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Comment: Re:Ashes to Ashes ... (Score 1) 216

by AmiMoJo (#47914363) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Tape is not very good for long term backups. The tapes degrade with use when you test them periodically. The drives fail and are expensive to replace. Recovery options are limited. You need to have the same backup software you used to create the tape, which is fine for Unix but an issue on other operating systems.

Bluray is a better option outside of a corporate environment. The drives are cheap and likely to be easily available for a very long time (modern drives still read CDs from the 80s). You can make video discs for non technical people, or just throw the files on as most media players can cope these days.

Comment: Re:Offsite. (Score 1) 216

by AmiMoJo (#47914251) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

I don't think any manufacturer warranties data at all. The drive might be replaced if it fails but you are on your own for the data.

If you can't be bothered with the effort required to keep checking backups just make multiple copies on different manufacturer's bluray archival media and distribute them. Check one copy yourself every year and keep some par2 files around. It's not bank grade but adequate for most people.

Comment: Re:BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artis (Score 2) 554

We already know that new artists do well from free distribution of their work. From Metallica back in the days of bootleg tapes of their gigs, to modern artists who get started on YouTube and social media. We already know that established acts aren't significantly harmed by piracy either, and this just confirms that in a high profile way.

Artists have always needed to give their music away for free. The money they get from radio play is a fraction of the pittance they get from CD sales, but it's an essential marketing tool. If they don't give it away for free no-one will hear it and no-one will buy it, simple as that.

Comment: Re:I've been on data roaming since last Monday... (Score 1) 554

Well intended spam would be a polite message offering you the album.

Spam wastes your resources and your time. Fortunately most spam is small and easily filtered so the impact isn't too bad. In this case it's tens of megabytes, and even on a home wifi connection that will cost some people money. It wastes space on your device too.

Comment: Re:First world problems. (Score 1) 554

You must love all those free magazines and catalogues that come through your letterbox. Why wouldn't anyone want bandwidth wasting spam in their inbox?

Let's hope this sets a precedent and Apple regularly fills your music library with free stuff you didn't want. It's no bother to just scroll past it, or hide each track individually each time, right?

Comment: Re:Again? (Score 3, Interesting) 183

by AmiMoJo (#47907319) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

It is a very dangerous game for the NSA to play. Presumably Snowden, being an intelligent guy, kept copies of those emails he said he wrote and will be able to produce them one day. Maybe he is still hoping to return to the US for a trial where he will enter them as evidence, or maybe he will just give up on the US entirely and put them out to defend his reputation.

Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 1) 554

People with "download new purchases automatically" switched on aren't forced into it by Apple, it's a user preference.

That's like saying you can avoid junk mail by simply not having a mail box. Someone is taking advantage of something you installed for your own convenience, wasting your resources. What about people who are on metered connections, can they claim any fees back from Apple for the tens of megabytes of spam forced on them?

Comment: Re:it's over: the media (in the US) have moved on. (Score 1) 231

We have known for a long time that the war won't be won by convincing governments to behave and hold those responsible accountable. We have to fix the internet by making it secure and mass surveillance too expensive or impractical. As long as engineers pay attention there is still hope.

What worries me is that Der Spiegel contacted the victims and they said they couldn't find any problems. Maybe GCHQ/NSA backed off, knowing they were likely to be discovered now. Maybe they just couldn't find the bugged hardware. Maybe they were told to deny it by the spies or their PR departments. Only one of those three possibilities offers much hope.

Comment: Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (Score 2) 126

by AmiMoJo (#47906627) Attached to: Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Mozilla have not paid enough attention to the things that make Firefox unique. The add-on API has been neglected and many useful ones no longer work and the authors have no intention of updating them. Why don't Mozilla adopt and fix the popular ones? Why not clean up and improve the APIs to offer a bit of security?

Unique features like tab groups have been abandoned, and I think that particular one is slated to go away at some point. They say no-one uses it but that's because no-one knows it's there. Performance sucks too and it hasn't improved like everything else.

There are no compelling reasons to use Firefox any more, except for a few unusual cases like Tor and obscure add-ons.

Comment: Re:it's means it is (Score 1) 129

by AmiMoJo (#47906555) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

This is an interesting development because it shows that 3D printed parts are viable for use in a car. They have come a long way already from the early days of low quality and high fragility.

Eventually it's inevitable that you will be able to print a large part of a car. Printers will improve and use more materials, and companies will offer chassis with the motors and battery pack fitted ready for a custom body. Lawsuits will start to fly over copyright infringement. In fact, I saw on TV that one Japanese manufacturer (Mazda I think) makes a Japan only model with replaceable body panels already.

Eventually someone will invent a replicator and then the price of a Ferrari will drop to near zero because everyone has one.

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