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Water Cooler / Re: Retailpocalypse is about to get worse
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:04:42 PM »
Overbuilt, yes, but I still contend that something has changed that has wiped out budding mom & pops from the market.  They are the plankton of retail. That's where our shopping diversity comes from.

Hardware & Technology / Re: On shoring in tech
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:41:47 PM »
I suspect being able to use bots to at least take the edge off of payroll factors heavily into on-shoring.  If I were cynical & distrusting, which I'm certainly nothhh I'd expect bots to slowly displace workers once the plant is established.  Regardless, I think right-to-work states will benefit most unless a union-friendly state offers ridiculously massive incentives.

>You sure?

Pretty much.

Borrowers Fear Higher Financing Costs as US Debt Balloons

Hardware & Technology / Re: Reporting in from Ground Zero
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:18:44 PM »

Too late.  I AM silo-ing the number of vendors and am currently severely limiting the time window the Broadlink IR Blaster calls home to China.  (I plugged it into a TP-link smarthome receptacle which kills the power after the Blaster has executed the command to Roomba.)

The issue now is whether I want to assume support for a smarthome system running only on the local network or let the vendors do it via apps.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Reporting in from Ground Zero
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:02:02 PM »
Ecobee 4, TP-link HS105, Broadlink IR blaster local

You know the story, first you buy an Alexa Dot. Then another Dot. And another. And another. Then you buy an HS105 to control a few lamps. And another. And another. Then you make an old Roomba work on Alexa using the $22 Broadlink. Now you're hooked.

Then the old digital thermostat on the geothermal heat pump goes wonky and you start thinking Ecobee 4 (the remote sensor is a much-needed feature in my house). BUT now I'm getting concerned about "smarthome creep" and increasing dependency on an array of 3rd party vendors.

I joined the Borg and sent Bezos another $240 for the Ecobee t-stat. We installed it ourselves in under an hour (saving $100+ installation fee) with the t-stat's onboard prompting walking Louise through the initial config.

The end plan is to control and schedule these assorted devices by different vendors with Home Assistant or somesuch.  Local network only. No phoning home.  ...But breaking away from the Borg will be difficult.


IIRC, Wall Street now puts Amazon with 70%+ of jabbernet marketshare.  Separately, Apple's late entry has been reported as 'Disappointing."  I see less & less mention of G's model and, when I do, it is often put in as a subordinate 'specialty' device on Alexa networks.

Economics & Investing / Re: UK: Capita following Carrilion
« on: April 14, 2018, 07:37:17 PM »
That's going to sting a bit.

£7bn in Carillion liabilities revealed

A billion here, a billion there...


Chinese man caught by facial recognition at pop concert

Hardware & Technology / Re: Firefox Facebook Container Extension
« on: April 06, 2018, 03:04:10 AM »
Facebook Container extension now includes Instagram and Facebook Messenger

Web Development / userscript to call a browser extension?
« on: April 01, 2018, 04:29:04 PM »
I want to create a link that clicks an installed browser extension. No authoritative answer found on stackoverflow. Anybody seen such?

>>>current grid
>Well, it's totally inadequate whether you're looking at capacity, flexibility, ability to resist a Carrington event, etc, etc, etc. It needs upgrading.

UPS has found a way to plug in its electric fleet without blowing up Londonís grid

Water Cooler / Re: China bringing electric cars to US
« on: March 31, 2018, 03:26:59 PM »
In the US, meeting bumper crash laws at a low price is going to be the stumbling block, I think. Once they break through that barrier, it's going to be a race to the bottom $$$ for economy EVs that will do highway speeds.  Low speed urban-dweller models that have a top speed of 35 will be first because they aren't subject to as strict bumper law requirements.  Here in NC, you can get a golf cart certified as road-worthy, but only for low speeds.

Check this one out:

Polymaker LSEV Is A Chinese 3D-Printed Car For £7000

Water Cooler / Re: Shipping container plans for homeless in Wrexham
« on: March 29, 2018, 09:28:55 PM »
>sleeping loft

Very popular. In pictures. In reality, not so much.

This one is only 20 ft long. Buy a 40 and have a large master bedroom.

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