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Comment Re:Cheap (Score 1) 95

Depending on the backend, it could just be a filesystem, like WAFL/OnTap or OneFS. The videos get stashed per owner ID, and a database on a different box keeps the meta data in sync, deleting videos that expire.

Coupled with something like Isilon's SmartLock (which, in compliance mode, keeps stuff from being deleted unless one logs on as console root), it would provide decent protection against changes/deletions, barring physical compromise.

There are a lot of ways (some good, many brain-dead) to store video. A NAS can be used, or some type of cluster with EMC VNX LUNs and another machine doing an object database manage things.

Comment Re:In principal decade old email but no. (Score 1) 72

I learned this as well. Best long term storage because it is readable by any mail program is by using Thunderbird. Outlook can do integrity checks on a mailbox, but only it can use its own format.

Then there is finding a compressing/archiving format. WinRAR or tar/xz/par are good options for this. This way, the mail spool with 100-200 gigs of spam gets reduced by an order of magnitude at the minimum.

As for storage? Different media. One copy on DVD, one on an external HDD, and perhaps one stashed on Amazon Glacier (although retrieving it can be costly.)

Comment Re: So what? (Score 2) 143

Even for college classes which bar use of Wikipedia directly, going through the citations and downloading/buying the works that were mentioned to read is a solid way to write a paper.

Wikipedia is one of the few places on the web that I can get meaningful info without having to deal with paywalls, full page ads, demands to create a user account or link to FB (so they can post freely as your ID), or other crap.

Of course, it isn't perfect. It is hard to get past the stage where any meaningful/relevant/on topic additions to an article don't just get blindly reverted by another person because one is a new user and doesn't have any reputation.

Comment Re:Not really ... (Score 2) 42

The real solution is something like xPrivacy (or on iOS, PMP), where the app thinks it has all the permissions it ever will want, but it gets fed bogus data. Contacts? Gets garbage. Location? Fake. Advertising ID? Sure, pick one. ESN/IMEI? Whatever the RNG says, its all yours.

It is surprising what apps ask for, permission-wise. If one uses a firewall program (Firewall IP on iOS, others on Android), you will find that a lot of apps communicate with tens to hundreds of sites that are pretty much irrelevant to anything you are doing, but usually are related to ad-based stuff, be it analytics, behavioral tracking, or other stuff that has no benefit to the end user, but a windfall for a snoop.

I've found the only real solution is to either move to a more user-respecting ROM like CM or whatever the talent in XDA has built, which almost always works better than what came from the factory.

Comment Re:Not really ... (Score 1) 42

Problem is that we will see this problem "fixed" by things similar to Samsung's KNOX, where if someone tries to manually install their own ROM or unlock the bootloader, the device blows an e-Fuse, rendering it either incapable of using a factory ROM, or showing it has been tampered with on boot.

Comment Re:Business and Bitcoin? What could go wrong? (Score 1) 68

That is the classic problem we have had since the early 1990s and PGP.

PGP 2.x and its descendants solved a lot of issues. It is transport independent [1], supported a good web of trust, did well for backing up keys, had a decent provision for revoking keys that were lost (assuming you made a revocation cert), and many other things. However, it took some active knowledge to use, and that is what made it unpopular.

Bitcoin is similar. MtGox presented a point and drool user interface to a protocol, pretending to be a bank. Of course, because the coins were in MtGox's wallet, they were really not belonging to accountholders, so when they went out of business, possession is normally 9/10 of the law, but in this case, possession is the law.

A lot of the exchanges just capitalized on people new to the protocol, and were expecting the currency to behave like dollars with a PayPal account.

Like the above -- this is an education issue, not a BitCoin issue. However people seem to rather deal with a lack of security than have to pack their own parachute. S/MIME versus PGP comes to mind for E-mail.

[1]: E-mail, SMS, MMS, NNTP, I've even used Paperbak (now spelled PaperBack) by Michael Mohr to pull larger from printed codes.

Comment Re: Well now Patrick will have to make a change (Score 2) 134

LILO has been a fundamental piece of the OS for many years, and has worked quite well. GRUB has eclipsed it for most uses, but for applications where every byte of storage is at a premium, it still has a place.

It is something that is well maintained, and can probably be retired, but still be useful, mainly since BIOS booting won't have the security changed and enhancements that UEFI comes with, so there isn't much that may change with the old BIOS based process in the future.

I'm grateful that it has been well maintained for so long. It is a piece of software taken for granted... but yet essential to the function of a machine.

Comment Re: Sorry, but Apple still deserves most of the cr (Score 2) 341

OS X is a completely different thing than System 1-7 or OS 8 and 9.

The main thing OS X offered that many a Mac person just hated Apple for not having... was true, preemptive multitasking. Before that, if an application or a desktop accessory didn't use WaitNextEvent(), the entire system ground to a halt, requiring a hardware reset. In fact, because OS 9 and earlier behaved like a chain of primitive Christmas tree lights (one bulb goes out, the entire chain does too), one wound up having to reboot every so often, just for safety. Some applications crashes could be recovered from... others, it was full down. To boot, there wasn't any real multi-user capability, other than what was grafted on via AppleShare servers or security programs like FileGuard or others.

