* Posts by DF118

582 posts • joined 2 Mar 2011

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WannaCrypt outbreak contained as hunt for masterminds kicks in

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Re: 5% of 1000 000 is 50 000 desktops.

So just exactly why is getting a health app to run on a current OS so f**king difficult?

There are other reasons, but in my org the main reason is managed software providers being dicks, and bamboozling the beancounters and execs into forcing IT to "just do what you need to do to make it work".

The IT managers are, as usual, little more than willing messengers.

Take a bow, Atos.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Re: Hardwired connection

Someone didn't read to the end of the article!

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Headmaster

"Which you should, by the way"

...only if you actually watch it, by the way.

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Last panel in place, China ready to boot up giant telescope

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Re: "put away the hex key"

Hex key?

Round our house we call them Alien keys, after the old dear spotted a typo in the assembly instructions for some piece of MFI tat in the mid-1980's. Seems apt.

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Firefox 48 beta brings 'largest change ever' thanks to 'Electrolysis'

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Re: No mention of...

And yet the only time I've ever suffered a drive-by download and malware infection via JavaScript I was using Chrome.

Just because someone does a thing doesn't mean they're doing it properly.

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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Re: @ Khaptain our national animal, the unicorn

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lion_and_the_Unicorn:

"The Lion and the Unicorn are symbols of the United Kingdom. They are, properly speaking, heraldic supporters appearing in the full Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The lion stands for England and the unicorn for Scotland."

Also worth noting that the unicorn is chained. I'm no student of heraldry, but I think the statement intended there is fairly clear!

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Re: Alex Salmon

Swings and roundabouts...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-30085309

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Re: Right this wrong!

Or, fer cryin' out loud, lighten up!

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Catalonia is probably a better comparison for Scotland

Debatable. UK is a union of unitary nations, of which Scotland is one. Catalonia is a technically "autonomous" region of a long-unified Spain. Both have significant independence movements, but politically and legally their situations differ enough that I don't think Catalonia is any better* an example than Martinique.

* Or worse, for that matter.

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Re: "sadly no deep-fried Mars bar"

:D There's hope for you yet!

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@ Khaptain Re: our national animal, the unicorn

as a Scotsman this is the first I have heard of us having a "unicorn" as our national beastie

Look on your passport.

Technically it's Scotland's heraldic animal, not the "national" animal, but since we don't really have one of the latter (if you discount the odd wild haggis sighting in cartoons) I think folk have settled on the unicorn. I think it's a brilliant idea.

Also Blade Runner.

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"sadly no deep-fried Mars bar"

You nearly managed it. A whole article with Scotland in the headline, without mentioning deep fried mars bars, haggis, irn bru or buckfast. Here, have a compensatory bridie.

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Facebook to kill native chat, bring opt-in crypto to Messenger

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Article short on details

Will this include desktop use? My partner has been getting the Play Store autodivert when attempting to use messaging on the mobile site for a couple of days now, but it seems messaging on the desktop site is unaffected (so far at least). I tried to advise her against installing FB bloatware but as with most people she has taken the path of least resistance.

Of course the article may be short on details because FB itself is keeping characteristically mute. A quick Google search tells me they've tried to force mass migration to their Messenger client at least once before, and people didn't like it then either.

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Winston Churchill glowers from Blighty's plastic fiver

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Re: "the UK's first plastic banknote"

I see your point, but unequivocal statements like "the UK's first..." are either true or they're false, so I can't in good geek conscience agree that an argument could be made either way. Nor would I admit to splitting hairs, because the article doesn't say the Clydesdale notes aren't in general circulation (clearly they are - I've bought beer with them ;o) only that the BofE ones would be in future.

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"the UK's first plastic banknote"

Wrong.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-32000610

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Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

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Football

Oswald's a Brit, so when he says “football” he means soccer.

No, he means football.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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@Alumoi Re: It's the data harvesting

If you're not paying for a product you're not a customer, just another product. Did you pay for Windows 10? Nope. You paid for Windows 7/8.

