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How to Poo on a Date wins odd book title of the year

Erroneous Howard

Re: Not Hodder & Stoughton...

1) Run away?

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Google is developing flight 'price comparison thing' with us, claims Ryanair boss O'Leary

Erroneous Howard

Re: > true cost of the flight

So a great idea would be to combine the comparison engine with something like Google Maps to work out both the cheapest flights as well as an indication of the travel distance from airport to final destination. So at a glance you can see that while flight A might be the cheapest, it lands you significantly further away. Essentially you'd input your start and finish locations and let the tool work out which airports are most convenient for you.

Either way, they should also ask questions about any potential extras so you can compare the price of the flight PLUS extras against flights that may potentially come with those inclusive.

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Twitter: It's JUST LIKE Elder Scrolls (no it's not)

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Re: >> Mr Dabbs, do I spot a little bit of green eyed monster?!

@Psyx

But you have to admit, there are quite a fair proportion of attention whores who DO treat social media as you described. You don't have to look very far to find a "Oh my god, somebody LIKE me" sort of post (unless you quickly remove this sort of person like I do). So perhaps it's less about our individual perception of these sites, but more about how adding the ability to "like", "+1", "retweet" acts as a sort of reward to those who crave them.

I saw the latter half of this programme and have to admit that I thought exactly the same thing when it started trying to claim that Twitter was like a video game. Complete bollocks and had the wrong comparison in place. All it does is prove that some people will do anything if there is some sort of "reward" at the end, even if that is a high "like" count.

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' attack site wins Nominet takedown battle

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Re: she would "fight on until this industry is regulated and the serious risks publicised"...

Not sure why your post has been downvoted as that seems to be exactly what she did with Optimax. So she thought, "I'm on to something here", and decided to try the same thing with Optical Express despite having had no dealings herself with them.

Specsaversruinedmylife.co.uk anyone?

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iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch

Erroneous Howard

They probably ARE bums, the Apple staff just put some barriers around them while they were having a snooze

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Ten top new games for phones ’n’ slabs

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Freeze!

Just checked and is now free on Android.

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Re: Real racing 3 (@Ben 56)

I lost connection a number of times during the download thanks to some flaky wifi but didn't suffer a restart from the beginning. Someone in another comment mentioned the same thing so are you sure you are not blaming EA for something specific with your device? If you are worried about mobile data usage then the best bet might be to wait until you have a wifi connection available.

I've played this on both an iPad mini and a HTC One and I can't say I notice much difference although personally I prefer the slightly larger screen to play on. The controls can take a bit of getting used to, but once you learn that "less is more" (i.e. not flipping your device completely onto its side to go round a bend) you can get the hang of it. Sure, the "wait to service cars" can get a bit annoying but once you have built up a small collection of motors you can race other events while waiting for cars to be ready again.

Going to check out some of the rest of the list but will be looking for demo versions if they exist as I prefer to "try before I buy" :)

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Microsoft Office 365 on iPhone NOW: No, we're not making this up

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Re: Ummm, hang on a sec

And of course, bear in mind that this makes iOS devices more useful for the corporate crowd and thus less likely to have A.N.OTHER more corporate compatible device pushed upon them.

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SEXY models clash at big bash over catty tweets: Yup, it's HTC v Samsung

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Re: To be fair...

It's probably the only thing LG have won around mobile phones for a while

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Eerie satnav boffinry claims it can predict THE FUTURE

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Re: This could be useful-

> Just getting it connected to the indicators on a BMW would be a help.

BMWs have indicators?

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Euro watchdog bares teeth at Microsoft over browser gaffe

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Re: EU lost the plot

I don't see a "Browser Choice" screen on either Apple or Android devices either.

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Erroneous Howard

Re: Too little, too late

Sorry, but that's not a very good analogy. That would be more closely equivalent to Microsoft receiving back some or all of the fine they paid initially.

