* Posts by Credas

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US watchdog sues Qualcomm for 'bribing' Apple to swallow chips

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Re: Heard this one before??

I don't think anyone who's done business with Qualcomm will be surprised by these allegations.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: End of the TV Licence

Also doesn't the Beeb need to actually stop outsourcing, build quality in house production teams & writers to have good content? Like they used to have when they were x10 better than USA garbage. Funny Netflix, Sky, Amazon etc are growing their own production teams and facilities?

Well, yes, but they were forced by the government to do precisely what they have done, because the poor little independent production companies were effectively shut out of bidding for BBC work. Very few people seem to notice how many of the BBC's major programmes now end with a "Produced by xxxx" tag, right up until there's a GBBO/C4 moment affecting their favourite programme.

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Well done Ofcom

Brilliant idea forcing every little (globally speaking) local company to create their own streaming platform. Whoever came up with that one should be forced to watch the clunky low-res ITV Player for a few hours a day, followed by playing a few rounds of will-Channel 4's-player-actually-restart-the-programme-after-the-ad-break. Sky et all must have been pissing themselves.

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Oh Britain. Worried your routers will be hacked, but won't touch the admin settings

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Re: Why the surprise?

Totally agree; roughly one person in six understanding the jargon of home router/access point interfaces sounds about right - surprisingly high if anything. And also with this from the article:

it feels as if routers haven’t been designed with your average consumer in mind. Usability is generally poor, and changing something as simple as a Wi-Fi password can require you to go through multiple pages and acronyms.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Has anybody ever found anything useful in the text spewed out in a BSOD? Genuinely curious.

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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There are two sides to this argument

The mass media in general (not pointing at El Reg here) have in the past shown themselves to be prepared to publish inaccurate, vexatious and harmful articles about individuals, safe in the knowledge that only corporations and very wealthy individuals had the resources to bring a defamation action. It's this behaviour that fuelled the demand for regulation.

Naturally publishers have a deep-seated antipathy to anything that smacks of government regulation of the press, along the lines of Ofcom for broadcasters. That's why they were offered the alternative of self-regulation through "independent" industry-led bodies. If publishers aren't prepared to sign up to any form of regulation, even the carrot of fairly toothless industry-led ones, then they can hardly be surprised that a stick is being put in place as a backstop.

If you have a better idea of how to constrain the likes of Murdoch and Dacre from treating individuals like crap then I'd love to hear it before rushing off to sign a "leave things as they are" petition.

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FM now stands for 'fleeting mortality' in Norway

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Re: DAB+

Hey, great idea - let's follow the TV model and obsolete our radios every few years as well. Did you have a date in mind for sunsetting that old school DAB+?

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook declines invitation to discuss EU tax ruling with Irish parliament

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I'm a little bit surprised that the Irish government...

Bit of a lack of understanding of the Irish constitution there?

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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

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Generous reward

I'll offer a generous reward for the sender of a pic of the damned thing burning in a pool of petrol. Seasonal chestnuts optional.

Meanwhile a Specsavers voucher for the tool who didn't understand the meaning of line of sight at all times.

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Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath

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Re: A step in the right direction

Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but in my day ham radio was nothing to do with some apocalyptic "OMG all the infrastructure's failed we're all that's left!" scenario. Neither was it about the availability of an alternative communications medium - we did have telephones even in those days, honest. It was all about making a tenuous connection, against the odds, probably transiently, with some like-minded stranger far, far away.

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Netgear: Nothing to see here, please disperse. Just another really bad router security hole

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Re: Too F***ing Late...!

Until the recent Emergency Patch for the R7000, the previous few FW releases broke more than they fixed... So, because this was such a serious vunerability, I installed it. After I done this, every time I went into the WAN Setup page in the web-GUI - I had to power-cycle the router.

Two nice things about the R7000:

1) The hardware's very powerful for the price - even if it does look like some demented Steampunk dinosaur with four massive black spines sticking out of its back, and a line of flashing lights that wouldn't disgrace a Cylon Centurion.

2) It's easy to replace the crap Netgear firmware with much more capable Tomato firmware. Which I did as soon as I got mine, and no problems since with regular updates.

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Brussels cunning plan to save the EU: No more Cookie Popups

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What good will this "relaxation" do?

I would imagine that 10E-(a large number) of websites don't use cookies at all. Those that do fall into the category of ad-supported, or extracting-the-money-to-run-the-site-from-you-some-other-way. Is there really any point in requiring anything more than a simple declaration somewhere on the site that cookies are used to serve ads?

From my own experience, users either don't give a f*** or are using adblockers anyway.

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Beauty is in the AI of the beholder: Young blokes teach computer to judge women by their looks

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Says more about young Chinese men than the women

The most obvious thing that struck me about the S- group is that the pictures were deliberately posed and shot to look dramatic and challenging. The same women wearing natural-looking makeup and posed demurely would probably have been put in S+. ISTM that if this "research" proves anything it's that young Chinese men find women they believe to be assertive threatening, and that they're daft and inexperienced enough to think they can infer personality from appearance.

