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Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

dltaylor Re:One number to breach them all (97 comments)

"I can only think the reason it hasn't been fixed is because fraud makes the banks money"

No, the reason is that the CTO/CFO/CIO/Cxo don't go to jail for criminal negligence.

2 days ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

dltaylor Re:Which is why (332 comments)

Then you're doing it wrong.

Everything that passes through wires outside of your building should be in a VPN, or equivalent. In reality, most of what passes through wires INSIDE your building should be in a VPN, too. Anything over WiFi is broadcast to the planet, and treat it as such.

2 days ago
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At 40, a person is ...

dltaylor took up snowboarding at 50 (202 comments)

I suppose that means that 40 is still too young to figure out what you want to do (besides sex, of course).

3 days ago
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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

dltaylor Re:Get off my lawn! (RTF rules) (31 comments)

I had to finally quit editing my resume in emacs, working on the raw text of an RTF document. To many companies have no clue what an RTF is, so I finally gave in and use LibreOffice to save it as a DOC.

4 days ago
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

dltaylor more useful than Intel's EEPROMs (100 comments)

There was a time when some of Intel's EEPROMs (1702As, IIRC, but, maybe, 2048s) were write/read-maybe. Seems some materials guy got a really good deal on some clay to make the ceramic carrier. Only problem was that the clay was radioactive enough for the emissions to change the stored data. Back in those days (1702s were only 256 BYTES), the storage cells weren't all that robust, so enough decay particles hitting the cells could flip them.

Think THAT didn't take a while to track down?

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

dltaylor these are WORM drives (219 comments)

Write Once Read Mostly

Shingled media is almost useless for random access, since rewriting a logical block means relocating its entire "shingle" strip somewhere else., then, at some other time, garbage-collecting the entire region and relocating the still-in-use blocks. You definitely want to run these "noatime", to prevent thrashing directory blocks, and they should probably have a new filesystem designed for them.

Some have tried tinkering with flash filesystems due to the "copy/invalidate/garbage collect" and the LBAs are gathered in some larger storage block in no particular order, and that storage block needs to be managed. Don't know if Seagate will tell us what the size of a erase block (a set of overlapping, concentric "shingles", which have to be collected as a group) really is, or if they'll even be a consistent size.

If you're streaming from them, you may hit "garbage collect" long access times, and I don't know what proprietary commands and settings may be available, if any, to tell the drive "now is a good time to do housekeeping".

As "archive media", shingled drives probably work OK, since that is a WROM application, but, personally, I would NOT use them on any existing file system.

about a week ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

dltaylor ecosystem outside of Apple (269 comments)

There is a lot of stuff out there (cars, gym equipment, for example) with connectors for the original iPods. Apple, being the %$#! they are, of course, changed those connectors, so newer Apple devices don't work with the existing ecosystem. There's an adapter for my 2004 car that works quite well with an older iPod, but nothing new. If I want to bring my library to that car, it must be in an older iPod (no USB port).

about two weeks ago
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Negative Online Reviews Are Not Defamation (At Least In Canada)

dltaylor Re:SLAPP in USofA (62 comments)

They don't have to "win". The legal fees will break most individuals in a contest against a corporation.

about two weeks ago
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Negative Online Reviews Are Not Defamation (At Least In Canada)

dltaylor SLAPP in USofA (62 comments)

In the USofA, it is very easy for a corporation (you know, our overlords) to file a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP). They have been used, for example, to punish those who "outed" falsely-labeled "organic" produce and protect at least one slaughterhouse from charges of animal cruelty (a bit wierd, but think of the difference between the "humane" killing methods of kosher and Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle") and poor sanitation.

about three weeks ago
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Music Publishers Sue Cox Communications Over Piracy

dltaylor Re:Block all BitTorrent traffic (187 comments)

Neither of the NetBSD 6.1.5 torrents I'm seeding (for the last several days) is "pirated". Torrents are an accepted distribution practice for a wide range of software.

