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1 Billion PCs by End of 2008

CmdrTaco posted more than 7 years ago | from the most-in-landfills-by-2012 dept.

Hardware 175

javipas writes "Acording to a study published by Forrester Research, 2008 will be the year in wich a psychological barrier will be surpassed. By the end of next year there will be 1.000.000.000 computers all around the world, a number that will double itself in just five more years. The reason: the emerging markets of countries such as Brazil, China, India or Russia, which will be responsible for 775 million new PCs and laptop computers. Part of them, of course, coming from projects like the OLPC's one."

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175 comments

Typo (0, Offtopic)

lessthan (977374) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466077)

I think I got FP, but I want to come up with something insightful. All I got though is 75%. Good Day.

Re:Typo (1, Funny)

x_MeRLiN_x (935994) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466121)

Psychological barrier?

"Hmmmm.. This new shipment will take us over the 1B mark.."
"Oh really? In that case I'm not sure we can manage it."

Re:Typo (0, Redundant)

lessthan (977374) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466135)

How did I get OT?? The summary clearly said 755. A typo, a mistake anyone could make, but I knew somebody'd bring it up, so I did it first.

Re:Typo (0, Flamebait)

cyphercell (843398) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466209)

I don't know how you got OT, I found it helpful as I didn't realize 5 and % share the same key.

Re:Typo (0, Offtopic)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466349)

I bet there is a mod troll.

Or were you flaming so subtly I missed it?

Re:Typo (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466221)

it actually says "775" so your observation wasn't just offtopic, but also wrong.

Re:Typo (0, Redundant)

lessthan (977374) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466299)

LOL, point a finger in accusation and there are three pointed back.

Re:Typo (3, Insightful)

trolltalk.com (1108067) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466547)

Hopefully they'll ship with a spelling and grammar checker:

Acording [spelling] to a study published by Forrester Research, 2008 will be the year in wich [spelling] a psychological barrier will be surpassed. By the end of next year there will be 1.000.000.000 computers all [no computer is big enough to be "all around the world"] around the world [CC], a number that will double itself [superfluous "itself"] in just five more years. The reason: the [punctuation - first word after a full colon should be capitalized] emerging markets of countries such as Brazil, China, India or [should be "and"] Russia, which will be responsible of [should be "for"] 775 [missing a few zeroes] new PCs and laptop computers. Part of them, of course, coming from projects like the OLPC's one. [awkward sentence construct, wrong use of "them", superfluous "one"]"

It reads like spam ... did anyone actually edit this?

Re:Typo (1, Informative)

nagora (177841) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466631)

[punctuation - first word after a full colon should be capitalized]

Certainly not the case in English English; I don't know if it's true in American English.

Re:Typo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466901)

I'm going to say "No" on American English.

Re:Typo (2, Informative)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466947)

Nor in American English. Take my comment with a grain of salt, as I always got higher marks in Maths than English. Of course, being on Slashdot, that should be assumed.

Re:Typo (1)

trolltalk.com (1108067) | more than 7 years ago | (#19467165)

Semicolon = next word is lowercase. Full colon = next word is uppercase.

Practical example - look at how you begin letters:

"Dear Sir or Madame:"

Yadda yadda yadda ...

Its the way they taught it in typing class back in the old days of manual typewriters. Just like 2 spaces after each period, 8 spaces == 1 tab, etc. The semi-colon signals "less of an interruption" in the sentence structure.

Re:Typo (1)

smithbp (1002301) | more than 7 years ago | (#19467211)

Isn't English English known as The Queen's English?

Re:Typo (2, Funny)

JamesTRexx (675890) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466371)

I'll go for more /. insightful..

But, will those 775 run Linux?

:-P

Re:Typo (0, Offtopic)

theStorminMormon (883615) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466539)

You could have just pointed out that 775 computers isn't a lot for Brazil, China, etc. Especially sharing between them.

Guess you were too busy frist pwnsting to get the actual typo in there, eh?

Re:Typo (1)

lessthan (977374) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466767)

I hang my head in shame. It was my first first post. I was nervous, excited, worried and I posted too quickly. She said... wait, what are we talking about?

775? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466079)

That's not a lot.

Editors doing their jobs again I see.

