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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Aryden Re:Are you kidding (810 comments)

The only people that "cheered" it, were the rich fuckers. The rest of us, who aren't lunatics, were screaming no.

about a week ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Aryden Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

Just make sure that your "business" is profitable so it doesn't become a hobby (thus business expenses can't be counted).

A business does not have to be profitable to be considered a business rather than a hobby.

about a week ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Aryden Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

Go back to windows 7.

about two weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

Aryden Re:Tarzan need antecedent (824 comments)

Though I do not entirely disagree, one also has to consider what happens when he is faced with making a choice, does he side with his personal beliefs or.....

about a month ago
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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

Aryden Re:Rent-seeking? (150 comments)

Microsoft's leveraging contracts and monopoly power to kill other businesses is evil (even if they missed the phone/tablet revolution, it isn't for lack of trying)

Though I do not necessarily disagree, I must point out that:

  • A) MS did not miss the tablet revolution, they predated the tablet revolution and inspired SJ to create the iPad
  • B) Apple uses the business model of litigate into bankruptcy or purchase against their competitors. At least MS had the decency to buy up the companies that were actually making decent hardware/softwares (but not all, I know)

about a month ago
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Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

Aryden Re:Yes (140 comments)

netbeans.

about a month ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

Aryden Re:Stop (349 comments)

I still do it to see what the doodle is....

about a month and a half ago
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UK and Germany To Collaborate On 5G

Aryden Re:Spectrum is what we will need for 5G (82 comments)

but again, we aren't looking at individual devices needing that much bandwidth, we're looking at a tower piping out the bandwidth to be shared by 100s if not 1000s of users. But then, we can also look at the business application here where instead of running lines into a business, you can get 5g physical receivers.

about a month and a half ago
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UK and Germany To Collaborate On 5G

Aryden Re:Spectrum is what we will need for 5G (82 comments)

Because, you know, we never ever actually create new things that are larger and need more bandwidth to transfer. re: standard definition vs high definition. If the market creates a capability, there will be someone or something that will seek to fill that capability.

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Aryden hrm (769 comments)

My coffee maker (12 cups) cost me $40. A large bag of ground coffee (dunkin donuts brand) costs me $14 (160 cups). 100 count of filters is about $2.00. So, .02(filter) + .08(coffee) = $.10 per cup of coffee. The filters are biodegradable as are the grounds as is the remaining undrunk coffee (rare). The keurig route would cost me far far far far more since it's about $7.99 for a 12 count of pods...... yeah losing money.

about a month and a half ago
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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

Aryden Re:Wouldn't work (313 comments)

I barely ever touched a computer through my formative years. It wasn't until I got out of the Army that I began using a computer as something more than a console to play Civilization and watch porn on the internet. But, once I did, I found that I did have a knack for making sense of things and developing software, debugging and databases. Now, it's how I make my living and it's a damn good living. If I I had had the opportunity to explore this earlier on, I would be much further along in experience and things would have come much, much easier.

about 2 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Aryden Re:Please Stop. (627 comments)

And there is also something to be said about an editor that helps you identify an issue, even when in another file so that you don't have to try to decipher a cryptic log message due to a variable not being instantiated correctly in a different file. Sure, I can use NotePad++, and I do quite often for really simple scripts/reading files, but when I really want to sit down and knock out something that's more complex than "Hello World!", I'll fire up netbeans and have at it. It's also helped me learn quite a few languages due to showing me where I made my mistakes (like grading a paper in school) and helping me to debug.

about 2 months ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

Aryden Re: BUT DOES (270 comments)

no one said you had to play within the rules to keep the category "game" in place, thus making the K.M. winnable.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

Aryden Re:May be related (257 comments)

So they create an API then demand that no one uses it?

