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Comment: Re:Why the big screens? (Score 1) 243

by awyeah (#45421779) Attached to: Apple Developing Curve Screen iPhones and Improved Sensors

On the other hand, on those occasions when I use my iPhone 5 (I'm still in that phase of working out which I like the most as the Sony is my first Android device), the experience is far superior and refined compared to the Sony. But I miss being able to customise certain features and set default apps, and the screen looks tiny in comparison.

That's the best thing about Android. I often wish that iOS had widgets, instead of relegating them to the notification center and limiting to what Apple provides. I also really wish Apple would have a "what is using my battery" screen like Android does.

Comment: Re:Why the big screens? (Score 1) 243

by awyeah (#45421773) Attached to: Apple Developing Curve Screen iPhones and Improved Sensors

Yeah, like smaller batteries, lower clock rates, lower resolution screens, and dual core processors...just like an iPhone. The problem with Android is its crappy software not its inability to make smaller phones with "premium" specs. Apple proves that less hardware does just fine as long as you don't suck.

That's true. Aside from the fact that I'm astonished that people - mainly Android fanboys - still judge me based on the kind of phone I use (iPhone 4S) - seriously, why do you care? - I'm constantly asked about specs. And your comment hits the nail on the head, comparing specs is not really a useful metric.

My 2+-year-old iPhone, with an 800MHz CPU and 512MB of RAM still performs better than a lot of current Android devices on the market. Granted, certain things - like 3D gaming performance - are probably lacking these days, but the day-to-day stuff performs noticeably smoother.

Comment: Re:Already done (Score 1) 382

by awyeah (#44319443) Attached to: Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

It often is a common feed. This is how the emergency alert system works, at least as I understand it - but note that I am no expert. I'll use an example of a weather alert.

Weather warning is issued by the National Weather Service. The alert goes out (with the EAS tones, which actually contain modulated data containing information about the type of alert, the geographical area, timing, etc.) via NOAA Weather Radio.

Your local radio station(s), TV station(s), and cable provider(s) have a device, such as a Sage EAS ENDEC, which is tuned to the weather radio station. When an alert goes out, if it's on the list of "important" alerts, this device will preempt programming - the broadcaster usually has no direct control over it - automatically to get the alert out there.

This is probably why you heard all of them at the same time.

There is also a situation where some broadcasters listen to other broadcasters. For example, in my area, we have a 50,000 watt AM station (it actually covers something like 37 states on good days). When a tornado warning is issued, first it's the weather radio, then it's said AM station, and then everyone else, because everyone else gets it from the AM station.

There's much more to it than that, but that's how I understand it. Hope that helps.

Comment: Re:Phone alerts (Score 1) 382

by awyeah (#44317887) Attached to: Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

That's absolutely correct. However, with a NOAA weather radio, there's a good chance that you'll get even longer lead time.

For example, the tornado warning for Joplin was issued 17 minutes before that tornado touched the ground (source).

Obviously it's not practical to have a weather radio everywhere, and I'm certainly not going to carry one with me when I'm out and about...

But I will say this: I have seen these things be early and late. Fortunately I have other methods of getting severe weather warnings on my phone, which tend to be more reliably on time.

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