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Comment Re:"...which begs the question..." (Score 1) 341

Actually, I don't think you can, unless you want to seriously limit your vocabulary. English managed to shed a large proportion of its original vocabulary post-William, so it's mostly French and Latin now. Germanic vocabulary amounts to ~26 per cent, while both Latin and French words amount to 29% each. Have a blast:

Comment Re:One more thing to charge (Score 1) 252

I don't know whether you are arguing about the same kind of exercise (running and pumping iron don't require the same kind of attire), but I must say that having changed my running outfit from random five to ten year old t-shirts found in the ‘maybe good for wearing while home alone’ pile to clothing designed for running (initially mainly because I received it as a gift), I am never going back to the worn tees. It was utter pain running in +30C while wearing a chafing t-shirt that weighed half a kilo and got heavier every minute. The nipple issue was not pronounced (i.e. not bloody, but it still hurt), but I have had to miss a week of running because of bloody legs caused by cotton chafing. It's a real issue for runners, and marathon and ultra runners often cover their strategic body parts with vaseline or the like to minimise the risk of bloody thighs, for example. Plus, as long as we're here, while sweating is pretty much a welcome byproduct of exercise, it can also be a big problem when it hits your eyes (AND you've got nothing to wipe it off with because everything you're wearing is a sweat sponge).

So the snobby people can laugh all they want while having sexual intercourse with themselves, it does not change anything. Specially designed clothing is better suited for the purpose than random stuff haphazardly thrown together. That said, moving one's arse in random clothing is infinitely better than not moving it at all.

Comment Re:One more thing to charge (Score 1) 252

The wire on wired headphones has never been a problem

No, you got it wrong. The *plug* has never been a problem. The wire has been a huge problem. I have had to throw away many pairs of headphones with broken cables. Had to change the cable at least ten times. Cannot count the times when I've needed to fix the damn wire (one infinitely thin thread, damn nigh unfixable) and finally ended up with a butt ugly concoction that ultimately always breaks. No. The plug is fine and it was a shite move by Apple to get rid of it, I don't like it. But the wires, they have always been a problem. They break. A lot.

Comment Re:One more thing to charge (Score 1) 252

Not one piece of my running equipment has those features, and I have quite a few. I did use wired headphones for running for a long time, so I am speaking from extensive experience that they are a frigging nuisance to route, they dangle, they weigh on the headphones and pull them out, they needlessly expose the phone to the elements, etc. Plantronics Backbeat Fit all the way, baby.

Comment Re:Because their pointless. (Score 1) 330

You can pair Bluetooth HR monitors to the Apple Watch easily. What do you mean "can't use"? Google "pair bluetooth hrm to apple watch", get over six hundred thousand results, read one page. for example. There *are* things that could be improved, though (the list of workout apps that stay on top could be longer, for instance).

Comment Re:Because their pointless. (Score 1) 330

Not pointless, everybody has a different use case. I must say I was a tad skeptical when I received mine as a gift, for much the same perceived reasons, but after an adjustment period, I grew to enjoy it. I use mine as a sports watch, i.e. it serves as the GUI for a running app. It's very useful for starting/stopping the workout, checking the stats while on the go (yes, necessary, very often), and sometimes skipping to the next interval. It also serves as a handy tea timer, and I drink a lot of tea. It also provides instant weather report, lets me browse incoming SMS/Google Talk/Fleep whatever messages quickly, acts as a reminder to stand up and move around a bit, and provides reminders about other events that I've set up in the calendar. All that without needing to play with my phone all the time. It also vibrates when there's an incoming call, so I can leave my phone on silent at all times, which is a very nice feature to have and helps keep disruptions to a minimum. I've even played Knight Rider with it on occasion and talked to my wrist, because apparently it's safer than using the phone while bicycling. Oh, and it's also an excellent watch. With all these features, so friggin' what if I have to charge it for an hour every day and a half or every other day?

Comment Re: Depressing... (Score 1) 249

They actually did also announce the HFS+ replacement called Apple File System that does all those things that you mentioned. Wiki link: I actually came here to read more about it since the details around the web are still scarce, but I should have known better, really.

Comment Re:That's just too damn bad. (Score 2) 767

Agreed. That or speed bumps every block. That will frustrate the majority of drivers and indirectly force the problem elsewhere.

In our corner of the world, it's possible to have traffic signs installed that indicate ‘Closed for traffic’ and then add exceptions, such as for the local residents, public transportation, and service vehicles. That should pretty much do the trick, as far as Waze is concerned. As long as the road has been paid for by the local government, they *should* have a say in who gets to use this or that road and for what purpose. Streets in residential areas should not be used as thoroughfares, they have not been designed for that and it's not safe for anybody.

Comment Re:I don't (Score 1) 507

The YouTube app is a sad joke - the TV supports a USB keyboard and mouse, but the YouTube app doesn't, so you have to use the shitty on-screen keyboard to search. Worthless.

Can't you pair the app to your YouTube account and then use your computer for searching and streaming the video to your television? I cannot say for other manufacturers, but the YouTube app installed on our Philips set allows you to do that and that's how I use it, at least on those rare occasions when I watch YouTube on TV. Really beats the hell out of using the remote for searching.

Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 1080

What makes you say those things? Sweden and Finland are not even in NATO and they have capable armies of their own, as well as functioning defence industries. Norway is in NATO, but also maintains an army (it's really a requirement for membership) and an exporting defense industry. If anything, it's a net benefit to the US to have them as allies (access to ports, proximity to foes, well-trained personnel etc.). Your notion that somehow the US is feeding the entire world is... let's say amusing. I don't know what to make of your argument as a whole when the basic premise is so much off the mark.

Comment strange habits (Score 1) 400

Buy the ticket online or at the cashier's, the driver only needs to point the code reader at the ticket (printed or on-screen) and off you go. Or use a transportation card with an embedded RFID chip akin to the Oyster in London. No need to wave your coins and waste other people's time. Use designated public transportation lanes (also available to taxis and perhaps electric cars). No stopping at stops where no one is waiting and no one in the bus has pushed the "I want to get off" button. Mandate seatbelts on long distance trips.

See, I made buses way faster *and* safer. Now, if anybody could explain this stopping and opening doors at railway crossings, cos that definitely sounds stupid.

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