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Comment Re:Accountability (Score 2) 524

My politics are irrelevant, though in most things I trend liberal, not conservative. That said, I voted for the guy, since I preferred him over the guy with the magic underwear. And now I have signed that damned petition, and if that puts me on a list, so be it. I love this country more than any one politician, curse his soul!

Comment Hypothetical (Score 3, Interesting) 524

If the Supreme Court ruled that some Government activity was unconstitutional, and the Government (including executive and legislative branches) just shrugged and continued said activity, what then? Or what if Congress voted to impeach the President, but he ignored this action, what then? Who enforces on the enforcers? Would this be the tipping point to civil war?

Comment Re:How many times can you die? (Score 1) 155

Read "Altered Carbon" by Richard Morgan.

From the Amazon synopsis: "In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen."

It is the first in a series of novels featuring the detective Takeshi Kovacs, and blends noir detective crime fiction with scifi. May remind you of Blade Runner.

Comment Re:Optical media sucks... (Score 1) 182

I have developed a way to store data on a CD/DVD such that if scratching causes data loss, all the files (including the readable portions of the damaged files) can be copied off to hard disk, the damaged files can be restored, and a new original CD/DVD can be created. Each data set recorded (for a full DVD) takes about 4 hours to calculate on a fairly decent dual core computer running Ubuntu, using about 15% redundancy. Actually burning the DVD takes 6 minutes.

I mastered a DVD movie for a client (he had a collection of pictures in slideshow format), and in addition to providing a DVD master that would play in any standard DVD player, I kept an archival version of the original ISO for his movie. He can come back to me any time and I can just pull the ISO and make him another playable copy.

Of course, this wouldn't have helped your copies of Stargate SG-1, but any files specially prepared and burned this way (say, your pirated copies of Stargate) would be protected. And I have tested it: I was able to recover a DVD after running my car keys across it fairly vigorously. For the last 2 years I have been archiving the most useful and critical software and data (OK, pr0n) with this method.

Here's the other thing, ever since I have been using this technique, I don't trust any other storage medium for long-term storage: not hard disks, not flash drives, not even (or especially not) the "cloud." Unless you melt the optical media in a fire or break them in half, data loss I have found to be at least gradual, not all or nothing like hard disks or flash drives can be.

And since I have demonstrated being able to recover from *gradual* data loss, this is the way I will go. (And so far I have not tried this method on Bluray media yet, though it should -hopefully- work the same.

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