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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 week ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

j2.718ff Re:Simple solution: bring cookies. (405 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 week 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 month and a half 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 month and a half 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 month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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