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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

Barny Re:Impressive (141 comments)

My PC is a gaming PC, OS and applications is about 1.1 TB of storage on it.

Also, here, $50 will not get you an SSD. For around $100 I can get a 80GB one, but anything over 100GB quickly rise to hundreds of dollars+.

2 days ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

Barny Re:Why don't steam offer refunds. (136 comments)

I got one on Brutal Legend that still advertises a version that 'Includes the full game and a copy of the Original Soundtrack!' but, when you get it, it doesn't come with the 'MASSIVE metal soundtrack from every era of metal music: 1970’s classic metal to 1980’s hair metal to the scarier cousins of 1990’s metal. And of course, Jack Black pays the ultimate homage to metal as Eddie the Roadie, continuing the theme from the work of his band, Tenacious D and his previous films like School of Rock and High Fidelity.' instead, supplying you with the crappy orchestral pieces they used.

They seemed very reluctant to do the refund, and claimed (after I mentioned my consumer rights under Australian law) that the Australian consumer laws don't apply to them.

Following is transcript of the ticket:
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  1 Message by you on Wed, 27th Feb 2013 3:06 am
Extremely misleading advertising. Can you please refund my special 'soundtrack' version of this game and change it to a standard one. I wanted the soundtrack that the description specifically LISTS has over 100 metal tracks.

"Music

The music in Brütal Legend is truly massive. Made up of 108 of the most rocking tracks from 75 different bands representing every sub-genre of metal, it is something to experience in and of itself."

This is what your page's description gives, what I got was 20 tracks by someone I have never heard of.
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2 Message by Support Tech Brad on Tue, 5th Mar 2013 5:04 pm
Hello,

Thank you for contacting Steam Support. We apologize for the long delay in getting a response to you.

Steam Support has recently had a higher volume of tickets and we are working to respond to everyone.

We have found that many users have resolved their issues since submitting their ticket.

Many answers to common problems with this game can be found in the Discussion pages of the forum for this game: http://forums.steampowered.com...

If you are still experiencing issues, we would like to help you resolve them.

Steam support can assist you with issues related to the Steam client. Many issues with installation can be fixed by verifying the files for this game. You can find instructions for verifying the files here: http://support.steampowered.co...

If you are experiencing issues with this game after it has been installed, launched and is running you will need to contact the developer’s support department. They will be able to help you with in game issues, performance problems, and other similar bugs.

You can find the contact information for the third party Support on the store page for the game or through the following link: https://support.steampowered.c...

If we don’t receive a response from you, this ticket will automatically close. We really appreciate your understanding and patience while we continue to work with the increased ticket volume.
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3 Message by you on Tue, 5th Mar 2013 6:47 pm
Right, did you read my question? Can you please do as I requested?

If this cannot be resolved I will be required to contact my local consumer affairs, this is false advertising of the worst order.
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4 Message by Support Tech Brad on Wed, 6th Mar 2013 11:30 am
Hello Byron,

Thank you for contacting Steam Support.

As with most software products, we do not offer refunds or exchanges on games, DLC or in-game items purchased on our website or through the Steam Client.

As a one-time customer service gesture we can issue you store credit for the amount of your purchase into your Steam Wallet. The credit will also remove the title or item from your account.

Please confirm that you would like us to proceed with this credit.
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5 Message by you on Wed, 6th Mar 2013 1:07 pm
That would be appreciated.

A few things to note, however:

I will be re-buying the same game, minus the misleading soundtrack.

You may wish to reconsider doing business in my state, however.

http://www.accc.gov.au/consume...

In the state of Victoria, Australia, it is not lawful to make the statement 'we do not offer refunds', just a heads-up.
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6 Message by Support Tech Brad on Thu, 7th Mar 2013 12:48 pm
Hello Byron,

As requested, the title has been removed from your account and a credit has been applied to your Steam Wallet. The credit can be used for future Steam purchases.

To view your current available Steam Wallet balance:
- Log in to your Steam account.
- The current available balance will be listed in the upper right hand corner next to "[Your username]'s Account".
- In most cases, the new funds will automatically be displayed in your account.
- If this has not happened, please allow two hours for the transaction to fully complete.

Please note in the future that Steam purchases, per the Steam Subscriber Agreement, are not refundable - this store credit was issued as a one-time customer service gesture.

The regulations you are citing do not apply to digital distribution subscriptions, electronic games, or downloadable content.

If you have any further questions, please let us know - we will be happy to assist you.
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I guess they are finding out that those laws CAN apply to digital distribution subscriptions, electronic games and/or downloadable content :)

4 days ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

Barny Re:Why don't steam offer refunds. (136 comments)

They do refunds, but only if you push.

