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106302 No. 106302 ID: 13a71c hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
A recovering U.S. economy is driving record demand for trucking. But many smaller operators, who make up the vast majority of the roughly 470,000 for-hire fleets on the road today, say they’re missing out on the boom.

The amount of freight hauled along the nation’s highways hit an all-time high earlier this year, fueled by improved retail sales and factory output. Trucking industry revenue has grown an average of 6.5% a year since 2009, topping $700 billion last year for the first time, according to the American Trucking Associations.

But costs are rising, too. The industry is struggling to attract enough new drivers, forcing companies to raise pay or offer sign-on bonuses. New regulations, including rules capping emissions and limiting drivers’ hours on the road, are adding to truckers’ expenses.

Small and midsize trucking companies are finding they are ill-equipped to adapt. Hundreds of these firms, with an average fleet size of about a dozen vehicles, have gone out of business in the past two years, according to Avondale Partners LLC. Others have sold out to larger competitors, which are more likely to have cash reserves or access to financing to weather changes in the industry. If large numbers of small fleets fail, it can reduce overall capacity enough to raise costs for shippers, analysts say.

“It simply takes more manpower, technology and capital to operate a truck line than it did even a few years ago,” said Steven Dutro, managing director of Transport Capital Partners, which specializes in trucking mergers.

Jim Burg, who owns a 90-truck fleet based out of Warren, Mich., said he regularly turns away customers who want to hire his flatbed trucks to haul cars, construction equipment and other freight. He said he can’t afford to expand his fleet because it is too risky to borrow to buy new equipment.

“I haven’t grown in three years,” Mr. Burg said. “I don’t know where the future is, I don’t know what my costs are going to be in two years.”

He said he has purchased only three new trucks in the past seven years because new vehicles cost 60% more than they did in 2008. He doesn’t pay sign-on bonuses to new drivers, fearing they will quit as soon as they get their money. Instead he offers guaranteed time at home and tries to pay a competitive salary in hopes his drivers will decline poaching offers.
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>> No. 106988 ID: 8ae717
>We'll see AI assisted driving though, but humans will still be at the wheel.

we already more or less do for stuff like the mercedes s class between the active lane keeping and the camera / radar controlled cruise control the thing practically drives itself and almost certainly does a better job than the average driver of a german car.
>> No. 106989 ID: 0b7429
Family of truckers here, so much this.

It pays off if you're an owner operator, but it can be a huge pain if you're renting or leasing from a company.

Unless you've been with them for a while and suck enough dicks to get a cushy established route.
>> No. 106995 ID: bdae0c

What would a rig cost in the states? I mean for a small business, family or whatever, what is the capital to get it off the ground and land the first couple of gigs?
>> No. 107130 ID: 381ee6

It used to be under 100k just ten years ago
>> No. 107131 ID: 0b7429
Dis >>107130

So, unless you have capital to start with, you're forced to go through a company for a number of years until you can save up and take out a loan. It's not too bad considering you gain experience and networking. It's not really an industry you want to get into on your own dime without experience.

I'd do it if it wouldn't take up all of my time and prevent me from learning a technical trade.

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106960 No. 106960 ID: 5bb72d hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
There has recently been a shift in tone by major cable companies when they talk about their relationship with Netflix. Cable executives seem to have woken up to the fact that their licensing deals with Netflix bolster the catalog of a company that could do serious damage to their business.

James Murdoch, who heads 21st Century Fox, said politely that his thinking on the subject was “evolving” — and not in Netflix’s favor.

But Netflix might just be too big of a powerhouse in the market for cable companies to spite, according to an analyst note from Morgan Stanley on Monday.

The analysts write that the Hollywood “talent” involved in hit shows — like actors or writers — expect their studio partners to maximize the earnings on each show. They don’t care about Netflix hurting other parts of the studio’s business. That’s not their problem. They want as much money as possible, and Netflix is throwing it around.

Morgan Stanley claims that Netflix has been “broadly positive” for the ecosystem as a whole, especially compared to YouTube and Facebook, two emerging platforms whose ability to deliver value to studios is much less certain. This means it's hard for a cable company to sell a move to cut off Netflix as beneficial to anyone but itself.

Morgan Stanley sees this truth reflected in Netflix’s continued ability to acquire high-performing content like ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" CBS's "Jane the Virgin." And the analysts don’t see the loss of "Mr. Robot" to Amazon Prime’s video service as part of a trend toward smaller streaming players like Amazon or Hulu.

