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Comment Re:Chase is doing it too (Score 1) 220

I ran into something similar with my Healthcare provider's website. I run Ghostery, Adblock and Ublock in my browser and when I logged in, I couldn't perform the necessary tasks I needed to without turning off Ghostery's blocking.

It wasn't ads they were trying to use, it was several tracking/analytics (like Google and a couple others) that were forcing. When these analytics redirects were blocked, it broke their site.

I should also point out that this is for a service that I pay $1700 USD per month for. In case anyone is wondering, the Healthcare provider is Kaiser Permanente, which serves California.

Comment Re: Video Wall Controller (Score 2) 197

I program and setup pro av for a living and the video wall controller is the "best" option. Also the most expensive but they are highly flexible, especially the higher end ones.

Some of the well known ones to look at are "RGB Spectrum", "Christie Spyder", Extron QuantumView, And the the reigning king Jupiter Systems.

The best of these will let you define a virtual canvas as large as your wall is, and inputs are used as windows on that canvas, any layout you want. And presets are very nice and flexible and can allow for various view scenarios with the push of a button.

Comment Re:raspberry pi's + NAS with smb shares. (Score 1) 236

I don't mind the UI on it. Not sure when you last tried it or how much it's changed. Granted, setup is a little non-straight forward, but once it's all setup and going, using it is as easy to our family as any other media server, maybe more.

They've made repo(app) installation easier now, as you can just add one source/repo and install it, and it is a quick installer for almost all the major popular other app/repos that you need. Once you install it, you can just go through the list and click on any other app you want to install and it does it for you, and has apps like youtube, Genesis, iStreams, SALTS, Pheonix, and tons of others ready to go.

Alternate skins can make navigation more or less easy depending on the skin choice, but that is easily changed.

Comment Re:Plex, Kodi (XBMC), Netflix, and Sling (Score 1) 236

Sounds like what you have is working for you, but I would highly suggest upgrading your RasPI's to FireTV's or Firesticks running Kodi. I tried running my first build of Kodi on a RaspPI, and it was frustratingly slow and somewhat painful. The FireTV's and FireStick's run it much better and smoother. The FireTV's are quad-cores (the new ones are getting a speed bump), and the sticks are dual core (a bit slower but still usable). I haven't tried the newer RaspPI's that are faster now though, I was using the original version, and while it nice at first, the novelty wore off, and the speed/lag issue became frustrating real fast. Plus the FireSticks are like $40, which is less than the original RaspPI cost me.

Comment Kodi (aka XBMC) (Score 1) 236

We started using a FireTV sideloaded with Kodi (SPMC build to be specific). Have a network share from our server that stores our library and any downloaded media. Loving it. Have not used any of the actual apps on the FTV, just use it to host and run Kodi.

While I still subscribe to AT&T Uverse TV, we've been watching less and less TV on it and instead using our Kodi appliance more and more. Going to be picking up another FireTV or 2 for same purpose soon.

I highly recommend Kodi, and the FTV makes a great platform to run it from, quad core, very small form factor, low power draw, etc.

Comment Re:Employers don't pay for your fuel. (Score 1) 554

This has always been the bug in my side since seeing the charging spots at various companies that I contract at spring up several years ago as well, and this is the feeling I have as well.

The gas car has been a staple of nearly everyone for over 100yrs, and not one employer that I know of (or have seen) provides a free gas fillup service at work, provided by the employer. If you need gas, you fill up on the way to work, or the way from work, (or other time when it's most convenient). And billions of workers all over the country, have never had a problem with this, or even though that the employer should not only provide a local gas station in the parking lot, let alone provide it for FREE. Why should EV drivers be treated any different, it's their personal choice to buy that technology, you get the good and the bad with it, and have to deal with it. If it's not so convenient to stop on your way to/from work to charge up, then maybe you bought the wrong vehicle. People have had to take gas mileage into consideration for decades when purchasing a gas powered car, how is this responsibility now pushed on (and accepted by) the employers for EV?

It comes down to the old "Carrot and Stick" method of forcing social change in the face of lack of technology or social unacceptance for a political purpose. The government wants you to own an EV, no matter how much it doesn't make sense for a large portion of the population to own one. So what is done?
First the Carrot:
- Offer tax incentives and rebates to purchase the thing/item you want them too to make it artificially cheaper than it really is by spreading the total cost over the entire tax paying populace (ie: those who drive gas cars subsidize the purchase of those EV cars because gas cars don't get the tax credits/rebates).
- Offer reduced rates for electricity if you go along with their plan, everyone else get jacked to pay for electricity, and told to conserve during peak times, but when you by an EV, you get a discounted electric rate. Gas cars do not get discounted anything.
- Next, hey lets let EV drivers drive in the carpool lanes as another "carrot" to sweeten the deal. The gas drivers can sit in heavier traffic because the local municipalities haven't expanded regular lanes in years, all new freeway improvements just results in more carpool lanes an no more regular lanes, but gas drivers still have to deal with the 5+ years of freeway hell during construction of the new carpool lane. (note: here in the bay area, there is a section of I80 that literally has 2 carpool lanes and is the most congested freeway section in the bay area.
- Next, lets mandate that new building provide on-site charging stations to meet EPA requirements, forcing business owners to make it more convenient to charge an EV car... the gas guzzling environment destroyers will still need to leave early if they need gas on the way to work, but not our coveted EV drivers!
- Then building owners/employers offer FREE charging to EV owners because in some places, they aren't allowed to meter and charge for electricity, and they have to provide the spots.
- Because of logistics, the best spots, closest to the building get converted to EV parking/charging, so gas drivers can literally 'take a hike'.

