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Comment Re:Lay them all off! (Score 1) 224

why are you paying them?

Some hopefully would have been working on new models so not vital to production any time time in the next few months. Maintaining stuff - probably won't need those guys this week. With zero plans for the future it's amazing how many people seagull managers can do without so long as they are quick packing their bags to leave for the next gig before it's suddenly found that all the people who used to deal with various problems that crop up have been fired.

Sometimes it's not management's fault.

The problem in this case is that spinning drives are losing ground to flash and are a declining business. The "Performance drives" part of the drive market is already losing money for pretty much everyone leaving only the bulk storage part of the market still making money. I suspect that over the next while, we will see fewer updates on the performance drives while the drive makers concentrate on the larger/slower "NAS" drives until at some point, there aren't enough drives being sold to justify manufacturing them at all.

Meanwhile, the managers get to chose between firing some people now and delaying how long it takes before they need to close the business, or trying to keep everyone until they run out of money and have to fire everyone.

The stockholder's on the other hand, are idiots. No one in their right mind should be investing in spinning drives.

Comment Re:HOW OFTEN (Score 1) 331

I wish I lived in your world. I have watched products fail because people kept replacing the software foundation (language database). I've seen programmers change technologies on 2.0/3.0 releases. I've watched programmers run into trouble and then try replacing the language as the means of fixing the issue(it rarely works). Some programmers and their managers are addicted to shiny. At a previous employer one programmer went crying to my boss because I wouldn't let him replace perfectly working C with Erlang.

Comment Re:Frivilous Law Suit (Score 1) 242

Or you could just install the taxi cab app for your smart phone? For the companies that operate in your city, that is. Uber isn't unique in providing that option, just unique in illegally dodging the costs of safe business while continuing to operate.

The one taxi company with an app here lets you use it to order only. It doesn't let me pay and doesn't tell me where the taxi is when it's on the way. And I still get to wait 30 mins for a taxi.

Comment Re:Frivilous Law Suit (Score 2) 242

I defend Uber because I can pay online and have a car arrive wherever I am in 3-7 minutes. If I take a taxi I have to call, wait 15-30 minutes with no feedback about what is happening and then the driver will get all whiny if I want to pay by bank or credit card. So if I take a taxi, I have to plan ahead and have taken money from the bank machine before hand and also call a half hour in advance, making it useless for moments where I missed the bus and still want to arrive at work on time.

Comment Re:warranty length (Score 1) 189

You must get bothered easily.
Being that most devices if they are to fail it would be within the first month of operation. That is why it is normal for companies when they get new servers they do a 48 hour burn in session to make sure the server survives the first 48 hours and after that chances are the server will last for the long time.

1 Year or 2 Year isn't really that big of a deal for electronics with little to no moving parts.

The fact that America says one year and the EU says 2, is just legal semantics

That's great for things that run in a controlled environment and for things you tend not to plug and unplug on a regular basis. Meanwhile a couple of weeks back a woman hands me a tablet repair and the micro USB port had worked loose and torn itself off the plastic ribbon cable. It took it 1.5 years to do that.

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