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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

dagarath Maintenance (250 comments)

It really doesn't matter what media you select. The important part is your schedule of updating. Ex.. You pick optical discs and you burn a new disc every 3 months and store it securely. The important fact is not the storage media, it's the 3 month schedule of updating it. You can switch media out on your 3 month update schedule, use flash media, external hard drive, tape, whatever. As long as your most recent backup is no more than 3 months old you'll still be able to read it.

Where most people fail at this is the schedule.. And that's why an online backup solution would work better for the majority of people. Schedule your online backups with one of the secure vendors and let it run automatically.

3 days ago

Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

dagarath BYOD / Compliance (578 comments)

Issues like this shoot a big hole through BYOD and any consideration of security compliance. You now have a deliberately insecure device with no supported patch available. Good luck with your auditors.

4 days ago

Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

dagarath Re:Just keep it away from Gentoo and I'm good (551 comments)

because syslogd cannot handle early boot reporting. By definition Systemd is the first thing to run, so any logging related to this time in the boot sequence has to be handled by it. Since it has to do it anyway, make the utility available for general use. Why have another utility duplicate the functionality when Systemd has to have it for early boot time logging.

Incorrect, systemd could have just put it's log messages in cache to be passed to the logging daemon when it became available.. just like all the socket based priority features trumpeted about for boot order sequencing.

about two weeks ago

How the FCC CIO Plans To Modernize 207 Legacy IT Systems

dagarath Re:Good For Him (74 comments)

The problem is with 207 'legacy systems'.. that's going to mean there's a few systems that every employee uses.. time clock, HR, email, intranet, etc. Then there's 200 systems that 5-20 people use. Probably tracking systems within each department. So, numerous small focused systems are going to be merged into 1 gargantuan do-it-all system. Nothing ever goes wrong with these plans....

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

dagarath form factor (471 comments)

There seems to be a design disconnect. We're making bigger phones but now a smaller interface for the watch... why does this make sense?

How about we need to scrap the phone concept. We need the combination of glass / watch / bluetooth ear buds / mic. Wearable technology that replaces all the crap we currently do with a phone. And once that's matured we just implant it under the skin.

The watch style devices should have solar charging and kinetic charging to hopefully avoid the wall brick charging completely.

about 5 months ago

GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

dagarath Re:Stupid, stupid stupid (314 comments)

I think your list is slightly off, Debian, Redhat, SuSE. I think the systemd situation clearly demonstrates that Debian is the dog wagging the Ubuntu tail.

about 5 months ago

New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

dagarath Re:Stop copying hard drives too! (150 comments)

Police are not a neutral third party. They are paid by the same state that pays the prosecutor and the judicial system. Neutrality in that setting is legal fiction.

about 6 months ago

New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

dagarath wow (253 comments)

Good news for mice of the world!

about 6 months ago

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

dagarath Passwords are ripe for disruption. (280 comments)

The basic problem is that passwords are obsolete. The average person's ability to remember a password has been exceeded by the computational capacity of modern computers / gpu's. It's time to move on to some new authentication technology.

about 6 months ago

Can Microsoft Survive If Windows Doesn't Dominate?

dagarath Re:People really believe this about tablets? (497 comments)

And the other issue is that for basic tasks - web browser, email, chat, basic word processor, the 10 year old windows xp machines still work fine. There's been no compelling need for the basic consumer to upgrade a pc in quite awhile. The PC churn is over, hardware is and has been advanced enough not to need replacement every 2 years for a low end user. (Pentium 4 was introduced in 2000, Core 2 in 2006).

about a year and a half ago

So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

dagarath Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

Depends on the size of the business. A large mega corporation would have no problem with that type of redundancy. A 10 person small business is a totally different beast.

about a year and a half ago

IBM Models Human Blood System To Build Solar Power Prototype

dagarath Re:Not cost competitive (87 comments)

Perhaps they can find a way to store the heat energy for use during darkness.

(I guess the blood system analogy reads better than just saying they made a radiator.)

about 2 years ago

Most Doctors Don't Think Patients Need Full Access To Med Records

dagarath People already have access. (659 comments)

It's already law in the US that patients can have access (and copies) to their own records. The survey was about electronic access to electronic records. There would be a legitimate concern if you allow patients to add information into the doctor's record without any supervision or oversight. There are services that allow individuals to compile and maintain their own records already. And only 4% said no access... 96% said access of some type.. probably with need for explanation of how this would work in practice.

So, physician's don't want patients entering data, altering data, deleting data from the physician's electronic record.. yea that's newsworthy.

about 2 years ago

Computers Shown To Be Better Than Docs At Diagnosing, Prescribing Treatment

dagarath Re:Not what doctors want to hear (198 comments)

The FDA already has authority over software systems that would be used in patient care. Likely a major reason this area isn't moving forward very fast. A good area for development, but not to a practical stage yet.

about 2 years ago

Preparing For Life After the PC

dagarath Re:Dirt cheap? (636 comments)

Reimplementation costs more $$$ than keeping a pc on the desktop. Business PC's aren't as cheap as the home systems anyway.

more than 2 years ago

Mobile 'Remote Wipe' Thwarts Secret Service

dagarath What information is not available elsewhere? (383 comments)

What information are they really going to get from a phone that they can't get somewhere else?

Call history is going to be available from the carrier. Message history from the carrier. Email is stored on a server somewhere. All those cloud apps are on a server somewhere. And if you've got a wipe function for your phone.. isn't it likely you have a backup of your phone somewhere.. that could be retrieved for analysis?

more than 4 years ago

How To Teach a 12-Year-Old To Program?

dagarath Smallbasic project from MS (799 comments)

Work through the included PDF document examples, it basically does what the old qbasic provided, a quick IDE / interpreter and easy access to some text functions ( for the classic 'Hello World' and then easy access to some graphical drawing functions, even includes a turtle).


more than 5 years ago

Bratz Dolls May Give Young Girls Unrealistic Expectations Of Head Size

dagarath so? (24 comments)

And plastic surgery is giving young girls appropriate expectations for any number of body parts?

more than 5 years ago

How To Help Our Public Schools With Technology?

dagarath Re:Stay out of it. (378 comments)

And if the public never gets involved with the school systems that will never change.

more than 6 years ago


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