Netflix is the standard.

Beyond that, Netflix is already starting to extricate itself from a reliance on acquired content from “vertically integrated” studios that have stakes in the future of cable television. Morgan Stanley estimates that these studios represent about 30% of Netflix’s content spending, and only 15% if you take out big deals with Disney and CBS.
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>> No. 107043 ID: faf5b0
Not buying Netflix when they got the offer is probably one of the biggest fuckups that Sony made in this century.
>> No. 107052 ID: 360825
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Don't forget about luck swing.

Another thing keeping this shit alive is that TV is often bundled with interbutts.

Get rid of that shit.
>> No. 107053 ID: 7feea4
That too.

It's the same strategy as a medium drink costing 1.75 when a gut buster triple liter cancer cola costs 1.95.

For just a tiny bit more, we'll sell you a ton of shit you don't need/want.
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The thing with the soda is that you can always choose ice tea and drink it slowly throughout the day.

The problem with TV is that you get no choice. Diet-Pepsi with extra aspartame only. I can't fucking repurpose it and it's a stream of ads. I can't get more bandwidth from it and there's nothing of worth on. The only thing I can think of to do is to get an FPGA, put the video signal through it, Gaussian blur the fuck out of it and add a ghosting effect, mute that shit or put it through some sound filters and enjoy an active wall piece... that I pay electricity and AC bills to maintain.

Unless you have a ReplayTV (god rest its soul) or a MythTV setup where you can auto skip commercials and watch stuff of worth, then it's a true actual waste of money.

Shit is pretty much worthless and people ask me about shit on the idiot tube constantly. Getting real sick of it.
>> No. 107121 ID: f3d37a
> haven't owned tv for a decade
> Coworker:anon have you seen the latest
> me: No
> Coworker: Really? It wa-
> me: NOOOOOOOOOO.....
> quiet at work rest of day

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  On Jul. 17, 2014 Boeing 777 (9M-MRD) with 280 passengers and 15 crew members, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed about 50NM to the northwest of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine.

The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) which conducted the technical investigation issued its final report on the crash on Oct. 13, 2015 and determined that the aircraft was shot down by a Buk surface-to-air 9M38-series missile with 9N314M warhead that hit the left hand side of the cockpit (as it appeared to be quite evident based on the puncture marks visible on the wreckage).

The shrapnel fired by the explosion killed the flight crew and torn off the cockpit. The DSB calculated the trajectory of the SAM and determined it was fired within a 320-square-kilometre (120 sq mi) area southeast of Torez.

The DSB, that did not say who operated the SAM launcher: whether the missile was fired by the pro-Russia separatist or not it is still subject to debate. For sure, the report highlighted there was sufficient reason to fully close the airspace over eastern Ukraine, where the MH17 was flying because of the reasons we explained in this post, as a precaution.

The Buk, known as SA-11 (or SA-17) is a self-propelled medium range, medium altitude anti-aircraft system with a maximum range of 13NM and a ceiling of 39,400 feet. With a semi-active radar homing guidance system and a 70 Kg warhead it may hit a large plane at FL330 and cause a catastrophic decompression.
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>> No. 107091 ID: 4930b8
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Congratulations on your most non sequitur post yet. You should probably go easier on the vodka, comrade.
>> No. 107103 ID: 381ee6
>The real crime lies with who ever gave the order for the person or person's to fire that Buk missile. Be them Ukraine separatist or Russian forces pretending to be separatist.
That's only a crime for people who had tracking radar for Buk, and the IFF system which identified the plane as civilian

Pro-tip: Those people aren't the rebels
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If we're gonna talk about air traffic control, then why is everybody forgetting that Russian air traffic control operators directed a Airflot flight to pass through the same area just minutes before MH17?
>> No. 107115 ID: 70d38f
Aeroflot is not responsible for Ukrainian airspace, they have to coordinate that with Ukrainian air traffic control - obviously they permitted the flight.

>same area
100 km to the west
>> No. 107116 ID: 381ee6
They clearly diverted around the fighting

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106386 No. 106386 ID: 254d85 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
Swiss open investigation into FIFA/Blatter.

>BERNE, Switzerland (AP) — Statement provided by the Swiss Attorney General on the opening of criminal proceedings against FIFA President Sepp Blatter:

>The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against the President of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as — alternatively — on suspicion of misappropriation.

