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Comment Re:So ... folders (Score 1) 42

Of course instead of some sort of defined rules that you are able to understand, they probably will employ some sort of "AI" in the "Cloud", so that your trip confirmation to Hamburg will end up in your recipes stack, while some office themed porn will pop up at your next presentation to management.

Comment Re:Samsung: Munitions-grade consumer electronics (Score 1) 164

Funny that just one year after they sold their "Samsung Techwin" subsidiary, where defending your castle *was* a well documented feature of their products like the K9 Thunder Motorized Howitzer, to the Hanwa group ( ) their OTHER products start exploding.....

Maybe some of the Samsung techs miss building weaponry?

Comment Re:Thats terrible (Score 2) 86

As much as I dislike large corporations, the problem as I see it is slightly different here.

Of course when someone "gives you grades on some arbitrary test that has nothing to do with reality whatsoever", be it energy consumption, emission volumes or school grades, you optimize your behaviour to get as high as possible marks on those arbitrary test.

And then you get televisions, cars, employees, etc.. that all scored great on some arbitrary test, but those test don't really tell you anything about how they perform in the real world. We are just too obsessed by labels, certificates and diplomas these days.

Comment Re:HTTPS on home LAN (Score 4, Insightful) 86

This. Plus, browser that puts warnings on all un-enctypted pages is somehow like a radio that warns before every song that the next song isn't encrypted and might be listened to by anybody. Or a barkeeper telling you at the bar "Don't talk so loud, the police might hear."

Of course you should have the right to whisper any time you want. But you also should have the right to shout something for everybody to hear whenever you want, without somebody warning that you shouldn't do it.

Comment Re:Math is hard (Score 1) 224

on the other hand: "percent" is the unit, meaning "per hundred"

So 90 "per hundred" IS 10 "per hundred" better than 80 "per hundred". Note that the unit doesn't change in this case.

Of course or 90 pieces or 90 kg or 90 mp/h or 90 "cool" AREN'T 10% better than 90 pieces or 90 kg or 90 mp/h or 90 "cool".

But 90% are 10% better than 80%, the same sense that 90 mp/h are 10 mp/h better than 80 mp/h.

Comment Re:Yes, Because Optical Media Is Durable (Score 1) 385

That about is my experience.

I have about 1000 burned DVDs that I use somewhat regularity, and about 100 burned BluRays now. Since about 2002 I have encountered exactly *two* discs I couldn't read any more. One got scratched badly when it somehow got loose from the sleeve in my satchel, the other fell onto a tile floor and a corner broke off.

For security I usually make two copies of "important" stuff, and I also fill the media only to about 75%, and fill the rest up with error correction data created by, so that in the event that I one day actually DO run into a bit rot issue, I might still be able to re-construct the data.

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