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Comment Re:So when are they making something we can AFFORD (Score 1) 323

What's their incentive? Altruism? Not even the darling of the automotive world does things out of the goodness of their aluminum heart.
They can't even keep up with demand for the high-priced vehicles. Start offering a car at $35k right now and what happens? The waiting list would be out 3+ years, the resale value would be triple the retail cost, and nobody would be better off but the scummy middle-men who contribute nothing to the supply chain.
Toyota sells over 400k Camrys per year in the US. Tesla just recently sold its 75k'th Model S worldwide. Over 7 years. The capacity just isn't there to offer something that will generate that much demand.

Comment Re:That's what Nokia, Moto, and Microsoft said (Score 1, Insightful) 535

Apple specializes in selling to the hipster market, so their hipstermobile will probably have more in common with a Smart Car than a traditional automobile. Basically a golf cart with doors. It will cost $4,500 to manufacture, be marketed as saving the world, cost $19,999 at retail, and sell like hotcakes to a certain demographic.

Comment Re:Far too late in the game...pun intended (Score 1) 174

Sony was already entrenched in the living room by the time they made a game console. Extending their entertainment empire made sense. And they had a first-party development team already in place to roll out good launch titles.
Microsoft was already the king of gaming on the PC, also had a development team, and they still took two full console generations to get it right.
Apple is more known for portable media consumption than living room interactive content. A full-blown gaming console isn't really a natural extension of any products or services they offer. They don't have any gaming franchises ready to roll out to serious gamers, and would be the 4th entrant into a market that has shown for 30 years it can really only support two major players. Would they have the patience to stick with a relatively unsuccessful version 1?

Comment Re:15? (Score 2) 354

I think I was 13, and I can say unequivocally that breaking Windows 3.1 and having to fix shit before my parents got home taught me more about computers than the 4 years of college that came later.

Comment Re:Thank the Lord... (Score 1) 292

"It's not clear if the Atlantic's below-normal season is related to climate change though.
"Hurricanes respond in complicated ways to their environment," said Timothy Hall, a research scientist who studies hurricanes at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in a NASA publication in May. "It's one of the areas of climate change research where reasonable people can still disagree.""
I'm glad the armchair philosopher-troll-climatologists on slashdot know best.

Comment Re:We can math (Score 3, Insightful) 167

And the author of the article can't.
"Ubuntu has approximately 135,000 instances. In second place, a long, long way back, you'll find Amazon's own Amazon Linux Amazon Machine Image (AMI), with 54,000. Lagging even farther behind, there's Windows with 17,600 instances. In fourth and fifth place, you'll find CentOS, 8,500, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), 5,600."
There are 220,700 instances accounted for, and Ubuntu has a 61% share among those. As other smaller OSs are accounted for, the Ubuntu share only decreases. In other words, it's plainly NOT twice as popular as the rest put together. If I can make as assumption, I think he probably meant that it was "as popular as all others put together." That seems closer to reality.

Comment IANAL (Score 2) 151

Isn't the DC Court of Appeals sort of the equivalent of a State Supreme Court, with no jurisdiction outside DC? It get s a little confusing since it's still a federal court due to the nature of the District of Columbia, but I don't think this has any bearing on the 2nd Circuit ruling from a few months ago.
It's unlikely it ever ends up before SCOTUS since it was swept under the rug legislatively, but let's not misunderstand this as a sweeping judicial approval of the program.

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