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SHINY NEW GADGETS! No, we're not joking, here's a load of them

Stacy

More than that

Induction stoves don't heat up at all (except for the small amount of heat that radiates from the pan to the glass). The pans themselves heat up - that is the reason they are so energy efficient compared to other forms of cooking.

I see what Panasonic have done though - it's a very nice extension of the Flexi Zone idea that our Siemens induction cooker has. Each cooking zone has multiple induction coils. So, rather than supply power to the whole cooking area of a burner, only the zone that senses a pan actually has power supplied to it. The Panasonic one just looks like it has much smaller individual zones than the Siemens one has.

I wonder how hard it is to control though - as it looks like it is one giant burner as opposed to 5 individual ones.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

Stacy

Not of fan of Dyson anyway, but even so I don't see this one being very good

Expensive and they really don't work on wooden floors at all (in my limited experience watching my in laws Dyson push the crums around the room in front of the brush instead of hovering it up) and never having a good explaination as to why they are better than the 4 times cheaper vacuums that work perfectly on the same surface from the sales people desperate to sell you something for hundreds of euros instead of 80.

But this just puzzels me. The point of a robot vacuum is that you can use it when it's not in your way, like 3am for our Roomba, if this dyson sees it's way around the room instead of using the infra red / mapping technique that the roomba (watching it slow down for obsticles it knows about, and circling table legs it knows about is quite cool) has how does it cope with a pitch black room?

Also, the roomba goes underneath our sofas, tables and our sons play pen and cleans under small legs with the side brush - something that I can't see on dyson so the edges of the room will be missed.

And is about 1/3 of the price.

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Sonos burns its Bridges: Our home-grown Wi-Fi mesh will do

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Re: Got a give them credit...

It is very laudable.

I'm trying to work out whether to wait for HiBerry to get there Digi+ to work with PiMusicBox (much cheaper option!) or to go for a Connect (looks pretty, has the same functionality) to play our FLAC collection and Spotify in the living room though our normal HiFi. If we can do this then the CDs taking up lots of space can finally be moved to storage!

One has geek value and is cheap, the other is likely to be easier (as I get older I see this as a benefit more and more) and will look better in the living room... As both have a COAX digital out I am assuming the sound will be the same...

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The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE VICTOR in LONDON

Stacy

Whilst I admire the effort that went into this

Monopoly Board Pub Crawl and no mention of either Dave Lister, Emily Berkenstein or Red Dwarf...

Or did I just miss it :)

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

Stacy

Re: It may not matter

The last bulb I bought was about 4 years ago - and it was from a Volvo dealer. After seeing the rigmarole the mechanic had to go through to fit it there is no way I would want to fo it myself. It was nothing like a halogen bulp (pop the cap off, pull out the bulb, put new bulb in, pop the cap back on vs dismantle the electronics behind the bulb, dismantle the auto adjust system behind the bulb. change the bulb and refit by reversing the above - which is obviously not as easy as it sounds!). The fitting is free (of course with the price of the bulb free is a relative term).

As for the 20 euro bulbs, unless they have improved significantly, no thanks. When I got my first car with xenon bubs I was amazed at how white the light was compared to cars with cheap bulb kits that emit a blue light rather than white, with far less illumination of the road and far more dazzle effect to oncoming traffic. For the amount of times a bulb has to be changed (once in 8 years so far) I'll stick with the Volvo ones.

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Stacy

KISS

I would keep it simple and have it as a menu option where you can say if you are driving at home or abroad. I appriciate that you can always forget to switch it back - but then you can with the manual system in the car already so I don't see much of a difference. Of course there could always be the warning on the dash when you start the car that the lights are not set up for the country the car is registered to so that you are always reminded.

Though if I was going for a more tech approach I think that I would choose the GPS over the camera - how would the camera cope with dual carriageways, or single track roads etc?

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Re: It may not matter

I always wondered about those with Xenon - there are big warnings about dismanteling the Xenon unit due to the voltage behind the cover. So how am I supposed to change the bulb myself?

And seriously, 100 euro for a bulb - I'm not carrying a spare!

And it's not EU - it is certain countries within the EU operating their own local non-overlord policy. Like the French :)

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Stacy

Stupid thing is that Xenon bulbs already have this ability! It's just not used that much.

The first 'new shape' V70s had a setting in the menu for left / right hand drive mode.

