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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

j2.718ff flawed analogy (231 comments)

You don't need a library card to go to a library and read. Additionally, you can go to a bookstore (I think some still exist) and buy any book you'd like without revealing your identity.

about three weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

j2.718ff better not be using facebook on the toilet (206 comments)

I use facebook on my phone, when waiting for something, often in public places, where i don't want to play sound, nor do I want to record a video. I doubt I'm the only one.

People may be posting more videos, but text posts are not going away. Let's look at phones for comparison. Video apps like FaceTime are readily available, but I rarely see them in use. SMS was introduced well after voice calls, yet that somehow has become very popular. Video isn't going away, but it's definitely not replacing other more convenient means of communication.

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

j2.718ff What's the range? (150 comments)

Can someone in the room next to mine wirelessly hack my door?

Any good locksmith will tell you that the best a lock can do is increase the amount of time it takes someone to break in -- it can't prevent the break in. But a person attempting to pick a lock in a hallway is a lot more conspicuous than a transmitter hidden next door.

about three weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

j2.718ff just like cell phones (415 comments)

My old Nokia could go a week between charges. Yet I have to recharge my Android phone daily. Yup, it's a horrible regression in battery life. And in exchange, all I got are a ton of features that I use all the time. Oh, and my old rotary phone didn't require charging ever. Heck, it didn't even need to be connected to my household power.

Smart watches are no different. They have their pros and their cons.

about a month ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

j2.718ff Re:How suspected? (349 comments)

As motivation for accurate self-reporting, let's give them free healthcare if they do develop a case.

I thought that free healthcare would lead to some horrible socialist dystopia. Yet you seem to believe that providing care for those who are potentially suffering from a contagious and potentially deadly disease might somehow be beneficial to society in general by actually helping to stop/slow its spread. Hmmm

about a month ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

j2.718ff if asymptomatic... (349 comments)

That's a pretty big "if". Why is it associated with only one of the answers?

about a month ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

j2.718ff Re:Key or keyless, all the same (221 comments)

Rate limiting would help a LOT, but may not be enough if the bad guys rig up a strong transmitter.

Exactly. Even if the guy had to park right next to the car he wants to steal, the fact that he doesn't have to touch the target car means it doesn't look like anything nefarious is happening. So he can walk away, do his grocery shopping, while his tools do their thing, and if all goes well, he'll drive home in a much nicer car.

about 1 month ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

j2.718ff I wish I'd thought of that (221 comments)

I've never been a fan of the keyless car design. But if I wanted a new car, I had little choice. And I knew I'd have no chance convincing car manufacturers to make a keyed version. All this time, I should have been making a fuss to the insurance industry instead.

Thank you insurance industry for making a sensible decision. Unfortunately, that may suck for anyone who owns such vehicles.

about a month ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

j2.718ff Re:I don't get it... (187 comments)

Taking good material, and making a movie isn't how the industry works. Instead, they see what's already been done, and do it again. And again. And again.

about a month and a half ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

j2.718ff Re:Simple solution: bring cookies. (406 comments)

Seriously - bring a package of cookies for the flight crew.

Don't flight attendants already have access to cookies? Should I bring a Big Mac to a Burger King cashier and expect better service?

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

j2.718ff Used Model S (283 comments)

When Tesla recently announced their certified used program, people were asking, "What would someone trading in a Model S buy? Another Model S?" Now we have an answer to that question.

about a month and a half ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

j2.718ff Re:Bob's smokin' crack (267 comments)

The Volt isn't an electric car. It's maximum range on batteries is 38 miles. So, as an electric vehicle, it's 19 miles going, 19 miles return, and if you need headlights and wipers be prepared to get out and push it at the end.

Apples and Oranges ...

The Volt isn't an electric car. It's a different type of an electric car than a Telsa, so yes, apples and oranges. If you're pushing a Volt because it ran out of battery charge, you've entirely missed the point of the Volt's ICE. The Volt's target customer is someone with a ~20 mile or shorter one-way daily commute. By charging it daily, they'll run on battery most of the time. The ICE means they can opt for longer trips without advanced planning (researching charging station locations, or getting a rental).

It's not for everyone. But for those (fringe?) customers, it's ideal. I think I could say the same about a Tesla.

about a month ago
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My resting heart rate:

j2.718ff Re:Mine's about 15 (169 comments)

... but that's metric.

Last time I checked, even the metric system has units. Without them, the numbers have little meaning.

about 2 months ago
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My resting heart rate:

j2.718ff Re:100bpm 90bpm? (169 comments)

I find running a race a lot more relaxing than sitting in a cubicle all day staring at a computer screen.

about 2 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

j2.718ff Let's wait and see (393 comments)

Speculation is fine, but do we really need more articles attempting to predict the cost of a car that doesn't yet exist? I might even consider buying one, but before I can take one for a test drive, and see the actual price.

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

j2.718ff Re:Nothing (471 comments)

There's an app for that!

Seriously though, watches should be 90% voice/sound interactive.

"No" times a million! I like being able to look at my watch to know things. I don't want people around me to hear me using my watch. Also, I think Pebble and the like have done a great thing by replacing the traditional "beep" with a vibrate. Now even my alarm is (relatively) quiet.

about 3 months ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

j2.718ff Re:This could all be solved quite easily.... (364 comments)

It would be trivial for Apple, Samsung, etc. to program their phones so that distracting features such as texting could be disabled once the motion detector in the phone detects that the owner is traveling at a given speed. When the car comes to a stop, it's all working again.

So in other words, I wouldn't be able to text while riding the train to work?

about 3 months ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

j2.718ff the problem is the driver (364 comments)

When someone is stopped for DUI, do the police install a lock on their liquor bottle? No -- a person could just buy a new bottle. Instead, their driver's license is suspended. Similar action should be taken on those found to be driving while distracted.

about 3 months ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

j2.718ff Re:Texting 911 (364 comments)

Honestly I really don't see text messaging to 911 being particularly useful and it certainly is not a widely available service (not yet anyway). Maybe there are some super rare corner cases I'm not thinking of but I fail to see why you would text instead of calling.

Yes -- for those times when you can't call. For example, you are in an area with very poor service. Your calls fail, or are dropped. Since a text is small, it can be delivered during that second when you have a good enough signal.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

j2.718ff Re:just one (471 comments)

the app that tell the date and time, i want my watch to remain stupid and not connected to the internet

So I guess you weren't a fan of the Casio Databank either? (I'm not saying it was ever a watch for the masses, but it sure was popular among nerds.)

about 3 months ago

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