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Comment: Re:Not a federal role is not equiv to no gov't rol (Score 1) 123

by GNious (#47397955) Attached to: FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

For EU readers, consider an EU based organization usurping control over some activity from your national government. That's sort of the situation with the US federal government. The US is too large and too diverse for many on-size-fits-all solutions.

You mean akin to the EU effectively overturning a national ban on phthalate esters, as per earlier this year?

Comment: Re:Borg Home (Score 3, Interesting) 63

by GNious (#47385621) Attached to: Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

(disclosure: I own LIFX lightbulbs, and wrote an app that controls them)
"Smart-home" stuff is, currently, mostly toys - you have them for doing stuff that you largely don't need to do.
Some Smart-home stuff is able to go beyond the toy-stage, like intelligent control of heating, remote monitoring etc, where they can serve specific, valuable purposes.

As for "intelligent" lightbulbs? Mine are able to entertain the kids for 20 minutes (let them go amok with the app), while I worked on making my phone advice me of SMSes and emails via a brief colour-change to a bulb; this is still in the toys-stage, but slowly starts serving a purpose.

So, in view of you stating it is overkill, I'd ask whether saving on your heating bill is overkill, or whether having fun with setting lighting-levels and -colours is overkill?
Naturally, the answer depends on your values in life :)

Note: My latest suggestion for use of Smart-home equipment was to mix a LIFX lightbulb with a Doorbot (doorbell with camera and wifi), to alert a deaf person of the doorbell being used, by sending visual cues via the lightbulbs (specific colour-change).

Comment: Re:Borg Home (Score 5, Insightful) 63

by GNious (#47385609) Attached to: Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

(disclosure: I own LIFX lightbulbs, and wrote an app that controls them)
"Smart-home" stuff is, currently, mostly toys - you have them for doing stuff that you largely don't need to do.
Some Smart-home stuff is able to go beyond the toy-stage, like intelligent control of heating, remote monitoring etc, where they can serve specific, valuable purposes.

Intelligent lightbulbs? Mine are able to entertain the kids for 20 minutes (let them go amok with the app), while I worked on making my phone advice me of SMSes and emails via a brief colour-change to a bulb; this is still in the toys-stage, but slowly starts serving a purpose.

So, in view of you stating it is overkill, I'd ask whether saving on your heating bill is overkill, or whether having fun with setting lighting-levels and -colours is overkill?
Naturally, the answer depends on your values in life :)

Note: My latest suggestion for use of Smart-home equipment was to mix a LIFX lightbulb with a Doorbot (doorbell with camera and wifi), to alert a deaf person of the doorbell being used, by sending visual cues via the lightbulbs (specific colour-change).

Comment: Re:What about range on this smaller car? (Score 4, Insightful) 245

by GNious (#47383635) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

Or you could rent a car for the few times year you need to travel more than 200 miles. Some people almost never travel that far. Some people go that far every weekend.

From discussing this very solution, it seems people (At least american flesh-people) are very opposed to the notion of renting a car for the purpose of driving long-distances, or carrying large things around or just about anything.
Instead, most insists on having a vehicle that can solve every imaginable situation, even if most of these situations come up once yearly (or even not-at-all).

Comment: Re:simple fix (Score 1) 220

by GNious (#47377355) Attached to: IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

Bingo involves the physical act of moving your hand to tick the scorecard, and there's a clear, objective winner.

I think it's arguable, because that act is not a skill...

Go to bingo-night, see the ones running 10+ bingo cards, and still manages to tick off all the numbers being called :)

Comment: Re:Sounds about right... (Score 1) 441

by GNious (#47348563) Attached to: Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

Moving energy costs energy (transmission costs, lost usually as heat due to electrical resistance).
We need to produce energy locally, with varied sources and capacity to generally meet our needs; the ability to transfer energy around larger regions is definitely also a good thing, but infrastructure like that has a LOT of costs and overhead (maintenance, security, Russia disconnecting lines...) and should not be relied upon.

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