* Posts by Glen 1

891 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009


New mystery AWS product 'Infinidash' goes viral — despite being entirely fictional

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Looks like the Turbo Encabulator has gone all cloudy!

Hubble Space Telescope sails serenely on in safe mode after efforts to switch to backup memory modules fail

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Re: Wishful thinking...

The reasoning for this is that when you are looking at the *really* far away stuff, its all red-shifted anyway.

The VLT was surpassing Hubble in optical wavelengths as long ago as 2012 (first interferometry - according to Wiki).

For a concrete (and more recent - 2018) example - Neptune

Tesla shows off the AI supercomputer training what it hopes will one day be an actual self-driving car

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Re: Who makes money

If they could be *easily* replaced, they wouldn't be earning 6 figures.

Now that China has all but banned cryptocurrencies, GPU prices are falling like Bitcoin

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Re: China bad

"needs subsidized power to function economically"

No. Subsidies just hand an advantage to those being subsidised. It doesn't need subsidies to *function* economically, you need subsidies to *compete* with those already being subsidised.

If the hashrate drops because the subsidies stop, the block difficulty is adjusted.

From Wiki:

"The on-chain transaction processing capacity of the bitcoin network is limited by the average block creation time of 10 minutes and the original block size limit of 1 megabyte. These jointly constrain the network's throughput."

Neither of those things are dependant on hashrate.

Remember, once BTC has all been mined, the miners are expected to continue based on the transaction fees alone.

Nominet is back to 'the same old sh*t' says Public Benefit campaign chief as EGM actions grind to halt

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Re: "No, Virginia, ..." [Nominet's handing of EGM voting data to a market research agency, Savanta]


Perhaps "well" was overstating things, its certainly not a problem. As you amply demonstrate. Its no more a problem than the naked .uk TLD anyway.

My original (admittedly off topic) comment was on the basis of how shit do things have to get before things like facts and reality start to intrude on the Brexiter's delusions.

"hard facts accumulate until they can no longer be denied"

or put another way:

"'I never thought leopards would eat MY face,' sobs woman who voted for the Leopards Eating People's Faces Party."

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Re: "No, Virginia, ..." [Nominet's handing of EGM voting data to a market research agency, Savanta]

Pretty well.

The only problems I can see have been caused by Brexit related paperwork.

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Re: "No, Virginia, ..." [Nominet's handing of EGM voting data to a market research agency, Savanta]

" But as time goes on, hard facts accumulate until they can no longer be denied, and they crack thru another layer of the scales on your eyes and another treasured myth crumbles away."

Something something Brexit

The server is down, money is not being made, and you want me to fix what?

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Re: What kind of idiot do you think I am?

Asshole: a stupid, irritating, or contemptible person.

Bully: a person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those whom they perceive as vulnerable

While there may well be a large overlap, I would say the main distinction is the aggression.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz? Detroit waits for my order, you'd better make amends

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Re: Sometimes though....

Mr Moneybags wanted full duplex

Does the boss want those 2 hours of your free time back? A study says fighting through crowds to office each day hurts productivity

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Re: Covid 19 and hot desks

"...how are they going to CV19 clean..."

"they" will provide a tub of alcohol wipes and leave you to it. Hand sanny if you're lucky.

Your hardware is end-of-life... and it's in space. Worry not, Anglo-Japanese sat to test new orbital cleanup method

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Re: Fuel?

"exactly as much fuel"

A good ion thruster will use much less fuel than the hydrazine (etc) used in many station keeping systems.

Not only that, you only need to give the debris enough of a nudge to intersect the atmosphere... then let nature take its course (while our intrepid hero jets away). The shuttle did not need to carry a massive fuel tank to de-orbit.

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

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Re: Loss of expertise

we have loads of backups, but restore? Whats that?

Rookie's code couldn't have been so terrible that it made a supermarket spontaneously combust... right?

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=1 could be an assignment...

Valheim: How the heck has more 'indie shovelware with PS2 graphics' sold 4 million copies in a matter of weeks?

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Obligatory Factorio recommendation here. I have heard good things about SatisFactory, but not played it myself.