Is OS X perfect? Nope. It desperately needs a new primary filesystem as HFS Plus is getting long in the tooth (it really is at best, competition for ext3) [1]. However, as an OS, it does its job well.

[1]: With all the cash Apple is sitting on, they could either license ZFS from Oracle, or if they don't want to deal with the licensing issues, hit up Symantec, license Veritas for VxFS, and extend that. One can use OSXFuse, but having a native filesystem on par with ZFS or btrfs would be nice.

Comment Ada? (Score 1) 427

It can be debated if Ada is obscure or not, but it has an important place in computing: Programs made from it can be made provably secure. Very few languages can do this.

Of course, with most dev houses, being able to have a build tree that can compile an executable for packaging on ship date is the most important thing out there, but if someone actually cared to write code where security or life safety is an issue, there is a language, that isn't too unpopular, that can be used for this.

Comment Re:Advertisers, worry about security? Get real (Score 1) 259

Exactly. Advertising has morphed from showing a static picture of a product or a few lines of text to trying to be as intrusive as possible. If an advertiser could scan your HDD, encrypt your documents and sell you "protection", they would.

Realistically, why do advertisers need to fingerprint your browser, add "supercookies", demand a per device/computer identifier, constantly track your location, go through your contacts, pictures, music, and whatever is asked for? All they need to know is that their ad was seen, and perhaps clicked on/responded to. The other stuff is just invasion of privacy. To show a car ad, why the unnecessary trespass on people's machines?

Comment Re:That's gonna be a nope (Score 2, Insightful) 136

I want a phone that backs off the bleeding edge somewhat when it comes to thinness, and allows for better battery capacity. Similar with having 8 cores of 64 bit ARM processors.

The classic example of a simple, yet functioning design would be the Palm V. PalmOS wasn't the fastest kid on the block... but it worked, was extremely usable, and for what it did, it did well. Plus, the design still looks good today.

I want a decent smartphone. I don't want a tracker device to give every advertiser every single piece of data the phone gets. I don't want a media device slinging ads, loaded with bloatware.

I want true innovation:

1: Make a thin, but usable OS on a partition, like the Atrix and Atrix 2. This way, I can bring a "dumb" dock and have computer functionality, but if it gets stolen, who cares... the data is on the phone.

2: VMs. That way, I can have a multiple sim phone that completely separates my personal stuff from work stuff, and both are kept away from client stuff. To boot, this makes backups/restores easy. Deduplicating filesystems are common, so having multiple VMs wouldn't be a burden on storage or CPU, especially if the fs did offline duplication as opposed to active.

3: Timeless design. Not silver painted plastic. The Palm V is 15+ years old, and it still looks decent even compared to modern units.

Comment Re:Consumers wont... (Score 3, Informative) 46

When the masses decided on gaming, we went from games like Origin's with new IP every few months, to games that cost ten times as much (if you factor the DLC required) and are the same IP as last year. They decided that waiting a little bit more for a relatively bug-free version of a game isn't worth it, making the game industry with its, "it compiles, ship it!" mantra the de facto standard of today.

When the masses decided on smartphones, they went from units that had a week of battery life and had a nice slider keyboard (which was quite useful when doing SSH tasks) to error-prone tapping on a touchscreen, and battery life that doesn't last a workday. Yes, newer smartphones are so thin, they only have one side, but so much was sacrificed so that the devices can be thin, as well as run the latest version of real time rendered Chainsaw Crush at 60 FPS. It would be nice to not have as powerful a CPU in return for a phone that can easily fit in a standard pocket.

When the masses decided on what the Internet looks like, out went newsgroups, mailing lists, Web forums, and IRC. In return, we have Facebook, and Twitter.

Comment Re:I love the idea of connected devices BUT... (Score 2) 46

I can see the future /. complaints as well:

"I just bought a fridge, and they demand $25 a month to allow the door to be opened after 9:00 PM, and the ice maker to work 24 hours. I am just tired of watching the same ads for 5 minutes before it allows the door to be opened."

"My doorbell won't stop playing ad jungles unless I pay $10 a month for the ad free experience."

"Time to reboot all the light switches. Some botnet got installed and is using them for NarfCoin mining."

"Just had my health insurance premium double when I tossed the remnants of that pizza in the nuker, and the microwave alerted my ins co to my overquota of sodium this year."

"Just got fired from my job when my phone relayed to my employer that I was at a friend's house who posted a scathing review on one of their products."

Comment Re:Not exactly novel (Score 2) 87

Or a Scangauge 2, which also plugs into the OBD II port, can be placed anywhere where its contents can be useful.

Of course, a generic Bluetooth OBD tool for $10 from Amazon + Torque is another solution.

As the above, none of the above require a constant connection, no cellular device, no monthly fees, and you can place it where you want.

Companies wanting to attach stuff to your ODB2 port for data mining is getting old. From insurance dongles which will ding you if you stomp hard on the brakes or have a long commute, to governments that want the data for real time odometer readings for "taxes".

Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space.