* Posts by goldcd

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London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners

goldcd

I'm guessing you still have the same right to be carted off to be identified

Really don't see an issue with there being a "done here in 60 seconds option".

If you're lying you might be dissuaded from pissing everybody else off by wasting an hour, and if you aren't you get to go on your way.

I'm all for limitation of powers, anti-big-brother blah blah - but this is just a tool that gets the same thing get done faster.

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

goldcd

I presume the next Alexa

will include a tiny little battery to enable it to shout "Help, I can't breathe", whenever it gets unplugged.

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

goldcd

Amazon have been doing exactly the same thing for years

with their "Amazon Underground" app (lets you access their app store as well as all things amazon, in one, google-market-rule-violating place).

If Epic had had their heads screwed on properly, they'd have negotiated a deal with Amazon to distribute Fortnite via the underground app (and negotiated a low/free deal) with Amazon.

In this scenario it's Amazon who has to handle all the security stuff (already have the app) and money (they do this quite well I believe) so Epic can just get on with making the game. From the Amazon side it gets their google-avoiding app onto millions and millions of new phones immediately.

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High Tech Concern: Struggling HTC to slash a quarter of workforce

goldcd

I've got a soft spot in my heart for HTC

Their OEM WinMo phones - they launched a new one, and I'd buy whichever rebrand was the cheapest. TomTom in my pocket without a pile of random adapters stuck into my ipaq!

(I feel I've lost the millennial audience already)

Nexus One - why can't my phone have an f'in rollerball today (complete with rainbow notifications)? Why must I paw at my screen like an animal?

*then some Samsungs - lovely tech, worst customer service ever, never bought one since*

HTC One. God I loved that phone. Lovely black lump of metal, with a camera that sacrificed MP for the ability to shoot in the dark, and Boomsound. Crap name, but lovely stereo speakers that actually sounded good and went loud.

Then I had one or two more I progressively hated and left HTC.

Sure thy don't care what I think, and it's probably too late - but HTC One M6 is hands down the phone I was happiest to own ever.

After that it was all a bit down-hill as they tried to play catchup with the other brands, and never quite did, but managed to lose what made them special on the way.

My hope for HTC phones is that they find a niche again.

We have Apple and Sansung with the latest cutting edge tech (for the sake of it). Then no shortage of great brands giving you 90% of that for 50% of the price. HTC can't beat that, and shouldn't try. Just be unique again (and I don't mean a malfunctioning squeeze)

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So... where's the rest? Xiaomi walks away from IPO with less than hoped

goldcd

Yeees - but that's one of the reasons I like them.

They find a decent product, with nice design and add it to their catalogue.

Get updates occasionally when they launch a new set and varies between little rubberized USB fans and short-throw laser-projection TVs. All well made and nicely designed either by them or as a co-brand.

Not sure I agree with your comment on the markup. Yes, after they launched their fans a load of clones sprang up - but demonstrably not as good (I'm OK with $5 including shipping). Laser projector was identical to I think a Sony, but significantly cheaper.

Bought all manner of other small bits and pieces as well - favourite maybe a cobranded screwdriver set they did with Wiha. Way cheaper than a proper Wiha set, but excellent quality and just a lovely bit of design.

I maybe think of them as they old high street chain Habitat - a nicely curated set of nicely designed stuff that's well made and only a bit more than the lowest price for a similar product (but a lot less than a big brand).

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Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB

goldcd

A "Hypothesis" is an educated guess you make before

This happened afterwards and is therefore an "Autopsy"

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This HTC U12+ review page is left intentionally blank

goldcd

Review it now

and if that puts people off from buying it now - well 'good' as that's what they'll experience.

If they patch the phone, review again, and replace the original one.

I'd like to think that a shit-load of "don't buy yet" reviews might assist somebody in their middle-management to prioritize the fix.

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First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

goldcd

Re: This underlines one more thing

Also used to fly to New York out of Bristol.

