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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Ol Olsoc Re:What's more irritating? (240 comments)

The whole "Internet of Things" craze, or article summaries that presume everyone knows the acronym?

And still I don't know what that means. I guess the old chestnut "Google Is Your Friend" is in order here...

If I read my tea leaves correctly, your stuff will have an ip address - and at least at first they'll try to do it via wifi. Might be an issue when you have 50 things trying to connect, as well as all your neighbors. But let's assume that all that is working.

Let's look at your refrigerator. It will probably have a touch screen monitor on the front, that will be able to give you information about the internal operations and maybe even a video preview of what's inside.

And commercials. You'll probably have to watch a food commercial before you can open the door. No more of this getting up for a beer stuff while regular TV is on a commercial break. The promise of food after watching will train us just like a dog will do tricks for a treat.

With rfid on all your foodstuffs, the refrigerator will be able to inventory and report on what is getting low.

You'll then watch some sponsored commercials trying to get you to switch brands or reorder the same brand item. Deals and coupons to be had.

You'll be able to install apps for weight loss on your refrig to only allow a certain number of calories to be extracted a day for the person on a diet.

If you are on a diet, you'll be able to watch commercials for Weight watchers, Zumba Exercise, and other stuff.

There can be a touchpad rug sensor that records your weight and reports it to your physician.

Then you can watch commercials about Hydroxycut, or there is some new prescription meds out for that.

Then you can watch commercials about Bringing lawsuits against the Weight loss medicine companies. Remember, they only get paid when you WIN!

Then your neighbor's kid will find out how to screw with the settings, and you'll need two factor identification to use your fridge. You'll see commercials advising the best anti virus apps for refrigerators.

Did I mention all the commercials?

Screw that crap - I'll keep my beer in an old styrofoam ice chest.

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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Ol Olsoc Re:Computers are things. (240 comments)

Computers are things: Computers are on the internet: my code is on computers...

Burma Shave?

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Brain Implants Get Brainier

Ol Olsoc Is it me (48 comments)

Or has slashdot gone over the edge this morning? Crazy FUD shit goin' on heah! I'm not certain the premise that an implant designed to break up epilepsy is turning people into cyborgs, or even "entering the age of".

At least not until we start integrating our brain implants into the Internet of "Things". Gonna take a mu metal hat to block that shit.

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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Ol Olsoc Re:Tax (505 comments)

So excusing Apple for doing what they all do is kind of disingenuous.

Then again, I can wager that most of the Apple is evul commentary here is posted by people who hate Apple anyhow.

That's sort of disingenuous in itself. But if the tax laws are changed because of Apple, I can get behind that - only not because it's Apple, but because the system is bollixed up.

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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Ol Olsoc Re:Damned if They Do... (393 comments)

Don't forget January 2014 when Atlanta's mayor took a wait and see approach to a storm and when it turned out worse than expected, he was excoriated for not taking it seriously enough.

Yeah, you catch crap some times.

A few years back, a sudden snow squall reduced visibility along a stretch of I-80 near snow shoe PA. The good citizens driving 80 miles per hour bumper to bumper were caught in a sudden whiteout. The inevitable happened, and several people were killed as they all slammed into each other, and it was an awful flaming mess.

They - families and mis. blamers - tried to blame the state for not having the roads suitable (for 80 mph bumper to bumper), the weather service for not forecasting a sudden squall - which would be impressive to forecast every squall in the foothills and along the Allegheny front. Everything but 80 mph bumper to bumper was apparently to blame.

Point is, we're humans. We assign blame. It makes no sense for a snowstorm to be the mayor of Atlanta's fault, but that's what we do. If he closed down the city, and no storm happened, he'd be blamed for causing the city to lose money.

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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Ol Olsoc Re:Snow forecast in the middle of winter, shock ne (393 comments)

the predicted amounts of snow is normal service in the mountains and they cope just fine, schools stay open when it dumps 1m of snow in the alps. yet with less than that predicted the people of the USA had driving on a road turned into a crime, public services closed down and mass panic spread via the propoganda wing of the gouverment. bravo.

We've turned into cowardly pusses here.

Seriously, Drive by a US school after they let out for the year, and you see the sign in front say "Have a Safe Summer!"

Now there is a statement you can get behind. Not fun, Not busy, but safe.

We've cancelled school on forcasts for an inch of snow that don't happen.

Between safety culture and The Weather Channel, we're afraid of everything now. I'm maybe 500 miles away from Boston, and people were in the stores in a panic, buying milk and bread for the "Historical storm". In Boston, not here. Dunno why, but when it snows here, everyone has to go to the stores and buy all of the milk and bread...

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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Ol Olsoc Re:FARTHER! FARTHER! (393 comments)

Boston may have been hit somewhat, but further South — NYC and Philadelphia — the snowfall was rather underwhelming.

Further South conceptually? Ideologically? Along a timeline?

More southerly. Southish if you prefer. Less Northicular, even.

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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Ol Olsoc Re:Nantucket (393 comments)

not underwhelming there. My brother's family spent the day in the truck keeping warm and my dad, well, he basically slept through it but under the covers was warm so.

No power for 12 hours, no phones for 8 hours, 70MPH winds, two feet of snow, ocean flooding. Good times.

How did Nantucket get it's new Generator shipped in (I heard they needed a new one and ther old one went out?). It's not a real big place, but I have ot imagine that would take a big effort.

We've gone as much a week without power here in the middle of PA. Usually early snowstorms while the leaves are still on the trees. I invested in my own generator. Gotta take care with the total loading, but we keep cozy.

