top Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?
I have a veralite. the community at forum.micasaverdce.com is why I chose the veralite. The manufacturer doesn't communicate very well but the community more than makes up for it. the device native talks z-wave but with plugins can talk to many wifi and ethernet devices including most ip cameras and with hardware addons can talk insteon, x10, infrared, and some other rf protocols.
top Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX
One of the reasons you would need a realtime os is
Active Noise Control. about a month and a half ago
top Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages
I am currently working in Santiago and did feel last nights shaking. It is not the first I have felt in the last year but it is definately the strongest. I haven't heard of any problems in Santiago but Valpariso is much closer and a portion of the city was recently damaged in a large fire so this might complicate the recovery efforts there.
top Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?
Take a look at Polycom's RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite. It is supposed to be an interface between their dedicated video conference boxes and Skype, Google Talk Video, etc. I haven't used it myself.
top Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It
Build a monolith covered withthe stuff. Sounds about how it is described in the books.
top Measles Outbreak In NYC
My wife and I home school our two daughters. There is a home school support group in our area that is frequented by several anti-vaccine families. My daughters are up to date on their vaccines and we don't associate with the anti-vax nut jobs. Please don't assume that all home schoolers are anti-vax.
top Ask Slashdot: Is Tech Talent More Important Than Skill?
If ever asked "How many lines of code do you write a week?" The only possible correct answer is "As few as possible".
about a year and a half ago
top Cisco and iRobot Create Sheldonbot-Like Telepresence System
I believe you tried to refer to "The Seldon Plan" from Asimov's Fondation series. about a year and a half ago
top What's your usual coffee-making method?
De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker Cheaper than most K cup machines. Makes better espresso than $tarburnt.
For best results use Illy or Lavazza pods.
top Weebots: Driveable Robots For Babies Who Need Them
For a taste of just how freaky these can be...
top Server Names For a New Generation
Some names will stand the test of time. A box with two monitors should of course be named Zaphod.
top Siri Envy? Iris Brings Some Voice-Assistant Features to Android
I have been using an app called voice actions on my Android phone for several months. It does text messaging and email quite well. It seems they recently renamed it to Jeannie. Check it out instead of this useless app.
top Jobs Bill Funds Safety Network With Spectrum Sale
I volunteer with a fire department in rural east Texas. None of the area volunteer fire departments want the new networks the cities keep pushing for. There is an 800MHz trunked network used by a few local law enforcement officers. There are only five carrier frequencies on that system and more than five departments using the network. If my department was on that same network and we were in a burning building and needed to communicate with the pump operator we are not guaranteed to be able to transmit. A fire fighter could burn up because the local PD was busy checking a license plate. Unacceptable.
top Lines of code I've written in the last 24 hours:
You forgot the most correct answer...
As few as possible Any more than that and you're doing it wrong.
top In case of a blackout, batteries etc. will give me ...
A few years ago I got to test my readiness. Hurricane Ike knocked out power for a while. I powered my DSL modem and wireless router off an inverter plugged into a jump starter. My laptop battery lasted about 3 hours and the network was still going strong when the laptop finally died. Cable modems were out all across town but the phone network and DSL internet was still up. I was watching the hurricane on radar as it passed west of us.
top Pirate Electrician Supplied Power To 1,500 Homes
Are they sure this wasn't in
top Will the Serial Console Ever Die?
I bought my work laptop, a Dell E6400 ATG (semi-ruggedized) with the Dell Legacy Extender. It locks into the docking station port on the bottom of the rig and has a real UART chip inside attached to the system bus making it a real RS232 serial port. I program industrial robotics and have yet to find an instance where it does not work. Some of the systems I connect to are 20+ years old.
top AT&T Loses First Legal Battle Against Verizon
Verizon stopped crippling smart phones a while back. I am posting this message from my Motorola Droid. It has real GPS not VZ Navigator, I can download and install any Android app, etc. This is a "Google Experience" phone which means Verizon can't put limits on the device.
top Hands-On Look At the BlackBerry Storm 2
The current rumors are that Verizon will have a Motorola Android phone on Oct 30. The latest rumored date is Dec 1.
top Cameron's Avatar Trailer Posted
Apparently Apple is checking for an appropriate user agent string. The following worked for me "wget -U QuickTime/7.6.2
http://movies.apple.com/movies/fox/avatar/avatar2009aug0820a-tsr_h1080p.mov". source: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1245441
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