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

Aryden Re:Buying users and eyeballs (257 comments)

Highly doubtful. Even Suckerburg isn't stupid enough to spend that kind of money on users he already has. TFA even states that it is an attempt to recoup the users FB has been losing in certain countries where WhatsApp is dominating.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

Aryden Re:Facebook bought WhatsApp to kill it (257 comments)

It's about mining data from 450 million users. No one cares that it's nothing new. The customers are what Facebook is buying.

about 2 months ago
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Your Next Online Order Could Be Delivered To Your Car's Trunk

Aryden Re:How does this benefit the delivery company? (162 comments)

Or maybe, just maybe, we'll finally get out way and have them stop illegally collecting our information.

about 2 months ago
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Your Next Online Order Could Be Delivered To Your Car's Trunk

Aryden Re:And when it doesn't fit (162 comments)

UPS is one of the worst ways to have a package delivered. Every order(19) I have had shipped to me in the last 2 years, I have had to go pick up at a distribution hub. They will continually leave a notification on the door telling me that they couldn't deliver my package because the address is incorrect.... Well, HOW THE HELL DID YOU LEAVE THE NOTE?

about 2 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

Aryden Re:CGN, perhaps? (574 comments)

They can implement carrier grade NAT and continually update it and expand it, they do not have to buy address blocks anymore or worry about upgrading equipment/infrastructure unless it goes down.

about 2 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

Aryden Re:Probably the home router... (574 comments)

Verizon is still giving me a public address to my home systems.

about 2 months ago

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Kickstarter Hacked?

Aryden Aryden writes  |  about 2 months ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "Today, I received this email:

On Wednesday night, law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter and alerted us that hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers' data. Upon learning this, we immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system. No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on your account. While no credit card data was accessed, some information about our customers was. Accessed information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. Actual passwords were not revealed, however it is possible for a malicious person with enough computing power to guess and crack an encrypted password, particularly a weak or obvious one. As a precaution, we have reset your Facebook login credentials to secure your account. No further action is necessary on your part. We’re incredibly sorry that this happened. We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting. We have since improved our security procedures and systems in numerous ways, and we will continue to do so in the weeks and months to come. We are working closely with law enforcement, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening again. Kickstarter is a vibrant community like no other, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of it. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. You can reach us at accountsecurity@kickstarter.com. Thank you, Yancey Strickler Kickstarter CEO

Confirmed by Techcrunch and media outlets. My question is, why would law enforcement notify Kickstarter when it should have been Kickstarter notifying law enforcement?"
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Theater patron wearing Google Glass questioned by Homeland Security

Aryden Aryden writes  |  about 3 months ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "A man who was wearing a Google Glass device during a showing of “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” last Saturday at an AMC Theatres location in Columbus, Ohio, was questioned by agents from the Dept. of Homeland Security — to see if he was illegally recording the pic.

An AMC rep confirmed the incident, which was reported by The Gadgeteer blog. In a statement, the theater chain said, “While we’re huge fans of technology and innovation, wearing a device that has the capability to record video is not appropriate at the movie theater.”"

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Judge: Your Seized Phone Can Be Used to Impersonate You to Spy on Your Friends

Aryden Aryden writes  |  about 2 years ago

Aryden writes "A judge has ruled that if your phone is seized by the police, it's completely legal for them to send and receive text messages pretending to be you to try to convince your contacts to incriminate themselves. What?"
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BBC News - Coke and Pepsi alter recipe to avoid cancer warning

Aryden Aryden writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "Coke and Pepsi alter recipe to avoid cancer warning

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo account for nearly 90% of the US fizzy drink market
Coca-Cola and Pepsi are changing the recipes for their drinks to avoid being legally obliged to put a cancer warning label on the bottle.

The new recipe for caramel colouring in the drinks has less 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) — a chemical which California has added to its list of carcinogens.

The change to the recipe has already been introduced in California but will be rolled out across the US.

Coca-Cola says there is no health risk to justify the change.

'No risk'
Spokeswoman Diana Garza-Ciarlante told the Associated Press news agency they wanted to ensure their products "would not be subject to the requirement of a scientifically unfounded warning".

