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Romance / Re: Girl Is Looking For A Nigerian Husband With Salary Range: £70-100k by Wallie(m): 9:05pm On Jul 14
chigoizie7:


If u had read my initial post, u would see where I asked. "For Naija "?

I guess I missed it! However, since the figures were quoting pounds sterling, I think it's clear that she was not talking about Nigeria but a country where pounds is spent.
Romance / Re: Girl Is Looking For A Nigerian Husband With Salary Range: £70-100k by Wallie(m): 8:35pm On Jul 14
chigoizie7:



From what I was taught back in the days in school, salary is a reward for jobs or works on a monthly basis, it comes monthly.

Salaries do not always come monthly. Low end wages typically pay weekly or daily but high end wages pay bi-weekly or monthly. I've been paid weekly, monthly, and bi-weekly at one time or another.

She definitely meant yearly when she specified 100k pounds because most westerners talk about yearly salaries or hourly wages. Nobody talks about monthly salary because it is hard to relate to.
Education / Re: Eight Ways To Improve Your Writing Skills by Wallie(m): 7:11pm On Jul 14
OP, I hope you won't take this as an insult because we all could write better!

Your advice would be more effective if you took time to proofread what you wrote. Try looking up run-on sentences and comma splices. Your grammar is fine but your punctuation needs work.

With writing, you get better the more you write and get meaningful feedback. The feedback could be as simple as the recipient complaining about not fully understanding your point.

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Romance / Re: Girl Is Looking For A Nigerian Husband With Salary Range: £70-100k by Wallie(m): 4:37pm On Jul 14
Her demands are not outrageous but why her? Does she earn an equal amount? Does she look like Halle Berry in addition to being a good respectable lady that will complement me? Can she open her mouth in public without me being embarrassed? Exactly what is she bringing to the table?

She needs to understand that people earning above that income have options. You only knowingly marry a gold digger that has an exceptional quality or two. She better be a whole lot more than average!

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Programming / Re: Categories Of Programmers (by Areas Of Expertise) by Wallie(m): 4:45pm On Jul 13
larisoft:
....No one implements sort anymore. No one implements search anymore. No one implements encryption. All these have been provided in libraries, and stackoverflow. All you need to do is familiarize yourself with the technologies so you can copy and paste or import as the case maybe. But you should know that using the algorithms of others doesnt make you an algorithm guru. You will become dumb once you meet a problem no one has attempted before. Hence, the algorithm guys are different from the guys who are great at learning new technologies.
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This is the very point I was trying to make! Jobs strictly dealing with algorithm development are far and few between but they do exist. There are a lot of instances where generic libraries will be insufficient to do what you want. In those instances, you will need someone with core knowledge and/or ability to dissect the needed algorithm.

Here's another anecdote: I worked on an invention where the guy modified a Merkle Hash Tree to reduce the number of computations needed when athenticating digital signatures. The original Merkle Tree was invented in 1979 and here we are in 2016 with an improvement. It took an inordinate amount of time to figure out what the hell was going on!

Algorithms are continually being improved because we are trying to do more with less and, even though processors are now more powerful than ever, manufacturers are trying to extend the usable time of the batteries in our mobile devices. Every single native function in your smartphone is being optimized. No matter how good a function like GPS is, nobody will want it if it kills your fully charged phone in 30 mins.

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Programming / Re: Categories Of Programmers (by Areas Of Expertise) by Wallie(m): 12:11pm On Jul 13
Let me give it one last try: I don't mean to suggest that algorithm developers do not know how to code. I'm only trying to say that "coding" is a tool that is used to implement the developed algorithm. Their expertise primarily lies in whatever subject matter that they're trying to develop an algorithm for.

Further, that's not to say that some programmers do not know how to develop some algorithms, especially, textbook based ones. I'm only suggesting that different skill sets are usually needed. Algorithm development is more theoretical because you're trying to find the best solution (algorithm) to a problem.

