Haha good job sweeping that pesky "power" issue under the rug, Tom! Maybe you can keep your dirty little power problem a secret long enough to gain a few more pre-orders before the secret comes out.
WTG for transparency.
I also notice you squeaked your way out of the bet, too. Quality work there! Won't even back up the bet YOU tried to initiate for charity.
I don't recall Tom having offered the money to charity? You were the only one who did that.
Condition 1: His bet was about whether you (as in BFL) would come out under 1.1 watts per Gh/s....
Condition 2: Stay out of this thread until that was proven....
If both condition was met as true, he would fork over 1000 BTC to you. (or BFL)
If either condition was false, you would fork over 1000BTC to him.
Thats what I read in this thread over the last ~5 pages~.
You then rejected his offer based on the second clause of having to leave this thread until the first condition was proven true or false.
You made a counter proposal to Tom after you turned his down. He must prove his power figures are competitive with BFLs product and you would not be staying out of his thread.
Then you opened a thread on BitCoinTalk, announcing, you would suddenly be donating 1000BTC to charity if you "won the bet". Though Tom has already rejected your bet. He decided to announce his power figures or other device specification on schedule as he had planned weeks in advance.
(Still unclear as it is still developing on your part)As a result of your thread over "which charity" would win the [supposed] spoils of a bet that was already rejected before the thread was ever even opened....you started a spirited argument/debate over which charity is ti be "blessed" by BFL.
Then just today, not inconsistent with actual events, you announce that you never expected Tom to accept the bet
....and....therefore you had no actual intention to go through with the bet that was already rejected before the thread started.
Now you have changed your tune to the cost of 1000 BTC. You have now stated you will donate 1000 BTC to charity despite the fact that Tom would never accept the bet.
You know Inaba, you really need to think these things through before you act. You even made me look away in disgust at the charity thing. Because your playing with peoples hearts. Thats like playing a game over which orphanage is lucky enough to be blessed and which one isn't.
You tried to create goodwill among members despite already knowing and expecting that the bet would never even get off the ground. VERY DISTURBING
Whats worse is doing it when you know the other party has already rejected
your bet and therefore there is no point in taking suggestions
over which charity will reap the rewards. You are probably gonna blast me to kingdom come for pointing this out.
But you haven't yet, and I assume it is because you hope no one actually paid any attention
to what lead to the thread being posted.
Now you have to explain to your boss why you need to give away 1000 BTC on the company dime.
You know your company has at least 1 million in capital. So that means even if you started out aiming for 110nm...when the influx of orders and money came in you could have easily have asked the right people for a significant die shrink.
Based on your confidence, your company is probably using a very expensive process node. Which means your power figures are closer to 30 or 40 watts. You would likely have won Toms bet without a sweat.
The charity thing....as you played it was ultra bad PR.Especially in light of the offer already being rejected. You asked people to talk over hot air and a premise that would never be. Only now, are you changing your tune and justifying a sudden large payment to charity despite the bet being rejected.
Na, I knew Tom would chicken out and run back into his hole, so it was largely irrelevant as far as Tom goes. I'm offering 1000 BTC on behalf of BFL regardless of what Tom does. I never expected Tom to honor the intent of his bet anyway (Simply because he had no intention of going through with it from the start), so it was largely altruistic on my part to begin with, but only in so far as I don't think I will have to pay up and I know Tom would... but I'm more than willing to escrow the amount until such time as is required.
Someone needs to get your boss's email and efax him pages of your conversation. You have a way of somehow rubbing people the wrong way. Whatever the cost is in reputation, you boss should know you are costing him money
. No matter what kind of person he may be, he would be hopping mad
if he heard about this affair.
You succeeded [somehow] in making people walk away with extra capital for your company. God help you if your current customers have any problems with the hardware. You're the first in ASIC technology. The last in any reasonable sense of treating people with "the right touch".
You really have no idea how to deal with people. Your situation management is 10 times worse.