Was awesome - flights were only a few hundred in scum-class, and you always got an empty seat next to you.

No idea why they dropped the route...

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Nvidia quickly kills its AMD-screwing GeForce 'partner program' amid monopoly probe threat

goldcd

nVidia (like Intel) are in a curious position regarding their customers and AMD

If you *want* the highest FPS then you're going to go with Intel&nVidia - but you'll be grinding your teeth as you hand over the cash for the few % incremental gains you get over the last gen/$.

AMD have recently come out with maybe the first gear in 5 years that challenges. GPU have more grunt if not quite the game-tuning, their CPU whilst maybe still at a slight core disadvantage have more cores and less costly mobos to put them on. The underdog has done good - and even if you don't want to switch, has forced Intel to compete on price/performance.

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Microsoft wants serious, non-gaming developers to make more money

goldcd

OK *puts hand up* I battled the shite to buy "Sea of Thieves"

Has anybody else actually bought any 3rd party app from them?

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'Uncarrier' T-Mobile US to un-carry $40m for bumpkin blower bunkum

goldcd

Re: Cost Benefit Ratio

Not just 'can' - legally are compelled to do as their fiduciary duty to shareholders.

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A developer always pays their technical debts – oh, every penny... but never a groat more

goldcd

Technical debt is a problem

BUT - Agile does have a mechanism to deal with it - developer self-interest/autonomy.

In a happy-clappy-perfect-agile world, dev get a US for a sprint - but it's in an epic, that's tied to a feature, that's tied to maybe a nice wiki page explaining the business case.

Sure, they could bang out the minimum to hit the done critera - but the stuff outside the US exists for a purpose.

Read the context, see what's coming up next in the backlog - and 5% extra effort now, will make the next US 20% easier.

Prior to release, when the shit hits the fan, then yes shortcuts are taken. However under 'normal conditions' devolution of design is supposed to incentivize everybody to avoid debt for a more pleasant life in the next sprint.

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HTC Vive Pro virtually stripped. OK, we mean actually stripped. (It’s a VR headset, geddit?)

goldcd

erm it's not quite obvious why it's expensive

It's because it can be.

Best VR headset you can buy today and expect to work with pretty much everything.

*shrugs*

You want the best, you can now buy it, and pay for it.

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Boffins find new ways to slurp private info from Facebook addicts using precision-targeted ads

goldcd

Hold on a moment..

"The minimum number of people in a custom audience is, right now, 20. It’s a low number compared to 1,000 for Google, 300 for LinkedIn, and 500 for Twitter. By peppering in 19 fake or complicit accounts, for example, advertisers, and anyone else curious, can narrowly target and snoop on just a single person, or a group of people by going through them one at a time."

Yes Facebook might allow a custom audience of 20 - but that's just "interesting"

Even taking that upper number of 1000. You think there's somebody out there employing a copy-writer to design custom adverts for 1000 unique people?

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Cryptocoin investors sue Chase Bank for sky-high credit card charges

goldcd

Nah

Chase should've just considered these like buying 'rare' Beanie babies on Ebay.

Maybe you'll make some money from them, maybe you'll lose everything, but we'll extend you the agreed credit to do whatever you want with it.

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Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

goldcd

Couldn't the cyclist see the car?

Would have been nice if the Lidar had managed to pick up the cyclist - but most remarkably overlooked point to me was that the car was on a road, had its lights on, was well under the limit - and the cyclist walked out in-front of the car.

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Android P will hear no evil, see no evil, support evil notches

goldcd

Penguin

(~Tim Tam for the criminal colonials, no idea if the US has equivalent)

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Will the stock market drop Dropbox like it's hot? Numbers say no

goldcd

I think they'll be fine.

Yes, only 2% of customers may be paying - but customers pay to get more storage.

More interesting stat would be how much of their storage is paid for?

How much of a paid storage level is actually used?

Their conversion rate of free to paid?

