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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

sdo1 Re:Hmmm... (983 comments)

Which, if it takes about 1 minute to load each one, it will take you a mere 243 years to do the backup.

about 7 months ago
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Mitigating Password Re-Use From the Other End

sdo1 Lastpass (211 comments)

I don't know why more people don't use solutions like Lastpass. I have one very long and difficult to guess password (but easy for me to remember), and every site I visit has a unique psudo-random gibberish password. If a site does something really stupid like store passwords of their users in plaintext, a breach will only allow access to that site since that password is used nowhere else. This method is impervious to dictionary attacks, hash-table lookups, etc. It's a tiny bit of an inconvenience, but it's very secure and I don't have to worry about breaches like this at all.

-S

about a year and a half ago
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For Jane's, Gustav Weißkopf's 1901 Liftoff Displaces Wright Bros.

sdo1 That's not flying.... (267 comments)

... it's falling. With style.

-S

about a year and a half ago
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Six-Strikes System Starts In U.S.

sdo1 ISP's = Cable companies = Content providers (418 comments)

They're either the same companies (Time-Warner cable), or they're in cahoots (Verizon with their NFL deals, Comcast with their sports networks).

At a minimum, they ask you to pay for things (HBO comes to mind) that you could, admittedly illegally, torrent. They make more off of your cable subscription than they would for just the raw bits for you to take what you want.

So it should come as no surprise that they're willing to sign up for this.

-S

about a year and a half ago
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Motorola Wants 2.25% of Microsoft's Surface Revenue

sdo1 No need to get the lawyers involved.... (278 comments)

Motorola Wants 2.25% of Microsoft's Surface Revenue

So give them a couple hundred bucks and be done with it...

-S

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Releases Windows 8

sdo1 Why? (403 comments)

Confession: I'm a Windows/PC user. Win 7 works fine for me. I use it at work. I use it a home. I can run pretty much anything I want on it. It's stable and mostly trouble free for me.

I've yet to see a single compelling reason to move to Windows 8 for desktop/laptop. Maybe it's OK for tablets? I don't know... I use Android and I'm happy with that. Is there *any* "ohhh... gotta have that" feature in Windows 8? Looks like a usability step backwards from Windows 7 to me. Am I missing something?

-S

about 2 years ago
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Obama and Romney Respond To ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire

sdo1 Climate change (608 comments)

Romney: "my best assessment of the data is that the world is getting warmer, that human activity contributes to that warming, and that policymakers should therefore consider the risk of negative consequences. However, there remains a lack of scientific consensus on the issue â" on the extent of the warming, the extent of the human contribution, and the severity of the risk"

No, Mitt. There really is no "lack of scientific consensus". Two years ago it was at 97% of scientists in agreement.

-S

more than 2 years ago
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Time Warner Cable Patents Method For Disabling Fast-Forward Function On DVRs

sdo1 d|i|g|i|t|a|l (298 comments)

I do not think d|i|g|i|t|a|l means what you think it means...

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030

sdo1 Re:So? (816 comments)

I've got friends, and I'm sure you do too... obsessive about recycling, shut off the water when brushing their teeth, drive small cars with good gas mileage (and/or take public transportation, ride their bikes), support "green" causes, eat organic foods, etc... I'm sure you know the type.

But then they go and spawn. Repeatedly. Have I published a peer-reviewed, formal study? No. But I personally know some of those people, and given the limited number of people I know compared to the population of the earth, it is safe to say that those people exist, and in fairly large numbers.

And while they seem to work tirelessly to "save the planet", the act of having in excess of 2.0 children serves to greatly defeat their environmentalist activities. And yet this fact seems to escape them...

-S

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030

sdo1 So? (816 comments)

Sounds like a self-correcting system to me. It's seen in nature all the time. It's just sad to me that we, as a species, are too stupid and stubborn to keep it from happening to ourselves.

I'll never understand so-called environmentalists who go out and have 5 or 6 kids. I can think of nothing quite so environmentally irresponsible...

-S

more than 2 years ago
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Smartphones More Dangerous Than Alcohol, When Driving

sdo1 Show me the actual accident data (358 comments)

Show me the massive increase in accidents and fatalities that have come along with the massive increase in cell phone usage. Then I'll believe there's a real correlation. The results of a controlled test designed to yield a certain result isn't useful data.

Here's the fatality list through 2009. It shows steady decreases in fatalities per mile driven.

http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx

Of course, that's 3 years old now, but still... there's been an increase in cell phone use through 2009, so if using a cell phone is as dangerous as drunk driving, I'd expect to see a big increase in the fatality rate, not a decrease.

And here's another flawed study (2010)... http://www.nsc.org/Pages/NSCestimates16millioncrashescausedbydriversusingcellphonesandtexting.aspx

They estimate that 25% of crashes involve the use of cell phones. Based on that, I would expect accident rates to increase (to a degree) along with cell phone usage. But they don't. Many states have banned cell phone use by drivers. In those states, shouldn't see a big decrease in accidents? Do we? I doubt it.

-S

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Science Sights To See?

sdo1 The Geek Atlas (363 comments)

Get this book... it's very good.

http://www.geekatlas.com/

You may also know the author, John Graham-Cumming, as the guy who got the British government to apologize for their persecution of Alan Turing.

-S

more than 2 years ago
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HP Investigates Android TouchPads Delivered With Android

sdo1 More likely... (86 comments)

It's more likely (or at least possibly) a case of "let's see if we can get HP to cough up their Android code for the Touchpad". Step 1: Claim HP shipped Touchpads with Android. Step 2: Tell HP that this obligates them to share the code. Step 3: Hope HP complies.

about 3 years ago
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Clinton Calls For "Ground Rules" Protecting Internet

sdo1 Talk to your boss (205 comments)

Hillary,

Talk to your boss and let him know that a "kill switch" is a bad idea.

Thanks,
The Internet

more than 3 years ago
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Journal Article On Precognition Sparks Outrage

sdo1 Extraordinary claims... (319 comments)

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof." - Marcello Truzzi

more than 3 years ago
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Backscatter X-Ray Machines Easily Fooled

sdo1 It's theater... (342 comments)

Not to sound like a broken record (does that phase mean anything to people or did I just show my age), but I'm not sure why this surprises anyone. It's not about security. It's about security theater. And until the TSA fundamentally changes the way they do things, it always will be.

more than 3 years ago
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FCC Investigating Google Street View Wi-Fi Data Collection

sdo1 Pick a different target (122 comments)

There's *actual* crime happening every minute of every day online and this is the target the FCC is wasting its time and resources on?

Come on. Google effed up. They admitted they effed up. There's absolutely no evidence that Google did anything or was planning to do anything with this data and all available evidence points to a mistake rather than anything "evil". And besides, if you don't want your data sniffed, THEN ENCRYPT YOUR STUPID WI-FI CONNECTION!

Please FCC... we pay your salaries. Go after some actual fraud attempts rather than wasting your time (and my tax dollars) on this.

-S

more than 3 years ago

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