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Privacy Worries For 'Smart' Smoke Alarms

pedrop357 Re:The Cloud is Ruining Home Automation (90 comments)

It's why I eschew Nest and the similar offerings from other companies for something like this:
http://www.temperaturemanager....

It costs more but doesn't need internet connectivity to customize settings.

The fact that my (free, won in a drawing) Plantronics BT earpiece needs internet connectivity to change its settings is the dumbest thing in the world. An app is still downloaded to my PC, but I need an internet connected browser to make the changes.

about a month ago
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Big Telecom: Terms Set For Sprint To Buy T-Mobile For $32B

pedrop357 Spend that money on your network! (158 comments)

If Sprint has $32B to spend on a merger, perhaps they could spend $16B to upgrade their AWFUL network. I bailed from Sprint to T-Mobile due to coverage and usability issues.

Yes, T-Mobile seems to have coverage issues in some areas, but I've been able to completely, and to my satisfaction, mitigate them with the Wifi-calling feature.

Sprint had huge sections of my company that poor to no coverage. Calls dropped, data was unusable. 9 hour battery life on an S3. We had wifi for the data, but no relief for the calls. The other 3 major carriers had strong 4g signal throughout the property (Casino resort in Las Vegas).

Sprint pathetically fumbled the ball when it came to 4g, leaving some areas with 3g and 4g-wimax. Then they stopped selling Wimax phones in favor of 4g LTE phones. This seriously degraded the 3g experience everywhere I went. Orlando, Miami, Boston, Reno, Biloxi, Philadelphia, etc. were all places where I found the 3g to be unusable and on the rare occasions I got 4g it performed like 3g. My guess was that they were using the same 3g bandwidth backhaul to towers that had 4g equipment.

The short version for me was that it was years after every other carrier had 4g before I started to see the little 4g icon on my phone and a good year after that where it performed like everyone else's 4g in the much smaller number of places it was available.

In places like the LV Convention Center, I eventually had to turn off 4g because the phone would hold onto an unusable 4g connection rather than connect to the usuable (yet still slow by 3g standards) 3g connection that was apparently an in-building thing. Luckily the convention center had wifi so I could get data, but my call/text experience was pretty poor.

I don't have these problems with T-Mobile, nor my Verizon work phone. Some people here would use their work phone as a hotspot for their Sprint personal phone. My t-mobile phone does drop down to Edge at times, it's slow but consistent and has pretty good latency. The few places where I've lost voice AND data had wifi so I was fully functional which couldn't have happened with Sprint.

I can't help but think that for many years, this will be a bad experience for T-Mobile customers no matter what and a mixed bag for Sprint customers if they transition away from CDMA. I see a lot of people reluctantly jumping ship to Verizon or AT&T once the merger is final and network changes begin rolling out.

about 2 months ago
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3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom

pedrop357 Re:Who Cares? (354 comments)

That's like saying you have a right to an abortion, but not the right to pay someone to perform it.

about 2 months ago
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3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom

pedrop357 Re:It's a 1A issue, not a 2A issue. (354 comments)

They never put a stop to shouting "fire!" in a theater. A Supreme Court judge tossed that poor analogy out in a case upholding the conviction of someone handing out pamphlets opposed to WW1 with horribly threatening statements like "Do not be intimidated".

about 2 months ago
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3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom

pedrop357 Re:Irresponsible (354 comments)

It actually does. Sorry.

about 2 months ago
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3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom

pedrop357 Re:Irresponsible (354 comments)

I have as much right to 'print' a gun as I do a book, paper, pamphlet, etc. as well as making one from raw parts made from a backyard steel smelter.

" because it removes sensible control of the spread of killing weapons."

Do you want to try that again?

about 2 months ago
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3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom

pedrop357 Re:Irresponsible (354 comments)

The person shooting them is violating their rights, that is who needs to be held accountable.

My right to possess a gun doesn't go away because SOMEONE ELSE might use a gun to violate someone's right not to be shot.

about 2 months ago
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Nintendo To Split Ad Revenue With Streaming Gamers

pedrop357 Probably backfired on them (110 comments)

I've noticed that the Let's Play channels I watch pretty much stopped doing Nintendo games altogether. Whether Nintendo liked it or not, these channels can bring exposure to their games.

I've bought about a dozen games after watching short LPs of them on Two Best Friends Play's channel or their subchannel on Machinima.

When this first started, I heard podcasts or interviews with people from shows like Hey Ash Whatcha Playin', TBFP, etc. where they basically said they weren't planning any Nintendo game based shows until the situation was changed.

about 2 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

pedrop357 Re:Yes! No more mandates! (584 comments)

An easily copied token (in the case of most cars) is not really that secure and certainly quite different from the supposed security built in to so-called smart guns.

about 2 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

pedrop357 Re:How gracious of them (584 comments)

People still have the "right" not to be shot by a "stupid" gun, but that right doesn't supercede my right to own one of these non-"smart" guns.

about 2 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

pedrop357 Re:Gun grabbers never give up (584 comments)

Hey man, those ghost guns with 30 round magazine clips are totally real.

about 2 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

pedrop357 Re:The marketplace should decide... (584 comments)

The irony is especially sweet here considering you're posting anonymously on an internet forum, exploiting "old fashioned" speech laws (that were drafted with printing presses and quill pens in mind).

about 2 months ago
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Apple Can Extract Texts, Photos, Contacts From Locked iPhones

pedrop357 Re:Can't they just push a 'dump' app to the phone? (202 comments)

From Google Play, I can select apps and tell it to install them on my phone, which it does over wifi/cell connection. This happens without me touching the phone.

I was being a little presumptuous about Apple - I was given the impression by a few iPhone users that you could push apps to your phone the same way.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Can Extract Texts, Photos, Contacts From Locked iPhones

pedrop357 Re:"Law Enforcement" doing their damnedest to kill (202 comments)

Sort of like they've been doing with cash.

Give it a few years, maybe a decade, and people who don't regularly use a smartphone/messaging system to interact and/or exchange paper notes will be viewed as highly suspicious.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Can Extract Texts, Photos, Contacts From Locked iPhones

pedrop357 Can't they just push a 'dump' app to the phone? (202 comments)

Given that Apple, like Google, can push apps to the phone, what's to stop them from just pushing a custom app that just copies everything to a designated place?

about 3 months ago

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