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Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 594

by shmlco (#48295247) Attached to: Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

"The term Tourism implies something innocuous."

Right. Tell that to people who travel to Africa and the MidEast. Tell that to people who travel to places where they can deep dive and skydive and base jump and ski glaciers and participate in other extreme, high-risk sports.

BTW, I'm ignoring the 5-10% number you pulled out of thin air in an attempt to provide at least some substance to you argument. There's no baseline for risk assessment at this point in time.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 594

by shmlco (#48295163) Attached to: Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

"But if you're actually trying to make another kind of craft, you should be experimenting on that, not a completely different kind and hoping that maybe by chance you'll find something useful."

So what you're saying is that the Wright Brothers should have started working on a F-22 Raptor. It's not like they really needed to experiment and improve materials, power plants, air frames, control systems, or avionics first.

Comment: Re:What happened to DFM? (Score 1) 408

by shmlco (#47979389) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

"... make one wonder why the pinouts were not placed near the components..."

Because the same components are often used in different phones? Because the board is on one side of the phone and the components are on the other? Because adding more traces to route from a chip to a pinout on the edge can make the circuit board wider or require additional layers?

Apple employs some of the best designers and engineers in the business, but some AC here on /. thinks they know more.

"... just a matter of time before someone makes a modular phone..."

Which will work just as well as modular laptops and modular desktops. What you fail to get is that phones, like computers, are systems. Swapping out a "modular" camera just doesn't work, because on the iPhone the camera depends on advances in the CPU, GPU, and image processing chips. Just like swapping out a CPU in a 3-yro desktop rarely gives you a major performance gain, because that CPU isn't running on a system with a faster memory bus, faster interface bus, and better peripherals. Systems are just that, systems.

Further, every socket and connector you add increases costs, increases the size of the device (or decreases internal volume, e.g. battery space), and decreases reliability.

Comment: Re:Apple REULEZ! (Score 1) 408

by shmlco (#47975611) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

"Well, sorry. You'll just have to deal with it until the situation improves."

Improves? You mean, until the sheep switch and buy Galaxy Notes or some other "cool" Android phone?

Personally, I think the term "sheep" applies more to the people who walk into a phone store and walk out with whatever the salesperson was pushing that particular day, be it an iPhone or a HTC One.

Comment: Re:Expensive and complicated? (Score 1) 97

by shmlco (#47931987) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

"... photo development was cheap and common enough to fully automate at a kiosk in the mall."

And why, pray tell, would someone who cared about photographic quality process film and make prints at a kiosk in the mall? Crappy processing and crappy prints, and with automated printing and color correction you have no idea as to what the hell went wrong (or right) with your images.

Shoot pro-grade E100, or Velvia, and you paid $10-12 per roll of film plus $10/roll commercial processing, or at least $20/roll combined. Shoot a dozen rolls at an event, and you just blew through $250 in 1980's dollars.

So yeah, I'd call it "pricey".

Comment: Re:Trust us with your payments (Score 4, Informative) 730

by shmlco (#47866937) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

You take a picture of the card and that information is used to confirm with the bank that you're the card holder. The phone then gets a digital certificate that stored in the encrypted enclave and the photo is zapped. No credit card data is stored on the phone, nor on Apple's servers.

When you go to buy something the phone uses the cert to generate a one-time token and security code that's given to the merchant terminal via NFC and unlocked via TouchID.

The merchant doesn't get a name, doesn't get a card number, doesn't get a security code, and doesn't get a pin number, and as such, the thing is about a million times more secure than the existing magnetic swipe card system.

Comment: Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (Score 1) 330

And all that's not the point. Again, all of that technology could be used in a hybrid in order to make the hybrid more efficient. Once developed, it can be copied or licensed and put into a hybrid that gets 100 MPG instead of the 50 you get now, or the 50 mpg a "SkyActiv" ICE-only car produces. Or even 150-200 mpg, once you factor in PHEV systems and conponents.

As to wheel bearings, drag, transmissions, power take-off components (A/C, Alternator), and so on, that's part and parcel of hybrid technology, and for that matter, electric vehicles in general. (Go look up how GM talked about having to make new low-power windshield-wiper motors for the Volt.)

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