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Comment: Re:VirtualBox has been excellent, but needs QA (Score 1) 269

by number17 (#48942241) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

Major releases happen with auto-update notifications and then you realize that your old snapshots can't be started

[knock on wood] I've had good luck by shutting down the guest OS and then taking a snapshot. I had numerous unresolved issues with VM's that were snapshotted in a saved mode not starting properly after an upgrade of VirtualBox.

Comment: Re:There is no single method. (Score 1) 250

by number17 (#48917289) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Everything you store offsite should have at least two layers of strong encryption using different crypt-algorithms

Encryption has to be part of the solution, but it also starts introducing problems when talking about offsite storage hosting.

You have to take into account the size of encrypted container and how it is transferred. Before putting down much money, do some quick tests to see if you can do an incremental backup or whether you will be transferring a 1TB container every time a file within it is changed. If so, find out how much your ISP charges for bandwidth overages, then figure out whether the hosting provider also charges for overages.

Comment: Re:stone tablets (Score 1) 250

by number17 (#48916877) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

OK hotshot, how sure are you that the medium those *wonderful* answers are stored on hasn't deteriorated, resulting in us looking back on bad advice?!

I think we have to go on what the question asks. They say they are "considering" certain technologies, not that they have implemented them already and are having problems.

We are considering BluRay, HDD, and SSD but wanted to ask the Slashdot community what they would do.

Comment: Re:All about advertising sales for Weather Channel (Score 1) 397

by number17 (#48916739) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

We're used to this stuff - it snows in the winter. No big deal.

Well, everyone except those who decided to drive:

Maine State Police Lt. Erik Baker, supervisor for Troop G, which covers the Maine Turnpike, said 19 cars slid off the highway or got stuck in snowbanks Tuesday morning. “The roads are treacherous,” Baker said. “There are major whiteouts.” Conditions were delaying tow trucks and emergency workers and at least one motorist abandoned a vehicle, got a ride to safety and plans to have the car retrieved Wednesday, he said. “You can’t tell whether you are on the road or off the road,” said Bob Bohlmann of York County Emergency Management. “People who have come in to help us say it is very, very easy to get disoriented.”

Comment: Re:Conform or be expelled (Score 1) 320

by number17 (#48761177) Attached to: HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

They often do change the rules AFTER the fact and Realtors often gloss over the HOA's authority except to tell you if there are any dues.

Maybe its just a Canadian thing, but we have Real Estate Lawyers go over the paperwork. At the very least you should have them go over the finances of the HOA to ensure they are in good standing.

Comment: Re:When they test these autonomous cars... (Score 1) 167

by number17 (#48749915) Attached to: Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Concept Car Is Here

The car could also pull to the side of the road when weather conditions become too adverse.

The car would still need to be able to get to the side of the road. If it can't handle driving in a snow storm then how would it possibly pull over if you drove into a snow squall on the highway? By definition a snow squall is a sudden moderately heavy snow fall with blowing snow. Its not something that happens with any warning.

Comment: Re:When they test these autonomous cars... (Score 1) 167

by number17 (#48749699) Attached to: Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Concept Car Is Here

But unless I see one of those two scenarios, I just cruise home while chatting hands-free with my wife. And it's wonderful.

Its not extreme. If you have ever driven on the highway in a snowy climate I am sure you have driven into a section of the highway that has open fields on both sides. This causes the snow to drift onto the highway covering the lane markers. Humans would slow down and continue to drive where they believe the lane exists. If you aren't the first person then you would follow the tire tracks of the previous cars. Stopping isn't an option and would be ludicrous.

The driverless car has to deal with this scenario as it is an everyday event during winter months. The car can't give up and stop in a live lane. The car can't just hand over the wheel at a moments notice when going 100km/h. You can't cop out and say that the car can't drive in snow.

Comment: Re:Sony needs to invest in their IT (Score 1) 170

by number17 (#48547935) Attached to: Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack
Remember that time when people were told to vote with their wallets?

Seems like people don't know what happened, don't care what happened, or more likely don't know how it can hurt them.

Don't worry though, in 2011, after the last big hack, Sony changed their Terms & Conditions so that you^H^H^H they would have limited damages in the future.

If a thing's worth doing, it is worth doing badly. -- G.K. Chesterton