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  • 3 years ago
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    This is a game changer. Hangouts need this ASAP if it wants to be taken seriously as the next SMS app.

  • 3 years ago
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    XKCD is hit or miss. But when he hits, he hits hard. If you haven't checked him out, it's worth a look. And if something seems off in one of his strips, check out http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

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  • 3 years ago
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    Personally I don't think it will crumble. I think either 1 or 2 big players (Insteon being one) will stick around and the rest will slowly fade away or be purchased by the big players. Or all the little guys will have to adopt to one standard and be compatible with each other to compete against the big ones.

  • 3 years ago
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    With layoffs at Leeo and Wink for sale, is the smart home crumbling?

    Early adopters, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs have bought into the idea of a smart home, but mainstream consumers haven't. “Here’s the paradox: While we may consider many of these devices ‘smart home’ products, the consumer doesn’t think that way,” he wrote. “They think they’re buying network cameras, thermostats and locks. We as an industry still haven’t presented a compelling reason to convince consumers to connect all these devices together.”

  • 3 years ago
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    Thread Protocol: Enabling Secure Mesh Networks For Smart Home Devices

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  • 3 years ago
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    Thread Protocol: Enabling Secure Mesh Networks For Smart Home Devices

    The Thread mesh networks will be built on top of 802.15.4 hardware, which is already on the market in some Nest devices and is what Zigbee, a previously competing wireless protocol for home automation, used as well. However, Zigbee will also be built on top of Thread at the application layer, so in the future it should become more of a complementary product than a competitor.

  • 3 years ago
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    Yes! This is one point I forgot to mention. When I had my misfit shine I always put it in my coin pocket of my jeans. I felt that this gave me a more accurate count of my actual steps and not arm movement. Now that I have the pebble, I think it'll often count things like typing on the keyboard which is not cool.

    Also, when playing soccer I preferred to slip the misfit into my sock/shoe, whereas I can't wear the watch while playing.

    So I guess I more meant the wrist based fitbits will either converge into a smartwatch (which they already are leaning towards), or people will choose a smartwatch that does step counts.

  • 3 years ago
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    This is why, I believe, the only fitness trackers that will succeed are ones that are integrated into something else useful. Like a watch. The watch I wear was only $200 (now only $100) and it is a smartwatch that uses epaper so the battery lasts 5+ days, and has popular fitness tracking software as an app. My watch is useful for many things, including the fitness tracking, which is why I will keep wearing it.

    Why buy a $100 fitness-tracker only, when you can buy a $100 smart-watch with fitness built in.

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  • 3 years ago
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    Verizon Quietly Moves Home Automation Customers to Nexia; Deploys Quantum Z-Wave Router

    Having dropped its Home Monitoring & Control service last year, Verizon moves former users to Nexia Home Intelligence DIY home automation platform; seeds IoT market with Greenwave-powered Quantum Z-Wave and ZigBee router.

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  • 3 years ago
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    Apple Stores will begin selling the first HomeKit-connected thermostat today

    Apple's smart home platform is gaining another member: the Ecobee3 smart thermostat, the first connected thermostat to work with HomeKit. It costs $249 and is essentially an alternative to Nest's thermostat...

  • 3 years ago
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    How Smart Homes Work

    Smart homes connect all the devices and appliances in your home so they can talk to each other. See more about smart homes and their technology.

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    Trump, PGA split after backlash over Mexico comments

    Donald Trump's golf enterprise is the latest casualty in the backlash over his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants.

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  • 3 years ago
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    "The one thing that would have at least ameliorated the horrible situation in Charleston would have been that if somebody in that prayer meeting had a conceal carry or there had been either an off-duty policeman or an on-duty policeman, somebody with the legal authority to carry a firearm and could have stopped the shooter," presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said in a Fox News interview on June 19.

    A new study, however, throws cold water on the idea that a well-armed populace deters criminals or prevents murders.

    It's worded in a way that this study disproves Huckabee's quote, but if, in fact there had been someone with a gun in there, they could have, theoretically stopped the shooter. I feel that this quote is pretty lazy to use as a tie-in to the article.

    Interesting article though. Too bad causation isn't determined yet.

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  • 3 years ago
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    Sure some forms of the former are better desired by some members of society than others, but they don't signify a deep history and continuing struggle for equality in a large social structure of power, where certain groups have always landed on the subversive. There isn't a culture of oppression around baldness. There isn't a history of oppression for bald people. So using insults pertaining to baldness is in no way, shape or form the same as using gender or racial slurs.

    This is a good way of wording this. It often seems hypocritical for women to be offended by a man calling her a cunt or bitch when she can call him a dick. But the fact is, women have had a very recent history of being oppressed (and still are). The same goes for calling a black person a nigger and a black person calling a white person a honky or cracker. Black people have a recent history of oppression (and still are), so it means a lot more.

    So, bring up another subject from reddit, how does calling someone fat fit in to this? Does it depend on the circumstances? Where do these slurs fit on the scale? Have obese people been oppressed?

    Thanks for the opportunity to explore this topic!

    Edit: I'd be remiss not to link Louis C.K.'s take on offensive words (NSFW language).

  • 3 years ago
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    As an overweight man (also yo-yo a bit) in the United States, I don't experience discrimination more or less depending on weight. I also don't think that society, at least in the United States, is trending in the direction of oppression of overweight men. Now for women, I would more likely believe it.

    "More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese. More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese." - source

    I think that it is hard to claim oppression of a group that is over 2/3rds the population.

    Again, women are certainly treated differently. And again, I'd be remiss not to link one of the most amazing clips of the show Louie. "So did the Fat Lady"

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  • 3 years ago
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    It also doesn't show your text/discussion submissions.

  • 3 years ago
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    Sure some forms of the former are better desired by some members of society than others, but they don't signify a deep history and continuing struggle for equality in a large social structure of power, where certain groups have always landed on the subversive. There isn't a culture of oppression around baldness. There isn't a history of oppression for bald people. So using insults pertaining to baldness is in no way, shape or form the same as using gender or racial slurs.

    This is a good way of wording this. It often seems hypocritical for women to be offended by a man calling her a cunt or bitch when she can call him a dick. But the fact is, women have had a very recent history of being oppressed (and still are). The same goes for calling a black person a nigger and a black person calling a white person a honky or cracker. Black people have a recent history of oppression (and still are), so it means a lot more.

    So, bring up another subject from reddit, how does calling someone fat fit in to this? Does it depend on the circumstances? Where do these slurs fit on the scale? Have obese people been oppressed?

    Thanks for the opportunity to explore this topic!

    Edit: I'd be remiss not to link Louis C.K.'s take on offensive words (NSFW language).

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