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Comment: Re:But the price... (Score 1) 128

by seinman (#49038129) Attached to: Study: Smartphones Just As Good As Fitness Trackers For Counting Steps
I have a Fitbit Flex, and it includes a USB dongle to sync with a computer. As long as you have their background application running and the dongle in place, whenever you are within range of your computer it automatically syncs. You can then use the Fitbit website to see all the same data that the smartphone app would show you.

Comment: Re:Gigabit wifi? (Score 1) 106

by seinman (#48410161) Attached to: NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015
The iPhone 6 and 6+ support 802.11ac. Now, whether or not they can max out that speed is another story, but they do support the standard. I don't think the point is that any one device would use gigabit speeds, but if the router and backhaul do, then you could have 10 phones each sharing it and still getting 100 mbps each, minus overhead of course.

Comment: Re:It's 2014 (Score 1) 349

by seinman (#47370669) Attached to: Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap
Not always. I recently bought an Ikea coffee table, and was surprised to find that my laser mouse does not work accurately on it. It does work, to a degree, but the cursor skips around the screen a lot, so it's clearly not properly tracking the surface. I put down a mouse pad and all is well again, so it's definitely an issue with the Ikea table and not something else like Bluetooth range, battery charge, etc. The coffee table in question is the Lack, and the mouse is the Apple Bluetooth Mighty Mouse, if anyone wants to try to re-create this.

Comment: Re:Lies (Score 4, Interesting) 544

by seinman (#46649297) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S
Every professional editor in the world would add engine noise to a shot of an operating automobile. It's one of those things that you do without even thinking about, because generally you will receive footage (especially if it's b-roll) that has poor audio quality. The editor probably dropped it in like he/she would always do, without stopping to think "hey, that's an electric car, so that silence i'm hearing in the footage SHOULD be there." I would most certainly consider that an editing error.

Comment: Re:Too big (Score 1) 520

by seinman (#45922845) Attached to: 4K Is For Programmers
Actually, 3840x2160 is used in "4K" TVs because it's exactly four times the resolution of 1080p (double in each direction), which makes scaling up existing content much easier. According to Wikipedia, 4K also covers a lot of different resolutions that are near 4000, from 3840 all the way up to 4096. Just like how a lot of TVs are advertised as "32-inch class" because they're 31.5 inches. Close enough to make general comparisons.

Comment: Re:Missing option (Score 2) 290

by seinman (#44653327) Attached to: My ISP...
I was going to respond and say the exact same thing. Comcast keeps claiming that they have a 250 GB/month cap, but I am going well over this every single month (sometimes double) and I have never once gotten an extra charge or even a notice that I have broken the cap.

Comment: Re:Backwards (Score 2) 147

by seinman (#43379101) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Friendly Video Streaming?
I went with a Mac. The Mac Mini is perfect for this sort of setup, and runs all the software I need it to (XBMC, Plex, etc) and plays all the formats I want (I use VLC), AND streams everything I want (Hulu, Netflix). Never crashes, has a built in IR reciever that I use with a Harmony remote, and uses very little electricity.

Comment: Re:Don't try it, it's illegal (Score 3, Informative) 328

by seinman (#43108727) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Flagged Channels For XBMC PVR?
Live broadcasts. For me, it's sports. There are a lot of sporting events that I want to watch that are only on cable/satellite. Even if there was someone torrenting sporting events (I've looked high and low, unless it's the super bowl, this doesn't exist), I would still rather watch most of them live.

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