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Comment: Re:One filter = no tier (Score 1) 145

by vux984 (#49549617) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

How do you KNOW that? There are plenty of times when I may want to take a call if it's important.

How do you KNOW that? How do you know its important until you answer it?

And if you don't know, but expect it might be important, then you'll need to check. Checking your phone to see who is calling is just as obnoxious as checking your watch. Moreso probably because after checking your watch, you have even less time to answer it so your panic answer dance will be that much more urgent.

I do that too but it's not AS EASY. Again it's the layering you are missing here.

Its pretty easy. Certainly not difficult enough nor something that occurs frequently enough for being able to do it from my watch to to even register as a "layer" of value.

.That relies heavily on services from a single manufacturer, and it fairly useless without.

As I said, it works with cyanogenmod meaning the "single manufacturer" is less critical to its continued operation or functionality. Google could vanish off the face of the earth tomorrow and android would live on.

Android Wear is every bit as pigeon-holed, in fact moreso ...[...]


there are already far more Apple Watch apps to gain non-Apple functionality.

Lol. Seeing as they are inextricably tied to itunes and ios, calling it non-apple functionality means what exactly?

The pebble has non-apple functionality, you can toss your iphone in a ditch buy and android and keep using your pebble.

Android wear at least works with android not-tied-to-google (cyanogenmod) and may work with other OSes such as sailfish etc.

The apple watch? Not so much.

Comment: Re:Unfortunatly... (Score 1) 60

by circletimessquare (#49549491) Attached to: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

i see it as the genius of biochemical warfare by plants

our livers have been in an evolutionary arms race with plants for hundreds of millions of years. they make a substance that kills, maims, disorients, or deters us. one up plants. our livers do their best to mop it up. one up animals. rinse repeat

perversely, we've developed a taste for some of those substances. like cayenne pepper or horseradish, as a paradoxically enjoyable taste. or heroin or cocaine, as a disorienting drug

in a way, the plant still wins when we get addicted to them, like these bees. drug use is just slow motion suicide. it might not kill us immediately, but it brings us back for more, and more and more, to finish the job

Comment: Re:Possible huge win (Score 1) 145

by vux984 (#49548381) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

For those that run down phones in less than a day they may not have to do a mid-day charge any longer. That's actually quite a huge win.

I'm extremely doubtful.

You are ignoring the tiering of notifications possible with this arrangement.

Sort of, but better tiering of notifications really should just be part of the phone OS. iOS in particular is terrible at letting you filter notifications -- android is better but only because you have more 3rd party app options, but the OS is severely lacking.

I think if our phones were better at tiering notifications, that would moot a lot of the point of a smartwatch doing it.

I guess you don't mind people wondering why you find the insides of your pants so suddenly interesting.

Meh, when my phone rings in my pocket and I know I don't want to answer it without even looking, I can easily click the side button to ignore it, through my pocket. I can't imagine spending literally hundreds of dollars to avoid this scenario.

So then you must equally hate Android Wear.

Not quite equally. Android is a single platform but not a single manufacturer, and android is a lot more open, rumor has it works with cyanogenmod for example, which might mean it could work with other phones firefoxos,sailfish, ubuntuphone, etc...

I also ordered a Pebble Time, so I'll see...

I'm not sold on the smartwatch concept, but if I were, this is the sort of product I'd be interested in.

Comment: Re:Many small solutions through a day (Score 1) 145

by vux984 (#49548153) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

Christ, this is so obnoxious. Look, just because you don't have a use for this watch, it doesn't mean NOBODY does.

Christ, I literally suggested my own possible use for this watch.

But it's also jewellery. People wear that stuff for lots of reasons.

I mentioned that too in my post.

Do you understand how insanely dumb it is to buy a mechanical watch except as jewellery? They're not terribly accurate timekeeping devices

Accurate timekeeping for a handheld watch? If its within 2-3 minutes of being right, its good enough for what nearly everyone wears a wrist watch for.

You finish by saying that it's about the lock-in, but that's a ridiculous complaint. You think someone buying the first-gen Apple watch is the kind of person that is normally so capricious about their tech decisions?

And yet it's my complaint. As for people buying it, I think they are idiots.

What you don't like is that Apple made it and that other people like it.

Hmmm. I gave this some real thought, and no. That's not the issue. I think its a genuiely stupid product. There is an apple angle to it though... I think if anybody else had made it but Apple everyone else would agree that its a stupid product. For example if HP had made a smartwatch that only worked with Apple iphones nobody would give a shit about it. (And rightly so.) If HP had released a $10,000 version that was gold plated and only worked with the iphone it we'd be speculating what drugs their management was taking.

Remember the tablet that only works paired to a blackberry? It was a joke. This product is no different.

Buying an apple smartwatch is like buying a trailer for your car... one that can't be towed by any other car.

I think we can all safely assume by now that when Apple makes something there are a bunch of people that don't like it, so let's all pretend that you've said your piece and not use up the space from now on, hmm?

Apple has some decent products. (steadily fewer of them lately though.) But this watch is up there with the RIM playbook for stupid... except it might be successful because: Apple

But god forbid any one criticize anything apple does? Lets keep this space clear so we can just post praise and declare how badly we want one?

Comment: Re:Many small solutions through a day (Score 1) 145

by vux984 (#49547601) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

It extends the battery life of your phone because you are not powering it on as often.

In exchange for wearing a 2nd device you need to charge every day or so. Not much of a win.

It allows you to filter notifications more than the phone does, so you can know quicker if you should pay attention to an alert.

Thereby saving you time only if you can ignore most notifications, or actually wasting more time as you first check your watch, then pull out your phone every time instead of just pulling out your phone.

It allows you to silence a call without even reaching into your pocket doing the Vibration Reaction Dance.

Lol. true, but how much is that worth, right?

It's like a fitness band you wear all the time but without the single minded pointlessness.

But retains the pointlessness of wearing a fitness band.

And yes, it also tells the time without having to reach into a pocket...

Functionality handled better by a non-smart watch. (which runs for months, even years on a single battery...) and which can cost next to nothing, or be as arbitrarily expensive as you like. Which can be a cheap throwaway you could lose, or a family heirloom worn by your grandparents ....

Or you can buy one that will be obsolete within a year or two.

If you aren't clear what it can do for you,

Separate money from wallets? Bring smiles to Apple fanbois faces? Usher in a new wave of corporate privacy invasion?

But there are many small uses which aggregate to form a model, different for each person, of how a smart watch can be useful to them.

True enough. And I'm honest enough with myself to think I'd like to be able to read texts and view alerts while mountain biking without having to stop and pull my phone out of my backpack. Then again, between the gloves and full body armor I'm wearing I'm not sure a smart watch would really be comfortable or all that usable.

Honestly my main complaint with the apple watch is the lock in to apple. I don't want a device that only works with a iphone. What if an owner doesn't want a new iphone next year because company Z has the better product. Now he has to abandon his smart watch too?

THAT is the main source of my derision for the device. If you want a smart watch fine, but have the sense to buy one that works with any phone.

Comment: Re:Word swap? (Score 2) 105

Wait wait wait. If we are talking about little more than a word swap, wouldn't the standards that were previously applied to things like snail mail be the same for electronic communication? Has the law ever been used or interpreted to cover mailing a paperback fiction book counting?

Two words: Selective Enforcement.

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