about three weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

dltaylor sounds like IBM / Micropolis (189 comments)

IBM had used Micropolis drives back when 5MB was a common size. They insisted that Micropolis buy new production equipment to make the 40s in enough quantity to supply the projected PC demand, then IBM chose another vendor, leaving Micropolis with a lot of production capacity for which to pay, and no customer. Bye-Bye, Micropolis.

about three weeks ago
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About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

dltaylor developing countries, like the USofA (45 comments)

where the AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, ... warlords are protecting their turf and blocking access by rural Americans?

about a month ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

dltaylor Re:not the only, ... (236 comments)

There's not enough generating capacity within Southern California to power the entire grid when so much power is used to run air conditioning in 100+ F heat, and there's also not enough grid distribution to import power (plus they botched the last refit of the San Onofre reactor), since the generators would produce smog, and both of those things would cost money, reducing the shareholders' profits.

Yes, it is an accepted practice, approved by the utility-dominated "Public Utilities Commission".

Living in a multiunit complex (townhouse condominiums), I cannot put enough solar on the available space to operate even the A/C without the utility company. Perhaps, in a couple of years, the nanoscale photovoltaics will, finally, let me get a usable amount of power from garage-roof panels. That, at least, state law requires the association to approve.

about a month ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

dltaylor not the only, ... (236 comments)

The USofA is not the only country with abysmal mains, but I haven't lived or visited anywhere within it that noise, brownouts, skipped cycles, and total failure (I am actually in a "power outage group" for deliberate power-company shutoffs) aren't common enough to make a UPS necessary.

about a month ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

dltaylor 1920x1200 (330 comments)

Dell U2412M

Within the range of older video cards, although it has to scale the Ouya.

about a month ago
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Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit

dltaylor Alabama, Mississippi, ... (114 comments)

I've experienced supersaturated air in the US Southeast (not enough dust, ... for the moisture to condense).

How is blowing on money going to raise the ambient humidity in a way to which the bills could respond?

about a month ago
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Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands

dltaylor Re:really clean? (77 comments)

An NFC wristwatch could access the chips; it's not like NFC is supposed to be secure.

about a month ago
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Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands

dltaylor really clean? (77 comments)

Now you not only have to concern yourself with the personal sanitary habits of those with whom you shake hands, but whether they've "cleaned you out", as well.

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

dltaylor "/", not "\" (525 comments)

Below the UI, Windows really does understand '/' as a path separator, or, at least, it did when I used to write drivers and services for it.

about a month ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

dltaylor until TSA gets me, eventually (187 comments)

Given their entire organization's history of abuse, sexual perversion (starting with the "no undergarments" duck-walk of attractive women in a Washington stairwell, and the on-camera "office searches", continuing through the nudie scanners that weren't "supposed to" provide full images, but did, through the multiplicity of groping incidents, all with no punishment of the offenders), and general stupidity and malice, I have avoided airports and any other venue likely to be infested with TSA. Some time, though, I'll likely be forced by circumstances to risk it, and, inevitably, things will go badly.

about a month and a half ago

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Torchwood: Is rape acceptable?

dltaylor dltaylor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dltaylor (7510) writes "In the premier episode of "Torchwood", a "Doctor Who" spin-off from the BBC, one of the regular supporting characters, "Owen Harper" is shown to be a serial rapist, yet he receives no punishment, ironic comeuppance, or even approbation. He uses a "foreign" substance as a date-rape chemical to cause uncontrollable lust toward himself, on both a disinterested female and a hostile male, and the behavior is serial because he packs it to the pub, anticipating the chemical's effect. This is not a prank. Rape destroys lives. Picture yourself as either of the victims, unable to understand why you acted so completely outside of your normal character. There will be no sympathy or support from anyone, since you will be assumed to have been a willing participant, either trying to excuse yourself or having had your inhibitions reduced by a bit of alcohol. Has rape become such a common occurrence that it is now acceptable in the supposed "good guys" of television? If so, why should we cheer for our species in the "us vs. them"?"

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