* Posts by Danny 5

461 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009


BOFH: HR's gold mine gambit – they get the gold and we get the shaft

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Re: Brilliant...

They had me at "You mean were the head of Direct Marketing?"

Atos CFO to follow CEO out the door following 'Evidian' split plans

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Kill off operations

Atos has been trying to kill off their operations division for ages, I guess this is the latest attempt to do so. I worked there for almost 15 years, the company was constantly in a state of reorganization, clearly nothing has changed. I pity the people that still work there.

Dear Europe, here again are the reasons why scanning devices for unlawful files is not going to fly

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Really, we're back here again? We've been going around in circles for years now, can we please stop these shenanigans and move on please? I'm all for protecting the most fragile in our society, but at some point you have to accept that some "solutions" are just not feasible.

BOFH: Something's consuming 40% of UPS capacity – and it's coming from the beancounters' office

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Dummy mode on

My eyes lit up when I read that..... Been a while since it was invoked!

DoJ accuses Google of training staff to make 'false requests for legal advice'

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Don't be evil

Well that certainly ages like milk, didn't it? Every time you think they can't stoop any lower, they prove you wrong.

Zuckerberg wants to create a make-believe world in which you can hide from all the damage Facebook has done

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Re: 10,000 ppi

VR isn't the issue, it's how faceb.... ehr Meta intends to use it that seems a tad far fetched. I have a PSVR set and am now also playing my non-VR games with the headset on, simply because it projects a massive screen, well over 100", for my gaming pleasures. Even though it's "only"HD and I can regularly see pixels, it still massively enhances my gaming experience, I see no reason to return to playing games on my TV as long as I have the VR set.

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shut in

This sounds like a nightmare to be honest and that comes from someone who loves being home alone. I have no problem with an extended lack of contact with people, but if there's one thing that covid has taught me is that even the most fervent hermit will start to miss human contact at some point, I certainly did. Only a company as removed from reality as faceb.... sorry Meta can come up with something like that. The Matrix anyone?

BOFH: So you want to have your computer switched out for something faster? It's time to learn from the master

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"Dirt, Dandruff and Donkey porn"

I once had to repair the machine of my brother in law, he's reasonably tech savvy, but he had not remembered to delete his browsing history and such. I made a backup of his stuff, but forgot to delete it afterwards. Quite some time later I found myself looking for old videos that I had saved, so I did a search on AVI files and landed on the stuff he had been watching. Turns out he has a certain kink that I did NOT expect (nothing horrible). I laughed my ass off and proceeded to delete the stuff. Small hint, he'll only get more attracted to my sister as they age XD

I'm not going to hold it against him, I won't even mention it, but I thought it was absolutely hilarious.

Facebook may soon reveal new name – we're sure Reg readers will be more creative than Zuck's marketroids

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Too much?

I was thinking in the lines of "social cancer", or something similar, or is that a bit too much?

Behold the Megatron: Microsoft and Nvidia build massive language processor

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Did they have to call it Megatron? I mean come on, that's the same as calling a new supercomputer skynet.

Chinese web giant Tencent predicts Beijing has more internet regulations coming – and welcomes them

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Re: "[Martin Lau] welcomed whatever's coming"

That's really all there is to it, moderation. Same as facebook, all they need to do is make sure closed groups are fully moderated, open groups don't even need such a high level of scrutiny, closed groups do. We are in an information war and the only way to win it is to put all our effort into fighting misinformation.

One good deed leads to a storm in an Exchange Server

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Re: easy

classic XD

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Re: easy

I archived a couple fun ones for personal use, always funny to read back some of those old shitstorms ;)

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That story triggered a memory of a similar thing happening to me just over 10 years back.The customer used office and Exchange 2007. We were suddenly faced with a mail storm of our own, the logdisk of one database just kept flooding with streams and streams of logfiles, gigs at a time. Those disks weren't all that big, so it filled up to capacity in a matter of hours. We were frantically trying to figure out what was happening, even involved Microsoft to try and find the root cause (all the while manually deleting logfiles, which had been sanctioned as a one time workaround). After several hours of searching we finally got the root cause. A user was transfering to a new department and thought it was a good idea to zip up all his work and email it to himself as sort of an archive. His mailbox was about 1.2 GB when he performed the action, the file was 800 MB. In itself this would not be a problem, unfortunately we used Exchange caching and that's where everything fell apart. in Outlook 2007 an OST could not exceed 2 GB, it simply stopped working after that. The user with the 800 Mb attachment (they had no limit, customer enforced) sent his mailbox to 2.8 GB, filling up the OST to the 2 GB mark, crapping out and restarting the process, with the massive log flood as a result.

