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Comment: My HTC One experience... (Score 1) 259

by Gadget27 (#47158073) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?
I recently traveled to France, England, and Ireland. I have a Sprint HTC One which Sprint unlocked for me in order to use a foreign SIM card while on my trip.

You will not need 4G, so do not concern yourself with that. I quickly discovered that their 3G speeds throughout the region easily and quite regularly surpassed 4G speeds I have measured here in the US on several providers.

My memory may be off on this a bit but I could swear, while running a speed test, that I was pulling down 20Mb/sec. I've yet to get that result on Sprint's 4G network. I recognize that Sprint is not the standard by which all others should be compared, but still... I was impressed and surprised.

Comment: A question for someone smarter than me... (Score 1) 393

by Gadget27 (#46680955) Attached to: Why Are We Made of Matter?
If we're sure everything started as 50% matter and 50% anti-matter, and now we are nearly a pure matter universe, my uneducated guess would be that there is something in the nature of matter-antimatter collision that, in addition to creating energy, would also leave behind a small amount of residual matter. That could explain how over these billions of years, we are left with a mostly matter universe. If this has been proven impossible, please someone yell at me and tell me otherwise. I recall reading that they often generate antimatter in particle accelerators... have they ever done specific research on the results of matter-antimatter collisions?

Comment: Get over it already.. (Score 1) 221

by Gadget27 (#46335489) Attached to: South Park Game Censored On Consoles Outside North America
Whats the point point in censoring something that clearly labelled as 18+?

Hopefully the South Park guys will replace those scenes with obvious 'censored' graphics and text that lampoon the government/entity that caused said scenes to be removed from the game. They are good for doing things like that.

Comment: Re:Boy Howdy! (Score 1) 606

by Gadget27 (#46335369) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official
I agree with you on the public transit experience, specifically with the nature of people they tend to employ. It seems as if these jobs are given away to people as some last ditch effort to try to keep them out of the legal system and/or our jails.

Imagine my shock the first day I arrived in London and had to interact with one of the service men behind the glass in one of the tube stations. He was helpful, well spoken, detailed, and treated me as well a maitre d' of a 5 star restaurant would. The difference in competency was stupefying. This may be just an isolated incident, but I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Comment: Re:meh (Score 1) 290

by Gadget27 (#46238535) Attached to: Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice
I'm in Connecticut. I don't see what all the fuss is about. Ya, I've had to take out the snow blower a few more times this year than last year, but nothing happening here could be consider atypical. I understand the news it makes down south, as it has been lately in the Atlanta area, but this shouldn't be big news for New England. Up here, I think its just an opportunity for the local news broadcasters to drive up their rating, and for our governor to get some face time in front of the TV cameras to assure us that he's in charge of the situation.

Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 5, Insightful) 387

by Gadget27 (#46230639) Attached to: Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again
Cutting out the middle man is not a crime, its an achievement.

What would be the problem if Ford or Honda sold directly to the consumer? Are you suggesting that it's anti-competitive to set the price of your own product? In a scenario without dealerships, there would still be competition... not between dealerships, but between manufactures instead. If you could only buy a Ford from Ford, and the only cars on the market were Ford, then there could be a problem, but there is no shortage of auto manufactures to keep the market competitive.

Comment: Too little too late for IE. (Score 1) 390

by Gadget27 (#46113649) Attached to: IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share
For all the things that it couldn't do (or neglected to do) properly, Internet Explorer has deserved all the negative criticisms it has amassed over its lifespan. The software was slow to adapt to a rapidly changing environment and in some cases it seemed as if it was stubbornly resistant to such adaptation. With that said, recent versions of IE are good browsers, much improved, just not enough to give people a reason to switch back. The brand had taken such a beating that using IE evokes an immediate negative response for most of us. All hands have abandoned that ship, and we've all grown comfortable with our Chrome/Firefox/etc. browsers that swooped in to save us.

