My kid will be two next week and it will be quite some more time until he will be allowed to use a tablet or similar. I find it deeply wrong to let a small kid use those devices. On top of that the use of such devices seems to have an impact on children's vision and eyesight.
So if I had to "get rid" of data stored on a computer, for whatever reason, I would just dd from
/dev/zero directly to the disk devices. Any disadvantage of this technique? Maybe to confuse who is after me I could maybe copy from urandom, but this would probably make an already slow process even slower.
On unrelated news, I read (but the article was absolutely not technical and in another language) that they caught somebody hacking his previous office even if he was operating through Tor. What to do then to have effective anonymity online when looking for info or even interacting?
Oh come on.
Well what DBAN can do that dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda can't?
I read the poll like "which would you RE-invent". I voted Nuclear Bombs because I think those are the maximum expression of human creativity, but then I realized the poll asks for the opposite.
Not only small kids but all humans are better off without a TV. I do not own one since 2004 and I would NEVER go back. My wife (back by girlfriend) at the beginning was skeptical and then realized how much better it was compared to when she was in her shared apartment. My kids are growing without a TV and don't even show the need for one. The problem is grandma when she wants to show teletubbies or other utter crap like that. Shame on the people that make those programs. Instead, we watch cartoons on the internet from time to time, good old stuff, not the modern silly cartoons. Heidi, Fist of the North Star.
I guess it depends on "where" (when?) they fail. In fact, at some point two engines are shut down to avoid too much g - probably at that point three failing engines could still be OK?
In the equivalent of 9th and 10th grades, DOS, Lotus 1-2-3 and Pascal programming. In 11th grade, Pascal again and Scheme, Z80 machine language (not assembly!). In 12th grade, C++ (Object Oriented) and x86 Assembly. in 13th grade, we were set free to explore and learn extra stuff (Java in my case).
And if you design hardware, keep DIP-switches and optional 0-Ohm resistors only for the technicians, not for the general public.
I still like LILO better.
A wiki would not work too well as a shared Google Doc is already better than a wiki in terms of collaboration (and a wiki is so much better than a Google Doc for an Encyclopedia).
Wave was an excellent tool. We used it intensely, and it was great. We love to rganize trips and hikes in the desert. There is a core of people that almost always joins and several others that come in every so often. It was great to have a tool that lets add people, organize, tidy up, add maps, lists, links, polls etc etc. It was possible to work together at the same time and it would highlight the new or unread areas and who modified them. Doing the same over email + a shared Google Doc Spreadsheet now is so much more complicated.
And we used to carry the *CRT Monitor* on the train along with the tower to go to our friends.
CRTs have big geometry problems, uneven quality of the pixels (the ones in the corners will always be of a lesser quality) that a flat matrix panel simply does not have by definition. CRTs also take up so much space that is ridiculous.
And in fact, a license that disallows commercial usage or sets limits on how much money can be charged for the software is incompatible with Open Source.