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Comment: Re:I bought a Pebble for just one reason (Score 1) 427

by carnivore302 (#47324601) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?
The new submariners with ceramic bezels are near indestructible. It's the wristband that will get the most damage. Funny enough, mine was scratched within a week after purchase on the cyclops eye... while swimming. It will have no problems going 1000 ft under water, but if you scratch it against the wall while doing some crawls it will take a hit...

Ask Slashdot: A 'Mavis Beacon' For Teaching Smartphone and Tablet Typing? 55

Posted by Soulskill
from the start-texting-conversations-with-a-teenager dept.
theodp writes: "Where have you gone, Mavis Beacon? A nation of smartphone and tablet typists could use your help. You've seen people type fast-and-furiously on smartphones and tablets, so you know it can be done, but how exactly do these one- and two-fingered wonders (YouTube video) manage to do so? Is it their reaction time? Technique? Both? Back in the day, touch-typing teachers showed kids the secrets to higher word-per-minute scores on their Smith Coronas. Later, typing tutor software got kids up-to-speed on PCs. So, with over 1 billion smartphones and 200 million or so tablets shipped in 2013, what are the best software and tutorials that teach mobile typing techniques? And what platform specific features — iOS, Android, WP8/Win8, BB — do you find make your mobile typing life a whole lot easier?"

Comment: Re:Duffs Device is clever - its not elegant (Score 1) 373

by carnivore302 (#46582913) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

I don't think that's what he meant. I think he says that anybody who manages to add complexity to something simple and straightforward (a project that would only take a week to do) by adding "beautiful" layers that provide abstractions for the sake of abstraction, should be shot. Personally, I would happily set fire to the remains after the firing squad had its turn.

Comment: Re:reduce the amount (Score 1) 983

by carnivore302 (#46467313) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

the friend can surely find 90% of his lost stuff, but it will take him a lot of time to download it again. Also, if he's like me, he can't remember half of what he had.

Then there's his wife who's screaming at him about the loss of the "home videos" (no honey, they're really gone, they're not at somebody else's computer now)

Yeah, I guess the price of an extra 20TB raid array doesn't seem so high now anymore...

Them as has, gets.