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Comment Got a buddy nearby? (Score 1) 350

Now how you do this really depends on your location and/or ISP, but some ISP's do not count in-network traffic against your bandwidth, so if you have a buddy on the same ISP you could set him/her up with a little box and a few hard drives, running something like "ez-ipupdate" to keep track of either his IP or yours. Have a sync job that runs regularly.

Worried about your somebody seeing your tax info in the backups (or ya'know, pictures of your wang, etc)? Run something like "duplicity" which encrypts the backup.

Now if your ISP does count in-network bandwidth, or just otherwise sucks, and your buddy lives farther away but still within visual range? Do what some friends of mine did and setup a point-to-point wifi. It's actually pretty cool what bandwidth you can get with a pringles can, metal colander, and some cheap wireless gear. If your buddy happens to be a neighbour, then you could also trying stringing some cat5e/cat6 between your houses.

Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 383

The problem with a simple syringe is that - depending on the medical scenario - it can be quite difficult to inject somebody who is in the middle of an allergy attack (or near impossible for the person to inject himself/herself). I'd imagine that it's also a *lot* easier to do things like flying with a recognised device such as an epipen as opposed to a prepped syringe.

But yeah, it's nice to have high standards for devices but sometimes perhaps we need "not 100%, but good enough given the need".

Comment Re:Never that specific program (Score 1) 560

Nothing is every guaranteed, but zeroing a drive is generally good enough for most consumer needs unless you've got some *really* determined people that are going to be after your data. On modern high-density spinning-rust drives, it's pretty hard to reliably recover contiguous bits of information from a zeroed drive without some special hardware (or hardware modifications).

As we move to SSD's, however, I'm not sure even a random-write will work when the hardware itself may be marking off various parts of the disk as do-not-use over time. I would think that in that case, those bits aren't being overwritten during zeroing and might have useful little bits of data in some cases.

Comment Re:We're all giant security flaws from birth (Score 1) 79

"what's so scary about a pacemaker that can "be hacked" by someone with enough time and determination"

Well, part of it would be detection, and - depending on the hack - range. If, for example, a malicious actor could write a virus that causes all infected mobile phones to take down pacemakers in the area... that would be bad shit. Given the number of insecure IoT devices out there, it need not be a phone, but one of thousands or millions of little devices which could be converted to nefarious means.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 688

Right, because it's not as if California is having enough drought to have a government site for it, or western canada. Or how about the oceans, where marine-life can be *very* temperature sensitive.

Or how about a change in parasites, which affects both humans and food-chain animals? The good news is that some parasites that like it cool may die out, but those that prefer warmer temperatures (the majority) will spread more readily.

Comment Re:Peter Thiel didn't bankrupt Gawker (Score 2) 242

Money goes on the books, a whole bunch of time cut off from the world has a more visible impact, is more visible to both shareholders and partners, and could have a longer-reaching effect.

A big fine could possibly be "fixed" by laying off people and cutting costs/corners to save money. Being out for 100 days, you're going to need those staff to catch up...

Comment What a lame alternate universe you picked (Score 2) 175

Maybe he isn't into texting and other shit, and in an alternate universe without Pokemon Go he would be paying attention to the road while driving?

If we're going into alternate universes, then I like this one the best: someone else struck the pedestrian, and he was playing an ambulance game where you drive to injured people and give them medical attention. In that universe, playing the game while driving caused him to save a life!

Comment WTF? (Score 3, Insightful) 175

Or they could be smart and lock out users when they're moving so fast they're obviously not on foot.

If I proposed an idea that's wrong more than half the time, the last thing I'd expect anyone to call me, is "smart." That simply isn't the right word for this idea.

Fast movement doesn't imply driving. I'll grant that if you can determine the vehicle is a bicycle or motorcycle, chances are over 50% that the driver is playing. (Motorcycle passengers are unlikely to have free hands.) But if it's basically any other type of vehicle (or if no vehicle is involved at all), you're throwing babies out more often than you're throwing out bathwater! Why would you use a word like "smart" for this?!?

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 688

"First off unless you live in the 3rd world shit hole, pollution has gotten lower than it has ever been in my life time and that of my parents and even grandparents"

You realise that there different types of pollution, and not all of it comes in the form of overly visible black smog or choking dust? As for 3rd-world shitholes - as you call them - yeah those will be affected first because they're generally already on the line, but then so will your favourite vacation stops, coastal cities, and your food supply as crops go thirsty and water gets scarce.

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