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Does the reason matter so long as they do it?
Again, I said it was a philosophical motivation. Philosophy is the place where the reasons for things matter.
For the last several years, we’ve been operating the Facebook fork of MySQL 5.1 with most of our production environment running a build of r3753. We’ve been pleased with its performance; Facebook’s MySQL team contains some of the finest database engineers in the industry and they’ve done much to advance the open source MySQL ecosystem.
That said, MariaDB’s optimizer enhancements, the feature set of Percona’s XtraDB (many overlap with the Facebook patch, but I particularly like add-ons such as the ability to save the buffer pool LRU list, avoiding costly warmups on new servers), and of Oracle’s MySQL 5.5 provide compelling reasons to consider upgrading. Equally important, as supporters of the free culture movement, the Wikimedia Foundation strongly prefers free software projects; that includes a preference for projects without bifurcated code bases between differently licensed free and enterprise editions. We welcome and support the MariaDB Foundation as a not-for-profit steward of the free and open MySQL related database community.
It's part performance and part philosophical. Given that wikipedia is a strongly philosophical enterprise, this seems reasonable.
Maybe I'm being pedantic, but "tips" != "heard about the plan". I'm just asserting that the OP's statement makes the whole thing sound a lot more cloak & dagger than it likely was.
That's not what it says. The article says this:
Toronto Imam Yusuf Badat, of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto, told CBC's Evan Solomon that RCMP officers said they received tips from the Muslim community that led to the arrests.
This is not the same as:
A few men, in the Mosque that they went to, heard about the plan and reported it to the RCMP.
There go my plans for a LiDAR, RADAR overlay HUD to provide better visibility in snow, fog, low-light, etc. Baby, bathwater both defenestrated.
Watches have some kind of an allure, much like fountain pens. Just take a look at the Tread 1. It's a beautiful watch and I want one, but I can't have one because it's $20,000. Some people like Rolex's too. Personally, I don't get that one, but that's fine.
If you have a smartphone, you surely must have had at least on occasion where it alerts, but it's awkward to get at it. You'll fish it out if it's important, but you'd like to know if it's important before you do that. For me, this has happened in a few ways: 1) it's raining and I'm outside. 2) it's winter, and the phone is in my pants pocket, which my coat covers. Finding out what the alert was requires removing a glove, and fishing it out of my pocket. 3) I'm in a meeting.
There's another use-case: Suppose you have bluetooth headphones. If you also have a smart-watch, you don't need to get out the smartphone to: 1) see who is calling and/or answer a call. 2) check which track is playing. 3) read a text message or email. 4) skip tracks, adjust volume...
The list goes on. Some of these functions are also covered by the bluetooth headphones, but not all.
Is it necessary for the smartphone to fulfill its purpose? Absolutely not. Can it be convenient to have a tiny UI strapped to your wrist? Absolutely.