* Posts by d3vy

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What network neutrality madness has happened today? Take a big breath

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There comes a point in a discussion where you look at what your opponent is saying and decide that there's no point in trying to argue your side as they will never accept that their viewpoint might be wrong.

Congrats Big John we just passed that point.

PS. You share your name with a toilet for morbidly obese people.

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@Gene Cash

"So I voted for Trump as a "fuck you""

With hindsight do you think that was the right thing to do?

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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Re: Not IT related, but on topic ...

Go and grab the tub of elbow grease from supplies.

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Argy-bargy Argies barge into Starbucks Wi-Fi with alt-coin discharges

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Re: Why?

"If you're running it on your own hardware, then you're probably better off with one of the designed for purpose miners, rather than one designed to run through a browser.

xmr-stak is the one I find that behaves the best, you can recompile it from source if you don't want to cough up the dev fee, and it's (as far as miners go) pretty simple to set up."

Ill have a look at that, tried XMRig too.. Mining in the UK isnt really worth it with the high cost of power, 24p per KW/h I believe Im paying..

A Decent rig needs 8-10 decent graphics cards, your looking at £2k hardware, then the power works out at close to 24p an hour... the returns just arent there for me. Im much happier to buy the coins others mine while they are cheap and cross my fingers that they go up in value!

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Re: Why?

That's an easy one to answer.

They get a cut.

But more than that if you start mining for them and abandon your endeavours before you have mined .5 xmr they keep it (they only pay out at .5)

I've mined a few ££ worth with their is miner by running it on all the pcs in the house as a bit of an experiment.. but I'd have to leave them all on 24/7 for a few months before I could withdraw anything!

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Re: You expect this from crooks, aided by lazy corporates.

You'd struggle solo mining with the machines in a single store, your competing with people running at an industrial scale..

If your in a pool then you only get a fraction of the block reward, still would be worth it for some staff to volunteer to close and open up for a night and run xmrig on all of the machines before the head out for the night!

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Up to 'ONE BEEELLION' vid-stream gawpers toil in crypto-coin mines

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Re: Monero

NO!!!

Or at least not yet.

I'm slowly starting to accumulate monero and the Dutch of media attention it's got because of coin hive is pushing the prices up... Could we all agree to stop talking about it for another 6-12 months please?

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Japanese quadcopter makes overworked employees clock out

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Finally a use for those USB missile launchers!

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For £3000 a month I'll pop round to local offices and tell people when it's time to go home...

Wonder if I can sell that as a service.

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Bitcoin price soars amid technical troubles for exchanges

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Re: A fool and his money are soon parted...

"Who wouldn't invest if they knew for certain it would rise 15x in 2018 and not burst till 2019? I just don't understand these things well enough to know when the crash will come. But I've said that for several years. If I understood people's appetites better, I could have made a killing."

Exactly - hindsight is a bitch!

If I'd known how much it would grow (bubble or not) back when I first heard about them (2010 I think) I could have sunk a few hundred in and paid off my mortgage a few times over by now...

As with all gambling, knowing when to get out and stay ahead is key!

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Microsoft adds nothing to new Semi-Annual Windows Server preview

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Re: which version was that again ?

"You mean the option where MS says they won't download anything unless MS thinks its really important, in which case they will do it anyway? As always, it's Microsoft's call, right?"

Ahh, I wasn't aware of that, certainly not experienced that myself, work tethered quite often and Iv not noticed any massive downloads... Maybe Ive just been lucky.

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Re: which version was that again ?

The problem here is that people like to complain when things go wrong, they dont pipe up as much when things work, Yes some people have had issues, but whats that % wise of the install base of windows 10?

I have installed windows hundreds probably thousands of times in the past, i don't regale people with the tales of the times that windows installed issue free, I do however tell them about the one time that an in place upgrade screwed my data ONCE 15 years ago.

Its the same with linux, billions of installs across the world.. ticking away just fine. But if you google linux right now the news is full of stories about it not being fit for purpose in Munich and it being replaced with windows... To the layman the perception would be that linux isn't that good.

"After multiple partial downloads blow your ISP data allowances out of water"

Setting up your connection as metered might be a good idea?

"you may have a working computer with another 25GB space used up"

You have x days to roll back from the update, during that time a backup of your old installation is kept on disk. If you don't rollback this will be removed automatically freeing the space back up.

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NiceHash diced up by hackers, thousands of Bitcoin pilfered

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Re: Don't understand

"Still not quite understanding myself BUT

I think once it gets another transaction tagged on, then backing up is more problem than anything."

