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Comment Re:Hey GM, how about that EV1? (Score 1) 289

The only people who view any company as 'pathetic' are the idiots who want to attach emotion to a company. A real company is there to make profits. Tesla is a giant hole that money continues to flow into, even though their 'product' continues to be priced at Boutique prices because of scarcity and apple-esque fanboism.

Those 'pathetic' companies do what they do because it works, and are very risk-adverse for excellent reasons. Sinking money into a vehicle that isn't in high demand isn't an intelligent business decision, even if it's a 'cool' business decision. Yeah Tesla is 'cool'. And not 'pathetic'. They also don't make money even after charging a big premium for their product.

Comment Re:Hey GM, how about that EV1? (Score 1) 289

Yep. Eventually we will go all electric - or electric in some form from some kind of energy cell.

But the Tesla valuation is driven by the same idiot investors that continue to drive the .coms and fail to understand reality. Eventually they all come crashing back down to earth for the same reasons.

Ford, GM, Nissan, etc are real manufacturers. They have economy of scale. They have infrastructure. They have a real product that they sell and make money on. But the same gullible lot (mostly younger folks) keep falling into the 'oh that's cool' investing trap. They put money into the 'hot' company without regard for what that company is actually doing. Some are smart and get out before it goes tits-up. Most, though, stay in and lose their cash.

Tesla doesn't make a profit and hasn't. ON top of that, though, they are able to charge a huge premium to the Apple-Style-Fanbois who buy the 'cool' new thing. When Tesla actually has to compete, well.......

Apple is actually in a similar situation. Their product is not special anymore. It's a commodity now. And over time the market will correct to a commondity-style supply and demand, and Apple's price premium will either disappear or drive them out of the market.

This isn't anything surprising or anything earth shaking. It's simply the way things work. Statistics show what happens in every market over time. Can't argue it. It's simple fact. But people want to ignore it, or naive to it. Then they are surprised over and over and over, because frankly they're just stupid.

Comment Re:diversify (Score 1) 42

Yeahhh..... except you're missing the confluence of factors that center around this sale. Twitter is struggling. Their IPO was a failure. They have no compelling products. Their 'profitability' lies in the sale of data. Q1 2015, they basically stopped adding followers and have been flat lining ever since. With no more new users, you can't really just keep selling the same data and be profitable.

Wallstreet knows it. That's why the IPO failed. Their execs know it. Users will continue to use the platform because it's the same twitter it has been, but there's no future there for profitability.

Want to know how important data is? Microsoft took their operating system - arguably their biggest most influential product, and they gave it away for FREE so they could increase the amount of information they gather on you by a factor of 100.

https://technet.microsoft.com/...

Comment Re: Yes (Score 1) 370

Many theaters here have adopted the larger reclining seats, and they are nice. But they've also added stupidity.

Now they have assigned seating. And people have learned a neat trick. Say you go to the theater, buy your tickets, spend your $60+ dollars. Go sit down.

Then, the smart couple shows up at the theater. They buy two seats and don't care where. They go in JUST before the movie starts and find a single open seat in the middle of the theater. They look at you, sitting in the seat you bought, and tell you that you are in the wrong seat just as the lights go down.

Now you're screwed. Oh, you can argue - as the lights are down and the movie is starting. Everyone around you won't care whose seat it really is, and will hate you. Your day is ruined. The movie is ruined. Good luck.

It's happened twice to me know in two different theaters. It's a scam people have figured out so that they can sit where-ever they like. And the theater? Fucking worthless. Oh, you can go find an attendant, but they won't ruin the movie for everyone else. They'll offer a refund, or a free movie later. But you're already fucked.

The food here still sucks. Stale hot pretzels. Half-assed broken popcorn. Some places now have a 'bar'. But what the fuck is the point really? Can't take the liquor into most of the theaters.

Theaters are fucked.

Comment Re:Just install a 3rd party ROM on the phone (Score 5, Interesting) 120

You don't understand the phone ecosystem. Android is FREE. Google makes very little money on Android. But they do make loads of money because of android - google play, all their apps, all their services.

Google wants other folks to use Android. So being total dicks and dictating outlandish stuff will end up biting them in the ass.

Look at what Samsung is the in the middle of doing. It scares the shit out of both Google and Qualcom. Samsung has an all-Samsung operating system now, has a replacement for Qualcom's processor that's made in house, and is quickly developing their own apps to replace most of googles. Very soon, the Number 1 manufacturer of phones is going to be able to step away from both companies. And that is really going to hurt Google and Qualcomm. That's why Google started making their own phone. They see the writing on the wall.

Comment Re:Who will care? (Score 1) 547

That is incorrect. Every month you get a phone bill that shows every person you called. That is no different than ISP's knowing who you connected to - as long as you are using https / encryption.

The difference is that when you're not on an encrypted connection, they can see every word your type. So in reality with need the FCC to mandate https everywhere, and then web browsing is really no different than calling someone on the phone.

Comment Re:I found their problem (Score 1) 76

There's a reason for that. Large companies are incredibly good at putting startups out of business. The barriers to entry into just about any business are incredible nowdays, between the competition and the regulation.... and the regulation that's been written BY the competition. Uber and Lyft are a perfect example of businesses that are 'illegal' in many places because of regulation put in place by lobbyists and local monopolies. Sort of like what the Cable and Telephone companies do.

