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Happy World Backup Day

phase_9 Amazon Glacier for cheap offsite. (154 comments)

Amazon Glacier has really changed my backup strategy since this time last year - I now push all my own, generated content (ie: pictures, documents, things I could never get back if I lost everything) up to Glacier using the free Windows client, Fast Glacier. In February I was charged $0.13 by Amazon for storing ~8Gb of data. I tend to push new content up as and when I create it (for example, after I process holiday snaps, or get back from a day out).

Day to day file changes are now handled by Windows 8's File History feature where my changes are pushed to a small NAS (Dlink DNS-320) in my shed (technically off site?) over a Homeplug AV ethernet link. For added security I use the legacy Windows Backup application (still present in Windows 8) to create ~ monthly snapshots of the system which I store on a 320Gb external HDD. This drive is one of two which go back and forth between my parents house each time I got and visit. These disks are encrypted using Microsoft Bitlocker drive encryption.

I should get around to properly encrypting my NAS in the shed, I've been looking at encfs.

about a year and a half ago
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Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

phase_9 My own personal hell. (303 comments)

All fun and games until the guy in front decides to fully recline and you no longer have space to open your laptop. Aside from the usual 'hackathon' merits and drawbacks (personally, I'm not a fan of working flat out over my weekends); why on earth would you want to do this on a plane, in a noisy, cramped environment where you get to breathe in the same recycled air for 9 hours of pure mystery... I mean "fun".

about a year and a half ago
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UK License Plate Cameras Have "Gaps In Coverage"

phase_9 Re:tick tock (283 comments)

I never said little residential backroads should be 65 nor did my statements imply it.

No, but your argument was situational awareness, driving skill and vehicle condition prevents accidents - totally omitting 'reducing speed' from the list. It was the 'driving skill' point that made me post a reply to your comment as it's this kind of 'boy racer' attitude which causes so many deaths.

On a road where 25 is truly justified, people will still die at 15. That road needs a major overhaul ... someone's idiot kid gets killed because he didn't look both ways before crossing

This is exactly the reason why speed limits exist and why drivers should not arbitrarily exceed them (whether or not they believe they are skilled enough to do so). Express ways do not have side-walks for a reason; and by the same token, quiet suburban streets are lined with trees - there are places were pedestrians are expected to be, that's all part of the situational awareness. You appear to be trying to attribute the blame onto 'idiot' pedestrians which I find disheartening - should you ever have a fatal road traffic accident and have the weight of some 'idiot kid's' life on your conscience you may re-consider this attitude. Driving is a means of transports, getting from A to B, not some kind of mindless thrill which the killjoys are trying to erode.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?

phase_9 Playstation 3 + PlayTV (479 comments)

Probably not the most popular answer on Slashdot, and only available to those of us in Europe and Australia; but a Sony Playstation 3 coupled with the Play TV USB TV Tuner addon and PS3 Media Server (an open source DLNA server) makes for one of the best "all-in-one" media center solutions available. A quick rundown of the combined features:

  • Watch and record live TV
  • Stream MKV, MP4, DivX over your home network
  • Lovefilm and Netflix, iPlayer, iTV Player, 4oD all as integrated apps
  • Solid Bluetooth remote control
  • BluRay player (not terribly useful to me...)

Not bad for around £200 - oh and it plays games.

more than 2 years ago
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Robo-Gunsight System Makes Sniper's Life Easier

phase_9 Why not just deploy a Robot to take the shot? (265 comments)

In all seriousness; how long until the military just deploys (via parachute drop, or soldier) robots into decent vantage points and then just get them to identify targets and have a remote operator push the button... scary stuff.

more than 3 years ago
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"Accidental" Download Sending 22-Year-Old Man To Prison

phase_9 Call the FBI? (1127 comments)

"Oh HAI, I just downloaded some kiddie pron... by mistake of course you understand"
yeah, I can see that one working out well...

more than 4 years ago
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HP's Free Adobe Flash Vulnerability Scanner

phase_9 Re:Youtube (82 comments)

I ran this app on my own Flash App (http://moshimonsters.com/) and it produced a plethora of "Vulnerabilities" - and really dangerous ones too like "Interesting Variable Name" (a variable named "masterList") and "Possible userdata information" (a constant named "LOGGED_IN")... To be honest this seems like a lot of FUD being generated by HP - I mean just go look at the dailyWTF and you'll see programmers butting SQL statements in javascript! Still, I must give credit where it's due and thank HP for providing one of the most thorough SWF decompilers I have seen for free.

more than 5 years ago
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HP's Free Adobe Flash Vulnerability Scanner

phase_9 Re:The decompiler (82 comments)

It's not the exact same code, but it's pretty damn close - nice to see all my Log.debug(); messages make it through in the decompilation stage...

more than 5 years ago
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How Facebook Stores Billions of Photos

phase_9 Very interesting (154 comments)

Fascinating Presentation for those of you who actually bother to watch the Hour or so of content.

more than 6 years ago

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phase_9 phase_9 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

phase_9 writes "The latest version of Mozilla Thunderbird may still only be in beta but already the user community have started creating an extensive set of viable Exhchange killers. One such example is the latest mashup between Thunderbird and Google Calendars, providing bi-directional syncing of calendar information from both the client and internet. How long will it be before open-source software can provide a complete, accessible office suite for a fraction of the cost that Microsoft current impose?"

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