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Safari 4's Messy Trail

ruphus13 Mac abstraction affects the non-savvy... (200 comments)

The big value-proposition of the Mac has been that it is easy for the non-geeky user to use. Unfortunately, things like these make those very users vulnerable. Without exposing easy ways to flush potentially sensitive and private information, it is the same users Apple attempts to serve that will be exposed. And, this will probably be the default browser for most new systems, so unless this is patched, expect the problem to proliferate...

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MS Releases Open Source Alternative To BigTable

ruphus13 Re:Crap (163 comments)

This came about as a result of their acquisition of Powerset. Those guys have been working on Hadoop, and contributing back for a while (pretty much since the beginning). Here's what the linked article in the OP states, "When Microsoft acquired the company, Powersetters Michael Stack and Jim Kellerman took a hiatus from their full-time HBase contributions. But by October, Redmond had cleared the pair to resume their open coding. And that's what we'd call giving yourself cancer. "While Microsoft has supported open source in the past," a company mouthpiece tells us, "this is the first time that Microsoft has continued to support open source with an acquired company."" So, rather than release their entire effort as Open Source, the participants in Kumo/Powerset will continue to work on Open Source projects and software they embed.

more than 5 years ago
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What To Do When a Megacorp Wants To Buy You?

ruphus13 Re:Could you be more vague? (412 comments)

Eugene Kleiner,the founder of Kleiner Perkins, the VC firm behind some of the biggest successes of our times (Amazon, Google, Intel, Genentech, etc. etc.) said it best - "When they pass the hors d'oeuvres around, take two". When there's money on the table, you take it.
Love your money, not your stock.
Let's face it - if you came up with this concept with a bunch of your buddies sitting around, you can always come up with another one. Getting a company off the ground is VERY hard, and it is much easier with success under your belt. This will classify as a success. It will make the next one, should you choose to do another, much easier. It will be easier to raise venture money if required, it will be easier to attract talent, and it will be easier to sell to customers. You will learn a lot about taking a product to market, seeing it deployment and learning how customers made purchasing decisions.
Unless, for some reason, you have some killer IP and a clear path to revenue (both of which are, more often than not, not worth the paper they are printed on - technologies have short half-lives and customers change strategies, get acquired, lose or make more than anticipated and contacts within firms get re-org'd, fired or they quit), you really should have a very strong reason for assuming you will do a better job than Megacorp. The only reason to pass would be if you feel the deal is not high enough. That can only be validated via a counter offer. Again, as Eugene Kleiner said, "Never sell unless there are at least two buyers". So, if you feel this offer is fair, you better have a strong reason for thinking you can do better than Megacorp.
Also, get some solid advisers (perhaps professors who serve on boards, or alumni or something) to help you think through this before engaging the professionals (lawyers).
IANAL, but know the following (you prob already do, but I didn't see it discussed here):

  1. There is a big difference between a cash offer and a stock (if illiquid) offer.
  2. Lockouts - how long before you can leave, should you want to
  3. Earnouts - what milestones do you need to hit before you get all your monies disbursed
  4. Non competes

Facebook and Google are well known for going through the halls of places like Stanford and doing 'manquisitions'. The developers get some cash up-front (similar to a signing bonus), get an exit under their belts, get a smaller piece of a hopefully bigger pie, and it gives FB/GOOG a few solid developers to work on projects that the devs are passionate about.
A wormhole has opened up. Don't saunter by!

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Donates Code To Apache's "Stonehenge" Project

ruphus13 Interoperability? (184 comments)

Choosing to contribute sample code here is definitely interesting here, given that the Stonehenge project is meant to promote interoperability between Web service standards. First Microsoft contributes money, and now they contribute sample code to promote interoperability (between standards and platforms)! Wonders never cease!

more than 5 years ago
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Ericsson and Intel Offer Remote Notebook Lockdown

ruphus13 Re:lapjacking (105 comments)

I found this laptop and started writing this reply when it suddenly froz...

more than 5 years ago
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OpenSolaris 2008.11 Released, Reviewed

ruphus13 How does it stack up? (87 comments)

Fedora recently claimed that it would take $10B+ to re-build it from scratch. Given that OpenSolaris came from Solaris/Unix, how much more stable/solid is it, as compared to the Linux kernel? Also, I bet there are more Open Source apps that have yet to be 'ported' to it. No empirical data - just a thought...

