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  1. Moderation note: This is the original post that lead to the creation of the FullDive Technology” subforum. Posts have been moved from it into other threads, according to subject, to make them shorter and more readable. This thread is for discussion of how to make an actual brain-computer interface like the NerveGear shown in the Sword Art Online anime If you have seen the hit anime Sword Art Online (or S.A.O for short) you most likely know what the nerve gear is and what it does. Going into this though i will explain what it exactly does as if no one has ever heard of it. The Nerve Gear is
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  2. Welcome to hypography jacob2mitts! Please feel free to start a topic in the introductions forum to tell us something about yourself. How Long Until We Could Make A Real Sword Art Online (sao) Nerve Gear Type Device? I’ll approach this question by break down what the Nerve Gear helmet in SAO and the SAO MORPG computer program is shown doing: Simulating a realistic world for many (on the order of 10000) simultaneous usersReading brain states with sufficiently high spatial and temporal resolutionAnalyzing in real time the read brain states to create input data for #1Writing brain states with
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  3. I doubt it. Science is empirical, religion is dogmatic. At best, science can view religion as a failed hypothesis. The argument goes that the two operate in different spheres and should each be able to do its thing in peace. But that's exactly where the problem lies, because religion makes claims that interfere in science's domain. Religion makes claims that their god, or gods, are responsible for people recovering from illness, for physical occurrences like rainfall, etc. And to expect a failed hypothesis to be respected for no other reason than the sheer number of people who take it to be th
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  4. Sorry to disappoint, but check out his wiki. William Kininmonth (meteorologist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Science and Public Policy Institute - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Quote any more of these fellows and I'll just laugh. All these sad old accusations have been answered. The 'outsiders' are often sincere, but get cranky and are prone to seeing conspiracies where only good science has been offered. They don't like the peer review process, but that's science. Tough. If they don't like the way science is conducted, or the scientific method that checks their silly claims
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  5. NOTE: I am in the process of reworking this, it is still a decent reference, but i will be working on it, so expect changes Intro: This has been a long coming, endless traps have been setting the math evolutionary progress back throughout time, and you, Physics and Math people have been forced to use simple text equation display techniques to show complex math. Well, be that no longer, as i am about to introduce you to the world that no longer follows the standard text rules, it defies the normal thought, depends only on how far you are willing to take it and has no rivals in the realm of
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  6. Moderation note: This thread is for conversations by people seeking to volunteering to work with others, and people seeking to recruit volunteers. Posts of this nature made in threads discussing neuro and computer science will be moved here. Please help maintaining the readability of our science threads by refraining from posting volunteering or recuritment offers in them. Craig and Jacob I am Simply Commenting to say i look forward to a nerve gear being here shortly and I too have decided that would go to college specifically to learn exactly what to do and what is needed to create a n
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  7. Am I the only one here who sees the irony in someone who has an opinion that forums have no credibility, posting that opinion on a forum? Is this an example of an Epistemic Paradox?
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  8. The genetic code of life really is digital, like the code underlying computer software. I’ve always been compelled by the analogy: The genome as the software instructions for embryology. But I think it’s telling where the analogy breaks down. Computer programs are replete. Instructions are concise & there is very little waste. Repetitive code is consolidated & channeled through subroutines, even where space is available. Anyone attempting to analyze or reverse-engineer any software today can unfailingly follow the principle that any bit of code that presents itself must do some
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  9. It takes a longer time, and more space, to explain the nuances and resolve ambiguities. From a chemistry/biochemistry point of view, it is just about the balance of fossilized carbon and airborne carbon--or stored carbon and released carbon. Is the carbon in the air or the ground? That carbon balance can affect temperature by several degrees, relative to a background of conditions that set the planet's radiative balance. === It is important to answer your question, about CO2 levels, differently depending upon which scale of time--as well as the planet's evolutionary status--you are looki
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  10. CraigD

