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Comment Re:independent living for parents (Score 1) 139

Assisted Living can be very expensive and technology can help solve some of these problems. My father has memory problems and might forget to take his medication or leave the range top on. I wrote a simple android app and put NFC stickers on his pill box. Each morning and night he uses a nexus 7 that I got him to scan the NFC tag which marks in a DB that I run that he has taken his meds. If by a certain time the DB hasn't been updated I get a notification my my phone to call my dad and check in. My dad enjoys being in the home that he and my mother built 30 years ago and he still gets out with friends. I wish I had a way to see that he left the range top on so I could help him stay even more safe, but for now and hopefully for the next few years assisted living would be a costly and unneeded situation for my father.

Comment Re:H.265 and DSL (Score 1) 261

AT&T has a FTTH set up in my sister-in-laws apartment and they still max out at 24Mbps (she did get an email that they will be offering 45 Mbps service "soon".) Their might not be a technical reason AT&T couldn't offer >100Mbps service, but they seem to like to standardize their offerings and limit bandwidth.

Comment Re:Well that's that (Score 3, Informative) 329

It would be suprising if this didn't happen. the API for 3rd party aps is still in beta and to sign up for the dev program right now tell you this sdk is for dev purposes right now and not production use.. ( https://developers.google.com/cast/downloads/ ) Eventually I expect the ability to cast content from my android devices, but for right now Google has been very clear to devs the state the cast is in right now.

Comment Re:Missing option (Score 1) 290

I too have ATT and officially they cap my bandwidth ( https://www.att.com/esupport/internet/usage.jsp#fbid=qsgXBi_1tA1 ) however when I try to check my usage I am informed that they do not have monitoring tools installed in my area yet, so I don't need to work about it. In general ATT DSL (or HSI in their terms) has a 150GB monthly cap (no clear indication if that is Download, upload, or both combined.) Uverse has a 250GB monthly cap.

Comment Re: Jobs vision was Eberharts vision (Score 1) 692

In what way was I trolling? It is a fact that Doug Engelbart worked for SRI ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Engelbart#SRI_and_the_Augmentation_Research_Center ) and that Siri was originally created by SRI ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siri_(software) ) I don't necessarily agree with the original comment, but it was interesting to see his connection between Jobs and 2 things that came from SRI ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SRI_International ).

Comment Re:$80 million (Score 1) 140

Naturally the RAW data from a GPS module will be very noisy and good software/firmware needs to be written to overcome the horrible SNR that will be present. However the issue that the Fermion was referring to, that google maps has led him astray, is more than likely an issue with the map data and not the GPS location calculated by the module. (with the notable exception of being in a place like NYC.)

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