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Comment: Re:Just stick to the mantra (Score 2) 106

by thesupraman (#49771687) Attached to: No, Your SSD Won't Quickly Lose Data While Powered Down

Your first claim is false. Any storage can act as a backup, including printing things out. You are making a personal judgement over quality.
Your second claim is false. Recycled backups are perfectly valid and highly used (for example cycled daily backups as part of a tape rota).

What you mean in the first claim is that a hard drive may not be THE most reliable form of backup storage (but then, its not the least either).

What you mean in the second claim is that a backup should act as a separate snapshot of data, and only be updated at known timepoints, not continuously.

Hard Drives are validly used in a range of backup systems,. including some rather high ends ones.
RAID, however, is not a backup.

Comment: Re:Except when it suddenly dies (Score 2) 106

by thesupraman (#49771647) Attached to: No, Your SSD Won't Quickly Lose Data While Powered Down

So, you somehow think your anecdote of not seeing something cancels someones anecdote of it happening?
I can only hope you never ever have anything to do with statistical analysis.

Ever seen a rape? Well, I guess they never happen then! (get the idea moron?).

The original poster never claimed his anecodes proved anything..

Comment: Re:That's not a security move (Score 1) 135

by thesupraman (#49650891) Attached to: Dropbox Moves Accounts Outside North America To Ireland

Um no, they are ALREADY doing that.

This just means they see the writing on the wall and want to put a little legitimate infrastructure there to secure the 'Irish Scam'.
They see the writing on the wall as the EU moves in of this tax scam, and by using this nice excuse the US has handed to them,
they will get a nice little PR boost also. Ireland gets to make cents-on-the-dollar money from other countries lost taxes.

Of course if they actually wanted to secure anyones data, Ireland would not be the best place, by a long shot. All of its internet
connectivity runs through the UK, practically the USs 52nd state so fast as the NSA are concerned.

Its actually quite funny looking at the undersea cable routed around that area, they actively bypass landing them in Ireland, choosing
to run longer cables should risky areas instead..

Comment: Re:We warned France not to follow our mistakes (Score 1) 195

by thesupraman (#49627465) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

May I suggest, Zondar the Mindless, that you look up 'Sarcasm' in a dictionary.. you remember that woosh you heard a while ago above your head? That was something flying over you..

Of COURSE a reduction in privacy is a loss of freedom, that is the point. Sigh.
Let me guess, you are American? My mistake for not punching the message violently into your consciousness..

Comment: Mistakes? what mistakes? (Score 2) 195

by thesupraman (#49627131) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

So.. what you are saying is that having near constant surveillance on anyone the US government wants, internally and externally, has not worked out well for them (them of course being the state..)?
Or are you suggesting that the French government would not love to copy this political power grab to be able to monitor who/what/when they like for pretty much any reason?

I would suggest that these capabilities have worked out VERY well for the powers that be - there have been a few hiccups along the way, when the damn unwashed masses heard about it, and they actually had to get around to passing legislation to make it all look a touch more legitimate, however that is a small price to pay for absolute political power!

After all, what world leader would not want to be able to retroactively dig up huge masses of 'private' information on threats (to their political power of course..) when and if they need them! It revolutionises the process of both local and international negotiations! Think how easy it becomes to squash people who dont tow the line!

After all, they need all this power, as they obviously have only our best interests at heart.
Think of the children!

Comment: Re:Apples, meet oranges. (Score 2, Insightful) 186

by thesupraman (#49627083) Attached to: The World's Most Wasteful Megacity

Um... No.

Tokyo and NYC may well have the highest GDP, but how much of that do you think is local, and how much is attributes revenue because companies are housed there, and therefore it gets attributed their external revenues? How much of it is banks that are 'based' in NYC and yet do most of there earning externally?
Corporates? other national chains? etc?

I would suggest that actual production capability of NYC is actually quite low, as there will be very little real production there, even if you count IP creation, etc.

Comment: Re:Idiots keeping us safe, it seems (Score 4, Insightful) 1097

by thesupraman (#49610053) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Have you ever stopped to think that perhaps part of the reason they as so god damn fucking angry is BECAUSE of the dropped bombs?

I just wonder, how many years of bombs being dropped on your families would it take for you to consider a driveby on the people doing it?

But no, its the RELIGION thats the problem.. cannot be anything else.

Comment: Re:Don't Have to Try Very Hard at All (Score 1) 1097

by thesupraman (#49610011) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

There you go, apparently Good Christian Values can lead to peoples violent deaths also.. I guess all Christians must also be murderous bastards?

OR, just perhaps, these are a few particularly stupid and extreme idiots, being goaded along in a world that likes to shit all over their particular
belief system.. Doesnt make their actions any better, but it doesnt allow you to label a whole belief system either.
Unless we label them all.....

Comment: Re:Don't mess with Texas (Score 1) 1097

by thesupraman (#49609987) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

I would suggest that just a little remedial math could help you improve your huge miss-understanding in this situation.

But just to be helpful, no, halving the US rates wouldnt make them 'isn't that different' from Europe.. not even close.

