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2 posts • joined 4 Jan 2010

My Tracks travel tracker

jmccabe

Not the best

I've had a look at MyTracks. The big issue for me is that, compared to nearly every other [sports] tracking app in the Android Market that I've looked at (e.g. Endomondo, RunKeeper, SportyPal Pro, Sports Track Live and [soon] Sports Tracker - the one that used to be Nokia Sports Tracker) it doesn't support the Polar Wearlink+ Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor.

Apart from that, the displays look like they come from an Open Source app (which, of course, they do); no one has actually gone to the trouble of actually making the UI appealing.

You may be right about it being the best if it's really accurate, but I expect that's more down to the device it's running on than the app itself.

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Bono accuses ISPs of 'reverse Robin Hooding' over piracy

jmccabe
FAIL

Don't Make Me Laugh

I'd be interested in knowing how Bonio has become such an expert on file sharing and its effects. There is, of course, the possibility that, if file sharing is suppressed, it will help to increase his own income so it is very interesting to see that he has come up with an angle on this one whereby it looks like he's being sympathetic to others despite the obvious (potential) benefits to himself. If he's that worried about fledgling songwriters then perhaps he should devote more of his time and vast wealth to helping to develop them instead of coming out with the same old U2 style songs again and again.

I'd also be intrigued to know if anyone has actually surveyed file sharers to determine their habits. I'm aware, for example, of people for whom file sharing is a way to see whether they like something, much like in the way that, when I was a youth, we would swap LPs at school. If we liked it, it would be added to our list of things to buy, but there was seldom any intention to just rip it off and keep it. Maybe it's different for the youth of today, but someone really ought to be looking at this angle since, if this is common, suppression of file sharing could make things even worse for the music industry.

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