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Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

Fahrvergnuugen Re:Apple made the same mistake (390 comments)

I'll just leave this here (and probably get mod'd to hell).

Anyone who thinks "sales figures" are what determines who is winning the smartphone war needs a lesson in business. Apple is making 60% of the profit by selling 20% of the devices. And you think their making a mistake?

about a year ago

27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Fahrvergnuugen Re:Somebody's got to say it (2987 comments)

Our country makes it too easy for nutcases to have guns. I, for one, would give up the right to bear arms for everyone, and not miss it.


about 2 years ago

Hobbit Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second

Fahrvergnuugen Re:In film, frame rate = exposure time (607 comments)

This wasn't shot on film. The exposure time in digital has nothing to do with the frame rate.

I didn't realize it was shot digitally, but you're statement isn't completely true. If you shoot something at 48FPS then the slowest possible frame rate you can have is 1/48th of a second in digital. Digital does give you the chance have a faster shutter speed though.

Here's the kicker though, in film you have to double it. So 24fps would give you 1/48th shutter speed (half open half closed) meaning the motion blur for 48fps digital vs 24fps film should be the same, which explains why they picked 48fps - it afforded them the option to do either 48fps, slow motion or 24fps in post without giving anything up (except disk space).

more than 2 years ago

Hobbit Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second

Fahrvergnuugen In film, frame rate = exposure time (607 comments)

Because the shutter is fixed, the exposure time of each frame is directly related to the frame rate. Lower frame rate = longer exposure = more motion blur in the frame. Shorter frame rate = shorter exposure = less motion blur in each frame. You need more light to shoot at a higher frame rate to keep the same aperture setting.

So, if they do project this at 24 frames per second (by throwing away half the frames in post), the frames will not have the necessary motion blur and it will actually look worse because half the frames are missing. This could also probably be fixed in post, but that would be a pretty big hack for such a large production.

more than 2 years ago

Tim Cook Prefers Settling To Suing and Has a Huge Quarter

Fahrvergnuugen Re:"Apple Fever"? TMZ Meets Market Analysis! (246 comments)

hell they did worse than they did last quarter which, although still good, is a sign they're slowing somewhat, right?

Wrong. The holiday quarter and quarters containing new product launches have a huge influence over revenue. You can't measure things quarter to quarter, you have to go to the year ago quarter to check growth and even then you have to take into consideration if one or the other was a launch quarter.

If you want to know why certain people (yours truly included) are betting big on AAPL, consider this:

âoeJust two years after we shipped the initial iPad, weâ(TM)ve sold 67 million. To put that in some context, it took us 24 years to sell that many Macs, and five years for that many iPods, and over three years for that many iPhones


And also realize that the phone market is a billion+ handsets per year. Their customers love the iPhone more than any other phone and so the growth potential is huge.

more than 2 years ago

iTunes' Windows Problem

Fahrvergnuugen Re:Uhm, no... (332 comments)

But there's no great support for music, movie/tv, or podcast content that way.

Sure there is. iTunes + iTunes match is the best music in the cloud implementation out there. Movies and TV shows work fine as long as you bought them from iTunes (problem with non iTunes video of course is the studios). So have two apps, iCloud control panel and iTunes as a library manager for Audio/Video media.

more than 2 years ago

Google Facing New Privacy Probe Over Safari Incident

Fahrvergnuugen Re:Investigate Apple (134 comments)

If you leave your front door unlocked and I let myself in, do you file a lawsuit against Kwikset or do you have me arrested?

more than 2 years ago

Apple Unveils New iPad

Fahrvergnuugen Re:the new ipad (989 comments)

iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro - see where this is going?

Ditching the numbers from here on out makes sense. The next iPhone shouldn't be called the iPhone 5, because it's the 6th version. It makes a lot more sense to just call it "iPhone".

more than 2 years ago

An Early Look At Mac OS X 10.8

Fahrvergnuugen Re:Hear that, MSFT? (658 comments)

In fact, the Mac App Store prevents you from paying for it twice. If you go to another Mac and enter your username and password, it knows you already purchased Lion and you get an "Install" button instead of a "Buy" button.

more than 2 years ago

US Judge Rules Defendant Can Be Forced To Decrypt Hard Drive

Fahrvergnuugen Re:no 5th? (1047 comments)

Wouldn't it look better to just leave the primary volume unencrypted and then have an encrypted hidden volume?