    Live After Death

    I think the correct response to this question is the same when answering a child as when answering an adult, any difference being just phrasing and added explanation to compensate for the child’s smaller vocabulary and knowledge. An honest response depends, of course, on who’s making it. A devout religionist who truly believes it may honest answer “she’s gone to dine at the right hand of Jesus in heaven” or any of myriad religious depictions of an afterlife. I don’t believe in such things, so an honest answer from me (which, as a rule, I endeavors to be the only kind I ever make) is very d
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  11. pamela

    Photography Thread

    seems like the closer you get the more beautiful the flower is
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  12. Science fiction has always played host to the idea of having large structures in space. From Dyson spheres to Death stars, these structures lay firmly in the realm of fiction, but will it always be this way? Human technology is growing at an alarming rate, now with the dawn of the space age behind us the sky is no longer a limit. If our technology continues to grow exponentially it seems logical that we will eventually be able to build such structures, but even logic must give way to physics in extreme cases. While it may follow logically, it will be physics that has the last say, whether it i
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  13. mynah

    New bird family tree

    Let me try... (BTW, by surprising I don't mean everything in it is brand new information. I'm just contrasting it with what was believed a few years ago.);) Here it is: Starting from the left, the first branch to split off (Q) is the ratites, or “primitive” flightless birds like ostriches, rheas, emus, kiwis, etc. This group also contains the tinamous, South American birds that can fly. The composition is not a surprise, but it is a surprise that the Australasian flightless birds are more closely related to tinamous than to non-Australasian ratites. The second branch (P) contains the An
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  14. Made ya look. Perhaps im an ***, but this is sex nonetheless:hihi: Some cacti are flowering! most are now ID'd, have to admit, cactus classification sometimes makes me hate taxonomy alltogether!!!!!! :esmoking: [image]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v478/kada/id-1-6.jpg[/img] EDIT: i guess i did not show the actuall sex, as i am no pervert! i will say, however, there was a baggy, forceps and a little blue paintbrush involved. :cup: on a side note, does that smiley look like "agree"? Enjoy the flowers :esmoking:
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  15. Evolution is an observed and documented fact, there is less reason to deny evolution in favour of creationism than there is to think sardines live in tins.
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  16. I have thought for one second, and one second was enough for me to ask why have we not yet banned this person? Maybe someone can come up with a good reason. Then again, maybe not . . .
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  17. HouseKnight, I admire and appreciate your spirit and passion on this subject, it's a very important, albeit never-ending issue. However I think you would garner better conversation and get your point across more clearly if you consider some changes to your posts. Before I go into my suggestions to help you get more interests in your posts, I'd like to comment briefly on the posting above. Specifically section 3, which seems to suggest that Miss Portman viewpoints are a product of her Palestinian dominated entertainment industry's inner circle she is subjected to. I have no hard data, but I w
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  18. It just is, according to observation. And of course, in general relativity (which is currently our best model) it is not really a force at all, but a manifestation of the curvature of spacetime by mass.
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  19. I do the interviews for the entry level positions on up to plant supervisors at the 6 water plants I'm responsible for. Having a college degree or state water license is now needed for every position. It was not like that 10yrs ago. So I end up forced to hire a recent college grad who is very intelligent, but doesn't know anything about plant operations, and he's trying to tell 30 guys who have been at the plant for twenty or thirty years what to do? They just can't garner the respect and the guys take advantage of that when they can. Then there is the other side of the coin with some 30yr
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  20. OceanBreeze

    9/11/2017

    Yes, I know what this thread is about. Sometimes we discuss tangential things that just happen to spring up, like date formatting. Because you start a thread, that doesn't give you control over everything that will get discussed here. Did I earn a place on your ignore list yet? I would consider it an honor to be included with exchemist and Dr Kretin.
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  21. Buffy

    9/11/2017

    The key problem with your logic here is that there is absolutely no justification for limiting the "inferences" we might be making solely to what you put in the OP. All of your other posts are fully relevant to my and other's assessment of your intent. Can you make an argument that people should evaluate your behavior solely upon what you decide is relevant? And quite frankly, how are we supposed to know? Yes, I've been called "dangerous" and many other things as well. Although never a "Likudnik." But I have been called a "Self-hating Jew," a frequent epithet among folks like Shapiro a
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  22. exchemist

