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Comment: Re:A smart phone is rarely convenient (Score 1) 248

by ArhcAngel (#49050969) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple
I agree with you and have partially solved it by solving another first world problem. What do I do with my old smartphone since I just got this HOT new one? Why take the SIM card out and make it the remote control of course! I have B&N Nook Color running KitKat in the living room and a Galaxy S with KitKat running in the bedroom. Hell some of the cheap Chinese knockoffs are cheaper than some of the smart switches I have seen. You could replace the wall switch with a bunch of them and wire the charger for the device into the wall.

Comment: Re:I love you man (Score 1) 305

by ArhcAngel (#49030999) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits
For many drinking MODERATE amounts of alcohol can ease tension and increase confidence (or conversely make you less self-conscience) which usually leads you to do things you wouldn't normally do. Whether this behavior is a blessing or a curse is dependent on the behavior and the circumstance but it will most likely lead to a different outcome than had you not been drinking. So your experiment would be more accurate if you clone yourself and have one of yourselves drinking and the other sober in the same situation.

Comment: Re:Regulation Strikes again (Score 1) 194

by ArhcAngel (#49000001) Attached to: Farmers Struggling With High-Tech Farm Equipment
One of my first tech gigs was remanufacturing ECL's for AC/Delco. Our test console was a big box with nearly one hundred blinky lights! At least they were labeled so we knew what the blinky light was for. This was around 1989 and GM had transitioned a lot of their ECM's to SMT parts. So the ECM was a semi-flexible PCB with SMT IC's riding in a tin can (literally) coated in rubber cement. Vibrations from road conditions caused intermittent failures on a grand scale. By the time I left I was "diagnosing" over a thousand units a week. And by diagnosing I mean beating the ECM with the handle end of a screwdriver to make the blinky lights go off and spraying individual IC's with freeze spray to figure out which one had the cold solder joint.

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