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Comment What? 99% of land not used? (Score 3, Informative) 126

I have traveled in India extensively in trains. My mom has actually dissolved baby formula in the condensed steam from the locomotives to feed me. (Indian loco drivers are kind to mothers traveling with infants). No, 99% of the land is not being left untouched. Even while traveling through the Western ghats and all the tunnels, or through the Chambal valley in Madya Pradesh, through the Vindhyas ranges, or Aravalli ranges ... The signs of human habitation are ubiquitous.

Farming every tiny itsy bitsy pieces of flat ground, herding goats and cows in the slopes strewn with rock, making one wonder what do these goats eat? rocks? There are no untouched pieces of virgin forests left in India. Not in significant quantities.

Comment Re:well well well (Score 5, Insightful) 497

What the email actually say are normal intra party politics, back stabbing and intrigue. They have not found corruption, extortion or even racist jokes being forwarded. In fact for an email dump it is pretty innocuous. Some embarrassment for some. Debbie seems to be the one they are throwing under the bus. ( She actually looks like Mrs Frizzle from The Magic School bus).

But I am also intrigued by the Russians deciding to help Trump. Foreign powers meddling with our elections, swaying our public opinion we should be very very wary about. It is definitely illegal for foreign entities to give campaign contributions. It seems to be some sort of in kind contribution. That Russia does not want Hillary seems to be a very big plus point in her favor.

Comment Backups are really painful in fishing expeditions (Score 1) 71

The IT Gods of our company have implemented some really serious backup and security measures. Something called Bit9 randomly kills my compilation process, the Mozy backup locks the file right in the middle of a git pull --rebase origin master resolving merge conflicts. The damned backup system takes two cores out of my 32 core machine 24/7 constantly. It backsup debug logs and regression suite temp files every 30 minutes. My unit testing script churns through 10 GB of scratch files every night. All I care about it is the the line "Unit test run: 12474, passed 12474, 100%". But all night long Mozy has been backing up the scratch files dutifully. Where it is storing it, how much it is charging our company .... god only knows.

It is so bad that no developer in our company has used Mozy to recovery anything successfully. You launch the recovery dialog, wait for it to populate the file tree and recovery sets. It spins and spins and spins. We give up. It seems to be some tool meant for office application, some spreadsheets and documents all manually created. How many documents can you physically type up every day? It works at that load. Deployed on a development work station, that downloads some 45 GB of source code in some 20 repos, with daily pulls and rebases, developers maintaining multiple views, running regression suites and unit tests, we easily generate 10 GB of data per day per developer spanning easily 20000 machine generated files. All I touched were three source files, and approved one pull request, boom 10GB!

Yahoo emails are all manually typed. It does not have to contend with this level of machine generated derived objects and data files. But it is not dealing with a 200 developers, it is dealing with several million users. They could be churning through this much of data in their image files and video/audio clips. It will take significant effort and cost to recover anything from backups.

There is however, one developer who actually found something very interesting. We don't have wait for the recovery sets dialog to populate. If you know precisely the entire absolute path name to a file that was deleted you could type it as the wheel it spinning and it can be found relatively easily, he said. So yeah, if you know precisely the name of the blob that want to recovery, may be you can. But to go on a fishing expedition finding all files that existed on a particular day it well nigh impossible.

Comment Re:Most advertising is geared towards idiots (Score 1) 6

From Kurt Vonnegut's 1962 short story 2 B R 0 2 B:

âoeIn the year 2000,â said Dr. Hitz, âoebefore scientists stepped in and laid down the law, there wasnâ(TM)t even enough drinking water to go around, and nothing to eat but sea-weedâ"and still people insisted on their right to reproduce like jackrabbits. And their right, if possible, to live forever.â

Also, there was a telephone booth in the story!

And slashdot STILL mangles unicode. I'd be ashamed to work there.

Comment Re:It can be fine... (Score 2) 476

When PC's started coming out without serial ports, I remember the exact same gnashing of teeth, and wailing that this was a technology that HAD to be present on all PCS because of it's idiot-proof design and the fact that EVERYONE needed it for one thing or another. MY GOD PEOPLE, CIVILIZATION WOULD FALL WITHOUT INTERNAL SERIAL PORTS!!!

Fast forward to today: Yeah, I have a USB-serial cable in my bag which I use regularly but I'm the vanishingly small exception and almost nobody cares. This panty knotting party will blow over and be forgotten in a few years as well.

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