Presumably those paying for new machines with OEM pre-install, or buying the retail version for their own build are somehow magically excluded from your spurious logic?

A snip at £116.99.

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

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Re: Been there, done that.

if the fans are speed managed, it can easily become annoyingly distracting

Most temperature controlled fan headers are so badly implemented and aimed at performance over silence, with little or no hysterisis built in to the controlling logic. The only retail board I ever saw do fan control well was Abit's IP35 Pro. It was outstandingly good. Then they pulled out of the motherboard market.

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Anything that requires more than a tiny amount of power should never be fanless. Not because of the heat, but because there is no such thing as a silent coil. Been there and done it umpteen times. A powerful system with a single slow-running fan (lovely broadband noise) beats a fanless system of the same power every damn time.

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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Haven't seen much of other people's code...

...but what I have seen makes me feel (a lot) less embarrassed about my own.

Worst was some consultant who'd taken what should've been a simple string padding operation in VBA to get a valid 8-character payroll number and turned it into a multi-line conditional...

If Len(strPayNo) = 1 Then

strPayNo = "E000000" & strPayNo

ElseIf Len(strPayNo) = 2 Then

strPayNo = "E00000" & strPayNo

ElseIf Len(strPayNo) = 3 Then

strPayNo = "E0000" & strPayNo

ElseIf Len(strPayNo) = 4 Then

strPayNo = "E000" & strPayNo

ElseIf Len(strPayNo) = 5 Then

strPayNo = "E00" & strPayNo

ElseIf Len(strPayNo) = 6 Then

strPayNo = "E0" & strPayNo

ElseIf Len(strPayNo) = 7 Then

strPayNo = "E" & strPayNo

End If

Not only had he done this, but he had replicated it EVERYWHERE. That code block appeared something like 140 times. At first I thought he'd cut and pasted it, but then one of the users told me the guy had been charging £1k+ per day for his services (working on site) and I got the sinking certainty that he had just sat there for days on end and typed every single line out by hand.

This was a public sector (NHS) organisation he'd fleeced, and it was just a one-man project for a few weeks. I shudder to think what else is out there in public sector land.

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How El Reg predicted Google's sweetheart tax deal ... in 2013

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Tax avoidance is legal, tax evasion is not.

If I had a pound for every time I read that phrase in the comments to a piece on corporation tax, I'd have a hell of a lot of evading avoiding to do.

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Apart from his central premise characterising tax campaigns as being entirely made up of virtue signallers who will let Osborne and Google away with "an easy win". Yeah, apart from that, it's excellent.

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Firefox-on-Windows users, rejoice: Game of Thrones now in HTML5

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Re: ...of the dumbest ideas from dumbville

DRM on Streaming? Well, a decent HD camera and 42" HD monitor defeats it.

And what you get is a crap copy with saturated colours, bloom and excessive motion blur, assuming you don't get crazy flicker. Far better (not to mention cheaper and less hassle) capturing video directly from a VM.

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Top Android app devs found exfiltrating mystery stealth packets

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Re: @Chris 125

No argument with any of that; I'm just making the observation. Plus, given the choice between:

A) Being unable to use an app because it refuses to work with a given set of restricted permissions, then seeking to spend time "reviewing" the app to gripe about said refusal to operate.

B) Finding something else

and

C) Simply granting the permissions.

...I highly doubt even a small minority of people would choose option A.

Like I say, I'm with you on what apps should and shouldn't be asking for/getting, however the trouble is the (apparent) quid pro quo of having some new shiny game/app/whatever is seemingly enough for them to just hand over control. Devs know this and exploit it, and until more people start to care about their privacy, that state of affairs ain't going to change.

I seem to remember reading also that part of the Google good-developer-guide-thing (probably not an official name) states that you have to intelligently handle lack of permissions come Android 6, not just bomb out totally.

