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Comment: Re:The old health system is killing jobs and the G (Score 1) 207

by Big Boss (#37911180) Attached to: ASUS Running Out of Hard Disks

The old health system is killing jobs and the GOP wants to kill the new bill as well. Single player will stop jobs from have to deal with health.

How can the health system kill jobs. The new health system IE ObamaCare kills people not jobs . O and by the way it is "Single Payer" NOT "Single Player"

And ObamaCare is NOT "Single Payer". I might have a LITTLE respect for it if it were, but it's the same old crap system with more overhead. There's change I can believe in right there.... sigh....

Comment: Need more data.... (Score 1) 397

by Big Boss (#36823020) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Offline Storage Method For Large Archives?

Offline, I would suggest a pair of HDD docks/hot-swap bays. SATA, with normal HDDs. Put them in a ZFS mirror and keep track of which ones go together. ZFS detects bit-rot, the mirror allows you to correct for it. Add in another backup layer as desired, for that size range, you're probably into LTO tape or multi-layer BD... Just make sure to store a checksum so you know if your data is good when you try to read it later. MD5 would probably work fine.

If you're talking ONLINE storage, I would still use HDDs and ZFS, but include a cron job that runs "zpool scrub" on the array to keep it checked for bit-rot. Check the logs and "zpool status" for errors, replace bad drives as they show up. Make sure to use mirrors or RAIDZ. For large HDDs (>1TB?) I'd go with RAIDZ2 or 3-way mirrors. The reconstruction time can fail a second disk...

Comment: Re:ZFS (Score 1) 241

by Big Boss (#35188044) Attached to: Looking Back At Microsoft's Rocky History In Storage Tech

ZFS is excellent, but I'm not sure it's a good choice for average home users. They don't understand why they need drives the same size, or build non-redundant arrays and get pissed when one drive takes out the whole array. If you can get them to understand to install new drives in mirror pairs and keep an eye on them so you can replace one when it fails, you might be on to something. A custom distro could be set up to handle this without too much hassle. While I don't like MS tech much, their drive extender thing was ok for home users. WHEN you lose a drive, you can still read the data on the other drives. So it's non-redundant, but it also doesn't lose ALL your data when one drive dies. ZFS and most other raid systems don't either, but try getting most home users to do it right... They will stripe them and think they are so smart for not "wasting" the space.... then scream when their non-backed-up "RAID" dies.

I explain my raidz2 setup to people and the first question when they get the basic stuff is "so you throw away 2 drives?"... sigh... They don't want to spend the $, buy the cheapest USB HDD they can find, then complain to me when that drive crashes and they lose all their data. We can't talk home users into using backups, RAID seems to be completely beyond them. People on /. understand this stuff, but your average home user thinks the computer case is the "hard drive" or "cpu".....

Comment: Idiots. (Score 2) 437

by Big Boss (#35139640) Attached to: Sony Lawyers Expand Dragnet, Targeting Anybody Posting PS3 Hack

I was already done with Sony. They don't even make high quality stuff anymore, it's all disposable junk they charge a premium to put their name on. The last straw was a BluRay movie, a $10 one, refusing to play on my PS3 without a firmware upgrade. WTF?!?!?! It's a PAID FOR MOVIE. Fuck you. Not only that, I think I'm going to start pirating all my media. I don't have to deal with this shit on pirated movies/games.

Comment: Re:Collecting data (Score 1) 289

by Big Boss (#34188320) Attached to: Critics Call For Probe Into Google Government Ties

That was my thought on the whole thing as well. If you are stupid enough to broadcast your private data over public airwaves without encryption, you deserve what you get.

It sounds like they really wanted just the MACs for the APs anyway, so they probably ignored everything else, but you need a packet to get the MAC.

It didn't seem unreasonable to me to log a bunch of data, then just go through it later to grab the MAC and line it up with GPS data.

