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Comment Re:What about stop making stuff super thin? (Score 1) 284

Every time there's a new chipset or screen that increases efficiency, the manufacturers reduce thickness and battery life at the same time.

Is that really true any more? iPhone 6 was 6.9mm, iPhone 6s and 7 are both thicker at 7.1mm.

Nexus 5X was 7.9mm, Pixel is 8.6mm.

Galaxy S6 was 6.9mm, S7 is 7.9mm.

Once we've reached the 7-8mm range, it doesn't look like things are getting thinner any more, and are actually bouncing back a bit.

Comment Re:What about stop making stuff super thin? (Score 1) 284

However a phone that has huge frickin letters all over the ads stating "flagship smartphone with one week battery life"... would probably sell like hotcakes. Otherwise battery cases would not sell so well.

There's a few problems I can see there:

- If the current battery gives you one day, a week-long battery would have to be 7 times larger. You don't need much market research to tell you that nobody would keep that in their pocket.
- Battery cases, which you brought up, already give you the flexibility of having a bigger battery for an incremental cost, while providing the flexibility of having a thick or thin phone. Why build a thick phone without the flexibility?
- How well are the battery cases selling? The TAM for the full portable battery market (not just battery cases) is about $4B vs. $380B for the phones. Even if you say that phones are on average 10x the cost of batteries, and completely ignoring the tablet users, that's still only one in 10 users that buy an extra battery. There's some money to be made there, but clearly most people are fine with the batteries on their phones.

Comment Re:What about stop making stuff super thin? (Score 4, Insightful) 284

Why does every phone maker want to beat Apple at Apple's game? Instead, why can't they create their own games with their own rules? There is definitely room for slider phones shaped like the Droid.

You make it sound easy to come up with a phone design that's radically different from iPhone, but also very desirable.

Slider phones just don't sell well, and big thick phones don't sell well. So, that's not going to do it. I guess Motorola tried something with modular add-ons, but that doesn't seem to be working, either.

Why can't they create their own game? Because it's damn hard.

Comment Re:150% Sure (Score 2) 171

That Argument doesn't hold. You CANNOT have more than 100% of a share in a market. You can claim Apple have 100% of the profit (which also isn't true), you can't add other companies negative profits to the share.

Well, profits are revenue - expenses. So, if you add up all the revenues and subtract all the expenses for all the companies, the profit of the industry is less than what Apple made from it.

Calling it "more than 100%" illustrates that point quite well.

Comment Re:No decent new Android tablet in the last year (Score 1) 127

It doesn't help that the last flagship tablet releases by Samsung (the Tab S2) and Google (Nexus 9) were not only expensive, but disappointingly 4:3 aspect ratio, making them poor for games and videos.

I get the video part, but why games? I've been gaming on it and 4:3 seems better, if anything -- you can fit more on there.

For what it's worth, I've been very impressed with Tab S2. It's a great tablet!

Comment Re:Well ... yeah. (Score 2) 127

You left out one market segment, likely on purpose, people who bought tablets, found they had just purchased a useless toy and will likely never buy another one.

It probably depends on who you know or maybe it's an age thing, but I don't know anyone in this segment. Don't jump to conclusions ("..likely on purpose...") just because you're a different demographic.

I'm guessing you're a millennial? Not meant as a negative jab or anything, that's just the demographic I know the least, and all the others seem like regular users of tablets: grade school kids -- all have tablets and would use them 24 hours a day if you didn't stop them. Their grandparents -- they love the tablets, much bigger screens than phones, easier to read, type, way easier to use than laptops.

As for my age group in the middle of the two, that leads me to your second part of the post:

So the tablet squeezed in between a smart big screen TV (no comparisson in viewing quality or comfort, craps all over tablet) and the phablet (portability craps all over the tablet and soon to come out enhanced output glasses, a big screen TV in your pocket).

Big screen TV has no mobility whatsoever. I'm rarely going to have long uninterrupted periods of just sitting in front of one (and will use the projector/media room when I do want ultimate viewing comfort and quality), so being able to watch something on a high-res screen a couple of feet from my face still gives me some very good viewing quality, with added comfort of being able to watch it anywhere -- on the patio, in the bedroom, on the plane, etc.... I just take it with me and all my media is on there already.

So, sure, it's not as pretty as a big screen TV, and it's not as mobile as a phone. But it's also much prettier than a phone and much more mobile than a TV. It depends on what matters to you, right?

Comment Re:Monopolies are bad (Score 2) 70

no matter where or who. OK: Amazon is not there yet, but is heading in that direction.

I agree, 100%.

It's amazing to me that they are still able to be so far ahead of any competition... in everything -- prices, shipping, customer service, selection.

You'd think that Walmart, Target, and other big retailers with worldwide (or at least US-wide to start) logistics networks would've been able to mount some resistance by now.

Comment Wayfair and Overstock for some things (Score 1) 141

Apart from some furniture and decorations, Amazon has little competition for convenience, shipping, and customer service. Whenever something goes wrong, I'm always amazed how quickly and easily they fix it.

I do still use Wayfair and Overstock for some of above two categories, though. For whatever reason, Amazon still has much smaller selection there.

Comment Re:How does it work now for foreign owners? (Score 1) 131

Does this stop the head of Volkswagen from traveling to the US to work-related meetings with leaders of Volkswagen US?

No, meetings are fine. Any business-related work in US is fine, as long as you're not getting paid by a US company for it. So, going to meetings, conferences, training, etc. is all fine. There are some grey areas when you work for a foreign subsidiary of a US company and you're staying for a week or longer at the US office... then it's often up to the security officer at the border to determine whether that's considered work or not -- many companies end up getting their employees short-term work visas for such trips, just in case.

Comment Re:More should do this (Score 1) 59

If your spouse was killed by a drunk driver, would you feel better knowing that millions of drunk drivers didn't kill anyone? It's one of those things such that the consequences are so dire taking extreme measures is warranted. A hack can be business ending, or in the case of government agencies people could lose their lives.

I think you're taking things to extremes. Drunk driving has no redeeming qualities. Having full internet access at work has a significant positive impact on productivity.

Similarly, we're also not talking about the government here. The government should reasonably take extreme precaution to safeguard data that would cause lives to be lost.

Comment Re:To get more lunatics, I suppose (Score 4, Insightful) 131

As opposed to where else, Mr. Wizard? I can't think of a better, easier place to start a business in the entire world than in the US.

Exactly. People who haven't lived and worked in at least a couple of other countries don't realize how much better the opportunities to start something are here compared to most of the world... even with all the crap going on.

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