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Comment Re:T-Mobile (Score 1) 107

3G/4G networks become extremely unreliable at events like this. However, practically nobody is on the 2G network. Yes, it is slow. But when all you need to do is push out SMS messages to meet up with friends in person, it is seriously a life saver.

Meanwhile, the remaining 2G spectrum can be re-purposed to LTE, which offers a vastly increased amount of data transferred per second per Hz, thereby increasing the amount of bandwidth available to everyone.

An idle network with dedicated spectrum is wasted spectrum. It's handy in edge cases like this, but only until everyone else figures out your secret. Then it gets instantly bogged down and the carrier is just squandering valuable spectrum.

Comment Re:Nobody is using original iPhone (Score 4, Interesting) 107

Actually, no, my original iPhone still works just fine on its original battery. I used it until I got my iPhone 5, and up until a few months ago, I still kept it powered, up until the original charger started malfunctioning and shutting off power randomly, causing it to buzz over and over. I decided it wasn't worth buying a new charger to keep it charged up.

At last check, it still worked correctly on the T-Mobile network with my OneSim.

Comment Re:Who needs 4k video? (Score 1) 97

To enjoy 4k, you need a monitor that supports it, that is large enough relative to the viewing distance, enough bandwidth and processing power.

Bear in mind that the bulk of Apple's Mac lineup uses HiDPI screens these days. The iMac is 4K/5K depending on size, the MacBook is 1440p, the MacBook Pro is 1600p/1800p depending on size, and the Mac Pro was meant to be used with 4K displays. So not only are these Macs all plenty capable of meeting the technical requirements for 4K, but 1080p is outright sub-native resolution on all of them.

Comment Re: battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 281

Yes, seriously. The couple of minutes saved wouldn't significantly exceed the time it takes to walk across the room, unzip the camera bag, dig the flash card reader out from wherever I managed to squeeze it, and walk back. And I can be doing other things with the laptop while it imports for that extra two minutes, whereas I can't be doing other things while I dig a flash reader out of my bag.

It rarely makes sense to use an external flash reader unless you don't have an internal one.

Comment Re:Emergency response (Score 1) 136

Under what situation would such a maneuver be necessary, or even advantageous

Landing on a freeway with other vehicles around you moving at 70 MPH. If this is designed to replace cars, it can't require you to land in an empty field or in a parking lot. It has to be able to land on a road in the presence of other traffic and be a normal car when not flying. If you have to land in an empty field or in an empty parking lot and then push it on tiny wheels into a parking spot, it isn't a flying car; it's a helicopter.

Comment Re:Emergency response (Score 1) 136

I did say, "assuming it is bottom-heavy". If it tends to land upside-down, IMO, the entire design is a non-starter. if it lands upright, the tires would take some of the impact when they explode, and the axles would take a little more as they bend/shear. So it wouldn't be as serious an impact as in a helicopter falling from the same height. Plus, if you design it right, you could potentially handle a single-rotor failure without crashing anyway.

Comment Re: terror alert (Score 1) 141

Just to clarify, I doubt very much any phone or tablet was responsible. But if one was, my money would be on the iPhone 6s rather than the iPad. My first guess would be that perhaps EgyptAir didn't replace the window heaters, which IIRC were recalled for an overheating problem in that model. If that isn't the problem, then the next most likely cause would be something in avionics, not in the cockpit. Personal devices in the cockpit are way down the list.

Comment Re: terror alert (Score 1) 141

My money would be on the iPhone 6s. The early devices had a battery problem where they would suddenly shut down long before they were supposed to fully discharge. This leads me to wonder if the batteries have a dendrite problem, which (in addition to causing early shutdowns) could potentially cause them to overheat and catch fire.

Comment Re:Note: Gravity wave != Gravitational wave (Score -1, Flamebait) 77

Its worth pointing out that its not a 'gravity way' at all. Its a simple compression wave. Gravity has exactly 0 to do with it.

By calling it a gravity wave, you just look stupid and ignorant of the topic of discussion.

Thats typical for slashdot submissions and editors, but generally the comments have higher standards.

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 4, Interesting) 281

Falsehood #2. Wifi is still a pretty uncommon feature, and even when present is fairly problematic, finicky, and requires an unreasonable number of steps to initiate.

Actually, I've never found it finicky. The problem is that the actual maximum speed of wireless is GARBAGE for transferring photos, much less video. Wi-Fi is more than an order of magnitude too slow to be practical. Anybody who thinks otherwise has almost certainly never shot photos with anything more capable than a toy iPhone camera.

To give some context, my brand-new, high-end 5D Mark IV shoots photos that can be from 30–70 megabytes each depending on RAW settings. Even though it supports 802.11n, if memory serves, all devices in IBSS mode (without infrastructure Wi-Fi) are limited to 802.11g speeds. So in practice, unless you bring a Wi-Fi router along with you (no camera supports the captive portal Wi-Fi that you'll find in every hotel on the planet), you'll be limited to only 54 megbits per second.

At 54 megabits per second, transferring a typical daily run of 500 photos at 70 megabytes each takes almost an hour and a half, and that's actually slightly optimistic. I do use the wireless functionality to transfer a few pics at a time from my camera to my iPhone while traveling so that I can quickly post pics from my real camera on Facebook. It works well for that, because I'm only grabbing five or six pics at a time, and I'm getting a much smaller JPEG copy instead of a RAW file.

At night, though, the flash card comes out of the camera and goes into the side of my laptop, where I spend only about four or five minutes to import that entire batch of photos. If Apple had bothered to keep their SD card reader hardware up-to-date, it would take under two minutes, but the two minutes saved isn't worth the hassle of trying to dig a flash card reader out of my bag.

With a laptop that lacks a flash reader, however, the entire equation changes. Suddenly, my choices are to either try to dig out an SD card reader (which will always be hard to dig out of a camera bag) or carry a retractable USB 3.0 cable (which turns out to be easier to put in a place where it is accessible, because it is so thin) and use the camera itself as a reader, albeit with the same poor performance as Apple's old SD card reader, and draining the camera battery the whole time. Both choices are approximately equally bad, and the decision to hobble their hardware by removing such a convenient way of importing content makes me seriously question Apple's commitment to the photography market.

Then again, I never used Aperture. If I had, I'd probably have much stronger negative comments....

And finally, Falsehood #5. What universe are you from? Have you even shopped for cameras ever? I cannot even fathom where you're pulling all this nonsense from.

Pretty much. Apart from cellular phones (where nobody uses the micro-SD slot anyway), pretty much the only cameras that use micro-SD are the little cameras built by GoPro. All pro cameras use either CF or full-size SD, because when the camera isn't a tiny little toy, the size savings of micro-SD aren't enough of a benefit to make up for the smaller contact size and the resulting decrease in reliability and robustness.

Nothing you say is true to the point where you're either delusional or trolling.

Trolling, I'd imagine. Either that or it's an Apple employee astroturfing. Hard to say which.

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