* Posts by wolfetone

2744 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist

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Re: WTF???

In one version of the report, I think from The Guardian, it was disclosed as the victim suffered stab wounds around the genitals.

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Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

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The only thing they need to sort out, if I'm to nitpick anything, is the speed of the search. I have a mailbox that, really, is too big to prune and too important to discard, and it's a pain in the arse to search on it. Takes absolutely forever to do.

If they could do something to improve the speed and accuracy of the searches then that'd be great. But I'm so bloody happy they left Mozilla. If that's the only thing they do all year, it'll be the best thing they'd have done in 10 years.

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Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

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Re: Not like Carillion at all.......

If there's profit to be made, it should be held in the private sector.

If there's a debt and a bail out is needed, then that should be held by the public sector.

Simpleton.

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Re: Brands built on white boxes

"I've been with Nationwide for 20 years - I think they use Capita?"

In terms of their IT and branch cleaning, they use Carillion.

Well, used to.

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Frenchman comes eye to eye with horror toilet python

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""Not everyone has a python at home.""

That's quite true, mine never leaves my person.

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Causes of software development woes

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Re: And that's why...

"But I haven’t wasted a second of MY time. Only the time my employer is paying for anyway. If they want to send me off on a wild goose chase, that’s up to them, it’s their money."

That all depends on the way you look at it.

If you're a 20 year old developer, fresh out of school, that is the sort of mindset they have. It's all about the money.

When you get older, your priorities change. Would you rather work longer effectively repeating your work for the sake of an extra few quid, or would you rather it was done properly and agreed so you could go home at a respectable time and put your child to bed?

There's no right answer to it, and I'd agree with both statements. However, right now, I would only agree with the latter. My 20 year old self though would've agreed with you.

Life is far too short to treat any gobshite boss's demands as wasting their money. It's wasting your time, and you only have a finite amount of it.

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Re: And that's why...

Lovely idea, something I've done myself. However, you don't take in to consideration the following issue:

The stakeholder - in my instances the guy who pays my wages - see's it as your job to do what he says. If he changes his mind, then it's up to you to do it again. The fact you've agreed to something is irrelevant to the fact that you're employed to do what they ask for, and if you've wasted your time that's not their concern.

To be a developer today is to be a navvy on the railways 100 years ago. Do what you're told, doesn't matter how tough the job is, if you don't like it then there'll always be someone else to replace you. Don't ever kid yourself in to thinking you're the Alpha and Omega of a project and can't be replaced.

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OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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"Google employ coders? I thought they just sat around all day drinking poncy coffees like Q whilst rifling through your NHS Heath Data records."

That's Virgin Health you're on about, isn't it?

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Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

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It's amazing how a few quid can make it all go away.

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Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

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Dear El Reg,

This article is poor. There's not one pun about gravy in this article. Such a line as "KFC jump aboard the Bitcoin gravy train" would've sufficed.

Tut tut tut MUST DO BETTER!

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EU court to rule whether Facebook should seek and destroy hate speech

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Re: Very selective actions...

It's the thin end of the wedge. We can already see how anti terror laws in the UK (as an example) are being used for petty non-terror related incidents. Now we're entering a phase where "hate speech" should be banned. But what is hate speech? Where is the list stating those crimes?

In my opinion free speech works both ways. There is a freedom to make statements to what you hold true to yourself and statements you feel are fact, but there should also be the freedom to argue against that. Freedom of speech allows the freedom to insult and be insulted, it allows the freedom of expression of a point and the anhialation of a point. If we're suddenly going to stop and prevent nasty things from being said we are losing our freedom of speech no matter what it is for. In this case, we lose the freedom of speech to educate and inform others why such a point is wrong.

If someone says something hateful, we lose the freedom to take them to task over it, to show others who might be inclined to such a belief or way of thinking that this isn't the right way to think and these are the reasons why. Banning completely is akin to smaking a child for pointing at someone fat in the street without the explanation as to why it was wrong.

