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Comment: Re:So what online storage is safe? (Score 1) 23

If you' are not encrypting the stuff before they get it. You're a fool.

I don't see the point when my NAS is available, I use Openvpn and it's trivial to setup securely. Changes are encrypted and stored on that miraculous thing called a server I own that is co-located on a remote island. It is cheap and I only store encrypted backups on it.

I am taking notes on what else I should do to protect that stuff further. ;)

Comment: Re:Heh. (Score 1) 143

It could be
done by
1) them
2) a fan without their knowledge to whip up the skeer or
      a) just as a prank
3) It could be done by a bewildering number of government, quasi-government, eiteh at the national, regional or local level.
4) A vigilante
5) their ex.
6) a crazy person targeting them for kidnapping because they know how well they will taste with carrots.

i.e. apropos of nothing

Comment: Re:Overstamp First? (Score 1) 133

by mrmeval (#49100379) Attached to: Crystal Pattern Matching Recovers Obliterated Serial Numbers From Metal

The serial is usually in a non critical spot. Just drill it out and fill it with silver solder.

If you want a perfect solution, live in a state in the US which isn't a liberal distopia you can build your own firearm legally as long as it's not covered under the NFA.

If it's one of the cast zinc firearms have your cat pee on it. It will be destroyed within days. ;)

Comment: Re:Do it yourself? (Score 1) 130

by mrmeval (#47846965) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

I used a video capture card with Svideo input. I found after many trials that VLC worked well in capture mode with a tape that had issues. I had to manually clean the video and audio heads in the thrift store VCR and used another tape to verify the VCR worked wel mechanically. It still took two attempts. I then transfered it from the Windows 7 box to a Linux box and had FFmpeg transcode it after bleeding the docs for a couple hours and fumbling with several attempts.

Education

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round? 421

Posted by timothy
from the home-schooling-never-stops dept.
Around the world, American schools' long summer break is viewed as an anomaly, and the long summer seems to be getting shorter. While most American primary and secondary schools used to start after Labor Day, more and more of them now open sometime in August (and that's not counting the ones that have gone to a year-round schedule). Some of my younger relatives started a new school year last week (in Indiana), while Baltimore schools start later this month. Both Seattle and Portland's kids have until after Labor Day (with start dates of the 3rd and 4th of September, respectively). The 4th is also the start date for students in New York City's public schools, the country's largest district. Colleges more often start in September, but some get a jump start in August, especially with required seminars or orientation programs for new students. Whether you're in school, out of school, or back in school by proxy (packing lunches or paying tuition), what time does (or did) your school-year start? Would you prefer that your local public schools run all year round, if they're of the long-summer variety? (And conversely, if your local schools give short shrift to summer, whether that's in the U.S. or anywhere else, do you think that's a good idea?)

Comment: Re:Do we really need new books? (Score 3, Informative) 405

A friend of mine self publishes on Amazon. He managed to bootstrap himself to be his own publisher by doing the best he could on his first two books. He's now to the point he pays the people needed to review and clean up his books as a publisher would do. He self promotes and is doing well enough he's happy. If he had the time he'd be able to do writing full time but sadly he started writing science fiction in his 60s. The one thing he cannot do and probably will not is to provide intriquing cover art.

Stross and other authors dependant on an outdated business model and unable to change will continue to go on ranting screeds against change.

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