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Comment: Re:Pet project by samzenpus? (Score 2) 36

by Jaktar (#46709485) Attached to: Interviews: Jonathan Coulton Answers Your Questions

The answer to the question is easily obtained by following the link to the original question thread. There were a mere 48 questions if you count everything that was down modded. Filter out the hogwash and you're pretty much left with these (pretty good) questions.

We could speculate wildly on the exact reason that /. articles are getting fewer replies than a few years ago, but I prefer not to beat a dead horse.

Thanks to J.C. for the excellent replies. I learned a few new things about one of the only real artists I care to listen to!

Comment: Re:They all use WIndows 7 anyway (Score 2) 70

by Jaktar (#46669143) Attached to: Bugs In SCADA Software Leave 7,600 Factories Vulnerable

The bugs are in the Centum CS 3000 software that controls the SCADA system, not Windows.

When these systems were first being introduced, there were multiple competing standards on design and everything was proprietary. That model hasn't really changed. Some manufacturers, like ABB, do offer an upgrade path to transition from an older model to a newer model. If you wanted to transition from one manufacturer to another though, you're SOL. So, if you bought into a system that is now defunct, you'll have to reprogram your entire process from scratch. If the toolsets are different (and they will be, it was all proprietary) then you're going to have a bad time. That's why ancient systems are still running, bugs and all.

Comment: 1996 (Score 5, Informative) 96

by Jaktar (#46552725) Attached to: Navy Database Tracks Civilians' Parking Tickets, Fender-Benders

When I enlisted in '96, I was asked why I didn't inform anyone that I was pulled over in 1995. I was questioned as to why I was pulled over and what happened. I didn't think anything of it.

I was not issued any citation for being pulled over as it was a case of mistaken identity. Still, the Navy had a record of it.

Comment: Count me in (Score 1) 983

by Jaktar (#46464089) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

There are plenty of people who do 1:1 backups of movies and music. It's extremely convenient. I don't handle any physical media more than once. It keeps the house tidy and the disks in pristine shape if I ever need to re-rip.

Around 6 months ago I had a similar problem to the story. My media drive died a sudden death (Seagate drive, never again). I had all of my family pictures, home movies, music, and movies on that drive. I had done backups and stored them remotely and was able to recover most of what I had. A few re-rips of some movies and I was done.

The time investment necessary to rip a 1:1 copy for a large collection is not insignificant. I probably should setup raid + parity at some point but right now I'm only doing a clone of my stuff. I don't have bandwidth capacity at home to use any sort of cloud storage.

Comment: Re:Who was your Highest Bidder? (Score 1) 303

by Jaktar (#46123207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

Go back to my post and click the link to privacy policy.

Read the sections on "information we collect" then read the section on "information we share".

Those two sections are not mutually exclusive. The information collected is the same as the information they share. You already gave them permission to do so.

I'm not disputing the fact that they also setup API's to allow easier targeting for ads, that's also part of their business model. It's just not their ONLY business.

Comment: Re:Who was your Highest Bidder? (Score 5, Informative) 303

by Jaktar (#46075033) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

From Google's Privacy Policy Page

With your consent

We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google when we have your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information..

So Google does "share" data with advertisers as part of their money stream. A very specific subset is opt-in, but everything else is opt-out. If services get updated and you're not careful, you can miss an opt-out. See Privacy and Copyright Protection

I'm not sure how anyone can read that and not understand that they're selling your data. They're just calling it sharing. Everything in the EULA you already agreed to in order for you to use a Google service grants them the permission they need.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS