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Comment: Re:Unhappy campers - Please take Apple's advice. (Score 1) 534

by calstraycat (#32780748) Attached to: Apple To Issue a 'Fix' For iPhone 4 Reception Perception

Good god. Yes, I watched the video. Like I said, interfering with the antenna causes data performance degradation.. It's fucking physics.

Do you own an iPhone? If not, why the fuck do you care?

If you do, return the fucking thing and be done with it.

That was my point. If all the iPhone owners do the same (instead of whining and playing amateur RF engineer) then Apple might change their tune.

Christ, is this shit really so hard to understand?

Comment: Re:Unhappy campers - Please take Apple's advice. (Score 1) 534

by calstraycat (#32778822) Attached to: Apple To Issue a 'Fix' For iPhone 4 Reception Perception

The video proves the issue is exactly the same as every other phone i.e. if you hold it in a way that interferes with the antenna, data communication performance suffers. But that's beside the point.

If the phone does not perform to your expectations, return it. Apple even went as far as to suggest that course of action in their PR letter. That's how you send a message to a company, not by whining on the internet and linking to someone's useless video. If the phone is a piece of shit, people should and will return it in mass.

Comment: Unhappy campers - Please take Apple's advice. (Score 5, Insightful) 534

by calstraycat (#32774976) Attached to: Apple To Issue a 'Fix' For iPhone 4 Reception Perception

To all the folks unhappy with both the performance of the new iPhone and Apple's response, please heed the advise in this portion of the press release:

"As a reminder, if you are not fully satisfied, you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund."

Seriously. Please.

All this ridiculous, over-the-top, self-righteous indignation and emotional hand-wringing over a gadget not meeting your expectations is just pathetic.

Apple has taken a stand on this issue. They say it works as designed and claim the reception is better than their previous model. You think they're full of shit? Great. Quit posting whiney, indignant messages on the internet and return the goddam thing.

If the problem is half as bad as all the stories make it out to be, Apple will be flooded with returns and that will have a much greater effect that millions of lines of internet bitching.

Disclosure: I'm a satisfied owner of several Apple products. I don't own an iPhone and have no plans to purchase one. My wife and I have free-with-subscription LG phones on Verizon. Oh, and guess what? If I hold the phone by the bottom, signal degrades. If I hold it that way in an area with poor cell coverage, service is lost entirely. You think if I submit my sob story to Slashdot, Gizmodo, CNET, CNN, etc. they will make it front page news?

Comment: Weight "Problem": Battery + Glass (Score 2, Insightful) 750

by calstraycat (#31738412) Attached to: iPad Review

While I don't have any empirical data or specs to back up this claim, I strongly suspect the greatest contributors to the overall weight of the iPad are the glass screen and the battery. So, the only way to substantially reduce the weight would be to go with a plastic screen and a smaller battery. If they did that everyone would bitch about scratches and poor battery life.

Cellphones

+ - EU wants standard for mobile phone connectors-> 1

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Jantastic
Jantastic writes "European Commissioner Günter Verheugen (Industry) wants manufacturers of mobile phones to come up with a standard connector for chargers and microphones. If companies fail to do so, proposed legislation should speed up this process. Original story in Dutch here, funny English translation here. In theory, this could improve competition, while enabling longer lifecycles for these devices."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Obscene waste of SEC resources (Score 1) 187

by calstraycat (#26548241) Attached to: Apple Disclosures About Jobs To Face SEC Review

Well, isn't that rich. We are in an economic crisis which was caused, in part, by the SEC being deliberately asleep-at-the-wheel. Now they are going to redeem themselves by appeasing a bunch of whiners who wouldn't be satisfied if Steve Jobs published all of his health records online.

Investors and would-be investors know absolutely everything they need to know. Steve Jobs had cancer and, as such, will likely die at an age lower than the national average. He is sick again. So sick that he's taking six months off work.

That's all you need to know.

