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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

Bob_Who Re:If this gap exist... (103 comments)

Why is the government trying to help get students educated in CS. if this gap really exists then why don't I have a job in this field, I have an undergraduate degree, and the skills needed.

You're not supposed to ask that question. What are you, a communist? You might as well put insubordination on the resume. You should change your name to Mr. Smarty Pants. Radical Hippy Stoner Face experience.

yesterday
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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

Bob_Who Repo Man (103 comments)

I love how the say they'll subsidize two thirds the cost of a tuition that they just tripled in recent years. I think its also crap how you can buy an imported car at times with nearly 1% APR, but an education that does not depreciate or get repossessed must not only accrue ridiculous finance fees, it now must also involve indentured servitude. The slavery might only last for a few years, but the loan will stay with you longer than you'll remember the curriculum. And that's how the smart and successful people channel their ambitions: serving master. Its a deal with the devil in the details. Slavery doesn't just grow on trees, ya know.

yesterday
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Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

Bob_Who Looking for Answers in the Debris (135 comments)

Maybe they shouldn't assume that it is debris. Its in one piece perhaps.

Also its a government gig.

This means they can spend forever using resources and personnel on this task without having to be accountable for the worthless results. In fact, their incentive is not to find it, else they'll have to go back to work doing the really important stuff: floating around in circles, looking at nothing, and taking orders all day. Furthermore, If they really wanted to find it they'd be looking near Bermuda, not Australia. How can we take them seriously if they're ignoring the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans, and the Bermuda Triangle.

yesterday
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Raspberry Pi-Powered Body Illusion Lets You Experience Parkinson's

Bob_Who Re:Why? (38 comments)

I was talking about the washing machine action, but I see your point.

2 days ago
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Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

Bob_Who Re:Dear Sony, I am delighted! (154 comments)

Its Karma.

Not instant, like their rice....its slow cooked Karma....

With a side of Sony baloney.

2 days ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

Bob_Who Re:Palindrome Name ? (141 comments)

That's not a palindrome. niger is a Latin adjective meaning black. Please note the single 'g'.

Niger (or anagram) is spelled with only one "g"....

Oh, I see what you did there, honky!

3 days ago
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Raspberry Pi-Powered Body Illusion Lets You Experience Parkinson's

Bob_Who Re:Why? (38 comments)

I can't imagine why anyone would want to do this...having witnessed the sad progression of that disease second hand, it is not something that a sane person would want to experience.

You're right. This must be spin on a screw up.

They were most likely working on multiple orgasms and got this in error.

3 days ago
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Raspberry Pi-Powered Body Illusion Lets You Experience Parkinson's

Bob_Who Re:You could do that (38 comments)

Or just sit on a washing machine.

You might be onto something....

They might have been working on simulating multiple orgasms and stumbled on Parkinson's in error.

3 days ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

Bob_Who Re:Pedantic (148 comments)

Clearly, this would never happen outside of an academic setting. Who would bother?

Does it matter, who?

The outcome of elections are worth billions to vested interest groups. $4 billion was donated to candidates and PACs in the months preceding the election on November 4th. Many, many, people would "bother".

The point of the question "Does it matter who?" is to point out that the outcomes of elections are worth billions to vested interest groups, and that $4 billion was donated to candidates and PACs in the months preceding the election.

So from here, it looks as if you think you disagree with someone with whom you actually agree.

Mod Parent Up !

3 days ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

Bob_Who Re:Here's the deal (215 comments)

They apparently don't have talent at all. They try to obstruct it because it makes them meaningful. They become a source of skills and talent that they will never develop themselves. Parasites have had a necessary function in nature for eons.

about two weeks ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Bob_Who Is that why we are so full of regret? (123 comments)

I just hurts me so much to hurt you. I'd rather hurt myself. I feel so bad about hurting you first.