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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Ol Olsoc Re:Even the National Weather Service fucked it up (393 comments)

Not sure what you mean by "even the National Weather Service" - they were the ones who generated the original forecast. All news outlets and "meteorologists" just parrot NWS forecasts.

Parrot?

Don't think so. Places like the Weather Channel call in the troops, and try to spread as much fear as possible to get people to watch their panic parade.

Never got that from NWS or NOAA. Usually just possibilities, and canned preparation responses.

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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Ol Olsoc The Weather Channel (393 comments)

Rant on:

Seriously, every god damned snowstorm is bestowed with a name now by these assholes from the Weather Channel.

Spent all day yesterday tring to avoid jerks declaring that history was being made.

It snowed. Can you imagine it? Something that never happened before. A thousand years from now, people will still be talking about Snowstorm Dipshit or whatever they are calling it.

But today, the weather is a commodity, something to make money from. So Meteorologists better have big boobs, nice legs, studly, or be able to stare at the camera and say "This is serious folks, do not take this 70 degree and sunny weather for granted. People have been killed enjoying nice weather, so prepare! Better yet, stay inside! It's just safer to stay safe! Lightning has been know to come from a blue sky!

My guess is some day, the Weather Channel and all the other weather assholes will create a massive panic, getting some town in the way of "The worst storm ever!!!!!!" to declare martial law, a few people get shot for disobeying it, and end up with a dusting of snow.

Rant off

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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Ol Olsoc Re:Tax (505 comments)

in other words, don't hate the player, hate the game.

Pretty much.

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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Ol Olsoc Re:inflation embiggens numbers (505 comments)

but every year we hear about how evil the oil companies are with their thin margins while at the same time ignoring the hugh margins by a company like apple.

I don't find any profit obscene in itselff. I might have some issues with how it is gotten. But that's in all endeavors. Oil is just another industry - and as we break away from it, it will become more of an option, just like what computer we use.

Somehow, gasoline and oil prices have just become an economic bellwether - more important to people's pecuniary outlook than they should be. I drive economical vehicles like a Jeep Patriot and a big twin motorcycle. So the price of beer is more important to me than gas. They can make all the profit they need afaic.

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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Ol Olsoc Re:Tax (505 comments)

Can't we all just get along and admit that they all suck? When a computer can run as well as my 60 year old telephone, then I will call it reliable.

My parents about 15 years ago, decided to get rid of their old Western Electric phone they had since the late 50's. They had been "renting" it, for some small pittance, but thos nice new electronic phones were becoming reasonable.

Seems like the replaced the new ones about every six months.

The new ones were only good for throwing at thos damn kids walking on their lawn.

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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Ol Olsoc Re:Tax (505 comments)

in other words, they are taxed on the stuff they should be taxed on, and they are smart enough to not pay taxes they dont have to

Plus, why is it an indictment of Apple for just doing what every other corporation is doing? Are they supposed to suddenly become "ethical" or something that no one else does?

Now whether the crazy tax laws are ethical is a matter for discussion. But corporations play by the rules they are given. Apple hatred cause some folks in here to become immensely stupid.

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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Ol Olsoc Re:Tax (505 comments)

I've looked at the filing. As another poster pointed out, 26% of nothing is nothing.

What is the dollar amount of tax paid? Give me an actual number.

Potato

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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Ol Olsoc Re:Tax (505 comments)

26% tax on 0 turnover... is 0.

(no I haven't read the filing, I just know how these tax dodges work).

Amazing that a person would not post AC when bragging about their high level of truthiness.

But hey - you know! So screw those facts, ya got your mind made up.

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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Ol Olsoc Re:Tax (505 comments)

The Kool Aid is good,

I have had to have a lot of 2011 MacBook Pro logic boards replaced last do to a known issue that Mac want recall or warranty.

And I had a Compaq Presario that went back 3 times for mobo failure

And 4 out of 5 Toshiba Satellites for mobo failure.

Say, who is keeping score of this anecdotal pityfest?

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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Ol Olsoc Re:Tax (505 comments)

well my anecdotal information is not the same as yours. Ive had a few macbooks over the years, and not one lasted more than 2 years before having a major issue. On the other hand I have a sony viao from 2007 that I still use without any issues, still on the initial HDD no less. and I am still rocking an android GS2 and GS3 without any issues (other than a bat swap on the GS2)

My Commodore Vic-20 is still rocking. So take that.

Christians 1 Athiests 0

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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Ol Olsoc Re:inflation embiggens numbers (505 comments)

here yes, I was refering to the media who is constantly bashing oil for their "profits" when they say nothing about apple

You must be new in the world too. I've read and listened to a lot of media reports foretelling Apple losing it's polish, stocks taking a murderous hit, and other anti-Apple propaganda.

More likely you just hate Apple, and have a mental scoring system in place to fit your worldview of smug hipsters with 75 IQ's who buy Apple products because of those reasons.

You can have your own opinions, but not your own facts.

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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Ol Olsoc Re:inflation embiggens numbers (505 comments)

yet we never hear about how bad the "rich" apple is, yet oil companies are lambasted for their "obscene" profits. I wonder why that is???

It is voluntary. No one is making you buy an Apple product. There are a lot of cheap substitutes out there. Only recently have there been viable substitutes for petrofuel transportation.

I like them, I buy them. Apparently a few other folks do also.

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Tesla S Breaks Testing Gear

Ol Olsoc Ol Olsoc writes  |  about 4 months ago

Ol Olsoc (1175323) writes "The Tesla S, may be the safest vehicle ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning 5 stars across the board, the highest possible marking. The biggest problem was that the testing machinery failed at 4G during the roof crush test.

In addition, the lithium-ion battery handled it all perfectly, with no leakage or fire."

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