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Comment: Re:disclosure (Score 3, Informative) 437

by friedmud (#49105553) Attached to: How One Climate-Change Skeptic Has Profited From Corporate Interests

You are obviously not a scientist.

If you have "blindly done research" and you're publishing in a reputable journal... then you'll get your ass handed to you if your science isn't correct (trust me: my ass still stings from some of the scathing reviews I've received on a few of my papers).

The funding agency DOES NOT MATTER... if proper peer review is undertaken. If the science is good... then the science is good... this isn't an opinion piece in the New York Times paid for by big oil...

Comment: Re:One Button Mode (Score 1) 248

by friedmud (#49050893) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

I use the Logitech Ultimate Home Control in my living room and Logitech Home Control in my bedroom for just this purpose. Integrates and works beautifully with my Hue lights.

I also use the Philips Hue Tap to have a physical "switch" on the walls that can control the lights.

Without physical hardware that she can touch none of the home automation stuff would have flown with my wife :-)

Comment: Re:pointless all round (Score 1) 248

by friedmud (#49050853) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

The only "remote control" (like away from home) thing I use with my Hue lights is using IFTTT to automatically turn them on when I come home.

That is actually pretty convenient (and works really well).

I do use the ability to turn the bedroom lights off when I'm in the living room and vice versa... but I'm not sure if you would consider that "remote control".

Now: with my Nest I _do_ use the ability to change the temperature before I come home. If it's cold outside I can set it to be nice and toasty by the time I get home... and the other way around if it's hot. That works pretty well :-)

Comment: Works Perfectly For Me (Score 3, Insightful) 248

by friedmud (#49050735) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

I bought:

* Logitech Ultimate Home Control
* Logitech Home Control
* Nest
* Philips Hue Bridge
* 3 Philips Hue Luxe Bulbs
* 2 Philips Hue bulbs
* Philips Hue Light Strip
* 2 Philips Hue Taps

The Ultimate Home Control is in the living room along with the colored Philips Hue bulbs and the Light Strip. I also put one Tap in there right where the normal light switches are.

The bedroom is the regular Home Control with 3 Luxe Bulbs... again with a Tap where the normal light switches are.

Everything synced up perfectly and works perfectly. Having integration with the Logitech remotes is awesome. You just press "Watch Movie" and all of my AV gear resets for watching a movie while the lights dim: awesome! After the movie you turn the system off and the lights automatically come back on: sweet!

If you don't know what a Tap is... go check it out:

It's essentially a "light switch" that makes running the whole system super easy. Each one has 4 buttons that I've set up as different lighting combinations: Everything on, dim, dimmer, everything off... essentially. I have both set the same way in both rooms so that you can easily remember what the buttons do. Also: they don't take batteries! They're powered by the force of pressing the buttons themselves... so they are very reliable.

All of this is so dang simple and fool proof that my wife even loves it... she is a non-techie but she loves the extra flexibility with the lights. If she's reading at night she'll even pop open the Hue app on her phone and dial down all the lights except the one on her side of the bed.

My advice: don't go cheap. Buy actual name brand stuff: Hue, Logitech, Nest. Don't try to cheap out on something that you need to interact with all day every day...

Comment: Boston Representing (Score 2) 397

by friedmud (#48918753) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

I'm in Boston as well and it basically unfolded exactly as predicted.

Note: this was a pretty tricky storm to forecast: it wasn't just a "system" that moved across from west to east like a lot of snowstorms do in the midwest (where I'm from). This thing was swirling off the coast and depended on a low pressure system combined with north/south winds on shore to make for "waves" of snow that washed onto the land. Definitely a really interesting beast.

As a computational scientist (I specialize in the types of multiphysics models that underly a lot of weather modeling) I can tell you that this type of thing is VERY hard to predict. I think they did a really good job here of informing the public and keeping people safe.

The message definitely worked here in the Boston area as everyone stayed home and was stocked up in case the power went out. Everything basically went smoothly despite the fact that 2-3 feet of snow fell in a densely populated area.

This is just basic NYC centric reporting. They happened to get a little less there than forecast (they still got several inches) so people are griping. If they hadn't made preparations and it had been as bad there as it is in Boston then we would have had a full-scale media blitz on how they screwed up this emergency management effort....

Comment: True For Me (Score 1) 126

by friedmud (#48784777) Attached to: Radio, Not YouTube, Is Still King of Music Discovery

I subscribe to Beats for my unlimited, play anything service.

I use iTunes for buying Albums I want to keep forever (that I usually listen to on Beats first).

BUT... I still subscribe to Sirius/XM in the car (and online)... and that's where I normally learn about new bands (on the Indie/Alt stations). I use Shazam to snag a song that comes on the radio... and it directly has a button that lets me listen to it (and the album) on Beats later after I get home... from there I typically spin off to other things Beats/iTunes suggests.

I tried dropping the "radio" portion of this system a while ago... and found myself stuck in a musical rut. Beats does a decent job of leading me into hand-picked playlists that are "radio like" - but when faced with the choice of picking something I know is good vs something I don't know about I still often find myself listening to stuff I've already heard before. The "forced" nature of the radio naturally leads to listening to things outside of my current library...

Comment: Re:Sounds Better? (Score 1) 433

by friedmud (#48594129) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

This isn't true for me. I really don't give a rat's ass about "toxins" (that's WAY overblown) - but I generally buy organic. Why? Quality. I'm not directly talking about "taste" (although grass-fed beef _does_ taste different from corn fed... but both are good!). I'm talking about average _quality_ of the food: i.e. how fresh it is, how well it is packaged, how it has been processed (or not), etc.

Yes, if you have two cows that are both high quality and you raise one organically and one non-organically and process their meat in exactly the same way and get it to the market and then to my table in exactly the same way: they are going to taste similar. _However_ that's not what happens.

Organic farmers are usually closer to where their goods are sold. They also give a shit about their product and aren't just some huge conglomerate - and their food is processed in smaller batches where more care can be taken. This means that (on average) I get higher quality food when I buy organic. Fresher greens, fresher (and better cut) meat, better spices, fresher produce, etc.

This is the same reason why people like to shop at farmer's markets: better quality food straight from farms.

As for the actual topic here: I know a lot of people are doing the Vinyl thing because it's "in" right now... but many people are also discovering that they _like_ the color added by vinyl medium.. and that it suits their ears. I'm not one of those people (digital FTW!) - but I can understand it.

Comment: Re:blah blah blah (Score 1) 105

by friedmud (#48560997) Attached to: Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

No. Design is just as important as getting the right answer. More projects fail from bad design then from not working properly (entropy overtakes them until they can't add new features users want or the bugs start to creep in as new features are added due to poor compartmentalization).

Math helps. It helps a ton. Being able to use givens and rearrange a known set of variables to get to an answer is definitely critical. BUT - there is more to creating good software.

Starting early on how to think abstractly and to generalize with good interfaces is key so starting with high schoolers is not a bad idea at all.

Comment: Sounds wasteful and stupid ... (Score 1) 61

by friedmud (#48241841) Attached to: Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances

Maybe not in the home... but think about public spaces. Put a few of these in a hotel lobby and everyone traveling through there can get a charge.

What about at Airports? Put one in the middle of each waiting area and all the passengers get a charge.

How about meeting rooms at companies?

Not too mention restaurants (Starbucks?)...

There are tons of places where lots of people congregate and they would appreciate getting a "top up" on the their batteries.

This is not a question of "if" only of "when"... and these are the first steps toward that...

You can not win the game, and you are not allowed to stop playing. -- The Third Law Of Thermodynamics