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Comment Re:Am A Noob Too (Score 5, Insightful) 277

Dude, I'm not a network technician but I've been putting computers together since the late 80s and have been running Linux OSs as my desktop OS for over a decade now...

And I couldn't set up the network you described without some serious googling.

How are we supposed to expect normal people to do it? Do routers come with VLAN set up out of the box, jailed so that it doesn't send data out of your network? Somehow I doubt it.

Normal people are screwed, until routers are set up to manage IoT networks by default.

And let's be real: Normal people aren't going to buy a separate access point if their router has Wifi built in.

Comment TV? Or video device? (Score 1) 207

62 percent of consumers plan to buy a consumer electronics viewing device in the next 12 months; 33 percent plan to buy a smartphone, and 29 percent plan to buy a TV. "Consumers are showing a strong preference for 4K,"

Did they just include mobile phones in their 4K penetration data? If so, it seems somewhat misleading.

I would certainly like more pixels in my mobile phone and computer screen. 4K TV? Not so much.

Comment Re:Refunds? (Score 1) 341

A couple weeks ago I was in a Wells Fargo to deposit a check (I hate going to banks for numerous reasons). It wasn't busy and I overheard a teller dealing with a client next to me.

The client spoke broken English and I heard the teller explaining to him that he was being charged a fee because the balance in his checking account was below the required minimum. No compassion. No effort to try to mitigate the fee or move him into a no-fee account. The individual was sheepish and thanked the teller and just left.

Frankly I wish banks were required to insist on individuals to keep open a no-fee checking account in order to open any other accounts with them. And if they don't offer no-feee checking, they should refer the individual to a competitor or a credit union (and be obligated to tell the individual that a credit union can offer all the benefits to an individual with low income that a bank could).


Comment Refunds? (Score 2) 341

The bank agreed to pay $185 million in fines, along with $5 million to refund customers.

So they created millions of fake accounts and charged them fees ... and now they're required to only refund $5million to customers? Is each account only going to be refunded $5, or am I missing something here.

If this was an individual and not a bank, he (or she) would be going to jail. This sounds like a collaborative effort. Why isn't a racketeering investigation taking place?

Comment Re:Not Really Required.... (Score 1) 113

On my Model S, I get about 29 miles for every hour of charge. At 10 hours a night, that's 290 miles.

So, true, for home charging you're getting close to the upper limit ... and it's quite rare that I travel > 200 miles in a day.

But it's so comforting to know that I have a lot of extra wiggle room on those road trips with the family, when we don't know exactly which place we're going.

BTW, on the supercharger it's pretty common to get >190 miles for at least the first hour of charge. It slows down dramatically as you get close to the full charge, of course.

Comment Re:Autopilot is a glorified cruise control (Score 1) 277

I went with a friend when he picked up his Tesla about 6 months ago. Even at that time the delivery specialist told him that he should not take his hands of the steering wheel and that it's essentially adaptive cruise control which also helps keeps the vehicle in the lane.

Why customers think they can absolve responsibility is beyond me.

Comment Rolling 5 is a good deal... (Score 1) 111

I actually loved the original Hulu.

The idea that I could watch the latest five episodes of a TV show with associated commercials baked in (and unskipable) was quite nice. I certainly stopped pirating those shows.

The problem with Hulu was that they slowly made more of their stuff behind paywalls. This move to a different website is a good solution. Keep the free stuff on Yahoo and paywalled stuff on Hulu.

Comment Re:Trump will succeed because... (Score 1) 413

Will Trump being president be a disaster, probably.. but at least it would shake things up[...]

Yeah. I've been gaining some weight lately and need a shake up. But there's no way I'm injecting myself with HIV to do it.

No, I don't think Trump would cause World War 3. There are too many safeguards to prevent a president from going 'rogue'. But I also don't think his policies would be good for either the country or the world.

Comment Re:Nice, but a little late... (Score 2) 65

I'd happily trade the ability to remove stock Apple apps to be able to open addresses directly in Google Maps...

Perhaps if you don't have the Apple Maps app installed and you have another app that exposes the same functionality, it will be allowed to be opened by default when an address is selected? (Just like in most other operating systems.)

Apple will have to be very careful about this.

It's cool if it's Google Maps or Waze as the mapping application. Not so cool if it's Fandango or Angry Birds.

Comment I decided to educate myself instead (Score 1) 507

Sure you can get a smart TV with everything built into it. And complain that the TV is dreadfully slow at running it's 'Apps'.

Or you can stick all your devices on the TV's 4-5 HDMI ports. And complain of all the wires in a tangled mess behind the TV.

Or spend a few minutes and understand what a receiver does. At which time you will understand that you can plug all your media devices into the receiver and a single HDMI cord from the receiver to the TV and do just about whatever you want. If you want to get rid of most of the remote controls, then get the Logitech Harmony 650 or similar universal remote control with lots of hardware buttons on it.

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