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Did you even sweat, tho? Plaintiffs told to amend claims in Apple headphones suit

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Re: Found the solution. Tim Cook give me a shout if you are reading this

I read the first bit "It consists of a wire between the headphones"

And thought, yup that'll do it.

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nbn™ isn’t fixing HFC, it’s ‘optimising’ it

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Re: A rate of 100,000 a month

- spare ntd

- book of excuses

- first aid kit

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Was the skill in selling a 'failing' network or was the skill in keeping the best frequencies for itself and making NBN take the noisy frequencies at the lower end of the spectrum. It would be funny if it wasn't our money and if it wasn't the same federal government negotiating our international trade deals.

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Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets

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I vote for shrewdest negotiator in history, goes nicely with the stable genius theme

Though at the end of all this I expect at least half of the Earth to be glass.

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Let's kick the tyres on Google's Android P... It's not an overheating wreck, but UX is tappy

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Don't put the 6P under CPU load or you may discover the boot loop of death.

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Microsoft vows to bridge phones to PCs, and this time it means it. Honest.

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Re: There is a reason for no one achieving this.

The problem is Google not Microsoft. It would be easy to include RDP in the Android build, we already have Microsoft's MTP so why not one more MS protocol. RDP functions can be added to rooted Android devices so there is no great technical barrier to overcome. Google's vision for Android is a data slurping toy for selfies and cat videos.

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UK Parliament roars: Oi! Zuck! Get in here for a grilling – or you'll get a Tower of London tour

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Yup, publicity whores. They do like to be seen with famous people

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Doom and Super Mario could be a lot tougher now AI is building levels

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Queue the lawsuits from Nintendo.

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Australian SigInt spooks won't get power to spy on locals

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Re: Be Afraid

Hopefully the work being done by Get-Up will put an end to that horror scenario.

However, the small government libs are sure to have others standing behind Peter to take up the mantle of a large all powerful federal apparatus. After all that is where the money is.

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Supreme Court to dig into Google's very cosy $8.5m deal with lawyers over web search leak

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Re: America Fuck Yeah

America was never about the little guys. If you weren't in with the big guys you were prey.

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if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders

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Re: noob at StackExchange myself

Obviously those couple of dozen thousand reputation points are a sign of privilege, an obvious power imbalance. Rather than be intimidated, believe in yourself. Stand your ground. Be proud of your diversity of views. It's not called stack overflow for nothing. /sarc.

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Penguins in a sandbox: Google nudges Linux apps toward Chrome OS

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I am not aware of Linux slowing down over time.

Windows, most definitely.

Linux, no.

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Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, oi oi oi! Tech zillionaire Ray's backdoor crypto for the Feds is Clipper chip v2

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Re: Making Non-compliant Encryption Illegal

Without constant access to the surrendered keys to try decrypt every message, by the time the government voyeurs arrive at your name on the list it will be too late to realise that you were non-confirming and past communications are out of reach. To mitigate this, keys cannot be held in some magic government assured escrow but must be on the network and constantly tested against every message.

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Qual-gone: 1,200+ axed from Snapdragon, Centriq giant Qualcomm

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Re: Put a stake in it

Our stakeholders are our most important asset.

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

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Re: "Nobody uses it..."

IPV6 is supported by most major operating systems. However, if you do try to use it on your network you run into non-standard IPV6 implementations; Android in general and Samsung Android in particular.

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Facebook’s in real trouble now: Australia’s opened a probe

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Re: Couple of million bucks?

Why bother? Learn how to gain a political advantage over your opponents. Donation shakedown. If it can elect Trump then maybe the LNP have a chance. Help educate our politicians that the internet isn't just for pr0n. Opportunities for our ministry of everything. In short, something clever happened and Canberra is scrambling to understand it and to see how it can either profit from it or make it illegal.

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What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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Re: Only $247.5m?

$247.5m Enough to make a video, stock up the drinks cabinet, call the girls and begin lobbying for the real money.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous

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Looking at the following site there appear to be a number of states with childhood vaccination rates lower than CA. CA already has SB277 removing personal and religious belief exemptions - with reports that drug companies donated millions to CA lawmakers before the vaccine debate. Perhaps the publicity around SB277 caused some parents to begin weighing the risks of vaccination against the benefits.

www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/immunizations/Pages/Across-America.aspx

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It's baaack – WannaCry nasty soars through Boeing's computers

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A disaster, for who?

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Australian Senate passes meaningless motion that says encryption is very useful

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Who are Labor kidding, nothing but puppets.

Bipartisan on national security. Wouldn't want Bill wedged before an election.

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Recording Industry Ass. says vinyl and CD sales beat digital downloads

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Re: That pie chart is well wrong

Trump is placing trade sanctions on China in part over IP theft (or recycling), expect about $600B to turn up on the door step any day now.

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US Congress quietly slips cloud-spying powers into page 2,201 of spending mega-bill

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What else is in it? Just ask any congress critter that has actually read the bill. There must be one!

