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Comment: Re:Easily fixed (Score 1) 74

by PopeRatzo (#49801113) Attached to: Feds Bust a Dark-Web Counterfeit Coupon Kingpin

You missed the key word: RETAIL. Tesla isn't a retail store. Tesla is a vertical market

"Retail" only means the products are sold to the end user rather than a reseller.

Tesla is most certainly a retailer of cars, because you can go buy one from them right now.

JC Penney doesn't make their own clothes, they sell other people's clothes for more money than they spent on acquiring them

JC Penney most certainly makes their own clothes. In fact, they started by making their own clothes in 1914 and today they're betting their future on their own house brands.

https://fortune.com/2014/12/22...

Comment: Re:Ronnie Phone (Score 1) 323

It may have been an existing service, but one of the reason why it became known as the "Obamaphone" is because it was under the Obama administration that they started paying money to TV and cable channels for commercials to advertise how easy it is to get one

That's not true. They have become known as the "Obamaphone" because after the Republicans gave it that name, the Obama Administration just went ahead and embraced it (just like "Obamacare"). So when it turns out the program is successful and popular, Obama gets all the credit because the GOP gave it to him.

This is the reason Obama's been able to run circles around Republicans for eight years. As horrible as he is, he's about 10 times as clever as Republicans.

Comment: Re:Easily fixed (Score 1) 74

by PopeRatzo (#49801025) Attached to: Feds Bust a Dark-Web Counterfeit Coupon Kingpin

Tesla marketing starts with some sort of vague "cost" of a car after various "savings + incentives".

But those "savings and incentives" don't come from Tesla. They're not saying, "If you buy a car today, we'll give you a $1000 cash-back incentive". They're saying, "If you buy our car, you'll save money on gasoline, etc etc.

You must be able to see the difference.

Generally these companies are niche and don't have to rely on tricking or motivating a customer to switch

At least you admit that coupons are "tricking" customers.

Comment: Re:Easily fixed (Score 1) 74

by PopeRatzo (#49800993) Attached to: Feds Bust a Dark-Web Counterfeit Coupon Kingpin

"Limited-Time-Only!" Discounts are not an "All-American" practice -- they are a practice of global fucking civilization, you idiot.

Invented in the USA, perfected in the USA. Before you make a statement, do you even think to check whether or not it's true?

http://couponing.about.com/od/...

. So they sell them at a loss (or just break even) for a few weeks, get people hooked on them so you're never at a bbq without one, and THEN they yell out "Time to pay the piper, faggots!"

It's Friday, and that means they're fumigating 8chan. That's why they come here.

Comment: Re:Easily fixed (Score 1) 74

by PopeRatzo (#49800223) Attached to: Feds Bust a Dark-Web Counterfeit Coupon Kingpin

J.C. Penney tried this. It's become a textbook case study in retail management as to how not to run a retail store. Unfortunately, the "feeling of getting a bargain" is a powerful psychological motivator to purchase; treating customers like rational people is not.

That's why Tesla is failing so badly. They treat customers like rational human beings and don't give "incentives" and "cash back" and "0% financing".

And I guess that means that before coupons were invented, every company simply failed.

Comment: Re:Must...resist...gender-based rant! (Score -1, Troll) 74

by PopeRatzo (#49798735) Attached to: Feds Bust a Dark-Web Counterfeit Coupon Kingpin

I hope this scam works, and that it will mean the death of coupons as an inducement.

For the first time, I agree with you on something.

But coupons will persist so long as they keep appealing to the wives of this world.

You stupid cocksucker. You just had to ruin the moment with your ugly hatred of women.

Comment: Re:Easily fixed (Score 3, Insightful) 74

by PopeRatzo (#49798721) Attached to: Feds Bust a Dark-Web Counterfeit Coupon Kingpin

How about just stopping this manipulative fiction of "coupons".

1. Charge a fair price for your product.
2. Stop using "loyalty memberships" and coupons to track your customers.
3. Make your customer the customer and not some company that wants to buy data about your customers' buying habits.
4. Be competitive instead of predatory.
5. Charge a fair price for your product.
6. If you can offer me "cash back" on my purchase, then you can goddamn well lower the price.
7. Charge a fair price for your product.