Here's another everyday example: students write papers using Microsoft Word but that does not necessarily mean that they're typing experts (typists) or even that proficient using Word. Word is just a tool that they use to get their paper across. The very subject of the paper may be where their expertise lies.
Programming / Re: Categories Of Programmers (by Areas Of Expertise) by Wallie(m): 12:24am On Jul 13
Here's another example: I'm trying to develop a machine learning algorithm that can be used to predict prices of items based on past prices. You can think of it as being able to predict future stock values based on past values.

This has almost nothing to do with programming per se except it will need to be coded in some language ultimately.

Here's some Python code implementing something similar http://www.analyticsvidhya.com/blog/2015/08/common-machine-learning-algorithms/
Programming / Re: Categories Of Programmers (by Areas Of Expertise) by Wallie(m): 12:18am On Jul 13
Jengbetiele:
How do you write effective, fast and efficient code without having a sound idea of the background logic and mathematics(Algorithm) I just wanna know

Writing code is easy, which is why you have the phrase "code monkey." Writing code just means that you understand the syntax.

I'm not saying that an algorithm developer will be completely clueless when it comes to writing but most of their writing is done in Matlab or Mathematica because it's way easier to debug and see the results without having to worry about a compile error.

To answer your question, the engineers and the brainiacs develop the algorithm in the form of pseudocode and a "code monkey" translates it into whatever desired language. A typical code monkey will have a computer science background and they'd understand very little about the intricacies of the algorithm. For example, how many programmers understand this topic:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIMO

I'll give you more examples when I get on a desktop.
Programming / Re: Categories Of Programmers (by Areas Of Expertise) by Wallie(m): 11:05pm On Jul 12
AntiWailer:


U missed out the point where I referred to his definition and explanation.

Ur last paragraph says it all so no point arguing any further.

The context is clear and referencing mathematicians who solve problems like Fermat's Last Theorem, and AntiWailer Algorithm will only complicate the discussion the more.

Maybe I missed your point referencing the guy's definition but it's irrelevant because I was only responding to your question about programming without understanding algorithms.

Engineers and computer scientists with a heavy math background develop algorithms. That's not necessarily true for being a programmer. It does not even have to be something complicated but it has to be efficient. Google search, in its simplest form, uses a simple ranking algorithm. Digital signal processing is another thing tha comes to mind.

I cannot program a simple html website because I have no interest in it but, in my past life, I wrote digital signal processing codes in Matlab and C to embed in VxWorks.
Programming / Re: Categories Of Programmers (by Areas Of Expertise) by Wallie(m): 10:39pm On Jul 12
AntiWailer:
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1. How do u program at all without understanding algorithm ?


The list is incomplete but you're not necessarily correct also. A lot of math majors are hired to implement and/or develop algorithms. For example, the gps in the phone you're using relies on a lot of math to get you from point A to point B. Algorithm developers will typically develop an algorithm in a simple language like Matlab before someone else translates it into a compiled code (firmware).

Think of all the myriad of technologies involved in 3G/4G cell towers. How does the cell tower know when and how to hand off your phone call to the next closest cell tower as you drive around the city? Heavy math is involved (multidimensional matrices). That's all algorithms.

The article appears to be directed to web technologies and not other types of programming. Even then, I would have probably categorized programmers as falling into a frontend and/or backend developer.

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Career / Re: Masters Or Stay On Job? by Wallie(m): 4:46pm On May 03
Masters in what? This is the million dollar question!

If it is STEM related, I'll say you should give it a try. It is always best to get your studies out of the way after several years of experience.

Generally, Canada is a good country and somewhat educated immigrant friendly. Plus, you have the option of crossing over into the US if you desire more income but faster paced environment.

