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Comment: Re:I have Pebble Steel (Score 1) 471

by Jhon (#47874951) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

It's called "Modern". it's an analog face with Weekday, date and "current" temp (by current, usually within an hour of current time). I turned of the "second" hand and it works nice. I also have backlight set to "auto" -- so if it's bright, it wont activate.

Notifications are all SMS (not a heavy text user, so MAYBE 5 per day -- but could be 20+ if something snaps at work). Work email (fairly busy) and phone calls. I charge it every friday night before bed. Over the last 2 or 3 months I've gotten just 2 "low battery" warnings (20%) -- and those were when I forgot attach the charger (got that notice on Sunday -- 9 days). I don't push personal email unless it's from any one of 3 family members.

I SOMETIMES switch to a doctor who face ("The 12 Doctors" (with 8.30-9 being the War Doctor). It's very simple and has one animation every hour. K9 or some other character will fly across the screen and present the NEXT doctor. Also have two "weather" centric faces that I'll switch to for a quick check, but I always go back to "Modern".

Lastly I have one app -- an MTG life counter (my son found my cards in the garage a few years ago and got hooked).

Comment: Re:I have Pebble Steel (Score 4, Insightful) 471

by Jhon (#47872673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

I get 7+ days with mine. Try a watch face that doesn't update every second -- just every minute.

The Pebble is cheaper and lasts longer without needing to juice up than any of the other options available. And looks decent for casual wear (for those who care). Unless you have really really small wrists and hands (and I mean REALLY small).

While ~$150 was pricy for me and I'm unsure I'd buy it again given the opportunity, That said, I'm hooked on notifications. I find that JUST for notifications I'm keeping my phone in my pocket far more often now. I really thought I was done with watches. Haven't worn one in 15 years.

With regards of "two way" communication, I really don't see a need for "two way" (like SMS reply) if it's going to be a battery killer. Unless you can make using such a small device easier than taking your phone out and using that, it's pointless. It's the notifications that make the difference.

Comment: Re:Everyone is a taxpayer (Score 1) 194

by Jhon (#47759433) Attached to: $75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

"Sure they are. I assure you that the priest who is fully supported by his congregation is taxed on his "earnings"."

Do you read stuff before you post?

What does "often do not earn any money" mean to you?

Also, there's a difference between joint filings for a family and "not earn(ing) any money". Besides, who said housewife? What about the unmarried woman with 5 kids and not working getting state and federal aid? What about the infirm? Transferring of government benefits (paid by actual 'tax payers") from one federal, state or pocket to the other could HARDLY be called "paying taxes". I'm not calling anyone out who happens to be in a situation that requires aid, but it is disingenuous to really try to call them "taxpayers".

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 465

by Jhon (#47735295) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

" The reason is that those committing crimes aren't considering the risk or consequence of their actions"

This is silly. Your basic premise is that "threat of jail isn't considered by those committing crimes" means that it doesn't prevent ANYONE from committing crimes. By your own reasoning, you've expunged the entire population of those who aren't committing crimes without questioning if their "crime free" state was at all influenced by the threat of jail. *BOGGLES*.

Example: A monster (they exist -- and the scary part is they look just like us) kidnapped my daughter and did horrific things to her. Trust me, the ONLY thing keeping me from committing murder is that one day I won't be available to walk my daughter down the isle* as I'll be behind bars. This is an extreme example, but how many people WOULD steal (or worse) if the KNEW there wouldn't be anyone coming for them?

*My daughter was recovered and the monster is getting ready to go to trial.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 2) 465

by Jhon (#47730169) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

"And what benefit does jail time give the public? "

That the threat of jail prevents many crimes. Point is that the "benefit" is not zero.

GENERALLY, (at least in the US) jail isn't automatic on a first time offense -- or even second or third. The courts bend over backwards trying to give the defendant a chance to change. And if jail wasn't a decent enough threat, why do so many criminals flee from the cops?

Comment: Re:Whenever it's advertized like this, then it is (Score 1) 232

by Jhon (#47670673) Attached to: Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

Honest question:

What's the difference with a criminal walking in public and being identified by some person who notifies the authorities VS. a criminal walking in public and being identified by a camera using face recognition software which notifies the authorities?

There are no cameras in our homes watching us. There are no cameras in the bathroom watching us. No cameras where there's a reasonable expectation of privacy...

I just don't get the argument that a camera scanning my face in public is the "government assuming I'm a criminal and treating me like one" and a stranger scanning my face with his eyes (though maybe creepy) isn't assuming I'm a criminal.

I'll admit I have an uneasy FEELING about the practice, but I haven't found a reasonable argument AGAINST it in public places.

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.

Help! I'm trapped in a PDP 11/70!