"We're sorry, but you agreed to the EULA, which states this software requires the following permissions, which you have not granted. Please grant the permissions listed in order to continue."

To you and me, that's definitely bombing out, but at the same time it's a perfectly intelligent way to handle it. And more to the point, nobody can force your user to grant permissions, just like nobody can force you to provide a function/service without getting what you want in return for it.

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@Chris 125

Which is why the move to more granular permission with Android 6.0 is welcome

It's a great idea, but I fear the practice will simply become that any app, when so denied any given permission, will either refuse to operate, or operate in some kind of useless limp mode, until the permission is granted/restored.

Seems unlikely that Google would have any reason to force app devs to give up their user data addiction, especially when it comes to behemoths like Faceache.

This can already be seen happening with Facebook platform apps. FB now permits users some granularity of choice on permission requests, however when you deny one or more requested permissions many apps in return refuse to operate.

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Firefox 42 ... answer to the ultimate question of life, security bugs and fully private browsing?

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See, out IT dept...

...loves jumping on stories like this as "evidence" that open source is inherently less secure, because open source.

This logic seemingly only applies to desktop browsers though. Smart phone and server OS's are apparently immune.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Re: Time to Evaluate Alternatives

Absolutely. Tonight, after months of fighting with XBMC on Windows, I finally ditched MS on the HTPC and installed Kodibuntu. Everything now works as it should. The only pissing about I had to do was temorarily disconnecting the HTPC from the telly and plugging it into a monitor because the TELLY is crap at low res i.e. changing BIOS settings.

The desktop OTOH might take a bit more effort to make the switch!

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KB3035583 came back

Just checked after reading this, and there it was, KB3035583, in the optional updates, ticked again. I had previously uninstalled and hidden that update. Will now be keeping an eye on this daily, and watching out for the Upgrade to Windows 10 "optional" update, cheers Reg.

Somewhat annoyingly, I have just sent a freshly-minted W7 laptop out into the wilds of the in-laws' house, taking care to hide 3035583 first. No doubt the next time I see it, it'll be infested with W10.

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OFFICIAL: Zuck's BIG in-your-face Facebook Messenger SHOVE finally pays off

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so they can retain the ability to send Facebook messages on their phone

I investigated this. It turns out there's this thing called the "World Wide Web", and Facebook has a "website" on it, which can be used to send Facebook messages from any browser-enabled mobile, without having to go anywhere near either the main FB app or the FB Messenger app.

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Hey, Facebook – these are the new Like buttons you should have used

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Re: UMMM

the Reg doesn't take over people's lives the way Facebook does

Dunno, for a while there back in 2002-9 (ish) when LP was on top form as a contributor, the Reg did take up a considerable portion of my day*. Defence procurement being one of those things you don't know you're angry about until someone like Lewis comes along, lays it all out for you and goes: "SEE?!"

* Work day, of course.

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NHS to go paperless by 2020. No, really, it will, says gros fromage

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Doing it all wrong

When will the NHS get that massive top-down, global IT projects in an organisation of its Brobdingnagian magnitude, are guaranteed doomed from day one?

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

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@alimack

Salmond was pro-business, backing both Murdoch and Trump (two noted socialists), and the SNP's policies have broadly favoured the middle class rather than the poor.

It was McConnell who sucked up to Trump. Salmond got rid of that bampot in short order after Labour got booted out of Holyrood, and noised him up into the bargain with an offshore windfarm within sight of his precious golf course.

Pure speculation here, but I'm minded to think Murdoch was the one sucking up to Salmond, not the other way round. Salmond probably rues the day he stupidly let the dirty digger get within a hundred feet of him.

They're basically Blairite.

That might've been worthy of consideration as valid criticism if the SNP had ever invaded Iraq. To the best of my knowledge they have never done this.