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Politics / Re: IMF Wants Buhari To Change His Forex Policy by Wallie(m): 6:12pm On Apr 15
To those that do not really understand why the IMF is not necessarily looking out for our best interest, see the paragraph below:

femiakinbully:
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“If that doesn’t happen, we would continue to see the dual exchange rate, and putting in place a list of those product and services that are forbidden in Nigeria for import purposes, cannot be a substitute to a more flexible exchange rate.”



https://www.thecable.ng/imf-asks-buhari-change-forex-policy

They would rather have us devalue the Naira so that people can suffer instead of stopping some foreign imports that will affect their darling countries. NO.

Even if we end up devaluing the Naira we still need to proceed with stopping some imports!

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Career / Re: What Were Your Childhood Dreams And Have You Lived Up To Them? by Wallie(m): 6:07pm On Mar 31
Career 1: Electrical engineering - my first love! Started out as an electrical engineer and rose through the ranks but I got bored when technical solutions became somewhat repetitive.

Career 2: Law - I enrolled in law school and graduated to practice the type of law that allowed me to use my technical knowledge. I practice law in a firm but I'm getting bored again.

Next career: Entrepreneurship. Still working on it while I practice. Everything I do will rely on knowledge from my past careers, especially, electrical engineering.

I've been lucky enough to have two very successful careers by any measure. Carreers that people will die for. Unfortunately, I have this insatiable drive that keeps a fire burning inside me to play my hand to the fullest. I pray and hope that if and when I fully cross over into my 3rd career, I become more successful than both past careers combined!

So I not only have childhood dreams, I still have dreams as an adult.
Business / Re: Jennifer Obayuwana's Breguet Wrist Watch by Wallie(m): 7:59pm On Mar 23
1. A turbo starts at $160k and you'll need about $20-$50k in options. At $160k, you'll probably find a 5 year old Hyundai with more options.

2. If the watch is truly that expensive, why buy a watch that you'll have a difficult time selling at a 50% loss due to lack of demand? Buy something that's worth collecting if you're into expensive watches.

On the other hand, maybe watches is her thing! Who's to say $160k VW beetle (911 turbo) with no options is not overpriced? Na her money. If she likes, she can go buy land for moon. That's her prerogative.

The truth is, most wealthy people accumulate or spend on frivolous things!
Career / Re: What Were Your Childhood Dreams And Have You Lived Up To Them? by Wallie(m): 8:22pm On Mar 15
larion:


OFDMA technology as oppose to WCDMA in 3G. Also 3G is deployed on 5mhz but 4G can be deployed on 3, 5, 10 and 20mhz, unfortunately most of the 4G in Nigeria are deployed on 3/5 MHz cos of spectrum issues, that's why u see some 3G network faster than 4G.

Make I stop here

Stop ke? I dey enjoy your explanation! How does OFDMA work and how is it different from HSPA+? grin
Career / Re: What Were Your Childhood Dreams And Have You Lived Up To Them? by Wallie(m): 7:19pm On Mar 15
larion:
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I have conquered in my very short career time, I can explain how this devices do connect, even in depts that are not mine. I am actually fully involved.

There was a time every call drop, no internet, poor service for one of the top operators in northern Nigeria on 3G was my issue to solve, in the same little time, i transfered my skills outside Nigeria to consult independently..... Boom! my childhood dream was a hit back to back....lol. If you believe and work at it putting God first, you can do it too.


So what is done in 4G to make it faster than 3G? grin
Politics / Re: American Wahala: Oya Come Show Your Naija Sense Here by Wallie(m): 7:57pm On Mar 11
I think your situation will determine if it is a good move!

1. Are you married? It will be very difficult finding a partner in the middle of nowhere.
2. Lifestyle - outdoors vs city life.
3. How stable is the job? If you lose that job, forget getting another remotely similar one in that area. You will probably have to move.
4. Rental market - how strong is the rental market? If strong, you can always turn it into a rental property. On the other hand, $100k is not a lot of money if you’re already making that much in income.
5. Kids - pros and cons of growing up in the middle of nowhere.
6. Tolerance – people far away from metropolitan areas tend to be less tolerant of anything that’s different from what they know.

