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Comment Re: So funny (Score 2) 174

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.

Comment Re:giant boondoggle is giant boondoggle (Score 3, Interesting) 175

Yup. A large part of the problem with the F-35 is because it's multi-service and multi-national, that everyone kind of got to slide their stuff into it. There's literally no reason for a super-advanced brand-new logistics software for the fighter. But to get support for it, some Congresscritter or whomever tacked those requirements onto it. So now you have a brand new plane, and a brand new logistics operation to support it. They happened all over the place on the F-35 program, where we ended up with "brand new" everything around it -- logistics, maintenance, support, training, mission planning, post mission de-brief, etc, etc. Really too many new things at once.

Comment Re:The canceller is the clever bit (Score 1) 33

Yea, but this guy will absolutely get stomped upon in any mobile-phone scenario. It's just not feasible in the architecture. I get that the researchers put that tag line in there because it'll result in getting published far and wide, but it's totally useless for mobiles.

If you stopped separating uplink and downlink bands and instead tried to make them the same with this handy device, then yea your own phone won't drown out the cell tower's incoming signal on the same frequency. But the phone next to you will, or really any of the hundreds or thousands of phones nearby...

You could get smart with some channelization, but the fact is that all other transmitters are now in-band to your receiver, whereas previously only the cell-tower was. Even if you get clever, the noise floor is going to rise by a good amount, or a single rogue phone that's not synced up in time correctly or similar could drown out reception for everyone else in a 500 yard radius.

Could be very useful in point-to-point connections though and some other applications. Neat application of various technologies.

Comment Re:Loaded Question (Score 1) 166

Chiming in that they make me nervous also. When I resize my desktop browser, I really don't like to see the entire site's layout change. Also on mobile, if I want the full site often times the responsive design keeps that from happening (or if it happens it generally doesn't stick very long). It's a bit of a sharper edge -- since you're not relying on browser or user agents the end-user can't "fool" the site into what they want easily. It's based upon physical viewport width and you can't change what gets reported in most browsers. If you can still request an intermediate resolution from a down-sized site, then it's fine. But there are a couple of sites that I have flat out stopped going to on my mobile after they went responsive -- no way to get a fully functional site from mobile. For example, our timecard provider went "responsive", but only tested it in the latest version of safari. It had a bug in an older version and corporate had kept us held back an iPhone update cycle for a bit -- so our timecards just totally stopped working on mobile! If we could have requested the desktop site, it would have worked....but responsive design always seems to reflow whenever a new page loads, so we couldn't get it to go.

Comment Re:I wonder how the USA would rate... (Score 2) 88

To be fair, in most if not all of those wells the Arsenic is 100% natural. Here in the SouthWest every now and then we get a story about land reclamation, and how the company putting the land back to it's natural state has to buy thousands of pounds of arsenic to till in with the reclamation soil to get the chemistry right for native plants. Its 100% natural, and why we have names like "Arsenic Springs".

Comment Re:Meanwhile overall U.S. content is down 33.2% (2 (Score 2) 103

Agreed. Their back catalog of movies can be fairly tough to stomach. But I think that's because they're getting horribly squeezed b the content providers -- so Netflix has had to produce original series to keep the subscriber base, and I'm guessing that next time those catalogs roll around for licensing, that Netflix will be much more in the driver's seat. Also, Netflix isn't renewing any deals where they don't get licenses to stream it in all countries it services at once, which I think is a smart move. But that necessarily shrinks their catalog since the content providers are used to Balkanizing their distribution as much as possible and dislike the universal deals. That shrinks US content quite a bit, but I'm ok with it -- it's the right call for Netflix.

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