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A Brit in California moves to the Lone Star State – just swerve the TexMex grub

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Smiling isn't forbidden here, being polite to other drivers isn't deviant behaviour

I've never been to Milton Keynes, but all my smily happy friends from Scotland and Yorkshire (who are also, much like myself, polite to other drivers) tell me that everyone there is lovely.

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Complete bollocks of course, but then that's Marx for you. Reasonable, even excellent, analysis up to a point and then the leap off the 10-foot board into the deep vat of stupid.

In that respect exactly the same as Ayn Rand.

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Re: Wot, no Data?

Or Bishop, or the T-1000, or, or....

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Wot, no Data?

As far as I'm concerned the result will be null and void unless you put Data in the list of candidates.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Oh, Andrew!

I do love it when you go off on one!

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Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

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Re: What?

Wouldn't HAVE.

FFS.

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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@Zoopy

The FBI has no business pursuing silly crap like someone exposing Emma Watson's personal photos, when somewhere a child is working forced prostitution on American streets.

Ah, the fallacy of relative privation. Sorry, doesn't wash. The mere fact of the high profile nature of this case means it is equally if not more important to deal with than the examples you mention, pour encourager les autres.

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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

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They are atrocious

No mailing address on the bills, email enquiries just get bounced. Interminable helpline calls or social media are your only options for dealing with them.

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: And we should care what this clown thinks because why?

Don't be a fanny.

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iPhone owners EARN MORE THAN YOU, says mobile report

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HIGH EARNERS MORE LIKELY TO OWN EXPENSIVE PHONE SHOCKER

News at 11

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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Re: Apple's Yawn and Windows Apology

Or maybe it wasn't a mistake. I used to work for them and I spent every lunch hour reading and commenting on sites like the Reg. Maybe AC is perfectly happy to openly admit s/he is a Microsoftie, and all your pointing and going "HA!" is just that and more.

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EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore

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Re: customer service

On that measure EE falls flat on its face. I've both written and read many rants about various companies' CS over the years, and they're the sort of thing you usually take with a pinch of salt as they tend to be perhaps a little unrepresentative. EE on the other hand really are nothing short of abysmal. No criticism of their CS performance can be too harsh. Consumer watchdogs, consumer help sites/forums, the lot: they are all reporting a huge rise in the number of complaints against EE/T-Mob/Orange and in my own personal experience (dealing with my partner's Orange account on her behalf after she lost the will to live) they were by a country mile the worst I've ever had the misfortune of interacting with.

To be fair though I don't think Vodafone is any better right now. I was thumbing through Which? magazine at the dentist recently. It had a "mobile phone service provider" round-up type article. They didn't even bother reviewing either EE or Vodafone and had them lumped together in a special paragraph headed: "ORANGE, VODAFONE, EE AND T-MOBILE AT ROCK BOTTOM - WHY YOU SHOULD CUT OFF THESE FOUR MOBILE PHONE PROVIDERS".

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

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@NoneSuch Re: Whatever the system.

I count myself lucky to have somehow miraculously ended up with an SO whose first question about any film is: "Does it have lasers and aliens? If not, I'm not watching it." and who was the first to venture the notion that we maybe need a bigger sub for movies. And no, she's not a dude.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Realism

the godforsaken hole that is Scotand

Never heard of Scotand. Is that your pet name for yer maw's fud?

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Re: Point of Issue

Not sure if 'relevancy' is better or worse than 'expiration' on the scale of weird things North Americans do to the English language.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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Kestrel connectors

Sadly, the Kestrel has the same rather odd connector positioning as the G6 - micro USB at the top, 3.5mm audio at bottom left.

Ha! I've been wanting a phone with exactly that setup for years. Makes so much more sense to me. You can use the phone more easily whilst charging (no wire poking out of the bottom/side) and the headphone connector position makes absolute sense whilst on the move. No fumbling to rotate the phone the right way up when you put it into or take it out of your pocket.

No, IMHO there's no "sadly" about it - this is how they should be positioned.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Or save yourself the effort and make the username/registered email address the thing you change from site to site.

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