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Comment Re:why? (Score 0) 92

So the only failure mode this protects from is corruption of metadata while every data block remains intact. On any sane filesystem, that sounds useless: the only cases this might happen are filesystems that can't handle unclean shutdown (FAT, ext2) or the disk lies about barriers. And those cameras that still use FAT have software you can't update, so you can't install that SBX thingy -- if you could, you'd be better off switching to a better filesystem.

In its present state, I'd suggest you scrap the whole project, it's a waste of time.

On the other hand, it would be an entirely different story if you added some form of erasure code that operates on amounts of data bigger than a single sector (most storage devices already have per-sector erasure codes).

Comment Re: If you can compact encrypted images... (Score 1) 92

There's no way it can. LUKS is great but it wastes tons of disk space on vms.

It can! Just turn on discard (and have the system inside issue trim commands). This does have an impact on encryption, though, which might or might not be acceptable for you: it is possible to tell used from unused disk space, which leaks information about usage patterns inside the VM.

Comment Re:Image processing (Score 3, Interesting) 111

I was given an 80-column, 24-line text terminal to the department microVax

And I'm typing these very words on a 79-column 25-line text terminal on a N900, using elinks. It's too much pain to use a graphical browser with only 256MB ram (built-in microB is insecure, unmaintained and can't even do SSL anymore; modern "slim" browsers need 1-2GB minimum), elinks works fine.

Still better than a modern Android/iJunk dumbphone.

Comment Re:Block wildcard (Score 2) 174

Piracy sites -- they deserve special protection, as they're very likely to be disappeared against their owner's wishes.

Image boards -- a glimpse into ephemeral content is worth keeping, even if you miss most of it.

Domain parking -- I agree with you, they're 100% spam. But they're the primary reason such deletion must not be retroactive.

Comment Re:Good job guys! (Score 5, Insightful) 134

Maybe in 10 or 15 years Firefox will be production ready. So instead of crashing several times daily, it might only crash several times weekly.

Are you sure you're using the same Firefox as me? It crashes less than once a year, and that's on Debian unstable, with 33 extensions and hardly ever below 100 tabs. Firefox does have its flaws, such as dropping sound support, massive memory use and using lots of CPU even when idle, but crashiness isn't one of them.

If you experience crashes "several times daily", you'd better check your hardware. Or perhaps you're running some bogus DRM scheme.

Comment Re:Remarkably Convenient (Score 1) 69

It's a car ride on "public" transportation. I have zero fucks to give about the driver's integrity. I care about getting from A to B quickly and the driver's driving ability and safety record.

Like, say, the driver lying up front to you how long the trip is and how long will it cost? Or the price suddenly rising by a factor of three the moment you arrive at the destination? Or them always "not having the change"?

Uber fixes all of this. Their execs might be strangling fluffy bunnies in all of their free time for all I care, if they can get us rid of the vermin that current cab mafia are, they're still good.

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