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The Quietus | Features | Martian Fever: A War Of The Worlds For Our Crackpot, Soapbox Times
The Quietus heads to the theatre for a new play by Isley Lynn and devised by Rhum & Clay based around Orson Welles' notorious radio broadcast of The War of the…
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7 days ago
Dark Forces at play in 2019 – Monday Note
Photo by sasan rashtipour on Unsplash As I’m writing this the French Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) social unrest enters its ninth week of action with no real…
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15 days ago
Valley Spirituality – Monday Note
Jean-Louis Gassée Jan 6 by Jean-Louis Gassée After three busy weeks in the Country of Good Sin, we take a brief detour to a meeting of Buddhists and…
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15 days ago
The Legacy of Black Hawk Down
Twenty-five years ago, I was drawn to Somalia in the aftermath of Operation Restore Hope, a U.S. initiative supporting a United Nations resolution that aimed to…
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18 days ago
Ultrahigh Acceleration Neutral Particle Beam-Driven Sails
Beamed propulsion has clear advantages when it comes to pushing a payload up to interstellar flight speeds, which is why Breakthrough Starshot is looking at…
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18 days ago
The Tyranny of Stuctureless
THE TYRANNY of STRUCTURELESSNESS by Jo Freeman aka Joreen The earliest version of this article was given as a talk at a conference called by the Southern Female…
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20 days ago
The unbelievable tale of a fake hitman, a kill list, a darknet vigilante... and a murder
I did not know Bryan Njoroge. I had never met him, talked to him, or encountered him online. In ordinary circumstances, I would have never heard of his death,…
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24 days ago
The Yoda of Silicon Valley
Donald Knuth at his home in Stanford, Calif. He is a notorious perfectionist and has offered to pay a reward to anyone who finds a mistake in any of his books.…
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27 days ago
On Switching from an iPad Pro and a Macbook to a Pixelbook
The stranger and more complex story of change in my computing life is the decision to move from an iPad Pro and a Macbook to a Chromebook. My computing is…
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29 days ago
Four days, 170,000 people, and one Metallica concert later, I figured out what Salesforce is
It was only day two, and already the spectacle that is Dreamforce had left me no choice but to eat some weed. I chewed up half of a strong California gummy, the…
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4 weeks ago
The Worst Fire Ever—Until the Next One
Sometime before 7 A.M. on November 8, Kit Bailey, an assistant chief with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services , got a call about a new…
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5 weeks ago
The Yellow Vests could cost the tech giants billions
Frederic Filloux Dec 16 Sharpening the tax ax. Photo by Malte Wingen on Unsplash While the protests are losing their steam, they will have a profound impact on…
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5 weeks ago
50 Years In Tech. Part 13: Firing Frankness – Monday Note
Jean-Louis Gassée Dec 16 by Jean-Louis Gassée My boss asks me what I really think of him. HR advises me to tell the truth. I’m fired. In a Palo Alto restaurant…
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5 weeks ago
Climate Change and Mass Extinctions: Implications for Exoplanet Life
The right kind of atmosphere may keep a planet habitable even if it crowds the inner region of the habitable zone. But atmospheric evolution involves many…
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5 weeks ago
Showering Has a Dark, Violent History
The design for a psychiatric-hospital shower from the Belgian physician Joseph Guislain Guislain / Internet Archive The 19th century was a time of great…
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5 weeks ago
50 Years In Tech. Part 12: Cupertino Culture Trouble
Jean-Louis Gassée Dec 9 by Jean-Louis Gassée Moving from Paris to Cupertino, from running a distribution company to heading Apple’s engineering proved more…
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6 weeks ago
On Writerly Jealousy
Illustration from Tacuina sanitatis (XIV century) Recently, while reading a new book of poetry, I noticed a certain signature of influence: a poem with a…
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6 weeks ago
