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Comment Re:So it appears . . . (Score 2) 183

Well, unlike Mars, there is no reason to set up a permanent colony in Antarctica.

Oh, wait... maybe a permanent settlement on Mars is pointless as well? :) Apart from the whole "backup location for humanity, in case Earth gets creamed by an asteroid no one saw coming" thing. That has some far-fetched merit of sorts. However, due to the extremely hostile environment there, chances are that a Martian colony has a much higher probability of failing than civilisation on Earth in the first place, at least for centuries to come. So even in the most optimistic scenarios, it will be the thought that counts w/r to Martian settlement.

Comment Re: None of this matters, it has no headphone jac (Score 1) 324

I was not objecting to people complaining about the connector being removed: as you say, commenting on such matters is more than fair enough. What I am objecting to is the seemingly widespread notion that *all* customers are unhappy about this. No, some are, probably rightfully so. But actually, a sizeable number of customers also do not care much either way. That was all I am trying to say here: there is less drama than some observers are making this out to be.

All other things being equal, I am actually not even convinced that removing the port was a smart decision on Apple's part: quite a number of their customers do care, and the removed connector is not *that* big to begin with. OTOH, I can also see more and more headphones going wireless in the foreseeable future anyway - it is bloody convenient to not have cables dangling around, after all.

And with regard to the problem of not being able listen to music, resp. talk on the phone with headphones, at the same time as charging the phone: making power cables that allow you to plug in Lightning earphones *atop* the charger cable is a total no-brainer from an engineering perspective. I'm actually surprised they are not in the line-up yet.

Comment Re: None of this matters, it has no headphone jack (Score 1) 324

You know what? I'm fully aware that Apple did not change this to please me. I am fully aware that they (almost) solely did that to make people buy more of their other products. Sure thing. Corporate logic 101.

But as this change does not interfere with my specific needs and priorities (!), I am still happy to get the iPhone 7 as is. If they had broken something I need, I might go and buy an Android device. Or stock up on iPhone 6S, to last me through the Connectorless Ice Age. But if the iPhone 7 still meets my needs, it gets bought. Simple as that. It's called informed choice, or something like that.

The point I wanted to make is that maybe, just maybe, Apple actually weighed the market balances properly before making the change. And figured out that there are enough customers who, like me, will not care enough about the old connector going away to stop buying iPhones. That's all I wanted to say. Not a general absolution of Apple, or their often enough fairly slimy corporate strategies. Nope. Just a comment that removal of that jack was not as stupid as some people make it out to be.

Comment Re:None of this matters, it has no headphone jack. (Score 1) 324

Nobody cares? Well, some do. I've already ordered an iPhone 7 to replace my 5S. I develop for iOS, so it makes some sense for me to replace the phone after three years. That, and I am looking forward to the larger and brighter screen, and the better camera. Anything else is just sugarcoating, though.

Ah yes, the headphone jack. Turns out that my 5S is still technically a virgin. Never used that connector. See, there are some people who never use headphones on an iPhone. Exactly these people, like myself, do not care about the removal of the jack, and are happy to order the 7 as is. I can of course see that this change bothers those users who use headphones: but maybe, just maybe, Apple did some market research before they removed the connector? So that maybe, there are not *that* few customers like myself out there as the internet community would assume?

Comment Re:the obstacles (Score 4, Interesting) 118

Have you ever taken a closer look at a steam turbine installation on a major vessel? I am a software developer like you, but one of my grandfathers was a ship-building engineer (on large turbine-powered ships in the 30ies and 40ies, to boot), so there is some nerdy knowledge in the family. These installations are extremely intricate, and have to be more or less woven into the fabric of the ship: a modern diesel-electric set-up is plug and play by comparison (apart from the gigantic size of the machinery involved, that is).

I assume that the actual marine engineers in that company tried to tell their managers that this would not work, but that the PR department got to make a press release first. Or something like that.

Comment Re:the obstacles (Score 2) 118

Yeah, film at 11. 60 year old rusty hulk would require extensive re-build to accommodate a propulsion plant it was never designed for.

What the hell did these guys expect? A new coat of paint, and it's ready to go again? I mean, any sane person should have approached this with a mindset of "this will likely cost more than a new build. But this is (insert famous ship name here) after all, so commercial considerations should not be the main motivators." Any other way of approaching such a job would be just hare-brained.

Comment Re:Unfortunately... (Score 1) 280

To be fair, none of the current fighters were tested like that, either. And a good thing this was, what with a war against a first world power likely involving nukes, and all that. Pretty messy, just to test one's new fighters.

That having been said, I am also quite wary of the flying iPhone being vulnerable to the Russians or Chinese throwing some sort of electromagnetic spanner in the works during combat. Especially the Russians have apparently become very, very good at the whole electronic warfare thing. It is really a pity that there is practically no open information about the Russian EW capabilities, only indirect hints. But these are rather worrying, actually.

EW systems are a geek's true weapon: most of these things are incredibly nerdy. But also endlessly fascinating, iff one manages to glimpse some sort of info about them (which one usually can't, as literally no one is talking about them in the open).

Comment Re:Another one bites the dust (Score 4, Funny) 365

Of course, the W10 telemetry is seriously nosey. But as this is M$ we are talking about, I ultimately cannot see them doing much useful with it. They are probably too disorganised internally to come up with anything worse than an intrusive, ad-laden personalised version of Clippy, based on that data. Or something like that.

It's outfits like Google that give me the heebie-jeebies these days, not good old "640k is enough for everybody" M$.

Comment Another one bites the dust (Score 5, Insightful) 365

Seriously. Whatever M$ has ever touched, turned to manure in short order. Think Skype et al.

On the other hand, as M$ is actually one of the less creepy tech companies out there these days (with Linkedin being very near the top), this might actually end up *improving* the business ethics of Linkedin. :)

Comment Re:of course: more revenue for doctors, hospitals (Score 1) 55

He was exceptionally lucky to survive 9 minutes without permanent brain damage. He might have had some residual heart function which delivered some minimal oxygen to the brain for the first few minutes of his "cardiac arrest". Good to hear that he made a full recovery: stories like that are much needed morale boosters for EMTs like myself, and many others: the sad truth is that even for us who bring plenty of kit and experience to the party, CPR does not end up doing much useful in most of the cases we see. The few where it does work of course make it more than worthwhile, though.

Comment Re:of course: more revenue for doctors, hospitals (Score 3, Insightful) 55

The thing is, with proper first aid (to wit, competently done CPR from the get-go), the "reasonable recovery" rate is significantly higher than just 2%. Of course, it is important to realise that with current medical technology, it will never get any higher than ~20% or so. I have the 20% figure from a cardiologist: according to him, 80% of cardiac arrest cases are for reasons that are lethal with our current medical capabilities anyway: even with the best pre-clinical care possible, these will not result in a positive outcome (that is, anything other than, at "best", lingering death).

However, there is quite a difference between 2% and 20%. That amounts to quite a number of people who might yet have a few years (or months, as the case may be) to live *with a decent quality of life* - iff no hypoxic brain damage occurs, that is. So investing effort into improving pre-clinical medical care (and in particular, competent first responders) is not wasted. You never know whether someone you know might fall into the 18% group.

Comment Re:How? (Score 2) 296

I was under the impression that on your computer monitor, there is this thing called the operating system that is capable of providing genuine 5k content to your heart's desire. To wit, and by geeky standards: more open windows with more (typographically, at least) legible code on one and the same monitor.

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