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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

Metrognome

Hold on a minute

Guys,

Suspend your otherwise healthy cynicism and just look at the benefits without the names of the companies.

Why is it risible that a company shares in the (often considerable) expenses of adoption?

Similarly egg storage is not just used when females are "otherwise engaged" but very frequently in all sorts of fertility treatments that don't just spring from the female but also from the male.

At the end of the day, every government and medical council has established a code of ethics when it comes to these things and no employer's sponsorship can change these. If you must have a go at someone at least point do it at the right direction.

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How's that big mobile push going, Intel? Oh a million dollars. In 3 months? Wow (sarcasm)

Metrognome

Not that bad

At least they don't suffer from a delusional strategy that steadfastly refuses to face facts like several other big tech players. If nothing else, they understand where they need to go and while their execution is lacklustre they have deep enough pockets to buy them time.

Besides, now that AMD hit the rocks they are practically on their own so they can focus on breaking into where they need.

As an aside, as power and brawn requirements evolve the headway that ARM designs have on Intel is diminishing.

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Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author

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On the point of Nokia going Android in 2009/10.

Their flagship N8 phone had a CPU a full generation behind the competition with pitiful RAM, Graphics and Storage capabilities.

What made Nokia special back in the day was being able to squeeze every last bit of performance from what were essentially weak and underpowered platforms (same as BB to an extent).

Compare the N8 with the Desire HD and if that Nokia was to run Android it would suck donkey's balls and only serve to infuriate customers further!

What do you think killed off BBerries too? Not the Android compatibility or lack thereof but the abysmal specs and the fact that when Androids were multitasking and acting as ad-hoc WiFi AP's BBerries would crash trying to load a page with more than 3 pictures on it.

The Android option on the then-current hardware was just not there.

Comparison Link: http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=3252&idPhone2=3468

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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I don't get it

You open the article with how modern ssd's are close to saturating the SATA-III/6 pipe, how top end drives go over PCI-E and then proceed to absolutely ignore the option.

It certainly can't be due the product being immature. I've had one of the first Z-drives from the old OCZ since 2010.

Why the anti-PCIe bias?

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You don't have to be mad to work at Apple but....

Metrognome

Looks like your irony sensor is not yet functional. Have a coffee and retry.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: Tiles should replace icons fully - everywhere.

@ Tom 35: I beg to differ. There are tiles that are useful.

Weather, stock tickers, RSS headlines, music players, all sorts of other widgets.

Depending on how free you are to customise them and get them to do what the user wants they can be valuable.

And more generally, any fundamentalist opinion which pre-supposes that all users like or dislike a feature make me sceptical.

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Be your own Big Brother: Keeping an eye on Mum and Dad

Metrognome

Nothing too extensive

I guess my mum isn't as advanced in her years being in her late 70's so I keep the monitoring simple just checking on her location on G+ (used to be called latitude).

Uncharacteristically for people of her age she has discovered computers and smartphones and tablets in the last 5 years and now chooses which friends to accept invites from on the basis of their WiFi speed and resilience.

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

Metrognome

Re: welcome to the 21st century

First of all, connexion by boeing was on lufthansa's long-haul since 2001.

The cost was a flat fee for the flight. I remember having a 3-way Skype while over the Atlantic approaching New Foundland. (Before you have a fit, it was on the top deck of a 747 and nowhere near anyone).

Pity the whole thing died by 2007-ish

The kid you are referring to is probably more tech savvy than you and if cash strapped, will almost certainly be doing VOIP instead of vanilla gsm.

And a question: I once packed my phone in an operating state and upon arrival I found those "welcome to country X" SMS's from Greece, Albania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland. This was back in the blackberry days but seems to contradict the "can't get connected" argument.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: SanFrancisco

Speak for yourselves.

Both of mine work just fine, their screen is beautiful (coming as they were from the first batches that had the better screens) and thanks to some neat ROM's I'm using the 4GB card as native memory space which means it can run everything (sloooooowly) and have 100+ apps installed.

Still, 4 years and 2 batteries later they're going strong. They're not my daily-use phone, but they've got pride of place on my bedside table, always ready to step in, in an emergency.

Best value for money ever.

