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News Comments > Star Citizen at $50 Million; New Commercial
44. Re: Star Citizen at $50 Million; New Commercial Aug 16, 2014, 22:37 Scheherazade
 
crypto wrote on Aug 16, 2014, 22:02:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Aug 16, 2014, 16:36:
Since releasing the trailer for the Constellation and ship racing at Gamescon the game has raised half a million dollars in a day, which pays for developing the game. The commercials more than pay for themselves and that's important for a game funded exclusively by crowdfunding.

Since no one answered my question I went and found out that this game is funded with pre-sales of game and in game items in the guise of pledges... call it crowd funding if you want but as far as I'm concerned crowd funding at this caliber would equal a f2p game because it is f2d. In fact, at this point, if they cared about their backers they would make it f2p to ensure the backers had lots of people to play with... but thats just me after a few glasses of wine

It's supposed to have a round-about F2P option once the PU (persistent universe) is out.

Players are supposed to be able to make a free [or hellishly cheap, e.g. $5] character that has no 'game package+ship', but can crew with other players that have a 'game package + ship'.
In this manner, that player can earn in-game money and eventually buy his own ship.

However, only players that purchase a 'game package + ship' will be able to play solo from day1.
A purchase of an 'addon ship package' by itself (no game package) will not grant independent playability.

But then again, why buy a game package when you can get a free character and buy an addon ship?
I have no idea how a free-ish non-ship non-game-package character + 'addon ship package' would work out in practice.
Maybe it would be like starcraft1 where you need to 'buddy' with someone at all times if you play for free - but that's just me guessing. I really don't know.

None of this free-ish stuff is set in stone or fully figured out. *Subject to change or clarification.

-scheherazade
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 16, 2014, 02:03 Scheherazade
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 15:25:
I got Google Cardboard set up last night and tried a few things on it. Wanted to use it as an assessment to see if I could handle Oculus, or if VR was even worth the hype. I have to say, it's pretty cool. The demos that come with it are cool, but I think the best thing I did was watch DCS Oculus demos on youtube, like this F-15 vid. You really get the sense that you're a pilot in an cockpit. And despite the slower reaction and lower frame rate, I got no nausea at all, so I think I must be fine from that perspective.

I do hear that there isn't that much to play with on the OR right now though. Does anyone have one? And if so, what are you playing on it, besides the Elite D beta?

Funny you mention that, I actually use the rift [dk2] with DCS (and war thunder - albeit war thunder DK2 support is flaky due to no eye separation adjustment in that game, so you could have bad double vision in there like I do.).

The rift really shines with flight sims.
You are in a seated position IRL and in game, so it's about as good of a match as it gets - because everything else is different.

Your vision REALLY induces a sense of motion. A high yoyo with a roll over the top while watching a bogey down below will make my stomach turn. Visually you have a lot of dynamic motion, but IRL you're sitting still, and it messes with my senses.

I don't get sick sick ... but I get sick. I don't have to stop playing, but I want to stop playing. And it's a good hour+ after I stop before I'm "all there" again.

The [relative] completeness of the rift (fov wise) makes the induced motion feeling really strong. Stronger than sitting super close to a large projection (albeit not /much/ stronger. Large projection will also make my stomach turn in weird maneuvers).

With the rift, the cockpit will really 'pop' because of the 3d, which handily beats a large projection.

DCS has some head movement lag, and it is disruptive to move your head quickly. Careless quick looking around can make me break a sweat from the resulting sensory mismatch.
Head movement lag with a projector+trackIR is not a big deal (because you have a little bit of peripheral left to 'ground' you), so there's a strong comfort/player-endurance advantage to a large projection.

There are some technical aspects that really punish the rift in terms of clarity. And I mean PUNISH.

1) The lenses are simple. So the image on the LCD has to be warped to produce the proper post-lens output. Warping an image reduces its clarity. When you already have relatively low res stretched over a large FOV, losing more clarity sucks.
In the DCS video you linked, notice how nothing on the HUD is readable? That's not a youtube issue, it's really not readable in game.

2) Simple lens means chromatic aberration (light bends differently depending on the light frequency, so an image made of multiple colours 'separates' as it goes through a lens).
The rift takes care of this [again] in software. The image on the LCD has each colour channel (R/G/B) shifted separately of one another in such a manner that that after each channel goes thorough the lens, they will line up correctly at your eye. This is more image manipulation, and is rather calibration sensitive, and is more opportunity for clarity loss.

