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Comment: Poor testers! (Score 4, Funny) 128

From the article:
Researchers gave participants an iPhone 5s running three fitness apps, a Galaxy S4 running one fitness app and six wearable devices, including products from Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike.
The people doing the test probably collapsed under the weight of all these devices...

Comment: Re:Audiophile market (Score 2) 418

Also other hobby&sport related markets are incredible goldmines: look for example at ham radio, angling, running, just to name a few. The method is always:

1) Design a new product, the more useless the better
2) Put up a web site describing it, and pay somebody to praise the new product
3) ???
4) Profit!

Comment: Had a similar problem many years ago (Score 1) 192

by ctrl-alt-canc (#49015729) Attached to: Xenon Flashes Can Make New Raspberry Pi 2 Freeze and Reboot
I was working to my thesis in nuclear physics, and I was developing a new analytical method based on beam-induced radiation spectrometry. In one of the beam lines we had an alpha particle detector (basically a large Si crystal with a gold-plated surface) that was driving me crazy. When we used the detector for measurements it worked perfectly, but when we turned the beam off and I entered the radiation facility to do some measurements, it was insanely noisy and could not be properly calibrated. I was staring at the screen of the scope looking at the huge noise floor and scratching my head, when at once the noise disappeared, then came back again. This repeated for a few times and suddendly I realized what was happening. The vacuum chamber where the detector was installed had a glass window hidden to my sight that was sometimes used for remote inspection with a TV camera. A technician was doing some maintenance work, walking back and forth in front of the window. When he was close to it the noise disappeared, and when the window glass was clear of obstacles the photoelectric effect in the detector caused the noise! During irradiation tests nobody was inside the facility, so we turned off the lights, and this explained why the detector worked without problems. A piece of duct tape on the glass window fixed the problem for ever, as always...

Comment: Completely disappeared (Score 1) 244

by ctrl-alt-canc (#48966891) Attached to: Over the past 10 years, my TV-watching has..
Awful quality of current productions made me and my family fly away from TV. We rather look at old TV shows available online, they were much better than the crap that is being broadcasted daily. The same unfortunately is true for radio transmissions: on my daily commute travels FLAC-encoded music makes my day.

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