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Comment Re:Mozilla is wasting money, brains, and time (Score 2) 75

Yup. They're without a mission. And looking in from the outside, all future/current missions looks like bad plays. IoT will play out like the smart phone thing, and so on.

So, what should they do? Well, you wait until a mission comes. You don't just cast around for one because you have money and the desire. You enhance, solidy, and perfect your current mission. Polish the heck out of FF, and wait for the next thing. It'll likely be adjacent to FF, and having an exceptional product on hand will make that leap easier and more likely to be successful.

They keeping trying to hop onto fads as they start -- like trying to get in on the bottom floor or not miss the boat. Instead, they need to wait for a problem to present itself and fester for a bit so that the ways to fix it are clear. Trying to catch every bandwagon just leaves you exhausted and covered in dust. My bet is that they still feel that "it's win" because they nudged to market towards a freer or opener place or something. But they'll never have impact, nor survive like that....gotta have the big marquee projects and successes also.

Comment Re:Solar bubble? (Score 1) 160

Some of our schools essentially have "token" solar installs, and others have legitimate ones. The legitimate ones have reduced operating budget for the schools resulting in more money for actual education at the school. I don't know about the token ones, they probably don't do anything. When designed right, things work. When not, they don't.

Comment Re:Solar bubble? (Score 1) 160

Yup. And with the current tax credit setup (in my state at least), if you're replacing your roof you can essentially roll a large part of that cost into the solar tax credit $$$, so people line up like crazy to do it....I haven't looked into the exact words in the law, but tons of people do it and essentially get solar on their roofs for almost nothing.

Comment Re:Not new (Score 4, Insightful) 160

They very well might. Never underestimate the power of timing combined with marketing. It's what made the iPhone and countless other products.

I looked at the Dow and other systems, and they were quite expensive and not really wanting to talk to individual home owners, and when they did it was ridiculously obtuse and no installers would touch the things. They were 5 years too early and didn't have enough juice to make it happen, both likely inside of the company to essentially go all in, nor with public mind-share and installer credibility.

Cells are much cheaper now, home solar is much more of a known commodity, and you have a company with nation-wide installation presence fronting the install and handling all of that, and a man with free-press touting this. It definitely could have legs. If Musk does one thing well, it's identify things that are good ideas and feasible, but everyone is timid about, and then just take that idea and go balls-to-the-wall all out bet everything on it. Thus, he becomes a driving force, and every success adds to his confidence and ability to take massive bets and the cycle continues.

Comment Re: So funny (Score 2) 176

To be fair, Tesla is doing better and is further along than any automotive startup in the US in recent memory. So, something is going right, and yea, if you count the capital expeditures associated with building the factories for the Model 3 and the Gigafactory, they're losing money per car they sell -- but that's not how things are typically calculated. Those things are called "investments", and are expected to pay off it the future. If Tesla scrapped the Gigafactory, the massive build factory updates, and other capital expenditures to non-growth levels Tesla would be profitable right now -- not as profitable as planned due to the aforementioned quality issues, but still profitable. Instead, they're investing in themselves to grow as a company. Pretty typical and expected at this stage.

They have a very, very tough road ahead and they're current performance isn't inspiring with the unrealistic Model 3 ramp up and issues with the Model X, but those are also solvable issues (and in many ways smaller issues than most other auto companies have).

Comment Re:Doesn't quite add up... (Score 2) 144

This contract, her golden parachute if bought out, retention bonuses for key staff if bought out, and some other contracts that make a buyout look less appealing. My guess is that they were trying to swallow a poison pill -- make it too financially dangerous to get bought. But then they realized the next week that the best option was to get bought :)

Comment Re:that's a lot of $$ for nothing (Score 1) 144

They do it because it nets them more money than it costs (or at least in theory it would). Search engine traffic is tens if not hundreds of times more monetizable than any other type of traffic (after all, this is one of the only times ads are truly relevant in shaping customer buying habits), so people jockey for it intensely, including by spending hundreds of millions of dollars to get large chunks of it.

