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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

awyeah Re:Milk that cow! (179 comments)

As for the commercials, isn't the cable company just transmitting what the channel is sending?

Yes, but the commercials you see are a combination of the national commercials and commercials that are overlaid by your cable provider.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

awyeah Re:Militia, then vs now (1609 comments)

This is entirely anecdotal, but nearly all of the gun owners I know care very deeply about issues like the NSA surveillance and the TSA, and often contribute to groups that help fight against that kind of thing (like EFF).

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

awyeah Re:Militia, then vs now (1609 comments)

Can you share any sources on this? I'm not saying you're wrong, but I have seen in other comments that violent home invasions have gone UP since this happened, and nobody's provided any source material to verify.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

awyeah Re:Bad suggestion (1609 comments)

> To a European, used to being able to walk down the street without being threatened by guns

Serious question - do your gun laws actually prevent criminals from having guns? In the states, I don't think they do (see Chicago, LA, New York for examples).

about a week ago
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Apple Developing Curve Screen iPhones and Improved Sensors

awyeah Re:Why the big screens? (243 comments)

On the other hand, on those occasions when I use my iPhone 5 (I'm still in that phase of working out which I like the most as the Sony is my first Android device), the experience is far superior and refined compared to the Sony. But I miss being able to customise certain features and set default apps, and the screen looks tiny in comparison.

That's the best thing about Android. I often wish that iOS had widgets, instead of relegating them to the notification center and limiting to what Apple provides. I also really wish Apple would have a "what is using my battery" screen like Android does.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Developing Curve Screen iPhones and Improved Sensors

awyeah Re:Why the big screens? (243 comments)

Yeah, like smaller batteries, lower clock rates, lower resolution screens, and dual core processors...just like an iPhone. The problem with Android is its crappy software not its inability to make smaller phones with "premium" specs. Apple proves that less hardware does just fine as long as you don't suck.

That's true. Aside from the fact that I'm astonished that people - mainly Android fanboys - still judge me based on the kind of phone I use (iPhone 4S) - seriously, why do you care? - I'm constantly asked about specs. And your comment hits the nail on the head, comparing specs is not really a useful metric.

My 2+-year-old iPhone, with an 800MHz CPU and 512MB of RAM still performs better than a lot of current Android devices on the market. Granted, certain things - like 3D gaming performance - are probably lacking these days, but the day-to-day stuff performs noticeably smoother.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Developing Curve Screen iPhones and Improved Sensors

awyeah Why the big screens? (243 comments)

I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this... but am I the only one here who actually likes having a small phone? I guess it's a trade-off. I'm willing to give up the convenience of having the extra screen real estate for having a small phone...

about 5 months ago
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Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

awyeah Re:Not just NYC (382 comments)

That seems like a better analogy. Either way, the general public definitely stops taking alerts seriously when they get too many of them.

about 9 months ago
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Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

awyeah Re:Already done (382 comments)

It often is a common feed. This is how the emergency alert system works, at least as I understand it - but note that I am no expert. I'll use an example of a weather alert.

Weather warning is issued by the National Weather Service. The alert goes out (with the EAS tones, which actually contain modulated data containing information about the type of alert, the geographical area, timing, etc.) via NOAA Weather Radio.

Your local radio station(s), TV station(s), and cable provider(s) have a device, such as a Sage EAS ENDEC, which is tuned to the weather radio station. When an alert goes out, if it's on the list of "important" alerts, this device will preempt programming - the broadcaster usually has no direct control over it - automatically to get the alert out there.

This is probably why you heard all of them at the same time.

There is also a situation where some broadcasters listen to other broadcasters. For example, in my area, we have a 50,000 watt AM station (it actually covers something like 37 states on good days). When a tornado warning is issued, first it's the weather radio, then it's said AM station, and then everyone else, because everyone else gets it from the AM station.

There's much more to it than that, but that's how I understand it. Hope that helps.

about 9 months ago
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Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

awyeah Re:Phone alerts (382 comments)

That's absolutely correct. However, with a NOAA weather radio, there's a good chance that you'll get even longer lead time.

For example, the tornado warning for Joplin was issued 17 minutes before that tornado touched the ground (source).

Obviously it's not practical to have a weather radio everywhere, and I'm certainly not going to carry one with me when I'm out and about...

