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Comment: Re:Replace the switch, not the bulb (Score 1) 248

by Scyber (#49051029) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple
^This. Anything that is controller by a dumb switch in a dumb home should be controlled by a smart switch in a smart home. This is why I think Smart Bulbs are actually kind of dumb. Once someone flips a switch and/or turns the nob on the lamp they are done. They only have a very limited set of useful installs (non-switched lamps that have difficult to reach nobs). I actually bought 2 smart bulbs a few months ago and one is still in the box. I'm still searching for a usefull place to install it.

Comment: Re:So Safari's privacy setting doesn't work as (Score 1) 175

by Scyber (#40615861) Attached to: FTC Reportedly Fining Google $22.5 Million Over Safari Privacy Abuse
You would be fined if you sold locks that were advertised as "Blocking all burglars" and they didn't.

And don't think what google did was that innovative. As other articles linked in these comments show, this methodology is used by at least a half dozen other ad firms. The fact that form submissions get around the 3rd party blocking rules is something that was discussed in webkits bug tracking system in 2010 and is publicly available. Apple employees even commented on the policy and seemed to be ok with the "weak third-party blocking" implementation. So lets not blow things out of proportion and contend that only multi-billion dollar companies could have figured it out.

As I said, I don't agree with what Google was doing, I just fail to see how Apple isn't at fault here also.

Comment: So Safari's privacy setting doesn't work as (Score 2, Interesting) 175

by Scyber (#40615105) Attached to: FTC Reportedly Fining Google $22.5 Million Over Safari Privacy Abuse
it is supposed to and Google gets fined? Shouldn't Apple also get fined? Submitting hidden forms is not an unknown concept in web development. Its not like Google hacked the users computer and changed the Safari settings. The settings were broken if they didn't block this. I'm not saying I agree with what Google was doing, I just think there were some serious issues with Safari's privacy settings if they allowed this in the first place.

I also don't think Google is the only company doing this. I actually had an interview with an ad company a few months back where they actually bragged about how they could track Safari users despite the default privacy settings. I never followed up on it, but I'd imagine it is something similar. I didn't take the job (for other reasons).

Comment: Re:if I lived where antennas are not allowed (Score 1) 479

by Scyber (#40465847) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?

They can NEVER stop you from installing an antenna or dish ON YOUR ROOF.

Actually they can. Besides the point I mentioned above, there are very specific exceptions for historic districts where antenna can be banned on the exterior of buildings. Also HOAs can ban masts higher then 12 feet. In 99%+ of cases you can't be restricted from installing an antenna/dish on your roof, but there are a few cases where you can.

Comment: Re:if I lived where antennas are not allowed (Score 2) 479

by Scyber (#40460967) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?
Not entirely true. The FCC ruled that you can't be restricted from installing an antenna (or dish) in "exclusive use" areas. For condos or apartments, often the entire exterior of the building is considered a shared usage area. I have even seen some standalone homes that the exterior was considered a "shared usage" space (mostly in senior communities where the exterior upkeep is completely taken care of by the HOA). You can still install antenna indoors, but that may not be sufficient depending on your region.

Comment: Re:Never got the "point" of XBMC (Score 4, Informative) 195

by Scyber (#39464381) Attached to: XBMC V11 Eden Has Been Released
Well the Eden logo in TFA refers to it as XBMC Media Center. In addition the logo used on wiki.xbmc.org (similar to the eden logo) also refers to it as xbmc media center. So you can keep "correcting" people if you want, but if the official site uses XBMC Media Center it is obviously an acceptable name for the product.

Comment: Umm..doesn't Adobe Edge fill the tools role (Score 3, Informative) 129

by Scyber (#38024696) Attached to: Will Adobe's HTML5 Strategy Help Developers?
I realize it is still a preview, but isn't it exactly what the developers/designers would want (an HTML5, CSS3, Javascript tool):


"Adobe® Edge is a new web motion and interaction design tool that allows designers to bring animated content to websites, using web standards like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3. Edge will be updated regularly to add new functionality, stay ahead of evolving web standards, and incorporate user feedback to provide the best functionality and experience possible. This is an early look at Edge with more capabilities to come."

Comment: Re:Wow... this was interesting (Score 2) 359

by Scyber (#37376790) Attached to: Why We Don't Need Gigabit Networks (Yet)
Actually I think you don't understand how Verizon FIOS is setup. The fiber optic signal is converted to a standard (US) digital qam signal once it reaches the house. There is an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) installed at the house that converts the optical line to standard coax for TV signals. You can use anything that gets can tune QAM to get unencrypted channels. Most new TVs can show unencrypted channels (such as ABC, NBC, FOX, CW, etc) without a box. You can also use standard cablecard 3rd party devices (tivos, moxi, windows media center w/ cablecard tuners) to view and record any channel.

Comment: Re:Pay-you-go (Score 1) 302

by Scyber (#36513606) Attached to: Verizon To Drop Unlimited Data Plans In Two Weeks
If you have multiple lines, then there might be something in it for you depending on your usage. There is a rumor of shared family data plans. That is you can pay the $50 once and share 5gb across all of the phones on your plan. Obviously it depends on your usage, but I know that it could save me money. I currently pay $30 each for "unlimited" data on my two lines. I use ~3-4GB/month and my wife uses 200mb/month. The 5GB plan could save me $10/month if it was shared across phone lines. Of course this is merely a rumor at this point.

Comment: THe article missed the most impressive thing (Score 1, Offtopic) 91

by Scyber (#36405674) Attached to: Underwater Spider Spins Itself an Aqualung

the only spider in the world that spends its entire life underwater

it leaves its underwater web home to visit the surface

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm more impressed that it is able to die when it leaves the water and then re-animate itself when it comes back.

Zombie Spiders!

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