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Honeywell Vs Nest: When the Establishment Sues Silicon Valley

Cyclopedian Re:Common technology in large HVAC systems (228 comments)

Large buildings already have control systems that do this, and Honeywell manufactures many of them.

The "Nest" device may well be mostly hype. (What is "far-field motion detection", anyway?) There's only so much you can do with input from one location and nothing but on/off control over heating and cooling.

Compare the EcoBee, which does the same job, and probably better. EcoBee can handle remote sensors for outdoor air temperature. It measures humidity, which "Next" doesn't claim to do. It can be set up to control fans and dampers. (One of the biggest wins in HVAC management is figuring out how much air to take from outside and how much to recirculate.)

Nest is a status symbol, not a HVAC management system. It looks cool. It creates the illusion that it's doing something "green". It probably helps a little.

Look at the EcoBee, and without reading any instructions or manual, attempt to change the temperature lower or higher. Do those "menu" type buttons do that job? Or is it a touch screen? Those are not immediately obvious, and most of the population would say the same thing.

Nest is an attempt at making the interface in such a way that the usage is obvious to most of the population without looking it up in a manual. Right now, that costs extra, but maybe not for long.

more than 2 years ago

I prefer to listen to recorded media via ...

Cyclopedian Re:Unfortunately my answer is "Something else.." (344 comments)

An inductive loop is usually a loop worn around the neck. The product I linked can be said to have 2 inductive loops, but smaller and sized for the behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids.

more than 3 years ago

I prefer to listen to recorded media via ...

Cyclopedian Re:Unfortunately my answer is "Something else.." (344 comments)

I use hearing aids as well, but instead of an inductive loop, I use this.

Since it's right next to the hearing aids, I don't get a lot of EM noise unless it's a really loud EM source (such as microwaves or the subway).

more than 3 years ago

High-Tech Microphone Picks Voices From a Crowd

Cyclopedian Speech Recognition implications (221 comments)

This could be a boon for speech recognition systems, especially for use in areas with lots of environmental noise, or even just a little.

Maybe even the effort in clearing out the environmental noise will lead to the ability to clean out the "noise" (accents, minor physical fluctuations) from a person's speech- perhaps to such a point that the complexity of the software speech recognition problem is reduced.

more than 4 years ago

Shuttle and Hubble Passing In Front of the Sun

Cyclopedian Re:Fly (161 comments)

It's a phenomenon known as Limb Darkening, due to the characteristics of the Sun's photosphere.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Will Be Free For a Year

Cyclopedian Re:Offline Gaming machine (528 comments)

ALT+F4 at the Desktop will issue the shutdown command.

more than 5 years ago

20 Years After Cold Fusion Debut, Another Team Claims Success

Cyclopedian Re:bad science question (373 comments)

If it's something that plants do, wouldn't it be a chemical process rather than a nuclear one?

more than 5 years ago

Experimental Magnetic Shield Against Cosmic Rays

Cyclopedian Checklist... (199 comments)

Shields, check. Energy weapons, check. Now we just need a viable interstellar drive, and an energy source to power it all.

No, what we need is a strong hull that can withstand all the micro-meteoriods hitting it at 27,000+ mph.

I recommend getting a General Products #2 hull.

more than 6 years ago


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Funniest Slashdot Comments: 2004

Cyclopedian Cyclopedian writes  |  about 11 years ago If you saw a very funny slashdot post that isn't listed here, post a comment and I'll look at it. Enjoy the laughs!

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Bea Arthur's Grandson
Self-Publicizing Robot
Landing on the Sun
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Credit to which Martian Military?
Medieval Tech Support
Harnessing Orson Welles
In Response To Someone's Mangled English
Think of Eliza?
This was in TRON, right?
Latin version of condescending agreement
Last Events Before Collapse of Universe
Most. Pun-ful. Thread. Ever.
Bad Driving?
Really big words of a Mac User
American Spaceship on Discovery Channel
Speaking Perl
You mean I'm not Geeked enough?
My Windows Box Beats Your Supercomputer
Full Text Of Atticle


In defense of being deaf

Cyclopedian Cyclopedian writes  |  more than 11 years ago I wanted to preserve my comments in reply to someone who was lamenting the loss of hearing in his/her children. Now, it may have been a troll, but that didn't matter to me. I wanted to let them know what I felt and that they were giving up too easily.

The parent post is here , along with my replies.

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