This changed over the model years to have to set it every trip

And my MY2011 has a manual switch meaning I have to remove the headlight unit (at least they made that easy - 5 min job, but you still get grime over your hands) when arriving at the Chunnel and flick a lever on the inside of the unit.

Very, very useful! But why remove the menu option!!!!!

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Sony reads the future, quits e-reader market says German report

Stacy

Damn

I have a T1 e-reader from Sony, and whilst it hasn't replaced my books in home (nothing ever will whilst I have the choice) it is great for on the road. Light, lasts and age and really easy to read screen.

One question - just what are they going to continue making?

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

Stacy

As others here have said

m.facebook.com

I refused to update the app for the same reason - I don't like the amount of permissions it is asking for.

I've only used the mobile site in Firefox for a while now, and apart form Firefox being annoying and trying to get me to use old comments when trying to enter a new one it's just as good, if not better than the app!

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

Stacy

Re: Nearly had me agreeing

No, I don't get the point...

Netflix pay for their connection to the internet

I pay for my connection to the internet

That the ISP cannot supply the bandwidth being paid for is still the problem of the ISP in my eyes...

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Stacy

Nearly had me agreeing

Until I thought, hang on. I pay for a 180mbps Internet connection. If I choose to fill it with Netflix then I choose to fill it with Netflix. If I choose to fill it with Spotify then I choose to fill it with Spotify (or Pi OS downloads, or any other downloads). If I breach your cap then my bad (if I agreed to it) but if not then why should you throttle data which I have already paid for? Don't have the capacity then don't sell it.

I'm sure there are arguments against Netflix doing bad things, but if the data throughput is less that I have paid for then it's less than I have paid for.

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Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION

Stacy

I used to think that until my 18 year old Fiesta with rotten front and back wings, interior that was falling to bits and a 15 pound stereo (I was a student at the time, any car was amazing) was stolen. The police said it was probably nicked by teenagers who couldn't be bothered to catch a bus.

I got it back (a phone call from the police at 3am saying they had found it but could not secure it) but they stole the 15 pound stereo, and even the Tesco uniform in the boot. Since then I assume they'll steal anything... (Seriously, why would you steal a 15 pound stereo or Tesco uniform - especially the later?!?!?!?!)

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

Stacy

Re: Only Lab-based tests?

But the Mythbusters experiment had the wrong title.

It should have been 'Is it safe to do complex mathematics whilst driving'. There was no 'chat' on the phone with the person driving being able to day 'I can't answer that right now' or 'This is getting complex I'll call you back. As such it was a biased experiment.

If I am on my hands free and I can't talk because of the traffic, I don't. The experiment was set up in such a way that there was only outcome. If you had the person sitting in the car with you asking the same complex questions and demanding the answers without exception then you would have had the same result.

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Europe: Apple could NOT care less about kids' in-app cash sprees

Stacy

Mandatory Credit Card

Great! If you are a geek then you can go and find all of the settings on each phone, and computer and turn off the empty my bank account function.

Why did you have to do that in the first place? My App Store account has my (old) credit card number attached to it because Apple demanded that for me to create an account to download the free OS update when I bought the machine (Lion to Snow Lion before the laptops in shops came with the OS by default). Why? It was a free update, there was not a single reason why Apple needed this information.

My Google account doesn't have my account number, because i don't pay for Apps and don't want in app purchases. And Google never even asked me for one.

My Windows Store account does not have a credit card because I don't want to pay for apps and they never even asked for it.

This is the first thing Apple should do - stop forcing people to enter a credit card to buy free apps - once that is done the problem is solved :) Free must be free as they have no way of charging you!

(At the same time I agree that parents should know what their kids are up to, and not give them these things as toys without supervision)

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

Stacy

Re: Its a shame really

I don't go to the cinema that often because of the cost, the interruptions from people on the phone, or talking to each other the whole way through the film, or playing with laser pointers, or dirty seats, etc, etc

But that is the whole reason why I don't do. I would rather go to the cinema to see a film on a huge screen, with amazing sound and all of the experience. That is still up to date for me. It's just a shame it doesn't exist anymore...

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Stacy

Re: Add the 3d farce @mark 63

Having moved to Holland, the only issue I have with the sub-titles is that now I have learnt Dutch I tend to laugh at jokes before that have been spoken because the appear in the sub-title.

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

Stacy

Re: Oh good

I don't know if Aldi is better in the UK, but a machine that is switched off would give better service than the people working there where I live...

