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Comment: Some work may still be needed (Score 2) 44

by hyades1 (#48561723) Attached to: Monochromatic Light As a Species-selective Insecticide

Apparently several Winnipeg mosquitoes were observed slathering themselves with DEET and lying under the 417 nm to get a little colour on their underbellies.

A researcher who attempted to turn the light off was beaten badly, and is now reporting that several Goliath beetles used in another experiment now appear to be pregnant. Also the cat.

Comment: Ah, Karma (Score 2) 528

by hyades1 (#48530435) Attached to: The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Remember back a few years ago, when Sony decided the best way to combat piracy was to install a rootkit on the machines of anybody who played one of their CD's?

I hope I can be forgiven for reminding them of a couple of good old adages. Adages like, "What goes around comes around", "Karma's a bitch", and "Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander".

And I hope they'll forgive me for my complete lack of sympathy.

Comment: Bad Drunk! Naughty Drunk!!! (Score 1) 256

by hyades1 (#48499609) Attached to: UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

I can't wait 'til the first time one of the people who's been shamed after being charged is found innocent in court. Unlike the US, England's courts take a very dim view of smearing someone's reputation unjustly.

I suspect a couple of nice, fat payouts in the wake of libel convictions will put a stop to this nonsense.

Comment: Re:I like both (Score 1) 438

by hyades1 (#48477765) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Thanks for the information. I guess I wasn't too clear on one thing, though: I do back up, but my work is such that if the last backup was an hour before, I lose an hour of work I won't get back, or even more.

And I'm one of those people who actually do require a lot of storage space...and have no desire to have it beyond my care and control. I do professional photography and video. Often, I have five or six versions of a photo on the go at once. I'll want to keep all of them, and any modifications I make...not so much colour correction as actual content...will probably proceed a lot further on two or three versions. I'm not an idiot about keeping my data drive defragged, and nothing goes on my boot drive (which is a 300G'd probably be surprised at how fast it is) except the OS, installed programs and stuff I'm actually working on. I have as little going on in the background as I can get away with. That means my security is cloud-based plus passive.

And I have to say, I've had lots better luck with hard drives than you. My machines are on 24-7, and I don't let my data drives sleep. I've never had one last less than 3 years. Most last easily twice that.

Comment: I like both (Score 1) 438

by hyades1 (#48464859) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

I'm not the most tech savvy guy in the world, so I'm certainly willing to be corrected, but my major problem with SSD's is this: when they fail, they do so without warning, and in a way that makes even partial data recovery impossible for an average user. On the other hand, in the decades during which I've used HDD's, I've never once had one fail without giving me some kind of warning. The dying drive has either overheated, or started showing read/write errors, or made distressing noises (kind of like that death speech all the soon-to-be-croaked best buddies get to make in action movies). And I've even been able to recover at least some data from drives that were seriously screwed. The only failed SDD I ever dealt with simply didn't report on boot, and I never heard anything from it again. So to me, a big SSD just offers a better chance to lose everything all at once, minus whatever was saved in the last backup.

And then there's cost, of course. I just bought a 2TB HDD for eighty bucks. I know I won't be seeing any SDD's available at that capacity/price for a long, long time.

Right now, my ideal computer would have a mid-size SSD for the operating system and installed programs, and a big, fast HDD for most storage needs. And, of course, my external backup drive would use old-fashioned platters. I'll leave huge, relatively expensive SDD's for those whose need for speed is much greater than mine.

Comment: Re:I'm sure it will suck (Score 1) 242

by hyades1 (#48415063) Attached to: HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

R Daneel Olivaw, who appeared in "Caves of Steel" (set in the same universe but predating the Foundation books) exists through the entire "future history", often in a central role. And it's implied that he was an unnoticed observer of much that occurred in books where he isn't explicitly mentioned.

It would be very easy to have any random character actually be Olivaw throughout the series, thus allowing him to act as an omniscient narrator supplying relevant information to the viewer without interrupting the stories themselves.

Comment: Re:Then make it a felony criminal offense (Score 1) 98

by hyades1 (#48378985) Attached to: Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

Why is it I never have Mod points when I really, really want one?

You're exactly, 100% right. I'd only add that the sentence would have to 90 days at a country club stuff. Start the bidding at two years less a day at one of those institutions where "shank" isn't a cut of meat.

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