Good times!

BOFH: But we think the UK tax authorities would be VERY interested in how we used COVID support packages

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Re: It's been a while....

That was the first thing that came to mind here as well! Classic BOFH.

Blessed are the cryptographers, labelling them criminal enablers is just foolish

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Security is a journey, not a destination. ;)

The best security with always lost to the best hacker. ;)

Lastly, your mother's tactic is called "security by obscurity" and it's more effective than a lot of people would think. Hiding things in plain sight, or using dummies can be very useful.

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I thought I was about to hear a song of praise about crypto-currency! I had not expected to read something about one of my favourite subjects, cryptography in the public space!

Relaly just commenting for the sake of commenting, I have very little to add and agree with the article completely.

Won't somebody please think of the children!!! UK to mount fresh assault on end-to-end encryption in Facebook

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Ha ha

So we're really going to continue letting incompetent people try to do the job eh? Typical. You'd think this lady would've gotten herself more informed by now, but apparently she's one of the people that thinks and uninformed opinion is just as valid as an informed one. smh.

The torture garden of Microsoft Exchange: Grant us the serenity to accept what they cannot EOL

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Wait.... what?

You obviously don't know the first thing about Exchange and should therefor really refrain from commenting on it.

Setting up, administering, maintaining and recovering Exchange is extremely easy. Powershell gives admin administrative tools far beyond anything that monitoring can offer and the robustness of the software guarantees it'll usually keep running till the end of day. All you have to do it make sure the environment is kept up to date, another extremely easy process. The only gripe us admins had over the years is the loss of the console, although the EAC is a fine replacement.

Please tell me this is satire.

Microsoft fixes four zero-day flaws in Exchange Server exploited by China's ‘Hafnium’ spies to steal victims' data

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Re: Why is Exchange so hackable?

Having worked as an Exchange engineer for just under 15 years, I can tell you your assumption is way off. Exchange has become a very solid product, but due to the nature of the content, it's a highly sought after target. Email is one of the biggest treasure troves a hacker can get to. Your remark in regards to security fixes is ridiculous, Exchange updates are published quarterly now and there are generally very few bugfixes in between. You're still thinking about Exchange 5.5, the world of email has changed substantially since then.

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That was an exciting 24 hours, we were scrambling to get the fixes installed. I love stuff like that, the emergency process kicks in and all responsibility falls firmly on the people executing the updates, no layers upon layers of management that need to put their 2 cents in, short lines and fast turnover, this is what I love most about working in IT.

Got all my customers sorted out, was done at 22:30 last night with the last 2010 server (customer is slow to migrate, they should've been gone last year, but they're still with us on the EOL 2010 servers). Very satisfied with a job well done, this is one of the things the company I work for excels at, normally it's just as bureaucratic as any other large company, but when shit hits the fan, it really shines.

Australia facepalms as Facebook blocks bookstores, sport, health services instead of just news

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And again we see a perfect example of what can happen when people without the proper technical knowledge make decisions beyond their capacity, there are a LOT of unexpected side effects.

It's not that I disagree with the spirit of that law, I totally agree that if articles are completely/largely posted on facebook, the original poster of the article should be compensated, Facebook makes money off it too after all, it's just that this half baked effort is ending up doing more harm than good.

I get Facebook's argument that posting news on facebook can help the publishers, but that's only valid if a small portion of the story is visible (clickbait anyone?). There needs to be consensus on what qualifies as a link and what qualifies as a full post that requires compensation imho.

Big Tech workers prefer 3 days at home, 2 in the office. We ask Reg readers: What's your home-office balance?

