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Comment Re:The Market (Score 1) 427

Moreover, with lawnmowers, some weight is a good thing.

There are some things where people associate weight with quality(expensive watches, bar glasses, pens, etc). A low weight lawnmower may be associated with being cheap and flimsy. So having the battery weigh more is actually a good thing for the lawnmower. There's probably an optimal point where you want the lawnmower to weigh enough so it feels sturdy (and stays where you put it), but not so heavy that an average person finds it unwieldy.

In contrast, with a consumer electronic device where lighter is always better and any weight from the battery is a bad thing. So the manufacturer has to spend more money to try to get the battery to way less.

I think the spokesperson from Sony showed Mr. Ockenden a lot of patience in actually answering his question, rather than just calling him an idiot for comparing laptop and lawnmower batteries, which was fully within his rights to do.

Comment Re:Size matters (Score 1) 427

I imagine there's also some lifespan and related warranty issues.

Laptops see a lot of use and the batteries are probably going through nearly continuous discharge/charge cycles. In contrast a lawnmower would be used maybe weekly or power tools that would be used intermittently. There's probably some relationship to the number of times the battery goes through a charging cycle and the additional cost. Note that even if both items have a 1 year warranty, the fact the laptop's battery goes through more frequent charge/discharge cycles and more frequent use, the risk of a failure requiring a replacement is higher likely resulting in some additional warranty costs that need to be considered.

I think the original author should have thought through his rant a bit more before he posted it.

Comment Re:SMS? (Score 3, Informative) 39

Strictly speaking, SMS has more in common with voice than the regular data traffic (email, http, etc). SMS travels across the digital control channel within the broadcast messages for the voice channels. Within the core of the network, it's transported on the SS7 network, which is the control network used for voice. So it is segregated from regular data.

IMS-based instant messaging will adapt fine to a 4G network, but there has to be some sort of standardized SS7 and IP gateway mechanism for the IMS network. It's not hard, but it's easier for operators if there's a reference that the operators can use.

Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Manjoo says Macs are cheaper than PCs

sg3000 writes: "Flamewar! Don your flame retardant pants because Farhad Manjoo of Salon.com has an interesting suggestion. Because Macs have a higher resale value than PCs, they're cheaper than their Windows equivalents. He compared a Mac Mini bought a year ago to an HP Pavilion, and found that the Mac Mini was cheaper when you took resale on Ebay into account. What do you think?"
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Cisco buys WiMAX vendor Navini

sg3000 writes: "Cisco announced that they purchased WiMAX vendor Navini. As their site says, this represents a reversal of Cisco's position on WiMAX, when back in 2004, they stated that they weren't interested in building WiMAX radio access network equipment. WiMAX has come a long way since 2004, and today's environment suggests that WiMAX is much more promising."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - USA Today on early WiMAX deployments in USA

sg3000 writes: "Nearly two years after the standard was ratified in December 2005, mobile WiMAX has been heating up. USA Today reports that the first users in NYC and Chicago are deploying WiMAX and are enjoying it. Surprising for a consumer-grade report, the article contrasts the licensed (WiMAX and 3G mobile) versus unlicensed (WiFi) situation well. The usual suspects are represented: Motorola, Clearwire, and Sprint are positive. AT&T says WiMAX is limited to fixed wireless deployments and mobile users would be best served with HSPA."
Software

Submission + - Microsoft's Plot to Kill QuickTime

Mail.app writes: Following the 1997 agreement between Apple and Microsoft, there was a surface appearance that the two companies were now working as partners instead of rivals. "In many ways, this was actually true," says Daniel Eran Dilger, who then launches into a history of rivalry between Apple and Microsoft, citing testimony from the Microsoft monopoly trial to paint a secret story of desperation and intrigue between the largest installed base of media software, and Apple's aging, third place QuickTime. Why did Microsoft Plot to Kill QuickTime?
Power

Submission + - 5 Best Environmental Tech Inventions of 2007

kitzilla writes: "Nanotech batteries. LED lighting. Super-efficient MOCVD solar panel technology. It may seem early to be compiling a retrospective of this year's best environmental tech inventions, but 2007 is shaping up as a watershed for eco-tech. Practical wave-generated power, anyone? With social and political attention turning toward the environment, there's finally market-driven pressure to move sustainability solutions out of the lab and into people's homes and driveways. Here's a quick look at the immediate future."
Biotech

Submission + - Cat Gives Birth To Dogs?

Anonymous Coward writes: "Woman In Brazil claims her cat gave birth to puppies and MSNBC is running with it. They are calling in a scientist to test the offspring to see for sure whether they are canine of feline. However, that does nothing to prove they came from the cat in question. Also, the owner claims cat gave birth to both canine and feline offspring at the same time, but all the felines died. Locals are crying hoax? Does anyone blame them? MSNBC Story"
Movies

Submission + - 'Halo' movie will be re-pitched next year

Alex writes: "Although the 'Halo' movie is now officially on hold, insiders say Microsoft and producer Peter Jackson will continue script and visual development with hopes of re-pitching studios next year or in 2008 after the 'Halo 3' vidgame is released, presumably to big success. Entertainment trade Variety has the full sccop: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117953031.html?c ategoryId=13&cs=1"
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Diebold replaces defective voting machine part

saintlupus writes: According to this article, everyone's favorite defenders of liberty at Diebold replaced defective components in over four thousand voting machines after telling voting officials there were "no problems". From the article:
Even so, the two leading candidates for governor — Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) — have called on voters to use absentee ballots in the election, citing uncertainties about the reliability of Maryland's system.
Privacy

Submission + - Computer voting company under investigation in US

An anonymous reader writes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6098256.stm The BBC is reporting that a computer voting terminal company is under investigation in the US; but it ain't Diebold. The company in question, Smartmatic and it's Seqouia voting machines, are being investigated because they were by bought by a group with Venezuelian members.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Exchange conversion

apolinsky writes: "I work for a large agency which is currently a complete Microsoft shop. For several years I have been suggesting starting to explore open source alternatives to proprietary ones. It appears I may be having some (very slight) effect on the administration. What open source alternatives are there to Microsoft exchange, and what would be entailed in moving the current data from Exchange to the proposed alternative? Has anyone been involved in a large conversion? We currently have between 18000 and 20000 desktops supported by Exchange. Alan"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Zillow.com: So bad it ought to be banned?

netbuzz writes: "The National Community Reinvestment Coalition says real-estate site Zillow.com is so lousy at estimating property values that it amounts to consumer fraud. In addition, the group says Zillow discriminates because its estimates are even worse in black and Latino areas. The NCRC wants the Federal Trade Commission to pull the plug on Zillow, which is sure to alarm the venture capitalists who have dropped $57 million on the company. While Zillow's estimates are indeed all over the map, the NCRC's beef seems thin. Buyer (and seller) beware would seem sufficient here.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/9085 "

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