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Comment: Re:Stargate SG-1 (Score 1) 459

by bobbied (#48917999) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?
That's because the average /. reader was raised during a time when that family of shows was popular here in the USA. Now that Star Trek and all it's offshoots are relegated to the rerun dust bin, you can bet that some other series of shows will take its place with the younger crowd. Things like "Dr. Who" with it's huge number of seasons will be historically more significant in the long run.

Comment: Online.... (Score 1) 234

by bobbied (#48916549) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

There are a number of services that will store your data for you and it's well encrypted. Unless you are a confirmed cheapskate like me, and don't mind the headache of actually performing backups, encrypted online is the way to go.

If online doesn't float your boat or if you really think somebody will be interested enough to break into your stuff, then do what I do. I first back everything up to my NAS, then I backup the NAS to three hard drives. One drive is stored at the in-laws house and gets swapped every time we visit, One is stored in my file cabinet and gets swapped every weekend with the last one that stays in the server and gets a snapshot backup every few days. The NAS is built on OpenMediaVault and has a Raid 5 array with a hot spare. The NAS has a SATA drive bay that I can just push in a bare drive (2.5 or 3.5).

I use "rsync" to push all my data from the various windows and Linux boxes I'm backing up automatically to the NAS, so I end up with a minimum of three copies of all backed up data (the original on the original host, and two in the RAID array) I'll have four copies once the NAS is backed up, and FIVE copies once we visit the In-laws. Overkill, I know. However, it's worth it given that I happened to loose a few years of pictures once and my wife about came unglued. I'm NOT doing that again.

Comment: Re:F the police (Score 1) 432

by bobbied (#48909711) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Yea, always a good policy to disrespect the people who are charged with protecting you and your stuff... There are a few officers who abuse their authority, but most really are out to protect and serve. May I suggest you think about being grateful? We really don't pay them all that much considering the risks they take everyday.

Comment: Re:No fuck off (Score 2) 432

by bobbied (#48909589) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Oh I don't know....

I had every cop on duty in the small town I live in show up at my home once. What where they looking for? Some kids playing with guns during school...

It turned out to be some neighbor who called to complain about my kid playing with the kids across the street (both home schooled) and their arsenal of bright blue and orange nurff guns that shot orange foam darts about 15 feet, the day before.

They showed up with all three squad cars and 5 officers, right after lunch to let us know we where violating a non-existent curfew law.. What a waste of time and resources.

Comment: Re:what about liability? and maybe even criminal l (Score 1) 87

by bobbied (#48906765) Attached to: Germany Plans Highway Test Track For Self-Driving Cars
LOL.. I can assure you, most places have reasonable traffic laws, Germany is not unique in that regard... What may be different is the understanding of and obedience to the existing laws. If my experiences in Texas are any indicator, there is LOTS of room for improvement in that area around here, but I'm guessing the Germans have their share of less than ideal drivers.

Comment: Re:Respect yourself (Score 1) 373

by bobbied (#48904415) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

I'm glad you live in a world without fear where all people can stand up and make a stand for what's right and doing so makes all the evil that humans do go away. I do not live in that world. I live in the real world.

Where did I say evil goes away when you assert yourself? What I did say is that many evil men will seek other prey that is easier to catch and you will spare yourself such troubles as this article describes. Or are you supposing that women should be doormats for men to wipe their feet on?

Evil can and will find you regardless of who you are, but you can make yourself less of a target and avoid much trouble if you think about the situation and prepare for the likely problems you may encounter. Might you still end up in a no-win series of events? Perhaps, but if you have done everything you can to avoid it, you will have no blame in being a part of it.

I'm just saying that you should do what you can to avoid being a target and in this case a bit of self respect would have certainly helped.

Comment: Re:Respect yourself (Score 1) 373

by bobbied (#48888615) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT
I see your point and I'd like to add one. Unless this was done in private, this kind of behavior is going to be pretty obvious to anybody looking on. If you see something like this underway, even if it's not something you are involved in, you do have a responsibility to say something. All to often the helpless are left that way because people around them didn't care enough to give them a hand. I've seen it in the school yard with children and as an adult...

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.