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Comment Okay, here are my thoughts (Score 1) 303

1. If you're doing a shed, then the windows and door should be secured; get keypad/key lock, self-locking, that saves you a lot of "did I lock the door", and "where's the key" questions. Get some security bars for the windows without making it feel like jail. Consider shatter-proof windows, or a nice steel mesh if you want to open the windows in good weather. Google some options. Get a steel door and steel door jambs if you won't want someone to kick in the door.
2. Put in some sturdier material on the walls other than half-inch plywood. Insulate, vapor barrier, etc. Make sure you have a solid foundation and water-proof where the wood may be in contact. Keep the shed 1-2 inches off the ground.
3. Get some proper electrical wiring and a shut off switch, or a sub-panel. If you want backup batteries, a consumer UPS won't do the trick especially if you want a rack of servers.
4. If you run cable from the house to the shed, do it undergound, use pvc piping and go at least 2 feet undergound. Run at least two cables and a string/wire to fish more in the future.
5. Get a good view without being distracted and bothered by glare.
6. Splurge on good flooring.
7. Figure out what your ideal desk arrangement is and build the shed accordingly (U-desk, L-desk,
8. Get cable locks
9. Backup to a location inside the house or "cloud"
10. Build a quality roof.
11. Sound-proof, especially the roof.
12. Have a security camera pointed a the shed and inside it if you can

Transportation

US Regulators Seek To Reduce Road Deaths With Smartphone 'Driving Mode' (theguardian.com) 291

US regulators are seeking to reduce smartphone-related vehicle deaths with a new driving-safe mode that would block or modify apps to prevent them being a distraction while on the road. From a report on The Guardian:The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are to issue voluntary guidelines for smartphone makers, which will seek to restrict the apps and services accessible on a smartphone being used by a driver. US transport secretary Anthony Foxx said: "Your smartphone becomes so many different things that it's not just a communication device. Distraction is still a problem. Too many people are dying and being injured on our roadways." The NHTSA is hoping that Apple, Samsung and other popular smartphone manufacturers will adopt the guidelines in future smartphone and software releases. The so-called driving mode will block distractions such as social media, messages or email, stop the use of the keyboard for communication activities and also restrict access to websites, video and distracting graphics. The intention is that the driving mode will be adopted in a similar manner to the airplane mode common to most smartphones and connected devices, which restricts radio communications while airborne. Airplane mode has been a feature of smartphones since 2007.
The Internet

Tech Firms Seek To Frustrate Internet History Log Law (bbc.com) 85

Plans to keep a record of UK citizens' online activities face a challenge from tech firms seeking to offer ways to hide people's browser histories. Internet providers will soon be required to record which services their customers' devices connect to -- including websites and messaging apps. From a report on BBC: The Home Office says it will help combat terrorism, but critics have described it as a "snoopers' charter". Critics of the law have said hackers could get access to the records. "It only takes one bad actor to go in there and get the entire database," said James Blessing, chairman of the Internet Service Providers' Association (Ispa), which represents BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and others. "You can try every conceivable thing in the entire world to [protect it] but somebody will still outsmart you. "Mistakes will happen. It's a question of when. Hopefully it's in tens or maybe a hundred years. But it might be next week."

Comment Competitor to SlingTV? (Score 1) 45

This service sounds pretty much the same thing as what Dish is offering with Sling TV.

I actually cancelled cable and have now a couple of Nvidia Shield's with Sling TV. Works quite well; some channels provide on-demand, some channels allow you to watch programming from the last 24 hours, and of course. Works fine for us for now; I got the basic package plus blue package. You can watch up to three devices at the same time.

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