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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

amaiman Consumer plans only? (234 comments)

Will this only apply to consumer FiOS plans, or are they rolling this out to Business FiOS, as well?

about 2 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

amaiman Re:Glacier at $20/mn expensive? (983 comments)

A rough estimate of the cost to completely restore 20TB from Glacier is about $2,300. (Mostly outbound bandwidth charges, but also the restoration fee for restoring more than 5% of data in a month.) You might be able to bring the cost down significantly by using AWS Import/Export, but you'd have to go through S3 first (and deal with shipping drives, etc.)

about 6 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

amaiman Re: Crashplan (983 comments)

The CrashPlan seed drive is limited to a single 1TB drive and you can't add a seed to an existing backup without erasing what's already stored with them. After that, you're subject to the capped upload. (Technically not "capped" according to them, but they divide their total available bandwidth by the number of users and limit you to only your share, so it's effectively capped.)

about 6 months ago
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College Board To Rethink the SAT, Partner With Khan Academy

amaiman Re:nice... (134 comments)

Quijibo is a perfectly cromulent way to spell "kwyjibo"...

about 7 months ago
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AutoCAD Worm Medre.A Stealing Designs, Blueprints

amaiman Re:also Autodesk software needs local admin to run (139 comments)

also most Autodesk software needs local admin to run right or at least the older ver of it did.

AutoCAD 2013 (and 2012, and at least a few more versions back) run fine without admin rights. It helps to have write permissions opened up on various AutoCad folders (Program Files\AutoDesk, ProgramData\Autodesk, etc.) to allow for customization, but the application will run fine. Admin rights are only needed at the time of initial installation.

more than 2 years ago
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Dropbox Founder Wants To Build the Next Google

amaiman Re:Business model? (165 comments)

My understanding was that they still did only hashing if they had the file already, and would pick random bytes of the file to hash to ensure it *really* was the file they have in their backend storage. I'll have to test tonight with a download.

It will still do the upload de-dupe within your own account. So if you upload a file, and then rename it and upload another copy, that will still happen mostly instantly. If you're going to test it out, make sure to use two separate Dropbox accounts.

more than 2 years ago
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Dropbox Founder Wants To Build the Next Google

amaiman Re:Business model? (165 comments)

They removed that feature quite a while ago (the 5-10 second "upload" because the file hash matched another user)...People found a way to game the system to get files they didn't already have (by just distributing the hashes for popular files), so Dropbox disabled the feature (they promised it would return, but it never did and they no longer answer support questions about it). They still do de-duplication internally, though, so that's how they can afford the storage; there's just no benefit for the end-users anymore as far as upload times (the extra uploads to them don't cost anything since Amazon EC2 and S3 don't charge for incoming bandwidth, so they can hash the file on their end before storing a redundant copy.)

more than 2 years ago
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Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking

amaiman Re:Why is this news? (312 comments)

One snag - it is impossible to differentiate between legal backup and illegal warez. Both would be in the form of an ISO (or other disc image) and are indistinguishable. Now what do you say to the person who has a huge game collection and all his discs backed up legitimately?

Yep...that's why I said "if you can detect pirated games". The burden is on Sony to figure out how to do that, without punishing their customers or taking away access to legitimately purchased hardware/software (including the legally allowed backup copy)

more than 3 years ago
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Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking

amaiman Re:Why is this news? (312 comments)

Mod parent up...This is where we're heading. Also, what about when a new Bluray requires a "firmware upgrade" before it will play? How about content that you paid for on PSN? If you can detect pirated games, sure, go ahead and ban people from playing the pirated game. You can't just go and block out their entire console from the whole network, though, especially if they've paid for content from it.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking

amaiman Refunds? (312 comments)

So, if I decide to run Linux on my PS3 (which used to be allowed) so that I can run distributed computing projects using the powerful Cell processor that I paid for when I bought the console, then I'll be permanently banned from the PSN. How do I receive my cash refund for everything that I ever purchased through PSN that I would then no longer be able to access? (Not that I've bought anything since they took away Other OS, but I had bought a few downloadable games and add-ons prior to that)

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

amaiman No thanks, it's not an improvement (2254 comments)

I don't like it (and it looks like I'm not alone). Too much whitespace, annoyances like it jumping to the comments instead of show the main story text at the top after clicking on the link, and everything requires more scrolling due to the larger boxes. I'll give it a few days to see if I get used to the new one, but I'd prefer an option to use the old interface.