When you sink hundreds of hours into a game, it limits the number you can do justice.

Can we exhale yet? EU set to rule UK 'adequate' for data sharing in post-Brexit GDPR move

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Re: "For now, those fears seem unfounded..."

"they are walling themselves off. "

They are walling *us* off from *their* money FTFY

Apple iOS 14.5 will hide Safari users' IP addresses from Google's Safe Browsing

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Re: Tor, DNSCrypt, etc.

There are several open source distros for phones.

The limiting factors are drivers and getting the phone to boot from a non manufacturer sanctioned image.

As for stock android, I know there is a VPN API, so it should be possible.

How do we combat mass global misinformation? How about making the internet a little harder to use

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Re: Teach people?

"removing time wasting rubbish"

One persons rubbish is another persons trigonometry/history

Personally, I think civil rights movements (eg BLM) are important enough to be taught about in schools. However some of them come under the heading of "Sociology" and is therefore sneered at by some.

ThinkPad T14s AMD Gen 1: Workhorse that does the business – and dares you to push that red button

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KU-1255 (wired keyboard with TrackPoint)


EBK-209A (Bluetooth KB with a not-Trackpoint)

The former is brilliant. However, I couldn't find a wireless version that wasn't silly money (>£100)

The latter is a PITA, the nub works like a very small trackpad - but waaay to sensitive. Accidentally touch it while typing, it moves. Lift your finger to press the left click button, it moves away from where you were going to click. As a compact Bluetooth keyboard, it could be worse - it has PgUp/Dwn and Home/End keys. However if you are buying it so you don't need a trackpad or mouse, it will frustrate you.

Chromium cleans up its act – and daily DNS root server queries drop by 60 billion

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Re: hang on

"millions of ordinary people were perfectly capable of using the internet"

Before the omnibox shenanigans, how many of us regularly witnessed people type the full domain into google, then click the link for domain they have just typed in?

Nespresso smart cards hacked to provide infinite coffee after someone wasn't too perky about security

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Re: To be perfectly fair ...

But I *like* overly hopped IPAs.

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Re: Coffee and Mifare Classic

That's where the unsecured ethernet ports are...

How embarrassing: Xiaomi and Motorola show up to high school prom both wearing remote-charging tech

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You can already do that with a strong enough light bulb.

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Three Body Problem Trilogy

Reminds me of the Three Body Problem Trilogy

In the later books, set in the future, they have all the flying cars and stuff, and they are powered by induction.

Since fusion had long been mastered and power was no longer scarce - it was more convenient to transmit the power via induction (even with the massive inefficiencies), than it was to carry the extra weight of the charging/generating infrastructure on the craft.

With the power transmission infrastructure in place, *everything* was powered that way.

Interesting times.

Cisco intros desktop switches, one with USB-C to power your laptop

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Not quite

you're going to be required to have a docking station

What you link to does not say what you said.

From the link:

Other points to consider when planning tasks involving portable computers are:


(c) Provide docking stations or similar equipment (see paragraph 11 of this appendix) at workstations where portable computers will be in lengthy or repeated use.

"Points to consider" is not the same thing as "required to have".

The rest is just saying standard ergonomics apply - i.e. your boss can't make you hunch over a laptop on a low table for extended periods of time. A situation that *can* be remedied by having a proper desk setup with a docking station, yes, but its also solved by having a £10 laptop stand on the same desk.

Also, look at the date of the document. If docking stations were required, they would have been required since at least 2003. Not "going to be".

Perl-clutching hijackers appear to have seized control of 33-year-old programming language's .com domain

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Re: I used to dislike Perl

Those things are not mutually exclusive.

Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'? Newbie gripe sparks some soul-searching among Debian community

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Conversely, what percentage of users are running a Linux Desktop

I use Linux almost daily, but its all command line stuff on headless servers. My daily driver is a Win10 machine, and I have little reason to jump ship. Although I have installed Ubuntu to dual-boot if need be, it hasn't been booted in over a year.

An older relative asked me to take a look at his machine. It had Vista on it, and had the 'pox. He only used it to get on Facebook, and play web based games (one of which undoubtedly provided said pox). I thought this would be a good opportunity to do what we are always talking about in this place. I put Mint on it, making sure Chromium was on there too.

