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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

aix tom Re:I'm worried there will be... (176 comments)

Buy the new Smart Bulb App!!

Either the free version, where you can switch your light on and off after watching just one short commercial, or the Pay-By-Switch App for those people who don't switch their light on and off that often and want to save on monthly fees, or the $5 a month Flatrate-Switching App that let's you switch on and off your lights as often as you like without any additional fees !!!!

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

aix tom Re:No problem (423 comments)

Depends on the device and the support you get for the device. Just think about it: Microsoft never did give any real "support" to you, most of the time they told you to go to your manufacturer for that. If the manufacturer of the $50,000 device still gives you support in the sense that he will fix any problems that occur with the device, including replacing the hardware that still runs Win98, that is more support that you have ever gotten and will ever get from Microsoft.

about a month ago

Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

aix tom Re:Interpret? (497 comments)

So, what makes one's opinion more worthy then another?

Hundreds of other blokes going "Hey, this guy is right, that also perfectly explains $other_problem I was having". a.k.a peer review.

about a month and a half ago

Vodafone Foundation Launches Cell Site In a Backpack

aix tom Re:How does it connect? (37 comments)

Well, we know this is Slashdot and nobody really reads the articles, but if people did they would find out that it used a satellite uplink.

Backhaul to Vodafone is through the Cobham Explorer 500 Broadband Global Area Network, with communications being encrypted through IPsec.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

aix tom Re:None of the above (293 comments)

In that vein, it might definitely be more interesting to see how past "futurist" have fared.

For example The Distance Learning School, where Kurd Lasswitz extrapolated from telephone/phonograph/televison technology of 1899 how "remote teaching" could look like in 1999.

about 2 months ago

Two Ubuntu Phones Coming In 2014, Aiming For Top 50 iOS/Android Apps

aix tom What's the deal with those queer ideas. (141 comments)

If I want to run "the top 50 Android Apps" I would just get an Android phone. There is no real reason to have Ubuntu on a phone instead of Android if it's also targeted at the "Partners" and locks the end user out. I would like a Linux phone not because "it can do the same thing as Android", I would one want one if it can do MORE.

about 2 months ago

Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

aix tom Re:Untested? (357 comments)

Well, one could use them in "lesser" competitions first. When I compare it to implementing a new OS version at the job:

1) Test in with test systems in test environments.
2) Install it on less important systems where downtimes are not mission critical.
3) Put it on the super-critical box that needs to run 24/7 or the company goes bust.

In this case of the Olympics there could of course have been the added "idea" that they wanted to surprise everyone with the super-secret new suit technology.

( On the for "Typical American" side of things, the FIRST thing that came to mind when I read the title was that some crazy patent-or-something lawsuit between Under Armour and Lockeed was blamed for the bad performance in some way. ;-) )

about 2 months ago

How To Take Control of a Car's Electronics, Cheap

aix tom Re:No security? How about Physical security? (109 comments)

but they've since disabled this security as it was "too troublesome".

Exactly that. You have to see the pro/cons of security. If someone has physical access to your car and wants to mess with you, all the CAN-bus security in the world won't prevent him from snipping the break lines, drilling a hole in the bottom of your tank, or loosening the tire nuts.

And seeing how "security" at my computer sometimes prevents the legitimate user from doing stuff, I would really hate to get a "unauthorized brake attempt detected" error message when I slam on the breaks while seeing the tanker truck pull out of the side street.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

aix tom I would love a solution for that. (168 comments)

Online Storage for Families would be great.

A place where you can store the kids in the cloud while you go on holiday. Or something where you can permanently dump the in-laws without hating to store them at home where they take up valuable space. Something that puts them in deep hibernation would be nice, so that the food cost don't run rampant.

about 2 months ago

Dead Reckoning For Your Car Eliminates GPS Dead Zones

aix tom Re:don't think this really works on phones yet (151 comments)

A car will have lots of random juddering too in counties with shit roads like the UK.

But that's not really *random*. Perhaps an updated Navigation system will be able to pinpoint your location exactly just by analysing the frequency of the potholes you drive through.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

aix tom Re:ssis (876 comments)

Exactly. Especially when something goes wrong, and basically the only "error message" you get out of SSIS is something along the line of "something went wrong. Dunno what, dunno where, but something did"

about 2 months ago

Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

aix tom Re:Some far reaching implications... (463 comments)

And it looks real pretty, too, when it burns.

Although that's not a mountain, just wool. But, when you thing about it, a lump of wool sometimes just looks like the "cloud" that just burned up here.

about 3 months ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

aix tom You got it all wrong, this is GOOOOOD. (664 comments)

After all, it's the first step of automating management, and replacing all that management types with a bunch of shell scripts.

And who gets to write those shell-scripts in the end? Who? Exactly, we, the techies.

So it may be a slight inconvenience for a time, but in the end we will only have to do what the shell scripts we wrote ourselves are telling us to do. Sounds pretty much like paradise to me.

about 3 months ago

Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share

aix tom Re:Well.... (249 comments)

Well, even if that is just "two hard" in comparison to the "one hard" of using the start menu, I would still choose the option that is less hard. If a new version is worse than the old, then there is no reason to switch in my mind.

And when I see the user base at our company, which freak out if the icons on their desktop change place, I can say that for at least 75% of that user base "just start typing" is *definitely* "too hard"

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

aix tom Simple Answer Really. (503 comments)

Linux users, as the article says, spent "years of tinkering" into getting a desktop to work exactly like we wanted.

That was achieved after some time. At least in my case, since about four years I have a desktop that exactly does what I want it to do exactly the way I want it to do it. So there is no longer a need for any big changes.

It's not that we "want or don't want change", it's just that we want change where it is needed, not change just for changes sake.

about 3 months ago

First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening

aix tom Re:why do we need generic top level domains anyway (198 comments)

So no we have come full circle, where other entities like companies also can have that sense of achievement of having their own TLD, without much practical value besides generating cash for ICANN. ;-)

about 3 months ago

Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

aix tom Re:In all fairness (237 comments)

And they weren't even "honourable" crooks. Some of the people that helped load the bricks onto the pallets where laid of right after shortly before Christmas. Duh. Of course when someone gets sacked right after helping the boss break the law, there is only one possible outcome. The boss will get ratted out.

about 3 months ago

Great Firewall of UK Blocks Game Patch Because of Substring Matches

aix tom Re:Great Firewall of China is bad enough ... (270 comments)

In the UK (And basically EU/USA/etc...) there is a much more intelligent system of power in place.

In China the corrupt people hungry for power and money are still doing the public ruling themselves, making themselves targets.

In the "Western World" the corrupt people hungry for power and money keep pet "politicians" in power by buying them votes, so that these scapegoats can be replaced easily to pacify the masses without really jeopardising the power structure behind them.

about 3 months ago

Voynich Manuscript May Have Originated In the New World

aix tom Re:Is there an Ebook (170 comments)

You solved the mystery!!

Someone wanted to write a great book, but wanted to prevent Disney from getting it in his grubby hands, so they ciphered it.

about 3 months ago


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