top Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?
Ignore the moronic and juvenile posts from above that were more about making the poster feel superior than answering your question. But this is
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I've had my Samsung Gear 2 since July, and find the following functions the most useful, in no specific order. Most smart watches have similar functions, the camera probably being the one that is the missing from many of them.
1. Telling time (duh) 2. Timer. Something I use a lot more than I thought I would because it's easier to use and I don't have to take my phone out of my pocket. 3. Camera. Picture resolution isn't that great, but it's good enough to document things and share on Facebook (which I don't post from the watch, I post from my phone. Might be a way to do it from the watch, just not that much of a facebook fan that I care.) Don't expect to print 8x10 glossy pictures though. After having one, I wouldn't get another smart watch without one, it's so quick and easy to use and always easily available. 4. Get text messages. You can send them, but it's either by voice which can be annoying to others, or some of the keyboards. Keeping it to short 'yes/no' type 1replies are possible, carrying on a conversation about where to go for dinner and why .. probably not. 5. Send and take phone calls. As long as someone is in your contacts, the voice recognition works pretty well. The comments I've had from my wife is the quality of the audio on her end is pretty good. Because the speaker and microphone is on your wrist, it can be difficult to hear or hold it comfortably to talk. I had a conversation from about 50 feet away from my phone when I left it inside my car at Home Depot and was in the contractor bay. 7. Get other notifications. This can drive you nuts, unless you are one of those people that insists on being plugged in constantly. I turned off the email/news notifications, just got too many. Other people that I know that have one use it for those things. 8. Calculator. Tiny buttons, good for quick calculations. 10. Store customer cards. I have loaded the bar codes for most of my loyalty cards, makes it easier in some stores with remote readers, useless in others. Since it doesn't care what the bar code is, might be useful in a clean room if you have to scan bar codes. 11. 'Look behind'. This is an app that lets you see what your phone camera sees. Great for looking under sinks and behind furniture. Probably not very useful in a clean room. 12. 'Find my phone'. Easier than finding another phone to call your phone when it's lost. 13. I like the square look more than the round look, makes more sense for a computer screen.
1. It's not a platform to spend long amounts of time reading. The screen is small, and even with support, my arm gets tired after using it too much to read the news and other things. 2. I have to charge it up every couple of days. Because it uses a proprietary cradle, you can't just plug it in to a USB cable to charge it. But .. it's also water and dust resistant, that's the price you pay for those features. I set the display brightness low, which extends the timing. 3. Fitness programs (i.e. pedometers) chew up the battery life. If you want a fitness watch, get one. If you aren't interested in tracking those types of things, this watch is fine. 4. Don't even start to believe you are going to type emails on this. The face is just too small for anything other than very small text messages. 5. While the watch band is replaceable, finding one that fits can be problematic. I haven't spent a lot of time, but because of the way the watch is designed, I think one really needs to go to a store to find one rather than online. I've tried a couple around the house from old watches, and the ones that fit looked like crap. But .. it doesn't require any tools to remove, although the same may or not be true for the one you replace it with. 6. It's a PIA at night driving or really doing anything at night. It keeps coming one when driving, and if I'm sitting on the patio enjoying a drink with my wife at night, it comes on every time I reach for my beer. There is a way to lock it off, but it also turns off notifications. Wish that was an easier thing to do.
So basically, the great thing about it is that it interfaces to your phone so you don't have to take your phone out of your pocket for some things. I would never buy a smart watch that wasn't tethered to my phone, I will always carry both.
I read an article bemoaning what watches had become. I realized the article was wrong. This isn't a watch, it's a wearable computer. Watches have been passe for years and will continue to be worn more as a fashion statement than something very useful.
As I said above, I've had it for about 6 months now. I'm pretty rough on it, I don't take it off to mix mortar or dig trenches and stuff around the house, so I've put it through a lot. So far, no scratches on the face and the rest of it is holding up really well.
I'd buy another one.
I've had many people ask about it, and they all thought it was cool. I haven't met anyone that thought I was a glasshole, because I'm not rude when using it.
