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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

PlusFiveTroll Re:Reliability (407 comments)

Most manufactures leave any number of gigabytes of flash unmappable for filesystems, that way you can never fill up the drive, even if you fill up the file system. Most pro/enterprise versions of the drive just leave a larger area unmapped.

yesterday
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

PlusFiveTroll Re:CPM rates, etc (306 comments)

>no ad blocking solution that works without rooting your device.

Not exactly true. You just use an adblocking proxy.

5 days ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

PlusFiveTroll Re:Video ads on a text page (306 comments)

No, it's somewhere in between.

"I want to visit this movie theater, but they require me to drive 20 miles out of the way for a ticket, in to a dodgy neighborhood where I could get robbed and raped, when I could just walk in the door instead."

Websites did this to themselves. The fact they don't require the ad networks, or even punish them in any way when their users are harmed is what caused this situation.

5 days ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

PlusFiveTroll Why... (129 comments)

did this take so long to occur. It amazes me both that people fall for this, and that the credit card companies allow these services to operate under merchant accounts.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

PlusFiveTroll Re:Duh (227 comments)

When I buy a new gen console I have to get all new games. When I buy a PC I install all my old games on it, and they run even better.

about a week ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

PlusFiveTroll Re:It seems like squeegeeing is the wrong approach (203 comments)

At the top of a taller building the winds are 30 to 50MPH stronger than at ground level. When you popped that window out of the frame the average office would explode in a fury of paperwork.

about two weeks ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

PlusFiveTroll Re:It seems like squeegeeing is the wrong approach (203 comments)

This isn't a mechanical problem, it is a vision problem. Humans miss spots while cleaning all the time, but we have one advantage, we can easily tell what is and isn't dirty, then we go back and correct. The issue I see is we aren't solving the vision and object recognition problem for some time yet so humans will still have that advantage.

about two weeks ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

PlusFiveTroll Re:Coastal people live in their own universe (264 comments)

Studied some oceanography. The problem is not that beaches are transient. The problem is our idea of property. The problem is ports, seawalls, jetties. We want beach front property we can have a house on, a hotel on, a strip mall by. You can repair a beach. Just quit building within a few miles of it. It's a moving object. It will show back up once you give it the proper habitat. If you build houses and seawalls up the entire coast you will not have beaches. That means the beach disappears. The natural mechanisms that make beaches cannot do their jobs.

http://www.amazon.com/Saving-A...

about three weeks ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

PlusFiveTroll Re:This really is a serious problem (264 comments)

No, not exactly. Doing that you end up with very small, sharp, broken rocks. You also end up with a chemically active surface, depending on the type of rock, that is very alkaline or acidic. Sand (at least beach sand) is both mechanical and chemical weathering of rocks that is then polished by water over time.

about three weeks ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

PlusFiveTroll Re:Yep (264 comments)

A picket style or privacy fence should be no where near a creek that floods. That's probably why the permit has been denied. Think of it as a damn that is going to trap water and junk when it floods and make the flood worse for those upstream.

about three weeks ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

PlusFiveTroll Re:ignorant rubbish (264 comments)

This is pretty much it.

While my main job is working on computers, I do like researching other things. I've read a few books on beach engineering and coastal erosion. Here's pretty much what no one who owns beach property is going to want to hear...

"If you want a beach, you can't build anywhere close to it".

Sea walls that protect houses prevent beaches from forming and they will erode up to the wall. Piers change beach dynamics and where there was once sand, there will quickly be nothing (or in some cases the beach will advance very far out the pier ruining its intended purpose. The beach is a very dynamic place and anything you put out there changes those dynamics.

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

PlusFiveTroll Re:"Baseball-sized" (138 comments)

Douglas Adams was right all along.

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

PlusFiveTroll Re:Strange? (138 comments)

The issue I have with this theory is, in the 4,000,000,000 years that Earth has been around, wouldn't quite a lot of this 'matter' built up in the crust and core? Where is it at? Sinking deep in to the crust?

about three weeks ago
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OpenBSD 5.6 Released

PlusFiveTroll FTP (125 comments)

>The installer no longer supports FTP

With FTP acting as fragile as glass in the world of NAT and firewalls, I don't see this as a bad thing any longer. HTTP is reliable when serving large files these days.

about three weeks ago
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Google To Disable Fallback To SSL 3.0 In Chrome 39 and Remove In Chrome 40

PlusFiveTroll Re:Pros and Cons (70 comments)

> and self signed certificates are far more secure than HTTPS

Right, and with I MITM the wireless AP you're on and replace the self signed with another, you'll go right on thinking you're secure.

about a month ago
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Google To Disable Fallback To SSL 3.0 In Chrome 39 and Remove In Chrome 40

PlusFiveTroll Re:If lack of security updates didn't kill IE 6... (70 comments)

https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltes...

IE 11 / Win 8.1 R TLS 1.2 TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA (0x35) No FS 256
Chrome 37 / OS X R TLS 1.2 TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA (0x35) No FS 256
Firefox 32 / OS X R TLS 1.2 TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA (0x35) No FS 256

Other than the lack of Forward-Secrecy and lack of GCM it looks like Citi supports modern TLS.

about a month ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

PlusFiveTroll Re:How about we hackers? (863 comments)

>and if you have to take services offline anyway, you may as well reboot

Depends on the nature of the services you run. There is no reason to blow away all your cached memory if you don't need to. That said, understanding your dependencies is important.

about a month ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

PlusFiveTroll Re:Please Microsoft... (347 comments)

shutdown /l

(lower case L)

about a month ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

PlusFiveTroll Re:Please Microsoft... (347 comments)

Laptops are just as bad. Many hibernate rather than shut off, and the users never reboot them. Luckily the task scheduler can still do the same thing.

about a month ago

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