Re:775? (4, Insightful)

MankyD (567984) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466145)

Also, referring to 1,000,000,000 as a "psychological barrier" is kind of a strange term. It doesn't block our thought processes. Calling it a "symbolic mile-stone" might be more appropriate.

Re:775? (1, Informative)

Ucklak (755284) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466383)

I believe the 775 is a typo in conjunction with the FP. I assume it to mean 77%.

Re:775? (1)

Karganeth (1017580) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466503)

I feel that calling it an "arbitrary mile-stone" would be the most appropriate.

In other news (5, Funny)

Yetihehe (971185) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466081)

By the end of next year there will be 900.000.000 infected computers.

Re:In other news (1)

neoform (551705) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466461)

I for one welcome our future zombie overlords..

(yeah, it's a tired joke, i know)

775 Is Not Enough (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466491)

Is not enough physical computers to make a dent. They need to make 775 new computer PRODUCT LINES. ;-)

In still other news (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19467045)

In still other news, both Lunix and OSX will still capture the hearts and minds of an insignificant number of PC users.

IPv6 (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466083)

Good thing IPv6 is just around the corner, what with two billion PCs in 5 years.

MOD PARENT INSIGHTFUL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19467085)

Serious issue here, not just funny. We're running out of addresses. 4.3B with IPv4 vs 340B with IPv6.

That will be it then (4, Funny)

Silver Sloth (770927) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466087)

The reason: the emerging markets of countries such as Brazil, China, India or Russia, which will be responsible of 775 new PCs and laptop computers.
Seven hundred and seventy five computers!!!!! Wow, now that's what I call an emerging market

Re:That will be it then (0)

nganju (821034) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466155)

No, they will be responsible of 775 new computers. When you're responsible of something, I guess you multiply it by one million.

Re:That will be it then (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466189)

Yeah, "wich", and 775 computers.

Smells like a post hacked together in 15 seconds ... and a "slownessday" for the posters not to overlook such blatant errors.

Re:That will be it then (0, Offtopic)

spellraiser (764337) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466211)

You're forgetting that substituting 'of' for 'for' means 'multiply the following by 10,000'.

I know, grammar is complicated ...

Re:That will be it then (1)

tehshen (794722) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466453)

77% perhaps?

Re:That will be it then (1)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466473)

I'm pretty sure they meant 775.000. I mean, that's the same number, but accurate to three places beyond the decimal, so you know there are no fractional computers. Or at least, that the fractional computers sum to an integer.

What I'd really like to see is for them to patch up the error that says there's going to be *one* computer at the end of '08 (and to ten significant figures, no less!). Perhaps they meant a billion?

Re:That will be it then (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466915)

Uhm, outside of your no doubt US bubble, most of the world uses 'decimal' points instead of commas when writing numbers.

Re:That will be it then (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466799)

to go with those few hundreds legit copies of Windows Vista (TM). ;)

So sub me. (0, Redundant)

vilms (106676) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466091)

"Responsible of 775 computers". WHAT???

Huh? (0, Redundant)

mdobossy (674488) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466101)

The reason: the emerging markets of countries such as Brazil, China, India or Russia, which will be responsible of 775 new PCs and laptop computers.

Uhhhhh... yeah..

775 computers? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466105)

I wonder who's going to make up the rest of them. Maybe the /. editors?

wow 775? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466109)

Wow with healthy contributions of 775 computers a year we'll be at a billion in no time!

775? (1)

slart42 (694765) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466111)

[quote]The reason: the emerging markets of countries such as Brazil, China, India or Russia, which will be responsible of 775 new PCs and laptop computers.[/quote]

So there are 999,999,225 PCs right now?

Congratulations! You own the 1 Billionth PC (0, Redundant)

knightf0x (218696) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466429)

With only 775 to go, I guess I should go buy one soon to win the prize!

775 PCs? (-1, Redundant)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466113)

The growth is amazing!

Which wich is it? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466119)

Is it a Sand Wich, the Wicked Wich, or some other form of evil wich that we're afraid of? C'mon, guys, do you even read these submissions?

Re:Which wich is it? (0, Offtopic)

Yetihehe (971185) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466139)

I think you meant witch.

Re:Which wich is it? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466257)

Actually, no. It was a play on the glaringly horrible typo that poked me in the eye with a ham-sized finger before I've had my morning coffee.