Dropbox was my first 'cloud file thing' and I have a soft place in my heart for them for that free service I really appreciated.

I semi-randomly ended up paying google a tiny amount each month instead - but I think dropbox is still the one that's going to make money - and my reasoning is because my mother uses it.

Not just that she uses it, but how Dropbox doesn't intelligently de-dupe files, but how it encourages duplication across accounts.

e.g. My brother-in-law creates a folder containing pictures of his children and shares the link. My mother clicks on the link and mounts it to her dropbox account. She loves that, a folder where pictures of her grand-children magically appear - but for every photo uploaded, it consumes her free dropbox space - and then ultimately nudges her to pay (just a little bit) - whilst on the server side the cost to dropbox is just a smidge of additional metadata.

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Got some broken tech? Super Cali's trinket fix-it law brought into focus

goldcd

"Super Cali makes a fix-it law come into focus"

*standing ovation*

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British clockwork radio boffin Trevor Baylis terminally winds down

goldcd

Maybe not the time to bring it up, so I'll keep it short.

I don't think he was ripped off. Springs, dynamos, radios - none of them new, just packaged together.

I don't see adding a battery as being a rip-off workaround, more a sensible evolution of chucking together existing ideas - holds more power, runs longer, smaller and cheaper.

Even the idea of a human powered radio wasn't new - the Aussies had one that you could transmit with in the 1920s.

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FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast

goldcd

I'd guess along the lines

of "You can't legally compel me to do so, and I, my rep and everybody around me is of the opinion they don't want to cock-up on record"

On the flip side - this is pretty much what drills are designed to iron out, just this one went a little too far.

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What do you press when flaws in Bluetooth panic buttons are exposed?

goldcd

Re: Really?

Well they'd just jam the phone, wouldn't they?

"Hmm will I jam BT to just block communication from the 0.001% of passengers with a bluetooth panic button, or block their phone that 99.9% in the back have?"

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Look on the bright side, Pebble fans. At least your gizmo will work long enough for you to get beach body ready

goldcd

As both a previous user of Pebble and FitBit

I do feel morally obliged to actually stick up for Fitbit based on maybe the best customer support I've ever experienced.

I had a FitBit. One day, whilst crossing the road back to my house, my FitBit fell off my belt as I rummaged for my keys. I walked maybe 6ft before realizing, turned around and watched a car drive over it. It was not car-proof.

Mailed FitBit to ask if I could buy a replacment pedometer as I had the charger, given them a profit - bluntly I was hoping for a discount code for a replacement.

They asked for a photo and I duly sent them a picture of mangled plastic. They in return sent me a brand new retail pack of a new Fitbit including the postage.

Now this might explain their financial wobbles - but I'll love them forever.

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'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

goldcd

I'm just waiting for this to be re-branded

as "performance mode" when the fix isn't applied.

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'Repeal hate crime laws for free speech' petition passes 14k signatures

goldcd

Dog's just

following orders though..

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UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour

goldcd

Or just let the government build their own DNS server.

Point new customers to it by default - but maybe include their original DNS server in a FAQ.

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

goldcd

Hmm

Approach of firing the drone out of a canon, at a static windshield is not great - mainly as to make it fireable you need to change it significantly to the point it's no longer representative.

Screen on a rocket sled/steam catapult/something that makes it move - and then just fly the drone of choice into it.

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To Puerto Ricans: A Register apology

goldcd

Now come on.

You're better than this.

If you disagree with the story, simply link to something that refutes it (and has some backing evidence).

I'll agree, us Europeans may appear as tree-hugging-communists hell-bent on ridiculing your country - but we do like you, I promise.

Our problem is simply what we see. Help us see the good stuff. Show how Trump has helped his people and all this can be nipped in the bud.

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Peak smartphone? iPhone X flunks 'supercycle' hopes

goldcd

Choose your phone with more care..

