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Comment: Even so: Par2 (Score 1) 55

by cerberusss (#49770077) Attached to: No, Your SSD Won't Quickly Lose Data While Powered Down

Even though this sounds reassuring, I started creating par2 checksums for my family pictures (and then back up the whole bunch, of course).

If you run OS X on the desktop, it installs nicely via Homebrew:

  $ brew install par2

Then use as follows:

  $ cd familypics
  $ par2create par2file *

And to verify:

  $ cd familypics
  $ par2verify par2file.par2

It takes about 5% of extra storage. If you run Linux, you can get that back by using btrfs and mounting it compressed.

Comment: Backup won't help you (Score 5, Insightful) 184

by cerberusss (#49657265) Attached to: Enterprise SSDs, Powered Off, Potentially Lose Data In a Week


If you have switched to SSD for either personal or business use, do you follow the recommendation here that spinning-disk media be used as backup as well?

So how do backups help you? Except for ZFS and btrfs (?), no file systems check for data integrity. You're not going to detect the bitrot taking place, and you'll happily send that rotten data to your backup until the corruption is noticed in some other way.

Comment: Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic (Score 1) 452

by cerberusss (#49273951) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

I really like the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic. Marco Arment has a nice review from 2013. He recently compared it to a Matias Ergo Pro.

Note that I'm a Mac user (yeah LOL Apple, I know right?) but with the right freeware, you're able to map, for example, the Caps Lock key to Escape. I used to work on an awesome Sun keyboard that had the escape key right there, for vi and all that good stuff.

Comment: Wow! Many stupid! Wow! (Score 3, Informative) 223

by cerberusss (#48982499) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Gaining Control of My Mobile Browser?

The amount of misinformation in this topic is staggering.

There's enough cool stuff in the App Store that take a lot of the hurt away. I'm using iCab Mobile, an alternative to Safari that has many options, ad blocking one amongst them.

As for the comments that all browsers are just reskinned versions of an older Safari version, as far as I know the new WKWebView component makes it possible for alternative browsers to have equal speed compared to Safari.

Comment: Re:No (Score 2) 545

by cerberusss (#48541627) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

I own a 10-person tech company in Canada and I have never made my employees work overtime. Ever.

That is commendable. But hasn't it ever occurred that you promise a client to deliver a certain date, and you made a mistake in planning? I could imagine that rather than disappointing the client, you try and work overtime to make good on your promises. Obviously you didn't do that, so how do you solve those problems?

Comment: I'm just happy they made it (Score 1) 473

by cerberusss (#48408915) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

I do understand the complaints made. Sometimes it feels limiting that a constant connection is required.

However, I'm just happy they are finishing the project. I have many happy memories of playing Elite in my youth. In this day and age, creating a video game is a massive and complicated project, and they seem to have succeeded. I pitched in a hundred pounds, and they're also going to release it on the Mac, which is currently my most-used platform.

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