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Comment: TIOT is going to be the end of us all... (Score 2) 37

by bjwest (#49238215) Attached to: Google Nest Rumored To Be Moving Into Audio

I'll say this again... Fuck The Internet of Things. Thermostats, smoke detectors, ovens, refrigerators, LED light bulbs and now audio? How much of our privacy and control are we going to give away? Networked devices are fine - if I retain full control and keep usage stats inhouse, but I'll be damed if I'll give control and monitoring over to any corporation in the name of "convenience". Why in hell does my temperature adjustment or light turning on or off or dimming need to go into the cloud, frigging before it even happens? There's enough processing power in a Raspbery Pi to handle the needs of the majority of homes, fuck your cloud spy devices.

Todays iCrap outage should be a wake up call, but I fear it won't. They'll patch (not fix, patch) whatever caused that, blame the problem on some terrorist group, and say it's all good. It'll happen again, and it'll be the same same again.

I'm glad I'm a do it yourselfer who can hack my house to do what I want it to do, because believe me, I will never give that much control and info of my life over to anyone. The rest of you... Well, if you handen't've (yes, that's a word) been such dicks to the nerds in high school/college, maybe you'd have someone to help you out.

Comment: Re:And so... (Score 1) 148

by bjwest (#49221077) Attached to: Microsoft Asks US Court To Ban Kyocera's Android Phones

Welcome to the reading world. You must have just learned to read, or been on an African safari for the past few years if you think this has just started. MS makes a significant portion of their bottom line on Android licensing, and if it weren't for the Chinese government, we still wouldn't know what the hell they claim to control.

I just hope Kyocera has the balls to fight this shit and win.

Comment: Re:Well done FCC (Score 3, Insightful) 234

by bjwest (#49157277) Attached to: As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

If we can get the content providers and ISPs separated, like it should be, maybe we'll see competition like we had in the days of dial-in. Oh to have the option to choose my ISP based on MY needs and desires, rather than either DSL or Cable, or only one of them and no other choice.

That should be our next goal. Split the content providers and ISPs into two separate entities.

Comment: Re: Note that this is a little different from sof (Score 2) 207

by bjwest (#49102045) Attached to: Wired On 3-D Printers As Fraud Enablers

Mickey Mouse is 85 and that little shit is still under copyright. Most likely will be for the rest of time, too.

I do get the point though. I see nothing wrong with making a copy of a physical object and selling it, if he value of the object is it's originality. Making copies of physical consumer items and selling them is, and should remain, illegal.

Comment: Re:While the idea it good. Impractical (Score 1) 38

by bjwest (#49060185) Attached to: Li-Fi-like System Pushes 100Gbps Within a Small Room

I'm positive about it. I had to cut into a wall to reroute my toilet fill line (old one filled from the top of the reservoir, new ones fill from the bottom). Definitely drywall and tongue and groove boards. There's still tatters of the original fabric wall coverings nailed to the boards.

Butifull wood, too. Very tight growth rings and zero knots in the couple of square foot section I opened up.

Comment: Re:While the idea it good. Impractical (Score 1) 38

by bjwest (#49057957) Attached to: Li-Fi-like System Pushes 100Gbps Within a Small Room

...Tell that to anyone with a house that is more than 400 sqft.... Wifi has a range of about 100 ft indoors

Which means the range covers over 30,000 sqft. Now of course your house is not perfectly round, and your access point won't be in the exact center. But there's still plenty of margin to cover a decent-sized house.

Yeah, right. My house was build in the 1940's. My router is about 40 feet straight line to my bedroom. We're talking three walls between it and me, and I get piss-poor wifi in the bedroom.

Now granted those three walls do have quite a bit of lumber in them, being 1/2" tongue and grove boards covered in drywall. I'd be willing to bet you could get close to completing two of todays "normal sized" 2400 sq. ft. homes with what's in my 1800 sq. ft. home.

Comment: EMI and computers.... (Score 1) 192

by bjwest (#49022931) Attached to: Xenon Flashes Can Make New Raspberry Pi 2 Freeze and Reboot
Maybe this will bring some sanity back into the computer world and put an end to all these windowed cases and caseless computers spewing radiation all over the place. People really have no idea that radiation is detectable and can be deciphered.

Wondering how your neighbor got your banking info? Well, you transmitted it to him...

Comment: Re:They do it for us! (Score 2) 484

by bjwest (#48816333) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

US Jobs Policy:

Step 1: Export tech jobs overseas to increase corporate profit
Step 2: Throw all low-skill immigrants back across the border
Step 3: Now US tech workers can get jobs doing lawn work, picking crops, and nannying.

Step 2 needs to happen so we can put our own uneducated unemployed to work. And before you start saying the current illegal immigrants in the country pay taxes I'll counter that with the fact that the current uneducated unemployed will not only pay those same taxes, but will also not be sending money to family out of country. This will both lessen their burden on the system (more/some income means less/no government aid) and increase the tax revenues for state, federal and sales.

Comment: Re:No thru traffic (Score 1) 611

by bjwest (#48604593) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents
In that case, there should no objections to prohibiting through traffic, however not by increasing the local police presence. Their salary does not come from property taxes.

One thing to keep in mind here though, is that by limiting usage they may be making things harder on themselves. Having to drive around through another's neighborhood would be doing the same to another they are trying to prevent in their own. Making one ways and dead ends where they weren't planed for from the beginning can cause more trouble.

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig