“5G” is mostly about adding capacity in major markets, and offering a broadband-like wireless connection

There had been much talk about 5G expanding rural coverage. Nope.

5G involves both new, faster modulation, but especially involves large spectrum allocations at millimeter wavelengths. The latter do not travel far due to path loss. This is why urban areas are expected to see small 5G base stations (or cells) on every block. (Some of the tech, albeit with less capacity, can be deployed at lower frequencies – existing cell frequencies below 1 Ghz and in the 1 to 6 Ghz range,  with somewhat greater range. But the big capacity improvement comes from the use of bands at 26 Ghz and higher.)

5G is primarily a way of delivering higher speed and greater capacity in urban markets, and provides a way to compete with wired Internet providers. That’s about it. Present technology also requires the installation of an outside antenna.

How much speed do you actually need? As the WSJ reported, few people come close to fully using a 100 Mbps connection – markets that are marketing faster speeds as supposedly needed for video are selling snake oil.

Source: 5G promises

Extinction Rebellion plans “terror” op to shut down Heathrow Airport by attacking it with quadcopters

Final planning documents, seen exclusively by The Mail on Sunday, show that the protesters will fly toy drones at head height over the airfield at Heathrow to stop aircraft landing or taking off.

Source: Climate change extremists are plotting a drone attack to shut down Heathrow airport | Daily Mail Online

They are targeting the week of September 13th, 2019.

The drone community is viewing Extinction Rebellion as a terrorist operation. If they pull this off, many bad things will happen, including the potential end of the recreational model aircraft hobby. A hobby that in 90 years has not killed anyone.

Apple disables battery percent remaining if you replace battery outside of Apple’s authorized service centers

While the Service message is on, users won’t be able to get important battery information, including the battery percentage left and whether their battery is healthy or needs to be replaced.

Source: Apple Hobbles iPhones With Batteries Replaced Outside Authorized Repair Shops | Fortune

Apple makes your iPhone run worse, even if you replace your iPhone battery with an actual Apple iPhone battery.

I will not be buying an iPhone. Previously, I had an iPad 2 that was de facto killed by an Apple OS upgrade; this happened to numerous iPad 2 owners. As best I can tell, the Apple OS update used significantly more RAM than the prior version, causing the iPad 2 to become unusable – literally taking a second or more to process each touch keypad press, for example. Apple killed off their iPad 2 products to force upgrades. Apple also prohibits downgrading to a previous OS update – thus permanently damaging your product.

Not long ago, Apple was caught slowing iPhone processing speeds as batteries aged – Apple claimed it did this to extend the usefulness of the iPhone (but did not tell users they needed to buy a new battery). Many people noticed the slow downs occurred around new iPhone product announcements and suggested this was used to encourage, if not force, users to upgrade to a newer iPhone.

I also had a Macbook that was just 3 1/2 years old when Apple announced it was discontinuing support. This meant that new OS updates could not be installed, which quickly led to app software no longer being update-able. In short order, items like web browsers could no longer be updated to work with contemporary cloud services – simply because third parties would not support slightly older OSes.

When Apple evolved its Macbook line to eliminate Firewire ports, Steve Jobs famously said, “Just buy a new video camera” because, you know, everyone could afford to do that. HDV format video cameras used Firewire interfaces to offload video to computers, a technology once promoted by Apple. (Apple did, much later, add the Thunderbolt interface and sold a Firewire adapter.)

On the software side, Apple killed off its Final Cut Pro product and replaced it with the incompatible Final Cut X product. People with productions in progress – or who had a need to go back to old projects – were told to take a hike.

For a while, Apple killed the use of Java completely. Some of us relied on the use of Java for cloud-based applications for banking and financial service organizations, and to access government databases. Lacking Java support for critical needs, we had to switch to Windows-based PCs.

I do not understand the Apple fanaticism when Apple has a long reputation of treating its own customers rudely.

I will keep my two Apple products running as long as I can but I have no plans to replace them due to Apple’s repeatedly treating us like crap, rather than valued customers.