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Comment: Re:its all about selling Autoloaders (Score 1) 114

by Kjella (#48464485) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

LTO-9 goes to 25TB/cart, LTO-10 goes to 48TB. Already announced.

As "announced" as Intel's roadmaps saying they'll reach 5nm or whatever, near as I can tell no LTO-7 or LTO-8 drives exist much less LTO-9 or LTO-10 and usually there's 2-3 years between generations so this is guesswork for 2020-2025 or so.

Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 1) 114

by Kjella (#48464339) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

But go pull the post-close EOY General Journal from 1996 off of one, I dare you.

I've got school stuff older than that, copied from one generation of drives to the next since the 1980s without ever needing a tape drive. Most data is lost because there's not enough redundancy and integrity checking, a private backup cloud makes total sense to me just add another node and it'll sync up another perfect copy. Doesn't matter what the underlying hardware is, as long as there's enough of them and it gets replaced in a timely fashion. Assuming that takes care of physical and geographical redundancy, you're left with misconfiguration, internal or external malice.

True, it's possible to make deleting disk backups easy. It's also possible to make it almost as hard as deleting tape backups by using a third party, sign off procedures and such. The only time you gain a significant advantage with tape is if you got a human in the process as an air gap defense, if you got a tape robot - which is what you want for a large, automated system - then theoretically whoever could hack your disk backup server could just as easily hack your tape robot server and instruct it to wipe all the tapes. Unless you use WORM media, but I don't think many do unless they absolutely must for legal compliance since you can't recycle tapes.

Even if something is irreplaceable it doesn't mean it's of infinite worth. A one-way file transfer gateway to a backup server in a mountain bunker might be enough, even if it's stored on a R/W disk. At least it starts competing with other far out possibilities like the hacker /sysadmin disabling or encrypting your backups until one day you wake up to "Your data is locked, pay me $$$ or go fish" or worse "Thanks for laying me off here's the letters F and U" only to discover the backups are useless. And I don't mean just an occasional restore test, if you're that paranoid you should also verify that what's on your WORM drives is what you so desperately need bullet proof backup of.

Ultimately the more exotic a technology gets, the less find it worth it which can lead to a negative loop where the lesser technology wins out anyway. I don't think tape will die but it can become more specialized, like companies don't having their own tape drives they just send encrypted backups to companies specializing in disaster recovery for when everything else has been nuked and just run the risk that the day-to-day operations are well enough secured by disk backup. Losing a day's worth of work is expensive, but also not fatal to most businesses.

Comment: Re:Hybrids are where it's at (for me) (Score 1) 309

by Kjella (#48463873) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

For a laptop I see it but for a desktop I clearly prefer small SSD+big HDD for predictable performance and flexibility. Most big data is videos, photo and audio which are played sequentially or in big enough chunks like one photo at the time that random access times and IOPS don't matter, a defragged hard drive is simply perfect for the task. You get really cheap, slow 4+ TB drives that can't be beat on GB/$. Once I excluded that data, I found a 128GB SSD was slightly cramped and 256GB plentiful, I just checked and I'm using 180GB now but could easily get it down to 110GB if I wanted. I really don't have more data where an SSD makes sense.

Then again with Netflix, Spotify etc. I see a lot of people going very lightweight, with Steam it's pretty easy to nuke a game you haven't used in a while to free up space so I guess the trend is towards SSD being enough with hybrids as a temporary intermediate. Even on torrents download, watch and delete seems to be a trend instead of trying to archive the Internet. Some do, of course because they're pack rats like me. But I did clear out 5TB of content that I figured I'd definitively not watch again and some I guess I never watched at all, just started and got bored thinking I might return some day. The only content I need to keep is the stuff I've made myself.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 309

by Kjella (#48463609) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

My first computer stored data on audio tape! (...) I don't think we're beating that unless someone here is old enough to have used core memory or fluid delay lines.

Commodore 64 or similar right? Heck, I did that and I don't think that's anything special here on /. it's 80s tech. Now let me get my dad in here so he can tell you all about vacuum tube computers, you kids and your fancy schmanzy transistors. In other words, I think you're solidly beat.

Comment: Re:40% are subsistence farmers (Score 1) 38

Considering that 30%~ of the world are subsistence farmers, and 40~%+ are involved in farming I am not surprised. I highly doubt that Sub-Saharan Africa should be worrying about the myth of the digital divide for most of the people there. Or the people that don't use money in central America. I mean 50% of the world eats with their hands. 1st world People have weird priorities sometimes. I hope this group isn't getting any donated money.

