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Traffic / Re: New EU based Search Engine -
« on: September 12, 2019, 10:02:19 AM »
Hmm, same people, results from Bing.   Their About page says they have more stuff in the works but they can't tell us about it now.

At least it keeps the domain alive with a placeholder engine.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Do we really need an iPhone 11
« on: September 10, 2019, 02:03:20 PM »

Forget self driving cars too.  A robot that will fetch me a beer trumps self driving cars any day.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Do we really need an iPhone 11
« on: September 10, 2019, 12:54:45 PM »
I think the phone OEM's are, partly trying to kill off the everything but the Pro level cameras with the high end phones.  It's not their main goal but the erosion is noticeable.

Hardware & Technology / Re: 3 Privacy Smartphones for 2019
« on: September 05, 2019, 01:40:33 PM »
Pine Phone Update:

Sounds like UBPorts (the continuation of Ubuntu Touch) is the smoothest OS that will be available.  This is not surprising since Ubuntu Touch was pretty far advanced when Canonical turned it over to a community run organization.  UBPorts is probably also going to have the largest array of polished apps since many were developed along with the OS.

As near as I can make out, Pine Phone will be running batches of the phone each with a partner OS installed. 

Developer phones are already in production. 

Sounds like this is really happening.

Water Cooler / Re: Roomba Lawnmower Soon.
« on: September 01, 2019, 10:15:46 AM »
> trouble free

You have a very good point there.  The idea of a robot is to free up your time, not spend all your time servicing the robot.

Right now, the high school kid that mows lawns in the 'hood charges $20 - 35 per mow, trimming included.  We have small lawns.  The problem with high school kids is every 3 - 4 years they move on and you have to find a new one that is reliable.


I've had a mixed experience with WORX.  Their stuff is powerful for cordless, but I have a couple of switches that are going bad.

We might have to wait another 4 years for the price on a Roomba to come down, and for them to perfect the product.  I want to read the reviews once they have been out for awhile.

Water Cooler / Re: Roomba Lawnmower Soon.
« on: August 31, 2019, 08:04:16 PM »

I can buy a lot of $120 Walmart lawnmowers for that money.


And more robust, now we are talking.

In the 1890's bicycles were all the craze.  Cyclists "Wheelmen" had to fight for acceptance, permission to ride on public roads and for better built, paved roads.   Over 100 years later, scooters are in the same position.

So at some point, smartphone manufacturers might start offering ugly but functional phones built by robots (think FreePhone) and fashion statement phones built by people that cost more but look so cool and slick in your hand that you put it in an ugly OtterBox to protect it.  Then eventually, we will figure out how to build better robots that can build fancier phones and displace the humans.

The move away from China is probably for the best.  Too many US companies were totally dependent on China, plus it gives places like Vietnam and India a chance to develop their economies.

I posted here the other day about VN being the go-to place for many ex-China manufacturers.

That's where I read that!  I couldn't remember.

Water Cooler / Re: Roomba Lawnmower Soon.
« on: August 31, 2019, 10:13:19 AM »

The price just went way up.

Wow, 4 years.  I really did wonder what had happened to this. Thanks.

Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and India are the places US manufacturers are switching to due to the trade war with China.


Well it's Fox News.  The thing is there is always a learning curve, pain and mistakes in adopting a new technology but that does not mean we shouldn't try and also learn. 

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