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Comment This Adds to my Nest Frustration (Score 1) 52

While this is awesome, it's light on details. I assume they loaded their datacenter with all kinds of sensors and have an advanced HVAC system that can mix external air when desired. So you look at current server load, predicted load based on past patterns, external temp, predicted external temp, along with internal temp, and then decide what air supply and cooling mix to use. So if you have CRAC units that are more advanced than on/off, and can use outside air with add/remove humidity, you can really draw down your cooling power usage.

What is upsetting, is that this technology isn't making it's way to Nest. Nest doesn't learn, often I'm adjusting as the humidity in the house goes up or down, so I adjust the AC. It doesn't learn my patterns, it just adds in more program points, which don't always apply. Oh, and if I leave it off and need to cool it from 85 to 70, what is the estimated time? 2+. Always 2+. It never actually figures out how long it will take for any value above 2 hours. It's marketed as this "deep learning" product for home HVAC, and it really isn't. I would love to see advances in commercial HVAC controls make their way to homes, but it's just not happening.

Comment Can you get a non-smart TV? (Score 1) 507

Look at any 4K TV listen on amazon and find just one that isn't "SMART". I just did and failed. You position like it's a choice when beyond basic TV's it's not a choice. It's becoming a forced option like power locks & windows. My blue-ray player is "smart". I haven't used those features since I got it. I wish they would have taken the $100 of components and dev time to put towards the primary function, play bluerays. I would love if mono-price came out with a 4k TV that was just a TV. Even if they took the money for SMART functions and put it towards extra ports or better clarity, I'd be happy.

This is becoming a non-choice for many consumers and I don't like it. Which is why I haven't gone 4k yet. I would today if that were different.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 2) 70

Yeah, except that AT&T & the rest still advertise "unlimited XGB" despite it being an oxymoron.

No, what goads me is that the prosecution over false advertisement is very arbitrary in general. Or at least on the cover seems that way given the amount of products out there that literally cannot work as advertised.

Comment Really? (Score 5, Interesting) 70

Wait, let me get this straight, you can sell herbal supplements with the same claim and weak/non-existent scientific support and be in the clear, but this is worthy of a fine? Or how about selling "unlimited" data plans that are explicitly NOT unlimited, and not be hit with false advertising either?

Oh, wait. I forgot what country this was. They probably didn't give the right bribes out to be in the clear. NM, nothing to see here.

Comment Rate-Limiting Not Right Solution (Score 1) 181

What we need is a data-delivery interoperability standard that shares info between the consumer, provider, and the network.

Rate Limiting sucks because you have to keep the session longer. It actually helps T-Mobile (or any provider) to have you transfer a small file as quick as possible & then shut the connection down. Then there is less session management that has to occur (like what if you're moving between towers). But what that means is that they have to partner with providers on how to handshake the video quality. So you move 480 at LTE speeds and it solves many problems. People hate long load times more than they hate lower quality, you have to do more network management the longer the session has to occur, and the provider has to scale to allow more concurrent connections. What we really need is a good open standard to help facilitate this kind of interoperability. True, it should "just work" for me to select 480 on youtube and I don't get charged. But there is no mechanism to give TMo that info that wouldn't be an infringement on our privacy.

Given that they charge nothing to partner and are open to anyone who is willing to work with them, I don't see it as a problem. I do see it as an engineering challenge to solve this at scale so that it can become "automatic".

Comment Why store it at all, it's NOT waste (Score 0) 120

So why don't we recycle the spent fuel? http://www.world-nuclear.org/i...

This would make so much more sense. Then we can look at actual waste issues and tackle those in a sane matter (radiated parts, debris, etc). Who actually benefits from a no-recycle policy? Miners? Coal & Gas industry? Do regular people have a net benefit or net loss to a no-recycle policy?
I say save a mountain, recycle spent fuel. Prevent an accident, recycle spent fuel. Prevent storing highly radioactive material, recycle spent fuel.

Comment Embedded systems, low power PC's. (Score 1) 554

Sure the average is higher, but you can still buy new systems that are that small. Its good I can stuff them in a time (except drive space) VM's and do virtual desktops. Keeping it efficient gives us more to do. Now, if you wanted to have tune points that enable or disable features according to hardware you could make that case. But I do like that Win10 preview was the easiest OS install I've ever done.

Comment pfSense (Score 2) 187

I know you're new to the linux world, but while you're at it, dive into the BSD realm while you're at it.

