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Comment: Re:Damn you, Amazon and your bluetooth! (Score 1) 130

by DdJ (#46726569) Attached to: Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

Archaic. None of the "remotes" that I use in my living room are keyboards.

When I hear "remote," I think "something simple and dedicated that I can hold in one hand to easily control remotely-located things." I don't think "something with at least 60 buttons, some of which are actually useful, that takes up too much room on the coffee table, and functions only as a basic input for a single device."

Huh? I'm not talking about the remote being a keyboard, I'm talking about the remote identifying itself as a keyboard. It's the equivalent of bar-code scanners that you plug into a keyboard port and that "type" whatever you scan with them.

Keyboards have some buttons that are very good for remote control functions, like "up" and "down" and "left" and "right" and "enter" and "escape" and "pause/play" and "fast forward". Make a handheld stick with just those buttons, and have it pair over bluetooth as a keyboard, and that remote would then work with an Apple TV, an Ouya, a Fire TV, a Linux box running MythTV, a Windows box running Steam in big picture mode, et cetera, et cetera. That's what I'm talking about.

Neat. Now how easily does it switch between presentations, AppleTV and Ouya? Does it change inputs on the TV and/or AVR? Turn things on and back off again? Turn the volume up and down?

No? Oh. I'd consider that a lousy remote, then.

I see. There are features in a remote that I'm so uninterested in that I don't even think of them, that you consider absolutely essential. (Though a subset of those are easy. They could all be easy given specific device choices which I'm not going to assume.)

You and I will not like the same remotes.

Comment: Re:Damn you, Amazon and your bluetooth! (Score 1) 130

by DdJ (#46705391) Attached to: Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

Is there any such thing as a "standard" Bluetooth remote?

Well, the device presents itself as bluetooth using the HID profile. That's a start.

Given that, I'd consider any remote that presents itself as a keyboard with well-defined keys to be extremely standard. (Remember, media control keys like "play/pause" and "fast forward" are well-defined and widely supported on keyboards already.)

Further, I'd consider any remote that presents itself as a gamepad with well-defined buttons to be extremely standard.

A remote that presented itself as a trackpad with standard buttons wouldn't be too bad either.

(I in fact often carry a bluetooth device that's remote-sized and is a full keyboard with integrated two-button trackpad and built-in laser pointer. It's hard to beat for presentations, and also controls my AppleTV and my Ouya very nicely.)

That said...if you want custom integration, Bluetooth is overkill. These things are implicitly already on the network. Just use IP.

That would currently require a bunch of one-off solutions, as there isn't a "standard wifi HID profile" to use. Myself, I'd rather have an app on my phone that presented itself to the world as a bluetooth keyboard or gamepad that I could then use even with devices that didn't have IP at all.

Comment: Re:Damn you, Amazon and your bluetooth! (Score 2) 130

by DdJ (#46696773) Attached to: Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

I know this isn't what you meant by "not wanting to give up our remotes," but am I the only one annoyed by Amazon for going with a bluetooth remote?

I don't know enough to answer that yet.

I would not really prefer IR.

If the bluetooth in use is extremely standard, so that other devices and even software can be used to "emulate" it, then I'm delighted, as I'll (eventually) be able to integrate the box with other stuff.

If it's doing something grossly nonstandard, that just happens to be implemented on top of bluetooth, then I'll be annoyed.

Comment: They don't. (Score 1) 490

by DdJ (#46588749) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Specifically: Why do movie studios allow Netflix to send out DVDs to their subscribers by mail, but not to allow the same option in the form of "virtual DVDs" that you could "check out" through their website, and stream them while they're checked out to you?

As far as I know, they don't "allow Netflix to send out DVDs". Content owners have in the past tried to forbid media rentals, but failed. They don't "allow" Netflix to do this -- they simply have no legal standing to prevent it. They likely would if they could.

At least that's my understanding of things.

Comment: They using winelib? (Score 1) 367

by DdJ (#46544923) Attached to: Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

If these systems are still using XP today, my bet is that they only rely on a small, stable, well-established subset of what we consider today's Windows API. It really wouldn't surprise me at all if a whole bunch of the software involved built flawlessly with winelib.

Anyone know if that's how they're going about it?

Comment: Re:Here's what I don't get (Score 1) 367

by DdJ (#46544883) Attached to: Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

What's a desktop operating system doing on an ATM anyway?

The same thing a desktop CPU is doing in both servers and embedded applications.

Economies of scale and network effects (eg. huge development tool ecosystem) provide some advantages that grow over time, and eventually overcome the advantages of other solutions.

The same thing relates to why an Android phone runs (essentially) the same kernel as an OS Oracle sells to run their database servers on, and why an iPhone runs the same kernel as a Mac Pro.

Comment: The reverse? (Score 1) 914

by DdJ (#46536839) Attached to: Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

What about doing the reverse, for life sentences?

Sometimes someone innocent is given a life sentence, and that fact comes out later. They can be freed, but the amount of damage done to them is still high. Could the reverse of the proposed idea be used to lessen that damage?

(The idea would be to use it on everyone. If they're guilty and never released, so what? But might it be a way to minimize damage when mistakes are made?)

Comment: Re:Protection from what? (Score 1) 390

by DdJ (#46419483) Attached to: Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

It's like, imagine you're a bank robber and you've got two banks in town. One is an old-school bank that has thwarted dozens of bank robbers in the past and routinely. They hire people specifically to worry about bank robbers. On the other side of town, there's this new hip young bank that's getting money thrown at them like mad. They used to just take all the money home with them at the end of the night, but now they've got this new "cold storage" place to put money they're not using at the moment. They're known to be idiotic fools, everything thinks the whole thing is a fly-by-night operation, and they don't even have a safe.

You intended this to be a metaphor for attacking traditional financial institutions versus attacking Bitcoin exchanges, right?

(It certainly works as a metaphor for that.)

Comment: Re:Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (Score 1) 241

by DdJ (#46360221) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

I think that you'll find that Windows 8.1 will perform like shit on those machines... Not only because all of the rendering will be software-based.

Huh. Windows 7 certainly runs very well on some of them, with hardware-accelerated rendering and everything. Why would the rendering in Windows 8.1 switch to software-based?

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