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Comment Aurora (Score 1) 433

I hope the Denver suburb of Aurora- which has red light cameras at every major intersection in the city, will do the same. I do everything I can to avoid driving through either city. Besides people slamming on their breaks at every intersection, the camera flashes at night are annoying and dangerous!

Comment Re:Navigation isn't a luxury (Score 1) 938

I agree with this, as I think will anyone who drives near or in a major city. My phone provides me with real-time traffic, construction, and road hazard data that I need to make logical (and environmentally friendly- to save fuel) decisions in real-time on my long commute to-and-from work. I've used several stand-alone navigation devices that offer similar services.

There are also hundreds of thousands of cabs and delivery vehicles that simply couldn't operate in today's cities without real-time access to information and communication resources. Not to mention- the cop cars which at a minimum have two-way radio, messaging system, and usually a laptop computer.

Comment Re:Public Transit (Score 1) 938

The key is "transit system done right", which is really only in a handful of cities I've lived in or visited, and even then- is a matter of opinion.

I could take public transit to my job. It involves driving to a park-and-ride (or walking 8 miles), three bus changes, and a call-and-ride shuttle or walking another 3 miles to work, reverse for the trip home. It also takes over two hours EACH WAY. Driving takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.

I love transit systems when they work, but as I said- for a LOT of people- they don't. I guess you are fortunate enough to live in an area where they do, and to live close enough to your office that they are practical- and that is great.

Comment iPad, Bluetooth Keyboard, Evernote (Score 1) 425

I know you said you want to hand-write your notes, but unless you NEED to for some specific reasons, or are a terrible typist, I would re-think it. Most people can type considerably faster than they can hand-write, even under the best circumstances with pen and paper. Plus- typing can take advantage of modern spell-checking and auto-correcting functions. If you MUST hand-write- I recommend a good smart pen instead, like those offered by Livescribe. It provides a good level of handwriting analysis and can make your notes searchable via an online app. None of the handwriting apps I've used on Windows-based tablets have come anything close. If you are looking for a good, light, portable means of taking notes- I would recommend a good Bluetooth keyboard with an iPad. Many are very lightweight and small, yet have a good typing feel and are quiet (less intrusive in meetings or classes). Some are integrated with ipad cases, while others come with their own that fold out into stands. I personally love the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad.

For software- I've gone between Evernote and Google Docs for my notes (I'm an IT executive and spend much of my time in meetings), and prefer Evernote because it doesn't require an Internet connection (if you pay for it), and I had too many problems with Google Docs suddenly becoming unresponsive in the middle of a meeting. I mostly went with these options because I wanted my notes available anywhere/everywhere. If I'm stopped in the hall and need to reference something, and I don't have my iPad with me- I can pull up my notes on my phone. Both Evernote and Google Docs are multi-platform and synced (almost) live.

If you don't want to pay for Evernote offline- a lot of people in my office use the notepad shipped as part of iOS. It does work very well for what it is.

Comment Re:Good luck (Score 1) 473

I had to re-try my install about a dozen times on my iPad before it finally happened. Actually- I'm being optimistic right now, since it is only about half-way loaded...

Comment WiFi Medical Gear (Score 1) 81

I spent a LOT of time in various hospitals and long-term care facilities over the last year (friend with cancer), and found that most now rely heavily on WiFi enabled IV/Medication pumps and monitors. Almost every piece of equipment I looked at had a WiFi indicator light on it (some even actually said "WiFi"). There were also several secure WiFi networks operating within each facility, including- thankfully- free public Internet access. Depending on what can actually be done with them remotely- I found this a bit alarming though. If someone can hack an insulin pump, they will probably have the "keys" to other equipment, at least by the same manufacturer. This really opens the door to something like murder-by-WiFi.

Comment Re:it's HD and 3D (Score 1) 71

I have a Panasonic 3D HDTV with 1080p "Full HD 3D". I looked at a demo of the LG 3D a couple of weeks ago, because I liked the idea of not paying $150 each for active glasses. The LG was awful. The 3D is clearly in standard definition, regardless of what VDE says. It also has a much narrower field of view than the Panasonic, and the ideal viewing distance is much closer, with the 3D effect getting completely lost at about 8' (for me, anyway). I know this will improve over time, but calling this an "HD" 3D set is complete BS.

Comment Not dead at all! (Score 1) 398

I have to agree with this and others. Who says they are dead? I'll admit- for most of what I do- I use my Android tablet now instead of the netbook, but for things I still can't do on the tablet (printing and ssl vpn, for example)- I still keep the netbook handy, especially while I am traveling. I believe the writing is on the wall for desktops and many full-size laptops in the next few years, but I don't see a "death" of the netbook anytime soon. From RTFA- it appears the author means dirt-cheap netbooks, so perhaps the title should be changed...

Comment Really? (Score 2) 482

So then a disproportionately high number of people who can't tell the difference between the brake and accelerator just happen to drive Toyotas or Toyota-built cars? Sorry, not buying it. There is a pretty serious design flaw at work here, and this report doesn't really exonerate Toyota.

Comment Just say no... (Score 1) 997

Okay, do it politely... I would just explain that they would be asking too much of staff and would likely lose many of them rather quickly. Perhaps if there was some real incentive (like stock/profit sharing) they might have a better shot at it- but if they are only paying standard wages on salary- it isn't worth it. If he asks you point-blank if you will leave- just say something like "I have no immediate plans to leave, and I can't make any future determination at this time." (If it were me- I would probably start making plans to leave anyway...)

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