>Swiss criminal proceedings against the President of FIFA, Mr. Joseph Blatter, have been opened on 24 September 2015 on suspicion of criminal mismanagement (Article 158 Swiss Criminal Code / SCC) and — alternatively — misappropriation (Article 138 Swiss Criminal Code / SCC).

>On the one hand, the OAG suspects that on 12 September 2005 Mr. Joseph Blatter has signed a contract with the Caribbean Football Union (with Jack Warner as the President at this time); this contract was unfavorable for FIFA. On the other hand, there is a suspicion that, in the implementation of this agreement, Joseph Blatter also violated his fiduciary duties and acted against the interest of FIFA and/or FIFA Marketing & TV AG.

>Additionally, Mr. Joseph Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment of CHF (Swiss francs) 2 Million to Michel Platini, President of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), at the expense of FIFA, which was allegedly made for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002; this payment was executed in February 2011.

>On 25 September 2015, representatives of the OAG interrogated the defendant Joseph Blatter following a meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee. At the same time, Michel Platini was heard as a person asked to provide information (Article 178 of the Swiss Code of Criminal Procedure).

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>> No. 106405 ID: 649f2c
fucking foreigniggers
>> No. 107082 ID: 254d85
>In what could turn out to be the greatest crisis in German football since the Bundesliga bribery scandal of the 1970s, SPIEGEL has learned that the decision to award the 2006 World Cup to Germany was likely bought in the form of bribes. The German bidding committee set up a slush fund that was filled secretly by then-Adidas CEO Robert Louis-Dreyfus to the tune of 10.3 million Swiss francs, which at the time was worth 13 million deutsche marks.

>It appears that both Franz Beckenbauer, the German football hero who headed the bidding committee, and Wolfgang Niersbach, the current head of the German Football Federation (DFB), and other high-ranking football officials were aware of the fund by 2005 at the latest.

>Acting in a private capacity, Louis-Dreyfus -- who was, at the time, chairman of Adidas, the sporting apparel and supplies company that equips the German national team -- lent the money to the German bidding committee prior to the decision to award the World Cup to Germany on July 6, 2000. The loan never appeared in the bidding committee's budget or later, once the tournament had been awarded to Germany, in that of the Organizing Committee (OK).

>A year and a half prior to the World Cup, Louis-Dreyfus called in the loan, which by then had a value of €6.7 million. Officials at OK, of which Beckenbauer had become president and Niersbach vice president, began looking for a way in 2005 to pay back the illicit funds in an inconspicuous manner.

>Internal documents show that a cover was created with the help of global football organizing body FIFA to facilitate the payment. Using the cover, the Germans made a €6.7 million contribution for a gala FIFA Opening Ceremony that had been planned at Berlin's Olympic Stadium but was later cancelled. The money had been paid into a FIFA bank account in Geneva. From there, FIFA allegedly promptly transferred the money to a Zurich account belonging to Louis-Dreyfus.

>It appears that the loan was used to secure the four votes belonging to Asian representatives on the 24-person FIFA Executive Committee. The four Asians joined European representatives on the executive committee in casting their ballots for the tournament to be awarded to Germany in the July 2000 vote. After Charles Dempsey of New Zeeland unexpectedly abstained from casting his vote, Germany prevailed and landed the right to host the World Cup in a 12:11 vote.

>Beckenbauer and Nier
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106993 No. 106993 ID: 798a48 hide watch quickreply [Reply]

>Trying to quell the controversy over its use of fetal tissue, Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it would no longer accept reimbursement for the costs of providing the tissue for medical research.

>The move comes after months of attacks on the group, beginning with the release in July of undercover videos by anti-abortion groups. The videos seemed to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the procurement of fetal tissue, which led to an unsuccessful Republican effort in Congress to end its federal financing.

>Planned Parenthood is the target of five different congressional investigations on how it handles fetal tissue after abortions, as well as state inquiries.

>Over all, in the fiscal year ended in June, the group received about $528 million from federal, state and local sources, about three-quarters of which came from Medicaid, to pay for birth control services and other women’s health care.

>Mr. Chaffetz said in his statement, “This is a good, tangible result of the collective efforts of the House in investigating Planned Parenthood,” and called the policy change “helpful.”

>But he added, “This decision does not answer the question as to why a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization reporting approximately $125 million in revenue over expenses annually needs a subsidy from the American taxpayer.”

>Mr. Chaffetz’s committee has so far reviewed 22,000 pages of documents from Planned Parenthood, the group said, and has not found any wrongdoing. In his statement, Mr. Chaffetz said the committee would continue its inquiry into the organization’s use of federal taxpayer dollars.
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106925 No. 106925 ID: c36af0 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Police have said a suspicious object found in the grounds of a hotel in Londonderry was a bomb.