Oh! woe is me. You're such a jerk for being my victim.

about two weeks ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

Bob_Who Funded with advertising... (106 comments)

Why does corporate pimping continue to be the dominant paradigm for creating private funding revenue for free public services? And why does it continue to work so effectively? I am convinced that nearly anything that is advertised to me is shit I don't need, for prices too high, with money I don't have. Perhaps that's the catch: If you have the money you'll happily spend it on overpriced crap you don't need, because with wads of cash you don't need anything. Including Free Wi-Fi. Ah the conundrum of consumerism...

about two weeks ago
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Tor Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign To Upgrade Its Hidden Services

Bob_Who Its a good thing they are lawyers (106 comments)

...Because now they'll need a few good tax attorneys.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

Bob_Who Re:Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (223 comments)

So, in other words incentives have a function in business. As you state, we get good results from good incentives and bad results from perverse incentives. When you arrange to reward conflicting interests then unfairness results. The cluster-fuck arrangement that covers the administrative costs of the rebate, in part, with the "unclaimed" rebate pool will ultimately rip off consumers. Everyone else upstream is already paid, but the customer must play musical chairs in order to grab what is left over. This is fundamentally a bullshit arrangement for the customer who does not receive the price as advertised. More lucrative still, this arrangement creates a slush fund for the issuers that only reconcile what they acknowledge. Otherwise the customer defaults, by default. Perhaps the results speak for themselves: pissed off customers. This may not hurt the manufacturer, but someone is paying the price. I won't buy anything that involves rebates again, so it is no longer an incentive to get my business. I hope that $25 was worth it, its the last you'll steal from me.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Bob_Who Re:DuPont only cares about the money (377 comments)

These are GMO, they are Hybrids, " focus their efforts in assuring that they monetize" Do you think farmers worked for free? "even at the cost of others' lives or prosperity." absurd. " When you put more effort into sterile plants" They aren't. "that require chemicals" Name a plant that doesn't require chemicals. " towards nutrition and human survival" this is about nutrition and human survival.

" DuPont's Napalm sales " so you are so factless you need to do ad homs, and non sequitors.

Do you think farmers worked for free?.

Farmers have been working for a living for thousands of years. They never before needed to consult with geneticists to fully understand the ramifications of buying seed that has been modified to produce sterile seeds and thrive with proprietary chemicals developed solely to control the crop and extort the farmer with costs that eventually put them out of business. This is not how the crops behaved in the past, and DuPont sure as hell did not clarify that fact to a subsistence farmer with no education.

absurd.

Absurd? So you think its reasonable for Africa to enter into untenable contracts with foreign interests who want profit and do not care about the difficulties to pay. These farmers will likely be driven out of business so foreign corporate interests can take over their land and agriculture. This is about power and money, not about feeding people.

They aren't..

Yes, they are. The development is not accidental, it is their business plan.

Name a plant that doesn't require chemicals..

No plant needs a DuPont chemical except for these. They are specifically developed that way. DuPont intends to make crops dependent on their chemicals. Once again, these intentions are not fully comprehended or disclosed. Poor Farmers in third world nations are no match for DuPont, they certainly should not be controlled by them.

this is about nutrition and human survival.

Don't be naive. DuPont is about profit. If they just want to feed people then why develop proprietary plants and then charge 10 times the already high prices? The Farmer's margin for profit is now all for DuPont. But when there is no rain, too bad for the farmer. DuPont will be happy to auction the land to another Farmer that must bear the burden and risk for their "enterprise".

about two weeks ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

Bob_Who Re:Pedantic (148 comments)

Clearly, this would never happen outside of an academic setting. Who would bother?

Does it matter, who?

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Bob_Who Re:DuPont only cares about the money (377 comments)

Of course they only care about the money; that's what corporations are supposed to do.

(I mean, could you please make up your mind whether you want corporations to engage in politics or not? Sometimes you want corporations to get drawn and quartered if they as much as utter a squeak on social or political issues, at other times, you whine and complain that "they only care about the money".)

When you put more effort into sterile plants that require chemicals than towards nutrition and human survival than you should not be permitted to enter the world food market. Its criminal extortion plain and simple.

How is anybody forcing you to buy their plants? If you think that non-sterile, non GMO crops are a better deal, just buy those instead. Where is the "criminal extortion"?

This is not marketed to me, but their seed is contaminating the gene pool in African seeds via the subsistence farmers who wind up trying to use them.

If you think that its OK to screw over people to make a buck then I really don't need to elaborate further on the ethics involved.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Bob_Who DuPont only cares about the money (377 comments)

Technology can be used for good and feed the world. DuPont wants to focus their efforts in assuring that they monetize their tweaks to nature's developments, even at the cost of others' lives or prosperity. When you put more effort into sterile plants that require chemicals than towards nutrition and human survival than you should not be permitted to enter the world food market. Its criminal extortion plain and simple. I guess DuPont's Napalm sales are down so this is another bad use of science.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Wants You To Vote Tuesday

Bob_Who Re:fuck facebook (165 comments)

what the fuck, just type 'FUCKING FUCKFACED FUCKERS'.. don't be a pantywaist about it.

