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Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory

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Re: "Such a breach was entirely preventable"

Sounds like they might be looking for another PFY to fire - but the PHB's all get bonuses and golden handshakes.

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Lenovo tells Asia-Pacific staff: Work lappy with your unencrypted data on it has been nicked

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Re: news

I think that this would be much more "newsworthy" if it hadn't happened - it's happening all the time and we, the general public lusers, only hear about it occasionally. So look at the information that's been pawned ... it would not be that serious if it were not for the fact that banks and other financial entities are continually falling for these tricksters and then not blaming themselves for giving the money away without any serious checks ... their "backstop" plan is always to blame the victims.

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The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Re: Saving democracy

It's not that hard to figure out what's false news, you just have to think about it and ask yourself who's benefiting for this? It's nothing new - fake news has been around as long as the human race ... people lie to try and fool others for their benefit.

What's changed is that people don't think any more ... stop and wonder how many followers Hitler would have had if Twitter and Facebook had been available in the 1930's - it's nothing new, it was bad then and it hasn't changed much since, it just got faster.

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Register Lecture: Right to strike when your boss sells AI to the military?

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We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us

It's not the military, corporate entities, political system, or the government of the day that's the problem - we are the people who pay them, fund them, think that they have all the answers, and vote them into office.

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Texas Instruments flicks Armis' Bluetooth chip vuln off its shoulder

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Old School Hack

Nice shiny new technology but an old school hack - hardly surprising. Looks like the hardware was secure, the software was secure, the data transfer protocol was probably OK ... until someone "upgraded" the specification and each team implemented the upgrade without talking to the other team.

We live in a complex world but we don't really think of it as complex, it's all easy - you want a nice new feature? We'll write a app for that ... see, easy to implement and the new feature will boost salet82368g53%#^$# NO CARRIER

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US Homeland Security installs AI cameras at the White House, Google tries to make translation less sexist

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Re: Dr strangelove: or how I learned to stop worrying and love the AI

Time to get out the Insane Clown Posse makeup.

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Bethesda blunders, IRS sounds the alarm, China ransomware, and more

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Re: 20 months

The story "forgot" to mention that Joel Kurzynsk was an IT professional ... a very bad one. On the plus side, when he's released he's going to have the state looking over his shoulder for three years - sounds like he's such a loser that it will be surprising if he's not back in jail quite quickly.

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'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit

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I think it was all doomed when they made LSD illegal.

There's substance that stops people fighting, gives everyone the feeling that it would be nice to sit in the garden, pick flowers, draw mandalas, and play music ... and they BAN it?

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Re: The War on Drugs

Yes, we've "lost" the War on Drugs but do you think that they ever intended to win it? It rather looks like the idea was to politically profit. These days a large proportion of minority Americans can't vote because they have felony drug convictions and are prohibited from voting - plus the ensuing violence that the War on Drugs generates has shifted a large number of white voters to support the right wing Law And Order politics.

So for some people in power, the War on Drugs has worked out quite well.

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Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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9 ounces?

Had it been a bottle with 9 ounces of Orange Sunshine LSD then the story would have been very different. "Amazon workers threw a party and opened all the packages, everyone last seen running naked through the streets giving away Christmas Presents to everyone."

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It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Meh

In other news today ... oh wait, there is no other news. Microsoft switching to Chromium? ... see icon.

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Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Re: Child porn

"ban photos of children since a paedo enjoys all pictures of children" - and cheese, I know a couple of people who I suspect have odd tendencies but they love cheese - Tumblr needs to ban cheese!

I don't think that banning anything fixes anything - unless it's the BBC banning a record which will really help sales - who liked David Bowie before the BBC banned Space Oddity?

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Now you, too, can snoop on mobe users from 3G to 5G with a Raspberry Pi and €1,100 of gizmos

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What a surprise!

Who would have thought that crypto could be hacked like this? Realistically there are agencies all over the world that are probably a bit disappointed that this has leaked out - but the chance are that they have a backstop for any fix.