HSBC has had machine only branches for a long time (20 years or more) and they work really well. What works less well is the waiting time when you do actually need to speak to someone in person - you make an appointment and then wait an hour or more after that appointment to be told that they can't help you :)

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Stacy

Re: My biggest peeve

I gave you a down vote there, as I thought that you mean task bar :) Must learn to read!

Looking at it again I changed it to an up-vote - it does seem a long winded way to actually do this rather than right click the app and send to the desktop.

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The cute things they say

Stacy

Re: My <COMPLICATED SQL-BASED SOFTWARE PACKAGE> isn't working

I love those ones. Always assume the user is lying!

In my first job ones of the salesman (who liked to think he was technical) inherited my computer when it was replaced. After 40 minutes of me giving it to him he called me:

Him: This computer you gave me doesn't work

Me: It worked 40 minutes ago when I gave it to you. What have you changed?

Him: Nothing

Me: You changed something didn't you

Him: I looked at a couple of config files, but I didn't change anything

Me: What did you change?

Him: I maybe changed something in Autoexec.bat, but I changed it back

Me: What did you change?

Him: I looked at the NetWare config file as well, but I changed norhing

Me: What did you change?

Him: I changed a couple of files, but I don't know what

It turned out that he had done something strange with the autoexec, I don'tremember exactly what, but the main problem was that he removed the MAC address from the NetWare configuration so the network driver stopped working.

And of course he didn't take a back up of it first.

I wished him luck and went back to work (I wasn't on support for the machines...)

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New 'Windows-8.1-with-Bing': How's it different from Windows 8.1?

Stacy

Re: Office Screen Requirement

Odd, it seems to work very well on my 13" laptop, and my other half's 17" laptop. (Both full HD)

I wouldn't want to drop below the 13" personally though, and not without a mouse!

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Stacy

Re: Highway neutrality

I'm trying to figure out if that is a joke or not from Where not exists?

The sooner people stop driving cars the better for everybody. Want to drive, do a track day.

(Coming from a petrol head that will sorely miss her beloved Spitfire and R6 if this ever happens, and still sees that it is a good idea...)

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

Stacy

Re: Question

My 820 wouldn't even connect to Zone. You needed the Windows Phone application to do a phone back up. However, for pictures you just open File Explorer and drag and drop...

My biggest gripes with the 820 were the screen resolution, the fact that I could not have different volumes for the ringer and music and the fact that my thermostat doesn't have a windows phone app, and they are not planning on making one. And the last is hardly the fault of the phone ;-)

It's a good phone though, best overall interface of the three main platforms for me. Shame about the above issues I had...

(typed on a Z1 compact though because of them...)

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Autodesk CEO: '3D printing has been way overhyped'

Stacy

Re: Could care less / couldn't care less

As soon as I read it I was thinking of this :)

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Hunt's paperless future: NHS watches £60m vanish down plughole

Stacy

I can only speak from experience, but when my prescription was changed I was asked.by the pharmacist if I knew it had been changed. Phone.calls ensued and it turns out it had, I just hadn't been told. It was picked up though, and because it was electronic - they check against previous prescriptions on the screen on front of them. It doesn't rely on me knowing the names of my medication.

Not sure if this is the norm or if I just have a great pharmacist, but I was happy with them being able to check...

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Stacy

Here in Holland we have both. The prescriptions from the doctors are sent directly to the pharmacy. I walk in, identify myself with personal information (name, DOB etc (anyone who wants to just pick up my prescription would have to know my details and know exactly when the doctor sent it through) and get my medication which has normally been prepared. Easy and relatively secure.

The paper prescriptions (from Hospitals and other clinics) are much less secure, anyone can present my prescription and pick it up on my behalf. No checks, no nothing (and if they do that it automatically goes to my insurance company and they bill me for medicine I have not had!).

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Nintendo says sorry, but there will be NO gay marriage in Tomodachi Life ... EVER

Stacy

Re: BREAKING NEWS! NAMBLA to sue Nintendo for not including their chosen lifestyle in-game.

It's not a "chosen lifestyle". If you really think that you can pick and choose your sexuality then I suggest you try it. If you can't then I have to ask why not, after all it's simply a choice to you.

