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Comment Re:Good then bad then good (Score 1) 172

> Sugar free. First good. Then bad. Then good. Now bad again.

No, sugar-free has always been good. Weird chemicals that simulate some of the taste properties of sugar while causing unknown side-effects are bad.

I dropped all added sugar and much sugary foods from my diet with great results. That means no cake no cookies no ice-cream no soda. Few packaged-factory-produced foods of any type because its impossible to find them without tons of sugar. I have not replaced these with "diet" garbage.

Comment Bzzzt My algorithms say the black man did it (Score 1) 79

Holy shit!

Remember when they found that bank loan "artificial intelligence" programs were discriminating based on the racial profile of your zip code? The program learned from the human examples they were given.

So it isn't impossible that algorithms that insert "likely" pixels into images would perhaps add minority colored pixels in an urban looking scene and white colored pixels in a suburban scene. You can't use image data that didn't come from the actual scene in court!!!!

Comment Re:Perhaps not (Score 4, Funny) 598

60 is a great number, evenly divisible by many factors. 10 is terrible. I propose we switch from counting in base 10 to a much easier system such as counting in base 60. We will need more digit symbols but that's a small price to pay for easier arithmetic, and we didn't have any good use for Zapf Dingbats anyway.

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.

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