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Comment Save yourself cash -- Don't buy Insteon products (Score 1) 124

I bought several Insteon SmartHome devices totalling well over $1000 -- light switches, i/o lincs, power outlets -- about 6 years ago to wire my house.

All of them have stopped working -- conveniently, after their warranty (some only 2-3 months after).

Insteon refused to refund/replace any of them, despite several emails/videos showing them how many stopped working.

Creating a "Smart" home is already pretty expensive, but even more-so if (WHEN) the devices break every few years.

Comment I love mine! (Score 1) 178

I had a RFID chip implanted in my hand 3 years ago, just for self-interest. ( I have no desire to enslave the human population in end-times )

It was inserted by a friend who's a registered nurse, with some Lanacane. (highly recommend the Lanacane!)

I chose my non-dominant hand in case something went horribly wrong, but there haven't been any complications.

It is very convenient and I use it daily. My house door locks, garage door opener, car door locks and safe are all accessible by a swipe of my hand, as well as a rfid reader by my bed that turns off all my house lights and lowers the house temperature for overnight.

I can understand the concerns people have about implanting chips - chipped bracelets/rings could all do the same thing and I haven't been able to convince my girlfriend to get one implanted yet -- but I just love the convenience of always having it with me.

Sadly, my workplace won't let me use my chip with their swipe access system. Which would have been super handy today, since I forgot my ID card, and had to walk around to the front entrance in the pouring rain.

Comment Restructure gone wrong (Score 4, Insightful) 300

One morning, we were all called into the boardroom. The I.T. director started by saying that the division was being re-organized and everyone in the room still had a job.

He then put up the new org. chart, with our new job titles, and reporting structures.

Some managers were demoted to frontline positions, without any prior private conversation with that manager.

And, one guy's name wasn't on the org. chart. My director forgot to pull him out before the meeting. So, turned out, everyone in the room did NOT have a job. And that guy went from "Whew, I still have a job" to "you're fired" in a very public way.

5 months later, the I.T. director was fired after the re-org proved to be a disaster.

Comment Just another fad... (Score 1) 489

To eventually be added to the heap with:

- Flash intros
- Putting "e" on the front of every word (eService, eGovernment, ePay)
- Blinking text
- QR Codes
- Hit Counters
- Frames
- Dancing Jesus

And followed later by:

- Share buttons to social media sites
- Large photo homepages with no text / lots of scrolling
- Hamburger menus

Comment Re:Direct from the Luddite in Chief (Score -1) 635

mindful that each flush & brush costs him about 43 cents to his privatized water provider

So, Joe reduces his water usage to save costs, or digs his own well, purifies the water, and sells "Standard Water" to his neighbours

he drops his 12 year old daughter off at the clothing factory she works at

Thankfully, there is no income tax deduction, so she receives all the value of her work.

After 2 years of working hard, she is the youngest employee to move up in to management, where she assists her fellow co-workers with receiving better pay by improving their skills

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