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Comment: Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (Score 1) 276

by MachineShedFred (#48466961) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

So two people that couldn't even win a senate seat during favorable election conditions, a retread candidate, a guy with a toxic last name, a complete idiot who is known for being a punch line to everyone except the extreme right wing, a governor who barely dodges scandals erupting from typical New Jersey politics, and Bobby Jindal.

Anyone else want in, because I'm not seeing a lot to get fired up about here...

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 397

by MachineShedFred (#48463573) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Tape drives still serve a purpose. Show me any other removable storage mechanism that can store 2.5TB before compression for $40 and have them still readable after 10 years in a safe.

Spinning rust STILL can't do that.

No, you don't get very good performance from tape, and tape is a general pain in the ass; but if you need to keep something for a long time, and you need it to be reliable, tape is how that's done.

Comment: Re:What about long-term data integrity? (Score 2) 397

by MachineShedFred (#48463361) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Yes and no - they simply don't QA every drive that ever existed or will exist, because they didn't ship them and it would be ridiculous to do that anyway. Where the change was, is that they implemented code signing on kernel extensions in order to beef up security a bit, and the side effect is that the ugly binary patch people were applying to the AHCI kext is quite broken. If anyone out there was patching any of the other 200+ kexts that ship with OS X, they have a similar problem; unless they turn off kext signing. Which you are free to do with a simple nvram flag.

Or, it's postulated that you could create your own signing cert, import it into system.keychain, and then re-sign the patched kext; but I'm not aware of anyone doing that. The third option is for some nice SSD manufacturer to make a proper signed driver, but they don't want to spend the time or resources.

Either way, it's a tempest in a teapot. Software vendor is blamed when unsupported hack applied without their knowledge is broken in a major upgrade. In other news, fire is still hot.

Comment: Re:Dear Sony, I am delighted! (Score 1) 153

by MachineShedFred (#48458393) Attached to: Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

let me get this straight: you are saying he is wrong because:
- Sony abuses a rights-stripping piece of shit on everything they produce
- Sony mandated it into the technology license for the disc format to 3rd party player manufacturers
- the GP postulates that once you format-shift the content away from the licensed Blu-Ray spec, third party players no longer adhere to enforcement of the rights-stripping piece of shit
- you post the Slashdot equivalent of "NUH UHH!" because the company that abuses the rights-stripping piece of shit still enforces when it's found in other formats on their hardware, which is a surprise to NOBODY.

If you didn't know, the PS3 is made by SONY, and is going to play the game that SONY wants played. Why would you expect different?

Comment: Re:What's it good for? (Score 1) 235

by MachineShedFred (#48435113) Attached to: Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Your "well established fact" is only one because you didn't put a timetable in place. Yes, the sun will turn into a red giant and cook the planet into a cinder in a few billion years. That also gives us a couple hundred million years to figure it out before it really becomes a thing.

Were you referring to some other factor, because your blanket statement of nonsense didn't get specific...

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