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Comment Re:Only SOME Optical Media Is Durable (Score 1) 380

I wonder if it's that as readers got faster, they have less time to deal with errors from disks that were crap to start with, so errors that have been there all along are now causing visible issues.

I remember a study that found there were problems caused by writing CDs at slower speeds on hardware designed to write faster -- causing more write errors. I've always written disks at the fastest available speed, which might be why I never ran into that issue. (Tho I still have an old 4x unit should I ever run into it.)

Comment Re:Yes, Because Optical Media Is Durable (Score 1) 380

Commercial disks are pretty durable, as you say (unless exposed to weather, then they fall apart fairly quick). The only commercial disk I've seen fail were bad out of the box. But burnables, not so much. Mine have done well (my oldest ones are still readable) but I lived in the desert. Dampness and CDRs do not play well together, as they're not completely sealed around the edges, so I'm not surprised by tales of woe.

I still use CDRs and DVDRs for sneakernet to the DOS machine that doesn't speak network or USB, and occasionally for a specific type of backup (movie or album) but no longer routinely use them for system backup. I can get a whole stack of DVDs on a single 128GB flash drive (not to mention backup is much faster and needs far less babysitting), and per the torture tests I've read about, flash drives beat everything else for durability (retaining data through all manner of abuse; one even partially survived being shot).

And until recently I was still using them for live CDs for testing OS distros, but along came that bootable-flash-drive app and now I have 40+ distros on a single flash stick, plus a place to save files convenient to whatever I'm testing.

I never did acquire a Blu-Ray, tho I suppose now that prices have gotten sane I'll pick one up just so I have it if I need one. Which might be never at the present rate (I don't buy BR movies, so what is it good for? burned BR are reputed very unreliable, failing in as little as six months.)

Comment Re:It better not be. (Score 1) 512

And as someone who thought they'd got it right as of somewhere in 4.x and dislikes the direction 5.x is going, I wish they'd stop "improving" it. Just fix anything that ails it, stop fucking with the interface and removing features, egads. That's why I no longer even try Gnome-based distros; can't stand the giant cellphone it's become.

Comment Re:Sheep (Score 1) 190

Interesting from a grazing efficiency standpoint. I do wonder what it does to total gut balance and mortality in the event of scours or other pathogenic processes.

But as to the nominal topic... in North America, there used to be about 20% more bison than there are cattle today. Bison mass about double what cattle do, and eat proportionately more -- therefore farted more, probably producing about twice as much methane in total. Somehow this failed to cause global warming.

Comment Re:How is this a breach of terms? (Score 1) 109

I have a LinkedIn account, but it doesn't get access to my email. I use it mostly to keep track of professional acquaintances; why would I put personal info there or give it access to my address book?

I expect the main fallout from this targeted scrape (it doesn't sound like an actual data breach) will be a minor uptick in spam. Like that's news...

Comment Re:Spare $1,500/month for new immigrant won't work (Score 1) 618

That's why BI needs to be restricted to citizens. Not to legally here, not to illegally here, but only to citizens, with proof of citizenship. And only to minor children of citizens (and no others), to nix the anchor-baby problem.

I'm not much for socialist welfare and such, but I do think BI is better than the current impossible tangle. Get rid of the entire welfare state (with the possible exception of some medical aid to low income) and replace it with BI, and it would probably cost taxpayers less and do more good.

One of the problems with the current system is that it enforces poverty, because if you do save and invest what little you've got, or own your home, or for one disabled payment program, so much as own a car -- you're no longer eligible. I know people who stay poor on purpose because otherwise they'd lose their benefits. I myself have been dirt-poor/homeless yet ineligible because I'd socked away my paltry little inheritance as the only retirement fund I'd get, rather than spending it right off.

Comment Re:Two possibilities (Score 1) 140

I would bet they could find enough native speakers of Arabic, if only those people didn't feel like their very lives might be threatened by exposure. I can think of at least a couple Saudi atheists who really would rather not live in a theocracy that wants them dead, and would help defeat it if they could do so without extreme risk.

Comment Re:What, like Chrome? (Score 1) 149

Yeah, I found that with Earth too... tho that had ceased to be an issue because Earth won't run anyway. But this automatically installing (NOT updating -- it installed entirely new and left the old install alone) wasn't happening til this little escapade, and I think the last time Earth ran before it decided not to was about a year ago. So the updater hadn't run since then.

But then I installed Talk, and yep, that's when the new Chrome dates to. Hadn't thought to look in Task Mangler and kill GoogleUpdate. :(

I'd be fine with it asking, or at least informing me that if I want to run X, it will update Y. But this doing it *entirely* behind my back -- that put Google on my permanent shit list.

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