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Comment Re:This pretty much sums up IoT ... (Score 1) 147

The problem is we have all these shiny new hammers are are desperately looking for nails. I have a $10 wifi-enabled arduino coming tomorrow. Its so cheap, I feel I HAVE to wire up something with it. IM going to make a quick little solar powered temp and humidity sensor, which isn't terribly unique on its own. What makes it compelling is how much functionality I can get for such a tiny price. Hell, it can run a 5 person minecraft server. If it fries up in the sun, who cares, we can build version 2.0 for next to nothing. We are at the point where we can wire up almost anything to the internet for super cheap. I agree that the IoT hype is stupid, but we will find some killer uses for having cheap sensors and connectivity everywhere.

Comment Re: Brought about by the internet? (Score 4, Informative) 723

" Just because a lot of people misuse a term doesn't change the meaning of the word."
Actually, this is wrong. Dictionaries don't 'define' words, they are a record of USAGE. As a word is used more and more, it becomes eligible to be included in the dictionary. A lot of people misusing a word can cause it to change meaning.

Comment Re:The more things change... (Score 2) 93

The last decade we have gained MASSIVELY in efficiency and cost. IM typing this on an Intel NUC I picked up at retail for $129, $10 of RAM, $25 keyboard with touchpad and $5 class 10 SD card. All running a free OS that recognized all the hardware and automatically installed it including Bluetooth and WiFi. Lost decade, give me a break.

Comment Re:Focus on his current skills (Score 3, Insightful) 87

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." " -Robert A. Heinlein

Comment Re:A significant difference between HW and SW sale (Score 1) 318

I expect my 2011 mac mini to be viable until at least 2020. People forget we are in a massive transition period so of course some things are going to be obsoleted out quickly. The non fully 64 bit macs and pre iphone 5 designs are really where this bit hard. I don't expect that kind of attrition again.

"Old age and treachery will beat youth and skill every time." -- a coffee cup