* Posts by John Sanders

1631 posts • joined 29 Sep 2006

Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

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I love it

All these corporate types who despise IT, when they realize IT will kill them.

It is too good. What a time to be alive. :'-D

I'm not going to make a lengthy post, the two or three people lurking here with some spare IQ power understand this well enough.

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Stop trying to make The Machine happen, HPE. It's not going to happen

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Unfathomable power!

>> These computers will be so powerful, they could each catalogue an iTunes music folder in less than ten minutes.

Inconceivable, who would have thought this would one day be possible 15 years ago.

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Re: website bombshell

A bit autistic are we?

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Mushroom

Re: What about the important things?

I heard your call brother, we must stop the heresy!!!!

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Re: My code won't run but the spaces are great

Those who give any kind of meaning to white-space in source code other than to separate one word from another is a heretic and has to be cleansed!

Yes this goes for python too.

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Tabs in code? heresy!!!!

Cleanse the heresy:

:set tabstop=<n> (2, 4, or 8, etc.)

:set sw=<n>

:set expandtab

:retab

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Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

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Re: All I want

You need:

http://piro.sakura.ne.jp/xul/_suspendtab.html.en

It has changed firefox for me, night and day difference.

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Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

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XFCE Yes!

You'd be surprised, the latest incarnation (stil in dev) uses GTK3 and surprisingly uses much less memory and it is noticeably faster than the GTK2 counterpart.

Also it has an enhanced compositor and proper vsync support.

As much as I despise Gnome and their API breakage policies GTK3 once it has reached maturity its proving to be decent.

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The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

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Oh yeah, how could I forget!

Systemd makes container integration easier.

https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/

red_hat_enterprise_linux_atomic_host/7/html/

managing_containers/using_systemd_with_containers

Come at me with your debuan little buggers. LOL

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Also...

Dunno with LXD as I haven't tried it, but not every workflow works well with normal docker style containers.

PD: No one doing anything remotely interesting cares about Windows these days. I'm sorry but Windows is both liability and boring as hell.

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MySQL devs take cache behind shed, shot heard

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Does Oracle

Understand the "concept" that no one is using MySQL anymore?

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Microsoft Master File Table bug exploited to BSOD Windows 7, 8.1

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Re: Applications are vulnerable?

>> I really don't know why people that don't need to run Windows, still run Windows....

Search for the word Masochism in the dictionary, I think it is what you're looking for.

MS says; "Assume the position" and the entire industry says; "yes master".

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Init freedom declared as systemd-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status

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Re: If you want to know what's wrong with systemd, try other bits from the same stable

They do different things, "hostname" only reads the current hostname. "hostnamectl" is able to set the hostname, standardizing what used to be a per-distribution custom mechanism. Despite being shipped with systemd (to make sure everyone can rely on it) it doesn't actually depend on systemd and in no way goes through it.

also hostnamectl is the agreed replacement for "lsb_release -a" and provides other information (like the underlying virtualization platform) useful for orchestration all in a standardized manner.

firewall-cmd (firewalld) is more of the same, an effort to standardize configuration, however on this one I have to agree that after learning how to use IPTables directly, I do not have much use for firewall-cmd as for me it gets in the way, however:

systemctl disable firewalld

And we're done here, thank you very much ladies and gentlemen.

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Re: Consider this: (was: No - systemd doesn't offend me)

xorg, gtk, qt, libc, these are all choke points...

OMG the kernel is a choke point!!!

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Re: No - systemd doesn't offend me

Some of us; believe it or not:

1) Do not have any problem with systemd.

2) Have actual problems that sysv can't deal with effectively.

3) Like systemd.

4) Understand systemd.

5) Have had bugs fixed by the systemd developers after politely reporting them.

6) Are extremely happy with systemd.

7) Think systemd is a massive improvement over sysv which is/was great on its day but falls waaay short in the current year.

