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Comment Re:TV's in state of flux (Score 1) 217

SmartTV are useless they are abandonware and they try to lock you into some ecosystem. I'm saying open functional standards. Motion is cheap pennies cheap and general useful outside of the TV. I dont want a stream of cam/mic going to apple/google I might no mind it going to my own gear, I do want vid conferencing and in home paging. Lux to get ambient lighting so internal or external controls can make adjustments. Network based controls allow for things like real time video overlay say a doorbell or baby monitor. Networking lets IR commands trickle back to other devices,

In many ways my voip desk phone has it nearly right but form factor wise it fits in on an office desk not a family room coffee table. Android powered TV's sound great but I dont seem the lasting 20 years like a TV should. So it's far better to keep the brains and the visible parts separate since the brains might get swapped out in the 3-7 years range while the TV lasts far longer than that.

Comment TV's in state of flux (Score 1) 217

4k just starting to stream, 8k on the horizon and most content compressed so much it does not matter.

Were at the saturation point for flat panels so they are struggling to try and keep the market up.

Now that's not to say they do not need work.

CEC needs to work far better.
TV's need wifi and ethernet so they can be controlled/automated/integrated.
TV's need sensors, motion, camera, mic, and lux at least. They need to be exposed in a standard way.

Comment Re:"Clock parts" wired together in an adhoc fashio (Score 1) 792

If they had no intention of prosecuting they should have never talked to the child forget removing him from the school, if that were the case (which I do not think it is) they should be arrested and convicted for kidnapping. In any case a police officer should never talk to a child without a parents permission to get more than basic info (name address parents contact info). A large civil penalty could help impress this on the police, I rather wish it were on the individual officers involved but we have thrown up far to many protections for that to be the case.

Comment Re:"Clock parts" wired together in an adhoc fashio (Score 1) 792

The correct response from the teacher would have been give that to me you can get it back at the end of the day or make the parents pick it up.

Police should never question a child without a parent or attorney. Booking etc fine but a child can not reasonably waive their rights to an attorney / have not reached the majority to be able to waive their rights.

Comment Re:Look at the bean counters for your answer (Score 1) 168

See rule two that's fully loaded cost not pay rate, so their full benefits package + salary + overhead + business profit + overhead + insurance etc etc. As a general rule that's at least 3x salary. Insurance costs are significant but generally covered by the first wednesday morning of the month.

Comment Re:"Clock parts" wired together in an adhoc fashio (Score 1) 792

Because it happened to Woz does not mean it was right. This device had no obvious explosive to be a hoax.

Mind you he may well of violated the letter of texas hoax bomb law if so the law is at fault as it's entirely to broad etc etc etc else your average metal lunchbox looks like a bomb as it's metal and rattles if shaken.

Comment Re:Look at the bean counters for your answer (Score 2) 168

Your forgetting a few rules of consulting. Rule one never look like one of them dress above or below them. Rule two your a business gig is by definition short term work charge in accordance with that you should be billing several times what their internal people make. Rule three it's the contract stupid as the vendor you should be the one putting out the initial terms and negotiating from there.

Comment Re:Litigious Much (Score 2) 792

I agree with the school and police paying out for being idiots, preferably the individual administrators and police not the departments. I dont agree with this kid and family getting it. Split the different and pay the layers and give the rest of it to a registered charity of their choosing.

We realy need school admins and police to worry about being this blatantly stupid. The kid was told to put it away multiple times, teachers are fully capable of telling him to give me that and I'll give it back when it's time to go home, at the office, or make the parents come get it, that would be a reasonable response no different than a cell phone or video game.

Comment Re: Why one key (Score 1) 27

Yea because phones dont have trustzone etc? It's trivially easy to get a fairly secure private key on a smartphone.

At this point none of this should be part of your average website, oauth, openid, saml etc etc etc etc etc authentication is a service at this point. How you authenticate etc should be a thing between whoever you use (or self host) for authentication not something to get baked into every app.