What the ACCC is upset about is that they don't, as you say, offer refunds. The laws are quite clear in regards to what must be refunded/replaced. If the product is not of merchantable quality, it must be refunded. If the product breaks within the accepted lifespan, it can be refunded, repaired or replaced (this could cover things like a honorific patch for a game that is force-installed).

And while measuring if the game runs might be one metric, it most certainly shouldn't be the only. For example: new Dungeon Defenders game, when you hit play in steam, it loads its own launcher that then downloads the game. I have 'played' for 6 hours and still never actually gotten into the game.

4 days ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

Barny Re:Don't see what Valve's problem is ... (136 comments)

They already can process refunds, I know that.

The case is in regards to them advertising that there are no refunds allowed, they are most certainly NOT allowed to do that. Note, if the product is not of merchantable quality, they can also be refunded (so no more buying a game that runs terribly or crashes a lot).

4 days ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

Barny Re:Umm (136 comments)

Yeah, but they don't give you the refund because of consumer law, they give it to shut you up.

I have gotten refunds off them in the past, and mentioned this law in the request and they stated it doesn't apply to them. I guess the ACCC think otherwise.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Barny Re:What are you downloading? (353 comments)

"one of every two" -- so, every other household

Forever alone?

I mean to say, this is a household of three adults and all three use youtube (on PCs, phones and ps3).

5 days ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Barny Re:That's it? (610 comments)

Who determines the "worth" of a web site or other online resource, and then allocates them their cut?

Easy, take the amount of cat videos on each and every web site and then divide the money even... wait a second, google would get nearly all of it... on the other hand, best to just give it all to them and let them rule, can't be worse than any government (in any country you could pick).

about two weeks ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

Barny Re:I will defend my home with these (219 comments)

I don't get it, how will a gun give them a firm texture and a slightly nutty taste?

about three weeks ago
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E-Visits To the Doctor To Top 75 Million In the US, Canada This Year

Barny Re:so how does it work for illnesses? (35 comments)

And this will stop one of the worst epidemics of the modern age (T2 diabetes) how?

These are not the only things that need to be tested, regular check-ups should never be done away with.

about three weeks ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Barny Re:Madagascar (183 comments)

Both their borders just closed, you are too late.

about three weeks ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Barny Re:Plague Inc (183 comments)

Too late, they closed their borders and... there goes Madagascar too.

about three weeks ago
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The Doctor Will Skype You Now

Barny All well and good (97 comments)

But it was a random blood sugar test that diagnosed me T1 diabetes and a random blood pressure check that diagnosed me high blood pressure (and saved my life, if the 240/160 reading was anything to go by).

So no, I would have to say phoning it in would be as terrible an idea as... phoning it in.

about three weeks ago
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The Doctor Will Skype You Now

Barny Re:Butt (97 comments)

How big is your camera?

about three weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Barny Re:Great. Now the sloth community... (739 comments)

Considering how particular the man is about programming languages, he failed if it was a reference because Sloth was the guy's name (Note: capitalization).

about a month ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

Barny Re:1 or 1 million (274 comments)

Right, in Australia they have made laws to this effect. If you advertise something as 'unlimited' it must be without any limit.

about a month ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

Barny Re:Australia? (120 comments)

Except this was done in southern Victoria, It is about 10C there on average at the moment.

about a month ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Barny Oblig (701 comments)

Lets make like trees and get the fuck out of here.

about a month and a half ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

Barny Re:Damn cars (106 comments)

They should really fix that. I mean, having to take your eyes off the road even more just to make sure it has posted properly is dangerous!

about a month and a half ago
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Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

Barny Re:Miracle on 34th street.... (135 comments)

There you go assuming again. Assuming that this was ever going to be about bitcoin != money.

You know what they say about assuming. It makes an ass of you and ming. Poor ming.

about 2 months ago

Submissions

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Nokia culls off SymSMB

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Barny writes "After a great release several months back of V3.5 of their great SymSMB software, Telexy Networks has been ordered by Nokia to hand over the project due to two of the developers being Nokia employees. This strong arm tactic has left a lot of paying users of this great piece of software asking just "what are we going to get", considering they have paid for the development of the software which is now no longer available to either download or re-activate on a new handset. SymSMB was used to both browse and host windows networking shares of mobiles with built in wireless on the S60 platform."
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Which linux and linux tools for retail?

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Barny writes "I work as an OS installer (builds and maintains OS install media and quality testing thereof) and have finally gotten the higher-ups go ahead to do a few test linux rigs for retail (they really liked the idea of undercutting the competition by removing the MS tax). Problem is this, what linux to use and what range of tools are available to "pre-install" them? Need to do some branding (mainly phone numbers for CS, things like that), setting of preferences and be able to manage changes easily."
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WoW player banned due to blue movie career

Barny Barny writes  |  about 7 years ago

Barny writes "Actress Mia Rose (star of a few World of Whorecraft episodes) has found her gaming days ended in the MMOG WoW. Fans identified Ms Rose in-game and mentioned in a public chat channel her website, the usual Blizzard CS reaction, ban and ignore, then ensued and continues."
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Barny Barny writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Barny writes "Multiverse, makers of an upcoming customizable mmog engine, have secured the rights to produce an online saga in the firefly universe.
First reported by Wired News,I think we can all admit to the same feelings summed up by Tim Absath.

