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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Big Boss Re: Maybe we need to vote in a 3rd party? (424 comments)

That's a nice idea, but the majority has been brainwashed into believing that any vote that's not D or R is "wasted". Ridiculous, but that's what happened.

Sadly, even the 3rd parties don't give some of us much to work with. I generally like Libertarian ideals, but the reality is that if they got everything they want we would end up with a government by and for the corporations. Which is basically what we have now, other than that they wouldn't bother to try to hide it. Greens would do basically the same, but only for corporations that support environmental causes. Those are the ones with the most support. Constitution party might be good, but are relatively unknown.

The first thing we need is term limits across the board. All the way down to local government.

Then we need to do away with the ridiculous idea that corporations have rights other than those we specifically give them. Corporate personhood needs to be abolished.

Asset forfeiture needs to be abolished as well. I don't mind the idea that you can seize property, but it needs to be in the punishment phase of a trial, not before someone is charged with a crime. And any proceeds from such seizures must not be directly available to enforcement agencies. That's an obvious conflict of interest and they were insane to allow it in the first place.

So, any parties that support such notions? The Pirate party sounds closest.. Not sure that's a good thing.. :)

about 3 months ago

ASUS Running Out of Hard Disks

Big Boss Re:The old health system is killing jobs and the G (207 comments)

The old health system is killing jobs and the GOP wants to kill the new bill as well. Single player will stop jobs from have to deal with health.

How can the health system kill jobs. The new health system IE ObamaCare kills people not jobs . O and by the way it is "Single Payer" NOT "Single Player"

And ObamaCare is NOT "Single Payer". I might have a LITTLE respect for it if it were, but it's the same old crap system with more overhead. There's change I can believe in right there.... sigh....

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Offline Storage Method For Large Archives?

Big Boss Need more data.... (397 comments)

Offline, I would suggest a pair of HDD docks/hot-swap bays. SATA, with normal HDDs. Put them in a ZFS mirror and keep track of which ones go together. ZFS detects bit-rot, the mirror allows you to correct for it. Add in another backup layer as desired, for that size range, you're probably into LTO tape or multi-layer BD... Just make sure to store a checksum so you know if your data is good when you try to read it later. MD5 would probably work fine.

If you're talking ONLINE storage, I would still use HDDs and ZFS, but include a cron job that runs "zpool scrub" on the array to keep it checked for bit-rot. Check the logs and "zpool status" for errors, replace bad drives as they show up. Make sure to use mirrors or RAIDZ. For large HDDs (>1TB?) I'd go with RAIDZ2 or 3-way mirrors. The reconstruction time can fail a second disk...

more than 3 years ago

Looking Back At Microsoft's Rocky History In Storage Tech

Big Boss Re:ZFS (241 comments)

ZFS is excellent, but I'm not sure it's a good choice for average home users. They don't understand why they need drives the same size, or build non-redundant arrays and get pissed when one drive takes out the whole array. If you can get them to understand to install new drives in mirror pairs and keep an eye on them so you can replace one when it fails, you might be on to something. A custom distro could be set up to handle this without too much hassle. While I don't like MS tech much, their drive extender thing was ok for home users. WHEN you lose a drive, you can still read the data on the other drives. So it's non-redundant, but it also doesn't lose ALL your data when one drive dies. ZFS and most other raid systems don't either, but try getting most home users to do it right... They will stripe them and think they are so smart for not "wasting" the space.... then scream when their non-backed-up "RAID" dies.

I explain my raidz2 setup to people and the first question when they get the basic stuff is "so you throw away 2 drives?"... sigh... They don't want to spend the $, buy the cheapest USB HDD they can find, then complain to me when that drive crashes and they lose all their data. We can't talk home users into using backups, RAID seems to be completely beyond them. People on /. understand this stuff, but your average home user thinks the computer case is the "hard drive" or "cpu".....

more than 3 years ago

Sony Lawyers Expand Dragnet, Targeting Anybody Posting PS3 Hack

Big Boss Idiots. (437 comments)

I was already done with Sony. They don't even make high quality stuff anymore, it's all disposable junk they charge a premium to put their name on. The last straw was a BluRay movie, a $10 one, refusing to play on my PS3 without a firmware upgrade. WTF?!?!?! It's a PAID FOR MOVIE. Fuck you. Not only that, I think I'm going to start pirating all my media. I don't have to deal with this shit on pirated movies/games.

more than 3 years ago

Why Money Doesn't Motivate File-Sharers

Big Boss Re:Duh? (633 comments)

Wouldn't that be #1?

more than 4 years ago

Critics Call For Probe Into Google Government Ties

Big Boss Re:Collecting data (289 comments)

That was my thought on the whole thing as well. If you are stupid enough to broadcast your private data over public airwaves without encryption, you deserve what you get.