As for the Apple watch
.. meh. I like the crown thing on the Apple watch and the way it charges, the Samsung cradle can be a pain. Most of the app differences are relatively minor and will probably be seen on Android once developers get their hands on it. It doesn't have a camera option, which I think is just stupid now that I've used one with a camera. I really didn't see anything that makes me think one is that much better than the other, so I guess it's just a matter if you would rather be locked into Apple or Samsung. Or go with one of the other generic Android watches and lock into Android.
And if you want one now, you really don't have a choice. Apple is still giving generic responses to release dates
top Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
'Sony' != 'America'
top Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
It seems that the terrorists also seem to know how to get the UK/Germany/France/Other EU country to pay millions in ransom to ISIS.
I'd rather live in a country where an inconsequential movie is dumped over a country stupid enough to pay a ransom.
top Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies
Why just black. Why not brown, red, or yellow.
I lived in India for several months, I know what it's like to walk into a restaurant and have 20 pairs of eyes watch every move I make. I'm sure someone from Mexico or Senegal would experience the same thing.
I know people of all skin colors that have lived among other people of different skin colors and I've heard plenty of stories to tell of ignorant people making rash judgements. I've heard people from India say racist things about people with dark skin, and I've heard people with dark skin say racist things about people with lighter skin. I know a white person that was stopped by a cop in a neighborhood where people with browner skin colors predominately live. He didn't complain about 'walking while white'.
I'm sure that no matter where someone goes in this world, people with a skin color or any other attribute that is in the minority are viewed differently from people in the majority. What makes some people think they are experiencing something no one else in the world experiences or can understand? Or that only white people don't get it? Why was it in college that groups of people with similar attributes (i.e. ethnic background, religion, political leanings) all tended to group together and often made fun of everyone not like them.
A good step in getting rid of racists attitudes is to ignore the morons who are racist and stop letting them interfere with our lives. Generalizing the attitudes and behaviors of an entire group of people just because of the traits of a small minority is prejudice.
No matter what your skin color is.
top Snowden Leaks Prompt Internet Users Worldwide To Protect Their Data
And then a minority of people decide to better protect their money, it's OK??? Even though most people already know to protect their money and stay out of bad neighborhoods??
What a moronic argument. He broke the law, ran like a coward, was basically a traitor who thought he, and he alone, knew best. And was willing to coerce his fellow employees to break the law along with him.
Extradite him, try him, hopefully toss his cowardly traitorous ass in jail.
top Apple Antitrust Case Finds New Consumer Plaintiff
What a bunch of BS. Apple only prevented people from loading third party music on the device they sold, not on everyone's.
That's why I didn't buy one. I don't buy any Apple product because the company limits choice beyond what is reasonable and purely for control purposes. I have no doubt they are telling the truth, that it's because of music deals and iTunes. I can believe that Apple wanted to lock their customers into iTunes and was willing to make such deals.
But I fail to see how this can be an antitrust issue when there were plenty of other choices that we cheaper. It was only an issue for the iDrones out there who couldn't see past their little white cases.
... my wife had a nano. Hated iTunes. She gave it away 6 months after I gave it to her for Christmas. What a piece of crap software, I should have known better.
top Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?
Do you gain an advantage when interviewing for a job?? Not with me and many others, so the value in that instance is very low. I'm more interested in how smart you are, the specific experience you have in a subject, and your ability to utilize those skills. Certification just says you can study something very well. I've known people that have studied a subject and gotten certified with no experience, someone like that is useless.
Are you going for a job that requires it?? Some teaching and support positions require certification for public relations and marketing reasons. So in those instance, it's probably mandatory.
Do you want to use it as a tool to work towards learning as much as you can as a subject?? It can be very helpful to an individual to independently gain skills that may or may not be available in a more formal setting, such as college or trade school, and is probably a lot cheaper. I would say that value is very high for someone that wants to use it like that.
top Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
I like the flexibility I have to work the hours I choose to. I get paid to do a job, no matter what the hours. I would much rather get comp time than paid overtime, and my company is pretty flexible.
And for those calling for unionization, take a look around you. How many 'union' companies are left?? The textile industry, steel industry, and many others are all GONE after unions raised wages so high it became cheaper to build factories overseas. Many successful car companies have tossed unions aside, and were better able to handle the economic downturn that GM and Chrysler. Remember many years ago when everyone started outsourcing?? The main reason was high wages.