As I understand it each new block added with a one way hash which incorporates the hash of the last block... So once more than one block I added you could only roll back by undoing EVERY transaction that took place between the hack and now.

You'd also have to get consensus (at least a sizeable majority) from the network to do the rollback and realistically that's not going to happen.

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Re: Don't understand

"shouldn't the receiving wallet(s) be marked as criminal and so blocked, etc, by all miners everywhere?"

I suspect that unlike the victims in this case the miscreants have more than one wallet a few hops and that money's gone, you can mark the original wallet as fraudulent all you want but that's fine as it was likely a throwaway used simply to insure the final destination.

"I thought the whole point of the block chain was that everyone can (has to) verify that block X went to wallet Y, and therefore the transaction is verifiable"

If the keys to the victims wallet were compromised then the transactions will have been signed and verified and then added to the block chain. At that point the money is gone..

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Re: Entire contents of bitcoin wallet pilfered?

As I understand it the "money" is never actually in your "wallet" which is in reality just a public/private key pair and a unique address.

The value "in" the "wallet" is determined by scanning the block chain which is essentially a ledger holding all of the transactions since the beginning of time.

So to steal coins from a wallet all you need is access to the public private key of the target wallet and then you can sign transactions on the block chain stating that the victim has authorised the transaction... Once it's done and added to the block chain it's no longer allocated to your wallet so it's gone.

I might be wrong but that's how I understand it.

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Games-mart Steam halts Bitcoin payments

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Re: $20 per transaction fee

Crypto currency is also touted as being decentralised avoiding transaction fees going to the banks... Maybe at the start it was decentralised but now unless you have a warehouse full of ASICs mining is pointless so for normal users it's decentralised as you can view the block chain but realistically you're not having any more input into it than that.

The problem now is that the value has climbed that high that few people are buying to spend, at some point there will be a tipping point where more coins are being hoarded than spent and the value will come down, still might be worth dropping a few £££ for a couple of months for a gamble.

Also, if doing this monero has jumped from $40 to almost $200 a coin in the last few months... Still small enough that you can mine (slowly) on a decent home rig. Though I suspect that once the industrial scale miners get on it that will end quite quick.

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WW2 Enigma machine to be seized from shamed pharma bro Shkreli

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Re: Is this what we're doing now?

"No it's the courts saying you have no money to pay your fine so will will seizes assets that equivalent to that fine"

Wouldn't it be great if everyon could agree NOT to bid on it xcept for one (maybe a museum) meaning he loses that asset and STILL has a fine at the end.

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

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Re: 40p is a small price to pay to avoid US TV hell

Im going to keep coming back and checking this for an answer - We were away for two weeks and racked up at least £1 a day with just the pilot light on the boiler, the fridge and standing charges.

I honestly dont see how anyone living in the 21st century could just use £2 a day..

I mean with the standing charges that I mentioned all I have to do is have a shower and cook a meal and we are already pushing the £2 that this guy claims he uses all day. This is without us heating or lighting the house.

Sorry guy, but you're either super thrifty (and I NEED to know how to emulate it) or your talking out of your arse.

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Re: 40p is a small price to pay to avoid US TV hell

"Correct. I heat and light up my house for about £2 per day, it's still a rip off."

Jesus, How?

This is a serious question, how?

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Dan55

You're quite right I remember seeing that about the expanse.

The BBC also buy in the rights to show other shows, remember Simpsons used to be one bbc2! :)

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Re: Telly Tax or Adverts

"Funny, I didn't know Netflix makes shows."

Ozark,

Better call Saul

Star Trek discovery

Stranger things

Orange is the new black...

Seriously they have a few misses but their content is getting better and better at the moment.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_original_programs_distributed_by_Netflix

I'd have paid the £8 subscription just for star trek.

Same as I'd pay the £14 licence fee just for Dr who!

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Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

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Re: the convenience of getting quickly where you need it instead of waiting.

"Ha. I was in a PC World earlier in the week with about £100+ of stuff."

So just the one ink cartridge then?

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Hey girl, what's that behind your Windows task bar? Looks like a hidden crypto-miner...

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Re: Redirect

"Wish there was a way to redirect the script so it runs on their server and see how they like it."

To be fair when its done properly and with the users permission instead of ads its pretty good, the users don't get distracted by ads and the site owner still gets some income.

The issue is when the site has been compromised and the site owner is not aware that it is happening, in that case your suggestion hardly seems fair as the server would just belong to a completely innocent party.

