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https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/25/16538834/amazon-key-in-home-delivery-unlock-door-prime-cloud-cam-smart-lock

Amazon's new service where Prime customers can allow the delivery person to put the box inside your door.

Requires an Amazon-supplied camera to be placed in your living room to monitor the door.  :)

Check out the camera at 20 seconds.  The video ends with the observation that you have to trust Amazon.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/t1uZ-2xbefA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/t1uZ-2xbefA</a>


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Interesting point, ID. Companies going to Apple laptops/desktops because of Apples' dominance of mobile (iphones, ipads, etc). I'm sure for some companies this makes a lot of sense. For example, if you have a big mobile sales force using Apple and a small corporate office, mobile drives the decisions for electronics.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Warranties not honored by successor businesses?
« Last post by The Gorn on October 20, 2017, 07:58:54 AM »
On the other hand...

The core feature of bankruptcy is the discharge or repudiation of debt. And warranties amount to debt. The concept is to give a fresh start to someone/some entity.

The law applies equally to everyone (in theory, har har), even corporations.

I read a little about the bankruptcy of OCZ, the subject of my thread. They had a big problem with some SSD drives they were selling - many returns of product - which was part of their failure which lead to their bankruptcy.  So providing warranty service was part of their failure. I guess I bought a shitty product. :P

If a corporation like OCZ can't discharge certain obligations like warranties, then they probably won't be acquired by anyone, yet because they're insolvent, they can't service the warranties anyway, so no real value is being lost. So the bankruptcy process seems to allow as much value in a company to be preserved as possible.

I was screwed about 10 years ago when National City Bank went under -  I owned 100 shares - and was acquired by PNC for pennies on the dollar. I wound up with about $300 in the account in PNC shares to replace the National City shares.

But at least I haven't been screwed out of a pension, or major warranty work on a vehicle.

I ordered 2 x 2GB to replace the failed OCZ memory for $27 from Ebay. Gorn's Self Insurance Policy. :P
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A big problem for Microsoft is that these companies, GE, IBM, Cisco, SAP, want to develop mobile apps for their customers and employees and Apple has a better "understanding [of] these verticals" as Cook puts it.  Microsoft is weak on the mobile side, whereas Apple has the iPhone and iPad.   These companies are basically taking the same position my wife does.  I'm more familiar with Windows and can offer better support, but when I suggest she switch from her Macbook to a Windows notebook she tells me no, because she has an iPhone and wants to remain "all Apple".

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“We knew that we needed to have a partner that deeply understood each of the verticals,” Cook told CNBC. “That had scale, that had a lot of dirt under their fingernails so to speak from really understanding each of these verticals and we found a kindred spirit in IBM.”

Apple touts the access the partnership gives them to IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, and talks about how the apps that it produces with IBM will be developed “from the ground up for iPhone and iPad.” These apps will supplement new cloud services aimed at iOS specifically, including security and analytics solutions, and device management tools for large-scale MDM deployments.

https://techcrunch.com/2014/07/15/apple-teams-up-with-ibm-for-huge-expansive-enterprise-push/

100 apps for IBM:  https://techcrunch.com/2015/12/16/ibm-and-apple-mobile-partnership-surpasses-100-apps-and-adds-watson-integration/

The big draw for GE is iOS integration with its Predix platform: 

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For starters, the two companies announced an iOS software development kit (SDK) for GE’s Predix platform, which is a set of cloud services designed to help industrial customers track the health of the huge industrial equipment GE sells and services. It can help predict failures before they happen and bring down this expensive equipment such as jet engines, wind turbines and train locomotives.

The key here is that the new SDK gives both external developers and those inside GE the ability to build native apps on top of the Predix platform, allowing them to take advantage of the full Apple ecosystem whether that’s iBeacons, the internal gyroscope sensor inside iPhone or even augmented reality in the latest iPhones.
https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/18/apple-and-ge-announce-deep-partnership/

Apparently, Predix is a big deal for GE. Some of GE's marketing copy about Predix:

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A Foundation for Digital Industrial Transformation

Digital industrial transformation promises immediate cost benefits and long-term strategic advantages. Begin with a solid foundation by choosing a purpose-built Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform.


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Built by Industry for Industry

The Predix industrial IoT platform is specifically designed for the unique and complex challenges of industrial data. We created Predix to drive the digital transformation of GE’s own businesses spanning over 10 industries from aviation to utilities. Today, this unique and flexible platform is being adopted by industrial leaders around the world.

https://www.ge.com/digital/predix

Note GE's grand vision for Predix:  "A Foundation for Digital Industrial Transformation"

GE can't build out their grand vision with Microsoft because it doesn't have anything like the iPad and iPhone.

