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Comment: No less than all of the following: (Score 1) 427

by maliqua (#47319783) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

A Phaser.
A Tricorder.
A real time universal translator that operates transparently while conversing with people of other languages.
The ability to respond to voice commands no matter how obscure.

also it would need to keep time

Ok i could do without the phaser and as long as it could always get time from gps or network connections i dont mind if it doesnt have an internal clock

Comment: The best advice is not by me but by (Score 1) 172

by maliqua (#47225355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?

Dave from eevblog he does a lot of reviews of this type of hardware

http://www.eevblog.com/2010/05...

or check this search to see a lot of reviews of specific ones old and new
https://www.youtube.com/user/E...

no i'm not affiliated with EEVblog its not click bait its just the best reference material i know to help this in his decision

tl;dr
buy a used analog one they're often cheap or free

Comment: Re:We haven't looked long and hard enough (Score 1) 686

by maliqua (#47218333) Attached to: Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

and for everything but the most recent part of human history even if we had been visited we would likely have reacted in one of 3 ways:

1. What is that kill it and burn it
2. What is that run away and tell the story only to be ridiculed
3. Grunt grumble scratch hide in cave *MAY BE* draw a crappy picture on the wall with another rock

hell #2 is still true to this day.

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