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Ninten-DON'T: Wii U bomb blows Mario Kart giant off track – but new console promised

Stacy

Wrong target audience

When the Wii came out it was full of promise for family gaming. My partner, not a gamer, really wanted to try one. The Sports, Olympics and Wii fit were great and got played a lot. However, most of the games seemed to be Xbox or PS3 wannabes - something that did not appeal to her. And if you want to play a high action shooter in full HD then you simply buy a real console (Xbox 360 or PS3 at the time).

Now we have the Wii U. About on a par with the 360 or PS3 from what I have seen in the shops, and an absolutely ridiculous price. If it was dropped by 100 euros then there would probably be one replacing our Wii with the hope that they concentrate on family gaming, but as it is. Nah...

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

Stacy

The Sony may a little more expensive, but it is the only in pocket camera I have considered buying (actually bought one for a trip to the Christmas markets in Koln) due to the sensor size. It is no DSLR, but it's close enough that my 5D is only brought out for serious shots now and isn't lugged around everywhere I expect to be taking pictures.

Low light is stunning, but more than that there is zero lag on the shutter, the manual zoom is a pleasure to use when the auto just doesn't cut it, the battery lasts an age and it is tiny!

I've never taken mine to an extreme environment so can't comment on it's durability in poor conditions, but the cost of the camera was completely worth the pictures that it took and convenience.

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Bill Gates: Sell off Bing? Nah. Xbox? Maybe...

Stacy
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Not close yet

Yes, two search engines are better than one. And I'm not against bing just for being Microsoft. But I have used it recently and I don't know what simple things you are looking for but trying to find answers about Visual studio or Office is a joke still on Bing. It brings up the strangest references as opposed to Google that brings up useful information.

I want it to match Google for exactly the reason you state, it's just not close yet.

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Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

Stacy

From what I have seen in real world tests and from what I have read this should be less of an issue. The glass is laminated, or coated in plastic, or something, to make it more resistant to shattering.

That said I have not tried to drop my Z1 Compact to see if it works (and neither do I want to try!)

The one issue that I do have is that the back does scratch easily. Nothing that bothers me per when using the phone, but when looking at the back I can see scratches after only 4 weeks.

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

Stacy

Re: Will it auto direct mobile users to the mobile site?

Is it going to take notice of the 'Request Desktop Site' option in mobile browsers?

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Stacy

Exactly what I was thinking of!

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tech specs REVEALED

Stacy

So, not following Sony then...

I just don't get how you can justify giving the device the flagship name, and then supply second rate internals.

Some of us don't have big hands, or simply don't want a big phone - but still want the internals of a decent phone.

Sony got this right with the Z1 Compact, I was hoping the other manufacturers would take note...

Oh well, after getting the Z1 Compact this week it's a problem I hopefully won't have to deal with for another 4 years :)

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

Stacy

Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code

I had a problem one with a project manager once. He complained when I gave a two week estimate for some functionality and flipped at me, saying he could code it in 15 minutes.

I stood up and pushed the mouse and keyboard to him and asked for a master class so I could learn from a genius how to code so fast.

He walked off grumbling, swearing, and complaining. But never questioned my estimates again :)

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ChewBacca point-of-sale keylogger SLURPS your CREDIT CARD data

Stacy

Re: Sir

I'm not blaming the shops here - this is something that is not their area of expertise.

The vendors for the POS (how appropriate that the acronym works both ways...) software should ensure that their systems have at least basic security. Actually, they should ensure they are bloody secure!

Using the excuse that it is a bog standard PC is no excuse.

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Re: Sir

Why can it connect to any IP it wants to, where is the firewall that says it can only connect to one single IP address?

Surely this is the first thing that should be done with these machines. It has no reason to need any IP other than the one of the bank it talks to.

Kind of how any coupling should be set up!

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

Stacy

Re: de-oxygenated copper

And any decent shop should tell you that too!

When I got my CM9 speakers and Cyrus amplifiers I asked what type of cable I should use. They showed me some chunky, but not expensive, cable (around 2.50 a meter IIRC). As that was the type of thing I was already using I didn't replace it.

I asked what the hideously expensive cable was for and they said they had to stock it for some people to take them seriously even if they never recommended it. Some people just didn't believe that you could spend less than 1000 on speaker cable and so didn't.

I loved that shop, they saved me huge amounts of money by focussing on sound and not price when I bought stuff (I saw some lovely speakers - looked lovely, and had a price tag to match, but they said they were a waste of money and that the CM9s at half the cost sounded so much better. And they did!). It's a shame the owner decided to retire when the shops rent came up for renewal...

