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Comment Re:BTRFS is getting there (Score 1) 266

if he's anything like me, it's virtual machines. i have about 50 virtualbox disk images, about 100 linux containers and since i've enabled deduplication i've become extrely lazy and use duplicity instead of hardlinks for my files. e.g. i have same photos in ~/Pictures/by_occassion/whatshisname_wedding as i have in ~/Pictures/by_date/2013-06. i know it's bad practice but if the FS can deal with it, why not?

Comment Re:BTRFS is getting there (Score 1) 266

i also agree with the parent. oracle develops their ZFS with much needed features like encryption, while we, free software users, are still stuck on minor adjustments to v28 ZFS because almost all developer effort is concentrated on implementation of openzfs among all the OSs. that's not development of ZFS. it's development of implementation.

OpenZFS should've dumped the name long time ago and gone its own way. the name just confuses people. when openzfs gets encryption completely incompatible with oracle zfs', it'll just lead to a lot of problems when people try to import pools from solaris on illumos/linux (or vice versa).

i don't think oracle is EVER going to publish sources to their ZFS. i do hope btrfs stabilises soon. i'll happily switch (a few years after early adopters).

Comment Re:ZFS is nice... (Score 1) 266

1. most people don't like wearing earplugs inside their house (your PSU sounds like a horny elephant)
2. is electricity free where you live?

i have several hp microservers - the oldest, N36L, consumes 0.06A when idling. my newest is N54L and that raises the consumption to a whopping 0.09A when idling. i can't hear the fan from more than a metre away unless it's hot in the room and it spins up.

Comment Re:Bad design? (Score 2) 63

because handheld scanners used by gate staff and sometimes stewardesses (not all of airport is covered by wifi). if there were no barcodes, only printed text, anybody could "fix" their home printed boarding pass to give themselves priority boarding/business class seat/etc. this is a way for them to verify the text matches the code.

Comment Re:Excellent (Score 1) 153

finally a homosexual man who can reply calmly and rationally. i wish there were more non-militant gays where i live.

about the topic discussed earlier, I think homosexuality is a naturally occurring phenomenon that becomes more prominent during overpopulation. i.e. nature's way to defend resources. google for J.B.Calhoun's research into mice overpopulation from early 50s or J.R.Hammock's from 70s. mind you, we're going to f*** nature up anyway with the current research of same sex reproduction.

Comment Re:Let Me Be The One (Score 1) 268

what if all attributes of object world.person(n="anonymous coward") are simply reassigned to a newly created object nirvana.person(n="anonymous coward")? or in your case samsara.person(n="anonymous coward")

class world is still left with unused object (to be garbage collected) and a new object gets created in class heaven. your supremo is the software itself.

does the different nomenclature make it more believable?

Submission + - Feds building huge biometric database on all citizens (

schwit1 writes: For years the FBI maintained it had no interest in scanning fingerprints collected by employers — teachers, lawyers, state and federal workers, even bike messengers now routinely submit fingerprints for employment — but that has now changed.

"For the first time, fingerprints and biographical information sent to the FBI for a background check will be stored and searched right along with fingerprints taken for criminal purposes," reports the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting rights online.

The change, which the FBI revealed quietly in a February 2015 Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), means that if you ever have your fingerprints taken for licensing or for a background check, they will most likely end up living indefinitely in the FBI's NGI database. They'll be searched thousands of times a day by law enforcement agencies across the country-even if your prints didn't match any criminal records when they were first submitted to the system.

The EFF believes the change is "part of an ever-growing movement toward cataloguing information on everyone in America-and a movement that won't end with fingerprints."

Comment Re:MacBook Pro (Score 1) 237

i'm sure psychiatrists have a word for it. somebody more knowledgeable please help me. what is it called when somebody makes other people do the thing they feel guilty about, to feel less guilty themselves (because others are now doing it too)?

i've had Macbook Pros. that's not a computer, it's a fashionable legburner with built in pipe organ (as soon as you do anything even remotely resembling work). that thing just can't cool itself and stay quiet. i also tried running gnu/linux on it but the story was the same. it either throttles itself to a crawl or wheezes like an old asthmatic.

Comment Re: Police? (Score 1) 370

i'm all for poisoning the available information. tag yourself in pictures of random people, create multiple twitter/fakebook/g+ accounts with your (possibly real) name but where everything else is a bit off. and for f*cks sake, do not keep the same online accounts for too long for sentimental reasons. it's ok to have a high UID on slashdot even though you've been on slashdot for 10+ years. the feeling of prestige in an online community is what feeds this doxing phenomenon.

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