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Comment: Re:Not a watch (Score 5, Informative) 111

but a good mechanical watch in a stanless steel case can still cost $10,000 - because of the intricate, hand-assembled internals

A good mechanical watch in a stainless steel case costs a few hundred dollars or less. $10,000 watches are jewelry whose price is inflated primarily by artificial scarcity and brand management.

Comment: Re:It's win-win. (Score 2) 111

Tag Heuer brings the idiots willing to pay ridiculous money for a watch.

Tag Heuer customers don't pay truly ridiculous money for watches, because Tag Heuer is a piker in the luxury watch market. Google and Intel need to partner with Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Bulgari, Chopard, Franck Muller, Patek Philippe and others if they want to get into serious levels of ridiculous.

Comment: Re:This ex-Swatch guy doesn't have a clue (Score 1) 389

While i'm not a huge watch guy I have a very nice watch that was my great-grandfather's and has been passed down for several generations and it still works well.

"Works well" as long as you're willing to live on an unsupported, back-level version of time.

Comment: Re:Criticism (Score 1) 167

by ZipK (#49168867) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

Your definition of "many" isn't a big enough number to be a viable source of income for keeping a smartphone manufacturer alive.

Actually the problem is more with the value of "miss," than it is with "many." Many of us miss the keyboard, but not enough to give up all the other features and apps ecosystem of a modern smartphone.

Comment: What is "play" (Score 1) 201

by ZipK (#49167523) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

Kantar’s survey showed that nearly every iOS device user who listened to U2 in January 2015 – 95% – played at least one track from Songs Of Innocence.

What is "played?" Does it include all the users who didn't realize their iDevice had been unilaterally infected with Songs of Innocence, and who hit skip just as fast they can when U2's intrudes uninvited into a shuffle mix?

Comment: Re: They worked out an algorithm to define genre (Score 1) 57

by ZipK (#49161119) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved

Metallica sound nothing like Bill Haley and the Comets.

Perhaps that's true of Bill Haley & His Comets' classic sides from the mid-50s, though one could argue that Metallica's late-70s rockabilly singles drew upon Haley's rock 'n' roll country roots. More to the point, you seem to have never heard Haley's 1981 reunion album with the original Comets lineup. Many say that it sparked the entire death metal genre of the mid-80s.

Comment: Only 8 processors? (Score 2) 235

by ZipK (#49160775) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

The new phones also include an octa-core processor...

The first blade grabs at the whisker, tugging it away from your face to protect it from the second blade.
Blade number two catches and digs into the stubble before it has the chance to snap back and injure you, pulling it farther out so that it is now ready for shearing.
Triple-Trac's third blade, a finely-honed bonded platinum instrument, cuts cleanly through the whisker at its base, leaving your face as smooth as a billiard ball.

The Triple Trac

Comment: Ancient America (Score 1) 391

by ZipK (#49151865) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

"Today (Feb.26) the Federal Communications Commission approved an order urged by President Obama that imposes rules on broadband Internet services that were written in the era of the steam locomotive and the telegraph."

I wonder if they realize that the entire government springs from a Constitution written in 1787.

Comment: Mistake or canny PR? (Score 4, Insightful) 102

by ZipK (#49151849) Attached to: Google Reverses Stance, Allows Porn On Blogger After Backlash

"We've had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities," wrote Jessica Pelegio, Google's social product support manager...

So did Google (a) not solicit user input that would have revealed the likelihood of a backlash, (b) not know (without even asking) there would be a backlash, or (c) know there would be a backlash that could drum up free publicity?

Comment: Re:back in the day... (Score 2) 102

And the CS department was in a very dumpy building right across from the Student Union building that was a notorious firetrap.` That was a couple of buildings ago. If I remember they remodeled their current building (the old EE building) in 2003.

The department has already outgrown the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, which was dedicated in 2003. The department's previous home was the decrepit (but homey) Sieg Hall.

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser