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Comment: I've gone a little overboard... (Score 1) 287

by Atticka (#47946087) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Starting from the firewall, infrastructure hardware:
Old PC with added NIC's running Astaro (now Sophos) UTM
HP Procurve 1800-8G switch (in the server closet)
Dlink 8 port gig switch in the basement (media access)
HP Procurve 802.11G AP in the basement
Qnap TS-419PII NAS (with 4x2TB drives)
Meraki 802.11N AP (Demo unit, upstairs)

Clients
7x Android\iOS devices (phones and tablets)
3x PC\Laptops
4x TV\Media players (Smart TV with Netflix, XBMC, BoxOffice, AV Unit)
2x Audio streaming devices (Squeezebox)
1x Hot Tub (remote controlled over IP)
1x Brultech home energy monitor
1x Lexmark laser printer

The phones and tablets are capable of remote controlling the media centres, audio streaming and the hot tub, good wifi coverage on both side of the house (up and down).

Comment: Re:I Fully Support This (Score 1) 116

by Atticka (#45302735) Attached to: A Protocol For Home Automation

I think there are lot of useful cases, but I don't think voice control would be useful however (nobody wants to have a conversation with their microwave).

Lighting automation would be useful in a number of ways; on\off\vacation schedule, see a list of all active lights with power consumption (and then turn them off remotely), auto on\off depending on your location, etc...

Appliance automation; coffee pots have timers but why not control the settings from your remote device? Preheat the oven remotely, schedule your slow cooker based on your schedule, notifications when timers are done (microwave, oven, washer, dryer, etc...)

Power Monitoring; get a detailed report on power consumption per appliance, room, season and setup automation depending on peak hour usage rates.

Audio\Video: Crestron has some great automation, Logitech has excellent remotes, imagine if you could control the lights when settling in to watch a movie.

Security; get live feeds from your house, pickup audio, two way communication, remotely control locks (real security concern here however), random light control when on vacation.

All of these things can be done but are not integrated. If all these devices worked together we could think of some really creative ways to automate, making a phone or tablet the central control device for the home would be genius!

Comment: I Fully Support This (Score 3, Informative) 116

by Atticka (#45301785) Attached to: A Protocol For Home Automation

I've been attempting to connect, network and control as much of my house as possible with little success. Too many companies are trying (and failing) to offer up an integrated solution, none have the ability to truly integrated across the board.

Key systems that need this:
HVAC - Nest is doing great things for automation and remote control, limited reach however
Lighting - a bunch of half baked solutions out there, each with their own app and control interface
Security - sound, video, motion detection, garage door control, etc...
Appliances - remote control certain appliances, pre-heat your stove, notification when the dryer is done, etc...
Power Monitoring - Semi decent solution out there, however needs better apps and integration
Audio\Video - Remote control

If all of these systems used a common protocol we can focus on developing great apps and home automation, as long as manufacturer dick around with their own setup we'll never move forward.

Comment: Fact Checking and Bias (Score 4, Interesting) 175

by Atticka (#43487149) Attached to: A Critique of the Boston Bombing News Coverage (Video)

Where to begin...

The competition to get to the story first is too great and often over shadows the duty of the new to check facts and report an unbiased account of events.

What is missing is any sort of repercussions for reporting false facts, who do we hold accountable? Unfortunately good news simply does not pull in the desired ratings and ad revenues.

Comment: Great News, Concerning Live Sports.... (Score 1) 124

by Atticka (#42192789) Attached to: Disney Switching To Netflix For Exclusive Film Distribution

Its great to see content creators embracing the new paradigm!

Concerning live sports, I recently discovered that this weekends UFC fight is available online as a live stream for $9.99. I've ditched cable\ satellite years ago and its nice to see some live sports becoming available online. As we see some of the bigger creators like Disney shift to services like Netflix its just a matter of time before we see networks follow suit.

What I would love to see is networks offer online subscriptions that plugin to your device of choice, pay for a stream and receive content on your Roku or XBMX for example. There is no reason we need to be tied to a cable, satellite or phone connection specifically, its all data and I should be able to access it any way I choose.

Comment: Re:Why do the phones have barometric sensors? (Score 5, Informative) 82

by Atticka (#42131269) Attached to: PressureNET 2.1 Released: the Distributed Barometer Network For Android

They were originally added to assist with navigation (they double as an altimeter, sensing pressure changes due to elevation) allowing the phone to acquire GPS lock quicker by using the data in conjunction with latitude and longitude calculations.

Comment: Re:False positive? (Score 1) 202

by Atticka (#41991911) Attached to: Vegetative State Man 'Talks' By Brain Scan

I listened to an interview with the doctor that was performing the tests, this is how it works....

The patient was asked to think about playing tennis since these types of thoughts are known to create noticeable and distinct brain activity that can be observed. The patient was then asked to think about walking around his house creating a distinctly different brain pattern.

The patient was then asked a series of questions and advised to think of "playing tennis" for a yes and "walking around the house" for a no. A series of test questions (like a polygraph) were asked, is the sky blue, is your name Scott, etc... lines of communication were opened.

The test went further to ask if the patient was in pain, and he indicated that he was not.

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