A better analogy would be if the person who stole your car was let out of jail (after their sentence - equivalent to the fine in this case) and then allowed to steal your car and smash it up again without further retribution because they've already "paid their dues" for doing so the first time.

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Boffins find 17,425,170-digit prime number

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Trollface

Re: Why are we paying for this research?

"If these researchers would just place 7, 23 and 39 in laboratory conditions and observe them they might learn a lot about the behaviour of prime numbers"

They might even spot that 39 was there masquerading as a prime number but how long would they take to see through its disguise?

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Tell Facebook who's the greatest: YOU are!

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Re: Mourning HMV

But HMV stores were not a pleasant place to be any more - crowded, cluttered and unwelcoming.

If I go to a store to buy it's because I want to see the product, or don't want to wait for delivery - or that I want advice or opinions. HMV didn't need to try and stick every single item they have in stock out on the sales floor, they could target specific products along with some related items on the floor, as long as they have some sort of stock checking facility which avoids having to queue at the counter.

Music/video/gaming are leisure activities and for the most part people do them to relax so it would make sense if the environment you go to purchase them in was to reflect that.

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Reuters rubbishes report rubbishing cheap iPhone rumor

Erroneous Howard
Meh

But in the meantime they don't want anyone to know as it might cause a dip in sales of the current iphone if some people decide to wait for the cheaper version?

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Review: Lego Lord of the Rings game

Erroneous Howard

Re: re: Does Tom Bombadil finally show up?

You don't meet him in the story, but can unlock him as a character to use in free play.

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UK games market clutches chest, bleeds out sales in 2012

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Re: suspect data?

If that is true regarding Steam then I might be inclined to agree with you for at least a portion of the difference. I think the PC games market is relatively small in comparison to consoles but I know this year Steam have been selling a much wider variety of products. Most of my old gaming friends buy the majority of their PC games there now.

It has been a really slow year for "good" game releases though, not that many major "big money" releases that I can remember, and practically all of them in October/November. Next year will be interesting with the new GTA due to be released (assuming it is on time) as that normally is good for a fair few sales.

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Facebook to debut auto-play video ads in 2013

Erroneous Howard

Re: Good luck with that

It reminds me somewhat of sites which used to blare out a terrible midi version of a file the second you hit the page. Generally the moment that crap started playing, the back button got struck hard.

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Smear campaign

Erroneous Howard
Windows

Winds me up.....

.....when I am showing someone something on my laptop screen and then THEY start prodding it to point things out. I've actually remarked that "it isn't a touchscreen you know" and found myself wondering if they prod everything in their life so hard....

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Analyst slams Apple innovation FAIL

Erroneous Howard
Angel

Has he resurrected?

"Jobs said in October 2012: "We've done tons of user......."

2012? I know he was viewed a bit like Jesus by some of the Apple followers but unless he has literally been resurrected, I'm pretty sure Jobs wasn't around in October 2012 to say anything!

We'll chalk that one up to a typo :)

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Resident Evil 6 game review

Erroneous Howard
Meh

Re: RE 1 & 2 = Good

I have to agree - I thoroughly enjoyed the older RE games for their ability to scare the pants off me. I gave up after RE5 when it became plain that all they were interested in releasing was a very generic game with all the atmosphere of a Fred West garden party. Like several posters I think QTE sections are just pointless, as while looking for the next button to press you actually miss the pretty on-screen action. Trap-points (that last for too long) and over-reliance upon boss fights just smacks of a lack of imagination or trying to "stretch out" the play time of a game.

Was waiting to see if RE6 was a big improvement upon RE5 but it doesn't sound like it so I probably won't bother buying the game.

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Merde! French Prez palace blueprints nicked from cable layer

Erroneous Howard

I still fail to understand.....

......why anyone carries sensitive data on an unencrypted USB device these days.

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Megan Fox fingers fondleslab in sexy store promo

Erroneous Howard

There's tech in this picture?