I've been paid overtime a couple of times in my career. And it sucked. Because I got sucked into the overtime trap, and worked more hours to get more pay. Then, when overtime was not allowed, I was stuck on the short end of a paycheck because I had gotten used to it.
I'd rather work smarter, and work fewer hours, than work longer hours and have less free time.
Just because some have a sucky job and can't find a better one because they have average skills, don't penalize those that have great jobs.
top Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python
Smart programmers pick up new languages very quickly. I'd rather hire someone smart who doesn't know Python, than someone mediocre and only knows Python.
Someone may make $100K today in Python, but what about a few decades from now. I know COBOL, and still know people writing COBOL supporting legacy code. But the majority of the ones unwilling/unable to learn a new language are out of a job.
I'd rather be learning new things and have several tools in my belt than just one and be limited.
And easily replaced.
top Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?
.. but 'skills discrimination' is. When I left my last job as a Java programmer, I discovered that although I was a pretty darn good developer, because I didn't have exposure to common tools and frameworks (Bamboo, Maven, Swing), it limited who was interested in me. I did get a job, but it was through contacts, which tends to limit possibilities. (Interestingly, I did get a call from Disney because of my experience in other areas, but I wasn't interested in what they offered.)
I think as long as one stays up-to-date and gets exposed to newer things, there isn't any issue with staying in the non-managerial lane. It limits your income, unless you are really good, but I make a very comfortable salary at 55. The companies I spoke with a couple of years ago didn't seem to want experts in the things they were looking for, just someone who didn't need to be trained on everything *except* Java. (Worked for a very small company prior, didn't need any tools to write the POJOs that we used)
I have noticed that I get paid a little bit more because of my leadership abilities. It's not just managers that need to lead, team leads and Sr. engineers need to be seen as leaders also. I just swapped roles at the company I am with, and one of the things that the VP liked about me was my leadership skills. The new role is as Enterprise Software Engineer, and I need to be able to work with small teams to get projects done.
top Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist
From the crop of developers I've interviewed over the last few years, there are a bunch of under-skilled people who think very highly of themselves and want to be paid more than they are worth.
My company has hired some very bright people and paid them very well. But then there are people like this MIT grad we hired several years ago, purely based on her resume and what BS came out of her mouth, only to discover she was perhaps one of the worst developers I've ever worked with. She was fired several months later. We looked at dozens of resumes, and interviewed 5 or so. Of that batch, she was the only one that seemed remotely qualified.
My 'replacement' at my last job made 2/3rds of what I made, and within a month or two they discovered why I was worth the wages they paid me as he single-handledly almost destroyed a critical database that would have put them out of business and then didn't have the skills to fix it. They had to hire me as a contractor to help fix the mess he made.
Many of our current developers seem to think QA is where you send code to find bugs once it compiles clean. The ones that work in my new group are going to learn really fast that depending on QA to find your bugs is the quickest way to find the door.
If someone wants a batch of developers they have to babysit and spoon feed requirements to, they are a dime a dozen and deserve to be paid the same. If someone wants developers who can think for themselves, are self-motivated, and are able to fill in the blanks by finding things out
... they are few and far between and worth the price paid.
top As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines
What a purely sexist comment. There is no more a male 'act' than a female 'act'.
People who share the same traits that specific businesses like have the opportunity to get paid the same. In sales, it could be people with aggressive and self-motivation traits that get paid more. In nursing, it could be traits like compassion and being detail-oriented. In tech, creativity, flexibility, and the quest to learn new things might garner higher pay.
Overall, people who take less time off and put in more hours always get paid more. As they should.
People get paid based on quantity and quality of work, and what they are willing to do it for. My personal pay jumped dramatically when I stopped accepting the excuse 'we can't afford to pay you more' and found new jobs. If someone else can't do that, the only person they can blame is themselves. I have plenty of people calling me looking for me to change jobs, if someone isn't happy with their salary and aren't getting those calls, maybe it's their skill set that is the problem.
top Ars Dissects Android's Problems With Big Screens -- Including In Lollipop
Just because someone wants to be able to write programs or run excel spreadsheets or write their term paper on a tablet, doesn't mean it's a good form factor for that.
