But what do I know?
As to my absence I've been a bit overwhelmed by work stuff, sorry about that, it's no excuse
I built a smart thermostat about 12-15 years ago.
It's really not that hard.
Get an RCS TR-16 thermostat.
Hook it up to a PC (or, today, a raspberry pi).
Read the specs on the protocol and write a small daemon to listen for requests and take appropriate action based on them. For good measure, add sanity-checking of request parameters (don't allow it be set to cool below, say, 65, or heat above 72).
Use netcat or telnet to talk to the port it listens on.
It's really not difficult at all.
These days it'd make sense to build yourself a simple gui for your phone/tablet.
All of your questions, to the best of my knowledge, have unfavorable-to-kindle answers.
Recreational reading, though, is one place where I've traded in being a sensible, vigilant, responsible consumer for the pleasure of instant gratification and convenience of having everything I'm currently reading in one convenient device.
I do despise the new kindle software interface, thoughâ" especially the fact that I don't remember being asked for permission for it to be installed.
Yeah, you may have just talked me into going back to paper books.
ummmm... you might actually try reading what he wrote. Mighty big of you to say that he agrees with what you are saying.
Thank you for so astutely reading that thread; I thought maybe I was losing my mind
What is right wing about filing a lawsuit to unmask a doe, suing that person, then settling for a much smaller amount. It seems this is used by many different trolls, and likely doesn't have any political ideology behind it. It is sleazy though. Filing a lawsuit with the intention of settling just to get a payout is wrong. It is short circuiting the justice system for personal profit.
Yeah that's neither right nor left, it's the universal language of greedy bloodsuckers.
What is right wing about that process? The Democrats support the movie industry, not the Republicans.
The fact that Democrats support something doesn't negate the possibility of something being right wing. The Democrats are not ideologically pure, or ideologically homogenous, and very few of them can be considered "left".
To me, pretending that copyright is only about property rights, and ignoring the fact that copyright was also supposed to be about free speech and about making material available for free to the public after a limited time, is definitely "right wing".
This has nothing to do with the DMCA, this is a straight out copyright infringement lawsuit being filed. The real problem is that the methods the copyright holders (or the copyright enforcement goons acting on their behalf) are using to identify torrent users aren't good enough and its good to see at least one judge willing to call these enforcers out on it.
Exactly. Would have been nice for judges to start doing this 11 years ago, but glad they've come around.