April 10th, 2015

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I am excited about my new smartwatch, and I don't even have it yet!

I got an email from Pebble this morning, asking for me to choose which colour I wanted (Black), who I wanted to take care of taxes (them) and whether I wanted it to arrive two days early for an extra £17 (No).

And, hopefully, I will have a shiny new colour smartwatch in my hands during May.

I've been really happy with my current one. From the obvious things like "Having my wrist tell me when new emails arrive" to little things like "My phone unlocks automatically when I get close to it" to things I really didn't think about "My wrist buzzes to tell me when I've forgotten my phone when I head off to a meeting."

About the only thing I'd like to see improved on it is the battery life - five days isn't bad, but it's still frustrating to have to charge it more than once per week.

The new one looks like a nice step up - colour is a nice-to-have, the new UI looks like it will work well, and it looks like it will enable a whole load of new apps. And they allow custom watch straps which will be able to have functionality built into them and communicate with the watch.

It's probably the most exciting piece of tech I'm going to get this year. (Unless Valve/HTC launch their VR headset. Or Microsoft launches the Hololens. And even then I'll probably hold off unless the games/applications are there to make them truly irresistible.)



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It seems remarkably unlikely that no government will be possible on May 8th

I was reading this post on the bus into work this morning, and being a bit baffled by it.*

The article posts a situation where Conservatives and Labour have 270 seats each, Lib-Dems 30, SNP 40. And one of the options it gives is a LD+Lab+SNP agreement - to which he then asks
"...what gives Ed Miliband the right under this scenario to be prime minister over Cameron?"

To which my instant thought is - "The fact that he can command the majority of the commons." If he has the Lib-Dems and the SNP behind him then he commands the votes of (in your example) 340 MPs (at least for the budget and votes of confidence, one assumes). That's enough to make someone Prime Minister.

If you don't believe that - if you don't believe that the votes of all MPs count when choosing the prime minister, irrespective of their party, then fundamentally you don't believe in proportional representation and coalitions, because that's going to become _more_ important and common under any PR system than it is under FPTP.

We could see a government elected, under PR, made up of three parties each commanding 20% of the vote, against a remaining party consisting of 40% of the vote. And that would be completely right and proper, because they would be representing 60% of the population, and therefore their choices have a democratic mandate.

"Largest party" is an irrelevance. "Largest block of support" is what matters.


*In fact, this post started as a comment on it. Which does't seem to have made it through the filter for some reason. I'm going to be charitable and assume that it got filed under spam.



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