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Comment: Re:I've had the watch 10 days (Score 1) 113

And you're bragging about that? Call me crazy, but I'm accustomed to replacing my watch battery every few YEARS. Charging it daily (or when the battery wears down in 6-12 months) twice a day is a complete non-starter.

This is an interesting device, but a complete fail when it comes to utility.

Comment: Re:Going off the grid completeletly is stupid (Score 2) 281

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#49450737) Attached to: The Myth of Going Off the Power Grid

This is all a semantics game. Personally, when I think "off grid" I'm thinking "grid-tied, but I generate as much juice as I can through solar cells". Excess gets sold to "the collective" and on rainy days I pull from the battery that is the grid. Unless you live in a Seattle-esque climate, that is an achievable goal for most single family homes for not a whole lot of money. It takes pressure off the central grid and through tax incentives isn't even much of a financial hardship to implement.

Being entirely grid free is a much more expensive proposition since you need a fairly expensive bank of batteries to store energy and perhaps a generator (pick a fuel) to CYA when the weather isn't cooperative.

I've voted with my pocketbook and am going the grid-tied route. For about US$15k I will have a system that can power my home on sunny days and will likely pay for itself in 5-7ish years.

Comment: Cool CNC machine (Score 1) 449

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#49238343) Attached to: Cody Wilson Wants To Help You Make a Gun

You can already finish an 80% AR-15 lower receiver with hand tools and a metal jig. There are companies selling the "paper weights" made from aluminum and some make them from plastic. I don't see what all the fuss is about.

That said, the machine appears to be a well made and sturdy. I'd be much more inclined to use it to make auto parts for my car projects. Hope his hand waving doesn't get him into trouble and that we'll be able to buy the machines.

Comment: Re:Implement locally? (Score 1) 145

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48922835) Attached to: How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

Sure, I get there are edge cases where you might want to get a call from an unknown caller. The circumstances on your list (for me) are rare. I'm talking maybe once every few years rare. Robocalls are obnoxious and legion. I pretty much don't even answer my landline anymore because it rings several times a day with junk calls. Registering the number on the do not call lists had zero effect. More needs to be done to punish purveyors of this service at the source.

It would be nice if you could have your telco provider apply an aggressive spam filter by default.

Comment: Re:Welcome to the police state (Score 1) 152

If you're in the big chair, you're responsible. That's part of the package of being the President. If you don't like some existing policy then you work to change it. I haven't seen any evidence of that in this realm by the Obama administration. On the contrary, surveillance seems to be accelerating. And for the record, I didn't vote for the previous guy.

Comment: bitcoin is circling the drain, but.... (Score 3, Insightful) 80

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48895815) Attached to: Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

If the Winkletwins want to hype it up long enough so that I can dispose of the last of my BTC stash while 1BTC is still over US$200, I'm game.

Having bitcoins kept in a US bank seems to defeat the purpose of bitcoin, but it it helps me with my previous point, then by golly, full speed ahead.

Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 1, Insightful) 420

Yes, it sure does happen. Just ask the politically incorrect (for the current administration) non-profit orgs who got "special attention" by the IRS. Knowing where you live is one thing...having the ability to freeze all your assets or deny your org legitimate rights afforded to "politically correct" orgs that get little scrutiny is a whole new class of bullying.

Comment: Re:Not expensive for an audiophile device (Score 4, Insightful) 391

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48744663) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

For the "audiophile" market, it's all about marketing. There are companies out there that are quite successful at selling multi-thousand dollar speaker cables to the gullible with deep pockets. It doesn't have to actually "sound better". I doubt they expect to move these in high volume, but there are certainly a number of folks that will buy it as a prop and show that they really care about their music. :)

Comment: Not worth the hassle... (Score 1) 400

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48717459) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

Subject to opinion, but a lot of people feel like the quality (in terms of story) of content has gone down so they lose interest.

Ticket prices have skyrocketed and who really likes paying "movie prices" for things like soda and popcorn after getting reamed on the admission cost?

It's much more convenient to purchase VOD titles and watch on your own schedule.

Home theater displays and audio gear has become significantly cheaper so it's possible to get a very good viewing experience at home.

I think piracy has little to do with it. The people who are going to steal, are going to do it anyway. I doubt the population of those people is growing significantly. It's the number of non-pirates that's not bothering to consume movies in the cinema that's the "problem."

In short: The industry is actively chasing away consumers and technology is making it "worse" by creating an environment where people can get similar experiences on their own schedule at home using VOD. Do I want to deal with the hassle of going to the cinema or do I want to wait a little while and then watch on a large high def display in the comfort of my own home.

Comment: shocker (Score 4, Insightful) 218

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48682329) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

You voluntarily hand over your privacy to a group with a long history of treating your life as their product. And then you act shocked when they take liberties with what they feel is theirs....

I find it hard to feel sorry for people who complain. Welcome to the flipside of being able to tell people that you passed gas while lunching at Starbucks with the press of a button. *yawn*

Comment: "Docker Platform" (Score 2) 71

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48505831) Attached to: CoreOS Announces Competitor To Docker

I don't understand the need to inject all the platform bloat into Docker. Why not just fold docker functionality into an existing platform such as OpenStack to handle all those "extras" that are being contemplated? The work to integrate the two is already in progress:

https://wiki.openstack.org/wik...

Best,

Comment: Re:Oracle (Score 1) 99

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48316361) Attached to: LHC Data Generation Expected To Scale Up To 400PB a Year

OpenStack is simply a cloud framework. What does any of that have to do with Oracle? In any case, this would be a great test case for a ginormous ceph cluster. I use ceph in conjunction with approximately 10PB of storage and am looking to increase that by at least an order of magnitude over the next year or two.

More info on ceph: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

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