It was discovered on Friday at the Waterfoot Hotel.

A controlled explosion was carried out and police initially said it was an elaborate hoax.

After a further examination, police said it was bomb. A police recruitment session is due to be held at the hotel next week.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the bomb had the potential to harm anyone in the area and that those involved had shown a "total disregard for human life".

"We are obviously very thankful that this attack was thwarted and that no one was killed or seriously injured," he said.


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>> No. 106939 ID: c36af0
>tiocfaidh ár lá

It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.
>> No. 106961 ID: 9aea35
>cops say it was a bomb
Was it a can of petrol?
>> No. 106968 ID: a19011
>do you even Northern Ireland bro?

I think they'd be a bit more clued up than that. They've been doing it long enough.
>> No. 106969 ID: dda126
EIRE for the IRISH! DEATH for the British!
>> No. 106975 ID: 6dc7ad
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>They've been doing it long enough.

What? Using misdirection and false flags to keep a conflict dragging on just to be dicks? But enough about the Brits...

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106894 No. 106894 ID: 798a48 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]

Sounds more like drunk shenanigans to me.

>One person died and three others were injured in an overnight shooting at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, university officials said Friday.
>The shooter was in custody, and the school was not on lockdown, university spokesman Cindy Brown told CNN.
>It happened in a parking lot next to the Mountain View residence hall around 1:20 a.m., she said.
>Delta Chi fraternity said Friday that some of members of its Northern Arizona University chapter were involved in the shooting, but that it did not have details about their conditions. The shooting, the fraternity said, "was not a chapter-related incident."
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>> No. 106942 ID: 798a48
Hold your horses: it's a cursory google search.
I just type in site:operatorchan.org and then the user ID.
I've done this long before I ever became mod or admin.
>> No. 106946 ID: d4d6c0
Mods stalking and targeting people for posting things they don't like is nothing new here or anywhere else, you have to expect this type of behavior from the subset of retards who's autism is so severe that they become imageboard mods
>> No. 106947 ID: 798a48
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>Steven Jones, 18, said "Yes" when a Coconino County judge asked him over a video feed Friday afternoon if he understood the charges. Bail was set at $2 million.

>Prosecutors said Jones was involved in a fight with other students around 1:20 a.m. Friday and ran to his car where he picked up a handgun. This is not a case of self-defense, the prosecution said.

>Colin Brough was killed and Nicholas Piring, Nicholas Prato and Kyle Zientek were wounded, the university said.

>University Police Chief Gregory T. Fowler said at a morning news conference that Jones was cooperating with investigators.

>Students, appearing weary and shocked, attended a morning news conference on the shooting. Some questioned why it took more than an hour after the shooting for text notifications warning of danger to go out to the university community.
>> No. 106953 ID: 52ed6e
>leave to get gun
>come back
He fucked up.
>> No. 106954 ID: bdae0c

Yeah, no defending that in a carpark or whatever.

That guys life is in the shitter now with the way sentencing is in the US. He accepted that as the price when he went back and shot the lot of them though.

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106918 No. 106918 ID: e7f332 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Seems to be a rumor for now but:

>Twitter has exploded with Rumors that a Russian jet of unknown design has been shot down by Turkish anti-aircraft weapons. The reports follow earlier tweets about a night-sky explosion having been seen in the skies above Northern Syria. The plane reportedly crashed near Aleppo, which is located less than 30 miles from Turkey’s border.

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>> No. 106923 ID: 52ed6e
>Twitter has exploded with Rumors
Rumors...but no proofs.
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I've got plenty of poofs for you, big boy. ;-)
>> No. 106927 ID: 095a2b

What's your take? Think it was PKK or ISIS?

It was a Kurdish/anti Ergogan rally so I'm doubting it was PKK or the like
>> No. 106930 ID: 6dc7ad

It's almost certainly Erdogan... or whatever useful idiots they strung along to make it happen.

I wonder when Turkey's going to realize they're effectively surrounded by a country that's been really sick of their shit for a long time... and just demonstrated the ability to hit targets a proper ways off from small, hard to find ships.
>> No. 106932 ID: 667a5a
Fake and gay

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>Now the deal faces months of scrutiny in Congress, where some bipartisan opposition was immediate. That debate will unfurl against the backdrop of a presidential campaign in which populist anti-trade talk against the deal is already prominent.

