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Comment: Re:Alibaba's AliExpress store is ripe with fakes (Score 2) 157

by shaitand (#47953917) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US
"On the other hand who owns Alibaba's 120 billion? Americans now. If the congress sicks their dogs on ALibaba it's the same as pilfering 120 billion from investors."

Sorry, no pity toward those investors. They knowingly invested in a criminal venture. They deserve not only to lose their money but to be in prison.

Comment: Re: Hopefully not like their TV remotes... (Score 1) 115

by shaitand (#47952469) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
I don't know about universal remote brand but I've heard RTI have a dramatically inferior database and require you to "learn" most functions on remotes. For example, the harmony remote I use in the living room controls an xbox 360, fios cable box with dvr, an onkyo receiver, a samsung blu-ray player, a wd live, and a viewsonic projector. All of this purchased as near gear in the last year with the exception of the xbox. I had to "learn" one button (the DVR button to access the DVR portion of the cable box). Everything else worked with the profiles provided. After searching for each device, running a wizard for each activity (watch tv, watch a movie, play music, play a game) where I set the viewing device and which device to switch inputs on, and a quick once over of a picture of the remote to make sure all the critical buttons were assigned correctly I was good to go.

That is actually pretty simple. My only issue is that it's too simple. For instance, the first time I programmed the remote with this projector it didn't shut the projector off correctly because the projector needs power pressed twice. The old interface let me specify the power off sequence with presses and delays. The "simplified" new interface does not. When I programmed the remote again a month or two ago due to a new blu-ray player suddenly the remote handled the projector correctly.

Also the RTI are missing critical buttons like the back button. Exit and back are two different buttons.

Otherwise it looks like a solid contender.

Comment: Re:Hopefully not like their TV remotes... (Score 1) 115

by shaitand (#47952419) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
The only remotes I'm finding searching for "big button remote" are the normal crappy "universal" remotes that support no custom buttons and couldn't even change inputs on a TV, let alone control the DVR functions of a cable box or be smart enough for volume up to be the volume control on your SRS receiver when watching a blu-ray or playing a video game without making you switch between button sets with a device button.

Comment: Re:Not a problem... (Score 1) 311

by geekoid (#47940917) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

"They are dangerous with high amounts of crime. "
not really.

"They discourage innovation"
  false.
More innovation happen becasue there is more communication.

" little room for building things"
depends on the city. Cities created to support manufacturing usually have a lot of ware housing, and older building; both of which are perfect for start ups.

" They have nosy neighbors who try to mandate what you can do in your own home."
when the byproduct of what you do leaves your walls, then they have every right to do that, and visa versa.
There are also nosy neighbors in the suburbs.

I'm no against suburbs. In fact, I love the suburbs, and hate living in cities.

Comment: Re:It's not the space, it'd the food. (Score 2) 311

by geekoid (#47940531) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

The problem is not waste, it's distribution. Even with the current level of waste, everyone could eat 3 meals and snacks, everyday.
Getting it to people is a lot harder.

If we ended all food waste right now, there would not be 1 less person going hungry.
Hell, we can't even get food to people going hungry in the US without a political shit storm happening from people who think it's the same thing as communism.

Comment: Re:CO2 contributions by population? (Score 3, Informative) 311

by geekoid (#47940397) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

The CO2 being produced through breathing is a net neutral.
Plants are carbon neutral. They have been since the carboniferous era.
CO2 from using power will be the issue, unless we start a aggressive plan to stop using CO2 emitting technology for power.
By aggressive, I mean 75 years.

Comment: Re:The good news is (Score 1) 129

A) EMP impact on vehicles is highy over rated. In testing the worse case was some erroneous dash lights. Which went away after restarting the car.
B) When you're the only one on the road, you will be trivial to watch and find.
C) You should probably learn about cars.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.

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