    9/11/2017

    Same here. Nor, more perhaps to the point, seeing as I am a Londoner, do I do anything special on the anniversary of so-called "7/7", the 7th July London bomb attacks. And nor does anyone else. This practice of commemorating terrorist attacks seems to me to play into the hands of terrorists by enabling them to feel they have permanently scarred the community, it cultivates an unhealthy sense of victimhood and it can all too easily be used by unscrupulous or politically motivated people to whip up emotions - in this case anti-muslim prejudice. We should just get on with our lives as norm
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  23. Buffy

    Domes Dei And Malthus

    Monopolies are rare because they're much more obvious than oligopolies and it makes you a target even in situations where there is corporate capture of the legal system. In fact, oligopolies provide monopolistic power to the few entrants in the market who then engage in "co-opetition" wherein practices such as price fixing can be made to occur even without explicit collusion. You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant, :phones: Buffy
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  24. I am pro-DP, but many things must be taken into consideration before I would agree to execute the execution. The suspect may have already spent time in prison. This may result in not only the patient not getting the counseling he/she needs, it also may have subjected them to be influenced by very bad people. Other facets would have to be examined too, was the person exposed to a living hell by parents who did all kinds of heinous acts against them for years? Did this negative mental conditioning influence the action of the suspect? As NTG pointed out this is a touchy subject. If we keep t
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  25. I think just about everybody would get it, but only an engineer would find it amusing.
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  26. Who remembers Euell Gibbons? "Ever eat a pine tree?" :lol: Anyway, I have been using the following site for the last 10 years or so to check edibility and other uses of the plants I photograph and/or collect for the herbarium. Most entries are native to N America, but a few early introductions were used by Native Americans and are in the database. Database is sponsored by University of Minnesota - Dearborn. Best results are obtained using binomials, but common names also return results. Native American Ethnobotany: A Database of Foods, Drugs, Dyes and Fibers of Native American Peoples, D
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  27. I think you've got this a bit twisted. I would phrase it as such: One of the founding principles of science is that theories can only be disproven, because we can never know that we have all of the pertinent information. This is known as the problem of induction. Science avoids the trap of claims of "truth" by seeking to describe and explain only that which can be observed. In science, there is never a situation that a theory can be proven to be correct. Many religious claims are falsifiable and can be disproven. The biggest though, that a god or gods exist, can not. It is the case th
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  28. Welcome to Hypography, Panther. That’s an impressive and well-organized first post. :thumbs_up I think I’m pretty much on the same page as you. I don’t think that a system based on a brain-computer interface is doable anytime soon, but that a system based on screens, speakers, and body position sensing and affecting systems, are. Here are a few key points you may not have considered: Sight Device like the Oculus Rift are impressive, but even if their resolution were increased beyond that of the human eye, and their “screen door” artifact corrected, they’re still limited in a way that
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  29. norcioortiz

