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Comment Laches (Score 0) 130

From Wikipedia: Laches (/lætz/, la-chz, like "latches"; /letz/, lay-chz; Law French: "remissness", "dilatoriness," from Old French laschesse) refers to a lack of diligence and activity in making a legal claim, or moving forward with legal enforcement of a right, in particular with regard to equity; hence, it is an unreasonable delay that can be viewed as prejudicing the opposing [defending] party. When asserted in litigation, it is an equity defense, that is, a defense to a claim for an equitable remedy. The person invoking laches is asserting that an opposing party has "slept on its rights," and that, as a result of this delay, circumstances have changed, witnesses and/or evidence may have been lost or no longer available, etc., such that it is no longer a just resolution to grant the plaintiff's claim

Comment Like the Spirit of Saint Louis (Score 3, Insightful) 108

After Lindbergh flew the Atlantic Ocean in the Spirit of Saint Louis in 1927, he didn't then turn around and fly back. Instead he sent the Spirit of Saint Louis back to the US by sea. It now resides in the Smithsonian. This particular SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is historically important, and quite possibly may also end up in the Smithsonian some day.

Comment Use of commercial clinical analyzers? (Score 2) 97

Commercial clinical analyzers are programmable by the end user. Thus, for example, it is possible for company "X" to purchase commercial clinical analyzers, put it's own programs on them, and say that "samples are being run on company X's proprietary systems". However if company X is also representing that it has proprietary clinical hardware, confusion might result. That is, a statement that "samples were run on company X's proprietary systems" would not enable outside readers determine if either commercial hardware or proprietary hardware was used. I am not sure if the press understands this.

Comment Re:The John Carter movie was badly written (Score 2) 207

Speaking as a fan of the actual Edgar Rice Burroughs "John Carter" books, I think that a big problem was that the Disney version was badly written. It felt as if they removed any sections where the book version of John Carter showed any intelligence, turned the heroine into a spoiled selfish brat, combined books 1 and 2 in a blender, and then filmed the result. Very painful to watch!

Comment End of cruise control? (Score 1) 139

California better be careful with the definitions here. What exactly is "autonomous?" If written poorly, this could cover present day Tesla methods, or even older methods like cruise control that drive the car "autonomously" at a constant speed. If California wanted to ban this kind of thing, but wanted to be passive aggressive about it, would the draft read much differently?

Comment Anyone else with security concerns? (Score 5, Insightful) 418

I am rather amazed that in a post-Snowden world, everyone is just totally fine with doing away with Thunderbird -- arguably one of the most important open source email systems out there. However I do understand why some large companies, such as Google (gmail) and Microsoft (outlook), might want to get rid of the competition. By the way, who is funding Mozilla these days?

Comment Discount pricing for how long? (Score 1) 174

A simple explanation of how Theranos managed to line-up Walgreens is that Theranos may have offered a large discount over standard lab pricing. But if, in fact, Theranos is running most of their tests on standard (or even slightly-tweaked standard) lab analyzers, how long can Theranos afford to operate at a large discount?

Unless they really have a big technological advantage over standard labs, which I doubt, then eventually Theranos is just another standard clinical lab operator, presumably operating at standard prices, and presumably valued at standard clinical lab valuations (much lower).

Comment Wendy's strategy: sell excess hamburger as chili (Score 2) 299

Tesla seems to be adopting the "Wendy's strategy". Wendy's apparently sells excess hamburger as chili, thus somewhat compensating for daily swings in hamburger sales. Similarly Tesla is probably anticipating that their Gigafactory will also have unexpected swings in demand depending on vehicle sales and existing contracts with other battery suppliers.

By selling the excess Gigafactory battery production as battery based storage for homes, Tesla ensures two things: 1 - a better ramp up in Gigafactory utilization during the early years, and 2 - protection from unexpected swings in vehicle sales.

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