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Comment Re:$199 per month (Score 2) 98

"All of the individual courses that make up the Nanodegree are available online for no charge, Google said, while Udacity offers additional paid services." I THINK the $199 is for Udacity Mentoring and a Cert at the end. Being only a novice in Java and never having programmed for Android (I'm a DBA most days, but program on occasion.), I plan to take the classes for free just for the knowledge and practice... I've taken about a dozen classes for free this way, but agree most who go the free route are not committed. Even when you could get Honor Code certs, I think half the class would drop out by 2nd week, then lost another 5% evey weeks that follows...

Comment Re:There's no market for this generation of watche (Score 0) 207

Pebble was the 1st gen to be successful, at least in the short term... I had a 2nd Generation Sony Smartwatch (watch looked nice but awful band)., and then a Motorola MotoActv watch (runs Android, but not Android Wear), before getting a Pebble and I am very happy (finally). Technically, it is good enough and price point is okay. The real limitation is you really need to wear it all the time, and watches are thought of more as jewelry. When they are truly attractive and can be changed out at will without effort merging information is when they MIGHT take off again. I suspect if they just put sensors in watchbands of regular watches and put some sort of LCD screen under the hands and got batteries "self winding" we would see a merging of the markets... (Is the regular watch market all that profitable accept for the high end?)

Comment Re:Hmm, and I thought that they were above average (Score 2, Informative) 207

Not true unless you wait until its completely dead (and even not as long as it takes to charge an Android watch)... I charge it while in the shower each day (10 minutes) and have never run out of battery... All they really need is either wireless charging and/or a watch band with a battery in it to make it even better.

Comment Re:Chain of custody? (Score 0) 237

First they prove they can do it by giving them several phones with the same kind of firmware, iOS version, encryption, etc, set up and locked by the FBI with known data with the FBI watching and being informed in detail what is going one each step of the way. Assuming they are successful, they then fly out the team to a controled area, have all their equipment and software inspected. You then put out 5 phones of which one is the real one, and 4 others have fake but known data. As long as the 4 fake phones have the data you are expecting, it is very likely the data from the real one is correct (not altered.) Of course, if it is a software solution of some sort that is relatively easy to run, the FBI could just buy it and run the tests themselves...

Comment VMs help (Score 1) 265

Do you use VMs? ALL of our servers are now running on VMware at remote locations. I can't automate maintenance, but it does not matter if I do it from the office or at home as I am remoting either way... Set up a snapshot to roll back if there is a problem, and you can at least make it a bit more comfortable if you have to be up at odd hours...

Comment VMs are the answer (Score -1, Offtopic) 95

Do you use VMs? ALL of our servers are now running on VMware at remote locations. I can't automate maintenance, but it does not matter if I do it from the office or at home as I am remoting either way... Set up a snapshot to roll back if there is a problem, and you can at least make it a bit more comfortable if you have to be up at odd hours...

Comment The Golden Age Spectre Archives (Score 2) 165

Superhero Comics existed but really were not as popular prior to the Comics Code... There tended to be more of the horror and shock type (in addition to cowboy and funny book types) which inspired the code to be created... Superheroes tended to be more magical than science based and more violent than today... (For instance, Batman had a gun in his earliest comics.) The Golden Age Spectre Archives, Vol. 1 might be a good start...

Comment Medical databases (Score 1) 814

There are good reasons to identify the physical gender of a person rather than their self identified one. Short of an operation, it doesn't change. In medical databases I have worked on, we needed it for health reasons as to what areas exists. We needed it for family medical history. We needed it to help identify people who were injured or killed. For the same reasons, gender neutral identification don't work for us either. If people feel like their physical sex should be kept private, it could be treated as HIPAA info, but we still need to track it.

Comment Re:If you have to ask... (Score 1) 615

",' who was required to attend nightly 1 a.m. video conference calls" It happens... I remember when I was on a business trip to Seoul, South Korea and my managers insisted I attend a telephone conferance everyday starting at Midnight my time because they could not get everyone together in our US east coast office before Noon (give or take an hour, I forget...) Keep in mind I had to be at work locally at 6am, I emailed reports everyday, and we were ahead of schedule. I honestly believe some of the folks at home were simply upset we were not where they could see us in the office. Luckily the meeting was often cut short by lack of Home Office managers being available... :/

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