Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” Gets Official Video… And It’s Interactive!

November 20, 2013 by | No Comments | Filed in illuminate

Back in 1965, Bob Dylan didn’t think to make a music video for his much-beloved song “Like a Rolling Stone,” and now in 2013 it seems that’s been taken care of.

The Interlude digital agency has put together an uber-creative treatment for the track, including 16 different television channels on which various personalities lip-synch along to Bob’s voice.

Director Vania Heymann explained, “I’m using the medium of television to look back right at us. You’re flipping yourself to death with switching channels [in real life].”

Interlude CEO Yoni Bloch chimed in, “You’ll always miss something because you can’t watch everything at the same time.”

Heymann and the folks at Interlude utilized footage from “The Price is Right,” “Pawn Stars,” and different local news stations, cartoons, a tennis match, and actual footage of Dylan himself.

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Interview pending with alleged Winston victim

November 17, 2013 by | No Comments | Filed in illuminate

(AP) — Prosecutors are setting up an interview with the victim in the investigation of an alleged sexual assault tied to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston that was reported nearly a year ago. They expect to close the investigation in a few weeks.

Many questions are still unanswered, especially why Tallahassee police waited until this week to turn the case over to prosecutors. State Attorney Willie Meggs said Saturday he didn’t know why his office wasn’t given any information even though university records show the first report was made to campus police on Dec. 7 by a student at a dormitory.

Prosecutors said it’s difficult to piece together a case and interview witnesses nearly a year later.

“There’s nothing like being fresh on a case and walking in and saying, ‘what happened last night,’” Meggs said. “Now they’ve been talking to lawyers, they’ve been talking to each other and getting their stories together. … People have had 11 months to decide what they’re going to say.”

The alleged victim has since moved out of state and prosecutors are arranging an interview with her, said Meggs. He is concerned that media attention has focused primarily on Winston, a Heisman Trophy contender.

“There is a victim out there right now whose world has tumbled down around her,” he said.

“We have a female victim here, too, and my job is to make sure that this victim or any victim of a crime has their rights protected. … Everything is now focused on Winston and what’s going to happen to him.”

Winton’s attorney, Timothy Jansen, said Saturday he’s given officials two affidavits from eye witnesses that will “completely exonerate my client.” He’s repeatedly said his client did nothing wrong and he thought the investigation was over months ago.

The investigation jolted college football fans, casting uncertainty on second-ranked Florida State’s perfect season. Winston is to lead the Seminoles at home Saturday against Syracuse.

Coach Jimbo Fisher has declined to comment about the investigation and would not divulge when he learned about it. He did confirm that he spoke to the team about recent distractions, saying Winston practiced well all week and his status as a team leader has not diminished.

Winston stuck to football during a roughly five-minute media interview Wednesday. University officials warned they would cut off the news conference if anyone asked questions not strictly related to football.

Tallahassee police, citing the investigation, have also been largely silent about the case as well, including why investigators waited until this week to hand over information about the case to prosecutors.

Earlier this week, Tallahassee police released a heavily redacted two-page incident report that does not mention Winston by name, but says what happened took place between 1:30 and 2 a.m. last December.

It describes the suspect in the sexual assault case as being between 5-foot-9 and 5-11. Winston is listed by Florida State at 6-4.

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Microsoft zero day attack more widespread than thought, with no Patch Tuesday fix coming

November 11, 2013 by | No Comments | Filed in illuminate

November 11, 2013

Well, this isn’t good news. A malicious “zero day” attack capable of hijacking your PC via a vulnerability found in Windows, Office, and Lync is being exploited more widely than originally thought, and Microsoft won’t have a permanent fix ready in time for this week’s Patch Tuesday blitz.

The vulnerability uses custom TIFF images to allow the attacker to remotely execute code on your machine, at the same user rights level as the victim. In other words, if your account is infected but isn’t an administrator account, the attacker won’t get administrator-level access — but if an infected account is an administrator, the hacker will have the full run of your machine.

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Microsoft originally said it knew of “targeted attacks that attempt to exploit this vulnerability,” but new reports by the security researchers at Fire Eye and Symantec claim that malware groups are actively using the TIFF flaw to hack into computers, as first reported by Ars Technica. At least one of those gangs is using the exploit to plant the devastating Citadel banking Trojan on infiltrated PCs, via emails such as the one at right.

