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Episode 184 – This Year’s iPhones – 9/12/2013

On this week’s episode, Will, Norm, and Gary discuss the new iPhones, iOS 7, the Vita TV, Intel’s latest processor, and the politics of solar panels and electric cars. All that, plus the latest books Gary and Will are reading, and the announcement of OCTOBERKAST 2013! Enjoy!

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33 thoughts on “Episode 184 – This Year’s iPhones – 9/12/2013

  1. So happy you gentlemen are back. Works been rather boring with no Tested Podcasts. Will I’ve been wondering, why is there red tape over your apple logo?

  2. Norm – If you hard boiled eggs are coming out dry and powdery you are super over cooking your eggs. This is one of my super pet peeves, I’m sorry for the rant. To get a perfectly cooked hard boiled egg, put eggs in a pot with cold water. Bring it to a hard boil. Turn down to a simmer and let go for 8 mins. Take eggs out of hot water and shock into ice water. Peel eggs and they are perfect. 95% of people overcook eggs and they come out powdery and yucky.

  3. IPHONE AND GARY!!!! I love Gary’s thought process as he goes from “this new one is shit” to “I am standing in line getting one” (or the new I’m a dad version of this which is Gary mashing the refresh button at midnight on the Apple store)

    Seriously it’s cool when Gary can find the time to drop by.

  4. The Galaxy S3 has a magnesium internal frame.

    From iFixit:

    But why magnesium? If you take a look at your old pal, the Periodic Table, it is one of the lightest metals – more so than even aluminum. Additionally, its high strength makes it ideal for providing structural support where weight is a major concern.

  5. The breakfasts of champions (in no specific order): cold pizza, PopTarts (frozen or otherwise), bagels and lox with cream cheese, PB&J with banana slices and some form of caffeinated beverage (normal coffee, Cuban coffee, tea, soda) that is not Red Bull or some such. Some caffeine is good; a drink with enough of the stuff to jumpstart a coma patient isn’t.

  6. Hi guys, love the podcasts, but, don’t you think a 2 hour long podcast it’s too long? 20 or 30 minutes to me is more than enough, perhaps split this long episodes in shorter ones?


  7. For the uninitiated, what is oktoberkast?

    Octoberkast (OCTOBERKAST?) is a 24 consecutive hour livestream/podcast Will, Norm, Gary, do in order to raise money for Child’s Play. Throughout the 24 hour span, there are various guests. Mad Libs have been a part of the show the last two years. Last year, notable events was a Minecraft Lego building set race between Norm and Will and Joey doing 1000 push ups over the 24 hour span (#gunsforkids).

  8. On the subject of liquid breakfast. I am a huge fan of Carnation instant breakfast:

    Protein, calcium, vitamins and it tastes just like chocolate milk, so Norm, if you want to drink your breakfast, this is the way to go.

  9. Awesome podcast this week, I was LMAO at Gary’s immediate reaction to the idea of a cosplay rave being a rapid descent into cross-fandom slashfic.

    2 – 2.5 hours is perfect IMO. Really looking forward to Octoberkast.

  10. I don’t eat breakfast either. I’m one of those odd intermittent fasting people trying to slim their waistline. Though it is said that eating food improves brain activity.

  11. You should put some kind of graphics into the beginning of the video instead of the black screen. The black screen makes me always think that there is something wrong in my end when I don’t get picture or sound.

  12. I enjoyed you reading but not answering my question…

    By the way I don’t ski all the time. It is just a place we go to on the weekends with the kids. I live in Munich so it is in Austria!

    What is the output of a cheaper solar panel?

    And how much does an immersion heater need?

    You know the small ones you just plonk into a kettle with the really bad energy footprint.

  13. 64 bit processors are faster because you can manipulate larger amounts of memory with each instruction. This means fewer instructions for math (multiplication in particular involves a lot of separate instructions) and more data per load operation (pulling stuff from RAM into registers, etc). Essentially, expanding the register width opens up lots of opportunity for efficiency in high-data functions, and that’s before we even get to the general speed increase from a newer chip.

  14. Book List (In no particular order)

    Wool Trilogy (Wool, Shift, Dust) – Hugh Howey

    American Gods, Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

    Neptune’s Brood, Saturn’s Children, The Laundry Files – Charles Stross

    Pirate Cinema – Cory Doctorow

    Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

    The Last Apprentice – Joseph Delany & Patrick Arrasmith

    The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

    Elmore Leonard ( No specific books mentioned)

    Kurt Vonnegut – Welcome to the Monkey House, Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions

    Anathem – Neal Stephenson

    George RR Martin – (Mentioned in passing – how the fire and ice series turned to poop…)

    Gunslinger Books – Presumably Stephen King‘s Dark Tower Series?

    John Scalzi – Redshirts, Old Man’s War.

    I think that was about it other then mentioning Harry Potter and The Hunger Games in a fleeting comment about YA (Young Adult) fiction.

    If people want, I’ll throw the amazon links in there too.

  15. Will, I have two questions:

    1 – whatever happened to that cheap-o memory foam mattress topper you were testing a while back. I didn’t hear the verdict on it.

    2 – is your avatar a picture of you running around with a Shake Weight?

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