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f rag muhn tay shuhn

  • n  separating something into fine particles
  • n  the disintegration of social norms governing behavior and thought and social relationships
  • n  (computer science) the condition of a file that is broken up and stored in many different locations on a magnetic disk
    fragmentation slows system performance because it takes extra time to locate and assemble the parts of the fragmented file
  • n  the scattering of bomb fragments after the bomb explodes

  • A world where people only read news they preselect creates a risk of social fragmentation.
  • They are not responsible for the fragmentation of the television audience.
  • In 1916 he declared one of the goals of the Bolsheviks to be "the elimination of the fragmentation of humanity in petty states and the individualism of nations.
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  • BlackBerry Q10 pricing and app fragmentation could leave it dead in the water
    BlackBerry is expecting big things from its QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10 smartphone. Not everyone is optimistic about the handset’s future, however. Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Shah noted that the Q10 brings fragmentation to the BlackBerry platform “in terms of applications development and availability of apps across different form-factors.” The analyst explained that developers are forced ...
    June 11, 2013 - BGR News via Yahoo! News
  • How Apple's iOS Fragmentation Problems Distort Design Thinking
    Editor's note: Kevin Marks is VP of Open Cloud Standards at, and a host and co-founder of . As someone who uses both Android and iOS regularly, I'm getting increasingly frustrated by fragmentation. However it's not on my Android devices I see this, but rather on the iOS ones. I install a popular, well-funded application like Instagram, Flickr, or Circa on my iPad ...
    June 10, 2013 - TechCrunch
  • Climate: Drought cycles take toll on Great Plains fish
    Study shows key species disappearing from rivers By Summit Voice FRISCO — Drought, groundwater withdrawals and habitat fragmentation is driving many native Great Plains fish to the very edge of extinction, according to a Kansas State University researcher who has been studying the Arkansas, Kansas, Gila, San Juan, Red and Platte rivers the past few […]
    June 9, 2013 - Summit County Citizens Voice

  • Michel Barnier in
    It is important that member states act together and we design a European regime to avoid regulatory arbitrage and fragmentation both within the EU and globally,said Mr Barnier.
  • Richard Lugar in Turkish Press
    Europe's content sector is suffering under its regulatory fragmentation, under its lack of clear, consumer-friendly rules for accessing copyright-protected online content and serious disagreements between stakeholders about fundamental issues such... Viviane Reding CNET Jan 3, 2008 39620 50878 fragmentation Lugar, 73, said the political fragmentation in Iraq, the growing stress of our military and the constraints of our own domestic political process" were converging to make a stable, multi-sectarian government in Iraq unlikely "in a reasonable...

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