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Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 264

by weepinganus (#35349494) Attached to: Arkansas Earthquakes Could Be Man-Made
As I understand it, this sort of activity doesn't cause earthquakes per se. Rather it catalyzes the release of existing pent-up geological stress. Assuming that's the case, isn't this actually a good thing? The energy stored in the stressed tectonic plates is bound to be released eventually, and isn't a series of small earthquakes far less destructive than a single big quake?

Comment: Re:Treat it like any other secure system (Score 1) 376

by weepinganus (#35245954) Attached to: Confidential Data Not Safe On Solid State Disks
The parent's link refers to issues stemming from data not being reliably overwritten on a wear-leveling device. Why wouldn't those same concerns apply to any device that transparently remaps bad sectors to a reserved area of the disk? I understand that most writes to an SSD are wear-leveled, and I assume that transparent remapping of sectors on a magnetic HDD are relatively rare, but isn't information security supposed to be based on the worst-case scenario?

Comment: Re:The problem is schools! (Score 1) 417

by weepinganus (#32943658) Attached to: TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists, Again

If the portable math-machine really were something that people felt they needed, you'd see iPhone apps that were actually useful: the hardware is far more capable than the piddling processors they're putting in the math-class toys, or you'd see the prices of dedicated hardware drop into the $10-$20 range that scientific calculators have been in for decades.

I can't comment about the availability of iPhone apps, but on both my old Palm Treo and my current Droid, I have a fully functional emulator of the legendary HP 48G/GX running a free ROM dump from the original calculator (with HP's permission, no less).

Apart from tests (where cell phone use is rightfully banned), I can't see much use for dedicated calculator hardware, but there's still a considerable need for portable math-machines.

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