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Comment Re:Sad (Score 1) 251

The reports of 'exploding' (more like incendiary) Note 7's starting popping up days after its release. It was a small fraction of phones, but there is no evidence to say that affected phones would burst into flames within the first couple of weeks, or never at all. More likely, it's a situation that Note 7's have an x% chance of bursting into flames on any given charge cycle, and given enough time, the chance of any given Note 7 having a flame-out over its life would approach 100%.

Comment Re:Like suing McDonald's for hot coffee (Score 3, Interesting) 102

Oft quoted, but done so inaccurately. The McDonald's coffee lawsuit was not simply because the coffee was hot and spilled out of the cup. It's that it was so hot that it delaminated the bottom of the coffee cup, causing the bottom to fall off and the coffee to fall out. If your hot beverage cup is not capable of holding the hot beverage, negligence is a reasonable claim.

Comment Re:Smartphones (Score 1) 202

It's been about, what, 40 phones in 3 weeks? That doesn't mean that only 40 phones are affected. If there was no recall, it could be 60 by now, and 60 in the next 3 weeks, and 60 the 3 weeks after, etc. We don't know how many devices are affected. Rumors are that it's only the Samsung manufactured batteries, and the Chinese-made batteries are actually fine (ironic) but Samsung isn't admitting anything. It could be a smaller percentage of the overall devices, but a significant percentage of the phones with Samsung batteries, which could have reasonably been picked up in QA testing.

Comment Re:Non-removable battery = Samsung's fault (Score 3, Insightful) 67

Removable batteries would have done nothing to improve this situation (being banned on planes). Once a phone model has been recalled for potential battery fires, the entire model is tainted. The TSA or airlines would have no way of knowing by looking at the phone if the battery is affected or not. If they simply could send replacement batteries to affected users, or swap them right in the store because of a removable battery, there could still be potentially thousands of affected batteries out in the wild.

To the contrary, I could see where removable batteries would make the risk of a ban even worse. Suppose Samsung had made the battery user-swappable, and Samsung's batteries didn't have an issue. But a batch of cheap batteries for the model goes up for sale on Amazon/eBay, and suddenly reports of fires start to crop up. Even once the cause of the fires is identified as cheap, aftermarket batteries, airlines could ban the entire phone model because of the risk that users may have replaced the original battery with a cheap knock-off.

Surely, a easily swapped battery might have saved Samsung money in this case by allowing for an easy field replacement of a defective battery, but it wouldn't have saved the Note 7 line from being tainted.

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