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Perhaps it would be wise to remove his specific job working on the Fire phone? Wouldn't want him to get in trouble at work for comments like that, even if it was ill advised to say them to a stranger on a flight.

He didn't put a specific job. Key lead could be anything in engineering or product management.

Ah, it's since been edited. It was more specific before.

> Wouldn't want him to get in trouble at work for comments like that

In the off chance that he wasn't one of the engineers who took the fall.


Both those stats are in the article.

I'm glad you read it

Strangely, a UK/AU size 8 is still about the same - it's comparable to a size 0 in the US.

Twitter is a strange beast. I know plenty of people who have an account to follow others, but only one person in my circle of (real life) friends who actually tweets things. I feel like the Bay Area tends to overestimate the pervasiveness of Twitter because everyone there uses it - in the same way you'd be under the impression that Apple dominates the PC market if your only experience was downtown coffee shops.

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My Asus touchpad was fine. Had to manually install updated Realtek sound drivers but apart from that also all good - done and dusted in about 25 minutes.

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Hmm, that's odd. When I was in the US, fast food restaurants tended to have much larger cup sizes - with hard plastic rather than a paper cup in the large size, presumably for stability (like [1]). In that comparison image, the small would be an Australian medium, the medium a Large and a US large size only available at cinemas who have enormous cups.

[1] http://i.imgur.com/g8qLjAQ.jpg

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The largest size purchasable in Germany at McDonalds is 400ml, less than one pint.

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Something it took me a week or so to realise in the US is that at restaurants, no one really expects you to eat the entire meal - portions are such that you couldn't possibly go home hungry, which seems to lead to a lot of wastage.

Restaurant portions are much smaller in Australia (as you'd know), but generally people will eat the entire plate, and maybe an entrée (starter) too.

This doesn't really apply to fast food, though - since if you want less food you can just order a small. My girlfriend and I would order two burgers and share a small chips & drink in the US because the portions were so large.

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> no one really expects you to eat the entire meal

True. It is completely accepted to take leftover food home from all but the highest of high class restaurants. A typical restaurant dish will make up something like 1-3 servings.

A variety of reasons might be at play, but I think the lack of social inhibition for taking food home is part of it. Most restaurants will ask if you'd like a box if there is food remaining at the end of your meal.

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Indeed. I believe this is so because restaurants here do not want anyone to go hungry. That includes people who are rather large. If you must guarantee that people up to say 400 lbs always go home satisfied by giving them enough food, there will be way too much food for someone who is 100-200 lbs. This does place the burden of portion control on the eater, which can be problematic for the eater, but is not so for the restaurant. A much worse fate for the restaurant would be losing customers permanently because they did not serve enough food. There is only one restaurant in the US that I've ever been to that didn't provide enough food and I will never go back to it. (I'm around 200 lbs so I'm not expecting a whole ton either.)

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Some fast food restaurants, including many if not most standalone McDonalds do more business through the drive-through window than in the seating area. So, if people decide they want more of something, or want a dessert, they can't really go back. Since the cost of the actual beverage or French fries is negligible compared to the other sunk costs, it just makes sense to give people a quantity that is "sufficient".

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Small nitpick: s/wastage/waste

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Smaller nitpick ;) https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/wastag...

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Thanks! I thought I had checked. I learned something today!

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Yeah, also I feel the rainbow colours with a Gaussian blur looks pretty dated too - reminds me of Aero Glass. Android at its best looks much nicer, though it can be very inconsistent, even within Google-developed apps.

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AeroGlass looks still very nice and fresh in Windows 7. Windows 8x/10 theme is too flat for a desktop OS and the color choices imo plain ugly. Microsoft removed most of the complex transparent effects because the Nokia/MS WinPhones 7-8 devices were too slow to handle them, that's why the desktop has to suffer as well. The iOS 7-9 and OSX themes have a lot better colors.

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The problem is Twitch infrastrucutre is not good enough to stream properly in many countries. A 1080p/60fps stream has only about a 6Mbit bitrate but in Australia will not work, even on a connection ten times as fast. Plus, without a special agreeement that only top streamers have, Twitch takes 50% of subscription money - I'm sure Google can afford smaller margins to lure streamers over.

The problem they will face is not that gamers are loyal so much as for many people "live video game broadcast" is Twitch, so people are unlikely to notice live streams if they're elsewhere. This is solvable though - most streamers upload their VODs to YouTube anyway so they can easily notify users when a streamer is live.

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1) I'm sure with Amazon's resources behind them, Twitch will get their infrastructure up to snuff in more remote regions of the world.

2) Amazon could surely afford to compete with Google on sub share % if need be. Furthermore, it's not just a matter of offering a higher sub share. It's (sub share) * (# of subs). Twitch has a very good head start on the latter.

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As someone lives in Asia currently , I can approve this completely , I am watching videos from YouTube without any lag or any other problem , but believe me , watching videos from twitch is completely nightmare (at least for me)

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You are confusing megabits and megabytes. You likely read that it requires minimum 6 megabytes per second to stream 1080p/60fps. That would be 42 megabits. And that is a minimum. Depending on your settings you could need much more then that. Not to mention Australia has notoriously bad internet in general.

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I have 150/50 fiber internet in brazil -- 50% of the time, i cannot watch a 1080p twitch stream, while i can watch a youtube livestream.

twitch infrastructure is notoriously bad for anyone that is not american.

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Often twitch gets terrible for me until I load a VPN, and I'm in America. They're probably getting screwed on peering.

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No, it's six megabit. You can right click on a stream and choose "playback stats" and it will give you a live bitrate as well as some other details. On my connection I can comfortably stream 4K YouTube or Netflix, but Twitch shits itself at anything more than 720p.

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It's like butchers and supermarkets... The butchers, they can't compete. It seems doomed to be centralized. They're not creating another service as much as they're organizing their supermarket.

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I'd guess Google should buy Twitch then but I'm just a coder not a business person.

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It's almost sure that they tried, but the deal didn't go through. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitch.tv#Acquisition_by_Amazo...

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I see, we just noticed the story on Roku Technology News this morning too, didn't realize Google did try to buy them. In that case, it makes complete sense, thanks.

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Like the Digg HDDVD encryption drama. http://i.imgur.com/0QLFsPo.png

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I love the irony of (poorly, see #8) censoring the original image

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/ae/HD_DVD_Night_...

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