* Posts by Dave 126

4991 posts • joined 21 Jul 2010

Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: Its oh so easy to pour scourn

>Tatoos,

Already covered to death in a different thread. No blood oximeter works well through some tattoos.

> allergy enriched watchstraps

Not an allergy as such. Not specific to Apple. A sweat issue for some users with a specific strap, who probably haven't worn a watch in years. Easily solved by using a different strap, from Apple or a 3rd party.

Breaking news: Apple Watch doesn't measure the heart rate of some double-amputees.

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Re: Huh?

> As were common shapes such as rounded edges.... It's all old hat now.

Okay Baldrick, one more time:

The rounded corners were an example of a "Design Patent", which is not the same thing as a (proper) "Utility Patent". Indeed, in the UK we use the term "Trade Dress" instead - an example would be the unique shape of the Coca-Cola bottle. It is unfortunate that the USPTO uses the term "Design Patent" because it evidently confuses people. That said, it does make it easy to spot the people who comment without educating themselves first.

The USPTO does need some serious revising, though.

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Quite. This is not specific to any specific watch brand, Apple included. The material used and the fit of the strap are factors.

Conventional watch straps are available in materials including titanium, gold, stainless steel, ceramics, leather, Kevlar, cotton, Nylon, rubber, silicone etc.

YMMV. Nothing new here.

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Re: Huh?

It apes the function, not the method. Patents are how something is achieved, not what is achieved.

Example: Most loudspeakers use a diaphragm and a moving coil to make sound. NXT made speakers that make sound, but hold patents on using piezoelectric panels to do so.

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House of Cards UI central to Mozilla's plans for Firefox on tellies

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Re: Not again

Sony will be using Android, LG using what was once Palm OS, and Samsung will use Tizen.

Maybe Firefox will end up on Tesco's home-brand TVs?

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Re: Missing the problems of TV GUIs

@Christian

Sony's Xross Media Bar is an example of a TV UI that is based on what you mention - four direction buttons, [Enter] and [Back] etc. making it suitable for traditional IR remote controllers, as well as Sony's games console controllers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XrossMediaBar

However, why base a modern TV UI around the limits of these traditional Human Input Devices when touch-screen devices are so cheap? Or indeed 'free' if one assumes the user already has a modern mobile phone (if they don't, what's a £40 Android device to a £500+ TV?). One can then browser the Electronic Programme Guide without obscuring the currently playing programme, or bring up a virtual qwerty keyboard to search for content.

The nicest way to watch Youtube or iPlayer videos on a TV is to find them on a tablet or phone, and them then 'send' them to the TV. If the TV doesn't have this functionality built in, a games console or inexpensive dongle will add it.

Don't get me wrong, a traditional IR remote is good for adjusting the volume or flicking between a few favourite channels, but a touch-screen is better for more involved functions.

Sony will soon be using Android on their TVs, just as LG and Samsung use a former mobile phone OSs on their TVs - Web OS (from Palm) and Tizen respectively. (so I'm not sure who Firefox think they're courting).

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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Anyone remember...

... some Personal Media Players with the WMC logo on them? Part of MS's strategy around 2003 was to have portable devices with the WMC interface on them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Media_Center

In practise, most people used iPods or other devices specific propriety user interfaces. Or they installed RockBox on their device.

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There are a lot of solutions out there, varying in capability, ease of use, reliability and cost.

So....

Do you need to change your software for the time being? How many tuners do you need? Is buying new dedicated hardware out of the question? Do you have any special requirements, such as automation? Are you planning on buying a new TV in the near future - since some of them can record to USB media?

avforums.com might be a good place to look and to ask.

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It was facing competition from dedicated DVRs, Video on Demand, more dubious sources of content from the internet, inexpensive media-playing dongles, older games consoles re-purposed as the same (indeed, that's how XBMC got its name), Blu-Rays a more practical source of HD video for many people...

The Media Centre interface worked well with a traditional IR-remote controller for local media. However, I find that touch-screen tablets and phones work better as remote controllers for selecting on-line content on a TV - because a virtual qwerty keyboard makes searching for content easier, and content and be selected and queued *before* it is sent to the big TV screen (the interface isn't obscuring what is currently playing). This functionality is available with many a combination of iOS and Android devices, modern games consoles and dongles like Chromecast.

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French BIONIC EYE sits IN your peeper, feeds infrared light into nerves

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Re: A bit large?

>100mm² seems a tad large?

That's equivalent to a square with sides 1cm (10mm) long - that's smaller than a contact-lens. That seems to in the right ball-park for something that has to interface with optical nerve endings.

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Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer found guilty of code theft … again

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Re: The Emperor/Squid has No Clothes

The integration of human-approximating language patterns into amanfromMars1's communication modules has come on by leaps and bounds, I see.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Or women with three breasts.

