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I can get pizza delivered.

I can get Chinese food delivered.

I've had sushi delivered.

Hell, I can order any damn thing I want from Amazon.

But, why the fuck can't I get a damn taco?!


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In my last post I was talking a little bit of crap about the Apple Watch and how slow it can be to load certain applications. However, are a bunch of reasons I own it and continue to use it every day instead of my Moto 360 or even my Samsung Gear S.

We often complain quite vocally about things that do not work the way they are intended, or the way that we expected, which are sometimes quite different. The Apple Watch does most of the things that I expected it would do quite well.

I am able to set calendar appointments and reminders, two things that I do very regularly. It does both properly, and I'm usually not required to go back in to those appointments and edit, as long as I keep it simple. I set a ton of reminders as well, even for little things, and it helps me more than I expected.

I'm able to receive and send text messages very easily and it is probably the way that I most use text messaging now unless I'm at home sitting on the couch. All of the notifications that I actually want show up on the watch and I can interact with them as needed, very rarely being required to pull the phone out of my pocket unless I need to do something a little bit more in depth than any smart watch can handle at this point.

One of my unexpectedly favorite features is the ability to control music that I'm listening to on the phone with the watch. It's far better than what the Moto 360 or Samsung watches offer in that not only can I go backwards and forwards through a playlist or control the volume of what I'm listening to whether via the phone itself, an external speaker, or a set of headphones, I can access my entire list of playlists as well as scroll though entire playlists themselves to access tracks directly.

While I certainly don't spend extended periods talking on the phone via the Watch directly, it has certainly been convenient to be able to answer the phone quickly via its speakerphone (it only works when connected to the phone via Bluetooth) and receive or share brief information without having to get the phone, or avoid missing an important call without the phone immediately accessible, allowing extra time to get to it.

I can control my lights from the watch, and even if the Phillips Hue app that does so is one of the applications that are slow to open, it's reasonably featured such that not only can I control whether or not the lights are on, but I can control the color and the intensity, and I can do it from anywhere.

Another favorite is that the Watch lasts all day as well as the next on a single charge. The same was true of the Moto 360, the gear S, as well as all of my previous watches. For me, more is always better with battery life so I certainly wish a device like this would last a week or more on a single charge but apparently we are not there yet and that hasn't changed much in the past few generations of smartwatch watches. At least I'm able to do everything with it during a single day that I can reasonably expect the technology provided to allow and then do the same the next day without much concern.

The Apple Watch accurately tells time as well.

I can whine and complain about shit that doesn't work perfectly sometimes, but the fact is most of the tech toys that I own works pretty damn well. Anything that doesn't tends not to end up in my hands in the first place, nor am I ashamed to take crap back to the store if it's a dismal failure.

Also, the ease with which I can change bands on the Apple Watch should be standard on all watches.

Apple, feel free to send payment for this post via Google Wallet. I prefer that over a check. Thanks!


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Pretty much summed up my thoughts on the Apple Watch.  Being that i've had mine only a few weeks, hearing that they next gen model will likely be a part of the September announcement, made me more comfortable with hanging onto it as I debated if it was worth it.  It typical apple fashion, the price of the first party bands are ridiculously overpriced.  I'll stick to the 3rd party ones.
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This looks like an interesting company offering subscription air travel on a national or regional basis.

I do not fly enough to justify anything like this but I can see it becoming popular very easily. 
You make business happen. We make business travel happen. Unlimited flying on major airlines from $1,500 per month. Business travel just got easier!
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I recall that in the early days of using +Google+ I ended up involved in some very interesting conversations. I got to interact with some incredibly intelligent people who were engaging, thoughtful, and respectful of one another while expressing views that usually differed. I haven't seen any of those conversations in a very long time. It has mostly become a web link and image repository, vacant of that which made it so promising years ago. It looks like the attempt to grow diluted what made it good.

What happened to those discussions? Have they migrated over to other platforms, and if so, which platforms?


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Funny you say that...I have not been using G+ as much based on what has been appearing in the new posts. I had initially kept somewhat active because of the difference in conversation here as opposed to FB. If you find where all the good technologically geared conversation has gone please let me know. I do get some intellectual stimulation from LinkedIn but feel limited in how I can interact since there are more work people there. 
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Reminder: If you use Microsoft OneDrive and want to keep the current 30GB of storage you may have, log in before tomorrow to opt-out of the changes. Otherwise, you'll have that storage dropped down to 5GB. 
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Love One Drive.  Hate that i'm about to lose my 1TB that came with my laptop.  Not renewing Windows 365.
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No.


