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Comment And they discovered that Slashdot has gone to Hell (Score 5, Insightful) 226

This thread is a perfect example of what's becoming of Slashdot. Instead of comments and insights on the awesome science and tech it took to read an up-to-now unreadable ancient document, almost every comment here is a comment about whether religion is fact or fiction and is *completely* off topic. The science behind this is pretty amazing, and could lead to being able to read other ancient burned documents like those found at Herculaneum from the time of its destruction by Vesuvius. But you people are apparently more interested in bashing religion than celebrating actual science and technical advances.

Comment Re:Before 9/11 we had mostly private security (Score 4, Informative) 260

I have to disagree with you on one of your suggestions. Get rid of DHS too. The only thing DHS and TSA both accomplish is abusing the constitutional rights of American citizens on a daily basis. Neither organization has done anything to actually improve security. For starters, just look at how many TSA employees have breached security or been caught stealing from luggage. And how about the DHS confiscating laptops and phones at the border.

Comment He's got a point...but... (Score 3, Interesting) 367

I understand what he's saying and agree that encryption makes it hard for the FBI. The problem is that every time the FBI gets a new power, they have a long and storied history of abusing that power. The FBI (and government in general) abusing the constitutional rights of citizens is the main reason I support strong encryption for everyone. Criminals and terrorists don't scare me, the FBI does.

Comment Second verse, same as the first (Score 2) 366

For the 45th time in this thread, RAID is not backup. And all of you who are saying yes it is will change your minds the first time your array blows up and you have no other backup. Let's say you're running RAID 1 or 5. A drive dies. You stick in a new drive. You now better be praying and sacrificing animals in the hopes that you don't have another drive die before the array is rebuilt, which could take 12 hours or more if you're using 2TB or larger drives. If you value your files, then you have something in addition to your RAID array.

If you seriously value your files, you also have a fully automatic offsite backup, and one that retains older versions. I use CrashPlan. $5.99 a month for unlimited backup of one machine. As of the time I'm typing this, I have approximately 860,000 files amounting to 2.6TB backed up (semi-pro photographer). Yes, that first backup took about 3 months, but you gotta start sometime.

Comment I voted "no" with mixed feelings (Score 4, Insightful) 369

I think a lot of ACs are a total pain in the ass. But my belief in free speech outweighs that. And there are times where it really is necessary to post as AC. Plus, how many non-ACs actually use their full name on here to the point that they are individually identifiable. If Slashdot eliminates AC, are they then going to pull a Facebook and require full legal names? And who's going to check that out to make sure no one is lying about their name?

The best way to handle abusive ACs is by invoking the old saying "Do Not Feed the Trolls". A troll's goal is to invoke a heated response. Instead, ignore them and don't give them the satisfaction. I'd also like to see Slashdot users with moderation points use them as intended. Make the good posts and replies rise to the top, instead of using "Troll" or "Off Topic" or "Flame Bait" or "Overrated" to be the equivalent of "I disagree with this post".

Comment Wash, Rinse, Repeat (Score 5, Informative) 254

I said it last time this topic came up, and I'll say it again now. Its no surprise to me that their rules are so draconian that they would eliminate pretty much all Star Trek fan fiction created thus far, and would make anyone think twice before bothering to create anything new. The reboot is so horrible they can't survive any real competition. Even with just a short at this point, its obvious that Axanar is going to totally blow away Star trek: Fast & Furious In Space.

Comment Of course Paramount and CBS are nervous (Score 5, Insightful) 82

I can understand why Paramount and CBS are nervous about Axanar. Having seen the trailers for "Star Trek: Beyond" and the short "Prelude To Axanar", I think that Axanar is going to be a hell of a lot better than Beyond. And Axanar looks like Trek. Beyond looks more like "Star Trek: Fast and Furious In Spaaaaace!!!!"

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