I'm sick of the systemd crap people post online, out of 1000's of posts I have seen maybe 1 or 2 issues that were genuine issues with systemd, the rest was people who do not know/are not familiar with systemd and just complain when they do not know what to do when their sysv hacks don't work on systemd.

For all the hacks out there who hate systemd, create a unit, and run your fucking script from there:

/etc/systemd/system/lowgpu.service

[Unit]

Description=Set the RADEON R290 to low energy profile

After=lightdm.service

[Service]

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/lowgpu.sh

Type=oneshot

TimeoutSec=20

User=root

Group=root

[Install]

Alias=lowgpu.service

WantedBy=multi-user.target

systemctl enable lowgpu.service

Oh my god, it is so complicated, all that to get a little script to start at boot with complete control of when and how!

HERESY!!!! I want muh "rc.local" and my sysv scripts (never mind that systemd supports rc.local and sysv cripts just fine)

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What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course

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Linux

Yawn...

Yawn...

Kindly pets penguin in the head.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: The NAZIS finally Won

Goyim I can't even...

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Re: It's game over for democracy

"Which begs the question as to the real purpose of such legislation."

Think about this:

Who is the surveillance supposed to cover in the UK, why is this even remotely necessary? Is it because of the naughty UK natives?, if not who?

The national socialists?

The members of the Red Brigades?

Members of the IRA?

Members of ETA?

The Bolsheviks?

The FARC?

The Khmer Rouge?

The members of GRAPO?

I wonder who could be so problematic as to grant the government the power to spy over everybody.

The funny bit is that these who the legislation try to address were brought in by a political decision which could be easily reversed if the politicians had any honesty.

But instead you and me have to now see our freedom eroded.

This will be used to spy on political adversaries, and anyone critical of (((the system)))

This is a massive slippery slope.

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Re: Only one question

(((Only one answer)))

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Linux "... eleventy million varieties ..."

Sorry to be pedantic.

There is only one "Linux", the kernel, what you complain about is that there are too many Linux distributions.

Advise to newcomers overwhelmed by the sheer variety.

There are three main families you care about as a beginner:

RedHat/CentOS

Debian/Ubuntu

Suse

My advice is to stick to Ubuntu or CentOS until you're familiar with how they work, once you understand the basics you can move easily from distro to distro.

My personal recomendation is to use Ubuntu MATE as your fist Linux, specially if you mistakenly think that Linux has to be Windows-like.

I won't lie, it takes effort, but trust me there is no looking back.

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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Two words really

Cargo cult.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult

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Solaris admins! Look out – working remote root exploit leaked in Shadow Brokers dump

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Linux

Brace yourselves...

I'm scared when they begin airing what they have on Linux.

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Google fumes after US Dept of Labor accuses ad giant of lowballing pay for women

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Flame

I propose two things to women:

These two things end the problem, choose weasely:

Either companies fire all men and hire only women. (If women earn less they are cheaper employees and thus more profit)

Or by governmental mandate we make every single woman earn 10% more than a man, thus ending the mythical pay gap forever.

Choose the form of the destructor.

And please leave us alone, we're tired of PC bullshit.

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Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

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Re: "Web native" developer?

"""You also get what you pay for...""

You're implying open-source is free as in free beer, this is not the case, not by a long shot, maybe for a ma&pa shop if they have someone competent, certainly not for most medum/large business.

Difference is open-source will not trip you, you can use it whatever way you see fit and doesn't impose stupid limits like what can you, or can't virtualize.

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Well...

Good riddance...

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Linus Torvalds explains how to Pull without jerking his chain

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Re: git shit

>> git is a PITA

Wait what?

Facepalm.

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Kodi-pocalypse Now? Actually, it's not quite here yet

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Re: Shaming

If each movie created 15.000 jobs we'll all be working for the entertainment industry.

Besides, I trust nothing that (((Hollywood))) says related to cost, profits or salaries.

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Re: Get it right

Hmm some day maybe there will be anything worth to watch.

