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Comment Re:Watches are worn as bling (Score 1) 325

I think the Pebble gets the concept better than most Android, Apple devices but it's still only "up to" 7-10 days (depending on version) and that depends on the watch face used and activities. They're also not very pretty devices although they're cheap by smart watch standards. I think the threshold for me would be at least a month with a display capable of performing and refreshing as well as an LCD.

Comment That's great (Score 3, Informative) 41

Now how about updating notepad, fax & scan, regedit, msconfig, et al. Some of these tools which are still necessary in Windows are positively arcane and have barely changed in years. Notepad in particular is so antiquated it can't even convert line endings. Tools like fax & scan is riddled with usability issues.

But hey we have some crappy 3d painting functionality in MS Paint! Hooray?

Comment Re:it's a terrible SUV (Score 1) 130

The doors on most 4/5 door cars are fairly narrow. It's the 2/3 door cars which tend to have long doors. The way I'd see it is if the car has doors on the front then it makes little sense to splash out for gull wing doors on the back. Yes it makes getting into the last row slightly easier but not a huge amount.

I think sliding doors could work better than gull wing even if only the back doors were done but I don't see how they'd get the front doors to slide at the same time. At least sliding doors would be mechanically simpler and probably better at keeping water out.

Comment Not the whole picture (Score 1) 76

The quality of other content on Netflix has been declining for some time. It's hardly surprising that as the other content turns to shit their own might stand out a bit better. Entire TV shows / series as well as movies have simply disappeared from the service.

Secondly, their service used to be all about relevance - start Netflix and you were recommended shows / films based on viewing preferences. But now they aggressively promote their own content whether the show is of relevance or not. New shows appear in enormous banners, and sometimes video clips as soon as you start the service

So do people "prefer" their content? I don't know if that can be said because they have been systematically undermining the other content for some time. I also believe that if people were asked if they wanted Netflix to spend $100 million on a series they weren't interested in or $100 million to buy the rights to hundreds of quality movies and shows (not dreck) for a year that they might prefer the latter option.

Comment Re:Watches are worn as bling (Score 4, Insightful) 325

I wear a watch because I like to be able to tell the time without whipping out a phone for the same purpose. Especially if I'm driving, in a meeting, running or whatever. I can also time myself, set an alarm and a few other things. The screen is always on, it has a nice big display, it's waterproof, the battery has lasted 18 months and I expect I'll get at least another 6-12 months more out of it and it cost me the grand sum of €20.

Watches aren't just for bling, they're there to tell the time. A watch that needs to charge constantly, or needs to be pushed / shaken to show the time, or is hard to read in sunlight is a pain in the ass. That's why "smart" watches fail. They compromise the most basic function that they are supposed to perform. Instead we get shit like wrist cameras, half assed phone sync functionality, heart rate monitors etc. If someone produces a smart watch that tells the time with an always-on display, that works in and out of doors, that lasts weeks or months between charges then we might be getting somewhere. The other stuff is merely a bonus at that point.

Comment Re:it's a terrible SUV (Score 4, Insightful) 130

Those gull wing doors were always a gimmick, a "hook" to ensure coverage for the vehicle. I'm sure it's neat to watch them ponderously open and close via sensors, hydraulics and motors but there is a simpler, cheaper and practical solution - a regular car door, and if necessary a little catch on the mid row seats that slides them forward or tilts them. The regular door keeps out the rain, opens and closes more quickly, doesn't need a bunch of electronics to function and does the same job.

It's notable that the gull wing doors are always demoed in tight spaces because that's about the only place they tenuously offer any advantage, but since the front row has regular doors I'm not sure how that's supposed to make sense either.

Comment It sounds more attractive with every detail (Score 1) 217

Being outcast to a mining colony on a barren planet where the very air is toxic and robots might turn against their masters. The only question before I book passage is whether I should buy the regular space suit or stump the extra cash for the one with a "ludicrous" 60 minutes of extra oxygen.

Comment Re: We believe... (Score 1) 651

Double blind studies in medicine must pass an ethics test. I have already told you with a simple analogy why such a test with vaccinations would fail that test and the penny hasn't dropped. So no you are not right, you are merely thick. Here is a longer article explaining the point if my simple sentence wasn't obvious enough for you.

As for charts, the fall off in incidences of disease exactly correspond with the uptake in vaccination. As does the opposite, that when vaccination rates decline, outbreaks increase. Denying it is pathetic.

Comment Re:Unicode? Can you speak it? (Score 1) 49

Shouldn't need to replace anything, just not mangle it in the first place. Assume that all text is potentially UTF-8 and life becomes a lot easier. In practice it hardly makes any difference to how code is treated providing you don't truncate text in the middle of a code point or make bad assumptions such as byte length == number of displayable characters. If it's getting mangled it is probably because a script or database is changing the character encoding somewhere along the line.

Comment Re:If the point was ... (Score 4, Insightful) 333

There's no proof that it has anything to do with Wikileaks, but in a world of IoT devices with no thought toward security, anyone who cares to do so can mount DDOS with the power of a national entity.

What's the point of doing what Assange and Wikileaks have been doing without any moral position? He isn't helping his own case.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 2) 279

No, of course it is not legal to set a trap to intentionally hurt someone, even if you expect that the trap could only be activated by the person committing property theft or vandalism. Otherwise, you'd see shotguns built into burglar alarms.

Fire alarm stations sometimes shoot a blue dye which is difficult to remove or one which only shows under UV. Never stand in front of one when pulling the lever! But they are not supposed to hurt you.

And of course these booby traps generally are not as reliable as the so-called "inventor" thinks and tend to hurt the innocent.

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