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Shareholders throw the book at Apple for ebook price-fix drama

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Joke

You live by the litigator - You die by the litigator

Couldn't happen to a more appropriate company

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Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again

Metrognome

Welcome to the world of weasel words

Andrew, while the article may have merit the blatant use of weasel words like "the wealthy admins" detracts from the essence.

And on a point of pedantry, admins are also largely volunteers and not paid a salary by the WMF. The people you have in mind are the WMF devs.

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How to grill an American VC... on the storage upstart world

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Joke

Is it only me?

that every time I read Willem's part of the interview WTH always had a different phrase spring to mind!?

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Qualcomm to get it from both sides? EU probe may be coming – report

Metrognome

Considering that Qualcom even went so far as to clone itself to get insulated from even the hint of a potential "contagion" from its open source contributions, I wouldn't mind seeing them face some justice.

Purely from the standpoint of principles.

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The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE VICTOR in LONDON

Metrognome

Re: Why oh why etc.

Thanks for that. I have been living there for 10 years and never realised;given the ridiculously low taxes the state charges.

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Metrognome

Why oh why etc.

Can some of the enlightened commentards or even any of the contributors explain to me how come Swisscom has reliable 4g to the tune of 40+/20+ over a good 90% percent of the population and falling back to full 3g elsewhere?

Swisscom faces way less competition by way fewer rivals. The terrain is way more challenging than in London or the UK, regulations about masts equally stringent and yet they deliver.

Could this, God forbid, be down to the fact it's nationalised? Any ideas or pointers, welcome.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

Metrognome

Re: Marketing fail... err, translation fail

I learned something today. Have an upvote :-)

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Marketing fail

Who on earth chose "Urovoros" as a brand name?

That is more demented than all the Mitsubishi Pajeros combined.

Uro is more or less known to everyone (Greek for urine), - voros (Greek for devourer), ie the one that feeds on...

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Next moneybags kingpins of tech: Fondleslab game devs

Metrognome

Re: Pet hate = in-game payments

Sadly that's because it is infinitely easier to make money with this model versus the ad-supported or the prepaid.

Thankfully, the EU (see what happens if you get on with the adults Mr. Farage?) is now demanding that apps featuring in app purchases cannot be listed under the "free" category as they are not free.

Thing is that the signal to noise ratio or, if you prefer, the ratio of good games to hurriedly botched knockoffs is unsustainable. There's too much garbage and while in the physical world availability would cease for unloved titles; in the age of the app store those zombies will live forever.

Minecraft has proven the viability of the paid for model but seriously; how many minecrafts can be sustained out there?

My ideal, use paid for only and utilise the trial period to return whatever falls clearly below par. If only we could have trial versions of paid apps to try them out before buying.

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America's hot and cold spots for broadband revealed in new map

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Re: Barely see the point

OK, let's admit that we both haven't measured Netflix's own HD bandwidth requirement.

Can we agree on the following facts:

1) Bandwidth requirements are dynamic and we need to focus on some sort of average/minimum bandwidth to give us a baseline?

2) How about the recommendations of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) that for HD the minimum you should need is 10 Mbps ( EBU - Tech 3334 - page 6)

FWITW cable and early satellite HD feeds were using around 15-17 Mbps. So, unless Netflix are magicians or science wizards they couldn't possibly squeeze the same amount of information, that everyone else uses, down to a third of the size without some loss. For if they did, they'd stand to make way more money by marketing the algorithm than all their streaming business combined.

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Re: Barely see the point

Not quite.

What you describe is SD quality.

Netflix's own recommendations ( https://help.netflix.com/en/node/306 ) say otherwise. Of course, if you didn't use HD before and don't use HD now; then 5+ Mbps is more than adequate for your needs.

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Android banking apps vulnerable to cash theft by CAS hole hackers

Metrognome

Don't be a luddite

A little smart design goes a long way.

I have been a happy user of UBS's app for ages and never had a problem and very unlikely will have one either because of a few simple steps:

1) Username/Password only allows you to view details and take no action

2) Username/Password AND physical NFC card AND its PIN allow ordinary banking transactions (bill payment, acct transfers, payment to known parties)

3) Any fresh payment to an unknown party or account cannot be enacted by the app but can only be keyed in and in waiting. Final authorisation must come either via e-banking or at an ATM or in person. Hence money transfer to first time accounts is impossible under all scenarios using the app. Needless to say that the authorisation also requires a combo of the card, its PIN, a unique series on digits and access to one's e-banking account on the web

If ALL the above fail, I still only expose my current/regular accounts there that never seem to have too much money anyway. All of the other accounts are not ebanking enabled and only accept deposits, not withdrawals.

