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Comment: Maintenance (Score 1) 251

by dagarath (#48916605) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

It really doesn't matter what media you select. The important part is your schedule of updating. Ex.. You pick optical discs and you burn a new disc every 3 months and store it securely. The important fact is not the storage media, it's the 3 month schedule of updating it. You can switch media out on your 3 month update schedule, use flash media, external hard drive, tape, whatever. As long as your most recent backup is no more than 3 months old you'll still be able to read it.

Where most people fail at this is the schedule.. And that's why an online backup solution would work better for the majority of people. Schedule your online backups with one of the secure vendors and let it run automatically.

Comment: Re:Just keep it away from Gentoo and I'm good (Score 1) 551

by dagarath (#48832389) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

because syslogd cannot handle early boot reporting. By definition Systemd is the first thing to run, so any logging related to this time in the boot sequence has to be handled by it. Since it has to do it anyway, make the utility available for general use. Why have another utility duplicate the functionality when Systemd has to have it for early boot time logging.

Incorrect, systemd could have just put it's log messages in cache to be passed to the logging daemon when it became available.. just like all the socket based priority features trumpeted about for boot order sequencing.

Comment: Re:Good For Him (Score 1) 74

by dagarath (#48499447) Attached to: How the FCC CIO Plans To Modernize 207 Legacy IT Systems

The problem is with 207 'legacy systems'.. that's going to mean there's a few systems that every employee uses.. time clock, HR, email, intranet, etc. Then there's 200 systems that 5-20 people use. Probably tracking systems within each department. So, numerous small focused systems are going to be merged into 1 gargantuan do-it-all system. Nothing ever goes wrong with these plans....

Comment: form factor (Score 1) 471

by dagarath (#47873825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

There seems to be a design disconnect. We're making bigger phones but now a smaller interface for the watch... why does this make sense?

How about we need to scrap the phone concept. We need the combination of glass / watch / bluetooth ear buds / mic. Wearable technology that replaces all the crap we currently do with a phone. And once that's matured we just implant it under the skin.

The watch style devices should have solar charging and kinetic charging to hopefully avoid the wall brick charging completely.

Comment: Re:People really believe this about tablets? (Score 1) 497

by dagarath (#43908607) Attached to: Can Microsoft Survive If Windows Doesn't Dominate?

And the other issue is that for basic tasks - web browser, email, chat, basic word processor, the 10 year old windows xp machines still work fine. There's been no compelling need for the basic consumer to upgrade a pc in quite awhile. The PC churn is over, hardware is and has been advanced enough not to need replacement every 2 years for a low end user. (Pentium 4 was introduced in 2000, Core 2 in 2006).

Comment: People already have access. (Score 1) 659

by dagarath (#43121861) Attached to: Most Doctors Don't Think Patients Need Full Access To Med Records

It's already law in the US that patients can have access (and copies) to their own records. The survey was about electronic access to electronic records. There would be a legitimate concern if you allow patients to add information into the doctor's record without any supervision or oversight. There are services that allow individuals to compile and maintain their own records already. And only 4% said no access... 96% said access of some type.. probably with need for explanation of how this would work in practice.

So, physician's don't want patients entering data, altering data, deleting data from the physician's electronic record.. yea that's newsworthy.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.