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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

RealGene It's not the Phone, it's the Carrier! (134 comments)

Why should I pay them for what amounts to a Point-of-Sale terminal, then have to sign with and pay AT&T for the means to connect it?
AMZN already has "free" 3G via WhisperNet for Kindle; why can't they just act as a reseller for air/data time?
What I thought should happen when AMZN announced a phone was that you would buy it for a nominal amount, and your AMZN purchases would generate airtime credits:
Buy something, get a percentage of the purchase price converted to minutes/megabytes. Of course, you could always 'buy' more mins/megs, but if you're trying to drive consumption of your other products, it seems straightforward to make the means to do so a reward for the behavior you want.

about a week ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

RealGene Re:Seriously? (145 comments)

Best of luck when they continue to bill you...

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

RealGene Re:Seriously? (145 comments)

I pay VZ $20.00 per year to keep my aged mother's VZ email address active.
The only thing harder than having her change her email address would be to get all of her (aged) contacts to update their address books...

about two weeks ago
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Research Unveils Improved Method To Let Computers Know You Are Human

RealGene Won't it be ironic... (91 comments)

..that the first truly successful AI will be developed by spammers and phishers to defeat this?

about a month ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

RealGene Re:What the hell? (182 comments)

Try sleeping next to a running Shop Vac.

about a month and a half ago
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Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

RealGene Re:Nonsense (63 comments)

Because that would require planning for, designing, and implementing security as a first principle, rather than just making sure the phone app has pretty glowing buttons.
I'm not saying that these things must be insecure, just that most of them currently are insecure.

about 2 months ago
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Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

RealGene Re:Nonsense (63 comments)

That's the whole point of TFA. A lightbulb will hand out the WiFi credentials to anything impersonating another lightbulb.
No need to crack WPA, just hop into the mesh network, announce that you're a lightbulb, and the keys are handed to you.
So, your lights, thermostat, lawn-watering controller, swimming pool monitor, and eventually your TV and your refrigerator become attack surfaces that roll over just by looking at them and saying "please".

about 2 months ago
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Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

RealGene Re:Wireless stupidity (63 comments)

Erm, no, it doesn't. The LIFX bulbs establish a wireless RF mesh network amongst themselves. This isn't X-10.
The bulbs don't have to be on the same circuit, or technically, even in the same house.

about 2 months ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

RealGene Re:4/$2.50 (196 comments)

Those prices are typically underwritten by the local electric utilities. They supply the bulbs to the retailer at below cost, and take the difference as investment in energy efficiency, getting tax credits in the process.
CFLs are approaching actual retail prices below $2, but as the Marketing Eye of Sauron has fixed its gaze on LED, I wouldn't expect much more investment in CFL technology.

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

RealGene Re:Wrong decision (484 comments)

Scalia agrees with you:

"Unlike video-on-demand services, Aereo does not provide a prearranged assortment of movies and television shows. Rather, it assigns each subscriber an antenna that — like a library card — can be used to obtain whatever broadcasts are freely available. Some of those broadcasts are copyrighted; others are in the public domain. The key point is that subscribers call all the shots: Aereo’s automated system does not relay any program, copyrighted or not, until a subscriber selects the program and tells Aereo to relay it."

about 3 months ago
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MIT Working On Robotic Limbs That Attach To Shoulders, Waist

RealGene Doc Oc? (12 comments)

Can they light a cigar?

about 3 months ago
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Washington Files First Consumer Protection Lawsuit Over Kickstarter Fraud

RealGene Sue Politicians for not keeping their promises? (47 comments)

I'm still waiting for the prez to make good on his net-neutrality pledge, not to mention closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay...

about 4 months ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

RealGene That issue is pretty notable for: (276 comments)

1. Introduction of the Osborne I portable.
2. Introduction of the Sony 3.5" floppy disk (875K!).

about 5 months ago
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CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

RealGene District 9... (116 comments)

Just feed them cat food, it's their favorite.

about 5 months ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

RealGene Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

Only on the rafts, if properly deployed. EPIRB transmitters.

about 6 months ago
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Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"

RealGene A wage slave at Blue Coat used SmartFilter... (119 comments)

If he had the mind-numbing and soul-crushing job of checking sites for porn, a low-paid employee might find it easier to just type the URL into SmartFilter's check page, and copy what he found there. That would explain the more-than-chance overlap of mistakenly blocked sites.

about 6 months ago
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Speedier Screening May Be Coming To an Airport Near You

RealGene How about 'None'. That would be good. (163 comments)

Really, putting a locks on cockpit doors was just about the right response.

