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Microsoft Pollutes To Avoid Fines

Trahloc Re:PPA's (295 comments)

Tiered pricing isn't always like that. Think of it as a single quantity for $1.50, but if you buy at least 100 they'll sell them for $1 each. Turns out you only needed 80 units but if you don't buy another 20 you have to pay $120 for those 80 units ... or you can buy 20 more and save $20. That's what Microsoft did, roughly.

about 2 years ago
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No Opt-Out For Ads On New Kindle Fires

Trahloc Re:Expect more of the same (383 comments)

Furthermore, ads perpetuate the idea that life's purpose is to work your ass of so you can consume

If someone wants to measure their life by how many games they play, books they read, computers they've built, lives they've saved, fires they've put out, criminals they've arrested, children they've nurtured, or 'useless crap' they've purchased... there is nothing 'wrong' with any of those. Life has no purpose, life has no meaning.

more than 2 years ago
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No Opt-Out For Ads On New Kindle Fires

Trahloc Re:Expect more of the same (383 comments)

If the only option is one that includes ads it doesn't matter what hollywood accounting they do in the backroom to say the costs would increase by 5000% without the ads. Give people an option without ads and if they choose to buy the ad version they made that choice. Force them to buy the ad device and they have every moral right to remove them.

Just for full disclosure I have preordered the 8.9 HD 32gb version and I would have chosen the ad supported version if it existed as the ads don't bother me. But the point stands that someone else shouldn't be forced to accept ads just because they don't bother *me*. Nor should they have to buy another device that doesn't work with their Amazon Prime membership just because they don't want ads. Give people the choice, let them choose.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Developers Be Sued For Security Holes?

Trahloc Re:For "sloppy coding"? Definitely! (550 comments)

They have access to the data to confirm whether or not its secure. If they choose not to they should sue themselves as everyone associated with a FOSS product, from the original creator, to the dev who writes the code, to the people doing documentation, to the end user actually installing it are part of the project. As the end user installing the program was the last link in the chain before disaster happened the buck starts and stops at them.

In closed source software we have to take the developers word that they did their job securing it, we have absolutely no access to the source code to confirm whether or not they did. So FOSS already IS the higher standard because of the possibility of review. Whether or not it actually happens by the end user isn't really relevant.

more than 2 years ago
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Birth Control For Men Edges Closer

Trahloc Re:Nice tagline... (407 comments)

Anon was responding to "Gaygirlie", a lesbian if that's not obvious enough, on the attractiveness of male genitalia. There is no joke, Anon simply didn't think she was an authority on the subject.

Gaygirlie: Personally I disagree, my gay buddies have no trouble pointing out attractive women to me so I don't see why gender preference has anything to do with noticing whether or not something is attractive.

more than 2 years ago
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% of my digital storage that is solid-state:

Trahloc Re:Zero Because: (280 comments)

Yes. New OS, new program updates, new whatever, next month/year they're gone. Photos from my teenage years aren't going to be updated, videos of family/friends aren't going anywhere. Those live on spinning media in a ZFS array.

more than 2 years ago
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% of my digital storage that is solid-state:

Trahloc Re:Zero Because: (280 comments)

It's called a poor choice of words ;)

more than 2 years ago
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% of my digital storage that is solid-state:

Trahloc Re:Zero Because: (280 comments)

I tried Solaris several times, every time it felt painful to me. I thought using BSD/Linux would be helpful but I felt like a total nub in it, perhaps if that was the first OS I tried I'd have thought differently but I just couldn't make the transition. I got it up and running well enough to handle my backup server since BSD didn't have v21 yet but once FreeBSD 9 came out I swapped over.

more than 2 years ago
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% of my digital storage that is solid-state:

Trahloc Re:Zero Because: (280 comments)

I hate Oracle because of the smelly dump they took in Sun's pool and implying that I'm supporting them in any way was annoying. I accept it was a joke to you, it wasn't to me.

more than 2 years ago
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% of my digital storage that is solid-state:

Trahloc Re:Zero Because: (280 comments)

I know, but it was licensed in such a way that didn't prevented FreeBSD to use it. So Sun wasn't against giving their code away, they were against forcing other people to give their code away just because they used Sun's code. This falls back to the whole BSD/GPL licensing debate. I think both camps are great, BSD eeks out a hairs breadth because if every lawyer died tomorrow BSD wouldn't care, Linux would cry itself to sleep without lawyers, they rely on copyright law just as much as Disney does... they're just not evil about it.

more than 2 years ago
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Star Trek Luminaries Behind the Fastest Funded Film Project On Kickstarter

Trahloc Re:Not quite... (158 comments)

Maybe that's why they need the cash and aren't doing it for free? The cash goes somewhere, it doesn't just cease to exist when it hits kickstarter. Not every actor expects a seven digit salary, some guys are willing to work anything to pay the bills. If they can find a way to work on something they enjoy AND it pays the bills? Well that'd be just awesome.

more than 2 years ago
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% of my digital storage that is solid-state:

Trahloc Re:Zero Because: (280 comments)

Sun had great engineers, Solaris is/was trash, but the ideas they came from it are brilliant. Oracle just bought them, they've brought nothing to the table since their purchase. Thankfully FreeBSD isn't ideologically prevented from incorporating ZFS and other good ideas from Solaris the way Linux is. Just because Oracle pissed in Sun's pool doesn't mean that the ideas are suddenly crap. Or do you refuse to use Libre Office because Open Office exists even though its now a part of the Apache foundation? Choose your ideological wars better, open source doesn't care who came up with the idea, just how its licensed and Sun did a good enough job giving back to the community that Oracle can't stop it.

