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Posted on April 8th, 2014 at 12:12 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

Systems and services are so insecure today that a 5 year old might bypass them.

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‘Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,’ by Michael Lewis

Posted on April 6th, 2014 at 15:42 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


If that was the case, he asked them, why did the market in any given stock dry up only when he was trying to trade in it? To make his point, he asked the developers to stand behind him and watch while he traded. “I’d say: ‘Watch closely. I am about to buy 100,000 shares of AMD. I am willing to pay $15 a share. There are currently 100,000 shares of AMD being offered at $15 a share — 10,000 on BATS, 35,000 on the New York Stock Exchange, 30,000 on Nasdaq and 25,000 on Direct Edge.’ You could see it all on the screens. We’d all sit there and stare at the screen, and I’d have my finger over the Enter button. I’d count out loud to five. . . .

“ ‘One. . . .

“ ‘Two. . . . See, nothing’s happened.

“ ‘Three. . . . Offers are still there at 15. . . .

“ ‘Four. . . . Still no movement. . . .

“ ‘Five.’ Then I’d hit the Enter button, and — boom! — all hell would break loose. The offerings would all disappear, and the stock would pop higher.”

At which point he turned to the developers behind him and said: “You see, I’m the event. I am the news.”


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  1. The excerpt is super interesting and worth reading, if nothing else because it’s basically a blind debugging scenario.

    For some balancing views, I recommend this and this from which:

    The high-frequency traders make money more consistently than the old-school traders, but they also make less of it.

    Point being, that HFT affects people doing big stock transactions. It doesn’t really affect you and me when we buy or sell stocks. That’s because most of the time when we trade using Schwab or E-Trade, as I understand it, the order is filled either within the brokerage entirely (i.e. matched with another customer without ever going to the market) or if it does make it to a real exchange, the order will be small enough to be filled on a single exchange.

    It looks to me like HFT is a problem affecting big investors, hedge funds, and other people who have the money to make noise about this, sue each other, lobby Congress, etc.

  2. I also see it as some evidence that a financial transaction tax wouldn’t really cause the market any hardship.

  3. A 5% tax would probably stop the herd mentality on Wall Street.

This is my human. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Posted on April 6th, 2014 at 14:52 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. “I picked this ‘cos it matches my outfit.”

After Pando shows clear evidence of fraud, Indiegogo responds by… deleting anti-fraud guarantee

Posted on April 6th, 2014 at 14:39 by John Sinteur in category: News


What’s the right thing to do if your crowdfunding platform guarantees to detect “any and all” cases of fraud, but then is shown clear evidence by Pando of a near-$1m fraudulent campaign happening right now?

If you answered “suspend the fraudulent campaign,” you’re right.

If you answered “quietly delete the no fraud guarantee from our website,” you’re Indiegogo.

I’m not joking. Following a week of reporting by PandoDaily in which we exposed the junk science, corporate smoke and mirrors and flat lies behind Moscow-based Healbe’s Indiegogo campaign, Indiegogo finally took action yesterday. Not by suspending the campaign to protect its users, not by doing anything at all to ensure that thousands of people aren’t about to be swindled out of close to a million dollars… but by deleting the reference to their foolproof fraud detection from their support pages.

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  1. Technological wonders. Disintermediating between sheep and wolves.

Du Pont Heir Gets No Prison Time for Raping 3-Year-Old Daughter

Posted on April 5th, 2014 at 18:28 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Robert Richards IV was in 2009 convicted of raping his three-year-old daughter, seven years after she, then five, told relatives that she didn’t want “my daddy touching me anymore.” In an alarming twist, the judge who sentenced the heir to the du Pont fortune let him off with no jail time, arguing that six-foot-four Richards “will not fare well” in prison.

Instead of sentencing him to prison for raping a toddler, Judge Jan Jurden ruled that Richards would benefit from treatment. Critics have since noted that such treatment is usually only offered to drug addicts or those in possession of child pornography, not convicted rapists. The details of the case became public this month when Richards’s ex-wife sued him for damages related to the abuse of their daughter.

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Periodic Table of Typefaces

Posted on April 4th, 2014 at 21:50 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: Great Picture



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  1. @pete: Don’t you need one of those huge particle accelerators to make that?

