Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×

Comment Re:It'll only get worse (Score 1) 143

as a business gets larger, the goverment wants to force their way on them, to get some kind of 'goody' that they can use for some kind of evil purpose.

I'm 100% convinced, corps in the US are practially universally evil; and as they get larger, they get more evil.

in their defense, they probably have no choice. 'an offer you cant refuse' is likely made to them and they concede.

but still, I distrust corps as much as I distrust our own government.

in my ideal dream country, no company would ever be allowed to grow beyond a certain amount of power, size, influence. with power comes inevitable corruption. PERIOD. full stop.

the US loves to let corps grow to mammoth sizes. the US does not care how good our society works and how much wellbeing the citizens enjoy. they only care about serving themselves. the ruling elites do what they want and GET AWAY WITH IT, most of the time.

I'd fed up with this crap.

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong (Score 1) 412

Now you might be implying that abruptly powering off Windows would corrupt the file system, but that kind of wrong thinking belongs in another decade. Windows has used self-repairing journaled file systems for 15 years. Journaled file systems for Linux entered common use in the same year, and you don't think twice about what happens to the file system on your Linux box or Android phone when it loses power.

Well, yes, I do. Every day. For a living.

File system journals (and fsck) help maintain file system integrity, not file integrity nor medium integrity. It's only the middle layer.

If a program has only written half the data to the OS drivers by the time power goes, and those writes are replayed from the journal upon boot, you have a working file system but a corrupt file. I much prefer to be able to signal the apps to complete their output and shut down gracefully.

Likewise, cutting the power during a physical write can cause all sorts of problems, especially on media where the controller lies about whether a write is finished in order to improve write speeds. That includes most consumer hard drives and removable media. The OS removes the write from the journal as committed, while in reality it's still being handled by the hardware. Unless you have a hardware disk controller with battery backup, and turn write caching off on the physical media, this is a very real cause of corruption for power outages, and one a journal can do nothing about.

You mention Android phones. With microSD cards, where there generally is no way to disable caching, the problem is so bad that most phones make it incredibly hard to not do a controlled shutdown. But find that hidden reset switch in your phone, and hit it a few times during operation, and you will likely have corruptions, despite journaled file systems.

Incidentally, the use of non-enterprise journaled file systems is an exploit vector for intruders. If they can find a way to reset the system, and the journal replay helpfully makes valid files out of half-written temporary files, there can be a wealth of information there that shouldn't have been accessible. Good enterprise file systems like JFS and XFS will err on the side of caution and zero files that were read locked and partially written (causing a lot of complaints from those who don't understand why), while more commonly used file systems err on the side of retaining data over security.

Comment Re:Ummm... (Score 1) 73

Amazon Prime's video selection was quite horrible for the several years that I had it, at least an order of mangnitude worse than Netflix's current selection, and the streaming performance was pretty bad too. Has that gotten any better lately? That's the main reason I didn't bothering addressing Amazon until you brought it up.

The selection is now pretty good, while Netflix's has decreased to only being pretty good. And yes, the streaming performance is now better than Netflix, at least here it is. In the evenings I can barely use Netflix. And I have the bandwidth setting set to be inoffensive.

Comment Re:Reminder: CO2 is good, not bad, for environment (Score 1) 328

The jump here was you invoking a talking point I suspect even you know moronic.

Do you seriously think plants can just magically absorb vast amounts of CO2? If you do, then you are an idiot. If you don't believe it, then why repeat a demonstrably ludicrous meme?

Slashdot Top Deals

"Well hello there Charlie Brown, you blockhead." -- Lucy Van Pelt