I apologize, I was pansy coating my fucks.

Sorry, but sometimes Facebook makes my penis fall off.

about a month ago

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Sprint, Walmart launch Common Cents mobile

Bob_Who Bob_Who writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bob_Who (926234) writes "As reported on BroadBandRreports, Sprint and Walmart launch Common Cents mobile. Can call it Common Cents or Boost or Virgin or Sprint, its still not as good a deal as you think. Prepay Common Cents cellular at .07 a minute / per text still boils down to $20/mo. bottom line, for some, since your minutes may expire monthly. Its half of the 39.99*/mo price point on my Sprint two year contract (*$46 or so, after surcharges & fees). We must, once again, buy another unnecessary cellphone to add to our collection of toxic land fill. The fact that my old Sprint phone can't be used on this SPRINT network is not only ludicrous, it should be a crime and as harshly dealt with as an oil spill.

No matter how you slice and dice it, cellular is and will always be a TOTAL RIP OFF because it is in the hands of a few corporate monsters who have claimed the bandwidth and have every intention of extorting every possible penny from the market until our dying day, or thereafter, if possible. Until we actually have competition in the market, or we rewrite the LAW we are paying too much.

Gouging the citizens for the benefit of the shareholders may be legal and ethical, but IMHO its immoral and uncivilized to screw the 'many' for the benefit of the 'few'.

Ultimately, we need to change all corporate commerce, or else "eat the rich" will be the new populous slogan."

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Google search settings are "broken" (rant)

Bob_Who Bob_Who writes  |  about 4 months ago

Google's saved search settings remain a broken, bogus, reminder that Google cannot fix chronic epic failures in the user browsing experience.

I can't believe that after several years time, no matter the machine or version of windows or browser that the "Open each selected result In a new browser window" dialog check box does not function. I suppose this is Google's subtle assurance to the world that: "no matter what we say we are doing, its the user fault if its broken. No matter what assurances we offer to control the data that we amass of your lives, you can count on us to do things according to feature specifications you can't possibly comprehend. When that promise is delivered, we'll just blame you if it doesn't work. We'll pretend that the Emperor has clothes as he indecently exposes himself to world...but it's his ass, and we keep our own covered."

You're like Facebook, only exposed from the behind... Assbook, perhaps?

A broken search settings feature that you pretend functions (if the user just signs in with cookies) remains a stark reminder that you will not keep your word to manage the software or data as advertised or as it is understood by the user. Ironically, this is a pure demonstration of false advertising but we'll blame cookies..... Not only does the feature chronically fail to function for millions, it targets the very users who attempt to control cookies. Still this defect continues to be IGNORED by Google in all of its splendid FAILURE to remind us that something, like privacy and promises, is broken.

How much longer can Google and Microsoft continue to operate in corporate mediocrity on the deluded premise that it's "not their bug" that "it's a feature" and it's somebody else that is to blame for the BAD USER EXPERIENCE? This is the opposite of Quality Assurance - it's consistently defective features that remain dysfunctional as long as the Emperor's bare behind is mooning the world. Meanwhile, you neither confirm nor deny your complacence in the public's self delusion of decency.

Chomsky called this manufactured consent, which you have glibly branded "Don't be Evil". Well then, what does that make you, and how does that really improve the situation for anyone? I guess it pays for a few inflated mortgages, but otherwise its not particularly helpful in the grand scheme of things. Its sad to think that I once lived in a "do the right thing" world that has eroded into the "don't be evil" flaccidity of naked imperial dick.

You're Welcome.

Just remember, I don't need to fix this, you're the one getting paid so you figure it out. I don't care about your ludicrous cookie policies and rationales for why its not broken, so ignoring my insights any longer is just bad service.

Google isn't evil, cookies are evil. It's your fault. If the customer is always right, then apparently we are not the customers. Are we ?

And by the way, the "feedback" function on the search results page is mysteriously broken, as usual. It says "try again later" which is corporate speak for p!ss off! So I'll just post this on the boards where it will fade into oblivion.

I honestly don't expect a reply that I want from Google. Its not about some procedure that I need to do to make it work - its about what Google needs to do to fix the user experience ...or just stick it where the moon don't shine.

Get it?

