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Comment No answer doesn't mean yes (Score 1) 442

Only one responded, the others didn't. That could have as much to do with who asked the question to who as it could to the question itself.

Anyway I expect that if this administration-to-be were to go down this path of fuckwittery they sure as hell wouldn't get any cooperation from any tech company. I expect their efforts wouldn't get much cooperation from anybody for that matter.

Comment Re:Still a need for what he was origally doing (Score 1) 73

Exactly. Maintaining phone firmware is an enormous drain on resources and generally a pain in the ass. Cyanogen had the capacity to streamline the process and do it cheaper and better than any in-house team and still make a profit. Instead they declared they would "destroy" Google. I bet interest in their business model virtually dried up over night after that - Google putting the screws on mobos or the mobos themselves choosing not to associate with such hubris.

Comment Re:Still a need for what he was origally doing (Score 3, Interesting) 73

The easiest way to turn CM into profit is to sign some contracts with phone manufacturers or network operators and produce versions of CM under a support contract. Cyanogen Inc actually did that with the OnePlus but almost immediately fell into a dispute with them because they'd also signed some exclusivity contract with a no-name phone maker for the Indian market. This dispute ended up with OnePlus rolling their own firmware. So Cyanogen simultaneously proved they had the technical prowess to produce commercial grade firmware and absolutely no business acumen to go with it causing the whole thing to collapse. After that little disaster they declared war on Google. They lost.

Comment Re:Still a need for what he was origally doing (Score 1) 73

Ubuntu's revenue comes from support and licensing. The free dist seeds their market, creating a community, demand, mindshare etc. These feeds back into support contracts and other revenue streams.

While the model isn't analogous for a phone firmware, I think Cyanogen Inc. could have made a go of it by taking the open source CyanogenMod and producing and supporting custom firmwares for phone manufacturers. They started doing that with the OnePlus, proving they were capable of it but almost instantly then proving how volatile they were by immediately entering into a contract dispute.

Then Cyanogen Inc made some disastrously fuckwitted statements about "destroying" Google by producing some kind of alternate services layer. They may as well have just tied scrap metal to their legs and jumped into the ocean at that point. It would have been cheaper.

Meanwhile CM has chugged along. It's working on CM 14.1 at the moment. If there is any doubt about its financing or branding I'm sure the community as a whole can just take themselves over to a new site. It might mean a month's worth of disruption but other projects did it.

Comment Re:Realistic (Score 1) 92

The Palm Pilot sold extremely well, in part because it was significantly cheaper than the Newton but also because as a PDA it was a very good device. If this is in doubt, look how many models came out over more than a decade.

It might not have been as mass market as smart phones but it still sold well enough to sustain a line of devices until 2011. It might even have made the leap to mainstream with smart phone devices powered by Palm's replacement OS, webOS, but HP (who acquired Palm) made a hash of the platform and it flopped. Yet I should add that an open sourced webOS still lives on in a number of smart TVs and other devices.

Comment Re:employee improvement plan (Score 1) 387

That was sarcasm, by the way. I know nothing about Amazon's employee improvement plan, but the general idea of giving extra assistance to employees who aren't performing as well as their peers is absolutely a good idea.

That depends one what "improve" actually means in Amazon compared to other workplaces. Amazon is well known for micromanaging its workers and treating certain employees (e.g. those in warehouses) extremely badly. It's not hard to see how they could abuse employees - making them work beyond what is reasonable, or pushing them out the door - under the guise of an "improvement plan".

Comment Re:Tesla builds shit cars (Score 1) 145

When it comes to the general automotive qualities of the S, X and probably the 3, I don't think there's much to complain about. They've proven that electric vehicles don't break down, don't look weird and can be desirable vehicles.

That said, the adage "never buy version 1 of anything" applies to cars as much as it does to anything else. Buying a new model of vehicle is just a bad idea. It will launch with defects in its design, production / quality issues and software bugs which will be rectified in later production vehicles. Unless those defects are sufficiently dangerous to warrant a recall, or can be fixed during updates / servicing they'll be there forever. Aside from that Tesla in particular tends to bump up the specs of its vehicles in an iterative fashion. It makes no sense to me why anyone would preorder a model 3 from them even if ultimately it might be a great car.

Comment Re:Tesla builds shit cars (Score 2) 145

There are LOTS of things the Tesla have in common with combustion vehicles. Headlights, glass, motors (for windows, seats, wingmirrors etc.), mirrors, seats, speakers, seatbelts, rubber seals, primer / paint, tyres, alloy rims, wiring, sensors, trim, dashboard / door moulds, carpeting, locks, etc. Most of their assembly line would also be very similar in terms of process and the machinery / robotics / diagnostics software that moves it along. I expect Tesla shares many of its suppliers with other vehicle manufacturers.

Obviously there are major differences such as battery and motors. Teslas are supposedly very mechanically reliable from an automotive aspect. The faults in the X are mostly to do with the doors, trim and other teething troubles.

Lots of combustion vehicles have these faults too or even more serious issues. My Hyundai diesel's clutch pretty much exploded one day - it was repaired under warranty but apparently it was a common fault in that model.

Comment Not surprising (Score 4, Insightful) 145

Those gull wing doors were just a silly gimmick. Yeah they look cool but in an SUV, they make zero sense. Aside from all the mechanical / electrical complexity, they're prone to leak, open / close slower than a regular door (too bad if its snowing / raining), prevent the doors from having storage space, prevent a bike / canoe / luggage rack being mounted on the car.

Regular doors work just as well, or even sliding ones. They're cheaper, simpler and more reliable. It should be a no brainer. Of course that assumes the gull wing doors were added to solve a practical problem. The reality is they were probably added to solve a marketing problem - a justification to jack the price up and free press.

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