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Comment Re:Is Donald Trump racist (Re:Stick a fork in....) (Score 1) 612

#6 is a doozy:

"To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective."

This would never work in the USA, when would they get to use all those military toys?!

Comment ZFS (Score 1) 366

You need to protect against (1) the hard drive dying, (2) the whole house burning down, (3) bit-rot making some of your photos unreadable over time, (4) ransom-ware encrypting or deleting your photos.

Here's what I did:

I set up a small cheap PC 'backup server' with ZFS on Linux and two mirrored 4TB drives. Dropbox keeps my photos synced directly to this backup server and a simple script copies over any new photos to a folder. Another simple script makes ZFS snapshots of any new files or changes every 15 minutes. On ZFS this takes almost no space or time, only the changed disk blocks use any space. I set up a second identical backup server and put it in my office. If my office didn't allow that I could have put it at my brother's house. My server does a ZFS send periodically to keep the servers in sync. The server does a weekly 'zfs scrub' to check the file checksums.

The mirror makes sure a dead hard drive doesn't lose my files. The snapshots make sure if someone accidentally deletes files or a ransom-ware gets them I can get them back. The scrub protects against bit-rot. The zfs send to the second server protects against the house burning down.

Alternatively if you don't want to mess with Linux and ZFS, just use Crashplan's free option and have it store a second copy of your backups on a second computer at your office or friend's house.

Comment Tojan detected! (Score 4, Insightful) 272

The NSA is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. This whole things smells fishy. "bad actors" will buy this software on the black market, use it to spy on other people all the while the NSA actually gets to watch everything over their shoulders: backdoors into the networks of those that installed it, side-channel copies of all the surveillance etc.

Installing stolen NSA software obtained on the black market would be as smart as installing that cool new game downloaded from a warez folder found on a porn site.

Comment Re:It's amazing she still has defenders (Score 1) 742

Let me add to clarify, the third party doesn't threaten the most opposed dissimilar party. The third party divides the power of the most similar party, guaranteeing the most dissimilar party wins. For example, the current Republican party would LOVE and assist a left-wing third party candidate entering the contest and likewise the current Democratic power would LOVE and assist a right-wing third party candidate entering the contest.

Comment Re:It's amazing she still has defenders (Score 1) 742

> pretty big wakeup call

Which they will respond to by gerrymandering districts to make sure no other party can get back in power and making it legally and practically nearly impossible to change the voting system ... NOT by becoming responsive to the people instead of their funding sources.

When an alpha wolf is challenged he doesn't respond by being nicer to the pack, he responds by killing his competition and scaring any other potential contenders.

No, the solution is FIRST change the voting system to one that doesn't guarantee two party rule THEN vote third and fourth parties into some shared power (like many European countries).

Comment Re:It's amazing she still has defenders (Score 1) 742

Challenge it how? Voting third party is mathematically a poor choice under our current voting system (watch the video). It isn't going to happen.

If by "challenge it" you mean educate lobby and work towards a more productive voting system, then yes I am all for that!

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