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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

pushing-robot Re: Because of Apple engineering (177 comments)

Memory chips, NAND and DRAM, are usually quoted in Gb. Not GB. I WISH flash was at $0.125/GB.

Apple probably pays close to $50 for 128 gigs... Still a huge markup, but it's meant to offset the low (by Apple standards, at least) markups on their base models.

You can look up BOMs for more accurate estimates of product costs and margins... Just keep in mind that they don't include any company expenses (retail, transportation, support, R&D, sales & marketing, management, legal, and so on).

5 hours ago

NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

pushing-robot Re:Only 4 displays, sticking to AMD. (96 comments)

I know what you mean. I don't want to play games but am looking to carry sacks of grain through the Andes, and these cards lack the qualities of a trusty burro.

6 hours ago

TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

pushing-robot Re:"CipherShed" (237 comments)

They're obviously using my HorribleNameGenerator library. I'm proud to have contributed to so many FOSS projects.


Dremel Releases 3D Printer

pushing-robot Re:Wrong type of machine for Dremel (103 comments)

Frankly, I would have expected Dremel to come out with a small desktop CNC, not a 3D printer.

I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if the WD-40 company had created a product to make things stick together.

2 days ago

Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

pushing-robot Re:There is no "almost impossible" (228 comments)

Tighten a loose bolt! I can always use a good wrench.
It's five dollars well spent, in my opinion.

2 days ago

Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

pushing-robot So far, so good (116 comments)

I wish them the best of luck, but the headline reminds me of the joke about the optimist falling from a building...

about a week ago

Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

pushing-robot Mod JMS up (291 comments)

Bring me more of these... Salted. I work better with salt.
Did you know that in the 20th century they actually thought that salt was bad for you?
Listen to the animals I say. The lion will sit down with the lamb to share the salt lick.
Good enough for them, good enough for me.

Max Eilerson, Crusade, 1999

about two weeks ago

AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

pushing-robot Sigh. (98 comments)

This GPU has nearly identical performance to the R9 280 that came before it

Which had nearly identical performance to the 7950 that came before it. Which came out nearly three years ago.

Meanwhile, this says it all about the CPU. Sure, the AMD might save you $100 over the (faster) Intel, but you'll pay that back on a beefier PSU and cooler and electricity bills to support the beast.

What happened, AMD? I loved you back in the Athlon64 era...

about three weeks ago

Exomoon Detection Technique Could Greatly Expand Potential Habitable Systems

pushing-robot Re:Reasonably, how long would a solar eclipse last (66 comments)

Probably between one and several hours. Half the moon might have an extra long night every month, but the planet would retain enough heat that it shouldn't threaten the biosphere.

Well, except for the hordes of flying monsters thirsty for blood that emerge every eclipse...

about three weeks ago

Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

pushing-robot Re:On come on now Edward (194 comments)

It is according to the 9th amendment, which gives the people the right to claim the Constitution says anything they want it to say.

about a month ago

Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

pushing-robot Re:Huh... (183 comments)

OCZ's storage division was bought by Toshiba, who now sells Toshiba drives under the OCZ brand.

Not sure what the thinking was on that one.

about a month ago

Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

pushing-robot Re:typed that backward. Fingers don't believe me. (99 comments)

"Why are we encouraging people to buy new Macs? We should be forcing our own users to upgrade, not theirs."
— Satya Nadella, Internal Memo, 7 August 2014

about a month and a half ago

China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

pushing-robot Re:Nonsense (115 comments)

Don't forget CEILINGCAT.

about a month and a half ago

Perlan II Project Aims To Fly a Glider To the Edge of Space

pushing-robot Re:100km (44 comments)

(...and I apparently have Tony the Tiger's spellchecker, since it completely missed that typo.)

about a month and a half ago

Perlan II Project Aims To Fly a Glider To the Edge of Space

pushing-robot Re:100km (44 comments)

I'll give them this one, considering one of the purposes of this project is to prove the feasability of extraterrrestrial flight in atmospheres as thin as that of Mars.

about a month and a half ago

Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

pushing-robot Re:Very original (182 comments)

He managed to attach a square filter to a round duct; that's NASA-level ingenuity right there.

about 1 month ago

Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

pushing-robot Re:What the hell? (182 comments)

Almost all air purifiers are nothing more than a fan blowing through a filter. Thanks to fans and filters being commodity items, there are many retail HEPA air purifiers on sale for close to this guy's price. The article is little more than a cherry picking fallacy.

Next up: Man rigs cheap alternative to $500 Denon patch cable.

about 1 month ago

Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

pushing-robot Re: where's the money?! (213 comments)

The android anthropologists then went back to university and learned traits which benefit the survival of the group do not necessarily benefit the survival of the individual.

about 1 month ago


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