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Comment Re:Sounds improbable (Score 1) 513

I do agree that police need to be careful with DNA evidence and not use it as proof of guilt where it implies no such thing, but that does not seem to be the case here.

You can't even say that for sure here. I've played with a cigarette lighter before and the one thing I recall is I quickly rubbed my thumb raw. Needless to say, a lot of DNA came off in the process. If the girl did use the lighter after him, that could easily explain his DNA embedded in her fingers, but the fact it would have ended up on her fingers could explain it ending up a lot of other places too. Ever rub your eyes, blow your nose, scratch your crotch or wipe your ... well, you get the idea. Who knows what the girl did with the lighter or what she did afterwards either.

Add to that, the guy is 44 years old and has never committed a crime nor even been a suspect until now. Granted, he was 31 when the crime occurred but he was quite old even for the type of behavior required to commit such a brutal crime to come to the surface. The fact nothing is known of him since would make it even more unusual.

Comment If You're Like Me (Score 3, Interesting) 440

The problem started with a complete lack of discipline. I had numerous systems over the years and never really thought I needed to bother with any tracking or control system to manage my home data. I kept way to many minor revisions of the same file, often forking them over different systems. As time past and rebuilt systems, I could no longer remember where all the critical stuff was so I'd create tar or zip archives over huge swaths of the file system just in case. I eventually decided to clean up like you are now when I had over 11 million files. I am down to less than half a million now. While I know there are still effective duplicates, at least the size is what I consider manageable. For the stuff from my past, I think this is all I can hope for; however, I've now learned the importance of organization, documentation and version control so I don't have this problem again in the future.

Before even starting to de-duplicate, I recommend organizing your files in a consistent folder structure. Download wikimedia and start a wiki documenting what you're doing with your systems. The more notes you make, the easier it will be to reconstruct work you've done as time passes. Do this for your other day to day work as well. Get git and start using it for all your code and scripts. Let git manage the history and set it up to automatically duplicate changes on at least one other backup system. Use rsync to do likewise on your new directory structure. Force yourself to stop making any change you consider worth keeping outside of these areas. If you take these steps, you'll likely not have this problem again, at least on the same scope. You'll also find it a heck of a lot easier to decommission or rebuild home systems and you won't have to worry about "saving" data if one of them craps out.

Comment Not Much About Your Needs (Score 1) 479

If all you want to do is cut the cord and don't want to waste time with too many technical details and have lots of money, buy a new television. Most come with DLNA servers built in and all the standalone library devices you may want to add can support it. They also support most of the major streaming providers like Netflix, Amazon, and Youtube. As well, most can do wireless and some even have DVR functionality built in for recording over the air broadcasts.

Comment Re:What is document storage? (Score 1) 96

What is the point of document storage in a noSQL database? If you're not going to store docs in a RDBMS, why not just store them in a filesystem? What is the point of Mongo or whatever this stuff is?

They are JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) documents and you can query into fields of the object-document without the database having to read the whole "document" in the same way you can read rows based on some set of columns in an RDBMS. Given objects like { a = { b,c } } or just d = f you could read a.b where = c or just d where = f. It's multidimensional as opposed to the flat column format of an RDBMS. Unfortunately, their are no data types, constraints, foreign keys or triggers. Data integrity has to be done in programatically

Comment Re:XBMC (Score 2) 140

Unless you're really dead set on DIY, I recommend the Xtreamer Ultra for $399, available on Amazon. From the blurb "Xtreamer ULTRA Mini-ITX SFF HTPC (1.8 GHZ Intel Atom Dual-Core D525, nVidia ION 2, 4GB DDR3, HDMI 1.4a) Includes Remote, Mini Wireless Keyboard w/ Trackpad, PLUS XBMC and Boxee Configured and Ready to Go!", so it's a full PC and a very small, nice and quiet one at that.

The Ultra comes without a hard drive, but it has a 2.5 bay where you can add an HDD or SSD. I did the former. It boots off a custom version of Ubuntu running an offshoot of Grub2 called Berg that gives you a nice graphical menu to choose among XBMC, Boxee, Linux, or any x86 OS you choose to install. Transferring the OS to a hard drive and adding more is easy. I added Fedora and Windows 7 for the heck of it and both run great. Even 1080p video over my gigabyte LAN runs perfectly.. They are now also offering the Ultra2, a souped up version with WiFi capability built in.

Comment Console Advantages: (Score 1) 309

1) Ease of use. Connects easily into nearly any home AV setup. 2) A functional and useable control scheme. 3) Common Platform means games work out of the box. The iPhone and iPad technically have the third advantage due to Apple's excessive control, while every other smart phone OS does not. A PC has the second advantage but not the rest. I wouldn't think either group of devices has a chance against the consoles unless they can offer all three, but even then a hidden advantage of a console is that it just sits there ready to go. I wouldn't want to un-dock my smart device only to lose it/drop it on the sidewalk and be out of business at home too. I suppose I could just buy one and leave it connected but guess what ? Then it's just a console.