Anatomy of an AI System
II The scene of the woman talking to Alexa is drawn from a 2017 promotional video advertising the latest version of the Amazon Echo. The video begins, “Say…
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6 weeks ago
How Facebook is Fueling The French Populist Rage – Monday Note
Saturday, 4pm near Place de l’Etoile. More on https://www.instagram.com/fredericfilloux/ The social network is playing a critical role in one of the worse civil…
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7 weeks ago
50 Years In Tech. Part 11: Getting The Mac Out Of The Ditch
Jean-Louis Gassée Dec 2 by Jean-Louis Gassée Picture by author When I landed in Cupertino in May 1985, I had a few simple ideas for short and medium…
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7 weeks ago
The Hidden Struggle to Save the Coffee Industry From Disaster
L ate in the summer of 2012, while walking his coffee groves on a hillside rising above Santa Ana, El Salvador, Mario Mendoza Corleto noticed something unusual:…
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7 weeks ago
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Andreas Fulda @ AMFChina Impressive multi-media story by @DerSPIEGEL about the continued use of Chinese prison camps, torture and forced labour. It's outrageous…
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7 weeks ago
How China Walled Off the Internet
China Rules How China became a superpower It was 2000, and Bill Clinton was upbeat. The internet, he said, was opening up the world. “There’s no question China…
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7 weeks ago
Murder on a Mountain Bike
Around 10 a.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017, Ginger Chase-Watkins called the Old Town Bike Shop in Colorado Springs looking for her husband, Tim Watkins. She…
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8 weeks ago
Gears of war: When mechanical analog computers ruled the waves
A farewell to gears Enlarge / The Mark 48 "shore attack" computer, an electrical analog system with electromechanical inputs. It had a light table for charts…
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8 weeks ago
50 Years In Tech. Part 10: Hard Landing In Cupertino. Steve Jobs Gets Fired
by Jean-Louis Gassée I landed in Cupertino in 1985, and was put in charge of Apple’s engineers. This didn’t happen painlessly, especially as Steve Jobs was…
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9 weeks ago
Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory
AP, YouTube, iStock / Politico illustration Credible sources say the Las Vegas shooting was a one-man job. But a small band of former government insiders is…
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9 weeks ago
Winds of Change: The Case for New Digital Currency
November 14, 2018 Full text As prepared for delivery Introduction Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen—good morning and thank you forthe opportunity to…
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9 weeks ago
Spitzer Size Constraints on ‘Oumuamua
The first interstellar object detected in our own Solar System, ‘Oumuamua has a pleasing name, translating from the Hawaiian as something like ‘far visitor…
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9 weeks ago
Low Metallicity in Compact Multi-Planet Systems
When astronomers talk about metals, they’re using the term in a specific sense. A metal in stellar terms is any element heavier than helium. Thus iron, silicon,…
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9 weeks ago
RIP Stan Lee, Co-creator of Marvel’s Most Iconic Superheroes
Getty He was born Stanley Martin Lieber in the Bronx. For nearly 22 years, beginning almost immediately after graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School, he…
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9 weeks ago
The Nastiest Feud in Science
Illustrations by Denise Nestor Updated and corrected on September 7, 2018 1. Gerta Keller was waiting for me at the Mumbai airport so we could catch a flight to…
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10 weeks ago
The Mystery of the Havana Syndrome
Victims felt bursts of sound and pressure that left them dizzy and racked with headaches. No known cause seemed to fit. Illustration by Bianca Bagnarelli In the…
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10 weeks ago
At Netflix, Who Wins When It’s Hollywood vs. the Algorithm?
Netflix Inc.’s executives were torn. On the one hand they trusted the company’s algorithm. On the other they were worried about ticking off Jane Fonda. After…
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10 weeks ago
What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick?