Whaaa???? (5, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466125)

which will be responsible of 775 new PCs and laptop computers. Part of them, of course, coming from projects like the OLPC's one."
"Asparagus. Fireplace. Ladder. Mosquito." makes as much sense.

Re:Whaaa???? (0, Offtopic)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466265)

"Asparagus. Fireplace. Ladder. Mosquito." makes as much sense.
That explains a lot, actually...

Re:Whaaa???? (0, Offtopic)

mcvos (645701) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466335)

which will be responsible of 775 new PCs and laptop computers. Part of them, of course, coming from projects like the OLPC's one."
"Asparagus. Fireplace. Ladder. Mosquito." makes as much sense.

Really? You're making perfect sense to me, unlike the summary.

Re:Whaaa???? (4, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466423)

Octopus banana. You're too fire hydrant.

Re:Whaaa???? (5, Funny)

slashbob22 (918040) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466663)

Octopus banana. You're too fire hydrant.
Dear Sir
I appreciate your joke. I however am concerned with the fact that I now have coffee on my monitor. Please sent $3 and a paper towel to:

Coffee-less Dude
c/o Slashdot

Mod everybody offtopic! (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466827)

Funny or not, somebody here doesn't like people mocking the editor's dyslexia, and is modding everybody offtopic.

Re:Whaaa???? (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466977)

Please accept my sincere wedding cake. I can assure you it will never lizzard again.

Re:Whaaa???? (1)

bcmm (768152) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466941)

Please, please, please mod parent underrated. This is the first post I've ever seen which deserves +5, Offtopic.

Re:Whaaa???? (0, Offtopic)

Himring (646324) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466523)

"Asparagus. Fireplace. Ladder. Mosquito."

I know! A vegetarian house fire in the Caribbean! ... in winter!...

Anyone else remember 10,000 Pyramid game show?

Re:Whaaa???? (1)

IP_Troll (1097511) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466691)

77% maybe... missed the shift key?

Re:Whaaa???? (1)

mnmn (145599) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466909)

Hopefully the additional PCs will improve written or typed English worldwide.

On the flip side of the coin, the English will be "OMG, emerging markets! LOL!".

Re:Whaaa???? (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466979)

Purple dog dishwasher liquify? Raging clip-art!

So this is why... (0, Redundant)

dealmaster00 (904299) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466137)

...they are called developing countries: "Brazil, China, India or Russia, which will be responsible of 775 new PCs and laptop computers."

ok, so which joke do we go for here... (3, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466143)

Do we go with "billions and billions of" or the pinky held up to the mouth? Sagan or Evil? Maybe Evil Sagan? Yeah, Evil Sagan. I'm imagining passages from Demon-Haunted World read with a Dr. Evil accent. That's the ticket.

My that's one big botnet (3, Interesting)

the_humeister (922869) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466157)

Perhaps we should start making environmentally friendly computers? I certainly don't want any of those toxins in my ground water.

Re:My that's one big botnet (1)

Cheapy (809643) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466629)

I do.

Skew (1)

Kyont (145761) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466175)

> 1.000.000.000 computers all around the world, a number that will double itself in just five more years

> Brazil, China, India or Russia, which will be responsible of 775 new PCs and laptop computers

That does it - I'm going to invest in the American and European markets! They will be responsible for nearly 99.9999225% of all growth in the PC market. Statistics don't lie.

I feel sorry for all those developing-world coders, fighting for time on less than a thousand new PCs.

psychological? (4, Funny)

uofitorn (804157) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466181)

"...2008 will be the year in which a psychological barrier will be surpassed."

If Bill Cosby ever decides to do a "Nerds say the dumbest things" show, it won't be hard to find good material here.

Up to this point ... (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 7 years ago | (#19467229)

Everyone just considered PC's a passing fad. Like electrical pet rocks. With a billion of them, pc's might just be here to stay.

The unfortunate part.. (0, Offtopic)

perlhacker14 (1056902) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466193)

While it is great that the use of computers is becoming widespread and accessible to nearly all, what is not great is the fact that most of them will run windows. What needs to be done is to offer linux (preferably something simple for end users like Ubuntu) along side windows, for a lower price. There needs to be a marketing campaign in third world countries that pushes linux over windows as a cheaper alternative, in a money strained place.

