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Comment Sensitive enough to pick up heartbeat (Score 4, Interesting) 25

Yes, some are quite sensitive. I did some experiments with an iPhone 5S, wanting to detect respiration. Was surprised that it also clearly picked up heartbeat. It works best with the phone laying on your stomach while laying on your back. It takes some filtering to get a clear signal, but iOS (and I presume Android) has the necessary signal processing APIs to clean it up.

Please don't try this while asleep and unmonitored, and certainly not with a Samsung!

Comment because almost NO app uses ESCAPE [sarcastic] (Score 1) 361

Finally, something that Apple has removed that I can get excited about. (Bothers me much more than removal of analog audio jack...)

WTF, do they think that almost no apps use the escape key? What moves to the touchbar in the next generation? The letter Q and the numeral 4?

And it's enough that you have to type on those smooshy keys with almost no travel. Hell, they might as well just make the whole keyboard one big touchpad/OLED panel, and be done with it. Clicky keys forever!

Comment Re:Siri, press the escape key (Score 1) 361

I doubt that Siri is smart enough to press the escape key.

Siri isn't even smart enough to use a simple Google search when it ought to, which is most of the time. I have given up on Siri, as I almost NEVER get relevant results. Then I go to Google and get highly relevant results. Then I wind up typing, because I forget to use the dictation feature. It would be so much easier if Siri would simply use Google, unless wanting to send an email or text, run some app, etc.

Comment This is why you can't use a good keyboard any more (Score 2) 290

I was asked to take my Unicomp "clicky" keyboard (Unicomp has the license for the original IBM clicky keyboard design) home, and forced to use a crappy Microsoft keyboard because the prima donna in the next cubicle couldn't stand the sound.

This despite the fact that it was a huge, chaotic, open-office with loud-ass game developers, producers, etc. (Sony Playstation development studio.) Though we were in the more-sedate back-end/server development part of the office.

But, OK. It disturbed the prima donna. But was it my fault? Or a stupid office layout?

Really, my worst annoyance there was developers using IM to communicate, when we were in eight cubicles all together, just a few steps from each other. The plus of just walking over to the other developer's cubicle is that you can how busy they are, and decide to talk later, interrupt anyway because it is too important, etc. That is, use actual judgement instead of just casting out an IM and then stewing over it if not immediately answered.

But that would take actual COMMON SENSE.

Comment Webpass stinks (Score 4, Insightful) 21

Sorry, but Webpass stinks, particularly in multi-unit installations. No way can/do they deliver the bandwidth that they promise, particularly in multi-unit housing.

OK, not really STINKS, but "meh", except when it isn't working for a few days.

That said, they do deliver fiber to some buildings - the ones on which they site their antennas. They are probably OK in those buildings. But of course, then they are/were no different than the original Google Fiber concept.

A friend who owns apartment buildings put in WebPass and gives his tenants free Internet. I made him under-promise, so his rental listings only claim 50mbps. He is happy, his tenants are happy, as he only has about 40 units, and his tenants aren't expecting the 500mbps that they can't deliver to every one of them at peak times. They get free basic Internet, and as many of them then won't want/need cable, it saves some wear/tear on move-ins/move-outs with no need for the Cable Guy.

They will double-up transceivers in a larger installation if they get complaints.

Comment Liberals protecting against risk of Trump winning (Score 1) 332

I note that all of the groups mentioned:

- Oscar Winners

- Sports stars

- Bill Gates

... are more likely than not to be liberals/democrats.

They aren't afraid of terrists. They are afraid that Trump might win.

And Bill Gates is of an age (same as me) to have acquired a life-long fear of the realistic possibility of global thermonuclear war. (BEFORE "War Games", during the Cuban Missile Crisis.)

If Trump wins, now you have TWO international leaders of nuclear-armed countries who are off-the-rails. Let the fun begin!

Comment So why wouldn't they not just attack Akamai now? (Score 0) 212

It was a risky move, IMO, on the part of Akamai, and sends a horrible message about their service.

