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Comment Some notifications already out (Score 4, Informative) 50

The article summary makes it seem as if no-one has been notified, but I know at least one person who works for the federal government that was notified a week or so after the leak was revealed (and given information about the credit monitoring agency).

Comment Re:It's just handy (Score 1) 42

Takes between two and five seconds depending

And with a smart watch it takes less. With a notification that appears only on my phone and not my watch that goes to zero depending on context, because it means something I can look at much later.

It also can be a matter of minutes difference between walking and driving somewhere, but people still drive, take taxis, buses, etc.

if notifications are the thing you care about, I would think the pebble has you covered there.

Two problems:

1) There is no filter, the pebble gets all notifications. That is useful but not AS useful - as I said I really like the layer of notification processing, so only really important notifications reach the watch.

On Android that is different and they allow you to choose what notifications go through.

2) The Pebble screen is not very readable at all in a lot of indoor areas, so even with it being quicker to see actually being able to read it takes longer than it takes to pull out a phone.

But notifications are just one small aspect of the many small things that makes a smart watch useful overall, so to focus on problems with any one aspect doesn't help you understand anything much. It's like you are saying that because the elephants toenail is untidy, it can never carry much weight...

I think these things are toys and I don't take them seriously.

Your loss. I think of them as tools and use them in ways that improves my life. Dismissing newer technology as toys is one way to get easily blindsided by wide acceptance and implications thereof.

Comment I have a couple of responses (Score 4, Insightful) 94

1) does a great job of digging into and revealing the ties, 'backscratching' and outright corruption behind most of the gaming journalists on the big sites.

2) or at least the general question: "Gaming 'journalist' - seriously? It's a multibillion-dollar industry, and yet most of the "journalists" are freaks sitting in mom's basement desperately trying to pretend they're the next Perez Hilton, and who are tickled if someone even mentions they exist. None of them have the credibility of even the shammiest movie review shill.

Comment It's just handy (Score 1) 42

First of all - three things? I charge the Apple Watch watch every day, my phone every other day or so, sometimes more.

That's like one or two a day.

I guess you might mean a laptop, but it's not like you really have to remember that generally since it just gets plugging in when I get home to attach to a larger external monitor. But that would still be three at most.

Anyway, as to why the Apple Watch is useful - it's just handy.

There's not one thing that's amazing. But It's nice to see notifications a little quicker, and to know they were important enough to make it to the watch instead of just the phone. It's just a little quicker to see who is calling or messaging me. It's just a little quicker to respond to people. It's just a bit nicer to be reminded to get up and stretch every hour or so instead of getting lost deep in the fog of the computer.

It's many little things, none of which are amazing as I said - but together they are enough that I find the device worth carrying with me, and am sad if I forget to wear it for the day.

Note that I said the Apple Watch at the start of that, because although the Pebble Time has some nice features in a week of using it I didn't get the same useful vibe from it. And even though the applications for the Apple Watch are a bit primitive now, the App Market for the Pebble is much more scarce in terms of useful apps.

Comment Re:Programming (Score 1) 483

I'm talking about the article, written by Victoria Fine at, that talks about how to make a website red. That one doesn't use the word "program" or "programming" anywhere.

You're referring to Olga Khazan's article in the Atlantic, which mentions Fine's article but again not using the word "programming" in that context. Khazan's article then goes on to refer to another article, this one by Elma Mulqueeny, who uses the word "program" and "programmer" but in the context of, "say you wanted to write a simple code to create a Christmas tree with a countdown to Christmas. You'd use a series of simple 'if this, then that' logic instructions".

Comment AH, I doubt it (Score 1) 133

I have this, and while they don't know the cause, it seems that there's an issue with the fine-motor balance in the musculature around the eye. Could be genetic, could be damage.

Why would sitting in the dark recondition those muscles? It's not a brain-processing issue (which, who knows, maybe is reset by isolation and lack of input - seems bs to me), it's a muscle issue. After my 47 years of imbalanced muscle behavior, I find it rather hard to believe that sitting in the dark's going to reset that.

Comment Re:I have a better idea (Score 1) 205

Oh histrionic bullshit.
We will NEVER run out of usable fuel. People have been saying "peak oil" since 1920. We have hundreds of years of natural gas, and CENTURIES of coal. After that, there's always nuclear, and hey, maybe solar and wind power will finally be profitable without subsidies.
At *worst*, what will happen is that electricity increases in price.

And as far as allocation of finite resources, I'd like to hear your idea that is better than simple capitalism? You might want to read Thomas Sowell's comments on beachfront property, and how they're allocated.

Comment Re:kept my Netflix dvd subscription (Score 1) 290

As far as I'm concerned, the DVD subscription has never *not* made sense. I've had a 3-disc-at-a-time subscription since 2002. The streaming service was pretty much useless when it was introduced. That wasn't much of a problem when it was a freebie, but when they started charging $8/month for something I never used, I dropped it pretty quickly.

Don't underestimate the bandwidth of three Blu-rays in your mailbox.

Comment Just a money grab (Score 4, Insightful) 227

The only reason they are making any changes is because the FCC is considering doing something.

As a point for comparison where I live there are two cable providers, Cox and Comcast, covering different parts of the city. Cox has a data cap, but it is 2TB. Also that is a soft cap. If you hit it, nothing happens. They may call and complain at you if you do it too much, but that's all. It is there to try and keep people reasonable, and so they can cut off someone in truly egregious cases (I've never actually heard of anyone getting cut off).

Now somehow both these companies can make money, yet only Comcast charges for overages and yet has much lower caps.

It is just a money grab. While some kind of soft cap or throttling can be needed to make sure people play nice (we can only have Internet fast and cheap if people share, otherwise the backhaul is prohibitively expensive) low hard caps with overage fees are just used to try and make more cash.

We don't really understand it, so we'll give it to the programmers.