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I was working from home 4 days a week before corona hit and was actually planning on reducing that to just two.I was missing the interaction with my colleagues and since I'm currently in 2 teams, I felt I needed 1 day to spend with each of them and 1 to keep up connections with the rest of my company network. I've been working from home 5 days a week for over a year now and look forward to ending that period. Working from home certainly has a lot of advantages, but days seem so much longer. When I get up the first thing I do is get behind my laptop and check if anything happened overnight. I'll have been busy for an hour before I get to breakfast and my first cup of coffee.

UK dev loses ownership claim on forensic software he said he wrote in spare time and licensed to employer

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Re: teach them how to use dd

If you think DD works on every and all devices with storage, I have some bad news for you.

France's cyber-agency says Centreon IT management software sabotaged by Russian Sandworm

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Re: All I want is a secure system where it's easy to do anything I want

I like the BOFH quote myself "security is a journey, not a destination"

Microsoft's underwhelming, underpowered dual-screen Surface Duo phone arrives in the UK this month for £1,349

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Anyone who suffered through the Lumia/Winphone debacle will think twice before ever getting an MS phone again. How they butchered the beautiful Lumia line still brings tears to my eyes, what a way to turn something great into a big, steaming pile of dog excrement. The surface slabs/hybrids are decent, be it overpriced, but this device has no appeal at all.

There's no 'I' in Teams so Microsoft issues 6-month warning for laggards still on Skype for Business Online

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Re: Kill it now

I was forced to use Circuit for quite some time, Teams is an absolute delight after that, believe me!

Amazon coughs up $62m to shoo away claims it stole driver tips, cut pay rates without telling them

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Re: Utterly absurd ...

That's how punishment works in the EU, the US should take notice. Just fine them a percentage of their revenue, that will have them shaking in their boots. $62 million is a pittance to their bottom line, they're laughing all the way to the bank.

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Re: Just say no

I did some minor shopping on their webshop, but have stopped doing so early last year. It's just scandal after scandal after scandal, that company is pure evil.

Plenty of people still so little problem with their actions though, judging by the still massive amount of money they make.

In wake of Apple privacy controls, Facebook mulls just begging its iOS app users to let it track them over the web

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Re: Shameless

I have a seperate gamer facebook account for that, it's sole purpopse is to log in to facebook so my game progress is saved. I never connected those to my personal facebook account to begin with.

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I have actually deleted the facebook and messenger apps from my phone, this whole saga was just one too many for me. The utter shamelessness with which fb is complaining about Apple being unfair and how fb holds our privacy in the highest respect just makes my skin crawl, it had to go.

I'm still on Android, which is a massive info hoover of its own, I hope they will follow Apple's example in this though. I don't mind my data being collected persé, but it should be my choice and not enforced, it's that simple. (I have a Nokia 8 btw, I have a bit more faith in the completely stripped down version of Android).

We've got some really bad news about Apple's privacy measures, Google tells iOS app devs: It'll hurt your Google ad revenue

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Targetted adds

It still baffles me that they're using targetted adds as an argument. I'm old, I've been on the internet for quite a long time, targetted adds were never an issue, until recently. Businesses were able to find me without having to collect ungodly amounts of data on me, they merely had more competition and weren't able to target me personally, I don't see the problem there. I see the problem for the add providers, but fuck them. Sideways. With a rake.

Facebook finally finds something it thinks is truly objectionable and needs to be taken offline: Apple

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Rarely do I find myself siding with Apple, but I am firmly behind them on this one. I have recently deleted the facebook and messenger apps from my phone and will not be reinstalling them anytime soon, I am fed up with that cesspool of hate and misinformation.

It's about time that they face consequences for their despicable behavior and be forced to moderate their nuthouse of a social network.

Fedora's Chromium maintainer suggests switching to Firefox as Google yanks features in favour of Chrome

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So much for their vaunted "don't be evil" credo eh?

BOFH: Are you a druid? Legally, you have to tell me if you're a druid

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How long ago was it that the killer robot made it's first appearance? I can't believe I still remember it, great to see it make a comeback!

Salesforce relieves Republican National Committee of its tools citing 'risk of politically incited violence' across the US

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Re: A good contract

Cancel culture at it's finest. I am not in favour of guilt by association, that's just plain wrong, regardless of your political affiliation. I'm a lefty and consider people that support the republican narrative my political adversaries, but silencing that, because they support the "wrong" ideology is crazy.

