When Tech Companies Lie to Us…

Tech company lies exist on a spectrum. How far is too far?
(Did you know 1-inch camera sensors are not 1 inch?)

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  1. There's another one in the tech world. Storage space. When sizes were originally defined, byte, kilobyte, megabyte, gigabyte, etc, were all based on powers of 2, so one kilobyte is 1024 bytes, not 1000 as its name suggests. However, eventually a standards committee decided this was too confusing and a bunch of industries agreed to change the definition, so that now, 1kilobyte = 1,000 bytes, and all levels of data size will be measured in units of 1,000, not 1,024. They then invented a new term for the old base 2 definitions. Now Kibibyte is the term for 1,024 bytes. Also mebibyte is 1024 kibibytes, etc. Now here's where the fun part comes in. Hard drive manufacturers quickly adopted the new standard. After all, it immediately inflated their numbers a few percent just by changing the definition. However, Window STILL uses the old definition of kilobyte, which means when you get that 1TB hard drive and plug it in, Windows will show it as 931GB (maybe slightly less because of formatting). The drive manufacturers are selling you a 1TB, aka 1 trillion bytes drive, and Windows converts that to the appropriate base 2 version.
    Mac BTW switched to the new standard, so a 1TB drive shows as 1TB when you plug it in. I wonder if this has to do with them selling their own hardware, so what their marketing says lines up with what their computers say.

  2. Teslas product structure is weird. We release a plaid+, take orders and then remove it. you can reserve it allready and have to pay 45000$ within 10 days without knowing when you will get your car.

  3. Same as when guys packed a 5” but always claimed it to be 8” … is that a lie? Or is the measurements were taken at the wrong base point? Some say at the bottom shafts and others say its way back few inches? 🤔

  4. In tech industry, very often new announced products are just marketing with hopes and finger crossed it will be possible. It is done to rise stock to please shareholders, get media and consumer attention, and they do it on purpose, and you know it. First iPhone was a badly working mockup when SJ presented it on stage.

  5. The part on 1-inch sensor was great!
    I would call this a lie when in addition to the claim, there is a drawing showing the diagonal of the sensor with « 1 inch » written on top. This clearly means to say the diagonal of the sensor is 1 inch in size.

  6. While the 1” sensor seems reasonable seems like an across the board industry thing that’s reflective of an outdated standard that might be more confusing to update than to maintain… the one that irritates me is AV receivers’ “wattage” ratings.

    These are all over the place, inconsistent, hard to test, and each company goes by its own standard.

    For example, there’s a Denon (I believe) that advertises 100w. But that’s if driving one speaker. Who does that? It’s either 2, 5, or 7 for most. Further, that number assumes an 6 ohm (or maybe 4 — I don’t have the spec sheet in front of me). Most decent speakers are maybe 6 and the budget sort many beginners buy are rated 8. And even those numbers have fudge factors.

    This is all the more misleading because different ohms yield different wattage results. On top of that, there’s the “thd” aspect of the ohms and, to be honest, it’s already beyond me to explain what I halfway understand.

    The wattage is often printed in big numbers as if to say “more watts is better.” That can be very true, and it does provide an output ceiling before distortion… but with all those caveats above it becomes a meaningless trap that deceives customers.

    Now that the AVR may be on the decline thanks to smart speakers, etc., there’s even less reason for this to change. I’d say it may even drive more people towards those solutions because when buying Sonos or Bose or HonePods or Alexas, wattage isn’t emphasized and I don’t even remember I’d the other stuff is even documented. The goal there is “simplicity” — which itself can be deceiving.

    I mean, ATMOS from two speakers each plenty smaller than a basketball? Not nearly as immersive as a full AVR-driven system… but that has all those wires and HDMI… and BS numbers that make you unsure what you even own… so it does seem simpler with wireless, even though they’re not as simple or wireless as they seem. Gotta configure the WiFi, get them to all see each other, place them close to wall plugs that might be poor for audio, etc., etc.

    Go to a store (like Magnolia) and the less you know the taster commissioned salespeople will notice it. Before you know it, you’re spending $400 on some snake oil solution on top of what you came in for.

    For all of Musk’s carnie barker hucksterism (Robotaxis in 2019 will turn your car into a profit-making purchase), at least those range from absurd to eye-rolling exaggeration. Yes, it’s made worse by the vastly higher ticket price than a stereo — but with such high ticket prices items, any reasonably responsible purchaser has to got through enough hoops to realize they should be skeptical. Okay, except the super-rich, but do they care?

    Consumer-level deception really is a scourge. AVRs a declining first world problem but it’s the one I know well enough that it serves as a distressing example.

  7. Items at the food store are 1.99. They are 2.14 with tax. They are not being deceptive by not including tax. The Tesla 1.9 seconds is identical as the * stands for the implied tax of the altered start.

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