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  • Apple investment in Chinese wind farms providing 134 megawatts to grid

    buckkalu said:
    Then there is the devastating effect the number of birds, bats and other insects killed by the blades.
    Greatly over-hyped. I feel for the animals hit, but they're better off in a world with clean energy given the ACTUAL low numbers.

    The number of birds killed by turbines is fairly insignificant to existing sources:
    • windmills          (10k-500k)
    • cars                  (60,000k-80,000k)
    • pesticides        (~70,000k)
    • power lines      (130,000k-174,000k)
    • other sources: cars (hundreds of million, windows, coms towers, etc) 
    Here's a link which provides references as well to its sources:
  • 'Apple Tags' tracking devices launching summer 2020, says Ming-Chi Kuo

    It is going to need something more than just UWB to be a useful tag for locating, it would need at least Bluetooth to make it locatable from further by various devices.  UWB range is pretty small.  
    UWB goes through walls and is measured on the order of meters. It's the tech used in industrial RTLS systems. More than capable for indoor locating. Larger spaces (multiple shops or different departments in a store) could easily be instrumented with multiple emitters/sensors.
  • Apple currently limiting M1 iPad Pro apps to 5GB RAM each

    Makes sense to limit individual apps. Common practice for sharing resources in virtualization and such. If one app used more memory, it would impact other apps when the resource hog switched to the background. This limit sounds like making apps play nice, and the hardware feel snappy.
  • Congress won't consider mandatory encryption bill after Apple battle - report

    mike1 said:
    rob53 said:
    Android doesn't come with any built-in encryption so it didn't really hurt them. Windows phone is gone so who is left?

    Think outside of phones.
    Agreed. This wasn't so much about phones in the long run, it was about communication. If the bill had gone through as written, and Apple and others were forced to create backdoors to be exploited, then a host of Apps and websites would spring up, "claiming" to have no backdoor but with no real way to verify. All those Apps and websites would just be based outside the US and all US companies would be at an unfair advantage since the world's companies and people don't want the US government reading their transmissions. Basically, this would be bad for security AND business. I think the later part played more of a role in killing this legislation than any of the privacy arguments.
  • Apple teaming with AT&T, FCC, Google in 'strike force' to battle robocalls

    I can't believe how many of these I get in a week. I thought it was just me getting them. Thankfully they are doing something about it.
  • Steve Jobs' handwritten Apple I specifications sheet could fetch $60,000 at auction

    I get the feeling this could go for a LOT more. It has so much geek chic... not fashion... not trendy... true engineering geek chic. Most items are parts of a computer or such. This is so perfect to frame and put on a wall as an inspirational shrine. I hope whoever gets it smiles at it at least once a day and then gets back to work on their latest and greatest endeavor that is changing the world...
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  • Hands on with Siri in the shower thanks to U by Moen

    I thought this was funny at first but i'm starting to use Siri more and more as she becomes able to do things. I've been surprised that she is becoming useful. Lots is changing recently. 

    So for me, a scenario I could see isgetting home and telling my shower to warm up. I take care of my dog and other things so that when I get upstairs, I can jump in. Not a huge win, but if I never expended any time to start it (i.e. voice commands can be given while taking off my shoes), then that 30-60 seconds of time saved is kinda nice. 

    I don't know if I would buy this... but in the future the price may enter my range of convenience. 
  • Samsung may launch two bendable smartphones with OLED screens in 2017

    TurboPGT said:
    Because this is what the world is missing? Bendable phones?

    No. Next gimmick please. 
    I think the eventual use will be in a flip-phone like system where you have a regular phone, and then can flip it open for twice the display space. It's not the bending that is a feature, but the ability to unfold, without bezels, into more pixels and interaction space. That said, if it doesn't have touch interaction on the flipped out part, it won't be useful.
  • Microsoft releases preview edition of Visual Studio for Mac

    Microsoft's Visual Studio really was an innovative product YEARS ago when I first came across it (I think version 2 or 4). It's debugging engine was amazing at the time. That innovation seems to have stopped and all i see is bloat and features that I never use. Can anyone familiar with it comment on their experience? This is just out of curiosity. These days I do my development with so many different tools and platforms that I can't use one single development environment. I'm not looking to switch or anything, just curious.