* Posts by }{amis}{

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Happy 60th birthday, video games. Thank William Higinbotham for your misspent evenings

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Chuckey Egg FTW!

Ahh the number of hours i must have blown on my Amstrad CPC 464 play Chuckey Egg

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UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract

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Re: Am I Missing Something?

The contracting houses will always win this game, the people they put in on their side of the contract negotiations are better-paid more competent and much better motivated than any civil servant will ever be,

combine that with the tax office using IR35 to chase off any talent they can get their hands on and the government is always fighting a losing battle.

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"Don't government contracts have some sort of get-out clause"

That would require both a lack of political interference and competence in the civil service which is about as likely as my cat marrying next doors Rottweiler!

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Re: VPNs

"because what 14 year old can afford a decent VPN?"

Who said anything about a decent vpn there are plenty of crappy ones out there that will do and that's before you even mention the TOR network.

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Re: Leisure Suit Larry

LOL that's a blast from the past my father had that game it took me about an hour to brute force all of the answers!

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Emergency Services Network delays to cost public purse £1.1bn, Home Office reveals

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Why is it relying on voice at all?

The thing I don't get about this entire mess is why is it not a platform agnostic IP based service stuff 4g if you can get better than 1kbs of bandwidth (see Codec 2) you can have bi-directional voice over ip that can be done over 2g.

Just have a handset that has triple sim support so it can talk to all 3 UK networks at once and just use the strongest available signal.

I mean for pity's sake I had VoIP working happily over the then cutting edge 33.6 kbit/s modem in the 90s

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GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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Internet of S%!£

"GCHQ hopes that by getting large industry players on side, consumers will have less to worry about in future"

I wish them luck but the bulk of IOT gear I've had the misfortune pleasure of encountering has come from brands so no-name that I struggled to locate a website for them leave out a patch for their products.

Given that heavyweights like BMW can't even get the basics right a voluntary code of practice is a nonstarter.

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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Re: Corporate Risk

"Well, I was never a customer of theirs, and now I certainly won't be."

I work in the finance industry HSBC are A$$holes but they are not that far off par for the dirty industry they are in and are positive pussycats compared the specialist hatchetmen like the Great Vampire Squid.

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Corporate Risk

I suspect that part of the reason why they are struggling to find large sponsors is the risk of the driver going splat live on telly whilst wearing the companies colors.

I say this as I have direct experience of this thinking I helped organize a sponsored row across the Atlantic and HSBC would only allow their logo on the boat if it was removable and applied only within sight of the destination.

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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I love sprouts!

But the sprouts don't love me, I can clear the top deck of a bus after eating the blighters ;->

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Indiegogo pulls handheld airport pervscanners off crowdfunding platform

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Got to be a scam??

Haven seen the guts of one of the perv scanner's under repair when I went on holiday last year I would love to know how this guy managed to shrink a couple of hundred kilos of cutting-edge radio gear into a ~1kg handheld!

Until I see actual proof I am going to assume this is just the raving of a dumber than average con man!

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UK pins 'reckless campaign of cyber attacks' on Russian military intelligence

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Every one spies

The problem with the current kerfuffle with the Russian intelligence agencies isn't that they are spying everybody does that, its the getting publically caught with their pants down.

If the Skripal's had died in an apparently botched mugging nobody would have done a thing its just business as usual in the world of cloak and daggers it's the deliberate and blatant attempts to scare anybody who has ever P!$$£d off the Russian government.

That this tactic has backfired on the Russians seems to be confusing people who are playing the game in 2018 by 1980's rules.

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Civil rights group Liberty walks out on British cops' database consultation

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3 steps forward and 3 paces back

I can't make up my mind which is worse a bunch of legacy system's that don't talk to each other or 1 "Modern" system that is just a fat target for abuse.

Either way, the home office's continuing position that innocent just means we have nabbed you yet has no place in a democratic society.

Sadly this I don't think this will change as in the all the time I have given a dam about politics the home secretary has always been a loon regardless of what colour rosette they wear.

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A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee

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Good Luck

The digital B@$%"&$s won't go quietly into the night, I predict that if this starts to grow a wave of "Think of the children" or the classic "But Terrorism" F.U.D. will be peddled to try to bring this down before it can grow into a real challenger.

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UK.gov won't Airwave bye for another 3 years, plans to phase in ESN services

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Why Just 4G???

Given that you can get mobiles off the shelf that have three 2-4g modems built in why can't you just use something like that so each unit has a live connection to the 3 physical mobile networks in the UK and then just route's over the strongest available signal.

Couple that with a local area mesh network based on IEEE 802.11s to offload the bulk of local traffic and I really can't see why this is so expensive??

I understand that 4g is the first generation of mobile network that supports emergency traffic priority but it seems to be a very crap trade-off.

You could take it even further by placing high power repeaters into the vehicles.

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The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

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True giants of science!

Thank you Dr Garry for your contribution to science and humanity and to El Reg for going out there and getting such an interesting interview, more of this kind of stuff pretty please.

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Brit airport pulls flight info system offline after attack by 'online crims'

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Re: The weakest link....

