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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

j2.718ff Missing information: What do you want to do? (219 comments)

At no point did you indicate what you might want to do with a smart watch. We might be able to make some guesses if you told us what kinds of things you commonly do on your smart phone. Without that information, any responses here will be less useful than a few minutes of googling.

I absolutely love my Pebble. Its primary purpose is in helping me to determine whether I should remove my phone from my pocket or not. The Pebble will show me who's calling me, or will display a text message, or the first few lines of an e-mail. Based upon that, I may or may not want to take out my phone. In my opinion, watches are not very convenient for data entry, so for any tasks that require actual input, I use my phone.

2 days ago
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Why Pluto Still Matters

j2.718ff Re:Even the summary is factually wrong (91 comments)

I'm also having trouble with the term "beyond the gravitational pull". At what point is that? As objects get farther away, the gravitational pull decreases, and although it eventually becomes infinitesimal, it does not reach zero, correct?

Also, I'd imagine that when, for example, Uranus and Neptune are on opposite sides of the sun from each other, there isn't much gravitational pull going on between them.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

j2.718ff what critique? (409 comments)

I didn't watch the 60 minutes segment, but reading the "critique" did not provide me with any useful information. If his intent is to find fault in the segment, he should address specific examples, rather than speaking in generalities as he does.

about two weeks ago
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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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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