Mud on the Leg(work)… ?

It’s Dec. 30.  BRD, an electric-motorcycle manufacturer, once claimed they’d have their RedShift bikes to sell in 2013.  On the way to being an actual electric-motorcycle seller, they’ve been quiet.  But recently they sent an update on their past ten (!!!) months:

By the end of 2012, our development prototypes had journalists saying things like “could be the best Lites-class MX bike on the market”… “a clear superiority” …Not a bad start, but not yet up to our standards.

Let’s see, how do we take this coffee?cat

1) At face value- beating all gasser MXers is hard
2) Not quite face value- the company is biding their time
3) Not at all- there’s an issue we don’t know about
4) Worse than not at all- BRD won’t make their own targets Continue reading

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Legwork Without Legs Working

Speaking of complex integration and high-stakes project execution, Playstation 4 data is in, such as defect rates- not happy holidays in some households.  It ain’t a gadget, folks.  The 8th console generation is a big deal, in gaming- a big business.  Sony/Microsoft didn’t have the luxury of time- Black Friday’s coming.  Apparently testing, quality control, or both took the hit.  And these are big issues, as these aren’t single-function gadgets.  Haven’t been for generations.

Neither complex electronics nor CubeSats are devices in its literal sense- one mechanism, one function.  That means extensive testing, in extensive situations and environments, and cross-testing too.  And here the consequences are low; returning a product or not hearing from a student CubeSat are inconveniences in the grand scheme.  Serious voltages and human riders on public highways (meaning human bystanders), on the other hand, means rigor during development and field testing.  Agility figured that one out, when Jeep and Ford didn’t.

Sony will tighten up their supplier lines and assembly procedures, just like Microsoft dropped a billion dollars on XBox 360 issues.  A fair number of CubeSats flown will fail, due to design gaps, part defects, poor soldering technique, etc. not uncovered by prelaunch testing.  And electrical systems will pop if you don’t do the legwork everyone else does.  Onward.