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Comment: Re:What does this have to do with Apple/iPhone??? (Score 2) 156

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) 353

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) 353

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) 236

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.

Comment: The U.S. did this ages ago (Score 1) 314

Interesting stuff.

Although they are still technically legal tender in the United States, high-denomination bills were last printed on December 27, 1945, and officially discontinued on July 14, 1969, by the Federal Reserve System. The $5,000 and $10,000 effectively disappeared well before then.

The Federal Reserve began taking high-denomination bills out of circulation in 1969, after an executive order by President Nixon (rather than actual legislation passed by Congress). As of May 30, 2009, only 336 $10,000 bills were known to exist; 342 remaining $5,000 bills; and 165,372 remaining $1,000 bills. Due to their rarity, collectors will pay considerably more than the face value of the bills to acquire them. Some are even in other parts of the world in museums.

For the most part, these bills were used by banks and the Federal Government for large financial transactions. This was especially true for gold certificates from 1865 to 1934. However, the introduction of the electronic money system has made large-scale cash transactions obsolete. When combined with concerns about counterfeiting and the use of cash in unlawful activities such as the illegal drug trade and money laundering, it is unlikely that the U.S. government will re-issue large denomination currency in the near future, despite the amount of inflation that has occurred since 1969. (A $500 bill is now worth less, in real terms, than a $100 bill was worth in 1969) [emphasis mine]

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