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Comment: What's wrong with the cloud? (Score 1) 251

by Andurian (#48916419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
I know you said you don't want them in the cloud, but why not? Well encrypted files are quite unlikely to be in danger of decryption, and storing them on multiple cloud servers, where data loss is an existential threat to the companies maintaining them, seems an overwhelmingly successful strategy for ensuring the survival of the data.

Comment: Investigation is a good thing (Score 1) 556

by Andurian (#48634813) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

I'm glad the FBI is investigating. They don't know whether alleged threats and harassment are *real* threats and harassment without investigating. Since there have been allegations on both sides, hopefully they investigate both sides. And hopefully those who made false accusations will be prosecuted along with those who made real threats. We shouldn't put up with threats, harassment, or dishonest allegations of crimes. And I trust the FBI won't just be reading message boards and MSNBC articles in their investigation.

I expect, however, that when prosecutions start one or both sides will start whining.

Comment: Re:XBMC Finally? (Score 1) 140

by Andurian (#48564701) Attached to: $35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

This well reviewed media box uses the same processor and GPU*

*The media box simply lists the 450, and the Odroid specifies it's dual core 450. Since the 450 can have up to 8 cores, the media box could have more than the Odroid, but you'd think they'd mention that in the marketing, and they don't.

Comment: Not a great idea, I think. (Score 1) 48

by Andurian (#47831953) Attached to: Intel Unveils MICA "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" Smart Bracelet
A watch may be a fashion accessory, but it is mostly exempt from the expectation that it match with the rest of one's wardrobe. That stems from the days when watches were just too expensive to wear matching watches with every outfit, even if you were well off. This, on the other hand, will only go with some outfits, and doesn't have an inherited exemption from expectations of matching in female wardrobes. And it's probably too expensive to buy three or four. They're pretty, I must admit, but a watch is a better idea.

Comment: Serious problem with the study (Score 1) 588

by Andurian (#47807223) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study
This study has a huge hole in it. It didn't regulate how many calories the participants took in. Which would be fine, it both groups took in the same amount of calories. But they didn't - the low fat group took in considerably more. So rather than show that low carb diet is superior to the low fat diet, it shows (*get ready to be amazed*) that eating more calories results in weight gain.

Comment: Re:What a stupid question (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by Andurian (#47791831) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?
"What food is good?" and "What's the best place to live?" aren't particularly part of the "news for nerds" paradigm. Questions about phone apps are. I don't know about Apple's store, but Google Play is absolutely abysmal when it comes to helping users find great apps. I think his question is fine, and on point.

Comment: Not so sure (Score 5, Interesting) 369

I'm anything but a conspiracy nut. I think we landed on the moon, that Oswald shot Kennedy, and that Icke is a con man. But the timing on this is seriously convenient. We want to attack ISIS, and *poof*, evidence suddenly shows up that ISIS has weapons of mass destruction. It's enough to make me consider making tinfoil hats.

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.