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So in the ever on-going wars of my kids circumventing internet safety fences (another story entirely), I have discovered I can use my cellphone as an internet access device. Yes, I know, late to the party. But what surprised me is the performance. My wired provider gives me 20Mbs down / 1.5 Mbps up.
On my cell phone (using it now), I'm getting 15Mbps down / 3+ Mbps up.
That's stunning. Maybe it's 5am and it has no users, I'll have to continue to test. But, that's certainly fast enough for work.
Anyone else care to post their performance #s? I used speedtest.net (I'm on the east coast of USA).
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I don't have that kind of phone, never mind use it. But I've heard that the connections from these phones provide decent bandwidth but moderate and variable latency. So they're fine for uploading and downloading large files, browsing the internet, and generally doing work, but they don't work well for things like gaming, video conferences, even VOIP (because the packet latency jumps around so you get skipping).
It is plain English, it's just that the words are not in the order, or context, that you expect them to be. The clue is (usually) in two parts. One part consists of little clues that make up parts of the answer, for example the word "scorch" also means "char", in this case. The other part is the definition of the answer: in this case "Old Frank", Charlemagne was King of the Franks.
That's what I'm talking about - scorch!!! Never heard of. I have to open dictionary to understand the words. Than to make the groups out of it should take week (port -> L... I've no idea why). Mostly I can't see it even after someone solved it...
Maybe DD should do some CCC in other languages...
On board ships, they don't use "left" and "right": they use "port" and "starboard" instead because they are always the same relative to the direction the ship is pointing rather than the sailor. If the sailor turns round 180 degrees, his personal "left" and "right" swap over, but "port" and "starboard" don't. So "Hard starboard" means the same thing regardless of the direction any sailor is pointing. (And actually means for the ship to go left, not right, as it's an instruction as to which way to move the rudder!)
Never underestimate the power of stupid things in large numbers --- Serious Sam
'Hard-a-starboard' means sharp left (push the tiller right) to some people and sharp right (push the ship to the right) to others. I think the modern standard is that it means what it says, i.e. turn the ship right; it changed when ships became large enough to be steered by wheels instead of tillers, where there isn't the natural reversal, and now applies to smaller boats with tillers as well.
why the hell are the English using "port" for left? A port is something like a parking lot for ships and boats, or a place where you can connect a cable with a device. Something where you can dock, if you like... Why reuse the same word for like 20 different meanings?