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Comment: Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (Score 1) 236

by sl149q (#48145025) Attached to: Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Not quite.

You need about double that to allow for losses pushing the power into storage and getting it back out.

And you need some additional capacity for generation and storage to allow for days when you run at less than 100% efficiency. E.g. cloud cover or winter.

So 1MW/h becomes 3MW/h becomes 6MW/h becomes maybe 10MW/h and you might have 1-2 days best case backup for bad weather.

Comment: Re:Sales figures are news now? (Score 1, Informative) 206

by sl149q (#47970199) Attached to: Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Except for:

- the iPhone 6 is, well the S3 is so old its not even in the comparative benchmarks published today by anandtech.... http://www.anandtech.com/show/..., but since the iPhone 6, 6+ and 5s are all faster than the Galaxy S5 we can assume that they are also faster than the S3

- the iPhone doesn't run Andoid ... nuff said

- the iPhone is not build by Sammy.. more nuff said :-)

Comment: Re:Why purchase service from provider in US then? (Score 1) 131

by sl149q (#47955757) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

This boils down to can a US court force an american entity to break a foreign law.

If for example Microsoft has enough access rights then the US Court can force them to access the data. If they did this there may be a cause of action in Ireland and it would be interesting to see if the US would allow extradition of a US citizen for charges based on this scenario.

If there is no access but Microsoft controls the foreign entity that does have access, can the court force Microsoft to direct the foreign entity to comply. And the foreign entity (remember a Microsoft owned company) refuses, what can the court do to Microsoft?

The proposed bill presumably all about removing these ambiguities.

Comment: Re:Or your fingerprint ... (Score 1) 504

by sl149q (#47940361) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Better yet, maintain a second iTunes/iCloud account with a different install image for your device.

Simply backup and then restore your device to a nice generic image with nothing indiscreet on it. With a simple (or no) passcode. Bonus points for also setting it up with some secondary gmail (or similar) accounts with some light traffic (mailing lists work well.)

Anyone looking at your device will see a simple normal device with nothing exciting.

You can of course restore to your main image later.

Comment: Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (Score 2) 504

by sl149q (#47940235) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

The US courts CAN compel you to disclose your keys in some specific circumstances. The canonical example was when child porn was seen on a screen and the owner managed to then turn the laptop(?) off. When rebooted it could not be seen because it was encrypted.

In that case the courts held that because the government already knew (had seen) that the kiddie porn was present they where not forcing the owner to disclose something unknown. So they could force him to hand over his keys.

Comment: Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (Score 1) 504

by sl149q (#47940181) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

People with pre iPhone 5S phones use 4 digit passcodes because they don't want to enter more than that everytime they unlock their phone.

Anyone with a 5S (or 6) will use TouchID for most access and a much longer passcode for when a passcode is required.

Comment: Re:didn't have to be worse.. (Score 3, Insightful) 207

by sl149q (#47904317) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

So if the referenced article is to be believed...

Sometime early in August Apple decided to to with ion strengthened glass for the new iPhone 6 models. They then cancelled the orders for sapphire screens and did what... with only six weeks to go before launch, probably several weeks into full production, they placed an order for 10 million or so screens? Its not like you can phone Digikey and ask for 10 million screens and please have them here in 24 hours please and thank.

Any decision about screens was made many months ago so that the Ion Screen manufacturer would have sufficient time to make them and ship them prior to when the iPhone 6's production needed to start. And initial production was probably in June.

So more likely March or April.

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