The 'Fuck you, and here is my gun to prove it!' attitude of many Americans is the problem, what you are thinking about
is just the scale of that problem, its still batshit crazy at all levels in most of the rest of the western world.

Comment: Re:Time (Score 4, Insightful) 317

by thesupraman (#49608871) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Honda CTX700 already gets 64 MPG in a reasonably large/comfortable commuter bike.
The Honda GROM 125, which is more compact, is being reported by users at over 100MPG

There is significantly less room for electrics here, since bikes can already quite easily be very efficient, and
the added weight as a percentage of total mass is much higher than a car.

Sure, there is a niche, but thats already pretty well catered for with steppies, and those are often already
around 100MPG at 'city speeds'

Touring/Cruiser/etc bikes dont want electric on the whole (except again in a marketing niche). Harley etal already
intentionally put piss poor engines in their bikes for pure marketing reasons, with horrendous fuel economy, terrible
performance, and horrible weight - because thats what the market demands.

Electric bikes will exist in cities for noise/political reasons, and as a fashion niche, but will not become commonplace
for some time.

Comment: Mostly Rubbish Research. (Score 4, Insightful) 246

Yawn, not this again.

While I do think the US penal system is very broken... this research is trivially shown to be a pile of garbage.
It ASSUMES the only cause of recidivism can be the length of prison sentence, and therefore that relation is cause.
It totally ignores that harder criminals, when caught tend to end up with longer sentences (because, well, they do worse crimes..) and that
these same harder criminals are more likely to not change their ways.

Having spent some significant time with people who actually work with criminals in the prison systems I can tell you that the VERY unpopular
but well proven fact is that there are generally two types of people. The prison psycologists often call them the sheep and the wolves.
The sheep are usually these because of a bad situation or foolish mistake that spun out of control. They were late for a meeting, not thinking,
and crashed into someone in their car killing them. Their personal/family situation got desperate so they had to steal to make things meet. They
didnt usually drink much, but had a few that night, arrived home to find their partner in a screaming rage and punched them. etc. All very stupid
and faulty, but not their usual actions. Punishment usually gives them a pretty big reality check.

The wolves however are very different, and not that rare. To them things are for the taking. They have the 'right' to do these things, and the
punishment is just an unfortunate side effect. Next time they will just be 'tougher' and wont get caught. These people tend to spiral up not down
and little if anything works to reduce their damaging effects on society because they see society as theirs to use/abuse as they want.

Prison is often, but not always, overkill for the sheep - they will usually see their mistake.
Prison is often a requirement for the wolves, because is KEEPS THEM AWAY FROM SOCIETY.

Prison is not primarily a punishment, it is a way to protect society as a whole.
This is where the system is falling down - we are not separating those two groups and treating them suitably... because the crime itself does not
tell you which type they are.

Unfortunately there is a strong feeling among quite a bit of modern society that 'bad boys will become good, they just need more love'. The wolves
live on this..It is their free ride and they know it.

We need to judge more on intent and less on crime.
We need a wider range of 'suitable' punishments, and many more 'unpleasant but not prison' options.
We need to accept that some people should not be part of society.
And we need to stop wishing everyone would just love each other more.. Because some people are good, some are bad. Deal with it.

This kid, of course, needs a damn good kick in the entitlements. Not a prison sentence (yet). Only time will tell where he goes.

Comment: Re:Fluffy the feel good piece (Score 1) 70

by thesupraman (#49573825) Attached to: The Next Generation of Medical Tools May Be Home-brewed

Boy, the FUD on this one is going to be impressive.

Tell me, if its your baby who cannot get treatment with a nebulizer because multi-thousand dollar 'certified' equipment is not
affordable, when $50 of parts would do the job perfectly well, will you feel the same? Welcome to the lives of a good proportion
of the worlds population.

Of course that doesnt apply to YOU right? to fuck em.. let them watch their children die.
MIT should convert themselves to another business school and turn out more MBAs!

Comment: No, you are wrong.. (Score 4, Insightful) 70

by thesupraman (#49573797) Attached to: The Next Generation of Medical Tools May Be Home-brewed

Of course the party you either fail to appreciate, or dont want to mention is that the regulations are strongly supported by the incumbents.

It created a very artificially high gateway to entry for competitors, while the cost of maintaining it is well covered for the current manufacturers
who use it as a way to charge artificially high profit margins in the name of 'safety'. Many of the regulatory requirements have been actively
created BY the manufacturers..
This is of course how almost all of the medical industry operates, certainly not just the manufacturers.

The natural reaction to this is of course a black market in affordable 'medicine' for people who just cannot afford to take that ride. Unfortunately
the US has just taken the opposite tack by trying to 'spread the load' instead, continuing to fuel its insane medical inefficiencies, and to continue
to maximise profitability for medical related companies. What a surprise.

If you really think that top quality medicine costs that much, then I suggest you visit South Korea... Their private medical services are very high
grade, and cost much, much less. Their fault rates are also lower..

The fact is that a lot of diagnosis (and other) equipment is cheap to make these days, and is not directly a safety threat to patients. The medical
system however does not want large price drops in one area, as they are worried at all levels that it may tip the scales and their own gravy trains
may get tipped..

"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas." - Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"