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Comment: Re:OK, fine, do it already. (Score 1) 83

by NF6X (#47743867) Attached to: Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

I bought a couple of 'Hello Kitty' flash drives close to a year ago. It was a joke, people kept stealing my generic looking ones. The Hello Kitty sticks stay in my desk. Since then, every other time I log in, Amazon has to breathlessly show me various Hello Kitty things. An impressive panoply of products, but ones that I'm not especially interested in.

If that bothers you, then definitely avoid clicking any links on The Worst Things for Sale. The recommendation algorithm doesn't automatically discriminate between things you might want to buy vs. things you looked at for shock or humor value. Thanks, Amazon, but I don't need a 55 gallon drum of personal lubricant at the moment.

Comment: Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (Score 2) 550

by NF6X (#47526651) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
Thank you. I do need correction to see the target at all, particularly at rifle ranges, because I've been nearsighted since at least junior high school. I suppose that once I get bifocals or progressive lenses (probably at my next eye exam), I'll need to learn to find the target first through the long-distance part of the lens, then shift to the near-distance part to focus the sights on the correct blur. I haven't gone shooting since I started to notice the onset of farsightedness, but I can still see well enough at front sight distance without correction. But now I need magnifying glasses to focus on small things like PCB features up close, which is pretty annoying. It's not just that the PCB features are getting smaller I've begun playing around with vintage computers recently, and I even have trouble focusing on the old through-hole stuff now without external optics.

Comment: Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (Score 2) 550

by NF6X (#47525107) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I'm considering doing that. I'm 45 and my eyes have just begun to change. I'm still generally myopic, but so far the change just requires me to take my glasses off when doing close work.

I'm also 45 and I'm experiencing the same thing. I am overdue for a new set of glasses anyway, but I've noticed my new farsightedness the most when doing work on the test bench. I've had to start using a set of head-mounted magnifying lenses regularly for close-up work. If I was to consider some sort of corrective procedure, I'd need something that's compatible with close-up hands-on work, staring at a computer screen most of the time, and shooting which requires both close-up vision (to see the signs) and long range vision (to see the target). I haven't researched yet whether any of the existing procedures would be a good option for a person of my age with my vision and range of activities.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Asks v. Ask Slashdot (Score 1) 381

by NF6X (#47439713) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Do me a favor; go to YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, Ars, and half a dozen other sites, and read some comment streams. Do you see how vacuous they are? Do you see how much chaff you must wade through to find one or two poignant insights?

I don't think the owners of Slashdot care. I think they only care about eyeballs per advertisement.

Comment: No. (Score 1) 381

by NF6X (#47439705) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?
I have zero interest in having a smart watch. I haven't worn a wrist watch regularly for at least a decade, and I don't miss them. If I ever change my mind about wearing a watch, it'll probably be something older than I am. Something may come along that makes me no longer want or need to carry a smartphone in my pocket, but at this time I don't foresee it being in wrist watch form factor.

Comment: Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (Score 1) 154

Pffft. Kids have been "hacking" signs for years. I remember when I was a kid, there was a place called Fairy Falls Creek. A couple of my university friends went and made a professional quality sign, in the same colour, and font as the existing sign, and renamed the area to Hairy Balls Creek. The fact that there were round rocks covered in hairy moss made the sign very plausible. So plausible, that after a few years, even the local tourism guides quoted Hairy Balls Creek.

Epic! I salute the miscreants who pulled that off.

Comment: Re:Nope. (Score 1) 355

by NF6X (#47062443) Attached to: Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

So you wouldn't like to know that the temperature inside your freezer went too high and your food defrosted because your flatmate left the door open while you were away for the weekend?

I don't need my freezer to have a network connection for that. An old water bottle and a little bit of water will do the trick just fine. I can't think of any reason that I'd want my refrigerator, thermostat, laundry machines, etc. to have network connectivity. The real winners in the "Internet Of Things" game are the makers of networking hardware.

"Life, loathe it or ignore it, you can't like it." -- Marvin the paranoid android