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Junji Hirayama 's Home Flight Simulator

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the beyond-the-ordinary dept.

Games 211

hifiandrew writes "I love seeing home mockups of cockpits for Flight Simulator like the recent Slashdot article of the person who used 13 Monitors and 9 PC's. But this one takes the cake for cockpit coolness! While doing a Google search for 747 cockpits, I ran across a web site of a person in Japan who has the coolest home cockpit for Flight Simulator I've ever seen. It has a perfect built-to-scale layout, backlit panels and even a projector for the scenery! All running on relatively modest PC hardware. I'm envious!"

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.deb packages? (0, Troll)

Debian Troll's Best (678194) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743107)

Does anyone know if this flight simulator will be relased for Debian?

Re:.deb packages? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743281)

Does anyone know if this flight simulator will be relased for Debian?

Yes, apt-get install fs2002 fucktard.

off topic (0)

Flabby Boohoo (606425) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743498)

Does anyone know why Microsoft's website is down?

Re:.deb packages? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743676)

And this got modded up how? Has Microsoft ever released a version of their games for Linux - let alone their flagship game? I think you'll see Office for Linux first.

Re:.deb packages? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743845)

OK so my post makes sense and is modded down and the troll trying to be funny is still modded up. Oh yeah. Slashdot moderation works really well.

Re:.deb packages? (1)

mausmalone (594185) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743918)

I was under the impression he was using MS Flight Simulator... but since it's been slashdotted into an alternate dimension, I have no way of checking that.

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Fist Sport! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743110)

Homo SEX Stimulator, more like!

In Taliban Afghanistan (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743113)

The planes crash into YOU!

heh!! (0, Funny)

krisp (59093) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743126)

I'm envious!"

I'm a geek and it shows!

Mech Simulator? (1, Funny)

Channard (693317) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743669)

If only this guy got working a mech cockpit, to go with the X-Box's Steel Batallion game. Now that'd I'd definitely go for. Half of the work's already been done with the ludicrously complicated controller that comes with the game.

With only 5 comments posted.... (0, Redundant)

pclinger (114364) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743127)

the site is already /.ed. Wow.

Obligatory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743678)

* If this was his web server, he just went down like John Denver.

Only in Japan... (5, Funny)

ArmenTanzarian (210418) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743129)

could this guy do this and still have a wife at the end of it.

temp mirror (4, Informative)

abhisarda (638576) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743260)

Projectj [netfirms.com] . Its only the main page.

Cool...but would we get in trouble? (5, Interesting)

chia_monkey (593501) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743130)

Ok...that was cool as shit. I want one (well I want a big house, enough money to build it, some time...).

But...would we in the US get in trouble for building such thing? "It could be used to train terrorists". Life used to be fun...

Re:Cool...but would we get in trouble? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743199)

You're an American. You like it that way.

Microsoft flight sim (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743210)

Currently I'm contracting for NASA doing flight sims and we use the microsoft flight sim as a reference for the layout of our 777 cockpit. I mean its as real as your going to get without being in a real cockpit.

flight simulators & terrorists (0, Troll)

fireduck (197000) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743399)

don't know about terrorists, but we can definitely lump flight simulators into the same category as all those FPS games that lead to violent behavior [exn.ca] ...

Re:Cool...but would we get in trouble? (0, Redundant)

Cpt_Corelli (307594) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743682)

I was going to post something about how long it would take before some american shouts "terrorist training facility" but someone beat me to it.

Might just as well outlaw driving simulators too. And hey, have you seen the new The Sims game?

Re:Cool...but would we get in trouble? (2, Funny)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743964)

Might just as well outlaw driving simulators too.

Everyone knows that Grand Theft Auto is really a terrorist training software. :)

/.ed (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743132)

Now if it wasn't slashdotted already, more of us could be envious :-(.

wow (5, Funny)

CowBovNeal (672450) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743136)


You know you've been slashdotted when your cockpit simulator crashes without even taking off.

re: wow (1)

ed.han (444783) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743178)

i guess this would be the appropriate time to remmark:

"all your bandwidth are belong to us!"--slashdot

ed

Re:wow (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743446)

CowBovNeal, eh? Nice try, troll.

With us or... (2, Funny)

CGP314 (672613) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743137)

Rummy to Bush: Looks like a terrorist training cell to me.

