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Comment Re: Watches are worn as bling (Score 2) 319

I like Skagen, and they're a rare example of clean design at an affordable price. I especially like an Ancher model -- the arabic version with leather band for general wear and the baton dial for dress. The Holst with day/date dials combines two things I don't usually like (subdials and day/date complications) but does it in a way that I actually like quite a bit. For me it's not the existence of the complication per se, but the readability of the watch. Unfortunately the Holst is a bit on the thick side, but you can't have everything. Shave 3 mm off the thickness and you'd be looking at a $1000 watch.

There are few odd missteps in the lineup. Their rectangular dress watches have batons in a circular pattern, which is a bit... unusual. They also have a watch that has a month calculation. It's done nicely, but it's an utterly ridiculous feature.

Overall Skagen designs remind me of Baum et Mercier at about 20% of the price, and just little bit more Scandanavian if you know what I mean.

Danish Design watches seem pretty similar; I wouldn't be surprised in they came out of the same company. They almost certainly use the same movements. Ironically the faces seem less Scandinavian to me but what do I know? One of their designs reminds of the famous Swiss railway clocks.

I don't have watches from either of these companies because I focus on vintage pre-80s watches.

Comment Re: Wifi replace fixed cabled systems no way! (Score 1) 64

Wireless charging works surprisingly well; but its efficiency is pretty atrocious compared to the resistive losses you would see with any remotely appropriate cable and connector. Losses to heat in battery charging are the same either way; and AC/DC conversion losses are somewhat higher with wireless charging(conversion efficiency will be the same; but the losses in wireless transmission mean that you will need more power at the wall to deliver the same amount of power to the device).

It certainly has its uses, where the absolute power levels are low enough that the losses just don't matter much; or where specific considerations make exposed electrical connections a no-go; but the losses are substantial if you need to deliver significant power.

Comment Of course there is. (Score 1) 84

Smart people usually spend slack-ish time examining things they *might* want to do. It doesn't mean they *do* want to do those things, but one thing most of us know by now is whenever you're asked to do something, "in a hurry" is the default pace, and yet "slapdash" is not acceptable. So you don't want to be in a position where you use time figuring out how to use Material Design that you need for coding or testing.

And even if you don't use those little hypothetical forays, they're still valuable in understanding your competition, both weaknesses and things you can learn from them.

Comment Re:How dare you try to get around us regulating (Score 2) 81

And yet other companies manage to stay in business without committing fraud.

The reasons for emissions regulations are so that when consumers make the cost/performance tradeoff when buying a car, they don't externalize costs -- which is an economist's way of saying make other people pay for their choices. A car would be cheaper and perform better if it didn't have a catalytic converter (just dump your partially burned hydrocarbons on everyone else), EGRs (just dump your NOx on everyone else), PCVs (spread engine oil over everyone else) and mufflers (dump your noise on everyone else).

All of that stuff you'd be dumping on everyone else costs everyone else. You can argue about precisely how much it costs them, but it is certainly not zero.

So let's turn your little rhetorical device around: How dare you fraudulently make the public subsidize your business?

Here's the thing about markets: they're not about making everyone happy. They're about efficient distribution of resources. If costs go up producers are unhappy and some of them go out of business. That makes the owners and workers unhappy, but it is a rational response to costs going up. Dumping those costs on others and pretending they don't exist isn't rational; it's hysterical.

Comment Re: How is everyone supposed to use Emacs? (Score 5, Funny) 416

Which is why it's called an "Escape" key. You use it under exceptional conditions. You don't want it underfoot, but when you need it, it needs to be there.

First they came for my floppy drive, and I did not speak out, because floppies were slow and I was glad to be rid of them anyway.

Then they came for my CD-ROM drive, and I did not speak out, because I appreciated a lighter, more compact laptop.

Then they came for my headphone jack, and I did not speak out, because I use my damn phone as a phone, not a stereo.

Then they came for my escape key, and I knew there was no way out.

They they came for my power button, and there was no one left to hear the perpetual screams.

And my MacBook, never flickering, still is sitting, still is sitting
By the pallid bust of Steve Jobs just above my basement door;
And its screen has all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the process o'er it streaming throws exceptions galore;
And my soul from out that process started back in days of yore
Shall be turned off -- nevermore!

Comment Re:did it drive like most truckers? (Score 1) 227

Honestly if you are not passing by at least 4mph dont pass. they should let cops ticket truckers for passing without using their gas pedal.

Uh, have you ever been behind a truck going up a long hill? You know how they slow down? That's because they have the "pedal to the floor" and yet the engine pulling that much weight can only manage so much going up a long incline.

Now, put that same truck on a straightaway where they're stuck behind some idiot or they're forced to get out of the right lane to avoid some idiot who doesn't know how to merge on an on-ramp or whatever. But then the road suddenly starts to slope up A BIT. Doesn't have to be a lot to make acceleration on a truck that size quite slow if not non-existent.

Couple that with a guy in a car in the right lane who starts going up the incline and starts pressing down the accelerator a bit more, and suddenly the truck can't even keep up, let alone pass.

I've never driven a semi. But I've driven large trucks a couple times. It's a MUCH different experience than driving a car. Heck, it's even a different experience than driving a mid-size moving truck, which might still be able to accelerate up a hill.

Obviously some truckers do stupid or annoying things sometimes. But having been in a situation myself on the highway when I thought I was going to be able to pass, but then the truck just couldn't accelerate because of a mild change in slope... I have an appreciation for the problems truckers have to deal with. It's easy in most cars to accelerate another 10-15 mph to pass reasonably fast; in trucks this may only be possible to do quickly going downhill.

A final note is that when driving a vehicle that large, quick changes in general are harder and potentially dangerous. Thus, truckers often don't like to change lanes as much and they tend to go at constant speeds when possible. So, depending on the exact situations you're talking about, in some cases it may not have been that the trucker was even trying to "pass" but was simply trying to drive in a reasonable consistent fashion (rather than a lot of car drivers who tend to be a lot more aggressive and needlessly maneuver around a lot).

Comment Re:Skype Doesn't Claim Otherwise (Score 2) 43

While I would very much like to see improvements in the security of these services; it's also worth remembering that the 'alternative' is usually either POTS or cellular, provided by the local monopoly and/or cozy-cooperator-with-the-state.

That doesn't diminsh the fact that, when doing communications software on a global scale, something that counts as 'eh, bug' in silicon valley may involve a one-way trip to the basement of the interior ministry for a bunch of users somewhere; but secure communications is something where the 'default' option is somewhere between 'completely useless' and 'actively hostile'. Phone networks were never built with privacy or security(aside from anything needed for billing purposes) in mind; and they've since sprouted all manner of surveillance tools.

Just shrugging and saying 'Meh, the other guy is worse." isn't a good excuse; but it is worth remembering that people considering it to be a bug or vulnerability when eavesdropping succeeds is a pretty new feature.

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