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    What stage 4 load shedding means for you

    MickeyD was a great guy. Never forgotten. If the whole grid failed it would be a calamity on a level we have never experienced before. I wrote about it in 2015, and someone else did an update last year. Original...
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    What stage 4 load shedding means for you

    Aww man! How I miss @MickeyD now. How many people remember the BlameJan Twitter account? Anyway... I aim to please. On a more serious (but less somber) note: part of the reason for the reporting was wondering what the hell Eskom was doing to avoid load-shedding when it warned us there would...
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    Makate did not invent anything and his idea was not technically possible – Ari Kahn

    Nope. He doesn't expect one either. He was consulting at the time and all his intellectual output for that period belongs to MTN. Source: 702 radio interview (Ari Kahn himself)
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    Internet legends of South Africa

    Posted this on the front page and thought it would be cool to have here. Sadly, the nature of lists like these is that they end up excluding some people. Michele (McCann) has done tremendous work. She was also a speaker at a MyBB conference, if memory serves (a Cloud and Hosting conference...
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    What you are not told about mobile data prices

    The comparison to Jio illustrates to me the dangers of trying to argue what we should pay in SA based on what people pay elsewhere in the world. Not that such benchmarking is useless, but the comparison should include context. Jio was launched by one of the richest men in the world. Reliance...
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    MTN has the best mobile network in South Africa

    Fair nitpick. I was (perhaps not-so-obviously) referring to disabling the data roaming option in the connection settings of Android. So as the new roaming agreements come into effect, that "blind spot" of the drive tests will go away.
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    MTN has the best mobile network in South Africa

    As a participant in the test I can confirm this. It is great fun getting to drive around the country and see places you might not have otherwise, but it is also still work. You don't just arrive in Klerksdorp, hit the monument, and then park off in a guest house. You have to criss-cross the...
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    Movie ticket prices in South Africa - 2005 to 2019

    It's data I've gathered over the years. Everything from 2012/13 onwards I gathered and verified myself. The data before that is based on whatever I could get from archive.org, old ticket stubs, and articles from back then. Back when I started this series of articles I could also check my...
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    The massive matric dropout problem in South Africa

    No Ali G gif, no upvote. (P.S. So there's no confusion, I'm the writer of this article and the headline was my idea. I regret nothing.)
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    Hacking the Gautrain API to use iOS Siri Shortcuts

    Not sure how much I'm allowed to say, but I think I can at least say that he does both.
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    The fight against loot boxes and gambling in gaming

    It's an interesting question, as people only really have a problem with this when it's games you pay full price for like Battlefront, Shadow of War, and to an exent, Destiny 2. That said, F2P games don't have to use loot boxes. They can just sell you in-game items like skins and stuff, or...
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    The fight against loot boxes and gambling in gaming

    If regulators around the world start classifying these tactics as gambling, I wonder if our government will ban "triple-A" games from being sold in South Africa like they want to do with online gambling?
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    I tried to get debt collectors to stop calling me and they just wouldn’t

    This is something I've wanted to look into. I imagine it would be a lot like WhatsApp profiles that haven't been migrated properly.
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    I tried to get debt collectors to stop calling me and they just wouldn’t

    I definitely wasn't saying that the issue is not having a smartphone. Not sure how you got to that conclusion, but it doesn't really matter... South Africa hardly has 100% smartphone penetration, despite how cheap devices have become. The last figure from Pew Research was 51% (sauce). I've seen...
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    I tried to get debt collectors to stop calling me and they just wouldn’t

    Not answering calls is a luxury many people don't have, whether people who run their own businesses or us lowly journalists. Regarding voicemail, though not core to the matter and anecdotal—most people I've chatted to about their voicemail preferences say that they don't check their voicemail...
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