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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

savuporo Re:Supreme Leader (168 comments)

There are tons of people out there that could be pissed with Sony in general for any number of reasons, such as publishing their credit card details from PSN 2011 hack or whatever.
Also, if there is any country that would see japanese megacorps take hits, it's actually South Korea - their actual economic rival. Or China. If this is more of industrial espionage, corporation scale cyberwar i can think of a couple large ones that might have resources and will to do this - and then implicate the funny NORKs.

2 days ago
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California's Hydrogen Highway Adds Another Station

savuporo Re:I suppose this is a good thing... (87 comments)

Hydrogen lobby is anything but letting the market decide. Transportation is actually kind of tricky to leave to the market as transportation requires large infrastructure investments. Such as distributing gas, diesel, laying down train tracks, installing charging stations and so on.
Governments will inevitably meddle, and meddle they will. Corn ethanol was/is a perfect example of government meddling gone wrong. Hydrogen is another disaster waiting in the winds.

about a week ago
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California's Hydrogen Highway Adds Another Station

savuporo Re:I suppose this is a good thing... (87 comments)

Well to wheels, hydrogen is probably the most polluting fuel cycle imagined. At present like 95% of the hydrogen supply comes from fossil fuels, and end to end cycle efficiency is even lower than an average gas guzzling SUV.

Rather than trying to push this into passenger cars, working on hydrogen based long haul trucks and airliners makes a lot more sense. But even then the theorethical "green" benefits are not clear cut.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

savuporo XCOM (110 comments)

There was an amazing XCOM or Ufo - the enemy unknown port on one of these, with reworked controls that matched stylus screen perfectly. Available on sourceforge or some place. There was a decent chess proggy too.

about two weeks ago
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China Plans Superheavy Rocket, Ups Reliability

savuporo Re:China is not in space competition (86 comments)

What is awesome about the Chinese efforts right now is that you know there is a followup for everything in the works. Slow, meticulous, but it is happening.

Change'2 was built as a backup to Chang'e-1. After the first one succeeded, the second one was upgraded and launched on a more ambitious mission. Chang'e-3 had a backup built. Reentry vehicle test flew. Tiangong-2 is in the works. There is gradual engineering capability build-up happening, sort of similar to early era US/USSR spacecraft series. Except that the success rates now are much higher than they were 40 years ago.

Remember Mariner, Pioneer, Venera , Ranger, Surveyor, Luna .. all of these were kind of similar in that they were steady improvements in what could be achieved.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

savuporo Re:He doesn't have issues (201 comments)

His comments have been on the level of "it looks like most 100m sprint finalists are black, i think they might have a genetic advantage to run faster"
Apparently this is a crime.

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

savuporo Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

Thats exactly it. Drama is hostile, doesnt matter over what exactly. SJW or something else.
I choose to work somewhere to build a particular product, idea or service - thats what im there for, if it comes with a truckload of drama and emotion i will simply go elsewhere. Which is what the devs here did.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10 Adds Battery Saver Feature

savuporo Re:triggering below percentage is dumb (96 comments)

You completely missed the point. Rate of drain is CRITICAL when the phone is on standby, i.e. in my pocket. When the screen is on with a bunch of foregrounded apps, the equation is completely different and rate of drain is not the primary issue.
For example, in screen active mode most of the time clocking down the CPU is about the stupidest thing you can do from battery saving perspective, as short bursts of high activity with long deep sleep cycles are more efficient than dragged out activity cycles on lower clock.
Saving battery is an active fight, and operating systems are always going to be fighting a losing battle against the apps - but by no means should they give up, there are myriad of untapped ways how to make the current situation much better for an average user.

The idea of having a 10% dumb phone in my pocket that cannot do anything does not match with any of my use cases. I simply dont send texts and rarely have to do phone calls. However, it is often critical that i can still open email and maps, for my wife it is critical to take this one last photo for which she has been saving for, and for someone else it is that one last foursquare checkin. Your pattern is not my pattern and vice versa, and there is a lot of improvement room for mobile operating systems to get much much smarter about that.

Yelling panic at 10% is something that my laptop did in 90ies.

about two weeks ago
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Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch

savuporo Re: rounding error (71 comments)

more hardware and fuel could be lofted any day, there are plenty of operational launch vehicles all around the world.
if you add up the actual launch capacity of all the operational rockets and pads you could put like thousand tons or more to orbit every year.
to get to mars, you will need to launch more than once in any case. to get to moon in a useful capacity with more than flags and footprints, you will also need to launch more.

what exactly is the point of spending another decade, tens of billions and building yet another launcher to actually start going anywhere?
orion is dumb because it is not actually designed to go anywhere, SLS is dumb because it is redundant.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 Adds Battery Saver Feature

savuporo Re: triggering below percentage is dumb (96 comments)

rate of drain is obviously a critical variable when the screen is off and the thing is in my pocket. I.e after I have not actively used it for a minute or so. and even then instantaneous draw doesn't matter, but average draw over a minute or 5 matters a lot

as long as I'm holding it and doing something I know full well I am burning power - including doing things like playing games

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 Adds Battery Saver Feature

savuporo Re:triggering below percentage is dumb (96 comments)

I actually want it to warn me even if it is 99% full and draining fast, because i was planning to hike around all day in a city that i am visiting and will have no opportunity to charge. I know i will need every drop of charge for photos, google maps etc, but all of it needs to go into useful activities, not into background drain with some obscure rarely used app trying to randomly download updates or some BS like that.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 Adds Battery Saver Feature

savuporo triggering below percentage is dumb (96 comments)

so, I have had this annoyance with android forever.
there are multiple battery saver things that trigger saving features when I'm below percentage - but its obviously too late then!!

the trigger needs to activate when the RATE OF DRAIN exceeds a particular threshold

about three weeks ago
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Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch

savuporo rounding error (71 comments)

For a vehicle that is literally planned to be in development for about two decades, this is a rounding error anyway. The world is not going to stop turning or even much of a notice if it doesnt launch tomorrow, the next week or in the next couple of years.
First of all, it is an engineering test article that is very far from what the final product is supposed to be, and the flight really mostly exist because nobody would otherwise believe the program exists and does anything. Ares-1X , anyone ?
Second, it is not really a deep space craft that could really go anywhere on its own even after its supposedly ready. Moon ? No, need at least a lander and a service module. Mars ? Not even with addons, as it wont survive for 6 months on the outward journey, 2 years in orbit and then 6 months coming back.
Why is it being even built absent any plans to actually go anywhere ? Well, all these people have to have jobs ..

about three weeks ago
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Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

savuporo Re:Video chat?? (237 comments)

And "web" should have stopped at HTML 4.01 ? What an odd number to pick.

People don't realize that this battle will not ever end. What exactly is "just a browser" supposed to do these days ? Javascript, flash, webgl, java applets ? WebSockets ? Maybe rewind the clock and go back to nonstandard video as well .. RealVideo .

So now firefox went and officially made WebRTC an actual visible thing, it is immediately bloat. How are the other half assed standard(ish) web tech crammed in over the years not bloat ?

This is a continuous evolution of web as a platform. You either try and stay at the forefront and be part of shaping the platform, or stay in the stone age - i bet IE can still run VBScript with some defaults. Maybe they still have Gopher client built in too.

about three weeks ago
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Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

savuporo Re:Kiss my hairy Pale Moon, Mozilla! (237 comments)

If you are a developer or web content creator your options however are very limited. Technically they could do everything with lynx, however the tooling support would be pretty shitty and their customers wouldn't appreciate either.