Bottom line - there's a reason why houses cost so little over there and it revolves around jobs! If I were in your shoes and want to move, I'll be buying a property no less than 10 acres and also explore building from scratch. With that amount of land, you could get lucky if and when society encroaches on that area. :-) But 2 hours to get to a major city? Damn! What if some type of natural disaster occurs?
Health / Re: USA Reduces Aid To 1.9m Nigerians Living With HIV Over Gay Support by Wallie(m): 8:05pm On Feb 26
Where are those that claim HIV is no longer a bad thing? The best situation you can be in is to protect yourself from catching it in the first place! Use protection!

Anyway, I think this may be the impetus needed for a Nigerian pharmaceutical company to make a generic version of the drugs HIV patients need. I believe South Africa did the same thing a while ago. Look on the bright side, if we are able to manufacture the generic drugs, we may be able to export it to other African countries! Win-win!
Business / Re: Myths About Naira Devaluation - Nonso Obikili by Wallie(m): 8:38pm On Feb 16
mikolo80:
you don't seem to get what the PhD is saying. naira value has halved. have prices of goods doubled?

only the rich import (very small minority)
our goal should be increased productivity (factories and farms)

And where do you get the machinery, seed, raw materials, clothing you need to survive? Take a look around you, you'd be hard pressed to name two things that are wholly manufactured in Nigeria.

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Business / Re: Myths About Naira Devaluation - Nonso Obikili by Wallie(m): 8:28pm On Feb 16
seunmsg:

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The poster child of why weakening currencies do not imply slow growth is South Korea. South Korea grew its GDP per capita from about 1100 US dollars in 1960 to about 24,500 in 2014. What happened to its currency over the period? In 1960 one US dollar exchanged for about 63 won. Today one US dollar exchanges for almost 1200 won. In short, over the period where South Korea has “developed”, its currency has also weakened consistently....

This is just half the story! South Korea weakened their currency to make their goods cheaper abroad. Same with other East Asian countries! Can you imagine if South Korea has a really strong currency? That may mean that Samsung Galaxy will be more expensive than an iPhone and Kia will be more expensive than a Mercedes Benz. When you don’t make anything, you want a stronger currency as evidenced by Kuwait, Bahrain, Pounds, etc. A stronger currency means cheaper imports.

seunmsg:
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The third myth is the idea that devaluations lead to runaway inflation, an idea that is not technically true. To be clear, devaluations do lead to inflation but not nearly as much as people think.

For example, the South African rand has devalued by about 40% in the last year yet inflation has ticked up by less than one percentage point to 5.2% from 4.4% a year ago. The Russian rubble has devalued by 126% since the middle of 2014 yet inflation has gone from 8% in mid-July of 2014 to about 13% today, although it peaked at around 16%. A significant increase, but nowhere near catastrophic.
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Maybe not in those countries but it will in Nigeria because we import everything.


seunmsg:
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The final myth to bust is the idea that Nigeria has an import problem. You typically hear statements like “How can we be importing everything from toothpicks to fish. It is unsustainable.” Often left out of such statements is the fact that we have a N90tn economy. And you cannot have a N90tn economy that does not import. Is it odd that a N90tn economy would import N100bn worth of building materials or N26bn worth of shoes? No it’s not.

According to comparable data compiled by the World Bank, Nigeria imported only about 12.5% of GDP in 2014. Of the 160 countries for which the World Bank has data available, Nigeria had the lowest imports to GDP ratio. Côte d’Ivoire imported about 38.9% of GDP in 2014, Ghana imported about 48.9%, Mauritius imported about 63%, Belgium about 83.1% and Ireland about 95.4% of GDP.
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You know what they say about statistics.... To get a meaningful comparison with Nigeria, I would think you'd want to look at countries with similar trade deficits and not import to GDP ratio.

