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Comment: Re:Leasing is always more expensive than buying (Score 1) 409

by grumpy_old_grandpa (#47013945) Attached to: Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)
I for one take my advice from the rich and sucessful. They ought to know what they are talking about, or else they wouldn't be rich and sucessful, right? So on the topic on leasing, we have Felix Dennis, good for a billion or so. He says:

"If it flies, floats or fornicates, always rent. It’s cheaper in the long run."

So taking his comment into account and applying it to yours, I guess it means renting server hardware is the way to go, unless you storn p0rn on them?

Comment: Re:I find the Guardian reporting interesting (Score 1) 83

by grumpy_old_grandpa (#46412011) Attached to: White House "Privacy Tour" a Flop On Its First Leg At MIT
Only problem is, after The Guardian were threatened by their home government, they moved their web site from to .com (go to and see where you end up), because of the first amendment right in the US. In the UK, there is no such protection for the press or free speech.

So with this new "media leaks legislation", where will they go next? Brazil, Ecuador? Or maybe Russia; that would really be the epitome of irony.

Comment: Re:3rd Choice = Digital haystacks (Score 1) 197

by grumpy_old_grandpa (#46259671) Attached to: German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network
TrackMeNot is s fun plugin to generate search engine noise:

Then there's Flagger which inserts dubious keywords in your URLs:

Both are in need of some updates and further work though. TrackMeNot constantly needs to update the internal URL of search engines (special parameters and such). And Flagger could probably use some keywords in Arabic and other languages as well.

What I'd like is a profile generator for Facebook, Linkedin etc.: Create a profile in your name, and let it go off making friends, posts, and random content. When somebody searches for you, they'll just find junk, and it will not be clear whether it is you or a different person with the same name.

Comment: Re:Yet another government... (Score 1) 130

by grumpy_old_grandpa (#45386155) Attached to: Brazil Orders Google To Hand Over Street View Data
What always puzzles me when that thread of arguments is repated, is that one aspect is left out: scale. In my opinion, the technical details of wifi, or even the fact that electronics is involved at all is completely irrelevant.

So yes, feel free to listen in on my conversations in public. However, if you decide to do so to everybody, everywhere, all the time, it doesn't matter whether you well intended, malicious, Google, or NSA. To me, you're the same enemy of society, privacy and democracy.

Comment: Re:SLOP syndrome (Score 2) 193

Two wrongs doesn't make a right. So in terms of growing up, the "they also did it" excuse is as mature as a six-year old who gets caught red-handed, and tries to justify his wrong-doing because the other kids also stole from the cookie-jar.

Regarding perspective, I think it would help if more people would read Bruce Schneier's "Beyond Fear". There he gives a very straight forward, for they layman, introduction to analysing risks and appropriate security measure response. In that light, it becomes clear that neither NSA's nor FSB's programs have anything to do with mitigating risks. It's not even about the pretence and security theatre any more (after all NSA's programs were mostly secret).

It's pure corruption based cocaine induced money-making and dick-swinging: "Look, our data center has a gazillion coca-bytes!"; "We'll monitor you so thoroughly, we'll know when your wife is PMS'ing"; "I want a Star Trek Command Center! Wabu-wabu!!!" See Keith Alexander's ego trip for the last one - talk about being out of touch and lacking perspective.

Comment: Re:Not mature enough yet (Score 1) 232

by grumpy_old_grandpa (#44834997) Attached to: I use spinning-drive storage media ...

Solid state is all right in certain circumstances, but I always treat it as a suspect drive about to fail.

Me, I treat all media as about to fail. Professionally, I've spent many a happy year backing up from one media type to another just in case I was right. Once or twice I have been.

Precisely. I've never understood the attitude of not doing anything while waiting for disaster to strike. But SSD, which at worst will wear out after many years of normal use - No definitely not touching any of that! Too risky!

You'd think technically inclined people were better at analysing the benefits and risks of the technology they use. Apparently not.

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