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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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 months ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

ByTor-2112 Owns? (218 comments)

Owns is a big stretch. They have a stake in many aspects of it, but they don't "own" it by far. And they are terrible at mobile.

about 4 months ago
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Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

ByTor-2112 Re:The Seagate Squeak (444 comments)

I have a long memory of failing WD drives, so I have been avoiding them like the plague for the last 6 years. It's only 2 data points, but:

- 8x1.5TB array seagates in a RAIDZ2 configuration, ran essentially 24x7 for 2 or 3 years with no failures
- 8x3TB array seagates in same configuration, been running for about 2 years with no failures.

Seems my experience is not the norm... Or maybe I need to cross that 3-year barrier. Shame I fill them up too fast to make it 3 years so far.

about 6 months ago
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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

ByTor-2112 Re:Isn't just the keyboards (459 comments)

Agreed. I need the vertical space WAY more than the horizontal. If all you want to do is watch movies get a f'ing tablet.

about 6 months ago
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GCHQ, European Spy Agencies Cooperate On Surveillance

ByTor-2112 Re:The Big Questions (145 comments)

It's a big hole to pour money in. Governments are always looking for those, especially ones that no political party will argue against.

about 9 months ago
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GCHQ, European Spy Agencies Cooperate On Surveillance

ByTor-2112 Encrypt everything. (145 comments)

End to end encryption is the only answer here. Maybe instead of relying on server certificates, which could be compromised, do the reverse -- the client certificate is used to secure the connection. That way everyone can use a CA (or even issue their own) that they trust. It puts the client in the driver seat, so instead of just stealing Google's key (or tapping Google's fiber), they have to get yours... One might argue that they could target you with advanced malware and steal your private key, but that is no different than what could happen today if they REALLY target you.

Makes sense that if you trust no one, why do you trust their SSL certificate? Why not make them use yours. In the case of on-line purchases, you trust the server based on their certificate but the client still controls the session key. And they trust you based on your login rather than the certificate.

Shrug... Something has to be done by the users. These governments are never, ever going to stop spying.

about 9 months ago
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I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...

ByTor-2112 Re:I only go... (415 comments)

Before I started bike racing (and the inevitable crashing... broken collar bone right now) I went about once a decade. 15 years without seeing a dentist. When I finally visited, no problems and still never had a cavity.

about 9 months ago
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Google ToS Change Means Your Photo Could Go In Ads

ByTor-2112 Re:The next steps for google. (136 comments)

It will only happen if there is money to be made from it.

about 9 months ago
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Google ToS Change Means Your Photo Could Go In Ads

ByTor-2112 Re:Few advantages? (136 comments)

Exactly. After years of mooching free DNS and mail servers from friends, I switched to the google apps account I had created years before and never used. It works great and I don't have to worry about my ISP ever turning off my service for running "unauthorized servers", plus google runs the spam filters for me. There is no such thing as a free lunch, so get the best value for it.

Google appears to be the most up-front about their privacy options and IMO has the best interface for controlling it.

about 9 months ago
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Google ToS Change Means Your Photo Could Go In Ads

ByTor-2112 Few advantages? (136 comments)

If by few advantages you mean in addition to having a superior mobile app, better website, yes it is a small thing.

If someone is going to get your info, it may as well be the same company who knows how often you search for midget porn as well (you, not me).

about 9 months ago
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Japan and EU Commit 18m Euro To Develop 100Gbps Internet Access

ByTor-2112 Re:Of course (69 comments)

I really think that is part of it.

1 year,20 days
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How Old Is the Average Country?

ByTor-2112 more data? (375 comments)

What about standard deviation and median? At least give me a histogram.

1 year,20 days
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Google's Crazy Lack of Focus: Is It Really Serious About Enterprise?

ByTor-2112 To attract talent (226 comments)

What better way to attract the best nerds than high altitude wi-fi balloons? All those crazy projects attract people who want to feel their career won't be confined.

about a year ago

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