No need to forgo convenience for the sake of a little forethought.

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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Re: Nail in the cloud? @Ken Hagan

Agreed. What I was alluding to is the excuses employed to stop anyone granting proper data protection.

The EU, having repeatedly bent over to accommodate the yanks already is hardly likely to put up a fight.

As for China, I think there's a contradiction in terms if China starts defending data privacy (not a native English speaker but something about foxes and henhouses springs to mind).

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Metrognome

Re: Nail in the cloud?

You write: " I wonder how long that will last."

Long. VERY long. Simply because proper such protections will ultimately mean gunships.

Connect the dots: Data protection -> IP Piracy -> Money Laundering -> Drug Trafficking/Terrorism -> Frozen off USD denominated financial markets -> Commerce is severely hampered

So whoever decides on proper data protection will soon find themselves in the pervailing axis of badness of the time.

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Verizon to limit unlimited 4G plans

Metrognome

And yet...

Swisscom proves that unlimited CAN be supported with quasi reasonable prices. (unlimited all you can use on net, landlines and mobes within and outside the country for around 90 gbp together with their equivalent iPlayer and catch up service).

Why is it so hard for everyone else? Especially given that torrenting is officially and formally A-OK which would normally point to even higher usage.

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'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone

Metrognome

Re: How I learned to stop worrying and love ceramics...

Sapphire and Ruby can be really versatile and have come a long way in the last few years:

Oskar Moser GmbH for a quick list of potential applications.

Disclaimer: they used to be a supplier of mine but haven't engaged them for over a decade now.

Nice to see them diversfying away from jewel bearings.

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Standby consumes MORE POWER THAN CANADA: IEA

Metrognome

Re: Speaking of Canada...

That's a bit of a circular reference problem. If two bits of kit have identical input and output, then they ARE by the very definition producing the same heat (ie emit energy in heat form).

What effect that energy/heat produces in terms of temperature elevation depends on other factors like size, thermal conductivity, materials, surrounding environment etc.

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Metrognome

Pointless and confusing

I'm with Cambridge professor McKay on this one. (http://www.withouthotair.com)

He made a very serious attempt at quantifying what it will take to be sustainable.

My best quote: "if everyone does a little, then all we can achieve is a little" (such a no brainer mathematically it makes you wonder why people didn't see through that 'every little helps' slogan).

At the end of the day if we want to really save energy our best bets are insulating our homes and assisting our boilers with solar panels or underground heat exchangers.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

Metrognome
Headmaster

Re: Even more confused by the choice of Micro SD slot now

On a small point of pedantry. Most pro photographers I've come across swear by CF on account of the massive storage potential and the superior write speed which helps when snapping continuously at 40+ megapixels.

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Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel

Metrognome

GPU Drivers

That may be so UNLESS you talking about Poulsbo.

The most abominable clusterfuck of crock ever to come from Intel's GPU team (admittedly they're an Imagination Technologies chip; but still).

Intel Poulsbo is a bloody mess

Five Years Later, Intel Poulsbo Is Still A Linux Mess

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Extended Random: The PHANTOM NSA-RSA backdoor that never was

Metrognome

Re: Don't attack AIMessengers, Run with ITs Flows

No mate.

Just your insistence of stringing together unnecessarily long sentences that render them an unreadable nonsense. One way to demonstrate a deep understanding of any topic is the ability to explain it succinctly and in layman's terms.

However, your tirade had nothing to do with topics or issues that are difficult to grasp, just sentences that are badly put together and strewn with faux-smart leet-speak.

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Metrognome

Re: Moving On ...... and Sharing the Spoils

What have both of you been drinking or do you revel in wanton syntax errors as some kind of badge?

Both of you don't make sense but at least the OP was mostly quoting.

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Passport PIN tech could have SAVED MH370 ID fraudsters

Metrognome

Re: Where's the data to support the fact it's needed

I'm with AC on that one.

The system exists and would be perfectly capable of exposing this without any gizmo or fancy modification.