I was just laughing my ass off the other day about Windows RT ( surface ) people not being able to use any other browser but IE , and then i realized there are some poor bastards somewhere actually trying to test their web based applications on that thing.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

savuporo Re:Wait till they see water! (128 comments)

Just a small technical quibble. Intelligence is of course quantifiable and limited resource. Stupidity however has no bounds, it's abundance therefore cannot really be measured.

about three weeks ago
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Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

savuporo Re:I doubt it. (89 comments)

QED. Men are animals, women are not.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

savuporo Re:Objective-C (211 comments)

I would recommend JavaScript. Hybrid apps are completely viable

about three weeks ago

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NASA built a $349 million rocket test stand, to abandon it

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about a week ago

savuporo (658486) writes "As a leftover from cancelled Constellation program, NASA kept building a vacuum rocket test stand called A-3, that was originally intended to test upper stage engines. The work on the tower was finished this summer, which ended with the project being about three times more expensive than original estimate, and 3 and a half years late. By now, NASA does not have a use for it, so the facility was immediately mothballed and it will cost about $700 000 a year in upkeep.
For reference, the cost of designing, building, launching and operating Spirit and Opportunity through their initial mission was about $820 million."

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Tesla Model S hacking prize claimed

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about 5 months ago

savuporo (658486) writes "AutoBlogGreen reports: The $10,000 prize for successfully hacking a Tesla Model S has been claimed. A team from Zhejiang University in China claimed victory at the Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan360) event in Beijing by exploiting a "flow design flaw," whatever that means, to gain access to vital systems including the door locks, horn and window controls, while the vehicle was moving.

Last year, potential security pitfalls of high-tech electric and hybrid cars came to light when the DARPA successfully hacked into hybrids from Ford and Toyota. For illustration about why this might become a big deal, here is a video report about Prius ECUs and internal CAN network being messed around with while driven."

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Publishers to remove 100s of computer-generated gibberish conference proceedings

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about 7 months ago

savuporo (658486) writes "The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense. Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it into more than 30 published conference proceedings between 2008 and 2013. Among the works were, for example, a paper published as a proceeding from the 2013 International Conference on Quality, Reliability, Risk, Maintenance, and Safety Engineering, held in Chengdu, China. The authors of the paper, entitled ‘TIC: a methodology for the construction of e-commerce’, write in the abstract that they “concentrate our efforts on disproving that spreadsheets can be made knowledge-based, empathic, and compact”. Sokal has opened a completely new avenue for science."
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DARPA Unveils Hack-Proof Drone

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about 6 months ago

savuporo (658486) writes "The Pentagon’s research arm unveiled a new drone built with secure software that "prevents the control and navigation of the aircraft from being hacked." “The software is designed to make sure a hacker cannot take over control of a UAS. The software is mathematically proven to be invulnerable to large classes of attack,” Fisher said.
This is currently being demoed on a quad-copter platform. It would be interesting to know the CPU architecture, chipset, programming language and the suite of communication protol this thing uses .."

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DARPA DRC final results, Japanese SCHAFT takes the gold

savuporo savuporo writes  |  1 year,20 hours

savuporo (658486) writes "The two days of DARPA humanoid robotics challenge are now over. 16 teams entered in three categories — custom built humanoid, DARPA supplied Atlas platform and a non-humanoid form and competed in 8 different tasks. All Japanese SCHAFT team scored 27 out of 32 maximum points, folowed by IHMC Robotics and Tartan rescue following with 20 and 18 points. The tasks included challenges like driving a vehicle, climing ladders and walls, using handheld tools to cut through walls etc. All robots had a mix of autonomy with teleoperated controls to accomplish the tasks. Full details on scores can be found here
The 8 teams that scored highest will get continued funding from DARPA to compete in the final challenge in 2014. Two NASA teams also entered, and JPL build non-humanoid RoboSimian placed 5th, whereas JSC built and touted "Valkyire" came out of competition with zero points.
Team Shaft and Boston Dynamics building the Atlas platform were recently acquired by Google."