That being said, ZFS is awesome, if you're not using it, try it. It's hungry for resources but having 4 drives drop out of an array at the same time due to a faulty backplane and ZFS not giving a shit was nice.

more than 2 years ago
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% of my digital storage that is solid-state:

Trahloc Re:Zero Because: (280 comments)

I chose to interpret "storage" as "not temporary". All my long term storage is on ZFS arrays that do use ssd's for caching. Cameras and phones have sd cards but I don't count them. Camera cards are used until its backed up. Androids memory was copied from the backups for use, deleted once I don't care about it anymore. My OS is on an SSD, but its not used for storage, its used for running my OS. Dedicated game drive is also SSD, not used for storage, used for running games. Only place I store data is a ZFS array, if it isn't ZFS, its only temporary.

more than 2 years ago
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Your Passwords Don't Suck — It's Your Policies

Trahloc Re:This is too simple to fix (487 comments)

I use to do that. I've moved over to encrypted database with one long ass password to access a list of unique passwords for each account. With 300+ passwords across various personal and business sites there just aren't enough ways to mix up 5 different passwords varying from 8-12 characters. You're going to have repeats, even if you combine multiple passwords, cut them in half and glue them together, or intermix every other character like I did before I swapped to a db. I ended up forgetting what method I used to mesh the passwords together after the 100th account.

more than 2 years ago
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Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise In 20 Years

Trahloc Re:Pacifism loses ... (589 comments)

I know I'm replying a million years later but ... Phoenix has got to be one of the ugliest places on the planet I can imagine living short of a tar pit that's on fire. Yes there are some beautiful locations in Arizona, but Phoenix specifically at best has some beautiful homes... which would be even more beautiful anywhere else, maybe even in that tarpit as the flames would look pretty badass next to a pool. That being said I have friends who live there and their mortgage/taxes vs mine .... no contest, cheap living there.

more than 2 years ago
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Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise In 20 Years

Trahloc Re:Pacifism loses ... (589 comments)

You must live in Phoenix Arizona if you think there isn't anything worth taking in the USA. Living on the coast I can totally see why someone would want to take us over, it's beautiful here.

more than 2 years ago
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Engineers Ponder Easier Fix To Internet Problem

Trahloc Re:The big fix... (75 comments)

Did you just poorly explain your analogy or have you never actually worked with BGP? You can announce your ips over one uplink, switch it to another uplink, then move them to a third all in a few minutes if you feel like it. You could tunnel your traffic across the internet and announce them from japan if you're bored enough. DNSSEC and BGP have nothing to do with each other and should never be compared to one another. BGP is proof positive that anarchistic systems DO work and trying to make it fall in line with some sort of structure is worse than the occasional screw up that can happen by some fat fingers.

more than 2 years ago
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Woz Fears Stifling of Startups Due to Patent Wars

Trahloc Re:What break? (300 comments)

There have been many multi touch implementations, just because someone was the first to file doesn't mean they were first to think up the general concept. Hell any kindergartner that's given some finger paint is prior art for 'multi touch' as far as I'm concerned.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: My Host Gave a Stranger Access To My Cloud Server, What Can I Do?

Trahloc Re:Brilliant analysis, logical conclusion (176 comments)

Such changes occur routinely. You'd be amazing how many small providers sell their companies after only a few months/weeks. Many times they just log in and change the information themselves without any human interaction. I'm actually a bit surprised any human interaction was needed for that sort of change. We don't know the specifics of how the information was changed but if they use a secret phrase and the person who put the change in was able to find it what was the ISP supposed to do? Call the person at home for every single account change no matter where they are located globally? Treat national clients as special because they don't involve international charges for the $4.99/mo account? We don't have enough information to truly judge whether or not the ISP is to blame. The submitter provided nothing but rage in his post. He acts as if it was 100% the ISP's responsibility to catch this and there was nothing within his power to prevent it from occurring. I find that doubtful as someone in a related business.

more than 2 years ago
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World Is Ignoring Most Important Lesson From Fukushima

Trahloc Re:Correct (328 comments)

Safe doesn't mean invincible. It just means every known and theorized situation has a counter measure. If something from left field occurs then its a new test in the "known" category. Stuff breaks, bad things happen, we move forward and adapt, its what makes us spiffy creatures.

more than 2 years ago

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