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Comment: My Solution (Score 1) 268

by Amtrak (#47911307) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

So, I did this with all of my movies, VHS, DVD, BluRay ect.. I ended up with a very large library of video on my computer. In my computer I used an Adaptec 5805 RAID controller with backup battery and 4 3TB WD Red HDD's to store all the data in a RAID 5. I am also running a PLEX Server to organize and add meta data to all of the video files as well as serve them to the HTPC and Roku 3 in my house. As for backup I purchased an account with Crash Plan.

With all of this I get a nice organized library for all my video files with meta data. The ability to stream them around my house and to my phone on the road. Data redundancy both local via the RAID 5 and remotely through crash plan.

  • Total cost
  • Raid Card: $250 (Yay Ebay! This card is $480 in newegg plus $120ish for the battery.)
  • Hard drive cage with Hotswap bays: $40
  • Server: Just used my gaming computer so $0 but would be $2.5k to rebuilt the computer but you don't need a computer that fast as a file server though it is a transcoding champ.
  • HDDs: 4x $125 = $500
  • Plex: Lifetime $75
  • Crash Plan: $5/month
  • Total: $945 + Computer + $5 a month
    • The initial backup took a really long time. (Almost 2 weeks.) Even with my 25mbps up stream so you may want to pop for the seeded backup option if your internet isn't very fast but it is limited to 1TB so it wouldn't have saved me too much time. I've been satisfied so far but I've been lucky and haven't needed the backup yet. Though I guess it's like insurance I pay for it but I don't ever want to use it.

Comment: Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (Score 4, Informative) 246

by Amtrak (#47833455) Attached to: Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

Let's not forget that Christians and Muslims are both religions with divergent sects. As such it might be helpful to see the following list:

  • Christians (General) 2.5+ Billion
  • Catholic Church: 1.2 Billion
  • Islam (General): 1.2 Billion
  • Sunni Islam: 0.9 Billion
  • Protestantism: 0.8 Billion
  • Shia Islam: 0.3 Billion
  • Eastern Orthodox (Christian): 0.25 Billion
  • Other Christian: 0.2 Billion

By that account the Catholic Church is still the biggest religion.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 2) 465

by Amtrak (#47732435) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Advancements in medicine (drugs) have reduced crime (they have almost eliminated the need for insane asylums)

Tell that to all the homeless schizophrenics on the street due to deinstitutionalization. We have not eliminated the need for forced institutionalization we have limited it some but mental health is a seriously neglected part of american society. Here's a less sensational article if you don't like the other one.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 465

by Amtrak (#47731943) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

At the bottom of the reference I linked to, they mention that there are conspiracy theorists that say that Lay faked his death and he's still alive.

I got a fake I just made it up conspiracy theory. His heirs killed him by inducing a heart attack because they knew him dying before appeal would complicate the civil suits so they might be able to force settlement and keep more of the inheritance. That seems much more plausible than he faked his own death. But like I said I just made it up so it's probably not true.

Comment: Re:Growing pains. (Score 5, Interesting) 233

super corrupt elements of the government(like unelected senators) were run out

See I always saw that as a misunderstanding by the majority of people as to what Senators really are. The US Federal Senator's job before the 17th amendment was to represent the interests of the State they were appointed by not the people of the State. (We have the House of Representatives for that) So if your senators were corrupt then it meant that your State Legislator/Governor was corrupt. (A very distinct possibility i.e. Illinois) All we have done is taken the part of the Federal government that was supposed to be stable and turned it into the US House of Reps part II.

Also I contend that it is easier to buy a Senator now than it was before the 17th amendment. Now instead of buying off the majority of a State Legislator you would only have to buy off one man. Of course given supply and demand (There are more State Legislators than Senators.) the price of buying a Senator may be such that it isn't any different.

Comment: Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (Score 3, Insightful) 276

by Amtrak (#47714185) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars
There are times where a personal elevator might be nice to have. Like if I had a really tall house. But I think you are thinking to small. Elevators are the trains of vertical transportation. The helicopter is the car. I would love to own a helicopter if they were practical/affordable/not noise polling gas guzzling monsters. WHERE IS MY FLYING CAR?!!!!!

Comment: Re:Well duh (Score 3, Informative) 115

by Amtrak (#47694115) Attached to: Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo
Oh it's worse than you think. The Chicago Tribune has already caught the city randomly changing the rules of the cameras so that there are occasonal large spikes of tickets generated. The rule changes are things like removing turn on red or changing the speed approached to the light for ticket triggering. The Chicago Tribune's website has a whole section on the ongoing red light issues. Sorry some of it is pay walled but not all of it.

Comment: Re:This helmet scares me. (Score 1) 126

by Amtrak (#47664939) Attached to: Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

Who said we were making calls.... maybe I just want that sexy Google maps voice in my head telling me to turn into a lake just to test me. Or it's for music you know whatever.

On the music note that always seemed like a cool idea to me until I got my new pipes on my bike. Now the idea of hearing music while at speed is a joke. All I feel is the rumble of my bike and I love it.

Comment: Re:Hand Gestures? (Score 1) 142

Your prank idea sounds great... well until people figure out the old coke can for hands trick.

But seriously I never understood this both my hands must be on the wheel at all time crap the safe driving nazi's think about driving these days. I mean have any of you people ever driven a car with a manual transmission? I think if I can handle driving a manual I can manage to take one hand off the wheel to make a quick gesture without killing myself.

Comment: PLEX + 9TB Raid 5 = Media Heaven (Score 1) 152

by Amtrak (#47531627) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?
So I don't get much content from the internet, well unless you count ordering blu-rays off Amazon getting content off the internet, but I almost never place any physical media in the machine I watch it on. When I get a new movie in I rip it down to my hard drives as a loss-less mkv, add meta data, and then update my PLEX library. This lets me have a large library of movies that I can watch anywhere I have a reliable internet connection via the PLEX app on my phone, tablet, PC or HTPC. It works great and I get to keep all my physical media locked as a hard backup.

A holding company is a thing where you hand an accomplice the goods while the policeman searches you.