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Comment Why does it have to more than convenient? (Score 2) 81

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 That is not a good reason (Score 1) 254

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 Extremeism lost (Score 3, Informative) 320

Unfortunately, it looks like extremism has become more popular.

Not from where I'm sitting. From everything Trump has said and done after the election, he's actually been quite reasonable - it's Clinton supporters that have gone insane, and during the election were pulling every dirty trick possible to win. Reasonableness triumphed over extremism for once, I'm hoping it's the start of a trend.

Comment Re:Women read Playboy too (Score 1) 243

I wouldn't call it obligation so much as a nod to the majority of people's sexual interests, regardless of gender. Tactically it would be a way to remove all grounds for complaint by all but the most fringe and unreasonable people, whose complaints would hurt themselves much more than the organization handing out magazines.

Comment You really do not know who the beds are for? (Score 2) 104

Also one or two full-size beds will be included inside the vehicle's enormous cab.- For who?

Have you really no clue about what trucking does or how it works?

Yes trucks will be self-driving in the future. But the truck driver is not just a driver, he is also a GUARD. Do you really not understand what a fantastic target fully automated trucks would be, when they would obviously be programmed to stop for any blockage in the road?

As for the gas angle, natural gas is OK but has nothing on Hydrogen, which will be the mass replacement for the gasoline engine.

Comment Apple maps searches still better (Score 1) 44

Searching for locations works the majority of the time. But it's still not uncommon to get results randomly across the country

That happens sometimes but it also happens in Google Maps.

Apple maps is still better for searching though. Try a search for "Arby's" - Apple maps zooms out to a view at city scale with the map taking up 3/4 of the screen, he two closest results in text at the bottom. Google maps zooms out to city scale too, but in a map that takes up the top 1/5 of the screen, basically unreadable - then has a list of arbors with distances and addresses, but you can't really tell which ones are nearby or which directions the ones on the list are unless you are familiar with the app...

Apple Maps traffic in Denver seems every bit as good as Google maps. Both are inferior to Waze though, which is pretty amusing since Waze is owned by Google...

I've never had an issue with Apple Maps giving me bad directions, across most the the US. (I've driven coast to coast).

Comment Sorry but Apple Maps has already surpassed Google (Score 2, Insightful) 44

They don't have the engineering talent to catch up to Google's lead on maps

Apple maps at the outset did not have as good base data as Google. But even then it gave better directions than Google did - it directed me to my house via the route I already drove already because I knew it was the bast (that's the best way to judge map apps, but asking for directions for places you already know well and seeing if you agree).

Nowadays Apple maps data is every bit as good as Google has, and I would say they repair errors found much faster than Google. The past five incidents I've reported (bad roads or wrong information about places) I received a notification that the errors had been corrected in a day or two.

Apple also has surpassed Google in transit directions, offering directions that include how to go through the station...

Google may have started a lot earlier but you are totally forgetting the funk and lethargy that large organizations fall into over time. Apple has a very different corporate structure that is letting the Apple Maps team advance much faster than Google has been improving...

Apple may not be ahead with Siri but I don't think they are that far behind either. What makes you think Google has engineering chops no-one else does? The massive successes of Google Plus or Hangouts?? They are both pretty much at the start of a very, very long race there and it is anyone's game...

Comment Not thinning, gasping (Score 1) 38

The simple truth is that the smartwatch market is chocking, because of one reason - the AppleWatch is consuming all of the revenue. Unlike with phones companies simply cannot sustain losses as long on something inherently more niche like a smart watch.

Apple however is doing just fine, they've said sales are ahead of expectations. They have had a really good OS update and the watches are more usable than they were... Apple also pretty intelligently realizes that fitness users are currently a primary market and did some tailoring/partnerships along those lines.

Comment U.S. is more land than three states (Score 1) 534

"3 large states" wouldn't be controlling everything. The people in those states would be, and they represent a majority of our national population.

So then if the people in those three large states say they want to fill all of the rest of the states with garbage dumps? Or maybe cut down all the trees or Oregon... That would be fine right, because after all the majority wanted it? It didn't affect the majority states...

The reason why we have mechanisms to ensure equal representation from all states is so that we have responsible stewardship of lands that mean something to the people who live there, not just some remote place to dump on.

Are you saying you don't like democracy?

Indeed anyone who thinks about it should realize Democracy is terrible, majority rule is always a poor plan. That is why we have REPRESENTATIONAL democracy so that reasoned responses can occur instead of a few millions poeple's hot take on whatever.

Are you saying you hate the environment? Because massive environmental issues would be the result of a handful of states calling all the shots. My virtual signaling outweighs yours.

Comment Obvious proof (Score 1) 184

Did you head Buzz Aldrin was going to the south pole? Neither did I.

You know what this means - aliens are real, they are here, and Buzz was taking a clandestine trip to visit the secret diplomatic base we have set up for them in Antartica. The combination of his age and certain exotic gases they use to acclimate to our atmosphere led to an unfortunate reaction so they had to rush him back home for a cleansing.

It's ironic that will all of the advanced technology the aliens have and all of the information they have obtained by probing and dissecting enemies of the state, they still don't know enough about human physiology to fix Buzz there.

Good luck Buzz!

Comment Here's a real hint (Score -1) 534

Asking for a recount is different from refusing to accept the results of an election.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! OMG do you realize how that looks in print???

Here's a little hint for you: The recounts are only for three states where if all of them were overturned, would give Hillary the election... and she just joined in the recounts.

in our system of government the results of the election are not officially determined until the EC meets.

So you even *say* just once sentence later that asking for a recount at this point will potentially change the election results... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

The nuance of elections often escapes true believers

How droll; I am an independent, have been registered so my entire life, and have been thinking and studying the EC longer than you have been alive.

*I* find the nuance of politics often escapes the hopelessly naive, or terminally foolish.

Comment Re:Counterpoint (Score 1) 332

I also agree with that, which makes me wonder - has there ever been a successful development team that did not deviate from the company standard process - agile or otherwise?

I would submit that all successful teams do so because they come up with a process that works for them, either discarding bits of the company one that do not work, or going their own way entirely. Perhaps what drags many teams down is the weight of absolute compliance.

Comment Re:Talk about ballsy revisionism! (Score 1) 534

We aren't taking about your man Trump. We are talking about the left and acceptance of election results.

Indeed all you have shown is how prescient Trump was and that eventually the Democrats came around to his way of thinking. Which was my original point.

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