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Comment Re:seriously? (Score 1) 77

Seriously, this is a story?

On the other hand I would want to talk to Archimedes, his work on the catapults is of great interest to me, I would like to use one of his inventions to catapult this site.

See - you played along. Got you to think, and you made an interesting and funny choice.

I'd choose Ben Franklin myself.

Comment Re:My dream dinner guest is the one... (Score 1) 77

...who isn't vegan. The worst Thanksgiving I ever had was the one who had the one who condemned the eating of flesh in attendance. Surely there are places these people can go during the holidays!

I've done lunch with people who interrogate the waitstaff, some times the managers, scowl at other customers - and me - if we make the sin of ordering anything they decide is bad. THey seemed to have trouble gettin people to go to lunch with them more than once.

I come from an old school family where eating with others is an expression of favor, and arguing is highly discouraged. Vegetarians can usually manage, but by the time a person gets to veganism, there is a excellent chance that they believe they have to make a show of everything, and are very difficult to have a pleasant meal with.

Comment Re:Reasons why I don't like the Internet of Things (Score 1) 199

I forgot to include this. Security cams are a big part of the Internet of things already.

Apparently, they are ironically named as well.

Should I tell you what your reply is going to be before you make it? Right - don't use default passwords. And hopefully the company won't have a support backdoor built in.

Most regular people find passwords a pain in the backside. As well, they aren't always up on security. An inescapable fact, 20 years on. It hardly even qualifies as hacking.

Comment Re:Reasons why I don't like the Internet of Things (Score 1) 199

A thermostat is a few switches (heat/cool/fan) and a thermometer. Are you proposing redesigning / replacing home furnaces when simply using a dumb or unconnected thermostat would work just as well?

IoT gurus want everything connected to the internet. Somehow it makes things better. I'll bet that you will be able to send an image of yourself to all your friend's toasters. The basic infrastructure is there, now we will finally be happy when we can do this..... I'm waiting for it to take a toast selfie so I don't have tobe so damned inconvenienced by taking my own meal instagrams I mean what the hell did the Pilgrims do? It's a sin. I mean how did everyone know what they were eating? I mean - I mean.

Comment Re:Reasons why I don't like the Internet of Things (Score 1) 199

No. My thermostat has no "off" switch, and a minimum temperature setting that is high enough not to let the pipes freeze. The electronic TRVs likewise have a safeguard against freezing. Now that is fascinating, because that means they know what the outside temperatures are. Something tells me you live an a place that doesn't get below freezing often. But these things do need an on off switch, a fan and a switchover to AC as needed.

Sure, it's still electronics, and someone could have messed with the firmware, or even exploit a weakness in the thermostat by sending weird packets over the Z-Wave network (a wireless network used for home automation) to make it turn the heating off completely.

Wait - I thought you told me this can't happen.

That's far, far less likely to happen than the heater itself breaking down. And because I can monitor things remotely, it is extremely unlikely to happen without me noticing the problem.

Actually, I'm not so certain about those odds. I do also suspect that the system will have to be safety critical

Comment Re:Reasons why I don't like the Internet of Things (Score 1) 199

So buy a connected fridge from a reputable vendor whom you can trust to at least understand the important issues and risks of having an appliance connected to the LAN or Internet. Don't buy a connected fridge at all if you're too worried about this, or feel you can't trust any manufacturer.

Or if we get to the point of having them on everything, like OnStar in GM vehicles, make certain you disable them. And no, not having a subscription does not mean they don't pay attention.

It is fine to be cautious, just don't call anyone who disagrees an idiot, or claim that the introduction of IoT-capable appliances is somehow violating your rights. That's the vibe I am getting from a lot of opponents to HA. The IoT is not evil for the reasons you state; "IoT doesn't steal data, peope do".

Your own vibe is colored a bit by your preconceptions. It's not fearmongering for me to say I won't buy a GM car because I don't like OnStar. Just noting that there are certain aspsect that people might not be thinking about, like their vehicle disabling feature, or cab monitoring feature.

There are implications that a lot of people don't think about. Remember the school in Pennsylvania that was using the school issued laptop cameras to spy on the students? That kind of went away, but I'll bet they got some interesting images of naked students who happened to be underaged. I've always wondered about what Comcast is getting into with their whole house surveillance security systems. They always show mom at work, siling and happy because her teenaged kids are safe at home. I'll bet there are some notsafe for the public images those cameras capture.

And if mom can monitor the kids, from work, or control the thermostats or lights or security system, then its not fearmongering to note that other people can, and naive to assume that they won't try.

Perhaps in the pursuit of pecuniary renumeration, you don't care. And in many respects I don't care either, as long as I am not forced to buy this stuff.

Comment Re:Intended? (Score 1) 342

"Locked down hardware" in the context of personal computers means that you can't use third party hardware.

Um. enlighten me. I've bought much hardware, many peripherals over the years, and haven't had this lockdown issue. Lots of hard drives, had to be formatted differently, but tyhat's hardly exclusive. RAM expansion - pray don't tell me that different RAM modules are an Apple only thing. You see, As a user of both Windows type PCs and Apple PCs, I've bought a lot of hardaware for both.

So aside from say Thunderbolt, what are you talking about? And by the way, I have a normal secondary 27 inch Dell monitor on my Mac that just has a little Thunderbolt adapter.. Looks great. Additional RAM and new hard Drive. All working just fine.

