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Comment Re:we've been stuck at 4 core for too long (Score 2) 243

There are certain scientific and data processing applications

Amazing, that's exactly what I need them for! More the merrier. If you see me on Facebook, it's because I'm waiting on my PC to do something. I use "the cloud" for jobs that are worth the effort of setting up there. But most of the time I'm waiting on my local PC, and double the number of cores would approximately halve that wait.

Comment Re:Next up (Score 1) 73

Apple could get most of those benefits by "simply" requiring submissions to the App Store be universal binaries compiled for Intel.

For me, the availability of Windows in virtualization trumps the ability to run iOS apps outside of virtualization. Frankly, most of them would be bizarre on a huge laptop screen - like viewing a mobile website on a desktop computer. The only thing keeping me on Mac is its "universal" status. I can run Windows, Mac, various unixes. I can compile X11 apps, develop for iOS or Android, etc, etc. A move to ARM can only happen if Windows becomes available for ARM, at least for my purposes.

Comment Re:Bull shit (Score 1) 172

so proposing that they could do that but then that he won't have signal when he gets there is ludicrous.

Depending on the work crew to have the same repeater that you need is what is ludicrous. Roughly a 1 in 3 chance - and that's assuming that they'd even be bothered... I've never been asked to hang a repeater and I suspect it is not a very common practice. He's not supplying his crews with phones and he's sure as hell not giving them all $300+ repeaters just to save $30/month on a phone bill. Payback period of 30 months or so is not very cost-effective.

Further, work crews working in areas without electricity use air or electrical tools powered by a portable generator.

They often use batteries now. If they do have a generator, there isn't exactly a ton of surplus sockets, it's on-and-off, and a terrible source for sensitive electronics.

(work crews have comm, but Bob doesn't have comm when he visits work crews).

I never said his crews had communications, and if they do it's because they have Verizon or are stepping outside to make calls. He needs to be continuously reachable, not them.

You also still haven't addressed how repeaters would solve his rural/industrial coverage problem when he's on the road or between sites.

Comment Re:Bull shit (Score 1) 172

The stated problem

That was only half of the stated problem. The other was coverage in remote areas.

But I'll try again to help you understand why plugging in an adapter wouldn't be practical. For his work crews, sure, maybe one of the guys could bother the homeowner with a doo-dad. For his work crews, the guys frankly don't need to be using their phones very much - they are on the clock. But for "Bob", he's popping in to the various crews over the course of the day. He needs to be reachable by clients at all times, and he isn't going to set up hot spots at every little stop. He doesn't even have electricity available at every job site. Even if he never went to rural areas to pick up supplies, losing his phone signal would not be acceptable.

Comment Re:Bull shit (Score 1) 172

"Hi I'm Bob your contractor, can I just plug this contraption in upstairs since I'm too cheap to have a phone that works?"

Yeah... I don't think that would work for him. He writes it all off anyway.

For your own house, sure. But plugging it in at clients' houses is not really practical. Plus it doesn't fill in the dead spots on the road.

Comment Re:I like Products (Score 1) 65

Yes, I've been using Airfoil for years to play music from any source to my small fleet of Airplay receivers (Airport Express) that I use for super-cheap whole-house audio. One of them recently died and so I added an even more super-cheap Chromecast Audio. Impressively, Airfoil treats it identically to Airplay and even keeps them all in perfect sync with one another. Very nice software.

Comment Re:Bull shit (Score 1) 172

Verizon has some frequencies that are lower and penetrate obstacles better. In urban areas and on highways everything is about equal, but if you end up even slightly out in the country (and in the Philly area that happens surprisingly fast... Amish in no time), Verizon ends up being much more dependable. I personally don't care, but I could not recommend T-Mobile to my contractor friend, who frequently ends up in basements and travels outside of urban areas to pick up supplies (quarries, reclaimed wood, etc). On Friday I was at a friend's house which is in one of the oldest and most densely populated suburbs in Philly - should have great service. But it's an old stone house and I had no service on T-Mobile. This happens frequently to me.

Comment Re:Bull shit (Score 1) 172

T-Mobile also sells pre-pay. I'm an anti-social nerd so I have the "Walmart" $30/month plan that includes 5GB of 4G data (unlimited 2G), unlimited texts, and only 100 minutes of talk. I typically spend an additional $5-$15/month on minutes for a total worst-case of $45/month + tax. My wife uses hardly any data, but does a lot of talking. We avoided smartphones and did the unlimited talk and text plan for $35, but last year her old flip phone died and I couldn't find a decent replacement so we got her a Moto G and upgraded to the unlimited talk and text with 3GB of 4G data (unlimited 2G) for $40.

I never heard of Mintsim, I'll have to check it out. I'm always on the lookout for deals.

In defense of people on Verizon with their sky-high prices, Verizon really does have a solid network and if I depended on my phone for business it would be money well spent.

Comment Re:Bull shit (Score 1) 172

If they limit you after 22GB then by any definition of the word it isn't unlimited.

Only if the context of the "unlimited" claim includes "unlimited bandwidth". Which, of course, is absurd because of technological constraints. Since bandwidth is inherently limited, some kind of rationing needs to be applied. "Unlimited" clearly refers to total bytes transferred, and the claim is completely true. We don't know how Verizon will market this, but T-Mobile is very transparent about how the bandwidth is rationed.

ISP's used to call there limited plans unlimited but customers rightly complained and because we have real competition in the market as soon as one ISP created an actually unlimited plan all other ISP's where forced to follow suit or be left behind.

Not true. From the "3" website:

Are there any restrictions?

Data use can be capped at around 1000GB per month. This cap is used to identify inappropriate use of the service, such as commercial use, which isn’t permitted. However for non-commercial use it’s very unlikely that you’ll ever get anywhere close to the cap, even if you use your phone as your main or only internet device.

So your carriers are also selling "truly unlimited" service that is in fact capped.

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