The more I use my tablet, the more I appreciate my desktop for what it is, a place to comfortable sit and work for long periods. The few times I've tried to use either my tablet or my wife's laptop for work, the more I don't bother anymore and go sit at my desktop. It's just far more comfortable for that type of work. I have dual monitors and a real keyboard. The Chiclets Bluetooth keyboards and the single monitor just don't cut it anymore.
For example, when paying bills, I have three apps open, a spreadsheet with my budget, Quicken, and a web browser for bill paying. Even with dual monitors it's not enough screen to see all three at the same time. I use dual monitors at work, but when I work from home I can only do a single monitor (at this point, they are working at fixing that). I am a lot less productive.
The CPUs on my desktop are much faster than the tablet, and I have access to far more storage and connections (i.e. USB, smart cards, sound, camera, etc).
I don't think the tablet will ever be able to replace the desktop. Just as the laptop never did. Some people can do without them, but they have less capabilities with the exception of being able to sit by the pool and work.
Which I've tried before and found it just wasn't that comfortable. And far too distracting.
top Ars Dissects Android's Problems With Big Screens -- Including In Lollipop
It's not 'worse in every way'. It's great for what it is designed for (tablet) and Windows 8 is great for what it's designed for (desktop)
Which is why I have a desktop for work where I sit down and work for long periods, and a tablet for reading, watching movies, playing short games, and taking notes in meetings. It's handwriting recognition is pretty good, it's not perfect but usually I just go back afterward and correct any spelling issues.
My Samsung Note III does have multiple windows as the default, and it works great. When I click a link in Facebook, it opens in a side window that is easily closed. I can use the pen to draw a box and open many apps in it, like a calculator or map. Or, I just slide in from the right to get a list of apps to open.
I don't need to map network drives to my laptop, I can play any media file I want on TV, using my tablet as a remote for my Harmony Hub.
I use the pocket cloud app, and have full access from my tablet to my desktop if I need it, which does run Windows 8. With a bluetooth keyboard, it's OK for short sessions. From that session, I can then RDP to my work computer and do support if I'm needed.
I have not had any need to run a command manually on my tablet, that's just a stupid comment geeks and nerds throw out for something that has become almost irrelevant.
When I decided to get a tablet, I looked at both the Surface Pro and Android, and picked the Android because I felt for the money I spent, I got more value for what I needed.
My Note III does exactly what I need it to do, and my desktop does also. For instance, I'm typing this from my desktop because typing on ANY tablet is a pain in the ass for anything of length.
The ONLY think I wish it came with was a built-in scripting/cron capability of some sort. But it hasn't bothered me so much that I've even done any searches to find any add-ons.
top Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph
Also, serious info for serious Slashdotters here . . . the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, has a PhD in Physics. Can any other country boast a top political leader who has a STEM leader . . . ?
And I've known some folks with PhDs that were pretty stupid and had no common sense when it came to many things other than their area of expertise! I knew a programmer who claimed to have a PhD from MIT that was one of the worst programmers I have ever worked with. I knew a gentleman with a PhD in neural networks that was the worst VP of Software Development ever.
I doubt if Angela Merkel is stupid, but assuming that just because someone has a PhD is 'smart' or capable of doing anything worthwhile is
... well ... stupid.
top Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?
I lived the first 45 years of my life in states that followed daylight savings time. I didn't like it when I had kids, because it seemed for a couple of weeks after the switch, they were all messed up.
Now I live in Arizona, where we leave the damn clocks alone, and I love it. It's a minor inconvenience occasionally when relatives back east are three hours ahead instead of two, but it's great not having to deal with the time shift directly.
As for people wanting DST because they get more daylight in the evening
... why don't you just get up earlier. It's the same amount of daylight either way, it's only YOUR schedule that doesn't allow you to enjoy it. about a month and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?
... who thinks they are entitled to unlimited usage is naive. And wrong.
... who thinks they can get unlimited usage without paying a high price is a fool. And wrong. ... who doesn't read the contract to find out what 'unlimited' really means is just damn lazy. And probably a little bit of both of the above.
top Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life
So how is the fueling station going to get enough juice to charge 5-10 cars at the same time??? Their own generating station?? High-voltage electric lines directly from the sub-station?? And how are they going to get that much power out into the middle of some of the large tracts of land that make up the western half of the US??
I hope they can do it. I'm cheering for them to find a way.
