I won't fall into the trap of criticizing BBOS on its merits, then. Instead, I will simply point out that its invisibility to nearly everyone on the planet might be interpreted as a sign that either (a) the company has utterly failed to make a compelling case for it, or (b) the company has utterly failed to make a compelling product. And really, it makes no difference which of those is actually the case. Their product is as good as dead, and that's not likely to change.
What could possibly go wrong?
Google didn't force them, Apple simply just didn't want to pay.
See what I did there?
It wasn't money at stake. It was user privacy. I'm glad Apple didn't "pay".
and their website looks like it's from 1995 as well!
So its not bloated and it is fast too? Seems appropriate.
I can state with authority that in 1995, there were exactly zero fast websites. Of this I am 100% certain.
Wow, slashdot has come a long way from when I first started reading "chips & dips" in 1997. Even just 10 years ago, a story like this would have been met with enthusiasm and honest support, with a virtual pat on the back to the developers.
Today, a story like this is reduced to a mere platform for chest-beating
To be fair, the vast world of computers and software has come a long way since 1997. What might have been an interesting accomplishment in 1997 is now basically an exercise in pointlessness. Sure, it can be done. Sure, it's small and fast. But so what? What was actually accomplished that's worth anything? Processor power and memory advances since 1997 have obviated any reasonable need for an operating system such as the one described here, and the demands made on modern operating systems pretty much dictate that they be a whole lot more maintainable than any assembly code will ever be.
Except edit text.
Best. Slashdot Comment. EVER!
Which means if they use 540nm green LEDs whereas blood typically reflects 560 nm (proven) then they just fucked themselves.
Go to an actual school for this, please.
In school, we call that "pedantic". I colloquial terms, we just call it "missing the forest for the trees".
The fact that *some* green light is reflected from blood misses the point. It absorbs *most* of the green light, and therefore green is useful. And if you want to quibble with that, then you probably suck at your job.
While there are a few examples of wristwatch design prior (especially for the military), in 1904 Dumont asked Cartier to design a watch he could wear and still keep both hands free for flying. Jaeger designed a wristwatch for Cartier called the "Dumont", after the famous aviator, in 1911 for commercial sale and the "trendy set" rushed to buy them. Sounds like a pretty familiar story to me... even a bit sheeplish, don't you think? I believe that some things never really change, but of course, that's just my opinion.
That might explain the initial rush, but it utterly fails to explain why wristwatches became the de-facto standard for the next 90-odd years.
When you have to do frequent hand washing (in the last 35 years I have been employed in the meat industry, food industry, childcare and elder care
Good point. Clearly, this device isn't suitable for anyone in any of those professions, so it should probably not be allowed to exist.
Wait, so you put your clean hand in your dirty pocket and then touch meat with that now-filthy hand? Or do you touch meat and then put your filthy hand in your pocket? Either way, ewwww.
I don't have a smartwatch and I'm not constantly pulling my phone out of my pocket.
You don't have to immediately respond to every vibrate/ring that comes along.
It's at least worth considering whether your needs are representative of the whole of humanity (or not). My guess is "not".
You already have a damned smartphone. All the functionality is there without the extra $350 expendature.
So you think that the whole world transitioned from pocket watches to wrist watches many decades ago because they were all sheeple?
I couldn't resist answering this:
Why are manhole covers round?
Because if they were square, they could be turned sideways, rotated 45 degrees, and dropped through the hole. As it turns out, this holds true for any shape with an even number of sides, until the length of each side drops below a threshold that's related to the lip of the hole.