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Comment Re:Been using Linux since 1.something, and Really? (Score 1) 263

upgrade screws everything up because new-GNOME has no relationship to old-GNOME.

There's a simple and obvious fix for that: don't use GNOME. Most of the other DEs I've experimented with respect your decisions about how you want your desktop to look and don't reset everything to their ideas of perfection with every upgrade.

Comment Re:You can't protect against everything. (Score 1) 234

But really, the typical solution is that you have data centers all over the country.

This is why I specified a world-wide disaster. Yes, the probability is very, very low, but the point I was making was that there's no way to be sure that you'll never be brought down no matter what happens.

Comment Re:You can't protect against everything. (Score 1) 234

Notice that I specified, " Even if your data centers are hardened enough to keep the flare from frying your servers and routers..." to point out that your equipment doesn't have a good chance of surviving such an event, but I was trying to make the point that even if the machines are still functional there's a limit to how long they'll stay up if the power's down.

Comment Re:You can't protect against everything. (Score 1) 234

I used the Carrington Event as an example because its effects were so spectacular, and its effect on the modern power/communications grid (and the computers that run it) could be equally wide spread. Take your pick of any kind of disaster that brings down a major portion of the grid and the result's the same: the data centers only stay up until their reserves of generator fuel runs out.

Comment You can't protect against everything. (Score 1, Troll) 234

It's nice to talk about 100% uptime, but you can't protect your network from everything. As an example, what do you do if/when there's another Carrington Event and much of the power grid goes out? Yes, some of the backbone will still be working and you have backup power, but how much and how long will it last? Even if your data centers are hardened enough to keep the flare from frying your servers and routers, all you can do is hope that the electric grid comes back before your generators run out of fuel because if they do, you're going down no matter how good your plan is. And, as you can only stockpile a finite quantity of fuel, you can't guarantee staying up until the power's back. Yes, that's not the only disaster that could bring Apple and Google down, but most of the others are man made, and I wanted to show that even a natural disaster (or Act of God if you prefer) can overwhelm the best laid plans of mice or men.

Comment Re:"have sued Comcast" (Score 2) 80

IANAL, but my understanding is that a contract is supposed to represent a meeting of minds. If the terms are non-negotiable, no meeting of minds is possible and the document is not a contract, even if it calls itself one. Please read and understand the beginning of this post before basing any actions on it.

Comment The "bugs" aren't even in bash itself. (Score 1) 163

I must say that I'm completely underwhelmed by the reviewer's knowledge of his subject because ignoring bash itself, only two of the commands listed (cd and the two redirection commands, > and >> ) are built into bash. The rest of them are separate programs that are called by bash. And, calling a package of Linux utilities by the name of the included shell program doesn't exactly increase his credibility.

Comment Re:How long has Podesta's email been compromised? (Score 1) 269

But he isn't happy without touching paper.

I get invoices on my personal domain by email in .pdf format. Every one of them instructs me to print out a copy for my records. I'm sure that most people do exactly that because they can't get their heads around the idea that keeping a copy of the file is just as good and takes up much less physical space.

Comment Re:So just don't (Let the House decide) (Score 1) 157

A concussion has to be extremely severe to cause the loss of concentration and memory she claimed when she said she couldn't remember if she had been in any briefings about email security in the 3 months after.

There's another explanation for her not remembering: she just didn't care enough about email security to pay attention during the briefing or even remember that it had happened. Personally, I find that to be the most likely reason for her lack of memory because it fits into her character (or, more accurately, her lack of character) along with other actions that demonstrate that she thinks she's above the rules.

Comment Re:The gauntlet has been thrown (Score 1) 79

Speaking as an insulin-dependent diabetic (I've never been on a pump and don't expect to be in the future.) I can tell you that you're only looking at one side of the coin. The other side is hacking the pump to deliver less insulin than needed, causing the victim to go into a coma caused by high blood sugar. In that case, the proper treatment is insulin, and if the patient is awake and coherent, lots and lots of water to drink so that the kidneys can do their part in flushing it out of the system.

Comment Not bloody likely (Score 4, Informative) 145

As FOLDOC explains, Intel tested this idea decades ago by putting one board in a 25 ton lead safe and another outside to see if there was a measurable difference in bit rot. There wasn't. " Further investigation demonstrated conclusively that the bit drops were due to alpha particle emissions from thorium (and to a much lesser degree uranium) in the encapsulation material." They ended up redesigning the memory to be more resistant to the effect.

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