The reason that these slipped through was that the Interpol database isn't directly and easily accessible by airlines (which makes sense given that check in agents would have the keys to thing, otherwise).

Argue about simplifying the access procedure, not about splashing out on unnecessary kit.

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

Metrognome

Re: charge iPlayer-only viewers the full fee

I sympathise with you.

Back in the day, I was once parallel watching an F1 grand prix from BBC and a Greek TV station. Queue a series of blunders:

- Major events happening during commercial breaks (Murphy's law anyone?)

- The hapless Greek studio commentators didn't realise for a few laps that the front runner was losing ground; at the same time the BBC had their woman in the pits telling us "the gearbox had overheated in the last few laps forcing the engineers to lower the power output somewhat until the thermal profile recovered" (or something like that, anyway).

It's the difference of being given exclusive VIP room access to the event and trying to surmise what might be happening from the background noise that makes it to the pavement where you've been banished.

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Metrognome

Re: Charging

That's easy.

If the "target" is households, as you put it, then you allow unlimited connections from the household IP address (we're still some way away from multi IP addressed households) and also allow a nominal (no more than 3-5) number of instances that are outside the established household IP.

If it works with enterprise licencing for various types of software (think simultaneous connections/users) I don't see a problem extending it to the iPlayer.

However, it is the rights holders that need convincing, not the population.

For example, BBC had to switch to a satellite transponder with an even narrower footprint than before to continue with unscrambled broadcasts and still claim to only make them available to the UK (otherwise they would need to scramble or pay international distribution rights - about 10 times more expensive).

[rant] so much for the "single market" [/rant]

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Metrognome

Re: Monetised

I'm with zb on this one.

Although my "workaround" is much more prosaic (and actually legal here in Switzerland), I too would love to hand over the cash, to enter the advert free blissdom that is the BBC.

More than any Netflix, iTunes or other service, the iPlayer is the only one I wish I was allowed to pay. Bring it on, I say.

(FWIW I think it would be right to charge only non-TV licence holders for access to iPlayer. After all, I recall from my years in Blighty that the TV licence is meant to support all public service broadcasters, like ITV and C4; so unless the online only licence came with 4OD and whatever the ITV equivalent is, I don't see the point).

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Microsoft loses grip on Christmas shoppers... despite XBox boost

Metrognome

You wrote:"My voicemails are texted to me".

How exactly is this a winpho specific feature and exactly how well would it work with non English voice messages?

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Ex-NSA guru builds $4m encrypted email biz - but its nemesis right now is control-C, control-V

Metrognome

Lavabit was secure but only by virtue of its owner preferring to shut the whole thing down rather than surrender his keys.

Having said that, shutting down your stervice at every official request isn't exactly a recipe for success.

Kudos to the Lavabit guy nonetheless.

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Qualcomm pleads innocence as Chinese regulators turn the screw

Metrognome

No sympathy

I have the same respect and admiration for Qualcomm as I do for Oracle. And I wish them both well...

(OK, seriously why do we still have no irony icon?)

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Drooping smartphone sales mean hard times ahead for Brit chipmaker

Metrognome

No sympathy

That's the same Imagination Tech of Poulsbo infamy.

They even managed to tarnish Intel's otherwise OK reputation among the Linux community with their antics.

As far as I'm concerned I-T can disappear and hopefully take Qualcom with them while they're at it.

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Google unveils ten-year plan to build its ROBOT ARMY of the future

Metrognome

Rubin's Robots

So they will need all sorts of invasive and unnecessary permissions, escape their sandbox environment and when the proverbial hits the fan we'll be left with Google's (in)famous product support forum.

Count me in; where do I sign?... (not)

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

Metrognome

A few questions

Guys I could use your expert help.

I finally moved to a place that is well kitted out to make the most of a NAS box (FTTH coupled with 24 LAN sockets scattered across all rooms and a cisco switch just under the electrical panel/cabinet).

While I have various leftovers enough to make a screaming server if I got round to it; sadly I just can't devote the time anymore.

