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Comment Re: Color Me Skeptical (Score 1) 428

I imagine it'll be the same sales pitch for people buying ceramic roofs: it costs less, weighs less, lasts longer and generates electricity.

The fact that it generates electricity is not the selling point at that point. I imagine the primary market would be CA. But that's fine since CA is the 6th largest economy in the world....

Comment Re:I'll wait for a third party review... (Score 1) 428

For the edges, valleys and ridges, he said that only some of the roof tiles will end up being solar. So the edge tiles and most of the corner ones probably won't be made from solar tiles. Just the surface that can be easily connected together.

I'm hoping that there's some kind of magnetic connector for each tile so that no wires are needed. Otherwise repair/maintenance is going to be a nightmare.

Comment Re:Labor expenses are a tiny part of total cost (Score 1) 472

We're talking *from* Apple's perspective. It makes 0 sense for them to go and manufacturer in the U.S. even if labor costs were exactly the same.

As for abandoning current client designs in favor of a bigger player's demand on turnaround time...that would happen in the U.S. as well. Only it'd be 2 months vs 2 weeks instead of 2 weeks vs 2 days.

You should try a simple PCB for a widget and try to contract a manufacturer in China. I think you'll be surprised at how much you can get in how little time. We're not talking auto-grade, flex-cabled parts with 7-layers here. If I have an idea for a doo-dad on the scale of a Rasberry pie, it's getting done in 2 weeks and ready to sell in the hundreds of thousands.

Comment Re:Labor expenses are a tiny part of total cost (Score 4, Insightful) 472

The thing about moving it to the US isn't about labor cost. It's about the loss of the giant manufacturing supply chain that only exists in China.

If you want to make *anything* here in the U.S. you either wait months for some mom-and-pop shop to custom-make a mold or glass panel for you. Or you call up a Chinese manufacturer, send them a drawing and have 100k parts ready in about 2 days.

Just getting a printed-circuit board made in the U.S. costs ~20k for some PCB contractor and around 2 weeks for a prototype. There are shops in China you can send a schematic to that can send you 100k boards ready for production in 2 weeks for ~5-10k. Hell, if you want they can even take it the rest of the way and assemble the entire product for you.

You won't find *any* place in the U.S. to do that for you. Even if you're willing to pay money for it.

Comment Re:Cost will double? (Score 3, Insightful) 472

Most of the cost increase will probably come from having to ship parts back and forth. A great deal of China's appeal for manufacturing is that you can get almost any custom screw, panel, molding, etc. in a day vs months in any other place. There's just so many companies there setup to be someone's supply chain and they've had multiple decades to perfect the process of turning concept into tens of millions of parts in a very very short amount of time.

Compared to that, the labor costs are miniscule.

Comment Re:Apple should lead the way here (Score 0) 472

Economics is not a zero-sum game. If it made economic sense to manufacturer in the U.S. then it's not a loss for China overall as other sectors would benefit from the increased productivity.

The problem is if you move to the U.S. for reasons that aren't economical. For instance, government mandate. In which case, productivity actually declines as you're using more resources to accomplish the same thing. More Chinese jobs would be lost while not being even matched by the same number of jobs gained in the U.S. Not to mention it'd siphon people away from existing jobs that make other goods and services cheaper for consumers.

All of this has some elasticity built in though. So it can tolerate *some* meddling by mercantile governments.

Comment Re:Less Space than a Nomad. (Score 4, Insightful) 361

10 hours is under "normal" workloads. My 2015 MBP lasts anywhere from 4 to 10 depending on what I'm doing. I'd much rather have it be double that so I don't need to plug it in as often.

The Surface Book looks very intriguing right now as it has an advertised 16 hours of battery life. The first gen Surface Book managed to get 13 in tests so that's actually believable.

Comment Re:Still Catching Up (Score 1) 44

The carriers that need CDMA (MetroPCS and Cricket both piggyback on Sprint/Verizon) get the Qualcomm modem. The ones that only need GSM get the Intel modem.

Without having to support CDMA, the cost of the modem likely is lower. Qualcomm themselves own the patents to CDMA but others would have to pay a licensing fee to make a CDMA chip, which would increase the cost of their modem solution.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 562

That's not what's being implied, but you had to made this a partisan thing as well. People who vote on single-issues are pretty looney in general. That's all that was said. But again, you had to come in, Anonymously (cowardly), with the tried-and-true predictable partisan talking point "well the other side!!!".

That being said, some issues are more worthy of being a wedge issue than others. I don't care how good a political candidate's policies are towards economic growth if they advocated, say, genocide.

Comment Re:Fair point (Score 1) 562

There are definitely wedge issue voters. But I'd be hesitant to claim that they're even the majority of Trump supporters. From statistics I've seen, the biggest demographic is white males with lower levels of education and fall in pretty bad economic situations.

There was an interview with a guy who feared Hillary to death because he's convinced she will raise his taxes and cut his disability checks. I don't think he ever connected that disability checks comes from taxes nor that if you're on disability, you're probably not making enough for progressive taxation to affect you negatively.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 168

There's a few things in 5G that make it more friendly towards massive numbers of small, low-bandwidth devices.

1. Unlicensed spectrum usage. So anyone can make a device that does short-range communication amongst sensors or with a hub.
2. Low-bandwidth, single-mode LTE. Arguably already existent in 4G but no real unified standard so far.

It's possible to do sea-of-sensors type devices today with chips from various vendors, but they're all geared towards closed and proprietary networks of machines deployed all from the same vendor/ISP that uses that ISP's licensed spectrum.

5G lets small, low-power cellular devices hop on unlicensed spectrum, which lets any vendor deploy it.

Comment Re:Taxes = theft (Score 1) 579

The widening gap in wealth has been about the top 0.5% vs everyone for a while now. Like I said, about ~5 million in net worth (liquid) seems to be where the cut-off is. After that, your effective tax rate takes a steep dive and it's a lot easier to make way more money than if you were simply someone who earns a high salary.

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