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Comment: Re:Sony security: strong or weak? (Score 1) 281

Apparently this critter is so new that by the time we checked, only a few AV companies had caught on to it.

What this shows yet again is that anti-virus scanners are a flawed methodology. There will always be a delay between a virus being released and the signature updates getting to the clients. It's inherent in the concept.

Unfortunately, some early technology journalists were partially responsible for this because, in reviews, they ranked anti-virus products that identified threats by signature higher than ones that identified threats through behaviour -- and this was because signature analysis also provided a name to the threat. In other words, the flawed idea that if you tell the user a name for the threat, you provide better protection than if you just block it. This reinforced the concept of signature analysis and slowed down research of identification of threats based on generic behavioural patterns.

Comment: Re:Classic pricing problem (Score 1) 320

by whoever57 (#48614993) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

If this actually turns into an El Nino year (the forecasts for this are mixed, but generally unreliable either way) this may be another flood year

Sorry, but El Nino only brings large rainfalls if there is a very large El Nino event. Since we know that it won't be a big El Nino year, don't look for help from this direction. However, there are other factors that affect the weather on a cyclic basis and, if this winter isn't very wet, California should be in for a wet winter soon.

Comment: Re:11 Trillion Gallons? (Score 1) 320

by whoever57 (#48614929) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

The real question is, what does an average average californian rainfall look like.

There is no such thing. California is a very diverse state, with very different climates in different areas. California has both the highest point in the lower 48 states (Mount Whitney) and the lowest point in the lower 48 (Death Valley).

Comment: Re:summary of SCOTUS case law: "pppphhhhhhtttttt, (Score 1) 249

by whoever57 (#48606789) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Boies may be a douchebag, but he's a douchebag who actively practices law and apparently reads the cases in full, unlike the good Professor Volokh, who has never actually practiced.

You know that he lost a case to a gardener, who was unrepresented by a lawyer, right? His firm did not cover itself with glory in the SCO cases either.

Comment: WD problem (Score 1) 219

by whoever57 (#48591599) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

My worst experience was with a 1TB WB "Green" drive. From brand new, SMART said it was perfect, but I could not write over about 900GB to it. This was not a GiB vs. GB issue -- the failures occurred before reaching 931GiB and manifested as drive I/O errors, not filesystem full errors. Writes were consistently failing before I reached the nominal size of the drive.

I haven't bought a WD drive since then.

Comment: Re:Fire all the officers? (Score 0, Flamebait) 515

by whoever57 (#48582029) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

That's a hell of a bargain. Take 1 beating, then don't have to work for the rest of my life!

This may not happen to you. Looking at TFA, I see that the victim was guilty of a heinous offense: DwB (Driving while Black). Unless you have the correct skin colour, your plan may fail at step 3.

Comment: Re:Fire all the officers? (Score 1) 515

by whoever57 (#48581915) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

This is why it's so hard to get corrupt/bad cops out of the system. The entire system is built to protect them, at all costs.

Perhaps some types of disciplinary records should be published. For example, any record that the cop tampered with evidence, hid evidence, lied in court, etc.. should be available to any defence lawyer.

Possessions increase to fill the space available for their storage. -- Ryan