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Comment: Re:Two can play (Score 2) 54

by Frankie70 (#48679903) Attached to: India Faces Its First Major Net Neutrality Issue

Will be difficult for Skype to take this risk - they aren't that big in India. But I bet that if WhatsApp blocks Airtel IPs for just 1 days, airtel would see 100% of their users typing up airtel's customer service lines to ask why they cannot access WhatsApp. But I doubt if WA has the guts to try something like this.

+ - Why Apple Failed to Make Sapphire iPhones->

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Frankie70 (803801) writes "Apple invested more than $1 billion in an effort to make sapphire one of iPhone 6's selling point. But iPhone 6 released without the sapphire screen. GT Advanced Technologies, the small company chosen to supply Apple with enormous quantities of cheap sapphire, declared bankruptcy a month later. Recent documents from GT’s bankruptcy proceedings, and conversations with people familiar with operations at Apple and GT, provide several clues as to what went wrong. GT said that to save costs, Apple decided not to install backup power supplies, and multiple outages ruined whole batches of sapphire. The terms Apple negotiated committed GT to supplying a huge amount of sapphire, but put Apple under no obligation to buy it. In its bankruptcy documents, GT would later accuse Apple of using “bait-and-switch” tactics, and said the terms of the deal were “onerous and massively one-sided.”"
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+ - Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away->

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Frankie70 (803801) writes "Clay Shirky who teaches theory and practice of social media at New York University(NYU), moved from recommending students to set aside laptops and phones to requiring that they set this aside, adding this to the class rules: “Stay focused. (No devices in class, unless the assignment requires it.)”. What tipped the scale for him was the research paper Laptop Multitasking Hinders Classroom Learning for Both Users and Nearby Peers which concluded that

We found that participants who multitasked on a laptop during a lecture scored lower on a test compared to those who did not multitask, and participants who were in direct view of a multitasking peer scored lower on a test compared to those who were not.


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Comment: Close vote (Score 1) 155

by Frankie70 (#48203265) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

Then it was talked about briefly on stackoverflow in 2009 -

I think this question is not right for SO. It can be closed under different reasons
- Primarily Opinion Based
- Too Broad
- Questions asking us to recommend or find a book, tool, software library, tutorial or other off-site resource are off-topic for Stack Overflow as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam. Instead, describe the problem and what has been done so far to solve it.

I don't have a SO login in this machine. But as soon as I get on my other machine, I am planning to do a close vote on this question.

+ - Microsoft's Handwriting Recognition keyboard for Android Wear devices->

Submitted by Frankie70
Frankie70 (803801) writes "Here is a video of Microsoft's prototype software handwriting recognition keyboard for Android wear devices. Looks really cool.

With the Analog Keyboard Project, Microsoft is exploring handwriting recognition for text input on small touch screens. Handwriting, unlike speech, is discreet and not prone to background noise. And unlike soft keyboards, where many keys have to share the small touch surface, handwriting methods can offer the entire screen (or most of it) for each symbol. This allows each letter to be entered rather comfortably, even on small devices. In fact, it has been shown that some handwriting systems can be used without even looking at the screen. Finally, handwriting interfaces require very little design changes to run on round displays, which are becoming increasingly popular."

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+ - Windows Phone dominating the no-contract smartphone sales, as per Amazon-> 2

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Frankie70 (803801) writes "Windows Phone is not exactly taking the world by storm, but it does seem to have a leg up on the competition when it comes to no-contract cell phones. As of now, within the United States, reports that out of its top five bestselling no-Contract cell phones, three of them are Windows Phone devices.

Here is a link to the Amazon bestseller list."

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