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  1. And yet, computers are still safer than meat bags. Those things fall asleep, get confused, get tired, or simply don't see something. They do great under good conditions, but toss in the hundred variables that affect them, and they fail. Who here wants to be the fail? TODAY, the self-driving cars are less reliable in terrible weather. That's why AZ is a primary testing area. They are still statistically safer than meat bag drivers.
  2. GSM is not analog. The Onstar in your old truck was, and they were still installing 2G/3G digital until just a few years ago, which is also going to stop working. There's some sort of swap-out program in place now.
  3. Ray, fire that phone up, wait for it to search for networks (say five minutes), and then dial 611. Old GSM phones MIGHT still be working, even for some years. LTE is an enhancement of GSM, basically, while CDMA is now just dead tech. Hmm, I'm sure I have some ancient GSM phones in my old tech pile...
  4. Depends on where you are. I'm in a place with little overlap, and if you're not on Verizon or AT&T, you can't count on making calls. If you have an old CDMA phone, you're not getting anything (tried it). So the important part to remember is that the old "spare emergency phone" is becoming less useful. I think it's important for people to know this since it's the first time we've done a fast, radical cellular tech change like this in the US. Verizon plans to have ALL non-LTE service gone by end of year.
  5. Wow, and I thought I was pedantic about technical details. All wireless phones and providers in every first world country that I know of are required to process an emergency call using any available signal. They also get priority on channels and signal strength. Bear in mind however that right now we are under a massive change of cellular infrastructure here in the US, and older phones may simply not be able to connect to the newer systems at all. Verizon, for example, is shutting down everything that is not LTE. So you can't assume that your old flip phone is going to keep working.
  6. I primarily worked with Axis when I ran the video software company. Those are the $4k cameras I mentioned. I have some of them here for demo usage. They simply aren't worth it in a home environment. If you have a Synology NAS, you should probably try using their built-in video recorder. I played with it once, thought it was good, but it's been a couple years. I really don't have other recommendations. You could also consider the Amcrest/Foscam cloud service to control and manage the cameras, get notifications, and things like that. I have one Amcrest camera connected to that now, and it seems to work fine. Nothing to manage on your end.
  7. That's why I buy the NO salt added canned goods. Kroger, Sprout's, Hunts, and others make them. There are a few no-salt broth/stock options too, in stores and on Amazon.
  8. Sorry, I know nothing about the Amcrest software. I use a product called Security Spy; it's not cheap, but very powerful, with great support and upgrades. It works with just about any camera. I had a number of Foscams, but a couple failed. In doing research, I found that Amcrest is somehow affiliated with Foscam (they won't answer how), but have better products. I spent hours looking at the camera specs, and I've worked in the video business. I recently exited as a founder of a high end video management product, working with $4k cameras. Everything about Amcrest looked great for $70-130. Here's what I got for outdoors, and the results are excellent, day and night: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CHPZKQM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 And what I got for a huge room where I wanted lots of pixels and super wide angle: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B077Y52782/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  9. The Wyze pan/tilt is indeed noisy. Also, I find it useless as a general home camera. My sister in law currently has it to see if she can figure out what has damaged her food garden and killed a chicken or two. I also don't really like the Wyze cams as an all around, but that's partly because I already have recording/management software running on my desktop and it does a far better job than the Wyze cloud system. I think the Wyze cams are a cheap solution for limited uses. For general use I'd choose and recommend Amcrest. Just installed a couple of their super high res cameras, and they are really amazing.
  10. Oh, and I drive around self-driving cars all the time. Our area is where Google/Alphabet/Uber are testing most of their cars. I've watched them, it's an impressive ballet of perfect driving when there are a bunch of them. And I'll admit that I've messed with them, when they are not carrying passengers, just to see how they'd react. Very well.
  11. Exactly. It's funny that anyone who's been on a horse would think that only humans can "drive."
  12. That's the important point, regardless of semantics. The thermostat needs to run on batteries of its own, and provide a simple contact closure. The one I linked to meets both of those. Household thermostats MIGHT be able to run on batteries, and they provide a pair of closure terminals for "on" as well as several other connections. They will work if the person installing it knows which terminals to use for that. The Hunter 42999 only provides two terminals so you can't go wrong.
  13. And yet you still use a millivolt system thermostat. The semantics notwithstanding, you don't have 12v available at the thermostat to power it on most RVs.
  14. I don't think the specific diets are going to find a lot of conversation here since most people seem to eat the standard American diet here. But how to adapt your food needs to travel is a good conversation. I follow a diet with nearly zero processed foods, no oil, no salt, and almost no animal products. It's not a huge challenge at home, but in a small travel trailer it's hard to make a pot of beans, or a stew, or many of the things I normally make. I make things in advance of traveling and portion them out into disposable restaurant take-out containers. I buy a huge box of the containers and they cost less than ten cents each. Canned goods are also my friend, so if nothing else I can pull out a can of beans, add hot sauce, and it's food. Avocados are another love, and easy to travel with and eat. Turns out they come packaged inside their own bowl! Eating this way has eliminated my knee and shoulder joint pain, to the extent that I went from having to get a pre-surgery MRI to almost never having any pain at all. Salt, oil, and animal flesh have huge effects on inflammation and joint health.
  15. We have an American Staffordshire that is a cuddler and loves people, with no aggression to anything. But he's also considered a vicious killer by some park rules. It's been a challenge. We didn't choose him for breed, he was a rescue and was thought to be something else, then we did a DNA test.
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