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Comment: Re:Display tech? (Score 1) 103

by Paco103 (#46519997) Attached to: Google Unveils Android Wear

I don't know about the others, but the Pebble is on all the time. It is ePaper, black and white only (no grey). It's on all the time, which I agree is absolutely a requirement. I know a guy with a sony smartwatch too, and it's always on, but seems to have more of an issue in sunlight from what he's described. "Oh yeah, it's great, I can see it in the sun. I just sometimes have to tilt it a certain way and shade it." (For the record, I have not seen it outdoors.) It is nice looking though and full color touch screen. The Pebble is easy to read outdoors, but has a weird splotchy but usable look if you look at it through polarized sunglasses. It's also not color or touch screen.

Comment: Re:I kind of wouldn't mind a less fancy one... (Score 1) 103

by Paco103 (#46519899) Attached to: Google Unveils Android Wear

I wear mine daily. It has the time on the top 3rd (big enough, because the e-Paper is actually much easier to read even in daylight than my old LCD watches), my next to appointments in the middle, and the weather on the bottom 3rd. And yes, I can just look outside for the weather, but in the areas of the US where it can be 20 in the morning and 70 in the afternoon, looking doesn't solve everything.

Comment: Re:In 2007 Apple only allowed web apps on the iPho (Score 1) 333

by Paco103 (#46339451) Attached to: How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

I think the problem has a lot less to do with access to hardware and storage in most cases, and more to do with wanting something more responsive than a web page over a sometimes very poor connection (either speed or consistency). If all you offer me is a wrapper to an HTML interface, then your 10MB app is of absolutely no value to me, and since your website is not easy to use on this connection, I just won't use your services at all.

Comment: Re:have your cake and eat it (Score 1) 361

by Paco103 (#46290479) Attached to: Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

That's very valid, and it may depend on the market, but I think this provides the incentive to give me the data I want how I want it. Voting with my dollar. I recognize it may not be cheaper for me, but a lot of people where I live would happily pay more. I live in a rural area, and I recognize there are costs that come with that. I have literally told my ISP that I would pay them quadruple what I pay them now just to actually get the service I should be getting. When I called their cancellation line, I told them I was going to leave for a wireless carrier that cost 4 times as much for half the promise, but they at least had a good record of delivering it. The guy literally just acknowledged my service sucked in my area and the company had no plans to do anything about it anytime soon.

I don't have a problem with paying for what I use. What I *DO* have a problem with is tiers like cell phones like to do. If I go over my data cap by 1MB, I get a $15 charge to bump me up by 1 GB. If a GB was a quarter, fine, that's a small enough billable unit, but at the cell phone rate it at least needs to be on a per MB level. Right now ISP's are wanting to put hard caps and tiers on things, so you can't just pay for what you use, you have to commit to $50 every month or $150 for he business class connection every month because I may not be ok with a 250GB cap every month, even though most it would be fine. THAT is not right.

Comment: Re:have your cake and eat it (Score 1) 361

by Paco103 (#46275137) Attached to: Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

Most electric and water rates I've seen have a connection fee that includes the first X amount of power/water. I would envision something that's like, say (making numbers up here), $20 for the base connection and the first 10GB, then 10 cents/GB after that. *THIS* would give incentive to ISP's to give you all the bandwidth they could. We wouldn't all the power we want* (yes, I know, there *IS* technically a limit) available at all times if we still paid for electric on a per outlet basis, and we'd also still have houses with only one outlet per room.

Comment: Re:No I will fucking not. (Score 1) 437

by Paco103 (#46033089) Attached to: You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

Completely different. An ISP is by definition a service that cannot simply be bought and used without ongoing maintenance or "service". It's also a shared resource, so in order to have a priority over my neighbor (faster speeds) I should pay more than my neighbor.

Adobe CC is only solving a perceived (won't debate about legitimacy) piracy issue by punishing the very customers who were paying for it. This is like all these single player games that I can't play when my ridiculously unreliably ISP (who I have successfully made refund money for failing to deliver service), doesn't work for a day or two at a time. They do this because they're afraid of missing out on some money, but they take it out on the ones who are paying while the ones who don't still play for free.

Car manufacturers charging a service for onstar makes sense. Charging a service for an MP3 player makes about as much sense as AT&T selling you the AT&T Navigator on an Android phone with the absolutely 100% required "android phones can't work without data, even just as a phone" data plan.

Comment: Re:Modern languages are biased (Score 1) 489

by Paco103 (#45931957) Attached to: Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

Um, what makes a language efficient and understandable for white males? I would buy your argument if it said "English speakers" - because absolutely most languages are designed for English speakers using English keywords, etc. But there are plenty of women and minorities that speak English natively, and I would argue that since these tests are all based in the US, most (not all) of the test takers (minorities and women included) probably spoke English as their native language.