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Commonwealth Games are just the ticket for Facebook

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Re: @AC

The place never stopped being a penal colony. Check out the security theatre for the games including airport style full body scanners (rapiscan have the contract are these the xray scanners or the terahertz ones) wonder what happens to the images. There will be back scatter xray vans on the gold coast - who cares about public health. And the never ending increase in police powers to keep us safe. Gold Coast, a good place to keep away from for the period of the games and possibly beyond.

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US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene

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To which Mr Franklin would reply that to have reached that point then you have already surrendered most of your liberties in exchange for fantasies that the state can or will offer you protection.

In any popular tabloid any criticism of the police is inevitably met with a response - when you need the police to protect you. The problem of course is that the police do not offer this service, at least not to Joe Public. The social contract between the government and the governed has long been broken and one sided. Further erosion of the rights of the governed will not make the government any more competent or any more interested in protecting you in your time of need.

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Re: Not one to take the G-Men's side very often, but within tight limits...

Are the cops after the culprits or are they after anyone with evidence that might detract from the official narrative.

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Take that, com-raid: US Treasury slaps financial sanctions on Russians for cyber-shenanigans, 2016 election meddling

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Re: Sigh...

the spend of £40 million at Porton Down to do something about it...

Grubyments don't work that way. The spend at Porton Down would have already been decided as would have been the eventual end game from all this Russian bashing - probably an excuse to re-enter Syria. We in the free West are now following the bouncing ball of increasingly shrill outrage from politicians and the press to 'do something' and hence arrive at the predetermined conclusion. The Iraq war, WMD's and babies thrown out of incubators was not that long ago. Lest we forget.

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nbn™ gives ISDN, Frame Relay and Ethernet Lite a stay of execution

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Euro Commission gives tech firms an hour to take down terror content

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Re: Standard tactic

Just as there is a symbiotic link between police and criminals, so to between governments and terrorists. (If not symbiotic then directly funded). Terrorism is the gift that keeps on giving, influencing all sorts of power grabs like the one above. As there aren't enough real threats to justify the security and military apparatuses that have been built, we have to make some. This is similar to the situation before the great war, or the war to end all wars, whereby large standing armies were bankrupting the kingdoms of Europe and rational deescalation was abandoned in favour of Russian roulette. The only winners were the banks.

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Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds

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Re: Won't somebody think of the....

That depends on where the pressure to discriminate against $X comes from. A team is not an isolated entity, nor is a corporation. How internal and external influences are handled may suggest fairness, biases, discrimination, stupidity or something in between. With enough pressure a team will act against its own best interests even if that limits long term survival. We see this in the lifecycle of every major corporation.

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Start of the downward slide. Google and YouTube are poster identities for that sentiment.

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Twitter cries for help to solve existential crisis of whether it's Good

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If we curate out a political viewpoint are there enough people left with opposing, alternate or accommodating viewpoints to drive advertising revenue. If yes then healthy else rephrase the initiative to reassure advertisers.

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NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation

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Damm clever people the Russian's. A global network of influence down to selecting governments and all under the noses of our elite spy agencies and all without a hint of hard incriminating evidence. If they are that good maybe we should vote for them!

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IPv6 and 5G will make life hell for spooks and cops say Australia's spooks and cops

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Re: Beware the future!

Don't worry, we can save freedom by destroying it. Just send your tax dollars to the Joseph Stalin memorial super ministry, C/- Canberra.

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Why isn't digital fixing the productivity puzzle?

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That's easy, since 2008 a massive expansion of credit into the parasitical financial services sector to shuffle the cards without actually producing anything. How can you measure productivity growth when money has no value. Secondly the productive parts of the economy are now so wrapped in red tape and security theater that they have stopped expanding. Sovereign risk from armies of useless public servants who have forgotten that they offer no real value to an economy has killed most Western economies. Check out Australia's latest defense trade controls act and the criminalization of R&D to see the stupidity up close. Productivity has not improved because throughout most of the world the parasitical classes have been elevated - check CEO's salaries, ever expanding copyright terms or the rise of patent trolls - and the productive classes are now herded, tax surveilled, imprisoned and bound. Until people wake up and stand up Western culture, innovation and productivity is effectively at an end. We will be reduced to celebrating useless apps that allow us to share our underwear or our socks.

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That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it

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Re: Solution

I don't think it was ever about contributing anything of value. When you are the worlds largest supporter of terrorism then that 1% is an important part of being able to move your assets around. It's the journalists and whistle blowers that need to be stopped.

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nbn™ scoreboard: our new way to look at Australia's national broadband network

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Re: HFC Horrible Fucking Crap

Part of the HFC debacle was allowing foxtel and Telstra to keep all the good frequencies while nbn got stuck at the noisy end of the spectrum. Add negotiating skill to the nbn co's list of credits.

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US Senate mulls giving Huawei and ZTE the Kaspersky treatment

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Re: The solution is...

Does it matter whose?

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Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

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Or it may mean that as you employ more women you need more women to communicate and socialise with them. Either, because of bias against the men, the men speak a different interpersonal language, the men regard them poorly and so a grunt is seen as being more than sufficient or because the men will not engage with them due to concerns over their mental stability, maturity and the risk of false allegations. It may also mean that the economy is moving from making stuff to talking about stuff.

