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Comment: Re:Seemed pretty obvious this was the case (Score 2) 311

by DMUTPeregrine (#47818259) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak
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If you ever tell the truth with a security question, you've done it wrong. If you ever use the same answer to a security question twice, you've done it wrong. If your answers have less entropy than your passwords, you've done it wrong.

Comment: Re:ECC? (Score 1) 155

by DMUTPeregrine (#47792033) Attached to: Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away
There's also the matter that better ECCs cost more overhead. You can detect single bit errors with a simple parity bit, but double errors will go undetected. And even something like Reed-Solomon can't correct all the errors it can detect. Spacecraft going to mars have very limited mass budgets, there are often better places to spend the extra mass than on an additional redundant flash chip (and associated circuitry).

Comment: Re:business model (Score 1) 34

by DMUTPeregrine (#47781935) Attached to: State of the GitHub: Chris Kelly Does the Numbers
No, it was that any of the clones would have the full version history of the entire source tree. You still want a primary repo from which you make your releases, but all the developers can have a copy of the whole thing. They can also make changes to their local clones when offline, then merge all the changes later. Anyone can branch from any point, and the whole thing works on snapshots of the repo instead of sets of incremental changes to each file.

Comment: Re:Exactly! (Score 3, Interesting) 113

by DMUTPeregrine (#47736291) Attached to: Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight
Specifically, the space shuttle didn't have a launch escape system. Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Vostok, Shenzhou and Soyuz all do/did, though Vostok and Gemini used ejection seats for the purpose instead of taking the whole capsule. The shuttle test flights had ejection seats, but those were removed when normal operations started. After Challenger a method to escape the shuttle was added: get into a controlled glide, get to the rear hatch, jump out, and parachute to safety...

Comment: Re:$230 (Score 1) 611

by DMUTPeregrine (#47723955) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
Something like flattr seems to be the best solution. You pay a set amount per month, then it tracks the pages you visit, and splits the set amount among them all. (Flattr requires you to click a button.) While the transaction amounts from individual users to individual sites will generally be small the total amounts are large enough that payment processing fees are not a huge issue. (IIRC, flattr takes a 10% fee. I have no association with flattr, they're just the only service I know of that works in this manner.)

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