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Comment My Experience (Score 1) 432

Overall, I've been pleased with my Nest. I've had it for about 1.5-2 years now. It's nice for me because I can't have the ideal schedules setup during the day because my wife doesn't work the same days every week. Auto-away has worked okay except when the Christmas tree is in the way and it goes to 64 F while we are home. Other times, if I remember, I'll set it to away remotely if I know she works that day. Working on a solution to know when both of us are not home to set to away automatically instead of waiting on auto-away.

I can't say I had this particular issue but I had a similar one where the blower on the furnace would run but not blow out any hot air. The furnace would light and have a flame for maybe a minute but then shut off with the blower still running. It would repeatedly do this and we only had warm air coming out of the vents for a couple minutes at a time. I had to disconnect the wire for the A/C and this solved my issue. Disconnecting the A/C during the winter in the midwest isn't a big deal for me but I'm sure others would have an issue with it. I also only have the heat or A/C enabled at a time, not both so that really left me wondering wtf.

Comment Re:Don't press the stupid empathy button. (Score 1) 127

I would've just modded you up but I'm out of mod points :( I guess I'll just have to comment instead. :P

Seriously though, you make an excellent point. It's bad enough people have a hard time even speaking with someone on the phone or in person. I'm mostly an introvert but I refuse to communicate solely over text or IM much less via buttons or emoticons. I can't even imagine what relationships, whether just friends or more, will be like in the near future if people never interact with each other like you stated.

I think that sums up my feelings about this particular topic in a nutshell without going full rant.

Submission + - Scientists discover how to 'switch off' cancer (dailymail.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: Florida researchers made cancerous breast and bladder cells benign again. Now believe many other types of cancer should be in their grasp. Say the discovery provides the code, or software, for turning off cancer.

Submission + - A breakthrough in creating fusion power?

An anonymous reader writes: A privately funded company has successfully kept a ball of superheated gas stable for a record time, 5 milliseconds, putting them closer to producing fusion power.

"They've succeeded finally in achieving a lifetime limited only by the power available to the system," says particle physicist Burton Richter of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who sits on a board of advisers to Tri Alpha. If the company's scientists can scale the technique up to longer times and higher temperatures, they will reach a stage at which atomic nuclei in the gas collide forcefully enough to fuse together, releasing energy.

Although other startup companies are also trying to achieve fusion using similar methods, the main efforts in this field are huge government-funded projects such as the $20 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), under construction in France by an international collaboration, and the U.S. Department of Energy's $4 billion National Ignition Facility (NIF) in Livermore, California. But the burgeoning cost and complexity of such projects are causing many to doubt they will ever produce plants that can generate energy at an affordable cost.

Tri Alpha's and similar efforts take a different approach, which promises simpler, cheaper machines that can be developed more quickly. Importantly, the Tri Alpha machine may be able to operate with a different fuel than most other fusion reactors. This fuel-a mix of hydrogen and boron-is harder to react, but Tri Alpha researchers say it avoids many of the problems likely to confront conventional fusion power plants. "They are where they are because people are able to believe they can get a [hydrogen-boron] reactor to work," says plasma physicist David Hammer of Cornell University, also a Tri Alpha adviser.

The article does not say how much this success cost the privately-funded Tri Alpha, but it certainly wasn't in the billions of dollars. Yet, it appears that in less than a decade they have accomplished more than all these big government-funded projects have in the past half century, and for less money.


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Comment Think Outside the Box!? (Score 1) 255

Our education system seems to be getting into a worse state. I don't remember seeing anything positive happening for a while. And no, I don't count free iPads or Chromebooks as positive.

See below for my very sarcastic remark that I decided not be my primary comment to the story. I figured it was still applicable though.

That would create chaos to make people think for themselves and outside the box. Why would we ever do such a thing?! I mean it's not like anyone ever needed to do that to be successful. Oh wait, there are "things" to do things for us now so why would we need to worry about those ever failing.