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Fancy a fidget? Craze makes debut entry into PornHub's top searches

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Re: Fidget spinners?

"Since the dawn of time humanity has always had a strange curiosity with orifices, from early caveman and their flint dildos (who said they were for creating fire?) to the current craze of fidget spinners. If it fits it goes."

Fun fact: The electric vibrator (motorised dildo) was invented 100 years before the electric toothbrush.

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Re: Fidget spinners?

I don't know what it says about me that, when I first read that and wondered how you'd do it, I came up with several ways to use said spinner upon one's person.

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PC lab in remote leper colony had wrong cables, no licences, and not much hope

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The Chinese

A great bunch of lads.

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Q: How do you get YouTube to stop funneling ads to your vids? A: Make jokes next to a dead body

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Re: Let's just hope that...

"I think that mechanism is "teenagers" . The outcry is just from a couple of parents who noticed."

Don't be an idiot all your life. The outcry was universal.

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UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

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One wonders why submarines aren't yellow in the first place?

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Cabinet reshuffle leaves UK digital policy and GDS rudderless. And now the news...

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I was about to say "anyone but that backwards clown Margot James". But then I realised, there is no one else in the Conservatives that isn't backward.

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Two-day Bitbucket borkage has devs tearing their hair out

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"@bitbucket is really making our lives hell today. And before you bitch, yes, we pay for it."

That's your own fault for giving a 3rd party the responsibility for handling something you really should keep in house, and it's your own fault for not having a back up plan in place for such an event.

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

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Re: 1234

"There again maybe he can't count that high so maybe try 1212."

You dummy.

He obviously uses 0000.

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Max Schrems: The privacy bubble needs to start 'getting sh*t done'

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The phrase "I've nothing to hide" is a pacifier to those who willingly allow their data to be used by people they can't see. They don't value it because they, themselves, haven't paid for it and they don't personally see a monetary value to it. They don't understand how the data is used, where its used, what it's used for. If they did they'd be more selective with what they share.

Case in point: I was buying something from Cath Kidston for my sister over Christmas. The lady behind the counter asked me for a postcode, I gave her the first 3 letters of it, she then asked for an email address. I then asked why, and she said it was for market research and to see if I was a returning customer. I declined to give her anything more than the first 3 letters. She said OK. But it wasn't until I asked was I told what my information was being collected for. I told this story to my wife, and she said "Oh I don't care I just give them the information. You're too paranoid".

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WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

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Re: He may regret waiting

"OK, I'm confused. I thought it was generally accepted now that Wikileaks had selectively leaked information to damage the Democrat campaign and and held onto stuff that might have damaged the Trump/Republican campaign. In which case wouldn't they be rather pleased with him?"

Do you think Trump is the type of guy to remember these things with people who helped him to the top?

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UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

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There is that. But there is a caveat with that.

Those who have the degree, yes they will end up with a £60k debt but it opens the door to higher paying jobs than those on apprenticeships. Right now I've no degree, I've a HND which I haven't topped up, and I'm at my salary ceiling. If I had a degree I could move up the ladder again. But time, money, life, all things that get in the way of doing that.

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If the current GCSE course is anything like the one I did in 2003/2004 then it's going to be a useless qualification anyway.

If you're in Year 9 or a parent of a child in that year and wondering what to do, don't do the ICT qualification. Do something creative like music. Go to college and learn IT properly, but use your last years of secondary school for something fun, not for something useless.

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1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

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"Barbarella makes more sense viewed in the context of Italian horror movies. Think colourful lighting and buxom women in sheer clothing."

Is there any other way to think?

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Take notebooks: About those new Thinkpads...

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Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse with the introduction of that shitty chiclet keyboard, they decide to weld the battery in to the laptop.

My T500 will just have to keep on keeping on. There's no alternative to the T500 (circa 2010/2011 edition) in terms of robustness, reliability, and typing pleasure.