The following Microsoft software is vulnerable to the exploit:

  • All versions of Lync
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Office 2003 and 2007, regardless of operating system
  • Office 2010, only if installed on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003

Half-full glasses
There are some bright points in this otherwise gloomy report, however.

In the same security post where Microsoft announced that a permanent fix will not be ready in time for Patch Tuesday, it also said it’s only aware of Office 2007 being actively targeted; the company hasn’t seen attacks hitting any of the other potentially vulnerable software. The majority of the exploits detected by Microsoft, Fire Eye, and Symantec have occurred in the Middle East and Asia.

Would-be be victims aren’t totally helpless as they wait for an official plug to this scary hole. Microsoft has released a temporary Fix It solution that prevents the troublesome TIFF file codec from being exploited. Go run it now if you’re at risk. No, seriously: Go run it now.

Once that’s done, all that’s left to do is wait for Microsoft to release an official patch for the exploit. In the interim, check out PCWorld’s guide to protecting your PC against the Web’s most devious security traps to learn how to best avoid tricky malware honeypots.

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McAuliffe, Cuccinelli seek votes in Va gov race

November 8, 2013 by | No Comments | Filed in illuminate

Vice President Joe Biden, center, accompanied by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., left, speaks at a campaign event for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, right, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Annandale, Va. On Tuesday, Virginia voters go to the polls to choose between McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli for the next governor. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Vice President Joe Biden, center, accompanied by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., left, speaks at a campaign event for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, right, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Annandale, Va. On Tuesday, Virginia voters go to the polls to choose between McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli for the next governor. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, left, smiles along with his wife, Teiro, as she holds a puppy during a rally at Republican headquarters in Richmond, Va., Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Cuccinelli faces Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Tuesday’s election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, left, joined by, from second from left, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., and Vice President Joe Biden, speaks at a campaign event in Annandale, Va. on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. On Tuesday, Virginia voters go to the polls to choose between McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli for the next governor. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Vice President Joe Biden, right, is greeted by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., before speaking as at rally for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, left, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Annandale, Va. On Tuesday, Virginia voters go to the polls to choose between McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli for the next governor. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, right, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Annandale, Va. On Tuesday, Virginia voters go to the polls to choose between McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli for the next governor. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(AP) — The acrimonious campaign for Virginia governor neared its end Tuesday, capping a race driven by negative ads, unrelenting accusations of dodgy behavior and a deep rancor between rivals Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, voted before dawn and visited campaign offices to help shore up his lead in the polling. His Republican competitor, meanwhile, made his own campaign stops as he held out hope his conservative supporters would fuel a come-from-behind win.

A third candidate, libertarian Robert Sarvis, also was on the ballot.

Preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks in Virginia found the economy was the top issue for just about half of those going to the polls Tuesday, with health care a distant second, cited by one-quarter of voters.

One in 5 called abortion the top issue.

The exit poll included interviews with 1,520 voters from 39 polling places around the state.

Turnout was expected to be around 40 percent of registered voters and both candidates leaned on their campaign organizations to find every last supporter.

The state Board of Elections said the number of voters submitting absentee ballots was up by one third over 2009, suggesting Democrats’ efforts to bank votes early had paid dividends.

The campaign’s negative tilt turned many voters off, and strategists in both parties predicted the outcome could be decided by just a few thousand votes.

Richard Powell, a 60-year-old retired IT manager who lives in Norfolk, described himself as an independent who frequently votes for members of both parties. He said he cast his ballot for McAuliffe, although not because he’s particularly enthusiastic about him. He said he was more determined not to vote for Cuccinelli, who he said overreaches on a variety of medical issues.

Voters were barraged with a series of commercials that tied Cuccinelli to restricting abortions, and while Powell said the negative advertising “got to be sickening,” abortion rights played a factor in his vote.

“I’m not in favor of abortion — let’s put it that way — but I find that restricting abortion causes far more social harm than allowing abortion, so that was an issue for me,” he said.

