* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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Skygazers: Brace yourselves for a kick in the Aquarids

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If you missed the Aquarid meteor display

or just slept through it, you could try to observe the transit of Mercury on May 9 2016, 11:12-18:42 UTC.

Use binoculars or a small telescope to project the image of the Sun on a sheet of paper.Never look at the Sun directly.

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Europe's Earth-watching sat beams back icy first pic

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Re: Must. Build. Big. Radar Corner Reflector.

The hi-res mode offers a resolution of 5mx5m. So may be you can build an array of corner reflectors and leave a message.

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

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This

makes me sick, even from the other side of the herring pond. I can feel my kidneys already.

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30 years on, Chernobyl wildlife still feeling effects of nuke plant catastrophe

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Re: CIH

And just in time several viruses ("W32.Ramnit" and "Conficker") were detected at the German Gundremmingen B nuclear power station. It only affected the handling of nuclear waste. The reactor is safe. Nothing to see here.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclearpower-cyber-germany-idUSKCN0XN2OS

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Re: Well

Fishermen used to have a golden earring, so when they drowned and washed ashore the gold would pay their funeral bill.

The Loon balloon could have a bundle of dollars in a titanium box to pay for damages at the crash site. But then ....

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: from three 'double u's to one single 'm'

@Charles 9

In the 6th century AD the Roman script started to be used to write the version of English spoken at the time. But Latin does not have the W-sound. So that was written an VV, where V is the way the romans chiseled their U-sound.

(The compact edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, lemma W)

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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Re: as if owning IT antiquity was one of those positive character traits

Mine is the one with UNICODE, The Universal Telegraphic Phrase-Book, Cassell and Company, Ltd. London, Paris & Melbourne 1897 in the pocket.

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

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@John Brown (no body)

What about bats armed with napalm bombs?

FTFY

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Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

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The NRC-Handelsblad newspaper writes (2016-04-21, page 3)

Selling PGP-services is not punishable. Nevertheless is the owner of Ennetcomm detained on Tuesday. He is accused of laundering. According to the police he must have known that most of his clients were criminals who paid him with money originating from crime. By accepting that money for his services he is guilty of laundering, is the proposition of the public prosecutor. (my translation)

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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@Robert Jenkins

CDs should be OK, at least

The data on (audio)CDs are not compressed, but in reality almost all CDs develop defects - think scratches - which are in principle masked by error correction code which comes with every block of data. In that case the information can not be restored to the original form, i.e. the data on a pristine CD. So it becomes illegal under the proposed Burr-Feinstein bill.

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Chilling evidence emerges of Kilocat weapon

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Suicide Bomber Bats

In fact the U.S. Navy experimented with bat bombs, not cat bombs. Ten- to eleven-gram Mexican free-tailed bats carried a 17.5 gram napalm time bomb designed in 1943 by Louis Fieser.

Researchers planned to pack the bats into five-foot-tall steel bombshells the size of a Standard 500-pound bomb. Each shell was filled with circular steel trays about one and a half inches tall, subdivided into small rectangular bat-sized niches and fitted upside down one on top of the other. Hibernating bats with napalm bombs attached to their breasts with surgical clips -thought to simulate the teeth of a baby bat- were to be placed in each compartment. Timing and safety wires connected each bat to the tray above and to the compartment walls. Strings two- to three-inches long connected the trays. On release, a parachute deployed and a mechanical device jettisoned the casing. Trays fell to the bottom of their connecting strings like an accordion and released the timing wires. As the deployed bat bomb descended into warmer air, the bats were expected to wake up, wiggle or fall out of their cubicles, and fly away in the process removing the safety wires and arming the bombs. Each shell could carry 1,030 bats. A twin-engined B-25 could carry twenty-five shells: almost 26,000 individual bat bombs. A Del Mar, California, company owned by entertainer Bing Crosby and his brother Larry was contracted to manufacture the devices.

Napalm, An American Biography by Robert M. Neer, page 48. Photo's after page 86.

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Kepler space emergency

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Kepler's second mission

Kepler, launched March 6 2009, was cripled in august 2013. A cat may have 9 lifes, a space telescope gets two or three.

Latest news can be found here.

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1,000 cats await stadium-sized sandwich bag launch

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You can not lift them all

NASA's 1 kcat balloon consumes ½ million m³ He. The global He production is only 175 million m³. The estimated global cat population is 200000 kcat.

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Hubble spies supermassive black hole in surprising spot

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Some light on the black hole

A 17-billion-solar-mass black hole in a group galaxy with a diffuse core http://arxiv.org/pdf/1604.01400 (PDF), published online 06 April 2016 in Nature http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature17197.html

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Black hole

Nothing to be seen here http://arxiv.org/find.

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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Re: contributed some of their own dry clothing

@x 7

Yes

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Re: contributed some of their own dry clothing

But real mountaineers have rescue blankets.

