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Comment Re:Today at the post office (Score 1) 134

I was standing in a long line, and watched two people at the counter trying to simultaneously mail parcels and talk on their phone. In both cases the postal worker had to explain things multiple times, and wait for them to finish chatting for a second before paying.

Fortunately, I'm not friends with any such people, but I wonder if the phone conversation can be any less distracted than the in-person one. The person on the other end must know their friend is at the post office, and hear half of the conversation with the employee. I presume this person is multi-tasking both conversations equally poorly.

If I were on the phone with someone, and they said "Hold on a moment, I'm next in line at the post office", I would not be offended.

Comment Re:Use Common Sense (Score 1) 134

Also, watched a fireworks show in Ottawa in August and the three teens sitting in front of us pretty much watched the whole thing through their phones recording it. How asinine is that?

Don't you see? They're collecting very useful data! Today, our grandparents can tell us how much better everything was when they were young, but they can't prove it. When these teenagers grow up and become grandparents, they will have video proof that the fireworks of their day were better than the ones their grandkids have.

Comment snapping a picture? (Score 1) 134

people say they used their cellphone during their most recent social activity, whether it was texting, checking the web, or snapping a picture

One of these things is not like the others. Snapping a picture is part of the in-person interaction. Snapping a picture of the people you're with is quite different from sending a text to a person who's not there.

Comment Re:I don't really see the benefit (Score 1) 29

A wearable wrist device can show you that alert at a single glance... or at worst, a slight movement of the wrist to tilt the corresponding information into view.

Um, I wasn't asking about the value of a wearable device, but of a bendable screen. That's why I started my comment with "Yeah, my current watch has a non-bendable screen"

Comment I don't really see the benefit (Score 1) 29

Yeah, my current watch has a non-bendable screen. But that screen is also a convenient place to look for whatever information is being displayed. If the screen curved around my wrist, it would be capable of displaying more things than I could see at one time without moving my wrist. So functionally speaking, I don't see much advantage.

But if they do a good job with the aesthetics, and it actually looks good, I suppose that's worth something.

Comment Re:blame the caller. (Score 1) 145

In my experience people who hate telephone calls are the flakes who never answer email or texts and then when the shit hits the fan they claim they never got it.

I hate telephone calls, but not because I want to flake out on things. Perhaps it's social anxiety, but I don't like being thrown into conversation with no warning. At least today, I can tell who's calling me before I answer (I can never identify people by their voice, so the days before caller ID were horrible for me). If you send me a text or e-mail, I can give my response more thought than I could on a live call. But I will respond, and usually do so very quickly.

I guess from my point of view, calling me feels similar to you showing up at my door unannounced. I can handle it, and it might even be a good time. But I'd really prefer if you gave me some warning first.

Comment Re:blame the caller. (Score 2) 145

As someone who is just a little older than you mellenials, I can't understand why you don't like the phone. Actually I can't even understand why you don't like voice mail.

I'm probably your age, and I never use voicemails anymore. (Back when I had a landline, owning an answering machine made sense, but we have better options now.) It really comes down to the interface. I can quickly and easily read text messages. Listening to voicemail takes a bit of effort - I need to be in an environment where it's convenient to call, where there aren't too many background noises, etc. And if it includes information like an address, or something else that I'd write down, I have to find a pen and paper, and run the risk of writing something wrong.

If I call a friend, and they don't answer, I won't leave a voicemail. They know that I called, and if they feel like it, they'll call me back. If I had something important to say, I'll send them a text.

My friends behave the same as I do. My parents are the only people who ever leave me voicemails, and their messages generally boil down to "call us back". So I'll generally call them back, and then delete the message without listening to it. (If for some reason, I can't call them, I will listen to the message, just in case it contained something important.)

Comment email a person, but they call me back (Score 1) 145

Another supreme irritation is when I email a person, but they call me back

I agree with a lot of what you said. But this one can actually make sense, provided the person has a valid reason to call you instead of e-mailing. If you asked a question that can be answered in a sentence or two, then the response should absolutely be an e-mail. But if you asked a question that requires clarification, or has a complicated answer and the responder doesn't know how much background information you already have, then some form of real-time communication makes a lot more sense.

Comment Re:Great News (Score 1) 231

"that's great news for the 30,000+ people who die in traffic accidents every year in the U.S."

Great News? Dude, they are DEAD!

Besides, if I were one of them, I wouldn't consider this great news. "Oh, gee, so there's now a technology that could have prevented my death... but I'm still dead." That would just annoy me. (Well, I'm sure being dead is be annoying already, but this would annoy me even more.)

Comment Re:Not until they're truly self-driving (Score 1) 904

There is no any fundamental problems that make an outlet in condo parking place impossible. It costs very little money to install it, and even add a meter. You don't see outlets because there are very few EVs and homeowners don't care. As soon as ESs become more popular, you will get outlets in condo parking too.

This implies that the condo provides parking - some do, but some require car-owning residents to use street parking. Even in complexes that do provide parking, not all of it is easy or cheap to install charging stations.

I agree that as EVs become more popular, so will charging stations. However, this is something of a chicken and egg issue - someone who rents an apartment may be interested in an EV, but have no way to charge it while at home. He might even try moving, and find it difficult to find an apartment that does offer charging. But if EVs become truly popular, the day may come when a landlord has a much harder time renting an apartment that does not include charging stations, and is thus motivated to upgrade his properties.

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso