* Posts by Peter R. 1

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Back to the Future's DeLorean is coming back to the future

Peter R. 1

Not a good idea

The only thing the DMC really had going for it was the idea of a stainless body. But the added weight of it, along with the notoriously heavy addedition of a gullwing assembly, an anemic Renault engine and 80's UK style build quality made it a real dog.

It was a really bad idea to begin with, and barring some curiosum value (look what those crazy 80's people thought up to go with their shoulder pads) it still is.

UNLESS they're going to make it with an ultra light carbotanium body and a 500 horse 0 emissions engine with a range of 300 miles, in which case they might find some customers who want it as a runabout next to their Pagani, they are going to loose money. But I imagine this would add a 0 to the price tag and I don't mean in front.

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How to save Wikipedia: Start paying editors ... or write for machines

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I'll wouldn't mind paying for it

But then I would demand that Wiki takes responsibility for the accuracy of the information.

To continue the car analogy : the way things stand now is that there are a number of cars spread out around your area. you can make use of them whenever you want, for free. But if they break down, the GPS sends you the wrong way, or the tires are bald, the risk of using them is yours.

If I have to pay for the privilege of using it, I want the maintenance book duly stamped, tire pressure checked, petrol in the tank and the in-sewer-ants paid up.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

Peter R. 1
Joke

Finally !

Godwin's law strikes again. I feared he had taken the day off.

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Peter R. 1

If the American people want to put their trust in The Donald

They should be able to do so, and they can.

I would really like to see him try this and see where he ends up. Apple is a fine candidate to pull this fast one on, because their margins are high, and they have a lot of cash parked abroad. Best case, they continue to design the same quality and style of product they do now, only at lower margines.

Don't think they can't do it. We Always like to compare build quality of your average Ford to a Benz S-Class and say 'look, they couldn't build a quality car if they tried', but I assure you there are many, many very fine quality American designed and built products out there.

If course, the Chinese won't stand for it, and will start levying serious coin on the US produced phones, or denying them access to their market altogether. And possibly start punishing US companies still producing un China.

It would be quite interesting to watch it unfold.

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Boffins baffled by record-smashing supernova that shouldn't exist

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Re: exponents....

Shirley you mean Eccentrica ? Can't remember now.

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Intel admits Skylakes can ... ... ... freeze in the middle of work

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Re: Can't remember doing 88 mph this morning...

I don't think I ever had a P60, I was still on a 486-DX2 then. I'm pretty sure it was a 90 (I couldn't afford a 100, or didn't want to. This was also a time when rumours surfaced you could easily clock a 90 at 100 'if you had a good one'). The WIKI also mentions the relevant steppings, but as with all WIKI's, YMMV.

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Peter R. 1

Can't remember doing 88 mph this morning...

...but it seems I've ended up in June 1994 today, and I will soon be receiving a notice from Intel detailing how to RMA my Pentium 90 because of an FDIV bug.

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BT puts new head on 10-year-old network arm Openreach

Peter R. 1

It took me three tries

To finally NOT read 'Openreich'.

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Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

Peter R. 1

Re: Lumias

Yes, the ones that spit in your face when you least expect it.

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Peter R. 1

Dear Microsoft

I have several Windows 7 licenses which I have bought with money I have earned W*O*R*K*I*N*G. You may want to look this word up. It may offer you valuable insight into why people do not like 10, and may help to further explain the following.

I have tried Windows 10 as an 'insider', all the way up to final release, and I have continued to use it on and off since.

On december 31, however, I have decided to discontinue every and all use of Windows 10, and for the following reasons :

1. It does not offer me any functionality I require, want or would like over Windows 7.

2. You allege it is 'FREE', but it is not. You may not want immediate monetary payment for it, but you DO require me to allow you access to all use, traffic, email and other information. In other words, you want me to be a digital prostitute for a Windows 10 fix. I respectfully decline.

