* Posts by RyokuMas

1454 posts • joined 29 Oct 2009

Microsoft: 'So, we can buy GitHub?' EU: 'We'll tell you on 19 October'

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Hello pot, this is kettle

Oh no! Oh woe! The big bad Microsoft (insert name-calling substitute here if so desired) is going to slurp all our code! We can no longer trust Github! We must remove all our files right now...!!!

To all those making these kind of noises: what's your go-to search engine? browser? What OS does your phone run on? Do you use social media of any kind?

... just sayin'...

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Google Chrome 69 gives worldwide web a stay of execution in URL box

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"... which can now... ...read Latin alphabet text found in pictures."

A while back, I was required to send copies of various personal documents for a background check - we're talking passport-level stuff. The advice from the agency involved was "if you do not have a scanner, you can photograph these with your smartphone and send the images".

Fortunately, I have a scanner. However in the light of this, the idea that people might be taking photos of highly sensitive documents with their Android phones then sending them using their Gmail accounts now brings me a whole new depth of foreboding....

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Microsoft lights a fire under .NET Core teams, just in time for Ignite

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Re: what if you 'outgrew' ".Not" (aka ".Net") itself?

"I 'outgrew' '.Not' back in the early noughties"

Pity you haven't outgrown the mid-90s-AOL-esque use of caps and name-calling. Grow up.

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: It's OK; you can set firefox as your default!

"there are a handful of people..."

Kind of like there are a handful* of people who will howl in abject horror at anything Microsoft does, regardless of whether or not is potentially beneficial, with or without precedent or there is someone else behaving in exactly the same manner on an even grander scale...?

... or how they insist on "cramming it up our rectums" how much better Linux/Chrome/[insert equivalent non-Microsoft technology of choice] is...?

*Okay, probably more than a handful. But at least the vast of them are mature enough to know that lots of caps, stars and other "emphasis" marks in a post just makes an argument look childish, no matter whether it is a valid argument or a straight-up tantrum.

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Using Python in Visual Studio Code? Microsoft has new toys for you

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"Still in preview, the tech will likely be sneered at by "proper" programmersthe usual "because it's Microsoft" suspects..."

TFTFY

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Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores

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Re: How Does Cloud Work Again?

"Abandon ".Not"... C-pound..."

Name-calling aside: what, pray tell, would you propose as an alternative to these? C# continues to rank highly in the most in-demand programming languages (usually around #5 in the charts right now).

Unless of course you have some magical way of instantly training all these .NET developers...

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Google skewered in ad sting after Oracle-backed bods turn troll

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"We’d encourage Oracle and its astroturf groups to work together with us to prevent real instances of foreign abuse – that’s how we work with other technology companies"

... however, we'll still knife you in the back if we don't like what you're doing.

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Google is 20, Chrome is 10, and Microsoft would rather ignore the Nokia deal's 5th birthday

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The "App Gap"

" A lack of apps ensured customers stayed away in their droves..."

Funny how people still pin the demise of Windows Phone on the "App Gap". Think for a bit - unless you have some kind of specialist area of interest or a specific game you're into, how many apps do you use per day on your phone? In my case, I know I'm normally in single figures, and two of them are "web browser" and "email client".

I would be more of a mind that Windows Phone failed because of Microsoft's utter failure to market it effectively, their continual switching of architecture and development requirements, and, above all, the insistence on calling it "Windows Phone"...

... okay, they could have done worse on that last point and called it a "Zune Phone"...

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"Thanks to a lack of meaningful competition from Microsoft..."

I think it was more Google splashing marketing call-to-actions all over their search home and results pages that brought about the rise of Chrome among the general populace than anything else.

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Excuse me, but your website's source code appears to be showing

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Re: Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

You owe me a lung.

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HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

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Poaching...

"HTC was playing footsie with Google, which is where many engineers ended up after a deal last year"

In the aftermath, it sounds like a thinly-disguised raid by Google to poach HTCs people...

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A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy

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Re: say again, how are they dodging 30% apple tax?

"... for reasons unknown to me

Well, there's little things like the streetview cars scanning for wifi, scanning email contents, anticompetitive behaviour, product tying, "illegally" using NHS data without consent, attempting to patent material already in the public domain, tracking locations of Android users despite said option being "switched off"... you know, little things...

I can provide links if needed...

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Re: say again, how are they dodging 30% apple tax?

"But never explains how fortnite dodges the Apple tax????

Probably because they're not. But that's not to say that they would not if the option was available - as you quite rightly point out Reaps, "Apple stops anything that attempts to do what apple does" - so unless you're willing to jump through the hoops of a jailbreak, there's no easy alternative to loading an app than via the app store.

However, this exact same level of lockdown makes it a lot harder for me to do something like creating a malware app, making it look suitably close to the official Fortnite branding, and floating it on the store. So security is not an excuse here, it's a fact. In fact, having made mobile games myself and seen how easy it is to put a fake app up on Play, I for one would feel more confident about side-loading an APK that I had downloaded from the official Fortnite site than hoping I'd found the right one in the store.

