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Comment Re:The Million Dollar Question (Score 1) 56

No. Despite the apparent similarities (ball, bat, runs, etc.) cricket and baseball are very different games.

In baseball, there will be (at least) nine innings, each of which last until 3 outs. It's a competition between pitcher and batter that little can interrupt. I don't think many baseball fans realise that cricket is much more to about about managing resources than a gladiatorial contest.

So, for example, in a 5-day match every ball you decide to face is one less opportunity for you to dismiss the opposition, and if you don't do that (twice) you can't win the game, this is why a draw is a valid result. And why, if you think cricket works like baseball, it can't make sense.

Comment Re:Correlation (Score 3, Insightful) 570

No. The article makes the mistake in thinking the the Radio part of the GSM bandwidth is the same as the Network bandwidth. It's not.

To continue the FedEx example, an SMS is like a post-it was was stuck onto your package. Trouble is the post-it might be going to a entirely different recipient to the parcel. So it's only piggy-backing until it reaches the sorting office.

Some networks work by store and forward of SMS much like email, others attempt direct delivery first. The point being that, if the recipient's phone is turned off, unlike a voice line you can't just give a busy signal (or charge extra for voice mail).

Where the article falls down is it's ignoring that the network understructure needs to handle and route SMS not just carry then from the handset to the mast.

Comment Profile it (Score 1) 383

There lot of suggestions but they all, so far, fall into
a) steping through the code (either with pen or debugger) or
b) giving you something in the in the absence of comments (doxygen etc).
All very sensible.

I'd add into the mix, profiling the running code.
See where it spends most of it's time, what you can ignore for later, and what you need to understand first.

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