* Posts by JaitcH

3863 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009

Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader


If a PASSPORT is good enough for a COUNTRY ...

just who the hell do companies like Apple think they are?

Many statements can easily be word processed, especially when pumped out by an on-line banking system. Many people don't have passports and yet more don't have driving licences.

This is yet another form of discrimination targetting well defined areas of the population.

Besides, 'supporting documentation' is easy to manufacture/forge.

CAUTION: Western Union AND Moneygram DEMAND TWO PICTURE IDs in every country they cash out in! (Even when all your documents have been stolen)

PayPal security boss: OBLITERATE passwords from THE PLANET


"the USER is then TOLD what sort of input is needed to verify their identity"

Not exactly democracy in action. Just who the hll does PP think it is when it says: USER is then TOLD?

Stuff it PayPal, there are better funds transfer systems around, and they neither pinch customers funds or impose their political thoughts upon them.

Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops


"we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable" AKA Up yours, MS

It seems that MS is not having a very good year.

Huge swathes of users hanging on to XP; Win 8 in the garbage; fancy coloured notebook-type thingies not selling and the MS cellular OS in the doldrums.

For the ISS to switch to Debian has to be the last insult it can take for a while.

UK MPs tell Google: Get back here and bring your auditors with you


'committee has not found any legal wrongdoing ... behaviour has been "immoral".

If they are looking at morals MPs, given their recent history of expense abuse, are hardly the best equipped, or most suitable, to discern a moral.

And, talking of scruples, when are the likes of money lauderers like HSBC going to have a day of reckoning, or are they too big to question?

'Liberator': Proof that you can't make a working gun in a 3D printer


Never Heard of Proof of Concept?

This first edition does have attributes:

1. It actually shoots a bullet;

2. It is an ideal murder weapon since looking for striations on the bullets (CSI fans) is pointless;

2. As a murder weapon, it can be easily disposed of and leaves minimal traces.

The first combustion engines were jokes when compared to the present day wonders, likewise with 3D printing, don't be in too greater haste to write it off, it is being used by weapon systems manufacturers - now.

3D printed gun plans pulled after US State Department objects


According to MotherJones.com ...

a further 71 children under 12 have died from guns since the classroom massacre since last December.

'Accidents' killed 40 and a further 31 were plain murder.

Strange priorities, Congress. Sick country.

(see: < http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/05/gun-deaths-children-newtown-caroline-sparks-crickett-firearms >)

India joins list of nations vetting Huawei, ZTE


US Trade restrictions couched in 'security'

Even the dumbest politician should see this just another 'dirty trick' by the USA to protect it's falling exports. Devloping countries are used to these blatant attempts at blackmail.

Even Canada was screwed over, many times. in regards to softwood lumber. Time and time again Canada won adjudications under NAFTA and WTO yet the USA kept imposing special duties even though ruled illegal.

Out here in the Far East a recent series of export blackmail attempts have included FrankenFood, rice and beef. Hillary, the Bad Hair Woman, tried selling beef and Texas rice to Japan. Then she visited VietNam and mumbled about the USD$6,000,000,000 annual seafood exports to the USA along with suggestions VN allow GM seeds in along with dodgy US beef.

Unfortunately, for the US, the average VN food purchaser is very savvy and they still don't buy crap American beef that's laden with drugs nor tasteless rice grown from GM seeds in Texas.

If the US is so concerned with data safety, why is CISCO building routers in China and GE it's range of SCADA infrastructure control switches?

Besides, why does China need 'backdoors', the front doors of the world's supposedly leading technology centre are wide open and the keys so simple that even school children can diddle the locks.

Get real, Obamarama, we know what the US is upto, trying to sell exports.

Stroke my sexy see-through backside, says Jobs from BEYOND THE GRAVE


Another stupid idea ...

Apart from offering yet another opportunity for water to enter a phone.

Additionally, the holes would offer wonderful receptors for granular dirt to enter and block them, rendering yhee 'feature' less sensitive or inoperable.

Additionally, it would offer yet another 'no hold' area for users to avoid.

I don't think even Apple Lemmings would consider this worth paying out their annual tithes to be able to be a 'rear admiral'.