It sounds like they really wanted just the MACs for the APs anyway, so they probably ignored everything else, but you need a packet to get the MAC.

It didn't seem unreasonable to me to log a bunch of data, then just go through it later to grab the MAC and line it up with GPS data.

more than 4 years ago

FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

Big Boss Re:text charges (477 comments)

So get off your ass and share the data faster. There's no good reason this stuff should be more than a few seconds delayed. Each transaction is what, 100 bytes or so? No, I don't care that you're running the network on a 1970's era mainframe written in Cobol using punchcards, for what you're charging us, you can afford to upgrade.

more than 4 years ago

Barnes and Noble Bookstore Chain Put In Play

Big Boss Re:We live in a multimedia word (414 comments)

Curious. Why would someone's parents reading to them help them understand how to spell the various screwed up words and when to use which version? Hell, I read all the time and I still have trouble with some of them. That's like saying that listening to an audiobook would help you know which version of "there" you should be using.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source OCR That Makes Searchable PDFs

Big Boss Re:Stupid (133 comments)

Just about anyone can read a PDF. If you send a MS Word doc, you have to wonder what version of Word the other person has. And these days, Macs are popular enough that they might not have Word at all! PDF works, and works for everyone. It would be far simpler to print to PDF, but not everyone has a print driver that can do that. ODF is supposed to fix that, but it probably won't.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla's New JavaScript Engine Coming September 1

Big Boss Re:Competition (222 comments)

The new and improved TalibanMonkey Javascript engine! It flies code into large webpages and DDOSes any script that mentions Muhamad. :)

more than 4 years ago

More Gas Station Credit-Card Skimmers

Big Boss Re:What we need... (251 comments)

Embed the token into the cards. They don't have a significant cost these days, and it would make the cards significantly more secure. Yes, it makes the cards more expensive than a piece of plastic and a magstripe, but really, it's not THAT much. Particularly when amortized over all the cards in circulation.

If you're going that far, you could also include the PIN entry keypad on the card and use a secure link to make it nearly impossible for an attacker to get your PIN via the capture device.

And, if designed properly, they won't wear out as fast as the old style ones, and they are more secure, so don't have to expire as often. The real expiration is on the CC company servers anyway, and checked when you try to use the card.

The really painful part isn't the cards really, it's the readers. And internet transactions, but that can be handled reasonably if you have a display on the card. It can show you a bunch of numbers to type into the computer after you tell it how much you want to allow the merchant to charge you. Generates a time limited code (one use, good for one minute?) that allows the transaction to process.

more than 4 years ago

MS Design Lets You Put Batteries In Any Way You Want

Big Boss Re:What to work on next. (453 comments)


There's also Germanium diodes with a forward voltage drop of about 0.2V. That might still be too much as a typical bridge has to pass current through 2 of them though. I suppose you could then use a boost converter, but that all seems quite wasteful.

more than 4 years ago

Seagate Releases 3TB External Drive for $250

Big Boss Re:A lot of eggs in one basket... (272 comments)

So you build a bigger server for the primary, and demote the old disks to backup duty. :)

As mentioned, RAID is better than nothing. Particularly with a good filesystem like ZFS. Another RAID to store copies of all the really important data on another server, preferably offsite, and your backup is quite good. Snapshots and/or a versioning backup app to handle things like the user deleting or changing a file and wanting the old version back, and you're in pretty good shape.

more than 4 years ago

Intel Says Farewell To PCI Bus

Big Boss Re:ok... (415 comments)

Exactly, which is one of the first features I look for in a motherboard. Asus has had an excellent implementation for years, Gigabyte does quite well too.

more than 4 years ago

Recent Sales Hint That Tape For Storage Is Far From Dead

Big Boss Re:Are you f'ing kidding me? (228 comments)

How much for the drives? And you need at least 2 for DR as the first one could die or get destroyed in the fire that killed the servers. For large companies that can pay for those drives over many systems being backed up, LTO might make sense even then. For home users, and even mid-size business users, the costs for the drives kill LTO out of the gate. Tape has its advantages, but the full system cost kills it for a very large market. Of course, I would never have referred to tape as "dead" as there is still good reason to use it, if you can afford it. It would be nice if there were a drive available for those tapes that was affordable, but home/small business tape backup has always been plagued with crap hardware that eats tapes and such.