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Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

I suspect that the BREXIT process, as implemented by the UK, will deter any country from trying it again - the UK has actually done a great deal to strengthen the EU. I'm not suggesting that current EU policy is good, a lot of it stinks but the fact is ... we stink worse.

My hope is that in the next 20-30 years, the EU will hold a constitutional convention and amend the basis for the EU ... look back in history - that's what happened in the US.

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

"Sadly, doing an about turn now would be suicide for our political relationship with Europe for the next 50 years or so."

We passed that point about a year ago - at this point I would not blame the EU for kicking us out if we voted to try and get back in. Brexit is a divorce ... during the divorce proceedings we've behaved terribly - who on earth would take the current batch of politicians (both sides) back into their house and try and rebuild a relationship?

Let's face it "Great" Britain is not great any longer.

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ctrl-C, ctrl-V

Politicians do ctrl-C, ctrl-V all the time - they neither understand nor care that the plan won't work so long as it gets them re-elected.

Having a GPS available is nice (when it works and it's hell on earth when it doesn't) but we were all doing just fine before GPS. Why do we need GPS? The most frequently used GPS function these days is storing the location for a selfie.

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Google: Psst, hey kid, want a new eSIM? Our Fi has one right here

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Re: I have the US service

Me too - and the great feature is that when I visit the UK - which I do every year, my phone number doesn't change, service is still good, and when I get home my bill from Google is usually about $40 for the month abroad - that's about $10 more than I normally pay! And no extra charge for using it as a hotspot when I need it.

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European fibre lobby calls for end to fake fibre broadband ads

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It's the speed, not the method

Just require all vendors to deliver the quoted speed over a minimum distance. How it's done really doesn't matter.

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Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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FAIL

Remember how YouTube started? Farting Hippos wasn't it - not much has changed.

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Thought black holes were donut-shaped? It turns out they're more like deadly fountains

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Re: Well, the accretion disk anyhow

And you know what happens when you try to take a selfie that close ...

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Q: If Pesky Pepper had a peek at patient papers, at how many patient papers did Pesky Pepper peek? A: 231

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Re: Please let me know where you work...

You must have got the wrong records, it's 8 inches, flaccid.

I do occasionally handle confidential data and I keep it confidential, but I'm not going to take the "holier than thou" attitude and assume that everyone else does - your list shows your biases (some of which are not pretty) and an attitude that would concern me if I were in charge of you handling this type of data - you sound like the sort of person who would peek into records.

I'm not saying that it's right to leak information, but I think that we are all living in a fools world if we think that it doesn't happen - sometimes illegally but most of the legally.

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Re: Please let me know where you work...

I understand how you feel but you're living in a fools world (sorry, no insult) if you think that information like this is hidden and only seen by you and your doctor.

Look at the world these days, everything is stored somewhere and it's all accessible to people - the police can get at it, along with GCHQ, the local council, the insurance company can all get at it legally, it can be anonymized (in theory) and used for research - check the small print at the end of the small print in every document that you have signed. Did you buy any medicine with a credit card - can you even guess how many people that information has been sold to?

You have no secrets, it's time to grow up and realize that the world (as defined by "big data") is not your friend, it just wants you to think that it is - you are just a tasty meal.

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It would be serious if there was malice involved - but there doesn't seem to have been any. I think we all need to calm down - back in the old days we'd hear a voice from above saying that the whole garden was ours but don't pick the any fruit of that tree ... and what did we do?

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"suggested that at times she struggled with the monotony of some of her tasks" - essentially it sounds like she had a boring job and probably very low paid ... I wonder how many of us here would not have done the same thing in that situation?

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Warning: Malware, rogue users can spy on some apps' HTTPS crypto – by whipping them with a CAT o' nine TLS

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It's time to start over

Not just crypto, the whole internet communications thing - what we have today is broken. We can patch it again and again but let's face, patching broken code isn't a long term solution.

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Magecart fiends punch card-skimming code in Sotheby's Home website

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Trust? we've heard of it but that was a few years ago.

