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Convergence rumbles forwards with a new tablet running Ubuntu Unity 8 for QML and X for normal applications.
I have to say that Canonical's vision of convergence is very strange. The principal is that you have one true device that does your small and large formfactor stuff, depending on what you plug into it. But I don't have one device, I have loads of them. This tablet would be an addition to a few laptops, a phone and lots of servers running Ubuntu, it isn't going to be the one true device that replaces all others. I don't want it to replace the others. I want it to work with the other devices I have. What cool stuff can you do on this tablet if you also have an Ubuntu Phone? Looks like the answer to that question is "nothing in particular".
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/02/bq-aquaris-m10-ubuntu-tablet-announced-specs
And Canonical say it will #reinvent personal mobile computing
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Asus Padfone is the device for Ubuntu's convergence. 
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Venn diagrams as done by Google Marketing.
 
Reason #17391 to love December: every night's a party in your festive jumper. 
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I dont think that's how venn diagrams are supposed to work...
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upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 15.10 while I worked today. Seems great, just like 15.04, but erm, just like 15.04.
LibreOffice 5 is a bit more colourful, the calculator app is slightly improved, I think locally integrated menus show up before you focus a window, but other than that it seems pretty much the same, which isn't a bad thing. There is a Mir desktop session, which kind of starts and looks like the phone, but I can't make much sense of it. Mir and Unity 8 is not ready for prime time as a desktop, or even bleeding edge testing as a desktop unless I am missing something like an XMir package to make it come to life.
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Oh, and it seems trying to resize a LibreOffice window causes a segfault in X :(
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Are ridiculously cheap smart watches with cameras like this any good for anything? 
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/White-Bluetooth-Smart-Watch-GSM-SIM-Card-Camera-for-Android-IOS-Iphone-DZ09-/131626505044
the hardware looks about right for the wrist based video calling that we have been promised for the last 30 years or so!
White Bluetooth Smart Watch GSM SIM Card Camera for Android IOS Iphone DZ09 in Mobile Phones & Communication, Smart Watches | eBay
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You sound like you want a Neptune Pine
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Not entirely sure I would describe as "done right" when the GPU is in the keyboard so it runs slow when you detach the screen!
http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/06/microsoft-launches-the-surface-book-a-convertible-laptop-done-right/
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+Alan Bell the GPU takes a lot of power and the CPU has a built-in GPU anyway which is enough for all tasks aside from larger 3D games. The tablet should work very fast on its own unless you try to play Witcher 3 without the keyboard. ;)
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Convex hulls with no difficult maths
https://medium.com/@alanbell_libsol/how-i-compute-a-convex-hull-c3c381aa85bc
yes, I probably should use a library function for this.
I have a bunch of points defined by their x and y position, in my real world scenario these are points on the ground whe…
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Wholesome Christmas flirting or full on creepy? You be the judge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EJ1SBAO1HU
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Here is what Jeremy Hunt has to say about #ipbill  which as the draft stands will explicitly value my privacy less than the privacy of a radical cleric.
https://medium.com/@alanbell_libsol/jeremy-hunt-on-ipbill-c6e45d9d9dd1
I wrote to my MP, who happens to be the Health Secretary but you can write to your constituency MP about anything, best …
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it might be the case that an old style paper letter works better.
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love the Moodle cloud terms and conditions

Version 1.0 - July 1, 2015

Welcome to MoodleCloud!

Our hosting service costs us money to run. To protect the system for the majority from a minority who might abuse it we have created strict rules and have put systems in place to enforce them.

Summary

You’re staying in our private house in the clouds which we made so you can try Moodle, teach students what you know and create some magic learning experiences. We assume you’re a cool person who we’d like to hang out with. So, obviously, don’t break stuff, don’t do illegal stuff, don’t act like an idiot. If you do, or even if you just don’t use your site for a couple of months, we’ll have to kick you out of the house. It’s unlikely but possible that we could even break or delete your site accidentally and if we do, we’d feel super sorry but that’s all you’d get from us (sorry!).
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I can confirm that the Lamborghini Gallardo is very very fast, but the BMW i8 is the one to take home with you.
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Lamborghini vs BMW -- mistress vs wife(?)
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nee nah
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woo woo
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neither....everybody knows that "whoop whoop" is da sound of da police.
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Last week I invented an awesome algorithm for making a polygon that surrounds a group of points like a rubber band would, it uses sorting of the latitude and longitude and only simple maths, no calculation of angles. Turns out I completely reinvented a monotone chain for computing a convex hull, which was done in 1979 when I was 4.
https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Algorithm_Implementation/Geometry/Convex_hull/Monotone_chain
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actually, after watching the animation and checking the code, I think my method is slightly different, and possibly somewhat better, especially for vast numbers of points if you have an indexed database of latitudes and longitudes.
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