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Comment Re:This pretty much sums up IoT ... (Score 1) 149

Around here we have a similar thing that turns off A/C compressors. It's pretty popular because the discount for your bill is significant if you opt to let the power company remotely shut off your air conditioning. I haven't heard of that for water heaters, but around here almost everyone has a gas water heater.

Comment Re:This pretty much sums up IoT ... (Score 1) 149

Well, if I'm going to be getting home in the heat of the day, it might be nice to turn on the A/C during the night before so it runs when it's cool out, instead of it trying to cool off a hot house in the heat of the day. Granted, I really don't actually need a networked thermostat for this if I know when I'm going to be back, but I've never seen a regular programmable thermostat that can be programmed to turn the A/C on at 1AM a week from next Tuesday, or something like that.

My current solution though is to just let the house be hot and turn the A/C on before I go to bed. Generally I don't mind it being warm unless I'm trying to sleep.

Comment Re:Notch's house (Score 1) 829

I don't get it either. A big house is just going to be a money sink, so I wouldn't buy one unless I really had the need for a big house. If I had a bunch of money and was interested in spending it on where I was going to live, I'd probably buy a large chunk of land and drop a modest house in the middle of it. That would also have the advantage of not having nearby neighbors too.

Comment Re:It's a hacked Deja Vu (Score 1) 211

Unfortunately, one doesn't have a choice when it comes to laptops. Though the high DPI 4K screens that have FINALLY arrived on the market finally convinced me to give up the 1600x1200 20" monitors and go with a widescreen. Still not crazy about the 16:9 but the 2160 vertical pixels is pretty awesome.

Comment Re:A simple test is in order (Score 1) 456

Actually, almost all digital cameras are sensitive to IR and if you take a picture of a powered IR LED it will show up as lit. How much depends on how sensitive the camera is - most consumer-type stuff tries to filter it out, but the filters generally don't filter out all of it. But there are some cameras that allow you to completely remove the filter, the most famous probably being the Sony Nightshot which did exactly that to be able to "see" at night. Film generally isn't that IR sensitive, but there are special IR films you can buy.

Comment Re: When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 1) 456

I have. They may like the movie, but they're fidgeting around or looking about. They may like the video game, but after about 15-20 minutes they want to do something else. But they like the game, they'll come back to it, but can't play it more than a few minutes. They are also some of the worst channel surfers I've known. Kind of like

Them: *changes channel and it's not an ad break*
Me: Hey why'd you change the channel?
Them: I wanted to see what else is on.
Me: But that was Star Trek! I thought you liked Star Trek?
Them: I do!
Me: Then why'd you change the channel?
Them: I wanted to see what else is on.
Me: ...

Comment Re:When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 1) 456

While I think her condition is bullshit, please go inform yourself about the differences between:

Electric fields
Magnetic fields
Electromagnetic radiation

You may also want to study the different types of electromagnetic radiation, as some are pretty harmless and others are not.

Comment Re:US (Score 1) 417

Have you seen some of the newer trucks? They're basically luxury cars now with a bed sticking out the back. Leather, navigation, heated seats, electronic everything - you can pretty much get it all in a truck nowadays. The truck as a pure utility vehicle with vinyl seats, manual transmission, crank windows, and a rubber floor died out sometime in the 90's.

Comment Re:I don't want it - and I am in IT (Score 1) 417

I'm kind of in the same boat with the automatic climate control. I got it on my car, which is a '99 Infiniti. It's something that I didn't really want, but figured I could put up with. However, I've found that it's nice in the sense that I can just set the temperature and it figures out the best way to make it happen. I've probably gone months without touching the climate control system on my car. My only real complaint is that while it's supposed to turn on the defogger automatically if it thinks it's needed, it's not particularly good at it which means I often have to do it myself, which is a single button press. However, since it's an older car, the automatic climate control system has its own dedicated, single purpose buttons and VFD so overriding it is quick and easy. Using similar systems on newer cars where everything is touch or accessed through menus is a pain in the ass.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 417

Car manufacturers sell cars to people who buy new cars. Most people who buy new cars only keep them 3-4 years before they trade them in for the latest shiny new features, so they don't care about how the "infotainment" system is going to work in the long term. The people who buy used cars may care, but since these people don't buy used cars and not new cars the manufacturers really don't give a shit about them. The people who buy a new car and hang onto it for 15 years do exist, but they are a minority of the new car buyers.

Comment Re:Photoshop / Lightroom anxiety (Score 1) 425

I wouldn't sweat it too much at this point anyway. You've got almost 5 years of support left on Windows 7, and if you're willing to put up with Windows 8.1 you'll be supported until 2023. Though I'm not sure for how much longer you'll be able to easily get a Windows 8.1 license.

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