Builder-in-a-hole outrage sparks Special Projects Bureau safety probe

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Safety is never a joke

The picture showing a man standing in a completely unsupported pit is sickening. I have witnessed a 'hole' collapsing, along with a trench, in Toronto, notwithstanding they were lined with heavy sheet steel.

As a contract employer likely you would have been likely held criminally responsible for the mans death, had the hole collapsed, and undoubtedly been made to make financial support payments to the surviving widow and children.

Then we readers would be able to laugh - at your stupidity.

Hope the well dries up soon.

How smart does your desk phone need to be?

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We use a Mitel product - 3300

My wife owns two 30-40 room hotels and I have a business employing just under 40 people. Previously we had used Skype for our hotels but since MS assumed ownership, and it's attendant loss of privacy, we moved to Mitel.

All businesses are linked through a 3300 series switches. What attracted us to them is the lack of yet another desk hogging screen. Simple handsets with the essential minimal of buttons yet backed by a switch that allows us to take advantage of the latest switch features. Hotel guests don't need to learn yet another set of operating instructions.

Although our two hotels are separated by hundreds of kilometres, guests are not aware their calls are being handled remotely at certain times of the day. As I was involved in the connection of the first Mitel switch interconnected to the switched public network in Canada, I have always been aware of the in-depth study of customer needs by Mitel which gives their products an edge.

Our non-hotel office controls all it's calls, within and without office hours, and after hours calls are handled with a pre-programmed destination assignments which ar both landline and handset. We do not expect our salary staff to be available 24/7. Our systems can also handle English, Chinese and Vietnamese customers without operator intervention.

So many of the new systems seem overly complex with far too many features that, like Word, most get ignored.

US Navy builds master control for military drone ops


It's nice to know I am a SOMEBODY with a ...

Bi-Directional Remote Video Terminal (BDRVT) in my pocket.

And my TV, I presume, is a Uni-Directional Remote Video Terminal (UDRVT)?

So, help me out, what is the InterNet screen/computer to be called?

These letters are getting so confusing.

EC: Motorola abused its patents in Apple iPhone spat


B U T ...

I thought Apple had patents on everything including prior art.

Nice to know they haven't ...

ESA retires Herschel space telescope as too hot to handle


Nothing beats ...

Hubble for ROI, reliability, years of service!

And great pictures.

Continued lack of women in tech bemoaned by ex-techie lady MP


It's only when you ...

work in a true 'equal opportunity' country do you realise just how many jobs in the West are non-female.

My favourite InterNet tech is a female who has fixed several fibre optic problems that her male counterparts 'patched' up.

A few years ago I was on a job that involved climbing a 100 metre transmitter mast. Luck of the draw assigned a female radio tech from the carrier company. It rained much of the time we were up there, but not one word of complaint from my partner and she pulled her fare share of the bad parts of the job.

Equality works, try it, you might even like it. And make sure females get paid the same for work of eequal value!

Crap computers in a crap box: Smart-meter blackouts risk to UK


Why all domestic meters need a mechanical readout

All 'OLD' domestic meters, gas - water - electricity, have a very good security device, the mechanical meter.

These new 'smart' meters can also be ordered with mechanical meters in addition to their electronics BUT how many electricity suppliers are doing this? Why should we trust electricity companies to read our meters?

An up and coming thing is METERED HOT WATER. An Italian developer in Toronto is promoting metered hot water in it's condominiums. THE PROBLEM IS 'hot water' is not defined NOR measured so even when cold water comes from the hot taps, the meter keeps on counting.

Can't find your motor? Apple patents solve car park conundrums


Back to the future? That's what I did in the '70's

I used to roam all over God's half-acre in Northern Ontario, Canada where the winter temps frequently drop to minus 40 - it doesn't matter C or F as it was the same either way - and I used a remote to start the engine which needed 15 minutes to warm up the oil and the transmission.

The remote gad another feature: it could sound the horn AND flash the headlights.

I guess what I didn't realise was I needed Bluetooth (before it's time) and sensors buried in the car parks as well as a computer. Had one of those, either a PDP8 or PDP11. And I used for eyes and ears for location purposes.

More Apple Tosh.