>The Pacific accord would phase out thousands of import tariffs as well as other barriers to international trade. It also would establish uniform rules on corporations’ intellectual property, open the Internet even in communist Vietnam and crack down on wildlife trafficking and environmental abuses.

>The Office of the United States Trade Representative said it eventually would end more than 18,000 tariffs that the participating countries have placed on American exports, including autos, machinery, information technology and consumer goods, chemicals and agricultural products as varied as avocados in California and wheat, pork and beef from the Plains states.

>By law, Congress will have months to deliberate, perhaps to next April. Mr. Froman said he did not know when Mr. Obama would officially notify Congress that he intends to sign the accord, but once he does, that notice will give Congress 90 days to first consider it. Additional time most likely will be needed, congressional and administration officials said.

>Key members of Congress in both parties and interest groups influential in Washington expressed ambivalence at best or outright opposition, though the agreement’s 30-chapter text will not be available for perhaps a month.
>> No. 106843 ID: faf5b0
Operation ASSFUCK-OF-THE-CENTURY is now a go!
>> No. 106850 ID: 667a5a
I said this when globalization first started, we're a few centuries from entering into a dark age
And it seems like we just took another step
>> No. 106873 ID: 9dc901
Time to start boycotting US products.
>> No. 106929 ID: f3d37a
pls explain your view point

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A Senate candidate in Florida is coming under fire for participating in pagan rituals involving the slaughter of a goat and the drinking of its blood, according to local news reports.

Augustus Sol Invictus, who is running as a Libertarian in Florida, “killed a goat and drank its blood” two years ago as part of a pagan ritual that took place in the Mojave Desert, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Invictus, who stands accused of “brutally and sadistically” dismembering a goat, also has faced criticism for “trying to recruit neo-Nazis” into the Libertarian Party, according to the report.

“I did sacrifice a goat. I know that’s probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans,” the candidate admitted when contacted by Salon. “I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness — yes, I drank the goat’s blood.”

Fellow Libertarian Adrian Wyllie, who ran for the Florida governor’s office last year, told the paper that Invictus is not fit to serve in the U.S. Senate.

“He is the absolute exact opposite of a Libertarian. He’s a self-proclaimed fascist. He’s promoting a second civil war,” Wyllie was quoted as saying. “It’s absolute insanity. We must explain to people this is the opposite of Libertarians. This guy has no place in the Libertarian Party.”

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>> No. 106891 ID: 2404e6
The point being, if youre gonna eat a person, lop off the head and toss it. If you have a cut on your hand and are handling a prion infected brain you might get it.

From what ive read about Kuru is basically "if you dont eat or handle the brain, youre probably fine".

I liked how in Book of Eli you had to hold your hands out to prove you didnt eat people (no shakey hands).

I disliked how if that was real life I would be fucked and I dont have Kuru. Just hereditary tremors of the hands. If im a little tipsy it goes away completely. Yay beta blockers!
>> No. 106892 ID: 0b7429
That's SOP for eating any old body. But, if you go to eat someone that has already been affected with it, you can get it through blood. Not just blood, but it can reside in muscle, fat and any subcutaneous tissue.

Prions reside in the brain in general, but they also travel throughout the body through blood.

A lot of the New Guinea tribes never even ate the brain, but they still contracted it from eating other parts of the body.

I'm shaky if I don't eat something every 3 hours. I'm like Dale Gribble, I need a bunch of small meals throughout the day. So, I might be fucked in Book Of Eli since food wouldn't be abundant.
>> No. 106897 ID: 6dc7ad

>It's currently unclear whether that particular prion can affect non-deer species yet.

We at least know it doesn't effect people, despite the best efforts of animal-rights activists to try and prove that it did. That said, well it is a prion and those things just don't follow the usual rules.
>> No. 106906 ID: 33338c
Prion diseases take years to show symptoms and can only be detected in an autopsy, how exactly has it been proven that CWD doesn't affect humans?
>> No. 106916 ID: 6dc7ad

There have been studies on top of studies on top of studies since the 70s trying to prove it can jump. A lot of those studies were funded by animal rights groups because they thought they'd finally found a way to get rid of all those deer hunters. None of them panned out. CWD's been known for some time and in a region where people consume deer and elk meat regularly with no cases of human infection.

That said, I don't really trust prions so I'd just take some extra precautions when skinning game. Not a big deal though really. I'm more nervous recovering certain other critters, because hantavirus and y. pestis.

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