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Comment Re:Wearables is a fad that's petering out. (Score 1) 38

Agreed, I have a mid range wearable (samsung Gear Fit 2) and I quite enjoy it. I had a fitbit charge hr which I'd consider an entry level wearable. things I like... I really enjoy the fact that I can control my music without pulling out my phone. Notifications on my wrist for incoming emails/texts/anything I want to be notified of really. GPS on the watch lets me go for a run or a walk and automatically track my distance/speed more accurately than counting steps (and without my phone and still get music). The price wasn't that "premium" it was $200 which is pricey but not overly so. They are getting better, I have it set to turn off the screen but when I move my wrist to look at my watch it comes up right away, no "shaking" my wrist, it's actually a bit over sensitive as the watch will come on quite often when driving when it's not supposed to but that's minor.

I still want to get a "real" smartwatch one day, one that does more than just what this guy does. But for now my needs are met, and exceeded.

Comment my thoughts exactly (Score 3, Insightful) 233

Most people will just be on their phones, mindlessly surfing/texting, it won't fix anything, and won't increase productivity, I think this is just some talking head trying to push for executive level support of this. What I see this actually being good for is people who are on the road a lot, (plumbers, repairmen, telecom installers, etc.) This is where productivity will be increased, instead of sitting in your truck idling after a job filling out paperwork, you plug in your next appointment and do the paperwork enroute. I also see this being abused by the company, "Why did you plug in Timmy's after your 9:30 appointment?"

Comment Re:Do you really think? (Score 1) 159

chances are intelligent life does exist, and that there are civilizations that are the same, astonishingly ahead, or behind. and everything in between. The real trick is to catch the right people at the right stage of developement at the right time, in the right place. the odds are against us making random contact. plus who knows maybe we are being contacted, but it's the equivalent of us sending a radio broadcast to a civilization in the middle ages. Yeah there's intelligent life there, but they have no idea what we're sending or how to receive it. It's entirely possible we just aren't listening right.

Comment Re:Overpriced fad gadgets turn out to be crap (Score 1) 146

As a fitbit Charge HR user, I did my research before hand. I wanted something to help me monitor my workouts, and keep an eye on my pulse rate, to keep in a a range. As well as to motivate me a bit more. Which it has.

That being said. I did a lot of research on which one to get, the biggest complaint of the (at the time brand new) device was the accuracy of the heart rate monitor. There were even medically trained people saying that the method and how it is held in place is inherently inaccurate. They recommended a nearly $1000 device for proper monitoring of a heartrate, (a chest wrap one) if you needed that level of accuracy, but for casual exercise, the fitbit did the job, and unless you wanted to have medically accurate numbers, they were "good enough". Even Fitbit itself said that it is not for medical purposes, and that a number of things could cause inaccurate readings, nor did they make any promises about the accuracy, even going so far as to say to seek medical assistance if you suspect you have heart issues. a lot of legalese for sure, but they never promised 100% accurate results. They don't even market to hard core atheletes, but more to the enthusiast level. Which has different levels of accuracy required.

Comment Not only USB "Drives" (Score 1) 391

Commvault gave away as swag a few years ago (2011 I believe), a device that looked like a common trade show USB key. However instead of being an actual useful USB key, (it wasn't even a storage device) it behaved like a USB keyboard, upon loading, hit winkey - R, and typed in a webpage, (you could see the letters type across the screen). When I first saw those, it wasn't hard to imagine how easily those could be abused for just this scenario. Heck, you could theoretically have it do all kinds of sneaky things in the background as a keyboard input. All you needed to do is plug it in, and it will run. Doesn't matter about auto-mounting or Auto-run since it's not a storage device, but a "keyboard". Other OSes could theoretically be susceptible to it as well since most OSes can take keyboard commands.

Comment Re:Sensible then not (Score 1) 503

There was a study done about this, (multiple ones, double blind studies, etc) that showed no corrolation between wi-fi signals and the ill feeling. only thing that changed was an LED on a wireless router in the room with them.

It showed that for the vast majority of "sufferers" it was entirely psychosomatic. I'm not sure how people would treat that. I suppose you could give them "pills" to help deal with it. where the pills are sugar pills. I'm pretty sure the placebo effect would work wonders on these patients, since they already have the nocebo effect of wifi causing them illness.

Comment Re:One huge problem still (Score 1) 173

I saw total recall,I know what we need to do. All we have to do is re-ignite the alien fusion reactor in Mars' core which will within about 30 seconds, turn the core molten, restore the magnetic field and produce a breathable atmosphere. It'll even be fast enough that if you get thrown out onto the surface, you will struggle to breath for about 30 seconds, your eyes will bulge out of your head, but as the pressure equalizes you'll be ok, and you'll have saved everyone on Mars from the grip of an evil corporation.

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