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Comment: Re:Can someone explain this theft? (Score 5, Interesting) 232 232

Nice analogy... if you want a real world example of this happening, consider the storage facilities for fine wine in Manhattan-- flooded during hurricane Sandy
For (largely unexplained) reasons the storage facilities still won't allow the customers access to (or even look at) the wine they're supposedly storing...

Comment: Re:Why do people think that? (Score 1) 462 462

parent is a moron.....
yes, the marginal cost of adding another connection to a pipe that's already buried in the street is (as you state) fairly low.
On the other hand, digging up (and repaving) a couple miles of street to install the pipe in the first place is fantastically expensive.

Comment: Re:200+ == Mass Production? Really????? (Score 1) 109 109

It's mass production when the resources required for development and testing are much smaller than the sales.

For instance, reliability testing for something as complicated as a cell phone should require tens or even hundreds of units. Electrical testing, certifications, developer's units, demos, bench units, betas, it all adds up, and I'd be very surprised if the minimum number isn't in the hundreds. You can always scrimp on testing to save on development cost, but that tends to be a result in (severe) quality problems.

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