Sean Eric Fagan

Sean Eric Fagan

  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Not so gentle reminder: this is not to discuss American politics. Quote, "This is not a discussion of American domestic policy issues."...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    From where I now sit, it seems that the perception of EU taking away local decision making is making a subset of the English population unhappy. So it's all about Countries' Rights? duck...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    "Whenever I find my will to live becoming too strong, I read Peter Watts." -- James Nicoll...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    That would make a GREAT coffee mug....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    I'm sure Dan Brown is hard at work on the novel as we speak....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Is this like doing a disk check from within Disk Utility (Mac OS)? No, disk check is fsck, and only checks metadata. What you want in a RAID system is for every block to be checked, and compared with the...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    with a RAID you replace the failed drive and the box copies the information onto the new drive You can have as many disk failures as you have parity drives. So if you have a mirror (two drives), you...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    4tb drives are more mature technology. I prefer more drives, but you're only going to get one parity drive (normally, anyway) with 2, 3, and 4 disk layouts, so that's up to you. Performance, if that matters, will almost certainly...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    AMD/Intel 64-bit is not the only 64-bit out there. Further, "Kernel Patch Protection" and "Driver Signing" are solely software features....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Can anyone recommend a good storage device for my photo library? I'm pretty concerned about my media library, and since I can't have ZFS on the Mac (grumble grumble grumblecan't talk about it), I went with a G-Tech Thunderbolt...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    I don't think it's quite the same as a Single Master Key that unlocks all phones setup I'm sorry, what part of "all the keys should be locked in a single secure location on the manufacturer's premises" does not equate...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    There is so much wrong with your proposal that, no, I can't. Well, I suppose I could actually tear down each and every sentence, individually, but I'm not going to -- if you want to take some security training, there...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    That's metadata, and not what was being demanded. I'm curious what you think they were asking for?...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    No. Just... no. Almost every single concept of that is completely and utterly wrong, with regards to security. It's the level of wrongness that makes every security professional wince, and politicians think they know what's going on....
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    I feel fairly confident in stating Apple does not want to become a bank. As evidence of my claim, I point to Apple's "loan to own" program, in the US, which offers a 0% interest loan to purchase a new...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    In any case, Apple's security isn't good enough, and that's why I don't use Apple Pay A common error. Apple Pay is not totally secure -- nothing will ever be. The question is whether it's more secure than the...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    you can't get an Apple ID without a valid email address You can't now. Not always the case. I think your conclusion about Apple Pay is wrong, but I can't go into details. (Any more than I can say...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    limit their cars to 35MPH Limited to 25mph in California, due to state law, and also limited to 35mph zones. Tesla is really the one to watch, as they add more and more autonomous features to the existing cars....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    It was Only You Can Save Mankind....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Interesting question that comes up fairly often. Which just goes to show how hard it is. Or how rarely people agree. I can't even say "I know space opera when I see it," because while some things definitely are (The...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Cordwainer Smith (aka Paul Linebarger), although I'm blanking on what particular story it was....
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    I hate to have to do this, but a review is apparently in order: First, this is Charlie's blog primarily, and he's got a great link about the rules. Go reread it. Secondarily, this particular one is also M. Harold...
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    Make sense, or else. Comments that appear to be only mildly connected to reality are likely to be removed....
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    A connected difficulty is that we are being asked to imagine the absence of something that has been a fundamental part of our personal experience for so long that it seems like the natural order of things. As a...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    The Fourth Profession, by Larry Niven....
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    A couple of months ago, I got a 240g Thunderbolt SSD. It's pretty nice (I put my virtual machine library on it), but... wow it gets hot. As in, I'm afraid it'll burn things....
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    For both of us here, The Thing was the iPad Pro -- and its accessories. For me, the Smart Keyboard Cover is great. Makes it the size of a small laptop, but i can fold the keyboard away, or just...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    Flash drives move content around all the time. Read too many times, it gets moved; go to over-write an existing block, it almost certainly gets moved. (No movement means that the life time of an SSD drops down to days....
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    There is no "Secure Empty Trash" because it doesn't actually work on SSDs at all. Empty trash and rm from the CLI are the same thing; srm doesn't really do anything with an SSD. And virtually all of Apple's products...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    As a counter example, I give http://www.damninteresting.com/on-the-origin-of-circuits/ which describes (in a portion of it) the result of using genetic algorithms to produce an FPGA. So we already do have machines producing results we do not understand. We have software and...
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