Sorry......didn't notice

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Browsium rescues HMRC from IE6 – and multimillion-pound bill

Erroneous Howard

Re: Extended support

Yes, it does. It was due to end in 2012 previously but they extended it further.

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The iPhone 4S in depth: More than just a vestigial 'S'

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@AC 08:50 GMT

"On the other hand, 64gb micro SD is not yet available at all"

Well, this looks oddly like a 64GB microSD card, and is available and in stock. Although I do agree with the pricing comment, and it seems much better value when you take the 32GB to 64GB jump.

http://www.sandisk.com/products/mobile1-memory-products/sandisk-ultra-microsdxc-card

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Google+ chases MySpace for second place

Erroneous Howard

Re:Does anyone in the real world care?

No, no they don't.

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Dead Island

Erroneous Howard

Fun but...

My biggest issue with the game is that I have basically lost progress when quitting. I am sure that I reached another checkpoint (in fact several) after the point it sent me back to, but basically lost about 2 hours of progress. Redoing the same missions confirmed a number of "checkpoints" which seem to have been lost in the save game.

To be honest, I can ignore a lot of the bugs as I love the open nature of the game and the satisfaction of mashing zombies with a variety of violent weapons.

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TouchPad sales doubled after it was discontinued

Erroneous Howard

A title is optional?

If staff are going to get "first dibs" on these devices coming into the UK then there should be measures in place to discourage reselling.

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TomTom fights falling satnav sales with iPad app

Erroneous Howard

Fantastic.....

Now instead of people going around with a third of their vision blocked by a TomTom in the middle of their windscreen they can effectively block even more of their sight by somehow mounting an iPad in the window.

I've only tried using an iPad (original) once for navigation, and the satellite reception was so poor I had to give up. The newer ones might have better reception - I couldn't say - but it couldn't be much worse.

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Google points finger at human after robo car accident

Erroneous Howard

Re: Re: Re: Humans

"Humans have vision, senses and reactions far in excess of any machine."

As others have said, no they don't. What (some) humans possess far in excess of any machine though is cognitive thought. The ability to analyse a growing situation before it becomes dangerous, rather than react to a pre-programmed routine when a danger appears. Of course the programming can get smarter, but at present the humans still lead on this count.

To be honest, the biggest concern I have about robocars is the fact that the programming is only as good as the people who made it. I don't know of many applications that don't have some sort of bug and encountering a bug at 60mph is significantly more dangerous than when sitting at your desk - unless of course you have a life-critical desk job.

I'm also not sure about how useful the human "failsafe" will be once they are used to the car driving itself. Sure, the first time you go in one of these cars you'll be watching everything it does, but by the 100th time do you really think you'd pay as much attention as a "decent" driver (by this I mean someone who actually uses observation during driving)?

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Microsoft man saves drowning woman

Erroneous Howard

Re:I know I'm going to sound really old...

Sound leakage from headphones is more often a case of shit quality headphones than pure loudness in itself. A decent set of phones, particularly in-ear ones, would allow them to listen to music at deafening levels without being audible from the outside. They also have the advantage of allowing you to listen to the music at a quieter volume as they cancel out some of the background noise. Although I'm completely with you on the fact that it sounds shit anyway.

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Sony pains pre-owned game punters with PSN Pass

Erroneous Howard

Re:Bad Sony....(yawn)

"This is good news, as it means money is actually getting back to the companies that CREATE the games in the first place, rather than staying with the retailers, who already make money on the original sales, and then double-dip."

Wrong. What it means is that you will get even less for your pre-owned games when you sell them back, and the companies who trade them on will likely still make the same profit. Essentially they will hurt themselves as quite people buy games with the express intent of playing them, then selling them on while they still hold some value (to trade in against another new game). As the trade-in value for even a week old game will now be lower, people will simply have to be more picky about which games they buy.

