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Comment: Asus RT series (Score 3, Informative) 427

by Algan (#47633619) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

I have an Asus RT-N66W (same as N66U, only white). The latest stock firmware is decent, and if you don't like it you can install a host of others. Asus develops the firmware as GPL, and is friendly to outside developers. I believe DD-WRT runs well on it, but I haven't tried, the stock firmware does what I need.

Comment: Re:Erlang is a tough chew (Score 1) 315

by Algan (#47562591) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

I spent over two years working every day with Erlang on a project, and I still don't consider myself to be anywhere near an "expert" at the language.

Good, because it shows. For your information structures (records, in Erlang parlance) are actually tuples, with all the performance characteristics of those. And I can only be amused by "nightmare of tail recursion" .... welcome to every functional language, ever. After a while, tail recursion becomes your second nature.

Comment: Re:If you want to earn big bucks... (Score 3, Informative) 315

by Algan (#47562545) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Been doing Erlang for the past 6 years. It is a small niche but the number of people who are really good is minuscule, much less than the demand. As a consequence, I get hit by recruiters for Erlang-related jobs every couple of weeks, with no advertising on my part other than my linked-in page. Looks like the biggest obstacle for the wider adoption of Erlang is the limited number of talent. Lots of companies would like to get into it, but are afraid they won't be able to attract people.

Comment: Re:Freefall from where? (Score 4, Informative) 156

by Algan (#44718957) Attached to: Romanian Science In Freefall

You might want to educate yourself on the subject. Here's a starting point: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_and_technology_in_Romania
Not much fundamental research happening over the past 20 years or so - probably because the best and brightest are all working abroad. But, before that, I believe Romania contributed more than its fair share.

Comment: Re:The US market is really confusion (Score 1) 75

by Algan (#39163351) Attached to: T-Mobile Announces LTE Network

I suggest you buy a local SIM, otherwise roaming charges will kill you. Think $1-2 per minute, or more, depending on your home carrier.
You will have to choose between AT&T or T-Mobile, they are the two (main) GSM providers. Both offer nationwide prepaid plans. Your N9 will work on both networks in 3G mode, your iphone will work on both networks in EDGE mode and on AT&T in 3G mode. In urban areas they're probably similar, but AT&T has significantly better coverage in rural areas. You can check their website for coverage maps. You can also check their website for pricing on prepaid plans (called gophone on at&t and pay as you go on tmobile).

I am more familiar with AT&T plans, since that's what I buy for my parents when they come to visit from Europe: the SIM costs $25 to buy, but it gives you $25 credit to your account so it is essentially free. Some clueless salesperson might want to convince you otherwise, but prepaid SIM card purchases are so rare they don't really know what's going on. You have a choice of plans, $0.10/minute, $0.20/SMS or if you're going to use your phone a lot, $2/day for unlimited voice/SMS access. You can also add a data package to this, which will cost you extra.

One thing you need to know about US cellular market is that you pay for incoming calls and texts at the same rate as for outgoing calls. This is compensated by the fact that rates don't differ if you're calling to a different network, either cellular or landline. Obviously, this does not matter if you decide to go for the $2/day unlimited plan.

T-Mobile's plans are different, I don't think they offer an unlimited option, and they are a bit more expensive, depending on your usage. Also, not sure you can get a data plan with them.

Comment: Re:prepaid (Score 1) 157

by Algan (#36511348) Attached to: FCC Plans To Stop Cell Phone Bill Mystery Fees

And if you can't find the phone you want with Boost, try Virgin Mobile, they're Sprint pre-paid as well. You might even be able to just swap SIMs and use the phones on either service (iDEN phones notwithstanding).

Sprint is CDMA, there's no SIM card to be swapped there. Also Boost and Virgin phones are locked to their respective carriers, you can't buy from one and use the other for service.

Comment: Re:Data plan cost the same (Score 1) 334

by Algan (#36442708) Attached to: Unlocked iPhones in US For $649

If it's only going to be fully functional on AT&T, you may as well go for the contract, since you won't be saving any money on service.

The point of having an unlocked iphone even on AT&T is to be able to use a local SIM card when you travel. Another reason would be to use an AT&T prepaid account, which would be a lot less expensive than their regular voice plans.

Comment: Re:Airbus (Score 1) 449

by Algan (#36279210) Attached to: Flight 447 'Black Box' Decoded

I believe the problem lies at the interface between humans and software. It appears that in this case the software ran into a situation that it cold not handle properly, and the humans were not trained to recognize this limitation. Kinda reminds me of people that trust GPS navigators blindly and end up in a river or stranded in some desert.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.

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