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Comment: Re:Ignores how disks often fail (Score 1) 202

The spare platter strategy does nothing to reduce this failure mode. In fact, all modern disks already have spare space for bad block relocation.

Including pretty much everything with an onboard controller. "Modern" is understating the case.

If I were expecting an array to last a long time without being touched, I would expect it to have a whole bunch of spares that never even got heated up until they were needed, just sat there in the box enjoying living in a relatively temperature-constant environment. Sure, there's fluctuations, but they'll all be within the operating temperature range of the drives.

Comment: Re:Reasons why I don't like the Internet of Things (Score 1) 236

by drinkypoo (#48930655) Attached to: One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

A cellphone phone is a thing and it's usually connected to the internet. An internet of things no less.

I'm pretty sure that you know that these "things" are things which have a purpose other than being a computer, which a cellphone doesn't. (POTS being obsolete today, though still useful)

Comment: Re:What's more irritating? (Score 1) 236

by drinkypoo (#48930643) Attached to: One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

As if "the internet of things" is somehow more special than the idea that as the tech gets cheaper, more and more things will connect to wireless networks.

Yes, the idea is that this time has come. It hasn't, but believing that it has will usher it in as the increased demand produces the parts we need to actually do the thing. In the meantime a lot of startups will rise and asplode.

Comment: Re:Privacy (Score 1) 58

by drinkypoo (#48929643) Attached to: Amazon Takes On Microsoft, Google With WorkMail For Businesses

Google is working on enabling OpenPGP-encrypted e-mail for Gmail with a Chrome extension:

Or you can have it on Firefox right now with enigmail. Or well, you could. Maybe it doesn't work any more. I had nobody to exchange encrypted email with, so I no longer have it installed.

Comment: Re: I am mad if I cant unplug my employee hotspots (Score 1) 125

by drinkypoo (#48926463) Attached to: FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

If they connect anything that lives inside your network, at any time, or that even has a VPN connection your internal networks at any time, you have a security problem.

If they can physically do that, then you have a problem. I hear even Windows comes with IPSEC, maybe you could do something about that.

Comment: Re:Tax (Score 1) 497

by drinkypoo (#48926385) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

I'm gonna insert my reply to an earlier comment of yours here to save me time and space, and because it's a good preface to my reply to this comment anyway:

in other words, they are taxed on the stuff they should be taxed on,

No, these dodges should not exist.

and they are smart enough to not pay taxes they dont have to

Yes, you have this part right.

And now, my reply to this comment:

and if you burden corporations with higher taxes, the consumer pays more as the costs are passed down to the consumer
in the end, the people pay the taxes one way or another

No, you have this badly wrong. If you make corporations pay their taxes, then the costs are passed down to the consumers of their products. But if you don't, then the costs are passed down to every citizen.

Comment: Re:A call for Write Protect (Score 1) 94

by drinkypoo (#48913871) Attached to: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

For those old enough to remember them, changing a BIOS required an EPROM burner and UV eraser. Changing CMOS settings required setting the write protect jumper.

Well, I had an IBM PC-1, and yes and no respectively.

Clearing CMOS settings is still done with a jumper. I do wish that all flash BIOS devices had a write protect jumper, though, and it would cost little to add them.

Comment: Re:Saddest line ever (Score 3, Funny) 140

by drinkypoo (#48913827) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

You are *so* cool! I bet you have a neckbeard too!

I sure do, but any time I go visit a new contract or even just go on vacation, I shave it. It's not an attachment or an affectation, I just don't measure my value by the cleanliness of my neck. It's not my fault I was born hairier than the average bear.

But hey, thanks for recognizing how great I am. I could use the publicity.

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl