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Comment: Radio and TV announcers voices (Score 1) 790

by Joosy (#48785983) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

In old newsreels (1930's) and old time radio, the announcer's voices were either stentorian and over the top (news) or ultra smooth (radio hosts).

In the 1970's the UHF stations would have the most horribly produced local ads ... "I'M CRAZY HENRY HAVING A BLOW OUT SALE! COME ON DOWN BEFORE THEY TAKE ME AWAYYYYY!!!"

Comment: Re:Irresponsible parents are part of the problem h (Score 2) 137

by Joosy (#47391971) Attached to: Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

We didn't give our son a credit card. We didn't give him a cell phone. We gave him a Kindle Fire HD, and had no idea that by default he would be able to buy things with real money without our needing to put our password in.

After getting a huge charge from in app purchases I complained to Amazon and was immediately and cheerfully given a refund, with instructions for how to turn on the setting to require password for in app purchases.

Amazon knew what it was doing when they made the default setting "no password required for in app purchases". I'd be happy to see them get a massive fine for that greedy and disgusting decision.

Comment: Yes, purchase was refunded, but ... (Score 1) 137

by Joosy (#47391955) Attached to: Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

"when customers told us their kids had made purchases they didn't want, we refunded those purchases."

True, at least in our case.

Still, I could have done without the shock of seeing the huge charge (over $200 ... more than the cost of the Kindle Fire HD!) ... our 8-year old could have done without the stress of having his parents mad at him when he didn't realize he wasn't doing anything wrong ... I could have done without having to spend time getting a refund.

And what about those who didn't jump through the hoops to get their refund?

So, screw Amazon. Throw the book at them.

Comment: Better form factor! (Score 1) 427

by Joosy (#47320183) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Smart watch designers have to let go of their idea that it has to look like a watch. It's like the early years of automobiles, where cars were designed to look like carriages without the horse, or vegetarian food in the 1950's and 1960's which had to look like meat.

I want something long and more or less rectangular that wraps partly around my arm, starting from the wrist and going maybe halfway up the forearm up to the elbow. This would allow me to read text messages or notifications without having to squint at something tiny. It would open things up to a huge market for apps that just don't work on something about 1" across. It would allow me - eventually, once they were touchscreens - to press buttons or even type with one hand. And it would open up a huge market for digital tattoo "screensavers".

Comment: Re:The Good Old Days! (Score 1) 522

It's more than just not having your hands leave the keyboard ... it's being able to navigate without moving your hands from the home position.. You can go forward a word with ctrl-f and back a word with ctrl-a, and up and down with ctrl-e and ctrl-x. (Nowadays you also need to remap the control key to be left of the A key where God intended it to be.)

Most modern word processors force you to lift your right hand and move it over to the arrow keys to navigate ... It's true that many word processors can be configured to do the Wordstar diamond, but it can be a pain, and if it's not that way out of the box new users will never know about it, never learn it, and go on using the horribly inefficient arrow keys or even (shudder) the mouse.

Comment: Re:Warning! - Socialism ahead. (Score 1) 732

by Joosy (#45962439) Attached to: If I Had a Hammer

The question is, what happens when literally everything of economic value that a person is capable of doing, can be accomplish more efficiently by a machine?

From a Woody Allen standup routine in the early 1960's:

My father worked for the same firm for twelve years. They fired him. They replaced him with a tiny gadget - this big - that does everything my father does, only it does it much better. The depressing thing is, my mother ran out and bought one.

Comment: Re:How is this worse? (Score 1) 176

by Joosy (#45389457) Attached to: Amazon Gets Blow-Back Over Plan To Sell Kindles At Small Bookshops

So if bookstores can be a great place to discover books to read ... but many people prefer reading on a Kindle ... why not sell the e-book at the bookstore?

A customer could leaf through a physical book at the store, think "Hey, I'd like to read this" and take something like a gift-card up to the register to buy. At that point they'd run the card through something to activate it (just like buying a gift card anywhere these days) and the book would then appear in your Kindle library. The bookstore would get a cut of the sale.

In other words, let the bookstore sell (many) blades, not just one razor. The bookstores would have more customers actually spending money (as opposed to window shopping then ordering from home) and Amazon would have another way to sell you e-books.

Comment: Would keep me from having to pull my phone out (Score 1) 322

by Joosy (#42892923) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

I want a "watch" let's call it, or rather, something I wear on my wrist, that is connected (wirelessly, I mean ...) to my phone as a slave but let's me do certain things without taking my phone out of my pocket!

Such as ...

  • see what time it is
  • when somebody calls, see who's calling, and let me answer by touching the screen so I can talk on my Bluetooth headset
  • start/stop/pause next/prev controls for music
  • see if I have anything scheduled in the next few hours
  • see if I've gotten any texts, and what they are
  • see if I've gotten any emails, and let me see who it's from and the subject as well as maybe just the beginning of the content

Oh, and the form factor should be rectangular, landscape mode.

I could imagine "screensavers" (or, I guess, wallpapers) being a big deal on these things, too ... as would photo rotation apps.

And once we get thing bendable color e-paper or oled displays or whatever you can have your whole forearm covered with a display. When you're not actively using it for viewing information it could be all colorful and arty, eliminating the need for tattoos.

Comment: ... and with simple SMS responses (Score 1) 102

by Joosy (#42503377) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What would you like to see at CES?

While I'm at it, it could be cool if there were a simple standard for SMS messages that would allow pre-canned replies, kind of similar to how dialog boxes can be defined in programming.

Sender types:"Are you coming? y/n/m"

Recipient sees: Sees "Are you coming?" along with three touchable buttons, "Yes", "No", "Maybe"

This would be be easy to use on the wrist screen form factor, since no typing would be required.

Comment: Wrist screen used as slave display for smartphone (Score 1) 102

by Joosy (#42503361) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What would you like to see at CES?

I hate having to dig my phone out of my pocket just to:

- check the time
- see if I have any messages
- pause music, skip to next song, etc

So what I'd like is a rectangular screen (NOT a square or circular screen) on my wrist, worn like a watch. This would allow me to:

- check the time
- see if I have any messages
- pause music, skip to next song, etc

It would have some simple capabilities, such as showing text messages and at least the beginning of emails. But it would basically be a slave display for my smartphone, connected via Bluetooth. It would NOT have a cellular connection nor have WiFi capabilities.

I could imagine "screensavers" (or, I guess, wallpapers) being a big deal on these things, too ...

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. -- John von Neumann