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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

alen Re:Non-story? (106 comments)

apple most likely made this to make it easier to manufacture ipads and cut costs. not to make it easy to switch carriers. all the ipads are the same except for the software. being able to dynamically adjust inventory is a money saver and lessens risk of inventory having to be discounted. for apple and the carriers. i bet they have some internal procedure to transfer unsold ipads between carrier stores just in case, because of the software sims

yesterday
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

alen you only need 5mbps for netflix HD (290 comments)

google can advertise 1gbps all they want but the truth is that if you're poor, a 5-10mbps connection is more than enough to get your kids watching educational shows on netflix and youtube. and torrentfreak had an article today about google drive and dropbox and onedrive throttling people on their end because most end points cannot support their user base at 1gbps per user. all the servers are virtualized and over subscribed in the cloud, they aren't built for performance.

i know people on 10mbps connections and their netflix comes in perfect HD because their ISP has an open connect appliance or a direct connection. staging the content close to the user and not streaming it via level 3 will do more for performance than paying for 100mbps or some ridiculous speed just to save 10 minutes on your steam downloads

it's like the PC market in 2001. the P4 is more than fast enough for anyone at the time

2 days ago
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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

alen Re:Puffery (91 comments)

it means you have to be smarter than a gnat and not take marketing nonsense seriously to get you to buy a product before it's released on hype alone

3 days ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

alen OMG, we ran out of numbers (115 comments)

sounds like some dummy read a best practices and conserve the resources book and made a column an interger data type instead of big interger. or whatever the corresponding names are for Oracle or non-MSSQL. some auto process or identity column creates the keys and it reached the max amount. and it wasn't set up to use negative numbers either

3 days ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

alen Re:how do SSD's compare to HD's? (108 comments)

did you have to take it apart? i'm fairly technical but looking at the instructions to take it apart along with the warnings really scared me out of buying an iMac. i have a 13" late 2011 MBP where the hard drive died and it took me 15 minutes to replace it with a SSD hybrid which made a huge difference

about a week ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

alen how do SSD's compare to HD's? (108 comments)

only reason i ask is that it's almost given that your hard drive is going to die after AppleCare ends and it's going to cost a lot of money to have it fixed. if i buy one with an SSD, will it give me more life than a spinning rust drive?

about a week ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

alen Re:It's the OS, Stupid (251 comments)

no they wouldn't
IOS on a tablet with a hard drive would be a nice laptop for most people

about a week ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

alen Re:Problem (354 comments)

any ecosystem is a lock in
windows apps run on windows
android on android
ios on ios
osx on os x

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

alen Re:Confucius say: (354 comments)

i have one too and it still kind of works. not any useful but works

to bad today's mac's are cheaper than comparable windows laptops

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Achieves Outdoor 5G Mobile Broadband Speed of 7.5Gbps

alen Re:We can run through our datacaps in two seconds! (36 comments)

the goal is not speed, although the ideal max speed for one device is a nice marketing gimmick and side effect

the goal of these new technologies is to squeeze more users onto the same number of towers or less towers to save the carriers money

about two weeks ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

alen Re:Bad news for ESPN (139 comments)

if i can get a cable package paying $10 a month for YES, MSG and SNY channels i'll jump on it. most people only care about the regional sports networks and not ESPN/FOX Sports etc. only NBCSN would be a big hit since they have the Barclays Premier League

about two weeks ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

alen Re:Bad news for ESPN (139 comments)

Disney/ABC owns them and only licenses them as part of a package where you pay for the entire disney/abc channel lineup

HBO has always been a premium channel and so it wasn't that big a jump to a streaming only sub after testing with allowing people to pirate it

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

alen Re:So confused (376 comments)

i've known people from the first gulf war and they swore that iraq used chemical weapons against the USA then or that the demolition of some of the ammunition exposed them. a lot of people after the war suffered from light symptoms known to be caused by exposure to nerve agents

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

alen Re:So confused (376 comments)

yes there were chemical weapons, we found them but it was apparently a huge secret even though that is why we went to war

about two weeks ago
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Dropbox Wasn't Hacked, Says Leaked Credentials Are From Unrelated Services

alen latenightbootycalls (29 comments)

is that a password everyone? seems to be all over the pastebin. or is it one guy making dozens of accounts with the same password

about two weeks ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

alen Re: Thats Fair (158 comments)

its fair. HD is 5mbps and 4k is around 20mbps. means netflix has to pay for more bandwidth and server storage. doesn't matter if they buy it from the ISP's or the tier 1 companies

about two weeks ago
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Samsung's Wi-Fi Upgrades Promise Speeds Up to 4.6Gbps

alen Re:Distance (92 comments)

depends if your home has walls or not

about two weeks ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

alen it makes perfect sense (345 comments)

it's to make it easier to migrate from Windows. just like MS allowed you to buy an upgrade version of MS Office in the 90's if you had a competing Office program

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

alen Re:Ok, but (580 comments)

they will probably hire you. it's like a military security clearance. they don't like it when you lie to them, but they are OK if you admit wrongdoing.

about two weeks ago

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

alen alen writes  |  about a month 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  |  about 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 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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