more than 5 years ago

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Amazon Cloud Computing Business approaches $1B

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "Amazon has been one of the trailblazers in the Public Cloud space. There have been several speculations on their actual success — speculations because Amazon does not break out their numbers for their cloud business. However, any way you slice it, Amazon is growing at a very rapid clip. From the article, "The question often people ask: how much money is Amazon making from these web services. I have heard some wild estimates. Today, UBS Investment Research analysts Brian Pitz and Brian Fitzgerald released a report which puts revenue numbers against Amazon’s web services. The duo estimate that in 2010, AWS will generated about $500 million in revenues and will grow this to $750 million by 2011. By 2014, it would bring in close to $2.54 billion in revenues." Can a commoditized hardware business really generate high margins for a services company? Amazon seems to think so..."
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IBM, Samsung, TI et al fund 'Linux Kernel on Chip'

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "100s of engineers are now the target for hiring at Linaro, a new not-for-profit open source company. What will they do? Help launch a Linux kernel that will run on a chip for non-PC devices. The 'band of others' are getting together to take on the embedded systems market, battle Intel's Atom processor and attack the non-PC market . From the article, "ARM, IBM, ST Ericsson, Samsung, Freescale and Texas Instruments are banding together to back a not-for-profit open source company, Linaro, which will develop tools, packages, processes and a Linux kernel (aka a core of component of the OS) that will run on any system-on-a-chip currently used by non PC-devices. They will fund the UK-based company to the tune of tens-of-millions of dollars and will liberally spend money on hiring crack open source engineers — nearly a 100 of them. And their target is none other than world's largest chipmaker: Intel Corp.""
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Firefox still growing at 2.5x Chrome

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "Rumors of the death of Firefox have been greatly exaggerated. There was rife speculation that Chrome would supersede Firefox. However, at least as of now, Firefox seems to be holding its own, and the rate of growth vis-a-vis Chrome doesn't seem to have abated. From the article, "How bad are things at Mozilla? Not as bad as one would think. In a recent blog post, Mozilla’s Aza Dotzler pointed out that for every Chrome downloader, there are 2.5 folks who download Firefox. “Firefox gained just over 100 million users in the same period that Chrome gained just over 40 million users,” he wrote...Given that the holiday season has started in many parts of the world, with schools and universities shutting down, we might be seeing a slump in Firefox usage and downloads. Firefox, according to NetMarketShare, is still showing growth on a month-to-month basis — from June 2009 (22.43 percent) to April 2010 (24.59 percent), it increased its market share by 2.16 percent. That along with the 100 million-plus daily active installations (Mozilla claims it has 400 million users), shows that Firefox is far from having a real moment of crisis. Not only does it have time to course-correct and respond to all its critics, it also has time to regain momentum.""
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Open Source eCommerce app Magento raises $22.5M!

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "eCommerce is hot. SaaS is hot. Open Source is hot. Magento does all three, and has seen its market share rise considerably. As a result, it announced a new infusion of capital to spur growth — $22.5M of capital to fuel its growing inferno. From the post, "Open source e-commerce software suite Magento got a boost this week thanks to a $22.5 million influx of cash from a round of equity funding. The company plans to use the money to boost its mobile commerce products and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings in the coming months.
Magento is popular with big name brands like Lenovo, Vizio, and 3M, and has been downloaded over one million times. It's available in both Community (free) and Enterprise (paid) editions, but both are open source. It's also one of the most full-featured packages on the market and includes site management tools, report generators, and mobile commerce options.""

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Novell on the block? $2B unsolicited offer.

