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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

alen Re:do they have a progressive view? (267 comments)

it's not the bigotry, its the fact they have no zoning laws and some megacorp can build a fertilizer plant next to residential housing and kill people when it explodes
or build some oil refinery next to someone's home and poison their air and water

6 hours ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

alen Re:Demographics problem (267 comments)

a lot of car makers can build cars in the USA profitably. even small cars. except GM and Ford

part of the problem is the factories are old and there is no more room to expand. but then you have stupid union rules that say you have to deliver parts to one end of the factory so some guy can move them over to the end where they are needed

6 hours ago
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The Internet of Things and Humans

alen Re:Internet of things (48 comments)

so far the internet of things is like the late 90's
when you can do the same thing with a computer using more effort and more money but it's cool because you are doing it with a computer and on the internet

or for the crazy OCD freaks out there who need things to be absolutely perfect or they go bipolar

8 hours ago
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The Internet of Things and Humans

alen Re:There will be an inevitable reaction against th (48 comments)

yeah, but imagine your fridge linked to Fresh Direct or the Amazon grocery delivery service and automatically ordering food for you whether you want it to or not. Epicness

or you can put your bread into the toaster at night and then use your phone to toast it the next morning before you get out of the shower so you don't have to do it manually

8 hours ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

alen Re:Parents fault (352 comments)

yeah, like in the old days

you, go outside and play and don't come back until dinner

2 days ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

alen most lego's are a rip off (352 comments)

$40 for a set you build one time that takes an hour or so

2 days ago
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The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

alen prices differ in NYC as well (163 comments)

but it depends on how close you are to a local attraction or work site. i had to drive into manhattan today and parked in the $25 garage because it's the closest one to where i work. sure i can find a cheaper spot but then it's a 10 minute walk for me

and it's not my money. i get pre-tax parking benefits from my employer and pay with a special credit card

4 days ago
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NYC Considers Google Glass For Restaurant Inspections

alen Re:The system in NYC is so worthless anyway... (104 comments)

and almost every A grade has 10 points of violations for nonsense like certificates not being displayed in the open or something similar. take those away from a C and you get a B which is mostly stuff like food not being kept at a warm or cold enough temperature because in some cases the food being served is not supposed to be overheated or over chilled.

about a week ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

alen Re:Still getting outflanked (130 comments)

it's already being done, only difference is it's not streamed via IP to end users but sent via QAM to watch on tv through your cable box. streaming is a lot more overhead

about two weeks ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

alen Re:Still getting outflanked (130 comments)

even then the last mile is not the limiting factor on live events, it's level 3 other other tier 1 providers. since every sport every team plays half their games away from home, there isn't enough bandwidth for everyone to stream every game live cross country

about two weeks ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

alen Re:Still getting outflanked (130 comments)

how will a CDN work for live events?
CDN's are just caching data for older shows, not for streaming live events

about two weeks ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

alen Re:Still getting outflanked (130 comments)

i can see streaming for shows, but not for live events. not enough bandwidth and it's dumb to stream live sports via TCP/IP when there is a better protocol being used

about two weeks ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

alen Re:Unbelievable (130 comments)

almost every cable provider has a smartphone app so you can change channels via the phone

about two weeks ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

alen what is the point of search on a TV box? (130 comments)

for live TV i usually only watch sports and i know which games are on which channels and at what times
my wife will watch some reality shows and she knows when they are on as well
for netflix i have profiles and lists set up
HBO Go i have a list as well
for premium movies i will rent from itunes or vudu. netflix is usually crap for a decent movie so i don't even bother searching for it

i don't know why anyone would sit down and search for a specific show playing live or on a streaming service. anyone who watches a show on TV knows the times that its on or will go to the cable provider's on demand service to watch it if they missed the last showing. or they will have it in their Hulu queue

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

alen Re:Everything else aside ... (564 comments)

if he goes to a theology school and gets a phd like most churches require, then yes

about two weeks ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

alen Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

Larry flynt used paid models who knew what they were doing, most of the time

revenge porn is posting pics of normal people who didn't give their consent to post private photos for everyone to see and some people to make money off them

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

alen Re:or just get a hybrid drive (353 comments)

yep, the flash is used to cache files

huge difference from the vanilla 5400 drive in my macbook

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

alen or just get a hybrid drive (353 comments)

my HD died in my macbook last year
it was out of warranty so i bought a hybrid drive at best buy. 1TB with 32MB of flash and it made a huge difference in speed.
pure SSD is most likely faster, but not enough for me to shell out all that money for a second here and there

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

alen Re:Amazon mysteries (88 comments)

not surprised
best buy owns cinemanow
vudu is owned by wal mart

both are positioned to profit from a move to digital media and a drop in DVD/blu ray sales. amazon instant is like a bastard stepchild in streaming video

about two weeks ago

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FCC to allow cable companies to encrypt basic cable

alen alen writes  |  about a year and a half 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  |  about a year and a half 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 2 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 7 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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