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Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 305

They specifically state that it is only permissible on their upcoming "Tesla Network", which is presumably their own version of Uber or Lyft, so it seems likely that this probably is about both liability AND profits. You can't use it on any other ride sharing network, and I'll bet the terms of use for their network specifically waives liability for them.

Comment Re: None of this matters, it has no headphone jack (Score 1) 324

You can charge the iphone 6 and listen to music through wired headphones at the same time. This isn't possible on the iphone 7 without additional hardware that does not come with the phone.

I don't think this type of use is edge case. In fact, I think it's probably one of the most common use cases. Sit at your desk listening to music on your phone while charging it. In order to do this with the iphone 7, you either need to buy a lightning splitter or buy some wireless headphones (Preferably apple's new airpods, of course).

Comment Re: Linux. (Score 1) 405

Yeah, most of the people I interact with are designers that work exclusively in Adobe products, so I need to be able to use their output (PSD files and the like) without having to worry if the app I'm using is going to not support some feature or another. So while I could possibly get along with Gimp and Inkscape if I was working by myself, this, sadly, isn't the case.

I also understand why Adobe hasn't made a Linux version of their software: There probably wouldn't be any NEW money in it. Those of us that require their tools are already subscribed on Windows or Mac, and them creating a Linux version would just mean some of us would switch, so they'd spend money and resources developing new software with virtually no new income, and that's not a good business decision. Would be a great show of goodwill, though.

Comment Re: Linux. (Score 1) 405

I'm a web developer and designer, and I NEED windows. If Adobe would produce a Linux version of Photoshop and Illustrator, I could switch, but they won't because they already have all the customers. I suspect there are a LOT of people in a similar situation. One single vendor holding us back from switching.

Comment Re:Suicide by politician (Score 1) 1010

Sure, there's a lot going on in this situation, but I prefer to vet sources rather than tilting at windmills. I think she committed a crime and should be tried. I also think there are people trying to prevent that, and there may even be even a conspiracy (shudder). But posting and spreading provably incorrect information does nothing to help and only serves to make legitimate concerns seem a bit more "tin-foil hat-ish"

Comment Re:The solution is simple (Score 1) 364

I walked my brother through replacing the screen in his Nexus 5 over hangouts. The new screen cost him $29 and it came with the tools he needed.

I have repaired countless laptops. Many of the parts in these things are the same, even across manufacturers. I replaced a bad screen in an Asus laptop with a screen from a 2 year old dead Alienware. Same model screen in both. The only difference was that the ribbon cable on the display panel was about 2 inches longer on the Alienware screen. I'm not an electrician, just a guy who doesn't like to be screwed over by corporations. This stuff is not nearly as difficult to repair as manufacturers would have us believe.

I don't believe for one second that Apple's hardware is so much more advanced than anyone else's that they simply cannot be repaired. Replacing a screen is replacing a screen. They have 1 or 2 easily identifiable cables and adhesive to attach them to the device.

The only reason Apple has to do this kind of shit is anti-consumer greed. They are in a mindset where they believe and act as though they still own the device after someone purchases it, and that they have the right to brick a phone if the owner decides to get it repaired somewhere else or repair it themselves. Just because something is marked Unservicable doesn't always mean it is. Sometimes, it's just a greedy company trying to convince you that you can't fix it yourself.

Comment Re:Is McDonalds going to subsidize this? (Score 1) 1023

What's in it for him to speak about this at all? He may be the former CEO, but I'll bet he still owns stock.

Part of the reason that minimum wage was introduced in the first place is that employers were not paying employees a living wage. The same thing is happening again.

A few people in this thread seem to think that not raising the minimum wage is somehow going to magically prevent companies like McDonalds from replacing staff with robots, but that isn't going to happen. Corporations exist to make money. Reducing costs is part of that. They WILL move to robots sooner or later. Saying we shouldn't raise the minimum wage, in an effort to stave off this threat is really just doing a disservice to those who currently have those jobs.

Comment Re:Is McDonalds going to subsidize this? (Score 1) 1023

You can't know how much these robots will save a store over 6 months, because all he said about them was the price. Hard to determine what a robot is capable of based on price alone. Also not included is total cost of ownership or how a breakdown will affect the restaurant. (If an employee is out sick, you call in a replacement. but what do you do if one of your robots is broke?)

It's also not as simple as replacing 1 employee with 1 robot because robots are specialized while humans are generalized. What I mean is that a fast food joint can run with 4 people. You don't really need a dedicated fry person since most of that job is just waiting for them to cook. Have one of the expediters watch the fries and drop more as needed. To run that same restaurant with robots, you would need a robot for each station (Presuming the robots are stationary). Fries, shakes, sandwich maker, breakfast etc. Then there's keeping things stocked. Gotta make sure you have enough buns, patties etc loaded in the robots. Are you going to have another robot to reload stock for the other robots? Who's going to clean the dining room? The bathrooms? Is a robot going to recognize and remove fecal wall graffiti, or is it just going to clean the toilet like it was programmed to do? To flat out state that replacing employees with robots will save the company money is pure speculation.

What this guy said was purely reactionary, and there's a lot more to going full robotic than just "replacing employees with $35k robots", and seeing how McDonalds doesn't actually own 81% of it's stores, I seriously doubt this is anything other than fear mongering: "Oh shit, if they raise the minimum wage, I'm out of a job! Better tell my congressman I'm happy with $7.25 an hour!"

Comment Is McDonalds going to subsidize this? (Score 1) 1023

Sure, McDonalds might be able to afford purchasing the robots, but currently, 81% of their stores are franchised, not owned by McDonalds. I seriously doubt all of those stores can afford to purchase a $35k robot to replace every employee.

This is pure FUD. Just a corporate shill trying to scare people away from raising the minimum wage.

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