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Comment: The fact that ONE fiber cable cut (Score 1) 132

by The Cisco Kid (#49152519) Attached to: Vandalism In Arizona Shuts Down Internet and Phone Service

would completely cut off an entire region as large as that, shows that whoever is in charge of engineering this stuff simply doesn't understand how the Internet is supposed to work, and has no motivation to ensure it keeps working.

Any pipe carrying traffic for that large an area, should have had multiple alternate/redundant paths - miles away, in different pipes, connecting via different peering points. The Internet is not meant to be a hierarchy or a pyramid - its supposed to be a spiderweb.

Comment: Re:A smart phone is rarely convenient (Score 1) 248

by karnal (#49054605) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

I've thought for a while that this would be a very neat, extendable thermostat controller for the house based on a cell phone. Instead of paying hundreds to get a device that does it for you, you can pick up a pre-paid phone and wire it up. The only thing I don't know about is the controlling functionality - perhaps if you're not so savvy, base it off of wireless and control something arduino based off of the furnace - or find some way to directly have the phone interact with the existing wires coming up from the furnace... would be an interesting hack.

Comment: Re:A smart phone is rarely convenient (Score 1) 248

by karnal (#49054597) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

There's a fairly extensible app called llama for android that could be integrated into this. You can set up triggers - at least for things on the phone - so that if your cell phone sees certain cell towers/wifi, it knows where you are - you could get more advanced and also program in time of day for triggers (i.e. if I hit the cell towers 5 minutes from home and it's > 3:00pm, turn up the heat/AC so it's ready when I get home.)

I don't know about the back end integration with a thermostat, but I'm making an assumption that this could be done based on it's triggering mechanism for apps etc.

Comment: A better option you might not have considered (Score 1) 327

by The Cisco Kid (#49036093) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Panic Button a Very Young Child Can Use

Perhaps your wife could wear some sort of device (bracelet, etc) that itself would be capable of detecting that she was having a seizure, that could be setup to trigger whatever notifications were desired. Here are a few things I found alone these lines:

Comment: Re:Regulation Strikes again (Score 1) 194

by karnal (#49003197) Attached to: Farmers Struggling With High-Tech Farm Equipment

Some cars with keyless ignition do have column locks. My 2008 Lexus ES350 auto-locks the column:
1. if I shut down the car before opening the door, the act of opening the door locks the column.
2. if I shut down the car after opening the door, the car dings at me with the seatbelt chime, warning me that the column is unlocked. Upon shutting the door after exiting the car, the column locks.

Comment: Re:bank I use ... allows (weak passwords) (Score 1) 271

by The Cisco Kid (#48996201) Attached to: Why Gmail Has Better Security Than Your Bank

I have a somewhat related issue.

Google has my cell number anyway (they forward google voice calls to it), but they INSIST that the initial verification to setup 2factor be by SMS/text, which I have blocked on the cell itself. Maybe that is to verify its a cell, and not a landline.

All the evidence concerning the universe has not yet been collected, so there's still hope.