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Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens? 330

Posted by timothy
from the sorry-dave-can't-let-you-do-that dept.
New submitter LOGINS SUC (713291) writes Truly in the first-world problems category, I've been looking for large format (>55") HD/UHD screens for home entertainment. In light of the recent Samsung big-brother monitoring and advertisement injection concerns, does any reputable manufacturer still make "stupid" TVs? I don't want to pay for all the WiFi, apps, cameras, or microphones. I don't need it to have speakers. And at this point, I don't even care if it has the TV receiver functionality. All this stuff leads to vendor lock-in or is well on the path to obsolescence by the time I purchase the device. I prefer all of this non-visual functionality be handled by devices better suited to the purpose and I don't want to pay for screens including these widgets I have no intention of ever using, at all.

I've searched all the normal retail outlets. If I find anything, they are wildly expensive. "Computer monitors" fit the bill but are almost all 55") LCDs in the sub-$3,000 range anymore? Are projectors the last bastion of visual purity for home entertainment?

Comment: Not surprised (Score 1) 65

by SWPadnos (#48892575) Attached to: Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11

I used to flip through SkyMall just so I could laugh (or cry) at all the stupid things people invented. I couldn't fathom how someone could invent a speaker in the shape of a rock, and then sell it for 3x the price of a normal outdoor speaker. Then there were the pet accessories, tie racks, and a host of other useless crap.

I guess I wasn't alone - people didn't buy enough of it to keep the company alive.

Now I feel better as an inventor of things that can actually be useful.

Comment: Briefing is just too obvious (Score 1) 2

by Torgo's Pizza (#48740631) Attached to: Airlines struggle for passenger attention to safety

I fly on average about twice a week so I have the whole safety briefing just about memorized. So while I mostly tune out because of that, I think the majority of people just tune out because a lot of the information is too obvious and most is repeated later in the flight (e.g. "The fasten safety belt indicator light has been activated. For your safety, please ensure your safety belt is security fastened and do not wander about the cabin.") It's been about ten years that I can recall a movie theater reminding me during the previews to locate the nearest exit in case of a fire. Honestly, I'd rather see the safety briefing go away and just make everyone refer to the printed handout already in front of every passenger - like with my car.

Until recently (with in-dash navigation systems warning screens) the auto industry has gotten by with using the supplemental car manuals to cover all the safety items with 98% of car owners never reading it cover to cover. I just pray the day never comes that before I drive my car, I have to watch a three-minute video on the in-dash navigation screen how to fasten my seat belt, what to do if the air bag deployment system goes off, and how there are many car model choices and Toyota thanks me for my continued loyalty and hopes that I'll drive again with them real soon. Great for catching bank robbers driving away, but horrible for escaping chainsaw maniacs and zombie hordes.

Comment: Re:Hackers Are Pampered (Score 1) 102

by Derek Pomery (#48538159) Attached to: In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

I contemplated working out the surface area of north korea, estimating amount of available plant matter.
Then maybe doing simulations on just how much a typical poverty stricken family might have access to assuming that there wasn't some thug there preventing access...

Then I realised that I really just didn't care enough.
So, fine, whatever, maybe you're right. You're operating pretty heavily on assertions though.
Rabbits have been a fine food source in places like France for a very long time though, and a good source of protein if indeed all you have is grass and twigs.

Comment: Re:Hackers Are Pampered (Score 1) 102

by Derek Pomery (#48536511) Attached to: In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

I was using straw in a general sense hoping people would abstract â

Ok. Let's say any high cellulose greenery of which the natural world is full.

Last I checked, North Korea is not, in fact nothing but bare rock.

Things rabbits can eat that humans will extract little to no nutrients from:

Here's the thing.
North Korea actually should be able to feed itself. It is profoundly disfunctional due to its political system and therefore, well, full of wild stuff.

Rabbits can eat that. So, unless the rabbits ate the country to the ground (unlikely with hungry people around), at least there'd be *some* source of food out there that doesn't require intensive agriculture.

But, yeah, even if North Korea wasn't any good for farming, there'd still be tons of stuff for a rabbit to eat.

Comment: Re:It DOES have permission (Score 3, Insightful) 234

by Derek Pomery (#48474465) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Agreed. It's absurd how many apps require all these permissions to be installed.

If you want the app, you agree to that.
I still haven't upgraded Waze since their new "social" integration required a ton more privileges, mostly to phone private info. And this despite running XPrivacy - I just can't be bothered to go through the whitelisting for it, when current version works well enough. Ditto the updated Google Search app.

It'd be nice if apps had a base set of privs then expanded sets that could be allowed on install or later by request to the system/user. Also it'd be nice if the privileges were a lot more restricted, like "Use Ad Service to show you ads" instead of "Use Internet"

So, I installed a little Fisher Price Animals app for kid, and set XPrivacy to "ask" mode. On startup, XPrivacy popups popped up indicating the app wanted my Localisation, Phone Identity, Telephone (calling/numbers - probably just so the app could know when a call was coming in if a kid was playing, but still, the sort of broad category Android requires for something like that), Sensors, some Shell cpu thingy I couldn't be bothered to figure out, but that it seems to run just fine without, and, Shell lib calls for the animal sounds.
But, yeah, you allow broad categories, some inoccuous, some just 'cause they want to know how many users they have or something, and, surprise!

Comment: Re:What they don't tell you (Score 1) 588

by Derek Pomery (#47820439) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Eh. There's a hell of a lot of variety of beer nowdays. You're probably thinking of a doppelbock there.
There's a legend about monks brewing it to help get them through fasts.

But I'd certainly not recommend using that approach to pacifying babies to moms â

Usually if you keep a baby fed and changed and comfortable they are pretty calm. Teething can be rough..
Unless they have some other problem like thrush or something.

Looks like I might be wrong about the hops tho...

Anyway, apparently alcohol in milk falls off at the same rate as in blood, so probably the easiest way to do it is enjoy the beer immediately after a feeding.

Comment: Re:What they don't tell you (Score 1) 588

by Derek Pomery (#47820113) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Hey, I've been following this ever since I saw his comment, mostly due to my interest in the beer angle.
But, while you're right that fermenting is important for the digestibility of tofu, it has no impact on the phytoestrogens.

Ditto beer fermentation, the phytoestrogens in the hops make it through the process juuuust fine.

I think the large number of pseudoestrogens out there is due to the fact that estrogen is a pretty simple molecule and a hell of a lot of stuff in nature gets confused by the body as being it.

If you're pregnant, you're generally advised to avoid a bunch of these estrogen mimics.

By contrast, it can be handy in women who are breastfeeding. One of the ways to help with production is apparently drinking hoppy beer. (obviously not just before feeding the kid)

Comment: Re:What they don't tell you (Score 1) 588

by Derek Pomery (#47808125) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

"Now the latest and weirdest one. Soybeans. Seen how many American men have tits now? Even ones who aren't obese?"
"Our friend the phytoestrogen, brought to you by soybeans and peas."

I'm going to bet for the typical American guy that's probably more due to hops in their beer than tofu.

'course, there's various estrogen compounds in the water supply too, so, maybe that as well?

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