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Comment: Re:$230 (Score 1) 609

by Polo (#47722869) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

That sounds good, I'll sign up for the Gold Plan.

        (turns can of Pepsi so it faces forward in the browser window)

Although the Bronze plan with adblocker might be doable.

        (has anyone seen my Subway gift card? I'm going for lunch)

By the way, your post is pretty funny, too bad I don't have mod points.

Comment: Re: What for? (Score 1) 191

by Polo (#47660749) Attached to: Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

I was wondering about the lightning connector. There seems to be a bunch of moving parts inside the socket. There are the "thiniges" that make the electrical contact, and there are two tiny things on the sides that hold the plug in place (the lightning plug seems to have indents on the edge to hold it in)

Comment: Re:The arcade (Score 1) 171

by Polo (#47592291) Attached to: Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

I actually think coin-ops were a little more honest. You usually got to play with really cool hardware,
and you physically insert your money one by one.

In some cases the IAP model is like an arcade machine where you don't hand your money over, instead it reaches into your wallet for you and takes out an ambiguous amount.

Comment: Re:One non-disturbing theory (Score 1) 304

by Polo (#47364981) Attached to: Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

I think this might be possible. I don't really know, but if you've ever "cycled" an aquarium, it's pretty interesting and makes me think it's plausible.

If you put fish in an aquarium full of fresh water, they will generate ammonia and eventually die (unless they are very hardy fish).

So to "cycle" the aquarium, you can put drops of ammonia in the aquarium each day. Over time, bacteria that metabolize ammonia will enter the aquarium water and colonize it. These bacteria will remove the ammonia, producing nitrites (which are also toxic to fish, but less so than ammonia).

If you continue cycling the aquarium, more bacteria colonize the water, ones which metabolize the nitrites into nitrates.

Fish are usually ok with nitrates, so at this point, you can introduce the fish to the aquarium, and they will survive because the system will naturally remove the ammonia and subsequent nitrites.

Optionally, you can add plants to the aquarium and they can utilize the nitrates and remove them. Remember nitrates? From fertilizer?

Long story short... I'll bet the ocean can do amazing things like this. Don't know for sure, but it's plausible.

Comment: Re:I Love articles written by the clueless.... (Score 4, Informative) 90

by Polo (#47259643) Attached to: Privacy Worries For 'Smart' Smoke Alarms

wrong.

nest thermostat can detect you, and actively tries to determine if you are home.

The nest protect can ALSO detect you, and well enough that you can do the "nest wave" underneath it to silence an alarm.

They also communicate back and forth so that the thermostat can turn off the furnace if there's a fire, and the thermostat can go into "away" mode when nobody is home.

The protect has two ultrasonic sensors, an occupancy sensor, a light sensor and a variety of smoke/heat sensors:

Nest protect sensors

I can't find a simple summary for the thermostat, but it has occupancy, temperature and humidity sensors at least.

Comment: This post is not accurate (Score 1) 90

by Polo (#47259515) Attached to: Privacy Worries For 'Smart' Smoke Alarms

Protect is an alarm, the Thermostat is a thermostat.

This is actually not true/accurate, they are tied in together.

For example, if the nest protect detects a fire, the nest thermostat will shut off the heater.

I believe the nest protect is also used as an occupancy sensor for the auto-away function of the nest thermostat.

How many hardware guys does it take to change a light bulb? "Well the diagnostics say it's fine buddy, so it's a software problem."

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