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$1000 Canadian

  • Total budget and country of purchase: $1000 before tax, Canada

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Good battery life(6 hours +)

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Weight should be under 4.5 pounds, thinness is not very important

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Not Mac or Chrome OS.

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 14 inches

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. Sometimes video editing, but mostly just programming.

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? No.

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? A fingerprint reader and backlit keyboard would be great. I would also like 12+ GB of ram, as I often use lots of RAM in keeping many tabs open at the same time.

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Right now, I'm looking at the Lenovo E470. It seems to have everything, but a backlit keyboard and m.2 SSD. Should it be fine?

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Looking for Laptop for beginner programmer

I’m going to school for coding and need an new laptop. I currently have a —Toshiba satellite p50-a (weighs a ton, battery life non existent, annoying touchscreen, keys are sticking randomly, died a few times)— it’s 4ish years old

Can anyone recommend me a new laptop that’s: - slim - in the $600-$800 range, - runs windows - good for computer programming, - has good graphics (for digital painting) - has long battery life

I also have small hands/short fingers, some something with a compact keyboard would be a major plus.

I won’t be playing games or loading it full of media (photos, music, etc).

Any suggestions? Hope these specifications don’t make the options too limited.

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best practice automating http request

Learn Programming - 6 min 35 sec ago

Hello, I am working on a new simple program, which displays stock prices. I am using an api to retrieve real time data and I would like it if the data in my program is up to date any second. Does that mean, I have to make a get request every single second to the api in order to retrieve the new stock price?

I am writing the program in java and I appreciate any advice.

thank you in advance

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Advice on running boot camp with 15” 2016 MacBook Pro

I have already purchased a 15” 2016 MacBook Pro and am seeking advice on whether or not to install windows via boot camp. I have searched reddit and the web and this seems like the best place to ask.

I would like to run Autodesk Revit ‘17 as well as AutoCAD ‘17. My computer specs are listed below. Will installing windows and using these programs on a somewhat regular basis be at all harmful to my hardware? Will it ultimately shorten the life of my MacBook? Will these programs function in a satisfactory manner?

Any help is appreciated, even if it’s just directing me to a more appropriate sub.

Processor: 2.7 Intel Core i7 Memory: 16 gigs Graphics: Intel HD 530 1536 MB

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Wirecutter's best deals: It's a good day for fitness and outdoors gear

Engadget - 16 min 6 sec ago
This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list...

AutoInput beta - Turn Screen OFF or ON immediately.


There's a new AutoInput beta, and it includes an new action to turn the screen on or off without locking or un-locking it video demo.


This is extremely useful for Tasks that require the display to be on to function, and when the Task is finished - to have Tasker turn it right back off again. It seems like a simple thing but up until now it needed all kinds of workaround including Java calls that worked on some devices and not others. Also you can use Join/AutoRemote/etc to remotely control the screen status.


Another new beta feature added is that when doing a "UI Query" - a new array has been added to the return data that contains the x/y coordinates of every element found on the screen :)


You can download the beta from here and leave any technical feedback (errors or bugs) on the AutoApps G+ and/or here as well.


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Want to learn about data journalism and tools for it

Learn Programming - 20 min 55 sec ago

Hey, i‘am not that deep into programming yet. I know a few basic java, html and css things but not really advanced. I would love to write my masterthesis about data journalism. I would love to combine my political interest with my interest in programming and web development.

I was brainstorming a lot and thought it would be nice to do something about the social net something like how chat bots are connected and how they influence the political behavior in elections. But I really don’t know how and where to start. Or at least do something which could have and kind of impact on the Society ( i think the panamapapers are done with the help of Datajournalism aswell right?)

I have to learn a bit about Django and flask for my study and I thought it would be nice to present an example which is related with data journalism and the stuff I want to get good in but again I don’t really know where to start. I know that sounds very vague but i am still in a process to find my identity here and want to get a few ideas and opinions. Would really appreciate any kind of help.

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Error loading image file locally in webpack

Learn Programming - 23 min 57 sec ago

I posted the full question here on Stack Overflow.

Webpack compiles whenever the url is from any online server but gives error when I link to an image in my local directory.

Please let me know if you need more information, thank you.

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FCC admits mobile can’t replace home Internet, won’t lower speed standard

Ars Technica - 24 min 13 sec ago

Enlarge (credit: Steve Johnson)

The Federal Communications Commission is making its latest determination of whether broadband is being deployed to all Americans quickly enough, and there are a few notable tidbits from what we know about the report so far.

The FCC today released a fact sheet on the draft Broadband Progress Report and a statement by Chairman Ajit Pai, but not the actual draft report.