For the last 2 years I have been just watching the occasional fail-army youtube video, reading books and playing video-games.

Piss off entertainment industry, you produce 99.99999% boring PC garbage.

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Spies do spying, part 97: Shock horror as CIA turn phones, TVs, computers into surveillance bugs

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Re: While it was nice to see no mention of Linux here...

This is because they need to "get into it" first.

Not as trivial as with another OS that can't be audited.

Not saying Linux is perfect or unhackable but it is a tad more difficult to get into Linux servers if they are configured correctly.

The more savvy and seasoned the user, the hardest to hack.

But all of this is moot if the state is after you.

They will apprehend you at your door, bash the hell out of you, get your keys and passwords and simply plant whatever evidence they want on your computer.

And you my dear friends will never know and will hate me once the press writes the corresponding kill piece and the BBC declares me enemy of the people.

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Meet the chap open-sourcing US govt code – Paul, an ex-Microsoft anti-piracy engineer

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Re: Significant legal risks of open-source software

@toadflakz

Google created their own implementation of Java not by copying the source but by re-implementing an open standard.

Oracle is suing Google claiming that if you implement a standard they own, you own them the moneyz because they are Oracle and Larry Ellison's yacht's deck is dirty and needs a new yacht.

Pandora's box.

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Re: Go for it!

>> That's really daft, when they could have used the shitty, unmaintainable and insecure real OpenSSH for free.

Dude WTF?, explain yourself or piss off.

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Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

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Elemental.

>>> What’s the point of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)?

Embrace, extend, extinguish.

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Git fscked by SHA-1 collision? Not so fast, says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Lifetime of Hash Algorithms

"""The difference Google demonstrated was the background colour, so basically turning #FFFFFF into #FF0000"""

They achieved this by including a binary chunk on the PDF, you make it sound as if the only change is FFFF to 0000, the document payload was altered significantly.

If you run a diff of both documents the differences will be massive on the binary chunk.

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Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

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Re: Which operating system?!

>>> Giving up Epoc for Windows CE was definitely the beginning of the end of Psion.

Giving in to Microsoft is the sure way to start the end of almost any company.

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Re: Bit pricey and it'll be a few more months until it's out but...

>>> Fails on at least three core criteria.

You do realise this is not an iFail do you?

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Microsoft sets date for SQL Server on Linux

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Re: This is actually largely irrelevant

"""Except.... that if you pay for large scale enterprise support it costs nigh on as much as an MSSQL licence for the same feature set. Just like if you pay for Red Hat Enterprise it costs about as much as Windows Server."""

Except that I can affirm that RHEL support works quite well, while I can't say the same of MS' support.

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Is it the beginning of the end for Visual Basic? Microsoft to focus on 'core scenarios'

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Re: Fickle Microsoft

""None of use should be dependent upon a single language.""

'None of use should be dependent upon a single language FROM MICROSOFT TO BE USED ONLY ON WINDOWS'

There fixed it for you.

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IETF 'reviewing' US event plans in the face of Trump's travel ban

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Re: Where's the outrage at "racist" Kuwait?

>>> Maybe doesn't fit the leftist narrative?

Yes, that is what it is, the left has deemed Mr Trump to be a Nazi, and you shall not question the left.

The modern left is just virtue signalling and SJW, they are willing to suicide you so they can keep signalling.

Arguments or reason are of course out of question.

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Wine 2.0 lands: It's not Soylent for booze but more Windows apps on Linux and Mac OS

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Re: Mostly just games

"""Things that you might actually use for something other than wasting time (e.g.: TurboTax, a version of Photoshop released this decade) don't get a lot of love. It's not really their fault -- a person has to eat -- but it limits the utility of the project from an end-user perspective. If you want that to change, you have to pony up."""

That is not true, not at all.

There are two aspects of Wine that people do not understand.

One is the fact that sometimes functionality is missing in several areas, this includes bugs in Windows that need to be reproduced.

