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Comment: Hue is not an advancement (Score 1) 116

by Whatever Fits (#45803101) Attached to: Winners and Losers In the World of Interfaces: 2013 In Review

So, the Philips Hue is not an advancement in UX as it takes such a deeply ingrained idiomatic interface as the light switch and makes it more complex, adding another layer of control. Flip the switch and nothing happens. Oh, it was already on? Flip it again, grab the phone, adjust the light. Not what I call an improvement. Yes, it can change colors. Wow! So can a whole host of other technologies. Is it $5 per bulb or less? If not, then I don't want it. I have 27 bulbs within my current view in my small apartment. Does it work with my existing switches? All my lights already have switches on the walls. The starter kit is $200 for three bulbs. Sorry, I don't see that as any major UX improvement.

Comment: Re:NRA sedition (Score 1) 573

by Whatever Fits (#43648391) Attached to: "Terrorist" Lyrics Land High Schooler In Jail

And the Declaration of Independence said what?

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

So, by repeating what was stated in our Declaration of Independence, you are demonizing the NRA and stating they are a seditious group. No, they are merely stating that we, as U.S. Citizens, have the right and obligation to keep our government in check. Nothing new to see here, move along.

Comment: Segway and suburbia (Score 1) 533

by Whatever Fits (#43623941) Attached to: Is Google Glass Too Nerdy For the Mainstream?

In my city (Sacramento), most of the people driving come in from the suburbs. So, to use a Segway, these people would have to drive downtown (30+ minutes in a car, an eternity on a Segway) then park and pull a Segway out of their car to go where? Their office? Then they have to park a Segway? Really, that's just stupid. It isn't because they are dorky, it is because they are completely an inconvenience. They are great for tourists or specialty applications but horrible for general public. People who live downtown ride their bikes or walk, never a Segway. Google Glass has applications for the general public even if they are dorky. Making the transition from Glass to Sans Glass is as simple as shoving them into a pocket. Comparing these to a Segway is idiotic at best. Comparing to Bluetooth earpieces is more appropriate. Dorky, but functional and so ubiquitous that nobody cares any longer about how dorky they look.

Comment: LinuxMCE (Score 1) 281

by Whatever Fits (#39553361) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Shortcuts To a High Tech House

Check out www.linuxmce.org for how to do this exact thing. I use Z-Wave lighting controllers (not cheap but not too expensive either) combined with computers hooked up to my TVs and an Android app on my tablet allow me to control my home theater, lights, stream movies, music, and everything else that one might possibly think of wanting. One nice thing is that you can put together all these pieces one at a time so it isn't a $50k hit up front to automate everything. If you invest a few hundred in lighting controls then you can do all your lights in all your main areas. Add in some motion detectors and have fully automatic lights. Add a cheap computer for a media station and on and on...

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