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Comment Re:I think he just got scammed . (Score 4, Informative) 236

That's more or less the law in the UK - if a company stores personal information about you they are legally obliged to keep it secure and therefore may be liable for damages if they don't (although proving it would be the challenge). You are also entitled to know what information they are storing for no more than a nominal processing fee.

Comment Re:Good god no (Score 1) 598

It's the opposite - daylight saving makes it lighter later in the evening (by the clock), so better for evening rather than morning golf. When the clocks go forward, for a while it's darker in the morning but as it gets light so early it doesn't matter. In the UK, summer time is the difference between midsummer sun coming up around 3am and coming up around 4am but getting darker later.

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

Actually I do find mine useful. I like having music controls on the watch for when I'm out walking and the phone is buried in an inside pocket, and I like getting notifications at a glance in the same sort of situation. Aside from telling the time, that's about all I use it for, but it's enough to be worth having.

Comment Re:blacklists (Score 3, Insightful) 351

When I buy an electrical device, I assume it's passed all the relevant consumer safety checks and complies with the regulations, as otherwise the shop would be breaking the law selling it to me (in the UK at least). I assume I'm safe to plug it in unless there's an absolutely obvious flaw (damaged power cable, for example).

Most people will go and buy a security camera or other device that connects to the internet and assume there's nothing to worry about if they're buying it from a high street shop. These things are sold as consumer devices in major stores, targeted at non-technical people. That should be enough, in an ideal world, for buyers to be confident they can connect them to the internet in the same way they can connect the microwave they buy to the power without worrying about whether it's safe.

OK, I accept that these days you can buy no-name stuff on the internet that probably doesn't meet safety standard (electrically or otherwise). That's your lookout and you should absolutely be liable for problems that result. But if you buy it at Currys? Argos? Well, in the UK consumer law says anything sold must be fit for purpose.

Comment Re:I own one, it's horrible (Score 1) 292

I sometimes wonder whether these "green tax" measures (in the UK that tends to be higher tax on older, supposedly less efficient engines), take total environmental impact into account.

What about the manufacturing process? Surely replacing your car every couple of years is worse for the environment than keeping older cars running. The marginal gains in efficiency must be outweighed by the environmental cost of the manufacture.

So these green taxes are nothing to do with the environment, everything to do with boosting the car industry.

Comment Re:No SD card slot? (Score 1) 116

I get that, I use sync for contacts and let my phone back pictures up to the cloud. I just like being able to download music to the device so that I'm not burning through my data plan and battery life when I'm listening.

That said, I've currently got a 32GB phone with a 64GB SD card in it for media, so the 128GB model would be fine for me. But just not at the price point they're selling it for.

Comment Makes searching easier (Score 1) 63

This could make searching for things related to it easier. The trouble with "apps" is that searching for "google apps" brings up stuff relating to Android apps and other irrelevant stuff. At least "suite", if it takes off as a name, will make searching for answers specific to the application suite easier than "apps", which is just too generic to be searchable.

Comment Re:Same problem as the "lending library" (Score 1) 60

Kindle unlimited would only work for me if the right books were on it, and I'm on the border when it comes to value. I might only read one book a month, sometimes two if I get more free time. I really ought to stop paying for Prime - it's the next day delivery that really encourages me to buy the shit I don't need, and before I had Prime I was perfectly happy to wait a few days for free delivery on the things I did actually want.

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