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Chang'e-3 lunar rover landing tomorrow at 13:40 UTC

savuporo savuporo writes  |  1 year,9 days

savuporo (658486) writes "The Chinese Chang'e-3 probe will be landing on the moon tomorrow, 13:40 UTC. CCTV is likely to carry the event life as they did for initial launch. According to technical overview of the mission scenario and instruments the landing will be fully autonomous with active landing hazard avoidance, which is the first time this has been attempted on any planetary landing. More real-time updates can be found on Twitter with ChangE3 hash tag and NASASpaceFlight forums live event section."
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Chinese Chang'e-3 lunar rover is on its way to the moon after successful launch

savuporo savuporo writes  |  1 year,21 days

savuporo (658486) writes "The Chang'e-3 lunar probe, which includes the Yutu or Jade Rabbit buggy, blasted off on board an enhanced Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 1:30 a.m. (12.30 p.m. EDT).
Landing is expected on December 14, at a landing site called Sinus Iridium (the Bay of Rainbows), a relic of a huge crater 258 km in diameter.
Coverage of the launch was carried live on CCTV, with youtube copies available."

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Chang'e-3 lunar lander launching tomorrow, 37 years after last lunar landing

savuporo savuporo writes  |  1 year,22 days

savuporo (658486) writes "China will launch the Chang'e-3 lunar probe at 1:30 a.m. Monday ( China time, or December 1 Sunday at 17:30 UTC ) from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on a CZ-3B carrier rocket. It is planned to enter lunar orbit on Dec 6th and surface landing on Dec 14th if all goes according to the plan. Webcast may become available on the CCTV mission site.
The last time a spacecraft soft landed on the lunar surface was a Soviet Luna-24 sample return mission in 1976. The other currently developed lunar landers are from Google Lunar X-Prize contestants, with none planning to launch before 2015 at the earliest, given funding.
CNSA is collaborating with ESA for spacecraft tracking operations, and has been collaborating with Russian partners in for building its radioisotope heater unit ( RHU ). NASA is blocked from collaborating with CNSA on this mission.
Change'-3 predecessor orbiter mission Chang'e-2 has been very successful and was flown on an extended mission leaving lunar orbit into deep space.
A BBC article talks about future lunar exploration plans, with Chang'e-4 that is built as a backup craft for Chang'e-3 and will be likely launched in 2015, followed by Change-6 and 7 that are designed as sample return missions."

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NHTSA and DOT want your car to be able to disable your cellphone functions

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

savuporo (658486) writes "National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Department of Transportation are considering technological solutions for people to stop using their cellphones while driving. Proximity detectors or requiring physical link with the car are the solutions under the scope. FTA: NHTSA wants automakers to make it impossible to enter text for messaging and internet browsing while the car is in motion, disable any kind of video functionality and prevent text-based information such as social media content or text messages from being displayed.. Obviously these regulations would need to go beyond cellphones, as laptop, tablet or any other gadget with a 3G data connection or even on a wifi hotspot made by your phone would be equally distracting."
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An Open Letter to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt on Drones

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about a year ago

savuporo (658486) writes "DC Area Drone User Group has posted an open letter in response to recent comments by Eric Schmidt about banning drones from private use. Closing section:
Personally owned flying robots today have the power to change the balance of power between individuals and large bureaucracies in much the same way the Internet did in the past. And just as the military researchers who developed GPS for guiding munitions could never have imagined their technology would be used in the future to help people conduct health surveys in the world’s poorest countries or help people find dates in the world’s richest, there is a whole world of socially positive and banal applications for drones that are yet to be discovered. We should embrace this chance that technology provides instead of strangling these opportunities in their infancy. Our hope is that you and the rest of Google’s leadership will embrace this pro-technology agenda in the future rather than seeking to stifle it. We would welcome the opportunity to speak further with you about this topic."

