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Comment: Google seems kind of serious about this (Score 1) 1

by swb (#47736267) Attached to: Google Announces a New Processor For Project Ara

I think the Ara concept is pretty interesting, even if it doesn't seem too practical relative to today's integrated handsets in terms of size.

It's nice to see Google kind of pushing the envelope on this, it sounds like it could (finally) lead to the kind of modularity that more seamlessly and easily bridges handhelds, laptops and desktops with a single device.

Comment: Re:Do the math (Score 1) 155

by ultranova (#47736235) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

I love them. And I will try to keep getting them.

Bragging about driving an overpowered sports car or a pickup might impress someone. Bragging about using an overpowered vacuum cleaner is very unlikely to. It might work as a comedy sketch, though.

But in return I have to actually plan out when I'm going to wash my clothes because it takes twice as long.

...Your point?

Comment: Re:Waaah. (Score 1) 155

by Trepidity (#47735667) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

I do think kettles are getting more common in the U.S., but in the '90s they were almost unknown. Another factor imo is that microwaves have been ubiquitous in American kitchens for decades, and are commonly used to heat water, so there's already a common alternative to the stove. They're not a great option for boiling water, but they're a common way (in the U.S.) of making near-boiling water for brewing tea or making ramen.

Comment: Re:That's not quick? (Score 1) 177

by Firethorn (#47734999) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

Actually, I said over double the average commute.

I understand, though do you mean double the average ONE WAY, or both ways? Also, I'd consider double my commute the 'minimum safety factor'. IE it gives me margin for battery wear and the opportunity to alter my route if necessary. I'd hate to be unable to make it home because road construction sent me out of my way.

Also, you haven't lived where I do if you consider a ~60 miles max drive to your friend's to be 'long'. Longer than anything else, certainly.

Comment: Re:You're paying for the interface (Score 1) 66

by swb (#47734557) Attached to: Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

I agree for the most part about even tablet apps not being "big buttons" but I think it's not quite as bad as you think.

Phones are a misleading example since the small size of the phone screen usually begs for small controls to fit as much info/functionality on one screen. I think most iPad-specific apps (or the iPad version of a dual platform app) usually have bigger controls and text than the iPhone specific version.

Plus, there's always the "zoom" accessibility feature or using an iPhone-specific app at 2x if possible. They're both cheesy ideas, sure, but the accessibility zoom is easy to use and basically magnifies everything for you.

Besides, for the most part we're only talking about basic apps you could reasonably use while driving, like Pandora, which really don't require that much button pushing.

Comment: Re:Apple (Score 1) 223

by HiThere (#47734485) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

FWIW, you may need to look in a mirror. (I'm assuming that you are the same poster with a similar message above.) Some people may chose which service to use or which company to buy from based on price. Not everyone is such a person. I used to prefer Apple to MS, switched to MS reluctantly when it made it easier to use it with work, and then switched back to Apple over an MS license change. Then Apple tried to sneak in an equivalent license change on a security patch. Then I switched to Linux. Cost didn't enter into it. Convenience pointed in the other direction. (At the time Linux didn't have a decent word processor, and I had to use the Netscape HTML editor as the best available alternative for a couple of years. [Yes, I could have used Lyx, but word processing wasn't the job, it was a sideline to the job. Besides, Lyx [or TEX?] didn't understand what a paragraph was, or how to wrap a line. I didn't need something fancy, I needed something easy to use, with a bold, italic, and underline. A table of contents and an index would have been really appreciated, but they weren't available in something that was easy.) Commercial software that I bought during that time always died quickly as Linux kept changing, but when the source code was available it could usually be recompiled. I sure didn't make the change for either convenince or to save money...though over the years it's ended up giving me both.

Counting in binary is just like counting in decimal -- if you are all thumbs. -- Glaser and Way