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Comment: Re:Too many words (Score 1) 96

by Smurf (#47504979) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

The data for the US is almost laughably vague. It could very well be that 1000 requests were made, and 1000 requests were granted.

100% success rate in complying with requests sounds pretty cozy to me...

Following that exact same logic we could argue that 2000 requests were made (involving 3000 accounts) and 0 were granted.

A 0% success rate in complying with requests sounds pretty un-cozy to me...

I agree that the data is worthless, though.

Comment: Re:My plan is to wait and see (Score 1) 214

by Smurf (#47365965) Attached to: Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

You see you cant buy a disc with aperture on it, only via the app store... and if they remove it from the app store you cant reinstall it when your hard drive crashes. Therefore they CAN make it disappear. All they have to do is wait a short few years for that hard drive to fail.

No one is preventing you from backing up your apps. Why you refuse to do it is totally beyond me.

Comment: Re:HFS reliability (Score 1) 396

by Smurf (#47240451) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

All the Macs I've owned have always been my main personal computer, and the first couple were my only computer at the time. I did everything on them: schoolwork, gaming, stuff for my dad's office and for others, etc. Looking back, I believe I spent way more time with them than I should have.

Did I experience system crashes with the dreaded bomb box? Yes, plenty of them. Did I experience sad Macs? Yes, occasionally. (I believe it was supposed to appear on hardware failure, but after restarting the computers continued to hum along for years). I never owned (nor pirated) a copy of Norton Disk Doctor, although I did see it running on other people's computers.

It's not my fault that my experience differs from yours.

Comment: Re:Backup? (Score 1) 396

by Smurf (#47238855) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

The parent post is assuming that the user is using Time Machine for the backups. In that case, the checksums are usually not verified (as nine-times said in his reply).

Nevertheless, in some cases Time Machine will perform a "deep" scan, for example if you have not backed up for a long time or if you upgrade your computer's drive. In that case, the corrupted file would be identified as a "change" and would be backed up again, just as you said.

Nevertheless, take into account that the corrupted file is not replacing the original in the backup. Both copies are left there so once you discover the corruption you can use Time Machine to navigate to a backup that is old enough and allow you to recover the file.

Comment: Re:HFS reliability (Score 1) 396

by Smurf (#47236395) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Anyone who owned a Mac since the 80s remembers having to use Norton Disk Doctor and later DiskWarrior at least once per month to repair the filesystem. Entire folders could go randomly missing each time you booted up your Mac, and if you accidentally lost power to your hard drive, the use of one of those was mandatory.

No, not "anyone who owned a Mac since the 80s...". My first Mac was a Mac Plus bought in 1987 (IIRC), and I have never used those tools nor experienced the problems you mention.

Comment: Re:Link (Score 1) 178

by Smurf (#46924601) Attached to: Elderly Mice Perk Up With Transfused Blood

Thanks for the link to TFA. (I included a hyperlinked version for the benefit of the copy-paste impaired).

Reading that WSJ article allowed me to find the actual scientific paper in Nature Medicine , for those so inclined. Unfortunately it's paywalled except for the abstract and figures but those in the target audience of the paper probably have access through their institutions.

Comment: Re:AND?? (Score 2) 466

by Smurf (#46854185) Attached to: Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

Peas are seeds, a vegetable that comes from a pea plant. TFA is technically correct.

But following that logic ("a pea is not a plant because it is just part of a plant") the statement is still incorrect because I bet you could use the same argument to disqualify all the other ingredients as being plants.

Comment: Re:Discussed to death on Bruce Schneier's blog... (Score 3, Informative) 332

by Smurf (#46803205) Attached to: Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

New York City water is untreated and it has some of the best water in the country.

Really? Cause I've read otherwise:

Before entering City pipes, all drinking water is treated with chlorine, fluoride, food-grade phosphoric acid, and sometimes with sodium hydroxide. Water quality and infrastructure are overseen by the City's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in coordination with the EPA and New York State 's Department of Health.

Source

Comment: Re:oh, sorry (Score 1) 81

by Smurf (#46799811) Attached to: Preventative Treatment For Heartbleed On Healthcare.gov

The latest CBO report shows that the law is on track to reduce the total number of uninsured people by 12 million this year. Page 8 of the PDF.

I don't see the mention of 12 billion at all on that page or the ones next to it.

Of course you mean 12 million, not 12 billion.

The reason you can't find the number is because you are (quite correctly) looking at the page labeled as number 8. Unfortunately the PDF was not formatted correctly and the numbering is not restarting after the four-page preamble. Because of that, @artor3's PDF reader is incorrectly telling him that the page he is looking at is number 8, while you will find it's labeled as number 4.

So, go to page 4, Table 2, and look at the column for 2014. The Item (Change in Insurance Coverage Under the ACA) for Uninsured shows an increase of -12 (millions).

Comment: Re:Is Lasik At Home Safe? (Score 1) 183

by Smurf (#46519401) Attached to: Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?

Ha!

Perhaps the most hilarious thing about that website are the photos of "Dr. Amir Khadim, M.D., Ph.D." with the device... He's wearing glasses!

(Yes, I know. Not all eyesight defects can be corrected by LASIK. Still it's bad publicity as it suggests lack of confidence in the device you are selling – or its effectiveness.)

Comment: Re:The Mac demoed had 4X the RAM of one sold (Score 2) 129

by Smurf (#46076167) Attached to: Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

That is to say, the Mac he was demonstrating was different from the Mac Apple was selling: it had 512K of RAM. The only Mac available for purchase at launch had 128K and was not capable of running the MacInTalk speech synthesis software.

True, true. But the the 128K Mac was upgradable to 512K (albeit by an authorized reseller, not by the end user), and Macs that already came with 512 KB of RAM were introduced later that year.

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