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Apple Granted Broad Patent On Wedge-Shaped Laptops

dhovis Re:Dear Patent Office (326 comments)

This comes up occasionally and this is not a traditional patent, but a design patent. You can still build a wedge-shaped laptop, you just can't have it look exactly like a MacBook Air. There are lots of ways of designing around it. You could make it almost the same, but with a different finish, for example.

more than 2 years ago
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Alabama Nuclear Reactor Gets 'F' Grade

dhovis Re:Another isolated incident? (436 comments)

No, you didn't get a "nothing to see here". You actually got an answer. By design, if a water-moderated reactor loses its cooling, it also loses moderation of the neutrons. Fast neutrons don't work as well, so the reaction rate would slow. The residual heat would still have melted the fuel rods and it would be a big mess to clean up, but nobody would have died.

I know it is not the answer you want, but there you have it. It would not have been a Chernobyl-type accident. The Chernobyl reactor had a positive-void coefficient, which means that the reaction rate would go up if cooling was lost. Davis-Besse has negative-void coefficient. The reaction rate will go down if coolant is lost.

more than 3 years ago
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iMac Gets Thunderbolt I/O, Quad-core

dhovis Re:RIP, Thunderbolt. (437 comments)

Thunderbolt is not exclusive to Apple. They are just the first mover on it. They also have a large market (video and audio editing) that will eat this up. For that group, USB3 is basically a non-starter. The implementations are still buggy, and the throughput isn't as good.

Also, because Thunderbolt basically tunnels PCIe for communication, devices that use it just need a Thunderbolt adaptor chip coupled with a PCIe chip to convert to any protocol you like. You don't need a new ASIC, you just buy the Thunderbolt one from Intel and then use any PCIe chip you like. Thunderbolt is basically external PCIe. In fact, Sonnet has announced a PCIe expansion chassis using Thunderbolt.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Finally Unveils Apple iPhone

dhovis Re:Mums the word. (480 comments)

They promised to give up the one thing that Verizon has held out on all this time, Verizon branding all over the phone.

It will be verizon free, free of all the extra apps and crap they want installed on the system. It will remain an Apple device, exactly what Apple has always wanted and only AT&T would agree to.

It hasn't been an exclusive agreement or Apple's will that kept the phone on AT&T, it's Verizon's vanity and need for control over a device that is yours to use. With LTE coming up, they didn't want to miss out on an iDevice for another generation of wireless data.

If that were true, we've have seen the iPhone on T-Mobile or Sprint by now. This was AT&T's exclusivity expiring. AT&T knew it was coming. That is why AT&T was so generous with people upgrading from the 3GS to the 4, even though it had only been a year. It let them lock people into contracts through 2012, knowing that the Verizon version was coming in just a few months.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Passes $300B Market Cap, 2nd In the World

dhovis Re:Or maybe it's even more hype (485 comments)

You'd have to be an idiot to think that APPL is genuinely worth about double what MSFT is.

Why? They have similar revenue, but Apple makes a much higher profit. Don't get me wrong, Microsoft still makes boatloads of money off of Windows and Office, but the compitition for them is Linux and OpenOffice/GoogleDocs. They will be constantly competing against free, which will keep squeezing their margins and therefore their revenue and their profit. Apple is in a position where they make hardware that allows them to charge a premium. Apple on the other hand, keeps very close to the leading edge and has a reputation for quality. They've seamlessly moved from product category to product category and find the most profitable niche. They've still got a lot of growth potential, even just by starting to manufacture a Verizon iPhone. In the last ten years, they've managed to enter and dominate the market for portable music players, smartphones, smart-not-a-phones, and tablets.

more than 3 years ago
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Dell Reveals Specs For the Looking Glass Tablet

dhovis Re:ergh (174 comments)

Because, believe it or not, Apple came in at a price point that nobody could match without Apple's sales volume.

So Apple sell a netbook with no keyboard and an ARM CPU for twice the price of a netbook and no-one can compete with it on price?

Perhaps you're right, but that seems... odd.

Calling the iPad a netbook with no keyboard it a bit of a stretch. Even if you don't like Apple, you'd be hard pressed to find a netbook with an IPS LCD display, for example. Also, I don't know of any netbooks that have a touchscreen, which more than makes up (costwise) for the lack of a keyboard.

Anyway, If anyone could make a 10" iPad competitor at $500 or less, they'd have done so by now. That everyone who is trying is coming in at half the screen size should be confirmation. There were stories when the iPad was announced that it was going to $800-$1000. Everyone was preparing tablet competitors to go up against that price range. When the iPad came out at $500, it submarined everyone else's plans. It killed the HP Slate, for instance.

more than 3 years ago
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Dell Reveals Specs For the Looking Glass Tablet

dhovis Re:ergh (174 comments)

Because, believe it or not, Apple came in at a price point that nobody could match without Apple's sales volume. The only way to under cut Apple's price is to reduce the screen size. By half, it turns out (7^2 = 49, 10^2 =100).

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft, Apple, EMC, and Oracle Form Patent Bloc

dhovis Re:What it means (113 comments)

Apple didn't shut down Lala.com with licensing. They bought Lala (apparently for the engineering talent) and decided to discontinue their signature product.

more than 3 years ago
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Beware the Garden of Steven

dhovis Re:Oh, bullshit. (580 comments)

I care if it doesn't work. I care if it has security flaws. I paid for them, so I'd like to have the latest version. But it is a real pain if I haven't used an app since, say, Leopard. If it doesn't work on Snow Leopard, the app's own built-in update mechanism is useless. It is also a pain if I need a little utility that I bought two years ago on my wife's computer. Not only to I have to download it, I also have to find the license key and hope it will let me activate it.

more than 3 years ago
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Beware the Garden of Steven

dhovis Re:Oh, bullshit. (580 comments)

the second is the ability to update apps to new versions with one click.

Yeah, because no Mac applications currently have that ability. Oh, unless you count the ~750 listed here, that use Sparkle.

~Philly

Well, you can't get all your apps up to date at one time with Sparkle. I have a lot of apps that I only use occasionally. Every time I run one of them, I have t update it. Sometimes I even find an app that won't run because it needs updating for compatibility with whichever version of MacOS X I'm on now.

It would be nice to have a centralized system for updating third-party apps. This isn't perfect, but it is a step in the right direction

more than 3 years ago
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Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling

dhovis Re:Silly (622 comments)

According to engadget it's going to cost 2.5 million. At $26 per ton that's 96,153 tons of recyclables before the new bins are paid off.

According to the article they picked up 5,800 tons of recyclables last year. Assuming that's the average for the recycling to pay off the new bins it's going to take 16 years.

Actually, your numbers are off. The city gets paid $26/ton for recyclables, but if those same recyclables go to the landfill, it costs $30/ton. So the city nets $56/ton from recyclables.

Also, I live in Cleveland. The recycling rate here is really pitiful. I think it is around 3% last I heard. Most of the city doesn't have curbside recycling pickup (aside from a few pilot areas). You have to haul your recyclables to a drop off. If this system gives us curbside pickup and some enforcement, it is easy to expect the rate would at least quadruple. Combine that with the $56/ton savings and it is paid for in two years.

about 4 years ago
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Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling

dhovis Re:Whose recycling is it, anyway? (622 comments)

Cleveland, for what it is worth, has been handing out free rainbarrels and encouraging their use.

about 4 years ago
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Judge Orders Gizmodo Search Warrant Unsealed

dhovis Re:Apple just needs to stand down (526 comments)

The thief, Brian Hogan, was asked by his friends to return the phone, because the loss would likely destroy the career of Gray Powell. His answer: "Sucks for him. He lost his phone. Shouldn't have lost his phone." So to Brian Hogan I would say "Sucks for you. You stole the phone. Shouldn't have stolen the phone".

Can I get an "Amen" brothers?

more than 4 years ago
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Judge Orders Gizmodo Search Warrant Unsealed

dhovis Re:Greedy, but now without defense (526 comments)

Would you be this vehement if it weren't an Apple prototype?

I certainly would. Whether it was stolen from Palm, Google, or Nokia. The circumstances were still a criminal act regardless of who it was stolen from.

more than 4 years ago
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Convert a SIM To a MicroSIM, With a Meat Cleaver

dhovis Re:That's certainly... (302 comments)

With the iPhone, there is actually a benefit to having that signature. It explains why your reply is so short and why you might have some really strange word substitutions due to the iPhone autocorrect. I changed mine to "Sent from my iPhone (in case you are wondering why this email is so short and full of typos)."

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Refuses To Sanction PS3 "Other OS" Refunds

dhovis Re:Normally, I'd say let them do what they want (396 comments)

Frankly, it doesn't even matter if people care whether they've lost "Other OS". If they can get some money back from a PS3 they bought in the last few years, many will take it.

more than 4 years ago
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White House Issues New Gas Mileage Standards

dhovis Re:Laws (555 comments)

With some minor tweaks here and there (nowhere ear enough to bankrupt them), Ford could sell its Euro models in the US and be right on top of those regulations. Even if they skipped out all of their diesels (which are outstanding) and only sold the petrol ones, the lowest mpg petrol Focus they sell is 35.3mpg - for the automatic one. The worst diesel automatic does 48.6mpg (best does 74mpg, but you need the manual gearbox).

Are those US gallons or Imperial gallons? Makes a big difference

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon Surrenders To Macmillan On eBook Pricing

dhovis Re:Data centers and bandwidth aren't free either (437 comments)

Well, if the only cost that goes away when you go to an eBook is printing, then how much should the cost drop? I'm genuinely curious. My guess would be maybe 10%. I'd be shocked if more than 20%. In which case you could lower the cost of the eBook proportionally.

But if the eBook is only 10% cheaper to produce, then a $15 printed book would become a $13.50 eBook. Unfortunately, that isn't going to satisfy the type of people who think that eBooks should be substantially cheaper than printed books. To the end user, that marginal cost is within the noise. People around here seem to expect that a $15 printed book should be $5 as an eBook.

Now, I'm not accounting for distribution costs, which you mention as being higher than the printing cost. So maybe you could give us an estimate of the savings to the publisher by going to eBooks. How much of a discount do people expect when the marginal cost of reproduction drops actually to zero? I suspect that most people would be disappointed.

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon Surrenders To Macmillan On eBook Pricing

dhovis Data centers and bandwidth aren't free either (437 comments)

I was exaggerating a bit, but my point was just that the cost of printing was not what sets the price of a book. You agree, I think, since you say it is not the dominant cost.

more than 4 years ago

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Apple Hardens Quicktime Against Attack

dhovis dhovis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dhovis writes "eWeek is reporting that Quicktime 7.5.4 takes a much more proactive approach to security. Quicktime for Windows Vista gets address space layout randomization (ASLR), stack buffer safety checking, and support for the hardware NX bit. Quicktime for Mac OS X gets similar upgrades. "That's a pretty big change for a point release," said Dino Dai Zovi, a security researcher who used Quicktime to hack into a MacBook Pro at last year's CanSecWest. "QuickTime looks like it may have just gotten more difficult. That is definitely a good thing"."
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