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Comment Re:Last mile (Score 1) 113

That is the model where I live, finally. It works marvelously. My speeds make everyone I know jealous (256Mbit synchronous, with a 1Gbit copper connection into the house) and my costs are certainly no worse, it only costs slightly more than the lowest-speed packages from the local incumbents, including a home number. It was a requirement for me to get into one of the served areas when I moved the family; and now that we've had it, we don't want to live anywhere else. Everyone I talk to is jealous and would vote for it in their city if it came up.

The most important thing is open access to the fiber network though. Without that, it's just another crappy local monopoly ISP.

Comment How to Lie with Surveys (Score 1) 124

34 percent of Americans believe it would cost $5,000 or more to turn their home into a smart home

Which is probably true, since "a smart home" is defined by most people as "All (or most of) my lights and devices connected to an automation system and controllable." At $30-45 per light switch, power outlet, or device-controller, it adds up quickly in even a small home. (My home is not small, and I would easily go over $5k if I wanted to swap out just switches)

the average person starts with just 4 smart devices, and spends about $200.

Yeah, starts with a hub (Usually just under $100 by itself) and a couple of lights or sensors. They generally expand beyond that.

I work in a very nerdy industry and of those who have smart devices in their home, there are a lot of Alexas and wifi light-bulbs, a few Ring door bells, and one guy who's going the DIY route and rolling his own Arduino-based (Mostly ESP8266) gear. Almost none of these people will claim they have "a smart home" though they have "some smart devices." For most non-nerds, this is beyond their capabilities and they look at it as an ROI exercise: "How long will I need this stuff for it to offset the cost of electricity and installation?"

Comment My Current Podcasts (Score 1) 268

I've been listening to various podcasts for almost eight years now. A lot have come and gone, but my two long-time favorites are:

Escape Pod - Weekly short-form science fiction. These guys have been around since almost the beginning of podcasting. This is their sci-fi show. They also have horror (Pseudopod) and fantasy (Podcastle) among others.

StarShipSofa - Also weekly short-form sci-fi but more than just stories. This is an audio magazine with regular articles about science news (Delivered by a biology professor), genre history (Delivered by a history professor), interviews and more. It's part of the District of Wonders (Which also has horror, fantasy, and used to have pulp and crime before those shows withered away).

More recently I've been listening to these and getting a lot of interesting thought topics out of them.

The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe - Skeptical thinking, science news of all types (Astro physics, biology, technology, etc), interviews, and more. This one usually runs a bit long.

You Are Not So Smart - Psychology deep dives into various topics (logical fallacies, changing people's minds, detecting bullshit, etc).

Comment Re:Here (Score 2) 303

I'm in the market. Aeron seems to be the usual "best" recommendation, anything else?

Just about anything with a mesh back and bottom panel. I have an old Aeron at work and a cheap mesh office chair from CostCo at home. The Aeron is a more robust chair, but the CostCo knock-off brand works quite well. It keeps me significantly cooler than a padded office chair and it's plenty supportive. It's all personal preference, but I very much enjoy being less sweaty while sitting at my desk.

Comment Re:Check out Huawei Fit (Score 1) 193

If your core function is to track your activity, sleep, and heart rate only, sure. Some of us liked being able to handle calls (reject or answer if wearing a headset), handle our playlists, handle calendar events, and deal with notifications without whipping out our phones all the time.

Comment Re: For those that were eagerly awaiting.... (Score 2) 193

*I* wanted a Pebble Time 2. I backed one. There were almost 60 thousand of us!

*I* am currently wearing a Pebble Time and have been since it arrived.

My wife has a Charge HR and only keeps putting up with it because she's addicted to looking at her numbers at the end of the day and beating mine. She hates when she has trouble getting the screen to come on (About 30% of the time) and she hates how it doesn't show the date (Like her previous Charge did, before the band broke irreparably, and since it's integrated, the whole device was toast).

FitBit doesn't want Pebble in the market because it was a competitor, a better one. With the PT2 we were even going to get an HR-enabled device with an always-on, daylight-readable, waterproof device with better battery life.

Comment Re:Sad, as a pebble owner (Score 1) 94

I doubt the deal would close before the PT2 is supposed to ship (Last week), so I don't think they (Fitbit) have any obligation. However Pebble should still fulfill their KS backers' orders. But there's no guarantee with KS orders, so they may just refund orders. I'm hoping not though. I still want the watch.

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