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Comment Will we see the end of cancer? (Score 5, Informative) 78

Having lost dear family members and friends to cancer variants, I follow such news items with interest.
Yes, this above study was with mice, not yet a trial on humans. But even so I have the impression that significant breakthroughs are now being made regularly, and then there is Microsoft throwing machine learning at the problem, all of which leads me to wonder - will we soonish be able to cure all cancer? That would be truly a breakthrough for for society.
Any insights from people in the field?

Comment A proper CEO - looking ahead over the hill (Score 1) 70

An interesting interview and it made me reflect back on Bezos's success.
I think that he has -much like Steve Jobs back then- a good feel of what will be important and successful in a few years, and acts upon it.
The runaway success of Alexa and Echo is discussed in the interview, and it seems they worked on it since a few years already; and also think of for example Amazon Cloud. I once read that the initial germ of this other success was his insistence to build all of Amazon's functionality using web services, long before that became common. Or the lead with the Kindle format.
Then there are interesting recent experiments with drone delivery and supermarket experience.
From a business POV, he does a lot of things right in a proactive way.

Comment Interested in comparison with the Apple Watch (Score 2) 40

I am curious about the main pros and cons of a Wear 2 watch vs the current Apple Watch, next to the fact that they are tied to their own ecosystem of course. I have the first generation Apple Watch since a good year, and my wife has the new one. We like them. I am actually a big fan of traditional mechanical watches and yet I find that I wear the AW at least two days per week (I have 10 other mechanical watches in my rotation, hence relatively it is worn a lot). What I like most: the discreet tapping notifications and reminders, the dial with integrated activity plots, the ease of Apple pay, occasionally it is quicker to answer a call on the watch than on the phone. Also the dial designs while less plentiful than on android watches are restrained and in good taste (nothing is as offputting as a screen dial that is bright like a torch). I like to use Siri to control a few homekit devices (Siri switch on standing lamp) through it. The daily charging is less an issue than I expected. The build quality and feel is quite premium, my stainless one feels more posh than most watches in the mall at similar price levels.
At first glance, Android Wear 2 seems comparable in functionality with the difference of having round dials in the case of LG. I must say that round dials look better to me for time display. Not so sure yet for general information display, rectangular seems better for that.
Any comments on the relative merits of Android Wear 2? What does it do that the Apple Watch doesn't and vice versa?
Regardless, I think that the true breakthrough of this category of devices will come when eventually more health related sensors will be added. It is well known that Apple hired people with PHDs on non-invasive sensors for blood glucose, blood oxygen etc; I can imagine Google having done the same.

Comment We kinda do that (Score 1) 290

In my company we have such an approach for specific areas:
- Our training prices are linked to the GDP, in a few levels. In the lowest band countries this can be 40% of the full price. We do need enough participants however to cover the effort of coming over. Our training is an enabler for the software, it is mainly cost recovery.
- For specific software and services there can be special country promotions to boost adoption also in lower GDP countries. We don't do that explicitely for everything though.

Comment Sensors will be the killer app for Apple Watch etc (Score 1) 55

This is an interesting summary. And I do think that an intelligent and wider use of sensors will eventually become the killer app for wearables, because everyone wants to be healthy.
I did specifically mention the Apple Watch, because it is known that the company has hired people with PHDs on various non-invasive sensors like blood oxygen, but also and importantly, blood sugar, and more. I looked up this tech, and it seems it is not ready for prime time, you'd want it to work out of the box and for everyone no matter what kind of skin you have (not only race, but also how dry). And then there is the challenge of passing regulations, because anything more than a heartbeat sensor requires certification. These certifications take a long time, and in the case of Apple, they wouldn't want to wait 3-5 years to release an Apple Watch with updated sensors, hence if my intuition is right they could be working on sensors in a bracelet which can be certified separately, and which could communicate with the watch using the little port near the lugs.
Anyway, whatever brand will release a comprehensive health monitoring wearable at a good price may well have a product hit on its hands on the level of an iPhone. Hence the interest of Apple and others in this domain. I find this category of health monitoring devices very interesting since they could truly improve life quality in various ways, detecting disease earlier, tracking diets, etc That is progress to me.
Of course this being slashdot, many will point out the risk on privacy leaks - like imagine an insurance company gtting hold of your wearable stats. Yes, proper data privacy will be a crucial element in the design of these devices.
These are interesting times, I think we will see such an upgraded smartwatch (perhaps by Apple, perhaps a clever startup) in the next 5 years, and I think it will be huge.

Comment Damasko, or AW v2 (Score 1) 232

"I don't want a watch that duplicates the function of my cell phone or computer," adds the original submission"
Actually all watches duplicate smartphone functions, including the databank variants.
With this in mind, 2 recommendations
1. A classic automatic mechanical watch that is deeply engineered to nerdist level of detail, and a bit of a cult item amongst watch lovers: a Damasko DA36 or one of its DA3x siblings.
Why? Because it has a difficult to scratch ice hardened case, an antimagnetic inner case for when nerds work on the large hadron collider, a special lubrication cell around the crown stem, a crown that decouples when screwing down, special high quality gaskets and more. The white dial siblings are fully lumed. A universal, crisp looking watch with appeal to nerds and engineers.
2. On the other side of the spectrum I find the Apple watch quite compelling and nerd-friendly. Current gen has gps, is swim proof, will actually make you look less at your phone, and it is simply a very very accurate watch. Notice how a shop display of radiosynced watches will in the afternoon have 2 seconds difference between the slowest and quickest sample while a table of apple watches run all in perfect sync. The secret is that even when it cannot sync to internet or gps, it has a thermocontrolled crystal which makes it into a higher accuracy device than a standard quartz watch, it is probably the most affordable high accuracy quartz watch on the market. This is something that I think should appeal to nerds.

Comment Re:Apple Abandoned Me (Score 1) 228

I hear you re: the dongles. You need to carry a dead octopus worth of cables and dongles with the current MBP.
But!
I do love the touch bar.
I played around with it in the Apple store and found it rather wonderful and userfriendly. I think you can set it to boring standard F keys, but the context sensitive touchbar really makes a number of operations more efficient, for example scrolling through photos.

Comment from 9.6% to 6.1% in 8 months? (Score 3, Insightful) 228

I find it surprising that according to this statistic one third of Mac users stopped using Macs during the last 8 months. Or did the market grow a lot (don't think so)? I can see that some Mac users would switch to Windows (or occasionally to Linux), but one third in 8 months? Seems actually unlikely.

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