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Comment Re:Not Selling stolen stuff (Score 1) 72

What other choice was there? Not take the deal and possibly end up with a life sentence along with the thousands of other non-violent offenders you folks have incarcerated? The U.S. justice system is completely broken. The lack of a victim in these "crimes" should rule out incarceration.

How a first-time drug charge became a life sentence for this mother of two

Update: President Obama granted Brant a clemency on Dec. 18, 2015, along with 94 other federal inmates. She was released from prison on Feb. 2, 2016
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"I'm like, 'I didn't kill anybody,'" Brant told me. "They say, 'So what did you do?' 'Well, I was in a relationship with a guy who dealt drugs.' And they're like, 'That's it?' "
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She's spent the last 21 years of her life behind bars on a first-time, nonviolent drug conspiracy charge.

Nobody in the history of Canada has ever been imprisoned for selling cannabis seeds. Strangely enough, when a U.S. citizen is caught selling illegal firearms across the border, your government refuses to extradite because it's not a crime in the U.S..

Strange?

Comment Re:Not Selling stolen stuff (Score 2) 72

Were his crimes violent and criminal in nature, which would warrant extradition, or is this essentially a civil case?

I don't think that will make the slightest bit of difference. Marc Emery was extradited to the US for selling seeds. Something that thousands of people are selling in a large number of states with no repercussions. Not a single person existed to say they were even harmed by him let alone suffered violence. The American government abducted a Canadian who had never set foot in the USA let alone committed any crimes there and held him for 5 years alongside murderers and rapists.

Comment Re:Much as I'd like to support Israeli companies (Score 1) 76

I bought their "Hummingboard" when it came out. It had horrible stability issues, many features didn't work and still don't. The support pages are full of dead links now. Total garbage, once bitten twice shy.

And I received a bunch of Israeli propaganda in my inbox after purchasing that was not expected or wanted.

Comment Re:Huh... (Score 1) 157

It's pretty much exactly the same thing as using Google Hangouts on Android, which can also be installed on OSX, iOS, in a browser, etc..

My personal phone is Android, work phone is iOS, personal laptop is a Macbook, work laptop is a PC. Hangouts works everywhere, and so I actively encourage friends and coworkers to use something that isn't vendor locked.

That's why it is a failing of iMessage. It's a pain in the ass having contacts who still use it.

Comment Re:I don't understand technology anymore (Score 1) 75

Every manufacturer seems to be doing it now at least in the higher end models. Lennox has iComfort, Trane has this POS from the topic, Carrier has Infinity. The thermostats are connected to the furnace with 4 wires. R = 24v, C = Common, "i+", and "i-". There's those same terminals at the Air Conditioner. The gas valve has Tx and Rx blinky lights, the blower motor too. The thermostat reads the outdoor temp from the air conditioner's thermistor through the bus, all sorts of sensors in the furnace are readable in the thermostat, CFM of the blower, pressure in the ductwork, supply and return temperatures, etc..

Comment Re:IOT isn't as easy as it sounds. (Score 1) 75

The problem isn't the switch to ECM. It's that they didn't make replacements for when they broke. So repairing a broken ECM inducer motor requires me to replace almost every electronic component in the furnace along with the associated labour costs to do it, even though I'm fully capable of doing it myself. They will not sell them to me.

Comment Re:IOT isn't as easy as it sounds. (Score 1) 75

I'm sure there's a cool factor that means something to somebody. But when you live in a climate that is -40 degrees (celsius and fahrenheit) at times, having your thermostat email you when the furnace has failed is definitely more than cool, it can save you thousands of dollars.

Comment Re:IOT isn't as easy as it sounds. (Score 1) 75

Even on boards without those terminals, you could if you wanted use relays to switch speeds powered by the EAC terminal which is powered any time the fan is on. Except the circuit board is so "smart", that it cant tell how fast the blower motor is spinning anymore and assumes it has failed.

Comment Re:IOT isn't as easy as it sounds. (Score 1) 75

Also.. Everything except the actual motor is made out of plastic. You cannot remove the impeller from the shaft of the motor without breaking it. Once it's broken it cannot be repaired to work reliably at 3000RPM. Even if you could replace it with an equivalent PSC motor and relays, the circuit board communicates with the inducer motor which is no longer there so it will never light the burner even though the pressure switch is closed.

Comment Re:I don't understand technology anymore (Score 3, Informative) 75

No its not. "Legacy" thermostats were essentially a few relays and some operator controls. 24VAC is fed to the thermostat terminal "R" from the furnace or air handler. When it wants the fan to run, it switches 24V to its terminal "G", when it wants heat it puts 24V on terminal "W", Cooling is terminal "Y".

These new "communicating" thermostats are a CANBUS network similar but much more poorly documented than the OBD one in your car. However it does things like send you an email when the furnace is failing, or when the temperature in your house has fallen to where you might have to worry about freezing pipes etc. It can tell you that it failed to ignite several times so you might want to book service before it fails completely.

I wish there was some online presence for people hacking these things. Inside my Lennox iComfort thermostat I found an SD card containing an OS called "MQX RTOS", and a i.MX287 processor.

Comment Re:IOT isn't as easy as it sounds. (Score 3, Interesting) 75

Over engineered crap. It definitely is worse than most other manufacturers. I learned this when the inducer motor went on my furnace. They sold a furnace with an ECM inducer motor (for efficiency sake?), then stopped making them. So now in order to replace the inducer motor you need a new circuit board, a standard less efficient than what was advertised PSC motor, and someone to completely rewire the furnace with the new wiring harness. Then you need to pay someone labour and parts markup to install the $1400 in parts which they wont sell to you because you're not "Trained in Trane".

Fuck you Trane. I hope you get hit by a Train.

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