3. You want me to relinquish the few rights I still had on Windows 7 which I had legally purchased (see above, have you looked up the word WORK yet ?) for something that is not better (some may argue a lot worse) AND give you access to what basically is my life, so you can monetize it without cutting me in on the deal.

I DO NOT THINK SO.

Disrespectfully yours,

Peter R.

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Aroused Lycra-clad cyclist prompts Manchester cop dragnet

Peter R. 1

It is blatantly obvious

there are no cyclists amongst you El Reg commentards. These things happen when you ride a sports bike.

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Surface Pro 4: Will you go the F**K to SLEEP?

Peter R. 1

A solipsism you say ?

So what you are actually saying is that the Surface does not necessarily exist, and since I was not present when the picture on El Reg was taken, I can not be sure it WAS taken when you say it was, or, indeed, that the camera with which is was taken even existed when you say it was taken. If a camera was involved at all.

All I know, then, for something slightly resembling certainty, is that a picture exists of something you say is a Surface 4, which is unsure to exist.

Please don't use difficult concepts on El Reg. There's enough bovine excrement to be found on the internet as it is. At least, I think I have observed it.

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How long until we can build R2-D2 and C-3PO?

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Re: Here's my attempt...

Not running over things is easy. What is far more difficult (as you have undoubtedly observed visiting all manner of conventions) is only slightly running over things.

Imagine, if you will, yourself at a busy venue at the entrance wanting to move to the other side. If you would stop your progress every time another visitor, stand or display appeared in your path you would still be at the entrance at closing time.

So what you do is thread the needle through that is the crowd, a nudge here, a bump there, a sidestep-and-swipe yonder. Every time you observe an obstacle you evaluate and decide the amount of force necessary to 'force' your way through. Every once in a while someone gets it wrong and there are the appropriate expletives to be observed.

From humans we have grown to accept this behaviour. From droids, not so much.

So I wish you the best of luck with further developement. May the necessary force be with you.

Oh...and make sure the droid can get up again under its own steam when someone bowls it over.

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HPE's private London drinking club: Name that boozer

Peter R. 1

Re: The Sauce Boat

A comestible you say ? Symptoms after consumption of such condiments are often more akin to a combustible.

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Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

Peter R. 1

Re: sorry, not a geek but

No. Essentially, it's a solution to a very specific problem. The article could easily have read :

'In other news, Google's new sausage making machine proven to be able to make sausages 10 billion times faster than a current state of the art espresso machine.'

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US Navy's newest ship sets sail with Captain James Kirk at the bridge

Peter R. 1

I sincerely hope

the US Navy displays some common sense and put Captain Kirk in charge of the new CVS-80 Enterprise carrier when she takes to the waves in 10 years time;

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Hacker reveals lifestyles of the rich and famous in UAE bank pop

Peter R. 1

Although 110 million sounds like a handsome sum for us poor El Reg reading losers, in the world of powerbanking wer're talking about small change here. A 12M account ? Please, some people find this kind of money between their sofa cushions when the pizza delivery guy shows up.

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McAfee Security Manager lets anybody bypass managers' security

Peter R. 1

You shouldn't be. When I purchased a new ASUS laptop a few months ago, I was handed a free 1 year subscription to McAfee bij a suitably solemn sales person stating this would guarantee my new toy was protected.

I binned it as soon as I got home, but I imagine a lot of people that don't read the likes of El Reg and similar literature see this as a '29.99 Euro freebee' and install it at the first opportunity.

Unortunately, no laws govering the protection of consumers in Belgiumshire include protection from stupidity by salesfolk.

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British woman loses £1.6 million to romance scam love rats

Peter R. 1

Please tell me...

...how someone (and I'm choosing the word carefully) misguided enough to fall into this trap would amass such a fortune in the first place.

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Microsoft takes PUPs behind the shed with gun in hand

Peter R. 1

Re: More importantly

No, it's not an OEM license, and if memory serves you could re-install 7 three times before it required you to do the 'call microsoft support' dance.

Point being, win 8.1 keys do not work on 10, but you're not issued a 10 key to replace your 8.1 key when you 'upgrade'.

