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Explanation: "Contention" (same in Eng and Fr) is used to describe a problem that can occur when devices (like PCs) connected to a network are free to send data packets anywhere they want, when they want. There is a chance that two of them will try to talk to a third device at exactly the same time, and the network operating system has to have a way of deciding which takes priority.
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Alison Webb France Local time: 05:52 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 12