Comment: Re:ISPs and Net Neutrality (Score 1) 338

by Gadget27 (#46063529) Attached to: Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like
Plenty of people out there are already using Google Search, Chrome, GMail, Hangouts, Google+, YouTube, Google DNS, Android and more. I can't imagine what additional information you'd risk exposing by using their Internet service as well. I suspect maybe they would be collecting data regarding your TV viewing habits as a result of this. After some thought, I think that I would welcome that collection of data if it were put to use. I have a hard time believing the accuracy of Nielsen ratings based on their results, or has taste in this country declined that precipitously? At the end of the day, I think its in Google's own interest that more people have fast as possible internet. The more bandwidth available, the more its users consume its products. In this case, its a win-win scenario.

Comment: Another way to look at it... (Score 1) 804

Ok, building a comparable PC will cost nearly the same as what you'd pay for one of these Mac Pro's, give or take a few dollars since you cannot make an exact clone of this thing. The real question, in my opinion, is one more based on cost per performance.

When building out a PC, if you specifically set out to have top of the line, best at the time components you will pay a premium for that. Often, you can get 'the next best' component for a substantially lower price, which would only be a minor decrease in performance. From a performance per dollar perspective, getting the top tier stuff is wasteful.

I suspect that one could build a machine that generally performs 80%-90% in comparison, but cost half of the base model. It would've been nice had Apple offered such an option, but I can see why they wouldn't want to dilute their brand by doing so.

Comment: Re:Simple: just turn off the wireless (Score 1) 161

by Gadget27 (#45701253) Attached to: How To Hijack a Drone For $400 In Less Than an Hour

When I first thought of the idea of the printable QR code, I was actually thinking along the lines you are... as an insert to a larger landing zone. I do think you idea is better, having the address information hard coded on the landing zone and having more of an authentication code printout being added per delivery.

Regarding multiple deliveries on a day, or not knowing what day something will deliver, I don't know if such things will be much of an issue when I think of typical uses cases for such a service. I am going to assume that 30 minute deliver will come at a premium price. Perhaps they will end up offering a subscription service like they do with the current Prime accounts. In either case, I imagine that opting to have something delivered that fast would likely mean, or perhaps require, that you are there to actually receive shipment once the drone arrives. I would think if you wanted something that fast, you would already be there in order to make use of said package that fast, otherwise why not just opt for standard 1 or 2 day delivery? As far as knowing what shipment is what, I'd would think its a safe bet to make that drone deliveries would have very accurate, high resolution tracking, perhaps similar to how one can track the location and status of any commercial airliner that you know the flight number of. I don't think there would be a question what is being delivered when. Why not even use its on board camera(s) to stream a private live video of the flight as it approaches your house, assuming there is adequate mobile coverage between point A to point B. That would be fun, at least the first couple times you see it.

As for the bird shit problem, I admit you got me stuck on that one. I suppose there would have to be some sort of backup authentication mechanism in place to handle such incidents. Maybe if primary authentication cannot be made, a photo of your LZ and/or current GPS coordinates on a map are sent to your mobile device app/email for you to approve. It may have to even make an automated call so it gets your immediate attention... I dont know, that is a tough problem to crack.

Comment: Re:Simple: just turn off the wireless (Score 1) 161

by Gadget27 (#45681119) Attached to: How To Hijack a Drone For $400 In Less Than an Hour
That's an excellent point, regarding hijacking other people's QR code addressed landing zones. It would be easy to imagine that such an action would be considered theft, or at least can be successfully argued as being so. Putting out a duplicate landing zone with a code that is supposed to be uniquely identifiable is a sort of misrepresentation and fraud I would imagine. It seems it would be the same as if you pried the numbers off your neighbors house and applied them to your own in order to confuse and trick the local UPS delivery man. Doing so also implies the intent to steal. At least, that all seems like common sense to me, but IANAL either. One way I can see to combat this is to have unique QR codes for each delivery that you print out at the time of order... it would be more difficult, though not impossible, to hijack shipments this way. It does create an extra burden on the recipient, as well as on the guys who write the software for the drones, as Im sure reading a code from a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper poses a bit more of a challenge versus something much larger printed on nearly all the surface of a landing zone.

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