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Comment: Re:Why hire someone to contribute? (Score 1) 130

by nblender (#49082881) Attached to: Torvalds: "People Who Start Writing Kernel Code Get Hired Really Quickly"
They don't have to give the work to the world at large. They have offer to give the code to the people who are running the code. If some company hires me to build a widget for them to use in their fleet vehicles, then I need to give them the code (if they ask)... I don't have to publish it on the intarwebs.

Comment: Re:smarter than many people I know (Score 1) 111

by nblender (#48820801) Attached to: Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects
I have friends who buy a new car every 3 years. I drive my cars into the ground... Well, not quite. As soon as I feel it can no longer be relied upon to get me where I'm going, then I replace it, with something else pre-owned.

I place no stock in what my car says about my 'image' and I save money in fuel because my co-workers would rather take their cars than ride in mine.

Comment: Re:Given the track record of Flash (Score 1) 95

by nblender (#48820729) Attached to: Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash
because "The Internet". My wife doesn't care about internet ideals. She just wants to get her work done. There are lots of sites that she needs to do her work that require Flash... These are places that hired out their web-dev and don't have fulltime staff.. They're not going to hire someone to come and fix something that is apparently working. My wife's computer doesn't auto-update so I hear from her once a week to update her Flash plugin because it's "blocked" again by Safari.

Fucking irritating and I would probably quietly cheer if someone went on a shooting rampage at Adobe... Maybe we can get some radicalized individuals to do it for us...

Comment: Re:Apparently Not (Score 1) 59

by nblender (#48820221) Attached to: Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion
I don't have a lot of data but I occasionally do QNX work and the companies I know who are using QNX are just using it in their legacy products. Their new products are being developed on Linux. If that's any sort of indication of the general trend, then QNX is also in a downward spiral.

Comment: maybe because word is out.... (Score 1) 437

by nblender (#48766713) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?
... Upgrading to Lollipop made stuff worse for me ... I want to go back to KK.

- Lollipop doesn't know how to play a WAV file anymore so I can't listen to my Asterisk voice mail.
- Wireless charging stopped working reliably. My phone pairs with the charger but doesn't seem to charge. It's warm when I pick it up in the morning but battery is almost dead.
- Battery life has gone down. My usage patterns haven't changed but I can no longer make it through the day without a charge...

Comment: Re:Get What You Pay For (Score 1) 163

by nblender (#48760195) Attached to: In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming
What the average person eats is much smaller than when a few people come in with coolers full of Tupperware containers and start raiding the 'all you can eat' saying "But you said all I can eat! You didn't say I had to eat it here and all in one sitting!"

A restaurant would quickly go out of business if they had to cater to a steady stream of people with big coolers..

Comment: Re:Internet of Hype ... (Score 2) 163

by nblender (#48740203) Attached to: Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More
I have a cottage. We keep it at 57F when we're away. When we're there, it's 72F during the day and goes down to 68F at night.

The problem is, it takes a while to bring the house from 57F to 72F when we arrive in the middle of the day... The furnace is good and the air temp is brought up pretty quickly, but there's a lot of heat mass in a house so it takes a while before the floors are toasty, the toilet seat is not ice cold, the couch cushions are warm, etc... So I have a remotely accessible thermostat (RCS TR60) that I can send commands to via some crafty python and a cellular modem. I set it to 72F in the morning and by the time we arrive, the house is toasty warm and ready to use.

Sometimes I forget to re-set the thermostat to 'away' before we leave. It's nice to be able to set it down to 57F remotely too...

The additional benefit is I can remotely monitor the temperature and furnace runtime to get an idea if something's wrong, like my pipes are about to freeze because the furnace blower has kacked; or a bird has broken a window and now the furnace is running pretty much continuously (that happened)...

Maybe it's an isolated use case, but we appreciate it. And because the code is mine, it's not all cloud-connected and vulnerable.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.