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Comment "add in DVR time" (Score 1) 188

What really impressed me is that the stat is 4.5 hours of LIVE TV. I occasionally watch the local news while eating breakfast... that averages to maybe 30 minutes per week. That's the only time I ever watch live TV. With DVRs, and netflix / various internet options, I can very rarely find a compelling reason to watch live TV.

The only other time I watched something live was the presidential debates, but that was streamed from the internet. I don't know what category that should fall in.

Comment ruining it for those of us with common sense (Score 1) 146

I have a similar (non-fitbit) watch I use for running. I like it. I understand it's not 100% accurate. It's accurate enough for its cost, and I'm happy with that. If lawsuits like this continue to fly, such products will get more expensive, or harder to find.

Comment Re:Core Departure (Score 1) 77

I've occasionally thought one feature that would be cool (but not necessary) to have in a fitness smartwatch is live network connectivity. I think the biggest reason it's not being done is that it would increase the physical size, and drain the battery. The core looks like a great compromise. I definitely think this is the kind of thing that will only appeal to the early-adopter kind of tech geeks. In a few years, either people will either decide it's a silly, unnecessary feature, or else the tech will have miniaturized enough to fit it inside the watch itself.

As I recall, the first GPS watch couldn't fit the GPS inside the watch itself, so you had a cellphone-sized brick you had to carry with you. At the time, it was a good compromise, and I think the core is the same idea.

Comment let's compare to glasses (Score 1) 209

If you're nearsighted, and want to buy glasses in the US, you need a prescription, and your glasses will be expensive. If you're farsighted, you can go to any drug store, and pick up a pair of glasses for $5. (Naturally, getting the correct prescription, particularly if both eyes have different requirements will cost about the same as those nearsighted glasses.)

I suppose the difference is that nearsighted people are generally getting the sort of glasses they'll wear all day. But the cheap reading glasses you can buy at a drugstore are generally just for reading, and thus not worn full-time.

There is a workaround, though -- buy from China. There are many options where you can buy glasses online, with whatever strength you wish, without the need for an official prescription. I suggest hearing aids will do in a similar direction -- it will remain true that the ideal fit, and the best quality comes from visiting a doctor, getting a proper prescription, and having the product adjusted to fit you by a professional. But, for a significantly lower price, you can get a similar product that will do a good enough job, but leave you on your own to work out the details.

Comment sharing WiFi (Score 1) 352

I live in an area with lots of apartments/condos. Most people here are young, perhaps recent graduates, making a decent living, but still working their way up the pay ladder. It's common here for neighbors to share an internet connection -- one person gets the physical connection, and in exchange for sharing their WiFi password, a few neighbors chip in on the bill. So on paper, maybe 2/3 of the residents have a broadband connection, but in reality, almost 100% are using one.

I'm not trying to argue the ethics of this -- just pointing out that it's probably a common enough practice to skew some of the statistics in areas of denser population.

Comment Re:It's the way you take notes, not the tech (Score 2) 192

Numerous studies have shown better retention and understanding when people "take notes," as opposed to simply transcribing large chunks of what they hear.

When I started college, I thought I must be super-fast at note-taking, because other students would complain when the professor erased something from the board, saying they weren't done taking notes yet. I later realized, I didn't write any faster than the other students - the difference is, I wrote what I thought was worth writing, and never just copied things down.

As such, my notes contained the information I thought was worth keeping. They were tailored to me, and might lack details other students thought important. But I also retained most of what I wrote, only having to look back for specific formulae, but rarely for overall concepts.

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