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

by endoboy (#46347285) Attached to: Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

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

by endoboy (#46063079) Attached to: How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

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

by endoboy (#45590351) Attached to: Neo900 Hacker Phone Reaches Minimum Number of Pre-Orders For Production

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.

+ - explain it to me:: what's wrong with

Submitted by endoboy
endoboy writes: OK-- so, I'm a pretty liberal guy, but still:: If you're going to promise a program that will solve a great problem, it's important to actually get it done. I have no experience building anything at the scale of, but surely lots of folks here do. Slashdot seems like the place to ask-- what went wrong, and what is to be done about it? Can the website be made to work, or are we headed for a long slog of diminished expectations?

You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 10^12 to 1. -- Ernest Rutherford