Bush: Let's get 'im.

Re:With us or... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743242)

Mod parent up. He is right on target -- we all know bush is a war monger and that rumsfield is an idiot.

Wow cool! (Sorry 'bout that website though....) (3, Insightful)

Mantrid (250133) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743138)

This is truly amazing! I can't imagine how many hours something like this must've took. They even used it for a TV show according to his site. I wonder what his real job is? Maybe it should be set designer...

(too bad about that website of his though, it's a shame really...)

Re:Wow cool! (Sorry 'bout that website though....) (3, Interesting)

FluxCapacitator (664284) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743716)

Yeah, I watched the Japanese TV show it was in. The cockpit featured in nearly every episode. I actually thought it was either an extremely expensive prop, one of those flight training simulators, or part of the real thing. Little did I know it was made by some dude in his backyard ^^;

Actually, this is Japan so it was probably takes up his whole living room...

Wow... (1, Funny)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743140)

Now imagine a beo... Nah. Wouln't be good, given the current slump in the airline industry...

What are your favorite flight sim games? (3, Interesting)

ACK!! (10229) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743148)

Come on, I have been out of the scene for awhile.

So, give it up.

What is the best game for the money out there today?

Re:What are your favorite flight sim games? (1)

Aahz (678895) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743191)

IL2 Forgotten Battles, Of course I cant stand boring ass civilian flight sims. "Let me set my autopilot and go to sleep." "When I wake up I can land in Cleavland." Boooooring

Re:What are your favorite flight sim games? (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743993)

Then don't set autopilot, geez...

That's about like buying a lamborghini (with cruise control.......?), getting up to highway speed and setting cruise control, then complaining because it's a boring drive.

Live a little, take it off autopilot ;)

Then get up to 30k+ altitude, drop the nose to 50+ degrees negative, and watch the land scream up to you in realistic graphics. Everyone knows that's what you do on a flight sim.
=)

Re:What are your favorite flight sim games? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743258)

Sex With The Flight Attendant II

Some female flight attendants are just so sexy!

Re:What are your favorite flight sim games? (3, Funny)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743553)

Mmmm, a RealDoll [realdoll.com] in a 60's style stewardess uniform...

Re:What are your favorite flight sim games? (1)

FluxCapacitator (664284) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743737)

Okay, now that is just plain wrong. How much are they? ^^

Flightgear (1)

nuggz (69912) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743276)

For the money, flightgear.
Hard to argue with free.

I just need a decent video card to handle it properly.

good and free GPL software: flightgear and gl-117 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743366)

http://freshmeat.net/projects/gl-117/?topic_id=80% 2C85
http://flightgear.org/

Re:What are your favorite flight sim games? (3, Informative)

Oliver Wendell Jones (158103) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743903)

X-Plane. Period. Available here [x-plane.com] . It does it all, it's hackable, there are tons of free data files on the 'net you can download - new planes, scenery, etc.

For a few dollars more you can get the Mars scenery discs and fly a plane on Mars.

And the price is very reasonable compared to some other offerings.

Dang, just checked the site and saw that there is a version 7 out, guess I need to upgrade... again...

Re:What are your favorite flight sim games? (1)

The_K4 (627653) | more than 11 years ago | (#6744081)

Ok, now I understand that all it's really changing the is scenery, but "fly a plane on Mars"? The atmosphere is WAY too thin for that, most planes would never get off the ground! :( That's why I stopped playing flight sims, the all had no respect for physics. The lift/thrust/drag ratios are the same at sea level and 50K feet which just isn't true. I want a game with a REAL physics engine (and a space flight sim that really knew physics would be even better).

Il-2 Sturmovik (1)

c3rb (655107) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743921)

No prop-era flight sim comes close. Sadly, it's Windows only, with no port in sight. Due to some odd Java dependency, even a Wine port is unlikely. Hooray *cough* for dual-booting.

Re:What are your favorite flight sim games? (1)

Zerbey (15536) | more than 11 years ago | (#6744008)

Oh alright, I'll bite. Falcon 3.0 was excellent, the best flightsim I've ever played (very dated now of course). Falcon 4.0 was a disappointing buggy pile of doo doo.