We've recently had a corporate card skimmed, the card company caught it very quickly and called us, it's been cancelled and replaced.

The problem has been sorted but I'm seeing a follow up attack - looks like they found the card holder details and email address - they are now sending the user spoof emails pretending to be from the card company about the card replacement - just click here to confirm ... except the link is to annex.my or somewhere. Uptick of SalesOrder.iso files too.

These hacks can go on and on after the event.

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Lenovo superdishes not-so-superdosh for Superfish superloss: $40 waiting for you if you bought adware laptop

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Pint

I've been using Lenovo kit for years, originally purchased from IBM - and it's generally reasonably decent hardware - as for the bloatware, I kill it all when I boot the system for the first time. It takes a couple of beers to work through it but it's not that different from every other PC I've worked with - they are all bloatware ridden when they arrive at the door.

In the US $40 will get me about two dozen Newcastle Brown Ales - sounds like a deal to me.

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Oh my chord! Sennheiser hits bum note with major HTTPS certificate cock-up

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Re: Sennheiser

I was happy paying $$$ for a Sennheiser HD280PRO without any damn internet connection at all - and everyone who listens with them just sits there stunned because they have never heard sounds that realistic, or that clear.

I keep them away from Fat Freddies cat though.

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Sorry, we haven't ACLU what happened in sealed 'Facebook decryption' case, but let's find out

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Problem solved

The DoJ could have just asked Assange to get Putin to give them access.

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UKFast mulls putting IPO on ice due to six little letters: BREXIT

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Re: forthcoming meetings in the next few weeks "will shed more light on the situation"

May is currently saying that any economic forecasts that predict a bad result are unreliable while her forecasts that predict success and wealth are trustworthy. You can doubt this all you like but the fact is she's quite accurate ... look how well David Cameron is doing. BREXIT has worked out really well for a few people.

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Re: Blaming BREXIT?

Where were you? Remember that BREXIT was going to be straightforward and easy, with big benefits to everyone in the UK ... anyone who doubted that was shouted down - and they are still being shouted down.

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It's all a matter of time: Super-chill atomic clock could sniff gravitational waves, dark matter

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Re: Neat

Sounds like a candidate for a Noble Prize in the future - the possibilities for this are fascinating!

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Sacked NCC Group grad trainee emailed 300 coworkers about Kali Linux VM 'playing up'

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Clearly a messup

But it's not clear where - if she'd been working for me then I'd have asked her to stop emailing everyone and I'd have given her a new laptop with the suggestion that she tries a new installation and see if the problem reoccurs. Offhand I'm wondering if this was a VM conflict somewhere, but it sounds like nobody at the company was very interested in figuring it out - that's the scary point, could be every machine at NCC Group is hacked.

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Uber fined £385k by ICO for THAT hack of 57m customers' deets

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Re: £385k? Do you have change for this £1m note we found down the back of the sofa?

Exactly - current estimates value Uber at $120 billion ... $120 billion? That's more than Enron was worth.

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Quite profitable ...

.... for somebody. Where's the money going? Uber screws up and pays a fine, but what about their customers? They are sorting through more spam in the mailbox and checking their credit card statements for bogus charges for the next 5-10 years ... no help for them.

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Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

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Re: ha ha ha

It worked, the outage scaled very well. I could go on with the old Claude Rains joke but let's face it - when you had all your data off to another company that what do you think will happen? Are they going to be concerned with maximizing their profits or yours?

Edit: Damn Autocorrect.

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Domain name 'admin' role eyed up as latest victim of Whois system's GDPRmeggdon

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phb@domain.com

Time to update all our admin addresses I guess - OK, I got that sorted.

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Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Re: Spoilers in Tech Docs!

When I first started writing code I was taught to do something that has long been very useful for avoiding this type of incident (I've "graduated" to writing user documentation and many other things).

You start with a "Header" that documents what the procedure does, what it requires as input and what it generates as output. It's been years since I've seen anyone writing or coding this way - I think this explains a lot.

