* Posts by Gordon 10

2910 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

NEC goes out on a limb with arm-tap gadget control

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Um..kinect

Is there a Market for this with next gen UI tools like kinect?

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New 'supercritical' generators to boost nuclear output by 50%

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Unfortunate name

For something to be connected to a nuclear reactor.

Can just see the nimbies at the planning meeting now - frothing and foaming at the mouth as they get the wrong end of the stick.

Although I guess the likelyhood of them knowing what supercritical in relation to a nuclear reaction may be slim.

I call dibs on the new branding name of TurboGen. I'll take a 0.05% cut of the revenues to license it.

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iPad 2: Apple forced to make carrier concessions

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FAIL

Wrong on so many levels

It amazes me how many people - analysts in particular think Apple is a tradition tech company - where those who have the newest tech are "the best".

Apple has always been about consumer led tech. ie What works for the average Joe - not what the geeks like.

Apple have never been a technological leader on wireless tech. Look at the 1G iphone - everyone predicted a flop due to lack of 3G - how wrong they were.

Apple only act as a tech leader when they think it will help them corner the market or get a quantum leap ahead. Look at thunderbolt for example. All the 4G technologies will bring is slightly faster data and more expensive tariffs. Nothing specifically that Apple can gain from - hence Apple showing little interest in 4G yet.

Apple are masters at taking old tech and making it seem new. Eg Facetime. iphone 1G with Edge.

Also you may want to check your carrier locking assumptions - there are a lot of postings today refuting that there will be carrier locks on ipad2.

Yes Apple will own as smalller percentage of the tablet market this year as the rest of the competitors finally get their "me too" products out of the door. However Im willing to bet that will be a smaller percentage of a BIGGER market - as the market is still growing.

I am also willing to be that those manufacturers who use appples price points are going to fail and fail big - especially those with Android based Tabs as they will face dozens of clones running android and providing 90% of the user experience for 60% of the cost. Eg Advent Vega/POV & Archos 10.

Even Samsung - who if anyone should be able to price beat Apple with a better technical product as they manufacture half a tablets components in house - have said they will struggle to beat Apples prices. If the 7" Galaxy Tab had been launched at $100 under the ipad it would have been far more sucessful - but they priced it out of the market.

My predictions for biggest tablet losers :

HP, Moto

HP because they are crap at CE and thats what a tablet main purpose is. Shame because I want Web OS to succeed.

Moto - because they are overpricing the Xoom and think tech bells and whistles will be enough in the face of a Android race to the bottom from every tablet maker and their dog.

Will be ok

HTC

Have proved themselves past masters of riding the bandwagon and knowing how to get the best of it and when to jump off. Plus in Sense they have the best Android UI on the market.

Samsung

If they sort their pricing they will be ok - otherwise add them to the Moto Camp.

RIM

These are the dark horse - I expect them to do well as they plough their own furrow and concentrate on mixing the business and consumer market - providing the Playbook has enough functionality and Apps on Launch.

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Too US centric and missed the point on 4G

This article misses a massive point. Apple have NEVER competed on wireless speeds. Have you forgotten the first iPhone was laughed at for not having 3G and yet was a massive success. It also neglects that the 4g networks rollouts are not as advanced in Europe.

Network connectivity will not be where the tablet battle is fought with the majority of sales of tablets wifi only.

No account is being made of the apple halo effect. I don't believe there is any of the current brands of tablets including moto whose brand strength enables them to compete at the same or higher price points.

Expect a lot of apples competition to come from disruptive players with "almost as good" tabs at lower price points such as Advent/Pov, Archos and similar.

Expect most of the major players to price themselves out of the Market as as Samsung have done this season.

Android tabs will have to be both better and cheaper. The main battleground will not be fought on tech specs. We will see another race to the bottom on android with high end players value quickly eroded at some expense of apples market share but with a much lesser effect on revenue share as the overall Market will still be growing.

The most successful brand players are likely to be HTC as the android king, or those with their own OSes like Rim or HP although I would expect at least one of those 2 to fail spectacularly - probably HP as they have never had a credible CE division outside printers.

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NASA's Glory climate-data sat crashes into Pacific on launch

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Twonk

Drama queen.

