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Comment: Re: Not a chance (Score 4, Insightful) 631

by anjrober (#48254163) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

first off, the protections for debit cards are much weaker than for a credit card. see
second, as someone below points out, with a debit card you have to maintain a constant float. not with a CC.

the CC is simple. charge everything. pay it off at end of month. very, very simple.
debit cards are a poor idea.

Comment: Re:mostly novelty item (Score 1) 51

by anjrober (#48244665) Attached to: Lenovo Reveals Wearable Smartband To Track Exercise Stats

There are a number of running training schedules and approaches that use fairly exact HR thresholds for various runs. The more serious you are with your training, the more likely these gadgets help. for example, one popular use is as a better gauge of recovery between intervals. instead of the old, walk half the distance or walk the same amt of time, using a HR monitor can tell you when recovered more accurately.
here is a nice article from pete pfitzinger (famous as 2 time US marathon olympian and author of eternally popular Advanced Marathoning - and thus someone with more credentials than itzly )

i for one love my garmin. the combination of GPS, timer/watch and HR monitor is great.

for everyone knocking these devices, i would love to see your event placings. be it running, biking, whatever you do. how did you do in your last race? i'll put my number against yours anyday.

Comment: Re:Lame way to run (Score 1) 254

by anjrober (#48120899) Attached to: What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

you have clearly never run a marathon. yes, using rabbits is a somewhat controversial issue but it is non the less impressive.
a sub 2hr marathon is crazy fast. to make this happen will require every angle, every subtle increase you can possibly imagine.
run one, maybe two marathons and then you can talk about what is lame.
not to mention running is and has always been a numbers game.
read any running literature and you see runners are always running against the clock. Once a Runner (widely considered the best running book ever makes it very clear runners run against the clock).

Comment: Re:Inverse Wi-fi law (Score 4, Interesting) 278

by anjrober (#48057605) Attached to: Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

this holds true across the board for hotels.
cheap hotels give free breakfast, nice hotels charge a small fortune
cheap hotels give free parking, nice hotels charge a small fortune
nicer hotels (like the gaylord mentioned) charge a resort fee of $25 per day for basically no services at all.
cheap hotels though are competing on stuff like free wifi, free breakfast, etc
where the nicer hotels are competing on location, beautiful facility, etc.

i still don't understand though the $1k fee. i have stayed at that gaylord many times. its not a $1k fee for internet, ever. more like $20 per day (unless your marriott gold or platinum, then its free).

Comment: Re:HL7? (Score 1) 240

by anjrober (#48040139) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

The Meaningful Use (MU) requirements that are alluded to in the original post are pushing Continuity of Care Records (CCD) for this type of data exchange. And all the major EMRs and Practice system support some flavor of CCD. Just how much is the question. As it is XML, the CCD is finally a healthcare standard thats useful, in contrast to the not so standard standard of HL7. Epic is bad though about sharing data. Many others are much better.

Comment: less and less PC, mostly AV these days (Score 1) 287

by anjrober (#47945067) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

i used to have a bunch of servers, gear, KVMs, etc. over the years, i have paired it back more and more.

today i have a synology NAS (killed the loud old dell home server), 7 sonos ZP120s (yes i know they are wireless but these are powering in wall/ceiling/outdoor speakers), UPS, cable box, dvd, tivo (all AV gear is wired to tv flat mounted upstairs), IR extender solution, Yamaha amp, apple mini (used for CLI only), router, switch, wifi AP, etc.

Comment: Re:Lame (Score 1) 730

by anjrober (#47872423) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

amen to this.
i have had many of the garmin watches, wearing the 610 now
the 610 magnetic connector was a step backwards from the previous clip connectors.
the 610 routinely gets dirty, won't charge, sometimes the charge actually drains the battery, etc.
the case has also started to rust and breakdown.
i still use it and love it but it could be much better
i'm a big fan of smart watches but given the need for an iphone to be paired with it, i'm not sure i will use the iwatch. i'll still likely try it but it sure won't displace my garmin. i can't run with my phone, too damn big.
i was hoping for more from apple

Comment: Re:Just the warm-up (Score 1) 48

Even given the current constraints of battery and the never changing constraint of the size of your wrists, there is a lot that can be done.
i have used the last 3 generations of Garmin watches and even those have drastically added features.
they have also gotten much smaller (in the good way, like hey thats a big watch vs. the old ones that looked like a computer strapped on your wrist).
they are also lighter
As mentioned below, NFC will be a huge addition. tap watch to sensor and your off.
i love the GPS of the garmin, tracks speed, elevation, etc, gives a ton of data. also maps it all on google maps so its great to see where you have been. new features include tracking athletic specific stuff like VO2Max, time spent vertical vs. horizontal, recovery time, etc. all good stuff and just the tip of one of the many icebergs of what can be done.
Motorola's device has BT so playing music is sure a possibility.
on the screen usage, again the current garmin devices have a very usable touch screen and apple has sure shown improvements over the years in tap navigation.
maps are also reasonably usable on the motorola device.
needless to say, i'm hopeful the apple device will be a big step forward.

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