From the outset, the campaign shaped up as a barometer of voters’ moods and a test of whether a swing-voting state like Virginia could elect a tea party-style governor. As one of just two races for governor nationwide, political strategists eyed the race for clues about what would work for 2014′s midterm elections when control of Congress is up for grabs.

The winner will succeed term-limited Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, for a four-year term starting in January. Obama won the state in 2008 and 2012, but far fewer voters participate in off-year elections and that gives the GOP better odds.

Republicans bet a deeply conservative candidate would be their best shot, passing over a lieutenant governor for Cuccinelli, a crusader against the federal health care law. Democrats chose a loyal partisan who once led the Democratic National Committee and recruited the Clintons to raise millions for him and rally the party faithful.

The 45-year-old Cuccinelli went into Election Day trying to overcome a deficit in the polls, a crush of negative ads and a lingering wariness among fellow Republicans about his conservative views. His day took him from his home in northern Virginia south toward Richmond, where he planned to watch the results with supporters.

At a stop in Spotsylvania, he faced criticism for his position on abortion.

“I believe that it’s a woman’s choice,” Connor Roberts, a 21-year-old McAuliffe supporter, told Cuccinelli.

The unflinching Cuccinelli responded: “We just have a fundamental disagreement.”

Cuccinelli pinned his hopes on voters’ frustrations with the federal health care law he attempted to foil. He tried to make the election into a referendum on the law, which McAuliffe supports.

The message was on point with voters like Carl Prendergast, 83, who along with his wife voted a straight Republican ticket.

“We just need less government, more conservative candidates,” he said.

Other Republicans found Cuccinelli too extreme. Thomas Wolfe, 56, said he is a staunch Republican but was turned off by some of Cuccinelli’s positions.

“You don’t believe in climate change and you sue people who are teaching our kids? He’s just too radical for me,” Wolfe said, referring to Cuccinelli’s legal fight with climate scientist Michael Mann.

He also said that while McAuliffe wasn’t his ideal candidate, he voted for the Democrat because he owned a small business and was impressed that he won the endorsement of Virginia Beach’s Republican mayor.

Ahead in the polls, the 56-year-old McAuliffe sought to avoid an eleventh-hour error. On Tuesday morning, McAuliffe stopped by a campaign office to rally volunteers near Richmond. He urged them to knock on one more door and phone one more friend as the campaign near its end. McAuliffe said that effort was needed to combat low turnout.

“This is the greatest democracy in the world. We want everyone to vote,” McAuliffe told reporters.

Cuccinelli also was urging people to vote.

“I hope that Virginians pay attention to substance,” Cuccinelli said. “I hope the truth counts here. If it does, and if the momentum keeps going the way it does, we’re going to come out on top here.”

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Associated Press writer Brock Vergakis contributed to this report from Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va.

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UN envoy: No deal on Syrian peace talks date

November 6, 2013 by | No Comments | Filed in illuminate

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman arrives for a meeting with the UN Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and the Russian deputy foreign ministers Mikhail Bogdanov and Gennady Gatilov at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. The meeting takes place to assess prospects of peace talks in Geneva between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and a united opposition delegation. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott)

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman arrives for a meeting with the UN Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and the Russian deputy foreign ministers Mikhail Bogdanov and Gennady Gatilov at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. The meeting takes place to assess prospects of peace talks in Geneva between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and a united opposition delegation. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott)

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman arrives for a meeting with the UN Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and the Russian deputy foreign ministers Mikhail Bogdanov and Gennady Gatilov at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. The meeting takes place to assess prospects of peace talks in Geneva between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and a united opposition delegation. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott)

In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, black smoke billows the air from heavy shelling in the Damascus country side of Daraya, Syria, on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians look at damages after a missile hit the eastern countryside of Homs, Syria, on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

GENEVA (AP) — After a rocky day of talks, diplomats failed Tuesday to agree on a date to bring Syria’s warring sides back to the negotiating table, the U.N’s top envoy for Syria said.

Still, Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters at a news conference in Geneva that did not mean all hopes for a peace conference on Syria were dashed.

“(We) are still striving to see if we can have the conference before the end of the year,” he said.

The diplomatic talks among world powers in Geneva at the U.N.’s elegant Palais des Nations contrasted sharply with the heavy shelling and missile attacks being waged in a civil war that both sides still believe they might win militarily.

