Re: couldn't get one or couldn't get one in time?
Its government, not Amazon or Walmart. Two months is a rush job.
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This is completely unsurprising as what happens when mindless corporate bureaucrats respond to forced government bias to create "diversity." Someone has to keep score so as to appease the government to continue to receive contracts no one else can win for lack of insufficient diversity. So sad the color of one's skin is more important than one's skills.
Did one purchase a phone that runs X hours, or one that renders Y frames per second of your favorite video game?
What Apple (and apparently Samsung) has done is to preserve the battery runtime spec at the expense of faster screen updates. This is the right and correct thing to do because it is a phone and as a phone it is more important that the charge last the time one has come to expect than to have snappy screen updates.
Ditto! Is right and proper for Apple to flesh out their offerings with an expensive model that doesn't sell as well as the less expensive. Else the opportunity for profit is missed. The opportunity to serve a market is missed. The opportunity to learn what works and what doesn't.
Apple absolutely did not “rip off” Xerox. Apple paid Xerox what was asked, before public release. Apple paid Xerox for the right to recruit Xerox employees (IIRC $1,000.000). If anything Xerox thought they were taking Apple’s good money for nothing of value for a division and technology they were discarding.
Furthermore Xerox’s systems implemented window graphics in text with font generators. The kind of junk we saw a lot in MS-DOS before Windows. What Apple did was orders of magnitude greater.
Ditto. If Apple *didn't* offer a high priced lower volume iPhone then Apple would not be doing what is best for investors. One has to explore the upper price ranges to know where the upper price range is.
No rational person would fault Apple for the $799 version of Apple Watch not being the best seller. Its good the X is out there exploring new territory but its not The End Of Apple now that Apple has finally found the high end (and beyond) of what the market will bear.
This sort of development is exactly the kind of thing Apple should be working on. Would be nice if it works out, but youll never know if you do not try.
Displays too. Apple is oworking on displays.
And remember the metaurgy investments leading to iPhone and MacBook cases? And Gorilla Glass?
Disappointed in inaccuracy and failure to research before publication. Regurgitating the wishful speculation of lesser publications sullies your reputation.
A real assault rifle (vs the look-alike styling exercise known as an AR-15) is fully automatic. Johnson used an old wooden stock SKS. Semi-automatic with a fixed non-removable magazine. Essentially WW-II design.
The term, "assault rifle" is biased inflammatory rhetoric unworthy of rational debate, especially when the term is blatantly provably wrong.
Its so sad the US Government has to revert to the childish observation that "Apple accommodated China." The Chinese government owns everything including its citizens. Once Upon A Time the USA the Land Of The Free And Home Of The Brave. Perhaps one day it will once again.
Don'tcha just know it bugs the dickens out of governments at how God encrypted the human brain beyond their reach?
Others cite First Amendment rights to speech to protect encryption. I don't see how the right to speak to those who want to listen is related to the right to not have one's speech heard by those one does not wish.
Then there is a bit of Fifth Amendment about not being required to self-incriminate. That doesn't work either else the signature on a check paying a bribe would not be acceptable evidence. Can't be forced to speak against oneself, but past speech is fair game. Encryption would be past speech.
If I was a justice on the SCOTUS I'd say the right to keep and bear arms in the Second Amendment has the most bearing. Recognizes citizens' right to own the means to defend against all comers, including the right to own tools which could be used against the government's wishes.
I'll upgrade my iPhone 5 when Apple announces the theoretically-impossible secure encrypted model (as opposed to the current theoretically breakable just hasn't been done).
Boo hoo! Device driver quits working if it finds it is not talking to a known device! That is not "bricked". Bricked would be if one performed acts which turned the offending device into something as useless as a brick. In other words, if the device driver destroyed the offending counterfeit chip.
This "solution" is silly. We saw the correct solution on "The Jetsons", a true history future documentary which aired 50 years ago. And because the Jetsons documentary was sent back in time from the future we know it must accurately represent our future.
Is clear we must all have personal jet belts and personal flying saucers like those George uses to deliver his kids to school and wife to shopping during the opening credits of each episode.
Am anxiously awaiting a car which will go 20,000 MPH and fold up into a briefcase.
Be sure to tune in next week when government demands a court order for mind reading. Its so inconvenient to Government's Good Works for God to have encrypted the human brain so that thoughts are beyond the access of a court order. Clearly Google and Apple could/should fix this oversight!
I too am curious about the CO2 complaint. Put hydrocarbons in the fuel tank and lacking an atomic transformation those same carbon atoms will come out the exhaust.
A DPF primarily takes big C2 soot and turns it into smaller C2 soot. Am told the SCR with DEF urea will also convert some CO2 and CO to C2.
CO is the primary hazard to humans. C2 is bad like any other dust.