Comment Great (Score 1) 80

Now, when someone's password is compromised, not only will they get access to your account but be able to close someone else's or mark it as if they died.

But seriously, I get the point of them doing this and limiting what you can actually do to the account. It's not like they can post anything. I wonder what protections or back out strategies they have when the designated person's account is compromised and they close a family member's account who isn't deceased.

Comment Glad I left (Score 1) 354

I used to have Netflix and their 3-dvd with streaming subscription until they almost doubled the cost a couple years ago. I called customer service and they didn't care if I left. Dropped my service the next day and signed up for Hulu Plus. Netflix's DVD service was a better option than going to Family Video and allowed me to still give to the movie industry without illegally streaming it. Netflix's excuse/reason was that the movie industry was charging them more and postage went up (2 cents or something like that). I'm not surprised they are scaling back their dvd service delivery. Like someone else said, it was probably that or raise prices again.

Yes, I know having Hulu Plus still gives to the movie industry (despite the lack to current movies on Hulu) but I felt I needed to stick it more to Netflix.

Comment Soon to be censored worldwide? (Score 1) 64

"You can always visit a non-EU version of Bing to receive uncensored results."

According to the US Government, they should be able to access data worldwide as long as the company operates in the US. What's stopping the EU from demanding all search pages be censored? I realize one is asking for data and the other is filtering, but it's that slippery slope. One government can do something "worldwide", what's stopping others from doing the same thing with companies that operate in their country?

Comment Customer Error (Score 1) 92

Someone typed a full, unsecured, web link into a search and Google AdWords reported it to the advertiser. I don't believe this would be considered a security issue or flaw with any cloud provider. This is customer error, not securing sensitive information with a password or permissions. If anything, it'd be a flaw with Google AdWords reporting the full search terms, but even that is stretching it.

Comment Closing little guy loopholes (Score 1) 297

I like how the Government is so "quick" to act on closing a tax loophole that almost every consumer buying something online takes advantage of. However, they never seem to get around to closing the many loopholes that large businesses use on a constant basis that cost the US millions if not billions of dollars. Like other people have said, this will affect small businesses the most.

I understand that sales tax needs to be applied but there needs to be a better way with less impact to small businesses. A general sales tax that's divided up among the states equally based on population I think would be a possibility. While probably not perfect I think it's a lot better and simpler than what's being proposed for any type of business.

What happens with eBay and Amazon? Are they going to charge sales tax for only business type accounts selling goods?

It's sad to see them wasting time on this crap versus coming up with a budget to actually turn a "profit" so we can start decreasing our deficit. If nothing else they'll just do what Cyprus did and take up to 10% of everyone's bank account. Oh wait that'll mostly hurt the little guy too because a lot of large businesses have their money overseas.

Comment Workaround (Score 1) 60

Carriers will merely put this into their TOS or other contacts with fine print that a lot people don't read but sign anyways. Mandate a specific title and format of the text so people actually notice it before they just agree. Better yet, mandate it a yes or no question on the agreement. It'd be no different than the customer improvement prompt you get for certain software to know how you use it.

Comment Take advantage (Score 3, Insightful) 198

IMHO: I'm surprised that SSD manufacturers are not taking advantage of the HDD shortage and giving deals left and right. Intel could profit greatly right now lowering their SSD prices just slightly. PC manufacturers will benefit by selling computers and the end user will get that "speedy" system for only a slight increase in price. The higher price will definitely pay for itself considering the boot and operating speed of a SSD over HDD. Granted that's with the consideration you didn't buy a system with 1GB of memory and a Celeron proc running Win7.

Obviously anyone looking for large capacity drives is still SOL. I know some local stores in the area are still selling drives for reasonable prices until they run out. I doubt they'll bother to stock some or any at all after that. I'm sure they don't want to be left holding $2-300 drives that will be selling for at least half that a couple months from now.

On another note, who had the bright idea of creating a single point of failure? I wonder if WD, Seagate, etc setup their networks all with single points of failure. I understand it's cheaper but if you can't make drives, you're not making money.

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