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "The mighty public FOSS companies are falling... Sun's gone, after a rough courtship and dance with IBM, Oracle and the EU. Red Hat may be the last man standing, with Novell receiving an unsolicited bid of $2B for Novell. According to the post, "After the close of trading in U.S. stock markets on Tuesday, Elliott Associates, L.P., a hedge fund with a significant position in shares of Novell, placed an unsolicited offer to buy the company for $2 billion. Its offer of $5.75 per share in cash is well above Novell's closing price today of $4.75 per share, and caused Novell's shares to rise above $6 in after hours trading. The offer places a high valuation on Novell, and the troubled company will have to consider it very carefully.""
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File sharing online dominated by Thai firm

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "In its 'State of the Web' report, ZScaler points out some of the dominant players, in terms of traffic. Amongst those players are some relatively less familiar names. For example, Facebook dominated the Social Networking space — almost 3/4ths of all Social Network traffic heads there. However, the non-US names dominated the file-sharing space. From the post, "Among the top file-sharing and torrenting sites around the globe, there are some surprises in the ZScaler data, as seen below. Si@mBIT, a Thai web hosting provider that specializes in serving torrents, led with 37.49 percent of all file-sharing traffic online in the fourth quarter. The third-largest domain, tb.in.th., is also controlled by Si@mBIT, and commanded about 13 percent of file-sharing traffic. Without a doubt, non-U.S. sites dominate the file-sharing scene.""
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Will eBook readers finally kill publishing?

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "Warren Buffet has expressed fears that with the impending death of traditional newspapers and reporters, we can expect widespread dishonesty. In addition, Dan Goodin of the Register said that the pricing models being pushed by Amazon and even Apple are not sustainable for quality content. According to the Article, Dan opines, "Do we want to live in a world where content providers can’t support themselves? That is exactly where we are moving with the Kindle and the iPad because people suddenly want books for $9.99. I’ve got news: It takes about a year to write a book, you have to travel extensively, you have to do a lot of fact-checking. What Amazon and Apple are trying to do is significantly decrease the amount of money that publishers, and specifically authors, can make.""
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MySQL Founder fears 'Bait and Switch' from Oracle

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "Monty Widenius has been a vocal critic of the Oracle acquisition of Sun, fearing for the future of MySQL. Now that the deal is pretty much done, Monty is very skeptical on the future, especially for the Open Source version of MySQL, and fears a 'bait and switch' from Oracle. From the interview, "It's clear that Oracle is in the game for the profit and it's in their interest to get out as much money from MySQL as they can over the long term. There will be less development of the Community version of MySQL. MySQL Enterprise will over time be only available as closed source and with a different feature set than the Community version. By keeping the price very low in the beginning for MySQL Enterprise, they will have a high conversation rate as it will be much easier to move to this than to another database. This will create an efficient lock-in and make it very hard for a MySQL 'fork' to survive or get traction, as it's almost impossible to keep things compatible. When Oracle finally raises prices, most users just have to pay...""
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Alfresco drops GPL and chooses LGPL

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "First there was an Mozilla Public License-inspired custom license, then GPL, and now Alfresco has decided that the license that makes the most sense is the LGPL, which is deemed as being more 'commercially friendly'. From the post, "Alfresco is switching licenses, again. This time the company is switching the license for its enterprise content management system to the GNU LGPL, away from the GNU GPL. Alfresco's switch is possible because the company requires a contributor agreement to accept code into its repository. The agreement requires that contributors give Alfresco the ability to re-license the code in any way it sees fit...The advantage afforded by the LGPL, at least from Alfresco's perspective, is that it's more commercially friendly while still requiring changes to the core code to be contributed back. It can be combined with proprietary software, but if the code from Alfresco is changed and distributed, those changes must also be licensed under the LGPL.""
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NMap 5.20 released. 10k + signatures included.

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "NMap has a new release out, and it is a major one. It includes a GUI front-end called Zenmap, and, according to the post, "Network admins will no doubt be excited to learn that Nmap is now ready to identify Snow Leopard systems, Android Linux smartphones, and Chumby's, among other OSes that Nmap can now identify.This release also brings an additional 31 Nmap Scripting Engine scripts, bringing the total collection up to 80 pre-written scripts for Nmap. The scripts include X11 access checks to see if X.org on a system allows remote access, a script to retrieve and print an SSL certificate, and a script designed to see whether a host is serving malware. Nmap also comes with netcat, Ndiff, and a GUI frontend for Nmap called Zenmap. Source code and binaries are available from the Nmap site, including RPMs for x86 and x86_64 systems, and binaries for Windows and Mac OS X. ""
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Red Hat support continues to flourish

