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Comment: Re:Obvious Answer (Score 2) 747

by Grave (#46484005) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

The difference here is that failure to vaccinate does not just impact you (or your kids, in the case of nutjob parents). It impacts everyone they ever come in contact with. You getting the flu can impact others if you spread it to them, but it's a short-term liability and is easy enough to limit. The flu is also rarely lethal. Those limitations don't apply with measles, etc.

Comment: 2nd Array or Tape (Score 2) 983

by Grave (#46463053) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

With a second array, or tape backup. The second array is going to be the easiest solution, but tape backup provides you the option of storing the tapes off-site, which is important for any real backup plan. After all, your friend could just as easily wipe out the 2nd array by mistake, or a disaster could wipe out the physical location. LTO-6 tapes are cheap and can hold 2.5-6.5TB of data depending on compression. Tape drives are perfect for backup, so why even ask if it's right?

Comment: Re:Why do you have to move from XP for that? (Score 1) 860

by Grave (#46409551) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Why the fuck is this being modded insightful? If you want to use the EULA to make an argument against Microsoft here, you probably should have read it first.

Per the EULA for XP:

11. LIMITED WARRANTY FOR PRODUCT ACQUIRED IN THE US AND CANADA.
Microsoft warrants that the Product will perform substantially in accordance with the accompanying
materials for a period of ninety days from the date of receipt.
If an implied warranty or condition is created by your state/jurisdiction and federal or state/provincial
law prohibits disclaimer of it, you also have an implied warranty or condition, BUT ONLY AS TO
DEFECTS DISCOVERED DURING THE PERIOD OF THIS LIMITED WARRANTY (NINETY
DAYS). AS TO ANY DEFECTS DISCOVERED AFTER THE NINETY (90) DAY PERIOD, THERE IS
NO WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. Some states/jurisdictions do not allow limitations
on how long an implied warranty or condition lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.
Any supplements or updates to the Product, including without limitation, any (if any) service packs or hot
fixes provided to you after the expiration of the ninety day Limited Warranty period are not covered by
any warranty or condition, express, implied or statutory.

12. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES. The Limited Warranty that appears above is the only express warranty made
to you and is provided in lieu of any other express warranties (if any) created by any documentation, packaging,
or other communications. Except for the Limited Warranty and to the maximum extent permitted by applicable
law, Microsoft and its suppliers provide the Product and support services (if any) AS IS AND WITH ALL
FAULTS, and hereby disclaim all other warranties and conditions, either express, implied or statutory,
including, but not limited to, any (if any) implied warranties, duties or conditions of merchantability, of
fitness for a particular purpose, of reliability or availability, of accuracy or completeness of responses, of
results, of workmanlike effort, of lack of viruses, and of lack of negligence, all with regard to the Product, and
the provision of or failure to provide support or other services, information, software, and related content
through the Product or otherwise arising out of the use of the Product. ALSO, THERE IS NO WARRANTY
OR CONDITION OF TITLE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, QUIET POSSESSION, CORRESPONDENCE TO
DESCRIPTION OR NON-INFRINGEMENT WITH REGARD TO THE PRODUCT.

13. EXCLUSION OF INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL AND CERTAIN OTHER DAMAGES. TO THE
MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL MICROSOFT OR ITS
SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS
OR CONFIDENTIAL OR OTHER INFORMATION, FOR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, FOR PERSONAL
INJURY, FOR LOSS OF PRIVACY, FOR FAILURE TO MEET ANY DUTY INCLUDING OF GOOD FAITH
OR OF REASONABLE CARE, FOR NEGLIGENCE, AND FOR ANY OTHER PECUNIARY OR OTHER LOSS
WHATSOEVER) ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE
THE PRODUCT, THE PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT OR OTHER SERVICES,
INFORMATON, SOFTWARE, AND RELATED CONTENT THROUGH THE PRODUCT OR OTHERWISE
ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE PRODUCT, OR OTHERWISE UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH
ANY PROVISION OF THIS EULA, EVEN IN THE EVENT OF THE FAULT, TORT (INCLUDING
NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY, BREACH OF CONTRACT OR BREACH OF WARRANTY OF
MICROSOFT OR ANY SUPPLIER, AND EVEN IF MICROSOFT OR ANY SUPPLIER HAS BEEN ADVISED
OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

If you want unlimited free updates forever, move to Linux. If you want to continue operating in the Windows world, you have to accept that there is a limit to the amount of free updates you get.

Comment: Re:Ed Bott is a clueless dolt (Score 1) 435

by Grave (#45285623) Attached to: The Case Against Gmail

I would argue the exact opposite. You seem to be conflating "search for things" in gmail as somehow being the same as searching for a piece of paper on a desk with thousands of papers. In general, I type what I'm looking for into the search bar and have the result I need. That's faster for me than going through folders. I can find what I need very quickly. The time spent doing the initial organization with folders is time wasted in my view. Not everyone is the same, of course, and for some people, search is not efficient (typically because they don't know what they're looking for).

Comment: Re:What about new talent? (Score 2) 1501

by Grave (#44291555) Attached to: Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

That's a rather important point that is often missed - the Linux kernel is probably the single most important bit of open source code out there. It can be found on more devices, in one form or another, than any other piece of software in existence. Linus has an extremely high standard, and will not bend or break that standard for anyone. When it comes to the cursing/"shouting", as far as I'm aware, it's been because someone is either trying to push a new bit of code into a Release Candidate (closed source, open source, doesn't matter - you don't do that), or someone is trying to push buggy/junk code into the kernel. It has to be maintained at the highest standards, because Linux only got where it is today because the core kernel is so robust. Yes, individual groups can modify it to their needs, but the basic kernel adheres to pretty stringent standards.

Comment: Re:He Should Be Executed (Score 4, Insightful) 284

by Grave (#44267421) Attached to: Mastermind of 9/11 Attacks Designs a Secret Vacuum Cleaner

How is he still alive?

Simple. We threw him in Gitmo instead of treating him like the a criminal, and trying him by jury. He'd already have been executed if we would've done that. But since due process was not afforded, we are now paying the bills for keeping him alive. Funny how that worked out for us..

Comment: Re:SneakerNet (Score 1) 622

by Grave (#43991963) Attached to: Keeping Your Data Private From the NSA (And Everyone Else)

Well, a warrant to intercept your electronic data is available with a rubber stamp from the FISA court, and would be effective as far back as five years (probably longer, but they've only admitted to five years so far). A warrant to intercept and read your mail might also be available through FISA, though I'm not sure of that. At worst, they'd still have to physically open the mail, which might be noticeable.

Comment: Re:SneakerNet (Score 1) 622

by Grave (#43988201) Attached to: Keeping Your Data Private From the NSA (And Everyone Else)

The metadata can be copied (and I'd be shocked if it isn't), but copying the actual content would require opening the mail unless they have some really insanely clever optical scanners that can read multiple pages that are folded over on each other inside an envelope designed to prevent easy see-through. There's still a strong chance that unless you start seeing envelopes showing up opened, your postal mail is still safe.

It's trivial to duplicate electronic data, though. The metadata-only argument also presumes that is truly the extent of it, and that the NSA is not also storing all of the actual email/call recordings/etc. Just because they need a "FISA court-issued warrant" to have a human being actually look at the details of the information doesn't mean they aren't storing it anyway.

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