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Comment Re:All you Apple Haters can bite my shiny metal SD (Score 1) 43

I seem to recall an awful lot of Apple Haters whining about a certain new MacBook Pro that had dropped the built in SD reader...

We were complaining about the lack of UHS-II support for about five years before they dropped it. Apple dropping it rather than updating it wasn't the first snub, but rather the last straw.

Comment Re:Prime is starting to suck (Score 1) 183

Actually, what I would do is check with the carrier, and if it claims to be delivered but isn't, contact Amazon and ask them to overnight a replacement. They'll usually overnight products at no charge if you're annoyed enough to write them to complain about shipping delays even if you're not a Prime member.

Comment Re:The machine ate my package (Score 1) 169

No matter how much damage, the ROMs are unlikely to be destroyed, which means there's value in delivering the contents no matter what, at least in this case. Of course with that many cartridges in one package, I wouldn't be surprised if some over-eager postal inspector mistakenly believed that somebody was importing pirated game cartridges to sell, in which case the package is probably fully intact in the evidence locker of some law enforcement agency.

Comment Re: Not Wi-Fi mesh I guess (Score 2) 75

What about using the scanning mode of the network adapter to transfer small messages? You could theoretically place a small 32 bytes message in th SSID then initiate scanning of nearby ad-hoc stations. That way you don't have to fully associate with a network.

If we could somehow convince Apple to support Wi-Fi Direct instead of only supporting their own, incompatible peer-to-peer scheme, this would be a solved problem. Unfortunately, the fact that Android and iOS use two fundamentally different peer-to-peer Wi-Fi schemes makes this unlikely to work in practice unless you live in an all-iOS or all-Android neighborhood.

Comment Re:the real reason theyre arguing it. (Score 1) 309

There are plenty of manufacturers who *don't* glue their batteries in ...

Plenty? To the best of my knowledge, there's only one: LG. Unfortunately, the other LG hardware I've dealt with has been a train wreck of poorly tested firmware updates that I've had to expend considerable effort rolling back because of serious bugs, and I almost bought their refrigerator until I started reading the reviews and ran away screaming. And that's the same company that seriously resisted helping their smart TV users fix devices bricked by ransomware.

At least the worst problems I've had with an iPhone can be fixed by a screwdriver, a spudger, a putty knife, and a bit of excessive force.

Comment Re:Fighting it is evil (Score 1) 309

That fundamentally changes the design constraints - you now need to make a battery that's able to deal with shocks in the post, rather than just be moved from one section of factory floor to another in a controlled manner with lots of buckets of sand near by in case anything goes wrong.

That's simply not true. Manufacturers have to be able to ship batteries to their repair centers anyway. More significantly, if those batteries were such delicate little flowers that they couldn't be shipped, then phones would be exploding in people's pockets. The problem of shipping batteries without damaging them is a completely solved problem.

Comment Re:the real reason theyre arguing it. (Score 5, Interesting) 309

You're full of it. It has nothing to do with brand consumption. The truth is that the tradeoff for cheap, reliable, waterproof and sort of shock resistant is to make things with glue and not with screws.

Maybe for the watch, but not for the phone. There's nothing glued in the iPhone other than the battery. The case has snap tabs and screws holding it together, and all the complex parts are fastened in place using screws. There's absolutely no good reason for the battery to be glued in there, either. They could just as easily:

  • Use compressible foam to hold it in place so that it doesn't rattle. Manufacturers have been doing that in battery compartments for most of a century.
  • Bond it to a thin, stiff plastic layer and fasten that in with screws from the top so that it hangs suspended by glue in the middle of the battery compartment area.
  • Bond it to a thin, stiff plastic layer that slides into a tiny track from one end. Bond the plastic layer to the bottom or top part of the case, allowing you to slide it out the bottom without even removing the back. Connect it with a couple of small spring contacts on the end of the battery.
  • Glue it to the back part of the case (or a portion thereof), and offer that entire piece as a replacement part.

It's the height of laziness to say, "We can't make it this small without holding everything together with glue." It isn't that they can't make them easy to repair, nor is it that it would make them much more expensive or bigger or anything else. The reality is that Apple doesn't want their products to be easy to repair.

I'll illustrate why this is the case with a story. My parents recently took their iPhone 5s to Apple for repairs because its battery life had turned to crap. Apple looked at the device and said that they couldn't repair it because the battery was bulged, and it would be dangerous to remove it (because it is glued in). They wanted... either two or three hundred dollars to replace what was approximately a $30 battery.

Why would Apple want to make it easy to replace that $30 battery when they can glue the battery in place and use that as an excuse to cheat their customers out of hundreds of dollars, then take the defective hardware, ship it somewhere, rip the battery out in spite of the safety concerns, glue a new one in, and make even more money selling that refurbished phone to some other poor sucker whose battery dared to swell up? No, the irreparability of these devices means big money for Apple and they know it. IMO, these laws can't come soon enough and don't go far enough.

It should be illegal to glue a battery into any device, period, full stop.

Comment Re:Irreverent vs. Inappropriate (Score 1) 363

I hope you're just trolling. Go ask somebody in western France whether the U.S. saved Europe. Yes, Russia played a big role in dividing Germany's military might, but don't think for one minute that things would have gone the same way without the more than 125,000 Americans who gave their lives taking the beaches of Normandy.

Comment Re:Facebook use plummets during business hours (Score 4, Insightful) 116

Even if it is silent, it is still wasting huge amounts of battery power for content that the user may not even care about. Choose a keyframe that adequately explains the content of the video, and if users want to watch the video, they can click. If a user is too lazy to click to play the video, that user didn't really care about playing it anyway, so playing it was a waste of power.

Comment Re:U6: 7.2% vs. 9.2% unemployment (Score 1) 722

I'm not sure where you are getting "half again more people unemployed"--unless you are doing something really silly like comparing absolute numbers of people instead of rates.

Almost half again larger percentage of people unemployed. My bad. The total population has grown, so in absolute numbers, more than half again more people are unemployed now than then.

If you're talking about labor participation as measured by (1 - U6), then this is where you parted from reality. That number went from 92.8% when Clinton left office to the [much worse] 83.5% when George W Bush left office, and then *recovered* under Obama to the current 90.8%. It did not "fall *a bit*" under W and then "a bit more" under Obama.

Look again. The U6 rate started increasing in the last year of Pres. George W. Bush's administration, but it did not actually peak until November of 2009, almost a year into Pres. Obama's presidency. I'm not saying Pres. Obama caused that, mind you; it was very solidly headed in that direction as a result of brain-damaged deregulation of the banking industry under Pres. Clinton that triggered a crash late in the younger Pres. Bush's term.

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