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Comment: Re:I doubt it. (Score 3, Interesting) 72

by TWX (#48678699) Attached to: Prosecutors Raid LG Offices Over Alleged Vandalism of Samsung Dishwashers
That's because, up until a few years ago, nearly all US-distributed appliances came out of a manufacturing plant in Evansville, Indiana, owned by the Whirlpool Corporation. Didn't matter if it was badged as Amana, Kenmore, Whirlpool, or any of a whole host of brands, they were all effectively the same machines.

Whirlpool screwed up. That screwup allowed other manufacturers to get a more of a foothold here, ones that could leverage previous badge-engineering and then transition to other sources for the products. It's similar to how GM and Isuzu screwed up and licensed the Isuzu Rodeo (MU) to Honda as the Passport, so Honda could get a jump on the SUV/CUV craze and establish themselves earlier than they would have been able to without having it in the first place.

Comment: Re:Like many inventions ... (Score 4, Informative) 248

by TWX (#48650299) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

The logistics industry is quickly moving away from pallets for everything but long term storage.


Last I saw, they're moving to flatter, sturdier, permanent-use molded plastic pallets that have integrated RFID and compartments for things like GPS and batteries, that are meant to be used for many years. Sure, pallets take some vertical space, but the amount of space taken is small compared to the ability for one person to move close to two tons of cargo single-handedly across smooth floors with no more than a jack.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 1) 204

by TWX (#48650271) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts
Yup. Even a good lawyer cannot necessarily undo the damage that a criminal defendant has caused for themselves by speaking. The accused is not usually legally required to do any more than to identify themselves, and then only in states that have laws on the books requiring that.

Any 'deal', any promise to provide either immunity or a plea or for the court to recognize cooperation on the part of the defendant, needs to be made between the prosecution and the defense attorneys with the involvement of the court. After all, the police aren't the ones prosecuting the defendant in court.

Comment: Re:You forgot something... (Score 4, Insightful) 272

by TWX (#48647475) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down
Wasn't that the bigger issue actually? FOX/Newscorp trying to push a whole slew of their channels on DISH for fairly high rates, and using FOX News as the leverage, when those other channels aren't popular and aren't worth the money that was being demanded of them?

Personal opinion on the merit of FOX News aside, I can see where it has fiscal value as it's turned on and left on all over the goddamn place. Lobbies, break rooms, waiting rooms, all seem to have left CNN for FOX News and it's rare to find other stations on these days. But, it sounds like it's FOX News that's worth something, not the other, lesser channels, and even then, FOX News' value might itself be overinflated if it's serving as background noise more than actually being watched by the people in those lobbies, break rooms, and waiting rooms.

We don't have any subscription TV because we didn't want to pay for channels that we don't watch. This licensing model that is being pushed on DISH in turn forces DISH to push on to consumers, as if DISH has to pay for twenty channels to get one or two that people want to watch, they must charge for those twenty channels and push them to consumers, even if no one watches them.

I didn't expect to hear myself say this, but good on DISH for standing up to FOX/Newscorp for now.

Comment: Re:people still watch that crap? (Score 2) 106

by TWX (#48643623) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot
You seem to know an awful lot about a series that you seem so dislike so much.

I can certainly criticize and critique episodes and movies, but obviously I liked/like Star Trek and won't slam it as-a-whole. Admittedly I didn't watch Enterprise beyond the pilot, nor did I see Nemesis or the second JJ Abrams movie.

I've seen a faux-documentary related to Prelude to Axanar that was pretty good. They got a lot of experienced actors to participate, and their costuming and sets were decent, and the writing seemed pretty good too. Certainly good enough to be better than the worst TOS and TNG episodes, probably ranking up in about the middle of the pack. Certainly not Measure of a Man, but not Shades of Gray either.

Comment: Re:Turf (Score 1) 141

by TWX (#48642923) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?
I think that your friend is, at best, misinformed. At worst he's lying.

There has been discussion through the years of this sort of thing being possible in the future, but it has not yet happened. Cars simply require too much service for there to be the option of not opening for service-configuration.

Comment: Re:3 minutes is slow? (Score 2) 133

by TWX (#48639379) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program
Well, it used to be common for gas stations to also have vehicle service bays for back when cars were a lot more finicky and in need of regular tuning, and part of that was the oil-change pit. Maybe those remaining stations with that setup will find that it's a good market to do electric car battery swaps with the old pits.

Comment: Re:What can I do with a smart watch? (Score 4, Insightful) 230

by TWX (#48629405) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?
No, it's a place where tech people with realistic views of what tech can do and bring want to see the proof that it's worth their while.

I'm still waiting for the killer-app for a smartwatch. I want it to be a central hub of sorts for my personal electronics that anything and everything essentially tethers through, be it over bluetooth or some 802.11 variant, so that everything can have network connectivity. The watch itself shouldn't actually do much- make phone calls as a speakerphone or through a bluetooth headset, provide very rudimentary mapping and navigation, notify of text messages and maybe read text messages and e-mail via text-to-speech, and show task lists and calendar and stopwatch timer events.

Everything else, like having a nice handset for phone calls, or a really good dialer that can do advanced contact list editing, or web browsing, or any other enhanced feature should work on the tablet or other personal device on one's person.

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