Diplomats ran into repeated roadblocks Tuesday. The world powers strongly disagreed over what diplomatic steps to take to resolve the fighting and what any future Syrian leadership beyond President Bashar Assad’s government should look like.

Assad’s government signaled it was not ready to negotiate handing over power, while his main ally Russia insisted, once again, that pro-Assad Iran must be part of any talks on a war whose death count officially surpassed 100,000 more than three months ago.

The United Nations, meanwhile, announced that as many as 40 percent of Syrians now need humanitarian aid.

The Syrian war has left over 9 million citizens in need of humanitarian aid, including 6.5 million people who are now internally displaced, said Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“They’re staggering, it’s a disaster, and it continues,” Laerke said.

In Syria, a mortar round Tuesday slammed into a Damascus building that houses the Vatican’s embassy. No casualties were reported and no one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Brahimi and Jeff Feltman, the U.N.’s undersecretary-general for political affairs, met with senior Russian and U.S. officials to see if a U.N.-sponsored peace conference bringing together Assad’s government and a united opposition delegation could be convened this year.

The circle expanded for a second meeting with three permanent members of the U.N.’s 15-nation Security Council — Britain, France, China. By late afternoon, it expanded again to include four of Syria’s neighbors — Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq — nations that are struggling to cope with a conflict that has produced more than 2.1 million Syrian refugees.

Diplomats were trying to resume negotiations that created the roadmap for a Syrian political transition adopted last year in Geneva. The plan starts with establishing a transitional governing body with full executive powers agreed to by both sides and ends with elections. But there has been no general agreement on how to implement it and one of the main sticking points remains Assad’s future role.

Syria’s information minister said the government delegation is not ready to negotiate handing over power.

Members of the exiled and Western-backed opposition group, meanwhile, insist that Assad be excluded from Syria’s future leadership for any talks to take place.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, that the Assad government knows a second peace conference in Geneva would put the roadmap in place.

“I don’t know how anybody believes the opposition is going to give mutual consent to Assad to continue,” Kerry said. “And the Syrian government has accepted to come to Geneva, so I am hoping the Syrian government, the Russians, the Iranians and others who support the Syrian regime will make certain the Syrian regime will live up to its obligation to come to Geneva to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria.”

Russia, meanwhile, said that Iran must take part, reiterating a longtime demand that could make it more difficult to organize the talks. The Syrian opposition has opposed Iran’s involvement.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday rejected a statement by Syrian National Coalition leader Ahmad al-Jarba, who said his coalition wouldn’t attend the talks if Iran is invited, as a “provocation.” He said the conference must be called without any preconditions.

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Obama’s Broken Promise Crossed a Line

November 3, 2013 by | No Comments | Filed in illuminate

How Americans see President Obama changed in an important way this week. It’s because there is a huge difference between lies and bulls – – t.

Obama says a lot of things that are not true, even nonsensical. But it’s easy to shrug off most of these, because they aren’t really lies. They’re just bulls – – t.


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January Jones: Betty Draper Babe for Halloween

November 1, 2013 by | No Comments | Filed in illuminate

In a case of life imitating art, January Jones dressed up as her famous AMC character Betty Draper for Halloween last night (October 31).

The “Anger Management” stunner donned a vintage blue dress with red lipstick just like her “Mad Men” alter ego as she took her son Xander trick or treating in her Los Feliz, California neighborhood.

Meanwhile, January recently gushed over the forthcoming clothing collection from Isabel Marant for H&M.

Jones explained, “I love her clothes and I think it’s really cool she’s doing a line that’s accessible to everyone through H&M. I just love how easy it is wear [Marant's] clothes—they’re cool and bohemian and easy. You can tell she’s a woman designing for women.”

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How to Create Fire From Water, in Torch Form

October 30, 2013 by | No Comments | Filed in illuminate

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LinkedIn’s Intro tool for iPhones could be a juicy target for attackers

October 28, 2013 by | No Comments | Filed in illuminate

Some people think a lot can go wrong if you have your emails pass through LinkedIn’s servers with the company’s new Intro technology.