It is definitely possible, and in my experience there are too many people who click on links automatically and regret them immediately afterwards.

We had one very memorable incident like that that once the dust had settled the idiot involved was asked why he clicked the link on what was a very obvious fishing email.

he had been briefed to avoid stuff like this in an infosec for users course only a couple of weeks ago.

His answer he thought it was a fishing link but wanted to make sure before he wasted IT's time....... DOH!

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Dear Microsoft

Please Bug off and take your POS browser with you.

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Law firm seeking leak victims to launch £500m suit at British Airways

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Re: Fees?

Could be a lot worse in the states the current trend for class-action suits if for the award to be paid to crony friends of the offenders via "cy pres principle" clauses.

https://cei.org/blog/google-settlement-how-class-action-abuse-gives-money-attorneys-and-third-parties-leaving

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MPs' proposal to cash in on public-private algos given a solid 'maybe'

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Sweep stakes anybody??

Days until this gets compromised and turns into yet another government IT disaster.

My bet minus several months either nobody has cottoned onto the disaster yet, or Whitehall is doing its best to bury the mess before to goes public.

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Wack a Mole

Even if they do make good on the (probably empty) threats to force through crap legislation forcing companies to break security how do they expect to keep up with people just moving to other platforms in countries that are sensible?

I migrated over to Protonmail after the Yahoo debacle and I can't see the 5 eyes successfully forcing Switzerland to drop the privacy legislation that protects it.

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Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

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I Wish You Luck

Anything that steps away from a monoculture is a good thing in my books.

Chipzillla desperately needs more competition if for nothing else but to motivate them to be better, Sadly I don't think AMD has what it takes to be any other than an occasional annoyance.

Give the rise and collapse of the Bulldozer architecture I am forced to anticipate the pattern to repeat itself with Rizen.

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Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

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Management Headaches! even at NASA

You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads! Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here! What do we have?

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You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows

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I think you just put yours in the shredder

Meh, I honestly feel that letting stuff like that slide and not speaking out is one of the root causes of a lot of the problems in the world today, as such I seldom feel the need to hide my opinions.

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Libreoffice is free and just fine.

A tip I received from a mate who is in recruitment always publish your CV in pdf format, not as a doc. The various compatibly issues between different flavours of office / LibreOffice can really screw up the formatting of your cv and the recruitment agents will seldom help you out.

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Re: Balls

"Israel" and "peace" in the same breath isn't that a contradiction in terms, what they are doing today in the west bank is in my eyes at least as bad as the apartheid.

And before anyone lays into me over anti-Semitism I am personally an agnostic and don't give a damn what anyone worships it's their personal choice and all such choices are equally valid, butchering other people over their choices is sickening.

I just despise Israelis terrible human rights record, religion has nothing to do with that.

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£££££££££££

I don't know why governments are even entertaining the move over to subscription services like O365 you get screwed by moving you costs from CAP-Ex to much more expensive OP-EX and if your supplier decides to hike your prices tomorrow you have no choice but to pay or lose access to everything.

I can see the advantages for smaller org's that don't have the muscle to sort out the infrastructure for themselves but for the big boys, it makes little sense as they have the scale required to force economies.

I can only guess that too many civil servants have been playing buzzword bingo and not looking at the figures and risks properly.

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Heads up: Fujitsu tips its hand to reveal exascale Arm supercomputer processor – the A64FX

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Re: So the A64FX is officially at 7nm engraving

Probably if you look at the pin out of a modern CPU package the bulk of the pins are ground's for interference suppression the less power you are pulling the easier it is to resolve these issues so the fewer pins needed to do the job.

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Internet overseer continues wall-punching legal campaign

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Sigh

Wiki Regulatory capture Enough Said.......

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Most staffers expect bosses to snoop on them, say unions

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pretty please don't use your work email for personal shit.

I once had an employee come up to IT and totally lose his S#@t. The reason was we were moving the company from one-off os builds to a centrally controlled gold build system.

Everyone had been emailed several times in the proceeding weeks to tell them that all data on the local system's would be wiped and to move everything off to the network.

What this Idiot had done was he was using his work PC to hold all the documents associated with his divorce witch the rebuild had wiped.

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Re: Rule 1

Somewhat harsh, it makes sense for IT pros who can watch our own backs but don't forget the bulk of the population will just give you a confused look when you ask what virus checker/firewall they are running.

At the end of the day which is worse looking at sensitive data on a personal system probably riddled with malware or an office system that's may be monitored but at least is secure and has legal protection against abuse of the monitoring data?

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Legal Requirements??

I have worked in a couple of industries where keeping an eye on what the companies employees are up to is a legal requirement, how you do this is not so clearly defined but keyloggers are a seemingly standard if unpopular response.

I do have to agree with the TUC monitoring people outside of office hours is very much not cricket what happens outside of the office is none of the companies business unless it involves criminal law.

As an interesting aside a mate of mine has a company car which has one of those insurance trackers that plots everywhere the car goes, I wonder what the GPDR implications are for movement outside of business?

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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Not Enough if you ask me

Given that whoever picks the poison chalice up is going to be publicly blamed for the inevitable train crash that is a doomed from the start government IT contract.