You can tell this to be the case by the number of almost new games that are available "pre-owned" within the various game retailers. So if people are forced to either spend more or buy less, my guess is that the overall spend will not change too much.

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UK will obey barmy Euro unisex-insurance rules from 2013

Erroneous Howard

Re:Lawyers are the problem

I've been hounded by one of these personal injury claims companies due to a non-fault accident I had about a year ago (someone not paying attention hit the back of my car in a queue of traffic). I was not injured and therefore decided I need not claim anything other than to fix the damage to my car. However, on the one occasion that I actually spoke to one of these people they made me feel like I was missing out by NOT claiming. In fact, although I told them I was uninjured, I was told that "everyone else claims anyway", and "nobody could prove I did not get whiplash" if I decided to claim for it. I was practically being told that I should be dishonest and make a fraudulent claim for an injury I did not get.

It's this sort of shit that puts everyone's insurance premiums up and you can tell by the falling profits of insurance companies that it is hitting them hard (Direct Line for example swung around £450 million from £200m profit to £250m loss). If it were my decision, I'd make everyone attempting to claim from insurance take a lie detector test (or perhaps a random selection) - it'd still be cheaper than the payout on the false claims, and especially these no-win, no-fee type claims.

I've always objected to women paying lower insurance prices than men, and even thought about trying to get insurance from Shiela's Wheels and then taking them to court based on their blatent sexism. Every day I see women driving like idiots, either aggressively (one this morning almost took out another lane of traffic trying to veer between lanes queue-dodging) or "without a clue" - the latter of these cause plenty of accidents while hardly every being "at fault". Last Friday, three (yes three) separate women drivers almost caused accidents at roundabouts within my sight (one directly in front of me) by cutting across deciding they wanted to turn right from the left-lane.

So I agree that insurance should not be gender-based, just like it should not be race-based. At the same time, something needs to be done about the "injury" claims which are becoming more commonplace as I think it's ridiculous to seek a couple of grand based on having a slightly sore neck for a few days (or at least saying you did.....).

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Apple site hacked 'by LulzSec' - report

Erroneous Howard

Re:If this was Google

If this was Sony.......it'd be down for a month about now.

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Terrafugia flying car gets road-safety exemptions

Erroneous Howard

Pie in the sky?

I certainly hope not, although as much as I would love to see us all flying through the air "Jetsons style" I think we're still a good few years away from a useful and affordable solution. This, as you say cannot lift two average size men and that does not account for briefcases, bags etc. making it an expensive toy.

Really it's just a plane that can be driven on the road rather than a viable flying car. I don't think a true flying car - which can carry four people (2 adults, 2 kids) plus light luggage, and will not cost hundreds of pounds/dollars in fuel every trip - is possible with the current propulsion technologies in use.

Good luck though.

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'Robots can save America', says Obama

Erroneous Howard
Terminator

Of course they seem peaceful...

....that's what they do right before they attack! Gain our trust and then strike while we are weak.

I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

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Rockstar shoots LA Noire onto PC

Erroneous Howard

Re:DVD's

Stop falling off the roof then....

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Infamous 2

Erroneous Howard

Not sure about this one

I've only played the demo of Infamous 2 whereas I had played the original through a couple of times (good and evil) but my immediate feeling was that the controls felt like they had been overcomplicated. I didn't like the way that at least a couple of the buttons now seem to have dual functions (L3 I think is one - depending if you are in range of a power source or not?), and they seem to have done away with the standard attack lightning "bolt" and gone for some sort of ball of electricity.

I was going to buy the new version, but based upon the experience of the demo I decided to wait until I can get it cheaply, probably as a preowned copy.

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Sony teases tablet fans with bizarre 'mousetrap' vid

Erroneous Howard

Ripoff....

And not even a good ripoff of the Honda ad. It looks like it is entirely CGI anyway, which makes it less impressive even then some of the tech demos I recall seeing when buying new Nvidia and ATI graphics cards.

