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Why Android Upgrades Take So Long

Michael Wardle Re:Verizon's rationale (226 comments)

...the only models that can do 850MHz UMTS are the ones intended for Australia

Even then, many Australian phones do 850 MHz and 2100 MHz, but AT&T uses 850 and 1900, so the phone won't work everywhere.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Tweaks Algorithm As Concern Over Bing Grows

Michael Wardle Re:What? (397 comments)

I was helping a friend set up her new computer.

She opened up Internet Explorer and noticed the default search engine was Bing.

She tried to change the default search engine to Google.

Her: Why is it taking so long to change the search engine?
Me: Why not just download Google Chrome?

Problem solved. :-)

more than 2 years ago
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Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

Michael Wardle Re:even simpler (803 comments)

Agree, but it's trivial to adapt to.

~/.inputrc
  set completion-ignore-case On

~/.zshrc
  zstyle ':completion:*' matcher-list '' 'm:{a-zA-Z}={A-Za-z}'

more than 2 years ago
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Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

Michael Wardle Re:/bin, /sbin had their functions (803 comments)

I'd suggest putting /dev, /proc, and /sys together into /system. /dev becomes /system/devices, /proc becomes /system/processes (actually I'd be OK with keeping the abbreviation and using /system/proc), and /sys becomes...

... /system/kernel?

more than 2 years ago
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Canada Rolls Out Plastic Money

Michael Wardle Re:You're already making more progress... (444 comments)

A big advantage of $1 and $2 being bills is you can get away with carrying only a money clip. And a lot of wallets don't have coin pouches either.

In Australia, where we have $1 and $2 coins, the coins add considerably to the thickness and weight of my wallet. And there are many vending machines that only accept coins, so you have to carry $5-$10 in change to be safe. With a $1 bill, vending machines would only need to accept notes, and should accept higher denominations too.

more than 3 years ago
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Canada Rolls Out Plastic Money

Michael Wardle Re:US redesign project (444 comments)

Some highlights:

Just For Fun (John K Addis)
http://richardsmith.posterous.com/just-for-fun-john-k-addis-dollar-redeign

Moving Forward, Looking Back (Sean Flanagan)
http://richardsmith.posterous.com/moving-forward-looking-back-sean-flanagan-dol

Michael Tyznik
http://richardsmith.posterous.com/dollar-redeign-michael-tyznik

Michelle Haft
http://richardsmith.posterous.com/dollar-redeign-michelle-haft

Richard Smith
http://richardsmith.posterous.com/?tag=banknoteredesign

James Harless
http://richardsmith.posterous.com/james-harless-dollar-redeign

Sometimes You Can't See the Spots for the Trees (Patrick Timmes)
http://thinkcreatebelieve.blogspot.com/2009/06/patrick-timmes-dollar-redeign-sometimes.html

more than 3 years ago
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I estimate my radiation dose for my day as ...

Michael Wardle missing option (256 comments)

"I live in a stone, brick, or concrete building, you insensitive clod!"

According to the radiation dose chart, that gets you 70 uSv, equivalent to about 2 bananas.

http://xkcd.com/radiation/

more than 3 years ago
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How the iPhone Led To the Sale of T-Mobile

Michael Wardle Re:Unlocked? (276 comments)

We have a similar situation in Australia where 3 was purchased by Vodafone.

2 years on, 3 customers have access to the older Vodafone 2G network, but not Vodafone's 3G network. We assume the networks will be fully merged eventually, but the rumor is that Vodafone doesn't have the capacity to handle all the 3 customers as well.

So it's entirely possible T-Mobile customers won't get immediate access to AT&T towers.

more than 3 years ago
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How the iPhone Led To the Sale of T-Mobile

Michael Wardle Re:Unlocked? (276 comments)

"1900Mhz is more of the world standard"

1900 (called PCS) is used in the USA, Canada, and many South American countries, but the most common is 2100 (called IMT), which is used in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania.

And don't get me started on 1700 (AWS).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UMTS_frequency_bands

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T To Acquire T-Mobile From Deutsche Telekom

Michael Wardle Re:Warn T-Mobile NOW (748 comments)

And change to who?

more than 3 years ago
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Apple eBook Rules Changing For Sellers

Michael Wardle Re:Milking it (584 comments)

I'm the same. But ironically, Kindle is just as much of a walled garden, if not moreso.

I guess pragmatism wins out here. Cheaper books, bigger range, cheaper device, better battery life.

Which Kindle will you get? Normal or DX? I'm hanging for a 7" version.

more than 3 years ago
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eBooks Nearly Outsell Print Books At Amazon

Michael Wardle Re:This is a tragedy. (154 comments)

If I can borrow a book for free from a library, why would I buy it?

If nobody buys the books, what is the incentive for someone to write one?

more than 3 years ago
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Australian Telstra Monopoly Dead

Michael Wardle Re:NBN waste of money (100 comments)

I think there are some real questions about the NBN, particularly the amount of government spending. But do you really think that fibre will quickly become obsolete?

more than 3 years ago

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