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Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

Space Re: Insteon (189 comments)

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.

about three weeks ago

Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

Space Re:Riiiiight. (233 comments)

One of the reasons you would need a realtime os is Active Noise Control.

about a month and a half ago

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Space Santiago (135 comments)

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.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Space Polycom (194 comments)

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.

about 6 months ago

Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

Space 2001 (238 comments)

Build a monolith covered withthe stuff. Sounds about how it is described in the books.

about 7 months ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

Space Anti-Vax home schoolers (747 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Tech Talent More Important Than Skill?

Space How Many Lines (277 comments)

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

Cisco and iRobot Create Sheldonbot-Like Telepresence System

Space Re:Oh... (123 comments)

I believe you tried to refer to "The Seldon Plan" from Asimov's Fondation series.

about a year and a half ago

Server Names For a New Generation

Space HHGTG (429 comments)

Some names will stand the test of time. A box with two monitors should of course be named Zaphod.

more than 2 years ago

Siri Envy? Iris Brings Some Voice-Assistant Features to Android

Space Voice Actions (402 comments)

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. Market link

more than 3 years ago

Jobs Bill Funds Safety Network With Spectrum Sale

Space Unacceptable (147 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Lines of code I've written in the last 24 hours:

Space Missing Option... (391 comments)

You forgot the most correct answer...
As few as possible
Any more than that and you're doing it wrong.

more than 3 years ago

In case of a blackout, batteries etc. will give me ...

Space Hurricane test (328 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Pirate Electrician Supplied Power To 1,500 Homes

Space Wrong Location... (373 comments)

Are they sure this wasn't in Brazil?

more than 4 years ago

Will the Serial Console Ever Die?

Space Dell Legacy Extender (460 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

AT&T Loses First Legal Battle Against Verizon

Space Re:Surprised? (214 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Hands-On Look At the BlackBerry Storm 2

Space Re:Blackberry would be more compelling (213 comments)

The current rumors are that Verizon will have a Motorola Android phone on Oct 30. The latest rumored date is Dec 1.

more than 5 years ago



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