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Comment ..inconvenient, gas-powered jalopy" (Score 1) 904

Is that guy serious?
Does he think that if he just starts calling petrol powered vehicles inconvenient that it becomes true?

As several others have pointed out, electric cars are massively inconvenient for those that drive a long commute and/or live in an apartment complex where no charging is possible.

There is simply no means of travel which is more convenient that petrol powered cars. I would love to have an electric car, but for where I live, it simply is out of the question given the massive limitations of today's battery and charging tech.

Comment Re:Does not really matter. (Score 2) 184

Actually, it does matter.
You will find that often times the belt clip gives a higher power density measurement than direct contact, This is normally down to two factors.
The wavelength of the band and the fact that most clips have a metal spring. This spring can have a coupling affect and change the radiation pattern of the phone.

Comment Re:..and so? (too many WATTS) (Score 4, Informative) 184

Actually, there should not be any phones transmitting at 3 watts.
The highest in the US is GSM in the 850 MHz band. That is 2 watts, or 33 dBm.
Of course, nowadays most phones are using either UMTS or LTE.

So, in the same band, or any band for that matter will have a maximum output power of 24 dBm or 251 mW. Of course, by law you can transmit up to 7 Watts in some bands, but the networks do not allow for these high power class devices, so 24 dBm is the highest you will see as a consumer.

Comment Re:warm phone (Score 1) 184

You cannot "boost the radio" to get better reception. Reception is a function of the receiver and not one of output power. This is dictated by the gain of the antenna and receiver sensitivity. Depending on the band in use, that would be around -103 dBm TIS (Total Isotropic sensitivity).

Of course, this is an average in free space measured in a sphere. There will certainly be angles at which the performance is poor relative to the peak sensitivity.

Comment Complete and Utter nonsense (Score 4, Informative) 184

Seriously, this is utter nonsense.

Is SAR testing performed in body worn configuration using the belt clip? Sure it is. It is also done and various angles.

It is also tested against the head. It is also tested with a 1-5 mm separation distance. It is also tested with direct contact, and against the head, and extremities.
SAR is tested in a lot of configurations. Belt clips are just one of them.
Also, the author of the article clearly does not understand waveforms.
Putting a phone in your pocket does NOT mean that your exposure is higher than when using a belt clip having an 8mm separation distance. In fact, it is very often the case that the slight separation yields a higher power density than direct contact. This is of course due to the wavelength of that particular frequency.

Comment There is nuclear and then there is nuclear (Score 1) 292

Nuclear isn't evil at all. Heavy water nuclear reactor are however, stupid. Totally stupid.
There are several nuclear designs which produce a fraction of the waste, cannot melt down and are non-proliferation. I expect that last item is exactly why they are not used.
We do not need more heavy reactor plants.

Comment It's more than bloat, It is PTCRB (Score 1) 167

While I agree that this time around they are all very, very slow, it is important for people to understand that in the US, the phone manufacturers cannot just "release" new software when ever they want.
Nearly all carriers in the US are members PTCRB. When you update the software, you need to test and re-certify it. You need to update your SVN number as well.
This takes time.
Grants, not as long as it is taking. Unless of course, there are some fundamental issues which cause the protocol tests to fail.

Comment Why is this flamebait? (Score 2) 534

Seriously, why is this guy's comment flamebait? Apple does this. They move billions of euros through Ireland to avoid paying any taxes.
I find it curious that so many Slashdoters have no problem when a company uses all the advantages of society and yet refuses to contribute to keeping the society going. In this case, literally racking in billions upon billions in profit while barely contributing to the tax base.

Why do you think this is a good thing?

I work for a small company. We have only about 80 people. So, while we may not make as many jobs as Apple does we do pay our taxes. We also still have a profit.

Comment Re:America is HUGE (Score 1) 255 China tiny?
The internet in China is way faster on average than in the US. And the just started!.

Americans seem to be unable to wrap their heads around this simple fact...
Without a strong broadband service, your entire economy will be overtaken in time. You people do the same thing with education. All these stupid morons with no kids...derp derp, why should I have to pay taxes for education derp derp?? They never seem to understand that an uneducated country is a dead country. A country of mcdonalds workers.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long