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Comment: Re: Because of Apple engineering (Score 1) 143

by pushing-robot (#47954385) Attached to: Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

Memory chips, NAND and DRAM, are usually quoted in Gb. Not GB. I WISH flash was at $0.125/GB.

Apple probably pays close to $50 for 128 gigs... Still a huge markup, but it's meant to offset the low (by Apple standards, at least) markups on their base models.

You can look up BOMs for more accurate estimates of product costs and margins... Just keep in mind that they don't include any company expenses (retail, transportation, support, R&D, sales & marketing, management, legal, and so on).

Comment: i want to keep chatting (Score 1) 206

by globaljustin (#47954327) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

your problem is you inherently do not understand the scientific method

there is no logical reason to even conduct a test like M$ did in my example...the factors are not salient

i tried to give you an example, but it just went right over your head

i used to be a design researcher...daily doing user testing in a non-corporate environment...i know what i'm talking about as much as anyone in the universe on this topic

i want to continue this conversation because your interest is actually intersting to me

i love this stuff, and it seems you have strong thoughts about HCI as well

so, to continue, maybe you could tell me why you think M$'s controller testing that I linked to was a good test?

what, in your mind, are they testing, what 'problem' are the working a hypothesis for?

Comment: Re:lockin (Score 0) 143

by Bing Tsher E (#47953841) Attached to: Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

You're using the word 'powerful' to describe an Apple Laptop, aren't you. As in 'powerfully overpriced.' Or 'powerful' in the sense that Limburgher Cheese has a powerful smell. Right?

Because power in computing is defined by what the user does with the hardware using software, not what some marketing price point dictates. And a powerful laptop ten years ago is still powerful today, thus a $300 laptop from WalMart is powerful in the right hands. A $1600 Mac Book Pro in the hands of the typical user is no more powerful than a $200 chromebook. But it looks shiney.

Comment: Re:Learning Lab (Score 1) 267

by ls671 (#47953713) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

"How are you UPS'ing for 6 hours?"

Yes, I used to use it as an Internet server with live websites and such on it but I have since moved those to a real data center because bandwidth was cheaper. I used to be able to stay up 48 hours on batteries if I shut down the desktop but I have reduced the number of batteries to half what it used to be after moving to a real data center for live sites that need to be up all the time. I also have a small generator that I can use to recharge the batteries but I usually do not bother now. I have to plug and start the generator manually. The desktop is in another room with electrical wiring running to that room. The desktop uses more power than the server because of the 4 screens and video cards. Nice video cards suck a lot of power. One of the desktop screen is a 50 inches TV not plugged into the UPS circuit. I use a USB extension cord for the wireless dongle that allows me to control the playing on the TV with a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Same kind of setup in the real data center, one big server running a bunch of qemu VMs with virtual networks separated by firewall rules.

You must still have enough room to hang clothes and what not in your 42u rack then...

Comment: Re:more direct connection to producers (Score 1) 159

by Bing Tsher E (#47953421) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

The Chinese 'Paypal' has a lot of work to even earn the level of trust that Paypal has managed to earn.

Why would anybody sane keep money in a Paypal Account. You siphon it out immediately through a checking account that you also keep very little money in. Yes, clueless people get ripped off by Paypal. That doesn't mean everyone does.

Just because he's dead is no reason to lay off work.