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Comment Yeah, me, too (Score 4, Insightful) 56

I'm in the US and I certainly use it. I'm not an academic or associated with an institution, but have an education in physics and computer science. I maintain a keen interest in several academic topics, and sometimes when I find a paper I want to read and can't find it on an author's website or arxiv.org then Sci-Hub is my go-to. It's ludicrous to want to charge someone $20+ to read a paper, especially when, often times, the research was government-funded. I certainly couldn't afford to do it.

I genuinely hope if this keeps up Sci-Hub goes nuclear and just publishes a few torrents of all the papers. It'd be very Swartzian.

Comment A question I keep asking that no one ever answers (Score 4, Insightful) 241

Suppose I use some third-party encryption that is made available anonymously or from another country, so there's no company to compel to reverse it. (Think TrueCrypt, or something from Schneier's Applied Cryptography.) Now suppose I plead the fifth and refuse to decrypt it. What then? We start blocking any site that hosts such a thing? Burn books on cryptography? Ban people from running compilers? Code escrow of all source with the NSA on pain of death?

Sure, there's the obligatory XKCD wrench decryption, but otherwise... I'm not sure how this makes a lick of sense.

Comment Re:Iceland (Score 2) 364

Fusion power, artificial general intelligence and unicode at Slashdot: three things that will always happen always twenty years in the future, no matter when asked.

(On the plus side it used to be four things, but "Duke Nukem Forever" was finally published so there is some real hope. On the downside, it was really disappointing when it finally came to be, so...)

Comment Re:Fair's Fair (Score 1) 60

Not always. For instance, the server sitting in my floor at home -- looking at the vhosts logs I'll often see the same IP try the same skiddy exploit against several (or even every) domain's website hosted on the box before fail2ban drops them in the firewall rules. Since I don't have reverse DNS set up for any of these domains and some (but not all) of them are just third-level subs from domains I have hosted elsewhere it seems a bit more focused than a random scan at times.

Comment Re:Not that surprising (Score 1) 145

We have a rack-mountable QNAP NAS device that our field support people back up files to when they are rebuilding a workstation. We used 3T Seagates from the compatibility list in it, and I had constant problems; we've replaced them with WD Reds, and the problems have gone away. Now in retrospect, seeing that Seagate drives report SMART events earlier, it makes sense that I had all the problems. The QNAP firmware drops and refuses to reattach any disk to an mdadm array that has SMART errors. Granted, if your data is very important you might want that warning. However, they should still have the data on an existing disk for a while, so I'd rather not be playing musical disks, so if the warnings come late it's all good.

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