Continue reading the main story
4-methylimidazole (4-MEI)

Formed naturally in the heating and browning process
Occurs in caramel colouring as well as some roasted and cooked foods
Can be in some cleaning, photographic and agricultural chemicals, dyes and pharmaceuticals
Exposure can be through consumption or during manufacturing process
Source: California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

The chemical has been linked to cancer in mice and rats, according to one study, but there is no evidence that it poses a health risk to humans, said the American Beverage Association, which represents the wider industry.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims a person would need to drink more than 1,000 cans of Coke or Pepsi a day to take in the same dose of the chemical that was given to the animals in the lab test.

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo account for nearly 90% of the US fizzy drink market, according to one industry tracker, Beverage Digest.

The companies say changing their recipes across the whole of the US, not just in California, makes the drinks more efficient to manufacture.

In a statement Coca-Cola added that the manufacturing process across Europe would not change.

It said that apart from California "not one single regulatory agency around the world considers the exposure of the public to 4-MEI as present in caramels as an issue"."

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Apple's China legal battle over iPad spreads to U.S. | Reuters

Aryden Aryden writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "LOS ANGELES/HONG KONG (Reuters) — A Chinese firm trying to stop Apple Inc from using the iPad name in China has launched an attack on the consumer electronics giant's home turf, filing a lawsuit in California"
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Mobile networks claim 13.9 billion lost to messaging apps.

Aryden Aryden writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "Social messaging apps 'lost networks $13.9bn in 2011'

Social messaging applications cost mobile network operators $13.9bn (£8.8bn) in lost SMS revenue last year, a report has claimed.

Analysis firm Ovum studied global use of popular services like Whatsapp, Blackberry Messenger and Facebook chat.

It concluded that mobile operators must "work together to face the challenge from major internet players".

Industry experts say operators can offset any losses through effective costing plans by mobile networks.

The report gathered usage statistics from the leading social messaging applications typically used on smartphones across the world.

As well as well-known names from popular social networks in the Western world, the study also included apps such as MXit — a massively popular program used mainly in South Africa."

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Tech Giants give us a taste of a censored web.

Aryden Aryden writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "Well, they held true to their word. Sites such as Google, Wikipedia and Wordpress have gone into anti-sopa/pipa mode with everything from a blacked out Google doodle, to a very impressive blacked out, form laden Wordpress site. By far, Wordpress has done the best with a blacked out background, video, form to email your congressman, form to have a call placed to your congressman, and a form to petition the U.S. State Department if you are not a U.S. citizen.

Wikipedia, as of this writing, has not changed their index page but promises to do so."

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RIM to offer multiplatform device management

Aryden Aryden writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "Research In Motion is taking on mobile device management for Android and Apple iOS devices as well as its own products, introducing the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion product, on Tuesday.

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is designed to simplify the management of phones and tablets that run RIM's current BlackBerry OS and the emerging BBX platform, which is based on the QNX software that currently powers RIM's PlayBook tablet. But Mobile Fusion will also manage devices using the two biggest mobile OSs, Android and iOS."

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Pioneer Star Found

Aryden Aryden writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "UK and US scientists have found the remnants of a star that exploded more than 13 billion years ago.

It would most probably have been one of the very first stars to shine in the Universe, they say.

All that is left of this pioneer is the gas cloud it threw out into space when it blew itself apart.

It was identified when its contents were illuminated by the brilliant light coming from the surroundings of a distant black hole."

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FBI defend raids on Texas Datacenter.

Aryden Aryden writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aryden (1872756) writes "Wired Reports: "The FBI on Tuesday defended its raids on at least two data centers in Texas, in which agents carted out equipment and disrupted service to hundreds of businesses.

The raids were part of an investigation prompted by complaints from AT&T and Verizon about unpaid bills allegedly owed by some data center customers, according to court records. One data center owner charges that the telecoms are using the FBI to collect debts that should be resolved in civil court. But on Tuesday, an FBI spokesman disputed that charge.""

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