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Comment: Re:Non-story? (Score 1) 95

by alen (#48226123) Attached to: AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

apple most likely made this to make it easier to manufacture ipads and cut costs. not to make it easy to switch carriers. all the ipads are the same except for the software. being able to dynamically adjust inventory is a money saver and lessens risk of inventory having to be discounted. for apple and the carriers. i bet they have some internal procedure to transfer unsold ipads between carrier stores just in case, because of the software sims

Comment: you only need 5mbps for netflix HD (Score 1, Informative) 289

by alen (#48209531) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

google can advertise 1gbps all they want but the truth is that if you're poor, a 5-10mbps connection is more than enough to get your kids watching educational shows on netflix and youtube. and torrentfreak had an article today about google drive and dropbox and onedrive throttling people on their end because most end points cannot support their user base at 1gbps per user. all the servers are virtualized and over subscribed in the cloud, they aren't built for performance.

i know people on 10mbps connections and their netflix comes in perfect HD because their ISP has an open connect appliance or a direct connection. staging the content close to the user and not streaming it via level 3 will do more for performance than paying for 100mbps or some ridiculous speed just to save 10 minutes on your steam downloads

it's like the PC market in 2001. the P4 is more than fast enough for anyone at the time

Comment: OMG, we ran out of numbers (Score 1) 115

by alen (#48203841) Attached to: Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

sounds like some dummy read a best practices and conserve the resources book and made a column an interger data type instead of big interger. or whatever the corresponding names are for Oracle or non-MSSQL. some auto process or identity column creates the keys and it reached the max amount. and it wasn't set up to use negative numbers either

Comment: Re:how do SSD's compare to HD's? (Score 1) 108

by alen (#48178265) Attached to: iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

did you have to take it apart? i'm fairly technical but looking at the instructions to take it apart along with the warnings really scared me out of buying an iMac. i have a 13" late 2011 MBP where the hard drive died and it took me 15 minutes to replace it with a SSD hybrid which made a huge difference

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