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Comment: Full-disk wipe or only current data? (Score 5, Insightful) 78

I'm under the impression that turning on encryption works by file-by-file basis, not full-disk encryption, and as such it might still be possible to find at least some old files there if the locations haven't been overwritten by new data. If it indeed works as I have the impression of then turning encryption on is still possibly inadequate a safety method.

Comment: Not really (Score 1) 362

by Gaygirlie (#47439437) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

I can't think of any use for a smart watch, to be quite frank. Can't dictate things to it without everyone around me hearing me, plus all the speech recognition - things I've tried handle Finnish poorly anyways. Too small a display to do anything useful with. Too small battery, would lead to endless frustration. Clock? I could just use a regular watch for that. I don't doubt that those can be totally awesome things for some people, but I just can't see myself belonging in that group.

Comment: Re:I don't think she has a case against tor (Score 1) 309

by Gaygirlie (#47417417) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

I don't think she has a case against tor at all because its already been ruled ISPs cannot nor even web sites cant be held responsible for what's its users do or upload.

Tor isn't an ISP. Tor is both the network consisting of individual users and the actual software that enables the connection to the network, but it is *not* an Internet service provider, it does not enable you to connect to the Internet nor does it charge you anything.

Comment: Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (Score 1) 376

You're right about solar panels in that they do take up a metric butt-load of space. As for cleaning them, that is a real problem. If only we had the technology to do that automatically. Maybe some kind of wiper blades attached to an oscillating motor to clear away particulates so that light could pass through a transparent medium designed to shield the panels from the wind ... Hmmm ... What technology could we possibly posses that would accomplish this feat of engineering?

If only it was that easy. You see, sand and all sorts of sharp particles have a tendency of scratching things and solar panels are very easy to scratch. The kinds of wipers they use on cars would quickly result in severe deterioration in the panels' effectiveness. If it was that easy then why do you think they don't already use that? There are plenty of companies like e.g. http://www.solarfarmcleaning.c... that are specifically aimed at providing high-quality cleaning-services and you can just google "solar farm cleaning" to find dozens more.

Comment: Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (Score 1, Insightful) 376

I think it would be wiser to spend the big money on improving solar panel and battery tech.

There is already huge amounts of research thrown into solar, even more funding is unlikely to yield any faster research. As for batteries -- they don't generate energy. Batteries are about distributing energy that's generated elsewhere and as such do not solve the same problems.

but the thing that Solar has over rivers and coastline is that everyone has a view of the sky.

The thing about solar is.. it requires huge amounts of space and it's fucking expensive to maintain. The panels collect dust, pollen, bird crap, snow, younameit, and either someone has to go there physically and spend time cleaning them up or you have to have some sort of a robotic system for that. Even just a small amount of stuff on the panel can quickly drop its efficiency by several percentage points.

Comment: Re:I say XPrivacy (Score 2) 67

by Gaygirlie (#47348561) Attached to: Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

I didn't know of XPrivacy, I'd like to thank you heartily for mentioning it here! I'm not the kind of person who just installs everything that I come across on my phone and, actually, I only have a small selection of apps installed at all times, but still, should I need something I don't quite trust I would definitely like something like this between my data and the app.

Comment: Re:Why didn't I hear about this before? (Score 1) 143

by Gaygirlie (#47288403) Attached to: Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Steps Up Its Game & Runs Much Faster

As the anon says, it's been stated on Nouveau's website for ages. Similarly, googling for "nouveau reclocking" or similar shows plenty of posts and websites dating at least to 30.1.2012. So basically, it's been discussed a lot, it's been discussed even here on Slashdot, and you've just missed the whole thing. Calling others "propellerheads" for your failures isn't quite fair.

Comment: Re:Bitrot not the fault of filesystem (Score 0) 396

by Gaygirlie (#47236417) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Note that's essentially saving information about the decoding and then the coded information, sort of like how compression works. Which for most files would be essentially free.

No, you are talking out of your ass there. First of all, if the system worked like you explain it then having the decode - block itself get corrupted would render every single file relying on it invalid, so you'd still end up having to maintain at least a second copy of the decode - block and checksums for them both, but you'd still have two points of breakage that, if ever corrupted, would still render everything corrupted. That's really shitty design. On a similar note, maintaining such a decode - block is far from being "free" -- try compressing e.g. a 2-hour movie and you'll notice that most likely it only just got slightly bigger, not smaller. Then do the same while you enabled recovery mode, ie. the compression system writes a second decode - block in the file, and the file will certainly get even bigger. Go on, try it, you'll see.

Comment: Re:Bitrot not the fault of filesystem (Score 1) 396

by Gaygirlie (#47236389) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

More likely it is bad RAM, and not using ECC RAM. Or flaky power supply. Maybe in the process of copying the file or saving it the data buffer got corrupted.

The hard disk (or CD or DVD, OP does not mention at all what type of physical storage he is using) has built-in error correction so the data shouldn't be easily corrupted.

Mmmmno. If he had bad RAM he would be having a lot more issues with the system than just 28 broken files over 6 years. And no, HDDs do not have built-in error correction, they have checksums -- those things are not the same thing.

Comment: Bitrot not the fault of filesystem (Score 5, Insightful) 396

by Gaygirlie (#47236005) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Bitrot isn't the fault of the filesystem unless something is badly buggy. It's the fault of the underlying storage-device itself. Attacking HFS+ for something like that is just silly. Now, with that said there are filesystems out there that can guard against bitrot, most notably Btrfs and ZFS. Both Btrfs and ZFS can be used just like a regular filesystem where no parity-information or duplicate copies are saved and in such a case there is no safety against bitrot, but once you enable parity they can silently heal any affected files without issues. The downside? Saving parity consumes a lot more HDD-space, and that's why it's not done by default by most filesystems.

Comment: Re:Inspiring (Score 1) 257

by Gaygirlie (#47215397) Attached to: HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

You're missing the point: it's coming from HP. They won't make any of it an open standard, they'll patent it up all the wazoo and then demand bajillions of dollars from anyone else who tries to do something even remotely similar and they'll lock all their customers. I certainly wouldn't be holding my breath, waiting for a PC-like surge of a new computer-arch. I will get all excited and piss my pants from joy once someone comes up with a completely open arch that allows the same kind of flexibility that the PC-scene does, but not before.

Comment: Re:Response time and voice controls (Score 4, Insightful) 148

That means sensitive touch controls with very little lag

No. That means no touch controls. Touch controls force you to look at where you're placing your fingers and what's happening. Actual physical knobs and buttons can be used even without looking.

Comment: Re:It's not really a myth anymore (Score 5, Insightful) 222

by Gaygirlie (#47182225) Attached to: The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

We already use robots (or drones if you will) to kill people.

That's what I was just coming here to say: robots and AI doesn't have to be evil as long as the people controlling the string are. It's as simple as that. And seemingly most of the people who have the resources to craft stuff like that and industrialize these things do quite a lot of evil things. So, basically, it's just a matter of time and research.

Polymer physicists are into chains.