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Comment: Re:4 years? (Score 1) 253

by Enry (#48931765) Attached to: Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

All in all this smells like a mathematicians solution to the problem, largely unbounded by real life concerns.

I had the same thought. There's a few realities of storage that are missed here: storage use always increases, disks aren't the only things that fail, rack space isn't free, you usually have staff available already....

This is an interesting idea if your storage is in a place where it can't be reached at all for some reason, but I think NASA and ESA have already done a good bit of research on that.

Comment: Re:Wait, what PII? (Score 1) 204

by Enry (#48867579) Attached to: Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

Yes and no. In a practical sense you're right and I said as much in the second paragraph. As for the legal definition of PII:

NIST Special Publication 800-122 defines PII as "any information about an individual maintained by an agency, including (1) any information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual‘s identity, such as name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother‘s maiden name, or biometric records; and (2) any other information that is linked or linkable to an individual, such as medical, educational, financial, and employment information."

Part 2 is pretty much met given the data that's being sent to doubleclick. But Part 1 isn't being met. This is an AND statement, so for this to be PII, both parts have to be true.

Comment: Re:Paradox (Score 2) 200

It gives the impression that a high-paying job is relatively easy to get, and that's just not true.

My FIL hired developers out of the local community college for his business. AFAIK they were paid well enough (this was upstate NY) and they were using COBOL, but they did a good job and his business grew. Not every coding position means you'll get $90,000 and options.

But your larger point is still true. Maybe he should have said 'higher paying', but it's all relative.

Comment: Wait, what PII? (Score 2) 204

by Enry (#48864745) Attached to: Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

The example that the EFF gave listed general information about a person, but there's nothing that would directly identify the person. No SSN, no address, no name.

Yes, doubleclick and others could use that with other information they already have and determine with some probability who the person is. But that's a separate discussion on expanding what PII is or limiting what kind of data can be stored about a person, either of which I'd be in favor of.

Comment: Re:Paradox (Score 5, Insightful) 200

Community college gives a few things:

1) a stepping stone to a college they might not have been able to get in before
2) a way of getting two low-cost years, then move to a better school and only pay for two more expensive years
3) two more years of education

We have an awesome tech school near my house. Nobody thinks that the graduates are going to become astronauts and doctors, but not everyone has to be a doctor or astronaut. We still need plumbers/electricians/carpenters/mechanics/welders in this country and those kinds of jobs should pay well enough to put a family in the middle class.

Comment: Re:Not to mention Audio Editing (Score 1) 223

by Enry (#48861535) Attached to: The Current State of Linux Video Editing

I got CE for like $30 or $40 back in the day/ Even accounting for inflation, AA is WAY MORE EXPENSIVE. Even after the purchase by Adobe, I think the cost to existing CE users was in the hundreds of dollars. They may have added cool things for power users but for casual users I'd rather wrestle with Audacity.

Comment: Stop, just stop (Score 4, Insightful) 75

by Enry (#48849713) Attached to: Scientists Discover Compound In Baby Diapers Can Enlarge Brain Cells

Quit making these dumbass comparisons between everyday products and something scientific unless there's really something to be concerned about. Crap like this leads to people like Foodbabe telling us that the same ingredients in water are also used to degrade iron. It's true, but the fact it's true doesn't mean that water will cause us to rust.

Comment: Not going after you (Score 5, Insightful) 105

by Enry (#48847639) Attached to: President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

If you don't know who those people are (and I'll admit I don't) then this isn't for you. It's about getting younger people involved and voting. Older people already vote more regularly, with people in their teens and 20s not voting with much regularity (see 2014). If Obama can reach those voters and get them interested in the process, then he's laying a base for Democrats going forward.

As for the 'all other problems being solved' nonsense, take a look at the schedule for Congress over the past few years and see what tough issues they spent their time working on.

Comment: Re:ATI/AMD has had shitty drivers for 20 years (Score 1) 160

by Enry (#48833109) Attached to: AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

AMD was the only company directly competing with Intel on the desktop/server markets. NVidia and ARM were embedded or other and thus didn't compete directly. Remember that the only reason we're still using x86 hardware instead of Itanium is because AMD bolted 64-bit on and it became a hit. Enough so that Intel uses it now.

AMD likely has (well had) cash from all the other things they did, just like other chipmakers.

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. - Voltaire