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Re: Finally, a reason to move the task bar

"Just 20 years after Microsoft gave us the capability, at last there's a reason to do it.

Unfortunately it would mean relearning 20 years' worth of muscle memory and habit - but hey, nothing's for free, right?"

I have mine set to auto hide anyway * , no changes to muscle memory needed as when the mouse moves down its there.

* I dont like the clutter!

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Re: Because you can't be arsed

"Given that this coin mining software will need to be run across millions of devices to be worthwhile"

Actually with the curent trading price of monero you could probably get a fairly decent return from anything above 500 machines.

Generally I believe coinhive say that the to make it profitable vs adverts you need around 2000 users spending 10-20 mins on your site (Its been a while since I read this so it might not be accurate still) so if you can trick users into running the script for a few HOURS then you will need far fewer people.

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Accused hacker Lauri Love's extradition appeal begins

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Re: I am an Aspie. I don't hack stuff and then cry like a baby.

@Bob

"I wonder if she would object so much to an alternative like tights or nylons [depending on her age]. Just a thought. (maybe you could give her the alternative of "this" or "that" where you win either way - a Xanatos gambit, but SHE gets to control which one - so from her perspective, she wins)"

If you had a bit of a read you would see that his daughter has Pathalogical Demand avoidance,

Go and google that and understand why your suggestion wont work. Ill give you a hint - even if its something she WANTS she will likely* not do it.

*Not always

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Re: I am an Aspie. I don't hack stuff and then cry like a baby.

@Annon

"I'm another "ass burger"."

"there are wide differences among those who have"

" No, sorry, it just means you have to explain social rules a little better. The more you excuse it, the worse it will get. Like this case."

Your statements contradict each other, you are on one side claiming that people with Aspergers have "Wide differences" but a little further on refuse to accept that someone could have more difficulty with social rules than you.

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Re: I am an Aspie. I don't hack stuff and then cry like a baby.

@Ian Johnson

Which really just goes to show what a meaningless portmanteau diagnosis it is. Only psychology does this. You don't get real doctors saying "You have Mulligan's Disease. This may mean that you have a skin rash, or maybe six fingers on one hand, or maybe cancer of the liver, or perhaps you're colour blind. Mulligan's presents differently in every patient"

I really hope that you're not trying to claim that ASD doesnt exist with that comment?

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Re: I am an Aspie. I don't hack stuff and then cry like a baby.

@Lost all faith...

We were really lucky with our son's diagnosis (not for PDD, just straight up autism), Ive heard some horror stories from people who had to fight to get the diagnosis and to get any level of help by the sounds of it you've got a similar story!

Its something that we really need to work on in this country, it does seem to be getting better but very slowly.

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Re: I am an Aspie. I don't hack stuff and then cry like a baby.

You're aware that there's a whole spectrum on which Aspergers falls?

Not everyone on the spectrum is at the same place as you and some do struggle with telling right from wrong.

Then there's the possibility of linked traits such as pathological demand avoidance which could come into play and are very hard to diagnose or treat.

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Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password

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Re: How worse than Single User Mode?

"Is it exploitable over a remote desktop connection? That would be worse."

Yes.

RTFA

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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

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My trusty HTC one M8 finally packed up last month after an unplanned escape from my pocket as I got ofut of the car... I had it replaced for £50 excess on my insurance with a like new refurbed HTC one M8.

I hope to get another 5 years from this one!

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MPs draft bill to close loopholes used by 'sharing economy' employers

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Re: Best solution ...

"Ha. Even better!

So you don't even lose the bureaucracy of the welfare state!"

Simplify not remove.

You could all but remove the DWP with this suggestion.

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Re: Best solution ...

"Nobody is thinking of setting UI at a level where it would be sensible for someone to think "hey, I might as well not do anything" for exactly the same reason we don't set the benefit levels that high."

While I agree with most of what you say I need to point out that the above is not entirely accurate (though it does reinforce your point about missing management of the benefits system)

It is entirely possible for an unskilled workers to currently recovering more on benefits than if they work in a low paying job.

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Re: The what?

"Really? Would be interesting to know exactly who or what pays the bills for such a grand name"

Many contractors are members as the IPSE offer legal advice and other servives to... Well independent professionals and the self employed.

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"people who appreciate the flexibility of zero-hours contracts"

/Me waves.

My partner works a zero hours contract. She requested it because it gives her the flexibility to turn down work if she needs to or to pick up extra time when it's needed/available.

This means that now over Xmas she is working more or less full time but can reduce that to a few hours a week (if at all) during school holidays.