Legitimate complaint - and one that drove me to rooting, cyanogen and all the rest of stuff before (whilst Apple phones smugly just worked).

Bought a Pixel simply as I was sick of waiting for my phone to be patched. Google finally seem to be making some progress with getting some manufacturers to flow through their monthly patch bundles (and it includes peeps like Oppo, so not just the expensive ones). Have no immediate need to buy a new phone, but can guarantee it will be from a manufacturer on the list.

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goldcd

I'm a happy owner of a Pixel 1 XL

(as my employer was picking up the tab).

My wife needed a new phone - got another one 2nd hand for a bargain £300.

Would I like the latest and shinest - of course I would, but prices have been heading out of impulse territory for a long time. I also think the prevalence of SIM-only deals is underlining precisely how much of that monthly cost is for the phone.

Finally, the phones themselves. They're all actually pretty good. Got all the features you need and tend not to break down. They get broken of course - but I think this counts against them. If you accept you'll prang your phone, why would you want to carry a device that costs pushing a grand?

I feel similarly about somebody waving around an Iphone X, as I used to about the tool who bought a Vertu.

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

goldcd

Oh actually I did as well

Samsung S3.

Loved that phone to bits - until the memory nuked itself and I had to deal with Samsung's customer support.

Can't be bothered typing the whole story again, but the single time in my life I will never buy from a company ever again.

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goldcd

I'd happily own a phone

without a front-facing camera. Unless you video call or take selfies, not sure what the need is.

Fully aware many people do want one, but can't think it's less used than say the headphone jack the industry seems to be removing.

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Kentucky lawmaker pushes smut filter law (update: maybe not)

goldcd

Moreover

as a person of faith, surely you need to exhibit your strong will-power, and this requires the presence of temptation.

Catholic church, for example, would collapse if all confessionals ended up being "I wanted to sin, but was unable to, due to our excellent legislation removing all temptation from my life".

That wouldn't even invoke a single Hail-Mary.

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Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel flawed net neutrality vote

goldcd

I am quite bemused by this

As a liberal-tree-fucker, from all the media I consume, I know net neutrality is 'good'.

But maybe I'm missing out.

I googled why it's bad, I f'in went to Breitbart and the rest - articles are ridiculous, and even 95%+ of their commenters are calling it out.

I'm just bemused..

I'm going to take a new position. "The US ending net neutrality is bad for Americans - but I'm not one, so I'm going to stop caring what happens".

If the US keeps it "good". If the US ends it "good" - as the undoubted clusterfuck will at least serve as a warning to the rest of the planet.

It's win-win.

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Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report

goldcd

Affiliate marketing, I'd presume

You hear a tune you like, Shazam then tells you what it is.

It then gives you a load of buttons you can push to buy/listen to that track from a load of sellers of music.

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Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals

goldcd

You have a BT pension?

If so, you're why BT is expensive and needs money now.

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goldcd

God bless Virgin with their free evening calls

That in the small print start at 7pm, and charge you if you go over an hour.

My take is that whatever there is out there, will try to shaft you.

Your only hope is there being more out there.

I'm just about old enough to remember Trimphones and the like. When phones actually came with 'plugs' I most definitely remember 3rd party phones having to be certified as being 'legal' to use on the network (green circle versus red triangle).

My parents told me stories about having to 'book' international calls when travelling ("Come back to the post office at 2pm next Thursday).

Reassuringly all cements my feeling that everything is getting better - and people always like to whine :)

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Report: Women make up just 17% of IT workforce, paid 15% less than men

goldcd

Agreed - most jobs are gender imbalanced.

But the well paying jobs, do tend to be gender-balanced towards men.

I'd bet money that "The IT Crowd" earns more than "The Teaching Crowd"

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goldcd

A good point - complaints are directed at 'good jobs'

But there are all manner of low paid jobs where women are massively over-represented (e.g. carers).

I can't off the top of my head think of a well-paid role that women are over-represented in, though.