EDIT: Just checked and my T500 was built in 2008, and was already second hand when I bought it in 2012.

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Parliamentary 'puters made 30k tries to procure pr0nz last year

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Re: yes, but

It can go further.

Plod: "Mr.Terrorist, it says here quite clearly you accessed terroristheaven.com 100 times."

Mr.Terrorist: "Actually you'll find that's just a request to access the website, not an actual visit to them."

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Your connection is not Brexit... we mean private: UK Tory party lets security cert expire

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What's the issue? This is a "strong and stable" Government, that's what they've told us. Not once have they said they were "strong, stable, secure, up-to-date, modern, of the people, forward thinking, human".

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Smartphones' security enhancements just make them more dangerous

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"Safety full stop" would begin by not buying them at all.

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Yahooooo! says! its! email! is! scrahoooo-ed!

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Lovely to see some creativity with headlines relating to Yahoo! in 2018!

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

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Re: Don't know if I'm alone on this, but I'm of the opinion

You're not alone. I think the same thing.

The reality is, like I've said before, parents don't know what their kids are up to but they don't want to know either. If something then happens then it's someone else's fault, not the parent's fault. We have already seen this in cases where parents are moaning about their child racking up £2,000 on the household credit card "without their knowledge" and it's the game maker's/Apple/Googles fault. It isn't the fault of the parent that they let their child play with something they don't understand nor supervise.

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Amazon: Intel Meltdown patch will slow down your AWS EC2 server

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Re: maybe it's time to re-consider server-side inefficiency

"I think BB's point was that if you were losing performance from Meltdown mitigation you might be able to "reclaim it elsewhere by optimising userland."

You mean like replacing shitty devs that can't write efficient SQL if their life depended on it. That will never happen, because that other dev who can do that actually costs $$. You can have 3 shitty devs for the price of one good one.

This is not a technical issue, this is a management issue (or a lack of having a competent one)."

This is how I interpretted his response. Although for different reasons that you've pointed out.

There is a tendancy now, as we're in a "golden age" of server performance to allow sloppy coding and/or coding decisions to be made, which are hidden by the super duper speed of the server the application/code is running on.

Back when I started in web development I was still on dial up and I didn't know many people who had ADSL or even ISDN. So when I coded websites they were optimised to load as quickly as possible on poor internet connections. Now though, while I still work in that mentality, there are developers who are either fresh out of university or get hard on's over the next new cool thing who load sites and applications with bloated shit that doesn't do anything more than make something pop up from the bottom of the screen. They've never had to develop for slower connections, or they simply think that because everyone should be on faster internet connections that their bandwidth can handle the bloat they're adding.

But if you say that in a public place, like BB and myself did, those voting down who are offended the most are the ones most guilty of such crimes.

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IBM lobs sueball at travel site Expedia for using some old Prodigy patents

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Re: Isn't this...

I think one of the Big Blue execs had a bad experience with a hotel or something on their Christmas holidays, and they've decided to really get them back by throwing this sue ball.

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Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner

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It's a pity C0 CK is banned for the chap.

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Re: And what about the DVLA?

Why would the DVLA do something logical and helpful like that?

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And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows - it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

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They must have money to burn in Munich. Or money in brown envelopes to collect.

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Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets

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Would be easier and cheaper to ban ticket touting full stop. But that would make too much sense.

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Captain Morgan told off for Snapchat lens: That grog be aimed at kiddies

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They do have users over 18.

However, their motives for being on such a platform is questionable IMHO.

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Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

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I wouldn't say so.

The Brazilians could definitely put a landing strip on top of it if they wanted.

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UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content?

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You can't blame them for creating the problem to a point. But things like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria are all modern enough to blame current politicians for.

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"Wallace said that inaction from internet giants means the cost of tackling terror content is "heaped on law enforcement agencies" – and the state should be able to recoup that in some way."

Just imagine the work and money they would've saved themselves if they hadn't gone in all guns blazing on various countries in the middle east.

