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Comment: The seeds of their undermining are being sown... (Score 1) 949

by klek (#47928657) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Nothing like attempting to enforce an ignorant population. It'll work for awhile (viz NORKOREA), but their downfall is written as a palimpsest in their radical pronouncements.
I seriously feel for the people being subjected to this insanity, intolerance, and violence, though, I hope they can get out.

Comment: Re: they will defeat themselves (Score 4, Insightful) 949

by klek (#47928563) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Hey! Let's just ignore history, colonization, the ongoing impacts of the RC Church, and the niggling fact of who developed guns first.
Also, "third world countries" have plenty of culture, they are just not listening to Vivaldi and sipping tea with their pinkies extended.

Careful, your entitlement, ignorance, and racism are showing...

Comment: Reduce name, Increase confusion (Score 4, Insightful) 352

by klek (#47884065) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

As if MSware were not obfuscated and confusing enough. Now people won't know if you are talking about a PC with Windows installed, or your WinPho.

On the other hand, WindowsPhones will never get significant enough market share to really be that relevant to most of us techies, so it prolly won't matter.

Comment: solar power is go (Score 1) 191

by klek (#47751623) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

Here in the land of volcanoes, earthquakes and oceans (the US Pacific Northwest), *some* of us keep stores of water (>90gal here) and food among other things, (like candles, gas masks, duct tape & tea). Camping supplies are obvious and plentiful (stoves, gas, backcountry water purification pumps, first aid, etc); the key items are in a durable bin I can throw in the car in a moments notice. And documents are kept in a fireproof box. Plus I have 2 options for creating a temporary latrine, should our sewage systems get knocked out (& plenty of TP/bogrolls too). My office has earthquake kits and some supplies as well.

I don't worry about data; if my laptop & backups survive, awesome. If not, I'll miss all that por-- I mean: all those replaceable photos.
However, I have a solar battery charger for AA & AAA batteries (for the radio, flashlights,etc.), and a small "Solio" brand solar charger that can charge cell phones and other small electronics. Also a handheld LED flood light that can recharge from the cigarette lighter in the car, and which can also charge small electronics.
Walkie-talkies for local coordination, if that becomes necessary (otherwise: great for road trips!)
And while I know several of my neighbors, but more importantly I have a network of nearby, trustworthy & very reliable people with all sorts of builder, tech, medical and theater skills, and I know exactly where they live.

Good tips to keep your vehicle's gas topped up, and important docs on a USB drive on your keychain... smart, that.

Comment: One sentient speicies per galaxy ? (Score 1) 686

by klek (#47222993) Attached to: Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

Given the size of the Universe (that we understand so far), and the over 400,000 galaxies strung, web-like, across it, perhaps there is plenty o' Life out there, but each sentient species is isolated on it's own remote galactic island, unable to travel to any other galaxy, let alone cross it's own...

New 3-D Map of Massive Galaxies
http://www.sdss3.org/press/dr9...

Or maybe it's simply that all other sentient life is approximately the same age as us -- given the age of the Universe and how long it took *us* to show up and start questioning everything. If so, then they likely have similar technological capabilities as we do. Ergo, if we can't visit --let alone find-- them, they can't visit or find us either.

Strangers, passing like blind ships in an infinitely vast, inky night...

Comment: Satellite Flybys app available for Android & i (Score 1) 59

http://spaceweather.com/flybys...

Which also tells you about loads of other object floating above your head, plus has audible alerts (if you want them) for any particular object.
  As so many other bits of software previous mentioned also do.
Why acquire a piece of not-practically-portable hardware to do what you can set the mobe in your pocket to do?
Weird.

Comment: Internet = Information Utility (Score 1) 338

by klek (#46870607) Attached to: To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

Just like the rest of our utility bills: water, sewer, gas, electric.... internet.
This has been functionally true since the 1990's, just the private companies don't want to give up their cash cow and hand it over to an accountable organization. Oh, and the FCC wants to enrich their friends and ensure private-NSA spying relationships.

What will municipal Internet mean for government surveillance?

There's really no good ending to this story.

