There's gotta be a mental syndrome one could acquire from repeatedly banging one's head into a wall after reading the same incorrect information over and over too.
I do not need to WDT EVER on the HG-One. I've said it a million times. The aluminum dosing funnel thing is COMPLETELY WORTHLESS. It does absolutely nothing but add to the task and make noise. I don't need to ring a goofy bell every time I'm preparing a shot. It's been sitting in a cupboard above my fridge collecting dust for several months.
Grinding directly into a paper cup and giving it a brief shake while in one hand while you unlock your PF from your machine in the other, is all it needs. My initial horrible donut extractions are a thing of the past once I discovered the paper cup method. And the funny thing is, this is actually where a symbiotic relationship between HG-One and OE come together. This method only works well because I use the OE aluminum dosing funnels above my baskets. It gives a larger diameter to shake out the grounds and evenly distribute them into the basket without scattering all over the counter. It's too messy without their funnels.
And once again, you're confusing the basic premise of ergonomics. How does it feel to crank on? Not "Do you need to RDT, WDT, WD40, R2D2....." whatever.
It would appear that OE has realized the Pharos could use some help in the stabilizing department with their introduction of the new Pharos dogs. I wouldn't want to drill holes and screw mount them into my cutting board or countertop in order to use them, but that wont stop someone else from doing it.
As far as what the HG-One guys recently apparently posted on their site ( I haven't looked, just seen it mentioned) I agree, it's stupid and splitting hairs.
The Pharos has unbeatable attributes too that the HG-One will never have. It's far more portable, and I think due to its compact size, it could weather being thrown out a window without suffering permanent damage. I know the HG-One is solid, but anytime I'm working on it, I'm always kid gloving it, worrying about possible damage if it were to fall over.