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Comment: Re:Why is this on Slashdot (Score 0) 478

by Himmy32 (#47973207) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria
In the grand scheme of world news, it's new worthy because Syria has not authorized air strikes. So it could be a start of an international incident because China and Russia don't like other nations interfering on any countries sovereign soil.

Right or wrong, Slashdot has had big world news and political articles for as long as I can remember.

Comment: Re:Wait, these are for real? (Score 5, Insightful) 72

by Himmy32 (#47921109) Attached to: Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized
One is a neutron Star. So a object multiple times more dense than the Sun but only a 5-15 miles wide. The other a red giant (when our Sun becomes a red giant it'll be as big as Earth's orbit). So the first barrier you would cross working for the middle is a iron polymer a million times stronger than steel as you crossed out of the tiny tiny neutron star into the absolutely enormous red giant. An analogy would be a BB gun pellet inside of a balloon.

Comment: Re:Phone requirement (Score 1) 471

by Himmy32 (#47873409) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?
The point that I was trying to make wasn't a point against headsets. It was that they perform their intended purpose well, but you don't see most end users with them. Headset just cutout one piece, holding the device in your hand while doing audio tasks.

Likewise some of the watches are very similar, some units have impressive battery lives and allow you to do GPS/accelerometer or visual tasks that require viewing only.

In the end, your point rings true. What "killer app" is would be more convenient on a tiny screen strapped to you with little input capabilities rather than the multifunctional device you have to will also have to carry in your pocket that has already been done (notifications/fitness)? That's the answer the OP's looking for and I think the collective answer is "I can't think of one".

Comment: Phone requirement (Score 3, Insightful) 471

by Himmy32 (#47872413) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?
Most of the things on a watch that someone would want can also be handled on a phone. Add to this that most of those things are things that require cell/data signal, so you are required to carry your phone. The inconvenience of sticking your hand into your pocket to look at a larger screen generally doesn't top the inconvenience of having to have a device strapped to your body that you have to take off to charge all the time and have to pay several hundred dollars for.

This is the same thing people have seen with bluetooth ear pieces. They are really nice for a small percentage of the time, but not enough to capitalize for the majority of the market.

The another problem with watches is size. You have to competing design constraints. People want small and light and durable on their wrist. Versus large screen size for reading what was sent.

Lastly many people don't want to be that connected. They want to be able to ignore the notifications every 5 seconds that someone posted a new tweet or your grandma sent you a hilarious forward. You eventually want to see them, when you can have the time to stick your hand into your pocket. But it can generally wait 2 seconds for that to happen.

Comment: Re:Simple Solution - Exam Mode (Score 1) 359

by Himmy32 (#47825361) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms
There are two points of view on this. One that technology can solve all these basic problems. Take unit analysis in science. You can do a google search to convert miles per hour into centimeters per second But yet you still want students to be able to know the concept and be able to evaluate their knowledge of the concept without a piece of technology doing the effort for them. You aren't complaining that Physical Education classes still teach Track and Field now that we have cars that can drive people.

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