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Comment: Not a Story: Logistics (Score 1) 2

The first batch of product to market is sent by airfreight, which is expensive so you only send enough to satisfy a reasonable portion of the initial demand. Later, the product is sent by surface (ship) in larger quantities so there are more available and the supply/demand economics can start to kick in.

Comment: Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 1) 328

They have some nice niche products not related to the noise-cancelling tech. I used to travel a lot for work and a pair of these made life a little more comfortable; you can't wear headphones all the time. They are expensive and the sound is quite coloured, but the bass and the volume you get from such a tiny thing is impressive. I had an equaliser setting saved in iTunes to flatten them out a bit.

Comment: Re:Time and Distance are not measured the same way (Score 1) 254

by occasional_dabbler (#48119381) Attached to: What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

Dan East is not correct, time and distance are fundamentally the same thing


Well, maybe they're not exactly the same, but to say they are fundamentally different is a bit of a troll for somewhere like slashdot? The interviews are interesting and well worth watching anyway.

Comment: Re:Some physiologists (Score 3, Interesting) 254

by occasional_dabbler (#48119005) Attached to: What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

Also, whoever does finally break two hours is going to be an outlier on all of the charts, so looking at averages of statistical samples isn't going to help.

For example in my own case: I'm 49 and I ran 2:57 this year, which puts me in the top 2.5% overall and 1% for my age. For me to run my best I need a day temperature of around 60F so I'm way off that particular chart.

I also disagree with the idea that a flat course is necessarily the fastest. Of course you don't want mountains, but some small changes of gradient can allow changes in muscle usage leading to reduction of fatigue. I've run both Hamburg and Berlin several times; I find the slightly more undulating Hamburg to be noticably easier than Berlin.

Comment: Re:Useless (Score 5, Insightful) 304

by occasional_dabbler (#48010231) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed
I'm an aerospace engineer and I have designed and run plenty of tests for certification of aircraft parts. This test is fine as far as it goes but it is not testing the real issue, the FAA would have thrown me out of the room if I'd shown them this.

What the test shows is that most phones will resist a reasonable amount of bending when the load is applied uniformly at the centre. They all do pretty well. That's great.

The issue with the iPhone 6 Plus is that it has a weak corner, if you watch the 'bendgate' video you can clearly see that the bend line is not straight across the phone, but at an angle near to the weak spot.

A properly designed test would have clamped each phone flat with a corner sticking out unsupported and force applied until it suffered plastic deformation (stays bent). Each phone could have all four corners tested and the weakest result is the 'winner'. In such a test the iPhone 6 Plus would clearly fail at its weak point much more readily than any of the others.

Bad science.

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