more than 3 years ago
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Retailers Dread Phone-Wielding Shoppers

amaiman Re:Total price and instant Gratification (725 comments)

Be careful with larger items...I've noticed that Amazon often has a much higher price on certain heavy/difficult to ship things like furniture when they're "Prime Eligible". It's sometimes cheaper to buy it elsewhere (even with a shipping charge) than to get the "free" shipping that's actually built-in to the higher price. For normal stuff (books, electronics, media, etc.), Prime is great.

more than 3 years ago
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Prepare To Be Watched While You Watch a Movie

amaiman Monitor which ads get the best reaction? (433 comments)

From the article: "Within the cinema industry this tool will feed powerful marketing data that will inform film directors, cinema advertisers and cinemas with useful data about what audiences enjoy and what adverts capture the most attention"

Hint: We don't enjoy the adverts, especially after paying almost $12 for a ticket. Perhaps if the whole audience gives the camera the finger through all of the ads, they will get the message? :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Kindle Allowing Chinese Unfettered Access To Web

amaiman Re:Amazon as anonymous proxy? (138 comments)

All Kindle browser traffic does go through an Amazon proxy and always has. Going to whatismyip.com from my Kindle returned 8.18.145.128 which is an Amazon proxy server (as opposed to the Sprint address I would get if I went to the same address using a Sprint Overdrive which uses the same 3G network). They do this for a number of reasons, including giving them the ability to control how much data the Kindle devices can consume (they can block content types and sites; for example, you cannot download PDF files to the Kindle through the browser).

The end result, unfortunately, will probably be for China to block the Kindle browser altogether, since they wouldn't be able to easily filter the traffic (unless it's not using SSL, in which case they probably could but it will be clunky). Otherwise, Amazon would have to cooperate and do the filtering on their end.

more than 3 years ago
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News Corp. Shuts Off Hulu Access To Cablevision

amaiman Re:Solution (316 comments)

Yeah, that's the main reason why I didn't ditch cable a long time ago (that and a little bit of laziness, the other alternatives are far less convenient than just turning on my DVR and watching TV). I can't get all of the over-the-air channels with an antenna where I live. I do get Fox in HD over-the-air, though.

I'll most likely be doing a combination of either Linux or Windows 7 Media Center recording the over-the-air channels that I can receive with my antenna and getting the rest from Hulu (with proxying around a Cablevision block if necessary), Netflix, Amazon VOD, and iTunes.

more than 3 years ago
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News Corp. Shuts Off Hulu Access To Cablevision

amaiman Re:Yawn (316 comments)

Part of the issue is that Fox programming can be received over-the-air with an antenna for free. Sure, they should obviously be allowed to charge the cable companies (whatever price the market will bear) for non OTA channels (Fox News, Fox Sports, etc.), but they shouldn't be cutting off what are known as "broadcast basic channels" - those channels are already freely broadcast and funded by advertising. The only cost to the cable companies to carry OTA channels should be whatever it costs Fox to provide them a clean feed of the signal.

more than 3 years ago
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News Corp. Shuts Off Hulu Access To Cablevision

amaiman Solution (316 comments)

My solution:

1) Cancel my Cablevision TV service (their rates are way too high anyway). I've been thinking about it for a while, and I think this latest dispute is the last straw.
2) Connect antenna to TV.
3) Watch FOX.
4) No profit for either of them.

I can buy all of the shows that I want to watch from iTunes or Amazon and still come out way cheaper than my current cable TV bill. And that's ignoring the "torrent" option that many people will choice to use instead...

more than 3 years ago
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Ask.com To Shut Down Bloglines

amaiman Used to use them (111 comments)

I used to use Bloglines years ago, but switched to Google Reader quite a while ago. I guess I wasn't the only one... I'm glad to see they're making it easy for remaining users to move their feeds to a new service instead of just quietly disappearing one day. (Although it's a good idea to back up your feed list to OPML periodically regardless of who your newsfeed provider is, just in case.)

about 4 years ago
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Catching Satnav Errors On Google Street View

amaiman Re:User maps... (312 comments)

Apps that do just that are starting to appear...Check out Waze if you haven't seen it yet. They've built entire country maps from scratch with their client (they started with a base map first in the U.S.)

more than 4 years ago
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Google's New Scheme To Avoid Unlicensed Music

amaiman Re:The day will come... (213 comments)

I would guess that the official major studio YouTube accounts are exempt from this "feature."

more than 4 years ago

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