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Comment: Re:What about long-term data integrity? (Score 1) 340

by c6gunner (#48465033) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

A RAID can be lost or corrupted, or someone can overwrite or delete a file.

And tapes can be lost or corrupted, or someone can burn the building down.

This is an old argument, and every time it gets revisited RAID starts to look better. Overwriting / deletion might have been a concern prior to modern filesystems which incorporate easy and cheap snapshotting, but nowdays that part of the argument just doesn't fly. Corruption is still a concern but, again, that's a risk you take with any backup solution too.

There's no such thing as a guaranteed backup. If you're very rich and very paranoid, you could certainly rig up a "backup solution" that involves copying your data every 5 minutes to 50 different offsite locations in 50 different countries, plus having some cheap third-world-labour transcribe all the zeros and ones to a paper copy for storage in an underground vault. And even that's not 100% because a really big asteroid will result in unrecoverable corruption. In the end it all comes down to how much you're willing to spend and what level of risk you're willing to accept. For most of us who aren't running IT departments that equation comes down to something like "ZFS RAIDZ2".

Comment: Re:Shock-resistance? (Score 1) 340

by c6gunner (#48464989) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Having said that, my ideal laptop would have oodles of storage but the drive would hardly ever need to "spin up" because almost everything I need would fit in the SSD. In "real terms" this would be at least a 128GB SSD plus at least 2TB of less expensive storage.

Try this on for size then. My current laptop has 3 x 1tb drives internal, but they only spin up when I need them to. My many OSs (several flavors of linux, 2 versions of windows, plus BSD) all run off of a single 480gb mSATA Crucial M500 SSD, attached to a cheap M-SATA-to-USB-3 adapter.

All the features you're looking for, plus the portability of being able to use your personal setup on any other computer just by plugging in to a USB port.

Comment: Re: It's all about the haters (Score 1) 178

by c6gunner (#48437631) Attached to: Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

You know what a logo is? Same as a brand - it's a promise of quality. For good or bad. If a product can demand a 50% mark up because of a given logo, it's because the logo has built up a significant level of trust in the high quality of the product, either directly or by word of mouth.

Not exactly. While there is some truth to that analysis, it completely ignores the much larger effects of marketing and fashion. A Rolex doesn't cost 3 orders of magnitude more than a Chinese knockoff because it delivers 3 orders of magniute as much "quality"; the price is a reflection of fashion rather than functionality. Similarly, a basic Starbucks coffee costs 2-3 times as much as a coffee at the local diner, but certainly doesn't deliver 2-3 times the "quality". And don't get me started on the absurd amounts of money people are willing to pay to scam artists and frauds (eg. Sylvia Brown, "psychic", ~$700 per hour) who deliver absolutely nothing other than vague promises.

tl;dr: people will buy expensive shit for reasons that have nothing to do with quality.

Comment: Cite for "Linux is a Cancer" (Score 3, Informative) 525

You are twisting his words. Ballmer was not talking about Linux, but about the GPL and it's 'viral' nature.

No. You are totally incorrect. Here's the quote, from it source in the Chicago Sun-Times (via the internet archive):

Q: Do you view Linux and the open-source movement as a threat to Microsoft?

A: Yeah. It's good competition. It will force us to be innovative. It will force us to justify the prices and value that we deliver. And that's only healthy. The only thing we have a problem with is when the government funds open-source work. Government funding should be for work that is available to everybody. Open source is not available to commercial companies. The way the license is written, if you use any open-source software, you have to make the rest of your software open source. If the government wants to put something in the public domain, it should. Linux is not in the public domain. Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. That's the way that the license works.

Comment: Re:The Pentagon is more important than climate cha (Score 1) 163

by c6gunner (#48352233) Attached to: The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change

Why is it flamebait?

Because it's obviously off-topic, worded in a way that's intentionally incorrect and hopelessly hyperbolic, and evidently meant to evict an emotional response. It's the intellectual equivalent of saying "Hurr Durr, FOX is teh dumb and Micro$$$oft maeks crappy computers!". The article is about the military trying to plan for global warming, but you're taken it as an opportunity to slag random talking heads on the news and Lockheed Martin all in one stroke.

Or did you mean "why am I posting flamebait"? I'm not sure about the answer to that one, but I assume it's because you have nothing interesting to say about the actual article but are lonely and want someone to argue with. Was there some other reason which I'm not seeing?

Comment: Re:Place the blame where it belongs (Score 1) 321

Initial set up of the device could certainly require setting a password to activate. However, there's nothing stopping, and many will, set an easily guessable password anyway.

We can do better. I bought a DIR-505 router-thingy a while back and it had a default password assigned, but it was a randomly generated string of characters that was then stuck on a sticker on the side of the device. That's even easier than making the user set up their own password initially. This way those who are most vulnerable (ie. people who don't know how to change the password, or would use a weak one if you give them the option) will be protected, while more advanced users will retain the ability to do whatever the hell they want.

Sure, maybe it costs a bit more to have randomly generated passwords and stickers on each device, but it's definitely money well spent.

Comment: Re:Getting trolled (Score 1) 716

by c6gunner (#48338649) Attached to: Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Piracy is a civil matter, it doesn't demand the action of law enforcement agencies (or at least, it wouldn't if they were not owned by Disney).

You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. The power to enforce copyright laws was written into the constitution, which I'm fairly sure predates Disney by a few years or so. The constitution doesn't generally concern itself with "civil matters". Secondly, even civil matters "demand the action of law enforcement agencies" in the role of enforcement if nothing else, so that particular distinction is completely spurious. Lastly, which branch of the government is responsible for adjudicating or enforcing which laws is completely irrelevant when the topic of discussion is whether or not a particular action can actually be effectively addressed by legislative processes.

Basically everything you've said is completely wrong, in every way it's possible to be wrong.

Start reading here:

and don't stop until you get to the bottom. Then come back and try to contribute something a bit more factual / useful.

Comment: Re:It's been 5 days since I last received a threat (Score 1) 716

by c6gunner (#48330811) Attached to: Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

The same accusations were made against Anita Sarkeesian. For some reason she posted death and rape threats against herself on Twitter, in order to lose money by being unable to attend public speaking events.

Oh yeah, she lost boatloads of money. I mean getting $150,000 on kickstarter instead of the $6,000 she asked for ... that's GOT to hurt.

If you think any of these women are losing money, you're delusional. This kind of publicity is the best thing that could have happened to them.

Comment: Re:Getting trolled (Score 1) 716

by c6gunner (#48330607) Attached to: Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Except that you're forgetting, there's absolutely nothing you can do about it.

Oh but there is. You can complain really really loudly, and then summon an army of SJWs to also complain really really loudly. Then you can all use the resulting uproar to further promote your blog/book/online-business.

You know what they say; there's no such thing as bad publicity.

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