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Comment Re:USB-C seems odd (Score 1) 223

I'm not certain Apple ever made much money on the cable aspect of their proprietary connectors. Sure, they have marked up cables available in every store and they brand them Apple so you know they're good, but they're not exactly making a ton of money on something like that. Consider the stocking cost, the manufacturing cost, the packaging cost - it's a lot more expensive to put a cable in the Apple Store on 59th St in NYC than it is for Monoprice to have it in their warehouse. They can still do the old certification gambit with "made for Apple" accessories, so I think they'll still get marginal revenue with USB-C.

The biggest disadvantage I can see if the lack of vendor lock in for the ecosystem. Who among us doesn't have a friend who bought the last iPhone because it "works with all my stuff' - by which they mean the 5 chargers, the custom built dock at their workstation, their car adapter, their soundsystem? Once the initial pain of transitioning to USB-C is over, the lock in is gone - here's the next gen Android phone and it uses the same port you know and love, Mr. Apple Fan Boy. The reverse is true too - people could switch from someone else to Apple more easily. I guess it depends what Apple is prioritizing - gaining market share, or avoiding losing it.

As an Android/Windows person, this makes me very happy, because in 2-3 years, people will simply ask: "Do you have a phone charger?" and literally everyone will have a USB-C cable. With the way the USB-C power spec works, it won't be unheard of to charge one phone from another - and that'll be a great way to top off a friend.

Comment Re: Only if in your best interest (Score 1) 435

Just because I haven't done that job in the past doesn't mean I couldn't do it in the future. It doesn't mean I don't have the skills, or the knowledge to do it. It simply means that I was significantly less experienced than many other candidates - and arguably what they were looking for.

Comment Re: Only if in your best interest (Score 2) 435

I completely agree with this. I was recently in the job market, and had this question asked everywhere. After not providing it for a bit, I realized it wouldn't hurt. It would frequently help. I specifically wanted a new job that was a good opportunity which also paid me about as much as my last jobs, which were great jobs. I didn't want to take a pay cut. I made it clear I wouldn't be accepting a pay cut. Using previous salary helped me weed out at least two companies that would have paid greater than 20% less than previous jobs.

Once, this totally backfired. I was interviewing for a job I was, arguably, underqualified for. It turns out they were looking for someone more senior, and wanted to pay 100% more than I had been paid at my previous job. When they found out how little I had been paid, they finally realized I was a bit too junior for the role.

Comment Re: Meh (Score 1) 113

Maybe I'm conditioned to this because I never need to stop for a bathroom break before the car runs out of fuel. It really bugs me when someone want's to go with me because I know they are going to need to stop much more often. Of course they're guzzling a 44oz soda while I sip water as needed.


I usually do my 5-6 hour drive with no stops, or one quick bio break, but I recently took it with 2 other people and this forced 3 stops on us. One of the stops was 20+ min. This turned what should have been a 5.5 hour drive into a 6.25 hour drive. Absolutely horrible.

I'm no fan of distance driving, but it's a lot better to get it done and over with rather than add 10-15% to the total time.

Also, Phoenix to Spokane? Wow. Hope you don't have to do that more than twice a year.

Comment Re: Why do you feel the need to lie? (Score 1) 113

I'm not lying. If I have a 350 mile drive, I only need an extra 50-75 miles to top off, in ideal conditions. How long will this take? Superchargers do a better job when the battery is very low, and also, are only placed in certain spots. This means that when I drive from Philadelphia to Cape Cod (350 miles), I have a choice to make as to which supercharger to stop at. I probably can't make it 320 miles to the last Supercharger, so I need to stop somewhere earlier. I'll probably have to stop when there is 100 - 150 miles left on the current charge. This means slower charging to get to my 50 to 75 mile top up. While exact numbers aren't available from Tesla, it certainly looks like it will take 25-35 minutes to get that 50-75 miles top off. My drive is specific to me. It may seem like I'm creating a scenario where I've set Tesla to fail, but it's just my real world scenario. And for the record: I *love* Tesla. I own stock. I want them to succeed. I badly want autopilot (specifically for this drive!). I test drove a Model S, and didn't love the huge sedan feel (I currently drive a coupe, and prefer the way it handles). I have range anxiety, which is the biggest thing that keeps me on a gas car. It sucks. I think Tesla fans need a dose of reality when it comes to this Supercharger fantasy of breaking up a long drive by resting 1 hour every 4. You don't get a "nice dinner". You're sitting around and waiting, when you don't want to be. It's not good. That's really all I was saying in my original post.