You can do Firewalling with packet filter instead of iptables (better session tracking). BSD is generally better as a network appliance than linux for a number of reasons, and for firewalling especially. Better session tracking, better dynamic protocol handling, better error and flow control, and generally more robust. Iptables is powerful, but it has its downsides that can be felt these days with higher network speeds, IPv6, and dynamic network protocols which is why the linux kernel is moving away from it to NFTables. But NFTables is not yet complete, hence we circle back to BSD with its pf package.

pfSense offers exactly what you're looking for and probably more. It provides a gui and cli to manage the device and a robust user/support community. Beyond firewalling you can do proxy, captive portal, VPN, DNS, DHCP, NAT, IPS/IDS, and a whole lot more. It has a webGUI and sets up in all of about 10 minutes.

It packs all of the features you would see on "enterprise class" firewalls, just open source.

Comment Password Safe (Score 1) 445

Encrypts the file, has a portable exe for simple use, and wipes the password out of clipboard when the program is closed. You can set password complexity requirements on the random generation either for all passwords, a group of passwords, or a single password. Set password aging if you have to, and make notes on each password entry. I use it extensively and it is a great convenience.

Submission + - Is Wikipedia "accurate"? Not necessarily..... 1

metasonix writes: A new post on the Wikipediocracy website discusses the notorious, albeit now badly-dated, 2005 study published in Nature magazine claiming that Wikipedia content was almost as reliable as Encyclopedia Britannica in science topics. Despite not being a ringing endorsement of Wikipedia, the news media of 2005 tended to report it as such. This new article includes a long list of examples of Wikipedia content failures, including major paid-content abuses and some outright, highly-successful hoaxes. All were subsequent to the 2005 study, the bulk of them having occurred in the past year. And all occurred while Wikipedians continued to claim that Wikipedia just keeps "getting better and better". Perhaps Klee Irwin might have a different take on that?

Submission + - Netflix Is Building Deep Learning Neural Networks Hosted On Amazon Web Services

rjmarvin writes: Netflix is researching http://sdt.bz/68770 how deep learning artificial intelligence algorithms could improve the Netflix movie and TV recommendation engine. But unlike larger tech companies like Facebook and Google, Netflix is running its algorithms on Amazon Web Services, where it already hosts its streaming service, rather than building custom infrastructure. Netflix engineers explained how the neural networks work in a blog post http://techblog.netflix.com/20..., breaking down how they'll use GPUs running on AWS to build the deep learning computers, systems that mimic the structure and behavior of the human brain.

Comment Missing The Point (Score 3, Insightful) 49

I have a Thermaltake 5.25" drive bay cup-holder/cigarette lighter. How is it that there is more of a market demand for THAT than a braille printer? Or all of the other useless tech junk out there? I remember sitting next to a blind pastor on a flight. He was trying to use his laptop, but was having some difficulty because of a program error. We just haven't built these awesome "freedom machines" to be really utilized by anyone with handicaps. All the gaming keyboards, mice, and other gee-wiz devices have more of a market to flood with "mee-to" crap, yet not one real piece of assistance tech in all of MicroCenter or NewEgg? Really?

The real point, and what makes it interesting, is that is was a 12 year-old who built the thing from Lego's and spare junk. He saw a need, and went to fill it. Good on him, that is the point of these science fair projects, make kids think about the world around them and how to solve problems, even simple ones. Hopefully it sets an example as to how we should be thinking about the world; as a place filled with people who have needs and desires. With these types of kits making it into the homes of regular people, I look forward to the engineering boom that could come out of it. I say an arduino, pi, makerbot, and lego mindstorm for every kid. Let their imagination run wild.

Comment American Economic Imperialism (Score 1) 109

Why is everyone in such a rush to spend huge wads of money and violate privacy to protect American Copyright industry interests? When will the world stand up to the US?

Seems to me that simple proxy or encryption usage will prevent this anyways. Don't the Aussies have better things to spend money on, like sourcing more fresh water or expanding internet coverage? Seems priorities are screwy if they are willing to go through all of this effort. I guess the corruption knows no boarders.

Submission + - Personal Privacy Choices and Internet Usage for the Somewhat Cautious Geek 1

An anonymous reader writes: I've been meaning to update my browsing habits for the facebook/google/nsa era and was wondering what habits & practices I should adapt to minimize the spread of my personal info' online. I know it's not possible to completely browse anonymously — and certainly not if I'm using Gmail, Facebook et al — but I'd like to avoid my porn habits being linked to my online banking, or political research compiled with amazon orders. What's everyone's go to strategies? Different browsers for porn and online shopping? Particular browser extensions? Shrugging and not worrying?

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