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Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder

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Re: Bureaucracy fines bureaucracy, nothing changes

> It would be nice to think that somebody who was genuinely accountable had been held personally to account

It won't help because these kinds of mistake are too easy to make. Government departments (and companies, really) should be required to deploy email clients/servers/relays that refuse to send if there are more than 5 external addresses in either the To or cc fields.

Clearly there are people who need to send to more than 5 legitimately, but the software can have white lists for sending out (just as there are blacklists/junk lists for spam) so that a positive action is required to circumvent the idiot check.

Microsoft could, dare I say it, voluntarily provide such a facility as a corporate social responsibility thing.

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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> The equipment was stored in two locked, unmarked Pelican brand cases. One case contained two Ludlum 3030 alpha/beta sample counters, one plutonium 239 check source, and one cesium 137 check source.

Total Inability To Secure Unmarked Plutonium

/Mine's the lead-lined one

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Geoboffins spot hundreds of ghost dunes on Mars

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Re: Someone's dangled their modifier!

> How big was the US Capitol Building billions of years ago?

The Capitol Building existed on Mars billions of years ago ?!?

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I see you're trying to leak a file! US military seeks Clippy-like AI to stop future Snowdens

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TOP SECRET

TOP SECRET

The pic of the GI holding the file... it needs a bit of photoshopping to add another sticker at the bottom, saying:

BOTTOM SECRET

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: What about disturbing others?

> I would happily shoot the sociopaths who think they have the right to share their conversations, thoughts and phone calls with the whole damn floor...

Do you take contracts? There's a 'foghorn leghorn' in my office that needs dealing with. I'd send you the address but you can probably hear him anyway...

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Who fancies a six-core, 32GB RAM, 4TB NVME ... convertible tablet?

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Re: Interesting times

> I routinely gather 250-300 GB of uncompressed 6Mpixel resolution video data, which I then reduce to a single 100+ Mpixel lunar image.

So you're the one who keeps those NASA fake moon landing conspiracies running...

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

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Re: Red button woes

> Whats do you know our "Pisshy wee windows boxes" startup and run perfectly when power on.

An early aberration, soon corrected by Microsoft. ;-)

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Micro Focus offloads Linux-wrangler SUSE for a cool $2.5bn

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Re: Makes no sense

> The buyers might take the view that Red Hat being 18 times SUSE's size represents growth potential for SUSE.

And, as we all know, 2018 is the year of the Linux desktop so big opportunities await.

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RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

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I am read that if you wrote to the BBC back when the Clangers first aired, they'd send you a Xerox of the knitting pattern Peter Firmin's wife used to create the real ones. My Mum actually knitted me a Clanger earlierthus year from a hardback book based on the original patterns. I am 46 years old and not ashamed :-D

I (we - siblings) had a knitted Clanger as a child but I never found out where it came from. Now I wonder if an aunt knitted it!

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In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data

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Re: Gorsuch's dissent FTW.

> justices who will overturn Roe v Made.

You just wade that up!

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Norwegian tourist board says it can't a-fjord the bad publicity from 'Land of Chlamydia' posters

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Re: "Norwegians are not good at using condoms."

Perhaps it's the cost that's the problem? They just need to be more afjordable.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled

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Re: CV

> Have you been caught in flagante too?

CV = coitus volante = (I don't give) a flying fuck

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National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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> NI Number is already created (if not formally "issued") at birth, as anyone with children who have "Child Trust Funds" will no doubt have spotted that their child's unique reference number follows a suspiciously familiar alphanumeric pattern...

Yes. All children born in hospital get an NI created. As you say, 'they' try to tell you it doesn't happen until age 16 though. Which might be true for the <1% born at home.

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Re: UK Passports abroad are not that much fun either

> Oh and they delivered a passport with the wrong photograph in it.

That was meant to be delivered to Israel.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/mar/24/fco-british-visitors-israel-passport-warning

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UK.gov online dating tips: Do get consent, don't make false claims or fake profiles

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> In addition, the CMA said it had sent warning letters to 14 other leading dating websites ...

They immediately got replies back saying that there are 5 other competition authorities in their area keen to meet them.

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Devuan ships second stable cut of its systemd-free Linux

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Re: Full name of the release

> No, UTF-8 is a encoding format, not a character set. For your joke to work you'd have to say you were waiting for the Unicode version. (And there would have to be an asteroid called Unicode).

D'oh. Now I feel a right EBCDIC-head!

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Full name of the release

> Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0 ASCII Stable

I think I'll wait for the UTF-8 version.

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At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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Re: I have a question...

> No, that's teeth. Teeth will be provided.

Hen's teeth, no less. Two free with every shipping device.

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Kill the blockchain! It'll make you fitter in the long run, honest

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Blockchain - a future proofed bandwagon

The most remarkable thing about Blockchain in the fast moving world of IT bandwagons, is that its inventors had the foresight to incorporate a then future IT bandwagon - AI - into its very name. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you: BlockchAIn

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Sysadmin's PC-scrub script gave machines a virus, not a wash

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Re: Should I be admitting to this?