Hey Politicians, Don’t Be Ashamed of Anal Sex

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 at 20:00 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


I don’t want politicians who are preoccupied with what people will think about their sexual desires, forcing them to skulk about and get up to no good. I want the people running our country to focus on precisely that.

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  1. Since it’s gone a bit quiet here in our favourite haunt in Blogistan, and since nobody wants to comment on this post so far, may I make the following inquiry…

    Is it the case that homosexuality is something that people do rather than something that they are?

  2. Oh, sexual identity or sexual behaviour? I’m not touching that with a six-foot pole…

  3. Blimey! Good ol’ Ally Pally!

Let’s think outside the box on this.

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 at 1:14 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Street Typography

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 at 0:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. These guys are good! But shouldn’t the “BUS” and “STOP” be the other way around? :-) If this is in GB, and the traffic is on the left, coming from the right, I’d think that the “BUS” should be to the right of the “STOP”. If it the rest of the heathen world, then they are upside down! :-) Oh well, too much for my brain – dinner is ready…

  2. This is quite correct for driving on the left.

    I admire their skill!

  3. WOW. It’s especially impressive that the letters seem to match, e.g. the s in BUS and in STOP.

    Are they using some kind of specialized tool with a measurement of distance and set turning radius?

3D printed skull replacement implanted for the first time ever

Posted on March 28th, 2014 at 17:45 by Paul Jay in category: News



 Dutch hospital has successfully performed the first operation replacing a patient’s skull with a 3D-printed version.

The 22-year-old patient suffered from a rare disorder that caused the bone in her skull to thicken abnormally, from the normal 1.5cm to 5cm thick.

The condition gave the woman poor eyesight, severe headaches and the inability to perform facial expressions, with doctors saying the pressure on her brain would have certainly killed her in time.

The operation took 23 hours to perform and was led by Dr Bon Verweij from the University Medical Centre Utrecht.  3D-printers have previously been used to replace skull fragments, but this is the first time such an extensive area of the cranium – nearly a full hemisphere – has been transplanted.

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  1. That is all kinds of cool.

    Now, if they could just do something about the insides of the skull … :)

  2. Can you please do another article? This picture is grossing me out.

  3. She can audition for the next hellraiser movie, as a substitute for pinhead :)

Georgia Gun Laws – Cancel My Dinner Reservations In Georgia

Posted on March 27th, 2014 at 21:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


I am not about to debate the Second Amendment here but to equate carrying an unlicensed gun into a bar or restaurant with a basic American right is sheer idiocy. Alcohol and guns don’t mix well in bars, and what possible rationale is there to allow them into a restaurant? Well, here’s one possibility: under the rules of Stand Your Ground, if the guy at the next table flirts with your wife and you ask him to stop and he tells you to go screw yourself and you see he’s got a pistol in his belt, then you have a perfect right to pull out your own gun and blow the fucker way—all perfectly legal. By the way, the same goes for the other guy.

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  1. You just never know when you might get pissed off and have to kill someone.

  2. Can someone explain why so many Americans are so sold on the dream of ‘living in the old West’, when a man wore a gun as he walked down the street and got -respect- (and men were real men, women were real women & small green furry things from Alpha Centaurus were real small green furry things… oh, and sheep were real nervous). People who wore six-shooters on their hip were the exception, not the rule.

    If it weren’t for the fact that it’s usually the bystanders who get shot, to say nothing of the kids, I’d encourage Americans to wear their guns and let the Darwinian process take its course…

  3. Actually, the GOP are the Darwinians, wanting to kill off the weak (unless they’re rich). I don’t know why they don’t believe in evolution.

  4. @Kharkov – because they are completely divorced from reality after being fed steady diet of propaganda from big corporate power brokers that control media, food, and all things social. The place is f_kdup, actually been f_kdup for a long time.

Dwarf planet discovery hints at a hidden Super Earth in solar system

Posted on March 27th, 2014 at 12:49 by John Sinteur in category: News


The latest work has already thrown up an intriguing possibility. The angle of the body’s orbit and that of Sedna’s are strikingly similar, an effect most likely caused by the gravitational tug of another, unseen body. One possibility is a “Super Earth” that traces so large an orbit around the sun that it has never been seen.