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Re: 2001?

HAL didn't malfunction. He followed the orders that were given him. Unfortunately for his human crew, his original mission orders were added to at the last minute by some secret and poorly thought-through orders, and HAL resolved the conflict in accordance with orders he was given. As a computer, he performed perfectly.

If HAL knew that ""[human] Performance decrements, memory deficits, and loss of awareness and focus during spaceflight may affect mission-critical activities" , it would only support his decision to remove unreliable factors (humans Poole and Bowman) from the situation.

Quite why HAL killed the sleeping mission specialists, I don't know. They couldn't have interfered with HALs successful completion of the mission if they were hibernating.

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Re: Remote-controlled zombies!

>Just make sure there's enough spare brains in the fridge so they don't eat each other.

Just send the fridge of brains to Mars orbit, then interface with surface robots. Brains weigh less than bodies, so can be sent more quickly thus reducing exposure to cosmic rays.

Okay, we we're a long way from having serviceable brain-machine interfaces, but it is the 'bloody difficult' category, not the 'violates the laws of physics" zone. Initial research into it is paid for by other people (i.e Military and Healthcare), looking to make better prophetic limbs.

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Re: How to fix your Mars mission in 2 easy steps

>Throw away the ascientific EmDrive, then we will talk.

How is it not scientific? They observe results that they can't explain, so it is tested by other teams, and then tested again but less room for error. By following this path, eventually either the physicists will have learnt something new, or the engineers will discover what they have overlooked in the experiments (i.e an explanation for the observations that doesn't give the physicists such a headache).

There is still room for error, but less since the most recent tests in a hard vacuum.

I'm not saying that it works, but we don't yet know that it doesn't work.

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Re: Not really equivalent

>All of which leads me to the only sane conclusion: in order to get to mars safely, we need to use the moon as a spaceship.

There is also the Mars Cycler concept promoted by Buzz Aldrin:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_cycler

As I understand it, you get a bloody great rock into a cyclic path back an forth between Earth and Mars, and then human craft hop on at one end and hop off at the other. The mass of your rock isn't an issue, so more shielding can be used.

As regards going faster, do you remember those tests of an Electromagnetic Drive the Reg reported on? Last year thrust was observed without the expulsion of any propellant. Last month, it was tested in a vacuum and thrust was still observed.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/04/evaluating-nasas-futuristic-em-drive/

Please note, despite the linkied article jumping enthusiastically to potential spaceflight applications, this isn't yet a prototype engine; engineers still may have overlooked some alternate cause of the observed 'thrsust', or physicists have some retrhinking to do.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Re: Not tried an induction hob

Fires after earthquakes when gas mains have been ruptured.

Releasing combustion fumes at power station, instead of in heavily populated areas.

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Re: Fires

A conventional boiler can kill you with Carbon Monoxide. You could keep it in a brick out-house, but making it safe is an engineering solution that has been solved. So now we have them inside our houses.

Making sure that a Tesla Powerwall doesn't kill you with fire is also has an engineering solution. Unlike the Li-Ion batteries used in aircraft, any cooling system or fire-protection system can be made without having to worry about its weight too much. Details at the moment are scant - a liquid cooling system is mentioned - but the design is due to be open-sourced.

There hasn't been a Tesla car battery fire since 2013 - though I don't have the figures required to put that into context.

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Amazon boss Bezos' Blue Origins declares test flight 'flawless' ... if you overlook one snafu

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Re: Twig minus berries

I'm normally dubious of people who claim that rockets and towers are always phallic symbols, referring back to Freud himself who said "Sometimes a big cigar is just a big cigar". However, in this case they have a point!

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Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd

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Re: I've been expecting Apple to do this for a couple years now

>Plug your iPhone into a monitor, use a bluetooth keyboard/mouse, start the "OS X" app and there you go!

There are lots of things Apple could do, but choose not to.

1. Apple would rather you buy a second device from them, be it a Mac or an Apple TV, and continue your work session through their 'Continuity' framework.

2. You've plugged your phone into your TV, settled back into your couch and .... somebody rings you up. Bugger.

3. You've connected your device with wires?! That is not the Apple iOS way!

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Apple Watch WRISTJOB SHORTAGE: It's down to BAD VIBES

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Re: So to summarise

Would it work on Zune Guy?

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An ow standard is also known as an ouch standard.

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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J.J Abrams recruited some amateur but skilled members of an R2D2 club to create props for the new film, so there is chance these guys will get something.

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

As other posters have noted, if you have enough thrust you don't need wings to fly. So to answer your question, I'll quote Han Solo in the guise of Indiana Jones:

"fly, yes. Land, no!"

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Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

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Re: One OS to run them all ? Or all to run the one

You're right. In a way, this has already happened: using webmail is OS agnostic.

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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wine in reverse

GRAPE

Grape Runs Android Programs Executables.