I don't think £100k is enough to persuade anyone competent to link their name to that crap.

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Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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RAAAAAAAAAAGE!

When all the original GPDR data controls came out I spent a day going through all of the providers I could and turning off as much of this crap as I could including all of googles location crap the only thing I left switched on on google was what I thought was the web history.

Can we please nuke Goole and co from orbit I am tired of this S@~t and barring a bureaucratic miracle the B@~%$£%s won't change their behaviour.

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Faxploit: Retro hacking of fax machines can spread malware

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Why still a phone line on it??

All the fax stuff I deal with these days are virtual even the multifunction printers don't actually have a fax they just email the file to a virtual fax provider outside the network.

It doesn't really make economic sense to have a fax machine physically they days just based on the line rental costs.

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Database ballsup: NHS under pressure over fresh patient record error

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Sadly not suprised

Data migration and synchronisation across databases is a well know cluster f@#£k even when you have good documentation of both systems and skilled techs doing the work.

Given that the odds are on that both of the databases involved were almost certainly poorly documented legasy messes written by people who have long since walked this kind of horror is inevitable.

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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I think you mean “...is modern politics.”

Modern?? you will find this kind of crap is the pages of Punch from the 1840s there is nothing new about it.

Wiki Punch (magazine)

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It's Devon, they probably think spell check is the work of the devil.

As a Devonshire boy I resemble that comment and lob a turnip in your general direction ;->

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UK taxman told: IR35 still isn't working in the public sector, and you want to take it private?

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The Tool Works Fine:

if (Applicant.HasSetFootInUkInLast6Months)

{Applicant.IsLiableForIR35 = 1;}

else

{Applicant.IsLiableForIR35 = 0;}

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Where To??

Even if you did want to move black hat where would you send it to?

The obvious choice for maximum privacy and freedom of expression legal protection is Geneva but Switzerland is absurdly expensive, and most of the other countries I can think of are also a member of the 5 eyes B$

Any Ideas?

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Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

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Re: Should have been more given the domain

Though to be fair there's another similar company who are even worse - they've somehow managed to get their reps installed in hospitals who then patrol the maternity wards looking for exhausted mothers who'll hand over all kinds of data because they're (rightly) thinking about their baby and not about some fcukweasel data brokers.

I think about 10 years of community service washing used nappies by hand is appropriate for that kind of S@~%

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Wait, did you hear that? That rumbling in the distance? Sounds like... a 16-socket IBM Power9 box shuffling this way

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A Computer

My old man always sed that if you can move a box without a forklift its a terminal not a computer, so this looks like IBM are keeping up the tradition of putting the Iron into Big Iron Computers ;->

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Irish Supremes make shock decision to hear Facebook's appeal in Schrems II

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Who Done IT "Cluedo Data Law Edition"

The first guess would be Facebook in the shady back-alley with the brown envelope of €500 notes, but I think that's too easy.

Ireland has waaaaay too much dependence on the money from the IT giants so I suspect that the court may have been lent on by the Irish government.

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UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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The Only Argument.....

The Only Argument I can field against regulation of the internet giants is the fetid brew of incompetence, greed and corruption that make up a government does not bode well for the definition of truth.

The internet in my eyes is like a funhouse mirror reflection of humanity if you don't like what you see you should to first look to the source of the image before contemplating breaking the mirror to make it flatter.

Even so, the one thing this report does get right is the need for a new type of legal definition of a media organisation somewhere closer to the regs that bind the news, and a long way from the current wild west that the internet giants so happily occupy.

History tells us over and over that whenever a niche appears with the potential for much money and little regulation appears it will become occupied by scumbags F.B. and co are just the latest iterations of this.

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Capita still squats on top of the UK's software and IT services heap

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The Institution?

I have to wonder about Capata their reputation as a bunch of corrupt pirates has long been established, at this point, there can be nobody who deals with them who is not aware of this fact so why are they being hired?

I feel at this point they are being hired as the government's hatchet men after all with their reputation what's one more scandal?

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2FA? We've heard of it: White hats weirded out by lack of account security in enterprise

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Show Me the Money!

Pretty much everyone in the industry knows the enterprise security is an uphill battle, but one problem I have encountered on multiple occasions is stopping security being tightened on budget grounds.

2FA is a very good step in the right direction but the tools to implement and manage it are expensive quite why Microsoft has not rolled a basic system into the DC is a mystery to me, as by now the patents must have expired??

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Google's Alphabet hit by Europe's other GDPR: Global Domination = Profit Reduction

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Coffee/keyboard

"We've always been focused on user privacy."

Damn, there goes the keyboard and this mornings coffee!

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As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

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Re: Phone appearance

Super +1 I really miss the nearly indestructible Nokia's of yesteryear I had 1 which survived both the washing machine and bearing dropped over 30 feet out a window when I was doing a cable install!

Yes, I am a forgetful klutz but I fail to see why only fashionistas are catered for by phone designers these days.

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Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart

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????

Carlsberg sell beer? and here I thought they peddled cans of recycled horse p!$$ huh you learn something every day!

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