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Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 1) 555

These conditions I'm talking about are exceedingly rare and not the anti-vaxxer argument at all. Stop using your straw man against me.

In these cases a child would only be without 1 or 2 of the full complement of vaccines. In order for an unvaccinated child to make someone sick, they have to get sick from someone else. Herd immunity IS possible with the numbers we're talking about.

Comment Re:Wait until they find out (Score 1) 113

To be as functional, you would need a full sized physical keyboard and at least 1 large (19" or greater) monitor.

So... a phone, as it is, will never be as functional as a PC. At least not until we have a way to interface better than with a tiny touch screen.

My phone can already do this. I can connect an HDMI adapter, bluetooth mouse and keyboard. Believe it or not, Android works fairly well with a mouse except for games and apps designed around swiping exclusively.

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 1) 555

Without giving anti-vaxxers any credibility, there are medical reasons that I support being allowed to choose not to vaccinate for certain illnesses and rely on herd immunity. Hear me out on this.

There is some research that suggests that certain vaccines can cause auto-immune diseases in genetically predisposed people. It makes perfect sense. Diseases sneak past the immune system by imitating legitimate cells in the body. Training the immune system with a vaccine could potentially train the immune system to recognize legitimate cells in the body as bad. This same thing could happen just by getting the real disease. In fact, my wife has a form of Tourette's syndrome and is almost certain that it ties back to a severe scarlet fever infection as a kid. Studies show that it can lead to an autoimmune response that attacks the basal ganglia in the brain.

However, none of that means that vaccines should be strictly optional. What it does mean is that some people should be allowed medical exceptions to specific vaccines based on genetic testing. I wouldn't be surprised if we find out in 10 years that autism has ties to immune system response.

Comment Re: What could I possibly use it for? (Score 1) 84

But you you know what I can't do with that stuff? I can't talk to it and have it do something.

And that's because Amazon won't support that, not because they can't. And paying money to store something I already have stored is not something I will do no matter how cheap. I also have my own metadata entered and don't want it replaced with Amazon's, since they do matching and de-dup (maybe won't matter as much on a device with no GUI).

I'm glad you have something that works for you and no one is taking that way from you. But most people don't want disparate walled garden silos. I would much rather buy things and have them work together via some sort of interoperability standard. For music, that can be as simple as standard file formats, ID3 tags and SMB. Or even DLNA support.

Comment Re:What could I possibly use it for? (Score 1) 84

They actually do have sane free limits. However, they seem to "match" to deduplicate and use their own copy unless you manually make exceptions for each song...individually. And that's no good if you meticulously correct your metadata and add high-quality album art (or your preferred cover for an album with multiple releases).

This problem also exists with Amazon and Apple, but at least with Google it's free.

Comment Re:Good Digital assistants? (Score 1) 84

Android's combined with Android Auto (in a car that supports it, or now with your phone if you have it mounted) is pretty good. No, it can't parse human language at all. It's like playing King's Quest by voice. There's a dictionary of set commands and some variation in syntax allowed. It's not without its bugs, but it's really useful in the car. One physical touch to play a voicemail/text/hangouts/facebook message, and you can reply by voice, including punctuation (if you want), and verify before sending. Navigating, finding a stop along a route, are nearly hands-free - but often still require a single touch to verify the correct choice on the screen.

The tech you want is barely available in something like Watson, but it's here. It's just a matter of cost to give it to the consumer for a reasonable price. What we have now is finally useful, at least.

Comment Re:Kitchen device (Score 1) 84

There IS a kitchen market. I currently have speakers in my kitchen that I connect to an iPod, with the eventual plan of a Pi with a touch screen taking its place. Cutting vegetables or stirring a pan can get boring. I do hate using a phone for research/recipes because I constantly have to unlock it and turn the screen back on.

However, their product is not going to catch on. They're making yet another walled garden in a post-AOL world. If it doesn't connect to your other gadgets and the home tech ecosystem, it's just not as relevant as it could be.

Comment Re:What could I possibly use it for? (Score 1) 84

I've bought pretty much all my audio CDs from Amazon (well, CDNow, originally) since about 1997

That's the problem with this. It's only useful if you put your eggs in one basket. If it could connect to my NAS and index my ID3 tags and stream my own local library, that would be truly useful - I don't want to pay them to store music far away just to cost me more bandwidth.

Comment Re:Crybabies (Score 1) 524

I lean Democrat on many things, but I am still OK with conservative Supreme Court nominations. The idea of legislating from the bench bothers me, and violates the separation of powers to too great of a degree - Republicans tend to support stricter interpretation of the Constitution. I don't agree with either side typically, and I want both R&D empowered enough to keep each other in check, but no more.

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