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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Mr D from 63 Re:Me too. (49 comments)

There are a lot of companies in addition to Apple that have a manufacturing infrastructure that would be hard for a startup to emulate.

38 minutes ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

Mr D from 63 What Promise? (190 comments)

Wave Power Fails to live up to Promise

The problem is more with the promise than with the technology. Only those who bought into the hype are disappointed....and the beat goes on.

2 days ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

Mr D from 63 Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

That was just 'an example' case, and nobody claimed it as a substitute for walking around the house. If that is the use case you are claiming does not make sense, then I'd say even the parent poster would agree, as do I.

2 days ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

Mr D from 63 Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

Maybe not everyone has a trustworthy neighbor, or prefer not to inconvenience them or have the in their homes. Bottom line is, some people place more value in these conveniences or features than you do, or even I do. That doesn't make them stupid.

2 days ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

Mr D from 63 Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

Its all based on risk. If you assign great risk to everything, you certainly will significantly limit your options.

2 days ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

Mr D from 63 Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

I said it I could see why it would be useful. Certainly how it is implemented would be a key consideration, I never said every implementation would be safe or wise.

There are simple things that can be done to significantly limit the intrusion you described. First thing, you don't need to have it operable all the time. Second, various authentication possibilities are out there. Third, not having an integral alarm.

But most of all, if the product and implementation have security flaws that have been exploited, don't buy them.

3 days ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

Mr D from 63 Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

Security implications? I've considered the improbability. I think there are much more blatant indicators of not being at home that are much easier for a local person. I don't worry so much about the highly improbable. First they have to find the thermostat, find out who it belongs to and where it is, and somehow access it by obtaining my password or other means. Then they have to determine what constitutes 'being away'. Then they still have no clue as to when I will return. I worry more about the guy who drives through the neighborhood and actually observes my house.

When we start hearing reports of burglaries happening this way, I'll start being more concerned.

3 days ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

Mr D from 63 Re:Hopefully not like their TV remotes... (115 comments)

I think comparing with something like a TV remote setup isn't really on target. A centralized web based remote update service is a lot easier to maintain than providing software for each user.

For home automation, if it is an over internet remote access type control, an account setup is often needed just for IP address resolution and to simplify the process of device recognition, as the common customer isn't going to mess with setting up a DNS service. If it is only LAN based, then I agree, accounts bite.

3 days ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

Mr D from 63 Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

Some products are not problem solvers, but rather they are enablers or enhancers. I love my remotely accessible thermostats. I can program the temperature profile from my desktop for each season. If I forget to adjust before heading out on vacation, I can adjust remotely. I can also set back to normal just before arriving home. On abnormally hot days, I can bump it up remotely, etc. For only a bit more than a normal programmable stat, it is well worth it for me. It didn't 'solve a problem' but it sure is nice.

Many other uses I agree, not likely a big benefit to turn lights on/off remotely. I think remote door lock/access control makes sense for some people.

3 days ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Mr D from 63 Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (321 comments)

These types of agreements, if put in place, will be most useful when countries want to further raise their corporate taxes.

3 days ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Mr D from 63 Re:You mean... (236 comments)

I would like for them to prioritize whatever I am accessing at the time I am accessing it.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Mr D from 63 Re:Offsite. (267 comments)

Good to know. Thanks.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Mr D from 63 Re:Offsite. (267 comments)

BTSync seems to be a good candidate for this type of "buddy backup".

5 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Mr D from 63 Re:It's getting hotter still! (615 comments)

Agreed. The "spreading out" of thin ice might just be due to a lot of ice falling off the Antarctic and more precipitation -- if it were cooler, you'd have less.

That is just as speculative as those who argue differently. The article specifically mentions the role of wind patterns as the primary factor in ice generation, and there is no statement that overall ice has thinned at the same time this expansion has occurred. AFAIKT, there is no established basis that ties this ice growth occurrence to either side of the warming debate. It doesn't need to be defended, it is happening, and it is not completely understood.

5 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Mr D from 63 Re:Great one more fail (589 comments)

The article seems to ignore simple dis-assembly as a means to override the lock.

about a week ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Mr D from 63 Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

For the most part, people can safely do it.

"for the most part" is a poor qualifier when it is something as consequential as not paying attention while driving. By your logic, for the most part, it is also not a problem to drive while intoxicated.

about a week ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

Mr D from 63 Re:Double-edged sword (118 comments)

If you have a solution, propose it.

Your Sherlock Holmes example would not apply. Code copyright would be quite simple as it would protect from copying actual code. Coding for a similar purpose would be OK as long as you don't copy. Anyone can write mystery novels that follow basically the same general plotline, we see it all the time, just don't use the same characters, use your own characters. Use your own code or license what you want to copy.

about a week ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

Mr D from 63 Re:Double-edged sword (118 comments)

IMO, you should be able to patent processes that are based on new technological development, but not the logic/flowpath of the process. Software itself should fall under copyright law.

about a week ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

Mr D from 63 Re:Actually a good thing. (215 comments)

Exactly. Prove that you know what you are doing and you are capable of accomplishing something greater than just hatching an idea before asking for money.

about a week ago

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Nereus Deep Sea Vehicle Lost

Mr D from 63 Mr D from 63 writes  |  about 4 months ago

Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes "On Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Friday EDT), the hybrid remotely operated vehicle Nereus was confirmed lost at 9,990 meters (6.2 miles) depth in the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand. The unmanned vehicle was working as part of a mission to explore the ocean’s hadal region from 6,000 to nearly 11,000 meters deep. Scientists say a portion of it likely imploded under pressure as great as 16,000 pounds per square inch."
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SEC Releases Long-Awaited Rules on Crowdfunding

Mr D from 63 Mr D from 63 writes  |  about a year ago

Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes "The Securities and Exchange Commission announced rules that will make it legal for entrepreneurs and startups to raise money by selling pieces of their company to everyday, mom-and-pop investors.

The proposed rules were released this morning and the Commission voted to adopt them. The rules will now be available for public comment for 90 days before a final set is drafted and adopted.

Proposed rules include;
1. Entrepreneurs could raise $1 million per year.
2. The amount individuals could invest would be capped depending on their net worth.
3. Equity in a company must be held for one year
4. Transactions must be supervised by an SEC-registered intermediary
5. Only U.S.-based companies would be eligible to crowdfund
6. Financial disclosure requirements. Companies that participate in online equity crowdfunding would need to disclose who are their primary officers and directors and anyone who owns more than 20 percent of the company."

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