* Posts by spodula

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Stay classy: Amazon's Jassy gets sassy with Larry

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Unique capabilities?

Try installing legacy fat client applications on a locked down Windows desktop machine and you will see the uniqueness..

No-one else makes it anything like as difficult to install their database client when you have to install the whole 1.3Gb of dross, most of which you will never use, in a non-standard location. (24 years on, and Oracle *still* havent figured out "Program files"). (Oh, and you cant use program files anyway, because some things in there dont work properly if you have filenames with spaces)

Or the fact its basically impossible to install on a headless server without installing X and all its libraries or VNC,

Or the fact its so uniquely embedded in so many places, people dont dare rip it out despite Oracles "Innovative" and "Unique" pricing structure ...

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Well, it is the Empire of enterprise IT... Oracle's Ellison plans 'Star Wars cyber defense' for his second-generation cloud

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Oracle

TBH, i dont think Oracle's technical capabilities are in question, its Oracle itself.

No-one wants to deal with them unless they absolutely have to.

There a deeply unpleasant company to deal with, especially their sales droids.

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Chinese tech titans' share prices slump after THAT Super Micro story

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Interested

I Hope someone can get one of these chips! i think a public Decap to see how they work would be interesting!

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US JEDI military cloud network is so high-tech, bidders will have to submit their proposals by hand, on DVD

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Oracle are pissed

IBM are no doubt pissed that their prefered method of Decks of punched cards and QIT60 tapes are no longer being accepted.

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Golden State passes gold-standard net neutrality bill by 58-17

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How about not throttling firefighters during a major emergency?

or not adding tracking cookies to everything you do unecnrypted on the net?

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Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

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Re: Amazing

"Hello, i'm clippy.

I see one of your solid rocket boosters has exploded.

Do you want me to help you write a stern letter to the JPL?"

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Better late than never: nbn™ DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade starts

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Ah Australian broadband.

The only developed country that makes the US system look good.

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Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan

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Frankly yes. Even tho he and the company he runs is basically evil, There both Rank ameturs compared to Larry, Oracle and more importantly, the Oracle money squeezing deparment.

Amazon, for instance, dont send in the auditers every time there looking low on sales targets or you diss them publically, or because their bored.

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Oracle? A strategic priority for CIOs? Nope, says Goldman Sachs

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Re: Nice DB with baggage issues

30 years ago when it was the only serious game in town for medium-large size databases (Other than DB2, which has always seemed to me to be more a way of selling IBM services), they developed this attitude. I've never met anyone who has said that dealing with Oracle has ever been a fun experience.

They are seriously behind of modern technologies, They require loads more DBA support than everything else, especially MariaDB and SQL server both of which just ... work.. , their large object support is a joke, They still havent figured out "Program files" on windows clients yet, which causes issues for locked down client machines, making deployment using most automated tools a pain in the arse, Its expensive and exposes you to random audits when they feel their short of money. Why would you?

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Re: No one in their right mind starts a project with Oracle.

Yes, we recently had a brush with Oracle's audit deparment. They didnt find anything wrong, but wouldnt beleve it. (I work for a pretty large international business).

And thus it was handed down from on high that no new projects are to use Oracle databases. (Not that we have been doing anyway)

We've also got to write feasibilty reports for moving all our existing stuff off in a 2 year timeframe.

Its nice in that we've got a couple of MariaDB and NoSQL boxes out of it.

They managed to *really* P*ss off our CTO.

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A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years

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I seem to remember one of the options is to compile it with the wine libraries.

Of course, this relies on you having the source code.

This is from a long time ago.

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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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Re: type 'reboot' in the local console instead of the remote one

"It's not like it sentences your firstborn to death or anything."

You've obviously never dealt with senior product managers.

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And me.. although admittedly in my case, there was a "Learnnig experience" which proved the point to me.

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Don't read this, Oracle... It's the rise of the open-source data strategies

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"Who chooses a cloud first then decides later what they want to use? Only idiots. Or MongoDB users"

Or the people paying you money to develop things and have heard about this "cloud" thing and want in. (There are a lot of these)..

