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Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

Chaos Incarnate Re:my lightbulbs are on the internet! (163 comments)

Nest has a dumb mode like that, but no motion sensor override. (You can use the sensor instead of the schedule, with the Auto Away feature, but not in addition to.)

That doesn't help your other objections, of course. I just wanted to clarify that point. :)

about three weeks ago
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The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System

Chaos Incarnate Re:Not so sure about this... (252 comments)

They either cause higher electricity rates, if the utility is footing the bill, or they cause higher tax rates, if the government is footing 100% of the bill. Either way, I'm paying, and not getting anything for it.

And if you think the utilities are going to install these things and not use them as an excuse to raise rates, you're dreaming.

about three weeks ago
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Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

Chaos Incarnate Re:They're assholes. (336 comments)

These systems don't need network access to play a game bought on a disk.

The Xbox One at least used to need Internet access for first-time setup (it didn't include a final firmware image out-of-the-box) - don't know about PS4. But once that's done, you can play offline in single player or local multiplayer to your heart's content.

about a month ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

Chaos Incarnate Re:Offense: (360 comments)

It may be "socially unacceptable", but that doesn't mean it should be illegal; it didn't harm anybody.

about 1 month ago
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Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

Chaos Incarnate Re:Why hyphenation in an e-text? (292 comments)

I can't speak for iBooks. But for Kindle if it's supported in Kindle Previewer, then someone screwed up pretty carelessly. Neither my Kindle Fire HD (first generation), Kindle Paperwhite (second generation), nor the Kindle app on iPhone support hyphenation in KF8 books.

As for RMSDK: Agree about the vendor prefix. However, their property predates the hyphens property being officially specced out by several months; it's not terribly surprising that they don't match up quite right. (Plus, the default is "auto" instead of "manual".) Once they had the property, they were pretty much stuck with it for compatibility reasons.

about a month ago
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Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

Chaos Incarnate Re:Why hyphenation in an e-text? (292 comments)

As far as I know, Nook is the only e-reader to support hyphenation. There may be one or two other readers with newer versions of the RMSDK that also support it, but I don't know of any offhand.

about a month ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Chaos Incarnate Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1051 comments)

If the state/city has any ability to veto home-schooling, then you cannot assume that a parent who refuses to vaccinate their child will be able to home-school them. Period.

about a month and a half ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

Chaos Incarnate Re:But the case hasn't even started! (119 comments)

Ah, I wasn't aware that he had agreed. That's what I get for not RingTFA.

about 2 months ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

Chaos Incarnate But the case hasn't even started! (119 comments)

So, his trial hasn't even started yet, but they're already auctioning off what they seized as part of the investigation.

There's sleazy, and then there's the U.S. Marshals.

about 2 months ago
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Linux 3.17 Kernel Released With Xbox One Controller Support

Chaos Incarnate Re:Please explain (114 comments)

Microsoft didn't want to allow the Xbox One to accept Xbox 360 controllers, so they chose to scrap XInput support from the Xbox One controllers. That PC users can't use the controllers is just an unfortunate side-effect.

about 4 months ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

Chaos Incarnate Re:All Slashdotters in favor of the merger... (132 comments)

"On top of that, as separate companies, one of them could decide to try to expand operations into the other's area, as competition." Not in most places, as local cities love to grant exclusive monopolies to their cable system in exchange for... well, not much, that I can see.

about 4 months ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

Chaos Incarnate Re:We really must blame someone? (342 comments)

Mankind isn't nearly in danger of dying out - we're still increasing the population faster than it's dying. Unless and until our population levels off, I don't see why my company should be paying women to not work.

about 4 months ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

Chaos Incarnate Re:We really must blame someone? (342 comments)

I'm all for equal pay, treatment, and opportunities; but the OP seems to be saying that women want unequal treatment (maternity leave, accommodations for nursing).

about 4 months ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Chaos Incarnate Re:The "old boys' club" (335 comments)

As soon as Tesla set up shop in Iowa (the site they're doing the test drives from), it ceased to be interstate commerce.

about 4 months ago
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Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

Chaos Incarnate Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)

They filed the trademark application back in 2009. The USPTO just hasn't gotten around to processing it until now.

about 5 months ago
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The Tech Fixes the PS3 Still Needs, Eight Years On

Chaos Incarnate Re:Wet Dream (99 comments)

Backwards compatibility was taken away, in conjunction with a price drop because eliminating those chips significantly lowered the cost to build the machine. I'm more than happy to have saved $100 on my PS3 to lose that.

Cross-game chat (which is what's really being asked for; plenty of games have implemented their own in-game chat), while trivial from a technical perspective, has the issue of Sony not being able to increase the memory or CPU footprint of the OS while a game is running, lest they break one or more of the thousands of existing games. So if they added that, they'd have to find something to carve out. Theoretically I suppose they could build more RAM/a faster CPU into the newer machines, but only those would be able to support chat.

about 5 months ago
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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

Chaos Incarnate Re:All the happy (136 comments)

The fact that you still have those LaserJet 4s may be why they considered selling it. Hard to make a profit when customers don't need to buy more printers.

about 6 months ago
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Update Your Shelf: BitLit Offers Access To Ebook Versions of Books You Own

Chaos Incarnate Re:Write your name with a pen? (82 comments)

If you don't want to participate in their program, you're welcome to format-shift the book yourself. They're giving you a free bonus here, not trying to make something that you're entitled to more difficult to get.

about 7 months ago
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Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

Chaos Incarnate Re:Paltry (193 comments)

The "running TV tally" is from exit polling, which you can't do anything about. It's not actual vote counting.

about 8 months ago

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