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Comment: Re:A quote (Score 1) 418

by HBI (#48926863) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Rummy has been demonized, and there's no question but that he's a dick and steamrolls people, but he's always been a pragmatist and relatively non-ideological. He always gets conflated with neocons, but he is not one of them.

I don't think he'd argue all that much with your characterization.

Comment: Re:stone tablets (Score 1) 250

by kesuki (#48920139) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

"Eventually the CD might not be supported,"

welcome to the 21st century where music is listened to on phones. devices that are obsolete in 2 years but can store all your music on a tiny bitty chip unless you've been torrenting the best music of the past 100,000 years.

as to 'not supported' there are chinese firms still selling 8 track tape playing devices, despite the fact that all of the remaining tapes should have deteriorated now. they also sell vhs decks which the local wal-mart actually has a model on the shelf. blu-ray playback is not going away anytime soon. i have 2 bluray writers, one for the desktop and one usb powered one for the laptop(s). reel to reel tape decks may now be considered obsolete but there are people who still use them in the industry.

there will be pushes to make new fancier stuff, yes. it is called marketing. the vast majority of my cd-rs are still readable and only some of them have bitrot. but i wasn't organized with my cd-rs so i have a considerable number of discs i don't really know if i still have the data or not. most of the data isn't really mission critical and despite losing my music collection about 4 times now (from windows formatted hard drives) the back ups cd-rs and dvds and now 1 bluray, i have only lost 1 song to bitrot 1 song and it was all because i had backups that survived longer than hard drives.

i recommend HDDs and BD-R discs for backup. BD-R while subject to bitrot are still the lowest energy overhead per GB in the consumer space. HDDs are the cheapest per GB but if left running so as to automate backups draws more power and powering off a HDD in the consumer space means you have to be there to power it on for archival use. though there will at some point be a 'smartphone' app to remotely put them to standby via software. this can already be done with a NAS and Wake-on-LAN and a little scripting. but then the energy requirements are significantly higher on a NAS than on a usb hdd. anyways using both media HDD and Blu-ray offers a better chance of not losing everything. flash memory is nice but i wouldn't expect it to last forever, my compact flash devices suffered from an issue where the memory would take more and more power from devices until the cameras running them couldn't power them from fresh batteries, could have been the camera but it is hard to say but i wouldn't consider any flash memory as reliable when compared to hdds and bluray devices.

Comment: for your amusement i had a gui in dos... (Score 1) 4

by kesuki (#48919903) Attached to: Is the Touch UI irredeemable?

my second computer was an 80286. it had 1MB of ram, and we had i believe EGA graphics and a serial mouse for gaming and word perfect. for dos word perfect 5.22, think vi and emacs having a child it is what wordperfect for dos behaved like. it had an extensive array of command line abilities (my teacher had a rolodex with all the commands she used) and yes she needed a rolodex to sort the functionality. but it supported a mouse too and had menus, often triggered by the function keys and/or the mouse. but yes even dos apps had mouse support. and the sad thing is, while *bsd supports mouses and multiple mice automatically (or did lat i used it) linux doesn't do this without modifying configuration files, people like in ubuntu don't worry about the tty's anymore but i loved using copy/paste and scroll lock in FreeBSD when i used it... cause i always did all my root work in the ttys instead of x windows. well once i learned that running x as root is bad... somewhere i learned about su, but i know whenever i was setting up freebsd it was from the ttys most of the time...

Comment: Re:No fun (Score 1) 462

by HBI (#48911997) Attached to: Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

Economics is already taking hold. The discount is already built in (ever seen what most games go for on Steam?) and most importantly, the boxes aren't moving off the shelves for most titles. All the MBAs trying to extract every iota of marginal demand by these tactics are instead driving stakes into the heart of their business.

That said, a new generation in school today is learning the same idiocy by rote.

Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 2, Insightful) 418

by HBI (#48877183) Attached to: Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

I'm sure you'd like to believe this, but it isn't true. There are introspective people from all walks and everywhere on the spectrum, but most people are captives of their own echo chamber and don't want to hear a word otherwise. Leftists do not have any special properties in this regard. They are just as eager to squelch speech as any other government, when in power.

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 2) 189

by HBI (#48875705) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

Bad form (replying to myself) but, I imagine many readers weren't even out of diapers when the last EISA system shipped. EISA slots supported ISA cards as well - the slots were dual use and had special keyed connectors that reached down lower in the slot when operating in 32-bit EISA mode. To an 8 or 16 bit ISA card, the slots were standard ISA slots for all intents and purposes, except that you had to run the EISA config utility (kind of like a BIOS config, but software rather than firmware) to get the system on board with what you were doing.

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 4, Informative) 189

by HBI (#48875479) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

AC, the Compaq Deskpro line implemented EISA. While these systems rarely saw use in homes, banks were full of the things as were other firms. Deskpros were built like tanks up until about 1996. I installed lots of EISA NICs, in particular.

My point is that there were more of these systems out there than you think.

Comment: silly (Score 2) 126

by HBI (#48870117) Attached to: Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

I mean I know people running criminal enterprises aren't all that bright usually, but you'd think the smart play would be to avoid obvious telltales like an overlarge amount of shipments to your house.

The right way to do this would be to open up a shell storefront and conduct a legitimate trade for its cover value, and get your shipments there. How about one of those mailbox places?

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 0) 106

by HBI (#48866641) Attached to: Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

The fact that most women have trouble getting along with other women is not my problem.

The fact that a significant percentage of women are also offended by male-dominated social environments is also not my problem.

I can speculate on the reasons why both of the above are true, and even come up with ways to fix it, but as stated, not my problem.

The majority is not going to change for a minority, no matter how many laws are passed. Sporadic enforcement is the rule. Eventually, they'll be rolled back. In the meantime, resistance is the rule. SJWs, like you, are to be taken out using any means available.

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