Credit Photo illustration by Paul Sahre Skip to contentSkip to site index Feature New research is zeroing in on a biochemical basis for the placebo effect —…
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10 weeks ago
Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 1: Bending the Rules to the Tune of Millions - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International
Manchester City Exposed Chapter 1: Bending the Rules to the Tune of Millions For years now, the Manchester City football club has vehemently denied that its…
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11 weeks ago
50 Years In Tech. Part 8: Almost Illicit Fun – Monday Note
by Jean-Louis Gassée Clear positioning, a strong team and, above all, a PR genius on our side helped Apple France become Apple’s largest business outside the…
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11 weeks ago
Thoughts on the End of the Kepler Mission
The Kepler spacecraft has been with us long enough (it launched in 2009) and has revealed so much about the stars in our galaxy that its retirement — Kepler…
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11 weeks ago
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Photo by Harold Neal, via Flickr. Visitors to the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris entered the fairgrounds under the shadow of the newly-built Eiffel…
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11 weeks ago
The Quietus | Features | Three Songs No Flash | Stealthy Living: John Grant at the Brighton Dome
The insidious rise of John Grant is a case for Mulder & Scully. But that doesn’t mean the success is undeserved Photos by Mike Burnell John Grant is a ghost. He…
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11 weeks ago
‘Oumuamua, Thin Films and Lightsails
The interstellar object called ‘Oumuamua continues to inspire analysis and speculation. And no wonder. We had limited time to observe it and were unable to…
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11 weeks ago
Fleetsmith: Secure, cloud-based Mac management via G Suite
Fleetsmith now supports iOS & tvOS · Intelligence, Security, and Compliance for iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs » Features Pricing Security About Blog Sign up…
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11 weeks ago
IBM’s Old Playbook
The best way to understand how it is Red Hat built a multi-billion dollar business off of open source software is to start with IBM. Founder Bob Young explained…
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11 weeks ago
Hayabusa2 Team Looks Toward Sample Collection
With two rovers and a lander already deployed on the asteroid 162173 Ryugu, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) must be basking in the glow of an…
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11 weeks ago
Game-Changer: A Pluto Orbiter and Beyond
To say that the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute has been busy of late is quite an understatement. Alan Stern, principal…
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11 weeks ago
Apple’s Radical Approach to News: Humans Over Machines
Lauren Kern, the editor in chief of Apple News, at a story meeting. The former magazine journalist has quietly become one of the most powerful figures in…
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11 weeks ago
Apps Installed On Millions Of Android Phones Tracked User Behavior To Execute A Multimillion-Dollar Ad Fraud Scheme
A BuzzFeed News investigation uncovered a sophisticated ad fraud scheme involving more than 125 Android apps and websites, some of which were targeted at kids.…
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11 weeks ago
A Thermal Map of Europa (& an Intriguing Anomaly)
Europa stays in this news this morning as we continue to correlate recent observations with the invaluable results of the Galileo mission. Hubble data have…
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11 weeks ago
The Problem with Facebook and Virtual Reality
Facebook, believe it or not, has actually made virtual reality better, at least from one perspective. My first VR device was PlayStation VR, and the calculus…
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11 weeks ago
No Heat Signature of Europan ‘Plumes’
One of the youngest surface features on Europa draws attention because of its possible connection with what lies beneath the Jovian moon’s ice. The dark center…
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11 weeks ago
How China rips off the iPhone and reinvents Android
2018 will go down as the year when it became impossible to ignore the increasing advancements of Chinese smartphone hardware, from superlative camera arrays and…
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11 weeks ago
Birth of a Supercluster
Long-time Centauri Dreams readers know that I love things that challenge our sense of scale, the kind of comparison that, for example, tells us that if we…
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11 weeks ago
News Quality Requires an Industrial Approach – Monday Note
To train deep learning algorithms, we have access to millions of properly labeled images. But breaking down the atomic parts of news quality is still in the…
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11 weeks ago
The FBI of the National Park Service
The 911 call came in at 5:55 p.m. on September 29, 2012. A woman had fallen from a ledge in Rocky Mountain National Park; she was alive but unconscious. “I need…
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11 weeks ago
A Signature of Planetary Migration
Earlier in the week I talked about Astronomy Rewind , an ambitious citizen science project dedicated to recovering old astronomical imagery and digitizing it…
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11 weeks ago
Astronomers Creep Up to the Edge of the Milky Way’s Black Hole | Quanta Magazine
astrophysics By Joshua Sokol October 30, 2018 Hot spots have been discovered orbiting just outside the supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s center. Their…
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12 weeks ago
iPhone XR: A Deep Dive Into Depth – Halide
With the introduction of iPhone XR, every phone in Apple’s lineup now supports depth capture. But the XR is unique: it’s the first iPhone to do it with a single…
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12 weeks ago
Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal
Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it’s a shame more people don’t learn to do it. For years now, that’s been a hugely popular stance. It’s…
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12 weeks ago
Are we wrong to assume fish can't feel pain?
