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Comment Re:Decent, but not a Jesus Watch (Score 1) 359

That's almost exactly my experience too. I was in the market for a watch to replace an aging Garmin, so figured I could justify the cost of the entry-level Apple watch. I really like the fitness feature, and taptic notifications are very helpful if you spend a lot of time in meetings. The only non-Apple watch app I use is by Calvetica. It's not as important to my daily life as an iPhone, but I appreciate all the little benefits it adds. It's a useful (though expensive) complement to my phone. Worth it to me, though I can certainly imagine others deciding it's not for them.

Comment Re:This is only a problem for idiot millenials.. (Score 1) 339

And the millennial generation are the ones who are doing it by far the most.

Can't argue with that. No, I mean you literally can't argue with that, as it's a fact-free generalization so vapid it defies refutation. Plus you have decided you can define "idiot" to mean anyone who does something you personally disagree with. Nice move, Orwell.

But at least you've figured out how to spell the word "millennial."

Comment Re:Nothing new here ... (Score 1) 292

Visit the woman's site. Check her publication history. She's a shill. Hint: "polarbearscience" isn't hard to type into a Wordpress template.

That site is one of the most depressing and dishonest things I've seen in a while. She should be ashamed of herself.

Her opinion on walrus ecology is as valid as yours and mine. Except hers is paid for by a "think tank" that does everything it can to undermine science if it gets in the way of corporate profits.

We are so fucked.

Comment Re:Absolutely disgusting (Score 1) 875

So, yeah. In 2012 the entire country of Canada recorded 543 homicides. There were 414 in New York City alone. Almost 15,000 in the US as a whole. Ten times the population, but almost 30 times the number of murders.

Violent crime rates have been trending down everywhere in the industrialized world for the last couple of decades, but relative to the other countries in the G8 the good ol' U.S. of A. remains a pretty violent place. As someone pointed out upthread, it's a big, messy cultural problem with no easy answers or solutions.

Comment Re:Male companion (Score 1) 255

As a friend of mine once pointed out, if Canada ever joined the US, the Presidency and the HofR would be dominated by the Democratic party for at least the next two decades. Canada would have more electoral votes than any state but California, and enough left-leaning congressional districts to tip the balance. In Canada Obama would be considered a moderate conservative, and Rick Santorum would be institutionalized and kept under heavy government-subsidized sedation.

Comment Please let me be the first to say (Score 1) 761

Apple is doomed, I tell you. DOOOOOOOMED.

Sooner or later. Unless a big-ass meteor crushes the Earth, in which case we're all doomed and I'm right on a technicality.

>When all is said and done, right now Apple is rather aggressively destroying value as it tilts at windmills.
>Sure, they might get away with it in the short term or figure out a way of avoiding it in the long,
>but eventually this sort of behavior catches up with a company.

Comment Re:Spread the word (Score 5, Informative) 1002

A useful link [techdirt] to send to anyone defending or even ambivalent about SOPA. It's legislation designed by a lobby group to service their agenda, and damn any unforeseen consequences. If you think the RIAA and MPAA give a shit about the free speech and due process of *others* balanced against their desire to maximize profits, you've been asleep for the last twenty years.

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