The latest MS flight simulators are very impressive as well, and that's coming from a Linux user :-)

Bah! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743157)

*yawn*

This happened on slashdot before, guys. Move on.

Dupe? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743182)

Isn't this a dupe?

google cache (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743196)

thumbnail images [google.co.uk] and the (pretty lame) webpage [google.co.uk]

Gogle is /.ed! (1)

axxackall (579006) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743363)

I cannot belive, but Google cannot answer! Wow! Finally we've managed to /. Google! Who's next?

Re:Gogle is /.ed! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743617)

No, I don't think google cached the images, it gets it from the actual server.

Google caches the text only! (1)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 11 years ago | (#6744048)

And it is (surprise) the images that cause the server to die.

Google Cache! (5, Informative)

KiranWolf (635591) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743202)

Here's a Google Cache [216.239.39.104] for it.

Modest Hardware? (5, Funny)

Yebyen (59663) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743216)

Looks like the flight simulator isn't the only thing running on fairly modest hardware... slashdotted already :)

Suspicious (3, Funny)

Agamous Child (538344) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743219)

Anyone know why Andrew was looking up 747 cockpits? Seems like a surefire way to set-off the begin_full_tracking() function at TIA.

Re:Suspicious (1)

Joseph Wharton (204162) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743290)

Maybe he was working on some cockpit graphics for X-Plane [x-plane.com] .

Re:Suspicious (1)

glassesmonkey (684291) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743804)

I like the jump on the bandwagon name change from "Total" to "Terrorist"
for DARPA's Terrorism Information Awareness [darpa.mil] program
(formerly "Total Information Awareness")


Reading these pages will put you on the Dept. of Homeland Security's watch-list almost
as quickly as Howard Dean's Stop Ashcroft Petition [deanforamerica.com]

Re:Suspicious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743882)

So what func calls begin_full_tracking()? sniff_every_borderrouter() or sniff_searchengine_queries()?

TIA only makes sense if it's always in "full tracking" mode.

META/MOD: +1 funny, -1 overrated (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6744063)

Please, please don't mod down funny moderations for users posting at +1.

Funny moderations don't add to your karma, negative moderations do kill your karma. Modding down "funny" comments from relatively new users is a sure way to get them posting at 0.

Please, only mod down these comments if they're flamebait or trolls. If they are, you should mod them as such, but don't mod them overrated if you think they're not funny. That's lame and unfair punishment for the poster.

I have my 747 simulator too (5, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743232)

I duct-taped my window to leave a very small oval hole about 1m off the ground, put 3 uncomfortable, too narrow chair right next to it, put a large cupboard 30cm in front of them, cranked up the A/C to 15 degrees, and put the stereo's volume at maximum on an empty radio frequency.

To simulate a flight, I sit on the chair immediately by the window for eight hours, ask an overweight friend to sit right next to me, and ask my wife to come around every two hours with a trolley to serve us shitty coffee.

It's a very accurate simulation of a 747, and it's much cheaper than all those fancy computer displays and joysticks.

Re:I have my 747 simulator too (1)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743274)

oh, and I forgot the deluxe version where I push the cupboard 50cm further away and write EXIT in big letters on the duct-tape ...

Re:I have my 747 simulator too (5, Funny)

operagost (62405) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743832)

Mine is like yours, except I occasionally have my friend put a towel on his head and try to hijack my "plane", armed with a nail file.. Then I kick his ass.

Re:I have my 747 simulator too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6744098)

Mod Parent Up! Too damn funny!

Re:I have my 747 simulator too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6744112)

You dumb bastard!!! Trying to ride the coat tails of this guys joke. Just had to throw some anti-Arab type shit in there. Come up with your own jokes, retard. I was enjoying the laugh until I read your post.

the site is down but (-1, Flamebait)

fuckfuck101 (699067) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743241)

i can imagine, this shit is posted on /. all the time. ya know what i don`t get? why no one has told this dude each monitor can show porn. he could benefit from it alot.

The best bit about flying it (5, Funny)

lewko (195646) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743253)

You can join the Mile High Club in the adjacent double bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe...

Re:The best bit about flying it (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743472)

That doesn't make any sense? What does that have to do with a Flight Simulatoohhhhh you mean ...

Re:The best bit about flying it (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 11 years ago | (#6744038)

Yep..that's exactly right ;)
you can change clothes in the middle of the flight!

