* Posts by Dave 126

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AVOID the Apple Watch. Buy a drone or robot instead, techies told

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Re: and I believe...

Indeed they did.

However, even Apple users would suggest waiting for the iWatch MK 2.

First iPod: Firewire only, Mac only, 5GB.

First iPhone: No 3G

First iPad. No longer supported. The iPad 2 is still supported (though reports suggest its beginning to struggle with iOS 8).

Wait for MK 2.

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Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

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Re: A ray of light

>possibly some renewed focus on the Warcraft movies

Ah, thanks for reminding of what has been consuming Duncan Jones' time of late. His first two films, Moon and Source Code, were both solid.

Uwe Boll made a bid to direct, but was turned away by Blizzard, who he claims to have said, "We will not sell the movie rights, not to you… especially not to you." Haha!

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warcraft_(film)

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Supercapacitors have the power to save you from data loss

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Re: I've got one in an 8 year old FM radio

Similarly, don't go poking inside valve amplifiers (especially ones built in Jamaica for pumping out dancehall music very loudly) unless you know what you are doing. The capacitors inside can still hurt you, even weeks or months after the amplifier was last connected to a power supply.

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If the SSD manufacturers are expecting a more heat-tolerant capacitor chemistry to be available soon, they might not consider it worth investing in developing automated soldering techniques for the current generation of capacitors.

That's just a thought, I really don't know.

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Re: Kaboom?

"Oh, meltdown. It’s one of those annoying buzzwords. We prefer to call it an unrequested fission surplus."

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: Given the amount of effort required in that video

Titanium is stiffer than aluminium, weight for weight. However, the lower density of aluminium means that to achieve the same strength the cross section is wider, so the structure as a whole is stiffer. This is why aluminium bicycles have tubes with thicker wall sections (and thus thicker tube diameters) than steel or titanium bicycles.

Stiffness is not the same as strength.

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Re: Indeed

My autocarrot always insist that I use 'ducking life'.

Anyway, I'm off down the sub for a riot.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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Re: Always Critical of Apple

Like most things IT, I want more more storage, more memory and more speed, but I want those things out of habit. I have a 16GB Android phone and for my uses that is just fine. A few dozen albums, podcasts and a few hundred pictures fit on it fine.

For sure, if it had a larger screen, I might want to stick some movies on it, but no matter. If I spent more time on public transport (as opposed to being in my car with its own SDcard-playing stereo) I might want more storage on my phone, but I don't. So I can understand how some many people would want more than 16GB.

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Re: Battery life

There are websites that standardise (as far as is possible) their battery life tests of various handsets.

Anandtech have a reputation for such tests, and though they haven't yet released their full review and test results for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, they have released some preliminary results here:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/8559/iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus-preliminary-results

"As with all of our battery life tests, we standardize on 200 nits and ensure that our workload in the web browsing test has a reasonable amount of time in all power states of an SoC." The test is done on WiFi.

NB: The founder of Anandtech left the website earlier this year and is now employed by Apple.

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Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes

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Re: Very good at what he does

Robert Oppenheimer did try to poison his lecturer with an apple laced with some toxin... generally though, I'm on his side.

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Re: God doesn't think he's X

Not earlier, but tangentially related:

Bernard explains the abbreviations for various Foreign Office honours.

Bernard: “Of course, in the service, CMG stands for Call Me God. And KCMG for Kindly Call Me God.”

Hacker: “What about GCMG?”

Bernard: “God Calls Me God.”

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: Good cables are better

>I wonder why four people down-voted, there's nothing inaccurate about saying the DMA of firewire is a huge security risk.

The attacker will need physical access to your machine to plug in a rogue FW device. In the environments in whih FireWire is used, any thief will just make off with your external HDDs or expensive video camera before they start faffing around with a FireWire-based attack.

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Dyslexic, dyspraxic? No probs, says GCHQ

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Winston Churchill...

.. on seeing the people working at Bletchley Park was heard to say "When I told you to leave no stone unturned to get the people you need, I didn't expect you to take me so literally".

Of course Winston was less than polite about women, the Welsh, Kurds and many other groups... his views aren't mine, but he was a witty bastard.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/francis-maude-speech-at-cyber-security-challenge-masterclass

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Re: Excellent Review, Despite Clickbait

Yep, the Reg reviews of new iThings are usually very even-handed, and so are at odds with the dozen or so snarky articles that precede them.

