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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Brannon You are overwhelmingly wrong. (191 comments)

Competition benefits the consumer directly. Free-market capitalism is not equivalent to unconstrained (i.e. stupid) libertarianism--it only works properly with laws/regulations setting boundaries. Laws need to: (a) prevent the abuse of monopolies, (b) protect workers, (c) prevent collusion, and (d) ensure some limited monopoly on new technology to create an incentive for R&D.

There are some industries where the laws aren't working properly or the nature of the industry prevents competition (like cable tv providers)--the competition in electronics works perfectly--what is failing in the electronics industry is the 'laws protecting workers' part.

2 days ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Brannon The criticism is fundamentally dishonest. (191 comments)

You and everyone else knows it--the mental contortions required by Android fans to criticize Apple for something that is worse in Android-land is transparent and ridiculous.

2 days ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Brannon If the manufacturer added more value... (191 comments)

then they could charge more for their services. If the company that designs and retails the product is getting overpaid for their value, then a competitor will undercut them and they'll lose in the market.

That's how the free market works--no other economic system has ever come anywhere close to mimicking the efficiency of free-market capitalism (when there is actually competition as there obviously is in the electronics industry)--but hey, yeah, maybe you'll invent a new economic system within a Slashdot comment that'll change the world.

The real problem here is that there are no laws preventing the exploitation of Chinese workers, or those laws are insufficiently enforced.

2 days ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Brannon Does Samsung or Google have any influence? (191 comments)

Most phones that are manufactured in these places are Android phones--yet we only here about Apple failing to protect workers. Cisco, Nintendo, Sony, Amazon, etc. all use these companies (Pegatron, Foxconn, etc.).

But it's okay because those companies never pretended to try to enforce higher standards--that's what you're saying, right? with a straight face and everything.

2 days ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Brannon Cambridge is in the UK? (187 comments)

Learn something new every day.

5 days ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

Brannon We have nothing against you. (416 comments)

Except for your overall impotence as a human being.

So...we good?

about a week ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Brannon Wow. I think you took a great approach. (584 comments)

Good luck to your daughter in college--it sounds like she will be well prepared.

about two weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Brannon You still aren't getting it. (189 comments)

It's not that "at least the original iPhone had the Gorilla Glass"--it's that "Gorilla Glass exists *because of* the original iPhone". Other phones have Gorilla Glass because they copied the iPhone. Every single iPhone version has had the latest and greatest version of Gorilla Glass (of which there have been several iterations). This is all pretty common knowledge.

I have no idea why your personal experience is different. Possibly it's because in your area there are a lot more iPhone users than Samsung Galaxy users (e.g., in the US there are 1.5x as many iPhone users as Samsung Galaxy users).

I've carried an iPhone for 7 years and have never scratched the screen--by your scientific method I guess that proves that iPhones are unscratchable.

about three weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Brannon iPhones do use Gorilla glass (189 comments)

They always have. The original iPhone was the first smartphone to use Gorilla glass, created by Corning at Apple's prompting. iPhones have continued to use the best available Gorilla glass continually on every single iPhone since. The screen on a Samsung is no more scratch resistant than the iPhone--your anecdotes are either coincidence or just you making shit up. Guess where my money is.

about three weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Brannon That's a convoluted way to get the wrong answer. (293 comments)

Electric cars get ~100 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent).

Now try your silly calculation again.

about a month ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Brannon How many gas stations were there... (194 comments)

when the first ICE cars rolled off the assembly line?

It is truly remarkable how short-sighted people on a tech site can be.

about a month ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Brannon 99.8% of all mobile malware is on platforms (178 comments)

which have a "well buried switch"--basically 0% of all malware is on iOS. It looks like the iOS strategy works pretty well and it looks like, thus far, you have been proven to be completely wrong that "one platform can provide both".

It's almost as if the company that's worth $600B understands what their customers want better than you do. Weird.

about a month ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

Brannon You are a whiney little brat. (258 comments)

There has been no President who has been more consistently progressive in the last 70 years. The health care overall is a *big* deal; probably the greatest legislative accomplishment since the New Deal. No, you didn't get everything you want--that's not the way the world works. You think you would have gotten more if Obama had stamped his feet like a petulant child and demanded more?

It's morons like you that are going to lead to another Bush as President with a GOP House & Senate.

about a month ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Brannon If that matters to you then don't buy an iDevice. (178 comments)

The manufacturer of my microwave actively prevents people from creating and running programs on it--that doesn't stop me from eating popcorn.

There are reasonable reasons to want a walled garden device (do a Google image search for a pie chart of the percent of mobile malware out there by platform, iOS doesn't even show up) and there are reasonable reasons to want something you can tinker with. Guess what? the market provides both choices and you get to pick one. Isn't this supposed to be about choice?

about a month ago
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Tesla Delays Launch of Model X Until Q3 2015

Brannon The Model S is a high-end luxury sedan. (111 comments)

It competes against $70K+ cars from Mercedes and BMW, and it's doing very well in that segment. Sure, that's a niche market.

Tesla has plans to work their way down into more volume markets. Lots of automotive technology started out initially in luxury segments (because those segments can tolerate high capital costs associated with new technology) and then trickled down to the volume markets as the technology matured (air conditioning, automatic transmissions, fuel-injection, etc.). Tesla is following that curve and all indications are pretty good--that's what people are excited about.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Delays Launch of Model X Until Q3 2015

Brannon They've sold 50,000 of them so far (111 comments)

At an average price of >$80K, that's >$4B dollars

At one point everything you are saying was true of gasoline automobiles. There are lots of places in the country which have a good supercharger & showroom infrastructure now, and more chargers & showrooms are showing up every month. You can drive cross-country in a Tesla right now. Obviously they are focusing on the parts of the country where people have a lot of money and don't have an irrational hatred of anything new or different--so it will be a bit of a wait for you.

If change is so unsettling for you then why do you cruise technology sites? maybe just go sit in your Ford F150 and listen to AM radio?

about a month and a half ago

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