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Comment: Re:Just GBE everywhere! (Score 1) 416

One more thing I forgot. One thing you don't need is the old phone sockets. Just replace with Ethernet and use VOIP. So much better and cheaper (although sometimes a little less reliable).

Just make sure to setup e911 on the home VOIP phone.

Why? RJ-11 provides a small power drop without the need for expensive electronics with a PoE solution. You could probably make all the components you need to power the wire with random gear you'd find in someone's garage.

I certainly wouldn't advise *only* having that, but there's something to be said for a trickle power option powered by the local CO (even leaving aside all the other reasons a land line is still good).

My advice? Do everything. Put so many conduits in your house that it looks like a giant Habitrail, ensuring you have both star, bus, and per-floor-isolated topologies. Use smart or breakout outlets at first, but keep your options open.

Depending on your budget, fiber should be considered (and definitely at least accounted for in turning radius/pinch point design).

Every room should have at least two distinct Ethernet drops, and one drop near the ceiling. Anything resembling a media room or bedroom should get an HDMI pull and RJ-11. Anything else being "hard wired" in (smoke detectors and whatnot) should be seen as an opportunity for another set of ports.

Comment: Re:Odd thoughts: (Score 1) 265

by geminidomino (#49832311) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

There is basically no market for terminal/ssh clients

That's kind of depressing. I remember using one as part of a proprietary HIS system, back in the day. It had an cool scripting system (if it was scriptable in something that wasn't a cut-down version of VB, it would have been awesome) that could wait for output (like "expect"). I always hoped something like that would come out for general use, even if it was pay. Putty's minimalism is perfect 90% of the time, but it took the other 10% with it.


Tiny Fantastic Voyage Inspired Robots Are Starting To Get Reasonably Mature 26

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-small dept.
szotz writes: No shrinking machine in an underground military lab (as far as we know). And no Raquel Welch. Still there is a growing microrobotics movement underway, looking at ways that tiny, untethered robots might be used to perform medical interventions in the human body. There have been piecemeal reports for years now of various designs, such as microscallops that can swim through the eye and bots that can be pushed around by bacteria flagella. This article in IEEE Spectrum gives a round-up of recent progress and looks at some of the difficulties that arise when you try to make things tiny and still have them retain a modicum (or give them more than a modicum) of function.

Comment: So, does my Windows 7 Starter Edition qualify? (Score 1) 358

by pecosdave (#49815653) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

Seriously, it exists. Not that I actually used it, I basically booted it up once after purchase to be sure it worked (I didn't go through the setup crap), turned it off, upgraded the RAM and immediately put Kubuntu on it (now replaced with Netrunner).

Starter edition - the (rightfully) forgotten Windows 7.

Comment: Re:stopped using sourfeforge after filezilla (Score 2) 379

by geminidomino (#49815563) Attached to: SourceForge and GIMP [Updated]

Actually, it was the GIMP team themselves broke saving in 2.8. (If they've since fixed it, then sourceforge probably just doesn't have the updates).

Their GNOME-like "reasoning" was that "professional" users wanted to save in XCF, and that amateurs should just use something else. It rang pretty hollow when the gold-standard Photoshop didn't behave the same way.


Google Calendar Ends SMS Notifications 100

Posted by timothy
from the giveth-and-taketh-away dept.
LuserOnFire writes: Google has sent out an email this morning that says in part: "Starting on June 27th, 2015, SMS notifications from Google Calendar will no longer be sent. SMS notifications launched before smartphones were available. Now, in a world with smartphones and notifications, you can get richer, more reliable experience on your mobile device, even offline." You can find the announcement on Google's support pages as well. "Richer" may be accurate, but I'm not sure that "more reliable" describes web-based notifications; that may be why the announcement linked does not apply for Google's "Work, Education and Government customers."

Comment: Re:Bitter chocolate tastes bad? (Score 1) 256

Bitter chocolate = bad.

IPA = india pale ale = had to be transported from india with extra hops acting as a preservative. Hence the name of the beer.

So they really have nothing to do with eachother.

Drink a pale ale then, not an IPA. That should have less hops for you. Some people like wheat or god forbit cream ales, so its really a personal preference like anything
There is always some sort of lager available from any craft brewery i've ever been to and pretty much no beer drinker will refuse a lager.

Bitter chocolate on the otherhand I am sure people eat because they think there are health benefits. Same with carob which is equally disgusting.

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