Comment Re:When will it end (Score 3, Insightful) 265

I'd like to correct your first sentence. If every company in every facet of your life took that view point, you would spend your entire life re-learning how to perform nearly every task on a yearly basis. Many people like myself are resistant to change because we have other areas of our life we need to focus on. For products with a longer life-span, say an automobile, this isn't such an issue. I am not forced to buy a new automobile every year or two. Even smart phone manufacturers have figured this out. Almost every popular OS / launcher functions in a similar manner with similar characteristics. Because people may want something a tiny bit different, but don't want to relearn the system. In addition, phones are like cars in that way - they are a fun 'toy' to show off to your friends etc. A computer operating system is none of those things. It isn't fun. It isn't something I want to 'show off'. It's not something I want to constantly be forced to relearn by updates every year or two. As a technical user I have better ways to spend my time, as do most non-technical users. Microsoft needs to stop fucking with things that work. Seriously.

Comment Re:I own one, it's horrible (Score 1) 292

You may have one of the later systems. I have one of the early, and the menu navigation is impossible. Go forward into one menu, then go back, and you are in a DIFFERENT menu branch.

There is no logic to it. It's what happens when you have pure engineers design an interface component instead of people with common sense.

Ford deserves to be actually fried for this, but they won't LEARN from it. For instance - they had an android integration app that allowed many google apps to communicate with sync. They killed it though. Their internal reasoning was that they wanted to monetize the data. As a result the customers have been screwed over for 6 years.

I continue to use my smart phone, as does every else I know to navigate and perform other functions. The sync voice command system is horrible. The reminder prompts are torturous. The menu systems suck. The speaker phone reception is poor. It's disgusting.

I hope Ford REALLY learns when it comes to the self-driving car phenomenon and buys the technology rather than trying to create it themselves. They aren't a computer company. Oh shit. Too late.

Comment Re:Reaching the limits of the unlimited (Score 1) 422

True. Unlimited in a marketing sense has always had limits within common sense. Consider all you can eat buffets, 'free' car washes if you buy a new car, or even the free donuts your coworker brought in. If you over indulge they can and will ask you to leave - or call you an asshole.

Comment A Boutique car for a Boutique crowd (Score 1, Informative) 271

Ford had a problem in the early 2000's with their suspension springs. They scrimped on the rust protection and the springs (out of warranty) would snap and the car would drop down onto the tires.

There was no "I'm sorry" or "My bad". They did do a quiet recall to replace the springs. But that was pretty much the extent of it.

Tesla helped paid for this. Then they STILL end up being villified for fixing something out of warranty. And contrary to the hack-job write up, this wasn't a non-disclosure agreement. It was an agreement that Tesla needs in this day and age so the owner understands they aren't admitting wrongdoing just by helping with the bill.

But Tesla sells cars to the Boutique crowd. Mainly the I-have-more-money-than-sense crowd, and the I-am-right-no-matter-what crowd. You know who I'm talking about. Tesla understands that so they went out of their way to help. Any other auto maker would have told the customer to "it's out of warranty". The only story here is that it's got the word "Tesla" in it.

Comment Re:Ford SYNC (Score 5, Informative) 116

Mod parent up, because it's the truth.

To be fair, Ford made some fairly boneheaded mistakes and still CONTINUES to make some of those same mistakes. For instance, removing tactile knobs for key functions like heater control and placing them on a touch screen is horrible for both ergonomics and safety.

Next, something nearly every actual engineer knows working on a manufacturing floor - you don't don't make a fucking button a TOGGLE. One button turns something on, another turns it off. Otherwise, the switch better be a rocker or flip switch where the state is obvious. This is impossible using a touch-screen system - so any critical controls need to be moved OFF the touch screen.

There is never a reason I should need to reboot my touchscreen. Never. And yet, Microsoft has managed it. I particularly like when the voice control gets confused, and just 'dings' repeatedly like it wants a command. Or when it starts randomly forgetting playlists and voice commands. Or when it tells me phone numbers aren't available when they are.

I love deleting my phone out of the system and having to put it back in so it re-downloads the phonebook and un-corrupts it. I also love having to pull my USB storage and reinitialize the whole system so it can clear it's memory.

I love how Ford, in their infinite wisdom, created a way for the early versions of sync to use google maps then REMOVED that ability again. All because they want us to use a pay service that they created that isn't even close to good. I love how simply apps like Pandora can't interface - again because Ford wanted to develop all their own systems in house because they want to be able to SELL that user data to make a profit.

I just got in a buddy's Ram. Pandora that is interfaced with the touchscreen. Made me want to cry. Better yet, he had actual buttons on the dash for most important functions - like turning off the backup warnings and other things that can be annoying at times.

Jesus Christu Ford, get out of your own way. You brought out Sync to be first, but managed to fuck yourself 7 ways from Sunday in trying to make the system itself profitable, and now your system is a laughingstock, still isn't half as capable as the competitions, and the overall interface design sucks giant donkey balls!

You don't CHANGE the fucking menu tree structure based on what menu I'm in. I should be able to go forward and backward through all the menu and system settings, but if I enter through the phone menu I can't go up a level to get to systems - I have to exit the menu entirely, change the... ARGH. Fuckit.

Comment Re:Wrong technology (Score 1, Insightful) 59

Uh, really? Is there something inherent in 4G that somehow limits the total amount of data you can use per month? Or did you MEAN to say that the obvious lesson is that our mobile broadband companies in this country suck? Because the technology has nothing to do with the companies that are screwing folks over. 4G Seems to work for a whole lot less cost in many other places. Don't give me the old infrastructure bullshit either. You plan for huge volumes of data to be used, you make the capital outlay ONCE for the equipment, and you're good for 10-15 years. Instead, these companies do estimates of expected usage, drastically understate it, then purposefully buy the absolutely minimum about of infrastructure that will provide to their estimates. I.e., they'll continue to underprovide intentionally because scarcity allows them to jack up the prices.

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