You do realise that the chances of whole human even being mildly inconvenienced by climate change is slim right? The earth has been much hotter than this many times before and our ancestors and related species survived quite happily.

People like you who persist in painting climate changes as an Eco-pocalypse do nothing for the debate.

Try reading the Reg interview with one of the greenpeace founders from a couple of weeks ago and come back when you have something constructive to add.

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Samsung admits iPad 2 will be tough to beat

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Wrong

Apple build and cost their hardware to make a profit. As others have mentioned they bulk buy huge amounts of components such as screens and flash memory.

Tear downs of the iPad show that apple make a profit on the manufacturing costs of each one. I expect the same for Ipad2.

According to this linky the moto xoom comes close to matching the iPad costs but even then not quite.

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Intel re-invents its mainstream SSD

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Ditto

Replaced my lappy drive with 2 g2 x18-m's in raid 0.

Flys on benchmarks but in daily use W7 still feels slow for some things (system resume for instance).

Linux Mint felt much faster by comparison.

I'm not a fanboi but it seems like there are still many more gains to be made on the software side. Particularly with win 7. All the trick hardware in the world doesnt save us from crappy coding.

Only hope is that with Win 8 needing to run fast on Arm they will optimise the intel and arm codebases.

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Microsoft tablet OS to see light of day in 'autumn 2012'

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Waiting for quad core Arms?

I suspect w8 already exists in a good state and offers a decent tablet experience.

What monkey boy is waiting for is an Arm chip of sufficient power and battery life to actually run w8 well and for more than 1/2 a day on a battery. Or intel to do the same for Atom.

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Apple, Google, RIM in smartphone dead heat

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Some interesting stats

Market share is essentially meaningless. Confusing the platform and the manufacturer isnt helpful and is just part of fanboi's and the IT press' delusions. The real battle is Apple, Rim and HTC vs the rest in US at least.

This does show that you are better off with you own OS and what a challenge microkia will have. I bet the margins enjoyed by Apple and Rim are well in excess of those from Android or Win.

In other words they can afford for thier Market share to decline in the face of android as there are 2-3 big android licensee's and dozens of smaller ones. Apple and RIM to a certain extent can sit back and laugh as vicious competition between Android licensees and desperation of them to differentiate "me to" products reduces their margins.

You can see why Elop made the decisions he did. Probably overly smartphone focussed and overly US focussed. If you come to nokia knowing android is a zero sum game then Win could look like the answer although those arguably should have also driven his focus internally to their own OSes but it's obvious that Elop had no faith in Nokia's ability to do this.

Interesting reading - although estimated margins in each OS space would be far more interesting.

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Android malware attacks show perils of Google openness

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So badly wrong

More so even than their PC people expect their phones to just work. If Android has any expectation of long term success google need to get a handle on this malware problem quickly.

Imagine the legitimate fear either MS or Apple or just public perception could generate if this problem becomes common place on Android.

You should not need anything more than basic web common sense to safely use a smartphone.

It is not the same situation as PC's by a long way.

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Gordon 10

Yes but..

Posters on the Reg are not representative of the general public.

In genral most would rather to a mall than a fleamarket.

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He has a point

Lot of fanboi's on the down vote.

Truth hurts.

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Cobalt-barrel machine guns could fire full auto Hollywood style

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Pure unobtanium

That is all

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Government flies kite for VAT changes

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How exactly wise one?

Perhaps sir would care to back up his bleeding us dry comment with some reasoned examples or heaven forbid some statistics.

No? Thought not. You sir are a commentard of the highest order.

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Apple cuts iPad price

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70 quid apple tax

Above the vega would be quite attractive for a lot of peeps

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Library e-books to become too tatty to lend

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Fusckers

What a bunch of muppets. Have HC not learnt any lessons from the music industry?

Fingers crossed that HC suffer badly and more enlightened publishers like Baen (who are brilliant for ebooks) prosper.

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PlayStation hacker defiantly posts 'bible' following police raid

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That's the elephant in the room

The fact that none of this will have any impact on the ps3's revenue stream. The PS2 was hacked much earlier in it's life span and it still generates millions of $ of revenue Today.