Comment: Re:Buggy whips? (Score 1) 769

by klek (#46861987) Attached to: The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

This is one of the key problems with capitalism in general: Every industry is backed by SOMEbody's personal (economic) interests to maintain that industry as long as possible, no matter how damaging, polluting, or just plain wrongheaded it is. Because of that, entrenched industries react slowly and move like a lumbering juggernaut, following only profit, and changing course only under the whip of government regulation. They don't react to morality, only to economic pressures. This is a major problem.

Logging is an another excellent example: We could be making paper from industrial hemp 20 years ago (better, cheaper, less polluting, more durable, etc.), but commercial forestry groups have little interest in changing that portion of their business, despite clear science on the issue decades ago.

If energy production were run in the public interest instead of private profit, for example, we would have the ability to alter industry practices very quickly, or simply do the right thing at any moment, changing courses nimbly --- such as rapidly & cheaply disseminating solar power. Instead we have private interests hamstringing the transition to a renewable energy, ensuring that it takes as long as possible & is as expensive as possible.

In this case, capitalism actually inhibits progress and change.
And it offers no solution to this problem.

Comment: "They"? Who is this "they" you refer to? (Score 1) 273

by klek (#46663895) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

Dear Sir,

  It has come to my attention that you appear to be asking other people to do the work that you, yourself, have imagined as a solution to a certain alleged "problem" you claim to have witnessed.

  Without any disrespect to either "you" or "they", I would humbly suggest that you cease offering suggestions of what *other people* *might* do, and join the Exodus team yourself, roll up your sleeves, and get to the very work that you propose being done. You ought be volunteering to make the event happen anyway, like the rest of us do, and you seem to have an affinity for Exodus, so this pairing seems like a natural confluence that can only benefit yourself and the masses at TEITD.

  Good luck.

  With respect.
  Yours in God,
  .
  klek
  (a Burner)

PS. If you want more hand-sanitizer, I would like to suggest that you simply bring some for yourself & carry it with you (& share it) when you go to the potties, like I do. Or alternately, raise some money, purchase more group sanitizer dispensers, and affix them to the posts yourself.
    Why do you prefer to depend on --and use up-- the communal resources that are placed there for the simple-minded fools and sparkleponies who are so wrapped up in their own minds and "experience" that they didn't think bring any of their own? Additionally, why are you complaining to *other* people to do more work, when you can simply fix the problem directly yourself. Direct action, as they say, gets the goods.
    DIY. Problem solved.

Comment: "Erased"?? o_O (Score 1) 983

by klek (#46466975) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Wait, he "erased" his 20TB RAID array? What, with a giant electro-magnet or something? Did he Select-All > Delete and then go to bed thinking all was chugging along ok? Run a script that secretly had rm -rf * tucked away in it that he left running overnight? Cripes. Well,.. bum luck to that then.

Yeah, LTO5 or 6 cassettes are your best option, really, since you can additionally get those off-site, avoiding the catastrophe of a fire or flooding taking our your next 20TB array.

Better, though, is to PRIORITIZE: Identify which 5-8TB of data is "most critical" and make sure at least *that* is backed up, (onto removable HDs?). You can get to the other 12-15TB as time and expenses allow, or just let it be at risk.

Of course at this point he has 0TB of data, so he could start small with a cloudy services, and then scale the backup as his hoarding expands again and takes over his life.

I guess this proves the maxim: "If your data is not in two places, it's already gone."

Comment: New Strategy: Make them save EVERYTHING! (Score 1) 59

by klek (#46370115) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuits Over NSA Spying Force Retention of Metadata

They have only x amount of storage, they can't keep everything they have and continue to monitor at the same volume/rate they are doing. So make them keep EVERYTHING they collect, and we'll fill their storage up and stop functional operations. They want our data? Let 'em have ALL of it and then some.

Comment: Don't forget about Dying.. and your progeny. (Score 1) 381

by klek (#45902303) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

As others have mentioned, password security should be commensurate with the risks you face.

But in the unfortunate event of your untimely death, your progeny, spouse, other relatives, or (god forbid) state-appointed lawyer may be tasked with the job of closing down your online presence. Access to your Email account, Farcebook, G+/-, WoW, Eve, etc. etc., may be critical for those you leave behind so that they can: close the accounts gracefully, make the announcement of your passing, track down *your* friends to tell them the news, or pick up your armed & high-level characters and continue their quests.

Consider a method whereby access to those passwords will be granted to those managing your estate, what of it that there is.

Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable. -- C.B. Luce

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