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Comment: Re:Have we solved all human rights issues? (Score 2) 333

by j2.718ff (#49519841) Attached to: Update: No Personhood for Chimps Yet

Have we solved all human rights issues so we now moved on to grant animals personhood?

While I'm not disagreeing with you, I really dislike this question. Have we solved all problems on Earth that we should start exploring space? Have we solved all problems in America so we should start developing a foreign policy? Have we solved all problems in physics that we can now move on to chemistry?

Simply put, we don't have a clear queue of problems, and probably never will. And even if we did, not all problems can be solved faster by having more people work on them, so it will always make sense to be working on multiple problems at a time.

Comment: Seldon chose Terminus for a reason (Score 1) 363

by j2.718ff (#49471479) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

Hardly proof, but in Asimov's Foundation series, the Encyclopedists were setup on a resource-poor planet. This caused them to develop highly efficient technology, including things like pen-sized nuclear reactors. The point I'm making is, if we were hit with disaster, we will find a way to re-build, but we may end up building things quite differently than before, depending on what resources are available. No matter what, it'll suck for the first few generations, but assuming we survived, it's at least plausible that we could come out better for it in the future.

Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 886

by j2.718ff (#49346929) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

"Marriage" is a word describing a union of a man and a woman, removing them from their parents' households and joining them as the foundation of a new family unit. This word, and the corresponding words in other languages, have been understood this way for thousands of years.

I'm not a part of my parents' household. Does this mean that for me, "marriage" is impossible?

Comment: depends what needs to be communicated (Score 1) 115

by j2.718ff (#49216685) Attached to: Preferred way to communicate with co-workers?

IM is great for quick questions, and it's not uncommon that a conversation that started as an IM will transition to an in-person discussion. E-mail is useful when you need a little more formality than IM, and can also be useful when instructions, or other details need to be shared.

Comment: The original Pebble won (Score 1) 141

by j2.718ff (#49130643) Attached to: Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter

I was a supporter of the original pebble, and I still love it. I feel no need to replace it with anything else because it already does everything I want. Also, it looks like the new one is slightly bigger, which makes me less interested. However, I support the company, and like their general philosophy -- that the watch should supplement, not replace your phone. I like the 7-day battery life, and the ability to read the thing even in direct sunlight.

I don't see a strong need for color, but as long as it looks good, I'll support it. I don't see the microphone as an important feature, but maybe I'd use it, I don't know. So yeah, I don't plan on buying one, but neither would I argue against them.

Comment: Re:Just like the early PCs and recipes (Score 1) 248

by j2.718ff (#49051327) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

I like having the ability to control things with my smartphone, but my smartphone is definitely not the primary interface. The only case where I use my phone consistently is to control the thermostat. I'll turn on the heat via my phone as I'm leaving work so the house is warm when I arrive. If I'm hot/cold at night, I can adjust the temperature on my phone without getting out of bed. For most other tasks, however, it's easier to get up and walk to the appropriate switch.

It comes down to automating the tasks that make sense to automate. But as much as I enjoy being able to control my lights and garage remotely, I have to admit it serves little practical purpose, and certainly doesn't make my life any easier.

Comment: Re:Insteon Experience (Score 1) 248

by j2.718ff (#49051273) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

I have a similar setup, except I live alone. The feature I like the most is being able to control a switch, or group, from another switch. For example, I can double-tap the switch at the front door, or in my bedroom turn off all the lights in the house.

The other feature is to avoid re-wiring things. My living room has two switches. One is in a very convenient and obvious location, but controls a single obscure outlet. The other switch is harder to find, yet controls the ceiling light. Re-wiring these switches so the convenient switch operates the ceiling light would require a lot of work. But with inseson switches in both locations, I can easily tell one switch to turn the other on. Done! The only disadvantage is it takes about a second from the time you press the switch until the light turns on.

Oh, here's a cool one: I run tasker on my phone. It's set to send the signal to open my garage door when the phone is simultaneously connected to my car's bluetooth and my home wifi. Since that only happens when I'm about to leave, or about to enter my house, it saves me from pressing the button on my garage door opener. Worth the expense? No. But it's a fun toy.

Comment: Re:Touch screens in vechicles = bad idea (Score 1) 123

by j2.718ff (#48652375) Attached to: "Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

I recently test drove a Chevy Volt. I was very excited about this car and its technology. But then I tried to turn on the climate control. Way too much touch screen interaction is required to do anything. If not for the touch screen, I might have bought the car, but now I won't even consider it.

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