* Posts by crayon

326 posts • joined 14 Jul 2007


Met Police in egg/face blunder as shop-a-crim site's SSL cert expires


"As your login is sent in plain text any of your company admins could capture your login details (many IDS will automatically alert the sysadmin of unsecured passwords being used). Now all your anonymous posts that have been sent that might have criticised a colleague or boss or your company's working practices are now available to blackmail you with or get you fired."

Wouldn't it be a courtesy not to use your company resources to badmouth them on a public forum?

Snowden didn't scare many out of US clouds says Forrester


"When evidence of the spooks ..."

I initially read this as "When evidence of the crooks ...", but then I realised that's the same thing.

Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'


"Easy, use www.duckduckgo.com"

Unfortunately for most queries google is still the best, bing is a very poor second (although on very rare occasions it returns more relevant results than google). DDG is only useful for the most obvious queries, eg trying to find the url of a particular site/product.

Intel, Apple and Cisco crossed off Chinese Gov's kit list


"Also: A man with a million dollars is nowhere near as powerful as a man who owes you a million dollars!"

Really? A man with a million dollars can hire some thugs to break the legs of the man who owes the million dollars and doesn't want to pay it back.

No password or PIN, but I have a fake ID. Sure, take the domain


"They never tried to call me, e-mail me, or send me a letter in the post."

Dear Sir/Madam

we are sorry to hear about your unfortunate death. Please confirm you're dead so we can transfer your domains to ...


"they will let ANYBODY renew a domain without checking anything. Even if they are nothing to do with the domain owner, have no ID or anything."

If they are only allowed to simply renew the domain (ie they're not able to change any of the contact details) then it's not necessarily a security flaw. There was an incident some years ago involving a domain (I think it was linux related) that had been "allowed" to expire, some dude tried to visit the website of that domain and found that it had expired and instead of waiting for the domain owner to renew he got out his credit card and renewed it so it could get back online quicker.

US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report


@Ian Michael Gumby

"Snowden is the definition of irony."

The irony is that he has been forced by countries that claim to have the highest safeguards for human rights to find refuge in a country with a less than stellar human rights record.

Alibaba hopes to roll net-connected car out of the cave


"and allows them to remove the back-doors and stealth-tracking software installed by various TLAs and FLAs before being sold to the populace."

There, FTFY.

FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop


"** WARNING **, it is still not safe to do your banking using IE, unless you are banking with one of the very few banks that have enforced the more modern ciphers on their servers."

One of the forking banks that I use "silently" fail to login if I don't set the user-agent on my browser to some variant of IE.

Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges


"Presumably there will be limits, similar to what Three have. You have a lower data limit when roaming (25GB), they don't allow tethering and you can only do it for 3 months a year."

Looking at their website, it says you can't tether whilst roaming, but apparently you can use mobile wifi, so what's the difference? If they're capping your data at 25GB then however you use it (whether by tethering or via mobile wifi - which is effectively the same) shouldn't matter.

Snowden, NSA spying, hard drive malware ... what we need is a UN privacy watchdog!


"1) The US is NOT the only one slurping, snooping and pooping. Just the one that's been outed in the public press."

Outside of the "5 eyes" the amount of "slurping, snooping and pooping" by the rest of the world is minuscule in comparison.

"2) The EFF expects that an angry letter or a resolution will do something or cause something to change? I don't recall any pronouncement from the UN stopping any wars, border fighting, etc. or any country saying "oh, your right, we need to repect our citizens"."

It is the actions of the member countries that dictates the UN's response to any event. Decision making in the UN Security Council (the only body in the UN with any real "power") is blighted by the wanton use of the veto by its permanent members to protect their "client" states even when those states are committing mass atrocities. And it doesn't help that the country fighting the most wars has a veto power.

"3) If they get too testy with the US, the US will just boot them out from the UN Building and turn it into a Holiday Inn. There's been a lot of calls in Congress in the past for booting them as well as the several times the States withheld payments."

