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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

rthille Re:Meaningless (155 comments)

Well, there was a google paper about drive failures a few years back, but I don't think they named names...

yesterday
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

rthille Re:But but but (315 comments)

There is. Free/Cheap energy in the form of fusion, or very cheap solar panels.
With that, you could desalinate sea water.

yesterday
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

rthille Re:Naming (161 comments)

I read that somewhere.

I wrote it down, then I read it.

about two weeks ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

rthille Re:HDD endurance? (125 comments)

Partly it depends on whether you care about being able to write a certain amount of data, or rewrite the blocks the same number of times...

Most consumers of hard-drive services care about how much data they can safely store and retrieve and the speed & cost of the device, not how many times they can rewrite a flash block before it fails...

about two weeks ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

rthille Re:HDD endurance? (125 comments)

Sequential I/O with big write sizes can be pretty fast (~180MB/s) on modern large drives. SSDs can be ~4x that, so the tests would only take ~4x as long for similar data sizes.

about two weeks ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

rthille Re:If it helps: (88 comments)

What friends? I'm a programmer, damn it!

about three weeks ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

rthille Re: DMCA (Defamation) (245 comments)

The headline is wrong. The ISP is removing the mail server's announcement that it supports STARTTLS, and your mail client/server sends your email unencrypted.
The solution to that is using SMTPS on 465, where encryption is presumed, not negotiated. But that was deprecated soon after the RFC came out in favor of TLS. It's almost like someone was thinking ahead and wanted the internet to be less secure:
http://cr.yp.to/talks/2014.10....

about a month ago
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Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

rthille Re:One of the features is "always on" (129 comments)

> Will it start reminding us to wash hands — if it hears flushing, but not running water in the sink?
That would be awesome! It'd save me yelling it at my GF's two boys (9 & 12)...

about a month and a half ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

rthille Re:Reliability (209 comments)

In 50 years you never had a bulb fail? I'm skeptical...

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

rthille Re:don't use biometrics (328 comments)

You really think that the data is gone when you select 'delete' in the app?

about a month and a half ago
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Smart Meters and New IoT Devices Cause Serious Concern

rthille Re:in Soviet Russia, TV watches you! (168 comments)

It couldn't get on my network without my hard-to-crack wifi password.
But it could secretly join some neighbors' open wifi, or an xfinity wifi, or...

about a month and a half ago
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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

rthille Re:Why so high? (223 comments)

I took "didn't have physical connectivity to the DB" to mean that they used Wi-Fi for extra security :-)

about 2 months ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

rthille Re:It helps to actually use the thing. (296 comments)

Actually, prior to just recently the cheapest mac mini was $599. I forget exactly when it jumped up to $599 from the earlier (initial?) $499

about 2 months ago
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

rthille Re:USB Device Recommendation (121 comments)

Note that you need a new NEO, and you (for good security reasons) can't update the firmware on your old NEO to do FIDO U2F.
Or at least I couldn't get mine to work, and AFAICT from reading their announcements that's the case.

about 2 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

rthille Re:symbols, caps, numbers (549 comments)

Divorce? That worked for me... :-)

about 2 months ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

rthille I don't want NFC for payments... (336 comments)

I want it for external encryption, with my Yubikey Neo. Until that works, I'm unlikely to upgrade from my 4S.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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rthille rthille writes  |  more than 8 years ago

rthille writes "The big news from Apple was just iPod & iTunes related. Still no video iPod, but you can buy movies from the iTunes Media Store."

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Doing it again...

rthille rthille writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Once again I'm training to run a Marathon and raising money to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in their fight against blood cancers. If anyone has followed tomhudson's advice and sold their house at the peak or otherwise has some cash and the need for a tax deduction, you can donate here: http://robert.thille.org/Donate/

For more information about what I'm doing and why, see here: http://robert.thille.org/Recreation/TNT/

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What would you record?

rthille rthille writes  |  about 8 years ago

I've thought about the increasing amount of data I'm amassing over time about my life: CC receipts, GPS way-points, photos, etc. If you could wear or have a device implanted, and you could "magically" completely control who had access to the data, what data would you choose to record about yourself and your surroundings?

A basic list to start:
GPS location (would additionally need inertial for underground/water/inside)
Body Temperature and other physical/medical stats
Calories consumed/expended
Other humans/animals nearby
Clothing worn
Images of surroundings
Thoughts?

Eventually, most/all of this would be possible to record. What would you _want_ recorded? What would you most be afraid of others having access to?

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