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "As the pure-play Open Source companies continue to dwindle, Red Hat has thrived through the recession. Its support revenues have grown 20+%, and account for 75+% of its revenues. From the article, "Instead of the traditional strategy of selling expensive proprietary software licenses, as practiced by the Microsofts and Oracles of the world, Red Hat gets the vast majority of its revenues from selling support contracts. In the third quarter of last year, support subscriptions accounted for $164 million of its $194 million in revenue, up 21 percent year-over-year. All 25 of the company’s largest support subscribers renewed subscriptions, even despite a higher price tag.""
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Why Oracle can't easily kill PostgreSQL

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "Monty Widenius, the main MySQL developer, fears that the argument that PostgreSQL is a FOSS alternative to MySQL and hence Oracle should be allowed to pursue MySQL is specious. He fears that Oracle, or someone else, can easily squash PostgreSQL by just 'buying out' the top 20 developers. The Postgre community has fired back, calling that claim ridiculous. According to the article, "PostgreSQL as a project is pretty healthy, and shows how vulnerable projects like MySQL are to the winds of change. PostgreSQL could die tomorrow, if a huge group of its contributors dropped out for one reason or another and the remainder of the community didn't take up the slack. But that's exceedingly unlikely. The existing model for PostgreSQL development ensures that no single entity can control it, it can't be purchased and if someone decides to fork the project, the odds are that the remaining community would be strong enough to continue without a serious glitch.""
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Is getting acquired good for FOSS projects?

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "While open source companies are aplenty, their acquisitions by proprietary source companies may be cause for concern around the viability of projects. Can a FOSS project 'survive' an acquisition? According to the article posing that question, "One has to ask, though, how healthy it is for increasingly important open-source platforms and applications to come under the wing of huge, proprietary software companies. Probably the best example to cite on that topic is the ongoing car crash that is Oracle’s proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems...Sun Micrososytems is one of only three big, U.S. public companies focused almost entirely on open source. If it gets swallowed up, that will leave just Red Hat and Novell. Open-source pundits are predicting that small, promising open-source players will be snapped up by bigger fish this year. And Google’s relationship to Android gets ever murkier as it sinks its commercial hooks deeper into the platform, billing its own offerings as superphones relative to other Android phones.""
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"Back of Device" interactions come to light

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "Pretty much all 'touch' based interfaces have focused on interactions from 'the front'. Now we are seeing the emergence of 'back of device' interactions, thereby expanding the real-estate available for interactions. From the article, "Some of the milestones come from Patrick Baudisch, who’s spent years integrating back-of-device user interface interaction into mobile gadgets. Baudisch’s latest effort is called Nano Touch, which as you can see in the video below, allows for touch-based interface input on the rear of a small device — as opposed to on the front display. This brings two benefits: One, it expands the total amount of device real estate that the user can interact with; and two, the user’s own fingers doesn’t have to occlude the display while input is taking place.""
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How Facebook manages its 30k+ servers

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "The Facebook guys are more than just pretty faces when it comes to squeezing out performance from the servers. In addition to working closely with AMD and Intel to squeeze out more from the chips, Facebook has built a capacity testing tool called Dyno. From the article on how Facebook benchmarks its servers, "Anecdotally, when Facebook switched from an FB-DIMM platform to the Intel San Clemente platform, utilizing DDR2 memory, we observed an unexpected increase in throughput. This performance boost initiated an investigation that found the web application to be memory- and CPU-bound. The decreased latency of the DDR2 architecture provided a significant increase in web node throughput. Baray explained that as Facebook adds more features to its service, it becomes more complex. “The web site becomes heavier, so we need to constantly adapt our capacity and figure out how we manage it smartly,” he said. In order to do that, the company needs to constantly monitor its data as effectively as possible. And that’s where Dyno comes in handy."""
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Who is really making money off the iPhone

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "Here is some interesting 'infoporn' on where money is being made off the iphone. For example, Toshiba makes $24 off the total BOM of $178. In addition, Q3 of 2009 resulted in almost $1B in sales for iPhone parts manufacturers. AT&T is expected to earn a revenue of $2B from the data plans alone over the next 2 years."
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Is Chrome the 'secondary' OS of the future?

