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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

alen Re:Microsoft Windows only (140 comments)

microsoft is one price and you get a server and tools and all the features

a lot of other products they nickel and dime you for features, the tools to manage them, etc

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

alen Re:Flawed, 'cos... (453 comments)

not even rush hour. what happens in the summer time when everyone wants to go to the beach? NYC it's like $30 a person per trip to go to a nice beach outside NYC. $120 per day for a family of 4. and you have to drag all your crap around with you on the trains and busses and be packed like sardines with your kids. zipcars and others will probably be all rented up and would cost you $150 a day or so for this.

so the choice is buy a car for weekend driving and have freedom or pay the same amount of money for a socialist solution that will turn simple trips into special events you have to reserve long in advance

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

alen Re:What people want... (453 comments)

try taking the subway in NYC on the weekend from the bronx to the brooklyn or queens to brooklyn and maybe living far away from a station. 2-3 hours EACH WAY

2 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

alen Re:wont last (284 comments)

good luck. i'm doing jury duty on a civil case in NYC now and the system will break you before you see any money

5 days ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

alen expect verizon and at&t to sue (106 comments)

NYC is taking away their data overages money

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who's the Doctors Without Borders of Technology?

alen how does JavaScript work without computers? (112 comments)

I mean in parts of africa where they have no tech and people go hungry and die of diseases we dont have anymore here in the first world

about two weeks ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

alen Re:240km/hr? (418 comments)

which defeats the whole purpose of high speed rail in the first place, especially when we have commuter airports outside the big cities. and you can always take a bus where you need to go from the airport or a cab or whatever. no need to spend $100 billion or more for HSR or some upgraded train system to duplicate existing systems

about two weeks ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

alen Re:None are economically viable (418 comments)

1/3 of your ticket is paying for the local airports to operate along with the rents they generate and car rental fees. the subsidies are mostly there for out in the boonies airports

about two weeks ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

alen Re:240km/hr? (418 comments)

magic of airplanes, you don't need to lay tracks and screw up people's property values. something the train nuts can't understand

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

alen Re:TWC (223 comments)

i'm in IT for another small telecom and help update the taxation database monthly. you won't believe it, but taxes and fees literally change every month.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

alen Re:What is the Next High Bandwidth Tech? (223 comments)

Comcast, Time Warner and other cable companies were originally TV companies. they laid their cable in the 80's and 90's and offered ONLY TV services. they didn't start offering internet until around 1999 and mostly not until 2001 or so as an add on to cable TV. the phone part came around 2003 after vonage came out.

they didn't lay their cables to compete with the baby bells and didn't lay in each other's territories because it was no point in having 2 or three companies offering the same channels for the same prices

the baby bells were born in the 80's and AT&T became a pure long distance phone company. yes in those days you had to pay for LD calls separately. they were expensive and so the baby bells wanted part of it and the 1996 Telecom Act was born where they were required to lease out their local lines in exchange for entry to the LD phone market.

wireless didn't get popular until 9/11/2001 and you still had to pay per text back then

the next tech is fiber, but the estimate is $140 billion for a nationwide roll out and when you run the numbers it's very hard to make a profit when people are willing to pay more per GB for cell service. if history is any guide, cell data will be cheaper in a few years. back when i got my first cell phone it was 450 minutes a month and pay per text and no unlimited minutes for calling on the same carrier

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

alen don't remember any sex in it (242 comments)

I remember space ships and personal shield belts but no sex. HBO has a lot of work to do

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

alen Re:Obama (706 comments)

except unlike almost every company out there, netflix refuses to pay for CDN hosting and wants to distribute it's content via the tier 1 networks and then whines there isn't enough bandwidth

CNN, yahoo, amazon, HBO, hulu and others pay commercial CDN's to host their content close to the users

about two weeks ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

alen try telling this to old people (321 comments)

my father in law went to the at&t store with help on his wifi only ipad. he's totally confused by the need for an itunes store account password, wifi password on his home wifi and wifi passwords at other places

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

alen drill for oil and frack your land (250 comments)

that's what the USA does. most of our oil is from right here and canada

about three weeks ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

alen Re:timeline (236 comments)

at the time the military ones were accurate to a few feet while the consumer ones to several hundred feet. the military GPS units you had to load a special crypto key to give them good accuracy

about three weeks ago
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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

alen Re: Multiple CDN contracts? (243 comments)

except CDN's have paid ISP's for years for hosting costs. netflix refuses to pay and wants their CDN hosted for free

about a month ago
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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

alen Re:WHy net neutrality doesn't work (243 comments)

there is no legal monopoly, the cost is too high.

FIOS only has on average 40% of potential customers in the markets they serve. it's impossible to borrow enough money to build out a last mile network and make a profit after you account for advertising and operational costs

about a month ago
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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

alen Re:Yes it is a peering problem ... (243 comments)

you can parrot this nonsense all you want, but the fact is that every other video provider pays a CDN to get good performance, except netflix who whines about everyone having to pay their bills for them. this is the way it has worked since akamai invented the CDN. before that the baby bells used to charge termination charges for calls ending on their networks

netflix even admitted they did this as a political issue in the FCC filing on the matter which is why no one has sued anyone.

about a month ago

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

alen alen writes  |  about 2 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 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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