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Crim charges slapped on copyright trolls who filmed porn, torrented it then sued downloaders

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Fine ending

Needless to say, this latest shot from the government could prove hard to swallow for Prenda's former ringleaders.

Another fine money shot at the end of a Reg article. And also something this loathsome pair might have to get used to if they're sent down for that long list of crimes.

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Kids, look at the Deep Learnings! (We’re just going to slurp your data)

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Re: Listen, and understand !

Google controls Evernote? Thanks, I had no idea!

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Poor software design led to second £1m Army spy drone crash

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Swap one for an infrared laser that'll punch through clouds

Or even a radar altimeter, which have worked perfectly well in military aircraft for decades. As have weight-on-wheels switches for that matter, even during rough ground operations. You have to wonder how much military aviation experience the designers of this thing have.

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Data use rules set to be loosened under new EU e-Privacy laws - report

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Re: Yay for lobbyists

because servers can't query client settings.

No, but the clients can send HTTP headers, as the Do Not Track feature does, which could be used to signal acceptance. Actually, perhaps the EU is thinking of using DNT as the mechanism for signifying consent, in an arse-about-face way. This all feels like a face-saving exercise to get rid of the pointless cookie consent banners their ill-thought out regulation caused in the first place.

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Fatal flaw found in PricewaterhouseCoopers SAP security software

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"Instead of fixing the issue, PwC lawyered up"

And this unhelpful behaviour comes as a surprise to anyone, because?

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Re: Surely a common router/firmware incompatibility?

Certainly fine here, on both W10 and Ubuntu through an AP/router running DD-WRT connected to a Plusnet modem. Looks like a W10/ISP router interaction issue - neither of which would exactly be surprising as the source of the problem.

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Big Switch takes big bet it can beat off big denial of service attacks

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Not exactly biting the hand

Couldn't this kind of press release cut & paste article at least be labelled "sponsored" or something?

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Open source Roundcube webmail can be attacked ... by sending it an e-mail

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Re: Many eyes....

You could at least have the good grace to use the troll icon, as you usually do when you cut & paste this witless comment.

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

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Re: Consumer Watchdog?

Recent? Started up in 1985 actually.

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Clients say they'll take their money and run if service hacked – poll

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Quite - TalkTalk lost hardly any customers as a proportion of their customer base, despite it being very easy to switch broadband suppliers.

The gung-ho talk about class action lawsuits also illustrates how little you can rely on survey responses, since the scope of these in the UK is very, very limited and wouldn't apply to this kind of incident. Do they think lawyers are just showing restraint in not having brought any actions to date?

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Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

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Netflix aren't going to walk

If it happens this is going to end up being 5% of their Canadian, not global, revenues, and that's not going to make Netflix walk away from the Canadian market. They hardly put up a fight when they got landed with paying VAT in the UK.

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

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"on the UK island of Jersey"

Oh dear, you're lucky the inhabitants of that Crown Dependency are so laid back, and separated from the UK by a fair amount of sea...

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Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

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Re: Social Attacks

Seriously however, a lot of these problems would go away if people just spent a minute thinking, instead of indulging in knee-jerk reactions.

Since they have to either be using third party app stores already against every recommendation from reputable publications, or follow a list of instructions to enable installation from unknown sources (which in turn triggers dire warnings from the OS), I would say that anybody infected by this has to have spent considerably more than a minute thinking about it. Crap decision making certainly, but they are thinking about it.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Presumably this is more "think of the children" stuff to justify extending compulsory age verification from the porn sites used to justify the law to now include social networks. And what could possibly be wrong with forcing Facebook et al to semantically scan every message posted, in case one of those teens tries to write something dirty?

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Drive-by web nasty unmasks Tor Browser users, Mozilla dashes to patch zero-day vuln

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Re: context

Even better, treat Javascript as a convenience option that's blocked by default, and only enable it if you choose to take the risk for a specific site and use.

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Trial date set for Brit police 'copter coppers over spying-on-doggers claims

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So how can recording or watching a crime in itself be a crime?

If someone's committing an offence it doesn't suddenly make it impossible for them to be victims of a crime; you presumably wouldn't have suggested that someone nicking their wallets, say, while they were "distracted" wasn't committing a crime?

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

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No one is saying you can't have fast broadband out in the sticks, just don't expect the rest of us to pay for it.

Does that mean I can get back the £80/year that I'm paying Thames Water for the London "super sewer" that's of fuck all use to me, then? No, of course not - national (or regional) infrastructure is a shared cost.

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Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

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Re: Wheels within wheels.

The theory I like best is that yet another streaming service setting up on the basis of a couple of "must see" series that will supposedly be sufficient reason for you to cough up yet another £8 a month will just drive piracy increasingly into the mainstream. Is anybody really going to subscribe to every streaming service in order to watch one or two programmes a week from each?

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Re: The question is...

If your new partner is surprised that you previously had a sex life then you've probably got worse problems than spammy marketing emails.

