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Comment: Re:Maybe it's just me ... (Score 2) 131

by profplump (#47504047) Attached to: The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

But you can just hard-reset the Chromecast and reconfigure it for the network you want it to use. If the article says otherwise it's wrong.

To quote the manual:
"There are two ways to Factory Data Reset (FDR) your Chromecast: Factory Data Reset your Chromecast from the Chromecast app. You will find the option to FDR under ‘Settings’ or ‘Menu’ or Physically hold down the button on your Chromecast for at least 25 seconds or until the solid light begins flashing."

Comment: Re:Connect with a VPN (Score 4, Insightful) 390

by profplump (#47482813) Attached to: Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

It's not artificial because of the details of the technical implementation, it's artificial because it's a scarcity that would not be expensive or difficult to resolve. Drought is geographic scarcity that cannot be readily resolved; an undersized water treatment plant is systematic scarcity that can be resolved but would be expensive and slow; a faucet that's rusted half-closed is artificial scarcity.

Comment: Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (Score 4, Interesting) 753

by profplump (#47445955) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

The assumption that some sort of special merchant status will be required to accept non-physical payment strikes me as unfounded. Even today it's fairly easy for individuals to send money via ACH -- or a paper check, like individuals have used for years -- and it's not hard to imagine ways to make a similar process even easier and less dependent on banks.

Comment: Re:Will we ever stop celebrating him? (Score 1) 157

Exactly which tools did he break, and in what way? Why didn't the people running those tools support charges against him? Also, what makes a "research tool" a "critical" system -- does someone die when the tool goes offline?

You don't have to venerate the guy if you don't want to, but please don't spread lies about the dead.

Comment: Re:detroit vs SV? (Score 2) 236

by profplump (#47353111) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

First, the problems you describe exist in build HVAC systems as well. When you enter air conditioning from someplace hot it would often be nice to have a couple of minutes of cold air blasted at you. And there are lots of building spaces with very high throughput both in terms of people and airflow, but we don't just throw our hands up and say "thermostats can never work here".

Second, it sounds like you're asking for a smarter thermostat than the 20s technology in many homes. That's a perfectly reasonable request, but not nearly as exotic as you make it out to be. Even sub-$50 home thermostats do things like predictive pre-heating/pre-cooling to meet scheduled setpoints, control of multi-stage or multi-element systems (i.e. support for a single air handler with multiple heating or cooling elements, or a multi-speed air handler), and have the ability to override automated regulation with manual inputs when desired. It's all well within the realm of possibility for car, and has been for years, it's just poorly done which was the original complaint.

Comment: Re:detroit vs SV? (Score 1) 236

by profplump (#47353005) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

A thermostat still provides a simple "I'm too hot" and "I'm too cold" control. It just means that variations in engine temperature don't require me to adjust the climate setting. Likewise cars could still provide multi-zone control, both with their own thermostats, to accommodate the scenario you note above.

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