AkirIkasu t1_jefukmd wrote

Every moment I read this I just kind of wanted to kick the author.

If you don't know how LEDs work, that's fine, but maybe don't write an entire long-form article about how incredibly ignorant you are?

I'll start off by saying that there is no federal ban on any lightbulbs except for incandescent bulbs - the old ones that Edison was famous for creating something like 150 years ago. You can still buy Flourescent or CFLs. You can still buy neon signs. Heck; you can light a fire if you really want to.

Second, I don't blame anyone for being confused about CRI and color temperature, at least at first; you generally couldn't control for those in the past, so you didn't need to know about it. But saying that LEDs suck because you now have a choice as to exactly how you'd like to light your home is just painful to year.

I also wouldn't blame someone for not knowing that some LED bulbs are not dimmable - once again, only at first, and because so many other bulbs are dimmable with a standard rheostat.

And of course I'll also say the same thing that I say every time an article about LED lights comes up here; the bulbs that you can buy in your average home and grocery store are the cheapest crap you can buy. They are not made to be quality and therefore they will not only have a higher failure rate, they don't last as long either. A good LED light is going to have the LED modules separate from the ballast that supplies the power, because the heat from the LED can hurt the electronics in the ballast. There are "good" LED bulbs, but they are quite simply never going to be as good or reliable as dedicated fixtures that don't have those heat-related problems.

One last statement just to tie things up; there is nothing wrong with LED lighting. Professional photographers and videographers are using LED lighting because the amount of control you can get over the color composition with them is completely unmatched. LED is not the future; it's two decades ago.


AkirIkasu t1_jbavdxy wrote

Weirdly the biggest problem with a PC media center is that you will need to power it with an outdated Intel chip, use Intel's integrated GPU, run windows and a proprietary player if you want to watch 4K Blu-Ray discs on it, because they use a draconian DRM scheme which was Intel-exclusive until Intel decided they weren't going to build it into any of their chips anymore.


AkirIkasu t1_j9zcve8 wrote

You'd think the giant oversized novelty keyboard might have been a hint.

I'd make a comment about how they should have got it from how much Evan and Katelyn laugh in their video, but I would be even more amazed if they watched the video than if they read the article, which also makes it super clear that it's not made for the purposes of being practical.


AkirIkasu t1_j9lb432 wrote

True (and this is probably the wrong sub for this kind of news), but this kind of development could be very good news for a great number of people. Right now the most 'non-invasive' glucose meter is a probe that goes through your skin into your bloodstream with a puck that sticks outside of your body that you have to tape on, and you have to replace that every week or two. Reducing that to just wearing a watch is like a paradigm shift.


AkirIkasu t1_j8od153 wrote

The thing I hate about that 7 year figure for support is that it comes with so many hidden catches. First and foremost is that it starts from when the device first came out, so in order to get anywhere near that figure you have to buy a brand new device which may or may not have any trustworthy reviews at that point. And even after that they may not get new features added to ChromeOS. I had an early chromebook that Google had explicitly promised would be getting an update to run Android apps and the Google Play Store. Years passed, it ran out of it's support period, and it never happened.


AkirIkasu t1_j8ob3ke wrote

Yeah, that's basically the market right now. You can either buy an iPad or one of Samsung's higher-end Android tablets if you want a decent experience, and the rest of the market seems to mainly be chasing the lower end of the market.

Google likes to pretend that Chromebooks can be nice by releasing things like the Pixelbook, but everyone knows that the main reason why they sell is because they are cheap.


AkirIkasu t1_j5vb8ww wrote

If you just want octoprint, just look in someone's junk drawer for an old android phone and install octo4a.

Unfortunately there isn't a simelar project that would make running Klipper as easy as this. You probably can do it, but it would require a lot more skill and knowledge.


AkirIkasu t1_j5pqxyk wrote

To be fair, the thing differentiating Meta from every other player is that Meta doesn't seem to be concerned with actually profiting from their hardware; instead they intend to draw their profit from software, NFT-based items, virtual concerts and other digital software bullshit properties.


AkirIkasu t1_j56gmga wrote

Honestly it's very doubtful that they would have been able to make enough of an improvement to make it successful. Most of the problem was the marketing, which really overpromised what it could do; they tried to pretend it was a virtual reality machine when in reality the most it could do was display low-resolution graphics with the illusion of depth and none of the core technologies needed for VR like head tracking or actual realtime 3D graphics.

It was more of a toy than anything else, and if it came out as a toy instead of a game system we would have thought of it as being much more successful.


AkirIkasu t1_j47ofie wrote

This is a surprisingly good idea, at least on paper. Replacing your lamp fixture with this means that you can wire up the lamp power into the projector and have one less wire to deal with.

That being said it also means that it might not work in the rooms you might want it in without needing to do some renovations.


AkirIkasu t1_j3sa9lm wrote

While both bluetooth and Wifi are technically standards the truth of the matter is that each generation is made up of innovations coming from across the industry, things aren't really well documented at all, and there's nothing approaching a standard reference design that companies can use to base their products on.