Re:The unfortunate part.. (1)

ajs318 (655362) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466405)

Actually, I think Microsoft will pee on their chips sometime in the near future. (They already pee on your chips and tell you it's vinegar, but I'm mixing my metaphors there.)

Open Source OSes are going from strength to strength. The only thing Microsoft have anymore is artificial vendor lock-in (which is in breach of EU law). We know about the document formats issue, but there will come a point where the benefit of no longer being tied to Microsoft will outweigh the disadvantage of not being able to open legacy documents anymore. At that point, businesses will just decide to cut their losses.

A Waste (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466205)

And almost all of those billion PCs will eventually find their way into tips and landfils, or crude pollutive 'recycling' pots in third world countries.

The turnover of computers is so fast not because of natural outdating and failure of hardware but because of the bloating of operating systems and applications software. Windows 95 only needed 4mb of RAM. The increase of RAM and CPU requirements vastly outstrips increases of functionality and mostly resembles Moore's Law.

People keep on buying expensive new computers to do the same things at the same speed. How many gigabytes of RAM will you need to check your email in 2020?

Re:A Waste (4, Interesting)

jshriverWVU (810740) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466359)

Windows 95 only needed 4mb of RAM

Flashback, wow... actually by todays standards what would qualify as an embedded system.

Re:A Waste (2)

PenisLands (930247) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466649)

How many gigabytes of RAM will you need to check your email in 2020?

Probably a ridiculous amount, judging by the increasing bloat of today's software. And then when you try to show people how ridiculous it's getting, they'll make a remarks like "Well DUH! Shouldn't you think of replacing your old commodore 64!?!?!?!?".

Re:A Waste (3, Insightful)

Dan Ost (415913) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466707)

Now that computer technology has roughly plateaued, this replacement cycle will lengthen. We no longer live in a day where you need to upgrade your computer every couple of years just to handle software requirements. Computers are fast enough now that you're only forced to upgrade when your old computer dies.

Re:A Waste (1)

saider (177166) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466969)

You're not running Vista!

Re:A Waste (1)

Dan Ost (415913) | more than 7 years ago | (#19467193)

I imagine that very few people will buy new machines just to be able to run Vista. People will run what they've got until they need a new machine. If that new machine comes with Vista, they'll simply adapt.

Re:A Waste (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466771)

Windows 95 only needed 4mb of RAM

I assume that is with swap enabled and it made use of swap during the boot process. I highly doubt that Windows 95 could have actually run on 4MB of ram without swap.

Re:A Waste (1)

vivaoporto (1064484) | more than 7 years ago | (#19467161)

Well, you have to keep in mind that, even considering swap, hard drives by the time didn't have that much space, although they occupied a lot of it. Take a look at this comparison [wikimedia.org] , a 5.25" 111 MB MFM drive against a 2.5" 6495 MB IDE drive. I remember running Windows 95 on a Pentium MMX 133MHz with a 256 MB HD and 8 MB RAM. I even managed to install Windows 98 on it, but it was a big mistake, as Win 98 SE hadn't been released yet and the first version (as most O.S. that come out Redmond since ever) was miserably buggy.

Time passes, and nowadays a cellphone has more power than that machine. That's progress.

Wha? - A summary (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466249)

Psychological barrier?
One billion is always one billion, and will be the same number five years from now. The Number of computers, however, might increase.
775?
of?

What?

Imagine a beowolf cluster... (2, Interesting)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466253)

Imagine a botnet of these!

A bit low (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466275)

"countries such as Brazil, China, India or Russia, which will be responsible of 775 new PCs and laptop computers."

Somehow I'd think India alone would be using more than 775 new PC's. Gotta feed the call centers anyway.

prize (4, Funny)

freeasinrealale (928218) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466287)

I think billionth should get a prize. A share in M$... a chair from chairman Ballmer... a big Mac... The mind boggles.

Handcranks... (2, Interesting)

blankoboy (719577) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466319)

Better get some hand-cranks on those suckers because in 5 years times electricity (along with gas) will no longer be the take for granted utility that it is now.

Re:Handcranks... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466695)

Better get some hand-cranks on those suckers because in 5 years times electricity (along with gas) will no longer be the take for granted utility that it is now.