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BigDog grows into LS3

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "Well known ( and spoofed ) Boston Dynamics BigDog prototype now has a bigger brother named "LS3" or Legged Squad Support System. It's intended to carry heavy loads for long treks and have enough autonomy to follow soldiers around, listen to voice commands and navigate autonomously. More at DARPA press release, and the obligatory Youtube clip. It's a tad noisier than a mule."
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Solar Ships solar powered blimp .. or a delta-wing

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes ""By crossing airships with airplanes, Solar Ship is planning to build a craft that can carry heavy loads long distances with a tiny carbon footprint. Filled with helium, they soak up rays from the sun to provide the energy for forward motion and fulfill its original design challenge – carry 1,000 kilograms (2,205 lbs) of payload 1,000 kilometers (621.4 miles)"
The craft is heavier than air, and uses a combination of helium filling its interior and its lifting body delta wing shape to stay airborne. Solar Ship shows plans for a range of different size craft for different duties."

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Air Force UAV Controls Infected with Virus

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "DefenseTech story "Air Force’s UAV ground control systems (GCS) at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., have been infected by a computer virus. The virus, that’s apparently recording drone operators’ keystrokes, was detected about two weeks ago. While it hasn’t prevented the service from flying UAV missions, it has proven to be difficult to remove — Air Force technicians are having to completely wipe the GCS’ internal hard drives to get rid of the virus. Service officials still aren’t 100 percent sure how it penetrated Creech’s firewalls nor do they know where it came from. It may be a run of the mill computer virus that somehow made its way into the base’s systems or it may be a sophisticated cyber espionage tool specifically targeting the U.S.’ drone program — no one knows yet."

No word on what OS or chipsets these systems were running, but its pretty safe to bet that it is not vxWorks or QNX or the like .."

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EV fast charging standards in flux

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "With the first battery electric vehicles becoming available on markets worldwide, there is an increased push to establish standards for fast charging plugs. Unfortunately, the story is far from simple. US hopes to establish its own DC fast charging standad by 2012, and Europe cannot come to an agreement about their version. Meanwhile, CHAdeMO fast charge standard developed and widely deployed in Japan, used on both Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi MiEV is gaining momentum with deployments underway both in US and Europe. CHAdeMO is limited to 62Kw charge rate, able to charge smaller battery packs to 80% SoC in 15-30 minutes."
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Photovoltaic tech top stories of the year.

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "We see the PV research stories often on ./. So here is a story that recaps the actual industry developments of past year, highlighting things like long-awaited mass manufacturing of CIGS thin film-cells, grid parity being reached with some installations, i.e. sub-US$1.0 per watt manufacturing cost."
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Mitsubishi starts production of EV

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "Mitsubishi is the first major automaker to (re)start production of fully battery-electric vehicles. The i-Miev will be initially produced in low volume, 1400 units in 2009, and carry a price tag of $45,300 without subsidies. Initially available to fleet customers, Japanese market retail sales will begin in the end of this year, with small volumes sold around the globe for right-hand drive countries.
Subaru is the next automaker to start production of EVs with the similarly-sized Stella this summer.
For galleries and early test drive reports, see AutoBlogGreen coverage."

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Lunar oxygen and water production tech tested

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

savuporo writes "NASA and its industry partners organized a two-week lunar in-situ resource utilization field test in Hawaii. The tested machines included a few different rovers and prototype plants for generating oxygen and water from lunar regolith.
Astrotoday has picture gallery and video report.
This follows on the heels of recent ESA lunar robotics challenge event held on Tenerife, which tasked student teams to build a lunar robot that would be able to search for water ice in lunar polar craters."

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Women: stop liking Ferraris to stop Global Warming

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about 7 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "According to a chief scientist for the British government, Professor Sir David King, young women can help stop global warming by no longer thinking guys that drive Ferraris are sexy.
Prof King has said: I was asked at a lecture by a young woman about what she could do and I told her to stop admiring young men in Ferraris.
His comments were greeted with anger by sports car drivers who insisted that their vehicles' greenhouse gas emissions were tiny compared with those from four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Apparently the news about Tesla Roadster, WrightSpeed X1, The KillaCycle or other electric dragsters doing 8.10 quarter miles havent reached british government yet.
There are lots of other high performance battery-electric vehicles around, which are greener than a Prius when it comes to emissions per mile, even Ferrari itself is promising a hybrid in future. So does this seem to be a case of having our cake and eating it too ?"

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