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Comment horse has left the barn (Score 3, Insightful) 376

People need to realize that the effects of global warming are at this point unstoppable. No conservation effort and certainly no carbon dioxide removal program could possibly show an effect for decades. At which point the damage will already be done. Money would be much better spent preparing for sea level rise etc than trying to prevent it.
Not to be a downer but the number of people killed by famine, drought, sea level rise, etc will probably be more effective at curbing CO2 output than any policy measures.

Comment obvious reasons (Score 2) 507

Its more likely to ask why wouldn't you want a smart tv. Otherwise its one more device, two more wires, one more power brick wasting energy, one HDMI port used and extra complexity for non nerdy gadget types.

The answer is because Smart TV UI's always suck (performance too) and that the tv manufacturers can be counted on to do stupid things no one ever asked for. Like including microphones and cameras (could easily be add-ons for the rare people who actually want it), and injecting ads into tv streams.

Thes extra gadgets only exist in the wake of the TV manufacturers ineptitude.

Comment Re:Free to reverse engineer?? (Score 1) 432

I guess I was thinking someone could get the thing booted off a linux disk and figure out how to address the various radios. Then build support from the ground up.

the problem with just spoofing the server is that your iphone apps would also have to be spoofed and that might prove to be more difficult. Right? I never owned one but I thought you needed an app to control it.

Comment Free to reverse engineer?? (Score 1) 432

Someone please correct me (I wasn't worried about that not happening). But doesn't the DMCA allow for a home brew software updates in the case of no longer supported hardware? The Resolv box seems very nice and functional. I am looking forward to a legal home-brew solution to make this a great platform now that google has gotten out of the way...

Comment Re:(YouTube) footage? (Score 1) 223

Braun was out because you aren't allowed to pass a baserunner. So the minute they were in the same place he was out. But Segura thought he was out and started walking off the field. No one tagged him at that point though and he was near ehough to first base that by the time someone figured it out he got there before anyone tagged him.
But then he tried to steal second again and got caught, double idiot

Comment Interaction is the thing (Score 1) 313

As a programmer I am inundated with people telling me their iPhone/ipad app ideas. Most of them are pretty good, and with enough work could be decent and useful apps. I tell them all the same thing. The most time consuming part of development is figuring out the UI, interactions and workflow. These are things they could do on their own with pencil and paper.

If someone came to me with an app idea and had all of the screens and interactions thought through and designed I would jump at it. Because I could make that into an app quickly and easily. So I wouldn't bother learning coding, learn to do mock ups and design workflows. It is necessary for creating good apps anyway and you already know all you need to for a start.

Comment Its the Cable Compaines Stupid (Score 1) 839

The obvious solution is that you need to eliminate the cable companies ( I can't get FIOS ). Why is it that every TV I have requires a big ugly loud cable box that uses more electricity than my refrigerator, even when off! Also I'm paying a ton of money for channels I don't watch just to subsidize Cablevision's salary structure.

Plus it all runs over this crappy coax network in my house (even though every place I have a coax jack I also have an ethernet jack. I run into problems trying to add extra tv sets since the splitters are all dumb.

The internets role has been to eliminate middle men in all fields, I can't wait until the crap accumulating, junky hardware renting unnecessary appendage that the cable companies have become are gone.

Comment Re:Business are getting smarter, too (Score 5, Interesting) 140

Yes, and its very disrupting to the current clientele. Our yoga studio offered a groupon and what we got was a month or two overcrowded classes, and a bunch of angry regular customers who want to know why they are paying so much more for their classes. She ended up having to extend the offer to everyone for a month to quiet them down.

Plus the GroupOn people were almost universally idiots.

Comment Garbage in Garbage Out (Score 1) 495

In the end code reviews are only as good as the person doing the reviews. SO yes, having your best coder look over everyones code is a very beneficial thing. But I've never worked anywhere code reviews worked because no manager wants to lose his best programmer to reviews. So he has some underling do it and you get useless feedback.

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