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Comment: Re: Not France vs US (Score 1) 140

Screw france and any other country that thinks they have a right to control how markets operate.

How about screw companies that want to do business in a local area without following local laws?

Does your same logic apply to columbians who want to sell crack in the US? That is just the good all free market too isn't it?

Comment: Re:Subject bait (Score 1) 240

by Ash Vince (#47441997) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Using a nuclear device at high altitude? You do know what happens if you do that, right? That one test bomb knocked out street lights and long distance phone service nearly 1000 miles away and took out a third of all satellites in orbit around Earth at that point in time.

Yup, that is the point. You do not have to actually HIT the incomming nuke, as the effects of nuclear weapons in the upper atmosphere cover such a huge area. Like I said in my post, the outcome you describe is a far better one for the US that a nuke landing on Washington or New York.

Comment: Re:Subject bait (Score 1) 240

by Ash Vince (#47441959) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

I understand that of the 120+ people killed in Gaza in the past week, about 20 were civilians (not militants).

No, 20 were children. The number of civilians is more like 53 according to this article: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/israe...

Thank you for that link. I was going by the figures that Hamas provides, not by the Gaza ministry of health. I wonder if Hamas inflates its numbers to show that they being targetted, or if the ministry of health is unaware of some of the people being affiliated with Hamas.

Either way, it shows that there are statistics, and there is the truth!

Hamas probably try and bolster their numbers by counting all adults as being serving members :)

Comment: Re: Not France vs US (Score 1) 140

Perhaps. But personally I find that Amazon has made books way more accessible to me than 20 years ago. The town I grew up in didn't even have a book store. The closest thing was the mass market paperbacks you could find at the department stores and pharmacies. Now you can get just about any book you want delivered to your door in a few days. And often below cover price. If publishers want to compete with piracy, they need to make it more convenient for people to get the books they want, at the price they want.

Comment: There are better than Apple's (Score 1) 58

Why do they mention that and fail to mention devices which present even higher density displays? My Nexus 5 has 445ppi display density.

I find it annoying that despite the existence of common devices which are "better" that the "best" is still considered to be Apple's. Nothing like product endorsement which wasn't [likely] even paid for. At the very least, they should have included the trademark sign to indicate they were making a commercial reference in their endorsement. (They did, at least capitalize "retina" in retina display... that's not quite the same thing and kind of makes it worse.)

Comment: Re:Hardware Struggles Now Though (Score 2) 58

This. When I was shopping for a tablet last Christmas, there were a lot of reviews saying that the 2048x1536, tablets were slower than their predecessors at many tasks even though the processor was faster, because it took so much computation just to run the screen. For a 10 inch tablet, 1080p seems to be good enough. And trying to cram more pixels in there just for the sake of it, at the expense of battery life and framerates seems be a bad idea.

Comment: Re:@CauseBy - Re:Yes (Score 1) 298

by AuMatar (#47441117) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Unless you like carrying a smartphone in your hands all the time in crowded places, or like leaving your smartphone on the table where it can get lost or stolen, the smart watch is better. Nothing beats a watch for quickly checking something. Constantly fishing a phone out of your pocket, unlocking it, checking stuff and putting the phone back in your pocket can become extremely tedious quickly.

Can't say I've ever left mine anywhere. And I have no problem getting it out of my pockets. Meanwhile a watch is fucking uncomfortable to wear, and tends to break within a few months as you accidently bang it on things. I cried tears of joy the day I realized my new cell phone meant I'd never have to wear a watch again. I think taking it out of your pockets is a problem only about 1% of the people in the world have, everyone else seems to prefer the phone.

Comment: Smart Watches I've Owned (Score 3, Interesting) 298

by billstewart (#47441053) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

I haven't owned any of the current generation of cellphone-accessory smartwatches. The ones I have owned:

-- Casio GPS watch - It was a gift from my wife, back before GPSs had taken over the world. It was big and clunky, got me all kinds of geek cred at work, didn't work very well as a GPS but the fact that it worked at all was amazing.
-- TI EZ430-Chronos watch - programmable, using their MSP430 microprocessor set, had a reasonably flexible display. It didn't have a lot of sensors, and I didn't end up hacking it very much, but it was a lot of fun. It had a low-power radio link that let it connect to a heartbeat monitor band, so you could use it for things like watching your heart rate while jogging.
-- Watches with various other functions built in, like moon phase, tides tables for surfing, that kind of thing. One of them had a screen saver for entirely no good reason, just because it could.

In practice, I find that almost all of the time I'm either in front of a computer screen with a clock display in the corner, or in an environment with clocks around, or carrying a cellphone with a clock display on the main screen, or in an environment that's not very friendly to watches, or in a social environment where I don't really care what time the clock says it is, so I've stopped wearing watches most of the time.

When smart-watches get smart enough to be the phone instead of being a peripheral display for the phone, maybe. But is a smart-watch phone that needs a Bluetooth headset and needs reading glasses to use more convenient than a cellphone with big text that can use a wired headset? For me, it's really not.

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