I have 2 USB external hard drives - seem to be working fine for a couple years now. I have USB to serial converters, FTDI at the moment, but I understand that th eprolific chipset has written a proper driver - there was about 6 months after an upgrade ot El Capitan that prolifics weren't supported. I have extension USB hubs - work well, a bluetooth mic/headset that I use often. I have a USB vidccm - works great. I have Thumb drives that just plug right in. It's not like Apple gets their components from another universe. The idea that I have to use some sort of special apple only hardware is ludicrous - I can take most everything off the MAC and plug it into the PC sitting beside it, and it will work.

So that was probably his point; what the words meant literally was also the "point." A better question would have been, "I don't understand your point, can you elaborate?"

Okay, I get it. I don't understand your point, can you elaborate?

Tell me all about the Apple only hardware that cause you fellows such turmoil and umbrage. In fact, the software would be a better example of something being locked down. Just not in my direction. I can run Windows software on My Apple. How's that Mac Software running on the Windows machine? But that doesn't count to you so okay.

At which point it could be explained to you that while you can run different software on Apple's hardware, you can't replace Apple's choice of hardware with third party hardware.

At which point I will very respectfully tell you that you are completely full of shit and have no idea of what you are talking about.

My iMac does have some built in onboard devices. But that only means it is "locked down" in the same manner that any mobo device computer is locked down. My Power Macs have lots of expansion capabilities. And the whole argument is specious I have choices, and the Mac ecosystem can be considered locked down only if the Windows ecosystem can be considered locked down. Tell me please, of the items that I have listed, bought at a local store or online simply does not work - aside from RAM, which if your definition is used, makes many computers "locked down". Any of those devices would fit right in to a Windows or Linux box.

Drives were formatted to Apple except for the thumbs and a transfer hard drive - unless it has changed, My Windows machines won't read Mac formatted disks. So they'd have to be reformatted. But you cannot use that as an example, because you invalidated software.

This is about as stupid a discussion as I've had in here. A metric only car is more locked down than your locked down Mac example.

Comment Re:Intended? (Score 1) 342

For the remaining 99%, Windows is just a tool to run some games, play movies, open IE and watch porn, and to occasionally feed some accounting basic Excel spreadsheets.

My wife, who aside from the porn bit, and she spends some time on facebook, is exactly what you describe.

Your sure? Last time I looked at her browsing history, ... well, let's say there may be some new gadgets in your bedroom's future.


Comment Re:Intended? (Score 1) 342

> I replace my PC's at about 1.5 times the rate of replacing my Macs.

Then you're an even bigger idiot then one would think from the rest of your post. Macs are inherently less maintainable and more prone to failure due to the stupid form factors they use.

Yeah, 20 years of experience doesn't make me correct, but it does make for some more data points - but I was talking about the machines becomine obsolete. If you are trying to talk about mechanical/electronic failures, my experience is even worse for the PC's. The only large scale failure macwise was the crappy electrolytic cap issue with some iMacs around 12 years ago. But Dell was hit with that one as well. Personally, I only had a failure with the power supply of one Xserver. The Windows machines, built on the cheaper is always better chestnut, did fail more often.

My entire Mac flirtation period came and went while my main PC kept chugging along being useful and just powerful enough (despite years of use) that upgrading it makes no sense.

So your virtual non experience is now translated to all Macs?

p>With extra memory slots and the option to upgrade my GPU, it can still remain useful for YEARS despite being pretty old already.

My Macs quickly became doorstops, especially because of the GPUs they came with.

What on earth? Are you sitting there and telling me that Macs are not upgradeable? I guess the larger hard drives and extra memory I easily installed in my latest iMac never happened? It was quite easy as well. My Mac Pros were the epitome of upgradeability.

personal iMac - in your vast experience with Macs - non upgradeable machine, destined to become a door stop - has extra slots filled with new memory, SSD and runs them just fine for a machine that you seem to think cannot be upgraded.

Bitch, please. If you going to call someone an idiot, at least don't make shit up, or speak of things you know nought about.

Comment Re:Intended? (Score 1) 342

This "locked down" you speak of .....My Mac runs OSX, Windows, and Linux. For such a locked down machine, I have a lot of options.

How many of those options involve non-Apple-blessed hardware? Any?

I thought not.

Which means absolutely nothing. Did you have a point, or were you digging at the bottom of your applehate barrel?

Comment Re:Before you get your knickers in a bunch (Score 1) 342

Before you get your knickers in a bunch: this is most likely just a bug, not intentional.

So you take the "Stay Calm and BOHICA" approach, eh?

This is just the sort of fuckup that Microsoft updates have always done. Only made worse because forcing them on people increased the screwed up computer base.

Comment Re:release notes should have informed users (Score 1) 342

if it wasn't for the fact Windows 10 is slow and bug ridden

Sorry, I don't really see this on my installation.

I've found your experience. W10 actually runs pretty well.

My objections are the surveillance and forced updates. I've had several no-choice updates on Pro already, and any OS that has a built in keylogger kinda blurs the line between white and black hat world. A lot. Sharing your wifi password is kinda nasty as well. I won't allow W10 machines or Windows phones to attach to my wifi. It's there, and a company who adds such malware and will force updates on you when you tell it not to, and will remove other software on your machine can't be trusted not to turn on either, when you ask them not to.

I have one W10 machine on my home network. You can bet I have Wireshark installed as well. Not on the Windows 10 machine though. I suspect the folks at Redmond might like to remove that particular application.

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