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(Some Guy)   How much would it have cost to build an iPhone in 1991? Higher... Higher... You're not even close   (techpolicydaily.com) divider line 59
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2014-02-08 05:57:34 AM  
What a complete farking waste of time.  How about add up the deaths to make that iPhone, hipster.
 
2014-02-08 07:27:23 AM  
Back in the mid 90's I bought a 12GB stack of SCSI hard drives for video editing (Media 100). It cost $6K. I can now go into the drugstore and get a 16GB thumb drive for $6.

Ain't technology amazin'?
 
2014-02-08 07:36:33 AM  
How much for the giant robot to walk along side you carrying it and the massive generator it would require to power the thing?
 
2014-02-08 09:20:34 AM  
What youre all forgetting, regarding the impossibility of it all, is that the massive douchbaggery would create a superdense ball of mass so heavy, it would crush the universe.
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Now imagine the REAL douchbaggery if it happened back THEN!
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The mind boggles.
 
2014-02-08 09:35:08 AM  

omeganuepsilon: erik-k: It's not about the price of the tech. It's about what you can do: Like that old Android (I think it was droid) commercial where the idiot straps on 15 gadgets so he can "do everything" then the phone store salesman points out that a smartphone can do all of that and more.

The one aspect where phones are (and will always be) hopelessly inferior to a good dedicated device is the camera. A good camera has optics multiple inches wide illuminating a sensor nearly an inch across, which physically can't fit inside a smartphone.

If you had an iPhone in 1991, your functionality of what it can do today would be greatly impacted, much of it related to the internet.

The internet and modern software are what make it able to emulate those things.  Really, you'd have an over-fancy terminal...IF you had the ability to connect it to computers of the day(91 is pre-usb), write software for the interface, etc.

A real computer whiz with plenty of documentation might be able to do something with one that was beyond the scope of the "out of the box" included software.  Maybe.


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I invented this cable to connect this machine with our main computer. I call it Universal Systematic Binding - USB for short.
 
2014-02-08 11:18:50 AM  

2wolves: anfrind: 2wolves: In 1992 2Gb wide SCSI hard storage was $2800.00

I'm tempted to believe they played with the other numbers also.

The iPhone has flash storage, not a hard disk.

Does TFA quote HDD prices?


It quotes both HDD prices and flash memory prices.
 
2014-02-08 04:03:49 PM  

scottydoesntknow: This is a very dumb article, even for Fark.


da Vinci's wooden, leather and cloth cyclotron? Priceless, even for a Medici.

What a stupid article. Exponentially so. It ignores the fact that you need the entirety of the Internet to properly use an integrative device like a smart phone. Or play an MP3, the standard for which didn't exist until 1992. Hell, I can't remember listening to an MP3 file until Winamp happened in '98 or so.
 
2014-02-08 09:33:30 PM  

Valiente: scottydoesntknow: This is a very dumb article, even for Fark.

da Vinci's wooden, leather and cloth cyclotron? Priceless, even for a Medici.

What a stupid article. Exponentially so. It ignores the fact that you need the entirety of the Internet to properly use an integrative device like a smart phone. Or play an MP3, the standard for which didn't exist until 1992. Hell, I can't remember listening to an MP3 file until Winamp happened in '98 or so.


As far as MP3's go, I seem to remember that the decompression demanded enough CPU power that even a high-end PC in 1992 wouldn't have been able to play MP3 files at anything approaching CD quality (I once tried playing an MP3 on a 486 laptop circa 1994 and it stuttered like crazy).  It wasn't until both Pentium CPU's and Internet connections of at least 56k were ubiquitous that MP3's really seemed to take off.

Although I must admit I was a bit of a latecomer to MP3's, as I stubbornly clung to the collection of MIDI files I had spent years accumulating (many of which sounded pretty good on my Sound Blaster AWE64) until the early 2000's.
 
2014-02-09 02:18:10 AM  

Altair: What a complete farking waste of time.  How about add up the deaths to make that iPhone, hipster.


The same number of deaths as any other smartphone, jackass. You're a complete farking waste of oxygen.
 
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