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Comment: Re:Borg Home (Score 1) 63

by axlash (#47386315) Attached to: Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

I'm being very specific here - I'm referring to internet controlled home lighting. If all I care about is switching on/off lights, it is overkill.

I can't say I'm too hot ('scuse the pun) on remote controlled heating either; I'd need to see significant savings before I was tempted to invest in that.

Of course, if this is all about having fun while engaging in a home project, that's another story altogether.

Comment: Re:Possibly Worse Than That (Score 1) 216

by axlash (#46783243) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

I know that it's said that ignorance of a contract is no excuse for breaching it.

But I sometimes feel that there should not be a requirement that the issuer of the contract should make it so obvious and public that there could not possibly any chance that the breacher could have acted out of ignorance.

Say what you like about software EULAs, at least in many cases, you have to have seen the dialog box with the text before going ahead to install the software - much better than having to search for some microscopic print.

I do recognise the difficulty of ensuring that parties in a contract know what they're getting into - that's why lawyers aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

Comment: Misleading title (Score 1) 112

by axlash (#46658269) Attached to: Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees

The article isn't really about making biofuel from self-destructing trees. It's about introducing the mechanism through which the lignin (in the trees) destructs to other crops that grow much faster and leave a lot of waste, like corn.

Personally, I think that sourcing energy from biofuel will never really scale, anyway...

Comment: Re:Moral of the story... (Score 1) 1746

by axlash (#46652945) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
"Everyone should..."

Ah, but that's the problem.

"Should", while pointing to the ideal, does not reflect what works in the real world.

I don't think that Mr. Eich will change his opinions as a result of this, but I'm damn sure he'll be much more careful how he airs and acts upon them in the future.

I'll leave it to others to decide whether that's a good thing.

Comment: Re:Lies (Score 1) 544

by axlash (#46650655) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S
So what if there was sound? Who cares? Do people who like the Tesla like it because it is relatively quiet, or do they like it for other reasons (because it looks great, runs on electricity, smooth acceleration, etc.)?

I don't see why the original post thinks that we should all see the addition of engine noise as funny. Mildly perplexing, yes, but that's about it.

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