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Comment: Home automation so hard? (Score 1) 170

by Slartibartfass (#28086793) Attached to: ZigBee Pro, the New Home Automation Standard?
I don't understand what the problem with home automation is. Why does it need to be decentralized? You could have one switch station in the cellar, a small router running Linux would be fine. Then you connect that to a self-built electric autoswitchboard, connect a few sensors and cameras to the Linux box and do the rest in software. No need for proprietary light switches, but of course you need a separate wire for every light switch/bulb, a problem which can be solved by small "satellites" in each room, minimizing the need for extra copper. That solution is far superior IMO, you could for example trace the people in the house and only have lights in the rooms with actual persons in them, same for the speakers. Imagine, the music follows you!

Comment: Summary is wrong - Diet coke IS better (Score 1) 420

by Slartibartfass (#28036969) Attached to: Cola Consumption Can Lead To Muscle Problems
TFA states that "It appears that hypokalaemia can be caused by excessive consumption of three of the most common ingredients in cola drinks â" glucose, fructose and caffeine." Glucose and Fructose are not contained in diet coke. I drink about 5-6l of diet coke per day and don't experience any prolems.

Comment: Re:Godwin's Law Bait. (Score 1) 215

by Slartibartfass (#27540371) Attached to: German Wikileaks Domain Suspended Without Warning

> As a side note: The German minister of the interior sometimes reminds me about doctor Strange Love.

For those who don't know him:
http://www.pandur2000.com/wp-content/uploads/schaeuble_dw_politi_486850g.jpg
and http://www.netreaper.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/schaeuble-mit-stasi-20-flyer1.jpg

The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the `social sciences' is: some do, some don't. -- Ernest Rutherford

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