MCBA: MacBookAir (old one) loses sound

For no apparent reason, there is no sound on the McBa. The volume controls on the keyboard don’t work. And in the system preferences | sound, there are no output devices defined.

The only help I can find online says to run the permission fixer, which I did to no avail.

Argh!

So much for Apple’s reputation of “bulletproof-ness”. I go get this on a Windoze machine.

Time for a bare metal restore?

But I’ll lose all my email archives.

Argh!

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MONEY: Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is what?

http://goo.gl/UPFV

How Will Financial Reform Affect You?
by Ric Edelman
For Immediate Release
October 29, 2010

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After months of debate, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is law — and a long one at that. At more than 2,300 pages, the law requires regulators to create some 240 new rules, conduct 68 studies and issue more than 20 periodic reports. All this will occur over time; in many cases, implementation dates and deadlines are unspecified.

Parts of the law will impact the products and services that are available to you; others are designed to improve the nation’s financial stability. Read on to learn about some of the law’s most important provisions.

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Ric Edelman has a lot of smart people looking into this. It’s going to impact everything. And, I doubt that it will be good. Who know what the “unintended consequences” will be? FYI!

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GUNS: Turn that goat into shepherd’s pie!

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/25423256/detail.html

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“Nobody saw what actually happened. They heard Bob yell,” Baccus told the Daily News.

The goat stayed, standing over Boardman, as he lay on the ground bleeding.

Bill Baccus, a park ranger not on duty but familiar with mountain goats, said he moved forward with a safety blanket and shook it at the goat, the newspaper reported.

He also pelted it with rocks, and after what seemed like a long time, “it moved away, but it stayed close by,” Jessica Baccus said.

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Are you kidding me? The attack in the first place while attempting to “shoo away” an aggressive goat, then the first aid delayed, and everything complicated by the thing “hanging around” — all because We, The Sheeple have lost our stones and our Second Amendment rights! If he’d have been properly outfitted for a hike, like a Misguided Child, he have had his primary weapon, a rifle, to send the darned goat to pet heaven. Even a secondary weapon, like a girlie 380, would have been enough to “shoo away” anything smaller than a grizzly. Grizzly might have required a reload. My personal preference, from my time in the ‘Effete Force’, is the good old urban yute discouragement device Colt M1945. Guaranteed to turn an “aggressive Mountain Goat” into Shepherd’s Pie. And, “discourage” everything including the aforementioned grizzly. Of course, the poor victim would then have to face charges for the firearm’s discharge, ruining the goat’s day, and who knows what else PETA could dream up. But he’d be alive. Unbelievable!

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INTERESTING: Wrong way corrigan; probably just as old?

http://goo.gl/t9dG

Elderly Woman Drives ‘Wrong Way’ On I-95
October 29, 2010 11:27 PM

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania State Police questioned an 84-year-old female from Wilmington in connection with a wrong-way driving incident on I-95 Thursday afternoon.

Witnesses say she was travelling east in the westbound lanes of Route 322, and then she got on the southbound lanes of I-95 travelling northbound, causing a number of crashes along the way.

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Amazing. The skill for everyone to get out of granny’s way! Isn’t there a saying about God protecting the idiots and fools. Where were her family members who didn’t yank her license? I’ve had to do it to an elderly relative who acted like replacing the side mirrors was normal maintenance. We’re all just fortunate it wasn’t a bigger disaster. We have enough of those when everyone is going in the SAME direction. Now watch some politician save us from older drivers. Oh yea, right, that won’t happen because old folks vote. I guess a politician will award her a safe driving certificate because SHE didn’t hit anything?

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IPAD: Appliance, Thin Client, or something else

The IPAD is a platform which may or may not be an appliance. It may or may not depend upon the cloud. It may or may not be: a stand alone platform (not so good), a bridge to the cloud (maybe good), a thin Client with cloud integration (not so good based on the Caring Bridge application), a true Client / Server Client platform (haven’t seen that), or something else.