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And if it is FLAC, they'd better have unlimited data! 
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Someone asked me to describe using the Apple Watch.

Most apps look like this for the first fifteen seconds. Then the screen turns off. It might be up and running by the time I tap the screen on again.

A few applications are light and quick though. I appreciate those. 
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I played with one finally on display at a store. The interface was laggy and unusable. 
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I can barely wait to block advertising on Android. Browsing the web on my iPhone and iPad has become a beautiful thing in comparison.


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The leather band certainly feels better. As for the look, I could go either way with it, but it is nice to no longer need to adjust the band repeatedly throughout the day. 
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I'm rolling with the leather bands with mine.  Going 3rd party because no way i'm paying Apple prices for a band.
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No need to wonder why I barely visit +Google+ much. The reason is right here in front of you.

+Google+, other places all over the Internet seem to display photos, GIFs, video, and other media without a problem. If those places had trouble if check my internet connection. But, this is just another Google thing. More almost finished stuff that mostly works except, not really, and that is developed with one stated purpose but changes to something else that should be better, but isn't, and still doesn't really work. Except, maybe sometimes. Or not.

Google is like your schizophrenic neighbor who starts the day by painting the house only to stop in half an hour to wash the car, stopping that to mow the lawn, yet drops it all to walk the dog, and then finishes the day off where they thought they started at the beginning of the day, sunbathing under the clouds with a heat lamp and a parka.


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This article is surprised and upset that police aren't investigated for damaging police property, namely the cameras which are supposed to be recording them. But this is inevitable, given the incentives: police get little protection from the cameras, and are placed at greater risk of complaints sticking. (Let's not say legal action, since actual prosecution for misconduct of even the most egregiously felonious sort is very rare) Police chiefs have no interest in alienating their own officers. And nobody seems to have clear authority outside of that.

But there's an alternate legal solution, part of which would require a simple change to the laws mandating the cameras in the first place, and part of which is already in the hands of judges today. It's to use the legal notion of "adverse inference."

In court cases (both civil and criminal), there's a phase of discovery, where the sides can demand that the other side produce relevant documents and so on under court order. If you try to cheat at discovery, concealing or destroying evidence, there are a range of exciting penalties available to the judge. (And given that trying to ignore or defy a court order is one of the best ways to end up with a very unhappy judge very quickly, this is not something you want to happen.)

"Adverse inference" is the mildest of these, and it's something a judge can order when a piece of evidence is "mysteriously" unavailable: that whatever that evidence was meant to prove, it will be assumed that what the other side claimed about it was true. (So if e.g. your financial records were subpoenaed in a breach of contract case to prove that you had earned more than you claimed on a deal, and you tried to fake their nonexistence, that would count as evidence that you had earned exactly what the other side had claimed you had)

If a body or dashboard camera failed due to the actions of the police officers in question, then the resulting lack of evidence isn't and shouldn't be neutral, as far as the law is concerned. It's a deliberate attempt by a party to a case to thwart the collection of evidence, and courts should treat it as such.

The relevant change in the law would be to create a presumption that these camera failures are not accidental, so as to put the burden of proof on the officers in question instead of on whoever is up against them in court.

(For those who are legally minded: a failure to produce evidence from body or dashboard cameras due to damage to or nonoperation of the camera, or loss of evidence outside of the retention processes defined for said footage by statute, would create a rebuttable presumption of spoliation, which the judge would then have leave to remedy according to the relevant rules of procedure in that court)

I'm not certain whether this would be a good or bad idea. It's a powerful enough change to the evidence system that it's honestly dangerous, and one would have to think through the potential consequences, pro and con, very carefully. Such a law would essentially place the burden of proof on the police, whenever evidence was unavailable for a suspicious reason, that they had not deliberately sabotaged it.

If cameras actually do fail fairly regularly without sabotage, for example, this would be a terrible law. On the other hand, if it is in fact the case that "camera failure" is almost always a sign of monkey business, this would be a quick way to straighten it out. Likewise, if standard operating procedures were worsening the situation – e.g., cameras which break naturally aren't getting fixed for a long time because nobody cares, or the handling of camera evidence is sloppy and frequently loses things – then a law like this would change priorities very effectively.

And of course, for deliberate destruction of evidence to conceal felonies, I have no sympathy whatsoever. A crime committed under color of law is worse, not better, than one committed in the usual fashion.

h/t +Alex Scrivener.
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Might have to let this rest for a while while the 5s takes over. The smaller phone may be the better choice. 
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Just saw your other post...but the bigger phone fits you. 
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