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Comment: not really likely (Score 4, Interesting) 219

by dltaylor (#48670097) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

NK denied it, rather than taking credit.

Their tools are widely distributed, so faking the source is really easy.

The US government is weird combination of ineptitude and self-aggrandizement, so the FBI claims are likely pure BS designed to make the claimants look good (they were SOOO sure that had profiled the Yosemite killer years ago that it only took two more deaths to prove them wrong).

Comment: Re:Which is why (Score 1) 339

Then you're doing it wrong.

Everything that passes through wires outside of your building should be in a VPN, or equivalent. In reality, most of what passes through wires INSIDE your building should be in a VPN, too. Anything over WiFi is broadcast to the planet, and treat it as such.

Comment: more useful than Intel's EEPROMs (Score 5, Interesting) 100

by dltaylor (#48608353) Attached to: The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

There was a time when some of Intel's EEPROMs (1702As, IIRC, but, maybe, 2048s) were write/read-maybe. Seems some materials guy got a really good deal on some clay to make the ceramic carrier. Only problem was that the clay was radioactive enough for the emissions to change the stored data. Back in those days (1702s were only 256 BYTES), the storage cells weren't all that robust, so enough decay particles hitting the cells could flip them.

Think THAT didn't take a while to track down?

Comment: these are WORM drives (Score 5, Informative) 219

by dltaylor (#48590573) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

Write Once Read Mostly

Shingled media is almost useless for random access, since rewriting a logical block means relocating its entire "shingle" strip somewhere else., then, at some other time, garbage-collecting the entire region and relocating the still-in-use blocks. You definitely want to run these "noatime", to prevent thrashing directory blocks, and they should probably have a new filesystem designed for them.

Some have tried tinkering with flash filesystems due to the "copy/invalidate/garbage collect" and the LBAs are gathered in some larger storage block in no particular order, and that storage block needs to be managed. Don't know if Seagate will tell us what the size of a erase block (a set of overlapping, concentric "shingles", which have to be collected as a group) really is, or if they'll even be a consistent size.

If you're streaming from them, you may hit "garbage collect" long access times, and I don't know what proprietary commands and settings may be available, if any, to tell the drive "now is a good time to do housekeeping".

As "archive media", shingled drives probably work OK, since that is a WROM application, but, personally, I would NOT use them on any existing file system.

Comment: ecosystem outside of Apple (Score 1) 269

by dltaylor (#48587033) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

There is a lot of stuff out there (cars, gym equipment, for example) with connectors for the original iPods. Apple, being the %$#! they are, of course, changed those connectors, so newer Apple devices don't work with the existing ecosystem. There's an adapter for my 2004 car that works quite well with an older iPod, but nothing new. If I want to bring my library to that car, it must be in an older iPod (no USB port).

Comment: SLAPP in USofA (Score 1) 62

by dltaylor (#48524419) Attached to: Negative Online Reviews Are Not Defamation (At Least In Canada)

In the USofA, it is very easy for a corporation (you know, our overlords) to file a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP). They have been used, for example, to punish those who "outed" falsely-labeled "organic" produce and protect at least one slaughterhouse from charges of animal cruelty (a bit wierd, but think of the difference between the "humane" killing methods of kosher and Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle") and poor sanitation.

Comment: sounds like IBM / Micropolis (Score 4, Informative) 189

by dltaylor (#48476045) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

IBM had used Micropolis drives back when 5MB was a common size. They insisted that Micropolis buy new production equipment to make the 40s in enough quantity to supply the projected PC demand, then IBM chose another vendor, leaving Micropolis with a lot of production capacity for which to pay, and no customer. Bye-Bye, Micropolis.

Comment: Re:not the only, ... (Score 1) 236

by dltaylor (#48455817) Attached to: What is your computer most often plugged into?

There's not enough generating capacity within Southern California to power the entire grid when so much power is used to run air conditioning in 100+ F heat, and there's also not enough grid distribution to import power (plus they botched the last refit of the San Onofre reactor), since the generators would produce smog, and both of those things would cost money, reducing the shareholders' profits.

Yes, it is an accepted practice, approved by the utility-dominated "Public Utilities Commission".

Living in a multiunit complex (townhouse condominiums), I cannot put enough solar on the available space to operate even the A/C without the utility company. Perhaps, in a couple of years, the nanoscale photovoltaics will, finally, let me get a usable amount of power from garage-roof panels. That, at least, state law requires the association to approve.

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...