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Comment: Re:completely irrelevant (Score 1) 109

by EvilSS (#49180951) Attached to: NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Game Console

Dear Nvidia I don't want a console. I have an ultra-fast system that plays games, has wide compatibility, can hook up to a TV wirelessles or via HDMI, can surf the web, run netflix, watch live TV, etc. It's called my PC and it's faster. I also have no interest in using joysticks to control anything ever. Sincerely, everyone

Congratulations, you want a computer. Go build yourself one.

Comment: Re:Changed for me (Score 1) 412

by EvilSS (#49154221) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

The first time I saw the picture I could swear it was white / gold. I could see a slight blue hue to the white part but it was more or less white with gold.

After I read another article and saw the dress in a catalogue I read the first article again and it appeared blue / black. I couldn't believe it appeared so differently and had to check I was reading the same article with the same photo again.

I had the same experience. Kind of jarring isn't it? I had even saved a copy of the image when I first saw it (to play with in photoshop) and checked that to be sure someone wasn't messing with me and everyone else and swapping out the image.

We as a species always seem to be of the "believe it when I see it" persuasion but something like this happens and it is a pretty in-your-face example of just how much our own brains manipulate our sensory input before presenting it to us a reality.

Comment: Re:White balance and contrast in camera. (Score 4, Funny) 412

by EvilSS (#49154173) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

So it appears to be linked to the lighting conditions that your eyes are adjusted to when seeing the image initially... even after they've adjusted to the ambient light, the brain appears to stick to the image it created initially.

Here is a pretty good explanation of why this might happen.

Something is wrong. You said "pretty good explanation" but you then linked to Gizmodo. These two things are mutually exclusive.

Comment: Re:not fit for human consumption (Score 4, Informative) 77

by EvilSS (#49147901) Attached to: Banned Weight-loss Drug Could Combat Liver Disease, Diabetes

We have had Cola for generations.... However the health conditions that we blame it for, have been on the rise just recently.

I see the use of Corn Syrup being a bigger factor than blaming Cola.

Corn Syrup, increasing portion sizes, a shift to low fat, high carb diets, labeling bad fats as good and good fats as bad.... The past 50 years has not been a good period for nutritional science.

Comment: Re:Anti-advertisement for one particular system (Score 1) 248

by EvilSS (#49051243) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple
Probably one of the better hubs on the market. Bulbs have been solid for me too. I also use the GE Wink bulbs with the Philips Hue hub (they are compatible) where I just need lights without the color changing ability. The Wink bulbs run about $15 retail. The Wink bulbs are good if not perfect, they sometimes miss a command from the hub, the philips bulbs never do. The Wink Hub, while a crazy piece of hardware (so many radios) is, at the moment, a bit lacking in the software department.

On the ROI front I'm a bit of an outlier: my system is saving me enough money to pay for itself. I used to leave the 4 lights in my garage on pretty much 24/7 with 24w CFLs. My garage door opener light is pretty much useless and I wasn't fond of coming home to a pitch black garage at night. Swapped the 4 bulbs out with 4 GE Wink bulbs, and I now use the geofence feature of the Philips Hue software along with its timers. Lights come on in the morning at a set time, turn off when I leave, and come back on when I get home, turning off at a preset time a little later in the evening. The power savings from the wattage difference (9 vs 24w) and not having them run constantly comes out to around $28/mo for me doing it this way. Yes, it's my fault leaving the lights on all the time, And yes I could have added a traditional timer or motion detector, but the issue there was the damn CLFs sucked in winter. These days I could get Cree LED bulbs for about $10, but for $5 more I can get the smart bulbs that work with a system I already have so.... The 4 bulbs have literally paid for themselves in a little over two months. Again though, I imagine I'm a bit of an outlier when it comes to this. Most of these systems will never save the homeowner money.

Comment: Nope! (Score 1) 330

by EvilSS (#49039357) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?
If you are looking for a dumb 4K display that is above PC monitor size and cheaper or even the same price as a comparable "smart" tv, then the answer is probably no. The only real options you have are A) get the smart TV and never connect it to your network or B) buy a commercial grade display. Option B is going to be much more expensive than Option A. Well I guess there is always option C) Contract with a manufacturer to create a private brand line of your own. Pretty sure option C is not going to scale down to a production run of 1 very well cost wise though.

Comment: Not just individuals at risk (Score 2) 223

by EvilSS (#48989093) Attached to: US Health Insurer Anthem Suffers Massive Data Breach
The potential exposure for individual financial fraud and identity theft is really bad with this but it's not the only concern. With this breach they have SSN plus detailed employment info for what probably amounts to nearly every employee at any company who uses Anthem for their health plans. What do 90% of helpdesks ask for when resetting something like a password or issuing one-time use tokens for 2-factor authentication? Last 4 of your SSN. With a little work to figure out a few things like login ID formats this data could be used as a jumping off point to target any of the thousands of companies that use Anthem for their employee health plans, across who knows how many industries. This could be the breach that keeps on breaching for a long time to come.

Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 4, Informative) 629

by EvilSS (#48795065) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

If my phone is running Android OS, then I should be able to get updates straight from Google.

If that's what you want, then BUY A PHONE FROM GOOGLE.

You mean like my Google Galaxy Nexus that is stuck at 4.3 because Google abandoned it after 18 months, and therefore won't be getting this exploit patched?

Comment: Re:Read up on the different types of switches (Score 3, Informative) 190

by EvilSS (#48683965) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

It's worth doing some reading, to understand the differences between the switch types. Here's a good description of three of the switches. You likely don't want the really loud ones - I recently bought a keyboard using Cherry Brown, which are tactile, but a bit quieter - it's still loud enough that my officemates had to get used to it, but at least they didn't kill me.

A lot of the sound from the mechanical keyboards with non-clicky switches like the Cherry reds and browns is from the keys bottoming out. You can add rubber o-rings to the keycaps to get rid of that bottoming out "clack".

Comment: Re:that pre dates 9/11. laptops from late 90's for (Score 4, Insightful) 184

by EvilSS (#48578269) Attached to: Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

being asked to power up devices is not new at all. I had to power up my laptop on a flight sometime Fall 1998.

Yea but after 9/11 and all the reviews of airport security the "power on your devices" thing was dropped because at the time all the experts said it was useless.

And yet here we are today.... I'm just waiting for the day when you have to ship all your luggage a day ahead of travel and fly in paper hospital gowns.

Put your best foot forward. Or just call in and say you're sick.