So are you going to buy a Kodak?
I think the author is just referring to "we" as a filmmaker community that like to see new innovations and technology in the hands of talented individuals. Even if you or I don't get our hands on a Panavision DXL it doesn't mean that we can't anticipate seeing the output of a Gemini version.
If the Ronin 2 is more expensive than the Movi Pro it should be better. No?
But enclosures still matter - there is still a few small pieces of hardware that allows for a USB, thunderbolt, or whatever to be plugged into the hard drive. I've had a USB hub that caused massive problems in communicating with drives and I believe external enclosures can be susceptible to the same issues.
That said, I'm not sure if the hardware inside is actually different between a typical WD external or a G-Drive.
Phillip has is a very articulate filmmaker - I'm sure that you've watched some of his detailed camera/gear reviews. He's a valued asset to our community not necessarily because of his work but because of his ability to share his knowledge and thoughtful rants on gear. For the majority of filmmakers that have limited assets he can provide lots of experience maximizing their effectiveness. I appreciate him and the time he takes to provide resources to us. I hope that he can make a profit from it!
Maybe the joke was too vague...