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Comment: Re:Offsite. (Score 1) 265

by Archfeld (#47928449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

STK at the enterprise level agrees to pay the fines levied by the feds if data written to their tapes inside their silos, while under their high end service contract fail within 12 months of writing, provided they are stored by a certified off-site storage company, such as Iron Mountain. While that is not a data guarantee it comes as close as you can get. That is why critical application data gets a full backup, as well as incrementals every day come hell or high water. The cost is enormous but is part of doing business...

Comment: Re:Offsite. (Score 1) 265

by Archfeld (#47913863) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Actually yes I have but, perhaps I phrased it poorly, many types media are guaranteed for up to 7 years, but none that I've ever dealt with will guarantee the data stored for more than 12 months without a rewrite.

FTA you referenced...
Disks used in the test are REQUIRED to less than 12 month old and obtained directly from the manufacturer or thru known distribution channels.

The tests spanned less than 30 days, far short of the 12 months I spoke of and much less than the 7 YEARS federal requirements for bank data storage require. Not to mention the very small, relatively speaking size of the disk compared to the VAST amount of data required to be stored.

Comment: Re:Offsite. (Score 4, Informative) 265

by Archfeld (#47911763) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

No backup media in use manufactured by ANY company is guaranteed for more than 12 months. While the media may have a 7 year life span the data on it NEEDS to be renewed at least once every 12 months and failure to do so abrogates nearly every warranty. I worked for a large bank and dealt extensively in federally mandated offsite Contingency Operations and Recovery and learned one thing, backups without recovery exercises are next to useless if you are actually seeking said protections rather than just meeting the bare minimum requirements set forth. If you really value the videos you've gone to such trouble to back-up then periodically you need to verify they still work and view them or you are just performing an exercise in rote time wasting.

Comment: Re:Offsite. (Score 1) 265

by Archfeld (#47910835) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

A simple and very secure offsite storage answer is a bank safe deposit box. Put your movies on a thumb drive and stash it with your life insurance policy and other 'stuff' in a box at your bank. Relatively cheap or maybe even free depending on your bank, very likely local with standard access times to make recovery easy.

Comment: Re:10 and 2 is for older cars (Score 3, Interesting) 324

by Archfeld (#47900159) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

I remember learning to drive on my grandfather's farm in his old Willy's truck. You had to double clutch because there was no syncro-gear and if you hit a deep dip or ditch the wheel would spin beneath your hands. It was vital for the survival of your thumbs to ensure that they were NEVER curled around the steering wheel or risk having them broken or torn off completely.

Comment: Re:Deprecating the telephone system (Score 1) 162

by Archfeld (#47884161) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

I totally agree with you on the going away part, but how do you logically conclude that the reasons behind the regulations/requirements are suddenly not valid in light of the new technology ?
Is it acceptable that the main means of public communication in the event of an emergency are going to be completely unreliable ? Shouldn't the 'new' technology either be better equipped than the old, or at least be held to the same standards ?
Can you hear me now ?

Comment: Re:Deprecating the telephone system (Score 2) 162

by Archfeld (#47875239) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

The 'old' land line phone system was required by regulation/law to be able to handle 75% of the projected load in the event of an emergency. The cell phone networks have NO such limits and routinely fail under a 50% load. Imagine when there are NO LAND LINES and something bad happens in a region...poof no communication at all. If we depend on the corporations to determine that load limit it will be oversold 2 or 3 times to 'maximize' profit and be totally unreliable in the event of an emergency...ie no life-line to 911 or fire/medical

Comment: Re:PCs are the problem (Score 2) 111

by Archfeld (#47859285) Attached to: Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

I disagree, even XP can be made secure. The problem is the network implementation and the proprietary software that runs on the admittedly PIGGY-BACK of XP. More and more the routers and silly appliances with hard coded firmware passwords and insecure 3rd party installation is to blame. I have to agree on the credit card issue though. Isn't it odd that the companies responsible for credit DB's and ratings also run the so-called identity protection sites ?? That seems like a conflict of interest to me.

+ - AT&T says 10Mbps is too fast for "Broadband," 4Mbps is enough 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T and Verizon have asked the FCC not to change the definition of broadband from 4Mbps to 10Mbps, contending that "10Mbps service exceeds what many Americans need today to enable basic, high-quality transmissions." From the article: "Individual cable companies did not submit comments to the FCC, but their representative, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), agrees with AT&T and Verizon. 'The Commission should not change the baseline broadband speed threshold from 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream because a 4/1 Mbps connection is still sufficient to perform the primary functions identified in section 706 [of the Telecommunications Act]—high-quality voice, video, and data,' the NCTA wrote.""

Comment: Re:LS-120 (Score 1) 635

by Archfeld (#47850169) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

yes of course, but the drives also function as boot devices and allow me to flash firmware and such in certain environments, also old but still functioning (functional) such as my DEC alpha server. Besides the original question was what outdated tech do you still keep around.
The problem with USB memory sticks is my retarded corporate bosses FORBID using USB sticks on their enterprise machines, while for some reason a USB attached floppy drive is acceptable. Management logic is beyond my ken...

Comment: Lucky me (Score 1) 91

I live in an area that is serviced by several cable providers as well as at least 2 *DSL providers.
We have chose to go with Astound http://www.astound.com/ , but Comcast and TWC are also available. On the *DSL side we can get Pac-Bell or CenturyLink. I've previously used SDSL with Pac-Bell and had good results but at a steep cost. About 2 years ago we decided to try Astound due to price issues and have been relatively happy with their performance, though customer service does lack a little in the technical skills area.

A modem is a baudy house.

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