* Posts by Turbo Beholder

25 posts • joined 29 Jun 2008

The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Re: Missing the point

This is solved by... NOT being a suicidal chipmunk.

Otherwise it's same old "Oh noes! I live in a baad neighbourghood, don't close my door when leaving home and put a stove with butane tank and a lighter right near it, what do? Now we all need a Big Bro to... mmm... Do Something"

Because various consequences of being a suicidal chipmunk are merely symptoms, there cannot be a good cure for each one. The choice is to try and force the whole world to dance around the self-preservation impaired rodent in question, or simply leave it to its fate.

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Facepalm

> Today, electric blankets feature a dial and thermostat, none of which compensates for the fact that our body temperature, and need for heat, changes as we pass through each evening’s sleep cycle.

Then, by definition, it's NOT a "thermostat".

> Again, the solution seems obvious. The electric blanket should sense the ambient room temperature, the temperature setting of the blanket, and the activity of the person beneath the blanket, using these to generate a heuristic for when and how much heat is needed across an evening’s sleep.

Not really. It needs a... working thermostat. That in turn doesn't need "to generate a heuristic" at all. Just simple thermal sensors and

- at least, negative feedback loop (needs one transistor);

- at most, a simple routine (that can run on any MCU and leave most resources to spare) to also detect derivative, which allows to pour more power without risk of overregulation and thus compensate for heat production and leak faster.

Just in case you're new on Earth, local warm-blooded animals don't change heat output thousand times per second in hard-to-predict patterns. And if they somehow did, heat capacitance of the skin would buffer this anyway.

> the electric blanket would turn itself on at the right time, and be at just the right temperature - relative to the ambient temperature - to keep them comfortably warm. It would adjust its temperature to accommodate a falling body temperature in the hours toward dawn. It would do all of this invisibly and automatically.

Which is... EXACTLY what is called "thermostat": an automatic device for regulation of temperature. Usually, for keeping the temperature inside... uhhh... STATIC. With given precision.

When this word doesn't appear on boxes with unreasonably priced gadgets aimed at the Muckbug crowd, at least.

> An electric blanket would be hard pressed to do all of this computationally expensive work on its own.

I don't see why regulating temperature even separately for different locations rather than average would need anything beyond a bunch of operating amplifiers and capacitor integrators.

But if you want to do it a really fancy way, sticking 8-bit MCU into it would do. It won't be hard pressed at all. Not unless your head is so deep down C# or Java rabbit hole that you need several megabytes of RAM to emulate capabilities of circuitry "programmable" with one variable resistor, that was primitive 50 years ago when it was used in incubators.

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Google whacks CREEPY predictive search up to 11 in cheap Chrome OS beta

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Black Helicopters

good morning.

Oh, come on. CIAagle cannot "turn creepy", for the same reason why Atlantic Ocean cannot "turn wet".

Even if it was just a honest search engine at day one, it's so much more for so many years.

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The one tiny slip that put LulzSec chief Sabu in the FBI's pocket

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Facepalm

Of course it's not entrapment.

...it's a simple extortion.

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Holmes

alas, no betting here.

There were several movies making them look like the good guys after child-burning in Waco. Find one of these in case you'll ever need to get rid of an illusion that Hollywood is mostly populated by human beings.

The plot is one for all, in a slightly allegorical form. Some babies were mind-controlled by alien pedobears, so... <snifff>... <snifff>... <crocodile tears> Enlivening gassing stage was, alas, modestly skipped.

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European revolt over ACTA treaty gains ground

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WTF?

It's simple, really:

Want to go with in - sign it. Don't want - retire from the position demonstratively. Want to pretend being more stupid than is posible to get the job in the first place - sign, then ask "oh, wait, what it was?"

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US tweet deportation: Chilling behind-the-scenes photos

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Facepalm

You don't get it.

They probably cleared the issue quickly. Most of the time was required to "convince" those tourists to never disclose what they really meant. To prevent the frontpage headers next day from being about them: "Two tourists and their dog try to destroy America by drinking all its whiskey reserves. The Threat is taken SERIOUSLY."

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Natty Narwahl: Ubuntu marine mammal not fully evolved

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Jobs Horns

brain worms which crawl from Apples

Another "of many features that reflect the influence of Apple's user interface" are gray-on-gray-with-contrast-lowering-shine "aluminium" icons we see in the first screenshot.

They like Unity? Could make one more flavour-clone like Kubuntu or Xubuntu.

Want something other than Gnome, there's already polished compiz. Want something more... lightweight - xfce is already built into Xubuntu. Why this sudden jumping?..

