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Andrew Dodd

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Found my first (and last) Huawei device buried under other junk while cleaning as I move. Off to electronics recycling for the worst Android device I have ever owned.
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OK, so apparently, Cyngn, after their original business model completely collapsed, needed to figure out what to do with their piles of investor money other than wasting it on crazy parties and overpriced office space.

Their choice? Industrial automation (One of their listed position openings is for someone versed in SLAM - for open-road driving, the buzz is HD Mapping because you've already got a rock-solid localization solution 99% of the time - if you're doing SLAM you're doing indoor mapping and localization, if you're doing indoor mapping/localization you're doing industrial automation.)

This is a market chock full of established players with actual shipping products. Yes, the barrier to entry is far lower (autonomous vehicles in a controlled industrial environment are FAR easier than autonomous automotive applications, but trust me, once you start deploying product in real installations you realize it isn't ACTUALLY that easy...), but because of that - good luck entering it with 0 experience in the market.

I know of startups with <5 employees with more experience in the industry (AND established strategic partnerships) than Cyngn.

What also hurts them is that McMaster is still involved - who carries a proven track record of failure/being batshit insane.

No Kirt, you failed to put a bullet in Google's head with Android, and I can tell just from your job openings that you won't be putting a bullet in Waymo's head either.

Also - dude, stop following me from industry to industry. It's getting annoying. It's like you WANT me to be able to constantly laugh at your incompetence!
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Signs a company is TOTALLY screwed:

You can't even pay the people who manage your website to update it to be consistent with your company's new direction and your blog posts.

"Cyanogen backs the largest open source Android developer community in the world. We're all working together to create some of the most advanced customization, performance, and security technology available anywhere."

Also note that every product listed on their homepage is dead and EOL.

Edit: Swapped words for "new company" - meant "company's new direction" not "new company's direction - Cyngn is not new, but their direction is.
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OK lazyplus:

What are your favorite alarm clock apps?

Alarm Clock Plus has not been updated since September 2014, and it appears based on my experience and reviews that it needs an update to play nice with the power management capabilities of Android 6.0 and newer - as in since updating my Sonys to Marshmallow, alarms in ACP never trigger reliably.
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First day at new job.

Just new employee orientation, but getting a good feeling so far.
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I really wish Google Play would allow you to put formatting in reviews.

It's impossible to write a review that consists of anything but a textwall.
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Is it just me, or does The Grand Tour feel REALLY contrived and cheesy?

It seems like nearly every segment has a derivative of something that started in Top Gear but was converted to epic lameness.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car? Gone, replaced with stars being "killed" before they even reach the show. It was an interesting gag in the first episode, but continuing it is just... meh

And the whole special forces failure routine got lame really fast. The entire thing was completely fake.
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Failcascade. Thanks to +Alex Cruz for giving me the heads-up on this.

From shiny new startup to mass layoffs in only three years. I'm not surprised at all... This is reaping what they have sown. If you screw over every single person or organization that ever trusted you, you're going to be in a bad place.
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Looking at the Florida maps and knowing where +Alex Cruz​ lives...

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