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Comment Re:Smart TVs Are Not Smart (Score 1) 148

Judging from what I see on Amazon, a "monitor" of a given size and resolution is going to cost quite a bit more than a TV of the same size and resolution. And you don't have a lot of choices.

The trend of most manufacturers seems to be to add smart features. That adds around $100-150 to the price. Take away the tuner, speakers and the smart features? Well, that's going to add another couple of hundred.

Comment Re:smart tvs are not smart (Score 1) 148

Does it still work as a screen?

Because I would "neglect" to tell it the wifi password. If all they were to do was disable my networking functionality, that would be just fine, since I would have disabled it myself already.

I've got Roku, I've got Kodi, why would I need their networking functionality? If they disable the screen, that would be another matter entirely.

Comment Re:Internet activation (Score 1) 223

Don't know about the TV, but I have a "smart" BluRay player. As a matter of fact, I don't think I've ever seen a "non-smart" one. In any case, it doesn't know my WiFi key, and as long as I don't accidentally trigger its setup mode it works just fine. If I do, switching back to "play" has been no problem.

I don't know if that's going to bite me some day when it wants to check its DRM database with the mother ship.

Comment Re:Projectors? (Score 1) 223

You're right about projectors being more mobile. And you're agreeing with him on that.

But in the educational case, he's citing that as a disadvantage -- and *I'm* agreeing with him on that. All our projectors are mounted on pedestals on the ceiling, and I'm not aware of any that have actually been taken. But a "bog standard media cart" sounds like a security nightmare and a royal pain to have to actually use.

We've put large screen TVs in a few classrooms, but the projector actually *is* cheaper and has the advantage that it only blocks the whiteboard when you're using it. The screen lifts out of the way when you're not, which is not an option for the TV. And the projected image is still a bit larger than even the largest TV, although since short throw projectors have pretty much gone away you do have to deal with your shadow on the screen if you pass in front.

Comment Re:I dunno... (Score 2) 223

Except it's getting really hard to find a "dumb TV." Most of the people that *I've* talked to don't want a smart TV, but fewer and fewer companies making TVs are willing to make TVs without including "smart" features.

Paradoxically, if you want a reasonable number of HDMI ports (so you can attach your own devices) you have to get a smart TV.

Comment Re:That's not how this works... (Score 1) 222

That's a pretty narrow definition of ISP.

I suspect that most people would consider ISP=Broadband provider. The others that you list? *Maybe* ISPs in a distant sort of way, but hardly anyone is going to point to them and say "that's my ISP." Anyone who talks about "my ISP" is going to be pointing to whichever company provides their physical access.

For the purposes of this discussion, Cox is the litigant in the story that is being considered an ISP.

If you want to use your own definition of ISP, that's fine, but the rest of us are probably going to ignore you.

Comment Re:WAAAAY Overblown! (Score 2) 113

You're right, and last I looked you had to specifically switch your phone over to use VoLTE. It's not enabled by default.

It's quite possible that IOS phones are not affected because they don't support the VoLTE functionality. I don't *know* that, but I do seem to recall that the VoLTE capability was added in the last year or two to Android phones, and older ones don't support it.

Comment Re:Who's idea was this anyhow? (Score 1) 204

I was running Gentoo when I messed with it before. Since then I got lazy and switched to Linux Mint. Works just fine with Mint. :)

I loved Gentoo, but it beat you to death. You could always have the latest, bleeding edge system if you wanted, customized to the nth degree, but the price you paid is that there was always *something* at least just a little bit broken.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall