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

j2.718ff Let's wait and see (340 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.

yesterday
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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 a week 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.... (363 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 a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

j2.718ff the problem is the driver (363 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 a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

j2.718ff Re:Texting 911 (363 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 a week 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 a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

j2.718ff Re:For fitness? Really? (471 comments)

My wife has a polaris band she can combine with an accurate chest strap heart rate monitor, they sync together via bluetooth and her phone to track progress.... all without needing some big clunky, ugly "watch," or the premium cost for Apple products.

I'd trade a little accuracy for the ability to monitor my heart rate without a strap. I've tried a variety of brands, and have yet to find one that doesn't chafe after 1+ hours of running.

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

j2.718ff notifications and fitness (471 comments)

Currently, I have:
a Pebble -- I use it to see notifications about incoming e-mail, texts, phone calls, etc. That's sufficient, and in my opinion, worth the price.

a Garmin GPS watch -- I use it when running, to track my distance and pace, and sometimes also my heartrate and cadence (requires using extra sensors). I don't want the bulk of carrying a phone when I run.

If a single watch can combine those, I'll use it. If not, I'll wear my pebble most of the day, and my garmin for workouts.

about a week ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

j2.718ff Re:What is the Tesla strategy? (157 comments)

2) Dealers will definitely try to sell more gas cars as they break down more frequently and the $$$ for dealers is the service dept. They barely make a profit in the sales dept.

Whether a dealer is actually thinking in those exact terms or not, the fact is, they'd need to do some major re-work of their service department. All gas-engine cars are quite similar, and thus the same mechanic can work on most of them without much trouble. But a Tesla has some major differences that would require some significant training, and probably a number of new tools to work with them. This makes me think dealers would be either less willing to service Teslas, or would cut corners in doing so.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

j2.718ff Re:I'd love to see a customer lawyer up (251 comments)

I'm sure in this case, comcast would be more than happy to lose you as a customer.

If this actually worked, I think we'd already be hearing about it. Lawyers need ISPs just as much as the rest of us.

about a month ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

j2.718ff Who gets the ticket? (475 comments)

Will this be a user-configurable option? Who is responsible for paying a ticket if a self-driving car is pulled over?

about a month ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

j2.718ff Re:Good, I say (502 comments)

The technology of power transmission hasn't fundamentally changed in 100 years. Yea, there is some OLD equipment out there, but it is not like running electricity though wires somehow wears them out, so why would you replace it if it's still working just fine?

Do you mean to say you haven't experienced Digital Electricity? Though, to get the best out of it, you should only use the best Monster cables. I can't even imagine using my toaster with the old fashioned analog electricity I had to put up with growing up.

about a month and a half ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

j2.718ff Re:Obligatory personal blog remark (544 comments)

Tune in next week for yet another complaint about something that no one cares about.

What do you mean "no one"?! According to his post, 27 of the 49 respondents agreed with him. If we extrapolate that number to the population of the Earth, we find that 3.9 billion people agree with him.

about 1 month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

j2.718ff Re:Because (550 comments)

As a glasses wearer all my life, my eyes have stabilised. But laser-eye surgery is not only vastly oversold by marketers posing as doctors, but also not permanent.

Please explain what you mean by "not permanent". I had LASIK 15 years ago. In that time, the only change to my vision is that my close-up vision isn't as good as it used to be. I'm also approaching 40, and am quite certain I'd be experiencing the same close-up vision now had I not had the surgery.

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

j2.718ff Re:not a permanent fix (550 comments)

my gf got it about 7-8 years ago and is very annoyed that it has 'worn out' (of course that's just macular degeneration or whatever) and assuming it could be done again it would still cost her another few thousand

I suspect you're using the wrong vocabulary here. Macular degeneration is a serious (usually age-related) condition, where the retina is essentially in decay. LASIK will neither cause nor cure it. It should be treated as soon as possible, as it can lead to blindness.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

j2.718ff Re:MAKE IT SO (701 comments)

"Make it so" means do what needs to be done. That means it might happen instantly, or it might take some time. It might require doing some research, or re-configuring things before it can happen. But "engage" implies that everything is ready, and you're just waiting for approval to press the final button.

So "Engage" is more appropriate for this survey.

about 2 months ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

j2.718ff Giving drivers information is bad? (579 comments)

Does this mean all those countries that giver a driver warning before the light turns green (generally by red and yellow lights being on simultaneously) are doing it wrong?

about 2 months ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

j2.718ff Depends on the purpose of the trip (163 comments)

Traveling for pleasure: no jetlag. I keep my schedule vague, so when at my destination, I wake up and sleep at times my body feels are appropriate
Traveling for business: jetlag sucks. It's typical that I have to be awake early the next morning for work. And then people usually want to go drinking in the evenings (I try to avoid this as much as possible, but still feel obligated to socially be part of the team), meaning that my body must conform to the assigned schedule. It protests.

about 3 months ago
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The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

j2.718ff Easy / Difficult modes (178 comments)

When I was a kid, I didn't have the hand-eye coordination to beat the tough video games. Cheat codes (and I include things like warp zones in this category) allowed me to beat the game and feel cool. When I was older, and decided to dust some of these games off, playing the whole way through without cheating provided a new level of fun. I suspect that cheat codes helped make games appealing to players of different abilities.

about 3 months ago
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The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

j2.718ff Monkey Island 2 (178 comments)

I believe the code was Ctrl-Alt-W, which allowed you to instantly win the game. It was awesome because of how pointless it was. It brought you to the final scenes of the game. In one of them, a character's dialog was replaced with something like "I wonder why I'm standing here", because if you cheated you way to the end, you wouldn't know the story.

about 3 months ago

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