Earlier this week, the company released LinkedIn Intro, a plug-in for the iPhone’s native email app that attaches people’s LinkedIn profile information to their emails. The service is meant to add more professional context to emails, but it does that at the expense of users’ private data, some security experts say.

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By transmitting sent and received emails through LinkedIn’s servers, which then scrape and analyze them for data, the service essentially amounts to a “man-in-the-middle attack,” security consulting firm Bishop Fox wrote in a staff blog post.

“The introduction of new data sources into a medium rife with security issues such as email is a dream for attackers,” Bishop Fox wrote, noting that it could only be a matter of time before someone uses the service to launch a phishing attack.

The concept of being watched online, in an age of targeted advertising, cookies, geolocation data and the National Security Agency, is not new. But in trying to embed LinkedIn profile information into people’s email, the company looks at too much information, said Carl Livitt, managing securities associate at Bishop Fox. “The company used a massive hammer to crack an egg,” Livitt said.

For online attackers, Intro makes LinkedIn a juicy target, he said.

LinkedIn maintains a privacy policy for the service, which states that each piece of data is encrypted with a key that is unique to the user and his device. “The servers themselves are secured and monitored 24/7 to prevent any unauthorized access,” it says.

Though LinkedIn doesn’t say that it decrypts emails while they’re on the servers in order to make modifications and attach people’s profile information, that’s what’s happening, Livitt said.

But some other observers don’t think Intro raises any new security issues. “It’s the same situation as every other cloud service provider,” including Google, Yahoo, AOL and many others, said security expert and author Bruce Schneier. “You have to trust them.”

“It’s just another company … in it for the money,” he said. “Before, it was 1,000 companies you had to trust — now it’s 1,001.”

LinkedIn may already be walking on thin ice when it comes to data security. The company suffered a major breach of its password database last year, which saw millions of hashed passwords appear in an online forum in Russia.

In a statement, a LinkedIn spokeswoman said the company takes the privacy and security of its members’ data seriously, and that it has “taken a thoughtful approach to ensure we’ve put the right security precautions in place for the LinkedIn Intro product.”

If the security risks are real, is the service that Intro provides worth it? That comes down to being a personal choice, Bishop Fox’s Livitt said, but for him the answer is “no.”

“I would not recommend Intro to any of my clients,” he said.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach’s e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com.

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The new iPads: Want thrills? Look elsewhere

October 26, 2013 by | No Comments | Filed in illuminate
The new iPads: Want thrills? Look elsewhere

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Apple today showed off new iPad and iPad Mini models. In the month before the iPhone 5c and 5s were announced, there were constant rumors about what they would sport. On the whole, the rumor mill was very accurate, no doubt thanks to a little help from Apple to keep the iPhone top of mind. By contrast, there were few rumors circulating about the new iPads.

Did that mean Apple has shocks in store — or there’s not much to say about them? It was more of the latter. As expected, the new iPad — named the iPad Air — uses Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor and M7 motion coprocessor (both introduced in the iPhone 5s), but not the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The big deal is that it is 20 percent thinner and much lighter, weighing 1.0 pound versus 1.4 pounds. The cheaper iPad Mini gains the Retina display and A7 processor, though it doesn’t run as fast. They begin shipping in November at the same prices and configurations as the previous models.

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Apple updated its iPad covers, but did not add built-in keyboard, à la Microsoft’s Type Cover for its Surface Pro, as some rumors suggested. Apple also announced the significant updates promised earlier this year to the iWork suite for both iOS and OS X.

But for most people, new iPads are what’s hot. A 64-bit iPad, coupled with the 64-bit iOS 7 and apps designed for 64-bit processing (there are now extremely few), could be a powerful alternative to a lightweight laptop. It could even run complex or compute-intensive apps such as Adobe Photoshop that today need more horsepower than what a tablet delivers.

I know many people who carry only an iPad while traveling, and at the Interop networking conference a few weeks ago, I met several CIOs who expected to have sizable tablet-only user communities in a few years, particularly for sales forces and field forces. The group could even extend to desk workers who require little beyond email, the Web, and core office productivity capabilities that you can already get on an iPad and and that Google, Microsoft, and Apple are all working to deliver via the Web.

But more is needed.

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