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Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

axlash Re:Borg Home (63 comments)

I'm being very specific here - I'm referring to internet controlled home lighting. If all I care about is switching on/off lights, it is overkill.

I can't say I'm too hot ('scuse the pun) on remote controlled heating either; I'd need to see significant savings before I was tempted to invest in that.

Of course, if this is all about having fun while engaging in a home project, that's another story altogether.

about 2 months ago

Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

axlash Re:Borg Home (63 comments)

I get that large industrial/office complexes might want to automate/regulate lighting, but why would you want to do this for your home?

Looks like overkill to me.

about 2 months ago

Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

axlash Enough warning? (255 comments)

I wonder if the directorate gave the drivers enough of a heads up before the crackdown; if not, that would seem a rather harsh move.

about 4 months ago

Google Announces "Classroom"

axlash Catch 'em young (143 comments)

Looks like Google wants to get children used to the idea of using Google Docs when they're young so that they keep on using it as they get older.

about 4 months ago

Brazilians Welcome Genetically-Modified Mosquito To Help Fight Dengue Fever

axlash Re:Not how natural selection works (137 comments)

Even better would be if they could engineer mosquitoes whose *grandchildren* (or great grandchildren) would be sterile, further maximising the damage.

about 5 months ago

Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

axlash Re:$100k today the equivalent of $80k in 2004 (193 comments)

The Fed's trying a new trick to hold bank reserves...

I don't understand this. Did you mean to say that the Fed is trying a new trick to force the banks to release their reserves and spur a little inflation?

about 5 months ago

Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

axlash Re:Possibly Worse Than That (216 comments)

I know that it's said that ignorance of a contract is no excuse for breaching it.

But I sometimes feel that there should not be a requirement that the issuer of the contract should make it so obvious and public that there could not possibly any chance that the breacher could have acted out of ignorance.

Say what you like about software EULAs, at least in many cases, you have to have seen the dialog box with the text before going ahead to install the software - much better than having to search for some microscopic print.

I do recognise the difficulty of ensuring that parties in a contract know what they're getting into - that's why lawyers aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

about 5 months ago

Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

axlash Reversibility (139 comments)

Whatever they do, I hope they make the disablement reversible, for those who think they've had their phone stolen, only to find that it was just misplaced - or if the phone is later recovered from the thief.

about 5 months ago

Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

axlash Re:The world is changing. (224 comments)

"Reading may be fast, but comprehending may be tricky."

But what really is reading without comprehension? That's just like moving my eyeballs across a page and having my brain register black glyphs on a white background.

about 5 months ago

A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

axlash Re:Huge (143 comments)

Too bad I don't have points to mod this up. Love the way you send up the hype.

about 5 months ago

Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees

axlash Misleading title (112 comments)

The article isn't really about making biofuel from self-destructing trees. It's about introducing the mechanism through which the lignin (in the trees) destructs to other crops that grow much faster and leave a lot of waste, like corn.

Personally, I think that sourcing energy from biofuel will never really scale, anyway...

about 5 months ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

axlash Re:Moral of the story... (1746 comments)

"Everyone should..."

Ah, but that's the problem.

"Should", while pointing to the ideal, does not reflect what works in the real world.

I don't think that Mr. Eich will change his opinions as a result of this, but I'm damn sure he'll be much more careful how he airs and acts upon them in the future.

I'll leave it to others to decide whether that's a good thing.

about 5 months ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

axlash Moral of the story... (1746 comments)

...Keep your political views well hidden if you plan to head up an organisation that is sensitive as to how it is perceived by a cross-section of society.

about 5 months ago

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

axlash Re:Lies (544 comments)

So what if there was sound? Who cares? Do people who like the Tesla like it because it is relatively quiet, or do they like it for other reasons (because it looks great, runs on electricity, smooth acceleration, etc.)?

I don't see why the original post thinks that we should all see the addition of engine noise as funny. Mildly perplexing, yes, but that's about it.

about 5 months ago

GCHQ and NSA Targeted World Leaders, Private German Companies

axlash Let's hear about the exceptions for once (145 comments)

It's kind of getting old hearing about the latest spying activity of the NSA.

It would be more interesting to hear who they're *not* spying on these days.

about 6 months ago

Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

axlash Re:Surely you jest ... (870 comments)

I don't know that having too much time on one's hands leads to crime.

It's arguable that crime happens because:

- people are poor (I assume this won't be an issue in a TNG world);

- the adults who should be acting as good role models for children either don't have the time to do this right, or are just simply absent (again, not a problem in a world where there's more than enough time to do the things we want.

Of course, there will always be sociopaths who commit crime for whatever reason.

about 6 months ago

Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

axlash Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (870 comments)

Where I live, self-checkouts are still going strong in grocery stores. In fact, I prefer to use them because wait times are much less for me.

I do wonder how they deal with the possibility of fraud, but I guess I live in an area where the level of fraud is not high enough to outweigh the advantages of cost/scale.

about 6 months ago

Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

axlash Secession (623 comments)

The reason the news on Ukraine is such a big deal is that it's largely been engineered by Russia.

But - what if the people in Crimea had agitated to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, without any provocation from Russia? This is not entirely far fetched, given the region's history and ethnic makeup.

Should the fact that Ukraine would not want this to happen be a reason for it not to happen?

Shouldn't the people who live in a locality be the main people who decide their destiny?

about 5 months ago

3 Reasons To Hate Mass Surveillance; 3 Ways To Fight It

axlash Those arguments (120 comments)

I feel that these three reasons are rather weak.

I'm not sure how #1 is a reason. The pervasiveness of the internet is not in itself a problem, any more than air being everywhere is a problem. Show me how the pervasiveness is an issue.

# 2 is weak; it talks about what could happen, rather than what is likely to happen. I understand that when arguing against something, if the outcome of letting that thing happen is catastrophic, that will determine how convincing the argument is, but I prefer to look at the probability of the outcome occuring, and I would like to see more evidential arguments for more privacy.

#3 is just vague. You can't say that I'm paying for privacy and then not even be specific about it. Why should I care if I decide that the amount I'm paying is minuscule?

about 7 months ago


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