I dont know *anyone* who would consider using Oracle for a new project. Even if you can get past the licencing aspect, that Stupid installer needs to be taken out the back and shot, along with the intern who wrote it. (It is ridiculously difficult to install on a headless server, and you have to install unnesseery stuff you will never use again like all the X libraries, and I think its really about Oracle figured out "Program files" on Windows Clients and servers. Its been over 20 years now)

Administration is a pain in the arse, unlike every other modern database. (I remember DB2 comming close, but that was a long time ago)

Its possible at the very highest end, that Oracle may out-perform other databases, but how many people really ever use the full potential of an Oracle installation? Or even a MySQL installation for that matter?

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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I'm guessing

I'm guessing this was written as some kind of bet?

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Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed

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Re: So all of this is just a case of...

Well, RTFM followed by a session of guessing what the hell was going through the Intel Engineers head, cos it sounds like the manual was far from clear.

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Cash-sprinkler Softbank and Alphabet hand over $1.9bn to Manbang

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So if Manbank, Dong energy and Uparse want to collaberate on a project, we should all look (away)?

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Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

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Optional

I think these providers miss the point of the Pentagon. Its Not to provide large monolithic companies with a constant revenue stream. (Well unless your BAE systems, Lockheed martin or Nothrop Grumman, in which case all bets are off).

I think Oracle are just feeling the pressure of not being the only game in the field for Large data storage and processing. I sense an detailed Licence Audit comming up.... I think thats how they usually deal with this sort of thing isnt it?

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Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

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Re: Cloud Act ?

Seems to me to be more "F*king over American CLOUD companies act"

If i was holding personal data (And a lot of companies are), I certainly wouldnt put it in a cloud that could be read by the FBI at a whim.

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You can survive the migration from Windows vCenter server

spodula

Was this written by VMWare?

No patching? No Malware? Really?

Anyone relying on that will be running Eastern European guest software before they they can say "I've been a total moron and taken a major vendor at their word, hook line and sinker."

Edit: Ah, no WINDOWS patching if your running on Linux. Thats just....

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Bruce Perens wants to anti-SLAPP Grsecurity's Brad Spengler with $670,000 in legal bills

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Re: You mess with the GNU ...

"Someone somewhere has decided to use the preponderance of public opinion and a bunch of expensive lawyers to ruin someone else's life"

GR were the ones who decided to sue, not Perens. It was self inflicted.

As for re-licensing the GPL v2. Most people using Linux dont seem to have an issue with it.

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Google MENACED by Russian probe over 'abuse of dominance' gripe

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I cant help thinking this is a..

Ah, a "But there not owned by someone friendly to the Kremlin" complaint...

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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I think your barking up the wrong tree.

If computers of the 1960's had anything like the malware audience that modern computers have, i doubt they would have performed any better security wise, and probably a lot worse. mainframes didnt have anything like the hackers going after them they do now, both for Communication (Most of them had little or no outside connectivity), and knowledge reasons. The internet has lowered the bar on IT knowledge a lot. (This is both good and bad IMHO, but probably more good)

All OSs since Windows NT have had memory management. pretty much all malware *HAS* to rely on bugs in the OS to take control because of this. This is why exploits for Linux, Mac and Windows are not generally interchangeable. All the hardware that he talks about IS included on modern chips and used.

What this article demonstrates is the author's total lack of knowledge about security, old computers and modern technology.

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Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

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"I'm wondering how agents of the US government can enter a foreign country and remove someone against their will"

Easy. What you do is go in there without telling them, grab the person and stuff him on your private plane back to the US, possibly drugged in a box. When the Country involves complains or mentions amusingly Naive concepts such as international law, you give them the finger. or if your on good terms with them, you ignore them. Its a winning strategy developed by the likes of the CIA, Mossad and the former KGB since the 50's.

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

spodula

Bollocks.

There is nothing in data protection law that forces an indexer to index particular websites.

If there was, you can guarantee Googles very highly paid lawyers would have brought that up in EU case, and would preclude them removing links to file sharing sites without a court order.

