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Comment Re:What's our take away on this supposed to be? (Score 1) 86

Even if they document the tests, if they can be gamed in a test representative of "normal usage", then the same gaming will kick in on actual "normal usage", and so the test will not have been gamed.

Normal usage will be viewing a different movie than the one they test with. If you can get viewers to only watch the test signal, over and over, then sure there is no variance between expected use and actual use. However, I did not buy my TV to watch a specific set of video clips in a specific sequence, repeatedly.

Comment Re:Even bad its good (Score 1) 86

Your sound bar would be only using max 20 to 30 Watts, Peak is a useless measure because it is a measure the power the sound bar can pump out for a moment, if you try to drive it hard continuously it will just crap it self and you will very soon find yourself pushing the volume down to a level it can actually handle.

The AC has it right. 180W is marketing. It will never take that from the socket.

Comment Re:Even bad its good (Score 1) 86

My supposedly "smart" Samsung TV detects when power saving activates on the attached device and puts up a bright white logo to inform me. The logo does not go away. At least it moves around, so the wear on the screen is somewhat even.

The only way to do power saving with modern TV's is to use ARC, and ARC support is just not very widespread yet.

Comment Re:No end... (Score 2) 86

But Power Companies, who rely on Energy Usage Tests to forecast demand and allow for it, do care.

You imply that power companies try to guess which items people buy, and how much they use them, and then use the Energy Usage Tests to figure out aggregate demand. This sounds highly improbable.

Comment more and more consolidation (Score 1) 136

There are as many, if not more, businesses than there have ever been before.

I would like to see your source for that observation. Not as a challenge, but because it would provide a welcomed counterbalance to the consolidation I'm seeing in finance as of the past few decades.

Look at Gibson Guitar Corporation. Per this wikipedia article, the global sales of guitars began to decline, so they marshalled their resources and diversified by acquiring a bunch of other companies.

Gibson purchased Garrison Guitars in 2007.[21] In mid 2009 Gibson reduced its work force to adjust for a decline in guitar industry sales in the United States.[22] In 2011, Gibson acquired the Stanton Group, including Cerwin Vega, KRK Systems and Stanton DJ. Gibson then formed a new division, Gibson Pro Audio, which will deliver professional grade audio items, including headphones, loudspeakers and DJ equipment.[23] Gibson announced a partnership with the Japanese-based Onkyo Corporation in 2012. Onkyo, known for audio equipment and home theater systems, became part of the Gibson Pro Audio division.[24]

Every year, I see fewer and fewer independent companies out there. Especially in auto manufacturers. Other than Tesla, not a lot of new companies bringing cars to market. Instead, all the smaller companies are bought out by bigger companies. Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat / Chrysler, which owns a bunch of smaller car brands, is always trying to get more consolidation going in the auto industry.

Another example happened back in the late 2000s when Porsche attempted a hostile buyout of VW, and got too strung out in debt in the attempt and then VW turned around and ate Porsche.

Comment Re:This is my shocked face (Score 5, Insightful) 272

I've seen no evidence that China is incapable of producing high-quality stuff. Thing is, US companies going to China for manufacturing aren't deciding to go to China because the US can't build stuff that's high quality enough -- they're going there to save money. So they go to China and ask for the cheapest something can be manufactured and they get ... the cheapest manufactured stuff. If those companies -- really, the people who own the quality of the products they're selling -- didn't like the quality of the product, they'd either negotiate better quality (and higher price) with their Chinese manufacturers or they'd move their manufacturing to someone who can do a better job. They don't. Why? Because that's exactly how they like it.

Comment Re:So a guy that runs a ride sharing company. (Score 1) 274

....maybe it is time to get the "public" out of transportation.

Cost competitive with public buses? This weekend I dropped my truck off at a stereo shop in the south end of town (Austin, TX). Paid $2.50 for an all-day bus pass and came home. Did chores all day and rode the bus back down to the stereo shop to pick up my truck. That would've cost me over $20 with a ride hailing company.

Looking around at the other passengers on the bus with me, I got a sense many weren't really positioned financially for becoming ride hailing customers. At least one was in a wheelchair that required a lift that wouldn't be equipped on many privately-owned vehicles. Advocating for ride hailing to replace mass transit does not consider the needs of those for whom the bus is the only transportation 'option'.

Additionally, if a ride hailing car travelled to my house (empty) took me to the stereo shop, then returned to the driver's house (empty), that would add two unoccupied trips on the public street that wouldn't have occurred had I ridden the bus or driven myself. If you multiply those empty trips times the number of people on the bus, suddenly there would be a lot more cars on the street not carrying passengers and slowing everyone else down with greater congestion.

Comment Re:So a guy that runs a ride sharing company. (Score 1) 274

Taxi availability thus far has been constrained by city regulations designed to protect the commons from congestion. The philosophy behind limiting the number of taxis on the road at any given time is also intended to motivate people to use mass transit instead of inefficient taxi services.

Ride hailing companies have successfully flaunted these regulations due to widespread political support among people who are only thinking of their own convenience over the bigger picture. Ride hailing puts more cars on the road performing empty trips creating congestion and pollution. Instead of voting in support of bond elections to implement planned mass transit systems, people are placated by "I want it now. Me!" provided by ride hailing.

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