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Comment: Re:Betteridge answers (Score 1) 336

by msobkow (#47443953) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

I agree. It sounds like the most useless concept I've ever heard of.

The only good thing about so-called "smart" watches is that they don't have cameras like Glassholes wear that you need to worry about in public.

I foresee a resounding "thud" from the sales volume on these devices.

But then again, I use a desktop computer and a laptop, and have absolutely no touch devices, portable or otherwise. I wouldn't mind one of the newer Samsung android tablets with high resolution video and a stylus, but it's so far down my list of "would like to purchase" that I expect Android itself to be obsolete by the time there would be money available for one. :P

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Journal: 24/192 Audio Redux

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A while back I put my laptop into forced 24bit/192kHz output mode in order to be able to play some Grateful Dead tracks that were recorded in that format. I've left it at that setting on the Windows 7 laptop because it plays back lower resolution audio just fine.

Comment: Re:Died Outside a Tesla (Score 1) 421

I'm sorry, but at this point I am just going to accept that you lack the basic cognitive faculties to keep up with the thread and allow you to go about your life thinking that you are correct, when you couldn't be more incorrect. (Hint: In a discussion about the proper conjugation of verbs time is not only relevant, but is the critical factor)

Comment: Re:Puppet. (Score 1) 251

by sjames (#47442633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

If the clone isn't on the same VLAN, accessing the same data-gathering hardware, there is no way the infrastructure

Sounds like you should make sure the clone is on the same vlan and accessing the same data gathering hardware, doesn't it?

I'm not saying that we don't try (use data from an old run, etc.), but there is no way to truly duplicate everything, and sometimes you just have to live with that.

So, use the clone with that setup to verify as much as you can. Then use the snapshot to allow you to roll back if things don't work out in production.

If you still can't afford the risk, then you don't need a Maintenance window at all. You need to airgap the network and never update anything on the expensive side.

Comment: The watch I want doesn'st exist yet. (Score 1) 336

by Qbertino (#47441961) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Smartwatch wishlist:
Waterproof (200 m)
Solar Powered
Flat but Sturdy - Think a combination of Casio G-Shock and Skagen
Pressure Sensor / Height Meter / Variometer
Temperature Sensor
Environment Sensor
Complete Biosensor Package
FOSS OS with every aspect configurable, especially blocking of corporate tracking (Google, Facebook, etc.)
Speed-charging mode
Assistance AI ('please' of course being optional :-) )
      --> Watch, when does the milonga in collogne start today?
      --> Watch, are the regional trains to collogne on schedule?
      --> Watch, please warn me if I cross the speed limit.
      --> Watch, please navigate me along the fastest route to school.
      --> Watch, I hear cheering from all the windows around me - who just scored a goal?
      --> Watch, guide me to the nearest DM that stocks dental care. (Watch knows that I'm on foot and guides me to the nearest Tramstation if required.)
      --> Watch, has the bike shop gotten back to us yet? (Watch checks voicebox and all message channels including mail)
      --> Watch, please tell me if todays schedule is still valid or if there are any unforseen changes.
      --> Watch, what was her name again? Just show, don't say.
      --> Watch, please record a tracklist of everything the DJ is playing tonight. Use any analytical software available, not just shazam. And establish what it would cost to buy that tracklist on the music platforms that we're registred on.
      --> Watch, please silence youself and all my devices in proximity until tomorrow 7:30 in the morning. Silence all priority notifications except the "Company Server Down" Alert. And go into "Push to show" mode for your clockface and turn of all screensavers and backlights. (Thinks to himself: I want to enjoy this evening/night with this tango-cutie here without any further disturbance. :-) ) ...

you get the picture.

Standardised wrist strap connections
Cheap and available spare wriststraps in variing colors and materials
Cheap and available spare and extra bumber cases in variing colors and materials
1st hand 3D printing files of wriststraps and variant bumper cases
Quick change from wriststrap to pocket'watch' / pocketdevice mode ...
And probably some other things I haven't thought of yet. ...Allthoug I couldn't say if such a watch would be good for me. With that type of AI my brain would probably start to rott from under-usage quite soon :-) .

My 2 cents.

Comment: Re:What if he forgot it? (Score 1) 350

by sjames (#47441549) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Is that a serious question?

They have to PROVE that the defendant did NOT forget. Even if they decide the defendant has no credibility, they still have no conviction since nobody else in the world is able to directly witness the defendant's state of mind and there isn't enough behavioral evidence to conclude that he remembers.

The defendant is innocent until PROVEN guilty. That means that until proven otherwise, the defendant must be assumed to have forgotten the password.

Refreshed by a brief blackout, I got to my feet and went next door. -- Martin Amis, _Money_