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Comment: Battery Life + Health Tracking (Score 1) 427

by skaag (#47321597) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

The only way I would ever consider wearing something on my wrist:

1. Long battery life (Charging it once a month would be a reasonable compromise, but ideally once every 6 months or 12 months).
2. It tracked my health in a meaningful way, and produced helpful insights that actually help me keep healthy.
3. NO PHONE FEATURES and NO GPS! I prefer to leave that for my phone.

Things I want me watch to tell me:

- You are lacking fluids, drink water
- You are too stressed, relax
- You are hunched, stand straight
- You have been sitting for too long, get up and walk for 5 minutes
- Blood Oxygen levels too low, do some exercise
- You are not sleeping well, consider changing your sleeping environment (or a number of recommendations about sleep)

Those are just a few, I'm sure I can think of a few more if I really put my mind to it.

Comment: Waste of time (Score 1) 455

by skaag (#47268259) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

I think the NADA is wasting their time, if they are indeed "scared" of Tesla, or even really actively fighting Tesla. The number of people currently buying a Tesla is so insignificant compared to regular car sales, that the NADA has nothing to worry about for at least another 5 years (which is when all-electric vehicles hopefully become cheap enough to actually compete, price wise, with gas fueled vehicles).

Comment: Dead wrong (Score 5, Insightful) 321

by skaag (#47108807) Attached to: I Want a Kindle Killer

While your suggestions speak to my inner geek, I think if Amazon does add those features they will kill the kindle.

That product sold 40 million because it does NOT have those features. It is already far more convenient than using a paperback, looks bright enough to read even in low light conditions, and can hold tons of books. For those 40 million people who bought a Kindle, that's more than enough. Add more features and you'll make the product cumbersome, suddenly it needs more processing power, suddenly battery life sucks...

No, I say the Kindle should remain as it is, and this simplicity is its strength.

+ - Mastercoin: A Second-Generation Protocol on the Bitcoin Blockchain-> 1

Submitted by xeniar
xeniar (2910615) writes "Alternative currencies have become a popular topic in the Bitcoin space. We have Litecoin and Primecoin introducing alternative mining algorithms with novel properties, PPCoin replacing mining entirely with a non-costly alternative, Ripple creating a cryptocurrency network that can store credit relationships and user-defined currencies, and over seventy more up and running with new ones being created every week. One particularly interesting project that has received a large amount of attention over recent months, however, is Mastercoin. The key difference in Mastercoin is this: rather than trying to bootstrap an entirely new blockchain, as every other cryptocurrency does, Mastercoin seeks to create an entirely new network of currencies, commodities and securities on top of Bitcoin itself."
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Comment: Re:Good life (Score 1) 328

by skaag (#45308409) Attached to: Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

You have clearly not been to Moscow...
I live in New York. The clubs in Moscow put the New York clubbing scene to shame.
And the Armitage museum in St. Petersburg rivals the Louvre in France.
And the ratio of beautiful/ugly women in Moscow is incomparable to ANY other country.

You need to actually be there to witness it, or you will never believe it.

Comment: Good life (Score 5, Interesting) 328

by skaag (#45290091) Attached to: Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

After having lived in Russia for some 6 month cumulatively, I have this to say: Edward Snowden is going to love it.

A few reasons:

- Incredibly beautiful women
- Incredibly cool clubs and bars
- Awesome Moscow Ballet / Classical Music / Cultural Events / Arts / Museums
- McDonalds has a whole wheat bun, need I say more?

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...