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Comment Re:So (Score 1) 472

According to teardowns, component and assembly costs for phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Note 7 are in the same $250-ish price range and Samsung doesn't do their own system software R&D.

So either Samsung is also gouging their customers... or perhaps there's just a little bit more to phone costs other than the price of a chip, case, battery, and screen...

Comment Re:Cost advantage (Score 1) 742

Except that practically no one pays that rate. This was a quick search, but...

Ford F -0.45% pre-tax income: $6.52 billion
CEO Alan Mulally total pay: $23.2 million
U.S. corporate income tax total: refund of $19 million

GM GM -1.56% pre-tax income: $4.88 billion
CEO Daniel Ackerson total pay: $9.1 million
U.S. corporate income tax total: refund of $34 million

Large American companies pay an effective corporate tax rate closer to 12.6%, according to the Government Accountability Office. They pay more to their CEO's than they pay in corporate income tax.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 367

You mean like the same "failure" mode that crashed the Tesla into the semi? Yes, that failure mode is (was) in all of them, but only one out of the thousands on the road managed to trip the scenario that caused a crash.

Further, while an alert, attentive driver could have avoided the collision, there are plenty of less-alert, distracted drivers out there who could well have plowed into the same semi in the same scenario.

And baring a true mechanical issue (that can occur in all cars), there's no need for massive recalls in case of a software glitch, just download the latest update into the car's computer overnight and the next morning everyone's good to go.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 367

We're overlooking the accidents, injuries, and deaths today. You probably drove today, despite knowing its one of the most dangerous things you do daily.

And seriously, look at all of the idiots and distracted drivers on the road. Do you really think a car that's actively monitoring its environment thousands of times a second can actually do WORSE?

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 367

You don't need the system to be perfect. Here in the US it just needs to avoid some 5.5 million auto accidents each and every year that in turn injured 2.5 million people and killed 30,000 others.

Could some glitch run a car into a wall? Maybe.

But that's one death vs all of the others where dumb, drunk, distracted, texting, road raging idiots drove their cars into walls, other cars, pedestrians, bikes, etc..

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