about 7 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

RealGene Why not Aereo? (578 comments)

Isn't this sort of thing its reason for being?

about 7 months ago

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Russell Johnson, the Professor from Gilligan's Island, dies at age 89

RealGene RealGene writes  |  about 7 months ago

RealGene (1025017) writes "Before there was McGyver, there was the Professor, who could make anything from what was available on the island, except a decent raft. According to The Wrap, Johnson died at his home in Washington state of natural causes, his agent, Michael Eisenstadt said."
Link to Original Source
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Air France flight 447 crash blamed on Pilots' Training

RealGene RealGene writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RealGene (1025017) writes "The pilots of Air France flight 447 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean three years ago lacked the right training to respond to a surprise scenario, the French aviation investigator said in its final report of the incident."
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Yale's 1st honorary Dr. of Engineering Degree

RealGene RealGene writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RealGene (1025017) writes "Doug Englebart was presented with Yale's first-ever honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. Yale President Richard Levin said, "We touch your genius every day, as the inventor of the mouse. You put computing in our hands, creating a user interface that the world now takes for granted.""
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Orrie Friedman, Pioneer of Biotech, dead at age 94

RealGene RealGene writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RealGene (1025017) writes "Orrie M. Friedman, founder of what is arguably the first "biotech" company, and emeritus professor of chemistry at Brandeis University, has died at age 94. His company, Collaborative Research, Inc., founded in 1961, produced the first genetic linkage map of the human genome [PDF] in 1987. CRI scientists were also the first to locate the gene for cystic fibrosis on chromosome 7."
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T-Mobile sued over 'mandatory' text fees

RealGene RealGene writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RealGene (1025017) writes "When Marco Zaldivar purchased four T-Mobile cell phones for his family a few years ago, he had no interest in text messages. They came anyway, and by 2007 unwanted texts were adding $20 to $30 to his bill every month, he claims. When he asked T-Mobile to shut off text service, the firm said that was impossible. Instead, he was given a Hobson's choice — either sign up for a bundled text message plan with a monthly fee, pay $800 in early termination fees to cancel the service or turn the phones off for the remainder of his two-year contract.

Zaldivar decided on a fourth option — he's suing T-Mobile for violating consumer protection laws."
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It's been Tuesday for 4.5 hours - Where's Firefox?

RealGene RealGene writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RealGene (1025017) writes "Okay, it's Tuesday if you use GMT.
It's Tuesday if you use EDT.
How can you have the most downloads of Firefox 3 in 24 hours,
if you don't bother to tell anyone when to start?

— Gene"
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Northeastern U. Sues Google over Database Patent

RealGene RealGene writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RealGene (1025017) writes "The Boston Globe (warning: sign-in required) reports that Northeastern University and a start-up company cofounded by an associate professor have filed a patent-infringement suit against Google Inc., claiming that database technology patented in 1997 was misappropriated by the world's most popular Internet search service.

The patent covers a method for chopping up database queries into multiple portions and having each part processed by a different computer. This allows for much faster searching of huge databases, like Google's vast index of Web pages on the Internet."
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Dutch show off Robotic Gas Pump Jockey

RealGene RealGene writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RealGene (1025017) writes "From Reuters: "A robotic arm fitted with multiple sensors extends from a regular petrol pump,
carefully opens the car's flap, unscrews the cap, picks up the fuel nozzle and directs it toward
the tank opening, much as a human arm would, and as efficiently."

Link"
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Judah Folkman, Angiogenesis Researcher, Dead at 74

RealGene RealGene writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RealGene (1025017) writes "Folkman was the leading proponent of treating tumors by cutting off their blood supply.
The process by which a tumor stimulates blood vessels to grow is called angiogenesis,
and Folkman was the foremost researcher and discoverer of compounds that stimulate or inhibit
angiogenesis.

Here's a link to the Boston Globe story about his life and groundbreaking work.

— Gene"
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Optical Tweezers pick up cells

RealGene RealGene writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RealGene (1025017) writes "MIT assistant professor Matthew Lang and graduate student David Appleyard have developed optical tweezers
that allow them to move, control and measure objects placed on a silicon chip.
As a demonstration of the system's versatility, they set it up to collect and hold 16 tiny living
E. coli cells at once on a microchip, forming them into the letters MIT."
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RealGene RealGene writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RealGene (1025017) writes "AP is reporting: "Diebold Inc. saw great potential in the modernization of elections equipment.
Now, analysts say, executives may be angling for ways to dump its e-voting subsidiary
that's widely seen as tarnishing the company's reputation.""

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