Cubicle Warrior’s blog, week 20 of 213 (1,326 more days). Today’s quote about brothers reflects my thoughts on my little brother. I learned a lot about myself through him as I spent time with him this weekend.
I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three. — Author unknown.
My return to F-16 Fightertown, USA. I had a great time with my little brother this past week. I re-enlisted him for another 5 years, 10 months–enough to get him to 20 years. If he makes E-7, then I can re-enlist him one more time before we both think about military retirement plans. It was a refreshing break from work and I hated leaving. Hanging out with my little brother gave me insight into myself–as a brother, as a father, as a husband, and as an Airman (not in that order). I really miss the real Air Force, the one with airplanes and people in uniform. I have spent the last six years in this fake Air Force mixed in with civilians far from fighter jets, and far from the Air Force that I joined 17 years ago.
Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. My nephew is the cutest little monkey. I miss that little guy. He reminds me of my own son, except he has a little more…energy.
When you play the game of phones, you win or you die. Well, maybe you will not die, but you will regret blindly following the masses over a cliff. From a hardware and software point of view, the latest iOS 6 and iPhone 5 are somewhat disappointing. I am neither an Apple fanboy nor an Android ubergeek. I like and dislike both for various reasons. In short, I dislike the iPhone 5 and do not recommend it because it does not live up to the level of innovation/re-imagination I have come to expect from Apple. They have lost the magic that comes with a new release of hardware, and they have lost considerable ground to Samsung and HTC on the hardware front, just as much as they have lost ground to Google on the software front. Here is my analysis summed up in one sentence:I expected the iPhone 5 to essentially be a tightly integrated product with features rivaling the Samsung Galaxy S3, but crammed it into a larger version of the iPhone 4S.
Display. Advantage: Galaxy S3, based on the 720p resolution. The human eye normally cannot discern beyond 300 ppi, so the fact that iPhone 5 has more resolution than the Galaxy is a moot point. Just get to 300 ppi and call it good, or issue all humans better eyeballs. Apple just does not get it–SIZE DOES MATTER. 4.8″ > 4.0″. I would overlook that 0.8″ if the display were scaled to fit 1280 x 720. The iPhone display is brighter and easier to use, mainly due to its use of IPS LCD instead of AMOLED.
- Apple iPhone 5: 1136 x 640 pixels, 4 inches, 326 pixels per inch, IPS LCD (In-Place Switching, Liquid Crystal Display)
- Samsung Galaxy S3: 1280 x 720 pixels, 4.8 inches, 306 pixels per inch, AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode)
Memory. Advantage: every other phone in the galaxy. What is so frigging hard about this, Apple? If you want some idiot to pay an exorbitant sum for additional memory, just slap a pretty Apple logo on some SD cards and charge everyone double! I promise, it will fool just enough people for you to meet your profit margins.
- Apple iPhone 5: 16, 32, or 64 Gb; no external memory
- Samsung Galaxy, and every other phone in the galaxy: 16, 32, or 64 Gb with room for external memory
CPU. Apple A6 (also known as the Samsung K3PE7E700F-XGC2) has 1 Gb RAM with a clock of 1066 MHz with a core memory bandwidth of 8.53 Gbps. The System on a Chip (SoC) architecture is based on the ARM A9, but has been optimized for numbnuts wearing black turtlenecks and their idiot wives sporting $10k purses. In benchmark tests [LINK], the iPhone 5’s A6 does beat its competitors, including the Samsung Exynos 4412 found in some versions of the Samsung Galaxy S3 (which does not include my US, AT&T version). For comparison’s sake, the iPhone 5 had a benchmark score on one test of 1601, while my Galaxy S3’s Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8260A scored a 1258 and the iPhone 4S’ 800 MHz A5 chip scored a 623.
Build. It is hard to beat the iPhone’s superior build. It just feels like a well-designed piece of hardware. The Android phones all feel somewhat fake and plastic-like…just like everything here in California.
Features. Siri is hard to beat. Android does have the advantage of having more voice control programs (S-voice, Google voice) and apps to use with its voice control programs. For the most part, Siri seems to respond better, while the Android options offer more choice of integration options. With Siri, once the user asks for directions to Starbucks, there is only one app that will open–Apple Maps. With an Android phone, the user can tailor the phone to open Google Maps, AT&T/Verizon Navigator, or whatever app you have available. Different apps may respond better than others, so it is hard to do a direct comparison. Speaking of maps, the new iOS 6 will be the first baby born after the big divorce between Apple and Google. There will be no more Google Maps on the iPhone–only Apple Maps. Apple Maps do not have Street View, which might be a liability if users like seeing the store front to aid in navigating through city streets. The Apple YouTube app will go away, but Google will offer a standalone app for iPhone users.
Cubicle Engineer’s Verdict. If you are happy with your iPhone 4 or 4S, then stick with those phones and save some considerable cash. I would recommend that you wait for the iPhone 5S, or try out an Android phone such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One X. Both the Galaxy and One are now what the iPhone 5 should have been, minus the plastic casing.
Malware as a weapon. Based on the success of Stuxnet, it looks like the US military is looking for more ideas on how to use malware as a cyber weapon. [LINK]. Idea: why not throw our best DoD acquisitioners at the problem, so that we can gain 10-year-old technology at triple the cost? I cannot wait to see what great **** the US comes up with for malware-as-a-weapon. The best cyber offense projects need to be funded in a less traditional way. Pay some high school kids with pizza and girls. Tell them to code up the next Stuxnet, and they can have all the Code Red soda they want. Using the standard acquisitions process will only result in an inferior product that is delivered late, built by the lowest bidder, and does not meet the current threat.
Gators surge in the second half to down Vols at Neyland Stadium. The #18 Florida Gators defeated the #23 Tennessee Volunteers 37-20 in a resurgence of the rivalry that at one time was THE game that defined the SEC. This year, the game may not even affect the SEC East, but it was the most relevant game in recent memory. For the first time since 2005, both teams came in ranked. The Gators once again showed that they are a second half team. My concern is that the Gators will not be able to continue like this against #2 LSU, #5 Georgia, and #7 South Carolina. I am pleased with how the Gators’ performance over the past two games, now that I realize that this is who they are. They are not a major threat to win the SEC yet, but they are fun to watch once again…especially in the second half. Jeff Driskel turned in a 195 passer rating based on his 70% completions, 10% touchdown production per attempt, 0% interceptions, and 10.95 yards per attempt. Mike Gillislee is once again averaging over 6 yards per attempt.
Alabama, LSU, and Georgia are still among the elite of NCAA football. The preseason #1, USC, fell to its rival, Stanford. I do not foresee any teams taking down Alabama and LSU other than Alabama and LSU. Sorry, SEC haters. You might have to deal with a repeat of last year, where the two best teams in the nation are from the same division of the same conference. I think that Stanford and USC are primed to take over as the elite of the NCAA, but not this year.
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