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Comment: Work to eliminate large guard bands (Score 1) 91

Part of any future spectrum auctions should require that the company getting the new spectrum develop technology that allows the use of their new service with minimal guard bands and minimal interference to adjacent users.

If this means Verizon, AT&T, et al have to develop newer better filter technology for the other users' equipment, so be it. Though I understand the necessity of guard bands right now, I hate seeing 1-7mhz chunks of supposedly valuable spectrum basically unused to mitigtate interference.

Comment: Nest = crap (Score 1) 128

Given the absurd and idiotic behavior reported by users of the NEST and NEST 2 thermostats, I took one look at this smoke detector's webpage, saw who made it, and basically said "nope" and closed the page.

Thermostats that generate enough of their own heat during operation that they sense the temperature being up to 10 degrees warmer than the room, multiple reports of them not coming on at all in 'vacation home' mode where owners will use them to keep pipes from freezing, oddball lockups that leave houses baking/freezing, etc.

This is in addition to the cloud-only BS way of changing settings.

PISS poor quality control is the only answer I have for the thermostats' behavior.

I can't wait for the smoke detector to just decide not to work, to detect everything as smoke and alarm constantly, or to detect the licking flames as a handwave and disable.

Comment: Re:Web connected (Score 1) 139

by pedrop357 (#45720519) Attached to: Google Testing Smart Appliance, Would Compete With Nest Thermostat

The Nest and EcoBee (the other one I was thinking of) use cloud connectivity to do everything. If you don't have internet access, you can't just have your android app and your Nest/EcoBee/Honeywell for residential on the same internal network and be able to make changes or pull data.

Comment: Re:Web connected (Score 1) 139

by pedrop357 (#45716341) Attached to: Google Testing Smart Appliance, Would Compete With Nest Thermostat

I've looked at the noncloud ones and will pay the extra money to have one that I can access and control entirely on my network. I have a Cisco ASA, and can make a VPN connection or expose the web interface on my terms if I want remote access.

I see zero reason why I should need to connect to someone else's website just to make changes to something that has the power to enable those changes directly.

I'm assuming the Nest and similar offerings from Honeywell don't have a web server onboard but instead expose an API. In that case, give me a locally run app that connects and manages it the same way as the cloud app does.

Comment: Re:This can't be true (Score 1) 356

by pedrop357 (#45715915) Attached to: GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

Because it wasn't about the truth, it was about winning the argument.

They knew that the feelings and controversy surrounding the bailout would fade and that the only thing that would hang around was the narrative that the government made money on the deal.

Now if someone brings it up, we'll hear about how "we" had to do something, that it was too long ago to bring up especially in light of more pressing current problems, etc.

Comment: Gee, who would have thought? (Score 1) 261

by pedrop357 (#45708819) Attached to: Streaming and Cord-Cutting Take a Toll On the Pay-TV Industry

I can't believe people are eschewing $80 advanced package cable bills, $50/mo premium channels, and the sleazy teaser rates that usually they come with.

I love that there's always a new bundle coming out that will save you money, only lasts for 3 or 6 months, and then goes up to a rate above the new bundle.

Either get stuck with a $170/mo bill for all the channels and internet, play the new bundle game every 3 months to save $30-50/mo, or just say "fuck it" and cut the cable way down and enjoy amazon prime, hulu, and netflix. I love that all together are cheaper than the cable services they replace.


Comment: Re:They aren't really selling it are they? (Score 1) 127

by pedrop357 (#44447125) Attached to: Congress Wants FCC To Auction TV White Spaces

No spectrum is truly sold, it's all licensed in 5-10 year intervals and there are build requirements. A company or individual cannot license a frequency or block and just sit on it. If they don't notify the FCC that they've built out their station, their license will be revoked.

Any auction is for an exclusive use of that spectrum for a certain period of time. Obviously once you have it and are operating on it, it's easy to renew each period, so it can become virtually indefinite. BUT, abusing that license, stopping operation, etc. can result in it being revoked and the spectrum relicensed to someone else.

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