However, as the article points out, avoidance of the 30% "tax" is at least part of the reason behind the decision, as the CEO freely admits. And why not? It's just business - and like I said, I bet if the option were there on iOS, they would do the same.

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We're all sick of Fortnite, but the flaw found in its downloader is the latest way to attack Android

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A bit of context...

"Google found the flaw, told epic, gave them 7 days to sort their ..."

To put a bit of context on this: in December 2008, a group of researchers found a collision attack on MD5 hashing that undermined SSL certificates in use at the time - in this case, a one week responsible disclosure period was applied.

So I guess either Google rate this threat as highly as the compromise of every web browser out there, or this is just sour grapes... and it's not like Google haven't got form for pulling the trigger on disclosure when it suits them as opposed to when is responsible...

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Windows 95 roars once more in the Microsoft round-up

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Re: Windows 95?

Probably a plot by Google/Facebook attempting to divert all the negative attention they've been getting of late by re-igniting hatred for Microsoft among those in the technical arena...

... I'll get me coat - it's the one with the tinfoil hat in one pocket and the trollface mask in the other

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Android data slurping measured and monitored

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Re: 'The nature of some data may also surprise. App developers receive your age and gender'

"Again open-source is your friend"

The fact that so many of the anti-Microsoft brigade trumpetted about the virtues of Android being open source only makes this statement so much more ironic...

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"Google Analytics is used by more than three quarters of the top 100,000 most visited websites (including the one you're reading)"

... which is why my blockers are all running hot for el Reg and subsequently you're not getting any advertising revenue from me.

Okay, the huge "full background" ad in the area that I would normally click to de-focus things I had previously clicked on, and the side-ad that slides with the scrolling also play their part. Strip it down to just the top banner and bottom-right square, take off all the tracking and you'll get whitelisted...

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Apple leaks rekindle some hope for iPhone 'supercycle' this year

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Re: Apple will end up like Nokia

It really depends... since the only real alternative on the market is Android, and the latest instalment of their "blatant disregard for privacy" saga is beginning to drive home the message that Google are not to be trusted, it is entirely possible that it could go the other way - unless we finally do see some healthy competition arrive in the mobile OS market.

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Back to school soon – for script kiddies as well as normal kids. Hackers peddle cybercrime e-classes via Telegram

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Distraction technique

Clever... give a whole bunch of new script-kiddie wannabes enough basic knowledge to do a bit of damage and let them go stomping round without the experience to properly cover their tracks.

The security bods and law enforcement will be too busy trying to track down and round up all these new small timers to notice the veterans quietly and secretly doing the real damage...

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Bloke hurls sueball over Google's 'is it off yet?' location data slurping

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Re: Android user here

"Do be do be do" -- Sinatra

... sorry.

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GitHub goes off the Rails as Microsoft closes in

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"...cashing in on the hard work of open source contributors"

I thought that was Google's trick?

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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Re: Small footprint OS

Strip out all the tracking and monitoring, that should shave a gig or so off, easy!

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Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure

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What's the betting...

"... the Google Chrome security team has proposed the death of cookies to be replaced with secure HTTP tokens.

What's the betting that these tokens will be an absolute nightmare to block compared to cookies?

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Re: EU Antitrust people will love this

Good point, but I'm afraid I can't upvote someone who still spells "Microsoft" with a dollar sign...

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Re: Apple far worse

"On Android, a Google account is entirely optional"

... until you want to install any kind of app on it

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For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

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Re: can't compete with a much more up-to-date platform, iOS

"Android system applications"

Actual applications that are part of open-source Android, or all the proprietary stuff that Google have tied to it to make it almost impossible for the average Joe to use Android without having their data harvested?

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Google's cuddling up to China with clouds in its eyes – reports

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Times change...

" Evidently the lure of lucre is proving too strong for whatever passed for Google's morals eight years ago."

Thank goodness that's no longer a problem...

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Hmmm...

Let me think, which is more secure...?

So a key argument here is security, with the theory being that if you search for something like "fortnite android app" on the web, you're more likely to end up with something else that does nasty things that you would be if you went through the official Play store?

I'll just leave this here...

If someone wants to get you installing a fake app badly enough, they will find a way.

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Edge, Azure and Windows Phone receives a Telegram. Yup, it's the week at Microsoft

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"MS screwed up again by being too late to the party."

... and chopping and changing architectures between versions...

... and completely switching direction into cloud...

... and (above all) calling it "Windows Phone"

I still maintain that had they called it something else - possibly tied it to the Xbox brand (if possible, Apple might have had something to say about it being called the "XPhone"), and taken a bit more time over setup and support, WinPhone really could have been a thing.

... but no. From across the Atlantic, I hear a "kaboom!", followed by someone screaming about where their toes have gone...

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Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

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If Microsoft want to corner the educational market...

... their best option is to have these things running a version of Windows that can be absolutely 100% proven to have no telemetry whatsoever, and update scheduling fully configurable.

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Amnesty slaps Google amid crippled censored China search claims

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Testing, testing...

