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Comment: Re:[shrug] (Score 1) 226

by MufasaZX (#41992441) Attached to: NASA To Encrypt All of Its Laptops
I implemented Seagate hybrid drives and PGP Whole Disk Encryption on all my company's laptops a year or two ago and it works very well, and only once had a funky out-of-sync explosion that required a call to Symantec support to resolve. If you pull out a drive that has an OS issue and try to slap it into a USB dock, as long as the other computer also has PGP it'll just ask for the password and then away you go.

One minor thing that doesn't work is boot-sector based BIOS updates (Dell in particular), but getting around this with a bootable Windows98 USB key is easy enough.

Another problem with SSDs...some of them (SandForce) use compression to reduce the write cycles to the flash chips and boost performance, which is all well and good until your data is encrypted and totally uncompressable. It still works fine, but the stunning SSD performance from SF's controller comes down to more mortal levels. Hence we use the Seagate hybrid drives, they are cheap, large, and fast enough.

Comment: Re:Seconds? (Score 1) 151

by MufasaZX (#41841687) Attached to: Self-Driving Car Faces Off Against Pro On Thunderhill Racetrack
I've raced, Autocrossed, and instructed with the SCCA in Northern California for many years, and after checking the video it's clear that they are running the full length course, including the blind high-pucker-factor Turn 5 (NASA punks run a bypass around it, which IMHO takes the fun out of it. No, not that NASA).

And I gotta say while the AI seems to drive with a good amount of commitment, it's only kinda on the "Driving Line", and not remotely close to nailing the apexes to use every inch of pavement. It's easy to see how a real human driver would crush the AI for now, but as you said, it's a great start, and lots of room for improvement.

A fully AI racing serious would be very interesting, I can imagine the programmers setting up their AI's to more and more aggressively bluff and fake and dive to the apex without compromise to force the other AIs dodge out of the way. Rubbing paint would be inevitable, and for once, not be accompanied by risk to squishy humans...

+ - Fun with Tablets: Time-lapse video recording with the Transformer Prime->

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MufasaZX writes "Android's camera app' has been able to do time-lapse video recording since 3.0, but the ASUS Transformer Prime has taken it to a new level. Clear 1080P video from a large aperture camera, ample storage, and a keyboard/battery/dock that not only serves as an easy stand or mounting surface, but also gives enough power to record hours of continuous footage without AC power. Last weekend I tied the poor thing onto the roof of my 4x4 like Romney's dog and hit the desert trails of Death Valley National Park, where 5 hours of canyons, dunes, and stunning landscape fly by in just 11 minutes."
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Math

Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes 538

Posted by samzenpus
from the less-math-more-social-science dept.
artemis67 writes "A man studying in London has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe to explain why he can't find a girlfriend. Peter Backus, a native of Seattle and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, near London, in his paper, 'Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK,' used math to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. In describing the paper on the university Web site he wrote 'the results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.'"

Comment: Yup, Symantec even has a Y2010 bug... (Score 1) 233

by MufasaZX (#30683818) Attached to: 2010 Bug Plagues Germany
Starting on 1/1/2010 Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager v11, the software that pulls down updates from Symantec and pushes them out to all the client systems, started repeatedly downloading the same virus def over and over and stashing them in randomly named temp folders on the C drive at the rate of about 1GB/hour. Party. Lots of folks on the Symantec support forms are experiencing the issue. Purging the temp folders and upgrading to the recently released v11 RU5 fixes the problem, but those without current support contracts to get the updates would be kinda screwed...

-c

Comment: Re:Auto upbreak. (Score 5, Informative) 383

by MufasaZX (#22790092) Attached to: Vista Service Pack 1 Is Out
Luckily today was a slow day at work so I did various benchmark tests both before and after installing SP1. This was all done on my Dell Inspiron E1705 laptop, Core 2 Duo 2Ghz CPU, 2GB RAM, and a freshly defragmented 200GB 7200RPM Seagate HD. Not a mobile Lan Party screamer, but it gets the job done well enough.

Boot times dropped, both with and without ReadyBoost enabled (using a 4GB 150x SD card) by about 10 seconds, ending up with 1:56 clean and 1:45 with ReadyBoost.

ATTO Disk Benchmark showed a .

Copying 1GB of JPG files from one partition to another dropped from 1:31 to 1:09, and to the network from 1:35 to 1:06.

3DMark06 scores very slightly increased, PCBench05 scores slightly decreased.

The graphics test in CoH OF went from 59.7/28.8/7.9 up to 59.7/28.9/9.2

So no huge improvements, but overall things are just a bit more snappy.
Sci-Fi

+ - Deckard is a Replicant

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MufasaZX writes "While endless debate over weather Rick Deckard in Blade Runner is himself a replicant may be entertaining, on today's Fresh Air on NPR a new interview with Ridley Scott was aired, and the second question out of Terry Gross's mouth was 'is Deckard a replicant?' which RS replied with an absolute affirmative. There, done, end of debate. The audio stream of the interview is already online here."

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