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Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 2, Insightful) 347

It's been decades I got plagued with loose mini-jack connectors. My 4s and iPad 1 still work perfectly, as do newer devices I have.

It's been a complain by Apple for long that MiniJack is too thick for the design goals they were targeting. Reusing BT or USB/C or Lightning connectors saves port space, allows for a second speaker (eg., in Apple's forthcoming design if we're to believe the hype). I think manufacturers will come to realize we still want jacks (I do as I dont want to have to charge my headphones) and provide combined-plug allowing charging while still having MiniJack headphones connected. If not, their loss.

Comment Re:CAN I GET THE CAR THAT SPIES ON ME? (Score 1) 219

Clap your hands everybody
If you got what it takes
'Cause I'm Kurtis Blow and I want you to know
That these are the breaks

Brakes on a bus brakes on a car
Breaks to make you a superstar
Breaks to win and breaks to lose
But these here breaks will rock your shoes
And these are the breaks
Break it up break it up break it up!

Comment Re: drone ship landings require a lot less fuel? (Score 1) 101

I don't need to stand by the rotation theory. However, the 2.5 degrees that the Earth rotates are about equivalent to the downrange distance.

The first stage is going about 1/5 of the target LEO orbital velocity at separation. While you might well model the trajectory as a parabola over flat ground, given the lack of fuel I would expect that SpaceX puts a lot more care into their trajectory. So far I've failed to attract the attention of the person responsible for Flight Club, the most trusted modeling of SpaceX flights, but I'll message him directly.

Comment Re:Hell No (Score 1) 336

The camera mail order market is the absolute worst. Knockoffs and versions intended only for foreign markets abound.

Ironically, Amazon is one of the only mail order vendors I do trust for camera stuff. But I only buy Prime-eligible items that ship direct from Amazon, never any of those super-discount bundles from market sellers.

Comment Re: drone ship landings require a lot less fuel? (Score 1) 101

Well, Alastair, you should probably not get snotty and ad-hominem, unless you want me to comment on how a one-time sci-fi author and the Unix guy at Dish doesn't really have more authority than the random person one might find in the SpaceX group on Reddit.

It happens there are a few people over there who are rocketry professionals, have the math, and have followed SpaceX long enough. So, sure, their opinion can indeed be trusted.

So far, we have a suggestion from one of the lesser folks there that raising the apogee takes advantage of the Earth's rotation. We'll see if we get the attention of the right people.

Comment Re:This is a rotten assertion (Score 1) 136

Nerds can comment on the technological hurdles in parameterizing a standard test that would have to apply with equal margin of error to a wide variety of devices (cars). Compare bench testing.

It's also widely reported that the EPA numbers for MPG-e are somewhat dubious and hard to correlated to various EVs but it's a pretty good rule of thumb.

I dont think nerds should be confined to rebooting their PCs or building the next kernel.

I think we have aptitudes reaching out many aspect of lives.

As for your not wanting this particular kind of stories, you can filter them in your profile, given you have taken the time to log-in (thank you for that).

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