These are all the carrots offered so far, what is worrying, is when the 'stick' part comes. When most of the parking lot is EV, and gas cars are not allowed to park in them. When extra taxes are tacked onto gas to drive the price higher and higher (like sin taxes for other items not in government favor). When more and more lanes of the freeway are converted to EV only lanes, causing more congestion on the gas car lanes. When extra registration taxes/penalties are levied on gas powered cars... or worse.

Comment Re:What usability problems really look like (Score 1) 554

Scheduling a stop at a charging station going to/from work is impractical. Charging an EV isn't like filling a gasoline tank; it's not a five-minute operation. You really wouldn't want to make an hour-long stop on your way to or from the office every day, would you? This isn't an issue of entitlement, it's a question of whether or not an EV with a given range will even work for your commute.

This IS an entitlement. Build out public charging stations along freeways and the like, and let the EV drivers pull in and PAY to charge their vehicle on the way to work like everyone that drives a gas car does. Just because one buys an EV vehicle doesn't mean they should automatically get the best parking spot + free fuel + no hassle of a longer commute time.

I drive a gas car, and there are times when I didn't plan on refueling when I leave the house, until I'm halfway to work, and I have to make a decision to stop on the way to work, or stop on the way home, because workplaces don't supply private FREE gas stations in their parking lot for 99% of the cars on the road. Why should they for the 1%?

If you don't like the idea of stopping for a 30-60mins on your commute to re-charge, then that would be something to consider before purchasing an EV car wouldn't it?

Comment Re: Matirx KVM Switch (Score 1) 128

Upon looking at your requirements again, you would need a larger matrix than I originally mentioned. Since you have 3 PC's total, each with 2 monitor outputs, you would need at least 6 inputs. This puts your matrix size in the 8x4 range (don't think you'll find a 8x2). This would bump the cost up depending on price.

I deal with Pro-grade gear for work, so I would suggest something along the lines of an Extron DXP 84 HDMI; or maybe a Kramer brand, or Atlona. I'm sure there are other options that may be cheaper, but can't speak to their quality. Most of these Pro grade models are also RS232 and Ethernet controllable, so if you know a bit of code, you could rig something up and send easy telnet or serial commands to make things a little more automatic to select your "scenes" that you described.

Comment Re: Matirx KVM Switch (Score 1) 128

My suggestion was to NOT use the KVM for the video portion, just the USB Keyboard/Mouse portion of control. My suggestion would be to use a small HDMI video matrix router for routing the video where you want it (seperately from the KVM control).

Others have suggested using a martrix KVM, but I haven't ever seen/used one of those beasts before and didn't know they existed. And apparently are expensive.

Comment Re:Awesome (Score 1) 102

ADP on android even blocks ads embedded in apps as well in my experience. The app was available as a side-load for quite a while, and I've tried it out, and it killed any and all ads, regardless of whether they were on a webpage, or in an app.

The bad part of it is that many websites and apps are written poorly, and crash/won't load when the app servers don't respond. I've seen many websites with this behavior... they start loading, and then try to reach the web server, which is blocked, and boom, the whole page load comes to a halt and won't complete. When I come across sites written this way, I have 2 options, disable ADP, or leave the site, I choose the latter.

Comment Re:Long term storage (Score 1) 99

You may be right, but the law and the retention policies need to change to reflect this. Otherwise, it's the digital equivalent of "if a cop goes into a persons house, then all their neighbors are free to follow them inside and look around too". Since this situation is currently not the case when cameras are not present, it should not be acceptable with cameras. It's still private property, and nosy neighbors can't use a police visit to wander into other peoples home and snoop around.

I understand what you are saying, that your conversation is somewhat public record, since the police can and do include your statements in an official report, but that is totally different than entering into public record a complete visual recording of the inside of your house, complete with HD video of your half naked self (or family members), the trash, dirty laundry, piled up dishes and the whole nine yards. Even if you are always "decent" and company ready when this happens, it should be noted that it could be a safety issue to show all the valuables that are in the house as well to "the world". A thief's dream come true, to know the layout of the house, along with what goodies are in there to steal later, and all the family members that may get in your way in the process. That kind of detail does not currently exist in written reports that become public record.

Not to mention other factors, that are less grey area, like the recording of innocent 3rd parties that may be at your house, but not involved in the situation that brings the cops, as well as protecting minors and children/babies from repercussions of video taping them and distributing to the world.

How long will it take before some FOIA request turns up naked people (within the confines of their own home, expecting privacy), and is released and posted on the internet, for everyone including their family and employers to see. Is that NOT a blatent violation of privacy? It's illegal when ex-boyfriends post photos like that without the person's permission, and in the existing context, most of the photos are taken by the person posing nude, and transmitted/given away with consent implied.

I don't think having the police bust down your door, and catching you naked in bed and having that footage get out on the internet constitutes a willful consent of disseminating naked pictures of yourself. Most people in that context don't ASK for the police to come to their house and don't have the choice to not let them in. I'm sure it's embarrassing enough when it happens when there are only a hand-ful of officers there, but having a permanent record of that, could be life ruining in some contexts...

Comment Re:Long term storage (Score 1) 99

I beg to differ. If a cop had some reason to enter my house (or anyones for that matter), with or without consent, I would still expect privacy from the rest of the world. The fact that I wouldn't let a police officer into my house voluntarily, doesn't mean that if they had some warrant, or chased some bad guy into the house, or was responding to a fake 911 call and had to do a "check-up", does not mean the public at large has right to view that footage (unless a justifiable case evolved from it).

It's bad enough that police can use whatever excuse they can think of to violate peoples privacy, the last thing we want is for violation of privacy to be followed by millions of "youtube" viewers following behind them when they do it.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.