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Comment Re:Uber supporters (Score 0) 180

I can get an Uber any time of the day or night to take me where I want to go. An Uber shows up within 5 minutes - always. If I call the taxi company for a cab, one may or may not show up between 45 minutes and an hour - if one shows up at all. Uber drivers are held accountable for the condition of their cars, their appearance, their personality. Taxi drivers stink, are rude and their cars are always a mess. I would never use a taxi. I always use uber.
Better yet, for the world traveler, Uber works in pretty much all major cities, tied to the same account. No messing around with local vs foreigner rates, tipping, blah blah blah. Just get in and GO. Then get OUT when you arrive. I HATE arguing with cabbies over fares, rates etc etc. it's absurd. Uber gets rid of all that and gives me a simple interface and one point of billing. If Uber was forced out of my city, I'd go buy a car rather than use Taxis.

Comment Re:will they "cost no more to" buy? (Score 1) 180

Well it's down to 55c/ kWh over an entire year. Over 11 years it's actually cheaper than electricity. Assuming 50% utilization and a 25 year service life (rated, real world is expected to be 30) they are in fact both cheaper than grid electricity and by quite a bit! Especially if you are living on an island. Which about a billion humans are right now.

Comment Re:will they "cost no more to" buy? (Score 1) 180

Solar's pretty close to being cheaper than buying it from the local power company. Like, really, really close. Google's got a big fat bounty for reducing the transformer/inverter down in cost and size, that's the last step. Lithium battery tech is about to make a huge generational leap, solar panels are very nearly free (they pay for themselves in the first year), it's just the controller/inverters.
Hell if someone would sell a 2-Ton DC-powered Air Conditioning unit wired directly to some solar panels and an ultra capacitor, that alone would drop your power bill by 70% in the summer here in Texas and 30-60% during the rest of the year. Trickle charge some small batteries for daily stuff. Electronics just absolutely sip power these days. My 40" HDTV uses just 40 watts - that's one third of the power my 2.1 "home theater" system uses.
It might sound fanatical but other than my dish washer, washing machine, air conditioning and dryer, I don't think there's any one device that uses more than 100w of power in my house any more.

Comment Re:Money in my bank account? (Score 1) 174

Given that I said it's also a gaming device for me, that's one way where 'more' is roughly equivalent to 'better'. And actually, per clock, we're using less power. The new Apple processors are a lot more efficient than the old ones.

The camera in this phone isn't just 'marginally' better, it's a lot better. Better optics, faster focusing.

Browsing the web is faster, which is meaningful because of how bloated and bad the web has gotten.

I can use TouchID, which doesn't sound like a big advance, but it really saves me a lot of time and gives me a measurable amount of additional security. I've upgraded from a 4 or 6 digit passcode to something that's more than 15 characters long, and I don't have to type it in every single time I want to do something on the phone. My thumbprint is theoretically something someone could duplicate, but when you look at the people that have 'hacked' the phone that way, it's incredibly time and resource intensive. If someone wants my phone that bad, there's nothing I could've done to stop them anyway. They certainly would've cracked any passcode I had.

But basically, arguing against the progress in phones as good or useful or noteworthy is just shouting at clouds. The phones are better the way our PCs are better. Does that mean we should upgrade every year? Or even every two? Probably not--this world has enough waste as it is. But I do do 'more' on my phone than I ever have before. It's the central piece of technology in my life, and I perform more tasks on it than I used to. I don't use my desktop computer as much because I can lean on my phone more heavily. How is that not 'more'?

Comment Re:Bloatware? (Score 1) 213

Then you hide the app in a folder like everyone else. The app itself literally only takes up less than 1MB, I think. I'm looking on my phone and it reads 4.7MB, but that's all 'Documents and Data', which is probably a cached old podcast that I used to test it out.

But there's a reason why the overwhelming majority of podcast listeners are on iPhones--not only does the iTunes store make podcast discovery really easy, but having a default app on the phone really simplifies the matter.

Comment Re:Eh (Score 1) 213

Actually, according to Anandtech, there seems to be a significant upgrade to Apple's IO on the 6s and 6s+--it looks like they took the SSD controller from a laptop and crammed it in there: http://anandtech.com/show/9662...

"Previous writers on the site have often spoken of Apple’s custom NAND controllers for storage in the iPhone, but I didn’t really understand what this really meant. In the case of the iPhone 6s, it seems that this means Apple has effectively taken their Macbook SSD controller and adapted it for use in a smartphone."

Sequential reads and writes are crazy fast on those two devices; they far outclass even the iPad Air 2, and certainly any Android devices. (Things fall back into line with the random read/writes, though.)

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 1) 213

They did no such thing. The single core score is right there--there are two bars per device--and it's almost twice as big as the next device. Just add up the numbers for an aggregate score, and it's trivially obvious that the phones are in the right order.

iPhone 6s+: 6885
Samsung S6: 6449
S6 Edge: 6446 ...

Comment Re:Two major problem with phone benchmarks (Score 5, Informative) 213

1. Javascript benchmarks are a real-world test, since these phones are constantly executing javascript when you use the browser. What you say is true, though--Apple has an advantage because it has both the best processor and best engine for executing javascript, so it's not showing exactly how powerful the CPU is. But that's what the synthetic benchmark is for.

2. The display on the iPhone isn't 'low res', it's just a lower resolution than the one on other phones. But that's a relevant trade-off, because it means that Apple can push those pixels faster, for less battery cost than other phones. It's a calculated trade-off, because nearly nobody can tell the difference. The games on the iPhone will look just as good or better. Don't blame Apple for not throwing pixels at a problem that doesn't exist.

Comment Re:Bloatware? (Score 2) 213

Apple's 'bloatware' is most irritating for the screen space that it takes up more than anything else. It's otherwise generally useful software if you don't already have a favourite app to do that thing. The Podcasts app on the iPhone is, apparently, basically the most used podcast listening app there is. The power of defaults is really strong, and a lot of those applications get used more than you'd expect. In terms of space, it takes up around 100MB, last I checked, which is a pretty trivial amount, even on a 16GB unit.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle