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Comment: Knock harder (Score 1) 84

by Sowelu (#48889659) Attached to: 'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

Probably a lot of responses will say that the delivery guy never comes up to the door, and probably a lot of them are right, but whatever helps. Some local friends had problems with delivery people knocking too quietly, maybe intentionally, who knows. They put up a sign on their door saying "Knock like this door is everyone who ever wronged you", and suddenly delivery people actually make noise! The novelty factor probably helps more than anything else.

Comment: Re:World's most useless feature (Score 2) 93

by Sowelu (#48860007) Attached to: Steam Broadcasting Now Open To Everyone

I adore watching speedruns. Okay, it's not the Olympics, but it's still fun to watch someone demonstrating a lot of skill.

Also to make streaming more personal--I remember that Zork: Grand Inquisitor had a multiplayer mode. It's your standard Mystlike first-person puzzle game, but you could let someone be a backseat driver, talk to you, point at things. It's not for everyone, but if you actually liked playing those games as a group and someone's moved across the country...yeah, pretty nice.

Comment: Re:NOT EFFECTIVE VS H2O (Score 1) 289

by Sowelu (#48859665) Attached to: Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

Fine, you can hide from it if you know what they're using and you know they're after you right now and you are willing to stay in an inconvenient spot. I don't think that's most situations, and water heaters probably aren't the best tactical positions, so the theoretical bad guys still suffer from the availability of this thing.

Comment: Re:they have these tools.... (Score 1) 289

by Sowelu (#48859611) Attached to: Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

And that is the reason why I'm not sad to see the use of this stuff become more advanced and more widespread. This device wouldn't have prevented that--kid in a crib isn't moving around--but if they could actually see stuff through walls, or at least spot heat signatures (yeah I know it's really damn hard), that would be a great tool in a SWAT team's kit for minimizing fatalities on both sides. Restrict it to entry warrants and I don't see a problem.

Comment: Re:What's the big deal? (Score 1) 402

by Sowelu (#48822745) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Doesn't trust it to not fail catastrophically, or not break when you update your system. Slashdot is full of horror stories where a supposedly stable distribution switched to systemd, and systems that have operated for a decade suddenly failed to boot right. It's still experimental-quality.

Comment: Thank god. Finally. (Score 1) 61

by Sowelu (#48816075) Attached to: Google To Test Build-It-Yourself Ara Smartphones In Puerto Rico

It's getting harder and harder to find phones with hardware keyboards or decent battery life. Swap out the fancy graphics card for a second battery, and put a slide-out keyboard on the back, and I will be so, so happy.

I hope they have a keyboard. I'll be so disappointed if they don't.

Comment: Re:Equally tiny UPS? (Score 1) 180

by Sowelu (#48815395) Attached to: Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

Way overkill. UPSes are expensive to maintain if you need to replace a car battery every few years, they're very bulky which ruins the point of a tiny server that sits on a bookshelf, and they don't solve my problem of "I'd like to move it to a different shelf without losing power" unless I want to get a few people to carry around the UPS + everything attached to it. From my experience with large UPSes, just replacing batteries will cost more over the life of this machine than the computer would. I don't need to keep my internet online either--it'll come back up on its own when the power comes back on; for a home server I need to gently shut it down and bring it back online. I guess what I really want is a laptop...only with no keyboard or monitor. Surely there is a small portable laptop-battery kind of thing for machines without one, that you can put inline with the power cord...

Comment: Re:Equally tiny UPS? (Score 1) 180

by Sowelu (#48815213) Attached to: Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

My feelings towards big UPSes is that the battery only lasts a couple years, and costs a ton to replace. PiUPS looks pretty cool aside from the part where it only supplies enough power to run a Pi, so we'll see... ..."Input range — 10 to 15V DC"
Worth a look to see if I can get that out of it. Running on AAs is fine, especially given that I'm not actually too concerned about power surges or neighborhood outages. It's really just for planned outages in my use case, so "put a couple batteries in, unplug from wall, move, plug back in" is pretty darn close to ideal. I'll investigate if this'll do the job, thanks!

Comment: Re:The competition (Score 1) 180

by Sowelu (#48815067) Attached to: Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

Lack of a case makes it a poor comparison. Sure, if you're in the mood to DIY things, maybe even trivially, it works. But the Fitlet is "buy and then place on a shelf". When prices are this low, the time and effort and money to find or make a case that'll fit this other thing is actually pretty significant relative to the final cost.

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