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Comment: Monster cables (Score 1) 165

by DrYak (#48904261) Attached to: Your Entire PC In a Mouse

this mouse needs to be tethered to a HDMI cable (farely stiff)

It might surprises you, but don't trust "Monster Cable": you don't actually need a cable as thick as the charger of a Tesla car to carry a digital video signal.

Yes, most HDMI cable are stiff. No, that's not a requirement. Thiner and/or flatter, and more flexible HDMI cable to exist.

and a USB if you want any other device attached like a keyboard.

I was actually surprised that there are USB host connectors on this thing. I would have expected it to use bluetooth keyboard if any one needs one. (And I imagine it more used for none-keyboard tasks).

Nano wireless receivers for the occasionnal keyboard need, and other similar USB nano devices, might do the trick.

Comment: cable width: monster vs reality (Score 1) 165

by DrYak (#48904187) Attached to: Your Entire PC In a Mouse

It might surprise the "Monster Cable crowd", but HDMI cables don't necessarily need to be thick enough to be able to carry 16A current.

In fact, I have a flat HDMI cable which very thin and flexible, enough so because it's a roll-up. And it works nicely this way. That's already a cable that won't induce much more drag than your old-school PS/2 cable.
(And there are ultra thin sub-2mm cables on the market too).

Comment: Re:If all goes well. . . (Score 4, Insightful) 228

by DarkOx (#48885087) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

The biggest problem with home automation is 'life happens', eventually you want to put things into a state that was never originally anticipated.

Maybe the computer thinks, windows are open = turn off HVAC, or switch to fan only etc. Trouble is grandma stopped by and burned her Christmas cookies, smells terrible in the house, you want the windows open but you want to also leave the heat on, so you don't freeze.

Now you have to go override some "smart" system some where. It all ends up being just as much work as turning things on and off by hand was in the first place.

Comment: Re:No way! (Score 2) 508

The enlightened self interest angle is that I don't want corporations treating H-1Bs like crap, because it enables the companies to get them for cheap, which depresses salaries in my career path. I want companies to have to treat H-1B visa holders well because 1) it's the right thing to do, and 2) so that I'm not competing against guys who'll work for 2/3 my salary for fear of being deported.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 653

by DarkOx (#48884491) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

No the entire argument is silly. I could just as easily suggest drug test makes sense in fast food because who knows, someone with a drug addled mind might thing its a good idea to wipe the grill down with drain cleaner before cooking my burger.

No business have the right to do whatever they like and require whatever they want as conditions of employment, but they should not be encouraged to reach into the private lives of employees. Drug testing is intrusive, and costly. Requiring it should be a quick way to make sure your company isn't on any of those 'best places to work lists'

What companies should do is simply check their employees arrive for work in state they can do it effectively and safely in. At your fast food restaurant if the Assistant Manager can't be arsed to walk around and make sure workers don't appear to be to 'high' to do their jobs properly you got bigger problems than anything a drug test is going to uncover.

Someplace like Disney has tonnes of pre-open check lists and radio check-ins etc. If lower management can't spot operator that shows up to work drugged out than once again drug tests are not the answer. I have seen guys come it work with fevers before from flu and back fork lifts into other employees etc. Drug tests don't screen for flu. There is no substitute for a quick 'hello' and occasional walk arounds for employees who operate hazardous equipment or work in conditions that may be dangerous to them or others. Does matter if its a roller coaster or fryer filled with scalding oil! It also does not matter if said employee was 'tripping balls' 7 hours ago, it matters they are sober while on the job!

"There is no statute of limitations on stupidity." -- Randomly produced by a computer program called Markov3.