Recursive element in name? Check

Program name gives no clue as to function? Check

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Re: Remind me how this works

All GSM compliant phones will use any available network to place an emergency call - not just your network. The phone doesn't even need a SIM, either.

Most people at some point will have seen the 'Emegency Calls Only' message on their phone where the name of the network operator normally resides.

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LG slaps SIX CORE Snapdragon 808 in LEATHER G4 dog&bone – not overheaty 810

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Cancelling my subscription

How come the headline joke was on a 1960s Velvet Underground song when the article was about something called an 808? 1980s Roland synth-pop fans demand to be told etc

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Tencent introduces slimmed-down wristjob TOS to swollen market

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>The new OS is targeted beyond watches at micro-gaming, VR products and smart tellies,

Internet of Things? What size of Things? As the article points out, the above categories are already have a choice of OSs, and aren't so power-constrained that they can't use a phone-grade ARM SoC.

Smaller, simpler Things (I'm thinking door locks, thermostats and lightbulbs) would benefit from a small, more reliable OS such QNX.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/18/qnx_hypervisor/

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Close encounter: Apple Macs invade the business world

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Re: really!

You neglected to calculate the effect of resale value on the Total Cost of Ownership.

You point may very well be valid, but do show your working!

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Acer: 'We will be the last man standing in the PC industry'

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Re: Dust accumulating

>use a pin or other small rod to stop the fan spinning

That is an important step to take - I've buggered the fan bearings on a desktop by making it spin too quickly with a vacuum cleaner.

Is there any truth to the idea that fast flowing air can cause enough static to fry components?

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Re: All in 1366x768!!

>I think the 16:9 ratio is due to the panels being mass produced for TV use, which makes them cheap to procure

Maybe. I just found it odd that the only non-16:10 laptops are made by companies who also make their own OS.

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Solution number 3: Shoot the cat.

I just added that to be completist. The other options are better on balance.

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My Dell does that... and it takes about a dozen small screws to get the panel off to de-fluff it. An easy to pop-out fluff catcher - like that found on tumble dryers or vacuum cleaners - would be handy!

Still, in a few years a good number of laptops will be fanless and thus without vents.

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Re: Little Willie

Catapillar tracks, PC mod?

Star Wars Sand Crawler PC:

http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/mod-of-the-month/2010/06/07/mod-of-the-month-may-2010/7

If you like sculpture, or sci-fi film props in your house, then buy sculptures or props. Not my scene, I guess.

That said, I've pinned a Gravis Ultrasound card to my corkboard.

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Re: ew Acer.

>always loaded down with shitware... ...I'll take a Thinkpad

Um.... Okay. I can only assume that in the wake of their shiotware scandal, Lenovo have re-thought their policy.

Still, Lenovo, like Toshiba and Macbooks tend to score well in the independent measures of reliability that I can find on-line.

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MONSTROUS iPhone sales are CANNIBALIZING iPads, gabbles Apple CEO

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Hehe, they were fun times! All he Turbo button ever did for me was make a little orange LED turn on.

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Re: Cool

>Get a Surface Pro. Far better product, and the best music notation software runs on it.

That depend upon exactly what he wants to use it for. Yeah, the Surface Pro might be better for some, but iPads are very well supported by music software developers, and by hardware peripheral vendors (guitar effects, microphones etc). iPads are also silent in operation - so would be more suitable for displaying sheet music (a pedal can be used to 'turn' pages) in a live performance scenario.

I'm sure that he will look at the pros and cons of both, and make an informed decision. :)

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Re: Cool

>I suspect iPad lifespan is significantly longer than that of an iPhone due to not being tied to an airtime contract.

A lot of iPads rarely leave their owner's house*. This means that battery life and weight aren't as critical as those of iPhones because they aren't carried as far.

* The Reg reported some study a couple of years back.

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Sorry, I didn't mean to dodge your pin about 1994 Macs - I used them a lot at school and found them always running out of memory. It is also true I didn't see their price tag!

However, when they weren't displaying a spinning beachball, their sound capabilities were better than my PC, they were all networked and keyboards and mice could be hot-swapped.

Yes, they were beige, but sat unobtrusively below the monitor, and they retained some of the 'snow white' design language originally developed by Frog Design for the Apple IIc (and which Sony would later deliberately pay homage to with the Sony Playstation - Frog Design had also done work for Wega televisions before they bought by Sony.)

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@ jason 7

You're absolutely right - I had my start trying to get games to play on an 8086, and its successors through the nineties! I was also exposed to Archimedes Acorns and later networked (beige) Apple LC-IIIs at school, and to Atari STs by people who had coveted MIDI keyboards.