That's what fascism is built on.

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Re: Everyone of these moves

You're thinking of cats, cornered rats generally roll over and die.

Come to think of it, I kinda like that analogy.

Failed insurrection aside, Biden is going to be president in two weeks. What does it mean for tech policy?

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Re: Rent a mob

Well we won't see any "rent-a-mob" situations anymore, I'd say that's a pretty big difference.

Honestly, how bat shit crazy do you have to be to equate these men? These two men could not be any further apart. If anything, Biden will at least bring back some dignity to the presidency, that's a massive win in itself at this point.

Dutch officials say Donald Trump really did protect his Twitter account with MAGA2020! password

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He did, though you could argue that his choice of content to comment was a bit childish. If you go through the proper channels to notify all parties involved and nobody acts on it, you are ethically allowed to use the account to prove you have indeed gained access to it. It was crude, but not unethical.

We're not getting back with Galileo, UK govt tells The Reg, as question marks sprout above its BS*

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Re: European Union

"The issue is a hard border not that there is a border. There has still been a border while in the EU. So if the UK does not apply a hard border on our side we are not breaking the agreement."

But the UK wants a hard border with the European mainland and since the EU is a customs union, a hard border with the European mainland is a hard border in Ireland, there's just no way around that.

Sure, a soft, or no border in Ireland was an option, but that would've meant the UK had to stay inside the customs union, which it was adamant it did not want, that is the root cause of the Irish border issues. It's not the EU enforcing a hard border, it really is the UK. If you want to leave the customs union, you are going to have border checks, that goes for every border the UK has with the EU, regardless of location. The border in Ireland is the same as the border in Calais in France, or Hoek van Holland in the Netherlands, there is no difference legally.

"So the EU is unreliable-




In writing and entirely ignored because it suited the EU to go back on its written word."

That's really a matter of perspective, I can hardly argue against how you perceived the EU's unreliability. We weren't arguing reliability though, we were arguing about breaking an international agreement, this wasn't one, the current agreement on the Irish border is. Again, I understand why people are angry about the Greek matter, can't say I was all that happy about it myself, but the alternative was a bailout for several European banks, which would've cost substantially more. many EU banks have provided loans to countries (it's an assumption, but I'm fairly sure the UK has banks that are on that list), letting Greece fall would've meant letting those banks fall and nobody, not even the UK, was prepared to do that (you have a huge financial system, the repercussions would've been enormous).

Lastly, we're probably going to have to agree to disagree on the matter of media, as I think we're not going to reach any sort of consensus on that and it doesn't really matter either was in regards to this discussion.

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Re: European Union

"At no point do I know of the UK demanding a border in Ireland."

I'm sorry, but that just tells me you don't understand international law. If the UK leaves the EU, there is a de facto border in Ireland, nobody is demanding it, nobody wants it, but that's how international law works. I would also like to point out that Boris Johnson called the agreement, including the one on the Irish border, "oven ready", he even used it as a selling point during his election campaign.

"Cameron came back with a written guarantee that UK contributions would not be used to bail out Greece. This was broken at its earliest convenience."

First, I highly doubt he actually had a signed piece of paper that said that and even if he did, it had absolutely zero legal validity. the UK can oppose a bailout, but it's the combined member states that decide in these matter. I am 100% sure mr Cameron did not have an agreement with 27 signatures on it. So although I can understand your anger in regards to that one, you cannot compare this to the current agreement between the UK and the EU.

Secondl, That's not how the EU works, mr Cameron knew that full well. If t really was an internationally binding agreement, the UK could've sued the EU, but for obvious reasons that didn't happen. You can say it was a bad idea to bail out Greece, but the UK had no legally binding options to block it.

"Not just one country. Most media is leaning with its own biases. Thats why reading a mix helps."

Fair enough, but that balance is extremely skewed in the UK, much more so than in most other EU countries. The vast majority of the UK's (written) media is severely right wing biased, certainly the most popular ones. Compare that to the German press for example and you see there's far more balance between left and right there.