Re:The best bit about flying it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6744127)

Mile-high club? Aren't you forgetting that this is Slashdot? Mile-high club of one......

Terrorists Train at home (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743279)

I'm calling Ashcroft!

co-pilot? (0)

sputnikid (191152) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743280)

couldn't access the recently /.'ed site...

but i wonder if he has a co-pilot... you know just in case he blacks out, has a heart attack or something.

google's cache (-1, Redundant)

fuckfuck101 (699067) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743298)

is here [216.239.39.104]

Aggggghhhh! (2, Funny)

eyepeepackets (33477) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743306)


The sound of the previously happy flight simulator person as his little server takes a ***CRUSHING*** blow from half a gazillion /.ers!

Goodbye little server. *sniff* R.I.P.

Queue Jokes (-1, Offtopic)

MikeHunt69 (695265) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743309)

Queue the 100 slashdot jokes regarding running the guys webserver off the setup, or something related.

Re:Queue Jokes (1)

Dan-DAFC (545776) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743666)

Why do we have to queue them? Can't we have them all at once?

Re:Queue Jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743813)

You're thinking smarter; not harder!

Re:Queue Jokes (1)

fenix down (206580) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743889)

No you fool! You'll kill us all!

The real deal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743320)

In February of this year I was finishing an IT internship with a local aerospace company. As a going away present, they gave me an hour in one of their CAE full motion simulators.

fantasy flight simulators (5, Interesting)

nounderscores (246517) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743347)

Wow, well done.

Now what would happen if somebody took that concept and applied it to parsec [parsec.org] or the wing commander style flight sims?

I know mech warrior had a nifty little cockpit sim for mall arcade action, but nothing ever had an emersive screen that made your eyes focus on the middle distance.

Throw in 3d glasses, a big subwoofer and hydraulics from an old massage bed while you're at it.

Re:fantasy flight simulators (1)

Quarters (18322) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743799)

Actually, the BattleTech Center pods (the last generation---the roundish ones) passed their display output through the same optics used in F16 HUDs. The purpose was to impose a psuedo 3D effect on the output so that you would focus on things that were 'deeper' into the screen. It worked amazingly well, actually.

MAYDAY! (5, Funny)

GodHead (101109) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743357)

Slash-deaded.

I wonder if a face mask just dropped from the celing..

Better yet..... (1, Interesting)

UnkyHerb (12862) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743376)

Think of the possibilites using xinerama with 4 LCD Projectors, a round white room, and a special version of Vice City!!!!

go at it yourself (4, Informative)

cr@ckwhore (165454) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743378)

If you're a flight sim nut and want to build your own home cockpit, start at www.projectmagenta.com

pathalogically geeky (4, Funny)

tiled_rainbows (686195) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743387)

of all the many flavours of geekdom, I think flight sim geeks seem to be the most pathalogically geeky. There was this guy at my university who had a website where you could book flights on his virtual airline. He'd designed the livery of this airline and had made skins for his fleet of planes. If you booked a ticket (don't know if anyone did) he would fly the route and, if you wanted, give you a VHS tape of the view from the seat, to prove that he'd done it. He was one of the scariest people I'd ever met.

Re:pathalogically geeky (1)

CdnYoda (692753) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743684)

Nothing, you have seen! :-)

My X-wing fighter will run circles around your planes.

Of course, sometimes I don't even need a plane!

The power of the imagination is more powerful than any computer simulation.

Spoken, I have!

terrorist? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743415)

I thought if you have one of these you're a terrorist?

Oh wait, that's only if you're dark skinned.

Nooo! (4, Funny)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743457)

I am building Boeing 747-400 type "My Cockpit " for flight simulators

"My Cockpit"? I bet he has a briefcase with the label "My Documents" on it.

Re:Nooo! (3, Funny)

MojoMonkey (444942) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743689)

Just be glad he didn't name it "Super Happy Fun Cockpit"

Macintosh Flight Sim 1.0 (2, Interesting)

WC as Kato (675505) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743481)

What's with geeks now-a-days? I used to fly with MS Flight Sim on my Mac Plus which had 1mb of RAM, 1 floppy drive and no hard drive. Looking back at that, it seems amazing that a flight sim was even possible. It had 1-bit color but it was high res (in comparison to CGA or EGA graphics)!