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Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

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Re: PERMANENT SLOW MOTION REPLAY ?

No Meadowlark, the super advanced androids will still take over mankind. The difference now is that they won't know what to do once the takeover is complete. Mankind will start referring to the androids as politicians and we will lament how nothing ever seems to change for the better. Expect the androids to one day start serving adverts and legislating for donors in the absence of any real AI.

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Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

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Not going to happen. We will still be here fighting with nuclear weapons over the last peanut butter sandwich when it all comes to an end. Some amongst us want all the toys and as long as they can convince the rest to go without in the name of their greed we are stuck.

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Re: Clarity required

Massive pharmaceutical industry that thrives on government mandates and paranoia - it definitely will be the US. If it is a resource rich country or strategically close to one then they can slip a few terrorists and guns in there as well. Provide jobs and make America great again Your tax dollars at work!

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Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price

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Re: kettle calling the pot black

As an owner of a Huawei manufactured Nexus 6P that boot looped shortly after the 1 year warranty expired, I suggest that they haven't improved by much. I wouldn't buy from them again.

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Women reboot gender discrimination lawsuit against Google

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Re: The Pence Rule

Probably not your fault unless your office is at the end of a long dark road with no public transport and surrounded by prisons, psychiatric hospitals, wolves and cannibals. There are obviously other drivers influencing women's career choices and expecting it all to be magically fixed at the corporate level is leaving things a bit late. As an exercise in trolling it would be interesting to chart women leaving technical industries with the increasing proportion of women in school teaching roles. Are young women not reaching for some industries because of a lack of accessible role models (male or female) to inspire and teach them technical skills.

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US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

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Re: What's the hit rate?

This isn't about catching anyone. This is about fear of and control by an authoritarian state.

Look at how people are now willing to accept that the US govt can pass non-constitutional laws if they apply to non-citizens or outside of the borders. As a poster above pointed out probable cause becomes reasonable suspicion. Then it becomes a hunch followed by whatever the officer feels like stealing under local forfeiture conventions. All the while in the land of the over medicated anyone opposing this becomes a conspiracy theorist. A population already conditioned to live in its own faeces with the UK and Oz half a step behind. You have got to admire the social engineering that has gone into this.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: Still on sale?

Only the silicon that is not operating as designed.

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Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets

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Yup, one moment capitalism and the efficiency of a competitive free market is good but if it gets in the way of the bread and circuses it is bad. There is no difference between ticket scalping and futures trading. If it pushes up the cost of food and fuel and the bankers profit it is good. If it pushes up the cost of nothing consequential and the plebs profit it is bad. From a market point of view bulk buying tickets helps to support the entertainers by guaranteeing a level of market support and contributes to market efficiency by providing services to those who are prepared to pay, and as our economics teachers told us, can make the best use of the tickets.

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Australia's future technology headlines … for 2019!

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Re: Another set of predictions

The NBN's powered boxes by the side of the road look archaic now but we will stick with them because we are Stralians' and that is what we do! Soothed over by talk of off-budget, user pays, its all Labor's fault, terrorists hate us for our infrastructure, no one needs more than 640K, etc. Mobile broadband will be enough for the older low bandwidth (email and web) customers if the telco's get their pricing and marketing right. That will blow a big hole in the NBN both for finance and contention meaning no money for upgrades and no justifiable demand. NBN may even need to offer a CVC aggregation product across many POI's to keep things affordable (closer to the original plan).

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Re: Albanese

Sorry - Abbott government. It was of course the Abbott opposition at the time.

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Albanese

Albanese, the man who gave us mandatory full body scanners at Australia's international airports. No opt out clauses, no limits on future technologies and no requirements that any of it be proven effective or safe. With the support of the Abbott government this was passed in the lower house at which point Labor and the LNP stood and applauded each other - suggesting there was considerable generosity at play. Our robust political democracy in action.

While a Labor win is likely, the major parties are struggling with record low primary votes (Barnaby excluded). With a series of S.44 by elections leading up to the 2019 poll it is likely that both parties will struggle to finance their national campaigns. Almost all parties will be relying on Australia's dumb as a box of rocks electorates to keep voting against their own interests.

My prediction for 2019 is an Internet startup - say Pubar (pronounced Pooh-Bah) - that will facilitate the delivery of bribes (or donations as they are called) between the common citizen and their party representatives so that ordinary people can enjoy the thrill of democracy. Need a politician for 20 minutes to attend your kids birthday party - Pubar it. Demand pricing would of course apply around popular events. The political parties would discover a new fund raising mechanism and we could throw away any pretense that the generous salaries enjoyed by politicians in any way contributes to their loyalties and obligations to the tax payer.

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nbn™tries to ease peak hour crunch with cheaper bundles

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> averaged across all users, the average uncontested throughput of the NBN is a mere 1.3 Mbps.

But there's the rub. The end user experience is not benefiting from aggregate bandwidth across the whole of the NBN but only their little POI. 121 POI's didn't just make it more expensive to reach the customer but also limited the ability of the RSP's to aggregate CVC across a significant proportion of their user base.

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