Right now to me it is in the “something else” category .. as long as you have a credit card?

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POLITICAL: Dirty tricks — absentee ballots not sent to the board of elections

http://goo.gl/rWNq

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ADDENDUM: And oddly enough, a similar scandal is unfolding in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, where Democratic incumbent Patrick Murphy is in the fight of his political life. Hundreds of voters in the district were warned that their votes might not count unless they returned an enclosed absentee ballot to a post office box in Bristol, Pennsylvania. The box was controlled by Murphy’s campaign manager, who then “re-mailed” the ballots to the local election board.

As National Review has learned, there was a sudden surge in Democratic absentee ballots in the district last week, and many were mailed in identical, pre-labeled envelopes. Local GOP officials say some of the suspicious ballots were post-marked as far back as August, suggesting they had been held by a third party–perhaps the same individual who controlled the P.O. box where they were mailed? You know, the same guy running Murphy’s re-election bid?

At this point, there’s no proof that Congressman Murphy was involved. Officials with his campaign insist that no ballots sent to the post office box were discarded or tampered with.

Riiiighhhtttttt…..

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There ought to be a law!

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RANT: The corporate tax should always be zero

http://www.lewrockwell.com/williams-w/w-williams53.1.html

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What about the politician who tells us that he’s not going to raise taxes on the middle class; instead, he’s going to raise corporate income taxes as means to get rich corporations to pay their rightful share of government? If a tax is levied on a corporation, and if it is to survive, it will have one of three responses, or some combination thereof. One response is to raise the price of its product, so who bears the burden? Another response is to lower dividends; again, who bears the burden? Yet another response is to lay off workers. In each case, it is people, not some legal fiction called a corporation, who bear the burden of the tax.

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So the corporate tax rate should ALWAYS be zero. Anything higher and it’s the politicians trying to sheer the sheeple!

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RANT: Why vote?

William Lynch>FJohn Reinke: William asks: Will you join me in committing to vote? Join the Commit to Vote Challenge and inspire your friends to vote

William committed to vote by November 2nd. “I am voting as it is my responsibility as a citizen and I want to protect my interests. “

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I’ll vote. Trying to protect everyone’s interests from an out-of-control Gooferment. A citizen exchanges loyalty for protection. The State, “King”, Gooferment, whatever you want to call this mess is NOT protecting me, the average joe six-pack, or the rest of the Sheeple. When you have no choice, it’s like voting in the old USSR. When you have no hope of change, why bother. So I understand staying-at-home. The American experiment is collapsing under the greed of the “Secular Progressive” leadership in both the D’s and the R’s. When the piggy bank is empty, we have to start over again. Argh! Vote, yes; chance that things will improve, zero. Best we can hope for is gridlock.

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IPAD: Limited wifi ‘capabiity’

The IPAD can not connect to the RWJUH wifi.

The RWJUH wifi is ‘available’ to patients and guests. But it has an ‘old style’ mickey mouse interface. It reminds me of the internet cafe system where you buy a User id and password for a few bob. (Sorry last time I bought inet access a la carte was in England. Before that in Biloxi, a life time ago. So bob it is.) And, you use that to authenticate to the network.

The RWJUH wifi splashes you a screen that makes you agree to be good, honor your Mum and Dad (that the English memory bubbling over), and a bunch of other stuff. Then it passes to the traditional uid and password challenge. If you don’t have an id, you can create one for free. It then spaws a small popup saying you’re logged on and “feel free to close this”. But if you do, you’re very quickly back a square one, the agreement page.

The uid and password stays active for awhile or until they wipe the database. That’s happened twice, with no rhyme, reason, or calendar schedule.

The RWJUH wifi “burps” a lot — there are even two type of burps. One, a stoppage where if on the McBa you stop and start you’r airport wifi, you pick up where you are and can keep on going. The other is a five minute, or what seems to be, time out and you start over from the splash.