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  1. Wow! An new planet that we’re never going to see. I think we should name it. My suggestion is that we could could call it the Leveson Enquiry, after the report on the war crimes of Tony Blair and George Bush, because it’s something else not likely to see the light of day. In the meantime all we have is the Leveson Musical: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UurG_AWcXM

  2. Ooops, I have confused the Leveson enquiry with the Chilcott cnquiry, Leveson has been published, Chilcott has not.
    Its planet Chilcott we are not going to see, also there is no musical for this one.

  3. @pete: Secret enquiries that we don’t need to know about,explaining that an illegal war was conducted somewhere?

    But the video was time well wasted…Mr. Murdoch looks more like the Mekon every time I see him!

Attention Suckers: Please Send Us Your Money

Posted on March 26th, 2014 at 18:39 by John Sinteur in category: News


Talking people out of $2.4 million dollars in exchange for zero percent equity is a perfectly legal scam. Then selling the company for $2 billion dollars is simply how this particular crowdfunding works.

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  1. Interesting. Kickfunders get bragging rights as well as a T-shirt and a warm fuzzy feeling. They clearly can afford the flutter. Imo, it’s like gambling or giving money to the church. Promises of bliss and untold future treasures. A tax on imbeciles that I’m happy not to pay.

    Gambling and church donations usually give some kickback to charities, some good may come of them. Would the Oculus Rift have got off the ground otherwise?

  2. And all of that for the promise of something that anyone who has ever really tried knows it makes most very nauseous.

  3. Maybe the title should be ‘OMG, someone else than venture capitalist got rich!’.
    I have absolutely no problem with kickstarter and crowdfunding. For 99,9% of the actions that are crowdfunded – they would not take off, and for 0,1% that has some commercial value behind it… what’s the problem?

    It’s as much ‘scam’, as donating for charity. If I give to charity should I be up in arms that this money will be used to buy food for someone, because some company – food producer, store, etc. will benefit from it?

    Before venture capital to make and sell product from idea to prototype you would need investment – that would mean your savings or loans going into product without any outlook on return.
    Then came venture capital – but you would have to find like minded person with money to invest in your idea. Crowdfunding is great next step from that. You can easily reach like minded potential customers ;)

    So who benefits? Inventors and customers.
    Who loses? Investors and banks.

Trickle-up economics

Posted on March 26th, 2014 at 4:16 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

Quote via Economist’s View

The top 1 percent of Americans raked in 95 cents out of every dollar of increased income from 2009, when the Great Recession officially ended, through 2012. Almost a third of the entire national increase went to just 16,000 households, the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent, Piketty and Saez’s analysis of IRS data shows.

By contrast, in 1934, the year after the Great Depression officially ended, the 1 percent of the 1 percent saw their incomes slip by 3.4 percent

It is different this time! The article is a review of an economics book.

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Reaction to no makeup selfies reveals how most of us really feel about cosmetics

Posted on March 26th, 2014 at 0:36 by John Sinteur in category: News


A wealth of research has shown us that we are all pretty awful at understanding the preferences of the opposite sex. These misunderstandings are at the root of body image and self-esteem issues, causing people to engage in behaviours that are at best unnecessary, and at worst damaging to their health.

The recent wave of “no makeup selfies” that have raised more than £2m for Cancer Research was based on a simple premise – women removed their makeup, photographed themselves and shared the image. After donating, they nominated their friends, who did the same.

The idea behind it was that removing their makeup, the women exposed their vulnerable, “real” selves, emulating the way cancer can devastate a person’s life. Despite being incredibly successful, the trend had an interesting result. Even on my own Facebook account, I saw hundreds of compliments to those going bare-faced, with men and women alike commenting on how much more attractive everyone looked. And if so, are we wrong about the perceptions created by makeup?

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  1. Myself, I prefer women with little or no makeup. It brings out their natural beauty. Tired, not getting enough sleep? Those circles and bags under the eyes evoke (in me at least) a strong feeling of sympathy, not a bit of “Oh God, you look horrible!”. More of “Dear, you’ve been working too hard! Let me fix you dinner and give you a back rub…” :-) That worked well for me, and in less two weeks we will celebrate our 40th anniversary! She says it was my back rubs that did the trick, though it seems I am still fixing dinner! Gotta go and check on the stir-fry.

