wow... must have struck a never someplace... my trivial comment has been modded 8 times.
but I'd like to go on record as joining the beta sucks bandwagon
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...
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.
OK, they're off by a few months, but my first reaction to the headline was definitely "clearly, this is a joke...."
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.
they might have a shot with 20k, but 200 is ridiculous.... it's closer to the sample size that one would use for for pre-production testing.
Successful business leader XXX announces that his college program (or lack thereof) is better than any other....