    Stem Cell

    Stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that can differentiate into specialized cells and can divide (through mitosis) to produce more stem cells. They are found in multicellular organisms. In mammals, there are two broad types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells, which are isolated from the inner cell mass of blastocysts, and adult stem cells, which are found in various tissues. In adult organisms, stem cells and progenitor cells act as a repair system for the body, replenishing adult tissues. In a developing embryo, stem cells can differentiate into all the specialized cells—ectoder
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  30. I think my first post at hypography was this one in Turtle’s 2005 Katabatak Math-An Exploration In Pure Number Theory. I’ve long considered him a large part of the heart and soul of hypography, not to mention a mathic, master gadgeteer and fine photographer. Pyro’s a real spaceflight scientist, and for many years one of hypography’s best zookeeper moderators. We’ve had years of great conversations on more subjects than I can recall or even imagine. You two are standouts of my personal internet renaissance. It’s great to see you back at hypography!
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  31. Religions with tenets stating that some or all of their documents (such as Christianity’s Bible) are “inerrant” – that is, beyond doubt true – have histories of struggling to reconcile scientific discoveries with this inerrancy. Most (for example, the Catholic church) have eventually (though often after long periods of arguing against threatening scientific theories and discoveries) done so by concluding that past interpretations of these documents, not the documents themselves, were incorrect, or that the language of their human authors was inadequate to describe later scientific views. Some
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  32. I disagree. With a very few exceptions, our clock hasn't even started yet. None of our broadband radio, television, or microwave transmissions would be detectable by an Arecibo size radio telescope beyond our solar system. I've long lost an excellent technical article from the [email protected] forum that explains why this is, but quick googling led me to an appropriate sci.astro faq that spells out why our typical RF communications are not at all detectable outside of our solar system. http://www.faqs.org/faqs/astronomy/faq/part6/section-12.html
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  33. I was reading this article the other day and it got me thinking about a topic that's been touched on in the True Ai, Are We Getting Close Yet? thread: a lot of the heated rhetoric in the community concerning AI really has everything to do with a lack of a common understanding of the word "Intelligence", and maybe even the word "Artificial". Two of the biggest names in AI/Learning, Noam Chomsky--who needs no introduction--and Peter Norvig--Director of Research at Google and well-known author of AI textbooks--have been debating about their favored approaches with increasing acrimony, as is det
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  34. I don't need to , but I do want to, so I hope you will indulge me. It was not my intention to be offensive. It was my intention to point out to you that your own post was rather aggressive in places. I did so by mimicing your own style. Perhaps you may wish to reflect on that. In your earlier post you remarked: "Somebody, dunno who, said there is a problem there and I wanna see if it IS there.Ok?" When somebody says something and we do not know who that person is we describe that person as anonymous. So the answer to the first part of your next question is obvious: Based on the informa
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  35. I shall try very hard - and probably fail - not to bring a negative vibe to the discussion, for I see that you are a sincere and alert person. Also you have clearly struck a favourable chord with Under the Rose and McPhee, so my view is apparently not only a minority view, but a minority of one. Here is my concern, from my perspective you are doing what a cockney might describe as "stating the bleeding obvious". I am not clear why you did not say something like this: There are things of which we have no concept and currently no evidence for that nevertheless may have enormous impact, dire
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  36. STARVED A new Army Captain was assigned to an outfit in a remote post in the Afghan Desert . During his first inspection of the outfit, he noticed a camel hitched up behind the mess tent. He asked the Sergeant why the camel was kept there. The nervous sergeant said, 'Sir, as you know, there are 250 men here on the post and no women. Sometimes the men have urges. That's why we have Molly The Camel. The Captain said, 'I can't say that I condone this, but I can understand about the 'urges', so the camel can stay.' About a month
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  37. Ken

    [Q] Compound eyes

    The first photoreceptors were essentially a flat arrangement of cells that were chemically alterable by the presence or absence of light. They have been variously called light spots or light sensitive patches. The detection/non-detection of light is best understood as a digital coding signalling light on or light off. The amount of useful information increases as the number of detectors increases IF there is some mechanism that differentiates between active and inactive receptors. To detect movement from right to left would require at least two receptors in horizontal alignment and some m
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  38. Over this past weekend, there was a small segment on a new show (whos name escapes me now) on Icelands intent to begin/increase commercial whaling. So I googled it: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6059564.stm "There is no market for this meat in Iceland, there is no possibility to export it to Japan; the government appears to have listened to fishermen who are blaming whales for eating all the fish." But apparently, the ban on importing whale meat (rather than an exporting ban) will not deter Japan from entering into this: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15418174/ Why is Japa
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  39. Before making a new post on Hypography please read this very prudent comic: "I mean, what's more likely -- that I have uncovered fundamental flaws in this field that no one in it has ever thought about, or that I need to read a little more? Hint: it's the one that involves less work." Thank you for your time, please continue if you deem necessary. J
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  40. Galapagos

