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Comment: Re:I'm worried there will be... (Score 2) 176

by aix tom (#46634383) Attached to: The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

Buy the new Smart Bulb App!!

Either the free version, where you can switch your light on and off after watching just one short commercial, or the Pay-By-Switch App for those people who don't switch their light on and off that often and want to save on monthly fees, or the $5 a month Flatrate-Switching App that let's you switch on and off your lights as often as you like without any additional fees !!!!

Comment: Re:No problem (Score 5, Insightful) 423

by aix tom (#46596559) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Depends on the device and the support you get for the device. Just think about it: Microsoft never did give any real "support" to you, most of the time they told you to go to your manufacturer for that. If the manufacturer of the $50,000 device still gives you support in the sense that he will fix any problems that occur with the device, including replacing the hardware that still runs Win98, that is more support that you have ever gotten and will ever get from Microsoft.

Comment: Re:None of the above (Score 1) 293

In that vein, it might definitely be more interesting to see how past "futurist" have fared.

For example The Distance Learning School, where Kurd Lasswitz extrapolated from telephone/phonograph/televison technology of 1899 how "remote teaching" could look like in 1999.

Comment: What's the deal with those queer ideas. (Score 1) 141

by aix tom (#46289269) Attached to: Two Ubuntu Phones Coming In 2014, Aiming For Top 50 iOS/Android Apps

If I want to run "the top 50 Android Apps" I would just get an Android phone. There is no real reason to have Ubuntu on a phone instead of Android if it's also targeted at the "Partners" and locks the end user out. I would like a Linux phone not because "it can do the same thing as Android", I would one want one if it can do MORE.

Comment: Re:Untested? (Score 1) 357

by aix tom (#46253845) Attached to: Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

Well, one could use them in "lesser" competitions first. When I compare it to implementing a new OS version at the job:

1) Test in with test systems in test environments.
2) Install it on less important systems where downtimes are not mission critical.
3) Put it on the super-critical box that needs to run 24/7 or the company goes bust.

In this case of the Olympics there could of course have been the added "idea" that they wanted to surprise everyone with the super-secret new suit technology.

( On the for "Typical American" side of things, the FIRST thing that came to mind when I read the title was that some crazy patent-or-something lawsuit between Under Armour and Lockeed was blamed for the bad performance in some way. ;-) )

Comment: Re:No security? How about Physical security? (Score 1) 109

by aix tom (#46197723) Attached to: How To Take Control of a Car's Electronics, Cheap

but they've since disabled this security as it was "too troublesome".

Exactly that. You have to see the pro/cons of security. If someone has physical access to your car and wants to mess with you, all the CAN-bus security in the world won't prevent him from snipping the break lines, drilling a hole in the bottom of your tank, or loosening the tire nuts.

And seeing how "security" at my computer sometimes prevents the legitimate user from doing stuff, I would really hate to get a "unauthorized brake attempt detected" error message when I slam on the breaks while seeing the tanker truck pull out of the side street.

Comment: I would love a solution for that. (Score 5, Funny) 168

by aix tom (#46197669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

Online Storage for Families would be great.

A place where you can store the kids in the cloud while you go on holiday. Or something where you can permanently dump the in-laws without hating to store them at home where they take up valuable space. Something that puts them in deep hibernation would be nice, so that the food cost don't run rampant.

Comment: Re:don't think this really works on phones yet (Score 1) 151

by aix tom (#46197369) Attached to: Dead Reckoning For Your Car Eliminates GPS Dead Zones

A car will have lots of random juddering too in counties with shit roads like the UK.

But that's not really *random*. Perhaps an updated Navigation system will be able to pinpoint your location exactly just by analysing the frequency of the potholes you drive through.

Comment: You got it all wrong, this is GOOOOOD. (Score 2) 664

by aix tom (#46142017) Attached to: Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

After all, it's the first step of automating management, and replacing all that management types with a bunch of shell scripts.

And who gets to write those shell-scripts in the end? Who? Exactly, we, the techies.

So it may be a slight inconvenience for a time, but in the end we will only have to do what the shell scripts we wrote ourselves are telling us to do. Sounds pretty much like paradise to me.

Comment: Re:Well.... (Score 2) 249

by aix tom (#46136373) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share

Well, even if that is just "two hard" in comparison to the "one hard" of using the start menu, I would still choose the option that is less hard. If a new version is worse than the old, then there is no reason to switch in my mind.

And when I see the user base at our company, which freak out if the icons on their desktop change place, I can say that for at least 75% of that user base "just start typing" is *definitely* "too hard"

"The chain which can be yanked is not the eternal chain." -- G. Fitch