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Comment Re:If I'm going down, I'm taking you with me (Score 1) 456

Yeah, but Calc(ulator) of Windows 7 is worse than the one from XP.
With XP-calc, you can use floating point calculation and do hex decimal conversion with a single click. With Win7-calc, you have to change the UI mode in the menu: "scientific" mode has FP, but no hex support, and "programmer" mode has hex but no FP support.
The Win10-calc seems to be limited like on Win7, but additionally has a degraded UI.

Comment Sometimes it comes unexpected (Score 1) 169

Before a holiday flight (I think Germany to Switzerland), I was put aside behind X-ray screening for some extra checks and questions. The reason was, that I was carrying -among other things- a point'n'shoot digital camera and an extra battery (smallish 1500mAh) for my smartphone in my bag. The extra battery and the camera's image sensor happened to overlap in the first X-ray screening pass, triggering some false positive detection.

Comment Re:Displays (Score 1) 299

Well, one can do that. At my workplace, we've replaced all traditional docking stations in conference rooms with new generic USB3 ones. Previosly, there were two kinds of docking stations for Dell and one for HP laptops.
The USB3 "docking station" is connected with a single cable with a laptop, and provides 1080p HDMI output including sound to the big wall-mount monitor or projector, Ethernet and a few USB ports plus a connected mouse.
Display output is fine when using USB3. On USB2, it is ok for most things except for full-screen video.

Comment Re:Related article (Score 2) 95

This article is a good start. There are two things were it could improve.
1) They measured the site's total data size, but not the load time. Load time was estimated = size/bandwidth, ignoring latency, parsing time and data dependencies. Actual load time should be (much?) higher.
2) Strangely, they did not account for http compression, so they cannot have measured actual traffic size. This implies they did only measure uncached loads. Most people visit a news sitte more than once, so cached loads would be more relevant. On a cached load, scripts, design elements and other stuff does not need to be reloaded, only the advertisiing. This makes the overhead for ads relatively much larger. On the German news site, a cached load is 17% content data and 83% advertising and tracking.

Comment Re:Why would I help Google with 'open source'? (Score 4, Informative) 95

Just yesterday I measured data use of Germany's biggest gossip news site ( on my smartphone (Android 5.1 with stock browser), cached and uncached (browser cache cleared, browser restarted) with and without ad blocking (using AdFree host list). The phone was on Wifi / DSL.
Here's the result:
uncached load (first visit) with ads: 2.4MB data, 26s (!) until the display goes from white to some content
uncached load (first visit) without ads: 1.7MB data, 11s until the display goes from white to some content
cached load (second visit) with ads: 272KB data, 2s
cached load (second visit) without ads: 45KB data, 2s

Comment Re:What kind of dumbass company... (Score 1) 144

Your contract will be up in 2 years, and at 18 months, you will be offered a new phone with early renewal

That is soo yesterday. Today, I choose and change my contract as I like and buy the phone models I want at the time I want. There's no reason contract and phone(s) should be tied together.

My last contracts ran for 4 years (telephony only, no base fee), 3 years (telephony + 500MB data, 10€ base fee), and my current contract is 5€/month for 1GB LTE data, 50 minutes call time and SMS flat. I can switch contracts within 6 weeks if I find a better offer. Likewise, I bought an interesting Chinese phone model directly from China because it was not available here, and there's no way in hell providers would offer it.

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