I heard back via another family member that he'd stopped using it, as the games he wanted to play wouldn't work without flash - and I didn't install it for obvious reasons.

I guess my point is that most users see their computer as "the internet box". The minutia we argue over is completely opaque to them. Extolling the virtues of things they don't care about means bugger all.

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Old Joke

Emacs is great, but Unix/Linux has more apps.

(Accidentally posted this as a post down thread rather than a reply - since withdrawn)

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

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Re: Par for the course and right up some streets we all know of

Don't forget the obligatory political donation

Lenovo reveals smart specs that let you eyeball five virtual displays, with strings attached

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Re: Strings attached

"if you're telling me that it's the glasses that are rendering them"

USB-C (thunderbolt 3) allow for external GPUs. I am currently reading this on a such a device about the size of a thumb drive. (bigger monitor used as part of a homebrew docking station)

A Raspberry Pi 4 can do a 4K desktop with hardware accelerated video. 5 X 1080p is not far off regular 4K, and no word has been given to its performance or hardware acceleration abilities. You don't exactly need an RTX 3080 to browse web pages/edit documents.

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I currently do something similar with my Oculus Quest. 3 browser windows horizontally (~180 Degrees FoV), with the background being the "passthrough" of the tracking cameras.

I often wonder if they could detect QR codes or similar for the registration of Keyboards, and not overlay on those spots.

As for the glasses in the article, registration might not need to be particularly accurate. Projecting floaty monitors relative to your head only needs 3 DoF, and phones have been able to do that for a while. Keeping your peripheral vision in reality means no/less motion sickness. Exciting times ahead!

Edit: From the short concept video, it looks like there is a camera just above the nose. If the intent is that you are augmenting an existing display, it is trivial to include markers on the IRL screen. Then you place your virtual screens relative to that one. *shutupandtakemymoney.jpg*

Parler games: Social network for internet rejects sues Amazon Web Services for pulling plug on hosting

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Re: Beginning of the end for cloud?

Depends if your 'business critical functions' involve breaking the law. If Parler gained popularity amongst Islamic terrorists, I doubt so many self proclaimed 'free speech' advocates would be decrying its demise.

Even if you own your own iron, its rare for companies to own their own datacentres. For each layer beneath what you own there is a business relationship that can be terminated at any time... by law enforcement if need be.

You wouldn't expect TPB to be openly hosted and accessible on AWS et al, so why Parler?

TPB still exists though, so Parler (or its de-facto successor) could end up following a similar path.

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Stolen from Twitter

I would like to congratulate Parler on their new serverless infrastructure.

Brexit freezes 81,000 UK-registered .eu domains – and you've all got three months to get them back

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Re: Most Remainers are too polite and won't say but "We told you so!"

The referendum was won by 1.9% (51.9% of total) - and that was before the house of cards of lies told by the leave camp had started to collapse.

Talking as if the UK chose leave as the obvious choice is simply not born out by the actual numbers. Along with the narrow victory for leave, we've had 2 subsequent elections (+ European parliament election) where the majority of votes were cast for parties that were either outright remain, or wanted a second referendum.

Yes, under our current voting system, that still means we leave, but talking as if it was inevitable, or that it was/is uncontroversial is outright fantasy.

I think the argument that people vote to change the status quo holds water. The red wall that had largely felt ignored for the last 15 years suddenly voting Tory bares this out. Unfortunately, they may not like the change that they get as a consequence (see the 're-organising' of our manufacturing sector).

Human nature is to co-operate, as we did in the common market. It is very much against human nature to surrender control over something which is seen as "ours" to "them", which is what rejoining would be seen as.

There's the rub. On the world stage there is "Us Europeans", "Those Americans", "Those Chinese", then "everyone else". The UK has voted to put itself in the latter category.

Remainers failed to convince enough people that the EU *is* the co-operation of (now) 27 countries. The parliament that represented us that voted on laws that spanned a continent. That includes sometimes getting outvoted. (as remainers were). I find it heartening that the EU parliament rarely voted along country lines, but would usually group themselves along left-right spectrum. Because they represented all of us.

