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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

_anomaly_ Re:WTF? Pebble is not "progenitor" (97 comments)

More than one year before the Pebble there was Metawatch [metawatch.org] (which uses exactly the same display type), and ages before the Pebble there were much, much more advanced "smartwatches".

Like the inPulse watch? You know, made by Allerta, who became Pebble?

about two weeks ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

_anomaly_ Re:Standard practice... (192 comments)

1,000 peanuts and 70,000 people

;-)

about 3 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

_anomaly_ Re:Heard a story on NPR this morning... (723 comments)

Yeah, I should have added a disclaimer that it, of course, is highly dependent upon the school district and/or individual school. I just thought I'd bring up the possibility that there may have been that caveat when it comes to cancelling schools in the area.

about 3 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

_anomaly_ Re:Learn to freaken drive. (723 comments)

No doubt this false sense of security (and driving talent/experience) comes standard with most 4WD/AWD/4x4 vehicles.
When I had a 4x4 SUV, I even found myself having trouble keeping in mind the fact that I wasn't invincible.

My girlfriend and I were in Illinois a few Christmases ago when we found ourselves having to begin our 5-6 hour drive after 5-6 inches had already fallen. Even in IL, those country roads were not cleared one bit. We were in a Hyundai Sonata (4-door sedan, front-wheel drive), going maybe half the speed limit. We encountered numerous vehicles in the ditch, almost all of which were SUVs. We did end up doing a 180 in the middle of a straight road (presumably hitting some hidden ice under the snow), but we were able to at least make it to a major city in Indiana where we gave up (having gone half our distance in 5-6 hours) and stayed the night.

about 3 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

_anomaly_ Re:Canadian driving (723 comments)

They do that here in Kentucky, too. I believe it's just streams of highly-salted water, where the water evaporates and leaves those lines of salt, which won't be "brushed" off the road by traffic like normal salt crystals tend to be.

about 3 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

_anomaly_ Re:Heard a story on NPR this morning... (723 comments)

I'm not arguing that it wasn't a disaster, but so far, in the comments I've seen that the NWS changed from a Winter Storm Watch to a Warning sometime around 3 or 3:30am. I'm not sure about Atlanta and surrounding areas, but that's awfully close to the cut-off time where schools can be cancelled. My father was a teacher, and from what I recall, if the call didn't come in that school was cancelled by 3 or 4am, it was on, regardless of what you woke up to.

about 3 months ago
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FileZilla Has an Evil Twin That Steals FTP Logins

_anomaly_ Re:I used to wonder about that (197 comments)

Yeah, me too, and I would bet that Microsoft moves to incorporate the Windows app store into desktops. The app store could easily be expanded to offer desktop versions of software, in addition to tablet and phone versions. It would be a way for Microsoft to have more control over what gets installed on desktops running their OS... and having more control is definitely what they want.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

_anomaly_ Re:C object inheritance (387 comments)

That's not inheritance. That's a workaround to a lack of support for inheritance.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

_anomaly_ Re:Albert Einstein said... (384 comments)

Good quote, but it doesn't apply. Most university courses won't allow you access to reference materials during exams or quizzes.

At the engineering school I attended, during what we affectionally called boot camp (the first 3 semesters where you take Calc 1-3, once a day for an hour, with a test and a quiz every week), we weren't even allowed calculators during exams, much less a text book.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

_anomaly_ Re:disabilites? (384 comments)

Good suggestion. I have a friend whose wife returned to college in her 30's and had difficulty with testing. I'm not sure what office it is, but they allowed her to take her tests apart from the other students, and on a different time table. I think it has really helped her, at least with the testing part.

about 3 months ago
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4 Tips For Your New Laptop

_anomaly_ Re:Cloud != Backup (310 comments)

it's free

Absolutely not, unless you know someone who can give you the hardware for your FreeNAS box. If you have an extra computer laying around, chances are it doesn't have what you'd need for one. I recently looked into what would be required to setup a FreeNAS box, but I don't have the available funds to build a decent one. I have an old computer using rsync to avoid catastrophic hdd failure, but the hardware is all too old for FreeNAS.

about 4 months ago
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How a MacBook Camera Can Spy Without Lighting Up

_anomaly_ Re:It's pretty simple (371 comments)

Wow, thanks for educating me. I guess the pronunciation is what convinced me I was right, but as you point out, if you think about it, it doesn't make much sense. +2 for the Pink Floyd reference.

about 4 months ago
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How a MacBook Camera Can Spy Without Lighting Up

_anomaly_ Re:It's pretty simple (371 comments)

Sorry, but it's desserts. Think of it this way... you would actually want two desserts, but who wants two deserts?

about 4 months ago
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Doom Is Twenty Years Old

_anomaly_ Re:Memories... (225 comments)

I had a similar experience with Doom, about the same time, '94-'95. We'd play it on our high school token ring network, during our "computer science" class (which pretty much amounted to learning how to program in some variant of Basic). The teacher got so annoyed, catching the 3 or 4 of us playing during her lectures that she eventually would allow us to play after we finished our in-class work. Needless to say, those of us interested in playing became pretty decent at coding Basic quickly.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

_anomaly_ Re:find an old modem (497 comments)

No receiving party pays for long distance in the US, unless its a collect call (or other specialized service like a toll-free number or VOIP) .

about 5 months ago
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Toronto Family Bans All Technology In Their Home Made After 1986

_anomaly_ Re:Like with everything else, moderation (534 comments)

I try not to judge anyone's methods of parenting because I'm fully aware that it's never as easy as it may seem, even when a child is screaming in public while both parents continue to ignore them. I don't know the circumstances that lead up to that situation, and try to remind myself of that before I start cursing them under my breath.

Thanks for elaborating. If I ever have kids, I hope I can retain the clarity it seems you have when those special times arise.

about 7 months ago
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Toronto Family Bans All Technology In Their Home Made After 1986

_anomaly_ Re:Like with everything else, moderation (534 comments)

Disclaimer: I'm not a parent. I have spent a lot of time with one niece and several nephews, and have witnessed a lot of parenting of younger children.

From my point of view, it seems that a lot of parents often forget that children can be very different, even at the same age. It's easy to say "yes, of course the same thing won't work with every child!", but it seems that often people will stop right there, and not consider the reason that some children are different and that the answer "just try Y instead of X" isn't always an option.

But given a choice between tablet, tv, or 'working' in the yard with me (eg, poking at the dirt with his tools and periodically helping me when he's interested), he'll pick the yard every time.

I think you're missing one very important distinction there... YOU. I'd guess he's outside because young kids love to emulate and *gasp* spend interactive time with their parents. The fact that you think he's choosing outside over technology, even implying he may be better than the other kids staring at screens, is very telling... he's outside to be with you.

When I was a kid (I'm 35), TV time was very limited, especially during the day when there were other things we could do. When we finally got a computer, time on it was limited as well. I even remember wanting to be outside with my Dad over watching daytime cartoons or whatever. It's not choosing the great outdoors over technology, and I hope you realize this.

about 7 months ago
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Samsung's Smart Watch Coming September 4th, Without Flexible OLED Screen

_anomaly_ Re:They still haven't explained what this does (89 comments)

He/she didn't, and no one else is. It's being a called a smart watch. Just like your smart phone isn't just a phone, like the rotary kind that used to sit on your (grand)parents' night stand.

about 8 months ago

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