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Water Cooler / Re: 6,599 mph hypersonic sled
« on: September 15, 2019, 09:53:02 PM »
Literally, blink and miss it.

Water Cooler / Re: Terminator Scenario
« on: September 14, 2019, 08:05:37 PM »
>>>xkcd >drones  ...going for the jugular.

Saudi Arabia cuts oil output by 5 million barrels following drone attacks

Monetization / Re: MoviePass CEO: We know all about you
« on: September 13, 2019, 09:58:13 PM »

Water Cooler / Re: Terminator Scenario
« on: September 13, 2019, 12:49:40 PM »

Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: September 13, 2019, 12:39:00 PM »
Johnson denies lying to Queen over Parliament suspension - BBC News

Politicians lie, but I suspect you'd better not lie to QE.

> law to stop taxing

I thought Cal's Propositions took care of that. hhh

Hardware & Technology / Re: Do we really need an iPhone 11
« on: September 10, 2019, 01:13:44 PM »
C'mon Big Tech, I'm tired of hearing about phones. They are a commodity item that reeks of early-21st-century.  Where's my robot puppy servant?

Hardware & Technology / Re: Hubitat
« on: September 05, 2019, 09:46:06 PM »
>no news since

Yeah, the Tesla guys are griping about that one.

Marketing / Re: Gun Lobby Makes Biggest Ad Buy in Years
« on: September 05, 2019, 09:45:00 PM »
>kinda big

Walgreens, CVS join Walmart, ask shoppers not to openly carry guns

Hardware & Technology / Re: Hubitat
« on: September 05, 2019, 02:12:07 AM »
>completely unacceptable

We have speakers that work with text-to-speech local-only. The Google Home Minis were cheap & easy to do, but I plan to eventually dump the Minis and switch.  That way, my repeat reminders and other in-house TTS messages (already on Hubitat, NOT Alexa) will be voiced even if the internet is down.

But local voice commands are a couple of years off, I'd say.  There have been some requests for Mycroft integration but the devs have their hands full with the zillion other smarthome products being released.  Still, smarthome pros keep flocking to Hubitat and I think someone will eventually get us off Alexa.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Hubitat
« on: September 04, 2019, 01:39:28 AM »
I wouldn't call it 'easy' --at least not for in-the-wall switches.  The biggest issue in the US is the lack of a neutral wire in the switch box (due to the way we typically run switch wires.)  The second problem is with 3-way switches --you have to change the traveler wire.  The wall-wart type receptacles and smart bulbs ARE pretty easy.


Alexa typically becomes a front-end for controlling the devices on the Hubitat, particularly lighting.  You lose voice control when the internet goes out, but the switches still work manually, or from the control screen, or on a Hubitat program.  They just won't hear you when you yell, hhh.

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