Comment Spilled milk (Score 1) 428

This makes a difference now? It's water under the bridge man. I mean, let's just keep going back in time and complaining and whining about all the other water under the bridge. I next nominate the US industrial revolution. We stole a lot of IP to make that shit happen and get big. I propose that whatever his solution is here with YouTube that we also apply it to him and the fruits of the American Industrial Revolution.

Comment Re:What's the deal with wireless charging.. (Score 1) 125

It's that fast charging has kind of taken it's place. I had wireless charging, and always left my phone on the mat whenever I could, even if at a slight inconvenience. It worked out pretty well and I usually had ~70% charge when headed home. With my new phone without wireless charging, I have 50% when I head home, but get it up to ~73% on my 15-20 minute commute home. I end up with more charge just plugging it in for a minute here or there versus always trying to keep it on the mat. So the rapid charging is more convenient for me at least.

Comment Re:Watch the next tech cycle start (Score 1) 203

Bingo. The businesses see the critical mass of necessary talent in SV and just go there because. But the reality is that there's a critical mass of people willing to work at startups there, not overall talent.

I did a stint in SV, got pitched at by lots of startups and refused some jobs at some pretty big name companies. It was definitely an eye opener of expected long droughts of no pay, low pay, really long hours, super high cost of living, etc. I have an exciting, yet stable job with lots of hours, but a manageable work/.life balance, good salary in a low cost of living place. No one could give me a good reason why I'd go to SV or be in a startup. You don't get many startups here because we don't have a huge pool of people looking to work 80 hours/week for peanuts and the hope of a lottery payout. We have stable family people that just want to be productive and have a good work-life balance. Stable, solid businesses.

One employer's pitch was that I'd be the first person on earth to see another person on Mars, being the lead of the group that handled the mission downlinks. Pretty damn good job incentive. For a while there I was really pumped about the possibility. But you know what's cooler than that? Seeing my daughter's face every morning when I get her up for school, and enjoying my wife's company while we hang out in the evening. Being able to kick off work in the afternoon because it's a beautiful day to go to the lake or for a hike. Why would I give that up just for that one bragging right? I know some people would, just not me and honestly not a lot of other people. If that job could offer a balance between the two, I'd be there in a heartbeat and do a kick-ass job, likely better than the person willing to work 80 hours/week....but that's not the culture, so I'm off enjoying stability, nature and family instead.

Comment Re:Don't be evil, Google... (Score 1) 67

Don't be too sure. IPv6 multi-cast streaming is pretty efficient and would knock down a good chunk of bandwidth versus current schemes. Game of Thrones streamed to about 10 million households at once with HBO's network. Monday Night Football is about 13 million viewers, if everyone streamed. The SuperBowl is more like 100 million, but the idea here is that it's within the realm of possibility, and having it be IP-based means you don't have to add extra hardware to both ends, like you would with a dedicated slice of bandwidth acting as a cable system.

Comment Re:Bollocks. (Score 1) 44

Nothing beats a competitive environment to motivate developers.

...The norm is to get together and to cooperate - we fight as a last resort. Our current system has put us in a constant state of last-resort thinking...

It's interesting that you think that competition is the same as fighting. It's not.

Comment Re:Need local printing (Score 1) 37

I have a Brother, an HP and a Canon printer hooked up to my Android phone. Often times I'll print directly from my phone, even if my computer has the same content up just because all of the horribleness that HP and Canon put in their drivers to make it an actual pain to print. I get a more streamlined experience from just printing on my Android phone. My wife does the same -- the Canon Multi-function print driver installed about a half dozen Canon devices that pop up when she hits print, and half the time she selects the wrong one and can't figure out why it didn't print. From her phone, she just hits print and selects the printer then calls it a day. She often wonders why it's easier to print from her phone than her computer.

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