This is just Sony throwing their corporate weight around just like most big corps.

If it feels like a threat to some middle management moron - sue it - regardless of the actual reality of the threat.

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Midnight theft left Vodafone users bereft

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You sure?

Working intermittently in Caversham (across the river) since 12 and solidly since 1.

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Vodafone's network knackered by thieves

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Loose the chip

One cell site vs most of southern England.

Get some perspective and loose the chip.

You know why the north gets a hard time? Cos you lot create the expectation in the first place.

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Lousy customer comms

Very poor customer comms by VF.

No network status or link on their main page.

Takes about 4 links or a google to get to their network faults forum which was on posted to with this issue @ 943 am this morning.

Customer care lines engaged with no recorded message detailing the problem.

Since this issue started around 2-3a its a very very poor show. (my wife was feeding the baby and saw it go offline).

I used run some medium critical systems for a bank and I would have been shot if it had taken 7+ hours to get the first customer comms out.

Dont these guys understand basic incident management?

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Antennagate Redux: Consumer Reports condemns Verizon iPhone 4

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Sadly true

I'm no iFanboi having owned several 5x-6x win phones before my 3G and 3GS.

Yes there were successful smartphones before the iPhone but no-one but the most rabid anti-fanboi's would deny that Apple have redefined the mp3 player, smartphone and tablet markets. Hate Apple (and part of me hopes they are punished badly by the Market for denying Antennagate) all you want but there is no denying how successful they have been in the last 10 years.

Name one other manufacturer that has managed that.

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Gordon 10

Hmmm

You mean acknowledging rumours and speculation on the Internet would be more respectful?

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iPhone 5

What's more worrying is what this bodes for the iPhone 5. It's suggesting that Job's distortion field is so strong that they may not fix the attenna there either.

There will be a whole bunch of 3GS owners coming off of 2 yr contracts that may be put off Apple if they don't apply a fix in iPhone 5.

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Samsung goes super slim with Notebook 9 series

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Yea boo hiss samsung

Bringing Sony levels of quality and style down Market and affordable.

Supplying dozens of manufacturers (eg Apple) with quality Arm based cpu's, flash memory and LCD's.

Fact of the matter is without Samsung the CE industry would be poorer place.

But hey don't let reality get in the way of your rant.

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Memo to iPad mimics: No one wants a $799 knockoff

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Two words

Advent Vega - £250 very very comparable functionally to an iPad.

Also note that there is a huge difference between the hardware cost of an iPad compared to retail. Apple ARE making a very good markup on each one.

I do tend to agree that most of the usual suspects will/ are overpricing their tablets though. Whether this is through belief in their brands or completely misjudging the market remains to be seen.

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Flash drives dangerously hard to purge of sensitive data

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Read the article muppets

Did any of you read the article? Data was recoverable in some cases after 20 full disk rewrites. Thus your random comment were about as useful and relevant as random string pasted to this comments box.

Commentards indeed. Kermits.

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Virgin Media busts £1bn a quarter

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Cable roll out

It amazes me that Virgin spend any money on cable rollout. Certainly lots of people can't even get short runs for new houses or areas.

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What sealed Nokia's fate?

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Nokia died when 3G came in

Fact of the matter is that the seeds of nokia's demise were sown 7 odd years ago during the transition to 3G tech.

Half a dozen iconic 2G handsets. 8x10 my favourite phones for a long time. 6x10 still going for decent money on eBay. 8800. 99% of their phones that came after were fugly designed by committee blandness personified.

Elop has failed not so much for the MS link up - this would be quite clever if it was a multistranded strategy.

What's unforgivable is that 1000's of hugely gifted techies are paying the price for almost a decade of senior management incompetence.

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Apple 'iPhone Nano' back in the game, says mole

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Not entirely correct

I would agree this model is unlikely for an iPhone but it's far more likely to work for the iPad.

The use cases for the kindle and iPad are very similar indeed and revolve around reading, and browsing. Whilst the iPad has a lot more potential uses ones that actually use large chucks of data would be few and far between.

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iControlPad: The answer to mobile gaming control 'mares?

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FAIL

Jailbreak to use?

Madness! Let me know when its less fugly, doesnt require jailbreaking and is iphone approved by apple.

