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Comment Re:I dunno... (Score 1) 228

Except it's getting really hard to find a "dumb TV." Most of the people that *I've* talked to don't want a smart TV, but fewer and fewer companies making TVs are willing to make TVs without including "smart" features.

Paradoxically, if you want a reasonable number of HDMI ports (so you can attach your own devices) you have to get a smart TV.

Well, it is only smart IF, you connect it to your network. Just leave it disconnected from your network and the internet, and it stays "dumb".


Comment I dunno... (Score 2) 228

I mean, I like to watch stuff on my tablet or phone when I'm out and about and have a moment, or maybe dining alone from time to time.

But at home? That's a different story. I enjoy watching movies especially on a LARGE screen tv 60" or larger preferably. I rarely go to the movie theater anymore, due to pricing and all the damned idiots that won't shut up, noisy kids, etc.

I like to recreate the movie experience at home...and I have a sound system I've built over the years to run with a nice large picture.

No, I don't watch much traditional "network" type television...hell all that turned to stupid "reality shows" or contests of some kind (I remember when the FoodTV and cooking channel used to actually SHOW people cooking with recipes and techniques)...I tune that out.

Of late, good content has started to reappear, like Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, etc. However, with these, I tend to let them finish an annual run, and then binge watch them over a week or so.

But I'd not enjoy good sit down viewing like this with friends or family, or hell, even by myself on a 12", 7" or less size picture.

I want this on a nice LARGE high quality screen. Yes, I am bemoaning the loss of the plasma screen, I still think it has the best blacks, but still.

Of course my eyes are getting worse too..but I don't understand why so many folks seem to be, as this article posits, to be watching everything from a damned cell phone or tablet.

Comment Re:What purpose does registration serve? (Score 1) 192

It's so when your drone does $terroristaction they know were to send the SWAT team.

So, the new way to "SWAT" people you don't like, have their doors broken down, to either steal their drone and do something nefarious with it, or likely could be just as easy as finding out your target's serial number, and just etching that onto ANY drone, as that with the emergency reactions to things, likely they will be happy to get an address and break down your front door and shoot your dog, etc...

Comment Re:I hope... (Score 1) 192

Unless it has to interact with multiple state and federal systems with diverse data formats running on equipment and software that is decades old, and no longer supported, and connecting all of that to the more modern systems of third party private sector companies whose vested interest is in seeing all all fail... then it should be fairly smooth sailing....

I"m willing to bet that indeed it will come at least CLOSE to having all of those parameters you mentioned.

I can't imagine that it won't in some if not many ways have to interact with states, and likely they want to tie it in with several other stove pipe systems. That's just how federal computer projects all seem to "work"...and I use the word "work" here lightly....

Comment Re: Torrent (Score 2) 311

I should be able to easily buy a silencer. In fact most gun owners should be REQUIRED to own silencers to reduce the amount of hearing loss and noise pollution around gun ranges.

It isn't that hard to get a permit for silencers. The best way, I'm looking into, is forming a Gun Trust with some friends. Basically it is a corporation for specially licensed arms. It is nice in that with these, you can generally bypass the local LEO having to sign off on the things like silencers and other things. It is much easier to get your weapons you want within the gun trust set up that as an individual.

Comment Re:Apple Music (Score 4, Insightful) 461

Siri doesn't always work. It's not like the computer in Star Trek. But it works very well in limited contexts, and within these contexts is a powerful way of using your phone.

Not to mention, there are times (more often than not) when you don't want to be shouting at your phone in public....

I don't like doing that while at work....or in a restaurant maybe or bar...etc.

This brings me to another pet peeve I have...when calling into tech support or anything these days...the auto phone robots want you to speak what you want instead of s simple press a number to make a selection. I HATE having to talk like an idiot to a robot in public....

The voice thing is fun from time to time, but I don't like doing it out while in public, and I get annoyed when others are doing it in a restaurant or other crowded venue.....

Gimme a button to push that is clearly marked!!

Comment Re:My question is... (Score 1) 96

At normal full cruising speed the TGV goes 300 km/h (186MPH) vs. 130km/h (81MPH) on France Motorways. Assuming time between trains / busses is no more than 5-10 minutes, and the journey time took no more than 50- 100% extra time over driving, I'd be glad to take public transit everywhere (acceptable time between busses/ trains could be longer up to 1hr-2hr for intercity travel). With the exception of a road trip on a wide open sunny motorway, driving is a chore. And a car is a depreciating asset to maintain.

Unfortunately where I live now there is no public transit whatsoever.

And it doesn't get you from door-to-door exactly where you want to be...

A car isn't that expensive...not for me I find.

Comment Re:Um... (Score 1) 274

Frankly, though, it is convenient. Much more so than cash. I don't want to have to regularly go and get a bunch of new physical items to pay people with.

Wow...that sounds a bit lazy.

It takes me all of about 5 -10 min out of my way max to hit the ATM when I need more cash. I tend to take out a bit over $200 every 5 days or takes no time at all.

I love cash, it keeps me honest when I see how much I'm physically spending....rather than with abstraction of money with CC's or the like.

Just like in the casino...the chips abstract you from how much you are really wagering and losing....

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