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174 posts • joined 18 Jan 2010
You describe the setup I have at home. A Raspberry Pi running Domoticz. It is connected to my smart meter by USB. It receives my weather station over 868 MHz and switches some lights over 433 MHz. It has a Z-wave USB stick that can connect to sensors for movement, light, vibration, temperature etc. It switches Philips Hue lights. It has a WiFi connection to an Opentherm gateway to make my thermostat smart. It receives temperature and humidity data over WiFi from a few ESP2866's spread over the house. Nothing of this requires the cloud or third parties. Everything keeps running if the Internet goes down. As long as the Internet works, I can connect safely to it all over VPN. I think everything together costs less than €500, but I did have to spend some time learning about it and setting it all up.
"WRONG. get your facts right. some of your points are 'ok' and the biscuit analogy wasn't bad, but then you went off the rails making claims about nicotine that just are NOT true.
Nicotine exists in some foods. "
You may be right, but your point is completely moot. If he had said "your brain would never have been exposed to in natural life" he would have been a hundred percent correct.
There may be nicotine in vegetables, but there exists a thing called the first-pass effect. Blood-flow from your intestines does not enter the general circulation right away (as blood flow from the lungs does), but goes through the portal vein system through the liver first, where a lot of potentially harmful substances are metabolised first. So any nicotine ingested will be mostly metabolised to cotinine and trans-3'-hydroxycotinine and no nicotine will reach the brain. The levels of nicotine in vegetables are in the orders of nano-grams per gram. So to get as much nicotine in the intestine as a cigarette delivers, one would need to eat a hundred kilos of aubergine. Take in account the oral bio-availability of nicotine and in order to get the same blood levels as from a cigarette, you would need to eat 500 kg of aubergine. I would not call that "being exposed to".
And before someone mentions it: chewing tobacco works mainly through absorption of nicotine through the oral mucosa, which is not plumbed into the portal vein system.
Also not plumbed into the portal vein system is the rectum. Nicotine suppositories, anyone?
Icon: because face-palm becomes fail.
"Giant Rubik Cube at Huawei mate 20 launch in London
What were they thinking? That much is obvious: they were thinking about something else. Perhaps the consultant who came up with the idea was pitching to a Russian client while working on the Huawei account and got distracted."
Shurely you mean a Hungarian client?
We had something like that here. A gentleman who during the month of ramadan left his insulin pump running, despite not eating. Ran down some tourists(*) in front of Amsterdam Central Station.
Was deemed to be due to hypoglycaemia, but no prosecution.
* The tourists were Israeli's, which led to a lot of speculation whether this was an accident or an attack.
Lack of communication by police and the strange fact that the dozens of CCTV cameras in front of the station were all switched off or pointing elsewhere only fuelled the conspiracy theories.
Fail icon for Dutch justice.
Well, most Nexus kit doesn't survive that long anyway.
Currently on my third 5X, replaced under warranty.
First one just bricked itself, second one the infamous bootloop.
Nexus 5, microphone stopped working.
Galaxy Nexus, USB port broke, not charging.
Both Nexus One's broken power button.
Only my Nexus 10 is still working, however that has been having WiFi connection problems since day one.
And don't think you can use a Bluetooth keyboard with it while on 2,4GHz WiFi.
I like the Nexus philosophy of running plain Android and having regular updates, but the build quality
of all my Nexi has been less than stellar.
Four out of five crimes are not reported, because people know nothing will happen with it and police routinely dis-encourages people from reporting.
(So politics boasts crime rates are going down)
Four out of five reported crimes never get investigated.
Of the investigated crimes, a significant fraction never gets prosecuted.
The ones that get prosecuted and lead to a conviction, lead to very low sentences.
Think twelve years for murder, or community service for assault and battery leading to permanent disability. If your crime was relatively light, you are allowed to await trial in freedom. If convicted to prison, just don't show up. There are actually more people who are convicted to a jail sentence out on the street (around 15.000), than there are people in jail (around 10.000). The Netherlands is a paradise for criminals.
When I lived in the Caribbean, the time on my weather station would mysteriously go back six hours overnight occasionally. I then remembered it has a DCF receiver and apparently picked up the signal from over 7.000 kilometres away. Officially the range of the DCF transmitter (it's in Frankfurt I think?) is stated as around 2.500 km. This happened after I moved to the Atlantic side of the island, on the Caribbean side a volcano blocked the signal :-)
Oh, this severely exaggerated drivel about "Islamic science" again.
For the largest part, what they did was conserve earlier Indian, Greek and Roman knowledge, with very little expanding of it.
