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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

alen Re:Limited to poor literature. (111 comments)

yes it can. good literature has flawed characters and the story line is overcoming their flaws

12 hours ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

alen Re:I don't like it. (111 comments)

all the good books already follow formulas for story structure people figured out thousands of years ago. deviating from the formula is almost always a way to make a crappy book

12 hours ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

alen just read Save the Cat (111 comments)

GRRM uses a 3 act structure with the beats to break up the acts for each of the character arcs across all the books. all you have to do is figure out where the character is in their story arc

12 hours ago
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Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

alen Re:Calls from Credit Cards on "Suspicious Activity (70 comments)

it has only been a few years that co-pays and co-insurance got to the point where you are liable for a lot of doctor visits. 10 years ago most people wouldn't care if someone was running up medical bills under their name since they wouldn't be responsible for a dime.

unlike credit cards where you have to fill out the fraud form or pay up

12 hours ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

alen going on 4 years with my dino lightbulbs (585 comments)

moved 4 years ago and bought a bunch of the old dino lightbulbs mostly because i have dimmers everywhere. used to be they burned out every few months, but i'm going on 4 years now with most of mine. granted there is no one home during the day and my place gets lots of light and i try to keep the lights off as long as i can

i'll go CFL/LED once my ancient bulbs burn out and i have to replace them.

3 days ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

alen patched my servers last month (236 comments)

just read the code and code the patch yourself, easy

4 days ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

alen Re:But Apple...just...works? (203 comments)

think of it as an unofficial soak test like google does with android updates that have bricked phones

5 days ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

alen it's a new feature (203 comments)

to make sure you don't use up your mobile data quota

5 days ago
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Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

alen Re: Other hackable things (70 comments)

But I can buy a new tv at best buy with your phone and a bloody finger and the cashier won't stop me

about a week ago
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Trouble In Branson-Land, As Would-Be Space Tourists Get Antsy Over Delays

alen Re:Ready when its ready. (77 comments)

i want it now even if it kills me

about a week ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

alen so they are like MS 15 years ago (408 comments)

the little guys can't compete in the same product space, until they decide to go make a new product category. like mobile devices that MS paid lip service to but didn't really do anything useful

about two weeks ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

alen upselling to the masses (261 comments)

Usual strategy is to sell at high margins to a small percentage of your customers. In Apple's case they are doing it the opposite way. I think ive read nvidia and amd do the same with graphics cards as well where the performance models are the lower margin sku.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

alen Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

there were lots of keys unbreakable 10 years ago without a super computer. i'm saying you image the phone, save the data for 5 years and try it with new tech then. chances are statute of limitations will not apply

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

alen Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

i'm sure the cops can image your encrypted phone and try to break the encryption offline without risking loss of data. if they can't break it now, they will simply store the data for the next 10 years until they can and go back to it then. sort of like fingerprints, DNA or any other crime scene evidence

about two weeks ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

alen Re:Patent Attorney chiming in (92 comments)

at least in the Alice case these things were already being done on a computer before the patent was issued making it an easy patent to squash

about two weeks ago
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Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

alen Edge routers are expensive (85 comments)

which means they are bought and used for many years if not a decade or longer
your $50 or whatever you pay your ISP a month is not enough to afford new equipment every year

about two weeks ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

alen Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

i think the locals passed some crazy law where you have to sell anything not made in Australia through a local company which is why everything is expensive

about two weeks ago
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Industry-Based ToDo Alliance Wants To Guide FOSS Development

alen not like megacorps don't control OSS already (54 comments)

most OSS software is already developed by giant megacorps. all the routers, apple, google, red hat, oracle, IBM and others
the guy at home coding after work is a myth

about two weeks ago

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

alen alen writes  |  about two weeks 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  |  about 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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