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Comment: How important is your data? (Score 1) 267

by B5_geek (#47910789) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

If you really want to save your data:

Step 1: make a ZFS array and save your data there.
Step 2: copy the data to single hard-drives and store them in a different location then home.
Step 3: upload a copy to some online 'cloud storage' provider.

Use checksums/md5 hashes to determine data integrity.

Based on your budget pick any of the above 3. If you are paranoid, do all 3.

Comment: Software answer (Score 3, Insightful) 238

by B5_geek (#47890803) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

The hardware is easy:
Either get a router that you can add DD-WRT/tomato to or build your own PC.

Software answer:
OS = OpenBSD

BUT you are not asking the right questions.
VPN's only work when 2 ends connect. So what VPN server/client will the other end of your connection use? What are you actually trying to do? Does your work have a fat-connection that they will let you use? Are you planning on paying for VPN service from a 3rd party? Do you want to create a VPN between your home and your laptop while you travel?

If you want to build yourself a solid, dependable, 'solution' follow this guide:

Comment: MRI doesn't help though? (Score 1) 74

by B5_geek (#47785005) Attached to: Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

Have there been any studies correlating MRI's to better memory?

And/or everybody gets an MRI as part part of your 'getting older checkups' like a colonoscapy?

I had a brain tumour, and lobectomy to remove it. my memory is kinda crappy (except for things that I deem are *VERY* important (like wifes birthday).

I want something to fix me!

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 541

by gandhi_2 (#47655069) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Many people will be born, have kids, and die in one region and culture. Only recently in human existence have some people been afforded such easy movement. 500 years ago, it would have been basically unthinkable that you could leave your family and go start a life on the antipode of your birth location in exchange for maybe a few months wages. Most of humanity had to work just to survive... agrarian society wasn't THAT long ago even in developed nations. Cultural mores are real and, especially when it came to who gets your daughter, VERY long lasting traditions and rules.

You are viewing this discussion through the lens of your own modern reality. That is dumb, not insightful.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 541

by gandhi_2 (#47649803) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

I would think for a pool of candidates of varying temperaments due to natural variations, some temperaments would would be more likely to pass on their DNA depending on various external factors like climate, terrain, and yes - society.

The military has started thinking about societies as "human terrain" precisely because it IS just another factor of environment. It is as real as the physical ground, vegetation, and weather.

The more I think about it and read about it, I see no reason why culture would NOT influence who gets to mate with who. Different cultures value different attributes, and those distinctions regularly decide who you let marry your daughter, who you let your son date, or who a person finds attractive in a mate.

It is highly unlikely that as society we select for aggressiveness or business acumen

Selecting an aggressive mate may WELL have been the difference between life and death in some cultures. And indeed MANY cultures teach their children to hold overly-driven, businessmen/doctors/lawyers/athletes in high esteem.

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