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Comment: Where's the story? (Score 1) 585

by yup2000 (#37522732) Attached to: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Information Paranoia

I don't see how these two topics are tied together. The article is full of a few facts and plenty of uninformed opinion. Parts of the scrolls have been displayed in PUBLIC in the past. I've seen them in Milwaukee WI. http://www.mpm.edu/dead-sea-scrolls/

  I also personally know scholars who have studied the scrolls. So they finally got around to putting them on the internet. Great. But the author of this article is the paranoid one - we weren't suffering from any type of information paranoia until he showed up.

Comment: Boxes and Letters (Score 1) 734

by yup2000 (#37315658) Attached to: USPS Losing Battle Against the E-mail Age

The digital age hasn't killed the post office. they're just too focused on what they used to do: letters. Inability to change is killing the USPS. They should be focused on what people do now: buy goods online and have it shipped in a box to their home. I almost never see the USPS listed as a shipping option. The post office needs to ask themselves why this isn't so, and then figure out how to fix it.

Comment: Senior Seminar Project (Score 1) 146

by yup2000 (#34921316) Attached to: Unsecured IP Cameras Accessible To Everyone

My senior seminar project as a CS undergrad (2005) was the creation of a motion sensing surveillance system. Part of the demonstration I did during the presentation was to show how my software could monitor cameras from around the world for motion. In many cases I had no idea where the cameras were physically located. Later as part of my Masters thesis (2010), I extended the software to include face recognition... now it can identify "John Doe" and you can have it tell you when it see's specific people in a specific scene (white lists, black lists and reports on who has been seen).

I've always thought that combining the face recognition and motion sensing features with a library of pictures harvested from Facebook and LinkedIn would result in something very interesting from many points of view...

Comment: Checksums - 1 feature ZFS has that Ext4 doesn't (Score 4, Informative) 235

by yup2000 (#34307088) Attached to: Running ZFS Natively On Linux Slower Than Btrfs

hmmm, well the most obvious feature that ZFS has that Ext4 does not is check summing.

That feature is one reason why ZFS is better (it will tell you if your disk is going bad, and if you have a raid setup, it will go get the good data for you). However, this is also one reason why ZFS is slower... it spends time making sure your data is safe and that it always gives you the correct bits from your disk.

That single feature is why I run FreeBSD (looking forward to kFreeBSD/debian!) on my file server in a mirrored raid configuration. Yes, it is "slower", but I still pull data off that server at over 50MB/sec on my home gigabit lan! The specs on that server aren't great either... 2GB ram, and an old 1.6GHZ single core sempron.

Comment: Re:OSNews? Thom Holwerda? Seriously? (Score 2, Insightful) 176

by yup2000 (#34097778) Attached to: OpenBSD 4.8 Released

I agree and that's why I use it for internet facing machines I don't want have to worry about!
Just look at the 4.7 release. There were 7 patches for the kernel & userland 2 of which were categorized as security. The best someone attacking the system could do is cause a daemon to crash or possibly cause a panic. During the same 6 month time frame linux quite a few more security issues crop up including one that could be used to get root on a box. ouch.

Microsoft

Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 702

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the race-is-on dept.
Barence writes "PC Pro has performed a comprehensive test of Windows 7 vs Ubuntu 10.04. They've tested and scored the two operating systems on a number of criteria, including usability, bundled apps, performance, compatibility and business. The final result is much closer than you might expect. 'Ubuntu is clearly an operating system on the rise,' PC Pro concludes. 'If we repeat this feature in a year's time, will it have closed the gap? We wouldn't bet against it.'"
Censorship

North Korea Looking For Friends On Facebook 183

Posted by samzenpus
from the mandatory-friend-list dept.
crimeandpunishment writes "North Korea has apparently decided this social networking thing is worth doing. Just days after launching Twitter and YouTube accounts, it appears to have added Facebook to the list. It probably won't get too many friends in South Korea, which has already blocked access to the North Korean Twitter account for containing 'illegal information' under its security laws...and says the Facebook page could suffer the same fate."

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