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Comment: Re:Better fitness watch (Score 1) 309

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47440441) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

I second this. I don't know if I'll buy one; but, if I do, it'll be because of the health sensor / monitoring functions.

I don't need to see my texts on the device, nor my phone calls. I have a phone already, and pulling that out of my pocket isn't onerous. Heck, if I'm at my computer most of my texts show up there already, since most of them come via iMessage - and in a few months even the SMS ones will be there.

Comment: Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (Score 1) 354

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47420049) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

It shouldn't have been built, but for other reasons - the biggest one being the enemy for which they're designed to fight is not who the US military is likely to be dealing with in the future.

What role do these hyper-advanced aircraft have when you're fighting Al-Qaeda, ISIS, or whoever the stone-age-terrorist-du-jour is? We're not going to be fighting China, that's for sure; both they and we are way to inter-dependent.

So sure - the money already spent is sunk cost. But why throw good money after bad?

Comment: Re:Dang. What's next, Encarta? (Score 1) 174

You know what was a really good Microsoft offering, for its time? Microsoft Dinosaurs. And I liked Encarta as well.

The web has largely rendered those sorts of projects pointless from a corporate perspective, obviously. Plus I haven't used Windows as my main desktop OS for 13-14 years.. but still, I have fond memories of those two products.

Comment: Re:the real question is... (Score 2) 228

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47365219) Attached to: Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

The whole thing sounds like using a massive amount of expensive technology to replace a very small amount of skill.

Yeah, but we're talking about the guy who runs the patent troll firm Intellectual Ventures. I suspect he's got a whole slew of patents covering the theoretical oven he's describing.

I suspect he likes pretending he has other interests than patent litigation, though, since that isn't the sort of thing that's going to look great in an obituary.

Comment: Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (Score 1) 534

Yes, it has warts, security issues and the original database services were anything but plug-compatible, but it's a great language for quick-and-dirty.

Yes, let's gloss over PHP's security issues. I mean, It's not like the developers ever broke crypt and then debated whether or not they were going to fix it...

Comment: Apparently I'm behind the curve (Score 0) 66

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47353183) Attached to: The Internet of Things Comes To Your Garden

I'm still watering my veggies with a sprinkler, for the most part. I check my soil's moisture with my finger, and I calculate how much water has been put down using either a couple tin cans or some cheapie rain gauges.

I guess this new equipment is now going to be added to the list of things I'm not using. On the bright side, it also means some hacker isn't going to turn my vegetable garden into a bog garden from the comfort of their parents' basement... they'll have to sneak into my yard and turn on the faucet by hand (and hope they make it past the dogs and the homeowner).

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