Around here amateur radio volunteers go to schools all the time to host a sked with (former) Space Shuttle or ISS. In 1993 I worked for Owen Garriott W5LFL the first ever to operate amateur radio from space (1983) and was shown the actual radio used which he kept in his office. The height of my career.
I find great disappointment these days with "action" movies. When the special effects action scenes inevitably start and camera zooms in close, I find myself reaching for the fast forward button. Camera zooms in close so the filmmaker doesn't have to connect all the action, doesn't have to make any sense. It doesn't matter, there is going to be explosions, punches, collapsing buildings, gunshots, etc to fill the allotted time then the characters will exit in whatever state the writer desired. Its no different than in American football on TV the quarterback throws a pass and the camera zooms in on the quarterback's face watching the ball fly, then the laces of the ball in flight. I want to see the play, not just one player. I want to see who is about to reach the quarterback, who is keeping others from the quarterback, and what the receivers have managed to establish position. I want to see who is running to catch the ball and who is chasing. But thats apparently not the way things are done with modern camerawork even when all the events to connect and make sense exist on the football field, and when it comes to making a movie they no longer think about making an action scene connect and make sense, they just film the individual punches, gunshots, and explosions then string them together. I close my eyes and wait, or fast forward.
Oh and FYI, I didn't get the electric motorcycle for the "save the planet" hippie crap... I got it because it HAULS ASS and handles really well.
Thats why I bought a Tesla Model S 85. After a test drive it was clearly the vehicle I wanted to drive every day. Initial purchase price was much greater than a new Prius plus lifetime supply of gasoline, but so what? I like it.
your argument makes sense except for one seriously critical oversight:
massive government subsidies.
with cash infusion to the companies at hand, even the crappiest electric car with no available infrastructure becomes "viable" for as long as the subsidies continue. Which in the case of Tesla has been a decade of State and Fed, with State still a cash cow providing free "EV Credits" to sell as well as other "alternative vehicle" programs that fill the trough.
Not true at all. Government provides no "EV Credits" at all. There are control-freak states such as Kalifornia who mandate quotas for production of low- and so called zero-emission vehicles. Some manufacturers have surplus and are allowed to sell this credit on the open market to manufacturers who do not. For instance Tesla has no need of these emission credits so by selling to other manufacturers Tesla is enabling the continued supply of supposedly evil petroleum burners. So without Tesla there would be FEWER hydrocarbon burners on the roads in these states.
As for the $7500 Federal Tax Credit, this does nothing for the actual promotion of EVs and everything for politicians buying votes from those who would be voting for them anyway.
So-called "stimulus" does not work because government is stupid. Keynes doesn't count value, only expenditures. Government is not smart enough to buy value, while individuals spending their own money shop hard for value.
If one didn't need value from one's CPU cycles then the greatest program in the world is "10 goto 10". This is what "stimulus" does. If government would leave money in the pockets of those who earned it then it will get spent as soon as something of value appears. If government spends they don't wait for something of value, they take the first pork project a favored politician asks for.
Furthermore, Musk did not go begging for these breaks. Fool government tries to tilt economic balance by placing a heavy thumb on the scale, shouldn't fret about someone actually making use of it.
The big problem The Left has with Musk is that he is successful. Apparently thats not how things are supposed to work, see Solyndra for an example.
Have been receiving "Card Services" robocalls for at least 5 years. For a while was getting 2 or 3 per day. And it only just starting bugging the FTC in 2012?
$1.7M? Thats like $0.10 per call. They got off cheap.
If the NSA wanted public support for logging all phone calls all they had to do was rat out the robocallers and let President Drone drone them.
Ignoring the ancillary costs (installation, inverter, etc) a $3,000 7kWh Powerwall cycled 80% (5.6 kWh) per day for 10 years costs $0.1468/kWr in wear and tear (assuming no interest, no degradation until total failure on the day after warranty expires). My daily driver is a Tesla Model S 85 which is a heck of a lot of fun but also not a good economic proposition. I don't see any fun in having a Powerwall through which power costs half again more than I get from the grid.
“The model puts out just 2 kilowatts of continuous power, which could be pretty much maxed out by a single vacuum cleaner, hair drier, microwave oven or a clothes iron.”
Such is the sorry state of science & mathematics in journalism these days that the above fool sentence was published. At least in the USA none of the above is used on larger than a 120V 15A circuit which is rated for 12A continuos duty (1440 Watts). Admit one can not run much more but to imply "maxed out" one is suggesting one is at or over the limits, not 72%.
ESPN's terms stipulate the cable company will pay for ESPN for all customers or none. Ever since ESPN decided *poker* was a *sport* I realized I had totally lost interest in ESPN programming. Is not in my Dish favorites list at all. Have not watched since they last aired a Formula 1 race.
By contract law Verizon is in the wrong. Morally, I have no respect for ESPN.