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Comment Re: Adblock (Score 1) 212

It'd be nice if this proper OS existed at the present time because I'm not going back to Amiga despite its lack of viruses. I'm reading between the lines here, but I infer you are setting up Linux or a BSD variant as this hypothetical proper OS, all of which have their fair share of vulnerabilities and are even harder for non-technical end users to configure correctly to avoid problems.

Comment Re: Unsurprising (Score 5, Insightful) 441

Sometimes you don't want to put a 450 kg warhead through somebody's window when an 8 kg warhead will do.
Sometimes you don't know how many targets there are until you're near the target.
Sometimes you need to use additional missiles if the first wasn't sufficient and can't afford the non-trivial flight time for a second launch.
Sometimes you want to go home without blowing things up and without wasting 1.6M USD.

There are advantages to having a reusable launch platform in the area, whether that be a UAV or a strike fighter.

Comment Re:Pilot still needs a UAS license? (Score 4, Interesting) 124

Nevermind, it's not clear from the summary, but all of the articles mention this. Yes there is still licensing, no the rules are not as strenuous as a full pilot's license (no medical, etc).
FPV flight is still dead without a waiver. Interestingly, you can fly above 400' as long as you are within 400' of a structure (eg, for remote visual inspection of tall buildings).

Comment Re:Still pretty crusty on laptops (Score 1) 88

I'm glad you're able to repair defects that only occur on hardware you don't own, that you can't reproduce, and can't validate as fixed for hardware/firmware with no vendor support, having no published specification, and will be obsoleted in only a few years. There are hundreds of different platforms to support when nobody follows the spec. Most people consider that somewhere between "frustratingly difficult" and "damn near impossible."

Comment Re:Yeah, whatever ARM (Score 4, Insightful) 90

[..]constantly updated, but also a limited number of hardware variants and software configurations.[..]

Are we talking about the same Android? You seem to have enumerated where android is the weakest; poor vendor update frequency, many varied hardware platforms, a plethora of vendor or user customized software configurations.

Comment Re:Yawn ... (Score 2) 228

Argument failure on my part. After reading subsequent posts you made clarifying your position, no, I don't see any advantage for the common consumer to go out and replace all their old things with new ones. Someone like me might like that I can use my phone to one-click reconfigure my tv and receiver to play video games or select a movie on netflix and have the tv switch inputs to whatever and just start playing it--heck I can do this now, but IoT should make it much easier. Granted there are a crapload of privacy concerns exactly like you and other commenters have cited that are of serious concern. That stated, given the low incremental cost of enabling IoT on a device, it's pretty damn likely to end up in all products whether you like it or not.

Comment Re:Yawn ... (Score 2) 228

I think you're going to wake up one morning and realize the internet-of-things revolution happened quietly around you. Either that or you're going to get dragged kicking and screaming into an internet-of-things world much like the textile workers of the early 1800s who opposed industrialization.

For the most part, the necessary tech artifacts you're talking about already exist. You can already order a mesh-routed, IPv6 aware radio IC for pretty cheap (6LoWPAN, example part by TI). It's been 4 years since NXP Semi demo'd occupancy-aware lighting modules. For me at least, intelligent lighting is a big deal because lighting costs are the third highest contributor to my electric bill.

The hardest parts, in my opinion, are pushing for standardization of interfaces to keep complexity and cost down, and ever-important though higher-visibility now, security and access control. There are already significant working groups dedicated to these tasks, for example, the goog/nest, ARM, samsung, et.al. in the Thread group. But there are a ton of different and incompatible ways to do the same thing; ANT+, bluetooth LE, zigbee, and 6lowpan are just the low power ones I can think of off the top of my head. And that's just the physical through network OSI layers, it doesn't begin to address announcement of features (zeroconf, etc.) to each other or standardized interface presentation to the user (????).

So where are the products? Well, Nest gen2 thermostat is IoT-enabled. Fitbit monitors all wirelessly update your stats and profile. Apple's [i]watch and the moto360 smart watch are both network-aware. Even companies outside of the consumer electronics sphere are getting invested, like Chevorlet's automotive lte/wifi.

Granted, these aren't the groundbreaking, for-every-person products you're talking about, but the tech infrastructure is coming into its own. Product development takes time and age is only going to make the baseline models cheaper, more capable, more standard, and more prevalent. There's a lot of work to be done yet, but given the number of people and companies invested in IoT consumer electronics industry-wide, it's hard to imagine a world where everyone simply gave up on the tech instead of working out the problems.

Comment Re:Fuck Me (Score 3, Insightful) 553

A services manager, actually. It starts and stops services on the system, and if they go down, it optionally restarts them. The fact that many services need to start when the system starts is somewhat incidental to the purpose of systemD.

The task you have described seems like something that could be sanely done outside pid1 without worrying that a defect in its significantly larger-than-average-init codebase could cause the entire system to reboot.

Though I guess some might consider that a feature; at least you know you'll never be running without systemd.

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