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Comment Re:One click for $235 (Score 2) 242

I'm not sure that's what he was saying. Because he says he'd prefer it to be destroyed than others have it.

I'm in the same boat. My data is not really all the useful to others. But I'd still prefer for it to be destroyed than others have it. Just because I keep bank accounts, passwords, etc on my machine. How much can you sell one poor college kids stuff for? Probably not much. But having that level of security, that I KNOW no one else can get into my stuff, is incredibly satisfying.

If I get my computer stolen, I don't worry about pictures of my kids getting to others, I don't worry about my bank accounts or passwords being compromised, I don't worry about my work documents getting put online (I do research, and don't want my discoveries prematurely exposed). I love not worrying about that stuff.

BUT, you are correct. Backup is also EXTREMELY important. I use duplicity/duplicati type implementations. Where I can do incremental backups that ARE encrypted. So even those get encrypted and stored in three separate locations. Now days, encrypting your backups or your system is so easy, I recommend everyone I know do it.

I love my system. And I wish more people encrypted and backed up their stuff regularly. The peace of mind is worth it. My data is always safe from failures and intruders, whether it be one my system at home, or my backups in other locations throughout the country.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Finding duplicate images in two different sets of files

Nertskull writes: I've been scanning in old negatives from my family, and have accumulated about 6500 old family photos. My parents weren't the most organized, so lots of negatives were missing, so I've had to scan in old prints as well, to try and get all the pictures. I have about 3000 print scans.

I've tried to prevent duplicates, but I've missed many. So I now have two sets of files, and would like to remove any possible duplicates from the print scans that are already contained in the negative scans. I'd prefer to not have to do this by hand.

I'm trying to find a way to flag/identify the duplicate pictures so I can keep just the higher quality negative scan. So I need a way to analyze the image/visual content of the two sets, and compare them at some sort of threshold. Then, if they are reported to be similar enough, I can then check the supposed duplicates by hand, and delete where appropriate. Obviously a direct file comparison won't work, since they are very different files, even though the picture content could be the same. Also, the resolution is different (negatives are scanned at much higher resolution).

I'm hoping someone on Slashdot has a good idea about how to do this. I've been looking around for months and haven't found anything great. I'm primarily on linux, but have access to other OSes if needed.

Any ideas? Thanks.

Submission + - Tokyo court deals win for Samsung (

" rel="nofollow">AmiMoJo writes: "A court in Tokyo has ruled that Samsung Electronics did not infringe on a patent was related to transferring media content between devices. Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji dismissed the case filed by Apple in August, finding that Samsung was not in violation of Apple patents related to synchronising music and video data between devices and servers."

Comment Re:Could that post be more biased? (Score 4, Informative) 385

I think the implication is to say the phone itself is best based on specs. I agree "best" in terms of which OS you like is subjective. But the physical specs of the phone currently are the best available. That will obviously change soon. But a 4 core 1.4ghz processor vs a 2 core 0.8ghz processor is "better" in terms of core specifications.

Comment Re:Bill Nye..... I'm not your serf (Score 3, Insightful) 1774

No, that's not right. There STILL isn't anything wrong with believing in a higher power, even when you try to "impose" upon others. The problem there is you trying to impose. That's a huge problem. You shouldn't be forcing others to believe in your view. This is exactly what Bill Nye is talking about. That's poor logic reasoning. The problem is with the morons trying to force/impose others to believe what they believe. That's a seperate problem from the fact that they do believe in a higher power. You're the typical person that takes two different concepts, and lumps them into one, and then cries afoul of both, when realistically there is one problem. That's the type of talk that makes the religious people hate the non-religious people. Because instead of attacking their stupidity in forcing others to believe the same, we just attack their belief. Of course they get defensive over that. And frankly, even if we DID change their belief, they would still be assholes. Because then they'd just be people of a different believe system trying to force that down everyone's neck. The problem is NOT the "belief system" the problem is the "forcing" of the belief system.

Comment Re:WTF is WPS? (Score 2) 164

I don't totally buy that. I do to a small degree. But its kind of like saying we should give people cars without making them learn how to drive.

We live in a day and age where everyone wants the quick fix, and the easy solution. But to use a tool properly, you need to understand some things about that tool. And when you try to make it overly simple, bad things (as we are seeing here) can happen.

I'm not by any means saying people need a perfect understanding of wifi or networks or security. But I don't think its unfair to require people to do a little bit of reading of a manual to set something up. Having "better things to do in life" is not an excuse for getting out of everything we find complicated. Its narcissistic to think that the ONLY things that are worthwile are the things ONLY oneself is interested in.

Sometimes we have better things to do, absolutely. But sometimes life requires we dig into projects we find boring to get things done correctly.

Simply setup for networks? Absolutely. But at the cost of security for the benefit of ease? Not what I would call ideal.

Comment Yes (Score 1) 601

Yes, because I'm paranoid. Hahahaha, just kidding. I'm really not. I use it in a few situations. Most important to me, is communication with my wife. We encrypt all emails, because sometimes we need to send something like bank account numbers or passwords or similar things. I love the added security that comes from having those encrypted. I also use encryption sometimes at work, not often, but I work in research and its nice to be able to send documents to my boss and back encrypted. Even though I have no thoughts that anyone is trying to take it, still when the document represents four years of difficult research, I like not worrying about anyone getting except my boss. But probably the biggest, most frequent, reason I use it is for the signatures. I sign all my emails now. And I really wish that was standard practice in the world. Spam would become almost non-existant if you could get everyone to implement signatures. Frankly its incredibly easy to use and set up, so I can't really see the arguments against using. The only one you tend to hear is "why? no one wants to see my stuff". That's a week argument for me. It may be fine for others, but for me I guess its more of a "why not?" If you have people that are interested in it around you, use it. If they don't care, then you don't have much of a choice.

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