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Sprint, Walmart launch Common Cents mobile

Bob_Who Bob_Who writes  |  more than 4 years ago

As reported on Broad Band DSL Reports.com, Sprint and Walmart launch Common Cents mobile - You can call it 'Common Cents' or 'Boost' or 'Virgin' or 'Sprint', it is still not a great deal. Prepay Common Cents cellular at .07Â a minute / per text still boils down to a $20/mo. bottom line, for some, since your minutes may expire monthly. Unused time and inactive phone numbers may be forfeited, so you better feed the kitty on time. Its half the price of Sprint's $39.99*/mo 2 year contract price point (* $46 or so, w/ surcharges & fees). Unfortunately, the customer must buy yet another new cell phone to add to the collection of unnecessary toxic land fill. The fact that my old Sprint phone can't be used on this SPRINT network is par for the course, as is the fact that value is targeted only for some: Its really better for light users, and terrible at $1 per Megabyte for high bandwidth customers.

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Suddenly my first Slashdot "Relationship Change" notification - But Why?

Bob_Who Bob_Who writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Suddenly, after years on this site, my very first Slashdot "Relationship Change" notification ever - But Why?

Below is what I received from Slashdot, for the record.

                Slashdot Message for Bob_Who
                      * Message Preferences
                      * List Messages
              Relationship Change
              sent by Slashdot Message System on Monday May 03, @12:05AM
              esme (17526) has made you their foe.

OK Slashdot, who the fuck is this and why do I care? Does this mean we're breaking up? Jerry Springer and Maury will have to pay for the paternity test....

I've been slash dotting a couple of years, lots of comments, moderating, and participation. In all that time, I never had any involvement with [friends, foes, freaks, fans] because I just don't have any interest in tagging virtual users. I just don't need to manage that info, and so far, not one other user has found the need to index me as such. Comments can illicit a response which is a suitably relevant record of interaction with another user opinion - it seems unnecessary to tag that user in any particular way. So far, this reality is consistent, and I never even consider the feature's usefulness. I can keep score on real people, but fail to see the value in defining the imaginary, virtual, or text based entities who are only a handle to an anonymous opinion. That being the situation, it was a real surprise to me when suddenly, for no apparent reason someone needed to define their relationship to me. Weirder still, its a long time slashdotter (based on member #) and furthermore, I am designated a "foe". I don't even bother tagging goatse a foe, so this must be some serious grudge (fuck)

Okay fine, I have no doubt that I say all kinds of stuff to piss people off, but usually, if that occurs, my offensive statement is challenged then and there, with a thread to the post, or simply moderated, or in some way confronted at the point of entry. In other words, friend or foe - its all a reference to an interaction with a specific posting. If I am "foe" its because I posted something specific. It seems to be completely retarded that a person [freak] would make the point of designating an opinion of me without any reference to a topic that elicited this response. Its inane, and meaningless, and retarded. I have spent an hour looking through my recent entries and this persons postings and trying to find some clue as to where we ever had the slightest discourse or interaction. I have no basis to friend or foe them. I just know that for reasons that completely elude me I am designated a foe. So for the record, if I wind up dead or missing for no apparent reason, I hope that dateline NBC will dig up this posting (and my corpse) and discover that although there may be no apparent motive, a reliable indication of the perpetrator is hereby established. You may never find my body, but you'll always have this journal entry as proof that I have a true enemy, cyber-foe, fatwa, hit man, stalker, or whatever - right here on Slashdot.

Its important to understand that people you never knew existed, or who in fact may not exist at all, are quite aware of you, and have made it known to the internet that they consider you a foe, for the record, on Slashdot. Its so special and meaningful when you cannot even begin to guess what could possibly be the relevancy of this antagonism without some little clue or reference to a keystroke interaction.

It just blows my mind that when I finally have my very first "Relationship Change" (like a virgin) notification from Slashdot, that there is not even slightest clue or indication as to why. What is the fucking purpose of it then? Its totally meaningless if this is some random designation. I mean what's the fucking point? I'm completely confused. What a neurotic feature. Its like socially inept "faceless book" non interactive mystery discourse. Its just stupid and creepy, from where I sit. I just have no earthly idea why this person even made the effort to opine their view of me, and yet completely evade any reference to my interaction. or anything I ever said that is meticulously stored and indexed in Slashdot's database.

Oh, you mean I stole your wife, ran over your dog, and got you fired, dented your car? No? I have to keep guessing?