So tell me exactly how we're supposed to use a different style for different demographics, and how is that not discrimination? Are you suggesting women are capable of procedural programming, but not object oriented programming? In that case, they're not allowed to work on the same projects. We'd have the object oriented server, written by white men, the procedural client, written by women, and then the functional data services, written by minorities?

This would seem to imply we should also require a different text book written in some kind of stereotypical dialect for the non-white-male in school.

This really comes down to opportunity and desire. Desire is an internal factor, and if they don't want to do it don't force them, as long as they are getting the opportunity (and yes, I realize when it comes to school there are all kinds of socioeconomic issues at play).

Comment: Re:Its about the bus stops ... (Score 3, Insightful) 373

by Paco103 (#45919411) Attached to: Google Co-Opts Whale-Watching Boat To Ferry Employees

Is there a law against using the bus stops? (I don't live there, I truly don't know.)

I get that we're saying they're for public buses, but how are they "specifically" for public buses any more than the roads are only for public transport? Just because no other buses have used it before? It seems to me a bus stop is simply a short term stopping point for drop offs and pick ups that happens to be large enough for buses and sometimes have benches or shelters for people. Private traffic impacts the performance of all kinds of city services. It can slow down fire trucks, ambulances (not always city services, where I live they are privately owned and operated). Some cities deal with these by putting in emergency lanes that actually do have laws that enforce nobody else using them, but unless that law exists for the bus stop I don't see a problem here. Either add more bus stops or enlarge existing ones due to usage patterns, or pass a law (if it's not already passed) stating that the stops are only for publicly operated city buses and then fine accordingly.

Comment: Lastpass one time pad? (Score 1) 381

by Paco103 (#45898349) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

I have several one time passwords printed on a protected paper that is stored in a place that is private, yet still something me or my family (in the case of my demise) would be guaranteed to come across when going through my estate (think safe deposit box). It says nothing about what it is, but I have a few key people that know about this paper and what it is. It's not going to be easy to access without my knowledge, and if I awake from a coma I would find it pretty quick (though granted I may not know what it is, that's what my friends are useful for), unless I was like BK and didn't even know where I lived or was from anymore. I hope someone would claim me, but in that situation nothing I could do would help and probably be of little concern anyway.

Another option would be to randomly mail yourself clues, since you never know when this may happen to you. Like a letter with an extra stamp which will get your attention due to the envelope having excess postage. In that stamp under a microscope there are subtle picture alterations with clues. Then it's just a game of connecting the dots!

Comment: Re:What about all the new jobs in the "digital" ag (Score 1) 674

by Paco103 (#45891711) Attached to: The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

But the flat tax with a prebate (essentially a variation of fairtax.org) *IS* progressive. With the plan OP proposes, everyone gets $1000/month. Enough to live (depending on area), but not enough for most to not want to do better. You're getting $1,000/month or $12,000/year. At the hypothetical 25% you would have to have an income of $48,000 before your NET tax rate was even 0%. 25% becomes the upper limit of the very wealthy. A $250,000 income pays $62,500 in taxes - $12,000 prebate = $50,500 OR 20%. A person earning $75 pays $18,750 - $12,000 prebate = $6,750 or 9%. Below $48,000 you're essentially getting tax credits / welfare / scholarship / whatever you want to consider it as. It's yours to just stay out of the way and/or invest in yourself.

I know there are problems with this approach too, but it seems like a fairly good approach to me, and it completely eliminates the holes that people constantly encounter now. For instance, I know people that have deliberately sought pay cuts because their last promotion put them over the income limit and they lost financial aid for children / medical / etc. Now, despite bettering themselves and being more productive, they have taken a net loss in income that they cannot sustain. I would also rather unemployment / welfare / etc not punish people for finding work. A prior neighbor did everything in her power to avoid getting hired. Her unemployment required her to look for work, but her unemployment paid better than any jobs in the area during the recession, and was more dependable (most jobs were part time / seasonal around that time as we'd just had a big manufacturing plant shut down and flood the market with workers). As a tax payer, I'd rather her take a job at BK and keep *half* her unemployment, and we'd both win. She'd take less of my tax money AND she'd have more money at the end of the day.

This also prevents the situation of it not being worth it to work. Yes, you already have a minimal lifestyle provided for nothing, and I know people that literally want or need nothing more. But even a minimum wage, part time job that plays, for fun math, $12,000/year, still gives you a $9,000 year gain over not having done anything (in the above scenario). So they now have $21,000/year. Yes, they are taking tax money, but if that's what we do as a society to provide for those that will never and can never do better than wiping tables at McDonalds so they have enough to hopefully not feel the need to mug us in a dark ally, I think everyone could walk away a winner. Automation will destroy the jobs at the bottom, and even if we provide education not everyone can do better, no matter what your second grade teacher said. We can't all be astronauts.

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