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Comment: A rare attention to detail. (Score 1) 109

by clay_buster (#48324045) Attached to: Why the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads
This is another example of Apple's attention to the small details of how they do things. Little things add up to create the overall brand image. Apple's attention to detail in the packaging of their products is a good example. People only "unpack" their products once but apple considers that part of the experience of owning their products.

Comment: Does anyone RTFM? (Score 1) 478

They guy doesn't say he'd end it at 75. He didn't say that was a hard date or any other such nonsense.

"Let me be clear about my wish. I’m neither asking for more time than is likely nor foreshortening my life."

He was talking about how much health care/pain he'd be willing to put up with

"I am talking about how long I want to live and the kind and amount of health care I will consent to after 75"

Please read the article before posting all kinds of protestations how stupid the guy is.

Comment: There are (Score 1) 174

by clay_buster (#47683845) Attached to: Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

125,000 miles would be considered a serious quality defect with a traditional auto. If memory serves me right, most recent example was BMW nikasil engine block issue.

Owners of early 2000s Dodge Caravans and Ford Windstars might disagree. Plenty got less than 100,000 before developing issues that cost more to repair than the value of the vehicle.

Comment: Driven by revenue split? (Score 1) 216

by clay_buster (#47637179) Attached to: NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue
The team/league/player revenue split is different between televised games and game tickets. I'd guess the team owners want to push to fill the stadium because of the revenue. They get game broadcast revenues either way since their game will probably broadcast outside the local area even if it isn't a sellout

Comment: Union states vs "right to work". (Score 1) 268

The grandparent's post was correct and in line with your comments about Australia. One thing that might be different is there are union states and "right to work" states. Union states require that workers be in unions for certain types of contracts. They also generally mandate that every worker in a "union shop" be a union member. This means you can't work there if you are not a member. Quit paying your dues and you can no longer be employed. "Right to work" states are the other end of the spectrum. Union membership is optional and enrollment tends to be low.

We recently had an issue where a union state and a right to work state built a bridge across a river to each other. The union state mandated that all contractors be union shops. The "right to work" state demanded that non union shops be allowed because of the cost difference. (There is also a slight cost of living difference between the two states aligned with the wage differences) I don't remember how it got worked out but construction was delayed for months.

Comment: Sounds like a union at the other end of the scales (Score 1) 268

A better comparison would be a secret union of all tech workers that required that none of its employees take work with Apple until they raised their entry level salaries for engineers to 500k per year out of desperation.

Ignoring the secret part... Isn't that the definition of a strike? People refusing work until the hiring company caves to work policies or salaries?

Comment: Re:Check out Detroit (Score 1) 100

by clay_buster (#47603555) Attached to: Tesla's Already Shopping For More Office Space

Maybe not Detroit, but definitely not in Northern California - it's way too expensive to do business there. For an R&D/Skunkworks style office, perhaps drawing on the local talent is worth the cost, but putting general office workers and blue collar labor there is silly when you have nice states like Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, and Michigan which have friendly labor laws and cheaper labor pools, along with some top minds in places like Austin, Huntsville, Raleigh, and Ann Arbor.

Those states are good for both high tech talent and manufacturing skills. They have a lower cost of living, other than Michigan. Plenty of companies are being successful in those locations. Northern California is great if you like a lot of workforce turnover.

Comment: Re:Dear Mark (Score 1) 335

by clay_buster (#46995999) Attached to: Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little
Teachers are not the primary problems with the schools but they sure do contribute in a lot of situations.

The second half, also very common hard right wing propaganda, is an issue on which there can be reasonable disagreement but is not in any form a "given truth" and even at best ignores the history of teacher unionization from 1920. So, not very good marks to your (presumably private school?) history and political science teachers.

I don't really care if teacher unionization has great historical roots and we have a parade for it every year. None of those folks are still around either in the union or outside of it. The teacher's union is now like other government unions that contribute to their bosses campaigns while negotiating for raises and better working rules with those some bosses.

There are plenty of examples of school problems that can be traced back to teachers and administrators. Look at the Camden article where there staff to teacher ratio is twice that of the rest of the state. That just bleeds funds out of the classrooms.

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