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'I had a rare Twitter handle... I was extorted into giving it up'

Stacy

Re: "I’ve been offered as much as $50,000 for it."

Maybe because he didn't want to sell it?

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Apple: That 'white screen of death' nightmare? We'll fix it... AT SOME POINT

Stacy

Re: Don't forget that 2.4GHz is a shared band @stacy

I had no idea I was only talking to you. I was merely saying that it's a problem that I have had with fanbois. Whether you consider yourself to be a blind fanbois as I said in my post is for you to decide.

Yes, the router was at fault. iPhones, Android phones and tablets and Windows computers all connected without a problem.

But the router is broken as the MacBook Pro doesn't connect.

Oh, and after a week or so of using it on the wired connection and it getting an update it worked. The Apple had the update, not the router.

The router was obviously broken.

Oh, and if I had a router where the everything except for one computer (or wireless dongle or card) worked, not matter the brand of the non-functioning appliance,then I would assume that it was a problem with that one computer. Not the router.

If everything has a problem with a router then I will accept that the router has a problem.

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Stacy

Re: Don't forget that 2.4GHz is a shared band

The thing I hate most about Apple is the fact that the fanbois refuse to accept when there is a problem with the kit. My father in laws MBP refused point blank to connect to his router. I asked for help on forums and to the Apple users I know at work only to be told by everyone that there is no way there could be a problem with the Apple, it must be the router that was broken.

When I pointed out that no other piece of equipment had a problem connecting to the same router the answer stayed the same. Apples work unfailingly and the router has a problem.

All computers have problems, MS, Linux, Android, MS or whatever else. Refusing to accept that your preferred one could have a problem is just wrong...

(And just to be clear - this is written on my MBP; so not a blind hater :) )

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Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum

Stacy

Re: Chipmunk

Ahh... A Chipmunk T.10 was the first plane I ever flew (OK I've only ever flown 4...). Great introduction to flying :)

Memories... (and wishing that I could afford to actually get my license!)

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Zuck you! Facebook introduces 'Dislike' button... in Messenger

Stacy

Re: because there's no other way to express an emotion

I do wonder why anyone would ever like those posts when anyone of the three options mentioned would be so much better...

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Beauty firm Avon sticks spike heel into $125m SAP-based sales project

Stacy

Only worked in one company that used SAP

And it was unreal how much cash can be wasted, and how failure can be spun into 'opportunity'

In the nearly three years I worked there they were working on an online catalogue for displaying the products they sold.

During that time, and still when I left, there were still 10 internal people working on it, 10 SAP consultants and a multitude of consultants that came in for a few weeks then vanished again.

When, after about 2.5 years, they announced that they could put images of some of the products on a web page there were great celebrations about how amazing the new system was.

I couldn't help feeling that a small team developers working in which ever language they picked (.Net for me, but I'm sure that a J2EE solution would have been as quick) could have had the same functionality working in a couple of months (being really conservative here ;p)

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Fisher-Price in hot seat: iPad bouncy chair lets APPLE BABYSIT tots – parents

Stacy

Re: Not sure I get the ire

I did see that.

And I said that I don't like the ones with the flashing lights either.

But also said why I think and tablet for a baby isn't just bad, but dangerous for development of the baby, and it's relationship with the parent.

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Stacy

Re: Not sure I get the ire

Mobiles hanging over the bouncer or car seat are different on many levels.

Interaction with others: You can play with the mobile with the baby, swinging the toys backwards and forwards etc, the iPad is a single person activity, cutting the baby off from the world

Interaction with the world: Mobiles have different materials on the toys to introduce different textures to the baby, the iPad is a flat glass screen

Eyesight: This would force the baby to focus at one single distance for a long period of time. As the mobile swings the baby follows the toys and learns how to focus it's eyes, plus the iPad blocks off a whole lot more of the baby's field vision than a mobile does - it has no choice but to focus on the tablet.

Hand eye coordination: If you take the above two points then you could also argue that this would limit hand eye coordination. The iPad is always the same distance away and all you can do is poke it, where as a swinging toy takes more control to reach.

Personally I don't like mobiles with flashing lights either, but even one of those would be better than this...

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Thought your Android phone was locked? THINK AGAIN

Stacy
Unhappy

And the worst thing is...

Lots and lots of people would still install it without question...

And then the ones that know me will call to ask me to look at their phone...

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