Irrelevant to me as an actual phone user though - I'm more mid-range. The year old LG G2 still holds it own (not the best in any one category, but in the top three in a few areas such as battery, audio and camera) but I'm not sure I want a 5" phone, so very tempted by an Xperia Z1 Compact or Z3 Compact (there is no Z2 compact, and the Z3 C just refines the Z1 - e.g Sapdragon 801 instead of 800, improved viewing angles on the screen etc)

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I sold 10 MILLION iPhone 6es at the weekend, says Tim Cook. What did you do?

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Re: Please, Please, Please

>Will someone make a nice mid to high range phone that isn't stupidly big?

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact or Z3 Compact, both have the same flagship-specs as their bigger non-Compact brothers. I'm tempted, as they are both only 5mm wider and longer than my 4" Xperia P, they have 4.3" and 4.7" screens. A 5" phone would just be too upsetting of my trouser pocket.

In Android-world, anything under 5" is small these days it seems.

Some other vendors release 'Mini' versions of their flagship models, but they tend to have slower internals.

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: Practice, Practice, Practice

Really? I thought that the team Stanley Kubrick assembled for 2001 did a better job of faking space travel with models than many who have tried since with CGI.

Even the StarWars prequels used a large quantity of miniature physical models (in addition to the CGI stuff).

The director Christopher Nolan tries to use physical model as much as he can, as well. He also used David Bowie to fake Nikola Tesla, too!

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Re: Good effort but alas

Yeah, conspiracy theories are the mental equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and saying "nanananana I can't hear you na na na na".

People conspire on a daily basis - from surprise birthday parties to price-fixing amongst competitors - hoodwinks at this scale are implausible for all sorts of reasons, from motive to execution.

Sidenote: The first *hardback* edition of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has blurb for Capricorn One on its back cover (and not a plain blue back cover). Capricorn One is film and novel about a faked manned mission to Mars.

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Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

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Re: More fixable is good

Glue makes items easier to disassemble for recycling - the items are passed through an oven and then come apart more easily than devices that require unscrewing.

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Register journo battles Sydney iPHONE queue, FONDLES BIG 'UN

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Re: About the author

>Can we have some more balanced articles please?

Wait until the full Reg review. They are usually pretty even-handed, regardless of gadget species.

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Knee Jerk Off

> If an emergency vehicle is behind, just keep driving until there is a nice safe place to slow right down or pull over, not hard is it.

Agreed, if its intention to pull you over. No harm in gently slowing, and maybe blinkng your lights to communicate that you have got message and will pull over at the first available safe place.

If an ambulance, give a flash of your headlights whist planning your action, as it might help the people ahead of you notice the ambulance behind you and thus move move appropriately too.

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Re: Speedo?

Okay, lets say all of us here have glaced away from the road at times

All: Speedo

Some: + + our watches to tell the time

Looking at the speedo requires a glance, which is within margin., as is glancing at a wristwatch to tell the time.

Both are information displayed in an expected format. both are unchangiong in the way they disaply that information - there is no 'surprise' information, noe unexpected SMS text.

Except that the Speedo display can surprise: A warning light! However, it is a warning, so it is only telling you to safely slow down and then safely park. It is not telling you "that the timing chain is getting worn so get it seen by a professional now or else risk engine damage soon" - by the time you've read that, you would have crashed.

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Re: Speedo?

Car stereos that don't have a volume knob, but instead rely on two fiddly buttons.

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Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

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Re: Just

>fools and their money....

Er yeah...

if I only had a tenner, it would be foolish of me to be parted from it. Agreed.

If I had ten million quid, and all my shelter, food and booze was assured, what I do with the odd thousand quid doesn't matter a damn. That's kind of the point of having shitloads of money - being able able to spend someof it without thinking very much.

I'm not saying it's tasteful, or right - just that it ain't necessarily foolish.

And heck - if I bought some dodgy artwork, and sold it for ten times the amount ten years later - would I still be a fool, or would I be a prophet or just a jammy bugger?

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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National Treasures and National Jokes aren't mutually exclusive (almost the opposite, in fact)... with all the news about British politicians of late, I've been missing Screaming Lord Sutch. And Vivian Stanshall, obviously.

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Was it Wednesday's Guardian or Independent...

... that provoked this Reg article? One or the other had a half-page piece by Stephen Fry about the iPhone 6 yesterday.

Anyway, last time the Reg had a piece like this, its name was brought by Stephen Fry's blog to the attention of thousands of people who had never heard of it.

I wouldn't be a regular Reg reader if I wasn't cynical, but cynicism cuts both ways.

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iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!