I doubt if we will see anything nearing 25% electric-only cars in the next 20-40 years. I see households possible having two cars, one gas and one electric. My wife and I have two, I have a higher-MPG, smaller car because I travel farther that is also our 'travel' car if we drive long distances. She has the heavier utility because she likes to sit up higher and drives less and we need something to go to Home Depot and get stuff or to the dump and get rid of stuff. We have two cars because it's not practical, based on our jobs. to car pool. Even with other people because we work odd, and sometimes unexpected, hours.
top Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?
Colleges and universities should set minimum requirements for entry, and then let anyone who can pay in. I'm paying to be taught something, colleges need to start remembering that students are customers and treat them accordingly. I'm not saying colleges shouldn't have tough classes. If a college desires to give the best education money can buy, and that means a tough curriculum, as long as students are aware of that before they start spending their money. If a college or university's product is one of high standards for getting a passing grade, so be it.
If I think I can skip Calculus 101, go ahead and let me. If I fail, I'm the one that wasted the money on those credit hours and will have to take Calculus 101 and Calculus 102, possibly pushing back my graduation. Graduation could require the passing of specific levels of education, not accumulating credit hours. This 'well-rounded' BS needs to stop, the college is not my mom. I don't need to take underwater basket weaving to be a doctor or lawyer. But I probably need specific levels of English, Business and other non-medical related courses. Let me decide if I want to take underwater basket weaving and spend the money on it even if it's not required.
If someone desires to go a college that expects hard work, quick learning, and a high degree of work outside the classroom, and they fail because they can't keep up, it's their money they are wasting. I'm sure some would argue they are wasting class time, but in my limited experience, many professors are very good at keeping the class moving along and letting those that just don't get it fall behind.
Colleges should set their prices depending on the market system, as they do now. If students need money to go to college, they can prove to those that give out loans and grants whether or not they deserve the money. Just because I'm in favor of a college letting anyone in, doesn't mean I'm in favor of the colleges, government or banks giving or loaning money to anyone who wants it. They have the obligation to determine whether or not handing out thousands of dollars to someone is a good investment regardless of whether or not it's getting paid back.
Colleges could still give out scholarships and even loans to outstanding students that they feel will give back because of their abilities. Whatever method they setup to do that is up to them.
top The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine
.. is there an acceptable level of violent deaths for you?? As long as someone can only kill one person at a time with a knife or cricket bat is that OK as long as they can't kill two or five using a gun?? Are you willing start regulating knifes and cricket bats also, because those have been used by crazy people to kill also. Don't laugh, several years ago a group of doctors in the UK suggested that long, pointed kitchen knives should be banned because they are plenty of other alternatives and they tend to be the knives used most often when killing someone with a knife. Just as with firearms in the UK, they didn't ban them all at the same time. It started with just one type.
Your entire argument is that if you take something away, it can't be used anymore by crazy, bad, or angry people. That is a logical argument. So, why don't we just round up everyone that we think is crazy, bad, or angry and put only them into jail. That should stop the violence also, shouldn't it??? How about a law that says if you threaten someone, you are put into jail for 20 years to make sure you can't. What if we pass a law that says that if someone is scary, they also get put into jail. How about we pass a law that says the nice, quiet guy that lives next door, never bothers anyone, always says hi, is also thrown into jail just in case he goes nuts.
I can think of all kinds of ways to end all kinds of violence that would also work that are equally as moronic as removing all guns. Since you probably don't read any real news, you probably don't read about how daily, people all over the United States stop violence because they are armed. It does happen, a lot more than idiots like Rupurt Murdoch and Everytown want you to know.
The price that is paid by removing all guns it can't be used by the large portion of the population either that enjoy using it, already have it, and sometimes depend on it. You are willing to deny large segments of the population something they find useful and safe simply because you don't use it, aren't affected by not having it, are scared by it, and have a (false) sense of security because it's not around.
Free free to not own a gun. I have no problems with you not owning a gun.
I have problems with whiny little college kids thinking they have some sort of magical insight into the world and try to justify taking something away from me that has never been used in an illegal manner simply because they are scared of it, probably because they have never even shot a gun before in their life.
Fortunately, I didn't have such overly-protective parents and learned to shoot as a teen and discovered how much fun it was putting holes in pieces of paper 500 yards away.