Were it not that the perpetrators have now apparently been arrested, why would they not then go back and go after Akami in general, just to prove a point? In fact, why wouldn't others now go after Akamai, just to prove a point?

Perhaps it was not really a severe impact to Akamai (other than cost), and they could have withstood the attack. If somebody wants to prove that they are the King of DDOS, now what an opportunity to prove that they have the capability!

Akamai risked bringing on a bigger attack. And they risked their reputation. A smart move on the part of a competitor would be to welcome Krebs. I fully expect some smart company will do that in the coming days.

Comment Re:What's the fuss? (Score 1) 260

The fuss is that many/most of these rentals are in formally-quiet residential neighborhoods.

I just moved from a place where the neighbor across the street frequently AirBNBs. One weekend, quiet Japanese tourists. Next weekend, college kids from Arizona whooping it up and getting into fights. And ALWAYS Uber drivers honking, alcohol-serving limo-busses making a bad problem worse, etc. etc. etc.

This is expected - to some degree, at least - in a beach area, hotel district, etc. (But the hotels, at least, have professional staff to keep things capped to whatever is acceptable for the area.)

Comment Tone-deaf (Score 3, Interesting) 43

Microsoft's tone-deafness today is astounding!

Right on the heals of a SECOND embarrassing public failure of their idiotic haywire 'bot, now they've announced how it's going to save the world and obsolete sliced-bread.

You'd think there would be somebody in the right position and with the common sense to cancel those unfortunate announcements, and quickly book some entertainment (maybe clowns... yes, chair-throwinxxxxxx er, balloon-animal-making clowns) to fill the conference slots vacated.

Did I miss something? Did Donald Trump take a position at Microsoft?

Comment Good "problem" to have (for consumers!) (Score 1) 301

The "problem" is that most iPads currently in user's hands work perfectly fine, and there is no need to replace them. Yes, iPad 1 and 2 are slow and obsolete. There's nothing wrong with the rest.

Phones are an entirely different matter. In the first world, at least, there is peer pressure to have "the latest" and actually there are some real benefits (camera improvements, radical speed improvements, larger screens, touch ID, ApplePay, etc. etc. etc.) to recent iPhone models.

I see no good reason to upgrade my iPad Air2. I'll wait for at least the next one. (I have a 1 and a 2 as well, I keep them just because I am a developer.)

Comment Re:GPS clocks? (Score 1) 291

If the guy cant receive sw radio i think GPS is not going to work either.

He didn't say that he can't receive shortwave radio.

And, in any case, that's irrelevant, since WWVB uses longwave radio.

While there are time signals transmitted over shortwave - in the U.S. by WWV and WWVH - wall clocks (at least generally) don't use shortwave signals.

Shortwave, longwave, and the microwave frequencies used by GPS all have different propagation characteristics.

Longwave follows the curvature of the earth, at least to a point.

Shortwave at lower frequencies can follow the curvature of the earth, but not as well as longwave. As well, it can bounce off of the ionosphere. But YMMV. Greatly. Depending on time of day, location, and solar cycle.

Microwaves only work (with few special exceptions) line-of-site. Fortunately, the GPS satellites (those currently in view, at least) are line-of-site...

Comment Re:Remove Adolf Hitler from Wiki and YouTube Copri (Score 1) 178

If I was exterminated today my diary could not be published for 95 years.

No, that's utter rubbish.

The legal holder of the copyright would have exclusive control for 95 years.

That might be some assignee that you sold right to, your heirs, etc. etc.

Nobody is being denied reading The Diary of Ann Frank. You can buy it on Amazon. Or in probably any of the remaining walk-in bookstores.

While, yes, a copyright holder might without a work from the market for some political or other nefarious purpose, you've chosen a poor example. And, the sad fact is, most unavailable works are unavailable through neglect or disinterest on the part of the copyright holder, not willful withholding from the market.

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