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Comment Doubt it (Score 3, Insightful) 191

Apple has done fine on the OSX side with less than 10% share for more than a decade now. Yes, there are many more apps for Windows than OSX, yet their share has been remarkably consistent.

Apple devices are marketed towards a niche segment that is outside of the commodity (Windows/Android) markets. They enjoy *much* higher profit margins than any Android phone maker. Apple users, being more affluent group, are also more likely to pay for apps in the market, which keeps developers attracted to the platform.

To paraphrase Voltaire, If Apple did not exist, it would necessary for the market to create one.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

Yes. The Volt is technically a "hybrid", but unlike every other plugin hybrid, it runs as a 100% electric car with no assist needed from the engine while the battery is charged. It's a good bridge to the future until the obvious problem of charging time and access are solved.

Comment Re:By Hack it, they mean work for 2 bucks an hour. (Score 5, Insightful) 472

Please stop shilling for billionaires.

The United States has a higher GDP per-capita than it did during the time the boomers came up. There is *plenty* of wealth to go around. What has changed is the distribution of that wealth.

Comment Re:Meanwhile..... (Score 3, Informative) 177

The batteries lose very little capacity as long as they are thermally managed and never fully charged or discharged. GM's Gen-1 Volt has a "charge window" of 20% to 85%. They increased a bit with the Gen2 Volt after getting real-world data from Gen-1 Volts in the wild.

There are 2011/2012 Chevy Volts in the wild with around 100K EV miles and no apparent battery degradation.

Here is all-time the leader, "Sparkie",a GM employee from Michigan:

And mine... ;) (Yes, I'm totally biased)

You can browse the leaderboard, sort by "EV miles" and browse others.

As for Tesla, I don't think their batteries are quite up to the level of GM's, but they do employ active battery cooling and a charge window.

The one model that doesn't have active liquid cooling, the Nissan Leaf, is notorious for suffering significant range degradation after only a few years.

Comment Re:a BAD sports team will pay for GOOD players (Score 1) 176

Whether I create a corporation with other people or not is none of your business

As stated before, a corporation is a legal fiction. It's not just an assembly of people. You don't seem to get that.

Your vision of government as some detached entity that has nothing to do with the people is fundamentally flawed. Government is reflection and function of society, which is created by people.

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