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WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption

ByTor-2112 Whatever their friends use (93 comments)

What encrypted messaging app do I use? None. My friends don't use it. I had *one* friend I could talk into installing Telegram. But it's really not "secure" because it saves things on your device, and the desktop version saves things in the clear, so anyone with access to your computer can ready them.

Like another poster said, the other end is your weak link. An open source app might even be worse, because someone could modify their app to say a message was deleted when it wasn't. Or rather, their device could be hacked and a modified app installed.

If WhatsApp really does do E2E encryption, more power to them, but don't assume it's very secure.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

ByTor-2112 Re:FreeBSD (267 comments)

I don't know what was meant by the DF comment. FreeBSD has had SMP for ages and it's enabled by default. It also has better filesystem support. DF has "HAMMER", which I don't know much about.

about a month ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

ByTor-2112 Re:Give me a ping... (136 comments)

Yes. I must be hungry.

about a month ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

ByTor-2112 Re:How big a fuss is it, really? (415 comments)

The simple solution to that is embedding wireless charging in your mattress.

about 2 months ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

ByTor-2112 Re:Plenty of Einsteins right now... (366 comments)

That number would be an estimate of people with Einstein potential. History shows that most of them never fully realize it.

about 2 months ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

ByTor-2112 Cue slippery slope arguments now... (366 comments)

We need a few more Einsteins, I say. But if we start designer babies... Let me be the first to say... Khaaaaan!!!!!!!!!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

ByTor-2112 Check your phone wiring (279 comments)

Houses built in the last 5 years or so usually have cat5 wiring to the phone jacks. And they are probably pulled to a convenient location for a switch. My last home was like that and I rewired the phone for gigabit, got a switch that supported PoE and installed HP intellijack switches on the walls where I needed multiple ports. Worked great. The new owners should be thanking me!

about 2 months ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

ByTor-2112 Re:Magic (370 comments)

You could add the 3TB drive to the pool, it just wouldn't be a part of the RAID-Z vdev and thus have limited redundancy. It would be RAID-0. But you could survive one failure in the original vdev. Any additional failure or loss of the new drive would result in total loss of data.

So... Backup, destroy pool, restore. Think ahead better the next time. Really, a good SAS JBOD controller is only a couple hundred bucks. Spend the money and plan your storage accordingly.

about 3 months ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

ByTor-2112 Re: Magic (370 comments)

OP is not talking about adding to a pool but replacing drives (zpool replace is a one-for-one replacement). You are correct in that one cannot add to an existing vdev, only replace drives. But you can add additional vdevs to a pool without a problem. They don't even have to have the same redundancy level (stupid idea).

about 3 months ago
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Mining iPhones and iCloud For Data With Forensic Tools

ByTor-2112 Secondary password... (85 comments)

... would end up being the same as the account password. Or just add a one. Not the answer.

about 3 months ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

ByTor-2112 Re:Moving to FreeBSD is probably more a ZFS thing (613 comments)

I've been on FreeBSD since 1999, and went "all in" on ZFS about 7 or 8 years ago. I can attest to the robustness of the system; it's incredibly stable. Definitely a reason to look beyond Linux. Most code should be pretty portable unless you are looking in /proc for a bunch of things, something which I has always appalled me.

about 4 months ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

ByTor-2112 Re: Baby steps (289 comments)

Every time you start up your driverless car, are you going to click agree to an EULA that says you take full responsibility for the car's actions? Are you going to sue the guy who wrote the braking algorithm? The vision system? The granny detection module? The snow module? Would you write any of that code knowing it could kill people? Are the people who get injured going to sue the coders? The driver? The car manufacturer? Some of these questions were probably ready asked way back when cars were first invented but may have to be read dressed.

In my opinion it will never happen as a purely vehicle based solution. Why spend millions of dollars developing a new stoplight detection algorithm that will never be 100% accurate when you could simply add a 5 cent reflector to stoplights. Or some other bit of cheap tech that communicates with the cars. The driverless cars need roads designed to aid them.

about 4 months ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

ByTor-2112 Is convenience killing HD? (152 comments)

No because ripping Blu-rays is as easy as a ripping a DVD. You do have to spend a couple hours (on a semi-recent CPU) re-encoding to get the size down, though.

about 5 months ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

ByTor-2112 network (152 comments)

I've been doing something similar for nearly a decade now. I started with a D-Link DSM-520 media streamer, then a WDTV, but eventually moved to XBMC and a custom built box to get the media compatibility I needed. Basically...

- The first rule of Netflix streaming is that they won't have the movie you want to see. Ever.
- WiFi is not a good option, especially for streaming HD video. You don't want the thing stuttering when you bring a date home or your kids are screaming for Finding Nemo.
- Streaming over NFS seems to have the best performance. Streaming via HTTP was unreliable, as was DLNA, MiniUPNP etc.
- Gigabit ethernet is your best option. Wire everything you can. If you can't get ethernet, use powerline networking.
- Don't cheap out on your hardware. I spent the money to get a 4U chassis with 16 3.5" hotswap bays, SAS backplane and redundant power supply. It sounds like a freight train but the reliability has been very, very good.
- Redundant storage is absolutely necessary. If you add up the time it takes to compile your media collection one video at a time, a storage failure could take months and months of downloading or re-encoding to recover from. There may even be some exotic content that just isn't available any more. If you are serious about it then you will find yourself using so much storage that a true "backup" is very expensive or even impossible, although with 3TB and 4TB drives available now that is not so true any more.
- Don't be afraid to rip and encode yourself. MakeMKV is a great piece of software and allowed me to remove AnyDVD HD from my workflow, which significantly streamlined the process. If you are handy with scripting, you can almost automate the entire process. I've automated the ripping process and the encoding process, but have not bothered to bridge the two yet... DVD's are apparently created by a team of monkeys and the disc structure is frequently completely broken. Blu-ray video tends to be very well done, but the audio streams vary and sometimes the discs are mastered with a bunch of fake stuff to "foil" rippers (I'm looking at you, Disney).

about 5 months ago
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Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

ByTor-2112 Re:They've been pushing this angle for a while (362 comments)

Exactly right. The wall street people want instant gratification. They don't care that he's building these cars for more than just profits. If we don't have more people like Elon Musk, our economy will be based on crap like Snapchat and WhatsApp.

about 7 months ago
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Foam-Spraying Quadcopter Becomes a Flying 3D Printer

ByTor-2112 Re:3D Printing? (34 comments)

Personal attacks? I'm a ChE, so you wouldn't be "making" anything more than early 18th century tools without people like me.

about 7 months ago
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Foam-Spraying Quadcopter Becomes a Flying 3D Printer

ByTor-2112 3D Printing? (34 comments)

Why do we continue to call all of this shit "3D Printing"? Why not fabrication? And squirting foam from a drone is a long way from a "printer".

If it doesn't put ink on a piece of paper, it's NOT a printer.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft, Google, Others Join To Fund Open Source Infrastructure Upgrades

ByTor-2112 Re:Pick and choose (101 comments)

I'm not so sure; heartbleed cost these companies a lot of money. This is an investment that acts as an insurance policy.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft, Google, Others Join To Fund Open Source Infrastructure Upgrades

ByTor-2112 Re:Why the Linux Foundation? (101 comments)

Agreed. When you talk about core infrastructure, yes OpenSSL is definitely part of it. But what about the ISC (BIND)? I suppose it could be that the Linux Foundation has the reputation they were going for, but if that was the case why not fund LibreSSL.

about 8 months ago

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