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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

jbrandv Re:The two problems remain (243 comments)

Not quite. Look at the Samsung mini line. Galaxy S III mini or S 4 mini will work great for you. I returned my Galaxy III because it was too big but I love my S III mini.

about 4 months ago

Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review

jbrandv Re:Still need atmospheric pressure to syphon (360 comments)

It cannot be atmospheric pressure, given that he demonstrated that a syphon works in a vacuum. Please RTFA before you post.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

jbrandv TRS-80 Model 4P (702 comments)

It's heavy and slow but the thing won't die. It still runs some home automation X10 stuff from the 80s.

about 5 months ago

Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

jbrandv Re:Energy Control Systems Online? (95 comments)

Easy answer, money and greed. The corporate overlords want more money not more security they have to pay for.

about 5 months ago

Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

jbrandv Re:Why is this crap on the internet (95 comments)

Why does anyone, anyone whatsoever, think that attaching their critical national energy infrastructure is a good idea?"
Easy answer, money and greed.

about 5 months ago

Canonical Moving Away From GNOME Control Center

jbrandv Re:NIH (208 comments)

Correction: Ubuntu WAS doing more than anyone to bring Linux to the desktop. There, fixed that for you.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

jbrandv Corporate douchebags (473 comments)

The hardest thing is keeping myself from choking the living shit out of some corporate manager who desparately needs it due to changing the requirements every other day or so.

about a year ago

Modelling Reveals Likely Spread of New H7N9 Avian Flu

jbrandv Re:What happened to the last pandemic? (102 comments)

OK, I'll look it up. According to Websters: "Pandemic: occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population"
I don't think any of those you listed fits the definition. Just saying.

about a year ago

Tesla Motors Loses Appeal Against BBC's Top Gear

jbrandv Re:Irrelevant (385 comments)

Never heard of the RIAA huh?

about a year and a half ago

Air Force Lab Test Out "Aircraft Surfing" Technique To Save Fuel

jbrandv Re:drafting... (205 comments)

Yes the lead bird works harder but in fact does benefit from the V formation behind them. Mythbusters was able to measure the effect.

about 2 years ago

Electric Car Environmental Impact: Power Source Matters

jbrandv Re:Captain Obvious (341 comments)

Unless you are off the grid and have your own wind farm you do not get all of your electricity from wind. Oh, the power company may charge you more but those electrons on the transmission system can't tell which houses are paying extra for wind power and which aren't. I'd bet most of your power either comes from coal or nuclear plants. (Yes, I work for a power company.)

about 2 years ago

What Should Start-Ups Do With the Brilliant Jerk?

jbrandv Easy (480 comments)

Promote him! Seems like that's what happens where I work.

about 2 years ago

California Legalizes Self Driving Cars

jbrandv Re:Numbers, The Law, Reality of Attention (508 comments)

Tell this to Capt. Sully. When you are travelling over 200 MPH the closing speed is so fast you can't really react fast enough. Um, tell it to the Geese too!
An airline pilots job is hours of boring flights punctuated by moments of shear terror.

about 2 years ago

Prime Minister to French Government: Favor FOSS Wherever Possible

jbrandv Re:One sterp forwards... (112 comments)

Come on! Everyone knows the first French fries were made in grease... ;-)

about 2 years ago

When the Hiring Boss Is an Algorithm

jbrandv Are you kidding me? (245 comments)

I've called Xerox support. It's not working! Clueless management must be their hallmark.

about 2 years ago

Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

jbrandv Re:Probably (761 comments)

Umm, civilised people don't require the death penalty. However we don't live in a completely civilised society.

about 2 years ago

Stem Cells Turn Hearing Back On

jbrandv Re:Deaf community will hate this (101 comments)

I lost hearing in my right ear several years ago from sudden hearing loss. I'd give almost anything to get it back. I have tinnitus in that ear so bad it almost hurts sometimes. Plus you have no idea how frustrating it is to hear a sound and NOT be able to tell where it came from. PLEASE fix it!

about 2 years ago

Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

jbrandv Large size also seems to = less battery life (660 comments)

I returned my brand new Galaxy SII due to the horrid battery life. The large screen sucked the battery life down to about 6 hours with all widgets removed and an all black background, WIFI and bluetooth turned off! Since I need to carry a phone for work it just didn't cut it. My first smart phone lasted about 5 days of use before needing a recharge (Chinese iPhone clone). My next (Nokia N900) lasted about two days between charges and that is with many widgets, active backgrounds, WIFI, and bluetooth all enabled! Now I've gone back to another Nokia N900 since my first one had an unfortunate hot-tub incident. Plus having a real keyboard is so much nicer to use than the on-screen ones. Plus I have a full development environment on my N900! Can't do that on either iPhone or Android no matter how big the screen is.

more than 2 years ago


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