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Comment: better not be using facebook on the toilet (Score 1) 206

by j2.718ff (#48336185) Attached to: Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

I use facebook on my phone, when waiting for something, often in public places, where i don't want to play sound, nor do I want to record a video. I doubt I'm the only one.

People may be posting more videos, but text posts are not going away. Let's look at phones for comparison. Video apps like FaceTime are readily available, but I rarely see them in use. SMS was introduced well after voice calls, yet that somehow has become very popular. Video isn't going away, but it's definitely not replacing other more convenient means of communication.

Comment: What's the range? (Score 2) 150

by j2.718ff (#48303781) Attached to: Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Can someone in the room next to mine wirelessly hack my door?

Any good locksmith will tell you that the best a lock can do is increase the amount of time it takes someone to break in -- it can't prevent the break in. But a person attempting to pick a lock in a hallway is a lot more conspicuous than a transmitter hidden next door.

Comment: just like cell phones (Score 2, Insightful) 415

by j2.718ff (#48272051) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

My old Nokia could go a week between charges. Yet I have to recharge my Android phone daily. Yup, it's a horrible regression in battery life. And in exchange, all I got are a ton of features that I use all the time. Oh, and my old rotary phone didn't require charging ever. Heck, it didn't even need to be connected to my household power.

Smart watches are no different. They have their pros and their cons.

Comment: Re:How suspected? (Score 1) 349

by j2.718ff (#48269891) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

As motivation for accurate self-reporting, let's give them free healthcare if they do develop a case.

I thought that free healthcare would lead to some horrible socialist dystopia. Yet you seem to believe that providing care for those who are potentially suffering from a contagious and potentially deadly disease might somehow be beneficial to society in general by actually helping to stop/slow its spread. Hmmm

Comment: Re:Key or keyless, all the same (Score 2) 221

by j2.718ff (#48250741) Attached to: Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

Rate limiting would help a LOT, but may not be enough if the bad guys rig up a strong transmitter.

Exactly. Even if the guy had to park right next to the car he wants to steal, the fact that he doesn't have to touch the target car means it doesn't look like anything nefarious is happening. So he can walk away, do his grocery shopping, while his tools do their thing, and if all goes well, he'll drive home in a much nicer car.

Comment: I wish I'd thought of that (Score 5, Interesting) 221

by j2.718ff (#48246383) Attached to: Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

I've never been a fan of the keyless car design. But if I wanted a new car, I had little choice. And I knew I'd have no chance convincing car manufacturers to make a keyed version. All this time, I should have been making a fuss to the insurance industry instead.

Thank you insurance industry for making a sensible decision. Unfortunately, that may suck for anyone who owns such vehicles.

Comment: Re:Bob's smokin' crack (Score 1) 267

by j2.718ff (#48023367) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

The Volt isn't an electric car. It's maximum range on batteries is 38 miles. So, as an electric vehicle, it's 19 miles going, 19 miles return, and if you need headlights and wipers be prepared to get out and push it at the end.

Apples and Oranges ...

The Volt isn't an electric car. It's a different type of an electric car than a Telsa, so yes, apples and oranges. If you're pushing a Volt because it ran out of battery charge, you've entirely missed the point of the Volt's ICE. The Volt's target customer is someone with a ~20 mile or shorter one-way daily commute. By charging it daily, they'll run on battery most of the time. The ICE means they can opt for longer trips without advanced planning (researching charging station locations, or getting a rental).

It's not for everyone. But for those (fringe?) customers, it's ideal. I think I could say the same about a Tesla.

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