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Family / Re: Dear Mothers, Stop Bleaching Your Baby's Skin. by Wallie(m): 4:54pm On Feb 16
Sooner or later when health challenges come knocking they will start blaming some unseen forces! Here's a link to a paper that analyzed the following skin whitening (bleaching) creams:

Body white
Tura
Maxitone
Movate
Amos white
Top gel
Ultra clair
Fair and white
Ethidium bromide

ABSTRACT
Skin whitening (bleaching) creams are often used to deliberately lighten the skin in response to social pressures or for the treatment of skin pigmentation. Bleaching creams contain varied concentrations of hydroquinone, corticosteroids, ammoniated mercury and kojic acid. Prolonged use of these creams may have deleterious (mutagenic) effect on the genetic material (DNA) of body cells. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the mutagenicity potentials of eight commonly used bleaching creams (Body white, Tura, Maxitone, Movate, Amos white, Top gel, Ultra clair, Fair and white), using the modified Ames test (with and without metabolic activation) that uses the wild type Escherichia coli (0157:H7) as tester strain. The assay was examined for revertant strains of the organism with at least three alterations in the phenotypic characteristics of the wild type organism. Results obtained showed that the eight bleaching creams produced revertant strains of the organism with alteration in more than three of its phenotypic characteristics and compared favourably with the standard mutagen (ethidium bromide), which produced the same effect. Three mutation mechanisms (forward, backward and silent mutations) were identified. The introduction of liver enzymes (S9 mix) made no significant difference in the number of characteristics altered (p>0.05). The results of this study revealed that the eight bleaching creams were mutagenic in bacteria and could be said to possess carcinogenic potentials. Their mechanism of mutagenesis could also be by intercalation just as ethidium bromide.

http://www.ajol.info/index.php/bajopas/article/view/80929/71155

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Crime / Re: Nigerian Couple In Texas Face Slavery And Assault Charges, Faces Upto 60 Years by Wallie(m): 7:23pm On Feb 10
Here's the actual criminal complaint filed against the employers. It contains all the facts, albeit, from the plaintiff's point of view. The Nsobundos still have to mount a defense.

http://images.houstonpress.com/media/pdf/nsobundu_complaint.pdf

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Crime / Re: Nigerian Couple In Texas Face Slavery And Assault Charges, Faces Upto 60 Years by Wallie(m): 3:39pm On Feb 10
manny4life:

Minimum labor isn't mandatory, nobody forced or coerced her into accepting labor. All these allegations is just to make the victim look sympathetic. The family haven't told their own side of the story, and granted to agreed to pay her $100/month which I don't agree with, the option was hers and she made the decision. However, on the part of kidnapping, that's just unnecessary extra charge added on.

My guy, no try am o!

Federal law
http://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/


You cannot enter into a contract deemed illegal even if the other party is willing. The contract is void ab initio.
Crime / Re: Nigerian Couple In Texas Face Slavery And Assault Charges, Faces Upto 60 Years by Wallie(m): 3:22pm On Feb 10
I actually believe the story. An agreement was probably reached but the nanny was definitely cheated because the employers were probably looking for awoof! The employers didn't want to pay the going rate for a nanny and figured they could get a Nigerian in Nigeria cheaply. That in itself is not a bad idea but when you start mistreating her and not even paying her a fraction of the ongoing rate, they deserve the football numbers coming their way! They are going to jail for a very long time! I only pity the innocent kids now left without a mother and father.

A licensed daycare for ONE child under two is about $250- $475 per WEEK! A live-in nanny charges about $15-$18 per hour. I can't even begin to think the cost of watching over five kids. The very least they could do is give her about $1000 a month for working 8 hours per day.

I interviewed a nanny and her mother once. The girl was about 26 and in school, and the mother, a 76 year old, recently lost her husband and stated working as a nanny to keep busy. The stories they told me about how a Nigerian couple treated the mother when she worked as a live-in nanny was crazy! I didn't hire them because it was cheaper for me to use a licensed daycare plus I don't have to worry about a stranger living in my house.