Soapy gray icons + knowing better "what the user needs" = a reliable way to discern where learning on other people's mistakes ends and gushy Apple fanboying begins.

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Legal goons threaten researcher for reporting security bug

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Badgers

Translation:

"the backdoor was intended and we aren't even professional enough to keep a smiling face".

I mean, if even Billy used to just say "it's not pee, it's rain"...

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Tabloid girl's jubs freeze at -130°C

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Linux

Two words:

"oxygen rains"

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Israeli Linux fan squeezes Windows refund out of Dell

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Coat

IANAL, but...

whether OEM or wrapped retail CDs it's obviously full of... slippery things. To begin with, unholy combination of 2 contracts: offer to public at large from shop and EULA from M$ - with whom EXACTLY you're dealing in what, or to which degree ? Normally manufacturer can be involved only via "consumer protection". If it's not yours until you submit (or even after) - then what EXACTLY did you just purchased in shop and what shop itself did bought from M$ ? And this inevitably leads to "uh, ask third party's home rules" crap. "Sticker-based" contracts ? Come on. Suppose you'll buy something in closed envelope and it turns out to contain note "uups, you owe me 1000$", or "by opening this you gave any passer-by right to strip-search you". Isn't it the same ? Agreement with content changeable without even prior notice ? Great. They already smuggled some interesting things there, and who can say it's the top of their imagination ?

http://www.infoworld.com/articles/op/xml/02/02/11/020211opfoster.html

@ Adam: if you could catch food manufacturer doing what M$ and their subsidiaries do, it could be rather sensible idea to send *missiles*, not sausages. If arrested, just produce their EULA and claim self-defence. =)))

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'Faith-based' investment firm fingers holiday's most sinful games

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Pirate

Only one question: when...

...traders will start to bribe self-appointed Moral Guardians for such non-regulated extreme ads. Oh, wait... right, they already did this for years and years. After all, it's not just GTA virus marketing for hentai-fans, even Hurry Patter had ads of this kind - so why not complete Moral Guardian industry, really? Just slap "anti-christian" on something, and all True Goth Lemmings will purchace it, no saving throw. Best of all - no legal troubles... as opposing to, you know, really making something. Only one problem: too many competitors.

To run on "anonymous" donations some sort of Internet stray watchdog barking at "evil words" - hell, now it looks like damn profitable business ! Let's invest ?

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Honeywell's Kitchen Computer remembered

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Alien

But who on Earth... would ?..

"1969. Aliens are already here, but humanity isn't subjugated yet."

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Brits decline to 'think outside the box'

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Happy

Buzzwordz cause brain to buzz. And spark.

- You're thinking 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' And to tell you the truth, I've forgotten myself in all this excitement, but being this is a .44 Magnum - the most powerful handgun in the world - and it will blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk!?

- <click> Please don't lose attention. It's .38 special, and it's enough because i don't compensate for anything. Do ya want to start *thinking outside of the box* ?

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- Does it work or not ?

- Here's an easy test: *touch base*

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- *Heads up* !

- Too high for grapnel ! Release valve rope is torn ! And we're still in updraft !

- Time for some *blue sky thinking*...

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- You really need some cold *thought shower*.

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- *360° thinking* is not good when you have to deal with modern anti-ship missiles. You really need full hemisphere protection.

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# *In the loop* (self-explanatory)

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Home Office to hand out more Tasers to police

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Coat

It's not a technical problem...

Nigel>This should guarantee that

No way. For such measures to really work, they must have some consequences other than wagging finger at them and then give them chance to shoot more people (as Ruby Ridge trigger-wanker) - and it's NOT a technical problem. It all boils down to the choice between self-cleansing or "we and they - and my imbecile paramilitary cousin too", courts rarely helping much. In the former case there probably will be some respect.

In the latter case things will not cool down - until some big chap protected from arc would get *really* annoyed, pluck taser from zap-happy guy's hand, stuff it up his arse (on continuous discharge) and write "taser lover" on poor sod's forehead... just to make a point. Because either "an armed society is a polite society" or one day it ends like that, sorry.

AC>maybe if you have a very strong chain/mesh suit with an earthing strap

It's called "chain mail" and also stops knives (and elbows in crowd); if taser isn't grounded, target isn't needed too, just short-circuit electrodes. ;]

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Linux weaktops poised for death by smartphone

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Go

Not the same.

Smartphone is very dubious idea, and always was: as Eric Van Haesendonck already pointed out, if you really want to see internet, you need 800x600 at very least. Little overcrammed gizmos just sit between two seats.