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Surveillance camera compromised in 98 seconds

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Re: @Gene

If you are going to have IoT (Internet of Trash) devices, its a good idea anyway to isolate them to their own VLAN and block Inter-VLAN routing so they can't see the rest of your network.

Entirely agree. But how many ordinary punters would have a clue that this is necessary, let alone any idea how to implement it (even if their crap ISP router allowed it).?

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The encryption conundrum: Should tech compromise or double down?

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Re: Stupid is as stupid does

Unfortunately the mindset that cannot grasp that secret backdoors are mathematically incompatible with secure and strong encryption also can't grasp that the US doesn't have a monopoly on the mathematics of encryption, and therefore doesn't understand that the only encryption they'll actually succeed in weaken ing will be that available to US citizens in the US.

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

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Re: Interesting ...

With regard to the interior noise, maybe the idea is to only use the rear fuselage-mounted engine for take-off/climb/acceleration, and cruise on just two? Admittedly that's a pure guess as the technical content of the article is so poor ("ungainly" at low speed, no mention I could see of its actual top speed, and surely the range of any aircraft can be doubled by refuelling???) and there's no link to anything more informative.

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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Re: Questions

700 million is the number of phones any of Adups software is installed on, not (necessarily) the number this particular spyware is on.

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Navy STEALS? US sailors dispute piracy claim

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It may be more detailed but it doesn't paint a better picture of the USN's behaviour other than to allege that the duplication was permitted while negotiations for additional licences were ongoing - licences which they didn't end up buying. You also know the government's run out of decent arguments when it trots out sovereign immunity as a possible defence.

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Your body reveals your password by interfering with Wi-Fi

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I'm not saying this is BS...

...but I'd want to hear a lot more about the specific setup and geometry they were using before assuming it isn't.

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Re: Interesting but <<<Hype or Fact>>>

Well it could be Fact - if the GDPR Regulation was in effect. But since it won't in effect be until 25 May 2018, it's actually Hype.

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IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

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Re: French Engineering

Yes, that well-known French company Philips... Probably best that you do say no more if that's the extent of your knowledge.

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Finns chilling as DDoS knocks out building control system

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Indeed; according to the reports in Finnish the systems restarted soon as the network cable was yanked out, which is probably where it should be left if the system can't cope gracefully with loss of internet connectivity. Sheltering behind a firewall isn't really a long-term solution to that flaw, it just ups the volume of traffic needed to pull the trick off next time.

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Google makes it to third base with Home digital assistant

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Re: Same wake word for all devices, really?

Agreed; it's bad enough having a tablet and a phone competing to deal with a query, without some "home assistant" joining in to add a third copy of a reminder for Aunt Gemima's birthday to your calendar. I can see why a trigger phrase has to have some characteristics like a variable intonation and distinctive rhythm so low-powered devices can pick it out of the background, but surely it's not beyond the wit of man to devise a user-defined phrase quality checker and let us choose our own?

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Build your Type 26 warships next year? Sure, MoD – now, about that contract...

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Re: Have they finished the aircraft carriers yet?

The shipyards in Scotland have - that's kind of the point of (announcing and re-announcing) the orders for offshore patrol vessels now and then the Type 26, to keep those shipyards working.

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Accessories to crime: Facial recog defeated by wacky paper glasses

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Re: It's your civic duty.

I've still got no idea just how good this technique is, as I'm struggling to parse "with up to at least 80 per cent success rate".

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: Great phone - but dodgy support

Fast forward 11 months and (1) I am still being spammed by Wileyfox and (2) I am still waiting for the free screen protector I was supposed to get when I registered.

I know this sounds like a silly question, but are you sure you don't already have the screen protector? I bought a Storm and was wondering where it was in the box, then noticed that it was actually pre-fitted!

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EU announces common corporate tax plan

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Re: finally a brexit benefit (for EU)

If handing over control of their (corporate, for now) tax policy to the EU Commission is something that the remaining EU members want, then it sounds like it's a Brexit benefit for both the EU and the UK.

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Wi-Fi commuter fears

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Re: news?

Unhelpfully, simultaneous with good advice about the necessity of using VPNs when accessing public wi-fi hotspots being promulgated, just about all of those I've come across recently actively block VPN traffic - presumably because think of the children, evil pornography might besmirch their systems, terrists, etc. Sky manage to do this even while having a help page telling you to use one of the VPNs they're blocking!

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Oh joy. You can now buy a gold plated quadcopter drone

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More then 20 large

A pedantic point, but "large" is a reference to a $1,000 bill, not (yet, anyway) £1,000.

I suppose hordes will now descend to tell me that they've used large for a grand all their lives, as did their fathers and grandfathers before them...

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Banks don’t give a 2FA

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Whoops!

It's a shame that while (rightly) castigating banks for their failings, Which? couldn't even get the link to the results of their tests right on the webpage the article links to, so I still don't know how individual banks compare. At least they have a nice custom 404 page, though. :)

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Dynamic IP addresses are your personal property, CJEU rules

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