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Comment: Re:Or... (Score 1) 46

by JaredOfEuropa (#49350135) Attached to: Dueling Home Automation Systems at SXSW (Video)
A coupe of examples:
- Light recipes. Especially in the living room where there are many lights all around the room, including some Philips Hue bulbs that can change color. Instead of having to set all of them for dinner, sitting around or movie night or whatever, 1 button does it all. And it works with the media player, put that on pause and the lights dim up a bit
- Heating in certain rooms is turned off when not in use, and turned on automatically when someone is there. This saves a little on the heating bill.
- Irrigation in the greenhouse is fully automatic.
- If I go to bed, I get a warning if there are still doors unlocked.
- When leaving the house, 1 button switches of all lights, heating and airco.
- Notifications on my smart phone in case a smoke detector or flood sensor is tripped. The smoke detectors will also trip all lights.
Stuff like that. Nothing life-changing, but those little conveniences do add up and if the hub is offline for whatever reason, we start missing them...

Comment: Re:Actually you gave Costco that right (Score 1) 253

by tehcyder (#49346491) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

Well technically he still has the right to refuse an unlawful search of his person ...

For those unfamiliar with costco they are not searching your person. They ask you to show your receipt and they take a quick look through and under your shopping cart.

Thankyou, some of the posters above were making it sound like you were being given a full cavity body search at gunpoint.

Comment: Re: Hmmm (Score 1) 253

by tehcyder (#49346417) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

That goes both ways. I have a concealed carry permit and I DO carry my firearm everywhere. If a security guard were to so much as grab a gun in a manner threatening towards me, I'll blow his fucking head off.

Hey guys, it's the Navy Seal guy with over 300 confirmed kills! Let's see if we can feel his muscles.

Comment: Re:No deadly force to protect property (Score 1) 253

by tehcyder (#49346357) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

Many states, including my home state of WV, have "stand your ground" laws where the bar to use deadly force is very low. In WV all that is required is a notice posted "Private property. No trespassing. Violators will be shot" notice. It is quite silly really. Our stand your ground law puts Florida's to shame!

If I saw a sign that actually said THAT, I'd be pretty STUPID to trespass, now wouldn't I?

As a non-American, if I saw a sign like that I'd assume the owner was joking, and if I did get shot I'd expect the police to arrest the arsebiscuit for attempted murder.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 253

by tehcyder (#49346263) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

Interestingly most people seem to think that those people have some power to actually stop or detain you. I to just keep on walking, the worst that has ever happened is that person at the door yelled "Hey you stop! I need to check your receipt!" If you choose to not stop and they attempt to detain you the law is on your side since you can bring false imprisonment charges against them provided you haven't actually done anything else other than leave or attempt to leave with your legally purchased items.

If you haven't stolen anything, why would you decide to act like an arsehole? Does the little thrill of power over annoying someone on minimum wage doing his job make you feel better about yourself?

I don't get it.

Comment: Re:Wait... what? (Score 1) 225

by tehcyder (#49345935) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

One of the 'good actors' was the first to develop and has been the only one to ever use nuclear weapons. Despite there being no military reason for it other than to demonstrate a more efficient method of killing civilians than anything that had been developed before.

This is just another way to say "The US is bad and everyone else is oh-so-wonderful" which is a popular theme around /.

No, it's a way of saying "the US is the only country to have used nuclear weapons against mass civilian targets." Whether you think it's justified or not does not affect the truth of that statement.

Comment: Re:Countries without nuclear weapons get invaded (Score 1) 225

by tehcyder (#49345679) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

> I can't think of any state that managed to stave off invasion because it had chemical weapons...

Yep. If you're fighting a modern military, it will be effectively immune to chemical or biological weapons. The only thing you can do with those is to get very lucky with a sneak attack, or attack civillian populations.

I think when Tony Blair was twatting on about Sadaam Hussein having WMDs that would reach Britain, the assumption was they would be used to attack civilians. If they had existed, that would have been a good reason for Britain not to invade Iraq. So it was lucky they didn't exist and we did invade...Hold on.

Comment: Re:Well, that's nothing (Score 1) 260

I don't think anyone is saying we need to start banning people who want to get educated, of course education is a right.

But it's not an entitlement either.

And I don't quite understand how education can be a right if you're not actually entitled to an education.

Or do you mean it in the sense that I have a "right" to drive a Ferrari and live in a palace?

Comment: Re:Data charges? (Score 1) 260

Do they not lease a connection, with a certain speed, and that's that? Data caps are a thing of the nineties...

Yes, obviously the entire article is wrong, and all Indians have unlimited high speed broadband internet access, so why on Earth they're accessing a single limited, mobile website is a total mystery, because self evidently India is exactly like South Korea or California in terms of wealth and communications infrastructure.

Comment: Re:Maybe you should have read more than one senten (Score 1) 260

There is a lot of resistance to the idea of people being victims in any way here on slashdot.

I can only guess that it is something to do with the whole Ayn Rand/superman philosophy beloved of software developer libertarians.

"I make a few hundred thousand a year because I got a Computer Science degree and work in silicon Valley, therefore so can anyone else, and someone who is not at least reasonably rich is just a loser responsible for their own poverty, stupidity and poor choice of career and domicile."

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