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I've been working on a GLR parser. GLR parsing is neat in that it can even process natural languages - human language
But the algorithm it is based on is near incomprehensible. You can implement it, but that doesn't mean you'll understand it. There's certain things about it that you just "know" you have to do even if the theory isn't clear - about half the algo is like that.
Well, I've had to teach myself GLR by reverse engineering someone else's open source GLR parser, and in the process I think I'm actually beginning to understand it.
We need to do a FAT (Factory Acceptance Test) on some devices we can't get back to base to test. We followed IT policy to get two high spec desktops to run the test and some solid state drives, the policy has changed no desktops, the hard drives were taken out, company policy then demands all hard drives that are encrypted. So come next round of tests the PC's that were to kept are gone, the hard drives can't be encrypted. I am at a loss, talk to help desk 'use your departments lap tops, you got three of them' which are all booked out for other projects. I can have an old Win 8 laptop (which can run the software slowly!) for two days, I will be on site for Monday to Saturday. If only they had listened!
two high spec desktops to run the test and some solid state drives
"Those aren't desktops - they are highly specialized test hardware for the XYZ widget that we put into desktop tower cases. Now set them back down and I will fix what you probably broke after you leave..."
If you can't laugh at yourself - ask me and I will do it for you.
So my LG Flip Phone has just about had it. Battery, even a new one, drains within a day or two (even if not used) and the signal strength oscillates. Voices are broken up most of the time. It's 3G and probably spends it energy looking for unavailable towers.
New flip phone: hard to find and those I did are very costly
So I get this BLU G5 Plus - about $US 100 . After moving the SIM and charging I turn it on. First thing after selecting a language is their privacy terms. Basically I have no privacy at all. If I don't agree then I can't use the phone. No Opt Out possible.
Now, the online search I should have done first: they basically suck. The 's have an un-removable and non-disableable application that sends everything you do and everywhere you go to a location in Shanghai. It also installs un-asked-for applications. It turns out the FCC smacked them on the wrist last year - as though they cared.
Well - fortunately I didn't install either of the screen protectors or throw away anything from the box. All repacked (w/out my SIM) and back it goes. Thanks a lot, uncle Xi.
The details aren't necessary, but two of the pins in the LG SIM slot are missing - it can't see the card.
Have you looked at refurbished phones?
They're old second-hand phones, but fixed so they work like new.
Or so I've been told.
I've seen quite a few Nokia 3310's because those were popular back in the day.
No doubt they also refurbish flip phones.
Can't tell you whether they're expensive though (i.e. they're cheap alternatives or hipster retro).
I'm all into newer phones so I can't tell you where to buy and who to trust, but I'm sure you'll find some good sellers using your best Google-fu.
Good luck in your search for old, reliable, simple tech
Older phones not likely to have 4G - and as 3G is phased out I would find myself in the situation I had with the LG 3G Flip Phone. Burning out the battery searching for towers and poor quality voice because the towers were few and the connection unstable.
Refurbs? I do buy refurb'ed technology - the PC I'm using now, connected by HDMI to a TV is VM'ing into work where I RDT to my desktop. No point in buying new and amazing when it's mostly just a connection point (and also a place to play Dungeon Crawl).
But the real problem is privacy - at least if I have a chance to opt-out and/or remove/disable applications I can work on it and so live with it. Chinese brands are, unless proven otherwise, infested with spyware.
At least, to make things somewhat easier, I have no device requirements for the phone beyond privacy and reliable/audible conversations. When I take pictures I (amazingly enough) use a camera. I don't keep my ears plugged as I go through life - hearing and seeing the world live and first person
And you think only the Chinese do this, my samsung has 52+ (I haven't counted recently) applications it "updates" when I let it. I use probably 10 and have installed only 5 of those. The wife (who does not know what Play Store is) has samsung that dings at her all the time for some unknown reason.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity -
I'm old. I know stuff - JSOP
I feel it's a waste to spend $100 on a phone - the phone I'm replacing is an LG450.
I use the damn thing as a telephone - only. Voice and voice mail, period.
And - at a risk of becoming a rant - anyone who'd spend in the neighborhood of $1000 for a phone is ing nuts . . . and nuts is so damn polite compared to the place on their own anatomy I believe they use for a ski-mask.