(imagine Al Pacino Scarface voice) Well, say hello to my little friend ! (machine guns and dirty bombs) Kaboom! Oops, there goes Philadelphia.....

Or maybe you think I'm John Cussack in Grosse Pointe Blank since I do have a high school reunion coming up....That's it! Its a job! I have a new hit contract! I've been hired to get medieval on this guy's ass. This is the one I'm supposed to "Bada Bing" at Tony's sausage factory.

Whatever.

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My /. karma changed today to excellent.

Bob_Who Bob_Who writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I've had neutral, bad, and good karma, but I was unaware of excellent. I wonder what I did this time to change it. I also wonder if there might be other karmic levels like 'terrible' or 'transcendent' or 'unknown'. Thanks for the endorsement /. Like my grandmother used to say, "Flattery will get you everywhere."

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Slashdot is great service. Keep up the good work. Thanks.

Bob_Who Bob_Who writes  |  more than 5 years ago Well, I just gotta say that in spite of my previous gripe about libelous troll karma, Slashdot is way, way better than most any scalable portal / social network / news and data exaggerator. I realized this as I was slamming AOL and Corporate America's greed and short sightedness, when it occurred to that at least Slashdot keeps it's eye on the ball and continues to deliver real value to the world. A consistency of value and function, while resisting the kind of decay and degradation one can expect once that "upstart" is sold to big business. But Sourceforge isn't AOL or HP. I'm glad that informed perspectives found in top usenet newsgroups or college classrooms are distilled here with the daily news feed. This bloggy convention seems to work for me here, and at Flickr (also acquired by big corporate brother). If its any consolation, I don't pay to subscribe at either place. But the way I figure it, you guys definitely get value from me. I am generally so committed to free stuff that I'll spend the currency of my quality time, instead of fast bucks. It won't pay the bills, but at least it celebrates Slashdot's collaborative process and growth.

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Slashdot Karma is Fascist Crap - Don't Tread On Me.

Bob_Who Bob_Who writes  |  more than 5 years ago Karma: Bad. Screw you pinheads. Your Karma is every bit as bad, so bite me. I'll never subscribe now. In fact I won't submit or comment. Why should I? You pissed me off and now I just want to insult you and put my effort into worthy causes - not your fascist intimidation and conformity imposed by little narrow minds unworthy of the task. Your system is way too loose to start flinging insults at me. So I feel like flinging them back. This is a cure for flame? Interesting choice. I have dozens of posts and yet one "off topic" remark negates my karma score to BAD. This degrades my status, and subsequently, reflects on several hours of GOOD thoughtful prose. You idiots! Oh wait, I guess its BAD when you are the one being called names, isn't it? Now I'm a troll and a flame bait. Just exterminate me. I'm BAD. Clearly people confused by the contrived moderator task thrust upon them will tend to look for fault, and moderate like hard boiled nuns at a catholic girls school. Furthermore, your punitive attack outweighs the positive strokes for "good" behavior. You are all stick and no carrot. That's stupid and annoying, and will never properly motivate an ass like me. Where's the credit where credit is due? Is it all negative score keeping? Is it too complex to find a fair, reasonable system that does not completely tilt the importance of poor content over good? Can't you distinguish blatant spam from a difference of opinion or mild infraction of your divine holier-than-thou standards of humor or rhetoric. Irony, satire, allegory and other literary devices confuse the common 'dork denominator' or perhaps elude them altogether. Like Nurse Ratchett in Kesey's "...Cuckoo's Nest", you want to break Murphy down, and squash the 'unconventional' or the 'misunderstood' like a bug. A BAD Karma flame bait troll bug. If it ain't GOOD, middle-of-the-road homogenized view, then it must be BAD KARMA and we must stamp out BAD KARMA immediately before it spreads. You like that snap! whacking yardstick, don't you Sister Sadist? That's a pretty nasty habit and spanking, from the short end of your stick. Dick. Well, you just suck out loud. Fix your own shit. Your Karma is an insulting label. Its asinine. You're just being a dick. Just like me, right now. How do you like it? Dick for dick, tit for tat. Just like any racist, prejudicial, fuck wad, Nazi, scumbag, n-word exploitation.... this is your BAD karma when you crap on my karma and call me BAD - after all of the mostly GOOD efforts and results I have contributed here. DON'T BE A DICK. KARMA NEEDS TO BE FIXED. Just ask Earl.

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