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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

alen people still watch that crap? (67 comments)

TOS was a bunch of LSD lights and kirk visiting stupid copies of earth
TNG a bunch of technobabble and reengineering the ship to solve the problem of the week
DS9 was a bore until the main plot line was introduced and then it was a by the numbers war story
never got into Voyager

Out of the movies only 2 and 6 were watchable although i liked The Search for Spock as well
ST Generations sucked
the borg movie had so much potential and the B&B twins ruined it with a stupid time travel story
Insurrection was hyped to the point it was a let down when i saw it
didn't bother with the romulan movie

i hated the time travel reboot of the Abrams movies, but they were a lot better than what came before them but even then so much story and canon wasted on what could have been awesome romulan/klingon war movies and real exploration and discovery of believable alien worlds

8 hours ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

alen Re:I'm shocked. (191 comments)

i'd be surprised if apple didn't win the case. they blocked and non-apple DRM like every other company out there and Real had to hack it. but in the end itunes allowed you to use any hardware you wanted as long as the maker coded to a few of apple's API's. i use my Note 3 with itunes on my macbook. itunes itself has supported non-apple devices for many years as long as the files don't have any DRM.

4 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

alen RTFA, it was automated pricing software (138 comments)

RTFA, it wasn't Amazon but some piece of software called Repricer that automatically updated the prices. Amazon caught the mistake and cancelled some orders.
it was so bad competitors were calling each other to give a heads up

5 days ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

alen Re:Processors take 4-5 years to design. (114 comments)

there are 5 ARM architecture licenses in the world which let you build the ARM instructions into your own custom design
everyone else has the vanilla license where you can use the reference design with minor changes allowed

5 days ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

alen Re:Processors take 4-5 years to design. (114 comments)

apple and qualcomm are custom designs that run the ARM instruction set. only three other companies in the world have that license. everyone else gets to make the ARM reference design

5 days ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

alen Re:Externality--tax it! (176 comments)

and of course we need to use the money to build your precious bike lanes

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

alen Re:Cash for Klunkers? (176 comments)

i have some family who had a 2001 Acura and a 1992 Ford at the time
the Acura qualified but the Ford didn't. so they kept on driving the ford to work in a not so good area for another few years

about two weeks ago
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A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

alen so who gets them? (66 comments)

in the last decade a bunch of companies bought frequencies and sat on them and never used them only to resell them at a profit

about two weeks ago
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US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

alen Re:Sounds stupid (84 comments)

if you were doing a withdrawl, wouldn't the bank know it's not a web browser if the criminal had some hidden command line code running trying to say transfer money via the bank website?

about two weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

alen when have icrap supported non-apple DRM? (141 comments)

you could put all the non-drm music you bought or "acquired" you want on them, but anything with DRM was always only itunes music. the same thing was with every other MP3 player of the time with a DRM'd music store. but only apple is left and they have the money

about two weeks ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

alen Re:Apple deleted my songs (250 comments)

BS

i've used itunes since 2003 and have bought music from itunes, amazon and emusic and always used itunes as the master program and it never deleted any non-DRM music.

this was about people trying to sync DRM that some other company reverse engineered onto their ipods that didn't support it. plain MP3's bought from amazon and anywhere else and "acquired" music never had any issues. the amazon downloader will even add your music to itunes automatically. i can even sync my Note 3 with itunes on my macbook

about two weeks ago
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

alen Re:What are they doing with the data? (218 comments)

RTFA
they are using arrest records to determine priority in assigning cases and asking for bail. if you have a dozen arrests expect your case to get more attention than being arrested protesting one time

about two weeks ago
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Black Friday '14: E-commerce Pages Far Slower Than They Were in 2013

alen Re:VMs (143 comments)

except you don't need even that much to surf a web site. virtualization is the problem. all the servers are oversubscribed to use every little bit of RAM and CPU so the bean counters can cream their shorts with higher return on asset ratios

i could surf netflix and youtube just fine over the weekend. amazon was as fast as usual. but toys r us and best buy were like watching trees grow and toys r us store inventory checker was broken

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

alen Re:$800k? (329 comments)

most NYC medallions are owned by a few people who lease them out. the largest owner is a russian immigrant who owns around 200 medallions he bought up in the 80's and runs a garage where the serfs pay him to lease cars, he owns a gas station to sell his serfs gasoline, etc.

for the rest they are owned by immigrants who happen to have a lot of cash governments don't know about and it's a nice way to launder that money

about three weeks ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

alen Re:Microsoft Windows only (143 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

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

alen Re:Flawed, 'cos... (454 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

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

alen Re:What people want... (454 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

about a month ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

alen Re:wont last (287 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

about a month 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 month ago

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

alen alen writes  |  about 3 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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