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Comment: Danger of SSDs (Score 2, Interesting) 105

by bradgoodman (#49083561) Attached to: Samsung's Portable SSD T1 Tested
for a ton of technical reasons I won't get into right now (remapping/wear leveling) SSDs aren't usually able to handle power faults like regular HDs. Too often, taking an unexpected power hit can easily result of massive amounts of lost data, or even loss of the device itself. I've seen this happen at least 20 times. Thete are allegedly some "enterprise grade SSDs" which may or may not mitigate this issue. I'm tired of seeing articles citing all kinds of performance tests that go into absolutely no detail on if you are going to lose all your data the next time you lose power, or have to force-off your laptop because it locked-up on you.

Comment: Re: Understand your rights!! (Score 1) 291

by bradgoodman (#48842187) Attached to: Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime
Again - people need to understand it in more depth - it's more than that. Thinks like: never consent to a search, always insist that you want to leave, how to ask if you are being detained. Also understanding the reasoning behind these things - and what their positive and negative consequences are are importiant - and not always intuitive.

Comment: Understand your rights!! (Score 2) 291

by bradgoodman (#48841911) Attached to: Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime
I'm not an extreme (left/right) crackpot - but I've read a bunch of their rethoric with respect to "knowing your rights" when it comes to dealing with police - and there is a LOT of merit to it!

This article speaks to the core of it.

These types of "false confessions" always follow the same pattern. Police with little or no circumstantial evidence pulling innocent people into long interrogations. They are happy to talk - because they are innocent, and letting all the facts come out can only help, right?

People need Serious education on how to handle situations like this. What to do and - NOT to do. What their rights are, and what will work best in their interests. Most of the time, the are involved in conversations that they have no obligation to have - and can leave at any time.

Comment: Linux Desktop, Really? (Score 0) 264

by bradgoodman (#48805391) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?
IMHO - a Linux "desktop" user GUI app? Really? I'd second-guess the approach, and before you discount me - hear me out...

Linux is all the bomb for the back-end, but not the front-end.

If you want to do that way - go for it. But in the world of Windows desktop (which you've already done), there are a lot of other avenues that seem more important. In several places that I've worked - and a lot of scientific and technical places that are big on Linux - MacOS is surprisingly where the desktop is, and the trend seem to be growing. Furthermore, iOS and Android are important "front-end platforms". too.

If you really wanted the Linux support - I would be (and have been) included to go the HTML-5 route. You get Linux, and many other front-ends for free.

In short - unless there is a pretty specific reason to believe you're going to have Linux users on the front-end, I'd stay away.

P.S. This is not going to be "The Year of the Linux Desktop".

Comment: Random Number Generation (Score 1) 106

by bradgoodman (#48450851) Attached to: Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation
So from what I am guessing - they are referring to using the radioactive decay of the materials for true random number generation. This concept isn't new - the unpredictability of radioactive decay has been a know source of "truly random" numbers. The article infers that it could use this to generate a key that could be shared with an external authentication mechanism - but you could do this with any random number source. You'd think they would have mentioned something like "quantum entanglement between the weapon and the president" (which might have been interesting) - but no.

Comment: Relay through Comcast (Score 1) 405

by bradgoodman (#48381537) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?
I had this problem too. I simply use Comcast's SMTP servers to relay my messages from my own SMTP server. You are required to configure SSL-secured transport only, and required to use your Comcast credentials when sending message to the relay. In-turn, when Comcast passes the messages, the services [you mentioned] accept them, but they still are shown as coming from my servers.

You don't have to "use Comcast's mail service" - they just want to use Comcast as a way of providing some accountability as to where the email is coming from - as a way of limiting spam.

Education

Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks 219

Posted by samzenpus
from the falling-beyond dept.
dkatana writes Microsoft's licensing scheme, the high cost of support and difficult management of devices are the key factors making schools drop Windows for better alternatives as iPads and Chromebooks. Google is making a dent in the education market with Chromebooks. The internet giant has been promoting the use of Chrome OS with specific tools for schools to manage the devices, their apps and users. Its Chromebooks for Education program is helping schools deploy large numbers of devices with an easy management system. While Google is successful with Chromebooks as school laptops the clear winner on tablets is Apple. iPads are a the preferred platform for schools deploying tablets as digital learning devices.

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