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Comment: Cards and apps are both unecessary (Score 0) 207

by mikecase (#48575227) Attached to: In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License
Why would we need either these days? The gov already has an electronic record of my drivers license and photo. Why is it necessary that I carry one around? I get pulled over, tell them my name and they can pull up my file on the patrolman's computer (in car/tablet/whatever) and verify it's me. It's not like the card is my actual drivers license anymore, it's the computer record. The card just made it easy to verify my identity before we had pervasive computer networks.

Comment: Re:I love Model Ms. I still have two of them. (Score 1) 304

by mikecase (#48097711) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made
What are you talking about? I've been typing on salvaged Model M keyboards for over 15 years using Windows and Linux. In fact I'm typing this on my favorite Model M SSK from 1992. For the last 8 years I've used a PS/2->USB adapter. There are a few adapter models known to work well with the Model M, I've tried several of these and have yet to find one that doesn't work.

Comment: Re:Common Core Failed (Score 1) 389

by mikecase (#48075185) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

What are you talking about? I have a 3rd grader who attends a school using common core. Last year they spent a ton of time working on rote memorization of basic single and two-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. Every week they took four tests (100 problems, five minutes each) covering these functions and I helped grade the papers. By the end of the year the average kid got 90+ correct on addition, 80+ correct on subtraction, and 50ish on multiplication and division. Perhaps my child's school is different, but it sure seemed like they devoted a ton of time to rote memorization of these facts last year. This year my child is quickly performing addition and subtraction of three and four digit numbers.

I hear all the complaints about Common Core, but what I hear vs. what I see from my child don't line up. It doesn't look all that different than what I recall learning as a pupil. I certainly haven't seen any 2+2 = 5 nonsense. My only complaint so far is there seems to be less emphasis on subjects beyond math and reading than I'd like. Maybe it's different elsewhere, or in higher grades, but my direct experience has left little to complain about so far.

Comment: Re:You guys are thinking about this all wrong... (Score 1) 292

by mikecase (#45835545) Attached to: A Year With Google Glass

Doctors are already piloting this for use in surgery.

It's early yet. The rules for acceptable use and functionality are not yet developed, but they will be. The concept of a hands free heads-up display has too many practical uses for it to die off as a fad. This isn't going away.

Comment: Re:Personally (Score 1) 292

by mikecase (#45834123) Attached to: A Year With Google Glass
Anger issues much? I feel the same way about using a cell phone on a plane, but I'd never assault someone over it. I use Glass, and if I'm out in public and someone has a problem with it, I'd take them off if they asked politely. So far, that hasn't happened, most people who talk to me about them want to try them on.

Comment: Re:Personally (Score 1) 292

by mikecase (#45833583) Attached to: A Year With Google Glass
Wearing glass != taking pictures, it just means the wearer could be taking pictures. This is the same as anyone looking at their cellphone. They could be texting, or they could be taking a photo/video. It's hard to tell unless you're standing right next to them. Using a camera, even one attached to a face, does not give anyone the right to assault someone else.

Comment: You guys are thinking about this all wrong... (Score 5, Interesting) 292

by mikecase (#45832599) Attached to: A Year With Google Glass
I've had Glass for a couple of weeks and the experience has been interesting. I live in a area w/ about 250,000 people and there are probably fewer than five (including myself) who have Glass. I've been wearing them around town to see how people react to them and so far it seems pretty positive. Some people just kind of look at me oddly, but many people recognize what it is and ask me what the experience is like. This is what I tell them: Sure, it's great to have access to (most) of the Google Now functionality without needing to look down at my phone. Text messages delivered to the HUD is handy, as is responding to them via voice. For the most part though, there isn't a whole lot these do yet, certainly not enough for average consumers to care. That said, the potential for business/industrial use is HUGE. Most people's first experience with Glass won't be as a consumer item, but rather as something they use for work. Think construction workers, or people who work in hospitals or laboratories. Many people will be exposed to these via applications in the work environment. You, as a consumer, may not be very interested in Glass, but there are many businesses who want/need something like this for their workforce.

You know, Callahan's is a peaceable bar, but if you ask that dog what his favorite formatter is, and he says "roff! roff!", well, I'll just have to...