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Re: Lucky to be alive

In regions where the population adheres to the Catholic faith she would at least be warned by the crosses along the path. In my experience these crosses also carry a helpful placard with the month of the accident.

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NASA discovers black hole here on Earth – in its software budget

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R&D white coats at HP Inc will make corporate ID into wearable tech

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@Dave 126

I've worked on sites where wearing a visible badge was part of the corporate culture.

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ExoMars probe narrowly avoids death, still in peril after rocket snafu

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Re: Atmospheric entry

"If the debris makes it to the Martian surface, it's highly unlikely that it would survive the heat of atmospheric entry"

That very much depends on the mass of the debris. Dust, with or without microbes, will just drift slowly to the surface.

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Netherlands votes to splash cash on encryption projects

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Re: sarcasm

America must join forces with the rest of Western Europe and bomb them from the face of the planet.

We are prepared: The air raid sirens are tested every first monday of the month at 12 o'clock sharp.

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'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

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Re: Sound Problem

Like the old Start menu, when you wanted to stop the PC.

When I was a student we had Flexowriters - Yes folks, Flexowriters, make a typo today and find it tomorrow. - and offline telex machines. One night I was alone, playing with a telex. But how do you stop that noisy thing? Whatever I tried, nothing worked. Finally it turned out that the telex switched itself off when you did not touch it for a couple of minutes.

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

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Re: It's not a password, it's a TO DO list

The password is secret.

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NASA sets the date for Martian robot drilling rig to lift off

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InSight Mission Summary

See public lecture by Bruce Banerdt, InSight Principal Investigator, 1h25m15s.

http://mars.nasa.gov/multimedia/webcasts/public-lectures/

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Electrified bird bum bomb shuts down US nuclear power plant

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Re: Oneupmanship

Or a Swan? Google Maps shows what looks like a swan (white, size 1.5 m) on the Hudson River near the Indian Point Energy Center. Definitely not a penguin.

https://www.google.nl/maps/place/Indian+Point+Energy+Center,+Broadway,+Buchanan,+NY+10511/@41.2708395,-73.9586827,21z/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c2cf53c87f192b:0x5caf08ed472a463

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Bruce Schneier: We're sleepwalking towards digital disaster and are too dumb to stop

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Re: It's gonna be difficult...

A number of UK eBay suppliers sell wireless door chimes that are on 315mhz MHz rather than 433mhz MHz. IIRC the former is not a legal use in the UK.

FTFY.

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Spanish cops discover illegally parked flying car

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Operation Ogro

Prime minister Admiral Don Luis Carrero Blanco was executed in Madrid by ETA in 1973 using 50 kg TNT hidden in a tunnel under the tarmac. His armoured limousine was blow over the rooftop of the adjacent apartments and landed in one of the backyards.

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

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A little cloud in the blue sky

Thousands of people are suing Donald Trump over the now-defunct Trump University. A massive marketing campaign, just like his presidential campaign, which a judge compared to selling snake oil. The trial is now scheduled for the summer and the judge has said he's not delaying it.

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/26/trump-u-the-lawsuit-donald-trump-will-be-facing-this-summer/

http://time.com/4101290/what-the-legal-battle-over-trump-university-reveals-about-its-founder/

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Ordnance Survey unfolds handy Mars map

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Re: Disappointed...

Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? asked Alice. That depends a good deal on where you want to get to. said the Cheshire cat. I don't much care where -- said Alice. Then it doesn't matter which way you go. said the Cat. -- so long I get somewhere, Alice added as an explanation. Oh you're sure to do that, said the Cat, if you only walk long enough.

Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

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Re: Read the paper...

There are more articles to read on http://arxiv.org/list/astro-ph.HE/pastweek. Look for preprints of 12 feb about GW150914 and Binary Black-Hole Mergers.

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

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Re: Not that hard actually.

It's hard to imagine the enormous leap that was Windows 3.1

Unless of course you were an IRIS/AIX, X11/Motif user.

Amiga came before that. Graphical calculations line by line while the video was displayed - very clever. Never touched a Mac AFAIR. In 1986 my boss gave me a Torch XXX System V with TopDraw graphics - list price £ 7674 - to play with ....

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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Re: Playing the analogy game.

Geenstijl would be delighted to publish the location of an arms cash - it is their business. Geenstijl is owned by the Telegraaf Media Groep. The Telegraaf tabloid is notorious in the Dutch printed media landscape and could during the later part of the German occupation (1944) be qualified as a pro-SS paper http://weblogs.nrc.nl/media/2009/10/14/was-de-telegraaf-fout-in-de-oorlog/.

One of their latest tricks is their attempt to destabilize the relation between the EU and the Ukraine http://www.reuters.com/article/us-dutch-ukraine-vote-idUSKCN0UN0HR20160109.

