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Comment: Re:...eventually put people on mars...my butt (Score 2) 116

by jo7hs2 (#49624661) Attached to: Opportunity Rover Reaches Martian Day 4,000 of Its 90-Day Mission
"Technology moves very quickly these days. Humans still don't. How about building a transit system that lets me get from new york to california in under EIGHT HOURS! then you can work on mars." Erm... We have one. It is called the airplane. They're operated by these amazing things called companies, for profit. New York to California is easy as pie. It's even more efficient than driving there! http://www.wired.com/2015/04/d...

Comment: Re: Battery life non-issue (Score 1) 110

This is exactly why I will not be buying a first generation Apple Watch. I have wicked terminal (morning, not fatal) insomnia and currently use a Basis B1 for sleep tracking, so I can assess the effectiveness of various treatment. It has accelerometer, heart rate tracking, skin temperature, and galvanic skin response tracking, making it a fairly capable sleep tracker. However, it is hobbled by several factors: a plastic face that is easily scratched, the inability to see sleep data on the device, poor tracking of sleep onset and awakenings (sometimes misses I GOT OUT OF BED!!!), and terrible support for data export with no HealthKit integration (hell, just to get raw data I have to use the app for their new product the Basis Peak, it isn't available from the website). It also only gets 3-5 days of battery life under light use. I had hoped the Apple Watch would prove to be a more capable sleep tracker based on early reports about the sensors and data integration, but unfortunately the battery life means it has to charge overnight, and Apple hasn't even included any advanced sleep tracking features. This was a major disappointment. Right now I'm still waiting for a new product to come along...I won't be buying anything from Basis ever again (my B1, aside from the failings above, has been in for warranty repairs TWICE in a year). I've seen a Kickstarter for an EEG solution slated to come out this fall, maybe that'll finally be the tracker for me.

Comment: Re: gosh (Score 4, Informative) 162

by jo7hs2 (#49584123) Attached to: The United States Just Might Be Iran's Favorite New Nuclear Supplier
For the record, the United States is not the problem in Peurto Rico. They've held multiple referendums about independence, statehood, etc... They continue to choose the status quo each time, by a narrow margin. We've never even had the opportunity to address statehood in Congress because they've never gotten that far, and we can't force statehood OR independence down their throats. So maybe back off on that one.

Comment: Re: Too many pixels = slooooooow (Score 1) 263

by jo7hs2 (#49421087) Attached to: LG Accidentally Leaks Apple iMac 8K Is Coming Later This Year
Somebody says this with every major pixel jump and every time they are always only marginally correct. It happened with 8MP to 12MP, 12 to 18, 18 to 22/3, etc... "The lens can't even resolve that!" Sure, some lenses, particularly consumer and mid-grade kit lenses (like the 28-135mm my 5DmkII kinda makes go pear-shaped everywhere but smack dab in the middle of the frame unless you stop down to f8 or so) will offer no additional resolution on a 30-50MP camera simply because the sensor out performs the lens. But plenty of lenses still more than out resolve our current sensors...and as history has shown, at least with Canon, any L series glass that doesn't perform and is in mainstream use will get updated within a few years. I can say personally that even my current 18-23MP camera stable occasionally fails me due to lack of sensor resolution. Usually when I need to crop to 5:4 dimensions and make a large print. Only with one it two of my lenses do I run into resolution issues, and they're consumer lenses I use to full gaps in my L kit, or use due to their lighter weight/lower cost in more gear-risky environments. I'm eying that 50MP 5Ds with some "maybe in a year or two" coveting. A lot of what I do is either with very high resolution medium to long primes (macro and wildlife) that have a lot of resolution to work with, or requires just enough cropping for 5:4 prints that I'd prefer a few more megapixels before making the chop. I remember the change from 8MP up to 12MP, and then when I went from 12 to 23MP, and the ability to crop and still make a print I was satisfied with increased dramatic at each step.

Comment: Re: oh jeez. (Score 1) 140

by jo7hs2 (#49384847) Attached to: World's Largest Aircraft Seeks Investors To Begin Operation
Most places in the US are limited to 55MPH? Um... Nope. Almost all States in the United States have maximum speed limits on Interstates (presumably we are talking about highways and not rural two-lanes) of 65MPH or greater. Have for many years. And the limits are gradually increasing to 70MPH in a increasing number of states, with some going even higher. Some states even allow greater than 55MPH on rural two lane roads! Your information is several decades out of date. Check: http://www.motorists.org/speed...

Comment: Options (Score 1) 229

The trend with electric and hydrid-electric vehicles has been to build them with higher trim level features as base, or even offering them as premium models (ie Tesla). Do you have any intention of stopping this practice and offering less "well equipped" or "well optioned" vehicles at more reasonable prices?

Comment: Re: Electric car progress (Score 1) 229

Ford's current Fiesta and Focus are actually quite good cars. Actually, the Focus has been a good car since it was I introduced. The Fiesta has the sorrow of having a been a previously used name for an abysmal car...but the current one is decent. I ended up stepping up to a Fusion for ergonomic reasons but every time I've driven a Focus I've had a blast with it. Fun car considering the power and cost.

Comment: Re: God I hate those neverlost things (Score 2) 188

I came here to say just this...I had one of these systems in a car I rented from Hertz in October. Aside from the fact that they wanted you to check in via video conference and the system was down yet the staff didn't want to help... And aside from the fact that I actually asked for a car without GPS... The most annoying part of the experience was this damn system. It had an off switch/brightness switch that was deactivated, and it was positioned in this particular car in such a manner that it completely blinded me at night to the right side. No right sided vision and no use of the rear view mirror, because all I could see was this god-awful 100% on LCD blasting like a friggin spotlight at me. It didn't help that it was raining, so the light was also reflected off the car windows. Seriously, Hertz...let us turn them off or at least turn down the damn brightness.

Comment: Re:Ditch the DSLR (Score 1) 108

by jo7hs2 (#48497905) Attached to: Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR
The manner in which you speak of "zoom" and added in cell phones cameras suggests to me you know nothing about serious photography. All of what you have said is true for consumer snapshots. For serious photography, it is nonsense spewed by someone who knows just enough to be dangerous and not enough to be useful in terms of giving advice to consumers.

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