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Comment Re:bit rot (Score 1) 475

Like all hardware, disk drives have two states - failed and going to fail. Bitrot will also occur with long term storage, whether you notice or not.

A self-healing file system with substantial redundancy capabilities like ZFS is the obvious answer.

However, there are many ways to configure ZFS, and some configurations have better redundancy than others. A misconfigured system would be worse than useless because of the false sense of security. Exactly how many terabytes of data you have also matters for creating the best configuration at lowest cost. Be prepared to spend a little time learning about ZFS before jumping in.

Comment Re: Sad to see the Zuck... (Score 1) 499

Somehow you are not noticing that Hilary Clinton has won the popular vote. To be clear, more people in the country wanted Clinton to be president than wanted Trump to be president. Trump is the president-elect, no doubt about that, but he did not get a mandate from the people. He lost the popular vote.

I can't tell what was in the mind of the Founding Fathers when they set up the electoral vote system, but I would be surprised if they intended this to happen. Generally, elections are intended to determine the winner based on the number of votes for each candidate. In 2000 and 2016 that has not happened - both George Bush and Donald Trump won despite receiving fewer votes than their Democratic opponents.

Comment Rules for Email (Score 2) 168

If you are a politician (or work for a politician), never write anything that would look bad in a headline in the Washington Post or NY Times.

If you are a corporate executive, never refer to anything that might be illegal or immoral or unethical. Not even as a joking reference - words can be taken out of context.

For everyone, be aware that whatever you say will stay around until the end of the Internet and may be accessible by anyone or any organization.

Comment Re:False positives vs. false negatives (Score 2) 85

I would still prefer the false positive - yes there's a chance that subsequent testing may cause a cancer (possible but very unlikely) and the false negative causes treatment to be delayed.

My first wife died of lung cancer. Her doctor diagnosed her initial symptoms as bronchitis and it was four months before the quack decided to send her to the hospital with pneumonia. Then the cancer was discovered and she died 16 months later. The type of lung cancer she had was unusual (non-small cell carcinoma) and is more treatable - that four months might have made a substantial different. We'll never know, of course.

Comment Re:Call me when it does prostrate cancer (Score 4, Informative) 85

I had a colonoscopy when I turned 50. It discovered a stage 3 adenocarcinoma in the ascending colon. Without a colonoscopy these are generally not found until the colon is blocked or it ruptures - either way the cancer has usually metastasized by this point and the live expectancy is of the order of 18 months to two years.

The day after the colonoscopy a cat scan confirmed the result (not that there was a doubt) and a week later the tumor was removed. The surgery was followed by 6 months of chemotherapy. That was 12 years ago.

A colonoscopy saved my life. It might save yours also. Man up and get it taken care of.

Comment Re:False positives vs. false negatives (Score 4, Insightful) 85

A false positive is much less of a problem than a false negative. One can cause some loss of sleep, the other can result in a failure to get early treatment and subsequent death.

If a positive result if presented to the patient as an indication that they should have further tests then the level of anxiety generated by the result can be managed.

Comment Re:The existing docket (Score 4, Informative) 1105

The lower court decision will be affirmed with a 4-4 tie, however it applies only within the jurisdiction of the appeals court that heard the case and not to the country as a whole. Also such an affirmation will not set a precedent.

If the justices feel strongly on an issue they can set the case for re-argument when there is a full court.

Comment This scares me (Score 3, Insightful) 106

Just because something can be done doesn't mean it should be done.

The more complex a system, the easier it is to disrupt. Last week we lost power one evening for a couple of hours and my young daughter didn't know what to do. She couldn't understand why nothing except her iPad would work. No TV, no computer, no Internet, no music, no texting, no contact with anyone not physically in her presence. But at least she could access the refrigerator and her room.

If, as suggested in the summary, "every light, every doorknob will be connected to the internet." then she wouldn't be able open a door or even enter or exit the house without approval from some server. Lack of power or a lack of connectivity would be a serious impediment to simply living in a house. Would all these things be controlled from a house server? Is everyone going to become a sysop? And think what a hacker could do with access to the house server. Or a burglar.

Or am I misunderstanding how this would all work?

Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 1) 608

I don't think it was legally brilliant at all, because it wasn't legal. While many countries (such as the UK) created zones where foreigners were not permitted to reside, none except the USA created areas where their own citizens of a particular ethnicity were excluded. It could have been argued that this was permissible if Habeas Corpus had been suspended, but it was not.

That's the difference. American citizens of a specific race were barred from residing in the vast majority of the country. Nobody tried to intern the descendants of Italian, German, Austrian or other enemy immigrants. Only the Japanese suffered this fate, possibly because it was easy to identify them and so they became natural suspects.

Incidentally, many white people have some difficulty telling the difference between Chinese and Japanese features. However, the Chinese population apparently had no such difficulty as they were the most active in identifying Japanese Americans to the authorities, especially those who failed to report for internment.

Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 3, Informative) 608

That's incorrect. Japanese Americans were rumored to be spying against the USA, and the court ruled that the need to protect against espionage outweighed the rights of the American citizens not to be interned.

However, the Solicitor General failed to not provide a report from the Office of Naval Intelligence that stated there was no evidence that Japanese Americans were acting as spies or passing information to the enemy.

In 1983, Korematsu's conviction for failing to report to for internment was overturned on the grounds that the government had knowingly submitted false information to the Supreme Court that had a material effect on the court's decision.

Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 4, Insightful) 608

It was against the Constitution to place American citizens of Japanese descent in interment camps without being convicted on any crime back in the second world war. That didn't stop it happening. The Supreme Court even said it was OK back in 1944, in possibly one of the worst decisions in the history of the court.

The people who were held were unable to earn a living and were unable to pay outstanding income taxes or the taxes on their property. Even if they had the money they had no access to it. Their property was seized and sold as a result. Those that survived the camps with a minimum of food and no heath care had lost everything they had worked for by the time they were released after the war. Only a few suggested putting people of German or Italian descent in camps, and they were ignored.

It's a short step from identifying those of a particular religion to government discrimination in travel, jobs, housing or freedom.

Comment Re:Serves them right (Score 5, Insightful) 328

It's very likely that if they had driven their vehicle at a police officer rather than Tesla security they would have been shot, and if they survived they would have been charged with attempted murder.

They were lucky that the Tesla security people either were not armed or chose not to shoot at them.

Comment Re:having trouble finding maintainers (Score 1) 182

If this stream of 250 you speak of actually exists, why is Linus saying he's having problems finding people?

Are they of suitable quality - this isn't crappy application code. Are they thick skinned enough to be willing to put up with the legendary abuse from the LKML? Are they willing to work 7 days a week for little reward?

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