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Have you seen the scale of electronics in a smartphone? Obviously not - because you woudn't make such a foolish statement as this. No human hand can place these parts precisely, with 99.999% accuracy, repeatedly - these boards are assembled by robotics. The assembled PCB's are then inserted into metal frames (also made robotically) and screws may be place, or glue. They are not entirely hand-made; and never were. Or, would you prefer we build these products elsewhere,...
As with any other business - comparisons should logically be drawn against what competitors are offering. Having a brother working for HP, and having worked for both Intel and Dell - I can say that the competition's offerings for discounts to employees are a sick joke. At Dell, I could go through some red tape, sign a document that threatened my job if I sold the computer/Jukebox/laptop/display/printer or anyting else; instead of using it for personal use. Then, I was...
Remind me again, what's the definition of 'Insanity"? I have no sympathy for the executives who made bad decisions, and have essentially put RIM on the 2012 Deathwatch. However, I do feel sorry for the hundreds/thousands of engineers, programmers and other people who stand to lose their employment, thanks to the decisions made by these same executives. Those who do their job, are punished. Those who created the problem, not only keep their jobs, but also get a...
I wonder what they will add in iBooks 2? As an engineer - what I would have liked to have would be an embedded scientific graphing calculator, so I could work through the examples the book gave, on my own. This would come in handy not only in technical books (Physics, Statics, Dynamics, Differential Equations, Calculus, Real/Imaginary and Matrix mathematics), but also for quick sanity checks for classes like Economics. Being able to quickly open a window and plug...
Part of what made the 'great' photographers was not only their skill in using photography as an art form, but the fact that the pictures they took were "real" and not photoshopped. This skill took years, in some cases lifetimes to master. Artists like Ansel Adams took their pictures, at great personal risk, in adverse conditions - and got it 'right' the first time. They didn't know if they got their picture 'right' until they got to the development lab. This meant that...
IMHO, I believe Kodak leadership was so arrogant at the superiority of film over the early digital photography; they believed that digtal photography would "never" over-take film. While they were correct, in the early digital photography quality (pixelated, poor color quality) - the fact that they could not imagine the digital age coming quickly, should serve as a harsh reminder to other companies. Kodak's arrogance killed them. This is where I'm fascinated by...
Poor analogy. 8-Track was simply one of many media. Film, for over 100 years was the ONLY practical media for preserving memories - available to every family. I'm sure you are too young to realize, but for over 100 years the only way to capture memories, was through film. Museaums are full of the artistic expression that used to be only available through years of experience working with film - and Kodak was the king. When homes were destroyed by fires or floods, people...
Point well taken. Blab about what you work on at Apple, and you may be fired. Work for the DOD as a contractor and Blab, you WILL be fired, your co-workers may find themselves without a contract, and you might go to jail, and you mgiht find yourself fined to the tune of several thousands of dollars. That Security Clearance you are required to have, has some pretty harsh penalties.
I imagine this simply means that Nuance voice recognition is now a part of the OS, so when I say "Play songs by Supertramp", I don't get music by the Beatles. Simply more accurate transcribing of voice dictation.
I travel with my iPad, and am forced to pay $20/month to Hotspot the iPad. Wish that there was a tether plan that would allow me to tether my iPad to my iPhone.
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