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Comment: Re:5 dollars (Score 1) 213

by Shavano (#47954877) Attached to: Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

If 10 million people choose the 16G phone and the incremental cost is $5/phone to take it to 64GB (which I don't believe but won't debate), that's $50M that Apple didn't need to spend to satisfy those customers.

But it does make it all the more sweet to overcharge those that want 64GB for the difference.

Comment: Re:Bullshit. (Score 3, Insightful) 297

by Shavano (#47954753) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

The claim wasn't that there was only one CNC company or only one laser drilling company. It's that there was only one at the time that could meet their specs and they could afford to just buy those companies, which you with your startup can't do. So don't expect to compete with Apple on the manufacturing quality because they can afford the very best and in many cases you can't.

Comment: Re:By design (but not the way you think)? (Score 1) 297

by Shavano (#47954723) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

How do you explain Microsoft's recent purchase of Mojang or Facebook's $19B purchase of WhatsApp?

It absolutely does happen, but it's lottery. Most little companies that try to introduce some new cool product fail. A minority stumble along barely making it for a few years. A tiny tiny number get the attention of The Big Boys and get bought out with The Big Boys' monstrous piles of cash.

And often, there's no significant tech or product being acquired. They're buying what's popular because of its popularity hoping they can somehow turn that into even more monstrous piles of cash.

But Microsoft and Facebook and Apple continue to make almost all their money from their organically grown businesses and very little from their acquisitions.

Comment: Re:Why not store the DNA itself? (Score 1) 110

by Shavano (#47953639) Attached to: Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

Nobody ever needs to know their complete genome and nobody ever will need to. Instead, you'll go to a doctor with a complaint and if they suspect a genetic component, they'll do a cheek swab and a quick test tuned to look for the particular genetic condition you might have. Or if something really exciting and common is discovered, you'll be offered an opportunity to get a new test to see if you're at risk for living to be 200. (You need to be warned because you probably won't have saved enough for near-permanent retirement.)

+ - Ask Slashdot: What Will Happen To All The Data Google Collects?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "About two thirds of websites run Google code (mostly Analytics, AdSense, and +1) that tells Google what you do there and where you came from. Analytics is used by 63% of Fortune 500 companies and 71% of the top 10k websites. 800 million Android phones are in use (that's 11% of all humans), telling Google pretty much everywhere they go, everything they do, and everyone they talk to. Millions of people use Google Maps, telling Google their home and their destinations. Over 400 million people use Gmail, telling Google everything they write and receive by email. Plus untold millions use Google Toolbar. Does Google do anything with this data? And even if they "don't be evil" with it today, is there anything stopping them from "being evil" with it tomorrow? What about 10 years from now when Google's assets are up for sale to the highest bidder... what will they do with this data?"

+ - Big Bang's Final Prediction Directly Confirmed!

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "The Big Bang has, among its predictions, three cornerstones: the Hubble Expansion of the Universe, the Cosmic Microwave Background, and the abundance of the Light Elements due to Big Bang Nucleosynthesis. The first one has been confirmed to spectacular accuracy, and with the COBE, WMAP and Planck satellites, the spectrum and fluctuations in the CMB rule out almost every other feasible alternative. But detecting the abundance of the light elements directly has always run into a difficulty: the formation of stars in the Universe pollutes the intergalactic medium, ruining our ability to see anything "pristine." We'd have to get incredibly lucky, to find a region of molecular gas that had never formed stars in-between our line-of-sight to a quasar or bright galaxy. For nearly 70 years, that didn't happen, and then all of a sudden, we found two. The Big Bang stands tall after all!"

Federal grants are offered for... research into the recreation potential of interplanetary space travel for the culturally disadvantaged.