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Comment Re:The solution has been around for years. . . (Score 1) 149

PGP is needed, because it does something few applications do -- it works regardless of the transport layer. I can PGP encrypt a document, E-mail it, or I can send it via SMS, MMS, copy it to a SD card and put it in a dead drop, post to alt.anonymous.messages, or any number of ways. In any case, the document will be encrypted, and signed, so the receiver is assured of its security, no matter how public the transportation is.

Of course, PGP isn't perfect... it is a standard made in 1993. It needs forward secrecy, and a better binary to ASCII encoding scheme, preferably with the option of adding ECC. But it does work, and it is secure. It also will work with whatever the latest trendy messaging app will be come next year, just as well as it will work with ones from the past.

Comment Re:Other Map Software (Score 5, Insightful) 140

If Google does an occasional text ad here and there, fine. If they are pop-up/slide up, full screen ads which wiggle when you try to close them, then take you to the web page or app store for downloading something, I'll find another map provider. MapQuest and Bing Maps are suitable alternatives, and Apple Maps has gotten past navigating people through wormholes and tessaracts.

Comment Re:I've been predicted that (Score 2) 411

With a post-scarcity society, we can go one of two routes: A basic income, or spend money on prisons, police, military, training, dealing with crime/terrorism when a disaffected populace becomes an insurgent populace. I personally think a basic income is cheaper in the long run, and can allow a nation to focus on something other than existing or basic security in its borders.

Even in 1984, the proles got -something-.

Comment Re:Malware trick (Score 2, Interesting) 376

This is common across the ad industry now. Either a fake "X", that takes you to some shitty app or website, or the "close" button brings up AdChoices's "is this ad bad?" menu. This started back in the days of Bonzi Buddy, and is a common trick. Ad blocking extensions have stopped that problem on the desktop, but it is a chronic thing on iOS.

Comment Re:The remaining 1/3 will turn off the lights. (Score 1) 147

I personally have had good luck with HP/HPE stuff over the years. The Moonshot has yet to be duplicated by anyone, and for places that can't expand or add rack capacity, the only way to add more (other than machine upgrades) is to go with denser racks/blades. iLO holds its own, on the par with iDRAC.

I do wish HPe would make some G9 MicroServers. For an entry level box in an environment where rackmounting isn't that feasible, they are nice little machines and are definitely worth it for price/performance.

I definitely wouldn't say HP is dead, but HPe needs to toss something out there, enterprise-wise to get a nose ahead of the competitors. Moonshot and extremely dense rack/blades may be the best thing going for them, especially if they can perfect liquid cooling so that the blades can be far denser without worry about airflow.

Comment Re: Arduino! (Score 1) 92

The e-Ink tech would be useful for a lot of things. I have always wanted it on Wi-Fi APs, so if someone does a hard reset of a consumer router, the default WPA2 password would change, but be displayed on the bottom, with the option of turning that off in the config later on. For other appliances/IoT devices, just a means of displaying a default password for first access would be useful, or displaying a code for Bluetooth pairing. There is a big market and use for e-Ink... I just wish it were used more often, as I have not seen it used past e-Readers, and the shipping label on the Amazon Snowball.

Comment Re:of course it will burn.... (Score 2) 411

AFIAK, we have passed peak coal, where anthracite (the highest quality coal) is almost impossible to find, so a lot of coal plants burn lignite (one step up from peat.) Peak oil is long since behind us, especially with the pushback from fracking. Then, you get reports of solar actually being cheaper than fossil fuels, especially for maintenance.

There are three things which would kill fossil fuels dead that are still out there:

1: Nuclear power becoming accepted, or re-accepted.
2: Battery density getting near current fossil fuels.
3: A usable, efficient way to put energy in, suck out CO2 from the air, and make an easy to store fuel like synthetic diesel, fuel, ethanol, or even propane. Hydrogen is mentioned, but that is not a real soliution as making it requires a lot of energy, and storing it for the long term is difficult due to how it embrittles tanks and has a tendency to escape.

Comment Re:Hydrogen storage: an engineering trade off (Score 1) 621

There is the fact that hydrogen sucks to store compared to other fuels like propane, diesel fuel, or gasoline.