Man I hope they don't butcher this.
"

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Beware fake kingston microSDHC

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Just a warning to fellow geeks (and so this gets into google), but please please please don't buy microSD media from ebay that claims to be Kingston 32GB Micro SDHC, they are about to release them, but as of yet all the ones available are fake, put simply, if it seems too good to be true, it is :)

If it has a press-close front loading packet from china, its a fake plain and simple.

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Mounting a DD imaged drive

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Seems like basic stuff, but just getting into the more nitty gritty data recovery work and this has been an invaluable guide.

> Another hack you can try is use to use '--offset' option of
> 'losetup'. First figure out from which byte, NTFS partition starts in
> disk image, and then you create a loopback back device for that image
> and the starting offset using 'losetup' and finally 'mount' the
> loopback as NTFS partition :) .

Here's more detail on how to do that

# losetup /dev/loop0 /path/to/diskimage
# fdisk -l /dev/loop0
(example)
Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

      Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sdb1 * 1 1044 8385898+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA) /dev/sdb2 1045 19457 147902422+ 83 Linux

suppose you want to mount the partition on sdb2, the offset for that
would be 8225280 * 1045 = 8595417600.

detach the disk image
# losetup -d /dev/loop0
and setup the loop for the partiion
# losetup -o8595417600 /dev/loop0 /path/to/diskimage
and mount it
# mount -t fstype /dev/loop0 /path/to/mountdir

> Please do post your results, if you're successful :)

I second that, I'm curious to know if it works

oh, and make a backup just in case :)
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Re: "loopback mount" hard-drive image created with dd?

by Remy Blank-2 :: Rate this Message:

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Yahya Mohammad wrote:

> # losetup /dev/loop0 /path/to/diskimage
> # fdisk -l /dev/loop0
> (example)
> Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
> 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
> Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
>
> Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
> /dev/sdb1 * 1 1044 8385898+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
> /dev/sdb2 1045 19457 147902422+ 83 Linux
Thanks for the tip! I didn't know you could mount a whole disk image as
loopback, and see the partition table with fdisk. I always printed the
partition table before making the disk image.

> I second that, I'm curious to know if it works

It does, I have done it before, but there's a special case for the first
partition of the disk. According to your output of fdisk, it is supposed
to start at cylinder 1. However, if you run fdisk with the -u option
(giving the positions and sizes in sectors), you get the following:

(example)
# fdisk -lu /dev/loop0

Disk /dev/loop0: 10.0 GB, 10056130560 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1299 cylinders, total 19640880 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc1afc1af

              Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/loop0p1 * 63 4097519 2048728+ b W95 FAT32 /dev/loop0p2 4097520 8195039 2048760 5 Extended /dev/loop0p5 4097583 8195039 2048728+ b W95 FAT32

That is, the first partition starts at sector 63, i.e. at an offset
value of 63 * 512 = 32256.

> oh, and make a backup just in case :)

And mount the filesystem read-only with the "ro" mount option.

-- Remy

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Re: Re: "loopback mount" hard-drive image created with dd?

by Tom FÃrster :: Rate this Message:

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Remy Blank wrote:

> Yahya Mohammad wrote:
>> # losetup /dev/loop0 /path/to/diskimage
>> # fdisk -l /dev/loop0
>> (example)
>> Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
>> 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
>> Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
>>
>> Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
>> /dev/sdb1 * 1 1044 8385898+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
>> /dev/sdb2 1045 19457 147902422+ 83 Linux
>
> Thanks for the tip! I didn't know you could mount a whole disk image as
> loopback, and see the partition table with fdisk. I always printed the
> partition table before making the disk image.
>
>> I second that, I'm curious to know if it works
>
> It does, I have done it before, but there's a special case for the first
> partition of the disk. According to your output of fdisk, it is supposed
> to start at cylinder 1. However, if you run fdisk with the -u option
> (giving the positions and sizes in sectors), you get the following:
>
> (example)
> # fdisk -lu /dev/loop0
>
> Disk /dev/loop0: 10.0 GB, 10056130560 bytes
> 240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1299 cylinders, total 19640880 sectors
> Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
> Disk identifier: 0xc1afc1af
>
> Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
> /dev/loop0p1 * 63 4097519 2048728+ b W95 FAT32
> /dev/loop0p2 4097520 8195039 2048760 5 Extended
> /dev/loop0p5 4097583 8195039 2048728+ b W95 FAT32
>
> That is, the first partition starts at sector 63, i.e. at an offset
> value of 63 * 512 = 32256.
>
>> oh, and make a backup just in case :)
>
> And mount the filesystem read-only with the "ro" mount option.
>
> -- Remy
>