    Another Darwin assault

    I am going to quickly run through this article and respond/comment because I haven't done this in a while, and it's nice to give the anti-creationist module of me old noodle a good flexin' every once in a while. He is universally identified as such by layfolk and creationists with an agenda. Both the idea of a universal common ancestor and the idea that life evolves predate Darwin. Darwin's accomplishment was to synthesize many of his findings as a naturalist into a cogent argument that lineages change over time, and that natural selection was the primary agent responsible for biological
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  41. I read an interesting article in the "Beeld", an Afrikaans newspaper which won't make any sense to you guys - in Afrikaans, that is. So, I'm gonna make an attempt at an abbreviated translation, so as to share the love... Sorcery and magic in general plays an important role in childrens' stories and fables, world-wide, through the ages, and across all cultures. Often, there's a magic formula or an enchanted object with which the hero can avert some catastrophe. Usually, the object is hidden and the finding of it forms the "quest", the gist of the story, to make sure the "good guys" get the
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  42. Two hydrogen atoms walk into a bar. One says, "I've lost my electron." The other says, "Are you sure?" The first replies, "Yes, I'm positive..." :shrug:
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  43. InfiniteNow, I know this situation doesn't concern me in any way and I'm not familiar with the circumstances that brought it about. I hesitated to even post here. But based on what I've read, the administrators positions are very valid and their intent is obviously to keep these forums under control. I hope you will find it within you to take a deep breath and reflect on how all this has come about. You're better than this frustration that's driving you right now. I've enjoyed reading many of your posts over the last year or so and I have often found that you bring a fresh insight and
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  44. Racoon

    Portrait of a Bike Ride

    Part 1 All right folks! the new digital camera arrived by UPS yesterday, so I had some plans to break it in on a bike ride today. Now, the weather has turned rainy and gloomy yet again, but I seized the opportunity during a break in the showers. I am learning how to do all this uploading and transfer still from the camera, to a file, to Photobucket or Imageshack, and then onto the Net! so bear with me. :D My goal is to have some nice thumbnail attachments, and then you can click on the photos you'd like to see, as opposed to having to scroll down. Anywho's, 2 things went wrong al
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  45. "The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then -- to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never
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  46. Janus

    Space Voyage #1 Chatter

    Here's a map that shows how the Planet might look like. This just meant to show ocean/landmass relationships and is not meant to be color-correct (things would look quite different under the light of the Brown Dwarf.) Because of the large tidal bulges casued by the larger planet, you will not that there would be two large oceans and the vast majority of the land would exist in a band circling the planet: As netined before, outr planet will slowly circle in closer to the larger planet over time, as it does so, more of the oceans will shift to the planetary tidal bulges. this is what th
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  47. I'll try to be brief and without emotion... My 19 year old cousin was murdered some 18 years ago. My cousin was an A student. He was active in sports and sponsered the Big Brothers program. He had a scholarship to the U of U. My aunt and uncle still cry alot, even now. His murderer fled to Wyoming. People that befriended him said he bragged about having killed before. He'd sit there with a big *** grin telling them how he'd hit my cousin so hard that his carotid artery had burst...how my cousin had fallen to his knee's trying to beg for mercy, bleeding out his eyes, nose, and mouth...dying.
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  48. ronthepon

    An Inconvenient Truth

    Mind if I point out the flaw in your masterplan UncleAl? Here it is. Global warming is caused more due to the retention of heat, not its production on earth. What we get from the sun beats anything we can do. Further, how can you be so sure that third world parasites, as you call them will be all threre is to it? The Other approximate 3X10^9 people won't contribute any heat at all? And there are no other warm blooded organisms on earth? This is a rather offending. It says some things in a way other than in words.
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  49. Edella, I respect you veiw, I would like it to be known that that statement is very much a real.ism for me. I find that I can express spirituallty through Mathematics, Laws and Theory. I have a hardtime understand why it is that various people choose to keep these concepts seperate, as extreames are dangerous, and to be used in moderation. As a oddball out, by most of science and religion's standards, with an ecclectic spiritual and factual education, having been in my (short) time here, Baptist, Universal Life Church, Johrei, Buddhist, Taoist, Animaemist, Aethist, Agnostic and Seclular hum
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