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Comment Re:Hmm... interesting. (Score 1) 104

Not really. A single major incident could cost them a million or more in liability. If there are only 100,000 (of the 5M manufactured) in the wild, and they continue to have problems at the original 1/200000 per month, that's 6 potential liability claims a year on a product with no revenue. They're offering a full refund, token refunds of accessories, and $25 in "we're sorry" cash. Aside from being a stubborn asshole, there's no real reason to keep them.

Comment Re:They are not reimbursing costs (Score 1) 104

You can't link a single carrier in the US who is was not refunding the full price, plus tax, and alloing you to cancel your contract following the recall. ALL of them are offering full refunds on the phone.

Better yet - tell Samsung you bought if off of Craig's List and they'll refund you the full retail price plus $25 per accessory you bought with it, plus $$25 on top of that for your inconvenience. Then simply terminate your contract with the carrier, pay the ETF (usu ~$350) and pocket the extraI say pocket the extra because there were no subsidized Note 7s selling for more than $500, so you will come out ahead.

Comment Re:Preempting Apple (Score 1) 102

Wait...trying to preempt? Apple is about the last company to incorporate new tech into phones. Now, they are usually pretty good about making sure it works instead of being first out the gate, but "early adopter" is not in Apple's lexicon. They still don't have wireless charging. They just added water resistance this year. They're two years behind Samsung on edge to edge screens (and about 3 years behind everyone on resolution). They've lost any claim they might have once had to the best phone camera. Even haptic feedback was tried on phones 3-4 years ago (albeit with limited success due to poor/inconsistent OS support).

Apple rumors have had dual screens, edge screens, 4k screens, iris scanning, and personal blowjobs on their "rumor" lists for years. You may as well look through the last 50 years of science fiction for ideas - as they'll all be on the rumor sites at one time or another.

Comment Re:Isn't this what caused the Note7 disaster? (Score -1, Troll) 102

I see you've been duped by the backyard engineers who claim - with zero evidence - that it's the battery compartment geometry. I'm guessing that you also believe 3 million illegal aliens voted in the last US presidential election in California because some idiot tweeted it.

Comment Be careful how hard you squeeze (Score 0) 320

In a global economy, the balls your holding are often your own. It's great that manufacturing will be coming back to the US, but are Americans willing to pay 50%-100% more for their electronics? That's what Foxconn said it would cost if a assembly occurred in the US as US wages. Now, if you can believe Trump, they would be slapped with a 35% tariff if it was manufactered outside the US...but Apple and Samsung and the like are not going to be passing on that tariff to the consumer, with an appropriate mark up.

Americans will pay a higher price for moving jobs into the US or pay a higher price (with money going into Federal Government coffers to be spent on wasteful programs) in their attempts to penalize foreign corporations. And the likely outcome of the latter will be retaliatory tariffs on American goods, causing companies in the US who sell to other countries to lose their competitive edge.

All I can say is - be careful how hard you want Trump to squeeze, because you may not know you're the one who's balls he's holding until its too late.

Comment There was nothing to catch (Score 1, Informative) 283

These idiots have no idea what caused the fires. They haven't shown a single case where they can identify that the pressure on the battery causes thermal runaway. Remember that several phones failed while idle (not charging) and one failed while turned off (the guy on the plane). This "explanation" is just a couple of guys trying to Monday morning quarterback.

Comment NO - they didn't find the problem (Score 4, Insightful) 283

If they found the problem, it means that they can reproduce it. They were entirely unable to make their test unit fail due to the tight fit, nor were they able to observe that an increase in pressure of a phone in the off condition (under which at least one of the fires occurred in the v2 Note 7) *led to* a runaway thermal condition.

They're basically just speculating because they are looking for some clicks. This is about as conclusive proof as Trump has of 3 million illegals voting in California.

Comment Re:Retail and Driving (Score 1) 121

>Just what are people with only high school supposed to do?

In the words of one of the most (in)famous capitalists:

"I can't afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the [welfare] establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there.''
"Many can't go there; and many would rather die.''
"If they would rather die,'' said Scrooge, ``they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."

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