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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Overzeetop Re:Backups are not secure (150 comments)

"while you're accessing your data"

That's really the critical part, isn't it? If you're using this for backup you should never need to decrypt it. The only time you need it is if you have a local failure. Then you have to make a choice: give up the data or take a chance that they are at the server siphoning off your data as you request it.

For 99.999999999% of data, I'm going to say that the US government doesn't give a fuck and the chance that they're monitoring your account when your local copy fails and you are getting your data is going to be pretty darned near zero *unless* you happen to be the target of an investigation. If you are, I would suggest that you pay the extra money for something like SpiderOak, where all the encrypt/decrypt is done locally. Though, to be honest, if you're going to be watched by the Feds, a USB drive and a good fire safe is probably a better solution for backing up your "sensitive" data.

yesterday
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Overzeetop Re:Marketing (150 comments)

I thought it was a pretty good write up, without any particular spin on the marketing side (except, of course, it was on the BB site with the logo). There's no shame in presenting data that could be useful to those of us who don't have the opportunity (or budget) to buy a stack of drives and run them full out for 3 months. Though I'm sure I'm not the only person who thought it sounds kind of crazy to be adding a pod every day just to keep up with the data demands.

yesterday
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Overzeetop Re:Why not push toward collapse? (351 comments)

Um, because it's clearly not working? The whole "towards collapse" is simply a face-saving measure.

We deal with worse governments (in terms of "communism" or totalitarianism) every day, and they're our (nominal) allies. The whole Cuba thing is just a 50 year long pout. Nobody cares anymore. There's not some super-villian running Cuba that will destroy the American Way of Life if we join the rest of the world in trading with them.

We are pushing Russia because we disagree with their tactics in the Ukraine. From this year, not from 50 years ago. Totally different condition.

yesterday
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

Overzeetop Private/for profit DNS (350 comments)

So then we all get to subscribe to $10-30/yr private DNSs which aren't poisoned, I presume. It's not like I'm using my ISP for my DNS.

yesterday
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Overzeetop Re:A solution (576 comments)

Sadly, no. Nobody hires people they don't need. It's the fallacy of the idea that lower taxes create jobs. I say this as a business owner: If you don't need employees to do the work, you are not going to hire them. Full stop.

Earning more money after taxes means only that the federal government is effectively subsidizing the companies.

yesterday
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Overzeetop Re:Good, we're not trying to create more work (576 comments)

"you have more people available to learn new skills"

That's the biggest fallacy in the argument. Most people who talk about getting the chronically poor into a position where they can learn new skills and do more work to give them the chance to move up the ladder. Here's the dirty little secret: humans are no longer cost effective at any price which supports the modern concept of first world necessities (clean, healthy food; safe, energy efficient housing, basic transportation - personal or public, connectivity to others). \

These people aren't unemployed because they don't have the right training, they're unemployed because they're untrainable for jobs that will command a living wage. And I can guarantee that if you found out tomorrow that your job didn't pay you even 1/4 of what it would take to make rent and put food on the table, you would eventually stop going to work. (you would probably look for alternate ways to live, but you wouldn't give up 40-50 hours of every week and still go hungry).

yesterday
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Overzeetop Not really a troll, actually rather insightful (576 comments)

The parent has been modded troll for the "modest proposal" tack taken to the surplus worker problem, but the basic tenet is true: we've either replaced the entry level jobs with automation or reduced them with efficiency. Calling them surplus is merely extending the word used for old factory equipment which has been superceded by more cost effective versions. It's not a judgement on the people, personally, but a simple value calculation that they do not/can not perform tasks more efficiently than machinery which has replaced them.

We've reached an interesting point where we don't really need all the people we have (by half!) what it takes to keep society fed and clothed. And yet our million-year-old value system requires that you perform some useful task for the herd in order to partake in the benefits of the herd production. It's going to get very interesting over the next century.

yesterday
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A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

Overzeetop Amazingly, no. (64 comments)

Yes, I know; the joke about SV having shit service, but...Colleges are well wired, the towns around them are often not. Virginia Tech - the "electronic village" - that was supposed to get 10bT to every home over a decade ago - STILL has ISP-by-address. If you're lucky you get Verizon 7/768 AND Comcast, but many places have a single provider. And there is basically no fiber. The only competition I've seen is from a rural telecom who stopped by one day while running new service to a select few, and they could get you T1-speed service (1.5/1.5) for the bargain price of $120/mo. AYFKM?

The town looked into high speed but decided it was too difficult to exercise their rights of way and didn't want to piss off Comcast, so they scuttled 100Mb fiber to everyone. I think they may still be meeting once a month to talk about "high speed internet" but they'll never get anything done about it.

yesterday
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

Overzeetop Re:Apple Pushing All Mobile CPU Vendors (114 comments)

"If Samsung were to create another version of their flagship phone, but with 4000mAh to 8000mAh batteries (to support the extra GHz and cores without draining the batteries too fast), they can make their phones twice to 4 times as fast, just by upping the Ghz, or the number of cores, or both."

See how easy that was? When it comes right down to it, the processors are on par within the total thermal/power envelope presented by the form factor and battery technology. If we've learning anything since the days of the 486, it's that clock speed and core count don't really matter when the input is a power envelope and the output is useful work done.

[cheapshot]What amazes me is that in all the years Apple has been making smartphones, it's still impossible to add a music file from email to itunes on the phone.[/cheapshot]

2 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

Overzeetop Re:Wasn't there a book about this? (137 comments)

"...they actually toss out copies of their genetic mateiral (sic)..."

This is /.; we're familiar with the process.

2 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Overzeetop Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (274 comments)

Tell that to SpiderOak.

