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Comment: Re:What does this have to do with Apple/iPhone??? (Score 2) 158

That was exactly my thought too. But at least it's better than the original headline, which was trimmed due to length: "Tesla teardown reveals driver-facing electronics built by suppliers for the iPhone 6, made by Apple, who uses Foxconn, home of underage mistreated slave laborers who kill themselves."

But the bigger question is, will a Tesla blend?

Comment: Re:5K display (and computer) for $2500 (Score 3, Informative) 354

by sootman (#48165125) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

> There is a good possibility that the new iMacs can also be used as a monitor as well.

Likely not. The old Mac had a totally typical display. But now it's 5k, and...

Thunderbolt at 10 Gbit/s wasn't fast enough to drive 4K, which needs about 16 Gbit/s. Thunderbolt 2 at 20 Gbit/s can drive 4K, but not 5120Ã--2880, which needs 28 Gbit/s.1 The only promising standard on the horizon is DisplayPort 1.3 at 32 Gbit/s, but that spec is being finalized later in 2014, which means we're probably still years away from anything supporting it.

Marco Arment, January 2014

Wikipedia now says "DisplayPort version 1.3 was released on September 15, 2014." So yeah, no way is this iMac is supporting input based on a month-old spec.

Comment: Re:Touch ID for $100?? (Score 1) 354

by sootman (#48164647) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Wow, you're right, I didn't catch that. I thought the Mini 3 got the A8X like the Air, since last year Apple made such a big deal that the only difference between the Mini and the Air was the size. Very disappointing, and yeah, definitely not worth $100.

OTOH, in the glass-is-half-full land, look how cheap the awesome iPad Mini 2 is! :D

Comment: QUIT WHINING (Score 1) 237

by sootman (#48146461) Attached to: Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

If rich companies like Apple and FB want to burn cash seeing what it's like to do large solar deployments, for fuck's sake SHUT THE FUCK UP AND LET THEM! "Oh no, this problem can't be 100% solved overnight, so no one should be trying anything at all!" No, they won't cover 100% of their power bill on the first day, but they'll cover some of it, and they'll learn a lot along the way, and it's only going to get better over time. By the time it IS viable, they will have already reached capacity and paid off all their costs and they'll be reaping the rewards while the next companies are just starting to get set up.

It's called INVESTING and LEARNING. Look into it. "Thought leader" or not, maybe -- JUST MAYBE -- the folks at Apple and FB know something about data centers too. Or maybe they just don't give a shit. It's like people who buy Teslas -- no, you're not going to save money over buying a gas-powered Civic. But that's not the point.

Put no trust in cryptic comments.