But I will say this: I have seen these things be early and late. Fortunately I have other methods of getting severe weather warnings on my phone, which tend to be more reliably on time.

about 9 months ago
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Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

awyeah Re:Not just NYC (382 comments)

Yup. It becomes a cry wolf/alarm fatigue situation when they abuse it.

about 9 months ago
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Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

awyeah Re:Never got the alert (382 comments)

Go into Settings -> Notifications and scroll all the way to the bottom, there are two switches there. If you don't have them, then probably your carrier doesn't support it yet.

about 9 months ago
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Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

awyeah Re:Never got the alert (382 comments)

I believe it depends on both the carrier and the device. I know AT&T and Verizon have implemented this in many areas. On the iPhone, I believe iOS 6.x and above supports it, but it needs to be enabled on the device by the carrier. I just had the options appear on my phone after a carrier file update a few weeks ago.

about 9 months ago
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Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

awyeah Re:Already done (382 comments)

One thing I have noticed is that the alerts I've received haven't always come on time. The best way to be alerted to a severe weather situation is with a NOAA Weather Radio.

about 9 months ago
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Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

awyeah Re:Not just NYC (382 comments)

I *think* that the Presidential message is probably the same thing as an Emergency Action Notification, which has never been used before.

about 9 months ago
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Richard Stallman Speaks About Back Doors After NSA Documents Leak

awyeah Re:Abandoning the cloud ? (332 comments)

Out of curiosity, have you found a self-hosted application similar to Evernote? For Dropbox, there's Owncloud, but I haven't found anything like Evernote.

about 10 months ago
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How Steve Jobs' Legacy Has Changed

awyeah Re:One Year Later (420 comments)

It seems to now be considered acceptable to lock down personal computing devices as if they were game consoles.

I've got a Mac and an iPhone. I'll agree with you on the iPhone side. My iPhone is "locked down" in the sense that without rooting it, I can only install curated applications... although so far, I haven't found something I want to do that I can't.

But I disagree with you on the Mac. I've been using PCs since the early 90s. I use Linux (and occasionally Windows) at work. I bought my first Mac this year. In no way is it locked down any more or less than any of my Windows, Linux, or FreeBSD boxes. In fact, because I can very easily compile and install just about any *nix application on it, I feel like it's more open than my Windows box ever was.

It truly is great to have a fantastic GUI OS, while at the same time being able to drop to a terminal and use the standard suite of UNIX tools when I want.

about a year and a half ago
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Major Backlash Looms For Apple's New Maps App

awyeah Re:And they'll still buy the next iPhone (466 comments)

I've had iOS 6 on my 4S for a few days now... the speed doesn't seem to have changed. However, I was weary of that: iOS 4 and 5 made my old 3GS a LOT slower, and iOS 5 made my girlfriend's iPhone 4 slower.

about a year and a half ago
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Doctorow on the War on General Purpose Computing

awyeah Re:Businesses.... (360 comments)

I go to Fry's.

There's also Micro Center if you're not near a Fry's.

about a year and a half ago

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Google is working on end-to-end encryption for Gmail

awyeah awyeah writes  |  2 days ago

awyeah (70462) writes "PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, is an encryption utility that historically has been difficult to break. But Google has “research underway to improve the usability of PGP with Gmail,” according to a person at the company familiar with the matter."
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Major ISPs target pirates with 'six strike' plan

awyeah awyeah writes  |  more than 2 years ago

awyeah (70462) writes ""AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon have reached an agreement with music and movie publishers that will help enforce copyright infringement while giving the ISPs a chance to level with their customers." It's a six-step process that involves notifying the offending user multiple times as well as helping to educate them in case their system has been compromised and illegal activity is taking place without their knowledge."
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Amazon To Offer Ad-Supported Kindle

awyeah awyeah writes  |  about 3 years ago

awyeah (70462) writes "Amazon will soon be offering a discounted, ad-supported wifi Kindle called "Kindle with Special Offers." The price will be $114, a $25 discount from the $139 wifi-only device. Note that the advertisements will not appear during reading, only on the screen saver and home page. Will that be enough of a discount to get readers to purchase an ad-supported device?"
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iPhone and Android Apps Breach Privacy

awyeah awyeah writes  |  more than 3 years ago

awyeah (70462) writes "The Wall Street Journal has been investigating iPhone and Android apps that collect personal information, and tracking where (and to whom) the information is sent to.

An examination of 101 popular smartphone "apps"—games and other software applications for iPhone and Android phones—showed that 56 transmitted the phone's unique device ID to other companies without users' awareness or consent. Forty-seven apps transmitted the phone's location in some way. Five sent age, gender and other personal details to outsiders.

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Did the FCC just bless a capped, two-tier Internet

awyeah awyeah writes  |  more than 3 years ago

awyeah (70462) writes "From Ars Technica:

You like the idea of Internet data caps and overage charges, right? And the prospect of paying your ISP separate fees for "the Internet" and for "managed" IP services like voice, video, VPN, telehealth, and smart grid applications, even when these directly compete with similar Internet-delivered services?