2.1) Check out this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExxqY383GzE
See how clear that is? With a large projection, you get that kind of quality + no sickness, in exchange for a loss of 'pop' in the cockpit and a bit less sensation of motion.

3.0) The image does not take up all the space on the LCD screen. DK2 is not 1/2 1080p per eye, it's a subsection cropped out from 1/2 1080p per eye - even less resolution.

I would say that, as a net effect, the visual resolution compares to what I saw in Strike Commander or Falcon 3.0 back in the 90's.

In all honesty, even doubling the rez in each direction (4k) would still look fuzzy.

Personally, I'm torn on the rift. It's cool as heck with flight sims (most of what I play nowadays) and I can't stop smiling when I use it, but it makes me feel bad and the potato vision clarity is a real issue.

(note : I have a 20 foot wide 1080p projection that I can flight sim on, so I can compare. Also, this post was typed at the projector (was watching TV on the media center).)

-scheherazade

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News Comments > Evening Interviews
9. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 8, 2014, 22:08 Scheherazade
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 18:38:
Tom wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 18:34:
The people who didn't get paid always had the option to quit and find a job somewhere else. But hey, that would take some personal responsibility which is so uncool these days, so let's blame the guys at the top instead! Well good luck finding a job when Crytek is no more, after having badmouthed your company in public. That always goes over real well with prospective employers. Maybe they can become taxi drivers - by all accounts, the game industry sucks to work in anyway.

It's called the fucking social contract, asshole. Maybe Yerli and those dicks should sell their luxury cars and pay what they OWE people. How about that? The reason society doesn't collapse and run wild is because we mostly all agree on the way things are done like exchanging time and labour for money and/or goods. What do you do just rib and murder people to get by? Fucking clown.

Pretty much.

The employee is a labor seller. They sell labor to the employer, the employer buys the labor. The contract is an agreement stating that for X work, you will get Y payment.

Not paying someone for their work is a theft of their services.

-scheherazade


 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 8, 2014, 21:59 Scheherazade
 
" Did he never breakdown the profit margin from developing mobile
games?"

Mobile is a crap shoot. You can't tell what the profit margin will be, because you have no way of telling what the revenue will be, because mobile popularity is as predictable as the next meme.

"Even as a complete noob I would take one look at multi-platform development for mobile and say no freak'n way."

Agreed.
At least in Linux/MS/Mac PC, all you gotta do is write a wrapper for the parts of the OS API you use, and make the interface with a crossplatform library. You can use the same code all around for the game itself.
It's basically zero cost zero effort to be cross platform from day1 (much harder if you wanna add another platform to a mature product).

With the mobile crap, you have a different preferred programming language for each platform.
Would be way easier with native c++ on each system, just recompiled for each one.

(I do cross platform c++ software for a living - and I'm quite comfortable and fast in that realm. So I'll admit my bias. Actually, I use my android as an ARM Linux c++ development environment, since it's just about the easiest place to test ARM code cross compatibility.)

-scheherazade


 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 31, 2014, 18:45 Scheherazade
 
wtf_man wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 15:17:
I'm not sure why her or her sisters and mother are even famous, let alone who would want a barbie dress-up app of that cow.

At least Jenner was famous for being in the olympics. But WTF have the Kardashians ever accomplished?

The man had his girlfriend support him financially while he trained for the Olympics [and then dumped her].

He wouldn't have had time for the Olympics if his necessities weren't taken care of by another person.

Making money delivering motivational speeches using anecdotes of personal achievement seems, I donno, meh?

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the training was hard.

But personally, in his place, I wouldn't feel comfortable holding myself up as an example.

I don't know if he paid the girl back somehow, she definitely deserved a good chunk of credit.

(That is, if the tv biographies weren't making shit up.)

-scheherazade
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2014, 21:26 Scheherazade
 
Tumbler wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 12:09:
If anyone else was curious the Model 3 Tesla, $35k approx, should be able to drive 200+ miles.

Based on googling it you get about 3 miles per kilowatt hour. So a "full tank" should cost 66 KW/H's approx. For me that ranges between $0.13 and $0.33 depending on when the charge happens. Smart Meters!

Assuming that can be all $0.13 that is $8.58 per tank. I'm paying approx $70 a tank in my minivan which get 20 mpg. So on average I'm paying about $40 per "tank" if it were equal to the tesla.

