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Comment Re:This is how you spell "shakedown"... (Score 1) 52

The car is not compliant, that's why they are offering returns & payouts. It makes no difference if people care about compliance or not, it is legally required to be compliant in order to be on the road, period.

Then, if people choose to get a fix they will be left with a car that is less powerful, because that's how the cheat mode worked. People will end up with a worse car than they bought, and that's why they are offering compensation payments.

But don't let the facts get in the way of a whinge!

Comment More to home automation that ordering milk. (Score 1) 91

Not really convinced this is a "serious" platform for home automation - turning on Hue lights or playing music via voice command is hipster cool, but where is the deep support for real physical infrastructure:

- X10 and Zwave lighting
- Thermostats of all varieties, including the dumb kind
- Infrared, with support for both regular home theatre gear AND wall mounted air conditioners.
- Curtain / blind controllers and aircon zone controllers
- Relay contact outputs
- Energy monitoring and trending

Then, what about all of the rules that make Home Automation automated?

Comment Re:Courage (Score 3, Insightful) 761

Not only that, but everyone hated floppy's. They were slow, had poor capacity, and were unreliable. When USB storage came on the scene it was a massive improvement and has only continued to get better.

By comparison I dont know many people who have a problem with wired headphones. I've had a few wireless sets over the year and for portable applications they've mostly sucked due to having two batteries to worry about.

Comment My ISP is doing the opposite (Score 1) 422

It's rare to say that Australia has better internet but I'm guessing Verizon sets the bar quite low.

Anyway, I'm on a mid-tier ADSL plan with my ISP iiNet for AU$60 per month. Initially it started around 100+100GB monthly quota, but every year or so they email me to let me know they are increasing the quote. First it went to 200+200GB, then 1TB anytime.

Just two days ago they emailed me to let me know they were removing all limits. Apparently 1TB per month wasn't competitive enough and want to give me extra!!

Comment Re:Chicken little nonsense (Score 1) 595

I've probably used about 3 different wireless bluetooth audio devices and had varying levels of quality, some of them approach the analog audio out but none have been better:

- Bluetooth hands-free headset about 7 years ago. Phone calls were OK, PC audio was a shockingly bad.
- Bluetooth sports headphones, before A2DP. Noticable compression and distortion
- UE Boom bluetooth speaker. Uses A2DP I assume, quality is OK but hard to tell on such a limited speaker. Fine for ambience.
- JVC Bluetooth car head unit. Uses A2DP, and since the speakers/amp are better i can hear some of the compression. Like a low end MP3 I guess, noticeably worse than the high bitrate MP3's stored on the phone. It's a reasonable compromise for convenience though.

So yes, things are improving, but it's not great yet.

Comment Re:This is what passes for innovation (Score 1) 595

It's a massively valid complaint to me. I have owned several wireless headphones before and charging is a real annoyance.

The only reason I tolerate my current wireless PC headphones is I built a custom docking station with induction charger, but that's not realistic option with mobile devices.

Comment Re:Chicken little nonsense (Score 2) 595

I'd argue that Bluetooth is not great, and despite having shitty amps inside phones, the analog audio is still significantly higher quality than that Bluetooth audio. Not to mention that Bluetooth is noticeably laggy for anything interactive.

Also dont forget that Bluetooth needs a powered receiver and I dont want to have to charge another farking device every few hours.

Sure, Bluetooth has it's place, but I would be disappointed if it was the only option.

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