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Comment Re:Product lauch, or concept demo? (Score 1) 89

Wow, a wearable concept device!!! That sounds metaphysical. "Hi Harry, what are you doing there?"..."Oh, hi Larry, I'm confused, do we live to be or be to live? This wearable concept device keeps coming up with 'The mist falls steeply, the trees abide.' I don't get it."

Actually... it would sell like hotcakes with the wanna-be set.

Dude, check it out! My watch is even more pretentious than I am!

Comment Re:Absolutely, utterly no way! (Score 1) 89

Personally I went for this pretty little number.

(And I was shocked by the number of compliments it drew from co-workers... "Hey! Nice watch!... for a $100 Japanese watch.... now that I think about it, if that's the effect it has perhaps a Swiss watch would get me laid by random strangers...)

Comment Re:Absolutely, utterly no way! (Score 2) 89

the thing on your wrist should be mechanical and made in Switzerland or you'll never get either a girlfriend or a job.

Now that's just bullshit.

Yes, an elegant watch is a smart move to behave like an adult, trying to check the time on your phone when you're sitting down at a dinner or conference table is just made of fail

No, your life won't completely suck if it's digital or made in Japan. It's no longer the 1980's, even bloody Casio makes dress watches. While some of them are still butt-ugly, this one does the trick and it's only $50.

Personally I went for this pretty little number. Elegant enough to wear in public without embarrassing your wife, girlfriend or CEO but cheap enough so that when it breaks or gets lost I won't even flinch. (It actually did get lost, inside a couch for eight months, still had the right time when I found it if that had been a Swiss watch I'd have been in deep fecal matter.)

Comment Re:Screen Real Estate (Score 1) 89

Why do some people seem to bummed that the screen isn't flexible?

Because without it being flexible it is limited to 2" by 2" display as opposed to a 6" by 2" display. Whatever you think of that.

A 6" by 2" watch is not a watch... it's a wearable computer.

Remember the casio calculator watch from the 80's and how much of a nerd you had to be to wear one?

And I'm thinking in metric... 2" x 2" ... ? That's almost half the size of an iPhone, still well in "spot the nerd" territory.

Comment Re:Screen Real Estate (Score 1) 89

Why do some people seem to bummed that the screen isn't flexible?

Because without it being flexible it is limited to 2" by 2" display as opposed to a 6" by 2" display. Whatever you think of that.

A 6" by 2" watch is not a watch... it's a wearable computer.

Remember the casio calculator watch from the 80's and how much of a nerd you had to be to wear one?

Comment Re:As usual. (Score 1) 622

Think of it as evolution in action.

I struggle with this when it means that, for natural selection to occur, children have to suffer. I look over at my healthy (fully vaccinated) 3-year-old boy and I try to imagine if he was sick. Breaks my heart.

Shame they didn't think of that.

Comment Re:So Al Gore is a slimy politician? (Score 1) 216

Yeah, Al Gore is basically the Town Joke around Nashville, TN. During the three years I lived there, I never once heard his name mentioned in a respectful manner, and that includes on the local radio stations.

Most of the time you could get a laugh just by dropping his name into a conversation.

I'm sure that's nothing to do with jealousy or partisan politics. It's not like his political opponents had any bias or anything.

I'm sure the political right is so clear, honest and straightforward that they'd never resort to ad hominem attacks.

Comment Re:Because that makes sense (Score 1) 222

War propaganda is as old as war itself.

No, it's not. Propaganda, as such, especially military propaganda, is fairly modern. Ancient/classical militaries didn't depend much on popular support. There was political grandstanding, sure, but that's very different.

I guess you never studied ancient history. Here's one example of an academic who disagrees with you. Personally I considered Pericles' Funeral Oration pretty full of propaganda.

If memory serves me correctly it was a fairly major issue during Hannibal's Italy campaign as well as the Pyrrhic War.

How about the hundred years war?

Or did I misunderstand your meaning of modern?

Comment Re:The arc (Score 1) 123

Danish physicist Valdemar Poulsen took Duddell's audio oscillator and, by placing the arc in a transverse magnetic field, and in a hydrogen atmosphere (and somehow not getting blown up in the process), moved the frequency of oscillation up into the low radio range, around 500 kHz or so. This was the arc radio transmitter. It differed from the more common spark transmitter in that the arc's output oscillation was continuous, while that of the spark transmitter was a damped (decaying) oscillation.

I learned something on Slashdot, my day is done.

(I'm a software geek, so my electronics only had to go as far as a wheatstone bridge. Which is kind of embarrassing when you consider that my grandfather was an electrical engineer, I'll bet he could have whipped up an arc transmitter for fun.)

Comment Re:Because that makes sense (Score 1) 222

. . .and considering that "Pallywood" setups of faked massacres, or at least showing much larger events than actually happened are well documented in the recent past (google "Green Helmet Guy" or "White Coat Guy". . .), the claims of a chemwar massacre just after an observer team arrives, requires special scrutiny.

Not saying it DIDN'T happen, but there's a record of activists staging sites to make things look far worse than actually happened.

The classic example is a single older Palestinian woman, claiming her house was destroyed by Israeli attacks. At three separate sites. All within the same month. . .

War propaganda is as old as war itself.

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