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Comment Re:But my business bank deposit Java app... (Score 1) 163

The argentine tax collecting agency still has critical parts of their web site (particularly the one where small business and independent professionals declare their gross income) that only work under IE6 due to use of MS-only javascript API. The "funny" thing is that with newer versions of IE you have to use the site in "compatibility mode" which with the latest versions has to be activated through the developer tools panel. The tax collection agency gives instructions on how to do this instead of fixing the site... while some enterprising folks have developed browser extensions that inject fixed versions of the scripts in the page. I use a mac and have to boot a VM with Windows every 3 months for this purpose.

(The quality of argentine web sites is quite good by international standards... this site is just the worst shitstorm possible).

Comment I have an Apple Watch (Score 3, Informative) 232

I have an Apple Watch and love it, but won't try to convince anyone here that it's the best (which I wouldn't know) but rather want to share how I use it:

- I bought it because I work at cafes and was tired of taking my phone out of my pocket to check notifications. It serves that purpose rather well.
- I use it a lot to set reminders with Siri. "Hey Siri, remind me to hang the clothes to dry in two hours", etc. I now try to avoid having to keep track of small things doing it "the cyborg way". In fact I just used it to set a timer for my tea. Siri supports some more surprising things (while listening to a podcast interview I said "Hey Siri, show me pictures of X (the person being interviewed)" and the face appeared on the watch) but I don't always realize I can use it for those.
- I often use voice dictation to reply to messages when walking around. I even picked up phone calls Dick Tracy style a couple of times when the phone was a couple of meters away.
- I use it to navigate with the maps when walking. I don't drive, but it's possibly useful that way as well. When walking long distances it's better to have the notification to turn around the corner on the wrist than on the phone in your pocket.
- I use it to track my hearbeat during trainings. It has a podometer function as well that stores the distance walked in the health app on iOS.
- I have the current temperature on the watch's face and tapping on that opens the forecast. I use that a lot.
- I didn't expect this feature, but it suggests standing up and moving around a bit for at least a minute every hour... and I love it. It's a very small thing, but helpful for us who work sitting down.
- When you charge it and set it on its side it becomes a bedside clock. I use that to wake up in the morning.
- The flashiest thing it does is acting as a remote of the iPhone camera, with a live video feed and all... it's handy to get group shots without setting the timer and running away into place.

Comment Re:That sounds good to me (Score 1) 158

The problem with hosting companies compared to cloud services is that you're more likely to have larger downtime if there are any problems, and you might not be protected with recent enough backups in case of hdd corruption / failure. These kind of problems are rare, but they do occur and can be catastrophic. B2B cloud services like Amazon S3 have excellent uptime track record and might able to give some guarantees, plus they provide and/or offer redundancy. Services like Dropbox are hosted in that sort of hosting and might specify certain levels of security for your data. You can have your own backup/redundancy strategy in a 10$ hosting but it's often not easy if you are hosting several gigabytes, it requires more time and knowledge, and you might have to deal with a huge downtime to restore anyway.

Comment Re:Watches are worn as bling (Score 1) 330

I use a watch face that has a complication with the temperature... so the weather app comes up instantly.

The reason I say "people don't understand what it can do" is that people I show my watch to have no idea what its features are.. and even I, having watched the original keynote, the website, and having a friend who owns an Apple Watch bought it with a limited idea of the things I would use it for. The same thing would probably happen with a smartphone if you weren't completely surrounded by people with smartphones doing all kinds of things like photography, music, games, sports, etc.

Comment Re:Watches are worn as bling (Score 1) 330

I bought my Apple Watch *BECAUSE* I carry my phone all the time... and I don't like to take it out of my jeans' pocket just to see what a notification is about. Now I just look at my wrist quickly. That was the whole idea, but I ended up getting so much more out of it:

- It's really convenient to use with the map directions while walking around the city (or driving, I'd assume)
- It's good to create reminders and such through siri without having to take my phone out
- I sent messages back and forth (dictating my responses) while on the street. No taking the phone out, unlocking, nor standing waiting for a response.
- It lets me know when I spent an hour sitting and makes me move around for a minute + tracks my heart rate during the day
- Very convenient to quickly check out whether the restaurant you're standing in front of is any good using yelp, or to check the price of a book in Amazon
- At home I leave my phone in its cradle and can move around getting notifications in the watch.

