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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re: Bitrot not the fault of filesystem (396 comments)

Even with just checksums, knowing that there is corruption means knowing to restore from backups. And in the consumer space most people have plenty of space to keep parity if it comes to that.

about a month and a half ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Good backups aren't enough (396 comments)

Good backups aren't enough. If the filesystem isn't flagging corruption as it happens, the backup software will happily back up your corrupted data over and over until the last backup which has the valid file in it has expired or become unrecoverable itself.

about a month and a half ago
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Alcatel-Lucent To Cut 10,000 Workers, Calls It "Shift Plan"

jmitchel!jmitchel.co The dream of the Nineties (75 comments)

(Alcatel-)Lucent involved in a new massive layoff? It's another 90s revival. The scars never quite healed from starting my career there in the 90s.

about 10 months ago
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Why PC Sales Are Declining

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re: Written by a non-cat-owner (564 comments)

My old boss used to kill his laptops with a glass of wine every year or so. So far my cats have yet to fully kill a computer (though they did zap a motherboard with static electricity once).

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re:Focus follows mouse, for fucks sake (965 comments)

MondoMouse only claims to support 10.5 and 10.6. Non starter.

And I haven't heard of any third party mouse drivers supporting FFM. Could you point me to one, so that I can buy that mouse?

about a year ago
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High Tech Vending Machines Transform IT Support At Facebook

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re:A cheaper, old school way (210 comments)

No. The employee's lost time and productivity of an employee dealing with a broken device will almost certainly cost the company more than just replacing the device promptly, without any fussing. A new standard keyboard or mouse is on the order of $20. I'd imagine that the cost to a Silicon Valley tech company of having an employee with a broken keyboard for the day, or away from his/her desk fetching a new keyboard is on the order of $50-$100. No brainer.

about a year ago
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Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re:Is it just me? (580 comments)

There are lots of these magic ways to make gas (bio waste to gas for instance) that actually work in a pilot plant. In mass production...

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Let's see if I can remember (867 comments)

OS History Roughly
MS/DOS 3, MacOS 6, CP/M -> MS Xenix (On a TRS/80 Model 2 modded to 16b specs) -> Minix -> SLS -> MCC (IIRC) -> Slackware -> Red Hat -> Mandrake -> Debian -> Gentoo -> Ubuntu -> Windows Xp, Windows 7, MacOS X

With occasional excursions to BSD/386, NetBSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD choking due to unsupported or fussy hardware, and later discarded due to a userspace that made Linux feel full featured and easy. And probably a few other visits to Debian along the way.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re:Only one you need (867 comments)

Getting pretty close to the root there. I think I started on SLS, but went to MCC because I wanted something that wasn't so bloaty.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re:Why limit this to Linux? (867 comments)

Yes, but what OS on the TRS 80? For that matter what TRS 80? 'Cause you got TRS DOS (IIRC), CP/M, Xenix, and maybe a couple other OSish options, on hardware that at times was barely related.

about 2 years ago
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Meet Two Security Researchers Apple Hates (Video)

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Hate? (146 comments)

Is there evidence that Apple actually hates them? Or is this more like those side bar ads:

Astronomers Hate Her. Housewife discovers 10 secrets for firm abs.

about 2 years ago
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Best Buy Chairman and Founder Resigns Ahead of Schedule

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re:I don't go to Fry's often due to their return p (322 comments)

I got a broken case about six years ago. When that couldn't be returned I vowed, and stuck to never shopping there again.

more than 2 years ago
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Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re:Not everywhere (618 comments)

Well, at least I'll have my memories of Chicago winter to keep me warm after I move there next week. It's way warmer than Seattle is cold right now.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Companies That Force Employees To Join Social Networks?

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re:Why not? (364 comments)

True. And also true that I don't do or say anything much that would be substantially offensive. But keeping my private life apart from my work life is something that I do value. And even if I didn't value it, the problem isn't nearly so much the employer as the employer's customers. I've quite deliberately not friended even my friends at work, because that's a social network that could easily expand to a lot of people in front of whom I have an obligation to behave with a modicum of professionalism.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Companies That Force Employees To Join Social Networks?

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re:Why not? (364 comments)

j(.*)mitchel(.*) is a common name, located in a large city.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Companies That Force Employees To Join Social Networks?

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Why not? (364 comments)

Why would I have any problem working for a company that forced me to join a social network? I wouldn't join with the same profile that I used personally. I would keep my business activities with the site strictly segregated from my personal persona (if any). But if the cost of losing your privacy as an employee to a google or a Facebook accrues almost entirely to your employer, not to you.

more than 2 years ago
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Red Hat's Linux Changes Raise New Questions

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re:One of the advantages of Linux (433 comments)

What could cause the corruption:
Cosmic rays, Bad sectors, Weird bugs

Why is this a problem:
"Unless it is very carefully done, this kind of format could lose a lot of logging data as the result of a relatively small corruption"
  (http://lwn.net/Articles/467892/)

more than 2 years ago
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Red Hat's Linux Changes Raise New Questions

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re:One of the advantages of Linux (433 comments)

You can script mysql databases, assuming the data files are intact, mysql is intact and runs on the server, and you have functioning tools and the skill to use them. ASCII logfiles will be readable in spite of spot corruption and can be processed with grep / head / tail -- if these primitives don't work it probably doesn't matter what's in the log.

more than 2 years ago
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Red Hat's Linux Changes Raise New Questions

jmitchel!jmitchel.co Re:Are Linux Fans Really About Innovation? (433 comments)

The wise professional is intensely mistrustful of innovation. Innovation introduces new failure modes and deprecates tested methods and experience. Innovation is always born half baked, unreliable and unsupported. By the time all the problems are solved with a given innovation, it's design will typically prove to be just as compromised and unsexy as its predecessor - and then the cycle of "innovation" repeats. Some innovations have sufficient value to overcome their costs - many don't.

And who said that OSS was about innovation?

more than 2 years ago

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