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Comment Maybe I'm more anal-retentive than most (Score 1) 32

But I have a hard time understanding how anybody could forget their laptop at a TSA checkpoint.

On the other hand, I can think of one coworker who, if she announced this had happened to her, no one would be surprised in the least. But we're all routinely baffled by what passes for thought process in her head anyway.

Comment Re:I dont get it (Score 1) 98

Roku and Apple send Facebook, and anyone else that cares the pay, the information on what you are streaming, along with your IP and whatever else they care to send. Facebook then uses that information to send an ad to you. As an added bonus you are paying Apple and/or Roku a monthly fee so they can do this.

Wow, +5 Informative for something that's factually incorrect.

The article actually explains how this works - they're getting their information from the streaming source - in this case, the A&E channel and something called Tubi TV.

"He says Facebook is trying out this approach with the A&E network (The Killing, Duck Dynasty) and streaming startup Tubi TV, selecting free test ads for nonprofits or its own products along with a handful of name brands."

Comment Re:What is the use case for smartwatch? (Score 1) 38

I bought a Series 1 Apple Watch when Apple iterated the device a few months ago, and I have to say I agree with pretty much every point you made. Basically it works very well for me, but I don't think it's for everyone.

I got this watch as a follow-up to a Garmin Vivosmart fitness band I owned for about 16 months. The features of the Garmin I liked most were mostly related to getting notifications of various sorts on my wrist; and a smartwatch does a better job of that, since it has a significantly better display and also allows you to respond to stuff like texts, emails and even phone calls.

With the latest software (WatchOS 3.1), I normally get 2 days out of this thing. The battery life is really the one thing I wish could be drastically improved. Like you said, having an alarm on your wrist works really well (something else I'd discovered with that Garmin) - but, for that to be truly useful, a battery life of 4-5 days would be better. As it is, I have to choose between either using it as an alarm only every other day or else figuring out a good time to charge it during daytime hours.

But, even for me, in the end it's just a convenience - I don't have to keep pulling my phone out of my pocket. Whoop-de-freaking-doo, right?

Comment Re:Don't give him ideas (Score 1) 552

The only possibly relevant result is about a staffer saying "I don't talk to the military," I can't find any quotes like that from Bill Clinton.

I should have been more clear. It wasn't Bill Clinton, it was a staffer (and as I recall, as soon as Clinton heard about it he did his best to demonstrate it was NOT the position of his administration). Just like it wasn't Reagan who said ketchup should be considered a vegetable, it was one of his underlings that made the proposal.

When there's a significant sea change in Washington - especially with the President - it seems you usually also get a few zealots riding the coattails of the new administration. Those people tend to be myopic, thinking they've got a stronger (and more extreme) mandate than is actually the case. They also usually get slapped down and/or replaced before too long, since pragmatism wins out in the long term.

I suspect the presidents actually find those zealots useful because it helps them get a sense of just how far their mandate actually reaches - without having to risk losing personal political capital on a missteps (that may be harder for a narcissist like Trump, though).

Comment Re:Don't give him ideas (Score 1) 552

Can't block Presidential Alerts on Android unless you root it.

You can't block Presidential Alerts on iOS either. "Emergency Alerts" can be disabled, but that is a broader category which apparently covers stuff like tornadoes, floods, zombie invasions...

I've never gotten an Emergency Alert on my phone. I did disable Amber Alerts, though, after an incident where I got a half-dozen alerts in a short period of time regarding an abduction that happened hundreds of miles away. The alerts aren't really useful, either - very short messages with little detail except perhaps a car make/model plus sometimes a license plate number. Since Amber Alerts also show up on signs over our area freeways/roadways, and since they're really only useful if you're driving and happen to see the vehicle in question, I don't think disabling them on my phone makes a difference (other than to improve my safety, since they're distracting and annoying).

Comment Re:Don't give him ideas (Score 5, Insightful) 552

I have been woken at 2am by idiotic Amber Alerts about incidents hundreds of miles from my home. If there was some way to block these messages, I would do so.

Blocking Amber Alerts on iOS is simple. Go to Settings -> Notifications, scroll down to the bottom of that page, unselect "AMBER Alerts" (and/or "Emergency Alerts"). I assume it's equally easy on Android.

But back to the subject at hand... I held my nose and voted for Hillary, but I'm getting really tired of these "Trump may do this" and "Trump might do that" propaganda pieces that are spewing forth across the web. I'm nervous about his presidency; but the election is over - let's see what he actually does, and then react if necessary.

I'm old enough to remember similar hysteria from back when Reagan was elected. Early on, his administration tried to do some pretty darn stupid things, like attempting to let ketchup count as a vegetable in school lunches. I remember Bill Clinton's early day missteps as well ("Sorry, we don't talk to the military"). But between the politics of Washington DC and the court of public opinion, the initial lunatic fringe crap gets self-corrected pretty darn quickly. The Republic will survive.

Comment Re:Bad guys (Score 3, Insightful) 43

The new-ish owners of SourceForge / Slashdot seem to be trying to find a way to rebuild the mindshare and site reputation which the former owners did their best to destroy. But doing that while simultaneously figuring out how to not hemorrhage money is a tough nut to crack on today's internet. I wish them luck - I really want both sites to succeed - but I'm also glad it's not my problem to solve.

Comment Re: Valid (Score 1) 586

Isn't that redundancy? In case Trump gets angry at some criticism and orders the web be scrubbed of all references to something?

You mean along the lines of those European "right to be forgotten" laws which require Google remove certain search results form their indices?

Let's be fair - that's been going on for a while now. Why didn't get worked up over that?

Comment Re:I wouldn't work there. (Score 4, Interesting) 388

I've known a couple people who (briefly) went to work for Amazon because they were offered a really good salary... then learned that the reason the salary was so high was a corporate expectation of 70-80 hour work weeks plus basically 24/7 on call availability.

So if you ever hear Bezos talking about needing more H1-Bs because of a "lack of skilled workers", be sure to note he's got a different definition of "skilled" than you or I do. I don't personally think a willingness to give up one's entire existence should be considered a skill - but maybe that's just me.

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