If they were hosting the original data, that's a different matter, but there not. they are a search engine. I suspect your legal adviser is getting these matters confused....

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Samsung loses again: Judge awards Apple, Nokia $2m in leak-investigation fees

spodula

Well..

Usually on Samsungs side for their legal battles, but this was just self-inflicted pain. They should have just accepted they f*ked up, paid up, preferably out of some executives pay and moved on. This was just petty.

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Has Google gone too far? Indie labels say it's crunch time for The New Economy

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Google notice:

It seems that due to a typographical error a few years ago, Our motto, which was "Do no evil", has in fact been "Sue no Weevils" for last few years. We have decided this second one is better, so were keeping it and will continue acting accordingly...

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The ULTIMATE space geek accessory: Apollo 15's joystick up for sale

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Re: So many pins.

Triple redundancy for everything?

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Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data

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"I am quite clear that any member of the public who does not associate with potential terrorists or serious criminals or individuals who are potentially involved in actions which could raise national security issues for the UK can be assured that none of the interception agencies which I inspect has the slightest interest in examining their emails, their phone or postal communications or their use of the internet, and they do not do so to any extent which could reasonably be regarded as significant," he wrote."

So, no reassurance at all then.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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...

The Americans have been able to implement a pretty decent parody exception without too much argument. Also, we are are not the US, it is unlikely that lawyers (Or as we call them in this country, "Barristers/Solicitors"), will make huge chunks of change off it.

Wonder what happened to the format shifting (For personal use) exception we were promised?

Also, We have an "unwritten constitution" or as anyone who doesn't work in the government like to say, "we don't have a constitution." The EU has one tho, although i struggle to see how that would apply.

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US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

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Re: No surprise

The reason this is news is that the Soyuz is generally so reliable.

Still, i seem to have missed the bit which said everyone died a horrible fiery death, which i assume from your comment actually happened. You would think from the article that they had a minor failure with the maneuvering computer...

Oh wait a sec, that's actually all that happened!

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GSMA: EU net neutrality reforms are the enemy of business

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net neutrality.

I had explained to me Why this is a bad thing. I have heard a whole bunch of weak excuses from various trade bodies, which mostly boil down to "We cant screw over netflix". They say this will allow them to reduce prices, but prices for Broadband in the EU is relatively good anyway, and i cant see a price drop of a couple of euros being anything like worth the downside for consumers.

(That's the benefit of having competition in our markets, US take note)

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eBay boss tells workers to ignore 'noisy' Icahn's PayPal sale campaign

spodula

Actually

having seen our pet Tosser Incestor in the past. I expect he will get his board members to either distribute the cash or do a share buy-back. Either of which will increase the size of his money hoard. (Of course, it will affect ebay in the long term, but he will be long gone by then).

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PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'

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Re: Carl Icahn...

Carl Ichan's absolute, sole, one interest in this is to make money for Carl Ichan at whoever's expense.

It doesn't matter that in the long run, it will cost Ebay and its investors money, or that it will cost money in the short run to do any split, because he will get his paypal shares, put them in an bucket with the Ebay ones, sell them, then go along and annoy the f*k out of someone else.

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

spodula

You could also try..

"Accountability"

cos that word certainly isn't in any of their dictionaries.

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Low power WON'T bag ARM the server crown. So here's how to upset Intel

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Re: Costs

The fab certainly helps, (and indeed Intel's fabs are about the only reason they can compete in this space), but ARM is about a third less transistors than SPARC (500,000 as opposed to 855,000), and that has an impact as well. The Design would also have an impact (In modern digital IC's, Heat is mostly produced when transistors switch, so if you have many more transistors, but only very few of them switch at any one time, that would reduce power as well, but personally i dont know about that one.

There is also a bigger base of design engineers familiar with the workings of ARM, and that is a factor as well.

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Alien SUPER-EARTH: If there is LIFE up there, it'll be moaning about the weather

spodula

Yeey!

So we british still have a leg up when it comes to empathising with alien species....