If you're going to take off someone elses idea, at least do it better.

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Boffins brew up formula for consummate cuppa

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Errr

So how does this account for people with different tastes? I like my tea much stronger than quite a lot of people I know, some of whom barely want the teabag dipping in the water. One man's ambrosia is another man's poison.

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EA: early Battlefield 3 buyers will gain no advantage

Erroneous Howard

Double negative

"EA has denied claims that gamers who pre-order Battlefield 3 will not gain an advantage in play over those who don't"

Denying they will not gain an advantage surely would be confirming that they do? Perhaps the article should have read "EA has denied claims that gamers who pre-order Battlefield 3 WILL gain an advantage in play over those who don't"

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Cloud iTunes DESTROYS music business FOREVER!

Erroneous Howard

Not even a new concept

Qriocity already does pretty much the same thing - adding any existing music in your collection to your "cloud available" collection. I don't get the fuss really - if anything it discourages making copies as your music should already be available to you on any enabled device.

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Chinese teen flogs kidney to buy iPad

Erroneous Howard

Re:Cue bullshit accusations of Apple fanboi...

Indeed - after all he only sold ONE kidney.

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Earth receives picture postcard of Milky Way

Erroneous Howard

Maybe....

....it's a parallel dimension. Best ask Magical Trevor if that's where the cow went.

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164XXX jubs shake Middle England

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The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

"Some people think I'm a freak"

Change "Some" for "Practically all" and you're just about there. Give me a real pair any day, big or small they'd still be far more attractive than these sideshow attractions.

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BT fibre-to-the-premises trial takes 7 hours per install

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40GB cap

Well yes, if you choose the broadband contract with a 40GB limit. They DO sell an "unlimited" service as well (certainly for infinity), which of course is "subject to fair usage". Quite what fair usage entails on a trial of "up to" 100Mb fibre is anyone's guess.

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Patent row gets Playstation 3s banned from Europe

Erroneous Howard

One other thing to bear in mind

Not entering into the "Sony are great/Sony are arseholes" debate, or even the legality/morality of the patent war, there is one point which may have no legal value but is of definite relevance:

It is mainly down to Sony and to the PS3 that Blu-ray won the format war with HD-DVD. Had the situation been otherwise then the chances are that HD-DVD would now be the favoured format upon the high-street and LG's patent would be for a technology that had about as much retail value as a bag of frogs - as it would be almost impossible to topple a statistically similar tech once it was already established.

I don't like Sony, or their attitude towards their customers, but I do think that is relevant.

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Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding

Erroneous Howard

"The Cloud"

And thus highlights the problem with storing your data in the cloud, and therefore under somebody elses control.

I see potential for the same issues with other cloud-based services, meaning that essentially you still need to keep a backup of your entire data-set even though you have supposedly offloaded the cost of doing so to the third-party. Granted, he probably doesn't have a corporate agreement with Flikr along with SLA's and agreed support/backup, but still it's one of the things the beancounters do not consider when looking at the attractive costing of cloud-based services.

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Videogame TRAINS TERRORISTS, yells pundit

Erroneous Howard

No comparison really....

If the real terror attacks were modelled using experiences from MW2, I'm pretty sure that at some point before the explosion the terrorist would get "pwn3d" by a 12 year old who would then repeatedly tell them how badly they had been beaten.

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Ten... fitness gadgets

Erroneous Howard

Amazed...

...that you did not include a GPS running device such as a Garmin or similar but did manage to include a foot massager and a puzzle. My Garmin has a heart rate monitor and a cadence sensor so is really useful for both running and cycling, a free website to upload all of my exercise as well as a standard export format which many other running and fitness websites accept.

The GPS is also accurate and there are a variety of options such as virtual training partner, courses (with route map), auto-lapping, auto-multisport, pace and heart rate zones and the 400 series have heartrate-based calorie calculation.

I have used one for a year now and wouldn't be without it for a long run or race.

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