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Comment Re:Because their pointless. (Score 1) 325

Actually I do find mine useful. I like having music controls on the watch for when I'm out walking and the phone is buried in an inside pocket, and I like getting notifications at a glance in the same sort of situation. Aside from telling the time, that's about all I use it for, but it's enough to be worth having.

Comment Re:blacklists (Score 3, Insightful) 345

When I buy an electrical device, I assume it's passed all the relevant consumer safety checks and complies with the regulations, as otherwise the shop would be breaking the law selling it to me (in the UK at least). I assume I'm safe to plug it in unless there's an absolutely obvious flaw (damaged power cable, for example).

Most people will go and buy a security camera or other device that connects to the internet and assume there's nothing to worry about if they're buying it from a high street shop. These things are sold as consumer devices in major stores, targeted at non-technical people. That should be enough, in an ideal world, for buyers to be confident they can connect them to the internet in the same way they can connect the microwave they buy to the power without worrying about whether it's safe.

OK, I accept that these days you can buy no-name stuff on the internet that probably doesn't meet safety standard (electrically or otherwise). That's your lookout and you should absolutely be liable for problems that result. But if you buy it at Currys? Argos? Well, in the UK consumer law says anything sold must be fit for purpose.

Comment Re:I own one, it's horrible (Score 1) 292

I sometimes wonder whether these "green tax" measures (in the UK that tends to be higher tax on older, supposedly less efficient engines), take total environmental impact into account.

What about the manufacturing process? Surely replacing your car every couple of years is worse for the environment than keeping older cars running. The marginal gains in efficiency must be outweighed by the environmental cost of the manufacture.

So these green taxes are nothing to do with the environment, everything to do with boosting the car industry.

Comment Re:No SD card slot? (Score 1) 116

I get that, I use sync for contacts and let my phone back pictures up to the cloud. I just like being able to download music to the device so that I'm not burning through my data plan and battery life when I'm listening.

That said, I've currently got a 32GB phone with a 64GB SD card in it for media, so the 128GB model would be fine for me. But just not at the price point they're selling it for.

Comment Makes searching easier (Score 1) 63

This could make searching for things related to it easier. The trouble with "apps" is that searching for "google apps" brings up stuff relating to Android apps and other irrelevant stuff. At least "suite", if it takes off as a name, will make searching for answers specific to the application suite easier than "apps", which is just too generic to be searchable.

Comment Re:Same problem as the "lending library" (Score 1) 60

Kindle unlimited would only work for me if the right books were on it, and I'm on the border when it comes to value. I might only read one book a month, sometimes two if I get more free time. I really ought to stop paying for Prime - it's the next day delivery that really encourages me to buy the shit I don't need, and before I had Prime I was perfectly happy to wait a few days for free delivery on the things I did actually want.

Comment Same problem as the "lending library" (Score 2) 60

This sounds like it'll be the same as the Kindle lending library for Amazon Prime members (you can get a book for a month, one per month, one at a time). The problem is the selection. It's no good if you want to read something specific.

Same with the video for that matter. OK, you might, if you're lucky, find a film showing for free on Prime that you want to watch but most stuff still costs on top of the Prime membership and it isn't even any cheaper than getting it elsewhere.

Comment Re:First they fire employees (Score 1) 194

Funnily enough, a £40K salary in London would be enough for me, as an older employee. I've paid off my mortgage and the commute costs would be about £3/4K.

I've got experience, I can add value and if the job was interesting I just need enough money coming in to pay the bills and leave a little over for the odd luxury.

My point is that sometimes us older workers are in situations where we can be good value if we're given the chance.

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