So apparently, the IPDA can take the splash screen but it won’t allow the pop up after  uid / password. It makes no difference if you have the Safari web browser active or not.

That demonstrates that the IPAD’s wifi is substantively different from the McBa’s. Both machines are on the most current release of software.

Makes you wonder what else is different?

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RANT: Another ripoff of the taxpayer

http://www.redstate.com/laborunionreport/2010/10/19/armageddon-what-democrats-are-hiding-why-they-are-really-scared/

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One example of a company that would likely go out of business is YRC trucking, which employs approximately 35,000 Teamsters. While the freight currently carried by YRC would likely be picked up by other carriers (many of which are non-union), the loss of members (and their dues) would be devastating for the Teamsters and the Democrats.

Right now, before November 2nd, Democrats don’t want voters to know that their union benefactors may further cause the economy to fall further or more companies to close and jobs to be lost. As a result, Democrats are not talking about it on the campaign trail. Instead they’re hoping they can work out a scheme during a lame duck session, sticking taxpayers with another $165 billion union bailout.

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Seems like every time you turn over a “financial rock”, there’s poop under it. That the politicians and bureaucrats have left for the taxpayer to clean up after. Argh!

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IPAD: Seems like the primary design principle is to sell the User “stuff”

http://goo.gl/YUTs

Fool me once, shame on you… fool me twice, shame on me.
Posted On: Fri, 2010-10-22 13:39 by mattl

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Well, it’s official. Apple has now announced it’s bringing the App Store concept to the Mac and it looks like they’ll be restricting apps with FairPlay DRM too for good measure. When we first began talking about the problems with the App Store on the iPhone and iPod Touch, people wanted us to drop it and stop talking about the DRM tricks being pulled by Apple on the grounds that the iPhone wasn’t a general purpose computer (it is, and the iPad is too) but rather an appliance.

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It really doesn’t do too much out of the box.

It does keep the User captive in the box. I’d call it more of an “appliance” than a computing platform. And, while the User Interface is intuitive, what happens when the User doesn’t “intuit” so well. Where’s the F1 Help button?

My first road block is how to delete an application.

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FUN: seasonally appropriate?

http://www.thegreenhead.com/2010/10/worlds-largest-gummy-worm.php

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All you need to know about the cool new World’s Largest Gummy Worm is that this completely disturbing edible ribbed invertebrate measures in at a massive 26″ long with a 5″ girth, weighs 3 pounds, has 4000 calories, is equivalent to approximately 128 regular gummy worms or 840 regular gummy bears, serves up to 34 people and even has a creepy smiley face.

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This disgusting thing just seemed seasonally appropriate?

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Categories FUN

TECHNOLOGY: eBooks are the “books” of the future

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ja-konrath/ebooks-and-self-publishingb764516.html

eBooks And The Ease Of Self-Publishing J.A. Konrath Author of Jack Daniels thriller series Posted: October 16, 2010 10:29 AM

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Putting this project together was an exercise in speed and simplicity. We did the majority of the writing and the marketing within an eight week timeframe, while we were each working on other projects. By releasing it ourselves, we were able to maintain full control over the entire process, set our own price, eliminate DRM (which readers hate) and earn four times the royalty rate we would have through a publisher. By going ebook-only, we could add a bunch of fun supplements for no extra cost, while also releasing it super-fast.

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As I learned from “CHURCH 10●19●62” http://www.itstartedinchurch.com, it’s easy and cheap to publish a book.