Pai's FCC has determined that mobile broadband is not a full substitute for home Internet services. The FCC says this even after previously suggesting that mobile Internet might be all Americans need. The FCC also won't be lowering the speed standard that it uses to judge whether broadband deployment is happening quickly enough.

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HTTP Requests w. Python socket

Learn Programming - 28 min 45 sec ago

I am looking for examples of HTTP requests using only the Python socket module. (This is for an assignment where we are not allowed to use other network modules). I have been reading the RFC documents, but am having trouble applying it in practice, so I would like to review some examples.

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Ionic and Typescript: Ionic Web form when console.log returns {}.

Learn Programming - 29 min 30 sec ago

I am a newbie when it comes to using typescript and how it works but here it goes: I am currently creating an mobile application with ionic and typescript, when I was testing to see the contents of a web form that contains multiple inputs all I get is this {}. How can I change my code to show all the inputs of the web form on the console using typescript? Here are some files that might help




If you have any more questions please ask I won't hesitate to answer!

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Drupal 8 frustrations

I have been getting more and more frustrated with drupal lately, it seems like things are changing faster than I would like.

My current frustration is that I can no longer update drupal with drush, it seems as though I have to use composer to update.

I am actually considering switching to wordpress where updates are very very simple.

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Online Accredited Courses.

Learn Programming - 33 min 44 sec ago

Hey there. My question is... are there any online courses you all know of related to programming and computing that are actually worth something if I take the time to complete them. I am teaching myself Python right now but I have time to take some classes that don't cost much. Any ideas?

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Python tuple, new takes 2 positional arguments but 3 were given

Learn Programming - 43 min 24 sec ago

Tuple is defined like this

tweetAndTime = collections.namedtuple('tweet','dateTime')

Data for the tuple is handled like this

for dataPoint in data: Strtime = dataPoint["timestamp"] tweetTime = datetime.datetime.strptime(Strtime, "%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%S") tweetToBeStored = tweetAndTime(dataPoint,tweetTime) times.append(tweetToBeStored)

The error hits on tweetToBeStored assignment

"TypeError: __new__() takes 2 positional arguments but 3 were given"

I've seen this error pop up with object methods before, but not with tuple declaration. Any idea what's up? dataPoint is a tweet object with fields, tweetTime is a datetime object

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Looking for Cheapest Windows Laptop Possible for School as a Chemistry Student (~<$500 (CAD), Canada)

I'm looking for something under $500 (CAD), $200 if even possible. I'm a student in chemistry at university. I use a Lenovo Thinkpad T420 with Ubuntu, etc, however, due to compatibility issues that are getting out of hand and because I need to use stupid programs like chemdraw I need a simple windows laptop. It would solely be for school-work, so I basically just need something that has a browser and supports chemdraw and is a (shudder) microsoft product and has a decent memory (needs to store ~10 gb of stuff like documents and whatnot). I don't need high-end graphics card, or large hardrive.

I wish I had time to do the research myself but this semester is already crazy and it's only the second week.

Thanks /r/SuggestALaptop

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Puls begins offering same-day TV antenna installation

MacCentral - 47 min 6 sec ago
This new service can install a TV antenna on your roof on the same day you decide to cut the cable cord.

Oculus Start aims to lessen the burden on aspiring VR developers

Engadget - 47 min 6 sec ago
Virtual reality is still a relatively new format, and as such there's a huge need for compelling content to drive adoption. As such, Oculus today is announcing its new developer-focused program called Start. Oculus Start a free program that's meant t...

Peeved by price gouging and shortages, hospitals will now make their own drugs

Ars Technica - 48 min 18 sec ago

Enlarge / Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli. Jail for him, competition for his kind. (credit: Getty | Drew Angerer )

For four of the country’s largest hospital systems, enough is enough.

Sick of drug companies’ eye-popping price hikes and ridiculous shortages, the feisty hospital systems announced Wednesday that they’ve banded together and formed an unnamed non-profit to make their own steady supply of affordable generic medicines.

The leading hospital system, Intermountain Healthcare, released a statement explaining:

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functional vs imperative vs object oriented vs declarative?

Learn Programming - 52 min 58 sec ago

so, just a quick opinion question, a little note on the flexibility of python. what do you prefer in the STYLE of coding. now i know python is inherently object oriented but it is, as far as i know, a very flexible language to work in.

i personally have been following free online tutorials and such, and have mainly stuck to OOP, but upon reading i have expounded my knowledge and discovered there are more than one way to skin a cat. which are you?

with that being said, my question is... what is your personal preference when coding in python? functional vs imperative vs object oriented vs declarative?

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