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SubjectRe: Possible Solution for ATA Mess...
On Tue, 25 Jul 2000, Stuart MacDonald wrote:

>From: "Andre Hedrick" <>
>> The bitch and scream over a $0.01 per drive addition.
>> $0.01 * 1.5e7 * number of models per year == MILLIONS per company.
>My hardware guy says $0.02 for a jumper and $0.04 for a shunt =
>$0.06 * 1.5e7 * 30 models per year = $27,000,000 per year
>Let's say that it costs $100 to manufacture a hard drive, parts and
>labour and design etc, but not including that extra jumper.
>$100 * 1.5e7 * 30 models per year = $45,000,000,000 per year
>The fact remains that it is an insignificant cost in the manufacture
>of the hardware. Extremely insignificant. 0.06% by my estimates,
>and I think I was conservative with the cost of manufacturing a
>hard drive.

This logic is just plain totally completely rediculous. So each
hard disk produced would cost $0.06 *CENTS* more if they included
a jumper? OH NO! That would cost them 45 BILLION dollars a year
to include?

Know what I say about that? *bullshit* - not to you, but to the
idea that it costs money.

Push the $0.06 cents per drive on to the consumer. Shit, crank
it up to $1.00. I'll pay an extra dollar on my $200 hard disk to
get the jumper. *ANYONE* would gladly pay the 6 cents, that is
for sure. So, instead of spending 45 billion dollars on jumpers,
they could easily double that, and MAKE 45billion dollars. Bring
that up to a dollar, and they could retire early.

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