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Comment Re:This is not something new for Apple (Score 1) 204

Can't we judge both on their merits? By all accounts the Samsung recall has been hamfisted. Yes, they announced a "replacement program" quickly, but waited a week (and after airlines in multiple countries called out that model phone for a ban) before telling users to stop using the phone and didn't call it a recall. They failed to coordinate with U.S. safety authorities. Only yesterday did they officially recall the phone.

Comment Re:This is not something new for Apple (Score 1) 204

Are you sure it was a temperature sensor? Like this scenario, I understood the problem to be a solder issue. Reflowing the solder would fix it permanently. Temperature changes would swell/compress the components enough to create a solid connection on a temporary basis. I've seen various solder issues since they started using solder without lead.

Comment Re:Nexus 4 had it (Score 2) 204

As the article mentions, in Apple's case it has nothing to do with the digitizer. You'll still have the problem after replacing it. The problem is two IC chips on the motherboard--likely the solder holding it to the board. Interesting. the article says they need to replace the chips instead of just reflowing or resoldering the old ones back. Maybe it's shorting out the chip? This isn't the first time, by far, that soldering has been an issue on a portable device. I think it was my 4s that developed a solder issue with the wifi chip. I had an issue on an earlier phone where the top half of the touchscreen stopped working (wasn't sure if it was the digitizer or a similar issue to this). Everyone keeps blaming the thinness and bending, but before this everyone was pointing at lead-free solder being more brittle and prone to developing bad solder joints. My guess is that it's a combination (but bending is easier to explain).

Comment Re:Too much power needed for GPU these days... (Score 2) 182

at least, they have to be able to play very well at around 1680x1050 or 1440x900 on one of those lower-power-draw cards (e.g. Nvidia 650 or AMD 7850).

I'm not sure what your desktop resolution is (I'm guessing it's around there). I feel like that's a bit much to expect a computer speced to run a desktop operating system (when using the 3d portion it's only doing basic texturing/compositing) being asked to run modern 3d game at full resolution. Commodity desktop computers have always lagged behind even mainstream modern games. Quake 1 required a floating-point math co-processor I didn't have, then games required 3d cards. There was usually a transition (software rendering mode when 3d cards were needed, PCI 3d cards when AGP started getting popular), but generally they had to be played at a significantly lower resolution and frame rate if they could play at all.

If this model wasn't profitable, they wouldn't be doing it. While there's obviously a market for games like The Sims and Myst (they're some of the top-selling PC games of all time), that's not the same market Crysis 3 is going after.

Comment Re:Just buy new hardware! (NOT) (Score 2) 417

What model does he have? What browsers are you talking about?

Chrome supports 10.5(sidebar)
Firefox supports 10.5
Safari supports 10.5

I did read an article the other week that Chrome is thinking about dropping 10.5 support in a few months.

Is this a ppc Mac? I just looked it up, and that was announced 7 years ago. It looks like they were selling them until Aug 06 (6 years ago), but if you purchased one in that time you can't really expect newer software to work.

Comment Re:Standard practice? (Score 1) 192

All of the banks I've used require 4-5 days, verification, and send email notice (sometimes a post card) when you're transferring to an account for the first time. I'm not saying people should be flippant about their bank login info--but banks seem to do a decent job of notifying users about risky changes to their account (as long as your email isn't compromised, too).

Comment Re:Bloat (Score 4, Interesting) 126

I have LibreOffice downloaded, but only use it once every few months...so I haven't followed too closely (or really care too much about how efficient it is). But I thought one of the first things the LibreOffice team planned to do was remove the Java dependency everyone had been complaining about for years for causing bloat and slowing things down.

Comment Re:OpenSolaris but not FreeBSD? (Score 2) 306

That's why Apple swapped their monolithic data blobs (for iPhoto, Aperture, etc) in to smaller files when Time Machine was released--like Sparse Bundle Disk Images, for example. Since the data is banded across multiple files, when some data is changed, you only need to back up the affected bands. I believe they marketed this as "Time Machine Aware" and advised third-party apps to adopt this approach. I thought Time Machine's approach was clever given the constraints of a traditional file system (in lieu of using something like zfs).

Comment Re:HA! (Score 1) 176

*embarrassed* I read them over but missed the data options mixed with the voice plans. About 6months ago I went over all of the options I knew about and was frustratingly disappointed.

Thanks for reading more carefully than I did. I'm looking to sign up with one of these guys after work today.

Comment Re:HA! (Score 2) 176

Maybe it's just me being picky and not a competition issue...but I rarely get close to 400min/mo. That's the smallest plan offered (unless I'm a senior) and I pay $39. I have a smart phone, but don't have a data plan (use wifi only)--but would love to have one. I think a data plan would cost another $20-30 (about $70 total before taxes).

None of those plans would really fit my needs. What I would prefer is similar to what I saw in London; a pay-as-you-go talk and data system. Nobody in the US has pay-as-you-go data and the pay-as-you-go talk stuff has weird rules where things expire at the end of the month or you get charged a dollar a day.

I'm willing to believe that I'm an outlier and one of the few who can look past that impulse to pay nothing up front in exchange for a contract and high monthly bill.

Comment Re:Once you have discovered (Score 2) 674

I can't remember the specific article I read, but hopefully the Loudness War is coming to an end because of the rise of digital streaming (and their normalization and other volume adjusting algorithms), but who knows, that could start a Dynamics War.

Wikipedia has some info on it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war#2010s

Comment Re:Frist to get jailbroken... (Score 1) 312

Is this the one you type in the lock screen? I just found and read the article and it's unclear. If so, I thought the iPhone makes you wait longer and longer after consecutive failed attempts which would slow down a brute-force attack quite a bit. Also, I can't remember if it was an Exchange policy, a feature on the iPhone (or of Android), but I thought I remember seeing a setting that would wipe the phone after 10 consecutive failed attempts.

Comment Re:Great Opertunity For Google (Score 4, Informative) 199

Steve Jobs said it at the WWDC keynoe when it was announced in June of last year:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP37O0horpY#t=6m44s
"We're going to the standards bodies starting tomorrow and we're going to make FaceTime an open industry standard."

Sorry for the YouTube link, I couldn't load Quicktime streaming here.
http://www.apple.com/apple-events/wwdc-2010/

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