Re: I know what's next...
Hopefully they'll pick a "sin" that I don't enjoy, although I can't think of one off hand.
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The watch, although there isn't really a market for them, made sense - buy a windows phone, buy a windows watch. They gave up on windows mobile, so they gave up on the watches.
This seems like it will be built into Xboxes. I wonder if they'll rebrand that next iteration with a less games-console name.
I'd argue you're possibly wrong.
Remember when if you wanted quality programming with top actors you had to watch a film? Now all the money is in TV ( which is great for me as I've always preferred series to films ). Kevin Spacey in an internet only TV programme, for example. Imagine that 15 years ago. TV was for no name actors and has beens for the most part.
I do wonder whether that sort of thing is at least partly down to how good home TV's are now. I don't think the internet is much of a driver, as there are non-netflix massive budget programmes too ( game of thrones, etc ).
You could, or a dedicated website or mobile app or something. But as Facebook is ubiquitous, it's useful.
Email isn't as good - Facebook events let people say yes/no/maybe and post comments ( eg: I'll be there if I can find a babysitter ). It displays lists of who's coming, who's not, etc. Syncs to your calendar if you're going.
4 people going to the pub is one thing, but arranging 20 people going to a sports match is another thing altogether.
I don't know why my assertion that it's useful got me 16 downvotes.
I don't think social media is the only place for this.
Today I read an article on the Graun which was a letter from a reader, basically "Dear Graun, my husband and the father of my child voted Brexit and likes Trump, should I leave him?".
The responses below the line were generally in agreement.
I say if we kill all the readers of the Graun*, the world will be a nicer place.
* Not me, obviously - I read it for a laugh.
We don't need twitter, but facebook is actually useful. It's how I and almost all my friends coordinate our real life social lives ( through facebook Events ). The odd one who doesn't use facebook is a massive pain in the arse.
Perhaps if we could disable posting on facebook and replace the 'news' section with a link to The Times.
You don't need to compromise a mobile network to send messages from a sender specified number ( eg: "ThreeUK" ).
You just need a company that has API access to an aggregator ( an aggregator is plumbed into the networks themselves and can specify the sender number ).
There are plenty of them.
On the other side of this, I used to work at a firm that made IVR's ( interactive phone systems ).
Pre-planning the voice, getting it recorded correctly, cutting it up, dealing with spec changes, it was a nightmare. If we could have just licensed the speakers voice, it would have been so much easier.
Interesting. I did say San Miguel but last time I was in that neck of the woods I drank Estrella.
I do occasionally drink Sangria at home, however it did strike me as a touristy thing.
Most nice things now are internationalised ( think Indian, Italian, Chinese, American, Turk/Greek food, etc ). It's not odd to eat Tapas in England for example. The "experience the local cuisine" stuff is just snobbery. Most not-great things are internationalised too ( San Miguel, Amsdel, etc - they're all cooking lager )
I don't go as far as drinking Boddingtons and eating fish and chips, but I will happily eat in a Spanish Chinese restaurant, but my original point was - bliss would be a foreign holiday with great beer, whether it's true to the area or not.
I do drink the spanish beer and that wine, fruit and rum drink who's name has escaped me, I do eat the local cuisine. I also eat non-local foods, because why not buy something you enjoy. I'd love to be able to augment my lovely foreign holiday with some beer that I love rather than tolerate. You can't do that obviously, so I don't.
Who decided that you have to get the 'authentic' experience? Smug twats.
Foreign to the UK, obviously. And I did qualify it with "if you like brown beer with bits in".
Basically if you aren't a fan of lager style beers, that rules out anything popular from Europe other than Belgium. I'm sure German and Czech pilsners are very good, but to me they taste like slightly weird lager.
To be fair, foreign beer is ( if you like brown beer with bits in ) crap. It's all plain lager. Is buying San Miguel from an international superbrewery really celebrating cultural differences?
I'm not one of those fish+chips on the costas people, but I would appreciate a decent pint of blonde in the sun, were it available.
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