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Comment: Re: Interesting..sorta? (Score 1) 297 297

And I've had the reverse of your experience, which should show us how much anecdotal evidence is worth.
For what little it is worth though, I've had every single WD drive I've ever bought crash catastrophically. I've had only one Seagate drive fail and even then it failed gracefully enough to let me recover most of what was on it.

Comment: Re:"There will come soft rains" (Score 1) 403 403

That was the story my mind leapt to as well.
It was initially written as a short story and later incorporated in "The Martian Cronicles". There was also a great dramatisation of it on Dimension X, which can be found on The Internet Archive.
It is hard to believe it was written in 1950. Sure our vision of what the tech looks like might have changed a bit, but not the essence of the story. It is a truly chilling vision and it looks increasingly plausible with every year.

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools, singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,

Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

--Sara Teasdale

Comment: One file tree under / (Score 1) 329 329

And that's one reason I don't like the structure of *nix file systems.
One false move and you can erase everything you have plugged into your system, including, but not limited to, all your hard drives, external hard drives, network mounts, memory cards, USB sticks etc.
Sure, there's a good chance you can recover the lost data, but rebuilding a file system on one disk is painful enough, let alone all of your disks plus your NAS and it's even worse if just some of the files had their records deleted. At least in my experience.

Comment: Refinement of previously demonstrated tech? (Score 1) 99 99

This sound very much like a continuation and refinement of technology demonstrated a few years back that could identify mosquitoes and differentiate between males and females to only zap the females.
I remember seeing this TED talk some time back where they had constructed a working rig. At least working under laboratory conditions. Is that the precursor of this?

+ - How to protect your USB-key?

SessionExpired writes: I just lost my keychain, with house keys and USB-key. On the USB-key was files that describe who I am, what I do and where I live: all the things you need to break into my house and ruin my life. That must never happen again. My best idea is to put a ReadMe with the contact email (not more), in case it gets lost, and then use an encrypted volume. But can I be sure to open the volume everywhere? What format is best? Along those lines: is PDF password protection the same in Acrobat Reader, FoxIt, Preview etc I have removed password from PDF files (just because they annoyed me).

+ - First Swedish CC-licensed movie hits TPB->

Hattmannen writes: Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing tells us about the first ever Creative Commons-licensed, feature-length movie to come out from Sweden. It's called Nasty Old People and premiered yesterday at The Pirate Bay.
The story:

"Member of a neo-Nazi gang, her day job is to take care of four crazy old people that all are just waiting to die. Her life becomes a journey into a burlesque fairytale, where the rules of the game are created by Mette herself. Mette is indifferent about her way of life, until she one night assaults a man, kicking him senseless. Waking up the day after, she realizes that something is wrong, and in company with the her crazy oldies she longs for respect and love. She can tell that the old folks are marginalized by the modern society, but together they create a world and a voice of their own."


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Science

+ - An Electron Microscope for Your Home?->

CuteSteveJobs writes: Could Microscopy be in for a new golden age? Wired previews the desktop-sized Hitachi TM-100 Electron Microscope. Light microscopes can magnify up to 400X (1,000X albeit at lower quality) — just enough to see bacteria as shapes — but this one offers 20X to 10,000X giving some amazing pictures. Unlike traditional electron microscopes, this one plugs into a domestic power socket and specimens don't need any special preparation; It's point-and-shoot much like your typical digital camera. So easy, a grade-schooler could use it and earlier this year that's what happened: The kids at Iwanuma Elementary School in Miyagi, Japan got their own electron microscope. At $60,000 you'll have to give up on the BMW, but the hope is with economy of scale (so far 1,000 have sold) and miniaturization the price will continue to drop. The only bad news? It runs XP.
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Politics

+ - Large Hadron Collider Scientist Arrested 1 1

mindbrane writes: A scientist working as a subcontractor on a peripheral LHC project has been arrested as a terrorist. The CBC is running a story outlining the arrest of a man on Thursday in south-east France for suspected al-Qaeda links. "CERN officials said the man, whose name has not been revealed, was working under contract with an outside institute and said he had no contact with anything that could have been used for terrorism. He had been at CERN since 2003, officials said."

"The news that someone with terrorist connections might have worked at the facility is likely to cause concern because of both the high profile of the giant physics experiment and also the technology in use, which has made some members of the public nervous."

"Before it started in September 2008, the particle collider drew protests from Europeans worried it would trigger a disaster, with some scenarios suggesting the accelerator would create a black hole that would swallow the Earth. Physicists and CERN officials dismissed the concerns, with the LHC project leader saying in 2008, "Obviously, the world will not end when the LHC switches on.""

Other than sabotage of the LHC and the creation of a world destroying black hole, the arrest begs the question what possible collateral damage could a terrorist achieve?

God helps them that themselves. -- Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanac"

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