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POLITICAL: Delusions and Depression

http://www.lewrockwell.com/quinn/quinn41.1.html

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The delusions continue. Unless American union workers are willing to work for $7 per hour with no benefits, the manufacturing jobs are not coming back from China. The corporate oligarchs and their bought off cronies in Congress sold the country down the river over the last 40 years. Mega-Corporation profits are at record levels as goods are produced by slave labor in the Far East at 80% lower costs than they could be produced in the U.S. With 86% of the U.S. workforce in the service industry, introducing tariffs on imported goods and devaluing the dollar will further put the squeeze on the American middle class who already have been systematically screwed by the ruling elite over the last 40 years. Our society took 40 years to dig this hole. It is now so deep, there is no way out. But, look at the bright side. At least we don’t have to watch bread lines stretching down the block when we are watching our 52-inch HDTV, holed up in our 5,000 sq ft McMansions, ignoring the monthly mortgage payment bill, and waiting for our unemployment funds to be direct deposited into our bank accounts. I get all teary thinking about it. This is the iDepression 2.0.

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The delusions are going to lead to a very hard landing!

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INTERESTING: Calorie count finding

http://web.docuticker.com/go/docubase/61231

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Compared with meals and snacks prepared at home, food prepared away from home increases caloric intake of children, especially older children. Each food-away-from-home meal adds 108 more calories to daily total intake among children ages 13-18 than a snack or meal from home; all food from school is estimated to add 145 more calories.

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I guess the implication is that “do it at home” will make you skinny?

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POLITICAL: Don’t vote; is just encourages them?

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/shaffer1.html

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Is there a case to be made for voting? Indeed there is, if one believes that social order is a quality that can be instilled, by violence and other coercive means, by political authorities. I do not accept this proposition. To the contrary, I believe that social order is the product of unseen, spontaneous influences of which most of us are not consciously aware. The study of economics helped me to understand how we respond, marginally, to fluctuations that are continuously generated by one another’s self-seeking pursuits. I also came to understand that politics – like a rock thrown through a spider’s web – disrupts these informal processes as well as the existing patterns of interconnectedness upon which any social order depends.

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Don’t vote; is just encourages them?

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IPAD: Island Dictatorship or Bridge Appliance

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder? IPAD apps have to come from Apple. Without the cloud, it’s really limited. A grand for the pad, capital cost. 250$/year for the 3G, with a bandwidth cap. So far it’s a very small expensive island. We’ll see if it can bridge anywhere.

It has to have a huge value equation if it’s just an island; a bridge can open new worlds.

Jury’s still out imho.

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NEWJERSEY: Base salary of $73,469 earned $321,985. Where do I apply?

Speechless!

http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/traffic/traffic_news/audit-excessive-perks-for-nj-turnpike-employees-20101019-apx

Audit: NJ Turnpike Wasted Millions On Perks
Updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010, 8:55 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010, 10:27 PM EDT
BY LUKE FUNK

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MYFOXNY.COM – Auditors say the New Jersey Turnpike Authority wasted $43 million on unneeded perks and bonuses. In one case, an employee with a base salary of $73,469 earned $321,985 when all payouts and bonuses were included.

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No one should ever have a salary greater than the President or the Governor.

In this case, it’s fraud. If I was the executive or the auditor, I’d want to see time sheets. Did this person ever get sick? It’s at best abuse. Worst, fraud!

Shameful!

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IPAD: Opening a new research effort

Ok, maybe I am a “fanboy”. Of new technology. Maybe it’s supplanted my love of new cars. Just maybe.

What attracted me to the IPAD, and made me spend a lot of money imho, was the idea that it is a game changer for children. I’ve seen the stories of younger and younger human beings making use of it. Even those with different abilities seem to be able to deal with it. If they can, why not a fat old white guy injineer?

If it’s that good, then maybe this is more important than a cell phone for children?

At the very least, instead of children hauling a Herculean load of books, they carry an IPAD.

I was interested in the fellow who had the whole Talmud on an IPAD with translations and expectation. You ever seen all the books of the Talmud?

And, how does this change the ability to deliver dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom)?

And, is it a closed infrastructure? Or is it a computing appliance?

And, is it a good Christmas – Birthday – Every Occasion For The Rest Of Your Life type gift?

