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Mobile Infrastructure Strains Power Grids

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Michael.Steinhart
Michael.Steinhart
4/30/2013 8:11:51 PM
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Re: - battery life - I wonder - App Hogs
So this also raises questions for cloud apps and always-connected workers. Do they need backup batteries? Smarter phones?

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Cheryl
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4/30/2013 7:03:15 PM
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Re: - battery life - I wonder - App Hogs
Agreed. I don't know why it is set up that way.  I was away from my home(and plug recently) and found one app using 1.3GB of data and almost 40% of my battery! It took me a moment to shut down some features, syncing and mobile data. When I am steps away from my home (it connects to my home wifi) and plug this isn't and issue, but I can't have that when I am not there!

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Michael.Steinhart
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4/30/2013 5:56:36 PM
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Re: - battery life - I wonder
I've been doing a little bit of experimenting with my new smartphone, Cheryl, and I think it's the multiple apps running simultaneously and the always-on WiFi and Bluetooth that drain a battery faster than you can say quick. I shut off WiFi today and found that the phone only used 30% of its charge over the course of the day.

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Cheryl
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4/25/2013 1:40:38 PM
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Re: - battery life - I wonder
I wonder if the quality of batteries is going down. We really don't know what we have. Older smartphones used to allow you to replace batteries but the newer models are non replacable. Well unless you watch some video on how to break into your own phone.

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Michael.Steinhart
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4/25/2013 10:47:21 AM
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Re: A push in the right direction
No argument here, Shepy. So why has it gotten such fallout, as it were? Monster movies of the 50s? Cold war threats of the 80s? Negative portrayal on The Simpsons?

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Shepy
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4/25/2013 4:07:06 AM
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Re: A push in the right direction
Aye, i live within 30 miles of one, and 50 of another, and I've no fear. It's by far the cleanest and safest, if proper precautions and considerations are made when constructing the plant. As for waste, the sum total of all nuclear waste created on the planet for fuel production, since conception of the technology, wouldnt fill an average suburban home. Granted it's highly radioactive and requires containment, but that's relatively speaking not a lot to contain!

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Michael.Steinhart
Michael.Steinhart
4/24/2013 10:24:51 PM
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Re: - battery life
It would make sense that the phone disengage itself, right, Cheryl? But apparently that's too complicated for devicemakers. DavidAllen posted a link to a charger that shuts itself off when the device is full, and that's the 'smartest' solution I've seen to this issue so far.

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Michael.Steinhart
Michael.Steinhart
4/24/2013 10:23:34 PM
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Re: A push in the right direction
Nuclear power is definitely preferable, even though, as you say, it's got a lot of bad press. I live within the fallout zone of the Indian Point plant, and every so often there's an outcry about it.

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Cheryl
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4/24/2013 6:10:19 PM
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Re: - battery life
Is it possible or is there presently a way to have a full charge then have the phone disengage from the charger but still be plugged in?  I am also someone who charges my phone in the evening after having it off the charger all day. I thought there was an alert when it was full, but who wants a chime at midnight? Similar to the 'safe to unplug' now for devices when connected to a computer.

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Shepy
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4/24/2013 5:34:11 PM
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Re: A push in the right direction
Absolutely, though I'd like to see a move to solely nuclear production, at least in the short term. Removal of traditional burning stations would alleviate the load on the atmosphere at least a little while others could be found. Sadly i think the fear of terrorism and Fukushima (which shouldn't have been built on a fault) will prevent that. 

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