  2. This is a serious threat to society! The economy would collapse if women went hairy, unpainted, uncoiffed, and dressed in stuff that was comfortable and didn’t itch. (What we have is an idiotic arms-race of fitness signals competing with other women imo.)

    Everyone would be happier (except the masses of unemployed estheticians, hairdressers, cosmetic surgeons, fashion and shoe makers and sellers, those peculiar white-coated women in department store cosmetics departments, podiatrists, psychiatrists, etc. etc.)

    @Spaceman: that old school kind of feminist, a gentleman, right? Domestic god? Fabulous lover? Scientist? Great cook? Back rubs? Silverback male signals of breeding quality?

Microsoft makes source code for MS-DOS and Word for Windows available to public

Posted on March 25th, 2014 at 22:33 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft


On Tuesday, we dusted off the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows. With the help of the Computer History Museum, we are making this code available to the public for the first time.


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  1. Anyone remember Doonesbury’s first meeting with Windows 95?

    “It’s printing out its list of demands…”

  2. So, now they’re not the Evil Empire? Let me find my “Sex, Drugs and Unix” button (the T-shirt no longer fits :-)

  3. the T-shirt no longer fits

    I feel your pain…

This Is a Generic Brand Video

Posted on March 25th, 2014 at 18:28 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. I don’t know what they’re selling. I don’t care. I just want to buy it, man.

  2. Wonderful voice talent; husky, older white male, undoubtedly makes his living poking cows’n'shit and smoking Marlboros.

Two Dutch F-16s Scrambled To Intercept Unidentified Boeing 777

Posted on March 24th, 2014 at 18:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


There is no evidence of foul play, but if one wants to quickly reduce their life expectancy, the best way to achieve that is to fly a 777 with transponders switched off near a city where the world’s leaders are currently located.

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Posted on March 23rd, 2014 at 17:55 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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  1. I’ll just repeat what I hear others say at funerals. He’s in a better place.

  2. If they gave him an enema, they could bury him in a matchbox. (© Christopher Hitchens)

NSA spioniert chinesische Staatsführung und Huawei aus

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 at 12:20 by John Sinteur in category: News


Sie infiltrierten Netzwerke, lasen E-Mails und stahlen Firmengeheimnisse: Mit großem Aufwand hat der US-Geheimdienst NSA nach SPIEGEL-Informationen chinesische Politiker und Konzerne ausgespäht. Eines der Ziele war der Huawei-Konzern – wegen seiner zunehmenden Bedeutung für das Internet.

Die amerikanische Regierung hat eine digitale Großoffensive gegen China gestartet und dabei auch die chinesische Staatsführung und den Huawei-Konzern ins Visier genommen. Das geht aus Unterlagen des ehemaligen NSA-Mitarbeiters Edward Snowden hervor, die der SPIEGEL einsehen konnte. Zu den Zielen, die der amerikanische Geheimdienst attackierte, zählen der ehemalige Staatspräsident Hu Jintao, das chinesische Handelsministerium, das Außenministerium, Banken sowie Telekommunikationsunternehmen.

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Science Lab

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 at 2:28 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. You forgot the caption, John. It should run:

    I have no idea what I’m doing…

  2. How about “I have ruff idea what I am doing?”

  3. I thought it was a typical day at the Discovery Institute’s science lab…

  4. What do you call it when Science Lab sniffs a fire hydrant?

    Pee Review!

  5. See that gray thing next to the other gray thing?

  6. “…and this is why you shouldn’t eat your own poop…”

Apple’s iPhone 5c ‘failure flop’ outsold Blackberry, Windows Phone and every Android flagship in Q4

Posted on March 22nd, 2014 at 18:02 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


From the constant harping about the supposed “failure” of Apple’s iPhone 5c, you’d think the phone is selling poorly. The reality is that middle tier model, while dramatically less popular than Apple’s top of the line iPhone 5s, still managed to outsell every Blackberry, every Windows Phone and every Android flagship in the winter quarter, including Samsung’s Galaxy S4.

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  1. You’d think that Apple was trying to gain marketshare with the new model rather than keep losing. ‘The constant harping’ was based on numbers as the quarterly earnings were not as predicted, and actually Apple’s own CEO Tim Cook had this to say about their middle tier model: “It was the first time we ever ran that play, and demand percentage turned out to be different than we thought.” ‘Different’ being the politically correct term for lack of expected succes, otherwise he would have bashed the success-drum a lot more loudly.