Phone calls? Little terminal + miniUSB hub with very basic standalone functions (flash load/save, etc) could do it after plugging headset and/or keypad in - and double as a player. But then they can go all the way and make uniform terminal model usable via wired GPRS, WiFi, Ethernet or whatever you want. Or plug in "power core" part and get 2-CPU laptop. That's the beauty and power of modular approach.

My obligatory lip service to Black Helicopters Cult: purpose behind "all-online" movement may be "get rid of browser-level ad blocking". As simple as that.

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US gun lobby blogs Thanksgiving gun 'facts'

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Alien

Postmodernap news:

Recent investigations by Independent Media™ shows that if you hit game with copper-coated shot, it will pierce body almost through and then lead instantly dissolves in blood (see "Alien" movie for details). While guns still crawl from their boxes at night to shoot l33tle kids. International Conspiracy of Gun Manufacturers (guns give more superprofit than oil, just because they're guns) and NRA™ want to cover this up. Only X-Ray tazers can save the planet.

I mean, go on... don't restrain yourself. There's not enough pyracetam for entire humanity anyway, so why bother at all ?..

P.S.: even leaving tons of old tetraethyl lead alone, do anyone remember - how much lead was found in water due to lost fishing-tackles and suchlike ? And that was measured in Britain, IIRC ?..

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BOFH: Unfriendly ghosts

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IT Angle

So... yeah.

Details are awesome (as always), but really... reiterative redundancy is a bit too obvious

JIM> MY GRILFIEND ISNT A SILLICON JANAPESE WIMMEN

Sorry, i don't buy this trollbeard. Tacking's just *too* good for such a flat-bottomed boat, see? So... question is, for whom ye work? ARK?.. MRLP?.. SKL?.. :]

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US woman shot by cast iron stove

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Happy

@ James O'Shea

> full of survivalists and assorted other self-designated free spirits

Really. *Proper* free spirits should be assigned by Central Committee. Besides, she has a GUN!!1

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedishrag/2008/10/how-did-newswee.html#comment-133980175

“Good catch. That is a 50 caliber automatic street-sweeper cop-killer assault weapon. Not only could she have blown her foot off, she could've killed every human within a 1000 yard radius. Which she would've probably enjoyed, since she loves to kill things. She is terrifying, and I have nightmares about her every night.

Hold me.”

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Stormtrooper helmet sales still legal in Britain

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Flexible approach ?

> Lucasfilm argued that Lucas had already worked out the look of the Stormtrooper

> before asking Ainsworth to cast the helmet.

Yeah. When it was Taxol related data it all became property of those who did not obtained it first, and now we see some designer converted "worked out" wishes to real thing, and result is not his at all.

Question is, whether this sharp turn was due to drastic change of course or merely as a part of ongoing zigzag maneuver ? Jolly Roger knows...

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Oz Anglicans embrace Darth Vader

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Alien

it's typo

> shunned the dark side?

> Why is he then seen with these guys?

> - Anonymous Coward

"shunned _by_ the dark side", so he 's with these guys ?

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HP shatters excessive packaging world record

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Alien

fragile Alien paper

http://stickers-labels.theboxwarehouse.co.uk/images/products/others/fragile1.jpg

Question is: whether picture on this label is actually supposed to mean “Fragile!” or just “Stop drinking until it's too late!” ? These two issues are close, but are not the same.

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Torvalds brands Digg users 'W*nking Walruses'

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Go

seems to be efficient

At last, this method is widely used in its pure form...

>> And to get wider distribution for this message:

...and quite honestly. Why some people have to use lame mimicry to spread their chain letters ?.. :]

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US hackette ponders jub-powered iPod

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Happy

This obviously causes some overheating

> Surely you don't need motion to generate electricity, only force?

Yeah. You just put weight on it and it generates energy — forever. Either like that or E = F*L

> "studied breast motion since 1985".

> Where do I get that job?

(whispering): They have SECRET research facility... ahem.

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Asda declares baby's arse 'pornographic'

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Dead Vulture

Occupational diseases ?

> "Sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal."

> What does this say about Asda since they are the ones that find the image pornographic.

> Is the entire business staffed by paedophiles?

Would they be so aroused otherwise ? All those ads...

> This is the same Asda whose HGV's travel at 40 mph in the 60 zone.

> They even have a proud sticker on the back commending themselves for this action.

Wait, but is it not... the very definition of "retard" ?

Dead bird, because it did hit cloud stuffed with rocks too retarded to fall.

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