I wouldn't say that a mobile + cloud paradigm is totally taking over IT because I still don't see how you interact very well with mobile devices.   I suppose that's what is being worked on:  voice and smart interfaces where you are interacting with an agent which somehow knows what you want to do.


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Discussions - Public / Re: Warranties not honored by successor businesses?
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on October 20, 2017, 03:01:45 AM »
Yes, this is where the idea of "strategic bankruptcy" comes from.

Corporate leaders invented it a few years ago, as a process whereby owners or investors would purposely take a company through bankruptcy that decades ago never would have been declared bankrupt. 

Their goal is to use the bankruptcy process to potentially invalidate employee agreements, customer warranties, burdensome debt, and other obligations they want to eliminate.

Accurate or not, our President has been accused of this tactic in the four of his bankruptcies he argued were smart business decisions (ref. the Politifact anaylsis at www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/jun/21/hillary-clinton/yep-donald-trumps-companies-have-declared-bankrupt/)

This is what the hedge fund guy that bought Sears did. He bought K-Mart, declared bankruptcy voiding all their everything and than bought Sears via the K Mart leverage. Than he ran Sears into the ground but thats a whole other story.

This is a normal tactic with hedge funds and others. They buy the company up, declare bankruptcy wiping out the debt and stuff and than sell off the parts of the company for massive profit.

Nice racket if you can do it.
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Think about the following:

The originator of the IBM PC standard is now buying Macs.

Windows support is an ordeal no matter how you slice it. At my client we have 5 separate pieces of software to protect them from attacks.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Warranties not honored by successor businesses?
« Last post by benali72 on October 19, 2017, 08:11:05 PM »
Yes, this is where the idea of "strategic bankruptcy" comes from.

Corporate leaders invented it a few years ago, as a process whereby owners or investors would purposely take a company through bankruptcy that decades ago never would have been declared bankrupt. 

Their goal is to use the bankruptcy process to potentially invalidate employee agreements, customer warranties, burdensome debt, and other obligations they want to eliminate.

Accurate or not, our President has been accused of this tactic in the four of his bankruptcies he argued were smart business decisions (ref. the Politifact anaylsis at www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/jun/21/hillary-clinton/yep-donald-trumps-companies-have-declared-bankrupt/)
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Discussions - Public / Re: Warranties not honored by successor businesses?
« Last post by The Gorn on October 19, 2017, 06:23:29 PM »
Got it. The loophole here was bankruptcy. All debts wiped, and warranties are a liability.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Warranties not honored by successor businesses?
« Last post by pxsant on October 19, 2017, 06:13:37 PM »
When a company files for bankruptcy, all bets are off.   Toshiba probably purchased certain OC assets but not the entire corporation.   So their liabilities were likely eliminated during the bankruptcy process.

A good example of getting screwed was when GM filed for bankruptcy a few years ago and got the court to eliminate ALL current common stock.   GM then issued new stock and sold it on the market.  All old stockholders were screwed out of their GM assets.  I know because I held about 500 shares of GM when this happened and I lost it all.
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Discussions - Public / Warranties not honored by successor businesses?
« Last post by The Gorn on October 19, 2017, 05:59:17 PM »
I identified two bad memory modules from my computer using MemTest86. As the gang here knows, I swapped modules until I isolated the bad apples, and I also have run an overnight test with the remaining modules and they seem solid for now.

The original kit of memory was OCZ brand, purchased in late 2009 from TigerDirect. 6 modules of 2GB each, DDR3 memory. This product:

https://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3G1333LV12GS-PC3-10666-Triple-Channel/dp/B001O0DR2I/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

It was pricey at the time ($276). The box which I kept states clearly that there is a lifetime warranty on these items.

I contacted "OCZ Support" through their Facebook page and explained this, and they told me this:

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Toshiba does not provide warranty service for the former OCZ Technology group memory modules. OCZ Technology Group stopped producing memory in 2010 and filed for bankruptcy in September of 2013.

Toshiba is unable to provide any warranty support for the following legacy and end of life “OCZ Technology” products that were discontinued. Toshiba is also unable to provide any warranty support for all discontinued non-SSD category products including DRAM memory, USB drives, Power Supplies, DIY notebooks and peripherals.

I’m sorry for not being able to help you with this case.
Please let me know if you have any other questions

I think that's quite fucked. But it raises an interesting question. Don't businesses that are acquired wind up with ALL of the assets AND, AND, AND debts of the acquired business?

Well, I Googled and found this. This explains it. Yeah, the warranty is fucked (lost).

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/171784-ocz-files-for-bankruptcy-toshiba-to-acquire-assets-but-warranties-could-be-lost

Now, I'm not out much because tech stuff depreciates like crazy. Still, it's quite unethical IMO even if legal.
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