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Submission + - Pebble ends production, ceases support (getpebble.com)

phorm writes: In a notice to Kickstarter backers, pebble has stated that — following the acquisition by Fitbit — they will no longer promote, manufacture, or sell devices. Further, while existing functionality may continue, it is likely to be degraded and warranty support will no longer be provided. This includes any recently shipped Pebble models. For those that were eagerly awaiting shipment of Pebble Time 2 and other newer devices, those devices will not ship at all. Pebble has indicated refunds will be made within 4-8 weeks. Those expecting their money may not want to hold their breath, however, because a contradictory statement made by to backers by email says that refunds will be made via Kickstarter by March 2017.

Comment I've had Samsungs since the GS2 (Score 2) 313

I've had a GS2, GS4, GS5, and my wife had a Note3/

We just recently bought Asus' Zenphone Laser3. Thus far I've noticed that performs just as well as any other phone I've had, with the extra features of Android 6. It also gets *much* better battery life than any Samsung I've ever owned. At $270CAD, it's significantly cheaper than the major Samsung models, but has better specs than their "cheap" models (e.g. better CPU, 32GB instead of 8GB storage), and comes factory unlocked (with none of that lock-to-the-first-SIM-card-used BS either).

The only downside I've seen to it thus far is that it doesn't have a removable battery like the ZF2 had, lacks wireless charging (Asus: PLEASE add this to the next model), and you can't have a second SIM card if you want to use a MicroSD.

Least to say, I don't see myself with any need to buy an S8 or any other Samsung. The more recent models already did away with removable batteries and don't support dual-SIM, so the only advantage they seem to have is the wireless charging. While I do love the charging, it's not a feature that I'm willing to pay double the price for nor submit myself to Samsung's dearth of updates for any non-current device.

Comment What do you print? (Score 1) 273

I won a 3d printer (M3D) at a conference as a door prize. The big issue is: what to print, and how do you get it into a format for printing. For most stuff I've seen, you need a 3d scanner or something that can get [existing thing] into software to create [new thing].

I've recently been trying to build a case for my new phone because:
a) It would be cool to have a custom case
and
b) Cases for Zenfone 3 are not so common

Thus far I've had some luck scanning the phone to image, building the layers as 2d templates, and then converting to SVG in Inkscape. However, going to Inkscape to anything else is pretty much a f*** up as it does not map the dimensions properly, so my SVG ends up being imported as 2.335x (or whatever) the size of the actual item.

Apart from that, I've been using Octoprint and the M33-Fio module for actual printing, which works quite nicely. The next issue is that my tray is only 5"x5"x5" so a lot of items end up being too big. The software has the ability to "cut" meshes into pieces but it would be cool if it could do so in a way that wasn't straight so the joints could lock together better.

Comment Only during usage (Score 1) 89

So don't start the app, and don't enable it on bootup when you don't want it (my Asus phone has built-in software to control startup apps, really helps battery life too), and turn off the telemetry settings in general when not in use.

Honestly, they've had similar functionality which used to be baked into maps anyhow. I used the former when on long trips down icy highways so that my wife/family could see that I didn't end up in a ditch somewhere. If the cost of such is that Google wants to watch my 8h+ haul during those times, I don't really care much.

What are they going to do, advertise that McDonalds has discount hot coffee and suggest a pit-stop partway through my trip?

Any other time it's turned off and the locator functionality for the whole phone is turned off to save battery life anyhow.

Comment Re:Sad, as a pebble owner (Score 1) 93

There's no guarantee, indeed, but a company can still be in trouble if it's found they were deceptive or mis-used funds. In this case though they also promised refunds to anyone who asks before shipping, so I guess we'll see.

There's a lot of hate on the Pebble KS right now, with people ranting about how they "ruined Xmas", which IMHO is pretty extreme and overall quite pathetic. I'd say even without the acquisition or other issues, expecting a KS to ship out fully by an exact date is pretty wishful thinking. It may be that they won't fulfil the Time2 at all, which would be a black eye for both Pebble/FitBit, but realistically it's pretty up-in-the-air right now. Certainly a few weeks or even a month delay aren't exactly unusual in the world of crowdfunding.

Comment Re:Incentivized vs fake? (Score 1) 106

The term "karma-whore" has oft been used on slashdot, regardless of gender. The basic premise being that somebody is willing to commit an immoral* act for personal profit

*Morality, of course, being in the eyes of the beholder. I'd have more respect for somebody who sells "physical services" to a willing customer than somebody who engages in deceptive services to boost faulty products.

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Clinton Urged To Challenge Election Results Due To Possible Hacking [Update] (cnn.com) 1321

Reader Bruha writes: After examining results in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin computer scientists have discovered Clinton averaged 7% worse in counties with e voting machines vs. counties with only paper or optical scan ballots.From a CNN report:The computer scientists believe they have found evidence that vote totals in the three states could have been manipulated or hacked and presented their findings to top Clinton aides on a call last Thursday. The scientists, among them J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, told the Clinton campaign they believe there is a questionable trend of Clinton performing worse in counties that relied on electronic voting machines compared to paper ballots and optical scanners, according to the source. The group informed John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chairman, and Marc Elias, the campaign's general counsel, that Clinton received 7% fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic voting machines, which the group said could have been hacked.Halderman wrote more about it on Medium today in an article titled, "Want to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots"

Update: Green party candidate Jill Stein is asking for donations to fund a recount of her own in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, which are the states key to Hillary Clinton's surprising loss. Stein says she must raise $2.5 million by Friday 4 pm central time to proceed.

Editor's note: the story has been updated and moved up on the front page.

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