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Comment Re:robots.txt indeed does NOT have value (Score 1) 173

The use of robots.txt only makes the internet somewhat harder to search. I fucking hate it when some scientific publisher haplessly uses robots.txt, only to make search of their published content nearly impossible to find. Fuck that, fuck robots.txt and the train it came with.

Keep in mind, if the world collectively decides to ignore robots.txt, a polite and easy way to tell indexers to go away, people will take stronger measures to prevent indexers from doing unwanted things with content they don't own and have no rights to, right up to blocking indexer sourced requests outright, no robots.txt, no http, just the middle finger of 'connection closed by foreign host.'

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 173

robots.txt is a polite way of saying "please don't"

But your website is there for the world to see. If someone, anyone chooses to ignore your polite request, well, so what? Why did you put your content up there for the world to see?

This right here need elaboration. Sure, I can put my stuff on a webserver for the world to see. But you see, what I didn't sign up for is every search engine to download all my webpages and make them available in search results. Feel free to poke my website as a human, but not as a indexer, hence robots.txt asking robots to bother someone else.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 173

A public act by an organization ignoring robots.txt will only lead to the justification of other organizations ignoring robots.txt. Effectively ignoring it erodes the value of robots.txt. Sure, some underhanded people will ignore it but I don't see organizations openly ignoring it.

If you have an example of an organization completely ignoring robots.txt, do tell.

I gotta agree with this. The mechanism of robots.txt needs to be respected in all cases, lest it become obsolete and ignored if big enough players decide it is meaningless and ignorable.

I personally don't give a hoot about my page(s) appearing in an archive, what I don't want, is Google, Bing, Yahoo, or anyone else, indexing my pages so they might appear in search results with terms that may be present on my pages. Not hiding anything, frankly there's almost nothing on my webserver (visible at least), even if robots.txt was absent. It's just my choice, and I rather like that it is respected.

Comment Re:where's the PC of Mobile Computing? (Score 1) 119

This time around, I think the big players learned their lesson. Keep the stuff under wraps, freedom is not profitable, restrictions are. It's annoying.

There is no reason we don't have decent GP mobile computer that's not tethered to a manufacturer and/or carrier. I mean no reason technologically. So the big players are probably actively quashing any attempts to bring something game changing to market, because they like the game exactly as it is.

Meanwhile, Microsoft and Intel are slowly but surely linking our PC's to themselves so they can eventually start tightening the screws. Windows Cloud is a sneak peak of the world in Microsoft's long-dreamed of Walled Garden that Apple has enjoyed for so long.

Someone else in this thread said 'When there's sufficient demand." but what I think they are missing, is the big players are actively taking steps to ensure that demand is insignificant. What they are doing is creating more demand for the restrictive products because most people just don't give a hoot, if it works they're happy.

One piece of good news in it all.. the DIY SOC offerings are getting smaller and more powerful with every iteration. These seem like good GP computing platforms in a small package with no bullshit (they seem to mostly run Linux, totally open specs.) So there's that at least. Frankly all they're missing is the cellular modem and some form of portable small display.

Comment Re:Someone needs to sue Twitter (Score 0) 233

Twitter has obviously gotten WAY away from being a Common Carrier in any sense, since they are constantly cherry-picking what is and is not allowed to be seen.

Someone needs to file a lawsuit over this and soon, so Twitter can go back to being a platform.

Nah. I'd prefer Twitter just get more anal and retarded so people just stop using it entirely. Silly thing is silly anyway.

Comment Re:Disable the interface (Score 1) 140

Or if you're going through the effort to remove it, you might just unhook the tiny little connectors that connect the antennas to it.

Frankly, this is probably the only way to be sure. Newer laptops I'm not sure about, but many older ones, the wifi mini-board is easily accessable. Less than 5 minutes to pop it in or out.

Alternatively, if you trust Windows.. airplane mode perhaps?

Comment Re:NTFS (Score 1) 475

One more thing, DO NOT USE TAR, ZIP, OR PAR files! They add a point of failure. You will not find a un-rar program in 20 years, because you used the coolest, best thing out right now that turns out not to be supported past the 2029 update.

Can't agree with this. tar hasn't been changed in what, 30 years? 40 years? Zip format also hasn't seen any significant changes in a few decades either. These formats are probably pretty safe, especially tar. Just be careful of which compression algorithms you use, use old common ones if you're worried about future accessability.

And additional thing I do with large repositories of data is make sure to put any relevant 'readers' on the drive with all the data: A copy of a popular archiver, source code to tar, etc.

I use TrueCrypt too, and to ensure I never am without a copy, I am sure to copy it's installers and source code to everything. Hell, even my phone and dashcam sdcards have a copy of TrueCrypt, just in case.

Comment Extended Ask Slashdot: Best portable FS? (Score 1) 475

I like this slashdot question. But I'd like to expand it. Because like the OP, I have a couple terabytes of crap I'd prefer not to lose. I currently employ a manual mirroring of the drive to an offline drive of equal size and store that drive away from my computers.

My problem is portability though. Currently, both my drives (the online and offline copy) use NTFS for the filesystem. I choose NTFS because I want the drive to be accessable from both Linux and Windows machines. Like for example, I like to take the drive with me when I travel so I can watch my videos whereever I go should I get bored.

So my expanded question is: Which filesystem is the best for data retention and portability across Windows and Linux?

As an additional, if anyone wants to bite, how come there are no decent third party file system drivers for Windows? It seems like long past due for some good third-party filesystem drivers to be out there and usable.

ps. Never experienced any form of bit rot on standard spinner HDDs. Only time I've ever had issues with data loss on media is with recordable CDs and DVDs which I've long since stopped using for any purpose due to their proven unreliability. USB flash drives are also similarly unreliable as long term storage. I've multiple times gone to use a USB flash drive and discovered it's blank or scrambled and unusable.

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