An informed man counts for two.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Re: OS-X and Linux vulnerabilities

Admittedly a little out of date: Jeffrey Carr, Inside Cyber Warfare (2010) page 193 Kaspersky figures on malware distribution by OS

Linux: total 1898, 88 trojans

FreeBSD: total 43, 0 trojans

SunOs/Solaris: total 119, 3 trojans

Unix: total 212, 3 trojans

OSX: total 48, 11 trojans

Windows: total 2247659, 1232798 trojans

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Google DeepMind cyber-brain cracks tough AI challenge: Beating a top Go board-game player

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Re: 2 of them?

Would they learn to get better and better?

Probably not. There are trivial 'solutions' to the game of Go, like filling (and emptying) rows or columns. The computers could decide that this was a path of least effort.

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The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat

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Re: War machines that can be refuelled from the dead..

We will need dead horses for that.

In june 1941 the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union with over 600000 horses. Most of them died.

An unknown number of horses died during the battle of the Somme in 1916 with over 1 (one) million human casualties. And at least the German rations contained plenty of horse meat. Peter Hart, The Somme.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Re: There is no “safe drinking level”

Umber reports the casus of a suicidal nurse who injected herself with with 27 grams of mercury, resulting in a small mercury lake in her right heart chamber. She lived many years thereafter and died of an unrelated cause.

Sven Moeschlin, Klinik und Therapie der Vergiftungen, page 99.

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Curiosity Rover eyes Mars' creeping dunes

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Re: Almost as exciting ....

An interesting simulation of moving dunes is Zhang's sandpile model. http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/handle/1871/11714.

Reminds me to upload a compilation to YouTube.

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Five key findings from 15 years of the International Space Station

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Re: cleaner auto ignitions

So did the Flame Extinguishment Experiment-2 on ISS learn us that automobiles in free fall are less polluting?

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Flare-well, 2015 – solar storm to light up skies on New Year's Eve

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Re: acid proof

Dutch "consumers" will between midnight 31/12 and 1 o'clock ignite on a buildup area of 2300 km² a large part of their fireworks on which they spend some 70 million Euros. That is except more than 45000 kilograms of fireworks confiscated by the national police force as illegal (like avalance mortars).

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Re: clear skies

Forecast is for all major Dutch cities. The sulphur comes from cheap imported Chinese fireworks.

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clear skies

Weather forecast for New Year's Eve: Clear skies with temporary dense SO2 clouds in the lower atmosphere.

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Crumbs! Stricken Kiev blames Russian hackers for Xmas eve outages

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Boring technical details

@thames

In 2011 47.6% of total electricity generated in the Ukraine was from nuclear power. The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, is located in Ukraine. Besides the Ukraine has several large hydroelectric power plants.

Coal is however essential for steel production in the Donetsk region.

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Boffins unwrap bargain-basement processor that talks light and current

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Re: Shame about the paywall

The paper by Chen Sun, et al. Single-chip microprocessor that communicates directly using light is published behind a paywall, but the Processor Demonstration Video http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v528/n7583/fig_tab/nature16454_SV1.html is in the public domain.

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Newspaper kills 'what was fake' column as pointless in internet age

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Verifying photos and videos on social media

Fake information online, be it on the topic of migrants or war in Syria - or, in fact, pretty much any story that's in the news, is an increasingly common phenomenon. Social media networks in particular are inundated with photos and videos that are either doctored or taken out of context. But although media outlets can't always be on the ground to verify every photo that comes their way, there are dozens of tools and techniques to help you cross-check images and avoid falling for the fakes.

From a 15-point DIY guide: http://observers.france24.com/en/20151110-observers-guide-verifying-photos-videos-social-media-networks

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Man faces 37 years for sarcastic post insulting royal dog

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Are the stamps

self-adhesive or do you have to lick to the dog's rear?

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Predictable: How AV flaw hit Microsoft's Windows defences

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Re: What's amusing is that these security researchers blog is on Wordpress!

Don't know how insecure Wordpress is. However validating websites Proudly powered by Wordpress with https://validator.w3.org/#validate_by_uri give in most, but not all, cases a long list of errors and warnings.

For http://breakingmalware.com/vulnerabilities/sedating-watchdog-abusing-security-products-bypass-mitigations/

Warning at Line 113: The banner role is unnecessary for element header.

Error at Line 115: No space between attributes.

Error at Line 121: Start tag a seen but an element of the same type was already open.

Error at Line 121: End tag a violates nesting rules.

Fatal Error at Line 121: Cannot recover after last error. Any further errors will be ignored.

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Re: My headstone shall say ... and he never joined Facebook

If you do that, it may after a few hundred years be the only physical reference to FB.

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How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

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Re: I wonder how many people have actually solved the cube?

@Martin, I had more or less the same experience. First I crafted a wooden model after just having seen an assembled Rubik's Cube. It did the job, but you could not turn it fast enough. So I bought the real thing and found a procedure which worked for 50% of the cases. On failure I just scrambled the cube at random and tried again. Eventually I lend my Rubik's Cube to a friend who was recovering from a brain injury. May be it is still in use in the hospital.

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Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims

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