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Comment Re:Easy (Score 2) 229

I think the big failure is that "Smart TVs" just aren't quite good enough to replace the "TV sticks", or at least not at a competitive price.

Also, TVs tend to last a while. The four-year-old 55" Toshiba in my living room most likely has at least twice as many years ahead of it. Streaming services and their associated gadgets come and go much more quickly. Netflix or Amazon will probably be around for the long haul, but what about those other services you've never heard of that the average "smart TV" of today supports? Long before eight years is up, they're gone, and your TV's support for them is about as useful as an 8-track. It's better to farm this support out to gadgets that are easily replaced as they become obsolete.

Comment Re:Not meant to be a good device but to undercut C (Score 1) 223

If you're OK with 3.3V I/O, connecting straight to the header will work. My board puts level shifters (a transistor and a couple of resistors each) on the 1-Wire and I2C pins for 5V I/O. It also includes a clock (connected over I2C) and an SSR controller (a DS2406 connected to the 1-Wire bus). Since I was going to put a DS18B20 temperature sensor inside a refrigerator at the end of a long cable, 5V I/O would be preferable.

Comment Re:Not meant to be a good device but to undercut C (Score 2) 223

I only wish they had brought in power on an unpopulated header connector instead of on a usb connector which I'm going to have to desolder.

Two of the pins (+5V and any GND) on the 40-pin connector can be used to supply power instead of going through the USB port. That's what I did with my beer-fridge controller: power for the whole system comes through the barrel connector on the 1-Wire/I2C interface board in the middle of the stack.

Comment Re:So how long until we have Rasperry Pi Pi (Score 2) 223

Since when has an acorn been a fruit?
So basically the "old tradition" starts and ends with "Apple".

Acorns are seeds, which are produced within what are botanically regarded as fruit (even if, like the tomato, it's not exactly something you'd think of as "fruit" when you're looking for something to eat).

As for Apple, there were lots of Apple II clones back in the day that adopted fruit-related names.

Comment Re:Speaking of crappy ads (paid posts) (Score 1) 220

Where are you seeing that?

I don't see anything like that on my system

I don't think they show up in the RSS feed either. I pretty much never go to /.'s homepage anymore. ttrss grabs the summary for me, and if it's interesting, I'll click through. It and Full-Text RSS have also been useful for some sites with broken layout that won't show up properly in desktop browsers anymore (National Review, I'm looking at you).

Comment Re:Yes, yes, i'll buy a Tesla. (Score 1) 207

In most "high cost of living" areas the higher wages don't make up for the house prices.

QFT. My sister just learned that lesson and is moving back to Dayton, OH after a few months near Boston. She was being paid more, but probably all of the extra pay (and then some) was sucked up by the $1900/month rent for a tiny old house with no A/C and no garage (or even off-street parking). She was previously paying probably a bit more than half as much for something much newer, larger, and better-equipped.

All she has to do now is let the movers pack up and unlearn driving like a Masshole. :-) (Speaking of which, she gets to get away from those. :-P )

Comment Re:Automate trains (Score 1) 96

Union rules required railroads to keep firemen around long after the last steam engines had been retired and replaced with diesel-electrics, even though they had no real job to do. Keeping engineers around when trains can pretty much run themselves sounds like more of the same.

Comment Re:Detecting weapons is NOT the purpose of TSA... (Score 1) 349

Note that the weapons the hijackers allegedly used were ILLEGAL TO CARRY ON PLANES before then

Boxcutters? Nothing illegal about those. I think there was a prohibition on long knives (check your Crocodile Dundee knife, or leave it at home), but most folding pocketknives and other short-bladed cutting instruments would've been OK.

The better part of 20 years ago, Best Buy sent me around to its California stores to assist in merchandising resets. I carried a cheap boxcutter on my keychain as it was something I used regularly at work. It was basically an aluminum frame that held a single-edge razor blade that could be slid out for use and slid back in when you were done. I left it on my keychain as we flew from store to store; none of us brought checked baggage so we could avoid the hassle of waiting for bags. Out of maybe a dozen and a half trips, airport security only gave me grief over my boxcutter once at SFO, and even then I told them I'd already been flying with it multiple times and convinced them to let me through with it.

Unix is the worst operating system; except for all others. -- Berry Kercheval