For most users that can't afford it, it's cheaper and more reliable to run ZFS capable servers in multiple locations with some kind of backup and snapshot jobs running to keep data and history data available. I do this for my personal data using old parts to run the offsite backup server. Seed it locally before taking it to the new location and the incrementals are small enough to go over the internet if needed. In my case it's next door, so a wireless bridge is faster. And with ZFS I can know for sure the data is good with a scrub monthly.

more than 4 years ago

Tetris Clones Pulled From Android Market

Big Boss Re:A Counter-notice could lead to a lawsuit... (396 comments)

They do show up in "Manage Applications", however, looking at the manifest file, it doesn't look like the app requested them. Interesting. In the logs, I have seen apps granted "implicit" permissions, I wonder if that happened here.

more than 4 years ago

Tetris Clones Pulled From Android Market

Big Boss Re:Thanks Tetris Company! (396 comments)

Same here, I just followed a link the developer posted in this story to download the APK file and installed it to my G1. No problem. Nice app, now half my day will be wasted playing it, so thanks to the developer, and in a weird way, to the Tetris company. :)

more than 4 years ago

Tetris Clones Pulled From Android Market

Big Boss Re:AT&T removes "unknown sources" (396 comments)

Of course, you could just not use your carrier's version of the OS. I believe all the Android devices are capabile of being rooted at this point. Certainly a bigger hoop to jump than clicking "Unknown Sources" though. I haven't run TMobile's version of Android on my G1 since the day after a got the thing. Another bonus is that I'm running 2.1, which is not available for G1 from official sources. :)

If only TMO would get a decent spec Android phone with a keyboard. I'm already running faster than even the MT-Slide coming out soon. 650Mhz overclock mod. :)

more than 4 years ago

Why I Steal Movies (Even Ones I'm In)

Big Boss Re:Why?? (753 comments)

I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm *MUCH* more willing to respect IP laws when the IP holders respect the purchasers of those copies and the laws are reasonable. No, perpetual copyright is NOT reasonable and I don't respect that. Copyright is supposed to be a TRADE, the creator is able to have a monopoly protected by government for a short time, and in return the public gets open access to it later. The media companies don't want to hold to their end of the bargain. If they want us to respect their rights, perhaps they should start by respecting ours.

If they want to boost sales from many current "pirates", they really only need to do a few things.

1) Provide media in the format people want at a decent price. That means no restrictions on what can play it back.
2) No restrictions on playback and skipping around. No non-skippable ads, previews, warnings, or other content. Preferably, the main movie starts first with the OPTION to use a menu.
3) No DRM
4) Instant high speed and quality downloads
5) Reasonable copyright terms (20 years, max, IMO)
6) Provide re-download ability for damaged media, deleted/corrupted files, etc. Perhaps with a small fee ($5?) for bandwidth and server resources.
7) Stop all the stupid lawsuits
8) Automation friendly interfaces so I could, for example, auto-purchase and download the latest episode of a TV show or queue a movie up for auto-download when it's released.

There will always be people willing to "steal" the content. Get over it and provide a safe, quality, fast service with good prices. No, current DVD/BD prices won't do. I don't get any physical media, cases, liners, etc. It needs to be cheaper than the physical object. Do this, and many current downloaders will download from you and pay for the privilege. Thanks to recent BS pulled by the various companies, getting people to trust your downloads might be difficult. You can thank Sony for the rootkit incident, for example. However, it can be done. Guarantee no executable data will be downloaded from your servers, just the video/audio streams. That might help. Use well known, preferably open container formats with known codecs. MKV containers with h264/AC3/DTS streams + subtitles in various languages would be one option. I believe MP4 containers have the same sorts of capabilities. No EXEs, at least not by default. Provide a player app people can use if they choose to if you like, but it can't be required.

more than 4 years ago


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