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Submission + - Internet of Things - Controllable Christmas Lights

An anonymous reader writes: For over a decade, Alek's Controllable Christmas Lights have been a festive online holiday tradition for millions of Internet users world-wide, so it was sadly the end of an era last year, when the Griswold wanna-be hung up his Santa Hat in 2014. But with the "Internet of Things" being the rage these days, it didn't take long for another Griswold to emerge from the North Pole, or at least pretty darn close to it. Ken Woods from Fairbanks, Alaska has his house online 24 hours a day with a dozen ON/OFF buttons that Internet users can use to toggle his lights with a click of a mouse. Here's a video of it in action and he uses Amazon EC2 to power it online. While that all looks real, low-UID /.'ers will remember that Alek did a simulation from 2002-2004 using Perl code to switch between a series of images. Looks like the prankster dusted off that code for the Control Christmas Lights.com website

I, for one, welcome our new Griswold Overlords with a big HO-HO-HO

Comment SEC Filing where it was disclosed and more info (Score 4, Interesting) 54

Here's the SEC Filing that got the ball rolling on this unfortunate situation.
There's also some info in the WSJ writeup.

Their CFO had left in April and their Chief Accounting Officer just resigned ... unknown how those relate to what happened.

Bummer to see this happen to Ubiquiti as they seem like a good company.

Comment Would completely change eye industry ... (Score 2) 70

Currently, cataract surgery is the most commonly performed operation - millions every year in the United States alone. This sounds a bit too good to be true ... but if it actually worked, it would have a HUGE impact on the eye industry.

The real holy grail would be if it also restored the flexibility of the lens so you would get your accommodation back.

Comment I use Gentoo - but not for much longer (Score 3, Interesting) 175

I've been using Gentoo for many years, and temporarily switched to Funtoo on my personal laptop. I've since graduated and don't spent nearly as much time on my laptop as I used to, which these days mainly runs MythTV.

I don't think I'd continue with Gentoo - it takes too much time to sort through updates, figure out which packages need to be masked, etc. I'd rather go to Arch next, although I was considering Debian unstable.

Recently, my video card stopped being supported by the newest nvidia graphics, and the newer versions of Xorg weren't compatible. My masked list is growing as more and more packages have deeper dependancies on newer versions of Xorg. I always figured Portage should honour my masked packages and keep everything at the latest version without stepping on my masked packages, but it wants me to do everything manually. If package 1.2.3 is incompatible with my Xorg, I'll mask 1.2.3 and newer. There is a slight chance, however, that 1.2.4 will be compatible, but it doesn't matter, since Portage made me masked out 1.2.3 and newer, I'll never even know.

Comment Google Sites with Google Apps Script (Score 1) 107

You can make a free google site at sites.google.com
You can learn Apps Script
https://developers.google.com/...
So not only can kids develop in an IDE in a browser, they get their own web site and do whatever they want. I recently started using it and I figured out how to render a ghetto lightbox with images pulled from my flickr feed. I used nothing but google API stuff, UiApp, etc.

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