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Comment Re:Sad to see anti-European sentiment from America (Score 1) 60

and all the gloating and ridiculing in this and related threads. You certainly have become a petty and small-minded people.

Some Europeans apparently are too thin-skinned and can't take a joke.

If an American craft blows up, we make jokes about that too. Heck, were you not reading Slashdot a few weeks ago when Musk's rocket blew up?

Comment The issue isn't (just) speed - it's (also) range. (Score 1) 40

LTE is already pretty darn fast, so losing a little performance isn't going to make that big of a deal. It's not as if you can torrent to your hearts content without killing your cell phone bill.

The issue isn't just speed. It's also range.

At any given speed, the Qualcom can support it at substantially lower signal levels. 6ish dB in a lot of cases, a bit less in some, enormously more in others.

Look at the graphs in TFA. In addition to some specific pathologies that penalize the Intel chip farther, the bulk of the graph has the drop off looking similar but with the Qualcom shfited 5 or 6 dB to the right. (Those squares are 5 dB wide.)

6 dB is four times the effective signal strength, which corresponds to twice the range. That maps into four times the area served at that speed from a single cell tower (important in sparsely-served areas), deeper penetration into buildings and the like (in more heavily-covered areas). It can also map into more data pushed before a given area and channel allocation's bandwidth is saturated. 3 dB corresponds to twice the effective signal strength, 1.4ish times the radius, twice the area served.

If the modems were equivalent and the problem just the layout of the board and antenna, you'd expect the two curves to be the same shape but just offset. The shape is substantially different, so (board issues or not) something else is going on.

Comment Re:Supplier contracts. (Score 2) 40

Only if Intel misrepresented their product to Apple. If they did lie; that's going to be one unhappy conference call; but if they were chosen for being an adequate second source to reduce Apple's reliance on Qualcomm, rather than for being an equal or superior performer, this doesn't necessarily suggest that Intel failed to deliver what they promised.

Comment Dystopian future is predictable... (Score 1) 300

I wish I could be more surprised; but that just isn't an option.

Between the ongoing and aggressive expansion of what software EULAs claim the right to restrict; and the truly amazing contractual terms you can impose without anyone saying mean things like 'unconscionable' or 'contract of adhesion'; what would you expect to happen?

This thing is loaded with firmware that never leaves the vendor's control(either legally, since the claim is that it is licensed not sold; or in practice, since it remains in frequent contact with HQ for the life of the vehicle); and Tesla is in a fairly strong position to impose whatever contractual relationship they want; since there isn't much of an aftermarket; and even if you do buy a used vehicle, and have no direct relationship with Tesla, you aren't exactly going to take the car down to the local garage when it needs service or parts.

It is a trifle interesting that they are feeling confident enough to push the restriction before they even have their 'tesla network' in place; but it is no surprise at all that they have decided to never let go of the product.

Comment Re:So it appears . . . (Score 1) 177

Additionally, if the burn was shorter than planned, that would put significantly more fuel on board when the catastropic 'landing' occured. Which, depending on the propellant, could have caused an explosion at the crash site. That would likely scatter the remains, but should leave a notable mark on the soil. . .

Maybe America could send its rover around to take a look - a nice explosion on the surface might uncover evidence of water. Or it could just clean up the debris.

Comment Re:Thank god (Score 1) 306

I did what you did, and for the exact same reasons, with regards to the current MacBook Pro... except I talked my boss into buying it for me.

I know all the fanbois over at MacRumors have been whining about Skylake not being in the thing, but I don't think I've had a computer where processor speed was a limiting factor for at least a decade.

Comment Re:No MagSafe would be a step backwards (Score 1) 306

I wonder what the thinking was during the transition from MagSafe to MagSafe 2? Were the original MagSafe connectors not always detaching?

Opinion-wise, I'm of the same mind as the GP. I have tripped over Mac power cords and had the connector detach, potentially saving me from a costly repair. Worse, I've seen the same thing happen with my boss' MacBook USB-C connection... and the laptop went flying across a table (fortunately we caught it before it made it to the edge).

It's also harder to find compelling engineering arguments in support of removing stuff like the headphone jack or USB ports from a laptop. There's a lot more space even in a thin laptop compared to a thin phone, and the amount of additional battery you might be able to add in those "freed up" spaces is insignificant.

All in all, I'm content with the 2015 MacBook Pro I have from work. An Ethernet port would've been nice, but I can live without it. But I use the (regular) USB ports all the time, and I use the SD slot enough that having to carry one or more USB-C adapter dongles around would be quite annoying. And really - if you have to carry dongles, was it really gaining anything just to save an extra 5 mm in laptop thickness? I predict that, after the announcement, there's going to be a run on previous MBPs on the refurbished store.

Comment Re:Best part about LinkedIn! (Score 1) 48

I especially like it when someone only marginally associated with me gives me an endorsement for a skill I do not possess. "Oh, yeah, he's a computer guy - I'll endorse him for PC Repair and Excel Pivot Tables".

Okay, technically I can repair a PC. And I certainly could figure out pivot tables if I had a reason for doing so. But even so, I really wouldn't those to be listed as part of my professional skill set - I'd rather work at Jimmy Johns than do either one.

Maybe a better example is my recent endorsement for Java. I haven't even looked at Java for, I dunno, maybe 15 years? And even back then, I didn't do much more than poke at it.

Unfortunately no one has endorsed me for Bow Hunting yet...

Comment Re:Only $900? (Score 1) 120

Especially if the guy you are trying to bribe purchased an ~$850 smartphone a short while ago; and had immediate access to at least one other device capable of filming its fiery suicide. He may or may not have been able to sensibly afford it; but if he could scrape up enough cash and/or credit to get the seller to hand it over it is unlikely that he considers $900 to be some amazing amount of money.

Comment Re:Been there, done that, got cancelled (Score 2) 233

This is why most of the people involved with OCP are either companies that buy enormous amounts of server capacity; or suppliers who fear that they'll be discarded entirely if they don't participate.

CHRP cut directly against Apple's business of selling computers. OCP is gunning for servers and switches. Apple sells neither; but buys a lot of both given how much 'cloud' they are serving up these days.

Clearly they decided that it wasn't in their interests to participate(whether because they'd rather do it in house; or just because their margins allow them to sit back and adopt anything interesting once it matures); but OCP doesn't directly cannibalize Apple's business in the way CHRP did.

Comment Re:odd--- (Score 2) 233

It's also a story about technical people who have options. If Apple's standards for their network were so exacting and impressive, it is pretty unlikely that they had anyone just clinging to the job because they didn't have much hope of finding another one.

If you are already considered good enough with the existing tech that unemployment isn't a serious concern; and your current employer is specifically denying you the opportunity to be part of the cool new tech, why would that inspire you to stay with them?

You can get real hotshots, if the project is interesting and/or the money is good(or the stock options are risky but have the possibility of being really, really, good); and you can usually find people to work with a given system, no matter how legacy, weird, or unpleasant, if the money is good enough; and you can also get people who are unambitious and pretty easy to keep happy; but getting all of those simultaneously is much, much, less likely, if possible at all.

I don't doubt that Apple was able to hire a new networking team; they can certainly afford it; but telling people "No, it is going to be your job to maintain this legacy system and we aren't going to touch the cool new thing" is not exactly a motivational speech.

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