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 91 
 on: April 18, 2019, 01:32:32 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by brobin
Even a properly sized breaker is no guarantee.  30 years ago we had a saltwater aquarium in the living room with a powerstrip on the floor for the filter pump and heater.  Apparently some water somehow splashed on the powerstrip which caused enough of a short to melt it into a blob and burn the carpet. B:(  When I walked in the door the tip off was the layer of smoke wafting through the house. Neither the breaker on the power strip nor in the panel had tripped.  If it weren't for the fire resistant carpet it would have been much worse!  Since then I've developed an affinity for metal powerstrips.

 92 
 on: April 18, 2019, 01:18:16 PM 
Started by James G - Last post by brobin
I wonder if, armed with a FISA or any other search warrant, the government could compel GoogaZon to open the mic on a device and record audio/video?  What if there was suspected abuse or a hostage situation and a device was known to be in the room? 

 93 
 on: April 18, 2019, 12:59:35 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
The ZeroW boards were chosen for more for their low cost and that they could handle HG with X10 more then any thing else. At the time these were going for under $5 a pop so users reluctant about the tinny SB computers wouldn't think twice about giving X10 on a PI a shot. In fact that's what got me using it in the first place.
If I fried a $5 board it would be no drain on my pocket book, $50 or more I would have felt.
Petera and I were looking to get users setup on a pi as cheaply as possible.

Whether one takes the performance of the SD card or the PI in general into account has no barring on the fact of improving operations.
I push my Zero W boards to the extremes and I do that for a reason.
I would have seen a simular improvement no matter what RPI this was done on.
In fact, I'm sure using the performance tools on my 3B+ will produce even better results as I use it for streaming Video, HA with HG and it is loaded with noobs which loaded  some unused apps that are space and memory hogs.
 ;)

Now I did discover that both ZeroW boards don't have the same amount of initial base memory even though both were purchased from the same vendor.  B:(
I just may have to switch things up a bit as to what is run from each. ::) :'
I also now know I'm glad I went with the 16 gig SD cards for my Zero W boards
 >!


 94 
 on: April 18, 2019, 11:33:43 AM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by bkenobi
As I said early on in the hub's development, if you are considering performance of the card as important rather than strictly size, the RPiZW is not the right choice.

http://socialcompare.com/en/comparison/raspberrypi-models-comparison

The RPi3B+ has 4x as many cores clocked 40% faster running 64-bit (not 32-bit) with 2x the system memory and many more USB.  In fact, if you look at the specs, the RPiZW is slightly faster than the RPi1B (1GHz vs 700MHz) but it has less connections overall.

There's nothing wrong with the Zero, but it's not a performance board compared to the full sized options.  So, unless it's going into a confined space (moreso than the very compact RPi3), it's a poor choice for many reasons.

 95 
 on: April 18, 2019, 11:24:49 AM 
Started by James G - Last post by bkenobi
But McDonalds does use other meats than beef in its burgers.  It utilizes the meat that is localized to the region.  As of ~ 10 years ago when my wife worked on a McDonalds account they used Zebra meat in regions of Africa.  In the US that would be considered unacceptable, but then the cow is considered unacceptable in other areas (e.g., India).  Not saying worms is in their meat (intentionally), but if it makes financial sense, I guarantee they will have looked at it.

Similarly, Amazon and all others aren't giving you a smart speaker for nothing because they are generous or want to make sure you have the best home AI you can.  They are doing it because it makes their sales of other products increase AND because they are using your data (voice commands etc) for their benefit.  If you are ok with that, then cool.  I don't know that anyone here has said Amazon is listening to everything you say and using it against us (spying).  It is clear though that if you have an internet connected speaker, it is possible with the right techniques to exploit it.  That's not to say Amazon is doing it though.  And yes, there wouldn't be much interesting going on for most speakers, but that doesn't mean it isn't possible which is what the general discussion here has always been.  No tin foil required to comprehend that.

 96 
 on: April 18, 2019, 08:57:32 AM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
Since I have more then one ZeroW running here (2) I decided to attempt to recreate this astonishing memory gain improvement.
I since it has different things running and using memory I didn't expect the same results and I didn't.
However I did gain almost double the free memory. :o
This is amazing but now I'm wondering did I just forget to run something ::) :'
Commands require root access but all are just simple console commands.
I doubt most users will see the same gain I have, but any improvement is a bonus even if short lived.
 >!

 97 
 on: April 18, 2019, 06:18:24 AM 
Started by James G - Last post by dhouston
Here's an article in Forbes. It has a link in the third paragraph to the original Bloomberg article.
https://forbes.com/sites/davidphelan/2019/04/12/amazon-confirms-staff-listen-to-alexa-conversations-heres-all-you-need-to-know/#58b0cfa86acc

 98 
 on: April 17, 2019, 10:58:35 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
I believe I may have found some useful tools before I started this  quest  my pi was starting to get bogged down. not surprising I forgot to expand the file system as mentioned earlier  but my memory was starting to vanish and that can be expected with everything play with on this machine. However a tripple gain in free memory :o  How is that even possible!?
Now to just put it all together! rofl

 99 
 on: April 17, 2019, 09:35:55 PM 
Started by James G - Last post by HA Dave
It doesn't really matter what some peoples imaginations conjure up about their perception of evil Amazon.

The facts are.... the selections of TV, radio, board games, and reading materials are limited. The sounds and conversations that occur in most living rooms are very predictable. Although today's technology has made it much simpler to spy on the goings on of normal families.... there just isn't anything there (of any interest or value) to spy on.

This is much like the decades-old, but remarkably persistent rumor (that still periodically appears on social media)..... about McDonald’s using worms (as a meat replacement filler). Of course.... worms cost more per pound than cheap beef. But if you don't think about the cost/value part of it.... and have a anti-corporate bent... you can fall for the click-bait (pun merely coincidental). 

 100 
 on: April 17, 2019, 09:25:14 PM 
Started by HA Dave - Last post by HA Dave
..... the Broadlink ir/rf senders is they help bring many older devices into the 21 century. I actually use my Broadlink to control more RF devices then IR.

Yeah.... I am re-purposing my broadlink. Currently it's controlling the old TV (that I hung in my man cave). And I am having thoughts... about what all it can do... and what might make it be it's most useful to me. I do like the idea of setting up a schedule for the Roomba (save me all the hassle and effort of pushing a button).

But being able to put a [smart] TV as an activity in a group is awesome. I don't think a "steaming device" would be a big game-changer... but smart TV control (via the wifi network) is.

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