And, does it need the 3G option?

FIrst blush, after a day out of the box, it’s a game changer. It’s virtually brain dead without the cloud. (Or am I?)

There are a lot of design flaws or tradeoffs I don’t care for.

But, we’ll see if it grows on me.

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POLITICAL: “Fix our schools”; wrong question

http://www.lifetrekcoaching.com/current

PROVISION #691 (10/17/10): Touch Matters

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The Manifesto, titled “How to fix our schools,”

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Sorry, but it asks the wrong question. And, compounds the issue with a bad sentence construction.

“Our schools”. They are NOT, by any stretch of the imagination, “mine”. I get to pay for Gooferment Skrules, but have no input. (I’d shut them down. In an organized fashion. Over 40 years. And return the responsibility to the parents.) And, please don’t tell me to vote and lobby. That’s a rigged game that benefits the politicians, bureaucrats, and their fellow porkers at the trough.

The question SHOULD BE: Why are we using the 1800’s Prussian model for “schooling”? (Hasn’t the world changed a little? Education hasn’t.) That model had different objectives — cannon fodder, factory workers, and Sheeple to be led by the elite. (Notice where politicians send their children. Those are the elite. It ain’t us folks.) Phoenix University, home schooling, and Bill Gates are all clues that education is not found in Gooferment Skrules. Those seem to be nothing but training for prisons.

So we fix the Gooferment Skrules by growing out of them. First, we get Gooferment out of the operation over 20 years; 5% per year. Second, we get Gooferment out of the funding of education over 20 years. A lot of details to work out, but let’s set the direction to free posterity from the tyranny of out-of-control Gooferment.

http://www.spinninglobe.net/amishmudsill.html

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There was nothing popular, local or personal about this artificial conceit of forced schooling; its purpose was to weaken people’s capacity to educate themselves, to break their loyalty to family, church and land in order to release customers and workforce for élite schemes of economics and social ordering.

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POLITICAL: Taxation is the fuel of war

Well written, basic little L libertarian doctrine.

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2010/tle592-20101017-02.html

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We must choose a different course. No one who claims to be a libertarian can deny that taxation—having begun as nothing more than simple banditry—represents an institution nearly as ancient as Humankind itself. Nor that taxation is still theft. Nor that taxation is slavery. Nor that taxation is the fuel of war. I will reiterate: taxation is theft. Taxation is slavery. And taxation is the fuel of war.

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TECHNOLOGY: Use multiple email accounts to identify spam

This is a guaranteed spam. It came in on the “wrong email account”. I use specific pre-defined email accounts for different purposes. For example, “bank able 1234 @ reinke doc cc” or “bank baker 6789 @ reinke dot cc”. Thus if I receive an email on ANY account but the right one (i.e. bank able message on bank baker’s account), there’s no doubt it’s spam. And, it’s not just bank name @ account, but bank name with random string to prevent a spammer from guessing. If I “see” an alpha attack on the account to find the suffix, I can just change the fixed part of the string. I’ve been preaching the strategy to any one who will listen. Since you have a bigger platform, maybe you’ll recommend the advice to your readers. fjohn, the big fat old blogger hisself

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Begin forwarded message:

From: “EFTPS Tax Payment” <customers9197@eftps.gov>

Date: October 18, 2010 5:54:39 AM EDT

To: customers6515@eftps.gov

Subject: Report. Your Tax Payment ID: 010338859 has been failed.

Reply-To: customers6515@eftps.gov

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QUOTE: “You’re an extremist!”

“If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.”

— Joe Sobran (1946–2010)

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TECHNOLOGY: TV and Film can’t be trusted

http://www.wxpnews.com/LEM1E6/101019-Movie-Reshape

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It’s official. You cannot trust what you see on TV and Film any more. Check out this new technology:

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Wow, everyone will have to think twice about what one sees on ANY screen!

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