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If you think the US has this badly, check out Australia -- not much smaller in land area (80%), less than 10% of the population.If Telstra really can do this (what happened to the earlier rumour that Optus was getting the iPhone contract?), you can bet coverage will be a small fraction of the country. Good for cities, not great for the outback. Those poor goannas: what are they going to do without fast iPhone data rates? Try Telstra's coverage map with a postcode of 0872.
Yup. Just like some people think global warming has ended every time there's a dip in temperatures. If you track any stock (or climate for that matter) you have to distinguish between short-term fluctuation and the long-term trend. Apple's stock should go up again once it becomes clear how the transition from limited markets to closer to world-wide goes for iPhone -- and whether the initial sales are the start of a trend, or just saturation of the new gadget market. If you...
When I first installed 10.4 on my iMac G5, I had a ridiculous number of crashes. Eventually it turned out that the machine had a hardware fault (as I recall, it had new RAM and a new logic board before it became stable).A major new release may have the effect of causing crashes by exposing a hardware fault that the previous system happened by luck not to exercise. If you are having a ridiculous number of crashes, I recommend doing some hardware diagnostics (assuming you've...
Maybe at a detailed level the technique may differ but doesn't a CRT also only have a limited number of colours which are mixed to create the illusion of millions of colours -- e.g. 3 electron beams each of which energizes a different set of phosphor dots respectively glowing red, green or blue, depending on the energy level of the beam when it hits the dot?
If there is anything to whinge about it's tardiness of getting the thing out. It is perfectly understandable that Apple would want to limit developers of the first public release, so as to minimize setting details in stone that may turn out with a wide range of developers to be suboptimal. What would you prefer:they let the whole world develop as fast as possible, and get stuck with an API with ugly features that can't go away because too many people have used them,...
Here's another experiment. Turn your cell phone off unless you are making a call or expecting an incoming call, and compare the time between charges with leaving it on (if you want your phone as a means of being contactable, you won't want to do this). Your phone has to regularly check in with the network to tell it where to route calls. This isn't for free. Same issue with WiFi: even if you are not accurately transmitting, the network needs to know where you are.
[quote=Dave K.;1226636]You ever hear of Windows 7 - Microsoft's next OS. Its probably 3-5 years away. /quote] Are those dog years or human years? How many of the features promised for Vista vanished by the time it launched? Can you buy a Mac today with a version before 10.5 pre-installed? How about trying to buy a PC with XP (how long after Vista launched?). My impression talking to support people who favour Windows is that they would be only too happy if Vista curled...
Looks to me as if the heat issue was while running Vista -- maybe Vista doesn't do power management properly?
I suspect you may be right. According to Samsung, active power on one of their flash devices is a little over 25% of a comparable HDD but you also need to consider that flash wakes from sleep a lot faster than a disk spins up. However: either device is likely to be a tiny fraction of overall system power if everything is in full active mode. In case anyone's wondering why SSD isn't dramatically faster especially on sequential writes, flash doesn't like having the same area...
The idea of doing general purpose computation on a weird and wonderful processor designed for some special purpose like graphics is not new and has always in the past fizzled on the same issues: Amdahl's Law -- the fancy stuff speeds up part of the computation hugely but not all of it; you have to add up everything to get the true speedup iffy to program -- most of these things are very hard to code for, needing a lot of machine dependencies poor compatibility with...
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