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Comment Why does it have to more than convenient? (Score 2) 84

I always thought...Apple watch was a solution looking for a problem that doesn't exist.

You can make toast easily in a pan or an in an oven. A toaster then, is an answer to a problem that doesn't exist.

Why does everything have to be the only possible answer to a problem? The Apple Watch is not the ultimate answer to any one problem - but it is more convenient for a lot of things. It's been really handy for dismissing calls in meetings because I can quickly glance to see if I need to take it, and cover the watch if I want to dismiss it so my phone stays in my pocket. It means my phone is not left on tables as much and is less likely to be forgotten...

It also is handy around the house, I don't have to have my phone with me to see I've got a text message or receive a call. Would I use the watch normally for a phone call? No but in that one case, it's quite handy.

It also does make for a really great fitness device. After all it is fully programmable so you have custom apps for any purpose that you can quickly glance at. Again the phone would serve also but the watch is just much handier.

It also means that I am less tied to a particular form factor of phone. I like to run so if I were just using my phone for tracking I'd be inclined to get a smaller phone so I could strap it on my arm... but since I have the Apple Watch I have the larger size of phone than I might otherwise.

Now, if the device was truly stand alone, that's one thing

The airily named "series 2" includes GPS so you can indeed do some things (like record runs) without a phone. That is a natural evolution but for the moment I'm a lot happier with a watch that easily lasts a 16-20 hour day than I would be with a cell connection I almost never use.

Also of course, around the house all of the Apple Watches are connected via WiFi and so do not need the phone on your person...

Comment Re:Of course they do (Score 1) 125

The problem is that, as they lose better movies, they add more original content - and that is precisely what Netflix wants; so if you like Orange Is The New Black or, in my case, Narcos, there's no alternative. Hulu has done the same thing - they are both adding original content at a really rapid pace (and because of that, most of it is now junk, whereas the original programming used to be top notch) and allowing their contracts to go south for the other content.

Still, I don't think Narcos alone is worth $13 a month (or whatever it is). Stranger Things was good; it will probably slide in season 2, as I don't think it has anywhere to go. But the bottom line is there's a reason I haven't jumped ship yet, despite the overall quality of content decreasing.

Comment Re:too much segmentation (Score 1) 125

I have some of those descriptions, and I think anthony_greer is right - to an extent. I dropped DirecTV because just getting the expanded package (but no premium channels) with HD service was getting very expensive. My kids never really even watched - my son prefers video games, and my daughter, when she watches anything, watches Netflix. There's a number of shows I think are actually quite good on broadcast TV and basic cable, but I can't stand commercials and either need DVR or a commercial free option.

Hulu+ (commercial free *) is great, but only gives me 1/4 to 1/3 of what I want... but it's the only service of it's kind to do so (as far as I know, anyway). Some services "DVR" capabilities allow you to forward through commercials, but it's often limited to a few certain networks. Amazon season passes are great, but add up pretty quickly if you like a lot of shows. It occurs to me there's too much on that I like, but at the same time I don't feel like I waste all that much time watching TV - usually binge watching during bad weather or something. Still, liking a lot of what's out there, it's hard to find a better deal than cable/satellite with DVR.

(*) except when it's not... but then they only show an ad at the beginning and, I guess, the end - but my problem is with shows being interrupted and breaking the mood.

Comment Re:I beg to differ (Score 4, Insightful) 125

Agreed.... I think a lot of people watch stuff they wouldn't otherwise because they have some free time and say "let's watch a movie." Then, instead of picking something they really want, they look at what's available on Netflix and choose what they hope is the best option.

When that best option turns out to be a pretty crappy movie, time and time again, it will cost Netflix customers in the long run.

Indeed, bean counters are more focused on what will get them the next bonus than what will actually help the company in the long run.

Comment Re:Mandate reporting when antibiotics are prescrib (Score 1) 69

Yes. But we need to be aware that man is not the only source of antibiotics. They naturally occur. We get a good lot of them from plants and bacteria, starting of course with penicilin which we got from mold, and which was already present on salted food and damp environments. What we did was to make antibiotics present in organisms other than their natural sources.

Comment Everything Old is New Again (Score 2) 69

The Andromeda Strain was published in 1969.

The United States has some disease reporting, it started at least 75 years ago before the antibiotic bubble. This CDC Report summarizes the present state of disease reporting, in two pages. We need higher standards of reporting and legal penalties for failure to report.

Comment That is not a good reason (Score 1) 256

If I had to guess, they probably goofed because this was only their second gen all-metal design.

But even just from the summary, you do not need any experience of any kind to know you need spacing in the battery, which the engineers omitted. It was not a case of not having enough experience with a metal design, it was outright engineering malpractice.

Comment Re:Conspiracy theorists at work. (Score 3, Interesting) 672

The problem with conspiracy "theories" is there's usually a smidgen of truth to them such that the gullible and true believers will believe it without a second thought to any veracity.

One can see all kinds of nutjob whackery over the 9/11 attacks, the most notable being "fuel can't melt steel beams". Which is true, the fire from jet fuel can't melt steel beams but what it can do is weaken the steel such that all the weight it's supporting causes the beam to warp. This has been shown in recent accidents involving fuel trucks running into bridges where the steel beams sag and give way.

At least if these folks would latch on to something not posing as a government conspiracy, such as when Trump was married to Marla Maples, had an affair and forced the woman to have an abortion, they might be taken a bit more seriously.

Comment Re:single payer health care (Score 1, Informative) 452

No it won't. Single payer healthcare in the US will be run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Security (CMS). A wretched hive of scum and villainy.

An intensely bureaucratic, irrational and bloated system that will most likely keep most of bad points about American medicine. And add a couple new ones. You think the giant insurance companies are going to go away? Of course not. They will simply shed their skins and turn into 'third party' administrators of the 'single payer'. Exactly as they do now. It will be a giant shell game. Guess who is going to win and guess who's going to lose?

We're doomed.

Comment Just another reason. . . (Score 2) 88

not to have a "smart" phone.

When I'm on vacation I don't want people to know where I'm at because the point of vacation is to get away from them. I'll call you when I'm at my next destination and only then will you know where I'm at.

A dumb flip phone. One of the greatest technological gifts of our times.

Comment Re: We have those already in the US (Score 1) 116

Despite the insistence of one or more people to mod down everything I post, if you do decide to come over and will be somewhere in the New York City area, drop me a note beforehand. I can't promise you the world, but I'll do my best to get you oriented on how we move in this country.

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