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    Dell Venue Pro 8
    • Got one not long ago, they are below $200 on ebay -

      Not bad comparing to my iPad Mini Retina. Screen is not so good, but software selection is much better, especially considering that all iPad video/audio players can have not bad interface, but pale in comparison with their free Windows alternatives due to various restrictions :-)

      Sad thing that they do not come with stylus anymore, Dell discontinued it. Otherwise very good, btw constantly mentioned home buttons placement is of no issue as simple swipe brings big software home key on any device :-) Plus you can always add big MicroSD card contrary to any Apple device.

    8 comments 9 comments Vitaliy_KiselevMarch 27Last reply - April 12 by Vitaliy_Kiselev Subscribe to this blog
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    Facebook: Another 2 billions went to waste
    • Facebook plans to purchase Oculus VR, maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, for $2 billion. The deal is comprised of $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock. Facebook announced its surprise purchase via a blog post.

      "Oculus's mission is to enable you to experience the impossible. Their technology opens up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences," Zuckerberg says. "Immersive gaming will be the first, and Oculus already has big plans here that won't be changing and we hope to accelerate."

      Fun thing is that they spent 2 billions on the thing that cost nothing, made entirely for selling, thing that do not generate any income, thing that is using cheap Chinese manufactured screens from smartphones and calls it innovative technique.

      Why is such strange purchase date? It seems like they waited for any real similar product and as soon as Sony announced their really working stuff (same cheap FullHD screen from smartphone) company had been sold of at the hurry.

    9 comments 10 comments Vitaliy_KiselevMarch 25Last reply - March 29 by TATZU Subscribe to this blog
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    US: Progress at the light speed
    • The trucks full of paperwork come every day, turning off a country road north of Pittsburgh and descending through a gateway into the earth. Underground, they stop at a metal door decorated with an American flag.

      Behind the door, a room opens up as big as a supermarket, full of five-drawer file cabinets and people in business casual. About 230 feet below the surface, there is easy-listening music playing at somebody’s desk.

      This is one of the weirdest workplaces in the U.S. government — both for where it is and for what it does.

      Here, inside the caverns of an old Pennsylvania limestone mine, there are 600 employees of the Office of Personnel Management. Their task is nothing top-secret. It is to process the retirement papers of the government’s own workers.

      But that system has a spectacular flaw. It still must be done entirely by hand, and almost entirely on paper.

      The employees here pass thousands of case files from cavern to cavern and then key in retirees’ personal data, one line at a time. They work underground not for secrecy but for space. The old mine’s tunnels have room for more than 28,000 file cabinets of paper records.

      During the past 30 years, administrations have spent more than $100 million trying to automate the old-fashioned process in the mine and make it run at the speed of computers.

      They couldn’t.

      So now the mine continues to run at the speed of human fingers and feet. That failure imposes costs on federal retirees, who have to wait months for their full benefit checks. And it has imposed costs on the taxpayer

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    Algeria: Post-peak
    • Algerian exports of oil and gas, mainly to Europe, peaked in 2005 and have since fallen by 24% / 628,000 barrels oil equivalent per day.


      The country’s population has grown from 15 million in 1970 to 39 million today. Per capita energy consumption has not changed significantly since the early 80s but population growth has driven gross domestic energy consumption up.

      Since 2005 oil production has declined and gas production has been static / in slow decline. This combined with rising domestic consumption has given rise to a steep drop in exports of both oil and gas.

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