If you currently own stock and think that the loss of Steve Jobs as CEO will cause the stock price to drop, you should sell your shares now. If you believe Apple will continue thrive without him, then you should hold your position.

If you are not a current stockholder, you should decide which of the above you believe and invest your money accordingly.

That's it.

If you feel you need to know more about the Steve Jobs' health, you are f*#%ing soulless ghoul.

Comment: Re:Cue the "Jobs is dying, Apple is doomed" storie (Score 1) 371

by calstraycat (#26142791) Attached to: Jobs Not Giving This Year's Macworld Keynote

Lawyers and the SEC? I've heard nothing of lawyers or the SEC demanding information regarding the CEO's health.

The only people speculating and demanding disclosure are blowhard journalists and stock market manipulators. The basis for their "concern" is purely from an ignorant and amateur medical diagnosis based on pictures and video.

Hell, Senator Bill Frist was rightly admonished for performing a video diagnosis of Terri Shiavo and he has a medical school degree.

Why the hell should Apple's board respond to a bunch of chicken-little wankers in the tech and financial press?

Frankly, I admire Apple for not feeding the trolls.

Comment: Re:Cue the "Jobs is dying, Apple is doomed" storie (Score 2, Insightful) 371

by calstraycat (#26142493) Attached to: Jobs Not Giving This Year's Macworld Keynote

I can't say that I agree with you. The "large part" of the blame lies with sensationalist journalists and stock price manipulators.

Name one other company where people demand they to go on record regarding the health of the CEO when some band of journalists decides to perform an amateur medical diagnosis based on photographs and videos.

Senator Bill Frist was rightly admonished for performing a "video diagnosis" of Terri Schiavo...and he has a medical school degree. Why should Apple respond when a bunch of blowhards with no medical training whatsoever do the same thing with Steve Jobs?

The board is required to divulge information about his health if it affects his ability to do his job. They are under no obligation to respond to nutjobs and market makers.

Comment: Cue the "Jobs is dying, Apple is doomed" stories.. (Score 4, Insightful) 371

by calstraycat (#26142003) Attached to: Jobs Not Giving This Year's Macworld Keynote

...and watch the stock crater tomorrow.

Unfortunately, ever since Jobs lost significant weight as a result of his surgery (an obligatory side effect for the type of surgery he had), MacWorld keynotes have become a "Steve Jobs Death Watch" for the press. Before, during and after the keynote, more ink is spent on speculations regarding his health than the product announcements.

I think one side benefit of Apple's abandoning MacWorld is the press can no longer turn it into a morbid event.

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Rocketman Crosses Colorado Gorge 71

Posted by samzenpus
from the up-up-and-away dept.
nandemoari writes "Remember the 1991 film, 'The Rocketeer,' where a young pilot uses a jetpack prototype to become a masked vigilante and win the heart of Jennifer Connelly? That scenario isn't as far-fetched as it once was, given that an American stuntman recently used a jetpack to soar over Colorado's Royal Gorge. The stuntman in question is one Eric Scott, who recently appeared on CBS' Early Show and a variety of local cable channels after making his daring leap. Scott has been testing jetpack devices for 16 years, and was confident that he wouldn't plummet to his untimely death when he straddled the Gorge above the Arkansas River earlier this week. Despite an enormous gulf between the two sides — 1,500 feet across and 1,000 feet down — Scott made the trip safely."
Networking

+ - Departing AT&T chief vows to end net neutralit

Submitted by calstraycat
calstraycat (320736) writes "In a farewell address to executives, AT&T chief Ed Whitacre called for the end of net neutrality. 'There’s a problem. It’s called Net Neutrality,' Whitacre told the heirs to AT&T’s telecommunications empire. 'Well, frankly, we say to hell with that. We’re gonna put up some toll booths and start charging admission.' If that were not scary enough, his confidence that congress will bow to his wishes is downright frightening: 'Will Congress let us do it?' Whitacre asks his colleagues. 'You bet they will — cuz we don’t call it cashin’ in. We call it 'deregulation'.'"

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