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Comment Hmm... interesting. (Score 1) 180

Given the small numbers of fires so far and the fact that they already limited charging, this makes me think that they now believe the problem will get worse over time—i.e. it's not just that a few units are affected by the poor design choice with battery tolerances, when exposed to just the right conditions, but that EVERY unit has an elevated likelihood of going up in smoke over time, i.e. the ticking time bomb phenomenon.

"We've analyzed their attack sir, and there is a danger."

Otherwise, this would seem to be quite a drastic move.

Comment Re: Hell no (Score 1) 381

“Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.” - commonly attributed to Edsger Dijkstra, but disputed.

I have sometimes compared those who have studied computer science (as opposed to learning how to program) with those who have studied music. You can be a very successful programmer without any computer science just as you can be a very successful musician without music theory. Mastery of the advanced studies of your discipline will make you a better than merely someone who can just get the job done.

Comment But without GIGO capability. (Score 1) 38

The problem with this computer that you wear on your wrist is that it doesn't do most things that I expect my computer to be able to do, is even worse for input than a phone, and the couple of things that it does do very well (tell time, show notifications, fitness tracking) are better done on a watch, a phone, and a fitness tracker.

My analog wristwatch is very highly legible, silent, accurate, and can withstand the elements and dives up to 300m. It is always visible, can be easily glanced at by someone across the table if they need to tell the time, and it rarely, if ever needs any kind of attention.

When I get a notification on my phone, I look at it, tap the notification, and can act immediately.

Get a notification on a smart watch and you have to look at it, then take out your phone, tap the notification, and act on it. The smart watch adds an unneeded extra step.

Fitness tracking was supposed to be the "killer app," but fitness activities are often both rough-n-tumble and happen outside in the elements. For that you want the cheapest, simplest device possible so that when you inevitably have to replace your destroyed one, you're not paying through the nose again (not to mention also losing your timekeeping for the period during which you are replacing it).

All this plus they are very high maintenance, needing to be charged all the time, limited in life span, and needing software updates from time to time, as well as the often finicky pairing with a phone—and the fact that there's not a single thing that I regularly do with my computer (or even phone) that I'd like to try doing on that tiny screen—and the fact that you can't even hack it to be used for low-input/low-output situations (say, embedded applications—not to mention the ridiculous cost)—and it's just not much of a wrist computer either.

Nope, I'm just gonna stick to my regular wristwatch, phone, fitness tracker, and computing devices. If I need mobile computing, a 5" Android display, octo-core CPU, and 32GB storage are already more than cramped enough.

Comment Yes, but that's the point (Score 3, Insightful) 99

She received threats from Getty about not paying for using the images... which SHE HERSELF had taken and placed into the public domain.

None of this would have happened if someone hadn't decided to go after licensing fees for images that were taken from the public domain. Yes, they're free to sell what's in the public domain if someone is willing to pay for them, but the images are in the public domain. To go after people for using the images that Getty/Alamy themselves pulled from the public domain, and demand payment whenever they see those images used... is slimy.

Comment Speaking as a 17" MacBook Pro user (Score 1) 315

with no apparent upgrade path in the future, I'm more interested in the hardware. I can run Linux easily enough, though I'll miss some key applications that I use for work rather badly. But what I'll miss more are the ergonomics.

In particular, the entirely clean and corner-free outer casing (this is underrated—it means less potential for cracks due to corner impact and much less potential for snags on, say, soft bags and carriers that end up breaking plastic widgets of some kind off); the all-metal construction (worse for small impacts, yes, but holds up much better to wear and tear over time); the clean, distraction-free front (yes, unlike some other people, apparently, my mind does get cluttered up by clutter, and the Macbook Pro machines are so detail-free on the open side that the screen is the only thing to really look at); and most of all, the keyboard. Oh, how I'll miss the keyboards on the unibody Macs. As someone that types >100wpm, the low-key-travel, high-tactile-feedback Apple keyboard of recent years is the best I've ever used, bar none. PC keyboards make me very, very sad when I have to use them—squishy, low-feedback, high-key travel, slows my typing by at least 10-20wpm and slows my accuracy as well.

I'm worried about replacing OS X when I have to upgrade, but I'm even more worried about finding comparable hardware and ergonomics.

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