They WERE going to fix this with the 1511 build, but apparently they haven't.

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Peter R. 1

Re: More importantly

In fact it does. Microsoft can be a real hoot. Gather round and hear my tale.

I have 2 HTPC's running fully licenced Win 8.1's. One HTPC runs on 2.5" spinning rust, the other on SSD.

After much nagging about Win 10 it decided to have a go at it where it could do the least harm, and 'applied' for the Win 10 'upgrade'. After a few weeks the install came through and i ran it. Af few programs like Bitdefender were nixed for being 'incompatible', but they were quickly reinstalled.

Now this HTPC runs on an Intel 3225 with internal graphics, and I wasn't best pleased with the performance, especially playing HD sources. The OTHER HTPC, however, runs an AMD A8 APU which much more muscle, especially in the graphics department. This HTPC, as you remember, has a conventional HD, so it takes a while to boot up, which can be annoying for a Home Entertainment system.

So I yanked the SSD from the Intel box and put it in the AMD box. To my great surprise it booted without isues, and after installing the correct drivers for the AMD APU and some ancillaries I found myself with a HTPC in perfect working order;

This must have been totally unacceptable to Microsoft, because when I booted the system yesterday it informed me I needed to activate Windows. Upon clicking the appropriate buttons, I was warned that the product code was invalid, and I needed to input a new one. But the code from the Original 8.1 installation does not work anymore (remember, this is a real license) and when Microsoft pushed the OTA Win 10 install, it did not issue me a new product code.

So the free Win 10 'upgrade' has now resulted in a 'Win 8.1 invalidation'.

Oh well, I have some unused 7 licenses left, or I could try XBMCBuntu (or is that called KodiBuntu now ?)

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Tor Project: Anonymity ain't free, folks. Pony up

Peter R. 1
Joke

Re: old fashioned check

I think you mean mouldy. I don't think moudly is a word, but I haven't chequed it.

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Apple – it's true: iPad Pro slabs freeze when plugged in to charge

Peter R. 1

The smell of excrementis in the air

I find it very unlikely that no one at Apple would have noticed this during the test phase. Not a single tester pligged in his ipad while using it ? This incident leads me to believe that :

a. Apple does NOT do in-house testing, or

b. They knew about this, but delaying the product would affect the bottom line and someone found this unacceptable.

I can't decide which I think is worse, but any chance of me forking over 1000 Euro's for an iphone 6s just discappeared out the window.

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BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

Peter R. 1
Joke

Beg pardon ?

No lamenting over how many cores, no griping about the lack of memory, no goings on about benchmarks, no disappointment about the lack of pixels in the camera, no fulminating about the qwerty keyboard, but a review of a guy who actually uses a smartphone, i.e. a live test on how it behaves in real life ?

What IS the world coming to ?

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'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

Peter R. 1

Arrest all Onion Salesmen !

This way we can ensure production of Onion routers grinds to a halt !

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Microsoft shelves 'suicidal' Android-on-Windows plan

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Amazon vendors flog thousands of rooted, malware-laden tablets

Peter R. 1

Re: 50 Quid for a tablet

When something is cheap, not like cheapish or a very good deal, but really really, mindbogglingly, apallingly, horrifically cheap - like, say, a low mileage 2014 Beemer M3 in perfect nick for 3 grand - you should not expect something is wrong with it. You can be bloody sure there is.

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Peter R. 1

50 Quid for a tablet

And punters are complaining about bad build quality ? Who'da thunk ?

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

Peter R. 1

Re: These Days...

I will endeavour to oblige.

I try out Ubuntu (and K), Mint and Fedora on a regular basis to see 'if the time has finally come'.

Over the weekend I clean installed Ubuntu 15.10 on a dedicated drive. The FIRST of the non-ubuntu 'store' programs I installed refused to work because some dependancy was not included anymore, and I couldn't find it through their software management system.

Luckily for me, I still have a fully functional Mint system.