> Should I be admitting to this? Well it was over 20 years ago in the 90s, surely nothing can come of it now.

> Was on an IT course back then and enjoyed it.

Pervert!

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Military brainboxes ponder 'UK needs you' list of AI boffins

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> Do you think it won't be used to target people based on ethnicity in the middle east?

I think the down vote was because there is quite a high likelihood of lasting peace in the Middle East long before a large, MoD-led weapons procurement project of this nature could be delivered.

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Good news: It's still legal for Apple to keep its MacBook, iPhone batteries from melting

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> The 'fix' is to find some non-lengthy-court-battle way for patents to be reviewed

A much quicker fix would be for the head of the patent office to forfeit a portion of his bonus for each patent overturned by a court. The more scathing the language used by the judge the bigger the forfeit. When (if) the bonus is exhausted then start on the next rung of management.

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You've got to be kitten: Vet recruiter told to pay £1k after pinching info from ex-employer

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Sheepish

> The recruiter, no doubt feeling rather sheepish

Yeah, but until he got caught he was puffin out his chest about successfully aping his previous employers.

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Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card

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Re: For those little things you forget, when you need them fast

> This is just screaming to be used in a tv advert for certain online retailers who offer (supposedly) same day delivery.

In space, no one can hear you scream.

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Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive

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Re: The importance of backups...

> I always assume the Grammar Nazis are able to put a good looking sentence together, but don't actually understand the words they are writing.,

Oh, I'm sure they understand the words they are writing down, just not the sentence that results. :-)

Which is the perfect excuse to segue into a reminiscence: my first IT job was a student placement working for the Civil Service where one of the managers, a former chemistry teacher[*], so not especially versed in English, was able to write memoranda that were really quite beautiful in their prose and construction. Not overly long or flowery - just precise sentences that contained all that was required, smoothly flowing from one to the next. I was never able to achieve anything remotely so stylish back then, and certainly not now, where writing - proper writing - skills are no longer needed in IT.

[*] I once asked him why he gave up teaching and he said that the final straw was when a pupil asked him if urea was soluble.

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Greenwich uni fined £120k: Hole in computing school site leaked 20k people's data

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Cheapest stock photo ever...

Personal data lost, it's dreadful, no security, GDPR, should know better, yadda, yadda ... now on to the important bit.

That picture. It looks like the cheapest stock photo ever - no not the price that El Reg stumped up to use it - but the photographer / studio in setting it up. The gowns are made of such thin material I have to wonder if they came from Anne Summers' The Graduate Collection [*]

* No, I'm not going to search to see if such a thing really exists.

[icon: a proper coat ->]

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UK has rejected over 1,000 skilled IT bod visa applications this year

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Re: Use local

> I'm looking for two python developers of varying skill levels, and its impossible

What salary are you offering and what location, please?

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Software development slow because 'Most of our ideas suck'

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Over the past 20 years, he explained, "the lead time for delivering software has come down significantly. It used to take years. Now it's more like weeks. We have the opportunity to bring this lead time down further to days or hours."

My emphasis. So there you are: all waterfall developers from 20 years ago were incompetent; and all current Agile developers are lazy bastards because you're taking weeks when days are all that is required.

It must be true - Mike Roberts said so.

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Boffins build a 2D 'quantum walk' that's not a computer, but could still blow them away

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Re: Are you serious? ....

> Do I get a prize?

No, you get an award winning.

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UK.gov expects auto auto software updates won't involve users

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Re: Over the air you say?

> Wanna bet there won't be a legally mandated snoop feature added?

"Your car is now over three years old: additional start-up safety checks will now be performed before commencement of your journey. For your entertainment during this short wait, please watch this film demonstrating our latest vehicles. The safety checks will only commence once you have fastened your seat belt and closed the doors. If you release your grip on the steering wheel, the checks will start over. Thank-you for your compliance."

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Legality not l'égalité

> illegal to use an auto auto in auto mode "unless the application software relating to the vehicle's automated function is up to date"

"But Officer, it was up-to-date when I started my journey..."

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Windows app makers told to think different – you're Microsoft 365 developers, now

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Re: That video...

> Actually, I have never had that experience . . because I fucking manage my email.

@Pascal

I manage my email into subfolders (previously in local files, now in O365 after the mandatory move) and I have nothing in the Inbox except emails received today and not yet dealt with. Despite, or may be because of this, I still find that emails go awol when searched for.

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That video...

The first line of dialog from the video: "Have you ever had the experience of digging through your email or file folders for the document you know you wrote but just can't find?"

Not quite, but I have frequently failed to find an email that I know was sent to me. And it's because using Outlook on the desktop searching O365 Exchange back-end simply does not work reliably. I've lost track of the number of times I've searched for an email I know I've received; not found it; then used the list all mail filter ordered by date; scrolled down and found it. Only to then find that it now, miraculously, appears in the search results using the same terms as before.

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JEDI mind tricks: Brakes slammed on Pentagon's multibillion cloud deal

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No problem!

> Until Mattis comes up with answers, 50 per cent of the funding will be withheld,

No doubt the contract price quoted was probably triple the cost of providing the service, there's no problem with carrying right on.

