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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

ThaumaTechnician Re:HDD endurance? (125 comments)

Came here to ask the same question.

about two weeks ago

Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

ThaumaTechnician Re:So.... (94 comments)

...er, no. We're building an army of drones and the attendant expertise to fly them so we can use them to burn down your White House....again.

about 3 months ago

Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

ThaumaTechnician Re:JetBoil (204 comments)

Or I guess he never heard of or used MSR equipment, eh? Y'know, 'cuz it's only been around, like, thirty-five years or so.

about 5 months ago

Study: Deforestation Depletes Fish Stocks

ThaumaTechnician Re:this has nothing to do with salmon (69 comments)

In addition, the rotting half-eaten salmon carcasses are often the only source of nitrogen for the vegetation.

about 6 months ago

Almost 100 Arrested In Worldwide Swoop On Blackshades Malware

ThaumaTechnician Re:NSA (87 comments)

"Shakes fist"... Dang, beat me to it!

about 7 months ago

Electric Stimulation Could Help You Control Your Dreams

ThaumaTechnician "40 Hz of current"? Sigh... (138 comments)

Firstly: the study says "synchronous oscillations around 25 and 40 Hz". Secondly: I wonder what voltage they're using...2 amps? Maybe 14,000 Ergs? Or how about 350 grams?

about 7 months ago

The $5,600 Tablet

ThaumaTechnician Re:Consumers have no clue... (96 comments)

Thanks, Lumpy, I came here looking for a mention of Panasonic's offerings. My personal laptop is a Toughbook - yeah, they rock!. I get knowing nods from the Commissionaires at airport security... If the military needs Windows on their tablets, they can get a Toughpad FZ-G1 for half the price of the Xplore - and the display, at 1920 x 1200 pixels, is even brighter than Xplore's offering. As per the spec sheet, the standard operating time of 8 hours can be extended to 18 hours (!) with the optional battery. Bonus: with all the money that they'd save, they could buy some very good whiskey to celebrate a successful mission (or to drown out an unsuccessful one..).

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

ThaumaTechnician We need more information, Albus.. (445 comments)

I'm at a loss to understand what the security issues you would have such that cloud-based password managers are a hazard. And yet, such that you can get away with passwords that you can commit to memory.

Any password you can remember is a password that is already in thousands of crackers' try-these-first password lists. All of the online security breaches of password database have provided a rich and extensive database of passwords that people actually use. No, you need to use a password manager. Like five years ago. But a password-managing device is the worst possible option you can consider. How can you back up your password database?

A good, completely off-line option is Steve Gibson's 'Off the Grid' password generator here: https://www.grc.com/offthegrid.... You could generate a paper grid and use that. It can be reprinted as needed, and even if you lose it, no problem.

Some/all of the cloud-based managers can be used offline. I know for a fact that LastPass does not need to be connected to the 'Net to work. It's free, try it out - see if it works for you. There are 'LastPass Portable' versions, designed to run off a thumbdrive.

For a buck a month, LastPass provides stellar technical support (one of the programmers called me at home to sort out an issue I was having when using 'LastPass for Applications' with the steaming pile of a crap that is iTunes): https://lastpass.com/go-premiu... Their security has been vetted by trusted reviewers, they use best practice encryption and protocols. Perhaps their Enterprise services will fit the bill?

Cheap at twice the price. I can't recommend them enough.

about 10 months ago

What Would You Do With the World's Most Powerful Laser?

ThaumaTechnician Re:The Practical Option (143 comments)

No, no, no: Step One: use it to rob the rest of world Step Two: give half of it back Step three: destroy it. /whoever buys it off of you can get the money back...

about 10 months ago

Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

ThaumaTechnician $1 Billion? Chump change. (410 comments)

If Obama really wanted to 'press for the need', he'd propose a $1 trillion fund. Much less than the Iraq War's costs.

about 10 months ago

Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

ThaumaTechnician So us strong silent types.. (351 comments)

..how refuse to take medicine for just a friggin' flu, and just tough it out, were right all along, eh?

about a year ago

Hillary Clinton: "We Need To Talk Sensibly About Spying"

ThaumaTechnician Re:Hillary has no moral authority (461 comments)

And in case people don't understand how footnotes works in Wikipedia, a direct link to the 'other' Wiki's page with her order:

WARNING: if you work for the US Government, it is vitally important that you perform your unending duty to Think of the Poor, Poor, CIA Operatives. (Well, except for that traitorous-because-she-married-an-honest-man Valerie Plame.) As part of that ongoing mission, it is critical that you remain uninformed, so DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK THAT FOLLOWS.


about a year ago

Robotic Bartender Programmed To Recognize When You Are Ready For a Drink

ThaumaTechnician Ok, so they know when you want another drink... (90 comments)

No such a difficult problem: "Barkeep, beer me!" Do they know when you've had enough? And how well do they handle a belligerent drunk?

about a year ago


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