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Pasta-covered cat leads to kid night operator taking apart the mainframe

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Early DEC days

I had a customer who had "graduated" from running her lab on a DEC 11/23+ booting of RL02's to the new 8" hard drive! So much faster ... until one day when it would not boot up. We talked about it over the phone and I gave her some diagnostic tasks including listening to the sounds that the machine made when she booted it by hand via MCR.

She called back a couple of days later to say that the problem was solved - she discovered that she couldn't hear the disk spinning so she'd removed the top casing from the 8" hard drive and just gave the disk a little spin with her finger to start it turning - once it booted she put the cover back on with it running and didn't turn it off while backing everything up!

An easy fix for me - I just shipped her a new hard drive.

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Excuses, excuses: Furious MPs probe banking TITSUPs*

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Re: Pot, meet kettle!

"the outage affected 14,375 customers and that it has already paid out more than £64,000 in compensation." - yes, that's four quid each - much cheaper than fixing the problem.

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Mobile networks are killing Wi-Fi for speed around the world

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Re: Wire-free - Wireless and Free

Andrew is right, mobile networks are "better" ... until they are not - and then your service goes down the drain. Mobile providers provision their networks for the average usage - if your little city has 100,000 residents then they will reckon that provisioning for 50-70,000 connections is fine ... and it is, until it isn't. I live on the Gulf coast, we had good mobile coverage throughout Hurricane Katrina ... until the population of New Orleans moved in - our mobile coverage was complete crap for about six months.

But my Wi-Fi worked fine.

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Groundhog Day comes early as Intel Display Drivers give Windows 10 the silent treatment

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Freeoffice et al

None of these alternatives have email client - the only reason we have Office 2010 on our machines is because we all use email and occasionally need to open a word document or excel spreadsheet - that's very occasionally, we use email all the time but there's no alternative to Outlook.

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Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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I seem to remember that someone said "Leave means leave" ... nobody mentioned Galileo during the referendum campaign ... think of Galileo as being just another water cannon, we can sell our contribution off for scrap in a couple of years.

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What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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The majority of these comments apply to amateur pen-testing, the professionals don't get caught this easily, their kit never hangs off a switch unless they want you to find it ... because then you stop looking for the real one.

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Did you hear? There's a critical security hole that lets web pages hijack computers. Of course it's Adobe Flash's fault

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Re: Can anyone tell me...

The Flash developers can't really be that bad can they?

Most likely there is no Flash developer, Adobe assigns a couple of people to fix each bug when it's discovered and then move them to another team after it's "fixed" ... and then when the next bug is found they assign a new team to fix it ... and then they move on.

I was planning to write a book about this called "The Mythical Man Month Spent Bug Fixing" but my publisher tells me that the title is too similar to an older book.

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Talk about a cache flow problem: This JavaScript can snoop on other browser tabs to work out what you're visiting

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Welcome to the 21st century

No big surprise here - this is the way that the world works these days. No worries the bug can be fixed^H^H^H^H^H moved somewhere else.

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Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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The traditional approach

I'm with Abbot Amalric when it comes to In-app advertising these days, "Kill them all! God will know his own" - if I go to a web site or open an app that wants me to view an advert before I get to see the content then I quit.

But the problem is this is everywhere these days, American Express called me about a suspicious charge on my credit card yesterday, and when I called the number on the back of my card, they wanted me to listen to an advert for a health plan before talking to a representative - I hung up - it seems it's not that important to them.

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RIP Bill Godbout: Cali wildfire claims the life of master maverick of microcomputers

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Thanks El Reg

I appreciate the information, sad though it is but the link to the fund is my next destination.

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While I am tempted to agree, this is not the time or place for such thoughts, many of us (myself included) would probably be greeting shoppers outside Walmart these days if it had not been for Bill Godbout, and other like him, inspiring us and providing the tools that allowed us to start playing with computers in ways that taught us far more than Android's children will ever know.

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