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Equifax reveals full horror of that monstrous cyber-heist of its servers

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Re: I am not sure but...

> Maybe I'll ask again for my records, but I am not at all sure I want to be deleted. These organisations provide a de-facto identity (virtual) card that I am not sure I can do without.

If you find it to be a problem, just send them back the records they sent you and ask them to restore it!

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Re: And how...

> I'm no fan of banksters, but credit reliability is very much a "social good" in financial terms.

This is true - that credit reliability is a good thing. But Equifax do much more than provide a credit reference check once in a blue moon when you take out a loan or another credit card.

They sell 'anonymised' data to anyone that wants it. If, for example, MacDonalds want to open a new restaurant in my area they can go to Equifax and buy socio-economic data to see if the area is going to be profitable or not. The only way Equifax can service that request is by keeping tabs on my salary, my mortgage and other loans every month; and do the same for everyone in the area.

That is nothing to do with providing a credit reference service and just because they have a nice profitable sideline business doesn't mean that they have a legitimate interest in my and my neighbours' data.

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Re: And how...

There is a "Legitimate Interests" loophole under Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (47) which will allow them to reply with a nice "Go away and pester us no more" letter I'm afraid.

A legal test case may be required to see where that 'legitimate interest' stops. For example, if I apply for a loan, the bank wanting to provide that loan has a legitimate interest in my credit worthiness. However the company providing the credit worthiness service doesn't - on the grounds that their relationship is with the bank not with me.

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Eurocrats double down on .eu Brexit boot-out

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The article is at odds with the infographic

> On Friday, the same idiocrats found a way to backtrack while not losing face: by deciding to open up the .eu registry to anyone who wants a .eu domain, regardless of where they live.

Not 'anyone' according to the infographic but only those from the EU/EEA. The bit that has changed is that they can now reside/be based anywhere in the world.

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Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

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Re: It's not for me then...

> It's actually off by default. Funny that wasn't mentioned....

That's just on the review versions they know they'll be giving out to journalists. :-)

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TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!

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Re: So it's the bl00dy accountants!

> Bean creation not allowed .. do not request a bean from the bean factory

(Cash) cow traded for 3 beans and Jack to show for them. :-)

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Apple debugs debugger, nukes pesky vulns in iOS, WebKit, macOS

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Re: Why not scan properly?

> [Insert here, why you'd toot your own horn and bring attention to your 'apparent' knowledge of grammar on an InfoSec site]

Because it's a cunning plan to distract Windows fans from dissing Apple?

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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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> I don't get why he didn't just unplug the cable from the back of the server.

Capt. Mainwaring: "I was wondering who'd be the first to spot that"

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UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

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A precedent of sorts...

Years ago, before the Web and sites such as eBay, Gumtree and Craig's List, the preferred way to shift tat was to place a small ad in a local newspaper. Needless to say, these became a vector for fraud - particularly as the mass adoption of credit cards allowed fraudsters to receive money more or less anonymously (certainly compared to giving out a postal address and receiving cheques through the post).

Eventually the large numbers of fraudulent ads could no longer be ignored and the Government changed the law to make the newspaper publisher responsible. In other words, if you were defrauded you could sue the paper rather than the long-gone fraudster.

This had a miraculous, almost overnight effect as papers greatly tightened-up their due-dilligence before accepting an ad. It is only a matter of time before something similar will happen to Facebook et al.

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German sauna drags punters to court over naked truth

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Teutonic Inability To Sauna Undressed Politely

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Digital air traffic control upgrade puts potential delays on London flights

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> I feel quite feint

One does as a rule.

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Commonwealth Games brochure declares that England is now in Africa

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Re: The Gold Coast

> Am I the only one to have had an atlas old enough to show a country called the Gold Coast, before it was renamed Ghana?

Obligatory XKCD...

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Not one, but 20,000 black holes hiding in Milky Way's heart

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Re: I've asked before but...

> Therefore: Could these "new" black holes account for at least some of the missing mass required to bind the galaxy together and keep it spinning at current speed?

No. Because the missing mass (dark matter) needed to make galaxies spin the way they do needs to be spread throughout the galaxy, not just be in the centre.

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Do(ug)h! Half-baked security at Panera Bread spills customer data

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> The Register asked Panera Bread for comment but we've not heard back.

They're probably thinking: What the foccacia has it got to do with you?

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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> it's not perfect in the UK but shootings are far less common than the US

Shootings might be less common but the murder rate in London is now on a par with New York.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-43610936

There seems to be a segment of society who are unable to resolve or defuse disputes at an early stage but inflame them instead, rapidly resulting in one or both sides resorting to violence. I blame video games [1] - too many 1st person shooters and players not getting enough interaction with real people.

[1] I don't - but I'm thinking of becoming a politician.

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Which? leads decrepit email service behind barn, single shot rings out over valley

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Re: Wait a minute

> Do you mean to tell me that there is someone willing to do helldesk for less than 15k a year ?

I think I could manage an hour a week for 15k a year.

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