Typical US foreign policy (dominate them) and diplomacy (if they don't do as told, threaten them). If the US does boot out the UN there would no shortage of countries eager to host it considering the economic benefits it brings.

"Which is just a load of hot air because all the governments involved carry sovereign power. They are each their own highest authority so answer to no one except another sovereign nature, and only if they butt heads."

Where countries have signed and ratified international treaties they are expected to be bound by those treaties. So in theory governments have to also answer to those treaties that they have signed up for. In practice the powerful countries have trampled on the sovereign rights of weak countries, and at the same time disregard the international laws to which they have signed.

"The UN does not have sovereign authority, and if it did it would by definition usurp sovereign power from everyone else."

The UN only has the powers that its member countries assigned it. And the only real power that it has is the UN Security Council which is the only body that can enforce (some types of) UN resolutions. But the ultimate power of the UNSC lies with its 5 permanent members, which in practice means the US/UK/France - because those 3 have been the most persistent in throwing their weight around and abusing the UN for their own gains.

‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules


File this under April Fools

"Obama told Reuters: "Those kinds of restrictive practices I think would ironically hurt the Chinese economy over the long term because I don’t think there is any US or European firm, any international firm, that could credibly get away with that wholesale turning over of data, personal data, over to a government.""

Was he saying this with a straight face or was he cackling like a madman? In any case US/European firms "get away with it" because they are served a gagging order so the public wouldn't know about it to complain.

"officials in Washington and Western business lobbies argue the law, combined with the new banking rules and a slew of anti-trust investigations, amount to unfair regulatory pressure targeting foreign companies."

At least it's only regulatory pressure for those companies actually doing business INSIDE China. Unlike the US which, contrary to international law, is bullying and threatening countries/companies that do business with Iran and other countries that they don't like.

The spy who leaked me: Ex-CIA boss Petraeus 'fesses up to blabbing intel to his mistress


"now you understand why the Chinese (and others) used eunuchs to run their civil service."

The eunuchs were used to serve the Empress (and other court ladies). However some eunuchs did manage to use their influence to meddle in politics.

"If any other country had agencies and law enforcement behaving the way that they do in the US, it would be labelled as a rogue country or a mafia state."

Even rogue countries such as Colombia has certain standards:

"The former head of Colombia's secret police, Maria del Pilar Hurtado, has been found guilty of spying on politicians, judges and journalists."


Huawei Browne-noses UK after hiring ex-BP peer for its board


They'll be hiring Malcolm Rifkind next.

3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience


"Microsoft tend to throw money at things until they succeed. My bet would be on Microsoft making at least #2 in the market before too long..."

They've been throwing money by the oil tanker load since the WINCE days to buy market share in mobile devices, and thankfully they're still not succeeding.

Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage


"My old Software Engineering Management lecturer told us something I think is very true. He said that if you developed a perfectly secure system, you would become very wealthy very quickly, as such a thing is virtually impossible to achieve."

What does the old geezer know? Bill Gates has shown that you can develop a perfectly insecure system and still become very wealthy very quickly.

"Despite the irony of it being said by Microsoft, the danger of a monoculture is all too real. It's important to have multiple rendering engines out there."

It's good as long as MS doesn't make their new rendering engine sprout new MS only "standards" like they always do.

I wish I'd leaked sooner says Edward Snowden in post-Oscar chinwag


"Then again, Obama made a lot of the right noises about surveillance, and then he sold out once he got into power."

"maybe at that point they showed him what they had on him."

They really must have a tonne of dirt on him for him to say such pathetic drivel:

"We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values"


"It’s important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job those folks had. A lot of those folks were working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots."

'Our values' are obviously not that valuable when whole swathes of the US regime and state apparatus can collude in breaking both US law and international law by the systematic use of torture. These people are supposed to represent the best of US society, they are supposed to be educated, lawful, moral, and at the least, human beings. But a couple of plane crashes and a few thousand deaths shows that this bastion of civilisation will lose its veneer of humanity and revert to base animal instincts. If such primal behaviour can occur it what is supposedly the most advanced society on Earth, and can be excused and forgiven by the leader(s) of that society, then what right do they have to accuse any other people or society of human rights abuses?