I have cast my rod into the tidal current flowing around Montauk Point in New York and my lure is chugging across the surface when a bluefish swirls and fails…
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12 weeks ago
Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it
Enlarge / Windows 10 can be a well-oiled machine, really. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images Here's how to do things properly The contrast…
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12 weeks ago
‘Danny Dyer should definitely be the next James Bond’: Philomena Cunk explains culture
Clockwise from bottom left: Games of Throne; Star Wars; Mozart; Ice Age; Philomena Cunk.Composite: Lucasfilm/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock; ImageBroker; BBC/House of…
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12 weeks ago
Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur
A turnspit dog at work in a wooden cooking wheel in an inn at Newcastle, Carmarthen, Wales, in 1869. Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images In an old…
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october 2018
China's hidden camps - BBC News
China's hidden camps What's happened to the vanished Uighurs of Xinjiang? By John Sudworth China is accused of locking up hundreds of thousands of Muslims…
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october 2018
Investigating Implausible Bloomberg Supermicro Stories
Investigating the Bloomberg Supermicro Chip Evidence Today we are going to more thoroughly address the Bloomberg Businessweek article alleging that China…
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october 2018
Digital Consumers, Emerging Markets, and the $4 Trillion Future
RELATED EXPERTISE GlobalizationGo-to-Market in Emerging Markets September 18, 2018 , Jeff Walters , Aparna Bharadwaj , Stefano Niavas , Daniel Azevedo , and…
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october 2018
Alexa’s Most Dangerous Feature Can’t Be Undone
Roberto Parada For a few days this summer, Alexa, the voice assistant who speaks to me through my Amazon Echo Dot, took to ending our interactions with a…
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october 2018
Blockchain Is a Semantic Wasteland – Member Feature Stories – Medium
“ B lockchain” this, “blockchain” that. It’s a concept so momentous that it has even managed to shed its article. Proponents don’t speak of “the” blockchain or…
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october 2018
The Prophets of Cryptocurrency Survey the Boom and Bust
“It’s definitely nice to try to eke out some completely parallel kind of world,” Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum’s founder, said. Illustration by Robert Beatty Not…
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october 2018
Jamal Khashoggi: murder in the consulate
The Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul is a homely looking place, much smaller than it seems, nestled into a quiet suburban street, and painted pastel yellow.…
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october 2018
Another technological tragedy | bit-player
One Thursday afternoon last month, dozens of fires and explosions rocked three towns along the Merrimack River in Massachusetts. By the end of the day 131…
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october 2018
Uber’s Big Data Platform: 100+ Petabytes with Minute Latency
Share Share Vote Reddit By Reza Shiftehfar Uber is committed to delivering safer and more reliable transportation across our global markets. To accomplish this,…
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october 2018
Andrew W.K.: Investigating The Mystery Of Steev Mike
Let’s start now. Or as close to now as can be defined in this conversation, between the time and place I am in as I write these words and the time and place you…
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october 2018
SPIDERWEEN: An Arachnophobe-Safe Guide to Spiders
DAY ONE: THE BASICS They're fragile, they're tiny, and they really are more afraid of you, but that hasn't stopped countless millions of people from harboring a…
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october 2018
The Elevator-Phobes of a Vertical City
Twenty-four years ago , more or less to the month, I got stuck in an elevator. I was ten years old. We were on the north side of Tel Aviv, in the apartment…
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october 2018
The $250 Biohack That’s Revolutionizing Life With Diabetes
When her daughter, Sydney, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 8, Kate Farnsworth stopped sleeping through the night. She’d set the alarm for 3 a.m. so…
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october 2018
'Sea Nomads' Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted to Diving
If you hold your breath and plunge your face into a tub of water, your body automatically triggers what's called the diving response. Your heart rate slows,…
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october 2018
A Radical Map Puts the Oceans–Not Land–at the Center of Planet Earth (1942)
in Maps | October 9th, 2018 Leave a Comment Advertisement We all learn the names, locations, and even characteristics of the oceans in school. But unless we go…
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october 2018
Mr. Ouija and Mrs. Gail
In the summer of 1995, the Cleveland-based hip-hop quartet Bone Thugs-N-Harmony put out their first full-length album, E. 1999 Eternal . That August, I got a…
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october 2018
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