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Comment It's a special club (Score 1) 5

As The Offspring say, "The more you suffer, the more it shows you really care. Right?"

Of course I really haven't found anywhere better. There are some interesting discussions on Reddit sometimes. There are some good links at Hacker News but the discussion is usually not in a direction that is very interesting to me. Twitter is too constraining. Facebook? Well you know. It's useful to me in a social sense -- in that it helps me stay connected with non-technical people I care about. But it doesn't replace or compete with why I'm here.

So here I am. And I'll probably be here until they shut it down or something better comes along.

Comment Re:Why do you keep bothering with them? (Score 1) 5

There are a few programs that she needs to run that require windows or mac. I thought about going with apple but I wasn't sure about making that switch when everything else in my house is windows or linux. Going forward I may just make the jump.

But even if I moved towards mac/linux I'd still have at least one windows machine for games. So I was aiming to keep things simpler.

Anyway -- if Linux could do everything I needed, that would be it. But unfortunately that's not the case. And I've never been a fan of Apple products or their approach but it feels like Microsoft is pushing me in that direction with one bad decision after another.

Comment Re:needs a science editor (Score 1) 155

Yep, it's quite the opposite. If it was limited to working in complete darkness, one could save a little bit of money by getting rid of IR-pass filters that those devices need.

If it's going to use "visible" light, wouldn't it need IR and UV blocking filters?

Although since using light in a completely dark room kind of does away with the whole "completely dark" thing, I may have misunderstood where you were going with that.

Comment Re:does it work through walls? (Score 1) 155

IR doesn't always need to be direct line-of-sight. Most peoples' experience with IR is from TV remotes which generally do have to be aimed, but I've got a couple of devices whose remotes are powerful enough that pointing them just about anywhere in the room will control the device. It is possible to use refraction if the setup is designed for it.

And if you have a white or light-colored ceiling or wall, you can use reflection as well.

We have an overhead light fixture in the same room as the main television, and it has a flat white diffuser under its 4 incandescent bulb sockets, and I can carom a remote beam off of that quite easily if I'm standing in the right spot.

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