Talk about limiting your market.

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Mindjack

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+1 for Paradroid remake

Or the spectrum sequel whose name I forget.

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Anonymous pwns security firm that probed its membership

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Dead Vulture

Edward Woodward

Did that last comment conjour up a vision vision of Edward hacking into HBGary from beyond the Styx firewall?

Or is it just me?

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Equinux Tizi iPhone TV tuner

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WTF?

Baffling limited market

How much harder could it have been to make it OS independent?

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Assange relishes US banks 'squirming' over 'megaleak'

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No longer about whistleblowing

This is now about Assange masturbating in the glare of the media. How many corrupt practises are still going on whilst this attention whore beats his meat?

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Reg Hardware Reader Awards 2010 Winners

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Why not?

Since it appeared on my Freesat box I have probably watched TV via iplayer at least as much as watching it "live". Well deserved in my opinion. Its completely changed my TV habits.

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Yank fires up iPhone-controlled beer cannon

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Grenade

Tennents

Known in our neck of the woods as Tennents lunatic soup.

Come to think of it just the kind of cans a psychotic beer fridge should throw.

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BBC Trust says no to kit-specific iPlayer apps

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WTF?

How does this square with reality?

Iplayer is ready on Samsung and Sony Internet Tv's did the BBC do this or did the manufacturers?

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Huawei S7 7in Android tablet

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Advent Vega review asap please

£30 cheaper than this thing and with a 10.1" Capacitive screen. Ok so 3g is missing but it looks like a much better bet than this. If only there was a 7" Vega I would have leapt at it.

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Google Books spanked by Amazon Kindle

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Stanza

Why no mention? Its the best ebook app I have used. Multiple libraries including paid ones like Baen's and works beautifly.

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ASSANGE GRANTED BAIL

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Grenade

Flight Risk - me arse

How can anyone consider him a flight risk - it would be professional and reputational suicide and probably massively damage Wikileaks.

By running it would effectly allow opponents and critics of Wikileaks to take the high ground.

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South Korea delivers stern warning to...Facebook

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Badgers

Its shorthand

Blah blah blah

Sincerely, Your Retarded Idiot.

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Novell muddles through fiscal Q4

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WTF?

Money mountain

good lord. So why havent they attemtped to use their money pile more effectively?

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NASA to make MAJOR ALIENS REVELATION this week

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Alien

MAXOS

Charlie Stross was right!

<that is all>

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Rethinking the iPhone

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WTF?

Errrr

Thank god for UK tesco mobile contracts - sim only at £10 a month. Covers all my iphone call, text and data needs

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Shut up, Spock! How Battlestar Galactica beat Trek babble

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Go

Pegasus

They had a double complement of Vipers and Raptors from the pegasus.

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Aready there

Its already in our bloodstream if you are breathing air - the reason it becomes and issues is that low pressure allows it to bubble out of our blood. Therefore you get the bend both when ascending too fast from a dive or being exposed to a vacuum.

That is of course assuming that the person has been breathing standard air on BSG and not some strange mix like Tri-Mix

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British bank cuts 4,500 IT jobs

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Actually he's a genius (accidental?)

Narked off at Lloyds? Move to Halifax where if the account terms are better then each individual account obviously makes less money for the group.

If everyone did it Lloyds profits would plummet.

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McCanns join CEOP quango row

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WTF?

CEOP not qualified to run their own affairs

The mere fact that CEOP are choosing to manage whats effectively a re-org among public service bodies via Press releases in the Public domain pretty much says everything you need to know.

CEOP should not become the mouthpiece for any one of their Management team - frankly thats Gambles attention-whore-ism spreading endemically throughout their Org.

They need to be stamped on hard and reminded that they implement policies based on Stragegic direction from our elected representatives via Government.

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Voice of America chap ejaculates over Paris Hilton

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Precisely

Kudos for using both Front Bottom and Grumble flick in the same article. 2 Sets of words guaranteed to amuse the 14 yr child in me.

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Three picks up the Tab

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WTF?

15gb seriously?

unless anyone uses the thing as a fixed broadband replacement how could you possibly get near to this?

Fact is 1GB is more than enough for most mobile users.

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