Only stretch I could possibly make, would be stuff like "Director of HR" which is where one woman has clambered up to the top of a massively female dept.

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goldcd

Agreed.

I'd also be interested to see how this breaks down internationally.

I work for a UK company that was bought by an Israeli one, with a large Indian offshore development centre.

My UK office is still at maybe 95% male in technical roles - but in 'the mothership' and offshore, maybe 2/3 male - still not equal, but massively different from the UK.

If I had to guess why it's simply that IT is thought of as 'a decent job' and doesn't have the same stigma attached.

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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

goldcd

You don't *need* it

but cheaper to add a micro-sd card, than teh standard $100 extra for bump in on-board.

Can be much slower, but then depends on spec of card. Wouldn't want to use it for apps, but very handy to store 'media' (films, podcasts etc). For that, it's more than good enough.

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Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

goldcd

My Pixel 1, audio-jack-using self

is asking exactly this.

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

goldcd

I'd go with the nVidia Shield TV

Not only does it support every streaming service I can think of, it's powerful enough to actually run as a plex server (point it at your NAS and it'll transcode from there to your other devices).

Or plug in a TV tuner (either locally or on the network) and it'll then do live tv.

Not the cheapest I'll grant you, but not that much more than the Roku and I genuinely can't think of any omissions (previous ones, such as lack of spotify or amazon having been resolved).

Also does game stuff if you care - native local ones, emulators, streamed from cloud or your PC blah blah.

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Go on IBMers, tell us what you really think

goldcd

Indeed

Somewhere in middle-management results are being correlated by dept.

One manager will have a bunch of happy/liars beneath him, one will have a lot who chose differently.

One will receive praise, one will not.

It's normally better if your boss returns from meetings happy.

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Pixel 2 tinkerers force Google's hand: Secret custom silicon found

goldcd

I'm a pixel v1 owner

WTF are you doing to your phone?

Mine is bullet-proof as a "take off charge when I wake up and sees me through to sleep phone"

Not been near IOS for years, so can't compare - but I do love my Pixel (XL if that's the issue) for it's very boring efficiency.

Sure there are a couple of features I'd like it to have - but it gains my respect for having no weak points.

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GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?

goldcd

I work for a large corporate company

We have a few Apple devices knocking about, mainly for testing to ensure we can work with Safari (no customers are using it, but..)

Only group who have an Macbook are those that:

1) Techies who were using them in their little startup when they were acquired.

2) (the largest group) execs and sales-folks who demand a prestigious thing to slap on the tables in meetings.

I happily float around in a world of windows, and those doing the actual work are using linux.

"40 per cent of Windows users called the IT help desk, compared to 5 per cent of Mac users"

I'd assume the low figure is because their users either have the technical ability to drive their machine - or on the other end are using it for presentations.

Does anybody actually call their company helpdesk any more for an OS related problem?

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So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

goldcd

Pixel(book) was always a halo product.

Chromebooks are a pretty good choice if you want to stick a web-client in front of a class of marauding children - as you can see with the take up.

Problem is that Google doesn't want to the OS to be relegated to the "cheap educational toy" category - so we have the expensive Pixels hewn from from pure adamantium (or whatever it is).

Price of the thing is part of the strategy. If there's no premium model, then Chromebooks will always be "cheap"

I'm even being slightly won over by the pitch myself. Idea of an Ipad Pro replacing a laptop is ridiculous the moment you then have to buy a keyboard to bolt to the thing.

As I find myself using my browser more and more.. well I can squint and see maybe that's the way it's all going.

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

goldcd

So if they don't know what they've taken

They can't know what they owe if say one person takes them to court to claim back x amount of money that was seized.

There must be one innocent person, with only a vague idea of the number of millions on their card, that might decide it's engaging with a lawyer who'll take a percentage.

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US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

goldcd

erm isn't this what law enforcement is for?

"I've just been hacked, so setting up a vigilante posse - so cc'd you professionals in"

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