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Comment: Does it matter? (Score 4, Insightful) 338

by wile_e8 (#49523807) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism
Is it even about autism anymore? I'm lucky enough to have some family members that are anti-vax and post about it frequently on Facebook, and it's never about autism. Now everything is about "chemicals" and "toxins" and staying natural and how measles didn't kill our grandparents. They've made up their mind, so it won't matter if science shoots down an excuse that was never in doubt to anyone that cared about science. They'll just come up with another excuse that is just as baseless.

Comment: Proprietary Services (Score 5, Insightful) 179

by wile_e8 (#49488237) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

Rather than distribute more proprietary services, how about ownCloud for Drive, K-9 Mail for Gmail, OsmAnd for Maps, and F-Droid for an app store? Mozilla and DuckDuckGo provide Free Software search providers for Android, too. With Google neglecting the Android Open Source Project and Cyanogen partnering with Microsoft, the future for Free Software Android as anything but a shell for proprietary software looks bleak.

How much money are those services going to offer Cyanogen to be included? I'm pretty sure at least 90% of the reason for this deal is that Cyanogen Inc needs revenue and Microsoft was willing to provide it in order to increase their toe hold in Android devices. Open is nice, but the Cyanogen people need to pay the bills.

Comment: Re:Tab Mix Plus (Score 2) 353

by wile_e8 (#49080359) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?
Does anyone know if there is a good equivalent to this on Chrome? I've switched primarily from Firefox to Chrome for multiple other reasons, but the one thing I really miss about Firefox is Tab Mix Plus and customizing ctrl+tab most recently used, tab opening at the end, most recent when closing a tab, etc. Everything I've tried works extremely unreliably, and nothing overrides ctrl+tab behavior (I think this is a Chrome limitation, not an extension problem).

Comment: Re:Why... (Score 4, Insightful) 55

by wile_e8 (#48392063) Attached to: New Trial Brings Skype to (Some) Browsers

The best reason I can think of is portability. Visiting your parents and using their computer? No need to install a native app, just open the web page (hopefully in the future at least, this says you still need to install a plug-in). Want to use it on Linux? No need to wait for Microsoft to update the Linux app (if they ever bother to update it), just use a standard-compatible browser to open the web page. Microsoft wants to add features? No need to make sure it works on a bunch of different OSes and versions, just make sure the web page is still compliant with the standards (you still need to make sure the browsers handle the standards correctly, but this should be an easier target).

Not that this is perfect by any means. But nowadays computers perform well enough that most users won't even notice the problems you mention, and the other advantages more than make up for the problems.

Comment: Re:Battery life seems to be a killer (Score 1) 87

by wile_e8 (#47835683) Attached to: Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

That means you can't have any sleep-monitoring functionality in the watch, and health tracking is the only thing that will get many of us to strap something to our wrists, since watches have been made obsolete by our phones. A 24 hour charge, with a very fast charger or easily replaceable battery is the only way to make this work. Charging one battery while you're using the other, and making a quick swap is probably the best solution with current technology.

I suspect the number of people wanting to strap a device to their wrists for sleep monitoring are a very small subset of the potential smartwatch market. The changes you suggest would hurt the already struggling battery life of this thing, and make it bigger to boot. Given the small number of people that would take advantage of those things for sleep monitoring and the number of sales that would be lost due to the battery and size changes, it wouldn't be worth it.

Comment: Battery life seems to be a killer (Score 2) 87

by wile_e8 (#47835073) Attached to: Moto 360 Reviews Arrive
I've seen a lot of people on this site bash smartwatches if they have less than a week of battery life, and that always seemed like overkill to me. I suspect a lot of people (most?) are like me and take off their watches at night anyways. As such, placing it on a wireless charger dock at night doesn't seem like a problem - as long as the watch has enough battery life to get through the day until I take it off at night. Which is doesn't, according to these reviews. I don't know if I like the look of one enough to buy one anyways, but that would keep me from buying one even if it was better looking.

Comment: Curved Computer Screens (Score 1) 261

by wile_e8 (#47123745) Attached to: Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

The slight curvature also reduces visual geometric distortion. When you watch a perfectly flat TV screen, Soneira explained, the corners of the screen are farther away than the center so they appear smaller.

I have a 30" computer monitor at work, and while I like it better than my old dual-screen setup, I've noticed this issue with windows placed close to the edges. I wonder if there are curved computer monitors in the works, or if this is just for huge TVs. The main problem mentioned with curved TVs (distorted view for anyone off-center) would rarely be a problem with a screen that usually only has one viewer, and it would fix the edge distortion problem.

Comment: Translation: (Score 1) 361

by wile_e8 (#47002427) Attached to: How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

Mozilla would have preferred to see the content industry move away from locking content to a specific device (so called node-locking), and worked to provide alternatives.

Instead, this approach has now been enshrined in the W3C EME specification. With Google and Microsoft shipping W3C EME and content providers moving over their content from plugins to W3C EME Firefox users are at risk of not being able to access DRM restricted content (e.g. Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu), which can make up more than 30% of the downstream traffic in North America.

Translation: We don't like this, but if we boycott it we are going to lose users to browsers run by companies more concerned about keeping media companies happy so they can keep licensing content.

Comment: Re:Privacy only works when it's in your own hands (Score 1) 300

by wile_e8 (#46900019) Attached to: Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings
This is why I've never bothered with do-not-track settings. Not only is it wholly unenforceable, but it seems like a giant "Look at me!" sign. Given that the vast majority of people don't even know do-not-track exists and never change the default settings on any program, surfing with the do-not-track flag on seemed like a great way to tell the people I really don't want tracking me that I'm technically literate enough that they should pay closer attention to me.

We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.