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Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

alen Edge routers are expensive (83 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

yesterday
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

alen Re:International Copyright (169 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

2 days 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

2 days ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

alen Re: just prepay for food (230 comments)

There are discounts for lower incomes, and even then its only $35 a month. Parents who dont pay like me send kid to school with lunch from home

3 days ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

alen just prepay for food (230 comments)

in my kid's school in the USA the only way to pay for school lunch is to send a check once a month. no check, no lunch, no lost money, no tracking

3 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

alen Re:+-2000 deaths? (119 comments)

imagine 1/3 of the USA or the first world dying? that's not only a decades long economic depression that will follow, it will mean a huge impact onto your quality of life as people who make all your stuff from the food you eat to your electricity to gasoline die, you will have to learn how to survive on your own. grow your own food, etc

4 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

alen Re:+-2000 deaths? (119 comments)

1918 flu killed 18 million around the world. figure around 50 million with today's population.
black plague killed 1/3 of europe and 1/3 of byzantium when it struck

point is to control it before it gets that far

4 days ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

alen Re:What are the bounds of property? (163 comments)

and guns are legal in most of the USA so i can shoot someone's drone out of the sky if it's spying on my property

4 days ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

alen A for effort (182 comments)

the people who go to MIT, Harvard and other top schools aren't more intelligent than anyone else, they put the effort in. they study until they are sure they will get an A, do their homework, etc. that's why the schools are selective.

MOOC's take anyone who wakes up one day with dreams of being a top programmer. when it's time to put the work in they go back to their old ways and find reasons why they are too busy to do the work. TV, netflix, going out drinking with the Bro's, gaming

4 days ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

alen Re: well of course they did! (296 comments)

Not with amazon you can't
Preparing for shipping as soon as you order and it wont ship for another day

about a week ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

alen Re:so (105 comments)

we have accords here
the acuras are overpriced honda's for dummies who want "luxury"

about two weeks ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

alen Re:at least they have 4 and 8 core models as well (105 comments)

that would actually be nice since the higher core CPU's have more cache which has been shown to increase performance for decades now. i'll take a top end CPU and disable cores any day over buying a lower end CPU just to save on licensing

about two weeks ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

alen Re:at least they have 4 and 8 core models as well (105 comments)

the single 12 core socket will have more on board cache and should outperform 2 sockets. plus the timing issues of running data between 2 physical CPU's

about two weeks ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

alen Re:What happened to the core-wars? (105 comments)

that went to mobile where the fandroids cream their shorts over any mention of cores and megahertz

about two weeks ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

alen at least they have 4 and 8 core models as well (105 comments)

SQL server went to per core pricing a few years back and are looking at around 8 cores per server now when we buy new hardware. more cores won't do much for us except send more money to microsoft

about two weeks ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

alen Re:where do i sign up? (137 comments)

the dollars will have to be significant, but in most states it takes some really crazy driving to get hit with a criminal charge in an accident. like going 70mph in a 30mph urban or residential environment, killing someone and then crying innocent how you didn't see them

about two weeks ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

alen where do i sign up? (137 comments)

i haven't had an accident in almost 20 years
i never run red lights
i'm not in a constant hurry like most of the idiots i see in NYC
i'll gladly take a discount in exchange for proof that i'm a safe driver. i'm at the point where i'm thinking of recording my driving like they do in russia just in case i get hit or hit someone stopping in the street out of the blue for no reason

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  |  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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