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Comment: I'll make them wipe it. (Score 1) 316

If prompted to do this, I'd tell the wrong number and insist they're typing it in wrong. After they show me what they are typing, I'll remember that PIN was for something else and "remember" a new one. After 10 attempts, my device will wipe.

I keep a backup online and restoring is trivial once through customs.

I don't have anything criminal on my phone, but it is none of their business.

Comment: Re:confused (Score 1) 106

When Sirius and XM radio merged, there was such scrutiny to determine whether that was an unfair narrowing of competition -- for satellite radio entertainment for fucks sake. Yet 5 years before that, the field hardly even existed -- and that was not viewed as a lack of competition!

Two reasons:
1. Because those services require the use of radio frequencies, which is considered public property. The FCC decides if the reservation of a frequency is for the public good or not when it is given to a private company. If the only way to use those services is through a single company, it may not be for the public good.

2. Monopolies are illegal-ish, because they stifle innovation. See AT&T

Comment: Re:Interesting idea, nasty downsides (Score 1) 93

by Aqualung812 (#49171737) Attached to: New Seagate Shingled Hard Drive Teardown

I somewhat agree, because "transparent" isn't exactly true. Popping a drive and putting a blank one in means a resync spike as the new one is filled. With multi-TB drives, that resync time isn't exactly trivial, and a drive failure during resync is certainly a possibility, as there is more activity.

Going with something that can handle multiple failures is helpful, such as RAID6, but you're still increasing risk just by performing your backup operation. In fact, part of the reason RAID6 exists is that there were enough cases of a RAID5 drive failure causing a second failure during the rebuild, and losing the whole array.

Using a removeable drive as a target for backup software, and treating is just like a tape, though, is a very effective solution and takes care of air gap concerns.

The parent post didn't explain any procedure other than a DC sync, which only protects against physical failure at the main DC.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 2) 194

by Aqualung812 (#49166363) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

Stingray was already being used by LAPD in 2006:

Maybe this is an issue that actually has little to do with the President and is just a result of the general move across local, state, and federal government that we prefer less privacy if it *sounds* like it is making us safer.

Comment: Re:Make it DARKER dammit. (Score 3, Insightful) 232

by Aqualung812 (#49163855) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

using warp 9 at an almost daily basis (despite it being forbidden in TNG by starfleet)

In the spirit of Spock, let me make the pedantic point that the USS Voyager was not subject to the warp speed limit because it had what we would call today a "green" propulsion system. Those movable nacelles were part of it.

From http://www.startrek.com/databa...:

Voyager's folding wing-and-nacelle warp drive system allows the starship to exceed the warp 5 "speed limit" without polluting the space continuum.

Comment: 50% of the fun with 5% of the effort (Score 4, Interesting) 163

by Aqualung812 (#49149591) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

I forget the actual %'s and quote, and couldn't find it, but I remember one of the creators of the guitar game genre explaining that he and his musician friends wanted everyone to experience the fun of being a musician, but knew that becoming one takes a TON of effort.

So, the goal was to give a lot of the fun of being a real musician, but with a fraction of the effort.

Most people that like Rock Band or Guitar Hero don't want to learn how to be a real musician. They just want to have fun, and they do!

My point is, quit trying to point out that they should make it more realistic (real guitars, etc), because that defeats the whole point. If you already know how to play, go play! It will usually be much more fun than Rock Band.
But, if you don't know how to play and don't want to spend years honing your art, just go have fun.

Also, this: http://www.xkcd.com/359/

Comment: Re:Actually, ADM Rogers doesn't "want" that at all (Score 2) 406

by Aqualung812 (#49121421) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

This is about the fact that US adversaries, today, as you and I speak, are using the EXACT SAME systems, networks, devices, services, OSes, and encryption standards and protocols, as you and I and innocent Americans and many others in the world. THAT is the issue...does this fact put those communications off limits?

That is because there is no evidence that those systems have a backdoor.

If a backdoor is mandated, so that everyone will be using one with a backdoor, everyone outside the reach of US law will fork their own standard without those backdoors.

So, in the end, it will only be used against Americans.

Comment: Re:Useless (Score 1) 266

by Aqualung812 (#49095233) Attached to: Lenovo To Wipe Superfish Off PCs

We know this software has been on Lenovo laptops since June, at the least. So the Oct-Dec statement is a lie. Three straight lies in a row.

Corporations don't lie. The spokesman was simply "mistaken" in those previous statements.

Simply put, you cannot trust this company any longer.

Is there one you can trust? I just prefer to trust none of them, buy the hardware that meets my needs, and nuke it from orbit when it comes in with the OS of my choice with 100% less crapware.

Comment: Re:What are they doing to that truck!?! (Score 1) 129

by Aqualung812 (#49089735) Attached to: Delivery Drones: More Feasible If They Come By Truck

An electric truck is already a step up in efficiency and environmental responsibility from traditional internal combustion trucks, with a delivery cost to the shipping company of 30 cents per mile (compared to roughly a dollar per mile with diesel).

they're claiming a 70% cost reduction by going to an electric truck. Same driver, same parcel load, same mileage, ect...

+1 informative.

Which would imply that their Diesel fuel + Diesel specific maintenance costs them 70 cents per mile MORE than their electricity and electric specific maintenance.

If they can put that same driver in an electric vehicle and do the same deliveries for 30 cents a mile, I'm thinking that they are doing something really wrong with the Diesel vehicles.

Seems like they could just put a genset on the truck & use electric driven wheels and get a big cost reduction while still using diesel, if TFA is correct. I assume they're just burning a ton in the stop-start nature?

Comment: Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 125

by Aqualung812 (#49022887) Attached to: Netflix Now Available In Cuba

Too many tourists? Double the room rates. Double the restaurant prices. Double the airfare. No, triple it! A new horde of US tourists surging demand in Cuba will just drive up prices.

Which means that the owners of the resorts will get more money, which they will spend in the local economy, which means more money for the locals.

The sooner you make your first 5000 mistakes, the sooner you will be able to correct them. -- Nicolaides