Apple loses again in Chinese App Store copyright case


Copyright violations ...

it's in Apple's DNA and started with their name and their logo.

Don't believe me? Then go check out the half-page adverts taken out by three 'Apples' and often printed alongside each other in Byte Magazine.

Nick Clegg: Snooper's Charter 'isn't going to happen'


I hav two words for the venal specimen MAY ...


Now I can send up to 60 mbyte files and secure voice and, this week, e-mail!

Stuff that in your BAE bag of tricks, MAY, and see what you can hear.

Vietnamese madam cuffed after advertising girls on Facebook


@Anonymous Coward: Strangely the BBC is also blocked

Not on VNPT in the Big City (Ho Chi Minh). It is on occasion, but whenever I want to see a web site that is on the VN "Do not view" list I pop down to the local VNPT office and they are unblocked!

VNPT cell service is also often open.

Google report shows record rise in government takedown requests


Ignoring these requests works much of the time ...

my employer has found. Love those lawyers letters!

We have several server clusters in different countries with all of our 'dubious' content, including forums hosted on our own server in a country that could give a fig about ruffled feathers/hard feelings. It's amazing how many of these complainants don't read URL's. We have several travel related web sites and many of the complaints come from the on-line bookers and airlines, all involved in price fixing.

In authoritarian countries it is good practice to criticise a ministry or organisation rather than the minister or the CEO, as let's them blame others whilst not interfering with the message's intent.

A new ruse used by lawyers is to claim copyright on their letters - so we changed our TOSs to reflect any letters claiming copyright to the letter itself will be ignored.

Good to see that Google isn't bending over for these vacuous personalities.

Court orders Visa partner to allow donations to WikiLeaks


Re: Not so fast

Visa's "legally binding terms and conditions" have just found to be ILLEGAL.

Besides, credit card companies are governed by laws and regulations - not solely by the companies self serving "legally binding terms and conditions" as the uninformed call them.


Re: ratfox Makes sense to me

@Matt Bryant:

Wikileaks has not been involved in criminal activities and just because a piece of gossip, or even toilet paper, is marked secret doesn't make it so.

What about the video of Americans using an Apache to kill two Reuters employees and a bunch of civilians - whose a*se is protected by 'secrecy'?

Visa and Mastercard might be businesses but they are governed by banking rules, not some misplaced patriotic duty.

Australian Federal Police claim arrest of 'LulzSec leader'


The real offenders are ...

thos incompetents who can't set up servers and keep their patches current.

Galaxy S4 radiant, but has black holes


Doesn't speak SpOzzie

QUOTE; 'My own experiments were rather less successful, as attempts to dredge travellers' Spanish from the deep recesses of my mind resulted in some mis-spellings'.

Few dialects torture Foreign languages more than Australian twang. In a few months it will be fluent.


Re: iPhone 5 still leading the market.

I guess this is why Android is outselling Apple.

Yours is Apple logic.

Boffins explain LED inefficiencies


Heat! No kidding?

QUOTE: "The result is that some of the electrons energy arriving in the LED's drive current is given off as heat instead of light."

Kind of obvious since my add-on headlight LED's require bar copper to conduct the heat away from the LED arrays, and my ambient is often around 40C.

Now, if I could figure out how to boil water with the dissipated energy on my motorscooter I could make cafe sua da on the go.

ICO probes Home Office refusal to reveal Snooper's Charter details


Old, basic, technology works best

Directional infrared communications work - how will Witch Two be able to tap that?

Another method, already used, and observed by the police, is for two people needing to communicate to go to a park, lie on the grass facing each other and with their mouths covered with their hands, is almost assured of confidentiality. But impractical.

The other method is to overload the system so it can't handle all the information.


Re: Suppose two terrorists wanted to talk to each other...

@Dr Dan Holdsworth

Ex-US General Petreus and his married hot squeeze Paula Broadwell used this draft e-mail method and the FBI found about their affair.

My employer owns his own server and we ignore Third Party requests. We also use Silent Circle facilities.

ExxonMobil's oil spill rids neighborhood of 'venomous snakes'


What Canadian Crude?

This stuff is metered near the border crossing and at that point the near-tar is the property of the buyer.

The crazy thing is that the US is simply going to refine the oil and sell it overseas.

Oil politics, even more confusing than Westminster.

Silent Circle adds private email to hush-hush communications


Mad MAY'S Knickers in a twist

That crazy woman running the UK Home Office (we can't catch illegals) is still drooling over the prospect of buying BILLIONS of Pounds of hardware so GCHQ can monitor all comunications touching the UK.

Such a waste of money since Silent Circle defeats the whole process.


@ACRe: Odd

LEE, Kwan-Yews little paradise on the southern end of the Malay peninsula has ALWAYS monitored communications.

It even scanned all domestic computers a few years ago to check on legal/pirated software. Furthermore, all residential InterNet connections are monitored and URL restrictions are in place. VietNam, Cambodia and Laos are more free than SP.

Apple alert as half China's fanbois consider switch to Galaxy S4


Apple doesn't think 'Chinese', Samsung does

There is a certain amount of resentment in China about things American (continual war, Spratly Islands, etc) and Samsung is in a good position to exploit this.

Not only that, Samsung knows how the Chinese mind works.

Take multiple SIM phones. The West questions the need for multi-SIM phones but there has always been a market for the oddball/ecentric accessories in China. A multi-SIM phone user typically has one SIM for regular use, another for family and yet another for the Spare Tyre/Tire (girlfriend) - all active at the same time.

Apple would most likely have a moral fit, if it thought some features were being used for extra-marital affairs or placing bets.

Farmers frequently carry basic smartphones so they can monitor market prices, as do other resource suppliers. They might not have running water or main electricity in their basic houses but they will never give up their solar powered cell phones.

Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office


@Cornz 1Re: Hmm,

I'm with you on this.

But since the frequencies are likely to be co-share (they are in other countries) a small transmitter on the control channel should suffice.

It's not the energy efficiency that concerns me but rather that Plod and company can make use of this information from knowing when you arise to when you turn in and, even, when you go for a tinkle in the middle of the night. Very useful for some investigations or planning the optimum time to make an arrest.

In the US consumers can decline the fitting of these meters.

I can, and do, look after my fuel economy - even had the supply company come around and change the meter on a couple of occasions as they thought I was diddling the meter.

One thing you can rest assured of is these are being installed for the benefit of the supply utilities and NOT the consumer.

Here in VietNam, EVN (Electricity VietNam) encourages solar water heating and electricity generation. They even hand out information to assist people convert.

My home, offices and two small hotels are all wired for 240V as well as 12V DC - and most all light fittings use PWM controls.

If Toronto, Canada, can usefully employ solar collectors - why not the UK?


@JetSetJim Re: Alternative

QUOTE: "4 readings per utility meter per year"

How about 10,000 PER DAY, which is far from unheard of in North America.

Apple the victim after Chinese scammers exploit returns policy


You have to hand it to the Chinese, they are innovation experts ...

whether it's melamine in baby formula < http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2010044,00.html > or recycled cooking oil; fake green peas < http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-03/31/content_9664992.htm >, pesticide-tainted vegetables, exploding watermelons, “lean meat powder” < http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2060741,00.html > and pork reconstituted as beef, the Chinese have done it.

And don't buy Chinese 'honey'.

They have been copying things for years, even using transferred technology in unofficial shifts to produce competing products adainst the IP owners!

Switching fake parts for real are just a progression in the Chines SOP.

I salute Lady THATCHER - Shoreditch's SILICON GODMOTHER


How fitting. Bong rhymes with Dong ...

as in Ding Dong ..., the Bag Lady's signature tune.

Moist iPhone fanbois tempted with golden Apple shower offer


Wet iPhones? They should have bought waterproof Androids!

The six-month long wet season is about to begin in Ho Chi Minh City and along with the rains come Baggies and big repair bills for iThingy users. (The Baggies are a poor iPhones owners answer to waterproofing)

Only takes a couple of minutes to flatten an Apple product.

Still, others are happy, they are the Motorola, Samsung B2710, Sony and Tuff Phones (UK) users who thumb their noses at the rain.

FAA: 'No, you CAN'T hijack a plane with an Android app'


Why would you ever believe a government, specially the US Government, say?

