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

swv3752 Android Wear Uses (229 comments)

I have an Asus ZenWatch. Below should be able to be done on any Android Wear device. In no particular order I use it for the following:

Check New Email
Check SMS
Check Caller ID
Check Weather
Check Calendar and Agenda
Check Google Now Cards (includes traffic card for my route home)
Check Other phone notifications
Dictate Notes
Check steps walked
Check Heart rate
Set Reminders
and Check the Time

Some Android Watches have a speaker in addition to the microphone so you answer and talk through your watch for phone calls. My watch can store music on the watch itself and play back through a paired BT headphones without my phone present. One could play games, but I do not see any point.
I am down to about 40% by Midnight most days. I do not see much issue with recharging it every day as I take it off every night and sticking in the charging cradle just means it is easy to find in the morning.

Android wear becomes really useful over other options if you enable Google Now. The latest generation of Android Wear watches actually look like a watch (Moto360, LG G Watch R, Asus ZenWatch). If those things do not matter, then get a Pebble or one of the high end Fitbits like a Charge or Surge, or a Nevo Watch ( http://igg.me/at/nevo/x/813785... ). The Nevo is a real watch, with basically a Fitbit Flex built in, and add in colored led notification lights. You will not be able to read an SMS or email on your Nevo, but you can tell the difference when your watch vibrates from a new notification.

4 days ago

BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

swv3752 Re:Incredible (429 comments)

No, the more accurate analogy is going up to the bucket pig and dumping their bucket on them. Is it asshole behavior? Yes. Is it deserved? Yes.

about 2 months ago

Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

swv3752 Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

A year ago I bought a Volt. In the month prior I did a bunch of research on electric cars. Six months later I was still getting ads on Leafs and Volts. Those ads seemed fairly pointless as I already owned a Volt. I find it happens a lot that I look for a certain product, then after I buy it, I will get ads for that product. Except for items that I buy regularly, then I never see an ad.

Google, when I buy a bathroom scale, I am no longer interested in hearing about bathrooms scales two weeks later. I buy tea regularly, why do I never see an ad for tea.

about 2 months ago

Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

swv3752 Re:I've actually done this with 5 hour energy drin (133 comments)


AC is full of crap. There is no sugar; sucralose is used for a sweetener. One could argue that sucralose and preservatives are toxic, but everything else is mostly vitamins, amino acids and caffeine. Seems to be a better option than chugging a soda or Red Bull.

about 4 months ago

How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

swv3752 Re:IT departments, on the other hand... (232 comments)

Really? As Linux System Administrator, I like Red Hat. I despise Ubuntu, for instability. The LTS versions of Ubuntu have been problematic in my experience.

I do find CentOS to be easier to maintain, but usually get stuck trying to convince management to let us deploy.

about 4 months ago

MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" Released

swv3752 Re:Is this spam? (73 comments)

Are you new here? Your ID would indicate otherwise, but your attitude seems incongruous.

I fully expect there to be postings about interesting Free Software products. (And something from the GNU project is definitely Free Software).

about 4 months ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

swv3752 Re:Okay .... (435 comments)

You do not need the skill to program. You just need the leverage to make someone who has the skills do it for you.

A programmer might be willing to do it for some large sum of money or to protect his family. Once it is done once, it becomes much easier to do a second time.

about 5 months ago

Wireless Contraception

swv3752 Re:yes but...yes in fact. (302 comments)

If they were a privately held company and not incorporated, i would not have an issue with the ruling. If you are going to insulate yourself from the company, then your religious beliefs should not dictate what the company denies its employees.

about 5 months ago

IBM Tries To Forecast and Control Beijing's Air Pollution

swv3752 Re:A couple of coworkers just got back from Beijin (63 comments)

How the hell is China having awful pollution the fault of IBM? By golly I know IBM is not perfect, but all the cases I have personally seen, customers dump a pile of crap into IBM's hands, then hamstring them while demanding they polish the turd.

about 5 months ago

Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

swv3752 Re:prices (192 comments)

Yeah, but I am fairly certain one will be able to buy an Amazon Fire Phone, unless one is really lucky at begging, one cannot buy a Oneplus One.

about 6 months ago

UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

swv3752 Re:But... (490 comments)

OK, then maybe we should go the other extreme. Lets take Kennesaw, GA- http://www.freerepublic.com/fo... or http://www.wnd.com/2007/04/411...