The second fact is that some applications do not run out of the box on Wine's version of its components yet, but do run just fine if you configure Wine to use a DLL directly from a version of Windows (Windows XP ones are great most of the time)

Office 2003 for example will not work well unless you do several DLL overrides.

Wine can't just say hey!, copy these files from windows because you need a license for windows, so sometimes applications do not run for years because wine's DLL is missing functionality, which sometimes depends on other functionality of another component and so on.

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Re: just some win apps, mainly utuls are working

Office 2003/2007/2010

Almost work perfectly

Office 2013 works but not as well as previous versions.

The only piece of the puzzle is Outlook this is due to the complex Internet Explorer shenanigans, I mean system integration.

But eventually it will work.

Wine is great for Applications frozen in time, for example Visio 2003 or Photoshop CS2/3/4/5/6

Many, many games also work.

Wine is very hit and miss, and you need to learn a lot of black arts (IE copying DLL files from Windows XP) using winetricks (use always the very latest version!)

Wine is an achievement, like everything in Linux it moves slow at times, and others it moves fas and snowballs with functionality.

When it solves a problem for you it feels uncanny in a good way, picture me with a "pepe the frog" smug expression when I run Photoshop CS6 in Linux.

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UK ISPs may be handed cock-blocking powers

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Childcatcher

you just wait

Until this is in place and they begin to label other things under the classification of "adult content"

Sliiiiipery slope.

And no one, no one voted or asked for this. Our dear elites once again telling us what is best for us.

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Plump Trump dumps TPP trade pump

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yawn...

"""The approach Trump proposes was developed in the 16th century and used through to the 18th century."""

In these centuries it wasn't possible to move both money and production to countries with slave wages.

There were no massive corporations and rich moguls (cof soros, cof!) engineering mass immigration of 3rd worlders depressing local wages.

I could write more but it is boring.

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The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature

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PC Companies do not want to get it.

People know what a computer is, how it and looks like, and how it behaves, stop trying to find innovative ways to mess it up, no one appreciates it any more.

But they will not listen would they?

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El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

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AI is a scam

"Chatbots could totally be a trillion-dollar industry"

Yeah, flights to mars could totally be a trillion-dollar industry, or a machine who could decipher what the missus want could totally be a trillion-dollar industry.

This is the best we can hope for AI and chatbots:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R40EG3AmDHs

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Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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Re: There is nothing wrong with kernel 4.4

Most people do not know that if you stick with the supported LTS kernel you get back-ported fixes and support for new hardware.

Also once Ubuntu 16.04.2 comes out, Kernel 4.8 will be available officially from Canonical by an "apt-get install linux-image-generic-lts-yakkety" away.

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Perfect If they fix the scrollbars

My only grief with Mint is their insistence of using phone-like scroll bars in the default theme.

Come on, for us who do serious work with the computer we need the gadget elements to use more than "2-3 pixels" (Window borders for example) and we need the scroll bar buttons too for long lists.

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

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Re: Great to see.

I have been calling this AI for a long time: "Bruteforce + large database"

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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Re: Collect Data Points Until A Statistically Significant Result Is Achieved

About cabals...

Occam's razor: persons close to Trump's group, (or to the government in general) knew of this being discussed, and most importantly knew about "when" the decision was going to be made public.

Now proving inside trading it is another matter altogether.

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90 per cent of the UK's NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP

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Re: Maybe they should consider going over to Linux?

"""Few people outside of major corporates have the financial power to get software written for them: The rest have to buy what's on offer, and not much is on offer for Linux."""

That may have been the case 20 years ago, not today, so no reason to keep falling into the same trap.

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Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

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Re: Fancy that

Correct

In this day and age where we carry mobiles wirelessly connected to atomic clocks the least useful thing on a wristwatch is the clock.

A wrist watch is nothing but a jewel or a fashion accessory these days, ugly accessory = no sale.

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