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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

dbraden Re:Shyeah, right. (275 comments)

You're absolutely right. Just a few weeks ago I decided to look into backing up my home storage to tape. The tapes themselves weren't terribly expensive, but the drives... couldn't believe what they cost. And it didn't look like eBay had any deals on them either (or, at least, not at prices I'm willing to pay).

I think $200-$250 would be a better price point, but I would certainly go for one at $300, even if it was an LTO-5 drive.

2 days ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

dbraden Re:So is it two or ten times tougher? (202 comments)

Interesting, I didn't realize Fixnum supported a base argument for to_s. Something new, everyday :)

5 days ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

dbraden Re:OH GOODY (202 comments)

An article I read about the sapphire producer claimed that the primary reason it wasn't used for the iPhone was that they simply couldn't get the yields needed to support the volume.

http://online.wsj.com/articles...

There's a paywall, but googling the title in a private window might get you a good link (worked for me).

5 days ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

dbraden Re:Packages can't be removed? (126 comments)

That's correct. It's in the "universe" repo, which is community maintained, so it's not Canonical's responsibility to keep it updated. It's up to the package maintainer(s) to back-port security fixes, and I don't think anyone has volunteered to take that on.

about a month ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

dbraden Re:Relative sizes (213 comments)

Nah, not at all. He was simultaneously writing a commentary on the effects of the new Common Core standards of teaching. ;)

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

dbraden Re:Not completely gone (236 comments)

Exactly. Or, maybe they received a bulk of requests, each for a specific piece of data.

about 2 months ago
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Book Review: Architecting the Cloud

dbraden Re:A headline that makes my glad to have (75 comments)

I love that add-on because I keep forgetting I have it installed, then, out of the blue, BAM!, a sentence no longer makes sense but is much more fun: "Hospitals now delivering babies in my butt, film at 11!".

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

dbraden Re:Keeping track.. (137 comments)

There's no need to install Ansible on the remote systems, only on the machine running the playbooks. All Ansible activity is run over SSH and has no remote dependencies.

about 3 months ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

dbraden Re:COBOL was better than JavaScript. (294 comments)

Also keep in mind that Eich was given only 4 days to create the language. I agree that things should have been fixed long ago, while the changes would have been less disruptive.

about 4 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

dbraden Re:That doesn't work (231 comments)

But you wouldn't need to re-write all of the flash memory if it is encrypted and the key is properly wiped. Without the key it might as well be random data. The trick would be to make sure that the original key isn't still lurking on one of the chips, but I'd like to think that people far smarter than me worked that part out.

about 5 months ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

dbraden Re:It's hard to keep the stories straight these da (547 comments)

I would agree with that. "Fabrication" was used in the article, and was probably a bit of a stretch. I have no idea if there was intent to deceive at the NOAA, and am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

about 5 months ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

dbraden Re:It's hard to keep the stories straight these da (547 comments)

I'm not familiar with Christopher Booker or his works (he might be full of shite the majority of the time, I just don't know), but it looks like he was right about the 1930s having the highest temp on record: NOAA Reinstates July 1936 As The Hottest Month On Record

I'm not a supporter or denier of "human-caused global warming/cooling/changing/whatever", I think people are a bit arrogant to think they have accurately modeled a system as complex as our planet's weather. To all of the fanatics on the subject, I say "tone it down, you don't know either". /shrug

about 5 months ago
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

dbraden Re:Welders make 150k??? (367 comments)

A buddy of mine was making more than that as a pipe welder. It's also very helpful if you're willing to travel.

about 7 months ago
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Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

dbraden Re:Firefox noticed for me (151 comments)

Same here, but using Firefox 28 on OSX, error message "Peer's Certificate has been revoked. (Error code: sec_error_revoked_certificate)".

about 7 months ago
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.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

dbraden Re:So no more .net redistributable? (217 comments)

Actually, that's not the case. As already mentioned by PhrostyMcByte above, here's the quote from Microsoft's FAQ:

apps will get deployed on end-user devices as fully self-contained natively compiled code (when .NET Native enters production), and will not have a dependency on the .NET Framework on the target device/machine.

Pretty cool in my book.

about 8 months ago
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43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

dbraden Re:But what does it taste like (187 comments)

I don't care who ya are, that's funny. If only I had mod points...

about 8 months ago

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