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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Damarkus13 Re:DVD (247 comments)

Well, recordable Blu-ray discs use an inorganic dye, so they should last longer than DVD-Rs and CD-Rs. The manufacturers typically claim a lifespan of 100+ years.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Damarkus13 Re:DVD (247 comments)

Um, no. Blu-ray is more scratch resistant than DVD. And the best storage for long-term backups is always off site.

2 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

Damarkus13 Re:The solution is obvious (574 comments)

They patch the OS and they send the patch to a bunch of handset makers. They integrate the patch and push the update.

Only the first sentence is true. Google does not integrate the patched version of Android with the manufacturers finished OS. And Google certainly doesn't push out OTAs.

2 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

Damarkus13 Re:The solution is obvious (574 comments)

I think you're missing the point that Webview is an OS component. Google has provided an update, 4.4 or even 5.0. And part of the problem is that the major carriers (Verizon and AT&T) do require a full recertification for any OTA update.

2 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

Damarkus13 Re:The solution is obvious (574 comments)

I don't believe any of T-Mobile's current lineup is boot loader or Sim locked.

2 days ago
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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

Damarkus13 Re:Hypocrisy (136 comments)

Well, I suppose I was being a bit overly facetious. We're about to change pediatricians for the same reason.

The main point of my post was questioning the logic that major drug manufacturers are outsourcing significant portions of their manufacturing leading to this issue. Rather than it being caused by smaller genetic manufacturers. Especially since the bulk of antibiotics are generic at this point.

about two weeks ago
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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

Damarkus13 Re:Hypocrisy (136 comments)

Are the big pharmaceutical company really outsourcing significant portions of their production overseas or is it more the smaller genetic drug manufacturers? You know, the ones producing all the amoxicillin that parents are virtually demanding every time their special little butterfly gets a cough?

about two weeks ago
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Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

Damarkus13 Re:New System: Inner/Outer Planets (170 comments)

Not to mention the hair-splitting the alastronomers use to keep from admitting that the Earth and Moon are a binary planet such that the orbit of either one around Sol has a strong sinusoidal component.

I thought the distinction was that the center of the Earth and Moon's mass was still within the physical circumstance of the planet. While binary planets have that center of mass somewhere between the planet's. That doesn't seem like splitting hairs to me. That seems to be a pretty clear distinction.

about two weeks ago
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In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming

Damarkus13 Re:Get What You Pay For (163 comments)

And they can't identify streaming video in any way other than breaking SSL for their users?

about three weeks ago
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AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

Damarkus13 Re:bean counters ruin another company (230 comments)

I guess you missed the part where Intel had already made the leap to a 14nm process.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Damarkus13 Re:Yeah, sure (840 comments)

Who here can fix a motherboard on a washer or dryer? anyone?

That depends on what component is fried. A dried up or blown electrolytic capacitor, no problem. Some small poorly marked discrete component, might be tough to figure out the proper capacitance (or whatever). Some mystery IC, good luck.

The problem isn't the physical act of replacing the component (except in size constrained devices, like smartphones). The problem is identifying the failed component.

about three weeks ago
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2015 Means EU Tax Increase On Cloud Storage, E-books and Smartphone Applications

Damarkus13 Re:This is nothing new for me. (164 comments)

My state alone has 39 countries. Each can add it's own margin to the state ysales tax, and when they're done each city can add it's own margin as well. To make things even more complicated these tax borders don't align with zip codes or the city in the address. And, we have a few cities that even straddle county lines as well.

And yet, we still have small website operators here. They just don't manage their own checkout process. It does sound like you have more strenuous record keeping regulations though, and the tax inclusive price thing would be a pain.

about a month ago
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Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

Damarkus13 Re:Could build in an auto-fix setting (304 comments)

Apparently you missed the fact that the oven was only heated to 340f, which is not hot enough to reflow lead-free solder. Less-free solder melts at 400f+.

All this "fix" probably does is heat and cool the board evenly to cause it to flatten out.

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

Damarkus13 Re:No different from music publishing (250 comments)

Therefore, almost assuredly, the big blockbusters will not be available via Kindle Unlimited until their sales begin to taper off.

about a month ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

Damarkus13 Re:Who will get (360 comments)

The silly tangent was comparing it the attack on Pearl Harbor.

about a month ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

Damarkus13 Re:Who will get (360 comments)

Sorry, I don't count "because the FBI said so" to be convincing evidence.

Relevant quotes from the article you posted:

The FBI said Friday that technical analysis had revealed links to North Korean-developed malware, including lines of code and encryption algorithms.

That is circumstantial evidence. Certainly not a smoking gun.

A White House spokesman said on Thursday that the United States would consider a "proportional response" if it determined that North Korea was behind the hacking. He did not rule out an attack on North Korean computer systems.

That is a pretty important if.

about a month ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

Damarkus13 Re:Who will get (360 comments)

Not the same. The whole point of owning a subsidiary rather that creating an internal division is to legally divest yourself from said subsidiary.

Also, the Japanese attacked a federal military installation.

about a month ago
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The Magic of Pallets

Damarkus13 Re:and they make big bonfires, too (250 comments)

The thing about both pallets and cardboard boxes is that there are companies that will pay you for them.

By all means, if you want to pull pallets for at best $15 of materials, go for it. I have better uses for my time.

about a month ago
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The Magic of Pallets

Damarkus13 Re:and they make big bonfires, too (250 comments)

Pallets should be used until they are no longer functional and then recycled for the organic matter and iron. Disassembling then for lumber and nails is inefficient and a waste.

about a month ago
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The Magic of Pallets

Damarkus13 Re:and they make big bonfires, too (250 comments)

This is a terrible idea. First off, the time invested in carefully pulling nails of almost any sort quickly eclipses the cost of new nails. Second, the cheap wire nails (often clipped head nails) may work decently when fired from a pneumatic nail gun, but, unless you're quite competent with a hammer, good luck actually driving them into a 2x4.

about a month ago

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