Not sure how big that car is, I have 3 kids and the extra room in that minivan is necessary but cutting my costs by 75% on commutes would be nice! (plus no more stopping at gas stations!)

I drive about 320 miles a week commuting. Currently that is approx $70. If I could do it in the Model 3 that is $13.86.

The proposed mileage tax is making more sense if you consider how much revenue they lose from each driver who goes all electric. Looking at a quick gas tax breakdown in CA that is $0.82 in taxes on each gallon of gas.

I daily drive a gas guzzler, short distance.

Replacing fuel tax with mileage tax would be great for me.

-scheherazade
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 14, 2014, 16:45 Scheherazade
 
Panickd wrote on Jul 14, 2014, 13:57:
What is it that they say about Democracy? It's the worst form of government, except for all the others.

Which Democracy?

*Actual* democracy? (the one that exists nowhere on earth)
Or the electoral oligarchy that we generally brand as "democracy"?

-scheherazade
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
8. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 11, 2014, 13:13 Scheherazade
 
So it's onerous to NOT install deep packet inspection hardware to segregate traffic based on content, and NOT install hardware to QOS/firewall traffic from targeted parties?

Man, I never thought sitting around NOT doing things would be so onerous.

-scheherazade
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 8, 2014, 18:08 Scheherazade
 
It's fun to extrapolate these kinds of changes into an unchecked future :

Eventually, all jobs will be replaced by robots.

...

And no one will have any money to buy the things the robots are making.

So the factory owners will be making stuff for each other.
Everyone else will be in the stone age.





It's similar situation to wages.
It's good for a company's bottom line to pay their workers less.
It's bad for a company's bottom line for other companies to pay their workers less.

-scheherazade
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 8, 2014, 14:14 Scheherazade
 
WaltC wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 12:31:
Typical much ado about nothing sensationalism...copper landlines are passe' if not obsolete...anyone who would want to stay on copper needs his head examined as wired digital phone service is far better. Also, under the old POTS regulations, the phone companies can charge much more for the same services you typically pay nothing extra for with digital service--why anyone would want to stay on copper is a complete mystery. I imagine at the bottom of this we'll find some bottom-feeding attorney, no doubt.


I like copper lines.

They sound good, and they work when the power is out.

If I could have copper lines, like my parents do, I totally would.

-scheherazade

 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Z
5. Re: Ships Ahoy - Z Jul 4, 2014, 14:06 Scheherazade
 
Ludomancer wrote on Jul 4, 2014, 11:55:
It looks like GOG has corrected the page to say Single Player only.

I think in that era, it was difficult to even get TCP/IP connections in a game (Warcraft 2 didn't have one until its re-release several years later). It was probably IPX only or something. If it did have LAN that is a little surprising they'd take it out, but who knows the difficulty they faced in updating it for modern machines...

I never played the game because I was always turned off by the box art.

Warcraft 2 had IPX multiplayer from release.
I played it multiplayer over seripx on BBS' (BBS IPX emulator).

The internet was rather flaky back then, and IPX over IP wasn't too popular.
Some games did it, AFAIK Mechwarrior2 did? Or maybe that was IP over dial-up. Can't remember.

The re-released battle net edition (Warcraft 2 BNE) added IP multiplayer, and I think you're right about them nixing IPX multiplayer in BNE.

I actually wish BNE still worked over modern battle net, since I'd love to play it. Still my favorite warcraft.
I'd play the original war2 if I could (with whoever else wants to, over an IPX emulator), but I can only find my BNE disk, not the original.

-scheherazade
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
16. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 26, 2014, 10:32 Scheherazade
 
harlock wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 21:24:
Scheherazade wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 18:52:
Basically, my thought was that if it's not obstructing their ability to do business (take payment, deliver service), then it can't be obstruction of business.

it is obstructing the delivery of their service

hacks disrupt the service they are providing

you really dont understand that? sorry cant help you there

Customers are able to connect to the servers, synch game state, and operate their client. The delivery is complete.

The actions of other players are a different subject.
Not that they are irrelevant... merely irrelevant to the narrow scope of only delivering a service.

Hackers may not be participating in the default gameplay, but they aren't ddos'ing.

I'd rather they be banned, than have another legal definition be stretched to a new context, just to momentarily satiate the angry/upset. The consequences in the long term are worse for all of us.

e.g. Want to goto jail for using a BS name or BS email in a registration page? (Which is something everyone should be doing if they don't want something like a hacked forum to have info usable at your bank website (name, login email)) Because that's the kind of crap that happens when laws are extended into the internet domain.

