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Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 1) 90

by drinkypoo (#47914665) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

I believe the primary reasons are more likely to do with distance and communication.

But there's no reason to believe that.

The idea of trying to manage a network of stores across the country when communication was by post or expensive phone calls just simply didn't make sense.

What? Why not? Cars are expensive items, phone calls are minimal by comparison. If you have an order for a car, you drop the form in the post. At least, they did back then.

In fact, the reasons are as stated. The manufacturers want to make cars at X dollars, which requires building Y cars. Right now there are cars which can't be sold piled up all over the world, for reasons like these and others (e.g. "the economy, stupid")

Comment: some kind of EULA situation (Score 1) 298

by drinkypoo (#47913543) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

I was at home with a bad cold a couple of weeks ago when the internet exploded with hate against me over some kind of EULA situation that I had nothing to do with.

Yeah, some kind of EULA situation, like basically outlawing for-pay Minecraft services including hosting, selling packages of items, etc. In short, making most of the best MC servers illegal. The fact that he has nothing to do with it any more suggests that he should indeed uninvolve himself.

Itâ(TM)s not about the money. Itâ(TM)s about my sanity.

He's still a hypocrite given his explosion of hate over Oculus Rift, especially after this statement. He deserves our derision, and he's getting it.

Comment: Edison missing a lot (Score 3, Interesting) 48

by SethJohnson (#47913531) Attached to: SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)
Ok. I have mostly been working with Beaglebone and looked at this video to see what I might be missing with Edison. The shill in the video promotes Edison by saying it has all these things built in-- wifi and bluetooth.

From this video, it's clear the board is missing USB and any kind of normal power connector. Oh, and removable storage? And ethernet?

This device screams of a scheme to dump atom processors after the market disappeared for netbooks and intel was left with a few million chips on their hands. I'll stick with ARM and the larger ecosystem that has grown around the Beaglebone Black and Rpi, thank you.

Comment: Re:BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artis (Score 1) 557

Well to use my daughter as an example she doesn't download anything. She just pays $60 a year to have unlimited access to 90% of the all the music she could ever possibly want. She doesn't get to keep anything but the total cost is very reasonable.

Comment: Re:The larger question: (Score 1) 557

Actually in the price point they compete in ($400+, $500+ phones) they are gaining share. The huge growth is in the $150- part of the market and Apple is getting none of that. You can count share by grouping sneakers, and jumbo jets into "transportation facilitation devices" and just counting units. And that would be similar to the way people count smartphones as one big pile.

Comment: Re:The larger question: (Score 1) 557

I think there has been some rather large innovation.

an entirely new manufacturing process unlike any ever done for any consumer device ever allowing for thinner and lighter
an entirely new GUI
the introduction of a finger print based security / payment system

mac laptop:
The move to high resolution (retina display)
standardizing on SSD allowing the operating system to use a small frequent write strategy that won't work for HDD

an entirely new pro line
the move to fusion technology

Comment: Re:#1 Source of Environmental Mercury = Gold Minin (Score 1) 172

by drinkypoo (#47912049) Attached to: Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Sorry, what's an "RO filter"?

Reverse osmosis, which uses water pressure both to push water through a plastic membrane (the osmosis part) but also to back-flush the filter. An "efficient" RO filter wastes about 10 parts of water for each 1 part filtered, but we have a well and a septic system so no harm done really.

There can be no twisted thought without a twisted molecule. -- R. W. Gerard