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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

alen Re:Her Videos Are Shit (985 comments)

yeah, she complains that ms pac man is a just a male character prettied up with cultural female crap to look female. and she is saying this wearing earrings, lipstick and other cultural female items. except for the plad shirt

12 hours ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

alen isn't x86 RISC by now? (128 comments)

i've read the legacy x86 instructions were virtualized in the CPU a long time ago and modern intel processors are effectively RISC that translate to x86 in the CPU

13 hours ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

alen Re:One correction (590 comments)

and states are completely free to fund their own law enforcement needs without asking the fed for money

yesterday
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

alen shoot the admins (133 comments)

this level of incompetence clearly deserves the penalty of death
my kids woke up this morning and couldn't watch their Phineas and Ferb cartoons. my oldest kid had to actually read a book to pass the time before camp and a trip to the museum

2 days ago
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Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

alen Re:does airplane mode prevent tower contact? (74 comments)

android if you power down the wifi it still looks for wifi networks around you unless you explicitly disable that as well

3 days ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

alen Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

because washington state wants to tax every penny microsoft makes around the world

5 days ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

alen this is how video games work (243 comments)

you might have a hard part it will take hours of practice to pass and you get a nice cut scene as a reward

i do the same thing with my kids. i'll help them with video games but after a while make them figure it out themselves. and they get a nice reward after they figure it out

5 days ago
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Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

alen Re:will NOT have learned from Target (106 comments)

but imagine if you can put bread in your toaster and start it up on your phone in the shower so it will be perfectly toasted when you get out of the shower

5 days ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

alen Re:Free market (257 comments)

yeah, it's called not buying the absolutely cheapest thing

people as a group have proven to buy the cheapest products with bad support and then complain about it. but when given the choice to spend more money on support, they never do

about a week ago
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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

alen Re:Correlation implies a likely common cause (175 comments)

slow internet most likely means rural area where most people care more about sports than test scores

only thing fast internet does is let you stream educational crap for kids since wikipedia doesn't need 13mbps

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

alen Re:heh (609 comments)

google hurt advertising?
that will be the day

about a week ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

alen Re:This is ridiculous. (146 comments)

we have had metal detectors for years if not decades. this is just a better metal detector

about a week ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

alen Re:A little naive perhaps? (181 comments)

except netflix wants everyone to host their servers for free and pay the costs of doing so

ISP's are just going after some of the tier 1 backbone market. no reason why they can't

about two weeks ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

alen Re:Big Data (181 comments)

that's why there are CDN's and hundreds of companies use them and netflix refuses to pay a commercial CDN

these engineering and business problems were figured out 15 some years ago and everything worked OK more or less. youtube was a disruption but that was just the amount of traffic. netflix wants free services that other video providers pay for and have paid for many years now

about two weeks ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

alen Re:Big Data (181 comments)

all they have to do is contract with a CDN like everyone else does to host their content and like everyone has been doing for the last 15 years

about two weeks ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

alen Re:A little naive perhaps? (181 comments)

he's doing the same thing as uber, airbnb and lyft
run a business without paying the traditional costs in the field and socialize your costs. in this case he wants every internet customer to pay for his bandwidth whether they use netflix or not. just like cable TV channels make you buy every channel

about two weeks ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

alen Re:Netflix should become an ISP and compete with t (181 comments)

they can, just borrow $100 billion to build out a network, negotiate with every redneck and podunk town to get franchise rights to run their cables and spend more money for marketing to get customers

about two weeks ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

alen Re:Big Data (181 comments)

greed from level 3 and cogent
when they had the power they would charge what they wanted and disconnect free peering connections for breaking the contract. now that they don't, they whine about network neutrality when they used to charge for the same services they say the ISP's need to provide them for free

about two weeks ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

alen people still watch TV (181 comments)

i bet even coax cable can support everyone watching netflix at the same time, but a large part of the bandwidth is still dedicated to old style TV. Sit Coms, sports, reality shows, etc. and most people still watch regular old TV.

most netflix customers use it as a secondary service. it's the tiny percentage of cord cutters who are about as annoying as NYC bike riders who think everything should revolve around them

about two weeks ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

alen Re:Slippery path (71 comments)

and how much time is it taking you to copy and paste dozens of hundreds of links?

about two weeks ago

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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 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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