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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 2 months 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 4 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 6 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 7 months ago

Almost 100 Arrested In Worldwide Swoop On Blackshades Malware

ThaumaTechnician Re:NSA (87 comments)

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

about 8 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 8 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 9 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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?

1 year,5 days

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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