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Comment Consider Y-Cam (Score 1) 134 134

While not open, I was very impressed with what I could pull off with the Y-cam's several years ago.. Although not fancy with remote controls, they came with a built-in webserver for setting up the camera, including selectable areas for motion detection, multiple stream types, and RTSP output, readable in VLC. I've not used the camera for security applications, but theater. It was used to view the stage in complete blackout with a videofeed to the director so they could see when the stage was 100% clear. There was only a 1-2 second delay in the realtime feed. I would definitely consider the Y-cam for my home security as well. I haven't found a satisfactory solution that uses such universal and linux-friendly. Also, go with a wired setup, I wasn't too pleased with the wireless capabilities (drop-outs/lag/delays), but that may have been my terrible wireless setup as well. I had a Y-cam HD (Square-looking thing) ...and no, I am in no way affiliated with y-cam or the company. :)

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 112 112

Hold the phone. Looks like the company *did* respond and the case was closed, but I was not informed of the response or the case disclosure. I also can't view the case at all, in any way shape or form online- although I can see my case (it is the only one) filed. I'll be calling the BBB soon enough to figure out what is going on.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 112 112

I'm attempting to do just that. However, I bought mine a year ago and didn't really get a chance to use it until a couple of months ago, when, to my horror, ads were all over it. I attempted a return, but SlingMedia doesn't handle hardware returns, instead directing me to their hardware partner. I requested a return, but it was rejected 3 weeks later on the basis that there wasn't anything wrong with the hardware. (I COMPLETELY abhor advertisements and would not have bought the device if I had known they were going to have ads. I posted on the forums a couple of times trying to show people what I was doing. But I discovered my threads were silently "locked" and I just created a new one with the status update. Recently, when I try to post or create anything, it says I'm logged off the forums, even though I'm clearly logged in. Tried from multiple computers and browsers. I've since filed a BBB case to return the product, and BBB has accepted my case, but have yet to hear anything from Sling Media. My stance is this: I've already bought the product, as well as the use of the software to use the product. Product 100% payed for. They switched the function of the software several months after I bought to software so that I keep "paying" for something I do not want. The way the company has been behaving towards its customers, as well as their actions towards me on the forums (I was completely NON-Hostile and I presented my case as professionally as possible), is completely uncalled for and I'm not surprised this class-action lawsuit exists. It might save me from going to small-claims.

Comment Completely unnecessary (Score 2) 126 126

Not needed. Simple as that. Our devices are getting more powerful each generation, and they worked well enough with HTML and human-readable text. This probably wouldn't even be on the table if it weren't for the bazillion advertisements and spyware on most major websites. My 2 cents at least.

Comment Re:He's off his rocker. (Score 1) 531 531

There have historically been branches of Christianity that believed the body was the soul, so I think the issue isn't quite as settled as you think.

Excellent observation. I do present this article to you, which clarifies a bit that the words "soul" and "body" were in fact, speaking about 2 different things (although it doesn't go into too much detail). It focuses heavily on our current body's and the body we will have when we are raised up: http://www.christiandoctrine.c... Sorry for blocks of text, I rarely post on Slashdot and have no idea how to format stuff. :\

Comment He's off his rocker. (Score 1) 531 531

I'm a Christian and his statements represent a gross misunderstanding of Christianity. "I don't see Christ's redemption limited to human beings," Reverend Dr. Christopher J. Benek ( The Bible time and time again states that Christ died for our disobedience towards God. The penalty for this disobedience is death. The only way to reconcile our disobedience to a Holy God was for someone perfect to die on our behalf. This is person is Christ. A person who follows Christ is a Christian. What reconciling does a tree/rabbit/AI need to do? (Answer: None). In Genesis, humans were given dominion over the Earth. We are responsible for what we have been given. So any AI we create, by proxy, is our responsibility. Also, In Christianity, we are in fact, a soul. Our bodies are merely vessels. All is meaningless, there is no purpose if we cease to exist after we die. Christianity is 100% pointless if we do not have a soul. So to "convert" AI is just as useful as converting trees/rabbits/etc... This line of thinking from Christopher bothers me - similar to how climate change deniers bother scientists.

Comment sms != secure (Score 1) 25 25

I've always thought tying accounts to your phone, via SMS or Phone number was a really dumb idea. Especially when the pervasive attitude is for apps to collect as much information about you as possible and read text messages. Combined with the fact that phone numbers are moved and traded all the time from person to person... Just a bad idea overall in my opinion.

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