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Comment But without GIGO capability. (Score 1) 38

The problem with this computer that you wear on your wrist is that it doesn't do most things that I expect my computer to be able to do, is even worse for input than a phone, and the couple of things that it does do very well (tell time, show notifications, fitness tracking) are better done on a watch, a phone, and a fitness tracker.

My analog wristwatch is very highly legible, silent, accurate, and can withstand the elements and dives up to 300m. It is always visible, can be easily glanced at by someone across the table if they need to tell the time, and it rarely, if ever needs any kind of attention.

When I get a notification on my phone, I look at it, tap the notification, and can act immediately.

Get a notification on a smart watch and you have to look at it, then take out your phone, tap the notification, and act on it. The smart watch adds an unneeded extra step.

Fitness tracking was supposed to be the "killer app," but fitness activities are often both rough-n-tumble and happen outside in the elements. For that you want the cheapest, simplest device possible so that when you inevitably have to replace your destroyed one, you're not paying through the nose again (not to mention also losing your timekeeping for the period during which you are replacing it).

All this plus they are very high maintenance, needing to be charged all the time, limited in life span, and needing software updates from time to time, as well as the often finicky pairing with a phone—and the fact that there's not a single thing that I regularly do with my computer (or even phone) that I'd like to try doing on that tiny screen—and the fact that you can't even hack it to be used for low-input/low-output situations (say, embedded applications—not to mention the ridiculous cost)—and it's just not much of a wrist computer either.

Nope, I'm just gonna stick to my regular wristwatch, phone, fitness tracker, and computing devices. If I need mobile computing, a 5" Android display, octo-core CPU, and 32GB storage are already more than cramped enough.

Comment Correlation between Antibiotics and Obesity? (Score 3, Interesting) 256

On a hunch I decided to see if there's a correlation between obesity and antibiotics (which are known to kill both the good and bad types of gut bacteria)

Here's a map showing antibiotic prescribing rates.

Here's a map showing obesity rates:

Correlation is not causation, but in my unprofessional opinion, these maps look eerily similar.

Comment Yes, but that's the point (Score 3, Insightful) 99

She received threats from Getty about not paying for using the images... which SHE HERSELF had taken and placed into the public domain.

None of this would have happened if someone hadn't decided to go after licensing fees for images that were taken from the public domain. Yes, they're free to sell what's in the public domain if someone is willing to pay for them, but the images are in the public domain. To go after people for using the images that Getty/Alamy themselves pulled from the public domain, and demand payment whenever they see those images used... is slimy.

Comment Speaking as a 17" MacBook Pro user (Score 1) 315

with no apparent upgrade path in the future, I'm more interested in the hardware. I can run Linux easily enough, though I'll miss some key applications that I use for work rather badly. But what I'll miss more are the ergonomics.

In particular, the entirely clean and corner-free outer casing (this is underrated—it means less potential for cracks due to corner impact and much less potential for snags on, say, soft bags and carriers that end up breaking plastic widgets of some kind off); the all-metal construction (worse for small impacts, yes, but holds up much better to wear and tear over time); the clean, distraction-free front (yes, unlike some other people, apparently, my mind does get cluttered up by clutter, and the Macbook Pro machines are so detail-free on the open side that the screen is the only thing to really look at); and most of all, the keyboard. Oh, how I'll miss the keyboards on the unibody Macs. As someone that types >100wpm, the low-key-travel, high-tactile-feedback Apple keyboard of recent years is the best I've ever used, bar none. PC keyboards make me very, very sad when I have to use them—squishy, low-feedback, high-key travel, slows my typing by at least 10-20wpm and slows my accuracy as well.

I'm worried about replacing OS X when I have to upgrade, but I'm even more worried about finding comparable hardware and ergonomics.

Comment Re:Nobody expects the Email Inquisition (Score 1) 497

The problem here is that normal people don't threaten to kill other people. They certainly don't challenge another person's bodyguards in public.

Threats of violence are usually actionable (by arrest or civil lawsuit), no matter who you are or who you threaten.

There is certainly a case for making jokes about the death of a sitting President, but actually lashing out with a punch-line-less threat about killing ANYONE is simply not acceptable in our society.

It's not really even a freedom of speech issue. Freedom of speech would be saying something like: 'This person has committed serious crimes. They should be put on trial and executed'.

Threats, however, are a kind of attack-- a verbal attack, certainly, but one that promises, however vaguely, a physical attack to follow.

I like to be VERY liberal when it comes to freedom of speech and allow even the most extreme speech. I feel that if you can't stomach the extremes, you don't really deserve the middle ground.

This guy wasn't stating an extreme opinion, though. He was making a declaration of intent.

Comment Three things, two related to culture and one econ. (Score 1) 587

(1) There remains a culture of "high techism" in the U.S. by which all things electronic are seen as important, professional, and premium. This is buttressed by the fact that many of our thought and industry leaders are associated with high-tech and Silicon Valley. So in the absence of other forces there remains a presumption that a coder is by nature an "elite" person and deserves respect and pay in kind.

(2) There remain significant cultural differences between U.S. employers and qualified workers from beyond U.S. culture that are taking time to overcome. The greatest of these are qualitative, i.e. how to balance the productivity/high-quality equation. Overseas workers are more often accustomed to working toward the "productivity" end of the equation, while U.S. workers understand that inside the U.S. employers are often looking for "high-quality" and "creativity." There is an argument often made around here that non-U.S. workers are inherently lower-quality and less creative, but from what I've seen this is bunk. There is just a cognitive hump to overcome for non-U.S. workers—perhaps a bit more learning and a shift in expectations about what leads to firing vs. promotion in this marketplace.

(3) Cost of living is higher in the U.S., particularly in the areas where high-tech is centered. So there is a commensurate increase across the board in salaries and salary expectations for these areas, not just in tech.

Comment IANAP, but (Score 1) 46

given the properties of light photos, the nature of color, and the relationships between color as a perceptual phenomenon, photons, and objects of this scale, I would have imagined that "color" (as in natural color, i.e. color in the conventional sense and its relationship to perception and human anatomy) is not a terribly meaningful of important concept at this scale. Am I wrong?

This is color used as an unrelated tool—applying color to enhance, essentially, actuance. Yes?

Comment Federal Law and Tracking (Score 5, Insightful) 304

What I would love to see is laws being tracked in version control. The text of congressional bills are large and people can easily slip in minor changes with major impact. There is no real tracking of who edited a bills text and version control would provide that transparency.

Beats having people acting shocked with something is added at changes added at the last minute.

Comment Agree, the Tab S line are the best tablets yet (Score 1) 127

produced. And there has been nothing worthwhile since then. I had to replace my Tab S 8.4 with a recent-model iPad Mini due to work (needed particular apps that were iOS only) and I hate it, it feels like it's years behind.

I think the market is being misread. Apple is falling, yet everyone is still following Apple's lead (and moving away from very positive differentiation) as though Apple were still king. There devices were awesome in the '00s. Now they're stale—and rather than step into the gap, Android makers and Android itself have been working very hard to copy the staleness.

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