Although I concede assuming the control of, or even seriously disrupting an aircraft, with an Android OS handset is likely very remote ANY claims made by government should be taken with a fistful of salt.

I remember when the late Yasser Arafat and his Merry Men were recycling aircraft in the Middle Eastern deserts, the Foreign Office tossed high-powered SSB communications systems in to primarily the BA predecessors aircraft without much testing. So if a 200-300 watt HF SSB set passed muster, why would a 0.3 watt Android cause concern?

Likewise, BOAC aircraft did long range testing of other government systems. Decca Navigator had equipment aboard many BOAC flights to Moscow to test coverage for potential RAF bombing use (some of the lane ID signals were lost although the 4 main frequencies were fine).

The recent DEA claim that it couldn't 'hack' iThingy messaging systems was most likely a ham fisted attempt to persuade their potential clients to use an open door which they happily monitor, trolling for new business.

Social drug dealers should continue to cross-post messages on travel web sites, as they do now, avoiding any that are hosted in the USA such as Trip Advisor or LP. The avoidance of any cell handset communication in and around Thailand is recommended for them, too.

Geolocation tech to save 60 Londoners from being run over next year


The GLC was dismantled ...

Yet another Thatcher 'success' story.

'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead'

Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes


Thatcher: Her achievement? People celebrating her death - justifiably

How many, and what were the characters of, people who have induced such unusual reactions to a persons death?

Not too many, and none too savoury.

Ignoring the Benito Mussolini, Augusto Pinochet, Nicolae Ceausescu, Idi Amin or Saddam Hussein - there are others equally as bad but celebrations would not have been tolerated politically - I can think of few who generated this public outpouring from apolitical members of the public - maybe bLIAR will get a similar treatment when his number comes up.

Since Thatcher ruled, the UK has been through THREE recessions, THREE RECESSIONS since World War 2.

She believed the UK economy could be built on a SERVICE economy - destroying the British manufacturing base (not SDK assembly) - you will have a hard job finding a British made screw. Where are our Plessey's, Marconi's or Leylands now?

She also set the 'Fat Cats' on their route to raping the industrial sector. Scargill got her right, she was anti-worker (and NO, I am not a Labour supporter). Who else has used Plod and the Armed Forces as suppression of democratic strikes and protests.

Although I left the UK many years ago, before Thatcher, I hoisted a 333 celebrating her death, along with all those 'street' celebrations that had to be broken up by Plod.

She screwed Britain, in a way that no one else has managed to do. Good riddance to her. And may she rot in Hell.


Re: Good riddance

Thatcher only survived because of lethargy. The lethargy of the voters.

Today the lethargy continues, the British Bulldog having turned in to the Lapdog it is.

Why do people even tolerate the government even considering tapping in to every communication in the country? Why do people tolerate the Seniors, the disabled, etc. being reduced to trash?

Get out, contact your MPs - contacting them at home really gets their attention - isolation keeps them immune to people's reactions.

Get lost, drivers: Google Maps is not for you – US judge


Ask a policeman for directions? Pointless, these days.

Even they depend on GPS these days.

Toronto Plod have spent a fortune on GPS devices for their cars.

Fortunately, GPS jammers are simple to make and very effective in use.

News Corp prez threatens to pull Fox TV off the air


What's Fox?

Just another Murdoch outflt spreading his conservative/extreme right trash.

The spare spectrum will come in handy for real uses.

US Air Force reclassifies 6 cyber tools as weapons


The US ROI is minimal - and totally ineffective

The US 'cycber' defences are pathetic. They have spent BILLIONS and what for? Their main weapon are US Assistant Attorney Generals doing deals with miscreants. Some defence.

Why the hell do defence contractors even have the InterNet connected to their asset holding computers?

And defending the 'infrastructure' against potential attacks from China is fallacious, with GE having it's SCADA range of equipment developed in Chinese design labs.

I have been in Chinese companies, heavily automated with at least one computer on each desk, and yet none had InterNet access. Those wanting to use the InterNet had to switch to stand alone terminals scattered around the offices - and only copying/downloading can be done through 'technical centres' where the transmissions are heavily 'cleaned' to ensure there are no detrimental files pass through.

Americans penchant for making everything 'on-line' is their weakness - why the hell do soldiers need access to diplomatic files? Why would anyone keep video of high-tech helicopters murdering reporters and innocent victims on-line? Even off-line?

Cross linking databases is another weakness - splitting data across databass increases security.

But, hey, the US are 'experts' and they rely on splash screens warning people against 'hacking' US government computers. Says it all.

Some defence!

Android's US market share continues to slip


North American centric sales surveys are less than meaningful ...

as the EU and China represent large sales blocks where Android OS are doing very well, thank you.

And many areas where it rains heavily for periods measured in months no Apple will survive unless it is wrapped up in a cheap Baggie. Three or four companies are offering Android splash/waterproof smartphones these days.

Ignoring the fact that Apple is looking tired, using a handset that is as common as that phone is, doesn't make it good - it just proves how many suckers out there actually believe their advertising.

And Apple doesn't do Facebook, which is actually the perfect medium for characters who buy Apple.

Guide man Frommer buys his name back from Google, plans eBooks


FROMMERS, a tried and trustworthy guide book - way, way better than LP

Of all the guidebooks for the Indochina area, Frommer is amongst the better ones although RoughGuides does have neat, helpful maps.

Considering the BBC dumped that LP for millions, Frommer got a bargain. Especially when you consider that LP guide writers admitted getting paid off to write up dubious hotels and restaurants.

China's Beidou satnav will open to mobe-makers


It wasn't many years ago when using ...

GPS drew unwelcome knots of people in China to view your device.

Fortunately, in much of China urban landscapes have wide roads/boulevards and even decent sized highrise buildings don't affect transmission/reception.

Guess all the government vehicle and portable system will be headed for an upgrade: security police portables in several of the larger cities already have facial recognition.

Another database police can access are pictures of civilian vehicles as they were when purchased. Modifications of anything, including paint colour, can be ordered to be reverted to original. The only accessories/modifications permitted, until sale, are 'bolt-on' types such as fog lights, etc.

The vehicle database is similar to a facial recognition database except that picture comparisons are made in database offices.

Shows just how close Britain is with it's systems at emulating an 'authoritarian' regime.

Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE


You can see it now, Ives and Cook, in the boardroom ...

and they even have a Apple confidential manual for the process:

1.Assemble the Cook, Ives and company. The number of participants must be divisible by three and, obviously, no fewer than three people should attempt the séance.

2. Choose the medium amongst the participants.

3. Either an oval or round table can be used. Some proponents suggest in the middle of the table should be placed some simple, natural aromatic food, such as fresh bread or soup, or Jobs favourite odour (money?).

4. Illuminate three candles (or a number divisible by three), the better. Job will like warmth and light after being in the box for so long.

5. Seated around the table equidistantly, the participants must all join hands.

6. Summon Jobs. The participants must speak words together: "Our beloved Jobs, we bring you gifts from life into death. Commune with us, Jobs, and move among us." Wait for a response. If no rsponse, repeat the chant until the Jobs responds.

7. If and when the Jobs responds, usually through the chosen medium - ask your questions. Basic, simple, first. Yes and no questions at first, one rap for no, two raps for yes, After Jobs finds his voice, you may ask any kind of question.

8. If the séance seems to get out of hand, end the session by breaking the circle of hands, extinguishing the candles and turning on the lights. Jobs has no control!

9. When you're done with your questioning, thank Jobs for joining you and tell him to go in peace. Break the circle of hands and extinguish the candles.

Call centers under attack in targeted cyber-blackmail scheme


HSBC Call Centre sweatshops manage this already ...

by simply employing less than intelligent operators who take their sweet time in answering.

And they refuse written communications as deniability is not possible.

Wonder what sort of service standards the Mexican Laundry Service managed to maintain?

As for 'tracing' calls, all digital calls for over 15-20 years include all information needed including the call originator.

Facebook prepares to dominate Android

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Zuck & Co. have embedded Facebook on phones ...

but they still won't work in several countries as the powers that are have deemed FB a waste of time.

Thank you, Ha Noi, for doing something good.

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