Comment Re:Call me when... (Score 1) 201

Hollywood has finally realized they stand a better chance protecting their content, even if only for a short while, by getting rid of all physical media and going with electronic distribution only. Yes, nearly every DRM scheme will probably be hacked but that doesn't happen instantaneously and when it does, all they have to do is change to a new scheme. What surprises me is that Walmart is charging for this service. They are simply authorizing your account to view a movie based on whether you own the disc. They should give you the best available HD copy for free on the likely chance you will start to buy or rent other movies through them. More importantly, people would probably use the service because it's "free" and that would help the studios make the digital only transition.


Submission + - Weaponizable Police UAV Now Operational in Texas (click2houston.com) 2

crackspackle writes: The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in suburban Houston, Texas is preparing to launch operations with a newly received Vanguard Defense Industries Shadowhawk MK-III unmanned aerial vehicle, paid for by grant money received by the Department of Homeland Security. The MK-III is a product marketed for both military and law enforcement applications. Michael Buscher, chief executive officer of manufacturer Vanguard Defense Industries, said this is the first local law enforcement agency to buy one of his units. "The aircraft has the capability to have a number of different systems on board. Mostly, for law enforcement, we focus on what we call less lethal systems," he said, including Tazers that can send a jolt to a criminal on the ground or a gun that fires bean bags known as a "stun baton.You have a stun baton where you can actually engage somebody at altitude with the aircraft. A stun baton would essentially disable a suspect," he said. "To be in on the ground floor of this is pretty exciting for us here in Montgomery County," Sheriff Tommy Gage said. The MK-III also has more lethal options available, capable of carrying either a 40mm or 37mm grenade launcher or 12 gauge shotgun with laser designator. Sheriff Gage has stated he has no immediate plans to outfit his drone with weapons.

Comment Re:It's recognizing where video is going. (Score 1) 481

I don't think anyone would disagree that the future lies in streaming, just whether or not Netflix is pulling the trigger to soon. There are a lot of big players against who they will have to compete should they choose to get more serious about the game - Amazon, Google, Apple, as well as the studios themselves to name a few. They also have unconventional competition from the ISP's who will continue to play the front as a direct competitor while trying to block the back with non-net neutral policies. As long as they paired DVD delivery with streaming, they had a stronger product they could use as leverage to keep the streaming option going. Now that they have effectively split them, it will be a lot easier for customers to drop them for the next big thing.

Comment Re:Okay, I Get That The Guy Didn't Download It, Bu (Score 1) 302

Private trackers have a very low risk of "ISP crabs" and usually have screenshots and comments so you can see if the quality is good.

My experience is that only newer stuff is available at reasonable speeds. Most seeders stop seeding soon after their share ratio gets over one and that really hurts the longevity of less popular or older data. Nothing's worse than getting >90% of a a huge file only to have the last seeder with a full file drop off. Second, there's no such thing as a safe private tracker unless you're the only one who has access, along the same lines of the only way to keep a secret is not to tell anyone. Once you start adding people, even those you know well, the risk of a compromise goes up. If unknowns are ever added, then it's definitely not safe. That's compounded by the fact you need a reasonably sized population to get enough variety and seeders to make it worthwhile.

All that aside, I think the risk with bittorrent is too great now and getting worse. 100,000 users in the United States were sued last year and while most may get off, that's a large number compared to the number of people who actually use bittorrent in the U.S. . As money is made of these cases, you can expect that count and the number of lawyers participating to go up. Combined with the shame of being caught downloading porn, and I have no doubt you'll soon see some porn studios using shills to release their warez on the Net with the express purpose of suing those who download it.

( Meant as food for thought. I am not telling anyone what they should or shouldn't do).

Comment Okay, I Get That The Guy Didn't Download It, But.. (Score 2) 302

For those that do use bittorrent for movies, why do you still do it ? The question isn't about the propriety but rather the risk. It takes a $1 to rent a movie from Redbox and about an hour to rip it on a Core i7. That's as opposed to 3 hour/day/months to download it from the Net and you could wind up getting a bad encode as well as a case of the lawyer - ISP crabs. Granted Redbox doesn't do porn, but places like SugarDVD do and you get to choose what you want.

Comment Re:Ok, so.... (Score 1) 307

If I understand it correctly though, Apple doesn't just want 30% off of your purchases made through something you downloaded in the app store: If you create an account through your app downloading in the app store, Apple wants to claim 30% of what that customer pays for, ever. Charging someone 30% more than the rest because he happened to sign up to your service originally though an Appstore app doesn't seem to make much sense from a retailer POV.

No, Apple wants any application based link to content for sale to go through their app store from which they get 30%. Users can still be inconvenienced to close the application, go to Safari, browse to the content providers web site and buy the content without Apple getting a cut. It's a needless PITA for a lot of users and very hard for some less technically savvy. I assume Apple's hope is that application developers will choose the former route, but in reality, the bigger names are just redirecting users to the second option. I would too were I Google or Amazon but ultimately it will only hurt the end user, some more than others.

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