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Comment Re:Analogue vs Digital, and DRM (Score 2) 467

USB Type-C allows for analog out to a pair of dumb headphones. You can either connect a pair of native Type-C dumb headphones (dumbphones?) or a 3.5mm set of dumbphones to a $3 adapter.
There will also be digital headphones and powered dumphones, but USB Type-C can totally be used to pass an analog signal from inside the phone, directly to a tiny set of speakers strapped to your head. There's no DRM in analog audio signals.

Comment It's about the battery backpack, stupid. (Score 2) 55

The clip on backpack battery represents a throwback to the old StarTac (pre-RAZR) days where you could get a slimline battery (which was for chumps) or this mutant cancer battery bulge, which gave you something like a week worth of standby. It was ugly, but holy wow it was an official manufacturer-built battery backpack, not unlike what they're making now.
Being able to buy a phone with a first party batter backpack puts Motorola on the radar of a lot of people who crave a true all-day phone. I'm certainly looking at it now.
I have a Nexus 5x which while having an average battery life, I went on a company offsite outing today and had to bring a USB battery bank to keep it from running out of juice. I suspect there are other people out here that demand more battery life than the average phone is capable of giving.
Nobody actually cares about the pico projector or... whatever the other one was. Everyone paying attention to this as a positive attribute is totally focused on the first party battery backpack. If I bought a Moto Z, I'd buy three backpacks, one for current use, one for the office (on a charger) and one at my house as a backup, all ready to hot-swap. I can live with a thicker phone, but using ride share services as often as I do, I can't function without my phone these days.

Comment Re:Nice to see. . . (Score 1) 409

If they change the terms you can just walk without any early termination fees, that's also in the contract.
I barely use 1GB a month as a power user, although I have a home data connection. Over the past three years DD-WRT tells me I'm using between 80 and 150 GB per month, peaking to ~250 once or twice. I have a hard time believing that those people using > 100GB/mo aren't within wifi range ever, and also won't invest in a land line to better meet their needs.

Comment Re:My PCP has a "scribe!" (Score 4, Informative) 322

I had to get my hand looked at after a bicycle accident about 2 years ago that could have impacted my range of movement. The doctor turned on a recorder that had a foot pedal as a sort of "push to talk/record" system. Every time he put his foot down it would start recording, and stop when he let off. This tape then got labeled with my case number and sent off to a transcriptionist/service. I don't know why you need the scribe in the room but whatever. The transcription cost gets passed along to the insurance company. No big deal.
The big bonus here is that me, the patient, gets to hear exactly what is going in to the doctor's notes, not getting the sanitized version. Also the doctor doesn't have to mentally repeat themself hours after the appointment.

Comment Re:The bottome line (Score 1) 269

Yeah that's the Trillion Dollar question a lot of very smart people are working on. Once city or time-zone scale batteries (or equivilent) are invented, you just need to scale wind/solar at the continental level to about 250%.
Obviously, someone will invent that solution. If it's simply moving billions of tons of rock up a mountain, and then rolling it back down the mountain, then so be it. Emergencies like this will highlight the problem, and someone will solve it. Coal and oil burning plants are not long for this world. 50-60 years, tops.
People will look back at your post and laugh at it's short-sightedness.

Comment What percent of twitter accounts are actually !bot (Score 1) 48

Twitter claims something like 5% of all accounts are fake/bots

Analysts mostly think that about 15% of all accounts are fake/bots
When was the last time you ever heard anyone say out loud "oh yeah I tweeted that"?
I think closer to 35% of all accounts are simply (mostly) harmless retweet accounts, 5% malicious accounts, 40% inactive accounts (in the last 30 days) and 20% actually login every couple of days, let alone daily or more than once a day.
How Twitter manages to convince advertisers' clients that they have a real audience to sell them is beyond me. On top of all these bot accounts Twitter has reported totally flat (0% year over year) user growth of active users. I can't wait for this massive pyramid scheme to come tumbling down in the next year or so.

Comment Re:No Headphone Jack? No Sale. (Score 1) 227

Man you are really fishing for something to complain about today, huh? It would be a $2 adapter, or you can just build your own with a $0.05 resistor and an old USB-C cable. It's a really, really simple device. The 3.5mm analog jack is ready to be put out to pasture, long live the 2.4mm analog jack (USB-C).
Re: charging, with fast charging and/or modern battery life it's really not an issue.

Comment Re:No Headphone Jack? No Sale. (Score 1) 227

USB-C supports using the connector as an analog headphone jack. You just need a specific resistor on a specific pin and it will switch over to analog headphone mode on one of the pins. You wouldn't even need an adapter with the right set of headphones. There's a strong likelihood that they're finally going to kill their proprietary connector on the iPhone in favor of USB-C.
So there is your precious analog headphone jack.

Comment Re:Logistics vs Environmentalism (Score 1) 265

I'm not sure what picture you're trying to paint about the current economic situation by pointing to the worst economic downturn in most slashdotters lives... and happened nearly 7 years ago? So what?
Additionally, only a few shipbuilders worldwide can build the truly large ships. Nobody is buying the smaller panamax sized ships most of these tiny shipyards are capable of building. Your points mostly reinforced the idea that nobody is buying small ships, but rather prefer the dramatically much more economical mega ships which cost something like 50% less per container to operate than a smaller ship. Did you even think your post all the way through to it's logical conclusion?

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