Last week I did a Win 10 install, and a Win 7. All the software required by the user installed. 10 had all the requirded drivers on board, all the drivers required for the 7 system were available for download from the OEM's and all of them were recent versions.

YMMV. just saying because you asked.

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Qualcomm sheds last veil from Snapdragon 820

Peter R. 1

They need it badly

The 810 has earned a questionable reputation for itself with all the alleged throttling issues. incidentally, I wonder how it will impact sales on the current crop of 'premium' phones like the 950XL, the 6P and the Z5 premium, to name but a few.

I for one, decided to skip the current generation of hand warmers and keep the Z1 alive for a few more months to see what happens.

At least they won't be able to point the finger elsewhere as they are going back to using their own design.

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Microsoft Band 2 wrist watchers in pay-first-ship-much-later rage

Peter R. 1

Correction is in order

99.99 USD for the band, 249.99 for the Band 2 in the US MS store.

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Judge bins Apple Store end-of-shift shakedown lawsuit

Peter R. 1

If memory serves

the case - as reported by El Reg - did not hinge on the employees protesting the possibility of being searched, but the Apple security bods require them to stand in line for an inordinate amount of time, accumulating in an hour or longer a week, and not being paid for what was perceived by them as overtime.

So this sounds like only half a judgement.

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BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package

Peter R. 1

Hurrah !

looks like a fine attempt from BB. Let us hope it will allow them to regain some of their former excellence.

I don't know why, but somehow this has really perked up my day.

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Peter R. 1

I seriously doubt this. Hardware wise possibly. But it hasn't been released into the wild, and if the privacy issues on Win 10 PC are anything to go by, I would steer way clear of it if I had a requirement for professional grade communications. Of course, this will have to be determined when people that are far more proficient than I am get their mitts on it.

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7 million Apple Watches just buried the competition – Canalys

Peter R. 1

Now this IS interesting

Apple Always portray themselves as a premium brand, and users are prepared to shell out more money to buy into this idea.

TAG, however, is a proper premium manufacturer. So if the 'premium' argument Apple owners claim to motivate their purchase, TAG should be able to significantly bite into their iWatch market.

And then thre's the really big guns that could enter the fray. I don't really expect companies Audemars or Piaget to get into this,but Breitling, IWC or Panerai might.

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MacBooks are so hot right now. And so is Mac OS X malware

Peter R. 1

Warning : Sample NOT representative

I've just checked with 2 (yes, TWO) macbook wielding neighbours, and they both claim adamantly their apparatus is invulnerable to outside attack and does not require any user intervention to keep it safe. This is all done automatically by the iCloud (sic)

YMMV. But first results show reality has not yet pervaded the Walled Garden.

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

Peter R. 1

Re: I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord

Was this absolutely necessary ?

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

Peter R. 1

Still nothing here...

Of the about 6 PC's currently active running Windoze, the two main ones

1. Win 7 : mine, Pro Retail

2. Win 7: SWMBO, Pro Retail

display tifferent behaviour.

HERS has had the 'invitation' to update to 10 since they started rolling out the invites, and now the download is parked preemptively on het box (need to do something about that...weekend work again)

MINE, however, running an identical Retail pPro version of 7, has never displayed the invite, doesn't have the silly directory monitoring your update status and nagging about it, hence does not display the update icon, and is generally update virus free.

Both machines have the same antivirus, the same update settings, and the same reg cleaning (ahem) software;

I don't know how this is and I'm trying to replicate it, but have been unsuccesful so far.

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Finally, with W10, Microsoft’s device strategy makes sense

Peter R. 1

Re: This just in

Honorable downvoter (s),

Please extract your thumb from wherever you're keeping it, cut it off and have it express delivered to Microsoft. I've got nothing to do with this business whatsoever and have no influence over the goings-on. I am simply reporting, somewhat topic related.

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Peter R. 1

This just in

Clean installation with win 8, 8.1 or 7 product codes available after the upcoming 10 service pack in a few weeks.

