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“Digital Quality” and “No Moving Parts”: We Were Tricked! http://borg.org/?p=646
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Keeping time?

Certainly my Pebble is more than a watch, but I still think it should be a good watch. But the time is off.

It seems my Android is casual about setting the time, and then my Pebble is casual about how it uses that reference to set it's time.

At the moment my Pebble is almost exactly 1-minute slow. That's embarrassing.

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Flies’ Eye Security Cameras? 

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Bitcoin Wallet Wish List

Looking at bitcoin a bit, I worry about security. If I had a few coins, where would I like to keep them?

In an offline wallet. An open source Android app. It communicates with QR-codes. No radios, no writes. Bluetooth and USB are too powerful and so dangerous, QR codes are dumb and much more trustworthy.

I know this app would be incapable of verifying incoming coins, and it would be incapable of adding transactions to the block chain, but I am willing to farm that out to my regular phone. I am even willing to have pocket money stored in my regular phone--but for bitcoin to be useful, I need a safer place to store larger sums.

If QR codes don't hold enough data, then use two of them, or maybe some jumbo QR code. But use something limited and verifiable.

I know I would still want to backup my coins, but the are ways of backing up files that are pretty stupid and secure.

Anyone know of such a thing?

Thanks,

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JFK: A conspiracy? A famous picture of Jackie is a big clue. http://borg.org/?p=565
I don't know who did it. But it wasn't Lee Harvey Oswald. Previously I was doubtful, based on holes in the “single bullet theory”. But today I realize it is much simpler. As a kid I paid attention to hearings the US House held on the assassination, but since then haven't been bothered to look ...
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What are the consequences of saying sarin gas carries no punishment?

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To Congressman Capuano, Senator Warren, and Senator Markey. Sirs, Madam: I write this open letter as a constituent and supporter, to encourage you to help President Obama on the matter of Syria. Certainly there are good reasons to not get involved in their civil war, and I share those concerns.
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Interest in Vertical Applications?

The Mirror API is vaguely analogous to Google Now on Android. That is, it is about information delivery, delivered on a very usage specific model, targeted at a general population.

I am instead wondering about using Glass devices as a focused and targeted tool. Assuming it will be possible to, er, skate outside the iniitally supported Glass API, it seems a Glass device could be turned into a precisely targeted tool for lots of jobs people do all day. But which ones?

For example, remember when the UPS driver had a physical clipboard to keep track of deliveries? Now s/he has a dedicated handheld computer. I can know my package as arrived before our receptionist gets a chance to tell me, so I like it, and I suspect UPS saves a ton of money by better tracking packages, so they like it.

I think there are many similar of hands-free opportunities for Glass.

Yes, this assumes it will be possible to program Glass devices closer to the metal than is currently advertised. (An expected engineering downside: Reduced battery life. I am guessing much of the Mirror API was designed to save power.)

The problem is picking the vertical application. It is easy to come up with vague ideas that might help someone, but better to start with a specific problem and address it.  

Does anyone out there already have a UPS-driver-like problem that they might want to solve with Glass?

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Pebble's limitations are key. 

http://borg.org/?p=607
Maybe it is supposed to be click-bait, or maybe Jared Newman (@OneJaredNewman) is sincerely confused. In his posting on time.com (http://techland.time.com/2014/02/17/my-problem-with-pebble-its-still-too-much-work/) he complains that the Pebble watch is too much work, and “Pebble's new apps are ...
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+Kent Borg Agreed that a watch should be a light-weight thing. Design is key to the light-weight. Before the iPhone, no one considered that people would use their phone to do so many on-the-go tasks. It was too cumbersome and slow. Likewise with Pebble, if it's too cumbersome, it will fall out of favor for other, better designs. Point of reference, why is it so complicated to switch from a watchface to an app then back again? Which was the point of Jared's blog.
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Why the hell did Google Plus just burn through three quarters GB of my mobile data, in background?
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The beach at Malibu, too much to look at to also photograph. Also, took a nice panorama on the beach there last summer.

Maybe Google is punishing me for having fun. But doesn't the All-Seeing-G know I am just visiting my mother-in-law?!
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Bitcoin "deflationary spiral": Any worse than Berkshire Hathaway?

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It is complicated.
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Why did both my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 reboot at the same time this afternoon?

And Hangouts on the phone wanted to know my phone number?

What's going on?

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I didn't have the upgrade yet when they rebooted. (I still haven't let the phone upgrade, I don't want to lose my old maps app.)

On SMS, I never had to tell the old app my phone number. (I don't think.)
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I finally got "the e-mail" for ordering my Explorer's Edition of Glass...but the NYC Foundry event comments seem to be read-only now and I can't say "Me too!".

-kb, the Kent who has a question out to his wife on which color to get.
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if you're getting your freak on, you go big or stay home. Get the svorski <sp> model or the one that mostly says classic Elton John
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We had a wonderful stay. Biggest complaint is the breakfasts are too big and good. It is a B&B, so it has personality. For example you can visit with their pet pig, if you would like. But don't think the accommodations are "rustic": very comfortable, and beautiful inside and out. We look forward to returning, too bad it is so far from Boston. -kb
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reviewed a month ago
I've bought a couple nice hats there. Haven't been there in years, hope they are still in business. They make their own hats, nice stuff. -kb
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Good food, never risks being boring. More sustainable ingredients than most Montreal restaurants. A wine list that expands my pallet. Nice people. What's not to like? Have been here several times, always glad I came. (When I here without my wife, she feels left out. And tonight there was one dish that was perfect for her, alas.) -kb, the Kent who doesn't even live in Canada, not to mention who doesn't live in Montréal.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
So often pancakes are terrible, but I was assured the pumpkin pancakes special was good, and it was. The omelette across the table also got good review. The coffee was also good. Nice people, too.
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S'mores! The season has arrived! They frequently have an open fire outside, and s'mores as your adult imagination thinks you had as a kid. Which means better. House made marshmallow, even better house made graham cracker, and shards of high-end chocolate, and you go outside and cook it yourself. Being your drink with you, if you like. -kb
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reviewed 6 months ago
Wonderful odd mix of unassuming middle-America meets foodie. (Grass fed beef!) Is your party divided on restaurants: Anti-industrial vs. anti-pretentious? This place bridges the gap. Open three meals. Good wines, good beer. Nice people. Beautiful pies. Looking forward to coming back next we are in the area.
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reviewed 8 months ago
Physically adorable, little basement rooms with brick walls and fireplaces. But the food will be calling us back, and we don't even live here. For starters beef tartar, hand cut, with a quail egg, ficelle, shaved onion wonderful Dijon. And the beef was tasty grass fed stuff. Our other starter was spinach, apple walnuts, blue cheese salad: not as exotic as the other but very good. Main course we had hanger steak, grass fed again, wonderful. Smart, varied wine list. We had an Italian that went great. Dessert also great. Babaron (sp?) that was stunning, and flourless chocolate cake that managed to not be overshadowed. Finally, nice people.
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