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Comment Re:cost and durability (Score 1) 313

The main issue is that any watch over $200 is expected to last 10-20+ years. A smart watch is designed to last 1-2 years.


I may well buy a smart watch one day. One necessary precondition is that it has to be cheap enough that I won't regret the purchase if it turns out to be useless.

Comment Re:You're being silly (Score 1) 421

Last time I checked we wouldn't be fighting against a modern, mechanized army. Not just because a large portion of said Army would walk out the day after being ordered to attack citizens, but the simple fact that their families would be EXTREMELY vulnerable to an irate, heavily armed portion of the population if they were break their oaths and turn on the citizens of the country. Most would just simply refuse to act rather than follow orders.

Honest question, because I don't know the answer: Did anyone refuse to act rather than follow the orders to round up American citizens and put them in internment camps, when it happened in the 1940s? Certainly "a large portion" did not, but I'm curious if it ever happened.

It seems to me that the assumption here is that the "citizens" that the military are ordered to oppress are nice white folks. That would never happen for the reasons that you state. But what if it was President Trump ordering the forced registration of all Muslim Americans?

Comment Re:Should have used APPS! (Score 1) 109

I won't spoil it for you, but early in the industrial revolution a man with the lad name "Ludd" started a movement to try and halt the spread of mechanization via acts of sabotage.

The Luddites actually started as a mostly peaceful group demanding decent wages and safe working conditions. There is some dispute as to whether or not Ludd and the story of him smashing the knitting machine after a supervisor criticised his work are real. The group eventually did start sabotaging machines, but contrary to popular belief, they were not, and never were, anti-technology. It was just an industrial dispute that got nasty.

Comment Re: What's wrong with hate symbols? (Score 1) 379

It's good to see someone understands this. It's unfortunate that many people will only apply this when it is in terms of liberals being able to disassociate from people on the right, but won't apply it to a baker or photographer who doesn't want to participate in a ceremony they believe to be sacrilegious.

I agree with the thrust of what you're saying, but I'm going to add two caveats.

First, companies are legal fictions, created through government regulation. They do not have the same rights that people do. In return for government benefits (e.g. limited liability), you agree to play by the government's rules.

Secondly, professionals are bound by professional ethics which may conflict with their personal rights to the point where the only solution may be to find a different job. So I have less of a problem with a sole trader photographer refusing to participate in a ceremony they disapprove of (which, I might add, could be as simple as saying "can't do it that day") than I do with a pharmacist refusing to dispense birth control.

And as always, freedom of speech and freedom of association does not imply freedom from consequences.

Comment Re: What's wrong with hate symbols? (Score 1) 379

Except your group [...]

Since you addressed that to me, a clarification is in order: What "group" have you assigned me to? Is this like those suburbs of Chicago where you're assigned to a gang at puberty entirely by virtue of which block you live on?

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