I fell asleep before I developed my point, which was at that time faster CPUs and more RAM dramatically improve the user experience. Therefore, buyers would buy a new machine on spec against price, and money spent elsewhere was a 'waste' - so PC vendors would naturally put together the best components and sell them in the cheapest box. This meant there wasn't any incentive to make machines with the 'rough edges' taken off.

And that is fine. There is no reason for a company to make machines that are more highly priced than their competitors, unless that they are adding something that helps to sell it. In the PC market at the time, these things would happen but required collaboration from various parties. Therefore, genuinely helpful technologies (Remember when 'Plug and Play' was a selling point? Amiga and Apple already had it) took a little while to filter through.

The disorganised PC market had advantages, though... what became standards tended to start as a propriety solutions to genuine user needs. Lots of sound cards were sold as being 'SoundBlaster-compatible' for example, and later 3D video cards had to convince game developers top develop for their platform.

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Re: Cool

@CrosscutSaw

The reason that iPads and iOS are suitable for musicians is that because corners were not cut in their development. Latency in iOS has always been very low, and Wireless Midi has been baked in since the first iPhone. The reasons are historical - Apple only survived the nineties by appealing to niche groups - graphic designers requiring colour accuracy, and musicians requiring the low latency of Moto or PowerPC. These areas lead tio FireWire, and it was FireWire that made the first iPod a practical idea.

The point is, someone in the company remembered their recent history and went with it. Someone in Apple thought it would be idiotic to not support muscians, who enjoy a certain standing with young consumers.

Companies put that extra effort in because they wish to get a return on it.

Anyways - before the iPad, dedicated DAW control surfaces cost silly money because they were made in hundreds or thousands. The iPad did more, did it better and coast half as much - because it was made in the millions.,

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Fair does!

I don't own any Apple devices or APPL stock, but I'm glad they are doing well.

We are technology-using animals. None of us would be here without fire, many of use would soon die without clothing or shelter. Our environments are often full of man-made creations, so a badly created object feels akin to littering.

Now, i remember when the main frustration with a computer was that it wasn't quite fast enough. At that time, it was clear that easiest way to make the thing less irritating was to have a faster CPU and more RAM. Adding these things would clearly make ifor a better user experience. Also, these things would be easy to sell: "66 Mhz, 4Mb RAM, 200 MB HDD, 4x CD ROM, only £999". All of them with the same cheap, sharp-edged stamped mild steel chassis, many if them with a hideous fascia of beige ABS plastic when they could simply have been powder coated. That's mere looks, fine - but these machines insisted on a restart every time a peripheral was added, and this user didn't take that as a friendly trait.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Re: I don't get it

In response to your question, I shall refer to the post that immediately pre-dates yours:

Arnaut the less

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What do we actually need?

I keep my phone in a shirt pocket and with a coat on I sometimes don't hear or feel notifications. Some people have a similar problem with phones in bags.

I can see a use case for a proper watch that has a simple vibrate feedback and is linked to a phone, so it vibrates one way for a message, another for a voice call, and a third for other notifications. It would also help if it had the phone unlock function of the LG. It really doesn't need a display (other than the obvious one) or a blinkenlicht. Even the Pebble is overkill.

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Re: Navigation use case

That sound a bloody good idea Petur - which Android navigation app is that, may I ask?

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Re: Objectively gorgeous??

Too true, they will be worth more than scrap in a few years / decades time.

For balance, Omega make some more restrained watches too, as do their competitors.

I'm actually inclined to like companies who put a crazy product from time to time.

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Re: Your cringeworthy article implies

>14 down-votes (so far). Must have been a recruiting drive on Apple fan fora.

You don't have to be an Apple fan to down-vote someone who is quite obviously misrepresenting the article, and making themselves a hypocrite at the same time.

And shit, if you really thick this Reg thread is a Apple fan forum then you really have lost your powers of reading comprehension. The pattern has been roughly:

Commentards who say its not for them: Upvoted a lot.

Commentards who seem not to have read or understood the review: Downvoted a lot.

Commentards who express cautious interest: Upvoted a bit.

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>"...I'm normally a early adopter but so far I've not seen a single wearable that appeals... "

I've seen a few that nearly appeal, largely because they look like standard analogue watches. Casio, Citizen and a company called Martian make some in this form-factor.

The thing is, since my traditional watch was chosen by me from a selection of thousands, I'm not likely to find a smart-watch from a selection of dozens that looks as good to me as my current watch does.

I also like my handed-down watch, a 1968 Omega Chronostop with the Milanese strap... Apple have got that right, at least.

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Re: That is massive.

In the traditional watch market, watches have got a lot bigger in the last 20-odd years... 38 mm used to be the norm, but now 43 mm and bigger is common. Partly it is to do with the resurgence of the mechanical watch market in the late eighties - as it was a given that quartz was more accurate, functional and cheaper, it meant that mechanical watches were largely status symbols, so may as well be large.

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