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The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System 252

An anonymous reader writes with this story about who will lead the IoT revolution, and whether it will follow in mobile's footsteps. "As these technologies sense and and react to changes in your environment, there are obvious parallels to computer operating systems, which receive input and return output. What does the 'operating system' for the smart home of the future look like? Alex Hawkinson is trying to help answer that very question. The founder and CEO of IoT company SmartThings is not only a leader in the market, he’s a consumer. He suggests there won’t be a singular, cohesive operating system for your home, that this stuff isn’t one-size-fits-all. 'I think it’s up to everyone to determine their own bits,' Hawkinson said. 'Some people love cameras in house, my wife wants none. It’s up to your preferences.'”

Comment Re:Will Not Pay (Score 1) 85

100% Agree with this you want me to pay for it then no ads!! This is the only reason I refuse to subscribe to Hulu-plus no way in hell I'm paying them just so I can watch ads. And this is the reason NetFlix and Amazon Prime have my money No ADS!! As long as HBO goes Ad free then I may subscribe to them as well then I'm done that should be all I need or want.

Comment Re:I can hear the hipster rejoice from here (Score 3, Informative) 88

While I generally agree with you I have to admit that I live in North Pflugerville (between Austin and Round Rock) about 2 miles from Dell in a new neiborhood. I have had Fiber to my house since I moved in 7 years ago. While there is no telling when if ever Google will come to my area as soon as they anounced they were coming to Austin AT&T finally got off there butt and turned on all the fiber they already had installed all over the area. True if you are in an older neiborhood it will be awhile before you get fiber but if you happen to live in a newer neiborhood (less than 7-8 years old) there is a good chance you already have fiber to the home and that means 1Gig from AT&T. So far the service has been fantastic! Yea it's AT&T and I would prefer Google but hey they are matching Googles price and speed so no complaints at this point.


HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes Has Died 66

camperdave writes Author Daniel Keyes has died at 86. Keyes is best known for his Hugo Award winning classic SF story Flowers for Algernon and the film version Charly. Keyes was born August 9, 1927 in New York. He worked variously as an editor, comics writer, fashion photographer, and teacher before joining the faculty of Ohio University in 1966, where he taught as a professor of English and creative writing, becoming professor emeritus in 2000. He married Aurea Georgina Vaquez in 1952, who predeceased him in 2013; they had two daughters.

Comment Re:Like the old days! (Score 2) 229

No even better do like Google and become the ISP Screw AT&T and all the rest of the ISPs and just do it yourself. Lets remember some of these content providers do have Very Deep pockets and the Technical know how to build it themselfs. And as Google is finding out you can make money at it. True maybe not as much as the other buisness but still enough that it pays for itself which is all they care about.

This is the real threat that AT&T and the others have to worry about at night. And as they continue to go down this path of squezzing the content providers the content providers start to look at the costs and really start to wonder why can't we just replace them and do it ourself.

Google Fiber is the opening shoot in this war don't be surprised if they don't have another and maybe bigger gun to aim at the AT&T and Verizons of the world. Just think what would happen if Google got in the bidding war for TMobile they can certinally afford to buy them and it would really shake up the wireless landscape.


Two Changes To Quirky Could Change The World 103

" has generated a lot of buzz," writes frequent contributor Bennett Haselton, "but it's hard to see how it could ever be more than a novelty unless they change two key features of their process. Fortunately, they already have all the infrastructure in place for bringing inventions to fruition, so that with these two changes, Quirky really could deliver on their early promise to change the way products get invented." Read on for Bennett's thoughts — which seem more sensible than quirky.

Comment Re:Oh, Linus; so adorable when you are angry. (Score 2) 208

... he just doesn't want sign off the ability to boot Linux on UEFI+Secure Boot to some big company.

But I'll be you he would love to have control of it himself. He's done a lot of good for computing in general, but his ego and attitudes often eclipses his accomplishments.

No he does not want control of this or any thing on the users machine. That is his whole point. He wants the user to be in control not some 3rd party.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot - All new computer parts [burglary]

sc30317 writes: Dear Slashdotters, I am in a bit of an unusual conundrum; my house got robbed on Friday, and all of our electronics got stolen. Everything. Now, I have to go out and buy all new electronics with the insurance money. We had 5 TVs (don't ask), 3 Laptops, a Bose Sound dock with iPod, a digital camera and a Desktop stolen. It's looking like I am going to get around $10K from the insurance company to replace everything. What would you do if you had to replace ALL of your technology in your house at once?
I'm thinking:

* Replace TVs
* Nice Desktop
* New speakers
* New, cool stuff I don't know about (suggestions welcome)

I already added a DVR security system, so hopefully the new things won't get burgled! Looking for suggestions to utilize my money in order to get the best stuff. Also, no windows computers allowed in my house [because this IS slashdot, after all]


Comment Re:Languages (Score 4, Insightful) 371

Graphics means using a well supported library, so Perl/Tk is the better choice than Java/Swing.

Um...I do not think "well supported library" means what you think it means. Tk is old and crufty. Swing isn't much better, but if you're doing graphics you're almost certainly doing it with SDL or some other accelerated system, and you wouldn't use Swing for that either.

Tk is not as old and crufty as you think. It has been updated allot recently

Java/Swing actually has a very fast fully accelerated OpenGL drawing pipeline that is even supported on Linux. And yes many graphics heavy applications are buildt using Java/Swing The problem with swing is that it takes some heavy study time to learn how to do it correctly and not make your interface suck. But done correctly Java can keep up with most things out there. It's the done correctly part that is hard.


Submission + - Gorgeous Photos of a Transonic F-22A Fighter Jet!

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor pilot wasn't fooling around on 1 April 2007 during the 42nd Naval Base Ventura County Air Show held at Point Mugu, California, USA. When the F-22A fighter jet reached the transonic flight regime, nature responded with vapor galore — stunning and spectacular Prandtl-Glauert (P-G) clouds. Associated Press photographer Richard Vogel was there and snapped these gorgeous pictures of the F-22A's P-G clouds.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Guest Worker Visas Hurting American Jobs

Malggi writes: "The Economic Policy Institute has released a Briefing Paper outlining the effect of high-skill guest worker visas on the job market, and the news is not good. From the paper:

This briefing paper focuses on two key policy mechanisms for high-skill labor mobility and immigration, the H-1B and the L-1 guest worker visas.1 In practice these programs not only fail to meet their policy goals, they actually work against them. And more importantly, the vast expansion of the H-1B program passed by the U.S. Senate last year will make the programs even more harmful. If these H-1B provisions were to be signed into law, the consequences are obvious: they would directly lead to more offshore outsourcing of jobs, displacement of American technology workers, decreased wages and job opportunities for those same workers, and the discouragement of young people from entering science and engineering fields.

TrueDisc Error Correction for Disc Burning? 68

An anonymous reader asks: "Macintouch has a link to a new piece of software — TrueDisc — which claims to make data burned to record-able discs more reliable. More specifically it uses interleaved redundant cells to rebuild data should part of the disc be scratched. On the developer's blog they say they plan to create an open-source implementation of the TrueDisc system, now that it is not going to be included in the Blu-ray/HD-DVD standards. Have any of you used this software before, and what alternatives are already available?"

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