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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

alen how many times have scientists been wrong? (194 comments)

In the past after some drug or chemical had been around for thirty some years and it took that long to gather data. And meanwhile a lot of people died painfully diseased deaths

3 hours ago
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

alen Re:What are the practical results of this? (381 comments)

Steam is faster along with xbox downloads. itunes and google play is hit and miss. some apps download fast others are like watching trees grow. same with streaming video on netflix and vudu. on vudu i've noticed older content is SLOW and cuts out a lot of times, most likely because it's not on a CDN

not much considering that your speed is mostly dependent on the CDN that your content is being hosted on and it's relation to you.

yesterday
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Amazon Takes On Microsoft, Google With WorkMail For Businesses

alen it's not free with prime? (62 comments)

everything else seems to be

yesterday
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

alen Re:iPad is a luxury? (289 comments)

AT&T has mobile share and separates the price from the phone now if you use NEXT. unless you go traditional 2 year contract. Verizon does the same with EDGE

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

alen Ipads last A LOT longer (289 comments)

people replace phones every two years. you can keep an ipad at least twice as long. I have an ipad 2 i bought on launch day with a cracked screen that i plan to use for at least another two years if nothing else as a cheap ereader to carry tech books around.

i will probably buy a refurb ipad air 2 this year when the new version comes out and keep it another 4-5 years as well

2 days ago
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FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

alen Re:So what next? (94 comments)

they should just raise the price of service to cover the true cost of operating the network. as it is now they use money from FIOS, business and wireless to pay for copper

2 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

alen Re:The solution is obvious (577 comments)

how is apple able to upgrade their phones for like 5 years and Scamsung, LG and HTC cannot?

3 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

alen Re: life in the U.S. (255 comments)

Even on Google fiber Netflix doesn't stream much faster than 5mbps. Because the servers can't handle millions of people connecting at 20mbps at once.

Happens with streaming hbo and sports all the time as well and they use a cdn.

4 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

alen Re:Insurance (215 comments)

that's the marketing nonsense from Uber. in reality you are nothing more than a taxi cab except you are using your own car, have no commercial insurance and Uber/Lyft act as the dispatcher instead of some local cab company taking calls

4 days ago
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NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

alen Re:False Advertising (145 comments)

they will have a new card you can buy with newer software to solve these "issues"

5 days ago
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'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

alen delivery people will never do it (85 comments)

they have about a second to drop off a package unless it needs a signature. they aren't going to open and close your garage and their employer won't allow them to take on the liability of having the door left open

about a week ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

alen Re:Is nursing high-paying? (200 comments)

with over time and some specialties like anesthesia a nurse can make in the $120,000 range which is like top 10% of all income earners. but generic nurses aren't that well paid anymore because so many people went into the field in the last decade

about two weeks ago
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Micromax Remotely Installing Unwanted Apps and Showing Ads

alen Re: Then don't buy their phones (50 comments)

They don't have free phones where you live?

USA FTW

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

alen Re:Jurors (303 comments)

Tor is like caller ID block, how hard is that. someone can still figure out who is calling you if you have access to the right data and equipment

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

alen Re:And this is good why? (150 comments)

say my monitor is broken and i want to know what i'm typing?

about two weeks ago
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AirAsia QZ8501 Black Box Found

alen Re:pings (95 comments)

AirAsia was either too cheap to buy that license or that aircraft didn't fly into the USA or any other first world nation and therefore could be powered by hamsters for all anyone cared

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

alen Re:what is your return on investment? (189 comments)

in my case i do have multiple rooms and two kids. so the ROI isn't there for me

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

alen what is your return on investment? (189 comments)

in NYC my electric bill is around $90 every month. breaks down to $25 for the electricity at $.095 per kilowatt hour, $55 for the wiring charge and the rest taxes and fees.

why spend $1000 to save $5 a month in electricity costs? because if i reduce my usage by 20%, that's $5 whole dollars a month in savings

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

alen you want easy? (189 comments)

best part of DIY is spending three hours troubleshooting why the lights don't turn off when you could have just walked to turn them off

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

alen Re:Why doesn't he just make an Executive Order? (703 comments)

amnesty for illegals is a constitutional power to overturn a criminal conviction. for ACA, read the law. most of them are vague enough to give the president a lot of leeway. and go read your own link. unfunded mandates are laws passed by congress

maybe you should go back to high school for some remedial social studies?

about three weeks ago

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Netflix admits in to slowing their traffic in battle with ISP's

alen alen writes  |  about 4 months ago

alen (225700) writes "The Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology is linking to Netflix's FCC filing where they admit to leaving Akamai for their content distribution and signing up with Level 3 and Cogent. It goes on to say that right after the agreement was finalized, Level 3 and Cogent routed Netflix traffic over their settlement free links with ISP's in order to gain a favorable policy decision by the FCC"
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FCC to allow cable companies to encrypt basic cable

alen alen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

alen writes "The FCC is now allowing cable companies to encrypt free OTA channels that they also rebroadcast over their networks.

"The days of plugging a TV into the wall and getting cable are coming to an end. After a lengthy review process, the FCC has granted cable operators permission to encrypt their most basic cable programming."

Soon the only way to receive free OTA channels via your cable company will involve renting yet another box or buying something like Boxee"

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Apple to Present at Black Hat Security Conference

alen alen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

alen writes "In a first, Apple's head of security is going to be at the Black Hat Security Conference for an official presentation on the iOS security model"
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Apple's iCloud is powered by amazon and microsoft

alen alen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alen writes "http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/09/03/rumor_apples_icloud_powered_by_microsoft_amazon_servers.html

It has been confirmed that apple's upcoming iCloud service is really hosted by Microsoft Azure and Amazon's AWS. No word on what exactly their role is but tests have shown that when you upload photos to iCloud there is network traffic to and from Azure."

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alen alen writes  |  more than 8 years ago

alen writes "http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2006/12/can_yo u_hear_me.html

I read this on another forum. In their investigation of a Mafia family the FBI was able to access their cell phones remotely and turn them into microphones when their traditional bugging devices were discovered. The only way to defeat this is to take the battery out of your cell phone. Even turning it off doesn't prevent this."

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