Some time ago, I wrote a little script to automate that process, maybe
it will help you also. (And yes, I know that the code isn't that pretty)

Direct copy & paste:

#!/bin/bash
INFILE="$1"
PARTITION="$2"
MOUNTPOINT="$3"
OPT="$4"

if [ "$INFILE" = "" ] ; then echo "Usage: $0 infile partition mountpoint
" ; exit ; fi
if [ "$PARTITION" = "" ] ; then echo "Usage: $0 infile partition
mountpoint " ; exit ; fi
if [ "$MOUNTPOINT" = "" ] ; then echo "Usage: $0 infile partition
mountpoint " ; exit ; fi

if [ "$OPT" != "" ] ; then OPT2=",${OPT}" ; fi

PSTARTB=`sfdisk -d "$INFILE" | grep "start=" | head -n"$PARTITION" |
tail -n1 | sed 's/.*start=[ ]*//' | sed 's/,.*//'`
PSTART=$[ $PSTARTB * 512 ]
#PSIZEB=`sfdisk -d "$INFILE" | grep "size=" | head -n4 | tail -n1 | sed
's/.*size=[ ]*//' | sed 's/,.*//'`
#PSIZE=`echo "$PSIZEB * 512" | bc`
mount "$INFILE" "$MOUNTPOINT" -o loop,offset="$PSTART""$OPT2"
#,sizelimit="$PSIZE""$OPT2"

- Tom
--

Reproduced from "old nabble" a gentoo user group support page

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uPnP and games

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Ok, seriously, what is up with games requireing my router to support potential security exploits to connect?

No fallback to a fixed port layout (for those of us who are willing to open ports) or a better peer-to-peer based game hosting method.

Fail COD:MW2, fail indeed.

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Win7 Pre-Install build

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arggg, Microsoft can kiss my arse over this one.

Cannot find the fricking OEM 30day product keys anywhere, call MS and they tell me that is an OEM problem and only the OEM team can help me, and they have no phone contact.

Eventually track down the keys (extracted in an interesting way) here

Windows Vista:

        * Ultimate - VMCB9-FDRV6-6CDQM-RV23K-RP8F7
        * Business - 4D2XH-PRBMM-8Q22B-K8BM3-MRW4W
        * Home Premium - X9HTF-MKJQQ-XK376-TJ7T4-76PKF
        * Home Basic - RCG7P-TX42D-HM8FM-TCFCW-3V4VD
        * Starter - X9PYV-YBQRV-9BXWV-TQDMK-QDWK4

Windows 7:

        * Ultimate - D4F6K-QK3RD-TMVMJ-BBMRX-3MBMV
        * Professional - HYF8J-CVRMY-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487
        * Home Premium - RHPQ2-RMFJH-74XYM-BH4JX-XM76F
        * Home Basic - YGFVB-QTFXQ-3H233-PTWTJ-YRYRV
        * Starter - 7Q28W-FT9PC-CMMYT-WHMY2-89M6G

Note these are not illegal, these are the publicly available (albeit hard to $#^$*% find) supplied by MS.

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Seagate finally have a fix for their 1.5TB drives

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 5 years ago http://forums.seagate.com/stx/board/message?board.id=ata_drives&thread.id=2879&view=by_date_ascending&page=21

This is an official Seagate announcement.



Seagate 1.5TB Customers,
Some Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB hard drives may show uncharacteristic operation when used with Mac and Linux operating systems in multi-drive configurations. Users may experiences pauses in video streaming applications or a dropped drive from RAID arrays. Customers seeing these symptoms should contact Seagate Technical Support directly by phone or by email for a firmware upgrade.

In order to assure the proper application of the new firmware, please communicate/have ready a description of the issues you're seeing when you contact Seagate Technical Support. Please include the following disk drive information:


* model number (see here for help determining the model number)
* serial number (see here for help determining the serial number)
* current firmware revision (Seatools for DOS can tell you, and it should also be listed on the drive label)


Also, please describe

* your system
* your operating system, and
* the application in use when the issue arose.


You will receive a prompt response with appropriate instructions.

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Chrome

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Just had a very odd thing happen while browsing a forum site with Chrome.

Doing normal kinds of things, posting, moderating, etc. Then I logged in as an admin, preceded to the "modify site settings" section of SMF management, adjusted the forum title, saved and Voom! (this forum is no more, it has ceased to be)

Site now reports it can't find its DB.

Hopefully chrome just threw in some "usual" values in some paths that are in the same entry screen, but it may have spidered its way through the admin area, yet to see the nitty gritty till I can ssh into it later on.

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