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Age Well Earned

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Own those lines across your face: you earned them! They are the map of a life well lived. And yeah, that includes at least some of the time you spent with the people you meet who are so stupid, you have to squint to try to make sense of what they’re saying. That’s how you […]
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What Apple Thought the iPhone Might Look Like in 1995

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A decade ago, for the most part, phones were phones. Computers were computers. Cameras were cameras. Portable music players were portable music players. The idea that the future of the computer would be a phone, or vice versa, wasn’t merely absurd. It just wasn’t how people thought about consumer technology. At all.

So when the first iPhone was unveiled in 2007, plenty of people assumed it wouldn’t change the world. (“Touch-screen buttons? BAD idea. This thing will never work,” as one naysayer put it at the time.)

To those who had been watching Apple since the 1980s, however, shrinking computers and videophones seemed to be always just tantalizingly out of reach, emblems of a future that would, fingers crossed, eventually arrive.

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rlauzon
56 days ago
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Wow. Looks very similar to the Palm Pilot III from 1998.
kazriko
55 days ago
In fact, it looks like a flip phone top welded to an Apple Newton, which was a palm pilot competitor from about the same time.

Turkish Man Assaulted Woman on Bus Because Her Short Shorts “Provoked” Him

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Turkish university student Melisa Saglam was riding a bus in Istanbul when a man punched her in the face, then pushed her back when she tried to retaliate.Why the assault? Because, he said, her shorts were too short and he felt "provoked" by them.
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rlauzon
59 days ago
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Whoa! I didn't know left-wing regressives were in Turkey.
satadru
59 days ago
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Turkey appears to be taking the fast road to Gilead.
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Run and Lied

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rlauzon
76 days ago
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Those kids will go far. Great prank.

US Supreme Court Protects Consumers' Right To Refill Ink Cartridges In Precedent-Setting Lexmark vs Impression Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court said on Tuesday companies give up their patent rights when they sell an item, in a ruling that puts new limits on businesses' ability to prevent their products from being resold at a discount. The ruling is a defeat for Lexmark International, which was trying to stop refurbished versions of its printer cartridges from undercutting its U.S. sales. It's also a blow to companies like HP and Canon that sell their printers for a relatively low cost with the idea that they will recoup money on sales of replacement cartridges. From a report: Lexmark originally set its sights on Impression Products, a small company that specializes in remanufacturing print cartridges for resale at prices much lower than what a customer would pay for a "genuine" Lexmark product. These cartridges often have no noticeable difference in performance compared to genuine ink or toner cartridges -- the only real difference is that customers can save a lot of money by going the remanufactured route. This secondary market for cartridges not only has implications for regular Joes looking to save a buck, but also businesses that are always looking to cut costs.

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rlauzon
83 days ago
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Hurray!

Only 36 Percent of Indian Engineers Can Write Compilable Code, Says Study

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New submitter troublemaker_23 quotes a report from ITWire: Only 36% of software engineers in India can write compilable code based on measurements by an automated tool that is used across the world, the Indian skills assessment company Aspiring Minds says in a report. The report is based on a sample of 36,800 from more than 500 colleges across India. Aspiring Minds said it used the automated tool Automata which is a 60-minute test taken in a compiler integrated environment and rates candidates on programming ability, programming practices, run-time complexity and test case coverage. It uses advanced artificial intelligence technology to automatically grade programming skills. "We find that out of the two problems given per candidate, only 14% engineers are able to write compilable codes for both and only 22% write compilable code for exactly one problem," the study said. It further found that of the test subjects only 14.67% were employable by an IT services company. When it came to writing fully functional code using the best practices for efficiency and writing, only 2.21% of the engineers studied made the grade.

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rlauzon
103 days ago
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I'm only surprised that the number is that high.
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