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Comment Re:A car from the guy who brought us the Apple Wat (Score 2) 135

3. Obligatory XKCD reference. Seriously - this. I've got a phone with accurate time that can be in my hand in 2 seconds, one-handed. It's barely less convenient than a watch, especially a dumbwatch on which I either have to press a button, invoke Siri or strike a mail-order-catalog "I am now looking at my watch" pose to get the display to turn on.

Personally (and I've believed this for a lot longer than smart watches have been a "thing") I think there's something to be said for reducing life's little annoyances. Reducing the keys on my keyring, for instance, made a small but noticeable change in my daily routine. I had to re-key some locks in and around my house, but I think it paid long-term dividends. When I moved to a new house, I went to a simple keypad entry system (without IoT) and now I only have to carry the key fob to my car. It made me happy.

So yeah, pulling the phone out of my pocket isn't that hard. But I do it many times a day, so even a small improvement pays dividends for me. And looking at my watch is a lot easier than pulling my phone out of my pocket while I'm sitting down.

Is it worth hundreds of dollars? That's a subjective personal question that everyone will have to consider for themselves. For me, on a quest to reduce the annoyances in life, the answer was a clear "yes".

Comment Re: Moderators suck (Score 1) 62

On many issues, there's a prevailing point of view.

Prevailing != unanimous. Slashdot's moderation guidelines suggest browsing at -1 for exactly this reason: a moderator might very well represent a minority viewpoint, and moderating at -1 means that the minority viewpoint can still moderate worthwhile content upward.

Comment Re: Moderators suck (Score 1) 62

Why not show who moderates a post?

Given that you can't even be bothered to post under a pseudonymous user name in a conversation that isn't likely to get anyone fired, I am having trouble finding much empathy for your cause. More to the point, I'm the only one in this branch of the thread that isn't posting as AC.

When you come out from behind the AC cloak, maybe we can have a reasonable conversation on the topic.

Comment Re:Moderators suck (Score 1, Interesting) 62

Second reply, different than the first:

It's biased and leads to groupthink.

How, exactly, does the moderation system lead to groupthink? Are you imagining that all of slashdot agrees on any given point, and anyone who thinks different will be modded down? This doesn't seem very likely, given the heated debates that regularly take place here. Are you instead imagining that slashdot readers will eventually be corrupted by a single-sided point of view, and thus achieve groupthink? Because in order to do so, you would first have to succeed in having a single-sided viewpoint, which (as observed earlier in this post) is implausible, given the heated debates. So at first blush, it does not seem like there is a valid mechanism by which the moderation system could "lead to groupthink".

Just my opinion.

Comment Re:Moderators suck (Score 1, Insightful) 62

I browse at -1. In my experience, meaningful, well-thought-out comments rarely end up at -1. Even if some disagree, others will agree, and things will balance out.

Posts that start with statements like "Moderators suck", however, usually end up marked as "troll" or "flame bait". Nobody is interesting in counterbalancing those kinds of statements, because they lack meaningful content.

TL;DR: Seems like the system works to me.

Comment Re:Selling renwable power (Score 1) 107

God, I hope not, that would be a terrible future. "Renewable Power" isn't reliable, so 100% renewables would lead to rolling blackouts, or wouldn't be 100% renewables.

"Renewable Power" is a broad category. You are thinking narrowly of things like solar and wind, and ignoring nascent trends toward energy storage using increasingly creative methods.

But please, by all means, go ahead and continue to be close minded. That's the sure-fire proven way toward progress. ~

Comment Re:Simple: (Score 1) 507

And in the meanwhile, shameless promotion for the Libertarian party!
Socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and wholly and selfishly uninterested in the common good.

A vote for the lesser evil is still a vote for evil.

And wholly ignorant of political reality, too. That's the Libertarian way!

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