UK: "Darn, the weather is a bit off today isnt it? Fancy some tea?"

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Facebook's monster PHP engine ready to muscle into ARM server chips

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Re: Intel

While ARM chips are lower power, Intel is catching up. and they have smaller processes and a huge engineering staff to throw at the process.

However, i suspect one of the reasons ARM is so attractive to Facebook is that you can roll your own, including rolling dedicated feature processors, SSH processors, dedicated hardware for loops that run a lot, dedicated fast comms links to backend databases (Possibly on the same board or all on one chip)

Basically, customising the chip to most efficiently run *their* workload. Thats just not something you can currently do with X86.

Raw power consumption is only really one part of the puzzle.

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Euro judge flings out Cisco beefs against Microsoft-Skype deal

spodula

More lols from

From the company who's hardware basically *is* the internet backbone

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Eat our dust, spinning rust: In 5 years, it'll be all flash all the time

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Re: The disks may go, but the blocks will remain

I would disagree on that. Blocks are a convenient way of arranging sections of data managably.

Thats why they are used in disks, tapes, Memory layouts, MMUs, Video displays and so on.

After all, (simplifying), a computer is basically a state machine which fetches data from memory, performs actions on it, then stores it back. These days it does it a lot faster, they can run multiple instructions at once, a lot of IO devices have their own computers inside, and they are immensely compact, but if you explained the basics of how a modern PC worked to someone designing a digital computer in the 1950's, they would recognise most of how it works.

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POWER SOURCE that might END humanity's PROBLEMS: A step forward

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Re: Science

Got a book in my collection called "Science shapes tomorrow", which is 1962 vintage. It said Commercial fusion was about 30 years away.

Wierldy enough, the BBC documentary i saw also said it was about 40 years away. What a diffference 50 years makes eh?

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'Shared databases are crap' Oracle reveals shared database management suite

spodula

I dont get it...

You can do this anyway, Just create the user and dont give them "Select any table", but give them privilages to play in their own schema. We do that all the time.....

You can do something similar with mysql... and i assume almost every other RDBMS.....

I suspect Oracle would prefer you didnt because you would only be paying for one oracle instance, rather than a number of them, but its perfectly ok to do it..

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Oracle says open source has no place in military apps

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Oracle would be fantatic for secret projects..

After all, no-one has ever been able to the same figure twice out their pricing models for decades! and even their sales-droids cant figure it out.

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Foxconn 'fesses up to labour breaches: Made students work long hours

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Re: Free as a bird!

And their right to graduate.

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Judge orders probe over Samsung execs viewing secret Apple docs

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Re: Sounds like a biased judge

They *are* guilty to sharing these confidential documents. They have admitted as much.

All this is doing is finding out the extent of the guilt, and unsurprisingly, the judge wants some oversight of that.

This is remarkibly sloppy by Samsung's lawyers, and could cost them a lot in the courtroom in the larger case. Which is annoying because i really want Samsung to win that.

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

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Actually...

Thats not a bad idea. I moved from Coffee to Tea a few years ago, and turned into much less of an asshole almost overnight. You really dont know how much the coffee affects you until after you give it up.

Of course the first week was a bitch...

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Microsoft Xbox One to be powered by ginormous system-on-chip

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Re: cooling

"Thats why memory sticks, which are easilly pushing 1 million transistors, rarely require extra cooling."

I mean Billion of course. Sorry.

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cooling

If most of it is cache memory, probably not that much more.

The Transistors in Microchips only use significant power when they are switching, so if they switch only rarely (In digital terms), Eg as in memory, they dont generate much heat.

Thats why memory sticks, which are easilly pushing 1 million transistors, rarely require extra cooling.

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spodula

That was common in the early computing era.

Heck, the ZX spectrum does something similar. If you put your code in the upper 32K it will run at full speed, but in the lower 16k where the video memory is, it will get interruped by the ULA on a regular basis, which among other things, will totally screw up critical timing loops.

As i found out when i tried to write a speccy speedloader back in 1988.

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