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

Pulzar Re:the app that increases battery life (471 comments)

until smart watches battery life are measured in years, I wont buy one.

Ok. Can you elaborate? Why is that a requirement for a watch? You plan on being away from electrical outlets for years at a time?

I'm sure there are some out there than go on wilderness expeditions or whatnot, but for most of us posting on slashdot regularly, we sleep somewhere where you already plug your phone into a charger every night anyway... so why is it a problem to put your phone onto something like this on your night stand?

5 days ago

It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Pulzar Re:They always told me I was so smart... (243 comments)

I've figured I was smart when I was sent to a special school that only accepted people with high IQ. It was arguably the worse year of my life.

I had the opposite experience. For the first time in my schooling years, I felt like I fit in, and I developed my social skills and found new confidence in myself. I was very happy to be there.

Like they say, every kid is different, there's no universal formula to explain what will work and what won't.

about three weeks ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Pulzar Re:Bullshit (441 comments)

The existing system is already set up to admit them.

Spoken like somebody who didn't have to go through the said systems to be admitted.

about three weeks ago

The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

Pulzar Why not patent compression algorithm? (263 comments)

If somebody comes up with a novel patent compression algorithm, why shouldn't they be able to patent it? I read the argument about math not being patentable, but I don't really understand why. A new data compression algorithm that is truly novel seems like it should deserve some protection so that the inventor can get rewarded for her work. No?

about 3 months ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Pulzar Re:Buying a car (455 comments)

Why pay book value for new models when the 3 year old model will last you as long ...

No, I'm pretty sure that, on average, it will last you about 3 years less.

about 3 months ago

Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

Pulzar Re:Annoying. (347 comments)

If you are correct that taxes collect themselves, then why couldn't billing use the same technology?

I think the point is that there is a tax collection system in place already. Adding a line item on the form to cover water is not going to increase the cost and complexity of the system.

about 3 months ago

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

Pulzar Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (583 comments)

Or a road has a new road layout. The lanes have moved around. Perhaps a two way street has become a one way street. This is clearly signposted. Can your car read these signs? Will it just dumbly drive up the street the wrong way until someone thinks to update the map?

Why do you have the impression that computers these days can still only do the same things they did in the 90s?

Yes, the car can read the signs, easily. It's trivial for it to see the sign that says "one way, do not enter" and to recalculate its route. It's also easy for the first car that spots the sign that doesn't match its map to update other cars and let them know what's going on.

And, why wouldn't it have a special bus queue length algorithm, if that was important to know? How hard of an algorithm would it be? It could even query the average wait time for a particular bus stop and adjust to be even more precise. I bet it could predict the waiting time better than you would.

about 3 months ago

Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

Pulzar Re:Connector type (208 comments)

Yeah, it is. "Disguised", my ass.

about 5 months ago

Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

Pulzar Re:Another type that is interesting... (717 comments)

For the next month, I arrived at my desk at 0800, took a 15 minute break at ten and 2, left at 12 for exactly 1 hour, and left at exactly 5 p.m. Even though they got the message very clearly after the first week.

Wow, you worked regular work hours and coworkers could find you during the day... you really showed them.

If you're going to be working odd hours and come and go whenever you want, then that should be a "work from home" job. But, since somebody complained that they couldn't find you at 10am, it sounds like it wasn't that kind of a job.

Believe me, 9 out of 10 companies would prefer you to work 40 hours a week and during regular hours than this "I stay very late" BS.

about 7 months ago

Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

Pulzar Re:Price has NOT remained the same (298 comments)

I guess it's all about managing your toothpaste shopping habits. I can always easily find $25+ worth of things that I need for the house that are cheaper or same price as my local grocery store, so I just buy a bunch of things I need altogether.

Toothpaste, paper towels, garbage bags, coffee, cat litter... those are things you always need in regular intervals. Just get them together in appropriate quantities.

about 7 months ago

Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

Pulzar Re:Why Prime? (298 comments)

I figured that, like most people on /., I'm not in the target demographic.

I don't think you figured "like most people on /." part right. At least in my experience, just about every computer geek I know has Prime.

Screw the delayed gratification. When I go to store to buy something, I get it right then and there. Online was always a pain because of the delay... Prime makes the delay very manageable.

about 7 months ago

US Geneticist Discusses North Korea Trip With Dennis Rodman

Pulzar Re:Visiting Hitler (101 comments)

Thanks for the link. The score in the finals was 19-8, as the played in the rain on a muddy court and neither team could dribble the ball!