Consider this: Jews consist of about 0,3% of the world's population. Nobel prizes won by Jews: 197.
For muslims these figures are 23% and 12.
You forgot the joke alert icon, because sure as hell this can't be meant to be serious.
For starters look at the skull to pelvis ratio between hamsters and humans.
That being said: the oft cited "fact" that women tolerate pain better then men (and the implied "fact" that men therefore must be whingers) is only true during childbirth, due to hormonal changes. Under normal circumstances, men have a higher pain threshold and a higher pain tolerance.
If I want to mix oil and water (or, say a watery substance like vinegar or lemon juice) I don't fiddle with diamonds and hydraulic presses, I just use an emulsifier, like egg yolk.
And like others already pointed out: salts have ionic bonds and dissolving sugars does not involve breaking covalent bonds.
Because American banks have not yet implemented 2FA on a big scale yet, whereas European banks mostly have?
I was in Canada last summer and our host was puzzled when our 2FA thingamajigs came out when banking. All that's needed to clean out his bank account is username and password.
"There is no moral duty to have savings, "
Of course there is a moral duty to have savings. It follows from the moral obligation to be able to provide for your family.
Even though my job is pretty secure I maintain a minimum of three net monthly wages as an absolute minimum of readlily available savings (i.e. not tied up in stocks or bonds).
And I am not saying you can build up such a reserve overnight, it takes some time and mainly financial discipline.
"Even if you did get the photo and the person hadn't hidden their face my experience is that the police wouldn't be interested anyway........ All they want to do is give you a leaflet on how to be a victim and issue you with a crime number for the insurance."
Ah, you must be living in the Netherlands.
Yes, and remember that she proudly declared that after her term she would not take up any job in Big Business? And when she was confronted about this earlier promise by a journalist, she turned very snooty.
And let's talk about the pensions for Eurocrats: she served a ten year term, that earns her a pension of €15.000 a month. I once again congratulate you Brits on leaving the EU.
"If there was a coup in France, for instance, is there anything in NATO treaties or EU laws that say the UK or Germany should get involved to try to prop up the French government against whoever was trying to overthrow them?"
NATO treaty article 5: an attack on one is an attack on all. Support is mandatory.
Not sure though if that includes "internal" attacks like a coup.
From the article at thecanary:
" 'After correcting for over-reporting [people always say they vote more than they do], we found that the likely turnout of 18- to 24-year olds was 70% – just 2.5% below the national average.'
Bruter and Harrison also suggested that turnout for 25- to 29-year-olds was around 67%.
While the media wasted no time in criticising young people for their perceived lack of voting – some even going so far as to blame them – it seems that actually, they went above and beyond. "
Uhm, no. If they were below national average, I wouldn't really classify that as "going above and beyond".
The real problem of the democratic deficit in the EU lies in lack of transparency. All the real decisions are made in ad hoc committees of prime ministers or finance ministers (and while I may have indirectly voted for "my" minister, I surely did not for the 27 others). These committees have no legal basis and no minutes are taken of their deliberations. Doesn't democracy come with transparency and accountability?
And just look at all the secrecy surrounding TTIP. Even MEPs are hardly allowed to look at it. And now with CETA the EC is trying to complete that without involvement of national parliaments.
No, despite the uncertainties and temporary economic setbacks, I think you British have done a wise thing (but maybe for some people without realising it). I wish my people would get a chance to vote. After all, we never got to vote about joining the EU in the first place, we didn't get to vote on the Euro, we didn't get to vote on Schengen, we didn't get to vote on ever closer union. (We did get to vote on the European Constitution, voted against it and got it anyway, with a different name and in a different binder)
"This will not be an "ugly divorce". The elites don't want it to impact their pocketbook."
I hope you are right, but I am not entirely sure about that. The fear is that if the UK gets to good a deal in leaving (in beneficial trade deals for instance) it will encourage other EU countries to seek an exit too. Already a majority of the Dutch wants a referendum on a Nexit, with 48% wanting out, 42% in, the rest undecided.
"If I install a user desktop, after install, all my hardware had better work, or there is something very wrong and indicates to me laziness and not caring"
Better not install Windows then, where after install you still have to hunt around for drivers for most of your hardware (sometimes even the motherboard).
Some are off-line, some have a password now. Try checking them on shodan.io first.
Shodan will even have screenshots of VNC sessions initiated by them. One one of them I saw a number of warnings on the desktop of the unsecured system.
Personally I was shocked about the things you find people leave exposed to the INternet as a whole.
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