If they don't think to look for it then they won't ask?

more than 2 years ago

VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

Fahrvergnuugen Re:why phase out DVI? (704 comments)

Mini DisplayPort is not higher bandwidth than DVI. Mini DP has perhaps 10-15% better (usable) bandwidth than single-link DVI. But dual-link DVI has 100% better bandwidth than single-link DVI.

How is it that I'm running a 30" Cinema Display from a mini display port video card then? MDP supports dual link, and the MDP port works with thunderbolt, which can run TWO daisy chained 30" screens.

Have you ever used a MDP plug? They fit more securely than DVI does without screws. Nobody who plugs and unplugs a DVI port every day bothers to use the screws, so what's the point?

more than 2 years ago

VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

Fahrvergnuugen Re:why phase out DVI? (704 comments)

Because mini display port is better in every single way. The connector is smaller (60% of PCs sold are mobile), better (its more rigid and the cable is less likely to fall out), supports higher bandwidth and can be used for more than just video.

more than 2 years ago

Eric Schmidt Doesn't Think Android Is Fragmented

Fahrvergnuugen Re:Fragmentation=Doom (431 comments)

This is the mother of all failed analogies. All of the devices you mentioned are interoperable and standardized in very important ways. Why do you think all Ryobi batteries are interchangeable? Why do you think all cars have the same basic layout and conform to the laws of the land? Why do all tv sets have the same basic standardized ports and display the same basic standardized signal? Why does just about any thermostat work with just about any furnace?

As an iOS developer, Apple has made it really easy for me to write code once and I know I only have to test it on about 3 devices. From there I know my addressable market is hundreds of millions of devices.

As a consumer I have confidence that when I buy a new iPhone in 2 years, all the apps I pay for today will work in the future. I don't hesitate about making the investment because I know it can be long term. And I don't have to go setup my phone from scratch either.

more than 2 years ago

The Future of Hi-Tech Auto Theft

Fahrvergnuugen Re:why is the CD player on the same network? (272 comments)

Because the CD player connects to the steering wheel controls which connects to the ECU to set cruise control for your drive by wire throttle plate.

more than 2 years ago

Why Developers Still Prefer iOS To Android

Fahrvergnuugen Re:Android has many problems (614 comments)

While I mostly agree with your post, it's worth pointing out that (at least with Verizon) Android phones cost more than iPhones.

Now I know that most of the cost of the phone is subsidized in the plan, but the plan cost is the same whether you have an iPhone or an Android.

It will be interesting to see if the trend continues, or is just a temporary tactic that Verizon is trying out.

about 3 years ago



Judge Orders Microsoft to stop selling Word

Fahrvergnuugen Fahrvergnuugen writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Fahrvergnuugen writes "A judge has ruled that Microsoft cannot sell its flagship document processing application, Word, to customers, in a ruling stemming from a U.S. patent infringement lawsuit.

The decision rests on the program's ability to open .XML, .DOCX or .DOCM files, based on custom XML included in the filetypes. In the ruling, Judge Leonard Davis in the U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas — where patent suits are often filed for favorable rulings — sided with the plaintiff, i4i Inc., of Toronto, Ontario.

Earlier this year, i4i was awarded $200 million in damages in the same case by a jury. Microsoft has also appealed that decision."

Link to Original Source

Fahrvergnuugen Fahrvergnuugen writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fahrvergnuugen writes "Wired is running a story about how an ex-lover of the missing wife of accused spouse killer Hans Reiser has confessed to killing eight people unrelated to the case.

Reiser will stand trial for the murder. This development will undoubtedly complicate things."

Fahrvergnuugen Fahrvergnuugen writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Fahrvergnuugen writes "An interesting article on Popular Mechanics talks about a breakthrough in the hydrogen generation process:
Futurists promise that hydrogen will replace fossil fuels someday. There's just one problem: Today, 95 percent of the world's available hydrogen is extracted from natural gas. Getting hydrogen from water, the greener alternative, is too expensive to be practical. Or it was, until a recent innovation by engineer Richard Bourgeois and his colleagues at a General Electric research facility in Niskayuna, N.Y.


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