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Comment: Re:Transparency (Score 3, Funny) 96

by epine (#49759203) Attached to: Researchers Devise Voting System That Seems Secure, But Is Hard To Use

If I wanted ritual in my life, I would have become a priest and pursued my career with extreme political ambition so I could vote for the freaking pope.

I guess you've never read an article in your life about mobilizing the voters who are too lazy (or metabolically downtrodden from their Cheetos and Coke diets) to physically show up at a polling station?

Paper is a physical token. Reliably obtaining exactly one unambiguous, untamperable physical token with confidentiality from each adult member of society—the vast majority of which are collected on the same day—hasn't exactly proven to be an easy problem, especially when broadened to include public trust—that every voter understands and believes the process to have all of these properties (to at least a substantial degree).

Electronic voting vastly reduces the complexity on the collection side, but then the tamperability problem looms supreme, but this could almost be solved with enough crypto cleverness, except that the public trust story then requires a tiny bit of numeracy beyond grade six math.

Ritual, however, is accessible to a four-year old.

The same four-year olds who are unfortunately not yet equipped with fully functioning batshit detectors.

I don't want to abolish ritual. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.

Comment: Re:Why ext4 (Score 1) 223

by pla (#49745807) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Has a File-System Corruption Problem, RAID Users Warned
Perhaps, but my point was more that if you want to grow ZFS this is the ONLY way to actually do it, as far as I'm aware. You can't add individual drives to individual "vdevs."

You can replace all the drives in the array with bigger ones, resilvering after each replacement, and when you get to the last one, poof, you magically have a bigger pool. I certainly won't claim that as terribly efficient, though. :)

It has its shortcomings, no doubt. But compared to old-school RAID or even LVM, it takes a huge step forward.

Comment: Re:Why ext4 (Score 1) 223

by pla (#49744171) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Has a File-System Corruption Problem, RAID Users Warned
I will readily admit that as a "shortcoming" of ZFS, but honestly, I don't quite see any obvious use cases for it. On the short term (months), I've only ever needed to *add* storage, never remove it.

On the longer term (years), I have found that I go back and forth on how many drives I need, but when I do eventually upgrade my home NAS to bigger and better hardware, I don't even try to salvage old drives 1/10th the size of modern ones - I bring up the new system, with however many brand new drives I consider appropriate, and clone the old one to the new one.

Comment: Re:Why ext4 (Score 1) 223

by pla (#49743283) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Has a File-System Corruption Problem, RAID Users Warned
Ext4 should in theory be the best choice. It's widely used and has a large enterprise support. Lots of business people get angry if it does not work properly.

On a modern system with multiple disks you want to configure as some variety of soft-RAID, ZFS hands-down counts as the clear best choice (short of going for a "cluster" FS). It allows an arbitrary number of extra parity drives (think "RAID 8"), as well as arbitrarily many hot spares; it quickly and easily recovers from having someone pull out all your drives, shuffle them around, and put them back in (for a more real-world version of that - Ever updated your BIOS only to find all your drives remapped?); it detects and (usually) corrects corrupted files; it supports online snapshotting and snapshot exporting to another; it uses dynamically sized storage pools rather than fixed "partitions", and can even grow the underlying total available space.

Comment: Re:Lighter socket in a positive-ground vehicle (Score 1) 825

by pla (#49738655) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax
Then reverse the wires going to the receptacle. An ANSI/SAE J563 receptacle in a positive-ground vehicle would have -12 to -15 V on the can and ground on the tip.

Great idea! Well, right up until whatever you plug in touches anything metal in your car, of course. Then at least you'll have a more exciting day...

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 825

by pla (#49738563) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax
an old diesel would be taxed more than a new Euro-5 compliant one.

Believe it or not, the biggest proponents of mile-vs-gallon based taxes in the US have exactly the opposite intent of what you describe.

Some people feel that a gallon-based tax "unfairly" punishes them for spewing 5x more pollution than someone driving an efficient modern hybrid. And don't even get them started on those bastards driving EVs.

Comment: Re: Yeah, disappointing (Score 1) 774

...well, maybe they weren't happy with the specifics of the Nationalist-Socialist platform. (I bet it was the anti-smoking mindset.) It's not quite as if neo-Nazis have a monopoly on profound racism, or even a monopoly on holocaust denial. Sometimes it's just desirable for the sake of some local variety of nationalism to pretend the Jews weren't as abused during World War 2 as they actually were.

Comment: self-interest bullshit configurator (Score 1) 616

by epine (#49711527) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

This is the same asshole who buys a pretty little property out in the countryside, and then after a year or two launches a farm practices complaint to shut down the neighbouring farms (which have only been there for two hundred years) because they smell like farms.

Then he shows up in town council explaining that only sociopaths raise farm animals.

What an incredible self-interest bullshit configurator this man possesses.

Get the fuck off my moral lawn.

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