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "The notion of dual OSes is not new. Of late, on netbooks especially, manufacturers are pushing dual Operating Systems, each serving very specific tasks. For example, for 'fast boot', Linux has become the 'OS' of choice, even on Windows netbooks. With several services moving to the cloud, is Chrome going to find its niche as being the 'Cloud OS' for devices? OSes like Jolicloud claim "people should be able to switch operating systems on their netbooks...Like the adoption of Firefox made Web 2.0 possible, enabling users to switch OS will accelerate the growth and benefits of open cloud computing.”. From the post, "Let’s assume that the Chrome OS cloud-only model does alienate users. In that case, could Google reposition Chrome OS as a secondary, instant-on operating system that might ship alongside other operating systems, or simply be downloadable to use that way? Could it be the OS that you hop into for a crash-proof, cloud-based experience, just as many people hop in and out of the Chrome browser for its stability and other reasons? As evidence of how achievable this would be, people are already easily running Chrome OS on Dell netbooks, and noticing how much faster than Windows it is at booting. People are also calling Chrome OS “lightning from a USB key” as they use it via USB alongside other operating systems without even having it locally installed.""
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Are Supercomputers getting less 'super'?

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "There was a time when Supercomputers reigned supreme in the land of CPU x-flops. Their computing dominance was unquestioned, and only the serious organization could afford them and really needed them. That, however, is rapidly changing, as supercomputers are now very similar to their 'non-super' counterparts. With the rapid increase in compute power now being made available to the enterprise datacenter, supercomputers are barely ahead of their x86, Moore's-Law fueled competitors. From the article, "Increasingly, many of the parts that make up a supercomputer — from the types of processors used to the networking cables — are the same as those used in everyday corporate computing...[The] number of different processors used to build supercomputers has been shrinking. This is partly due to Moore’s Law, which enables the x86 architecture (the same type of chips inside your computer) to make steady performance gains, but is also a function of how cheap mass-produced chips are. And because most supercomputers are built for the government, getting as many flops for the dollar is essential. Even on the networking side, Ethernet is making strides when compared to more expensive, proprietary networking technologies such as Infiniband...as supercomputers and high-performance computers use more mainstream and commodity parts, it makes it that much harder to distinguish the specialty high-performance computing vendors from those offering corporate computing products"."
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Skype's SIP migration may be moot. Deal nears.

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "eBay and the Skype founders, the legendary p2p duo, have been in intense negotiations for months, with the future of Skype hanging in the balance. The founders, whose lawsuit would force eBay to either convert Skype to SIP so it wouldn't have to use the Skype Founders' Global Index, or sell to the founders, are now rumored to be near a deal with Skype. From the scoop, "The ongoing legal scuffle between Skype, a division of eBay, and its founders, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, may soon see a resolution, according to someone familiar with the situation... If the founders and the company can come to an agreement, Skype will be able continue to use JoltID’s technology to power Skype and not disrupt the service that is currently used by hundreds of millions consumers...In order for Skype to exist it had two options: Do a deal with the Skype founders, or switch to SIP-based architecture. The latter may be an expensive and difficult option. Skype faces various challenges if it tries to switch to using a SIP-based architecture". It is amazing that hundreds of millions of users' convenience hangs in the balance, pivoted on proprietary code, bathed in a pissing contest..."
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Books overtake Games on iPhone

ruphus13 ruphus13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruphus13 (890164) writes "In a sign that ebooks are rising in popularity, a recent survey by mobile analytics company Flurry revealed that users may be using the iPhone for more 'intellectual' pursuits, and not just the visual sizzle. The 'book-related' apps on the iPhone overtook games in terms of new apps released, and one out of every five apps released were eBooks. According to the post, "Book-related apps saw an upsurge in launches in September, according to a survey conducted by Flurry, a San Francisco-based mobile application analytics company. So much so, that book-related applications overtook games in the App Store as a percentage of all released apps. The trend isn’t an aberration. In October, one out of every five new applications launching on the iPhone was a book...Because from August 2008 to the same month in 2009, more apps were released in the “games” category than any other and, as a result, the iPhone (and iPod touch) became a new handheld gaming platform, one that impacted Nintendo DS. The Japanese game device maker acknowledged that the iPhone and iPod touch were among the reasons why its profits declined drastically in the most recent quarter...The sharp rise in e-book activity on the iPhone indicates that Apple is positioned to take market share from the Amazon Kindle as it did from the Nintendo DS.""
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