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The Weathermen

Send in The Weathermen

Five years earlier, when the Taliban seized power, it granted sanctuary to Al Qaeda and ruled by a strict interpretation of the Koran. No television or movies, mandatory burkas for women and long beards for men — plus no weather reports.

The Taliban considered forecasting to be sorcery. They fired the country’s 600 or so professional meteorologists, shelled the Afghan Meteorological Authority, and burned the country’s vast climatological archives.

Today’s Must-Read, via @warnercrocker

And when people argue that the Taliban or Al Qaeda are “religious freedom fighters,” just remember that quote above. They’re nothing more than thugs who want us all ignorant and stupid.

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CUBE Expanding

Weibo:

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I wonder what the story is behind this. With China tech press reporting some tablet makers have miserable margins — as low as US$5.00 per tablet — CUBE seems to be doing well.

Maybe Charbax can get a video tour and the inside scoop?

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That Map

Weibo:

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Just One Person

‘I was like a ghost': Man recalls years awake but trapped in unresponsive body

A new worker at his care center began to sit and talk with him. Over time, she began to pick up on tiny signals that made her realize he was more aware than people thought. She urged his parents to have Pistorius evaluated at the Center for Augmentative and Alternative Communication where, for the first time, he could show people that he understood.

“She was the catalyst who changed everything. Had it not been for her, I would probably either be dead or forgotten in a care home somewhere,” Pistorius said.

Someone took the time to notice.

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Disquantification

Bad Assumptions

it’s not that people are irrational, it’s that human rationality is about more than what can be reduced to a number. Delight is a real thing, as is annoyance; not feeling stupid is worth so much more than theoretical capability. Knowing there is someone you can ask for help is just as important as never needing help in the first place.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

This reminded me of a guy who became dissatisfied with his Pocket PC in the course of just one evening: E Is Also For Envy.

Surrounded by everyone else with color screens, his monochrome Compaq Aero made him feel stupid for having bought it. At the beginning of the evening, he was in love with it when we talked about it. By the end of the night, he wished he’d spent more for color!

How do you put something like that in a spreadsheet?

Additional, at a past blog:

A Gadget Too Far
(The Comments that miss the point entirely are also worth a read)

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ZOL Now Indie?

Weibo:

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I don’t know what’s going on here. Did CBSi dump them or did they manage to get free somehow?

The Nokia N1 video was done in a CBSi conference room.

And if I recall correctly, ZOL just got swank new offices too.

It’ll be interesting to see how/if their coverage of China tech changes.

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PadNews Editor Shuns Shenzhen

Weibo:

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Charlie Hebdo:”All Is Forgiven”

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Charlie Hebdo Website Right Now

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Dell Venue 8 7000/7840 Can Be Rooted, Get Android 5.0

Just snagged the Dell Venue 8 7840…wow

I grabbed one of these the other day and really love it too. Just wanted to let you guys know that I was able to get it rooted with this method :

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Well, apparently I can’t copy links because I have less than 10 posts. Google “intel android devices root temp cwm” and it will be the first XDA post that shows up.

And that’s at XDA: Intel Android Devices Root / Temp CWM Session

Or, there’s this: Dell Venue 8 7000 Unlock Bootloader Tutorial — and scrolling down reveals: Dell Venue 8 7000 Lollipop Update Tutorial!

While being able to put Android 5.0 on it seems exciting, I have to wonder what it does to the RealSense camera. Does the new ROM deactivate the two depth cameras and leave the main rear camera as a conventional camera?

No new videos on YouTube. I wish someone who put Android 5.0 on it would do one.

Previously here:

Dell Venue 8 7000/7840 AnTuTu Score
First Review: Dell Venue 8 7000/7840
Dell Venue 8 7000/7840 Released
Dell Venue 8 7000/7840: Best Buy, First User Report
Dell Venue 8 7000 Delayed
Video: Dell Venue 8 7000 Vs. Nexus 9

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