Quantcast
Jump to content

  • Join Today, It's Simple and FREE!

    Register now to gain access to our webOS user support forum. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to post a user to user support request topic to this site or reply to existing topics posted by other users. You can also take part in our other webOS user forums. You'll be able to customize your profile, receive reputation points, while also communicating with other members via your own private inbox, plus much more!

Sign in to follow this  
NewsDummy

PreCentral: Half a billion dollars, the lottery, and webOS

Recommended Posts

Half a billion dollars, the lottery, and webOS

Even if you've only been casually following the news this week, you've likely heard the big story. No, it's not that the Supreme Court is debating the constitutionality Obama's healthcare plan, nor is it that the Pope went to Cuba or that Syrian President Assad seems to have accepted a peace plan put forth by Kofi Annan. It's not even the Hunger Games movie, American Idol, or a Jet Blue pilot suffering from a mental break at 40,000 feet. No, the big story this week is five hundred million dollars - the estimated jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery drawing on Friday.

It's the largest jackpot in lottery history, hitting half a billion dollars for the first time (and if by some insane happenstance nobody wins it this week, it'll go even higher). It's also approaching half the price of what HP paid for Palm, and likely right around (or higher) what HP was getting offered for webOS when they were trying to sell it. HP's since gone open source with webOS, but there's still a big hurdle to be overcome: hardware.

Needless to say, buckets of hardware ain't cheap. Palm and HP spent billions of dollars building software and hardware with limited success. Now there's the chance HP to could make webOS hardware again, but the success or failure of Open webOS will depend on more than just HP. Other manufacturers have to get involved.

The question is - who would want to make that hundreds of millions of dollars investment? We already tackled the numerous obstacles that have to be overcome with making a smartphone or tablet, but in the end it all boils down to the Benjamins. Half a billion dollars could go a long way, wouldn't you say?
Now, we're not encouraging anybody to go out and buy a few dozen Mega Millions tickets and commit your hypothetical winnings towards starting a company to make webOS devices. It's your money, and your hypothetical winnings, you can spend it how you wish.

After taxes the winner of the lottery can probably expect to take home something closer to $300 million, which is still a good chunk of change. With only minimal software development to pay for, that whole chunk of change could be dedicated to personnel recruitment, supplier contracts, hardware development, and all the other things that need to happen to make a smartphone or tablet. Heck, if you're willing to plunk down a few hundred million (after saving some for yourself and that super sweet Gulfstream G650 you've had your eye on), you might find that others are willing to chip in a few million as well.

So, just for fun, we have to ask: What would you do with half a billion dollars?