Next-generation solar panels have three times the output of current models and if we chose we could be putting up nuclear reactors, using breeders to reprocess spent fuel, making nuclear not only profitable but also just about the cleanest thing around short of solar and wind. And given crystalline solar panels, it might be more clean than them, too.

There are certainly problems coming up, but I don't think that's one of them. Bigger problems will involve having low enough CO2 and high enough O2 in the air to breathe properly, having temperatures and weather patterns that permit production of food, et cetera.

1 Billion Computers Without Spellcheck (1)

Embedded Geek (532893) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466321)

Or is it "spelcheck"?

Worst summary...EVER (1, Offtopic)

Uthic (931553) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466325)

Does ANYONE proof-read these things ? *boggle*

Re:Worst summary...EVER (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466841)

Taco is in competition with the other editors for posting the Most Incoherent Summary Ever.

I'd put Taco in the lead with this one.

Go Taco!

It's a keylogger! (0, Offtopic)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466327)

Sounds like a WoW keylogger post.

Time to sex up the girl!

You think that's a big number... (1)

cmorriss (471077) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466339)

To computers, the more important year is 2009 when we'll have 1000000000000000000000000000000 PC's!

Well, you're assuming... (0, Flamebait)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466419)

...that the OLPC will be released sometime within the next decade.

Or? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466485)

The reason: the emerging markets of countries such as Brazil, China, India or Russia...

We are not sure which one of these it is, but it has to be one of them!

The missing millions... (1)

Bazman (4849) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466493)

I suspect this is a classic typo error. A bit like this one: http://www.ntk.net/2003/01/10/dohmus.gif [ntk.net] or even this one: http://www.ntk.net/2004/05/28/doh2e.gif [ntk.net]

WORST SENTENCE EVAR!11!!!!!! (1, Funny)

quonsar (61695) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466549)

The reason: the emerging markets of countries such as Brazil, China, India or Russia, which will be responsible of 775 new PCs and laptop computers. Part of them, of course, coming from projects like the OLPC's one."

Brazil, China, India OR Russia, make up your minds. ("responsible of 775" and "OLPC's one" already adequately mocked above)

Cool (0, Flamebait)

rodney dill (631059) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466609)

BSOD^9

And my first thought at seeing the title of this.. (1)

Name Anonymous (850635) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466635)

And my first thought at seeing the title of this was the song 1,000,000 Lawyers by Tom Paxton.

775 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466679)

Obviously someone has been chmodding files far too long.

vs 2B cellphones today (4, Informative)

blackdefiance (142579) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466699)

There are already over 2B active cellphones in the world, and there will be more by the end of 2008... an interesting comparison of market penetration.

Wacky thousands separators (0)

mrphrtq (35942) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466737)

I read it as One dot zero zero zero dot...

Or

One

Hmmm.

Skynet?

First freaking word... (1)

scuba964 (711459) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466743)

"Acording"? Kumpooters dune us good!

and this story gets approved by Slashdot while (0, Offtopic)

doyoudig (574696) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466753)

I always get screwed 1005 of the time.......

What about computers no longer in use ? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19466781)

What did they do, just count the cumulative sum of all the p/cs ever produced, less the number we know have been landfilled? Lots of p/cs are just sitting around unused but not disposed of, lots have just gone into the dumpster and not been counted, and I know there are still windoze 95 machines ( probably not networked ) that are still doing everything their owners want eg Word Perfect. Where did they cutoff?

"OLPC" (1)

thetagger (1057066) | more than 7 years ago | (#19467159)

The reason: the emerging markets of countries such as Brazil, China, India or Russia, which will be responsible of 775 million new PCs and laptop computers. Part of them, of course, coming from projects like the OLPC's one.

Yeah, like .001% of them maybe if you are optimistic?

If you want to look at the facts rather than the hype, look at the Brazilian government's recent tax breaks on computers and its commitment to making computers as universally owned as televisions and making every school broadband-connected. I am sure there are equivalent reasons in Russia, China and India. Maybe even the falling dollar has something to do with that.

You can now go worship Negropoente's cute toy.

Inaccurate... (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 7 years ago | (#19467283)

We already have over 1 billion computers on the face of the planet (working, non-working, and retired.)

PERSONAL COMPUTERS, on the other hand....

Well, if two-hundred million geeks alone went through 5 computers, we're already there, yet again! Why wait?
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