Re:Macintosh Flight Sim 1.0 (0, Flamebait)

operagost (62405) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743859)

Your Mac Plus had 512x384 resolution. EGA is 640x350 in 16 colors. Sorry, you lose.

my wife has one (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743502)


or at least she says she has a cockpit and lets me on board now and again, its a twin seater so i don't have to worry about a co pilot or passengers

I'm a Republican! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743529)

Oh, I'm a Republican
I got a small schling
I like to bomb niggahs
and make a lot o' bling

I got a bunch o' friends
in high up places
They helps me get dem
government graces.

Don't need no history
Don't need no schoolin'
I got my ideology
To keep me a shootin'

I fancy myself
A brilliant tactician
But neither me nor m'buddies
Could even pass basic trainin'

See, I'm above all that
A fightin' and shootin'
I just say "Sic em!"
Then run the other direction

Liberals! Faggots!
Commies and queers!
Socialist hippies
Full o' pussy tears!

You think I'm smart
I just know who's who
I couldn't run a fruit stand
without the red white & blue

I'll drop some crap
about Jesus the Christ
You'll buy it all
and vote for me twice

'Fact, Jesus is comin'!
Real soon, now!
So we gotta prop up Israel
That ol' sacred cow

Propaganda's m'friend
But I calls it "fact"
Even though I don't read
'Cept for Chick tracts

Facts? No! Don't need em here!
We're conservatives! We work on FEAR!
Don't like what we say?
Well FUCK YOU, bud!
We'll shove it down yer throat
and tell ya it's good!

Some Photos (5, Informative)

Noctilux (611671) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743546)

I don't normally have anything to contribute to Slashdot, but I have some detailed photos [availabledark.com] on my website of a 747-400, including the cockpit. Enjoy.

Uh oh (1, Funny)

davew2040 (300953) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743652)

Bad news for this guy. His ISP's going to demand that he commit hari kari now :~(

Yeah, right. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743673)

"... All running on relatively modest PC hardware. I'm envious!"

in other words,

"I'll teach you to show off. Take THAT, webserver!"

"Good Luck" (4, Informative)

The Wing Lover (106357) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743675)

The drama that used his simulator in the set, "Good Luck!", is being posted, one episode every couple of weeks, in alt.binaries.multimedia.japan. They're subtitled in English.

Would this... (3, Funny)

Zebra_X (13249) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743759)

slashdoting of an international server be considered an "international incident". The server in question is to some extent being 'violated'.

Pictures of other homemade cockpits (4, Interesting)

emilng (641557) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743818)

Links to other projects [avsim.com]

Tons of pictures of other pretty cool looking homemade cockpits.

Relatively modest (4, Funny)

Virtex (2914) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743883)

All running on relatively modest PC hardware. I'm envious!

No need to be envious. For a small sum of money, you too can be running on relatively modest PC hardware!

How about a real cockpit (2, Interesting)

Ro'que (153060) | more than 11 years ago | (#6744051)

These guys have a real [747cockpit.com] 747 cockpit they're using as a flight simulator.

Is real flying too scary? (2, Insightful)

woom (663297) | more than 11 years ago | (#6744091)

Why don't all these guys who spend b i g bucks on a flightsim mock-up just get a pilots licence? It's way more fun, 100% real and much cheaper. Heck, some of these guys could actually buy a real plane for less than they spend on the computers alone.

Envious? (1, Insightful)

winkydink (650484) | more than 11 years ago | (#6744110)

...I'm envious

You really need to get out more often

Very Cool Flight Sim Cockpit (1)

LoneStarGeek (626553) | more than 11 years ago | (#6744126)

I am a flight simulator junkie and this must be the Holy Grail of all home flight simulator cockpits. Just beat the /. effect to see it. There is nothing on the market I have seen that could come close to what this guy has done. Very cool. Now if I could just win the lottery I would make one for a Jet Fighter.

Hopefully he will never sell this neat homemade cockpit but if he did maybe the CIA could buy it and post it on Ebay for sale. What better way to track down the remaining Al Qaeda terrorists wanting some simulated stick time in an airliner. Osama you are high bidder and win a one way ticket to the federal pen and hopefully a lethal injection as a bonus prize.
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