mf.gif
emailthis2.gif bookmark.gif


a2.imga2t.imgcRVw57hHpT4

View the full article

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Similar Forum Topics

    • [pivotCE]A webOS user’s story and why the webOS community is the best

      KarenIf you’re an active member of the webOS community these days, you’ll know we’re a small, tight-knit group of friendly folks. Our three subgroups tend to be mostly free-time developers, advanced users, and those that are hanging on to the form factor/mobile OS despite its limited services and with little regard for the do-it-all-for-you modern devices. The forums on webOS Nation continue to be the primary source for communication and provide the venue for meeting the occasional “newcomer” to our little slice of the web. This is the story of one such friend of webOS. Meet Karen… …a complete stranger swimming in the sea of internet anonymity like us all. I met Karen via twitter. To read her full backstory check out her first post on the forums but I’ll summarize:  she had 3 Sprint Pres since 2009 which all died slow deaths physically, she bought a Veer with intent to switch to a GSM carrier but the setup steps were a bit daunting, so she reached out to the community for help. You may notice the time gap between her post and the tweet above. The Veer sat in the box for about a year and in the meantime she had been using a semi-crippled Sprint Pre and an unnamed Android device to get through her work and home life. She needed assistance with the Veer and I offered to help. But Karen’s story does not end with sending me the Veer nor is this a tale of getting a webOS user back up and running. What I learned from helping her was two-fold because while Karen is a specific person, she represents something bigger. Karen is “every man”…well, as it relates to the quiet masses of unnamed people out there still using webOS. There are more people still using webOS than we in the community realize. The forum may number in the 100s but there are likely 5-10x that still out there plugging away with that tacky keyboard and brittle slider. These folks will find us eventually on the forums. We must be ready and willing to assist. webOS is still impacting people’s lives in the original ways Palm strived to achieve. Connecting everything via synergy, fast task switching, and everything accessible via a “Just type” search among others. But this only encapsulates the “what” in webOS’ draw. I’ll let Karen tell you the “why” in the words she shared upon receiving the Veer back from me (emphasis added). “I’d been telling myself it’s ‘just a phone’ but…using it today, I know that webOS is so much more for me. I powered [the Veer] this morning and, I just don’t have words. It’s that July day back in 2009, all over again. Except…back then I was meeting a new friend, who, I thought, might help me live my life on my terms. The Pre was the first device I carried ubiquitously. Today, though, flipping through cards, running apps, it’s a long lost friend and partner, returning to my life. I hadn’t realized how it had been slipping away, one function at a time, with the Pre. You never know what you have until you’ve lost it. I can’t even express what this means to me. …I drive so hard in life, and depend on a few tools and people to enable my work. Years ago, when I was playing cello professionally, my daughter broke my cello, [I thought] permanently. It was in the shop for over a month, and while I had an exquisite loaner to use, it wasn’t the cello I had used every day for 25 years. Everything was just a tiny bit….off. Everything […] required extra thought, extra awareness. I finally got my cello back, restored. I didn’t have words then either. This feels exactly the same. Having a phone that is intuitive allows me to focus on the big stuff! I will put it succinctly:  webOS is a superlative tool that allows me to focus on work and do great good. My contributions to this world would be diminished without it.” Well said, Karen. webOS itself was quite the contribution to the world. And our little community, however small, still makes a big impact not in the market but in the lives of its users. It’s awesome to give back to those that make our little community great especially during the season of giving. Thanks webOS Nation! #webOSforever Related posts: UPDATE: Special Investigations Unit asks webOS Users for Help in Murder Case LuneOS Is All About Users View the full article

      By pivotCE, in pivotCE News

      • 0 replies
      • 331 views
    • Question: Since YouTube went down earlier this week, I can no longer use YouTube app on TV

      Hi   Since YouTube went down a couple of days ago, I can no longer use the YouTube app on my LG smart TV.   Anyone know what the issue is or how it can be fixed?   Thanks  

      By Jonathan Fairfield, in LG webOS Smart TV Questions

      • Awaiting best answer
        
      • 0 votes
      • 2 answers
    • Just bought 43UH7500 last week. Can it have an update to webOS 3.5?

      Just bought 43UH7500 last week. It comes with webOS 3.0 Can it have an update to webOS 3.5 like the model in 2017? Customer loyalty will be enhanced if the manufacturer provides such after sales service. 

      By exe127, in LG webOS Smart TV Discussion

        
      • 0 replies
      • 1,032 views
    • Just bought 43UH7500 last week. Can it have an update to webOS 3.5?

      Just bought 43UH7500 last week. It comes with webOS 3.0 Can it have an update to webOS 3.5 like the model in 2017? Customer loyalty will be enhanced if the manufacturer provides such after sales service. 

      By exe127, in LG webOS Wish List

        
      • 0 replies
      • 1,000 views
    • Question: Six New Apps This Week - July 8 2016

      LG Smart World has the following new apps to introduce for the second week of July:   ikono TV NetTV Plus
      Vizbee
      It's Supernatural! Network
      Pandora
      ATN   A total of 6 Apps   https://us.lgappstv.com/appspc/support/support/retrieveNoticeInfo.lge   Also as I am sure many of you already know Plex was finally released on July 4th

      By deadringer28, in LG webOS Smart TV App Questions

      • Awaiting best answer
      • 0 votes
      • 8 answers


×