'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit


Re: Is Superfish really showing porn ads?

"If it's a good price, you may as well get two."

There are 2 fewer to choose from now:


Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?


How free does a market have to be to ensure that incompetent top executives who f*ck up a company will never find a job again? The free markets that we have seem to reward failure with golden handshakes and an even better paying job a couple of months down the line.

Dutch MEP slams 'cowboy practices' of GCHQ 'n' pals following Gemalto allegations


"I mean, it's one thing to criticize the US and UK governments for hacking into stuff, but to then say they didn't know about IS seems a bit weird. Of course they knew."

Yes of course, seeing as it is they, along with the despotic Gulf monarchies who have supported and funded the rise of the IS.

"Despite all the high tech cowboy spying and drone flying, enormous intelligence errors appear to occur more as rule than exceptions, for example: Iraqi WMD, linkage between Iraq & Bin Laden, 9/11 hijack & crash threat, airspace readiness, Iranian nuclear bomb and consequences of meddling with Libya and Syria for regime change.... all disastrous advices and reports if not meddled with by politicians of course - hard to say at times."

There were no intelligence errors. What there was was a concerted effort by bloodthirsty warmongers (mostly on the left side of the pond - but Blair was very eager to please his master) in using whatever feeble excuse they can make up to get rid of Saddam and install a compliant, puppet government in Iraq. It didn't work in Afghanistan, it didn't work in Iraq, it didn't work in Libya, it is backfiring in Ukraine and it won't work in Syria. Will they ever learn? Probably not, but it sure does help with arms exports.

Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks


"So my router WiFi can support 3 30Mbps UHD video streams, but my ISP connection is only 5Mbps!"

What does the speed of your internal network have to do with the speed of your external connection?

Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Re: Colour me sceptical - Colour you ignorant would be more appropriate

"So, did Snowden work on just about every project that ever happened, or is he just a publicity whore who is now making stuff up?"

If you haven't been living in a bog for the past couple of years (either the latrine variety or the swampy variety - take your pick), you would have known that Snowden had secretly copied a bunch of files detailing the criminal activities that the NSA and its partners in crime have been engaged in. Those files have been handed over to a few trusted journalists who are releasing findings at regular intervals after they have been vetted and redacted to protect the guilty.

So no, Snowden is not a publicity whore - he's probably had more publicity than he could handle.

Google MENACED by Russian probe over 'abuse of dominance' gripe


"If you don't like Google, don't use THEIR operating system. If Putin does not like it then TFB. Google gets to make ANY terms it wants to."

Russia being a sovereign country gets to make ANY terms it wants, if Google wants to do business in Russia it can comply with those terms or it can get out. AFAIK Russian law only applies within Russia. The same cannot be said for the US who abuses its economic and military dominance to blackmail/threaten other countries to comply with US laws.

UGH... opposable thumbs are so tiresome! Why not mount your iPhone on your face?


So you don't need new and novel inventions to be granted a patent. You just need a bit of imagination about what products will be made in the near future and apply for a patent, then when someone actually MAKES a product that is vaguely similar to what's described in the patent the lawsuits starts flying.

Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware


"That is, after taking into account the crap-ware, Windows is essentially free to the manufacturer. That's why they don't care about the cost of Windows licenses."

Bloody MS' fault again.

If Europe is against US's Irish email grab, it must pipe up now


"Something along the lines that individual states aren't bound by the treaties the Federal Gov't makes."

Federal government aren't bound by those treaties either.

"and imprison president Noreiga from Nigaugura"

actually the dude was from Panama, and he was imprisoned because he stopped cooperating with the CIA's drug smuggling operations.

The US' motto is "all your sovereignty are belong to us".

Linux kernel set to get live patching in release 3.20


" the most annoying oddity of requiring a reboot when changing network settings"

THIS was the most annoying:

"Your mouse has moved. Windows has to reboot for changes to take effect."

Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU


"Why pick on Oz?"

Try reading the whole article - the next paragraph says:

"Vulture South doesn't follow police scandals in other countries, but we wouldn't be surprised if such patterns were repeated elsewhere."


"I suspect given the size of the libraries used to check the multiple languages the cloud is the only way to get advanced voice recognition working."

Computers have been doing speech recognition even back in the days when DOS was widespread. My Nokia E70 had rudimentary speech commands (and understood at least 2 languages) builtin. The processing power/ram/storage on a modern "smart" TV is more than adequate for speech recognition.

If Samsung cared even a little bit about privacy they could have implemented a 2-tier system, simple commands like "volume up/down", "channel up/down", "mute" etc could be processed onboard without a f*cking stupid round trip to the internet. In fact the "simple commands" would cover all the standard TV functions (at least - ie it could also cover some "smart" TV functions like display the local weather when you say "weather" (assuming you have already programmed your location into the thing)). Only more sophisticated "natural language" commands would warrant a trip to the internet. The user can then choose to only use simple commands, and never have their voice data sent over the internet.

Fraudsters make bank as exec wires $17 MEELLION to China


"although from a distance it might look like it was just down to somebody not making a phone call to check things"

It is down to a phone call, except the idiot called the "wrong" person:

"McMurtry called a phone number listed in the email which was answered by a scammer pretending to be that contact"

The right person to call ought to be the one apparently requesting the transfer, ie the CE, Chuck Elsea.

Anthem, America's second biggest health insurer, HACKED: Millions hit by breach


"Curiously this leaves the US economy with three pillars of welfare, defence and corruption."

I always thought that the "defence" industry (which is a misnomer and should properly be called the warmonger industry) was the US equivalent of the European welfare system except the latter is more equitable.

Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air


"Er no. CO2 – a gas described as a greenhouse gas that is alleged traps heat and makes the planet possibly insignificantly warmer"

Maybe you should go a live on Venus, then tell us whether it's "insignificantly warmer".

Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone


"If Windows 8 proved anything it is that having a hybrid UI with "touch" mode and desktop views on a device isn't a recipe for success"

MS failed because they tried to foist a touchscreen UI on mouse toting desktop users. Given the right device where both UIs can be used depending on situation it could be a success. If Ubuntu can produce a device which can run phone-like software as well as full-blown linux desktop software then I will ditch my android phone and possibly could also retire my N900. There is more than enough juice in a modern phone to run full desktop software - I was running a full KDE 3.X desktop on my Zaurus which only had 4GB hdd and 64MB ram.

Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites


"That's not quite true. It's only really in the last 18 months, than I could buy a phone that can run a sat-nav app smoothly at the same time as receiving e-mails/texts/calls."

My Pureview 808 runs Nokia Maps, plus quite often I run Sports Tracker or MeeRun at the same time so I could record a route, plus the music player. At other times I have Maps running alongside SymDVR (which makes a record of the route as well as record a 1080p video of the whole journey).

Both the older N8 and E72 was able to run Maps and music player at the same time (and of course take calls/texts/emails).

Singapore wants nation-wide internet of things, hold the internet


"Lets hop no one pee over a sensor..."

I'm sure they'll have sensors to detect people peeing over sensors just like the ones they have in the lifts.

Oz spooks hack, try to fry Middle East servers – report


"They retaliate and take out our online banking services, ..."

If they dare do that the international community (ie the US and its poodles) will come out raging and foaming at the mouth declaring it an outrageous attack and slap sanctions and threaten war.

China demands real names online, bans parody accounts and news article comments


"I think there might be a slight flaw in China's plans to collect names."

I think you might be slightly mistaken, when they say "real names" they mean your ID number which all Chinese citizens are supposed to have and are presumably unique.

"The UK and US are using China's policies as a textbook. Both the FBI and the UK's Prime Minister David Cameron want the same thing."

I think this is a case of China copying the UK & US, since the latter (and especially the latter latter) already have frontdoors and backdoors into most of the internet.

