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Comment Re:Meh (Score 4, Interesting) 830

Considering signs don't last forever and the 100 year timeline that was given, I don't think the cost would be prohibitive. You could just update the signs during their normal replacement cycle. I'd imagine it would be something like this:

Years 0-25: All signs replaced must print both measurements
Years 25-50: All signs replaced must print both measurements, both with equal representation.
Years 50-75: All signs replaced must print both measures, with the metric measurements featured.
Years 75+: All signs replaced must print Metric only.

I guess some signs will need to be larger to accomodate more info, but probably not a "considerable" amoutn more then the normal cost.

The biggest problem with this proposal is that any legislation like this would just get repealed when the "other" political party takes office. There is almost no way that this would last for 100 years.

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

^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

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

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

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

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

Well the Eden logo in TFA refers to it as XBMC Media Center. In addition the logo used on (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

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

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

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.

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