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Comment: Zigbee (Score 2) 336

by An Ominous Coward (#45947069) Attached to: New Home Automation?

Zigbee's the best option for home automation ecosystem. Zero-conf mesh networking for great range even through walls/floors, and lower power so all these devices don't bust your electricity bill. And if your utility installs a smart meter with home-area networking, it'll probably be Zigbee, so smart appliances can get usage and price data from there.

Comment: Re:Keep up the selfishness.. (Score 1) 435

by An Ominous Coward (#44436313) Attached to: Obama Praises Amazon At One of Its Controversial Warehouses


Customer: All your power supply units are no-name, inefficient Chinese or Vietnamese crap with high failure rates. Can't you stock some decent equipment?

Local Computer Store: I've got mine. Fuck you.


Customer: All you have here is NYT best seller list schlock, New Age Oprah garbage, and Christian testimonals. Can't you stock some decent science fiction or popular science books?

Local Book Store: I've got mine. Fuck you.

Comment: Re:How about a link to the downloadable book? (Score 5, Funny) 45

All PDF readers have their exploits, no reason you can't make one document that targets them all. That's why I trained myself to read PDF in binary. Yes, obviously it's a bit challenging but there's something immensely satisfying about being able to visualize the document based on the raw input and, until the NSA gets into wet-ware hacking, it's the one reader technology that's guaranteed to be perfectly sa.... MUST. INFILTRATE. PUTIN. ADMINISTRATION.

Comment: Re:Kuhn Paradigms (Score 1) 265

by An Ominous Coward (#42528119) Attached to: Does All of Science Really Move In 'Paradigm Shifts'?

Depends on if we want to include cultural norms as part of how the world works. Consider the experience of moving across the country for a job or to attend university. Even with communication technologies that have parallels in the Internet age (POTS, Fax, and the postal service), there was definitely the cultural expectation of weakening social bonds with your parents and completely breaking social bonds with all your peers. You'd only see your parents occasionally for holidays, and quite likely would never see anyone from high school again. That's just the way the world worked.

But thanks to widely deployed IP networks we not only have incremental improvements on old technology (mobile phones with no long-distance charges and telephone numbers that follow you, instantaneously delivered email) but also new tools such as video chat, media sharing services, and social networks. There are real options for maintaining long-term social bonds, options that did not previously exist. For single, childless persons, major relocations are not really a big deal anymore. That's arguably a big change in how people view the world working.

Comment: Re:split. (Score 1) 503

Yes! Because whether or not that person is actually a murderer is something to be determined by an unbiased jury. If a jury member in incapable of putting aside their fear of murder, if he or she is willing to find against anyone simply because they were accused of murder, that is an unacceptable bias.

Comment: Re:Look at ninety percent of the effort towards go (Score 1) 459

by An Ominous Coward (#41122707) Attached to: Republican Platform To Include Internet Freedom Plank

I can choose to go to another bank. That choice cannot be taken away.

Of course it can be taken away; the big bank can acquire the little bank. Just like how a lot of people left AT&T for T-Mobile, so AT&T tried to acquire T-Mobile. Fortunately we have an administration that respects consumer rights and put good people in charge of the regulatory agencies, so that attempted acquisition was blocked.

Comment: Re:If we're not for science, what are we for. (Score 5, Informative) 482

by An Ominous Coward (#41115079) Attached to: Lance Armstrong and the Science of Drug Testing

That doesn't appear to be true. While the first test result for any given sample has come back clean, that potentially just means that he's been ahead of the curve on using doping methods that avoid detection. The USADA reports indicate that some of the re-tests on samples have come back as indicating doping. We'll probably find out more as they take their case to the ICU.

Of course this whole thing from cycling to baseball to the Olympics is ridiculous. With shades of Futurama, it'll be a relief when we can put all these stories behind us after performance enhancing drugs in all sports are mandatory.

Comment: Re:Oh. Tell that to brain scientist. (Score 1) 532

by An Ominous Coward (#40887157) Attached to: University Receives $5 Million Grant To Study Immortality

The original conscience ceases to exist, but why would this mean we aren't just machines? We aren't static machines; as with a computer, we have memory. But memory is still a physical part of the machine, its electrochemical configuration corresponding to the information it carries.

Comment: Re:I ate at chick-fil-a every day this week. (Score 3, Interesting) 362

by An Ominous Coward (#40881915) Attached to: What If There Was a Microsoft Appreciation Day?

I understand the sentiment, but please reconsider your choice. Chick-Fil-A did not come under attack because of its CEO's statements, although those statements did fan the flames afterwards. Chick-Fil-A came under fire for its funding of hate groups. And I'm not using "hate group" here in a wishy-washy, "anyone who disagrees with me is a hate group" way. I'm talking about groups that are pushing for Ugandan law to make homosexuality a capital crime. There's some confusion out there about much of Chick-Fil-A's millions of dollars of donations research that particular organization, but I would anyone involved in supporting GLBT issues to find any association with that hate group to be reprehensible.

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