Mostly, yeah most apps are silly on that screen*. However for what it is designed to do (which is basically act as a second display for notifications from your phone) it is fine.
$150 for a device that means I don't miss calls / txts when out because I didn't hear it go off / was listening to music at the time? Easily worth it. If you don't need that functionality? Then no; but then again that is true of any device.
Oh, and actually yeah, the hipsters do rather like the pebble, from the ones I've met. Heck, they (and a few geeks) are the only ones who know what it is when they see it.
*The one app I have installed is the google authenticator which is ideal for the form factor. I've not found / thought of another one.
What the hell does a government think they are doing controlling a PUBLIC company? You want our products? Buy them. You don't want us to participate with your businesses? See ya.
As has been said above (and will probably be said below in various forms) - it cuts both ways. To rephrase that in line with your (mildly inflammatory) tone:
You want to sell in our country? Obey our laws. You don't want to obey our laws? See ya.
Unfortunately, it is awkward since its fairly hard to be a seriously large company these days without operating in both the states and in europe (q.f. the problems one company (I forget who) had when the Sarbanes-Oxley stuff came in, which contradicted French law, making it (at the time) technically impossible to continue).
Eh? more like under a minute actually. (couldn't see any particular speed figures, but assuming mars earth distance is ~5.5x10^10m, and assuming perfectly linear accel / deccel (which in space ain't that wrong I guess), you get a deltav of ~1.7x10^3ms^-2, now given his trip was only under 1.3x10^6m, using good old a level mechanics that gives you a time of just under 40s...*
*of course, this assumes vast amounts of stuff, including no air resistance and instant change from accel to deccel, but hey.
but in my experience it just makes the game fun.
Apart from that ruddy blue shell. A couple of games with friends and that was enough to put me off playing it again. I mean, fine give better weapons / bonuses to the players at the back, but regularly simply bomb the guy in the lead with no recourse whatsoever? Meh.
Problem with using netbooks, its the clamshell. Its just awkward to open up and hold up in the places you would pull out a reader / phone.
Now a tablet form-factor netbook would be another story.
I'm not seeing the ambiguity in 'offline' - offline means exactly that, the system is not online (either its turned off or disconnected from the network).
And its real goal is not to protect against such errors (that is what the historical part of a backup like the incremental rsync you described is for). What it is for is protection against a hacker getting into your system and remotely erasing your backups along with your main system (q.f. the recent story re that site of flight sim stuff). Simply saying 'but the target box only exposes ssh/rsync' isn't good enough. All you need is one vulnerability and bang.
You could possibly make an argument in favour of a box which exposes no remote services at all and initiates the rsync itself to a partition explicitly mounted noexec, nosuid; but it is important to realise that that is simply managing the risk down (to ruddy near zero) rather than removing it.
Now for a home setup, its probably the most arguable of all the elements of a backup as to whether you need it. As with all these things, your level of paranoia determines this - I use something similar to what is described above. Yes, I am vulnerable to that type of attack potentially, but that a risk I have judged and made a call on. To think that approach is not at risk is dangerous.