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Comment: AFK: Developing self-repair app (Score 4, Informative) 471

by kfsone (#47874177) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

If the watch is broken, it will automatically get directions to the nearest watch repair shop.

Then it will display a large, friendly, compass arrow to point you on your way.

If the problem is a display failure, it'll speak out loud: "Hotter" or "Colder" until you reach your destination.

If the speakers are broken, it'll just run the phone hot or cold against your arm.

If the strap is broken, you're SOL.

Comment: "Time when you need it" app (Score 1) 471

by kfsone (#47873995) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

I'm just old enough to remember when we wore actual watches, but not quite old enough to get why Douglas Adams was obsessed with digital watches.

But what I remember is that there was always someone else who asked "What time is it?" and you showed them your watch. And, of course, people who said "nice watch, can I see it?"

So: What I'd want is an app that makes me money every time someone else makes use of my device. Either via a direct micro payment, or: the app could put the time display over an ad, so I could get an ad impression based on the time they spend staring at my clock.

Maybe it could be developed alongside a cell phone app that lets people with phones request someone with smart watch to come give them the time? Of course, established cell phone app developers would complain it was infringing on their market... But, ... progress...

Ooh - and maybe an tBackup app: if your watch isn't working properly (i.e. it doesn't know what time it is), it will direct you towards the nearest person with a working watch!

Lastly, I'd want an "icebreaker" app. You've gone to a party, and according to your watch you arrived on time. However, half an hour in, nobody is talking to you or coming over to look at your watch. So you tap the icebreaker app, which figures out who is nearby to you, finds a subject that would be of interest to everyone around you, and presents you with an ad you can use to break the ice, and get paid page impressions based on the number of people in the room!

Comment: This plan makes very little sense (Score 1) 330

by kfsone (#46321503) Attached to: Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

Why would you link a solar strip to a microwave on the moon? Never mind there is currently nobody living on the moon, the second you open the door on the microwave all the air - and the hotpocket - would get sucked out into space, and I'm pretty sure you can't eat a hot pocket once it has moon dust on it.

Comment: US Broadband isn't slow (Score 0) 513

by kfsone (#46321479) Attached to: Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

There are three possibilities here:

1. You are a communist.
2. You aren't buying the correct tier of service from your provider, select the "deny me any rights and take all my privacy away and then send around a representative to take me up the kyber",
3. You hate freedom.

Right now American telcos and cable companies are working very very hard to keep your money in America, to keep the Internet American and to ensure that good, wholesome, American packets stay in America where they can be consumed in the American way (leisurely, from the sofa), and to bring you, the consumer, choice: should I wait for the next packet or should I go to the fridge and get a soda?

Some people would argue that it is incredibly un-American that cable and internet provision is all but a monopoly that prevents choice or diversity in the marketplace, but those people probably aren't with timewarner or cox - if they were, they wouldn't have internet access so we wouldn't be able to know what they were arguing.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 31

by kfsone (#46111559) Attached to: Asteroids Scarred By Solar System's Violent Youth

I love how some people think is a source of actual scientific facts, unlike places like with their "factual peer reviewed" hoity toity pdf publications, by using waffly long winded jibber jabber that has nothing to do with fun information about cats.

If you're so smart, spot the actual humor, then respond using credible objections you produced after learning the relevant ability to laugh.

You semi-evolved simian.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 31

by kfsone (#46104823) Attached to: Asteroids Scarred By Solar System's Violent Youth

That position seems rather like arriving at a pool table and from 10 seconds of observation concluding that the game is to wait for a black ball to drop into a pocket and then collect a series of balls from a slot under the table and place them on top of it.

Is this some sort of safe/default position in the absence of significant counter evidence or is it just not thought out? If I see water splashed around a sink, I don't assume that the droplets formed in-place although they *could* be condensation.

It has to have been vigorous enough to cause a lot of dispersion so that droplets didn't land close enough to clump to the point at which gravity overcomes inertia and pulls them down into the sink.

Comment: Counter point (Score 1) 432

by kfsone (#45914467) Attached to: Why Do Projects Continue To Support Old Python Releases?

Why don't people replace their video card and CPU every 6 months? There are costs associated with those things, sure, but it only takes a small amount of work to pop open your case and drop in the new hardware and the reality is that you WILL save time and energy from each and every small improvement: you'll spend less time waiting for the PC to boot, etc, etc.

Why don't people upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7?

Why hasn't Python committed all-out to 3?

There are two main groups of Python users who are not going to upgrade:

. Users who consume installed Python software, who can only be negatively impacted by upgrading Python because they have no recourse to fix the stupid crazy crap that goes wrong when you upgrade Python without being Pyknowing. Historically many users experience with Python is that it's the thing that suddenly starts generating errors when they do an update on their linux distro.

. Users who have a large established based of Python code, which amounts to time and money expended on the Python version that works with their code, for these folks upgrading is largely frivolous when you consider the costs of re-testing and proving their source code, or the cost-risks of deploying it if they don't have sufficient testing infrastructure.

The latter group have two paths they could take: Python 2.x, which is generally a "deprecated path"; upgrading to 2.x is basically busywork. Meanwhile, Python 3.0 is a pipe dream. Nobody wants to upgrade to Python 3.0 because the only people who believe in it are Pyvangelists. I don't mean Python 3's goals, I mean the Python 3 effort. It's a failure. It's not going to happen, people are too burned on it, it's been dragged out for 5 years. It's about as interesting to a company's bottom line as investing in Perl 6.

Comment: Re:What might scare MS (Score 2) 564

by kfsone (#45802271) Attached to: PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

Android is available and in direct competition with Windows 8.1. Ultimately, it's not about Android, it's about OEMs defying Microsoft's 25+ year exclusivity deal: If you wanted to ship hardware with Windows and wanted OEM discounts on the Windows licenses, you had to agree to sell only Windows. So these guys are breaking the exclusivity deal.

As things stand, that means if you buy the hardware with Windows, either the vendor takes a huge hit on the cost of Windows or they forward it on to you.

RESULT: Vendor will able to offer you the "System + Android" for /cost of system/, or "System + Windows" for /cost of system + *full* cost of Windows license/.

That's the real threat to Microsoft - loss of that "comes with" throne. As long as the other options are free, there's no way back from that for MS.

Comment: None. Seriously, none. (Score 1) 682

by kfsone (#44989757) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

It's unfortunate that you can't be with the kid, but who is this idea of a phone about - is it about the kid or you, because do you really think that a kid is four year old can really understand that this is a compromise and accept it? Do you really think that child who does not yet really understand the concept of independent actors will incorporate a video-dad properly into their life when real-dad is missing out on major events?

No phone.

Comment: Virnet's licensing statement (Score 2) 179

by kfsone (#44731961) Attached to: Apple Now Relaying All FaceTime Calls Due To Lost Patent Dispute

Emphasis mine:

"Customers who want to develop their own implementation of the VirnetX patented techniques for supporting secure domain names, or other techniques that are covered by our patent portfolio for establishing secure communication links, will need to purchase a patent license."

Hard not to notice the lack of links for say, SDK documentation, samples, registration -- just a statement that you can email them to ask. There are no demos. Also, they have crawling disabled. So I can't, for example, use webarchive to tell how long they have actually been on the web.

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