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Happy Pi Day

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:I cant buy Pi day greeting cards..... (218 comments)

This is my one-year anniversary. The beauty if marrying an engineer is she didn't bat an eye when I suggested getting married 3/14 at 1:59 PM.

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

Agreed.

Regardless of whether or not 20TB is hording / excessive / inefficient, what it almost certainly is is replaceable. Let's face it, you aren't CERN, most of you data is probably media that you can reacquire with relative ease. It's not being stored because it's irreplaceable it's being stored because it's convenient. A RAID isn't too bad, but add in managing backups and where has that convenience gone? If it costs $10+/month to backup your ripped/downloaded movies, why not just sign up for Netflix?

Just make a list of all the replaceable data (e.g. videos you have the original disc for) you have and then buy an external hard disk / Blurays to back up the rest. If you lose your RAID, well, it'll be annoying to rebuild, but you built it once... (Besides, I doubt you could restore 20TB over residential internet less time!)

Some people have different use cases. A few years back I was visiting a friend in the boonies in Egypt and brought a TB of American movies and music along explicitly for her (she was putting me up for free while I was on a research project). With my 50Mbps connection and 250GB monthly cap, I could recreate the entire shebang in 4-5 months, but with her iffy ISP, she couldn't hope to download everything from me in her government's lifetime.

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Hmmm... (983 comments)

Once again a slashdotter is advocating to take away a musician's right to make a prophet.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:A simple dock with the basic apps (287 comments)

My experience is the simpler the better. I replaced my 60 year old mother's XP with Xubuntu. I didn't apply much of th eye candy, made sure to install Teamviewer and a cron job to pull security updates once per week. Her only complaint was that her ancient Canon printer wasn't compatible. Five minutes on NewEgg fixed that.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Apply to jobs (451 comments)

Granted it's been going on for ages, but the most egregious examples are far more recent.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Apply to jobs (451 comments)

I ran for Congress two years ago at age 29. I won the Democratic primary for my district and ran on a technocratic platform. I'd advise anybody with an IQ over 100 to stay the hell away from politics. It is soul-crushing, the people you meet are loathesome, and since the wide-spread adoption of gerrymandering most elections are foregone conclusions anyway. I lost the election with 40% of the vote, went back to being a full-time server admin and couldn't be happier.

about a month ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:App permissions (333 comments)

AOKP has App Ops. I'd prefer a more active solution, but it's great for removing GPS and contact requests from flashlight apps.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Based on what study (226 comments)

Couldn't you say that about most distractions? Is it safe to converse with a passenger? Is it safe to have the radio on loud, or at all? You'll never be able to eliminate all risks from driving (it is the single most dangerous thing most of us do on a daily basis). Anecdotally, I believe that navigating with an HUD displayed on eyewear or on a windshield is far safer than a 4" LCD screen mounted somewhere on the dash, or a similar screen held in the lap.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:equal treatment (226 comments)

Apply this to other areas as well. A few weeks ago a friend called me up at midnight because his car had broken down in the boonies. I was awoken out of a sound slumber and was amazed at how dulled my reflexes and decision making capabilities were. For all intents and purposes I was in a drunken state of mind while at the same time being stone sober. Personally, I'd rather be on the road with somebody with a light buzz than with a parent in a car yelling at her kids and otherwise distracted.

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

In the states we don't use petrol. We use gas. /ducks

Huh, I'm a United Statsian born and raised, and I've never used a duck to power my automobile.

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

Holy shit! If you have trouble memorizing a couple of 4-6 digit numbers, maybe money isn't for you. This American is ready to ditch the antiquated system that we currently use in favor of a technology updated within the last decade.

about 2 months ago
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Anonymous Slovenia Claims To Have Hacked the FBI and Posted Emails To Pastebin

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Sensitive information? (152 comments)

Yes...but he is still a racist. As a man of Hispanic genetic heritage, I refuse to even travel through Arizona. He, and the bigots that keep voting his racist ilk in are ensuring that people like me don't spend a dime there.

about 2 months ago
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Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:They don't deserve it anyway. (430 comments)

Don't forget about Pamela and her Permian Pals.

about 2 months ago
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Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Wacky thinking (430 comments)

Not to mention some really kinky sister and sister on dad goings on. I think I know why some nutters read the Bible before bed...

about 2 months ago
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IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:More reprsentative stats please (390 comments)

I keep the stats on 12 state government websites. As sad as it may be, the lowest I've ever seen IE (taken as a whole) dip was 55%. And, for the record every site is tested and compliant on a multitude of browsers and not a single one recommends IE. We're getting there, but we're not at single digits yet.

about 3 months ago
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Amherst Researchers Create Magnetic Monopoles

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Monopole Magnets (156 comments)

And yet our tanks can still be beaten by archers.

about 3 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:What's the big deal? (770 comments)

Another aspect of the problem is that Texas has an almost overwhelming say in what gets put into textbooks due to their size as a purchasing entity. Letting a few charter schools get away with it lets the crazy people get their foot in the door to further shoving their Christofascist worldview onto everybody else.

about 3 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:What's the big deal? (770 comments)

Amen, well maybe not. I grew up in the same sort of household and was likely the bane of my middle school teacher's existence as I was basically a proxy for my parent's beliefs in my argument against evolution. It wasn't until college that I finally opened up enough to be fully deprogrammed. I paid my penance by teaching evolutionary anthropology in Texas, but even among the undergrads there I suspect that I wasn't able to convert as many as I could.