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Google lifts app price ceiling to US$400

Peter R. 1

Why should there be any limit ?

If someone wants to charge 10K for their software, and someone else is prepared to pay for it, why should the OS manufacturer have any say in it as long as they get their required cut ?

I can buy some really expensive PC software with PayPal and a click of the mouse. I can buy a 100K watch on Amazon if my CC can take the hit.

I understand the need for security, but this is plain weird.

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Android Security: How's BlackBerry going to fix it?

Peter R. 1

It seems that for most of the commentards

no Phone will ever be nearly good enough. ooh...no memory card...oohh...bloatware...oohh...it's an Apple...oohhh...Microsoft sucks...oohhh...Blackberry is going belly up...and so on, and so forth.

If smartphone manufacturers put any truck in the comments posted here, not a single smartphone would ever get made.

I'm watching the release of this with great interest. Apart from it being a Blackberry, who have admittedly made some bad decisions in the past BUT have quite a solid pedigree in providing business class comms, it looks like quite a decent phone as well.

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

Peter R. 1

A contract is a contract.

An contract is exactly that : an agreement between two (or more) parties agreeing to something under a given set of circumstances.

If one of the parties terminates said contract for whatever reason in accordance to the provisions set forth in the agreement, the agreement is nullified. For nullification to occur, ALL provisions need to be adhered to.

You CAN NOT void part of the contract (i.e. you come work here and we will pay you) but CONTINUE another part of the contract (clause x : after termination of this labour agreement you will continue to provide labour). In this case you would have to agree to a NEW contract.

I consistently have customers trying to pull a fast one by adding all sorts of silly conditions to contracts requiring me to continue service after the contract has expired. I Always try to explain to them that this is impossible. They never believe me, but I suggest they contact their lawyers which usually leads to said silliness being dropped from the agreement.

Case in point : your contract may state you have to sign a confidentiality agreement. Even after termination, the CA stays in place. Good luck to any employer trying to enforce a confidentiality clause as a paragraph in an employment contract that has been terminated.

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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

Peter R. 1

Re: @Peter R. 1 To be honest old chap whilst I hold no brief at all for the default settings.....

A point very well taken, and compounded by the current google 'drive' tp prevent users from using add-blockers.

My point, however -admittedly badly made - is that switching to new ecosystem has been made very much more unattractive (to me at least) by removing one of the reasons I would consider the move in the first place.

Peter

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Peter R. 1

Not what I expected from Google

The only ones that seemed to have nailed the new generation phones so far seem to be Motorola with the new X.

I will be replacing my phone early next year. Sony has a real statement Phone with the upcoming Z5 premium, but they're Always lagging behind with the latest Android fixes, and now they've decided my Z1 is too old to qualify for the new Droid release.

Everyone else seems to be decidedly going for a Me-Too approach.

Let's hope the new year will bring some new models worth looking at. Snap 820 phones look like being at least 9 more months away before general availability.

The lumia 950 looks like a really good effort, but MS' new privacy politics (or lack thereof) don't inspire confidence. AND would require me to purchase around 100 Euro's worth of new apps.

Ah yes...and then there's the upcoming Blackberry Priv...

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Wheels come off parents' plan to dub sprog 'Mini Cooper'

Peter R. 1

Dweezil doesn't seem to be a particularly unhappy bloke. Sad, yes, but not unhappy.

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Nippy, palaver and cockwomble: Greatest words in English?

Peter R. 1

I think the correct word is obstreperous

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HP creates laptop for SITH LORDS

Peter R. 1

I'd like a Klingon version

That automatically dispatches a Battle Cruiser every time some daft website makes ads pop up on my screen, or some idiot sends spam.

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Exposed Volkswagen 'n' pals get 2 more YEARS to sort out emissions

Peter R. 1

Get your priorities straight

The damage Kathleen Van Brempt and her ilk have inflicted on society and the environment by moving the Euro's up and down to Strasbourg every two weeks far exceeds any damage Volkswagen can ever do by fiddling their Nox numbers

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