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Re: WebGL Demo

Is it possible that you disabled WebGL in Chrome for security reasons, and then forgot that you had done so? IIRC, The Register recommended doing just that last year.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: TV / Panel / VDU

>D126: "push one button on remote control"

>>That's essentially a 'problem' (Really?) that can be sorted by the use of an advanced programmable Remote Control.

Okay JefffyP, can you train my father to press [PVR] > [Power] > [TV] > [Power] on the remote? Thanks. I've tried and failed.

>you might be asking a bit much (or giving up too much in other areas) to expect all your ever-changing gadgets and all your TVs to be fully integrated

I know market forces are against it, but there is no harm in me putting it on the 'wish list', is there? There is no technical reason why there can't be a 'wake-over-HDMI' function, surely?

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Re: US media domination ?

The U.S version of House of Cards - notable for being produced by Netflix rather than a traditional cable company. /pedant

Your point stands, though!

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Re: Stick in the seventies?

"As a <specialist in X> I have long been fascinated <programme topic>. Join me on my journey [groan] as I explore the fascinating story of <programme topic>. Along the way I'll look at [insert five minute montage of all of the programme's scenes]"

[ten minutes later: scene of presenter walking along looking deep in thought]

then [camera fixed on presenter instead of the object they are actually talking about]

There is clearly a BBC documentary style-book, the first page of which says 'nab someone out of academia who isn't too ugly'.

The only BBC documentaries that buck this trend are David Attenborough-narrated 'blue chip' series, and anything by Jonathan Meades.

It is worth noting that neither David Attenborough (natural history) or Patrick Moore (astronomy) had formal education in the subjects the are associated with.

/rant

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Re: TV

>TV sets now universally need decent external speakers as otherwise they are like a 1970 pocket disposable Hong Kong AM radio with 2" speaker.

Is it a bad thing in theory that you buy a screen and then buy speakers appropriate to your tastes and situation? Many people choose to use their own speakers, which means that the cost of fitting reasonably good speakers in the TV set is often wasted money. (Of course the devil is in the details, such as extra wiring, wall-mounting, making sure the purchaser is aware that they need to put aside some extra money for speakers...)

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Re: Congratulations

Agreed. Commentard Timmay put it well:

It makes it more snarky, for sure, and as much as I zzzzz at Apple stuff, I zzzzz tenfold at snark. Maybe I'm getting old, but there's a bit too much snark round here for my liking, and the snark is increasing. Maybe it should be renamed The Snark Register.

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2295915

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Re: TV / Panel / VDU

Fair enough. As long as the panel + box behaves as if it were one just device (i.e, just push one button on remote control to turn everything on)

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Re: Try searching on an ATV

Yep, just use an iPad/iPhone. This even works for searching on Netflix and YouTube on a PlayStation3, let alone an AppleTV.

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4:3?

Macs are 16:10 - as is my older Dell laptop. The MS Surface 3 is 3:2. The vast majority of other current laptops are 16:9, unfortunately.

Newsflash: Macs and Macbooks will drive monitors at their native aspect ratio just like other personal computers do .

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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Re: Why does the Moon have gravity?

>Re: Why does the Moon have gravity?

>>"... to which the answer is "gameplay is crap without it"

>>>No, the real answer is: They were too lazy/short on budget/<insert excuse here> to rejig the physics for the different planets.

With respect, Vector, changing the physics is very easy - it would just be the changing of a value. Bungie implemented low gravity in Halo 2, and mixed different levels of gravity within the same map in Halo Reach.

Basically, if your avatar takes a dozen seconds to return to the ground after jumping at 1/6 G, you can't control its movement easily: thus sub-optimal gameplay.

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Re: sigh

>I can't stand 1st person shooters, and for me gaming is most satisfying offline and solo.

Bizarrely, Halo started off life as a Real Time Strategy game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN9vO_gRzoI

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>Does beg the question as to why it wasn't prepped for release day to quell any questions about size and scope though?

The idea is that people with play with friends as the story unfolds in 'real time' over months and years. That wouldn't work if everything happened at once.

I like the fact that Bungie aren't that fussed about reviews - plenty of people pre-ordered the game. People who were likely to buy the game had the opportunity to play it for several days during the public Beta test and clearly made their own mind up.

I'm not saying that it is perfect (it could be combined with Elite: Dangerous, for starters!) but it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

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... I've only spent a few hours playing it, round at a friend's. I don't thinkl he's done much else for the last week. Generally, it plays great. A solid first-person shooter.

The world building appears to be extensive, but not much story has been told (so far). This should be no surprise, since there are many hints that the story will be influenced by players ( players can't yet align themselves will any of the human factions).

The whole Tower thing seems to be designed to do far more than it currently does - as if it has been designed for more content to be plugged into it a later date.