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Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

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Only if you write it as Cunt. Because then they are a cunt. But if you write CUNT, and they start saying "Why are you calling us a cunt?" then you can say "That isn't the word cunt, it's the acronym CUNT, which stands for Computer User Needs Training".

You can then use the acronym TWOT (Totally Wasted Our Time).

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"Aren't Titsup and Cunt a firm of lawyers, who specialise in defending companies like Crapita when accused of failing to fulfill their contracts?"

You're getting confused with the solicitors "Wright Hassall". Genuine law firm in Warwickshire.

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Probably my favourite of all the acronyms, even more than TITSUP and CUNT.

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Cloud-building alien space rays altered Earth's climate – boffins

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Re: Science is awesome...

"Jack Daniels is a Tennessee sour mash whiskey (it says so on the bottle). As I heard it, when whisky making in Scotland changed Irish and American distillers wanted to distinguish their product from what they saw as an inferior way of making whisky, by adding an 'e'. Personally, I all for single malt whisky, but that may just be me,"

I agree. Single malts are far superior. The only exception to that is Jamesons, Powers and Paddy whiskies. All blended yes but bloody lovely.

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Re: Science is awesome...

It'll be an icy cold day in hell before I ever refer to the bourbon Jack Daniels & co a "whiskey".

Although, granted, I used whiskey in reference to whisky made in Scotland, it should be noted that the "e" in whiskey identifies it as Irish.

Merry *hic* Christmas

*hic*

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'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

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Yeah, I'm sure it was "Andre", not you Mr.Graham Linehan. And I'm sure the user in question wasn't called Jen.

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Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

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What I'd like to know is, does changing the battery on the phone remedy the situation? I have an iPhone 5S which is 3 years old and the battery is absolutely knackered to the point the "battery case" I have for it needs charging twice a day.

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Re: This

"I imagine their thinking is

- Safety. People setting fire to their houses or their body with their phones does happen occasionally, but is far more likely with knock-off batteries. Not good publicity when that happens."

Well colour me suprised, I never knew those Samsung Note users had changed the battery on their phones before they exploded.

"- Design. A phone that is easily dismantled involves design compromises. Phones that creak in your hand or burst open when you drop them aren’t good publicity."

The Nokia 3310 had a fantastic reputation, even though sometimes the shell would pop off. The problem comes if the shell doesn't go back on. Besides, the iPhone only has to look at some concrete and the screen cracks.

"- Support. Apple isn’t a charity. When your phone or apps go bad due to a knock-off battery or dodgy flash card, why should you be able to walk into an Apple Store and waste their time on a problem not of their own making. Also, long queues of people waiting for repairs not good publicity."

But charging nearly £200 to fix a battery on a year old phone is amazing publicity?

"Don’t like it? Don’t buy an iPhone."

Ok Dad.

"What I would definitely support would be a requirement for manufacturers or authorised agents to replace batteries on demand for a reasonable cost well beyond the time when a company arbitrarily decides to declare a product ‘obsolete’. If I have a working iPhone in 10 years’ time that needs a new battery, I should be able to get one."

But Apple aren't a charity? So why would they want to support you for 10 years when you could've had 5 new shiny iPhones from them in that time?

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But if the battery in my car goes bad, one morning it won't start up. Either I use jump leads with a helpful stranger's car or I call the RAC, but I'm up and running again and the performance of the vehicle is unaffected. Obviously it becomes a lottery for it to start, but a quick trip to the local motor factors, £40 for a battery, 5 minute job, the car will now start as soon as I look at it.

What Apple are doing is essentially like Ford making their cars lose horsepower, slowing down the speed of the air conditioning, slowing down the speed of the electric windows, giving the driver a 3 second pause after they use the indicator to then start the indicators. And then Ford telling the customer the brand new Ford car doesn't have any of these problems because it's new.

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CSS and Javascript on GOV.UK page take early Christmas holiday

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I wonder if their web developer will be availing of legal aid shortly?

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