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Comment Using it wrong (there are many options) (Score 1) 33

Unlike most protocols, rsync has a built-in checksum, actually many, many checksums, so it's much more reliable than just about any other protocol. It checksums every few kilobytes.

We backup many terabytes every day and we periodically verify the backups with Sha-2 hashes. I've never found corruption due to rsync. On the other hand, rsync *is* very flexible and there are many options. It's certainly possible to use a set of options that doesn't give you what you want.

Also, if you're backing up live systems, especially databases, using any method, you have to take care that the data doesn't change while your backing it up. That applies to any method of backup. For mysql, see man mysqldump, then back up the dumped files.

Comment SSH is the *right* way to do rsync. Rsync protocol (Score 1) 33

Using ssh transport instead of the native rsync protocol, which is unencrypted, is the *right* way to do remote rsync with sensitive data. Much like tunneling http over tls is the right way to do http for sensitive data.

You can also do the rsync network protocol bare, using a rsync:// url. That's the wrong way for sensitive data, and the way this developer chose to do it.

Comment Re:Fiduciary duty (Score 1) 292

But they live in the US under worse living conditions because they know it isn't permanent.

Some, I suppose. The H1-Bs I know very much want to stay.

Meanwhile on this side of the pond I have to support a family.

You're basically saying that you'd like steeper immigration barriers to artificially boost your market value and artificially depress the market value of those who weren't lucky enough to be born here. You're far from alone in that view, but I think it's immoral. I spent some formative years living in another country, with great, smart people who worked their asses off for a standard of living that we wouldn't consider fit for a dog. They deserve a chance to earn something better, and if that means I have to compete harder, or even if it means I have to lower my standard of living, I'm good with that.

To be fair, it's easy for me to say that since I'm pretty comfortable. But I felt the same when I was a poor kid with a young wife and a new baby and I'd just been laid off, so I don't think it's just my relative safety speaking.

Submission + - MIT creates 3D-printing robot that can construct a home off-grid in 14 hours (mit.edu)

Kristine Lofgren writes: Home building hasn't changed much over the years, but leave it to MIT to take things to the next level. A new technology built at MIT can construct a simple dome structure in 14 hours and it's powered by solar panels, so you can take it to remote areas. MIT's 3D-printing robot can construct the entire basic structure of a building and can be customized to fit the local terrain in ways that traditional methods can't do. It even has a built-in scoop so it can prepare the building site and gather its own construction materials.

Comment Re:You were hired to work for THEM (Score 1) 363

I'm with the AC on this. The real question is "what are they paying you for?" If they're paying you for your time, then you owe them your time. If they're paying you for your talents, then you owe them your talents. If they're paying you for making sure work gets done, then that's what you owe them.

I couldn't care less what my employees do with their time so long as they accomplish the goals we set. I'm paying them to accomplish something in a certain period of time. I expect them to meet a certain level of professionalism, but beyond that, all I'm interested in is the work.

It works the same at my house. My kids have chores to do and a time period to get it done in. I don't care when they do them, so long as the chores get done in a reasonable period of time. When I pay someone to mow my lawn (rare) then I don't care if they're on their phone taking on other jobs or doing tech support for Comcast, so long as my lawn is mowed when I need it mowed.

Not every job is measurable like the ones I'm describing so I can't make a blanket statement that every employer should work like I do. Funny thing, there are lots of different kinds of people, lots of different kinds of jobs, lots of different types of agreements between employers and employees.

Comment Re:Fiduciary duty (Score 2) 292

So, as I forgot to say, I agree with your solution to the issue as long as prices fall to global averages as well as salaries.

It will equalize globally. Places with low salaries and low cost of living will see both rise. Places with high salaries and high cost of living will see both fall. Standards of living will also equalize, which probably means those who currently have the highest standards will see theirs decline, though not nearly as much as the low standards of living will rise.

This has already happened quite a bit in India, and in China. Labor costs have risen substantially, and cost of living has increased, too. For that matter, the cost of many types of goods has fallen dramatically in the US. Basically anything that can be manufactured overseas and imported is significantly cheaper than it would be otherwise. Clothing, for example, costs less than half what it did, on an inflation-adjusted basis, than it did 30 years ago. Toys, electronics, also dramatically cheaper. In fact, strangely enough, most of those things are actually cheaper to buy in the US than they are to buy in the places they're made!

Note that this equalization won't happen instantly, or painlessly, and there will be winners and losers in the short term. But it's the right thing.

Submission + - Elon Musk on why he doesn't like flying cars: 'That is not an anxiety-reducing' (yahoo.com)

boley1 writes: Elon Musk on why he doesn't like flying cars: 'That is not an anxiety-reducing situation'.

According to Musk, the main challenges with flying cars are that they'll be noisy and generate lots of wind because of the downward force required to keep them in the air. Plus, there's an anxiety factor.

"Let's just say if something is flying over your head...that is not an anxiety-reducing situation," he said. "You don’t think to yourself 'Well, I feel better about today. You’re thinking'Is it going to come off and guillotine me as it comes flying past?'

Comment Re:It is so unfair. (Score 1) 358

Come on, you know Sowell is a Libertarian hack with a background in "economics", which is barely a science.
Here is the definition of "progressive": a person advocating or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.
There may be a sordid history of progressives and eugenics, but the current progressive movement is not the same. The current conservative movement is the one with problems. The progressives who advocated Eugenics and the other stuff your talking about are not the same as the ones advocating for desegregation, it's an apples and oranges comparison.

Your going into this thing with an agenda your trying to validate. Generational wealth may not be necessary, but generational help is certainly necessary. All the things your parents and grand parents gave you helped you. When your sold away or your parents are imprisoned, this disappears.

I'm not going to debate progressive or conservative policies. My only point was that conservatives riot. We just have to go further back to find a time when they felt disenfranchised, but we're probably going to get there again in my lifetime.

Pick up some real history, for economic history, try Only Yesterday, by Frederick Lewis Allen.

Comment Re:Fiduciary duty (Score 1) 292

The main problem I have is that the H-1B is not fair because it is enough to replace me as a worker but it is not enough for me to have lower cost of living

That's a potential argument against outsourcing, but not against H-1B. The H-1B worker lives in the US and pays the same prices you do.

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