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Loco Stories / Humor / Re: fascinating 1893 novel
« on: July 16, 2017, 07:14:38 PM »
I don't totally buy into the occult interpretation, I just like this guy's political commentary. I'm a Christian and I'm supposed to disregard the occult. Supposed to.

I've read about the stuff you cite about the link of the Trumps to Nicola Tesla.

Today scientists use terms like quantum entanglement to explain coincidences and what is alleged occultic events, and supposedly Chinese scientists have recently figured out how to achieve instantaneous long range communication with quantum entanglement.

Touch the TV series is on Netflix. I always want to smack that little bastard kid who keeps running off and predicting numerical coincidences.

The Styxenhammer guy's basic view on this seems to be that reality is nowhere as mundane as most people think regardless of causes. I agree with that wholeheartedly.

Interesting. I am watching the first episode. A bit like "The Knowing", which was a very cool flick.

Oh shyte. I misread the labels. I initially read 4,18,533  as 4,18x,533  thinking it ended up being 29K/year - I knew something was wrong, while of course it's more like 3K/year.

They do not deal in thousands like in US, but in a different denomination which explains the way it's spelled out.

Oh what a glorious shythole.

Discussions - Public / Re: Best free antivirus
« on: July 13, 2017, 06:15:19 PM »
I wonder if it's any faster with a new processor and these new solid state drives.

Has to be.

Hardware is worth nothing, it's the software /data that's worth everything.

I use SSD that do nothing but act as clones for the primary disks, and when I upgrade to larger, more expensive SSDs in the 2TB or 4TB territory, I will probably continue that  practice.

It's only a few hundred tokens per SSD module, not a huge deal. First World Problems.

Yeah, they are expensive but much less so than recovering lost data off  a crashed disk being frustrated.

Mirroring snapshots is my first line of defense, backups is the next.   Having experienced issues recently, I now take various factors into consideration.

It's like a graphical  version of the "dd" command.  They put a fancy interface on it but at its basis, that is all it is. Copying the disk byte by byte.

BTW, The cloning process has shrank to 4 minutes. It seems they must have made some changes to the software. It seems like it maybe does incremental cloning now. There is no way it can clone 512GB in a few minutes. So maybe it's smart enough to analyze the disks, see the delta and throw that on the target SSD.

SSDs are fast..

I  also run the clone process on HDD and it has shrank from 5 hours to about an hour. At the same rate as SSD.

Believe me, I've tried it many times over the years.  Come to think of it, I will re-test it again. Last attempt was a week ago.

Good question... test it now while you still have a working primary boot drive and not in a crisis situation.

Samsung 850 EVO 4TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E4T0B/AM)

Amazon reviews are very positive.  One SSD costs more than the entire machine. I will probably wait a year until I buy to make it cost-effective.

And 3 of these:

Samsung 850 EVO - 1TB - M.2 SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-N5E1T0BW)

That's about $2000 in upgrades, conservatively.

Discussions - Public / Re: Petya Virus Damage
« on: July 09, 2017, 05:35:26 PM »
It was a  rhetorical question, obviously, but the answer shall suffice.. You articulated what I already suspected.

Discussions - Public / Re: Petya Virus Damage
« on: July 08, 2017, 11:31:36 AM »
What I don't get it is how they bypassed these multiple anti-virus programs. It's not like it's a brand new virus the world has never seen. It's a deja vu.  Some gang of hackers somewhere in a Romanian basement outthought Microsoft and Kaspersky and other major corporations of the world and thousands of capable system admins around the world?

And caused such massive damage en masse, consistently?  Becoming a major world phenomenon, deserving its own wiki entry?  Is Windows really that inherently terrible?  Or what?

Virus have been around since before Windows beta version, or DOS.

Something is pretty bizarre about all this.

I hate RAID-0 and don't really care for RAID-1. I love making snapshots as  a way to backup the system.

Just installed 2x512GB "solid state" disks.  Using Macrium Reflect to clone them on a weekly basis. If you wipe out your data, or a virus eats it, you just boot off the secondary SSD and you are back in business. I do wonder if the virus encrypts all the drives on the system, or what. Maybe I should force the backup disk to be offline, I don't know.

 The secondary disk is always out of sync with the primary by a few days. The mirroring or cloning process of half-terabyte SSDs takes 25 minutes. This is scary fast considering the same thing on 300GB HDDs took hours. One time I logged 5 hours.

I think if I had RAID-1 and a sufficient number of disks, I would clone the disks anyway, so you have double protection. Mirroring *and* snapshots. Between the two, I will take the later.

FTE, Job and Career Discussion / My rant today about mobile apps
« on: July 08, 2017, 11:18:52 AM »
Most mobile apps really suck. They take away the critical features of the desktop apps away.

Case in point, photobucket. It's really bad. Then the imgur mobile app. It took me 20 minutes to figure out how to upload the pics in its Android app. It appears to be a minor footnote, buried somewhere. It constantly redirects you to main menu, to browse other "viral" pics.

Ebay mobile app really sucks. It lacks such basic features as looking at completed auctions to get an price check on something.

Banking apps are retarded. The list just goes on and on.

I am tempted, from time to time, to throw the damn thing into the ocean. Life was so much happier before the apps.  Instead of them pretending of distributing a useful, working application.

spent half an hour trying to figure out the mobile and buggy version of Advance Auto parts site.

Elbonia's finest?

Loco Stories / Humor / Re: Primate: 1, Small, vicious mammal: 0
« on: July 07, 2017, 06:08:05 PM »
Man bites dog?

Discussions - Public / Re: Petya Virus Damage
« on: July 07, 2017, 07:52:03 AM »
Wow. I wonder who these guys are, the perpetrators.   Don't appear to be of domestic variety but you never know.

User interface is my fav bitching subject.  I could on for eons about it.

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