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Comment: Re:We do not need solid state to replace platter d (Score 1) 146

by fa2k (#46780021) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

I agree that hybrid storage is great, but it can "easily" be done in software (there's a couple of projects for Linux, like bcache, as well as ZFS, and there's an Intel driver in Windows). Then you can pick the size of the SSD and HDD at will, and optionally make a RAIDs of the HDDs and SSDs to mitigate against the increased failure probability.

When multiple drives aren't an option, in laptops, the problem with hybrids is that you lose out on the non-performance advantages of SSD: low power usage and durability. The controllers could improve on this, by shutting down the hard drive and doing more writeback caching, but current hybrids lose on these points. (my laptop has a 256GB SSD, which I find about a factor 2 too small. I can't sync my /home there so everything on it becomes temporary and a syncing chore. Still I wouldn't change it for a bigger hybrid of the current generation, even if there was space for one, due to the decreased mobility).

Comment: Re:Big data, spying? (Score 1) 106

by fa2k (#46778725) Attached to: Steam's Most Popular Games

Assume for a moment that it's harmful if the data, including IP addresses, timestamps, unique IDs, etc, gets shared with the world. The data was previously inaccessible due to technology, now it's only limited by the policies of the holding company. Some people don't trust those policies (or the comany's security) as much as they did the old model.

So is it harmful? The timestamp / IP combos place you at a given place (most likely home) for a period of time. There are dozens of other companies with the same data, so unless you're being super cautious, it's not worthwhile to worry about Steam especially. If such data were searchable online though, one could have some problems with robberies and with lying about ones whereabouts. The fact that they count "playing a game", not just being on steam, doesn't help with accuracy -- some people just leave their game open while doing other things. The chat histories are similar to what any other chat company does.

Steam *could* do some nefarious things with the gaming-specific data. For example, they could sell it to employers and others who may be interested. The information isn't enough to ruin a life though, and if they use it for anything more evil than advertising they would lose all consumer trust

Comment: Re:There is one, and only one, way to fight trolli (Score 1) 116

by fa2k (#46712715) Attached to: How Riot's Social Scientists Fight <em>League of Legends</em> Trolling

Ensure that people need each other. If people can treat others like an expendable commodity, they will treat each other as such.

Works both ways. In games like LoL players really need each other. It's 5v5 PvP, frequently with random people. That can mean a lot of more and less justified grief between the teammates. However, if it wasn't as easy for a player to screw it up for the team, maybe it wouldn't be as fun...

Comment: Fine, but could have problems (Score 1) 175

by fa2k (#46676475) Attached to: Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

Good idea, but I hope they keep all existing systems in place, and make it optional. Graphics drivers are massively complex, and are probably a significant source of oops. If displaying a QR code means that the kernel needs to interact more with the drivers, and (oh god i hope not) change the resolution to display a QR code, then I expect more fail. People can take photos of the crash messages in 80x25 character consoles anyway, so let's not destroy that.

Comment: Re:what he actually wants to configure is applicat (Score 1) 186

by fa2k (#46676045) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

Using different users is a nice solution, which I use to run the browser. You can also start the applications using kdesu or gnome-sudo; then you don't need to add a pam configuration. Just a heads up to the parent, I can't find a damn way to get sound from the applications after adding pulseaudio. (Every time I need to watch a video with sound I have to copy the URL into a browser running as my own user. I've got the browser user to use a dummy sink, so it just doesn't play sound, doesn't crash or anything, and it's not actually that bad.. ) I would possibly use SELinux if it would work with my ZFS

Comment: Re:what he actually wants to configure is applicat (Score 1) 186

by fa2k (#46675995) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

AFAIK there's already some capability enforcement prohibiting some programs from accessing the Internet in modern Linux distributions, but, I don't really know how it's configured either.

Can't add much, but the systems are called AppArmor and SELinux. Just wanted to note that this may indeed be a great opportunity for the security focused. You have to choose a distro that supports the system you like best. There are GUIs for configuring them, but they aren't very mature I think.

Comment: Re:Different Software - Same Problem (Score 1) 231

by fa2k (#46406123) Attached to: Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk

On a 1280p resolution monitor, 8pt font, 4 space-tabbing and properly indented code, the start of the deepest nested blocks were 4/5s or more across the screen.

Sorry to be pedantic, but why would you give only the number of vertical lines (1280)? Since 2276x1280 is such an unusual resolution (I can only assume 16:9 when using the ???p notation), it would be clearer to give the number of pixels in both directions. Another piece of info missing is the DPI, without which one can't relate "pt" to pixels. [at least we know it's a progressive scan monitor, thank god you don't have to code on an interlaced display]

Comment: Re:Advice? give up. (Score 1) 478

by fa2k (#46283495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

This could actually work, just replace "decryption" with "IR". Make the bus completely dark in the visible spectrum and make everyone wear IR goggles. There is the problem of photo flashes, in that case the bus could have light detectors, and when a flash is detected, saturate the bus with strong IR like suggested above, while decreasing the sensitivity of the googles. Another alternative is to use materials which have specular reflections in the visible range around the bus, so the flash saturates the camera itself. What do I get for solving it? ("no goggles" wasn't part of the requirements;)

It is not every question that deserves an answer. -- Publilius Syrus