Every head of household is required to own a gun. Their crime rates, including murder, are down across the board. Morton, IL that took the opposite route banned all Guns, and has had increased crime rates.

Then there is Switzerland, with the majority of households owning a gun. They have a murder rate of .7 (.52 for murder by guns).

So maybe the answer is to have everyone trained and own a gun. After all, everything is on the table.

Or maybe we should look into curing our social ills. Removing guns from law abiding citizens does not remove them from criminals and case studies show that it emboldens criminals. I agree, we need to do something, taking away guns is not the answer.

about 7 months ago

NYC Councilman (and Open Source Developer) Submits Bill Establishing Open Source Preference

swv3752 Re:I'd be satisfied with... (105 comments)

About the only way to get open standards is to use FOSS. There are also benefits that will spur the local economy as proven with the recent story on Munich. Plenty of FOSS projects are best of class. It is not just about up front costs or installation and configuration. What are the ongoing support costs? For a given number of servers, it usually means more Windows admins that Unix/Linux admins. Unix/Linux can do more on given hardware than Windows. When Microsoft transitioned Hotmail from BSD to Windows Server, they had to more than double the amount of servers to achieve the same performance.

Plenty of Government uses FOSS- http://leeunderwood.org/linux/...
There are even more undocumented cases, but I am not at liberty to divulge that information.

about 7 months ago

The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

swv3752 Re:I wonder about man hour figures... (264 comments)

Or go the Red Hat or SUSE solution. For RHEL, you buy an rhn subscription and use Satellite, or go free and use CentOS and Spacewalk. On SUSE use SUSE Manager, it will manage Red Hat as well. One could use Spacewalk to manage SUSE as well.

Satellite is reported to cost $10000 but that is a flat fee, not a per client based license. So for Munich with 15000 clients, that is way cheaper than other options including Microsoft. SUSE says that SUSE manager is up to 50% cheaper than Satellite.

about 7 months ago

The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

swv3752 Re:Cheaper beer (264 comments)

No, we should value our neighbor more than some remote individual in another country. Besides the ethical and moral considerations, there are practical ones as well. If your neighbor has a job, he will not have to steal from you to survive. there will be networks effects where the area improves as more people have moeny and spend it. look at urban renewal efforts where as people see improvements and have stable jobs they improve their properties and it encourages their neighbors to improve their properties. The reverse happens all too often as well.

about 7 months ago

The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

swv3752 Re:Not the phone (243 comments)

Actually, I think you are like most people. You're usage profile matches my own and most people i know.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

swv3752 Re:Recruiting policy (589 comments)

No, Linux admins contribute less to TCO because Linux requires fewer Admins per hundred servers.

about 8 months ago



A Unique World-Wide Collaboration Around an Open Source Offline Password Keeper

swv3752 swv3752 writes  |  about three weeks ago

swv3752 (187722) writes "Introducing the Mooltipass, a physical encrypted password keeper that remembers your credentials so you don't have to. With this device, you can generate and safely store long and complex passwords unique to each website you use. A personal PIN-locked smartcard allows the decryption of your credentials and ensures that only you have access to them. Simply visit a website and the device will ask for your confirmation to enter your credentials when login is required.

Over thirty people from all around the globe contributed to bring this project to where it is now, including software and firmware engineers, designers, mechanical engineers, artists, project managers, students and security engineers. Our project started a year ago with a call for feedback and contributors. It turned out that people were thrilled by the idea of an open source password keeper and didn't hesitate to commit some (if not all!) of their personal time to join this adventure. Now there is three days left to finish funding."

Link to Original Source



Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe

swv3752 swv3752 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

This is not an exact recipe. Feel free to vary as necessary.