The menu system is a little odd - it uses a cursor to make selections, as if Bungie were using a mouse in development and not gamepad.

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Re: Story?

The story could be a slow-burner. After all, Bungie are trying to create a 'shared world', for people to co-operatively explore together over months and years.

It's all spelt out in Bungie's contract with Activision: 3 major releases over the next decade (i.e Destiny, Destiny Part 2, Destiny Part 3), and 3 main dollops of paid-for DLC for each major release. That's not including the DLC content that is included with your purchase of the game.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/22/activision_bungs_bungie_with_unprecedented_ratings_based_bonus/

Given the above, I'd be surprised if the story made much sense from the first week's gameplay. It would be like judging a sci-fi book's plot from the first few pages.

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Re: So It's Generic Shooter 2014 8th Edition

Yeah, the story seems a bit sparse so far (though the world-building is extensive).

However, it might be too early to judge the story, since it is going to play out over several years, by means of additional missions and characters.

More non-player characters are said to start turning up in the Tower hub soon.

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Most of the mixed/negative reviews have focused on the perceived 'small' size of Destiny. Those reviews could well be premature, given more content (strike missions etc) is due to arrive tomorrow, with more to follow in the coming weeks and months.

This new content includes new environments and enemies. This isn't 'paid for' DLC (though there will be some of that down the line) but free to all players of destiny.

http://www.bungie.net/7_Destiny-Events-Inbound/en/News/News?aid=12133

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Re: Ded game?

The consensus amongst follow-up reviews seems to be that whilst it initially offered a fun and exciting take on PlayerVs Player FPS combat, there wasn't enough there to keep it interesting.

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

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Printer Daemon protocol?

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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Re: "Advanced Light Source Synchrotron."

You can buy them from Maplins for about £20, sold as 'Disco lights that pulse in time to your mp3 player'.

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Re: assume "that a battery charges fairly uniformly"?

What Paul Kinsler said.

http://xkcd.com/793/ 'Physicists':

"You're trying to model the behaviour of a <complicated system>? Just model it as a <simple object>, then add some secondary terms to account for <complications I just thought of>. . . Easy, right? ... Why does your <your field> need a whole journal, anyway?"

[Liberal Arts majors may be annoying sometimes, but there is NOTHING so obnoxious as a physicist first encountering a new subject]

Sidenote: Randall 'XKCD' Munroe was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's 'Today' programme this morning - it was about 8:40 am for those who skip through podcasts.

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Re: @ 'Faux' Science Slayer

I like my satirists to be smarter than me, well informed and skilled in their art. Chris Morris, Peter Cook, Steve Bell, Jon Stewart, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rory Bremner, The Onion, whoever...

People who adopt a cause - whatever it is - to merely promote themselves are a part of the problem, since they just add to the noise.

Maybe FSSlayer should leave the issues surrounding energy storage to engineers? Aside from issue of renewable energy generation, there are some solid reasons for smoothing out the supply and demand of energy over a day / week / year. Batteries of any chemistry will only play a limited role in this - I'm not surprised that FSSlayer is ignorant of pumped hydro schemes and the like.

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

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Re: Time

How are you getting on with that EMP cannon you're building in your shed, herman?

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Re: Phone Cameras...

Indeed there is such a tradition... Private Eye magazine often calls out the journos with the most outdated byline photos.

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Re: Watches are for driving

Side note on cars and watches: one version of the Omega Chronostop was designed to be read on the inside of the wrist; its face was marked at 90º with respect to the strap (so the 12 o'clock marking is at 3 o'clock). This was to make it easier to read whilst driving.

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/2010/1/13/hodinkee-explains-the-omega-chronostop-an-under-the-wrist-dr.html

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Google and Apple announced their respective car-integration plans earlier this year - in effect, Apple's solution is to have an iDevice drive an integrated dashboard display, whereas Google's is based on a stand-alone car-based Android module.

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Re: U2

>Remote controls are free and a replacement is under £20. I agree mostly with the sentiment ...

In the early 2000s, there were $200 universal IR remote controls with touchscreens and programmable macros from the likes of Marantz...

A mate of mine uses his tablet as a remote control for Youtube on his Playstation3. He wouldn't have bought the tablet JUST for this purpose, but it is very convenient (since entering text for searching is easier on a touchscreen than with a game controller). Another friend uses his LG G2 as an IR remote for his TV and various related boxes.

Similarly, a remote control for phones would be handy - function not worth $350 by itself, but if it did other things too (notifications, fitness tracking etc) it begins to make more sense.

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