Awesome :).

about 8 months ago

Research Suggests One To Three Men Fathered Most Western Europeans

Pulzar Re:if "alot" doesnt matter why correct it? (253 comments)

and actually you as well have taken the time to type out a response to something you think is "irrelevant"

You missed my point. You made "alot" the subject at hand, and the actual point you were trying to make on the topic became irrelevant. We're all talking about your spelling instead of whatever you were trying to say in the discussion.

If your desire is only to get noticed and get replies correcting your spelling, then saying "alot" a lot :) is a successful way of doing it. But if your desire is to get a good discussion on relevant topic going, as you say it is, then this isn't very good.

about 9 months ago

Research Suggests One To Three Men Fathered Most Western Europeans

Pulzar Re:thanks for the feedback (253 comments)

I make my words a bit grating precisely for that reason. I *want* people to pay attention...I am not making the same point everyone else has made. I **DO** believe we can all agree and move forward and I have had some very interesting conversations this way.

That doesn't make any sense. The conversation ended up being about spelling instead of your point, which is completely opposite from what you wanted it to be.

You don't make your words "grating" by misspelling them, you make them irrelevant... unfortunately.

Following that up with an argument that you did it on purpose certainly doesn't help your cause. It only leads it us even further astray from the topic.

about 9 months ago

User Alleges LG TVs Phone Home With Your Viewing Habits

Pulzar Re:What we need.... (286 comments)

What we need is for the protocol to be reverse-engineered

The "protocol" seems to be a simple POST with fields like "channel=32&antenna=no", etc.

That better not take too long to reverse-engineer.

about 10 months ago

Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric 'Sid' Blancher Dead At 37

Pulzar Re: That's a shame (332 comments)

You are ignoring the reality that people drive far more often than they skydive.

I was not ignoring it, I was addressing it head on. I believe that if it takes 100+ times of doing one thing vs. once of another thing to bring them into comparable death probabilities, then the thing you can do 100+ times is clearly safer.

about 10 months ago

Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric 'Sid' Blancher Dead At 37

Pulzar Re: That's a shame (332 comments)

People don't understand that most fatalities from skydiving involve stunts of some sort: hook turns, base jumping, wingsuits.

Not necessarily.

about 10 months ago

Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric 'Sid' Blancher Dead At 37

Pulzar Re: That's a shame (332 comments)

That calculation is completely flawed. You can't compare the lifetime chance of death for something that is done occasionally vs something that is done multiple times a day, and say that they are equally safe.

In 100,000,000 miles traveled, at least a few million trips were made, vs. 150,000 jumps. Clearly, getting into a car and driving to a destination is an order of magnitude safer than jumping out of a plane.

about 10 months ago

Microsoft Kills Stack Ranking

Pulzar It won't change things much (204 comments)

I've gone through this transition once before... now every manager has a budget that pays exactly enough for a bell-curve distribution of his small team.

Now you have a choice of reducing the bottom 10%'s raise by even more to give some of the previously "middle-ranked" employees a bigger raise, or you can take away from your best performers to bring the bottom 10% into the middle-ranked category. Because your team is small, both swings are rather large, and quite unfair.

You still can't win, because "borrowing" the budget from another manager goes back to the old stack-ranking horse-trading show of trying to determine whose team has better performers.

The only way around it is to have only VP-level budgets, and allow managers to assign any ratings they feel are correct, with some adjustment of expectations by their directory. Then, the VP spreads the larger budget accordingly.

It yields variable, but more fair, rewards.

about 10 months ago

Don't Call It Stack Rank: Yahoo's QPR System For Culling Non-Performers

Pulzar Re:no matter how high (177 comments)

Do you think for a moment that a manager would ever end up in the bottom 10% bucket? ... No, stack ranking systems like this exist to reinforce management's masters of the universe self-image.

I've worked in a place where the company was doing poorly and they were laying off the bottom 10% from performance reviews... Senior managers and directors were included in the 10%, even one of the VPs was slashed.

The stack ranking system is not a product of some management hive mind that helps managers -- in fact, most hate it. It's a product of the CEO, HR, and usually some business consulting company. Almost everybody else is worse off for it, including all levels of management below the top couple of tiers.

about 10 months ago


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