    The iPhone marketshare has been dropping for three years now, so even if it outsels the other models on individual basis (which is an odd comparison considering Apple sells two different new models now compared to many more from other manufacturers), that still does not make it the success it was intended to be.

Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim right to read user emails

Posted on March 22nd, 2014 at 16:48 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Privacy, Security


Microsoft is not unique in claiming the right to read users’ emails – Apple, Yahoo and Google all reserve that right as well, the Guardian has determined.

The broad rights email providers claim for themselves has come to light following Microsoft’s admission that it read a journalist’s Hotmail account in an attempt to track down the source of an internal leak. But most webmail services claim the right to read users’ email if they believe that such access is necessary to protect their property.

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Using graffiti, Turks share tips for getting around Twitter ban

Posted on March 22nd, 2014 at 16:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

top turkey


Turkey may have blocked the use of Twitter, but that hasn’t stopped many Turks from continuing to tweet. Technologically-savvy youth are quickly getting their fellow citizens up to speed on how to bypass the ban by posting instructions online as well as on city walls.

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  1. With reports already in that Turkey has blocked the Google DNS servers, this makes the ‘hasn’t stopped many Turks from continuing to tweet’ wishful writing, but a little less accurate.

The irony, oh it burns!

Posted on March 22nd, 2014 at 14:05 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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  1. The irony is the Taliban are here, as well as there.

  2. @Sue W.
    The sad part is that these id10t’s don’t recognize that they are the Taliban of the west… :-(

Louisiana’s Official State Book

Posted on March 22nd, 2014 at 1:29 by John Sinteur in category: News


Louisiana has a state motto, state bird, and state flower.

Louisiana has a state motto, state bird, and state flower.

Now, Rep. Thomas Carmody wants to suggest a state book.

Guess what it is.


I’ll give you a hint: Carmody is a Republican.

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  1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe?

  2. Ah, the hypocrisy of the christian-pagans. How would we survive without it?

  3. I’m just very surprised it’s not the King James version.

NYC Pride Responds to Catholic League’s Bill Donohue’s Interest in Marching in Parade

Posted on March 20th, 2014 at 22:15 by John Sinteur in category: News


Last night we reported that Catholic League mouthpiece Bill Donohue had applied to march in NYC’s LGBT Pride parade carrying a “Straight is Great” banner in a challenge to its inclusiveness following controversy over gay exclusion from the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

NYC Pride has responded, it tells Towleroad:

In response to email communications from Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League, NYC Pride representatives provided instructions for the March’s online registration system.

“Mr. Donohue and his group are free to participate in the 2014 March. His group’s presence affirms the need for this year’s Pride theme, ‘We Have Won When We’re One.’ Straight is great – as long as there’s no hate,” said David Studinski, March Director of NYC Pride.

Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride, added, “Straight allies are great. We have thousands of straight people participating in the Pride March, including Catholic groups, who support LGBT youth, families and married couples.”

GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project provided background information on Bill Donohue’s recent statements on LGBT people. On February 27, 2014, Donohue gave a video interview with World Over with Raymond Arroyo in which he stated, “If I wanted to get into their gay pride parade with my own float with big banners saying ‘straight is great,’ they would have a right to feel put-upon and I wouldn’t do that to them.”

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You’re Doing it Wrong

Posted on March 20th, 2014 at 22:07 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Regular readers don’t need a name, and understand why I don’t give one.

Posted on March 20th, 2014 at 20:30 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

I have never wished a man dead, but I have read many an obituary with great pleasure.

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  1. Mr Darrow had a way with words. :)

  2. I won’t be attending (or picketing) the funeral, but I will send a nice letter saying I approve of it.

  3. Or to quote Hitchens, if they give the man an enema, they can bury him in a match box.

  4. Those whom the gods love, die young.

Russia and the US: The veritable chess players

Posted on March 20th, 2014 at 16:50 by John Sinteur in category: News


And one last thing: Don’t pay too much attention to the rhetoric that originates from Washington and Moscow and at meetings between their high-level officials.

Trust me as a former Kremlin and government adviser: Behind the scenes it is mostly all handshakes and smiles.

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  1. “Trust me…” lol…as if.

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