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Comment Re:Reactions? (Score 1) 229

Exactly - I doubt he'd get such fun reactions if he sat in the corner of a room and aimed his camera at people (say like the surveillance he's trying to bring attention to), but his videos show that he's clearly trying to violate peoples' personal space by getting in their face. He's probably get the same reactions if he shoved his shoe at them.

Comment Re:Double standards (Score 1) 442

Obama has openly admitting to planning to arm Al-Queda associated rebels in Syria

That's one way to put it - the other way would be to actually listen to what he said which was that he supported giving weapons to rebels, but we need to be careful who we give them to. Since Al-Queda is against most governments, you could say any rebel group is "Al-Queda associated".

It's also not "the DEFINITION of treason" since "Al-Queda associated rebels" are not the enemy of the US. Supporting them could be a problem (probably end up with genocide either way), but it could also make them friendly to the US

Comment Re:just what the world needs (Score 1) 401

Who says the switch on the wall has to control power to the bulb? Seems kind of silly to be routing power through all the walls anyways.

It seems you've already found similar technology useful! You find that 5 minutes is a good amount of time after you've parked your car to have lights - now how about expanding that thinking. Maybe the bedroom light could turn on at night after you shut off the TV in the living room.

The advantage to these are they use already common and existing technology. Most places already have a wifi network setup - no need to set up a redundant one for the lighting. WiFi is an established standard with plenty of devices.

Comment Re:just what the world needs (Score 1) 401

No one's suggesting the only way to turn on the lights should be to use the smart phone - it's just one option that can be made available. You can bump the switch with your elbow when your arms are full OR you can have the lights turn on when your phone is in range after you come home OR automatically turn on when your garage opens and it's dark at the end of the day OR you can turn them on from a button in your car OR wire them up to a motion sensor somewhere completely different.

There are endless possibilities once you have the technology in place, but you're limited to very few options if you're required to flip a switch on a wall to control your lights. But I get it - smart phones are complicated and those damn kids use them too much already so no one should have more technology - especially not nerds on a tech news site.

Comment Re:What a dumbass idea (Score 1) 401

LED bulbs (even with extra electronics) are already much more power efficient than other bulbs. They also have some definite advantages such as changing colors and lifespan. Controlling the lighting can do a lot to improve the atmosphere of a space. It's easy to change intensity and color of LEDs, so pretty much anything is possible. You can have a rave in your apartment or a flickering fire in your den or just a low blue nightlight in your hallway.

Honestly I'm amazed at the resentment of so many /. users to being able to control their environments electronically. Nerds are the ones that embrace technology and push the cool ways to automate simple tasks like switching light switches BEFORE it gets to the mainstream. Guess people are getting old and starting to fear change and these new fangled smart phone connected devices.

Comment Re:just what the world needs (Score 1) 401

The LIFX ones haven't been available that long (except for the kickstarters). It's a more complete solution than others that have been available.

Why bother to have switches at all when you can have lights controlled by your smart phone? Could even do some cool hacks so the lights come on automatically when your phone is in range and it's during hours that would be dark.

Comment Re:Modern Jesus (Score 1) 860

I had to go the same way - especially with NCIS LA where 50% of the time, the suspect would be killed by the team or interrogated in a secret...boathouse with no lawyer. Not to mention the "hacking". My girlfriend got mad at me for making comments so I'm not allowed in the room anymore while it's on.

Comment Re:Science or Not (Score 1) 476

There really aren't two sides - it's like comparing evolution with ID - the experts are overwhelmingly on one "side".

Saying "well he's going to pollute so I might as well too" is a horrible philosophy. We can do our part to move to better energy sources, and pressure China to follow, but China is not even going to consider it if the US is using the very same fuel.

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