I'd say the main problem with the watch is that people don't know what it does nor how it can streamline the use of their smartphones or integrate into their activities. I bought it and didn't know half of it... the first time I answered a phone call through the phone Dick Tracy style (with its speaker and mic) I didn't even know THAT was possible.

Comment Re:strange mentality of buyers (Score 1) 292

Go to Settings, open the Battery control panel, see if there are any apps eating up her battery. Bad cell coverage in the area perhaps? I can go the whole day taking pictures and videos with my SE and the battery doesn't die. Two months ago I was at a conference where I set my SE on a tripod and recorded 2.5 straight hours of HD video off the battery and the phone still worked for the rest of the day (although I tried to keep the use at a minimum... messages and checking maps maybe). Dead in 5 hours doesn't sound normal.

Comment Re: Wrong approproach (Score 1) 440

There's LOTS of tourist pickpocketings in Paris and Berlin. The touristic areas of both cities are riddled with young people with clipboards that use some excuse (like taking some poll) to distract you while they rob you. In the Paris Metro there are lots of ingenious ways to get robbed as well, including fake tourists asking for directions, people who throw up on you, people that throw their cell phones at your feet, cell phones stolen through the metro window, etc. I can also attest that there's a problem with mugging in the Amsterdam train terminal station... I was warned and was able to see it. In those three cities there is a HUGE problem with bikes getting stolen as well.

I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and think large european cities have a big problem with crime.

Comment Re:Devil's Advocate (Score 1) 595

You're missing something:

Right now headphones support volume controls and a single button. A digital interface would enable richer controls... either more buttons or touch surfaces that support simple gestures (large cans could act like the touch surface, for instance). ... I also read of the possibility of measuring the pulse through the ear with a sensor included in sport headphones.

Also: I don't know why they suppose we'd lose anything if the possibility of ripping audio through the headphone jack was lost. This hasn't been an acceptable way to rip audio for more than a decade now.

Comment Re:There's a very specific reason why (Score 1) 595

The audio is now digital, converted to analog, and then sent out through the jack. ... In a phone without the headphone jack it's the same... except the audio travels digitally to the headphone, where it's converted to analog and output. The extra meter the audio travels digitally is no worse than the same meter travelled analogically. ... Hence: You won't notice any difference in sync.

It's different with wireless speakers, like bluetooth, because there's an extra step of compression and a wireless transmission protocol that adds some latency.

Also: There's always SOME delay, even with a headphone jack. The circuit that takes video data from memory to screen and the one that takes audio data from memory to the speakers are separate and take some small amount of time. There's no magic to sync them up. Your brain won't notice delays if they're less than some amount (20ms or a bit less).

Comment Re:Greetings from Argentina (Score 1) 294

If Argentina wanted it could ditch the argentine peso and start using dollars... that's what Ecuador did at one point. It doesn't need to go cashless for that. But it's not without consequence... it'd tightly couple Argentina's economy to the US, disabling the possibility of monetary emission and the ability to adjust exchange rates to make its products as cheap and as profitable as possible. It could fall in a similar situation to that of Spain or Greece in the Euro zone without any of the advantages they have for participating. ... In fact Argentina had its currency tied to the US dollar from 1991 to 2001 through a law that equaled the value of 1 peso to 1 dollar and the possibility to convert them back and forth at will. It ended in a huge economic crisis with repercussions we're still fighting with.

Comment Re:Do not get fooled by Keynesian arguments (Score 1) 294

For a couple of years we've had a 35% tax (actually an advance on future taxes, but it works as a tax for most people) on purchases made through credit cards with foreign currency. That added to the fact that sale of dollars in the official exchange market is heavily restricted... so normal people use three different exchange rates:

- Official Dollar (restricted): currently at ARS 8.95
- Credit Card dollar (+35%): currently at ARS 12
- Black market dollar: currently at ARS 12.65

Add that to heavy restrictions on import of goods.

All these measure were put in place by the government to lessen the outflow of dollars and attempting to balance it with the dollars received through exports.

I *THINK* that the government's understanding is that if the official dollar were high (instead of the "middle class dollar", i.e. credit card and black market) that difference would mostly go in the pockets of exporters... and we know enough not to believe in the trickle down fairy tale.

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