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Comment: Props to ASUS (Score 1) 232

by B33RM17 (#41827855) Attached to: Nexus 7 and Android Convertibles Drive Massive Asus Profit
It's good to see Asus posting a healthy profit thanks to their Android offerings. I'm sure the Nexus 7 was a good chunk of that.

Also, I wasn't surprised they mentioned HTC and their recent market woes. After buying the latest iteration of the EVO, I'm convinced they screwed themselves into this position with their own software. The build quality of their phone is top notch with the One series. However, the most recent releases of their Sense UI skin for Android have been some of the most bloated software I've ever used. This phone was lagging and taking it's sweet time loading anything within a few hours out of the box. Definitely a turn off for customer. I understand they want to differentiate their product and add increased value to the customer, but AOSP Android has been great since Ice Cream Sandwich. HTC really should stop trying to fix what isn't broken and offer some AOSP devices, along with some that have a much less cumbersome version of their framework added on. Sense has some features I really miss after putting a Jelly Bean ROM on my phone, but they definitely aren't compelling enough to make me switch back. /rant

Also, I'm curious to see if their Windows Phone 8 offerings start selling better than their Android phones. The WP8 devices have been getting some great reviews.

Comment: Re:I'm curious... (Score 1) 428

by B33RM17 (#41364057) Attached to: Apple Confirms iPhone 5 Preorders Top 2 Million In 24 Hours
Ya know, your numbers are probly better than anything I coulda cooked up lol. It's just every time I see these blurbs about shattering previous pre-order records or product x eclipsing its predecessor's release, I wonder if these numbers are even valid. Simply trying to remain safely skeptical.

So far my biggest criticism of the new iphone, sight unseen, is their claims of battery life. While I understand there have been immense improvements in mobile battery life in the past year, the numbers Apple is claiming seem a bit lofty. They barely upped the battery capacity (1432 mAh? someting like that, all I know is its their most capacious battery yet, even if by only a minute margin) but they're claiming 8 hours of web browsing on 3G and LTE? My current book learning (studying Electrical Engineering) and current experience with an LTE equipped smartphone tells me those numbers most likely shouldn't be the same. Factor in the bigger screen which will have a higher power draw, and a faster processor, and these numbers just aren't adding up for me. I really want to see some battery tests.

Comment: I'm curious... (Score 1) 428

by B33RM17 (#41362863) Attached to: Apple Confirms iPhone 5 Preorders Top 2 Million In 24 Hours
So I'm not trying to incite a flame war, but I'm honestly curious to see who is coming from what in the pre-order figures. By which I mean, how many are current iphone users looking to have their latest and greatest, who's switching from one ecosystem to another, how many are first time smartphone buyer, etc.

I've always wondered how these "millions of pre-orders" figures broke down.

+ - US President intending to implement CISPA by executive order->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A draft of a new executive order is circulating among insiders that will attempt to implement CISPA without congressional approval. Jason Miller of Federal News Radio claims to have seen it and according to him, it contains most of the provisions of the Lieberman/Collins Cybersecurity Act that failed in the U.S. Senate. The provisions appear to put pressure on companies to "share" information with the government."
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+ - SPAM: How to Charge a laptop battery effective

Submitted by ltpower
ltpower (2659861) writes "Claims of fast charging laptop battery in one hour or less usually results in lower charge levels. Such a charger simply eliminates stage two and goes directly into 'ready' once the voltage threshold is reached at the end of stage one. The charge level at this point is about 70%. The topping charge typically takes twice as long as the initial charge.

Depending on the charger and the self discharge of the laptop battery, a topping charge may be implemented once every 500 hours or 20 days. Typically, the charge kicks in when the open terminal voltage drops to 4.05 volts per cell and turns off when it reaches 4.20V/cell.

No trickle charge is applied because the laptop batteries for laptop is unable to absorb overcharge. Trickle charge could cause plating of metallic lithium, a condition that makes the cell unstable. Instead, a brief topping charge is applied to compensate for the small amount of self-discharge the laptop battery and its protective circuit consume."

+ - Flash spotted on Jupiter: Is it a hit?->

Submitted by puddingebola
puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Astronomers are abuzz over sightings of a flash on Jupiter — which suggests that the giant planet has taken another bullet for the solar system team. Monday's report follows Jovian impacts in 2009 and 2010. As in those earlier cases, the call has gone out to look for any visible scars on Jupiter's cloud tops. That would be a sure sign that an asteroid or comet was drawn in by the planet's gravitational pull, potentially saving us from a cosmic collision threat.""
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+ - 58% of South Australia's Power Generated by Wind Farms->

Submitted by SA_Democrat
SA_Democrat (682459) writes "You've probably heard people saying that wind energy doesn't work, well, South Australia would beg to differ. Ongoing investment in wind farms has resulted in wind providing 58% of demand . Australia has a National electricity grid, so excess energy is exported to other states. Of course, in a country this size, the wind is always blowing somewhere."
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