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Comment Re:20 devices isn't enough (Score 1) 119

Serious question......what benefit do you get from a dishwasher being attached to the internet?

You can monitor how much time is left in the cycle, it will notify you if the rinse agent is low and needs refilling, and if you use dish detergent pods, you can have it automatically keep track of how many pods you've used and reorder pods on Amazon for you (similar to Amazon Dash Button) automatically when you are running low.

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Comment 20 devices isn't enough (Score 5, Insightful) 119

I had to ditch my Netgear Nighthawk Router because it only supported 64 WiFi devices. I have close to 100 WiFi devices (mostly IoT) in my house at this time. I switched to Google WiFi Mesh Router because it can actually handle all the devices I have.

But here's a short list of most of what is connected to my WiFi Network and I plan on adding more in the future:

Haiku Homes Lights (40), Switches (10), and Fans (7)
Mitsubishi Ductless Heating System (4 Headers)
Ecobee (controls a Boiler)
Nest Thermostat (controls a forced air HVAC system)
Nest Cameras (4 Outdoor, 3 Indoor)
Nest Smoke and CO Alarms (4)
TP-Link Switches (2 lights, 5 others)
GE Dishwasher
Samsung Washer + Dryer
Sense Electrical Monitor
Amazon Echos (2 regular, 2 dots)
Yamaha Receivers (2)
Samsung TVs (4)
Google Chromcast (4)
Apple TV (2)
Amazon Fire (2)
Harmony Ultimates (2 Remotes, 2 Hubs)

My guess is people who are actively pursuing Smart Home Technologies will need much higher than 20 device capacity.

Comment Re:What bothers me (Score 2) 434

So she illegally ran a private email server.

Actually, her use of a private email server was legal. The requirement that email servers for official government business must be on a government server was an amendment to the Federal Records Act that was passed in late 2014, *AFTER* Clinton had resigned as secretary of state. It's worth noting that previous Sec of States, including Colin Powell, also used private email servers (legally) for government business although the RNC-hosted services "lost" all of his emails so we'll never see what thoughts went into, say, the Iraq War Part 2.

Deleted requested emails after a subpoena for them.

She claims that she deleted only e-mails of a personal nature and handed over all of the "requested" emails. It's your word against hers.

Emailed classified information from an unsecure server to Sydney.

The information in question was classified at a later date. It was not classified at the time it was transmitted.

Lied to Congress about it.

Again, no proof of wrongdoing yet, unless you believe everything that Fox News is saying. So far there is only the fact that a couple of officials have asked to open an investigation.

Also, considering that there have been something like 55 investigations and hearings into Benghazi and not a single one of them has found any fault for Clinton, I'm going to take any "inquiry" requests with a grain of salt until there is an actual factual finding of wrongdoing.

Comment Re:Likely misdemeanor mishandling of classified in (Score 1, Flamebait) 434

Do you remember when the RNC accidentally wiped as many as 22 million emails from their private servers -- including 379GB of data from gwb43.com, the email server that was used by Bush and Cheney as well as White House staffers who were told to use the private servers rather than the gov't ones.

Not to mention that for 2001-2004, these servers automatically deleted emails older than 30 days. And then there's the fact that Karl Rove used these private servers (also RNC hosted) and continued to delete emails for at least a year after they changed their rentention policies.

Furthermore, Colin Powell used the private email server as well as Secretary of State and all of his private emails were lost.

And mind you... here's a few disasters they discussed in those deleted e-mails on private servers: The leaking of Valerie Plame's CIA identity, the decisions to fire 7 US attorneys who were investigating Republican political scandals, the Patriot Act and the initiation of the NSA warrantless wiretapping program, the highly-secretive Cheney Energy Task Force, lobbying of Medicare Part D (which they knew was an unfunded deficit bomb), the administrative response to Hurricane Katrina, etc. Not to mention the whole Iraq War and the Abu Ghraid prison torture policies.

Oh, and NO ONE WAS EVER PUNISHED.

Comment Re:Monster Business School (Score 1) 288

Ugh... sorry bad formatting, the quote parent didn't come through?

What you really want is a connector plated the same as the connector you're connecting it to. If it's tin-plated, use a tin-plated connector. If it's gold-plated, use gold. What I don't know of is any tin-plated cables which include a sacrificial zinc anode. In motoring (and presumably other places with metal bolted to metal) we use zinc anti-seize where dissimilar metals meet because it gets eaten up first, which is handy. I'm not sure if that applies to tin, though. Also in motoring, tin is what's used as an intermediate between steel or copper and aluminum.

Tin is used for solder but in alloys which reduce whiskering, but you certainly don't want pure tin or zinc used for your connectors with tons of very close signal lines because both of them have issues with whiskering which can lead to shorts... especially at points where mechanical stress can occur (flexing of the connection).

Comment Re:Monster Business School (Score 1) 288

What you really want is a connector plated the same as the connector you're connecting it to. If it's tin-plated, use a tin-plated connector. If it's gold-plated, use gold. What I don't know of is any tin-plated cables which include a sacrificial zinc anode. In motoring (and presumably other places with metal bolted to metal) we use zinc anti-seize where dissimilar metals meet because it gets eaten up first, which is handy. I'm not sure if that applies to tin, though. Also in motoring, tin is what's used as an intermediate between steel or copper and aluminum.

Tin is used for solder but in alloys which reduce whiskering, but you certainly don't want pure tin or zinc used for your connectors with tons of very close signal lines because both of them have issues with whiskering which can lead to shorts... especially at points where mechanical stress can occur (flexing of the connection).

Comment Re:Access time latency (Score 1) 162

Until the engine decides to redundantly load the same package again, it won't be cached (ie first time is off disk and latter times off RAM). A good engine limits the number of times redundant loads occur. And unless you have an abundance of RAM, it's typically pointless to cache a very large file that is read at a slower speed than what the disk will actively serve as well.

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