1-2 lb Chicken breast (The amount does not really matter, but as left overs the best part, more is better)
Flour Tortillas
Cheese, Shredded (Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Asano, or pick your favorite(s))
1 (or more) jars of Salsa (I recomend a Santa Fe style but any work fine).

Lightly flame grill chicken. It does not need to be cooked thoroughly as we will be baking the chicken. The grilling part can be skipped but makes the next part easier. Slice the chicken into strips. You can slice the chicken after baking but it will be messy.

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a deep dish baking pan, coat bottom with salsa. Layer chicken strips over salsa. Cover chicken with salsa. Repeat until all chicken is used. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until chicken is completely cooked (about 30 mins).

Steam (or microwave for 20 secs) the tortilla shells. Spoon some chicken and salsa into shell. Sprinkle on some cheese and roll shell into a burrito.

Suggested to serve with Corn Tortilla Chips and Salsa, and Rice.

The leftovers will taste better. It also helps if you let the chicken and salsa sit for a few hours before baking.


20 random things

swv3752 swv3752 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

1) I am half Dutch. This should be hardly surprising to those that know my real name.
2) I am an eigth Scot.
3) I am probably a quarter Latvian Jew. My grandmother was adopted, so nothing confirmed unless I sneak a DNA test on her.
4) I love Linux.
5) I want to be a SciFi author.
6) I used to be a substitute teacher.
7) I have been to 46 continental States.
8) I am mildly allergic to milk, but still drink it.
9) I love most cooked vegetables.
10) I am a better cook than either of my parents, or my sister. (My sister managed to burn spaghetti so it is hardly surprising I am better.)
11) I am on vacation.
12) I own a Dell notebook.
13) My favorite cheese is Irish Swiss.
14) I love all forms of spicy food.
15) I could give up all forms of candy but chocalate.
16) I have yet to find a chocolate dessert that has too much chocolate flavor, but I still keep trying. :-)
17) My dog is most likely a poodle. What I mean is that while he is definately of poodle heritage, we are uncertain of whether he is a pure bred.
18) Digger is my favorite webcomic.
19) While I tend to like the regular run or Action/SciFi/Fantasy movies, one of my favorites is "Ground Hog Day".
20)I read too much slashdot.


Social path?

swv3752 swv3752 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

You are 85% Rational, 0% Extroverted, 57% Brutal, and 57% Arrogant.

You are the Sociopath! As a result of your cold, calculating rationality, your introversion (and ability to keep quiet), your brutality, and your arrogance, you would make a very cunning serial killer. You care very little for the feelings of others, possibly because you are not a very emotional person. You are also very calculating and intelligent, making you a perfect criminal mastermind. Also, you are a very arrogant person, tending to see yourself as better than others, providing you a strong ability to perceive others as weak little animals, thus making it easier to kill them. In short, your personality defect is the fact that you could easily be a sociopath, because you are calculating, unemotional, brutal, and arrogant. Please don't kill me for writing mean things about you!

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more RATIONAL than intuitive.

2. You are more INTROVERTED than extroverted.

3. You are more BRUTAL than gentle.

4. You are more ARROGANT than humble.


Your exact opposite is the Hippie.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Spiteful Loner, the Smartass, and the Capitalist Pig.



If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.

The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

You scored higher than 72% on Rationality

You scored higher than 0% on Extroversion

You scored higher than 63% on Brutality

You scored higher than 66% on Arrogance

Link: The Personality Defect Test written by saint_gasoline on Ok Cupid



swv3752 swv3752 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I have been playing Burnout3 for the PS2 lately.

Where has this game been all my life? I mean a game were you are meant to crash your car and get points for how many flips and stuff. You have races were you try to force the other guys to crash. You are encourage to drive into oncoming traffic. This is just brilliant.


Cybershot Camera

swv3752 swv3752 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I recently bought a DSC-U40. I used to have a DSC-S50. The U40 is almost as nice. I miss having a zoom lens but greatly appreciate the smaller size. Plus, being able to buy it for $80, was great.

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