* Posts by FireWorks

15 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Apr 2013

Vivaldi boss: It'd be cool if Google went back to the 'not evil' schtick


Re: Well...

Don't worry. Google put Boston Dynamics up for sale as soon as they lost the DARPA contracts. No sense building killer robots without a buyer.

Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

Paris Hilton

On the nose

Andrew, Your analysis hit the mark, like a kinetic energy transfer from the US electorates clenched fist to the nasal region of Silicone Valley. (icon because I miss-spelled Silicon on purpose because I think they're all boobs)

Will the real builders of IoT please stand up?

IT Angle

IoT is more than light bulbs

IoT is taking Information Technology practices and applying them to other disciplines. Like connecting up all the freezers and fridges in a grocery store to monitor temperature and apply access controls. It's monitoring a fleet of trucks and the trailers to improve efficiency and to monitor drivers. You may not want a smart lighting system in your home but office buildings are cutting costs with them. IoT is monitoring the flow of cell phones through public spaces for analysis. IoT is camera's on light posts that can monitor for open parking spaces. IoT is us applying what we know to the rest of the world.

US bares its net neutrality enforcement regime to world+dog

Big Brother

Be sure to read page 322 & 323 too

It's all lols until you realize the room for political abuse this allows.

30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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Amish sell Poo

I bought a gargoyle that is to be set in your garden that was molded out of poo to slowly melt away and feed the plants, . They also sold other garden dwelling critters of excrement, they were called PooPets if I remember correctly. Gifted it to my father.

FCC bigwig grills Netflix: If internet fast lanes are so bad, why did YOU build them?



I connect to an ISP and there is an SLA in place that guarantees me a minimum service level. Netflix connects to an ISP and there is an SLA in place that guarantees them a minimum service level. The various ISPs connect to each other with an SLA in place that guarantees a minimum service level. The source and destination should have nothing to do with billing. Where did this simple setup get broken?

Fire Works

LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?


WinTel gettting back in the ring

HP will start shipping their Stream 11 on December 26th. It's an 11" laptop with Celeron proc, 2GB/32GB & Win 8.1 for US$199.

Nod Labs forges one (Bluetooth) ring to rule them all

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After seeing the video I think I'd prefer to use a "laser-pointer-like" stylus than wear a ring.

Google, Microsoft tackle climate change as IBM seeks cancer cure

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Thank you IBM

Was I the only one to read to the end of the article?

Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man


I can't help but wonder what you people are doing wrong. I have McAfee SaaS End Point protection which is just a cloud managed version of their AV software and it runs great. I've seen no slow down on Windows 7 or 8. Updates and Scans happen when no one is looking so they don't hinder a thing either. I was able to show my kids the reports that showed how many times they visited risky websites and they actually took the information and modified their behavior. After the third month they started heeding the warnings and their computers have not had to be re-imaged since. (Re-imaging was an every other month affair when they discovered Minecraft mods)


AT&T takes aim at T-Mobile with $450 cashback lure

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Re: t-mobile rocks....

I have the same T-Mo plan that costs $50 a month, but you add a 2nd line for $30, and a 3rd line for 15, and a 4th line for 5 (or something close to that, that equals $100 a month) So I pay $25 a month for our families 4 lines. Each additional line costs the minimum so when my youngest needs a phone we'll tack on another, so the price per line goes down further. We yanks aren't all getting ripped to badly, accounting for exchange rate differences.

Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT


Ultrabook branding

Intel will allow them to call it an Ultrabook if it sells with the detachable keyboard.

Mines the one with the Haswell label.

First Cook, now Intel bigwig pokes Google in the eye over Glass


Re: Funny

Intel graphics crap? You've not seen Intel Iris then.

Google Glass eye-cam to turn us all into right little winkers


Re: Soon you will be required to wear "Googles" all the time as part of the Surveillance Society

There was a book by David Brin where the elderly took to the public walkways with glasses like these that streamed everything they saw back to their home, as an advanced neighborhood watch patrol.

Mines the one with the cheap sunglasses.

Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC


more to the NUC

Sad that a tech site can't be bothered to install an OS correctly. Win 8 gives a Win experience index score of 5.5 on due to the low video score... but it does give a score.

The NUC boards are also sold in 10pks so ODMs can make their own products, including passively cooled models. (I work in the distribution channel in the states) There are close to a dozen 3rd party chassis for these boards already.

This is a proof of concept product, intended to establish the form factor. They'll play with it for a few years until the business is established then they will duck out and go back to making just the chips.