2 days ago
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Facebook Drops Bing Search Results

Overzeetop Re:Facebook search is horrible (33 comments)

Yeah, I have several friends who will post/share things on their wall to "find later." Yeah, there's pretty much no way you're going to find that later unless you manually scroll through pages and pages of old posts. Finding stuff on FB is darned near impossible, with their "search" being woefully inadequate. I copy off to Evernote when I can, though FB has taken the genius step of disabling copy (and paste, for some odd reason) in Android, which means running FB in a mobile browser if I really want to archive something.

Of course, searching your own (or friends) history isn't the point of FB, but it seems like a pretty big miss if you want people to stay encapsulated in the system for marketing purposes.

3 days ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Overzeetop Re:nah it's a dead cat bounce (265 comments)

Well, if somebody's paying $500 for dead cats, I'm willing to bounce my dead cat for that kind of money.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Overzeetop Re:Parents Rights (1037 comments)

No, you just choose teachers who aren't vaccinated.

It's probably not cost effective to do so, though, so you may as well just prohibit them from attending public school if they're not vaccinated and call it a day.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Overzeetop Your "data" doesn't prove vaccines are bad (1037 comments)

You're playing games with words and statistics. To wit:

"children who haven't received DTaP vaccines are at least 8 times more likely to get pertussis"

There, you could stop right there. But your statistics belie the truth. If we expect that 16% of children are only partially vaccinated and 4% are unvaccinated, in a population of 100000 children, in which 0.1% get pertussis you get:

81 children out of 80,000 get pertussis, or a vaccinated infection rate of 0.01%
11 children out of 16,000 get pertussis, or 0.07%
8 children out of 4000 get pertussis, or 0.20%

In other words, it means that your child is 20x more likely to get pertussis in the event of an outbreak if her or she is unvaccinated vs being vaccinated. The linked studies you made actually prove the OP's point - a successful vaccine prevents transmission: you do not become s silent "carrier" unless you suffer from a successful infection. And in the case of the linked studies, the concern is over particular vaccines which are not as effective in producing a robust antibody reaction. They're saying you need more/better vaccines, not fewer.

5 days ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

Overzeetop Re:Bill's Monitor (179 comments)

An array of 1600 of these 8k monitors? Okay...that's really only 163' across and 92' high - barely in the top 20 of the largest screens in the world - but at 156ppi I'd say you're probably sitting too close to the screen if you can see the pixels. ;-)

5 days ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

Overzeetop About time (179 comments)

5.5" phone screens are at 2560x1440, with 4k on the way. 8k on a monitor...what's the hold up?

Phones seem perfectly able to light the screen and drive the pixels at less than 4W TDP. Seems odd that 8k is such a large challenge given volume, mass and power budgets 20-100x that of a phone.

about a week ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

Overzeetop Re:DCMA lawyers standing by (269 comments)

Lawyers don't laugh - it throws them off their count while going through their piles of money.

about a week ago
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Army Building an Airport Just For Drones

Overzeetop Re:too expensive (48 comments)

Yes. Yes it is. In fact, for an airport, support facilities, hangar and maintenance facilities, and proper air traffic control and infrastructure, you'd be hard pressed to get a commercial project for significantly less with the same specifications.

about a week ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

Overzeetop Re:FTFY (207 comments)

Yeah, of all the Soviet Russia conditions where "your papers, please" could be used to identify the US as a police state, this is NOT one of them.

about a week ago

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Cloud provider Livedrive has critically failed leaving users without access

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "For three days, Livedrive has been offline, denying access to users files except through their one-file-at-a-time web interface. The support forum, which is limited to registered users only and is submission moderated, has had no posts since late February 23rd, just before the first major service error occurred. Since the service went offline on March 6th, there have been no status updates except to indicate a new date on the status page. Will this service interruption finally kill off the UK-based cloud service provider, which has been losing £1,000,000 a year?"
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Digital versions of popular books to be delayed

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  about 5 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "Simon and Schuster and Hachette have recently announced that they will delay e-book releases by up to 4 months. This comes on the heels of literary agent recommending such a plan just days prior. This seems like a potential stumbling block for people who are considering picking up an e-reader this holiday season. Will Amazon or Barns and Noble consider playing hardball with the publishers to get the electronic versions released earlier?"
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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "What solutions are there for non-Outlook based calendaring and contact software that can be used on both a Windows desktop and a Windows Mobile device? I need shared contacts and calendaring with others in my small office, and would like to take that "on the road" with my new (yet to be purchased) pda/phone. I really don't want to go to Exchange server. Is there something that will work on both the desktop and a mobile device that doesn't use the Outlook database?"

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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  about 10 years ago

Many people mistake my sig to mean that I'm suprised that so many people (half!?!) are of sub-average intellegence. Quite the contrary, there are plenty of people out there who are intellegent.

My problem is that there are so many people who choose not to exercise their intelligence in any useful fashion. No, I'm not talking about proofreading emails or journal entries. I mean just plain old, walking around common sense.

You hear somthing incredible on the radio, or from a friend, or (the worst) read it in an email. Rather than saying, "that sounds pretty unusual, I should check it out for myself," it gets repeated to eveyone you know as if it were handed to you on stone tablets you received at Mount Sinai. Urban legends take the cake (stolen kidneys?). But it applies to current events, too.

Somtimes it's even simpler. When you're driving on a highway and an exit ramp is coming up, most of the time an entrance ramp will immediatly follow. A quick glance will show you if it is a busy interchange. Are you in the right lane? Is there anyone in the next lane over? No? How about switching lanes so you don't play chicken with the cars entering. Stupid AND inconsiderate (they seem to go hand in hand).

It's not about how intellegent people are; that isn't suprising. It's about how many people choose not to use that intellegence; that always amazes me.

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