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Comment: Re:I want a faux smart watch (Score 1) 381

by Jhon (#47440075) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

My guess would be end-cost and interest. Would enough people buy it? My pebble runs about $150. I would NEVER spend that much and certainly not more for something like this.

I received it as a gift -- and love it. I MAY replace it if it breaks or something. I'm unsure. But I really like the notifications on the wrist.

Comment: Re:No and here's why... (Score 1) 381

by Jhon (#47440043) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Bifocals. I have a pair with clear glass on top and my reading (1.5) at the bottom. Work great for 99% of my day (and pebble watch reading needs). I also have a pair of "birth control glasses" as my wife calls them. Basically, Ben-Franklin type half sized glasses I hang off the tip of my nose and push up to my eyes as I need to work/use the computer. I use those just like bifocals during my "work day".

I felt the same way about watches until recently when I got a pebble. It makes a difference not taking out my phone a few dozen times a day. I also like the fact that it "buzzes" at me when I get more than 30 ft or so away from my phone. It's kept me from forgetting it either in the car or desk more than once.

Comment: Re:"Smart earrings" or "smart necklaces" too? (Score 1) 381

by Jhon (#47439857) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

"If all you want is to know the time, your phone already solves that problem for you "

I haven't owned/used a watch in over a decade for that very reason -- until recently. I got a pebble. And my opinion has completely changed. I LIKE not needing to take my phone out every a few dozen times a day. I like seeing who I calling an sending them to VM or not without taking out my phone.

As far beauty goes, the pebble isn't the fugliest thing around. It actually looks half way decent. And the newer versions are even better.

Comment: Re:Doesn't have to be that smart. (Score 1) 381

by Jhon (#47439815) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

I completely agree. I have a pebble and just being able to glance at it while on the road to see who is calling or texting/emailing is a huge convenience. Or in a theater where it makes virtually no noise and I can see it without lifting my arm up and the "glow" is next to non-existent but readable.

I STOPED wearing a watch over a decade ago because I had a phone which told me the time. Oh how things have come full circle.

Forget the apps -- it's the alerts that make it useful.

Comment: Re:The cloud (Score 4, Insightful) 387

by Jhon (#47264097) Attached to: Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

"Much like the US president can only run for two terms, wouldn't it be grand if there was something similar for the politicians lower down the tree! Politicians _should_ be people who've been out in the real World."

Unintended consequences -- you don't have people in office long enough to be RESPONSIBLE for anything. All "bombs" get pushed off until the next election cycle when Councilman A is termed out and becomes State Senator A, or Assemblyman A.

Look to California for everything you need to fear.

Comment: Re:Massive conspiracy (Score 1) 465

by Jhon (#47262465) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

"Ahh yes the dreaded Oath. Nothing gets lying people to tell the truth more than a verbal agreement to tell the truth backed up by supernatural threats if they dont"

Do you understand how the legal system works? If I say on the public street "I didn't see the bank robber" and I'm lying, there's no problem. If I say "I didn't see the bank robber" to a police officer and I'm lying, there's some legal issues you may have to address (re: Martha Stuart).

You say that under oath to a prosecutor and are lying, and your whole life can change. Isn't that right Mr. Clinton?

Comment: Re:Doesn't this already happen? (Score 1) 248

by Jhon (#47258003) Attached to: Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

"Yes. Because the right to be forgotten is not designed to destroy the evidence. Instead it is designed to make it just a little bit harder to destroy someone's life."

Particularly kids. Enter my daughter's name in google and POOF, you can read all about the horrors she and our family went through when she was kidnapped. I've ran around to a number of news outlets and for the most part they have been cooperative when I ask them to remove her name/image, but it's hardly perfect.

However, there's some nasty arse bloggers with ego's far bigger than Neptune...

Comment: Re: I believe it because.. (Score 1) 291

by Jhon (#47108997) Attached to: Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

"I'd be very, very, surprised to see a belief bred out of a population in a species with such (admittedly flawed at times) high levels of general-purpose cognition"

Why? It's a parents job to teach their children their beliefs and values. Even if they don't ACTIVELY try, kids will absorb much of it anyway. If you remove someone from the pool of "parents", those folks wouldn't be able to pass on those beliefs and values as readily.

Is it a "given"? No. But it certainly would lead to a decline and contribute to it being "bred out".

Comment: Re:Duh... (Score 1) 265

by Jhon (#47070643) Attached to: IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

Friend, I had more police bodies on my property than any two "family gathering' bodies combined. And we have a big family. "What ever you need to do, do it. What ever you need to take, take it."

One thing you never think about -- finger print dust is a PITA to remove. We just painted our house a few weeks prior and that stuff just embedded itself in the paint. The windows of my 30 year old truck still have the "dust" sheen on them (old glass was pitted, I guess).

They parked two mobile crime labs on our block -- one IT specific, the other finger prints and other physical evidence related. When the police returned us home after being interviewed at the local station, the shear MAGNITUDE of what resources were being expended was humbling. Think that would have happened if we acted like "privacy nazis"? Feh.

"Don't talk to the police. Ever" is just crappy advice. Police come knocking on your door and say "a little girl is missing from next door -- did you see or hear anything" and if you have information you withhold, how can you NOT be seen as being in part responsible for what happened/happens to the little girl?

In the grand scheme of things, my wife and I would much rather have faced and continue to face the challenges such an event has wrought rather than the alternative. How many parents never find out what happened to their child? How many find out from a forensics report? We consider ourselves the luckiest parents on the face of the earth. We got to plan and enjoy our daughter's birthday rather than her memorial and burial.

What happened is bad -- it's part of the story of her life now. It's our job as parents to make sure it's just a footnote and not the plot. And our daughter has proven to be incredibly strong and resilient. How can we feel "poor me" or "poor us" when our daughter can smile and have fun after such a horrific ordeal? She gives *US* strength.

Comment: Re:Duh... (Score 1) 265

by Jhon (#47068099) Attached to: IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

"A bit of helpful advice: If your daughter is kidnapped, call your lawyer BEFORE you call the police."

You must not be a parent and are probably incredibly young. The only response I have to offer this is: "What kind of fucking parent would do that?"

3am, your wife is in a panic, you daughter isn't in her bed and the side gate (which she can't possibly open) is open.

"Calm down, honey -- let me call Duey, Chetum and Howe".

Fuck you. I got "really really lucky" because the PD/FBI figured out REAL fast that we had nothing to do with this and had no reason to suspect us and tossed enormous resources to find our daughter.

"Summit meetings tend to be like panda matings. The expectations are always high, and the results usually disappointing." -- Robert Orben