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posted by janrinok on Wednesday May 24 2023, @02:31AM   Printer-friendly
from the it's-almost-over dept.

According to Raspberry Pi CEO, Eben Upton, in an interview with YouTuber Jeff Geerling, the company put together 750,000 Raspberry Pi units in the first quarter of the year. That isn't a lot, but it also says that it's on track for building 2 million units this second quarter, helping it fill backlogged orders and paving the way for "unconstrained" supply during the remaining half of the year. Ultimately though, it means that you should expect units such as the Raspberry Pi 4 to be more widely available by the end of this year.

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday May 24 2023, @05:41PM (2 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday May 24 2023, @05:41PM (#1307972)

    >We've had, and are still having, an extreme example of the pig cycle with the suppliers.

    A toilet paper analogy could also help there...

    >a drop of water on a hot stone is less dry than the hot stone alone

    Inasmuch as six million units is a drop of water

    >you'll be lucky these days if someone comes your way as a small business, who's able to show anything

    Once upon a time I threw an application to a small business and I took the time to look up a couple of their patents, and somehow let them know I had done this in the application letter. They seemed to be mightily impressed, they invited me over and a team of 4-6 engineers interviewed me for several hours. All because I took the effort to look up a couple of their patents. The labor pool must be really shallow...

    >it's bloody obvious

    And bloody important, and bloody well unknown to a LOT of people out there who would be much better off if they finally saw the obviousness of it - which they are unlikely to, but even if that message only sinks into 1/1000 concrete blockheads who hear it, it's making meaningful positive change in the world.

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  • (Score: 2) by Immerman on Wednesday May 24 2023, @06:56PM (1 child)

    by Immerman (3985) on Wednesday May 24 2023, @06:56PM (#1307991)

    >The labor pool must be really shallow...

    That's the ideal right? Low unemployment?

    More than that though, even that little bit of effort suggests that both you're competent enough to have plenty of other options, so could discard their offer before you even apply, and that you are interested in working specifically for them. And looking into the patents rather than (in addition to?) their business history and public propaganda (web site, etc) suggests you're interested in the work itself, not just what they can offer you in return.

    How many people actually care about their employer? There's lots of opportunities for anyone competent, and with the death of company loyalty it's ultimately just a business transaction - they're buying your labor with some combination of money, benefits, and work environment until one of you gets a better offer. And if the specific work they're doing interests you then you're likely to be both more productive and more difficult to lure away. And if they're not-uncommon dickish employers, more likely to be willing to work for lower wages.

    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday May 24 2023, @08:31PM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday May 24 2023, @08:31PM (#1308007)

      >How many people actually care about their employer?

      Well, there's the other employer that I researched their open FDA warning letters after getting my initial interview scheduled... I went through with the interview for the practice, and perspective, and experience, and having done so I was really trying to get the offer that I would ultimately be refusing, but that hesitation came through during the conversation... I really really didn't want to work for a place that's so immature they still think they can tell the FDA to go F themselves and get away with it.

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