-scheherazade
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Patch Incoming
4. Re: Titanfall Patch Incoming Jun 26, 2014, 10:10 Scheherazade
 
Patch the player count, and toss the LoL trash mobs, and maybe the game will have a chance for a 2nd wind.

-scheherazade
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 25, 2014, 18:52 Scheherazade
 
harlock wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 17:59:
Scheherazade wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 16:19:
"Obstruction of Business"
Because... what? It leaves people with a bad impression?

no because it obstructs their business model of p2w

you are under the mistaken assumption that someone hearing a statement of opinion is the same thing as them having firsthand experience of hacked gameplay - and its not at all.. people hear other idiots running their mouths all the time, it does not remotely equate to someone getting cheated themselves

its a valid argument, who knows how it will litigate tho

I don't completely follow, as you didn't explicitly state the assumption you think I'm making.

I suppose my post wasn't that clear either.
I had in mind that 'gameplay experience is not business', as 'business' would imply financial transactions and/or delivery of goods/services.

The only business impact would be if what players experience leaves them with a bad impression, and subsequently less money is made.
However, no one is under any obligation to provide other players with a positive experience, regardless of the use of cheats.

There is also a lot of grey area.
If you make someone rage quit because you use an aimbot, should that be a crime?
If you made someone rate quit because your aim is as good as an aimbot, should that be a crime too?
The two situations are indistinguishable to all other players. If one is good enough to prosecute, why not the other?

That's not even that far fetched of an example. Years ago I used to play with CPL guys nightly. We would join servers together and practice apart from normal players.
We could join any normal server and get vote kicked for hacking within minutes. Some people would be livid at us.

Basically, my thought was that if it's not obstructing their ability to do business (take payment, deliver service), then it can't be obstruction of business.

-scheherazade

 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 25, 2014, 16:19 Scheherazade
 
"Obstruction of Business"
Because... what? It leaves people with a bad impression?

So, say you said : "X game sucks", would you then also be in trouble? (creating a bad impression)

Seems like this kind of charge should be limited to... you know, actual obstruction of the business.
(i.e. Blockading their business entrance, cutting their internet connection, etc. Things that block the business' communication/transaction ability - physical or electronic.)

-scheherazade
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta Begins
44. Re: Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta Begins May 30, 2014, 13:31 Scheherazade
 
Cabezone wrote on May 30, 2014, 13:05:
Scheherazade wrote on May 30, 2014, 11:46:
Cutter wrote on May 30, 2014, 09:42:
Do I really need to spell out that I'm not talking about a handful of rabid space game fanboys who'll give their eye teeth for a space game, but the vast majority of "normal" people. I don't know if you guys are multi-millionaires or live at home with your parents but for most of us with real life commitments and debts, then yes $150+ for a game is completely fucking absurd. As was discussed last night, even $60 is considered too much by most these days. Most people aren't even looking at games until they're hitting $30 and under.


If you're throwing 'majority' into the mix, then it's worth mentioning that the median U.S. income [per individual] is ~26k per year - which in many urban areas isn't even enough to live on.
So yeah, most people can't spend $150 on a game. Most can't spend $10 on game.

But let's also consider folks that say, went to college for STEM or law, and got a job before the slow down hit (still a lot of people). Or folks that were bright enough to run and successfully market their own business (self employed - still a lot of people).
Assuming they weren't stupid enough to load up on debt, to them, dropping $150 once in a blue moon on game isn't even worth a second thought.

Basically, what is or isn't a lot of money is relative.
What was it that Niel DeGrasse Tyson said? Him passing up a dime on the ground because it's not worth his effort to bend over for it, is like Bill Gates passing up 45k.

And yeah, things can change very quickly, for anyone.

-scheherazade


You can't use a countrywide median income and then say it's nto enough to live on in urban areas. You'd need the median income for that specific area for it to mean anything.

Median individual income is 46k per person and 72k per household in San Francisco county.

Hence using 'many' (not 'all').
In any case, local economy cuts both ways.
You make more, and you pay more - since real estate is priced to match regional incomes.

My buddy paid $1600/month for rent in NYC, split with 3 other people.
$6400 total per month, for a rather shitty apartment crammed full of people. An individual would have to be paid around 110k per year just to make rent and nothing else.

