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Comment: My Pebble does what I want out of a smartwatch. (Score 4, Insightful) 365

I detest ringtones in the office, so my phone is always set to silent. My Pebble allows me to see my wife calling/texting me. This alone justifies the price. The Gear is overpriced for what it offers, and requires their phone to work. My Pebble works with android and iOS. (disclaimer, I only use mine with android) I can set the watch face to whatever I like, including the very useful Beer O'Clock face that a friend made.
I prefer to check the time with a watch. Till I got my Pebble, I usually wore one of several Invicta chronographs that I own. I don't like digging a phone out of my pocket to verify the time, especially when in meetings. A quick glance is sufficient to tell when I am going to be late getting home, without the rudeness of pulling my phone out and conspicuously checking time.

Comment: LTE coming to your area. Film at 11:00. (Score 1) 105

by marbike (#41249533) Attached to: AT&T Promises To Expand LTE To More US Markets

I've been told by AT&T reps for months that LTE is coming to the Salt Lake City area Real Soon Now. I didn't know what I was missing till a recent trip to a few LTE cities. I would love to have LTE, but I am not holding my breath. It was scheduled for Spring, then Some Time over the Summer, and now Maybe By the End Of the Year.

Comment: Let's hope they don't screw it up. (Score 5, Informative) 136

by marbike (#35592062) Attached to: Utah Works To Repeal Anti-Transparency Law

This bill got passed thanks to some legislative tomfoolery that is apparently quite legal in Utah. The legislative leadership can bypass the normal process for introducing bills if it happens in the last days of legislation. This bill got fast tracked and bypassed normal debate. Once it was passed, the outcry was enough to have the Governor and some others think that it was worth a repeal. The working group to re-write the bill will hopefully not screw it up a second time.

Comment: I wonder what PCI implications this will have. (Score 2, Insightful) 128

by marbike (#29986992) Attached to: PayPal Introduces Open API

A lot of companies expend a great deal of resources in order to conform to PCI-DSS. The need for extensive testing, Web App Firewalls and the like is a pricey and time consuming activities for merchants dealing with PCI. When seasoned developers often forget to mask PANs, I wonder what the novice developer will do. I hope that this service will include some PCI guidelines so small merchants won't get bit in the ass by the certification bug.

+ - Google/Postini anti-spam outage 1

Submitted by Sprouticus
Sprouticus (1503545) writes "In another example of why SaaS/cloud computing has inate risks, Postini Anti-Spam Service has been offline or extremely limited functionality most of the day. from the postini website

last updated 12:29 GMT, Oct 13

Issue: Some customers are experiencing intermittent issues with slow or delayed inbound and outbound mail delivery. You may also experience issues with Web Access.

Note: During this time, messages may be deferred or queued, but no messages will be lost or deleted. Mail processing may also be directed to the secondary data center at times.

Status: Engineering continues to investigate the issue, and an update will be posted as soon as the issue is resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience.

My understanding from the limited web posts I can find is that this is affecting more than SOME customers. I can tell you that out mail servers have received almost no traffic all day. This is a huge hit for Google/Postini. the problem mail admins have now is to decide whether to swap their mx records and face a barrage of spam along with the valid mail."

Comment: Where was this class for me? (Score 4, Insightful) 1021

by marbike (#29649149) Attached to: What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

You might consider that not only does the world around us inform the fiction that is written (consider Heinlein's social and political commentary in Starship Troopers) but that also Science Fiction informs our own world (see how innovation is sparked by what SciFi has given us. Also, the genres can be used to teach us about the past (Piers Anthony's Steppe) or give us a glimpse into the far future (Niven's Ringworld). There is quite a lot of SciFi in our daily lives, but our world is certainly present in our SciFi.

I want to know where this class was $Big_Num years ago. I would have jumped at the chance to participate in such a class.

Comment: Re:Holy moly... (Score 5, Informative) 623

by marbike (#26752361) Attached to: Utah Mulls a Database of Bar Customers

Utahn here. Here is a brief synopsis of what you can expect about drinking in Utah.

Taverns are bars that sell beer only. They do not require memberships, can only sell 3.2% alcohol content beer. Food is not required to be served. Pitchers of beer must be shared between at least two people.

Private Clubs are bars that can sell stronger beer and spirits. A membership is required, or to be the guest of a member. In practice many places don't pay a lot of attention to this requirement. Many offer a temporary membership for around $5. The average price for a year membership is $12. Only one mixed drink per person at a time can be served. Pitchers of beer must be shared between at least two people.

Restaurants. If a restaurant has a liquor license they can sell spirits and beer without requiring memberships. However, you have to purchase food at the same time. Some restaurants only have a tavern license and only offer beer pr wine.

Liquor stores are a state run monopoly. You have to go to the state package store in order to purchase wine, beer stronger than 3.2% or spirits. This is the only way to purchase these products.

I wrote this article years ago regarding drinking in Utah.


+ - XM Radio, Sirius merger imminent

Submitted by grudy
grudy (206896) writes "Ars Technica reports that XM Radio, Sirius merger imminent . From the article:

"XM Radio and Sirius are reportedly in final negotiations that should result in a merger. First reported by the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal is confirming that the two companies are very close to a deal that may be announced as early as today..."

Monopoly? They wouldn't be a monopoly! Really! These are not the droids you seek. Move along..."

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir