* Posts by Fat-Boy-R-Dee

9 posts • joined 26 Jun 2013

The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

Fat-Boy-R-Dee
Boffin

Re: Shock news. US drivers actually use safety belts?

Yeah, vehicles these days are stupid safe (at least for collisions) versus a couple decades ago. My years in fire rescue yielded (geddit?) a few choice nicknames, such as the Honda Accordion. Very high tech stuff. If you're curious about the latest and greatest, check out boronextrication.com to see how we get you out of those cages ...

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

Fat-Boy-R-Dee
Mushroom

Plot Device

And thus, the plot/plot complication for The Martian Returns/Gravity 2 was birthed. Extra points if the plug/cover has "V GER" scribed somewhere on it.

Icon b/c it's oddly appropriate.

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How a Cali court ruling could force a complete rethink of search results

Fat-Boy-R-Dee

Re: Exactly how is this a problem?

"It is the same as going into a cafe and asking for a "Coke"

Not to go off on *too* far of a tangent :-) - but sometimes that becomes genericized past the point of practicality. For example, here in the southeast US ...

"Hey while you're in there, can you get me a Coke?"

"Sure, what kind?"

"Diet orange, please."

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MOVE IT! 10 top tips for shifting your data centre

Fat-Boy-R-Dee

Excellent opportunity for a DR drill, especially if you're replacing kit

If you're taking the opportunity to replace certain systems/subsystems, this is an absolutely awesome time to do a disaster recovery drill ... since that's essentially what you'll be doing for the migration. Unless you are spending severely large monies on fat pipe(s), moving multiple terabytes over a VPN still won't be as quick as other options (sneakernet an array, or even better, set up a replicated backup solution between your office and DC (but seed both devices at the office first) ... once the DC is operational, reverse the data flow ...)

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo good to go after six-week recovery effort

Fat-Boy-R-Dee

Re: Figaro!

I just wanted to thank El Reg for the earworm this morning ... well played, gentlemen, well played.

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No TKO for LTO: Tape format spawns another 2 generations, sports 120TB bigness

Fat-Boy-R-Dee

Re: Lowest-cost archive medium

Um, not quite.

Drives cannot read uplevel media (for example, an LTO-5 drive cannot read LTO-6 media).

Drives can read and write one downlevel of media, and read two downlevels of media. For example, the same LTO-5 drive can read LTO-5/4/3 media, but can only read/write LTO-5/4 media.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

Fat-Boy-R-Dee

Maybe a little research/sanity here ...

I do not work for LastPass, but I am a long-time paying customer.

1. Before you start bashing a cloud-based password manager, do your research ...

http://lastpass.com/how-it-works/

Nothing (except maybe meta-metadata) is stored in the clear in the LastPass cloud. Once you authenticate, the encrypted blob is downloaded and decrypted locally on your system. If you add a site, note, whatever, again, it's encrypted locally and then added to the cloud blob.

Show me a cheap, roll-your-own password solution that supports multifactor authentication, one-time passwords, secure password sharing, and rollbacks, and I will buy VC stock in the company.

2. Downtime this (for me) morning was pretty annoying, no lie ... but in 4 years this is the FIRST time I've ever experienced any hassle ... so for a darn cheap system with an offline fallback, this is pretty darn good. About the only thing I'd ask LastPass product management to do is to put in a "manual offline" option to force using the local copy ... but that has its own security issues as well.

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Boffins 3D-print biomimetic shark skin

Fat-Boy-R-Dee
Mushroom

Y'all aren't thinking big enough

Imagine, if you will, that this technology is able to scale up to, say, be able to be applied to a cargo ship or supertanker. If they can get the propulsion optimized to spec, a 10%+ improvement in efficiency (and translated bunker fuel costs) ain't nuthin to sneeze at.

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Breaking with your back-up supplier is a sticky business

Fat-Boy-R-Dee
Devil

A case study that turns into a thinly-veiled elevator pitch?

Well played, well played.

Spawn of Satan because, well, it was a good deception.

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