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Comment: Re:Good For Him (Score 1) 74

by dagarath (#48499447) Attached to: How the FCC CIO Plans To Modernize 207 Legacy IT Systems

The problem is with 207 'legacy systems'.. that's going to mean there's a few systems that every employee uses.. time clock, HR, email, intranet, etc. Then there's 200 systems that 5-20 people use. Probably tracking systems within each department. So, numerous small focused systems are going to be merged into 1 gargantuan do-it-all system. Nothing ever goes wrong with these plans....

Comment: form factor (Score 1) 471

by dagarath (#47873825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

There seems to be a design disconnect. We're making bigger phones but now a smaller interface for the watch... why does this make sense?

How about we need to scrap the phone concept. We need the combination of glass / watch / bluetooth ear buds / mic. Wearable technology that replaces all the crap we currently do with a phone. And once that's matured we just implant it under the skin.

The watch style devices should have solar charging and kinetic charging to hopefully avoid the wall brick charging completely.

Comment: Re:People really believe this about tablets? (Score 1) 497

by dagarath (#43908607) Attached to: Can Microsoft Survive If Windows Doesn't Dominate?

And the other issue is that for basic tasks - web browser, email, chat, basic word processor, the 10 year old windows xp machines still work fine. There's been no compelling need for the basic consumer to upgrade a pc in quite awhile. The PC churn is over, hardware is and has been advanced enough not to need replacement every 2 years for a low end user. (Pentium 4 was introduced in 2000, Core 2 in 2006).

Comment: People already have access. (Score 1) 659

by dagarath (#43121861) Attached to: Most Doctors Don't Think Patients Need Full Access To Med Records

It's already law in the US that patients can have access (and copies) to their own records. The survey was about electronic access to electronic records. There would be a legitimate concern if you allow patients to add information into the doctor's record without any supervision or oversight. There are services that allow individuals to compile and maintain their own records already. And only 4% said no access... 96% said access of some type.. probably with need for explanation of how this would work in practice.

So, physician's don't want patients entering data, altering data, deleting data from the physician's electronic record.. yea that's newsworthy.

Comment: What information is not available elsewhere? (Score 1) 383

by dagarath (#32255618) Attached to: Mobile 'Remote Wipe' Thwarts Secret Service

What information are they really going to get from a phone that they can't get somewhere else?

Call history is going to be available from the carrier. Message history from the carrier. Email is stored on a server somewhere. All those cloud apps are on a server somewhere. And if you've got a wipe function for your phone.. isn't it likely you have a backup of your phone somewhere.. that could be retrieved for analysis?

Comment: Smallbasic project from MS (Score 1) 799

by dagarath (#30568252) Attached to: How To Teach a 12-Year-Old To Program?

Work through the included PDF document examples, it basically does what the old qbasic provided, a quick IDE / interpreter and easy access to some text functions ( for the classic 'Hello World' and then easy access to some graphical drawing functions, even includes a turtle).

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