about 3 months ago
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World's Oldest Decimal Multiplication Table Discovered

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:The ancients (86 comments)

I'm not saying it was aliens...but it was totally aliens!

about 3 months ago

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ESPN Bans Employees from Facebook and Twitter

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "The hammer just came down, tweeps: ESPN memo prohibiting tweeting info unless it serves ESPN," Bucher wrote, capping it with a choice of words that conjures memories of a certain Twilight Zone cookbook. "Kinda figured this was coming." And then Bucher acknowledged the distinct possibility that he has stepped into a pile of, um, trouble. "I'm probably violating some sort of policy just by telling you," Bucher wrote. "In any case, stay tuned.""
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Pirate Bay starts video streaming

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "The world's most high-profile file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay (TPB), has lifted the lid on its new video sharing website, The Video Bay.

Billed as a rival to YouTube, the service will offer unrestricted video content, in violation of copyright law.

In a statement on the site, Mr Sunde said the service would use the latest HTML 5 features.

"More specifically the audio and video tags with the ogg/theora video and audio formats.

"This site will be an experimental playground and as such subjected to both live and drunk encoding, so please don't bug us too much if the site isn't working properly," he said."

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The end of tax-free internet shopping?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "If a little-known but influential alliance of state politicians, large retailers, and tax collectors have their way, the days of tax-free Internet shopping may be nearly over. A bill expected to be introduced in the U.S. Congress as early as Monday would rewrite the ground rules for mail order and Internet sales by eliminating what its supporters view as a "loophole" that, in many cases, allows Americans to shop over the Internet without paying sales taxes. Link"
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Carbon Cost of Google Revealed

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "According to a BBC article, U.S. physicists have claimed that the average Google search uses 7g of carbon as opposed to Google's own claims of 0.2g. I get the feeling that many people are getting as tired of the word "green" as I am. Are studies like this taking every variable into account to get an unbiased answer or are they interested in sensationalistic claims."
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Joe Biden's Pro-RIAA Voting Record

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for Vice President seems to have a voting record that speaks volumes and may threaten to stymie Obama's promise to "update and reform our copyright and patent systems to promote civic discourse, innovation and investment while ensuring that intellectual property owners are fairly treated." In addition his record on encryption and National Security are downright disturbing from a civil liberties standpoint. Not looking to start a political flamewar, will these issues be of a major concern when the U.S. citizens hit the voting booths this November?

Story here"

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Best Way to Backup Offsite

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "I administer a department which contains around 200 workstations, and 7 servers. 2 servers are Win2K3 AD controllers, 1 is used to store video from several surveillance cameras, 3 others are running Fedora for the website, mysql, and a file server. Recently I've built a 4TB Raid1 machine whose sole job is to contain backups of the other servers. Everything is running swimmingly, but I have become increasingly nervous about not backing up to an off-site location. I was hoping to get some tips from the Slashdot crowd on the best methods of doing this. I've investigated several types of tape systems but the cost makes it prohibitive. My fallback plan is to pick up a couple of 1TB external hard drives and simply lug them to the main building once every two weeks."
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The beginnings of a TLD free-for-all?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "According to the BBC, ICANN is considering opening up the wholesale creation of TLDs by private industry. While I'm sure this is done for the convenience of the companies and has nothing to do with the several thousand dollars they will be charging for each registration, I was curious what the tech community at large thought about this idea. It seems to me that this will simply open the doors for a never-ending cluster-frak (yes I said it) of TLD squatters. The article can be found here"
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Psystar Back Selling PC's with Leopard

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Apparently Psystar is at it again. Cnet reports that this company is back selling what they are now calling "Open Computers" preinstalled with a hacked version of Leopard. According to the story they believe that Apple represents a hardware monopoly. Even if this is the case, does that give a third party the right to alter your software in order to profit?"
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Crackdown on Modchip sellers

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "The BBC is reporting on a series of raids conducted against mod chip resellers in the US. I'm just trying to figure out how selling this technology is a crime, I've always been of the opinion that if you're willing to take the risk of permanent harm to your system then more power to you. How will this affect the future of console modding?"
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Edge Magazine Compiles List of Top 100 Video Games

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "According to the BBC, Edge Magazine has compiled a list of the top 100 video games of all time. The top 10 are rather surprising in that most of the games were released a decade or more ago. Is it possible that with all of the focus on life-like graphics and animation so pervasive on the next-gen consoles, developers have forgotten what it takes to make a game enjoyable to play? Cue the Duke Nuke'em Forever jokes in 5...4...3...2..."
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Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Researchers from the IBM Almaden research lab and the University of Nevada have created a simulation of half a mouse brain on the BlueGene L supercomputer. Although there's more to creating a mind than setting up the infrastructure, does this mean that we may see a system for human mental storage within our lifetimes? Check it out here"
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Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  about 7 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Gary McKinnon has lost his appeal against extradition to the US on hacking charges. The BBC News website profiles his history and his motives. To hear the US government tell it, Gary McKinnon is a dangerous man, and should be extradited back to America to stand trial in a Virginia courtroom. One US prosecutor has accused him of committing "the biggest military computer hack of all time". But Mr McKinnon has said his motives were harmless and innocent — he was, he says, simply looking for information on UFOs. Read on

Was he a 'bumbling nerd' as he says or were his motives more malicious?"

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