"Please dont sink so intellectually low as to claim to know what I read, it only makes you look stupid. I am not doing that with you."

I apologize for that one, that was indeed uncalled for. Perhaps I had too many heated debates on this topic. I've had similar things thrown in my face and sometimes fall for the trap of using those tactics too.

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Re: European Union

I am taken aback by your responses, some of them are just plain untrue. Where on earth are you getting your information? Take the Irish border alone, it was both the UK, as well as the EU that insisted that there should never be a hard border on the Irish isle and it was the UK that negotiated the regulatory border along the Irish sea, how on earth do you translate that to "The EU is basically demanding control over sovereign territory and attempting to insist any agreement as long as we are their poodle"?

Oh and please show me which binding agreements the EU broke, I can't think of any.

Lastly, if there's one country that has media that is absolutely riddled with propaganda, it's the UK (I know, I check some of them on a fairly regular basis), there is far, far more media balance in the EU. the UK media is barely held to account, which will be even less so once Brexit has been completed, because EU media laws will no longer apply.

I'm afraid you've read the daily mail once too many times.

Footnote, like AC, I too am European, not English.

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Re: European Union

It's fine that you're pro Brexit. I disagree with you, butt you'll have your reasons, fair enough.

You have to admit that the UK government is making a massive pig's breakfast of it though, there's no consistency and there's zero good faith, two things the EU hás been showing. Being a Brexiteer is not an excuse to lose one's ability to think critically.

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Re: European Union

It's not in the EU's best interest to toss the UK out on its ass. Although it's become apparent that a hard Brexit will hit the UK the most (by some margin), it will also hurt several member states. The EU is prepared to financially support those that will be hit the most by a hard Brexit, but it would be beneficial to the EU to prevent that situation from occurring altogether, so they're happy to give the UK more time.

That willingness is fast evaporating now though, with the UK threatening to breach the current agreement.

Go Huawei, Android: Chinese telco biz claims it will spread Harmony OS for smartphone to devs come December

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Re: Maybe

I don't see Bezos, Cook, etc putting people in concentration camps, so yeah, they're better.

If you equate the mistreatment of staff with the massive oppression that's happening in China, you're absolutely insane.

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It's futile, but I'm doing my best to avoid Chinese products as much as I can. I know it's unavoidable, but I cannot in good conscience support that country in any way. Any penny spend on Chinese products is money in the pockets of their regime.

They're some of the worst criminals on the globe right now, companies would do well to try and reduce their dependency on them. There are other options.

China makes treatment of its 5G vendors an issue to rank with climate change or disarmament

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Re: Uh-huh. Sure. Pull the other leg ...

Fair enough, but few have been so blatant and brazen as China. There are recorded cases of companies suing Chinese manufacturers for making direct copies of their products which got thrown out of court. I can't think of any civilized country that has institutionalized theft on the level of China, nowhere near it.

For China to make statements like this is downright laughable, they have absolutely 0 credibility when it comes to stuff like this.

China’s UK embassy calls for probe into 'hack of Ambassador’s Twitter account'

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Re: haha

Yeah true, their reach is far and their methods medieval. People would think twice about speaking up when it's their own health at stake, I don't think I want to know what kind of pressure one would be under if an entire family was used as a bargaining chip. I do get the feeling plenty are all too willing to follow suit though, don't forget their propaganda machine runs like clockwork within their borders.

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I can only applaud efforts to ridicule Chinese officials, any sane person knows what a unbelievably criminal regime China has. They've really slid down under their new supreme leader as well, they're pretty much just a step up from north Korea now when it comes to state control.

Any Chinese official working abroad should be considered a security threat and as far as I'm concerned, they should be barred from any service that is barred in China.

Apple to Epic: Sue me? No, sue you, pal!

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That's my guess right now as well, although my legal knowledge is limited, this seems like a fairly clear case of anti-competitive behavior. Google less so than Apple, as other companies aren't barred from running their own app store in Android, but both are clearly trying to push away any form of competition when it comes to access to apps. Apple is most blatant though, they are simply saying that if you want to use software on their platform, they must purchase that software via their store and no other, there's really not a lot they can say to defend that.



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