Comment Re: Meh (Score 1, Insightful) 113

I really love this argument of a "nice restaurant" while recharging. When I'm in the middle of a 350 mile, 7 hour drive up the traffic hellscape that is I-95, I'm definitely looking to add 30-60 minutes at a "nice restaurant" at the Darien rest stop. I have my choice between a McDonald's, a Pinkberry, a S'barros, and maybe a Subway, if I recall. The point is not the lack of nice restaurants, it's the lack of me wanting to extend a trip an extra 30 min to squeak out an extra 50 miles.

Comment Car Non Disclosures (Score 1) 271

Non Disclosures which release the car company from fault can't be that uncommon. My father had to sign one around 2000. He purchased a mid tier luxury car, and heard some weird knocking in the wheel well after less than a year. He took it in for maintenance, and the techs said there was no issue and while they could reproduce the knocking when turning, it wasn't an issue. A day later, he was driving down the street and the entire wheel, brake, etc fell off the car, the axle cracked (unclear if this happened first, or if it hit the road and snapped) and the car obviously had to be towed... right to the dealer. Their first offer was 50% off to fix it. When he said no to that offer, they gave him the next model year up that they had been using for test drives, with about 700 miles on it. He had to sign a document promising to not disclose the incident, and release the company from any future lawsuits regarding the accident.

Comment Why Use a BlackBerry? (Score 1) 138

Could it be, because I like it?

I love the keyboard. I'm more accurate with it. I'm slightly slower than typing on glass (this wasn't the case 3 years ago, but I have gotten a lot better with glass). However, punctuation, acronyms (important for my job), spelling non standard things - stuff that would just destroy autocorrect - these things work better with a physical keyboard.

The hub (BB10) and email support is simply great. It all works. It's fast. It's easily accessible from any screen or app. I also have extensive experience with Android and I find the email (Gmail) to be better, but slower. The Exchange support in the Gmail app is a damn trainwreck. MailWise (the only other app my company allows) is better, but still doesn't handle invites very well. Attachments (images) don't always come through. It's slow.

The battery life is great. Maybe because it's underpowered compared to other power hungry processors, but I can get it to last 2 days if needed, and it always makes it through the day. There are times my Android doesn't make it past 3 PM.

The rest of BlackBerry isn't very good. The app support is dismal. It's beyond a joke. The Android runtime was a good idea, but poorly implemented (no Google services) and behind (Android 4.0.x, locked into BB10 OS build). Everything else is OK, but not really worth writing home about.

Comment Re:Stock is at a record high (Score 1) 90

Apple the corporation exists to enhance shareholder value. All corporations do.

Apple doesn't design attractive platforms for developers for entertainment, or because they love changing the world. They do it to increase shareholder value. Being perceived, by its customers, as qualitatively superior to Android and Windows, is a means to the end of increasing shareholder value.

Comment Re:Stock is at a record high (Score 1) 90

Mod parent up. There is quite simply no other relevant measure of a CEO for a publicly traded company. These people are hired by the board, who have a responsibility to the shareholders, who want exactly one thing: long term appreciation of their assets.

AAPL is at a record high, up 99% since he took over. NASDAQ is up 93%, S&P500 up 77%. He's beating the market with the world's largest market cap. This is extraordinarily difficult.

I'll give him an A-, because GOOG is beating AAPL, up 137% in the same time period - and while there is a lot of difference between the two businesses, they seem to be the closest competitor. He's beating Samsung (83%), MSFT (87%), and HPQ (56%).

Comment Facebook vs. MySpace (Score 2, Interesting) 338

The summary alludes to this, but Facebook has done a much better job integrating into society than MySpace ever did at it's peak. At best, MySpace was a good place to go see about a new band. Facebook has built alliances (either officially, or just by use) with almost every major brand, and every company in the western world. This kind of branding will be held on to by corporations big and small, as they know it's a good way to reach users.

What we could see happen is that users abandon the service to connect to real people, and only use it to connect to brands, because the brands are demanding it. Over time (several more years) the brands will likely deprioritize their presence on the network, because people don't engage with them the way they used to. Go watch a commercial break on TV right now, I bet that one of the ads uses as their website address. How insane is that? Snickers uses instead of! Why would you do this? Facebook limits the opportunities that brands have to engage, and yet brands have played right into it, because the network is so powerful.

I do believe Facebook will live on as a way to authenticate and connect with other websites. It's a useful way to verify someone's real name, their social connections, and that they are a "good actor." See: many dating websites.

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