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Comment: Re:Yawn ... (Score 1) 227

by internerdj (#48884849) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade
"I mean that sort of thing doesn't fulfil any use case." My electrical panel is in the basement. I'm adding a home theater in a bonus room in the attic. Since it wasn't dedicated as a home theater when the house was built; the builder wired it the cheapest way possible. Every light on the floor is controlled with a single switch. Now I've got a choice between two options: pull a permit, rip out drywall on three floors, buy a couple hundred dollars worth of switches and electrical wire, go through the inspection process, repair my drywall holes, repaint walls on three floors, and walk to the stairs every time I need to turn on/off the lights. Or I can spend a few hundred bucks on connected lights and be done with that segment tonight and control everything from my seat. It may be a novelty for you but connected bulbs are looking like a perfect choice for me.

Comment: Re:Subject to the whims of the masses... (Score 3, Informative) 224

by internerdj (#48865435) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'
Motivation for Facebook or Google: maximum time on website. The most profitable reputation engine is one that feeds the user his or her own preferences back to them (Judging by my news feed Yahoo is doing this). This is exactly how Fox News or Huff Post works except that instead of self-selecting news that supports my worldview it is being done without any internal processing. You might could get away with expert truthfulness on some issues. However, the scariest thing for me is that things that are opposing opinions will have an assigned truth value and the best metric would be popular opinion.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 417

by internerdj (#48812783) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US
I'm in Huntsville, our leaders are watching very closely the politics of Chattanooga's rollout as they figure out a good fiber solution for the city. Our existing industries would very much benefit from fiber, but our leaders have been very hesitant to roll it out through Huntsville Utilities. I suspect this is due to the political problems that Chattanooga has experienced.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 4, Interesting) 417

by internerdj (#48810683) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US
I live a couple hours from Chattanooga, TN. I know that this specifically deals with a problem they are having. As I understand it, the utility company rolled out fiber as part of their smart meter transition and they offer fiber internet through those means for the metro area. It has been so successful that state legislators have been in a frenzy to write laws to keep them from expanding service to their customers that aren't in the city.

Comment: Re:Of course I scoff. And I'm worried too. (Score 1) 46

Some of my coworkers have kids who are have specialties like programming, robotics, cybersecurity, or pre-engineering. When I was in high school, I would have jumped at the opportunity for that but looking back I think it would have been too young to start down a path. I knew several people who long before that made it to senior year of college or beyond and said I don't really love this thing I've been specializing in. I can't imagine where I would be if I'd made that decision at 14.

Comment: Re:Of course I scoff. And I'm worried too. (Score 1) 46

I'm with GP. Through my exposure to my coworkers' children, I'm seeing career specialization being encouraged during early high school. At that point in my education, I had zero formal introduction to what my career would become. To me and I think to GP, the phrase "cradle-to-career" doesn't mean that my daughter will pursue a career, but based on some "tests" my daughter might come out of the cradle with a specific career path to pursue.

Comment: Re:Insteon (Score 1) 189

by internerdj (#48777085) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?
I'm wanting to build my automation system over time. I've been wondering what is the best hub to take advantage of discounts in hardware. Does anybody's hub do everything, and if it does is it a piece of crap because it is trying to do too much? Am I just better off waiting and rewiring everything (from manual control) in a unified standard when I've saved a pot of money for automation?

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