"Perhaps in 25 years, if the EU is still around..."

The way things are going, that is more likely than the UK 'remaining' in it's current form.

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Re: Not just money

"1) "remaining in the EU and making no changes and you'll be better off", which is obviously correct if your in the top 50% of the population by income, and obviously incorrect if your in the bottom 50% by income.

2) Remain said that your either with us and a good un, or against us and everythingist inhuman scum that we won't deign to communicate with.

1) Not so much "You'll be better off if you stay" as "you are already reaping the benefits, you'll be worse off without it". Lets face it, its the already-rich tory cronies that stand to make money from brexit. Trying to paint it as a victory for the working classes is outright delusional.

Look at the shortfall in funding to say.. Cornwall. 9 out of 10 of the poorest areas in Northern Europe are in the UK when we're supposedly one of the richest countries. That's not the fault of the EU. That's on us. The EU has just made a handy scapegoat. The positives of EU membership haven't stood out because how many of them people took for granted.

2) When every debate seemed to start and end with brexiters showing their ignorance around immigration, it is difficult for Remainers to frame that in any other way than xenophobia. It doesn't matter that EU migrants were more profitable for the taxman than the average British citizens, or that 9.1% of doctors and 6.0% of nurses are EU nationals. It always seemed to come back to immigration - even though we *always* had the ability to kick out immigrants that were a burden even under EU law .

Remainers seemed to spend most of the campaign fighting disinformation and outright lies.

*Thats* when the name calling starts, because frankly, once people become immune to evidence and facts , there is not a lot more talking to be done.

That's the sad thing. There *was* in informed debate to be had about the pros/cons of being in the EU. However that never happened. The closest we got to it was people asking honest questions, but the responses being shouted down as "unpatriotic".

Shrug. *I* didn't vote for it, and *I'll* be alright (*checks Bitcoin price*), but there are a lot of people who's livelihoods depend on being competitive within the EU. Tariff-free trade is a darn sight better than the dumpster fire that no-deal would have been, but the extra paperwork has a cost. Many SMEs selling to the UK have just decided not to bother.

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Re: Not just money

"Leave side campaigned on ideals and principles."

Indeed. The ideals of "no more foreigners" and the principles of "are you English? or a TRAITOR?"

(the latter goes some way to explain why the Scots weren't taken in by it)

Hiding behind the flag when the leave camp's lies and half truths were being called out for what they are certainly shut down any rational discussion. Feelings not facts. Pointing out basic fucking facts and reality has become *gasp* UNPATRIOTIC. "Believe in the bin!"

Even now, almost every word our current politicians utter can be contradicted by a soundboard of clips from a few months previously - with barely an acknowledgment that the contradictory statements can't both be true.

Literally DoubleThink wrapped up in identity politics.

"The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. " - George Orwell - 1984

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Re: I want a .EU domain...

"Brexiteers are no more racists than Remainers"

The numerous Vox pops from Brexiters wearing their racism on their sleeves add weight to that not being true.

"naive clueless idiots who want someone else to do their thinking for them on the basis that being deferential to someone with a different accent makes them more sophisticated. It doesn't."

Ah so you're for Scottish independence then? Fair Enough.

Raven geniuses: Four-month-old corvids have similar cognitive abilities to great apes at same age, study finds

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Re: tasks testing addition and understanding of relative numbers?


Remember when we "train" animals, we are training them to understand *us*, not the other way around.

Dogs and Cats seem to be persevering with us though.

The GIMP turns 25 and promises to carry on being the FOSS not-Photoshop

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Re: 25 years and still a pain to use

"more interested in adding new features than improving usability"

something something calibre

What we wanted: Netflix for books we already own

What we got: MP3 ID3 tagging-esque software from the mid-90s that takes a copy of every file it likes for its own use without the option to turn it off. I hope you don't have any large zip files...

UK reveals new 'National Cyber Force', announces Space Command and mysterious AI agency

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" taking steps to assure that it doesn't break the international Good Friday Agreement should the EU continue to threaten Northern Ireland."

Are you getting some mirror universe news channels over there?

When even a power-cycle fandango cannot save your Windows desktop

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Re: a perfectly understandable error

"I had already bought 'Ghost' for my team so we could deploy PC's faster"

Ah the heady days of imaging 1-2GB drives over a parallel port. (pre-usb boot)

The revolution will not be televised because my television has been radicalised

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Yep bias *is* a problem - like the question time eps with "more [Tory] plants than a garden Centre" - or how many times Farage got on there having never been an UK MP (even now)

Don't get me wrong, we do need greater transparency about these things, however you are viewing things through extremely blinkered/tinted glasses if you believe this only goes one way.

That said, someone holding an informed opinion might well affiliate themselves with (or against) a particular political party *because* of that opinion. That is fundamentally different from the bullshit identity politics you seem to be implying.

Finding out people in caring professions might lean away from the Tories should not be a revelation.

Python swallows Java to become second-most popular programming language... according to this index

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Re: Sin tax

"That said, you'd generally expect somebody using Python in a serious project to have the correct indentation come as second nature to them"

Indeed. The equivalent bug would be having a closing brace in the wrong place. Easy enough mistake to make, but blaming the language makes them sound like they suck don't have a lot of experience.

If someone learning C complained about their curly bracket placement, one might nod along sympathetically and tell them to keep at it. Perhaps suggesting a linter/style guide to make such mistakes easier to spot. Why not the same for python? Or was that learning curve so long ago people have forgotten what its like to be new at something?

Personal preference is a thing, and that's fine. However there is a difference between "I don't like it, so I think it sucks" and "It objectively sucks, so I don't like it". Some of the people posting here are definitely the former, thinking they are the latter.

As always - horses for courses.

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Re: Popular?

"It's just a bunch of small website projects.

Do any of the big web sites even use it?"

Yeah, 'small website projects' like google (inc youtube), reddit, instagram, netflix....

There are *many* sites using python that you will have heard of. A quick google gives many lists, but I present this one as it includes quotes from the companies themselves.

10 Famous websites built using Python

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Re: Sin tax

"Can someone explain the appeal?"

**Bad Analogy Warning**

Think of it like Bash but with a big standard library and friendlier $SYNTAX

What python is really good at is glue code. That's why the data science folks doing the hard maths have taken it to heart. Its a case of being able to just get on with stuff while others complain about the minutia of juggling pointers. If you start to bump into python's limits, that's when its time to look for another tool. (eg R)

Look at Jupyter notebooks - you do your hard maths and have the results formatted in a nice graph in the browser window you launched the query from - cutting out many intermediate steps.

Perl could have been what python is. Yet we see it going the way of COBOL

If I may ask, what is it about python that irks you? (open question to everyone)


US-EU project to bring Mars samples back to Earth needs two more years, extra $4bn, watchdog warns

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Re: "cost about $4bn more"

Are you familiar with the "Senate Launch System"?

123 Bork? Six-day DNS record-edit outage at domain name flinger 123 Reg enrages users

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Obligatory mythic beasts recommendation

Police chopper chasing a crim near an airport? Ideal time to use my laser pointer, says Texas idiot now behind bars

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Re: Retroreflectors?

I fail to see the point. Shirley by shining the light they are automagically giving away their position?

Only if the laser is pointed directly at a sensor. Otherwise, you only see the beam if it has something to diffuse off. Having enough particulates/fog in the air to see the beam itself is highly weather dependant.

The beam divergence only needs to be low enough to still be detectable from its reflection.. After that, a a single drone with a sensor looking for the common laser pointer frequencies can be anywhere within line of sight. Hell, they might give their position away just by testing it on the ground nearby.

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Not only would it be "returning fire", there would be a nice, easy-to-track laser designation point.

I suppose it depends on how far the beam diverges.

Apple wants privacy 'nutrition labels' on all new and updated apps in its software store from next month

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Ahhh, but the ad free version is a one off purchase.

Ad revenue (or a subscription service) trickles in for as long as you use the app.

Which one of those is the developer more motivated to continue support for?

See also: Adobe creative suite, Office etc



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