I was drawn to any 4-bay box and the three main usage scenarios are: 1) Torrent client & library, 2) DLNA playback to a smartTV and 3) using their app to access the box directly on my tab/phones when travelling so I don't have to load media beforehand (I travel a LOT and internationally, unfortunately).The playback is only about transporting the data; the TV should be capable of handling the playback of the media. As for the streaming via the app, essentially I only want the box to dumbly stream the data. My tabs/phones are more than capable of playing anything back with no help.

I read you guys talking about the underpowered option of the -j models. But then you get the normal numbers and the "+" versions. Only the + ones come with Atoms and the normals come with Marvells. The -j are hobbled on the CPU and RAM front. Given that a 412+/414+ bare cost as much as a 413j with 4x2TB WD Reds I want your opinion on a possible choice. I'm not sure I need to aim for "+" given the cost.

Apologies for the long post but sometimes (despite much evidence to the contrary) these fora are populated with some very sharp, smart and helpful people so I thought I'd ask.

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Meet the BlackBerry wizardry that created its 'better Android than Android'

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@ ElNumbre

'powered by Android, secured by [insert_any_name]' ...

Isn't this a contradiction in terms?

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

Metrognome

Even going by example cited in the article, do you know of many places that offer sufficient speeds for a HD download?

Most terminals (airports, train stations, ports) have dreadful speeds.

The only shiny exception in my experience are Zurich, Dubai and London City airports.

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Whodathunkit? Media barons slit own throats in anti-freetard crackdowns

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@ Mike Re: "voluntary solutions"?

Actually the "don't make crappy movies" is part of the "don't bet the farm on each film".

Making films so expensive means that producers focus group and market test everything to death. The result is everyone playing safe and ultimately just copying what worked for others. (see stream of fantasy adventure films or vampire themed literature).

Psycho as was pointed out on QI recently was vehemently opposed by Hitchcock's producers which resulted in it being black and white and using a TV crew instead of a film one to keep costs down.

So fewer crappy movies requires less costly films and opportunities for risk taking.

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Gates, Zuckerberg to deliver free coding lesson

Metrognome

Re: @ Jake

While you can engage in pedantry and endlessly argue about the minutiae the fact of the matter is that coding (yes, even for basic) can teach valuable lessons about problem solving, logic, architecture and mapping.

Languages are just tools. The skills of programmers though are in good efficient problem mapping and solving.

Master that and you have all your life ahead to refine your output further.

So even basic is better than nothing. The shallower the learning curve the better for getting people hooked on coding and *problem solving*!

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T-Mobile FREES AMERICANS to roam world sans terrifying charges

Metrognome

Re: This article doesn't get the scope of the problem.

My hunch, which could be way off, is that the "idiot contingent" is basically comprised of travelling workers who have low motivation for cost control. Either they're high up enough to not care or they are in the middle where the higher ups demand (and sponsor) their 24/7 connectability.

Add to the mix the corporate comms buyer (IT or purchasing) who rather than choose the most cost effective solution they go to whoever provides the best coverage at the C-suites' homes.

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RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

Metrognome

Re: I wonder how long it takes to fully charge? @JeffyPooh

6-8 hrs to charge!?

Well, if it's wrong to assume it's wrong to assume that gadgets would off when charging (fair enough), why do you assume that every single one of them would be drained down to 0 and needing the full monty to re-charge!?

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Metrognome

Re: I wonder how long it takes to fully charge?

Not saying that it is the case but it could be the same trick that Asus did on their TF line.

Extra powerful usb charger and modified usb cable. Once the charger realised that it was connected to the TF it would bump the power to 2.5 amps. Failing that, anything else connected would only be served the usual 1 or 0.5 amps.

Smart solution though not very elegant. The charger though usb nominally still was needed for the TF to charge in less than an eternity.

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

Metrognome

To all those talking about competitors utilising the manual

Sorry to sound like a spoilsport but there is nothing, *nothing* that any known handset manufacturer doesn't already know.

If a maker found any new knowledge in there then they are behind the curve by some years.

And as for the intel value of knowing the competition's products before launch, any half decent marketing department would have worked it out from its market intelligence.

So, to the makers at least, this is a non story.

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Wikipedia Foundation exec: Yes, we've been wasting your money

Metrognome

Still, for all its flaws it's refreshing to see the headhoncho airing the dirty linen as publicly as she has.

And while it suffers from many flaws I still respect what it has achieved, especially thinking that private enterprises and governments hadn't come close.

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