Cubans defy government's home internet ban with secret home-made network


"The experience of Hong Kong SAR and mainland China would seem to show that the best way to reform communism is to expose the people living under it to a little capitalism."

How is that working out for the DPRK? Despite China being the perfect example of the benefits of reforms, Kim Jong-un decided to kill his uncle (who was seen as too pro China and for advocating for the kind of reforms that China had undergone) and thus seemingly shooting down (literally) the prospects of China style reforms for NK. Or maybe he's a shrewd operator, and will carry out reforms at a later date and hence claim all the credit and perpetuate the Dear/Great Leader cult.

In any case, it wasn't Hong Kong that made China change, it was Deng Xiaoping who made China change and with it the world. He saw the need for reform and eventually had the wherewithal to carry them out. Despite (or maybe because of) being purged more than once, he also put an end to the tendency of authoritarian governments to undergo violent or disorderly transitions of power by putting in place policies for the formal retirement of officials over a certain age and mechanisms for the orderly transfer of power from one set of leaders to the next. He put territorial disputes on the backburner and prioritised economic growth and cooperation. He successfully negotiated the peaceful return of Hong Kong and Macau (in the case of the former, despite Maggie Thatcher's initial wishful thinking stating that Britain would keep Hong Kong Island). The reforms he inititiated have lifted hundreds of millions of people in China out of poverty (in marked contrast to neighbouring India where it had been endowed with a democratic system and a relatively robust infrastructure - that had not been ravaged by invasion, then civil war, then a Cultural Revolution - that to this day hundreds of millions of Indians defecate out in the open because they have no access to toilets!

In short, change comes from within.

You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...


"I NEVER had to kill an app"

Very good for you. Meanwhile my Galaxy Note 2 always insist on killing apps as soon as I glance away. Even something seemingly innocuous like going into settings would kill my currently running program. When I go into settings to check the RAM usage I always have around 800-900MB free (that's because it kills all the apps that it can and hence I can't check how much RAM my killed app used!). Most times it's not a major problem because when restarted the apps will resume where they left off. The major annoyance is the browser (it starts reloading the tabs again), and with the file manager (say I am copying a bunch of files from my server and because it's going to take a good few minutes I want to do something useful meanwhile, but I can't switch away from it otherwise it get killed and the file transfer along with it).

Now Obama seeks China's help to halt alleged Nork HACK ATTACKS


"North Korea seems to be blackmailing Beijing ..."

North Korea's threat to "self destruct" is ultimately an empty threat if the people in power (Kim and friends, military top brass) value their own survival. If it collapse, the people in power could very well find themselves hanging off lamp posts like the Ceaușescus in Romania, or worse, fed to dogs as Kim allegedly did to his uncle. Very few countries would be willing to offer Kim asylum should he decide to do a runner - China wouldn't if the collapse was deliberately self-inflicted. Russia would be the country most able to provide refuge for Kim, but whether it will do so depends on its relations with the warmongering Nato countries and its economic situation at the time. If both are bad then they may decide it's not worth their while harbouring a worthless fugitive such as Kim.

In the long run, a united and stronger Korea would most likely be better for China. Korea could play its traditional role as a buffer zone between China and Japan :) Right now South Korea is a slave to Japan/US alliance because of the North Korea threat. Remove that threat and a united Korea can afford to have a more independent relationship with regards to China and Japan/US. A united and eventually more prosperous Korea also offers China more trade opportunities than a poverty stricken North Korea.

The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech


Great, they're going to do this in stages:

"800 Nits, then 1500 Nits"

then Philip's 4000 Nits,

then Dolby Vision's 10000 Nits.

So they want us to buy 4 generations of TVs before we get to HDR nirvana? Sounds a bit like the racketeers at the SD Card consortium who brings out incremental increases to capacity every few years.

Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker


"security vulnerabilities" ?

I think most bluray player owners would not classify this as a security vulnerability, it's more like a bugfix.

Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life


"it incorporates an innovation which has not yet been introduced by Apple, and cannot be sold till Apple have thought of it second"

It would be more effective to let it be sold for a while then they can claim damages for "lost sales".

"Sorry, I'm no fan of American imperialism but I was unaware the US had annexed parts of Chile."

Crimea held a referendum (however flawed it may have been) the outcome of which was to (re)join Russia. Which is more than could be said for the US/EU backed mob that overthrew an elected government. The US/EU are all for self-determination when it suits them (eg Kosovo) but when the shoe is on the other foot they cry foul, and throw tantrums, and impose sanctions, and if the other foot is militarily weak they start dropping bombs on them.

"This was the principle which for the US permitted Bosnia, Libya, and Kosovo"

The UN resolution stated "to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack". The US/EU/Nato perverted it into a war for regime change.

If the US/EU/Nato hadn't acted illegally with respect to Libya (that is taking a UN resolution that authorised specific, limited actions, and taking it as a mandate to wage war and regime change) then the UN Security Council might have had better chances gaining China and Russia's support in passing some meaningful resolution on the Syria issue.

Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners


@All expensive for what they are

"... I am disappointed just how expensive and short battery life these devices still are."

Don't worry, some bright spark will bring out mobile battery chargers to keep your cleaner topped up whilst you're sucking away on turbo boost mode.

Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon


Re: No Brainer, Really....

"The US currently controls all of the sea lanes that matter. Everyone, everyone has to be nice to the US for them to allow trade."

More insidiously, the rise of petrodollars and the subsequent ubiquitous use of the USD in world trade means the US has a much more effective means of controlling trade. Transactions denominated in USD requires that it goes through a US bank or a US-based subsidiary of a bank. This gives the US huge leverage in blackmailing companies and countries into complying with their geopolitical machinations of the day. Which is a reason why an increasing number of countries are working to bypass the use of USD and trade with each other using their own currencies. The ditching of the USD in favour of the euro by Saddam Hussein is what prompted his downfall.

Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone


Re: Class Action?

"Perhaps a body set up specifically to fund defence of spurious claims by NPEs, that is in turn funded by the larger groups that are targeted by them. This fund could then be used by even the smaller companies that are often preyed upon."

Perhaps some of these larger companies find paying the patent fees an acceptable cost of doing business and it gives them a competitive advantage if the smaller companies can't afford to pay and go out of business.

It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?


Windows is not ready for the desktop

"I just want my computer to work and I don't want to take the better part of an hour saving, sorting, closing, figuring out what needs to be patched, patching, rebooting and then opening everything again."

With most Linux desktops there is a session manager that will remember what programs are running when you logout/shutdown and will restore them next time you login. It's something that has been available for $diety knows how many years.

Germany dumps Verizon for Deutsche Telekom over NSA spying


"At which point the US companies opens a protectionism case in the ICC ..."

How does commercial disputes warrant a hearing in the International Criminal Court? Nevermind that the USA, along with fellow rogue countries, Israel and Sudan have decided to withdraw from the ICC.

That Snowden chap was SPOT ON says China



"«And of course let's also note that there's colossal hypocrisy on both [emphasis added, MHD] sides ...»"

I think the hypocrisy is hugely more colossal on one side than the other. Remember all the outrage from the US when the Chinese government forced Yahoo to reveal details about certain email accounts and when the Chinese government was accused of breaking into gmail accounts, whilst all along the US government had been forcing US companies to allow them to tap into all communications, and to top it all those same companies were served with gagging orders that prevented them from making public this coercion.

Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)



"and things like a simple text-to-speech converter are hideously complex for Chinese."

Not really, given that there are only a finite and relatively limited number of sounds in spoken Chinese.

"And a Siri equivalent would probably need several times more computing power than that available to all the NSA"


US Veep's wireless heart implant disabled to stop TERRORIST HACKERS



Have you seen the size of the dishes that are used to pick up these "factions [sic] of a billionth of a watt coming a space probe billions of miles away"?



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