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Apple Removing Some Restrictions on App Store Deve

awyeah awyeah writes  |  more than 3 years ago

awyeah (70462) writes "Apple is removing some of its restrictions on app development — specifically, it will allow developers to use third-party tools to develop apps, as long as the apps don't download code:

In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need.

Additionally, Apple will be releasing the app store approval guidelines."
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Nokia and RIM Respond to Apple's Antenna Claims

awyeah awyeah writes  |  more than 3 years ago

awyeah (70462) writes "In response to Apple's press conference, where videos of a few devices were shown losing signal bars with a tight grip, RIM and Nokia have both taken shots at Apple. RIM's co-CEOs say that Apple's claims "appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public's understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation." Meanwhile, Nokia, noting that they are pioneers in antenna design and were the first company to bring to market a phone with an internal antenna, prioritizes "antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict.""
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TiVo Introduces New TiVo Premiere

awyeah awyeah writes  |  more than 4 years ago

awyeah (70462) writes "TiVo has just introduced it's newest DVRs, the TiVo Premiere and TiVo Premiere XL. The boxes are slimmer, feature larger hard drives than their predecessors — and a completely revamped user interface with 1080p output (the previous models support 1080i).

TiVo also announced new accessories — a Wireless N adapter and a bluetooth remote control with a full QWERTY keyboard.

"TiVo's pitching the Premiere line as a single-box solution for getting content on your TV, so although there's long been support for services like Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand, it's now being pushed to the front — content will show up in searches and be exposed on the main screen. There are also new partnerships with Pandora and FrameChannel.""

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Why Apple denied Google Latitude App

awyeah awyeah writes  |  more than 4 years ago

awyeah (70462) writes "

Another Apple patent today looks remarkably similar to the functionality of Google Latitude which Apple relegated to WebApp status earlier this year. Obviously if Apple is working on their own version of Google Latitude (or owns the IP rights to this functionality), they'd be hesitant to put an app with the same functionality on their devices from another company.

Glad they're fostering competition!"
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Companies to FCC: 'Gateway' to replace CableCARD

awyeah awyeah writes  |  more than 4 years ago

awyeah (70462) writes "Finally, the FCC is listening: CableCARD isn't the best solution, and they asked for ideas from companies. They already made an inquiry into why the cable companies have a near monopoly on set-top boxes, and it looks like TiVo, Sony and others have come up with some ideas on how to open up the video services to 3rd-party devices in a way that actually makes sense."
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Apple Planning a Subscription-Based TV Service?

awyeah awyeah writes  |  more than 4 years ago

awyeah (70462) writes "Apple may be planning a subscription-based service, according to TechCrunch. From the article:

Apple may be on the verge of gaining two key television network agreements, according to The Wall Street Journal. Specifically, CBS and Walt Disney (which runs ABC) are said to be considering a proposal by Apple to offer a subscription-based TV service over the Internet. Presumably, this would work through iTunes like all of Apple-based content, but also presumably it would work over Apple’s Apple TV device (though maybe a new version of it) to bring this content into the living room, where people are used to consuming it.

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Google - The Meaning of Open

awyeah awyeah writes  |  more than 4 years ago

awyeah (70462) writes "

At Google we believe that open systems win. They lead to more innovation, value, and freedom of choice for consumers, and a vibrant, profitable, and competitive ecosystem for businesses [...] in our industry there is no clear definition of what open really means.

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Privacy Group Files Complaint on Facebook Changes

awyeah awyeah writes  |  more than 4 years ago

awyeah (70462) writes "

In a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, a privacy organization is charging that Facebook’s recent changes to its privacy policies constitute “unfair and deceptive trade practices.” The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, says that Facebook’s recent changes “violate user expectations, diminish user privacy, and contradict Facebook’s own representations.”

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F.C.C. May Pry Open the Cable Set-Top Box

awyeah awyeah writes  |  more than 4 years ago

awyeah (70462) writes "The New York Times reports that the FCC is finally looking into the practice of cable companies requiring use of their set-top boxes to access their digital cable and video on demand services. The inquiry states "Consumers can access the Internet using a variety of delivery methods (e.g., wireless, DSL, fiber optics, broadband over powerlines, satellite, and cable) on myriad devices made by hundreds of manufacturers; yet we know of no device available at retail that can access all of an MVPD's services across that MVPD's entire footprint."

Yes, there are a few devices out there — for example CableCARD-enabled TVs, and CableCARD/Tuning Adapter-enabled TiVos and Windows Media Center PCs, but only the cable companies' set-tops can access services other than broadcast TV, such as video-on-demand and pay-per-view.

Is it finally time to open these devices and embrace actual standards and competition?"

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