So were my grandparents, education precedes change. If you formulate it like "What good is Internet going to do for a subsistence farmer?" the answer is not much. Heck, you can say the same about literacy. If you formulate it like "How can we teach you more valuable skills than being a subsistence farmer?" then Internet is a great tool. Industrialized agriculture can easily grow a few extra tons of rice and beans, put them on a container ship and ship to Africa but they can't afford it. Internationally they operate with two limits at $1.25/day and $2/day at purchasing power parity, which generally means even less nominally in poorer countries. So the question is, if they work all day can they do something worth $2 to me? If so can they can stop working as subsistence farmers, work for us and buy their food.

Of course you can't expect much, they'll probably make Indian workers seem skilled by comparison. The language they know is probably not English. But at least they got a chance of tapping into a huge market where there's a lot of people who from their perspective have a lot of money. And very often there's this one guy who speaks English who can translate and sublet to others, that's how outsourcing to India works. I know that's how many migrant workers do it too, one team/work leader that speaks English most of the rest need translators. It gets the job done, they key is just getting on the lowest level of the ladder where learning more means earning more. The rest will work itself out.

Comment: Re:Various hacking tools? (Score 1) 186

by Kjella (#48460815) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

I guess it's some kind of meta-game, the same way every forum attract trolls every game attract cheaters. Even playing free recreational chess, no prizes, no loot, nothing but a meaningless, unofficial ranking you run into people who set up a bot for shits and giggles. Then again it's better than the people who play games like a job, the goal is not to have fun it's to grind so you can reach the next level for more of almost the same. And with "Freemium" you can take the addicts' money too, not just their life.

Comment: Nuclear won't be acknowledged as a solution. (Score 4, Interesting) 506

by radtea (#48460457) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Nuclear won't be accepted as a solution until people who claim to believe that climate change has the potential to end civilization accept that the only proven technology capable of replacing base-load coal is nuclear, and that climate change is a technological problem, not a social problem.

This will take a long time.

The green activist movement is completely dominated by Naiomi Klein-style social engineers who don't care one whit about the environment, but who see it as a useful tool for defeating global capitalism. Thus their opposition to any technological solution to the problem of CO2 emissions whatsoever.

Now that climate change is increasingly widely acknowledged as a real issue--the Pentagon takes it seriously, can you get realer than that?--the green activist community will increasingly be seen as the major impediment to solving the problem. The question is: will we push these utopian socialists aside quickly enough to save the planet?

Comment: Re:Time to invent a robot-killer (Score 2) 112

by Kjella (#48458379) Attached to: How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

Good luck sneaking up on a robot with 360 degree sensors and flipping a switch that's probably behind a locked panel when it's in combat mode. Or give commands to a robot that only takes digitally signed orders with a chain of trust all the way to a root key deep in a vault somewhere in the US, verified in hardware and tamper-proofed so you'll with 99.999% probability will break it before you can circumvent the signature validation. And even then they probably have unique single use kill codes to stop a malfunctioning robot. Assuming it won't just blow itself up rather than be captured, at least the essential bits. Sure you can take the physical parts like guns and fire manually, but I doubt you'll ever get much working software and without that you're still a man against a robot army that's totally indifferent to both your and their losses.

Comment: Re:Dear Sony, I am delighted! (Score 1) 147

by Will.Woodhull (#48457937) Attached to: Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

The root kit scandal was a case of corporate ham-fisted ignorance dabbling in something they knew too little about.


However the corporation was culpably stupid in dabbling before they knew what they were getting into. A corporation the size of any of Sony's divisions has enough resources to figure out the consequences of their actions before they make their decisions. There is no excuse for implementing a strategy in ignorance of its impact on customer/clients (or the indirect impact on shareholders, for that matter).

I am, and you are too, much safer dealing with criminals who know what they are doing than dealing with corporations like Sony who will screw you over without any intention of doing so. Sony's vulnerability in this matter shows that its management still doesn't get it, and that every officer of the company needs to do the honorable thing and leave the company, leave the industry, and get a job more suited to their ethical and strategic skill set. Like flipping burgers, or arranging the sushi on the platter.

Comment: Re:America's loss is Africa's gain (Score 1) 313

by dave420 (#48456141) Attached to: LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants
The population density argument simply doesn't hold water, as otherwise all US cities would have far better internet than all of Europe, which is laughable. Just stop using this canard as it reflects very poorly on the person using it, as it shows they either have a very poor grasp of the subject at hand, or are being intentionally dishonest. There is no way to use that pathetic excuse and come away clean.

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