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Comment: Get the facts (Score 1) 383

by aarongadberry (#41922473) Attached to: Buckyballs Throws In the Towel

The state objected to their labeling, not their product. They labeled the toy as OK for 14+. The state says that magnets must be labeled as not safe for 14 and under. The labeling included 14 year olds as part of an acceptable audience. From an observers perspective, the company has been completely immature about the entire event. They responded with inflammatory accusations of persecution and have used the event repeatedly in their marketing. And now they are shutting down...? The company should have been fine. This misrepresentation makes me wish I hadn't given them money. There are alternatives out there.

Comment: What about Business? (Score 1) 377

by aarongadberry (#39895865) Attached to: FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites — Now

Why wouldn't business should have a strong objection to this? All sorts of intellectual property, internal financial data, client data, medical records, financial records, and/or personnel files could be compromised, and not just by the FBI or a rogue agent. This is the practice of intentionally creating a backdoor with standard access mechanisms that's usage will inevitably be undetectable.

Comment: Re:the 2 main choices: (Score 2) 260

by aarongadberry (#39883201) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: DIY NAS For a Variety of Legacy Drives?

I don't see the ability to dynamically expand FreeNAS. (Just add a drive and expand the protected space)

I cautiously recommend unRaid. I have not had an ideal experience with it, but most of it was due to my lack of diligence in ordering compatible hardware and fully reading all 10,000 forum threads before logging in. Mainly the hardware thing.

Comment: You should really open source it (Score 2) 848

by aarongadberry (#38514372) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handing Over Personal Work Without Compensation?

Open source gives you several great advantages. You don't give it to your company, but you get the credit anyways, while maintaining control of the project. The company gets to use it and you get the advantages you spoke of at work. You also improve your resume globally.

Comment: It doesn't go away... (Score 1) 318

by aarongadberry (#36999676) Attached to: Are 'Real Names' Policies an Abuse of Power?

I remember a slashdot article some time back about the permanence of the internet. I have friends that have been unable to 'start over' because of this very fact. Combining that reality with a requirement for real names is dangerous. Some comment you made on Facebook 25 years before will impact your ability to get a job, run for public office, etc.

Comment: Re:Wuala (Score 2) 188

by aarongadberry (#36894452) Attached to: DIY Dropbox Alternatives

If you like(d) dropbox then go to Wuala.

http://www.gadberry.com/aaron/2011/04/29/wuala-for-dropbox-users/

It is so much more, and so much better.

"The design of a worldwide, fully transparent distributed file system for simultaneous use by millions of mobile and frequently disconnected users is left as an exercise for the reader."

- Andrew S. Tanenbaum (Distributed Operating Systems)

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