"It will be a dark day for internet freedom if Google has acquiesced to China’s extreme censorship rules to gain market access"

... but this gives Google a "legitimate" excuse to develop more aggressive censorship systems. People are already accepting Google-controlled ad blocking (probably because it doesn't actually do much... yet) and prioritising pages using their proprietary, non-standard extension of web page markup... next will come "we're not going to show pages containing [insert subject disapproved of by vast majority] in our search results because terrorism/security/[insert popular reason]" and the creep towards Google's open control of what we see will step up to the next level.

Ignorance is strength! Freedom is slavery!

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You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Tricky indeed...

"Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart"

Yeah, apart from Apple's iOS, everything else is running SpyOS - so much for healthy competition...

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: Real-Life Ad Blockers

"It could have been the killer app for Google Glass"

Ah, but who would have blocked the ads that Google were slinging at you all the time?

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Re: sites who block adblockers

Meh, they're normally very easy to take care of: open up web dev tools, a quick "display: none" on the offending overlay and an "overflow: auto" on the body tag and you're back in business...

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Google releases lite PC-snooper, 'cos full mobile management is hard

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"Google’s released a Chrome extension that lets adminsthem snoop..."

TFTFY

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Not API: Third parties scrape your Gmail for marketing insights

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Legal loophole

"Although Google stopped mining Gmail accounts for data useful to advertisers last year, it left an API open allowing others to do just that...

... and thus created a nice little loophole for themselves - any complaints about privacy can neatly be foisted off onto the third party developers...

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Google leaps on the platform formerly known as Firefox with $22m splurge for KaiOS

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Obligatory...

"Google will invest in KaiOS Inc to ensure search, YouTube and Maps come to they can track your every action on KaiOS devices.

Although expect such tight coupling to be made between KaiOS and search, maps, pootube, etc that it rapidly becomes next to impossible to use such a device without them - like Android.

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Marriage of AI, Google chips will save diabetics from a lot of pricks

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Wolf in sheeps clothing

"... measures reflected signals bouncing off a user's hand to track its motion""

Of course, all we're reading here is the altruistic side. And why not? After all, it would be brilliant if this could make things easier for those who have diabetes...

... if only it were is trustworthy hands.

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Google Cloud CEO admits: Yeah, we wanted GitHub too. Whatevs

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"Completely neutral"

So, all you commentards who made so much noise about jumping ship due to Microsoft being all about "slurping" these days - care to comment?

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Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

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Possibly deliberate?

Tomorrow's article - "Google: yeah, we were trying to make the kit work with GDPR, but it's just not going to happen..."

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Re: Fundamentally Flawed Architecture

"If you talk in your sleep .... is Google listening?"

I would normally have said, "of course, this is Google, they're always listening"...

... except this event proves otherwise. Maybe 99.99999% of the time, they're listening, as per their SLA?

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Microsoft's next trick? Kicking things out of the cloud to Azure IoT Edge

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"Azure IoT Edge"

I think my brain just exploded from buzzword/cross-promotion overload...

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Microsoft has another crack at fixing Chrome problems in Windows 10

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Best fix for Chrome...

... is to install Firefox. Regardless of OS.

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Sophos SafeGuard anything but – thanks to 7 serious security bugs

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Re: Nettitude blog entry

"I wonder if Microsoft schedules a specific Tuesday..."

Not really an option when the self-appointed software police decide to go public with the exploit before testing can be completed...

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GitLab's move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft's GitHub acquisition. Yep

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A phrase springs to mind...

... involving the devil and the deep blue sea.

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Qualcomm still serious about Windows 10 on Arm: Engineers work on '12W' Snapdragon 1000

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Re: Targeting Win-10-nic is a mistake

"... totally blinkered... "

Yeah, it may have been a bricking a couple of PCs while trying to install Linux a few years back that put me off, it's knowing that there are people in the community with this sort of attitude that puts me off trying again.

Here's hoping that history repeats itself...

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Nintendo Labo: After a day spent fiddling with flaps, you may be ready to, er, Lego

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Re: I had to say it

About as long as a reg commentard who is still stuck in the 90s has to drag their anti-Microsoft bias into a thread that otherwise has nothing to do with Microsoft?

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Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

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Re: New Apple invention :)

"Also could it be set to work in reverse so users have to ability to warm a bagel on a metal phone cover?"

Well, that would just be in keeping with Apple tradition - I recall the Macs we had at my university kicked out so much heat that we used to joke about having slots in the front for 3.5inch disks, 5.25inch disks, and slices of break in order to make toast...

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Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things

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Re: Micro Soft's Flying Circusss

"Finally, on JUNE 12th, Microsoft fixed the vulnerability in Edge, which could have been abused to force the browser to transmit private data."

... perhaps because they wanted to test the fix before releasing?

I agree, the lack of communication is reprehensible. But at the end of the day - and yes, given that this is Microsoft, I know I am being horribly optimistic here - I would much rather time be given to testing, as opposed to a fix rushed out in a knee-jerk reaction to the self-appointed software police.

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Mate, have a Flutter on the Darts: Google's mobe app toolkit for Fuchsia, others emerges

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Fuchsia???

Oh yes, Google's "proprietary Android" that doesn't require the Linux kernel.

... because we all love proprietary software don't we?

At least this will stop the pretence that they have not "triple-E"-ed Android in all but name.

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