End the ridiculous All-American practice of "coupons" and "customer loyalty" and the problem with fake coupons just disappears.

Comment: Re:This has been played out before... (Score 1) 537

by swb (#49797529) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

The only problem with an electric auxillary motor is that it would take a ton of power and I'm not sure the battery size/weight to get any meaningful runtime out of it would be at all practical.

One thing that I have seen that seems 'new' and might make an electric motor work are variable-speed diesel DC generators. They feed some kind of DC-DC converter/charge controller to provide a fixed DC voltage that can charge batteries or feed an inverter and could probably supply DC to the motor, too, although I haven't seen the converters for 48vdc.

Supposedly they're extremely efficient as they have the electrical generation built into the flywheel, so there's no mechanical losses from a belt or shaft driven generator. Because the charge controller is setup to convert a wide range of DC voltage to a fixed voltage, the engine can be run at varying speeds depending on electrical need, rather than requiring a fixed RPM required to generate AC power. Battery charging can happen at low speeds for improved fuel efficiency. I think they also enable the use of very small diesel engines, saving space.

At least this way you could have one IC engine that does both generation and could act as a power source for a motor. With enough battery, docking and exiting marinas could be done on battery alone. And you'd only need one IC engine for electrical power and auxillary propulsion.

Comment: Re:An aid or a barrier? (Score 1) 109

I don't view IT as an epithet I view it as a specific skillset that we don't need full time in house. IT is about being an expert at OS, Network and Database management. If we want to deploy openstack, we call our contract IT company. If our fileserver goes down, we call IT. If we are seeing a performance bottleneck in our network we call IT.

Everybody else though is focused on a completely different task, making great visual effects. To do that we write tools to assist artists, streamline workflow and automate time consuming tasks.

Are you even aware that there are businesses outside of hi-tech industries, or business functions that are not obviously hi-tech?
No, you're not classic IT, but you're not far from it either.

Who deals with ediscovery software, your legal or generic OS/networking IT?
Payroll software, is that your HR or OS/networking IT?
ERP, accounting, marketing, sales, business intelligence, customer support, etc.

Are all those teams equally equipped with tech-ninjas or has every facet of the company that doesn't deal with making visual effects been outsourced too?
How is your company NOT full of technical consultants and contractors?
What about other businesses, logistics, fraud, risk, billing, patient records, photography, blah blah blah blah... these are not all on the same page in the technical spectrum.

Fucking developers, I swear. The fact you even know what Linux is makes you such an outlier and you don't even know it.
Technology benefits more than just companies that "make great visual effects" ... I should have just said that and saved a lot of typing.
The problem is even if more business leaders understood technology, the solutions are just awful.

Comment: Re:I got it! (Score 1) 109

We need Executives to be replaced with H1-B workers. The shareholders will be pleased. Capitalism demands it!

Yeah, but it appears that Capitalism is really demanding that executives be more highly compensated.

http://www.eveningsun.com/opin...

Pay for the top 200 executives has gone up 21%. The average in 2014 was $17.6 million.

To hell with STEM, lets start pushing business, economics, and leadership training for everyone, there's clearly a supply problem here...

Comment: Re:I have a solution - H1B (Score 1) 109

This is also typical:

[T]he survey of 436 global business leaders finds that only 23% are confident their organizations have the knowledge and skills to succeed in the digital aspects of their business.

The organisation as a whole probably has enough knowledge present to adequately cope with digital demands, but this knowledge is never tapped, because most of it isn't formalised in a certificate or diploma, so it doesn't officially exist. Therefore the employees are digital peasants and the company is doomed.

What's tapping, paying someone outside the IT department market rates to administer the highly specialized, complex software different parts of the business need that the IT department typically doesn't want to give up headcount for because they have a broader mission?

The software regular IT people deal with is, as a rule, more complex than it needs to be, and specialized business software that can really make a difference to the bottom line requires knowledge of the respective business function and is LUDICROUSLY more complex than it needs to be.

These digital demands, we're talking about stuff your brightest guys in IT don't even want to touch. So sure, if you think you all can pool your collective PC skills to supplant some overpaid contractors, nobody from your CIO down is stopping you, it just does't work.

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