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Comment: Watering is relaxing... (Score 1) 66

by Sir_Eptishous (#47352715) Attached to: The Internet of Things Comes To Your Garden
Most of my property is xeriscaped.

The rest is planter boxes with vegetables.
I manually, by hand, water my drought tolerant plants maybe twice a week.
I manually, by hand, water my planter box vegetables, herbs, fruit, etc usually daily.

What I have to water isn't huge, but it takes a while.
I actually enjoy watering. I get to see my plants, check how they are doing, etc;
I actually check the soil and how moist it is, see what bugs there are/aren't, the status of my garden in general as I water.

Maybe I'm odd but I actually like doing it.

I would assume if someone had a massive garden/yard then doing some kind of app based control of multiple drip systems, etc would be the way to go, but for me I would rather Keep It Simple Stupid. Plus I don't have to dick around with all of the management that comes with drip systems, sprinklers(nightmare), apps, phone settings, blah, blah, blah.

For me the garden is a way to get away from tech for a while.

Comment: Re:I'm just waiting.. (Score 1) 162

by Sir_Eptishous (#47326843) Attached to: Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients
Don't hold your breath....

I've tried to have a reasonable discussion on this topic with many people who are of the mindset you describe.
It always devolves into a "think of the children" tack, where people that are ok with omnipresent monitoring argue that we can't have a safe society unless everything is tracked, which of course is utter bullshit.

Comment: Another benefit is using cash... (Score 2) 162

by Sir_Eptishous (#47324399) Attached to: Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients
I started using cash for most of my "discretionary" purchases lately.
Things like grocery shopping, clothing, Home Depot, going to the bar, etc...

I initially started doing it because of how porous and UN-trustworthy the whole paradigm of card transactions is.

This article hits home on how using cash helps me in another way, being that my purchases can't be tracked.

You know it really is interesting seeing how (for lack of a better phrase) Orwellian the whole system is getting.
Interesting, as in Hindenburg appointing Hitler Chancellor in 1933...

Comment: Re:Science fiction (Score 1) 127

by Sir_Eptishous (#47264181) Attached to: Emotional Contagion Spread Through Facebook

There was an incredibly depressing book I once read that talked about something very similar, except it was a social contagion that caused hive-mind behavior (the book called it "the meme"), and the only way to "cure" it was to erase every memory the person had formed since being exposed to the meme

In the book, the entire earth is "infected" with it, and the only non-memed people lived on an isolated moon base (which is where the book takes place)

I tried to find the author or the name of the book on Google, but had no luck

There are several books that cause such social contagion "hive-mind" behavior, the most popular being The Bible and The Koran.

Comment: Power Strip Power Off (Score 1) 394

by Sir_Eptishous (#47254007) Attached to: Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes
I have my LG 42" LCD, my ONKYO Receiver, and my Sony Blu-Ray all plugged into a power strip.
Connected to the them are a digital antennae for OTA, an ethernet connection for NetFlix, and a Linux pc for everything else.


Are you kidding me?
Do people still pay for that crap?
Who are these people that stay beholden to the most despicable industry in America?

My linux pc goes to "sleep" when I'm not using it...
When I'm done with the rest of them, I power off the rest, then turn off the power strip.
I've been doing it this way for years...
Never had any issues, except with Sony's bullshit user/login setup on their Blu-Ray players, but that's another story...

Comment: Re:Thanks Nerds... (Score 1) 170

To quote Roger Waters from Amused to Death:

When the sleigh is heavy
And the timber wolves are getting bold
You look at you companions
And test the water of their friendship
With your toe
They significantly edge
Closer to the gold
Each man has his price Bob
And yours was pretty low

13. ... r-q1