He gave a pretty vague answer. He also disclaimed that guesstimate by saying they "are not sure yet".
It's certainly reasonable to ask if he's more sure of a time frame now, but I don't think you can hold anyone to the time frame they mention is this kind of context. If you try to hold them to it then you might make them less inclined to give any future guesstimates imo - which is good or bad depending on your expectations and tolerance for disappointment.
Personally I'd rather David felt he could just be honest without any drama, but sadly I think that is always going to be difficult and clarky's pov is not irrational or unreasonable. It is understandable for people to feel frustrated. Especially as so many of us are invested both emotionally and financially in the project. I feel the pangs of frustration the same as anyone and I do sympathise with the impatience and need to have timescales that we can regard as vaguely accurate. Sadly though big innovation likes this comes at a price. There's no telling what issues could come up when creating something this big and new. The ground work is done, but who knows how much polishing will be required? It really is anybody's guess where problems will crop up and how much time they will take to solve. I do believe they will probably all be solvable though. I think that's what really matters here isn't it?! Where the story ends is what will matter in the end, not the timeline it took or the accuracy of predicting it. That game is more for traders than investors and I think MAID is a pretty dangerous thing to 'trade' most of the time precisely because it is so hard to predict when things will happen; managing your liquidity is a big part of trading.
I think we know enough to say it seems highly unlikely to take years longer for a full launch. It might take several months, perhaps it will even be hit by really tough problems and take a year or more. That doesn't put me off; the possibility of it only being a matter of weeks/months away is just too exciting!
it was very vague, you can't hold anyone to that kind of statement imo. although it is fair to ask for an update on it.
innovation comes at price, no one knows how long the unknown will take or what issues they will face.