes needs to be run a couple of times, sometimes needs a re-boot, but it does (seem) to work.

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

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Re: if you only want sky1

Try a NowTV subscription. Sky1, and several other 'entertainment' channels, catch up and box sets, £10pm i believe

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Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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I can hear the conversation already....

engineer - we have these new batteries that have three times the energy storage of a similarly sized li-ion power pack, can handle …

designer - great, we can make the battery for out device three times smaller.........

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You want a 4-SIM mobe? Never mind why – your wish might come true

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Re: DougS

The problem with using a USB C 'dock' (or micro USB for that matter) is that the charge socket is not in the same place on all phones, some on the bottom, some on the side or even the top (also not all phones are the same shape) so you would still end up with different 'docks' for different brands / models. With iPhones they are in the same place, you only have to worry about the 'shape' of the phone and if it will fit in the dock.

I personally quite like the idea of a 'modular' phone. Buy the basics at a reasonable price and add on the fancy extras as and when you want them. I like the way the Moto has done it, only thing is, what happens if you want the extra battery, and the camera? (or any other combination), but that is likely to be an issue with any way of doing this.

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Jawbone leans over, whispers: Psst, guess who's in a criminal probe? Yes, it's Fitbit

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Re: Having just got a Jawbone device

My other half has recently moved from Jawbone to FitBit, after her 2nd (first replaced under warranty) fell apart within a year.

Jawbone (at least the fitness tracker side of things) seems to be winding down, almost no support available. When she went back to the retailer, they were going to offer her a third, but they no longer sell them, so gave her a full refund (it was those nice people who are 'never knowingly undersold')

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Virtual monopoly on UK cell towers and TV masts up for sale

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Re: Fibre

"unless you think BT and VM are chomping at the bit to roll out fibre to the home"

Funny you should mention that, just yesterday I got a letter from Virgin wanting to dig up my road so they can lay some fibre....

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Re: call about your accident

My general response to people wanting to talk to me about the accident i was in is,

'Christ, I've been in an accident? Really? Am I OK? Do my family know? It must have been serious as I don't remember it'

Generally don't get much further than that before they hang up, although you do get the odd one who doesn't understand and you have to spell it out for them.

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Nuclear power station sensors are literally shouting their readings at each other

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Re: Nukes are nervous about RF

I read it as being, there is so much EM in there already that using RF as a transmission media is no good due to the possibility of interference with the transmission.

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Well, that sucks: China's Tencent so sorry after vid emerges of faux blowjob office game

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Re: SWAINOATS ??

anybody care to give us a clue?

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Uber, Apple, Amazon and Sully Sullenberger walk into a bar – er, self-driving car committee

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Re: Sullenberger?

Also, worth remembering, he didn't crash the plane into the Hudson, he landed the plane ON the Hudson.

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Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

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Stardust

I enjoyed that thoroughly on a long train journey over Christmas.

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