Comment: Re:text charges (Score 1) 477

by Big Boss (#33886292) Attached to: FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

So get off your ass and share the data faster. There's no good reason this stuff should be more than a few seconds delayed. Each transaction is what, 100 bytes or so? No, I don't care that you're running the network on a 1970's era mainframe written in Cobol using punchcards, for what you're charging us, you can afford to upgrade.

Comment: Re:We live in a multimedia word (Score 1) 414

by Big Boss (#33139228) Attached to: Barnes and Noble Bookstore Chain Put In Play

Curious. Why would someone's parents reading to them help them understand how to spell the various screwed up words and when to use which version? Hell, I read all the time and I still have trouble with some of them. That's like saying that listening to an audiobook would help you know which version of "there" you should be using.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 133

by Big Boss (#32995214) Attached to: Open Source OCR That Makes Searchable PDFs

Just about anyone can read a PDF. If you send a MS Word doc, you have to wonder what version of Word the other person has. And these days, Macs are popular enough that they might not have Word at all! PDF works, and works for everyone. It would be far simpler to print to PDF, but not everyone has a print driver that can do that. ODF is supposed to fix that, but it probably won't.

Comment: Re:What we need... (Score 2) 251

by Big Boss (#32893522) Attached to: More Gas Station Credit-Card Skimmers

Embed the token into the cards. They don't have a significant cost these days, and it would make the cards significantly more secure. Yes, it makes the cards more expensive than a piece of plastic and a magstripe, but really, it's not THAT much. Particularly when amortized over all the cards in circulation.

If you're going that far, you could also include the PIN entry keypad on the card and use a secure link to make it nearly impossible for an attacker to get your PIN via the capture device.

And, if designed properly, they won't wear out as fast as the old style ones, and they are more secure, so don't have to expire as often. The real expiration is on the CC company servers anyway, and checked when you try to use the card.

The really painful part isn't the cards really, it's the readers. And internet transactions, but that can be handled reasonably if you have a display on the card. It can show you a bunch of numbers to type into the computer after you tell it how much you want to allow the merchant to charge you. Generates a time limited code (one use, good for one minute?) that allows the transaction to process.

Comment: Re:What to work on next. (Score 2, Informative) 453

by Big Boss (#32774014) Attached to: MS Design Lets You Put Batteries In Any Way You Want

There's also Germanium diodes with a forward voltage drop of about 0.2V. That might still be too much as a typical bridge has to pass current through 2 of them though. I suppose you could then use a boost converter, but that all seems quite wasteful.

Comment: Re:A lot of eggs in one basket... (Score 1) 272

by Big Boss (#32731394) Attached to: Seagate Releases 3TB External Drive for $250

So you build a bigger server for the primary, and demote the old disks to backup duty. :)

As mentioned, RAID is better than nothing. Particularly with a good filesystem like ZFS. Another RAID to store copies of all the really important data on another server, preferably offsite, and your backup is quite good. Snapshots and/or a versioning backup app to handle things like the user deleting or changing a file and wanting the old version back, and you're in pretty good shape.

Comment: Re:Are you f'ing kidding me? (Score 1) 228

by Big Boss (#32529536) Attached to: Recent Sales Hint That Tape For Storage Is Far From Dead

How much for the drives? And you need at least 2 for DR as the first one could die or get destroyed in the fire that killed the servers. For large companies that can pay for those drives over many systems being backed up, LTO might make sense even then. For home users, and even mid-size business users, the costs for the drives kill LTO out of the gate. Tape has its advantages, but the full system cost kills it for a very large market. Of course, I would never have referred to tape as "dead" as there is still good reason to use it, if you can afford it. It would be nice if there were a drive available for those tapes that was affordable, but home/small business tape backup has always been plagued with crap hardware that eats tapes and such.

For most users that can't afford it, it's cheaper and more reliable to run ZFS capable servers in multiple locations with some kind of backup and snapshot jobs running to keep data and history data available. I do this for my personal data using old parts to run the offsite backup server. Seed it locally before taking it to the new location and the incrementals are small enough to go over the internet if needed. In my case it's next door, so a wireless bridge is faster. And with ZFS I can know for sure the data is good with a scrub monthly.

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