Re: Not a dig at MS, but a question.
I have one on the way. £32 for Kingston 240GB. I was amazed how cheap they're getting...
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> Your use case is valid, it's the implementation that fails.
It works fine as a vacuum cleaner without any network connection, but you lose the facility to program scheduled clean ups, or adjust the power settings, along with many other features.
I agree with you that the external network access is not necessary for most use cases, but it does give you the option to trigger a cleanup from afar, or watch it fill in the map as it goes around. It uses LIDAR, not a camera.
It cost far less than any Dyson cleaner, and you don't have to do the hoovering yourself.
Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum version 1. Under £250 on GearBest. One of the best performing robo vacs on the market. It's my new best friend. ;o)
> I can't think of a good reason why your vacuum cleaner needs access to the internet at all. This is just more IoT madness.
So you / I can control it from the comfort of $wherever you like$ without having to physically go and fetch it.
If I drop crumbs on the floor, I can summon mine to the exact location for a spot clean, without leaving my chair. For us disabled folks, it's a marvel. I've ordered another one as a treat for my cleaner.
Just because you personally don't see a reason for something, doesn't mean there isn't a very good one for someone else.
On a school trip to Boulogne in the early 70s, we discovered a machine that dispensed freshly cooked frites. It had a little window where you could watch them cook. Massively impressive to an eleven year old. :o)
Didn't have fancy microcontrollers in those days. Presumably it had something resembling a washing machine mechanical programmer inside, or a very small and hot Frenchman?
I helped build the hoverport in 1978-9. Was there for the topping out, and the first test flights. It has been demolished now. :o(
There was also a monster French built hovercraft, L'ingénieur Jean Bertin, which used the port.
They were all as noisy as fuck. If the wind was blowing the wrong way, you could hear them in Folkestone, seven miles away...
They also wallowed like pigs. There was a reason every seat had a sick bag. Also, piss poor view out of the windows.
Great on a calm day though. Good for 60MPH+
They'll be fuckin' 'ard put to find a decent curry anywhere in Belfast! Maybe a "Chinese?"
When I was last in Norn Iron in 2000 or 2001, I was reliably informed by an R.U.C. gentleman of my acquaintance that there were only three "Indians" in the whole country. And they were all shit, compared to the ones in the UK, at the time. Plenty of chippies and Chinese take aways.
"Indian cuisine" has improved massively here in S.E. UK in the last 10 years. Let's hope the same is true there.
As for Syrian cuisine? I suggest they bring their own pans. And recipes. And ingredients. And chairs.
It's not difficult to get a Firearms Certificate here in the UK, as long as you don't have a conviction of >5 years or for serious crimes, or a documented mental illness. Membership of a shooting club is recommended, as it speeds the process.
Shotgun Certificates are even easier to obtain. Just ask at the Masonic Lodge! ;o)
Yesterday, a braindead courier of the Yodel variety managed to not deliver a package to me, despite a detailed description of how to find me, and two phone numbers to call if they couldn't...
Luckily, the solicitor's office that received it could read, and rang me.
Yodel? Burn them with fire!
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