By the way, the employers probably didn't want her to use the hot water because she takes too long in the shower and/or the hot water is done by the time they want to take a shower. When you have 8 people in a house, it is not too difficult to imagine that hot water and food will run out very quickly.

By the way, why are Nigerians not becoming au pairs? http://www.aupairinamerica.com/fees/ You can make easy money for 1 year watching kids.

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Phones / Re: How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 10:00pm On Feb 09
wonderkid619:

okay, if your data is limited, I'll advice you download videos (if you must) and not stream
then try to reduce the quality of images on your browser. so your mb go last.
e. t. c

That's one solution to it but what if you want to "eat your cake and have it too"? In other words, with limited data, increase quality of the images and extend usage of your MB? cheesy I guess time will tell whether it is possible.
Phones / Re: How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 1:31am On Feb 05
airsaylongcon:


I stream with huge caution. For short videos (less than 10mins) I can stream. Maybe even upto 20mins if it's really interesting. Anything higher and I'm downloading a HD version using IDM. Their speed has spoilt me sha. I can't imagine using any of d GSM operators. This means I end up being pinned in Lagos. When I'm out of Lagos I'm not on the Internet unless I'm in Ibadan Porthacourt or Abuja where they have coverage.

Smile is also fast but their bill na die. ₦5,500 for 5gig

What is IDM?
Phones / Re: How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 7:41pm On Feb 04
Mrval20:
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I hope you do see this before it gets deleted, the forum kinda frowns on stuffs like this.

Thanks for the info! By the way, I wasn't trying to do anything illegal nor do I have a reason for doing so. I'm not even based in Nigeria. I can now understand why people are hesitant.

My intention is honest and it stems from the fact that Netflix is opening up shop in a country where most people use mobile phones and data cost a fortune. Personally, I do stream Netflix to my cellphone daily on my commute home from work but that's because I have unlimited data with my carrier. As of today, I've used 11,931.53 MB (12GB) of data on my cellphone and my billing cycle ends tomorrow. And even at home, our broadband internet access is unlimited, and Netflix and YouTube are constantly being streamed.

As I alluded to, I'm trying to develop a solution to the problem but I want to better understand the pain-points before wasting my time and resources.

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Phones / Re: How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 5:15pm On Feb 04
walexmini:
Glo bis or mtn bis "proxy required"

Thanks! I'm going to try to keep up but please bear with me.

It sounds like people are using Bis on a non-Blackberry device because data is cheaper on a Blackberry? Notwithstanding the device, it still seems that you pay N4200 for 3GB?

How are you able to watch videos when a typical movie consumes about 1-2GB of data per movie?
Phones / Re: How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 5:03pm On Feb 04
netotse:

Boss, these questions are suspicious, what are you planning?

A solution grin but I need to better characterize/understand the problem.
Phones / Re: How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 3:25pm On Feb 04
wonderkid619:
can you imagine, you made the topic look like you want to give tutorial and here you are asking questions.
Abeg modify your topic jaree

Patience...

First tell me how you do it now.
Phones / How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 2:48pm On Feb 04
Since mobile phone data is very expensive, how do you do the following:

1. Surf the web for your favorite websites?
2. Watch videos on YouTube?
3. Watch Netflix?
4. Watch iRokoTV?

If you use Wi-Fi, where do you get your Wi-Fi from and how do you use it on-the-go? Or are people just stuck at internet cafes all day?

Thanks for your help!
Phones / Re: don't trust people that locks their phones by Wallie(m): 6:29pm On Jan 20
Do you lock your computer?

My cellphone actually has more readily available info on it than my desktops, laptop, and iPad combined!

All my financial info (credit cards, personal bank accounts, business bank account, brokerage account, retirement account) are all accessible through different apps on my phone.

My personal and business email accounts are readily accessible.

My Dropbox and Google Drive are readily accessible.

Once you have access to my cellphone, you basically have access to everything about me.

I would be a fool not to protect the info with alphanumeric password and fingerprint detection.

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