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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Altus Re:Take the long view (486 comments)

I agree with you, that model for citizenship makes a lot of sense, but it means that a person living abroad would end up being a citizen of an independent country and had no input into the creation of that country... also someone who is living there now but was born in Wales would not end up a citizen and does get a vote. Seems kind of odd, thats all. I don't have any skin in the game so I don't really care but it does surprise me that it might work out that way.

yesterday
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Altus Re:Still pretty affordable (378 comments)

The reason to give the subsidy is to encourage people to engage in behavior that would not be economically beneficial to them otherwise. I probably wouldn't buy a tesla for 45K because that makes no sense for me. I won't pay that for a car and the savings on fuel will not get me even close to the point where it makes sense. With a 10K subsidy it would be a lot closer to making economic sense for me to buy this car. Sure it might end up a bit more expensive over the life or the car, or it might even end up being a good deal. I am far more likely to buy the car with a subsidy and if it is determined that we want to encourage people to buy electric cars the subsidy might be necessary to get that to happen.

It is similar with solar panels... where I live if I had to pay for them in their entirety it probably wouldn't pay off, or it might break even (not taking into account the time and energy I put into getting them installed... break even really isn't compelling) but if we want people to install them then we need to make sure it is worth their while and subsidies is how we make that happen.

2 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Altus Re:Take the long view (486 comments)

if the referendum passes, what country will Sockatume be a citizen of? England or Scotland? What passport will he have?

What about the fellow you are renting to? I am quite curious what the impact would be on people who have moved between the two areas.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Altus Re:I like watches but.... (471 comments)

you really find low power bluetooth to be that bad of a drain on your phone? I use it for my helmet headset all the time while I am riding and it doesn't seem to cause too much of a problem. I doubt this would either.

I will give you that daily charging sounds like a pain though I almost worry about the watch being slightly better than that but not a lot. I can get into the habit of charging it nightly but remembering every couple of days would be a pain in the ass.

Mostly though the point of this design is to be discreet... the whole reason you want to get notifications on your wrist instead of with a loud ringtone or vibrating phone is to be discrete, to be able to check the time without making everyone around you aware of the fact that you are bored and are waiting to leave, or to check to see who is calling to decide if it is important enough to answer or to navigate through a city without staring at your phone half the time (particularly useful for runners or bikers).

I get that this might not be a critical issue for you but it is a real attempt to change the way people intreract with technology so that it is less obtrusive and that has value to some. Now that said it is crazy expensive and the next version will be thinner with better battery life and probably cost less so early adopters are going to get screwed on this, just like they did with google glass (which will also likely be way cheaper in its next revision) or with just about any other first generation product. I will likely wait before I invest in something like the apple watch but I think to dismiss it right now would be a mistake.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Altus Re:Lame (730 comments)

You already had a player to compare it to, you had a device that had limitations that you wanted improved upon, it was easy to see why a better designed version would be an improvement.

It is harder with a new category of product. It was hard for me to see the appeal of the iPad, after all I already had a iPhone, why would I need a big one, but then I tried it and it was pretty bad ass, and once I owned one (which I needed for development purposes) it quickly became a huge part of my daily electronics usage and replaced my laptop for the vast majority of non development tasks.

I suspect this is similar, if you had a pebble and you were using it you would probably look a a device like this and instantly be able to see the ways it is better than the one you have, but since it is a type of device that nobody really has it is harder to understand the ways in which you would use it. This is not just a problem for apple but also for any other smart watch developer.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Altus Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

do you have any idea how small the display on google glass actually is? reading instructions (such as for car repair) on it would be incredibly annoying.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Altus Re:No Dick Tracy calls? (730 comments)

This isn't about a wrist computer and infact a wrist computer would likely not be very useful unless we get to the point where conversational voice command is a thing but honestly at that point it would be hard to justify putting it in a watch instead of in some other jewelry.

What this is, and what smart watches really need to be, at least at this point is an extension of your phone. The primary goal of the apple watch is clearly to provide you with the information your phone does but in a way that is subtle and discrete. The tapping on your wrist replaces a ring tone or a vibrating phone, you can see and even quickly respond to many types of notification. Siri is available but she doesn't speak back to you because that is loud and not very discrete. It provides you with turn by turn directions without taking out your phone and finally, it also tells you the time without digging your phone out as well. Discrete was clearly one of their primary design goals. Its not very fashionable to walk around a cocktail party staring at your phone but a nice looking watch that provides you with the data you need in a discrete way is perfect for almost any environment.

this was clearly their goal and it is probably the best possible use of a smart watch. Admittedly the price is pretty high for the value it gives and for some people the value is limited but for others it is quite valuable and I suspect the price will drop with future versions allowing for better adoption.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Altus Re:No Dick Tracy calls? (730 comments)

milanese loop already sounds like a sex act

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Altus Re:Important missing specs on the watch (730 comments)

They glossed over a ton in that, but they have 4 months to share details. I suspect from all the talk though that it is waterproof.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Altus Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

there was an indication for call under the contacts picture on the watch along with one for messaging. It also has a microphone and a speaker. They didn't lay out everything the watch could do but that might very well be part of it.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Altus Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

I started locking my phone when I got a phone with touchID. It works extremely well and the phone is usually unlocked before I even see the screen. Before that it was too much of a pain to unlock and it wasn't worth it to me

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Altus Re:So, in short... (730 comments)

yeah, lots of places to use that NFC you have had in your shiny phone for the last 2 years.

This will make a huge impact on the payment market and it might actually get to the point where the NFC in android phones is actually useful at a large number of retailers. But of course you will all say that google made NFC payments happen because memory is funny that way.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Altus Re:Lame (730 comments)

honestly, if I have to take the watch off it does't matter how it charges. Still, it had to be something that didn't require an opening in the watch since it pretty much needs to be water resistant.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Altus Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

particularly when you enter the data by taking a picture of the card.

about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Altus Re:Sue the bastards (441 comments)

I am shocked the assigned you Heinlien at a public school. I would be they aren't doing that these days.

about two weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Altus Re:Her work (1262 comments)

MRA stands for Men's Rights Advocates. Be warned that as reasonable as that might sound, often the actual examples of these people, particularly online, are not so reasonable.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Altus Re:A limit is a limit (475 comments)

A former coworker of mine hit the retread off of a semi once, it flipped up around his front wheel and got caught in the front fender. He was thrown from the bike and skidded quite a ways. Luckily for him he was wearing a full kevlar suit but it still split and left him with some road rash. Ultimately he was ok and is back out riding as far as I know.

Do watch out for that stuff and always choose to avoid if possible. I am glad for what I was taught about riding over obstacles as it has come up, but avoidance is always the best bet if you can manage it.

about a month ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

Altus Re:This helmet scares me. (126 comments)

What the fuck is a quick release strap? As far as I know double D rings are required for any helmet in the US, maybe other place are using different connectors?

You are so right about the cost. If I am going to shell out that much at least make it fiberglass. install that crap into the best helmet you can build.

That said I agree with the grandparent. I think this is not a terrible idea in principle but the UI has to be perfect or it can kill you. This is not a case where good enough (or worse yet, we threw this shit together) will cut it.

about a month ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

Altus Re:This helmet scares me. (126 comments)

Interesting destruction technique. I just cut the strap, but I guess you could re-attach it if you were.... insane... which you would have to be to use a dumpster helmet.

about a month ago

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