-scheherazade
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta Begins
29. Re: Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta Begins May 30, 2014, 11:46 Scheherazade
 
Cutter wrote on May 30, 2014, 09:42:
Do I really need to spell out that I'm not talking about a handful of rabid space game fanboys who'll give their eye teeth for a space game, but the vast majority of "normal" people. I don't know if you guys are multi-millionaires or live at home with your parents but for most of us with real life commitments and debts, then yes $150+ for a game is completely fucking absurd. As was discussed last night, even $60 is considered too much by most these days. Most people aren't even looking at games until they're hitting $30 and under.


If you're throwing 'majority' into the mix, then it's worth mentioning that the median U.S. income [per individual] is ~26k per year - which in many urban areas isn't even enough to live on.
So yeah, most people can't spend $150 on a game. Most can't spend $10 on game.

But let's also consider folks that say, went to college for STEM or law, and got a job before the slow down hit (still a lot of people). Or folks that were bright enough to run and successfully market their own business (self employed - still a lot of people).
Assuming they weren't stupid enough to load up on debt, to them, dropping $150 once in a blue moon on game isn't even worth a second thought.

Basically, what is or isn't a lot of money is relative.
What was it that Niel DeGrasse Tyson said? Him passing up a dime on the ground because it's not worth his effort to bend over for it, is like Bill Gates passing up 45k.

And yeah, things can change very quickly, for anyone.

-scheherazade

 
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News Comments > AMD Calls Out NVIDIA; Former NVIDIA Dev Calls BS
18. Re: AMD Calls Out NVIDIA; Former NVIDIA Dev Calls BS May 27, 2014, 14:53 Scheherazade
 
Shineyguy wrote on May 27, 2014, 13:00:
No, it was deprecated BECAUSE it was released in 2003 while Vista released in 2006.

Computer wise, deprecation is :
When a provider no longer wishes to support a particular interface, and moves on to a new interface, and lets everyone know that the old interface will no longer be updated, and may at some point be removed entirely.
The act of letting people know, is the deprecation per se.

Simply being old does not necessitate being deprecated.

The 8P8C/RJ45 connector has been around since 1975, and you still have that plug on the back of your machine. It's not deprecated.

In contrast, AGP was new in 1996, and was deprecated in 2004.
Hence forth new AGP boards designed+made after 2004 were using already deprecated tech from the day they were designed.

-scheherazade

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 20, 2014, 19:18 Scheherazade
 
Cutter wrote on May 20, 2014, 12:58:
Yeah, but there isn't a single company anywhere that promises those speeds. They always, and only, say..."up to X Mbps". So if you're on their lower tier pricing plan they'll just shunt all the traffic on to that and you're fucked sans lube. Complain and they'll happily inform you that you can pay for their "premium" service.

"Up to X speed internet" has to be defined as "will make best effort attempt to deliver X bandwidth to all inter-networked addresses, with no deliberate reductions of bandwidth below that of the subscribed rate."

Otherwise, they can sell dial-up with "up to 1 exabyte per second!, WOW, such speed. Very fast." (eyeroll).

-scheherazade
 
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The New Order Shipped, Reviewed
48. Re: Wolfenstein: The New Order Shipped, Reviewed May 20, 2014, 17:06 Scheherazade
 
Agent.X7 wrote on May 20, 2014, 14:30:
MindStalker3 wrote on May 20, 2014, 12:10:
Agent.X7 wrote on May 20, 2014, 10:58:
InBlack wrote on May 20, 2014, 10:56:
After Rage, anything on that engine is a no buy for me.
What did it have sex with your mother? Not the best engine in the world, but what's your particular issue to it?

You asinine comment aside, iDtech 5 is a piece of shit engine. The "megatextures" take up ridiculous amounts of hard drive space and look horrible unless it is distant scenery. Textures pop-in because of the way the engine streams. Rage, for all the hype about megatextures, looked awful. The textures were muddy and low rez like they were from a decade ago.

I never had texture pop-in issues.
I had to see it on youtube clips.
Then again, my drive setup is on the fast side of things, and on-demand loaded games are generally seamless for me.

I was bothered by losing the ability to stare at textures up close and see the improvement over previous gen.
But then again, once I got to playing the game, I never stared that close anymore, so it didn't really matter.

My gripe with the game wasn't technical.
It was that Rage was 'fallout without the compelling universe', or 'borderlands without the co-op'.

-scheherazade


 
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