[time-nuts] Problems with Garmin - maybe we should cut them a little slack
jfor at quik.com
Fri Dec 31 21:06:25 UTC 2010
Not only MS. Any product whose cost ofd production is trivial compared to
Look at Coke... it's 99+% water. In some places it sells for $2/pint.
> Hmmm, sounds like the Microsoft model.
> What did you expect for $100?
> On 12/31/2010 12:49 PM, J. Forster wrote:
>>> Well, I won't rant back at you, Dick, but your expectations are way off
>>> base. GPS cartographers have to designate billions (yes, billions) of
>>> addresses and the fact that they miss a few scarcely justifies a
>>> brushoff as "shoddy work."
>> Look at it another way:
>> They are producing one product for 10s of millions of customers. The
>> reproduction costs are trivial, so they have hundreds of millions of
>> dollars to get one product right!
>>> Can you have a product of this size and complexity that is completely
>>> error free. No. No matter how hard you try, the answer remains...no.
>>> (References on stochastic processes available on request.)
>>> Can you have a product with* fewer* errors? Of course. Can you have
>>> for eighty bucks. Nope.
>> The $80 is for one copy. Try near a $1,000,000,000 for the digital map
>> the USA.
>>> Be a good capitalist and take your choice.
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