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Comment Re:Because Manufacturers Suck (Score 1) 103

Blackberry cares... at least as a business model.

My PRIV has had *monthly* updates. That's the best I've heard of.

My phone is basically ASOP, with some added security and Blackberry calender, etc.

Overall.. not bad. Lots will badmouth BB, but they've come far now that they're pure android.

Comment Re:RAID (Score 1) 475

Not entirely true. Most modern hardware raid cards will automatically perform consistency checks, and additional block checks often. Mine do so weekly, and were defaulted to monthly.

It's true that if the raid card + drives never power up -- no go. But, if the computer is just on? The raid card and drives powered? Modern hardware raid will automatically scan the entire drive and fix issues.

Comment Re:Terabytes over decades on NTFS (Score 1) 475

No kidding.

I have two raids, clones of each other. On the weekends, during off-hours, I run md5sums on them. Scripts automatically compare to prior versions.

So far the newer the raid card, the less I've seen. A lot of older (eg, 10, 15 year old) raid cards didn't patrol read automatically, or do consistency checks automatically. My current cards do, and I've scheduled them for weekly.

With *that*, I see files 'caught' via bitrot once in a while... and corrected. Maybe, 2 or 3 files per year, out of billions... on a 60TB raid.

But, on top of all that? There have been severe potential data loss bugs with EVERY filesystem over the last 20 years, from FAT to ext2/3/4, xfs, you name it.

Comment Re:Perhaps a better method... (Score 5, Insightful) 1001

I once had a potential employer, ask me to complete a 15 hour long coding project as part of the interview process, over a weekend. Quite frankly, I just didn't have time. I told them so, and never heard from them again. What was I supposed to do, cancel plans I made, going out of town for the weekend?

Not to mention, I have a full-time job working 60 hours a week. I'm supposed to lose sleep, for a potential job which may never come? It was only the first interview too.

  Ridiculous.

Comment Re:ebay sucks more and more, lately (Score 1) 64

Included content was paramount, in order to see the bull they spewed.

We have a paid ad here for ebay, on /., blathering on about how great ebay is.

If my email about them spamming people non-consensually with political crap isn't on topic, nothing is.

These clowns have a load of lobby presence on Parliament Hill. They don't need to spam me, to have a word into that forum.

(Note lobbyist details)

https://lobbycanada.gc.ca/app/...

I can sign up to a no-call list, from all sorts of non-profit and political groups trying to contact me for this blather. And SPAM is highly regulated in Canada with CASL.

But these clowns bypass all that, and use their customer list as a personal pundit, a soapbox to increase their profits. Not for my benefit. I'm sure Andrea owns shares, and I bet she'll get a hefty bonus if she streamlines profit.

It's all personal motivation. It has NOTHING to do with helping ME.

Comment ebay sucks more and more, lately (Score -1, Offtopic) 64

There's nothing I despise and hate more, than a company spamming its customers with political garbage. Note this spam received from ebay, below:

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Join eBay Canada in calling for fewer duties and taxes on ecommerce purchases. Support shopping fairness!

Happy New Year!

If you’re like me, you love that eBay connects you with amazing finds in nearly every country around the world.

Unfortunately, Canada’s customs laws make it difficult for eBay users to buy and sell across borders. Our “de minimis threshold” is set at $20, which means we’re responsible for paying duties and taxes on international purchases worth more than $20. Our threshold -- set in the 1980’s -- is out of step internationally: the US threshold is US$800!

Canada’s low de minimis threshold makes shopping more expensive and creates red tape for entrepreneurs. It also costs taxpayers money because the government spends more to enforce the law than it actually collects at the border. Learn more.

eBay Canada believes that our laws should reduce burdens on consumers, entrepreneurs, and taxpayers. If you agree, please sign our letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

Participation is easy. Together, we can make a difference.

Sincerely,

Andrea Stairs
Managing Director
eBay Canada
--

You can't unsubscribe from these emails, as ebay has a 'site changes and enhancements' category of emails that you can NOT opt out of.

And of course, Andrea thought her little political message is somehow about that. Why?

Because "I'm the managing director of ebay Canada, I'm special, and I get to spout my politically motivated emails to all ebay members".

I emailed back, of course, assuring ebay that'd I'd look everywhere else first, now. That I'll try etsy, aliexpress, alibaba and others BEFORE ebay.

Of course, no one actually read my email, because why would they? And even if they did, well, who wants to tell Queen Bee that she's acting like an idiot.

I left 'smashwords' for the same reason. The CEO kept sending out political emails, ones you can't unsubscribe from, because hey -- why can't he use SPAM to tell his customers how to vote. What to think?

I no longer have a smashwords account. And I very much am close to canceling my ebay account.

Morons.

Comment Re:Renting airwaves (Score 1) 72

Renting them by the month now! That's even worse than buddy's overall lease term above!

You do realise that this money comes from YOU! You, the person that has cell phone service.

Where else does the carrier get money to pay for the lease?

The cost of these airwaves should be ZERO. Not one penny.

Yes, they should be regulated. Yes, if you don't use them, they get pulled.

But paying for them? Billions and trillions? THAT COMES FROM YOU IN THE END!

Comment Re:Can someone explain... (Score 1) 72

What, so you're suggesting that the tax you pay to use cell service increases?

Certainly, there should be some way to regulate air wave usage. But, just where do those billions come from? Or in this case, your leasing costs?

Anyone buying those frequencies, must make a profit. Therefore, any cost like this, is in some way or another passed on to the consumer. And, as a fixed cost that can't be optimized/improved/reduced, it's a cost that is universal to all wireless providers.

Meaning? It's a tax on your bill. *YOU* pay for it, not the wireless providers.

Why do people approve of a tax on themselves like this?

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 72

Actually, it is a tax on the consumer.

Certainly, there should be some way to regulate air wave usage. But, just where do those billions come from?

Anyone buying those frequencies, must make a profit. Therefore, any cost like this, is in some way or another passed on to the consumer. And, as a fixed cost that can't be optimized/improved/reduced, it's a cost that is universal to all wireless providers.

Meaning? It's a tax on your bill. *YOU* pay for it, not the wireless providers.

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