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Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

sribe Re:If you believe this (119 comments)

Encrypt locally and send the data encrypted to backup.

But then you cannot make the data available to the user through web-based apps...

yesterday
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

sribe big words... (105 comments)

So when was the antepenultimate blog post???

yesterday
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

sribe Re:Idiots ... (172 comments)

If your service is good and it's what people want, you will survive. If it isn't, and people go elsewhere ... too damned bad. If I was dealing with a company, and their competitor made them stop providing me service, there is no way in hell I'd go with the competitor, since they effectively blocked me from getting the service I do want.

True story from small town Colorado: the tiny local cable service wasn't great, somebody with a satellite TV franchise got the bright idea to buy out the cable company and shut it down. And went out of business because no one would sign up for his satellite service after he pulled that stunt. (Didn't help that someone else got a franchise for the *other* satellite service and could market himself as "not the asshole who shut down cable service!)

2 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

sribe article got the basics wrong (608 comments)

The only way to make the U2 album go away is to go to your Mac or PC and hide all of your "iTunes in the Cloud" purchases, or to use iTunes to manually hide each track from your purchased items list.

Incorrect. In iTunes there's a prominent "X" displayed on the upper right corner of the album. Click it. The album is gone.

4 days ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

sribe Re:Unfamiliar (366 comments)

Even that isn't such a big deal, since it is so easy to clone the whole pool to another one.

And that right there, I think, sums up nicely the limitation with ZFS re expansion. ZFS is not intended for users whole can't buy a pile of new disks in order to expand, users who want to expand by adding a single disk are just not its intended audience.

I very much appreciated that ability with Synology's "Hybrid" RAID while I was using that device, but in the end I'll gladly trade it for ZFS's attention to data integrity.

about a week ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

sribe Yay for me! (366 comments)

Hey, I'm the guy who got modded +5 funny for replying to the 8/10TB disk announcement with "of course they did, I ordered 6TB drives 2 hours ago". Well, I switched my home NAS over to ZFS last month. So, yay for me, for once I'm ahead in at least some minimal sense or other!

Seriously though, I have found ZFS to be a damned good solution so far. (FYI, CentOS, Core i5, 4GB, 6x4TB with 2-disk parity, 2 eSATA -> port multipliers...) I really don't think I will ever deploy hardware RAID again.

about a week ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

sribe Re:Unfamiliar (366 comments)

One correction, the RAM overhead is only intense if you use deduplication.

One different perspective, it doesn't like hardware RAID, and neither should anybody else at this point. (Yeah, I still have hardware RAID in the field.) With ZFS, you will never have the experience of the replacement RAID controller having a different firmware version and not recognizing your disks. With ZFS, you will never get data corruption from a "write hole". With ZFS, it's actually documented as to wtf the RAID is doing in terms of disk layout.

One nitpick, expandability does kind of suck compared to some other RAID schemes, but most RAID levels you CANNOT just "easily toss a new disk in there and expand"--that ability is limited in most RAID schemes. ZFS is in the middle, more easily expandable than some, but definitely not as good as the easiest.

about a week ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

sribe Re:How quickly will they run back to Oracle? (198 comments)

They are expecting cost savings due to not paying Oracle licenses, so that strongly implies that there will no longer have any data to be queried in Oracle.

Maybe. Or maybe they are reducing their Oracle licensing costs to the minimum actually needed. Or maybe they will move the more traditionally-structured kinds of data to PostgreSQL in a later update.

The NoSQL solution they are moving to, Riak, is a key-value store that can to full text searches. It is very unlikely to scale when performing full text searches of millions of very long text documents.

Agreed. Where I do not completely agree with you is that the devs responsible for the NHS system are clueless enough to rush into an ill-advised transition that will not scale to their needs. I suspect that they're well aware of both the advantages and disadvantages of the software they just adopted, and will in fact NOT try to use it inappropriately.

about two weeks ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

sribe Re:How quickly will they run back to Oracle? (198 comments)

And that's totally ignoring how it becomes damn near impossible effectively query NoSQL databases. Sorry, writing complex queries in some imperative subset of JavaScript is totally the wrong way of doing things. Intentionally not learning SQL takes more effort than learning how to use it!

Maybe you missed the key phrase in the summary: "non-clinical information". In other words, the structured data that needs to be queried is still in Oracle, or at least that's how I read it.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

sribe Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

And the bluetooth headphone that speaks caller ID means that a watch device where your wrist has to stay easily bareable just seems stupid, because you already (should) have the headphone. Right?

No, actually I don't have a headset. If I were on the phone more, I probably would. But in my case, I need to be available for emergencies, but I'm not really on the phone much at all during the day.

In that sense, I realize that I may be very unusual, thus your point is a good one when talking about the general market.

about two weeks ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

sribe well of course they did! (296 comments)

I ordered 6TB drives 3 hours ago...

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

sribe Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

Seriously, if you feel you must have your phone with you while actually on the slope, then you don't understand the concept of "time off". If your clients feel they are so important that not getting back to them in an hour or two will cost you their business, then you are even worse off than someone living paycheck to paycheck.

Seriously, the fact that I can ski Wed - Fri nearly every week all season long, is great ;-)

Seriously, the fact that they don't even need to know what my schedule is, is great ;-)

Seriously, I've taken on some important obligations wrt supporting systems that are important to patient care, and I really need to be available during normal working hours. As far as my clients thinking they're so important, well, it's me that thinks that, not them ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

sribe Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

I don't know about that. I see the argument, but, the whole "I'll just pull my phone out of my pocket" argument seems to me like it might only be accurate 90% of the time, for nearly everybody. So, how many people will buy it for that 10% of the time?

For instance, when I'm skiing mid-week but staying available for work such that clients don't even know... When my phone rings, just pulling it out of my pocket to check who's calling is actually kind of a pain in the ass--depending on temp and what gloves I'm wearing, sneaking a peek at my wrist is potentially much easier, and depending on what accessories come out, who knows, I might even be able to arrange to have it somewhere even easier to check...

Similar arguments might apply to running, cycling, rowing, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Found the Origin of the Ebola Outbreak

sribe Re:death rate could be higher in the end (86 comments)

Trying to figure out the mortality rate for a virus that's still making it's rounds seems premature.

Especially when the reaction of many who are exposed is to run, and hide from medical treatment...

about three weeks ago
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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

sribe Re:Better Idea (64 comments)

Why not automatically scan the printed document and email it to the person?

Because, you fucking idiot, there would be point in doing that unless you could put it on a wooden table first.

Thank you folks, I'll be here all week ;-)

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

sribe Re:I seem to remember... (275 comments)

Yes. They're using their profits from selling their support product to fund development of their free operating system.

No. Those are not anywhere close to being different markets.

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

sribe Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

Reliable statistics are of course very hard to come by. And I think you are indeed thinking of minors where it's family member or neighbor. So, while I think there are studies that back up the point about date rapes being perpetrated by serial offenders who work to become acquaintances, I cannot recall sources. I can however vouch for what friends say after spending a few years working in crisis counseling and talking to victims...

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

sribe Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

Acquaintance rape seems like an unplanned thing that happens over alcohol.

While this is the stereotype, the truth is that normal acquaintances are not rapists, and rapists often stalk their victims, becoming their acquaintances, testing boundaries, and then attacking.

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

sribe Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

I couldn't. Because there's something uniquely shitty about disabling and taking advantage of someone who's already going on a date with you. They went out of their way to spend time with you, and you just go "not good enough" and betray the hell out of them.

While that is uniquely shitty, it's not all that "date rape" drugs are used for. It's not at all uncommon for them to be used on strangers at a bar.

about three weeks ago

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