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Comment: Re:Siri! What does Betteridge say about this? (Score 3, Insightful) 161

by pauljlucas (#48055515) Attached to: Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

Seriously, do you really think that Apple would allow one of its flagship technologies to be compromised by another company?

Like Google did with Maps? Like Motorola did with the PowerPC? Like Microsoft did with Internet Explorer? Nah, Apple would never let things like that happen.

Comment: Re:When would I need it? (Score 1) 175

by pauljlucas (#48014259) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Why would I wear a relatively uncomfortable piece of jewelry with no other purpose just so I can know to the second what time it is throughout the day?

I have no idea -- which is why I gave up wearing a watch on my wrist and now wear it on my belt-loop (as I originally mentioned). Even if I were to buy a new watch, I'd get one that either came on a belt-loop from the vendor or one that I could easily replace the band with one (as I did with my Casio).

The watch-on-a-belt-loop also allows me to stealthily check the time while I'm being compelled to do something (or talk to someone) boring.

Comment: Dumb watch (Score 3, Insightful) 175

by pauljlucas (#48013825) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

... a quality dumbwatch can last decades ...

Very true. I have a cheap Casio watch that I've had since the 1980s. The band long-ago broke, but I replaced it with a belt-loop hook. I can only recall changing the battery twice. It runs a tiny bit fast (several seconds a month), but until it completely dies, I see no reason to replace it for telling time at a glance (something that can't be done with a smartphone). Plus, if I lose it, I don't care (I've gotten more than my money's worth out of it) and nobody wants to steal it.

Comment: Re:Seriously though, why a singularity? (Score 1) 227

by pauljlucas (#47528875) Attached to: Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Why wouldn't a black hole a big star on the inside?

Because the gravity is too intense for even the neutrons to support its weight and there's currently no other known force or mechanism known that can stop the collapse. You might be right, but something new would have to be discovered or theorized to allow for that possibility.

Comment: Re:WTF rich people? (Score 1) 1330

by pauljlucas (#47357607) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

How about I choose women to have personal responsibility? Why does them having sex instantly mean I have a bill to pay?

The hard reality is that it's never going to be 100%. So what do you do? Let the kids starve to death? Or force the mother into doing crimes or prostitution just to feed her kids?

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.