What would excel is a fuel that is pulled from the air that can use existing infrastructure, without needing exotic tanks, heavy expense in upkeep (a H2 tank needs inspected quite often, while a propane tank can sit in the back of a garage for decades and still be fine), and can be pumped by Joe Sixpack who might know enough to not smoke near the gas pump, but not much else.

I'd say the best solution would be a synthetic diesel fuel. If not that, an alcohol or propane (since propane isn't toxic to the environment.) Diesel is the most safe to transport because it doesn't have explosive vapor.

Comment Re:Haha (Score 1) 51

In my experience, a lot of places say they provide backups.

Usable restores, on the other hand... different story.

My recommendation is to dump the MySQL/MariaDB database (I use mysqldump and do a logical backup, as well as popping a snapshot), as well as snapshotting the core and other files needed for the Drupal site, shove all of that into a deduplicating backup program like Borg Backup, as well as every so often, take a tar archive and save that off in a separate location, just in case the backup program glitches. When it comes to backups, pack your own parachute. Don't expect someone to do it for you.

It would be nice if providers giving shell access would use NetApp or another filesystem to allow backups to be pulled out using the .snapshot directory. This, combined with periodic dumps of the MySQL database to a directory would do well for short-term, "oh shit" recoveries.

Comment Re:Same thing in Canada (Score 0) 344

It makes sense to have a pool of money and some allocation for domestic culture on the airwaves, otherwise a country's culture will just be overwhelmed by what is cheap and easy to produce or import, such as "reality" shows or $COUNTRY Idol, which take little to no thought to produce, and require very little F/X work, outside of a basic set design and some "stars" with snide commentary, decent looks under airbrush makeup, and little else.

I respect France and Germany for this. Music-wise, this is what the US desperately needs. Not another boy band or "band" put together from individuls by a MBA and promoed to death, but an actual shot at being able to do something with a band.

Comment Re:MQTT + OpenWRT-router/some other server (Score 1) 183

This is how IoT should be done across the board. I have pleaded with several IoT startups to go hub and spoke, just so they reduce their attack surface, but because it is cheap to just open up to cellular or Wi-Fi, they just open the device to the Internet, since it is so easy to go that route with commodity hardware, and yet again, I get told that "security has no ROI".

The only thing I wish there were a wireless protocol for, would be for block access. Something like a wireless iSCSI. This sounds stupid, but with Apple and other companies moving to just one port, having an external HDD that can pair with a computer, and read/write without requiring a Wi-Fi SSID or Wi-Fi Direct would be very useful.

Comment Re:Less coding, more thinking== better software (Score 2) 191

I use code for "bridge building", mainly spending time on looking at the map, and finding the best two places to span the bridge. Even then, there are times when I may have a number of lines of code, and wind up tossing the entire shebang out because I can do the same thing with an algorithm change, or using another function.

Coding is one thing, but I've seen dev houses measure quality by doing over 10,000 lines a day, regardless of bugs. That is akin to building a house and measuring the quality of the structure by the tonnage of concrete that was poured, or the amount of lumber used.

Comment "switch to Windows, that's where the apps are"... (Score 1, Insightful) 265

I have seen this argument since the dawn of Linux: Drop what you are doing, join the rest of the world and run Novell/MS-DOS/Windows, because that is what the "cool kids" are using, and where the applications are.

How about no? Desktop Linux is getting to a point where it is viable for day to day work tasks, and gaming is becoming not just a wish, but actually something coming around (slowly but surely). Going back to having to use Windows or a closed source OS will set Linux back by years. The fact that Linux is a decent desktop OS is why MS is deciding to fold and play in the Linux ecosystem. If people and companies go back to "closed source, good, F/OSS bad", I can see MS pivoting again, swinging deals to eradicate Linux in the server rooms in return for cost breaks come true-up time.

As of now, the only two MS products that are a must have in a company are AD and Exchange (and even those are debatable). I'd rather see F/OSS alternatives which might take some work, but can be used, as opposed to having to "surrender" and be forced to vendor lock-in.

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