Obviously this isn't for everyone, the main reason it works for us is that I have a decent income and can support the four of us if needed, which I appreciate isn't the case for most people on zero hours contracts.

Just wanted to make the point, some people do appreciate zero hour contracts.

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"As Ledswinger said there is no reason not to give charities an exemption."

Yes there is.

As with tax law the more exemptions and sub rules you put in there the easier it is to find a loophole.

Keep it simple, or it rapidly descends into a mess of explotation.

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"Anon 'cos employed by PSC ltd"

Well you see theres part of the problem. Can you show me a legal definition of PSC?

I too am a contractor running my own limited company, in contrast I fight the label PSC at every opportunity as I am not running a personal services company, I'm just running a company, most of the time it's just me, but that's not always the case. Accepting the label PSC is to accept the negative connotations that HMRC and others have attached to this.

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Re: Yes and hell no

No.

Zero hour contracts are EMPLOYMENT contracts.

Contractors working through a limited company are already employees of their own companies the arrangement between them and a client is B2B.

Zero hour contracts are nothing to do with contractors working through a limited company.

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Twitter's blue tick rule changes may lower the sueball barrier

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Re: Replacement for blue tick

Doing so is against TOS they could well be up with no account.

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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Re: backward compatibility NOT a thing with Micro-shaft

"So in the end I got myself a Mac and could still use my scanner. I too have not looked back. "

Just another comment to make mention of the fact that I know a good number of people so pissed off with apple switching to intel and forcing them to upgrade a shit tonne of really expensive software that they jumped to cheaper PCs when their old powerPC kit needed replaced.

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Re: backward compatibility NOT a thing with Micro-shaft

"So in the end I got myself a Mac and could still use my scanner"

Jesus, how expensive was the scanner that made the cost benefit swing in the direction of buying a mac?

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Fear not, driverless car devs, UK.gov won't force you to write Trolley Problem solutions

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I'm not entirly sure why I got a down vote, it was a serious answer.

How would we know who was in control if there was an accident? Look at the logs.

Its either human control or automated..

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How can you prove the computer was in control?

Log files.

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Drone maker DJI left its private SSL, firmware keys open to world+dog on GitHub FOR YEARS

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@Adam 1

"Servercredentials.txt? Really!? You are just asking to be hacked."

Heard you loud and clear, file renamed to "NotServerCredentials.txt" now.

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Does this mean I shouldn't check my "Servercredentials.txt" file into github?

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Re: fast forward.

"The one people can't see happening any time soon is caring for others. But to be honest, I'd rather have a robot look after me than some snotty nosed cunt who doesn't give a shit about me or my needs."

I'd rather book a trip to dignitas...

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Re: fast forward.

"True, but if they can get someone to look after their kids for a few hours (like when they are a school) they would be able to earn something without loosing the benefit. Currently they have no incentive to earn anything as the withdrawal of benefits gives the same result as a 100% marginal tax rate. With UBI, working when they can makes them less destitute."

Exactly, the system we have at the moment is mental, You can go from benefits to full time employment and end up with LESS income... Where is the incentive for anyone on benefits to look for work (Unless they are able to find something well paid).

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Re: Politics

"Well that's clearly rubbish. Anyone who's ever given a computer user (NOT tech, but someone for whom the computer is a utensil) will find that, even if they'd been using the best version of Windows for 90 years they'd still find Linux makes their computer "amazing, I never thought it could be so easy to use". Try giving your older relatives/friends some joy in their life, dump windows from their machines and give them Linux."

You see youve failed with your first point as it is obviously bollocks, I mean the comment that I was responding to was aparently about "fictional products" but going back to the article which is about windows and linux you will see one of the reasons that they are ditching it is user unfamiliarity... after SEVERAL YEARS the users are still struggling with linux.

While I agree that linux is probably the way forward, its not there yet. I AM a techie, I run windows and linux for various tasks and for the user desktop windows is currently the right tool for the job...

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Re: Politics

"Please give your reasoned arguments for calling "bullshit" on the comparison between two completely fictional products? I made them up. A and B do not actually exist. In the context of this, or any other article."

Well, as I said in the comment "IN THE CONTEXT OF THIS ARTICLE"

The article is about switching from Linux to Windows so :

2 : Linux as good as it is, is not intuitive for the average user who has worked with windows their entire life.

3 : The existing support team will not be more familiar with linux over windows.

4 : As has been discussed over and over again, the TCO inst that different between the two products.

But you've decided that your comment is about two fictional products.. So completely irrelevant to the article...

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