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I never have any problems downloading from the "right places" at 12.5 megabytes/sec. Amazon Web Services being one of the few places that can actually saturate my pipe with an HTTP download. Use your imagination for the other places I'm able to max it out
Or I'm just crazy. It's not like they are trying to hack WEP enabled APs and listen in on the traffic. Google hasn't fallen that far. Yet.
With more and more "casual" gamers buying more and more "awful but severely marketed" titles that offer no lasting replay value, the idea of a "long-term rental" utilizing GameStop as a middle-man, means EA can sell the downloadable content to 5 or 10 different people per disc instead of just 1! Burn-out Paradise is a prime example of this. Sure you can snag the disc for $15-$20 at your local used disc dealer, but after you install and update the game, you'll discover huge sections of the world closed to you (and cars unattainable) until you fork over $20 here and there for download-able expansions!
Even better, if you buy all these trinkets and ever lose the disc/sell the game then EA still has a bunch of your money for bits you can no longer use, and the chance to sell them all over again to someone else!
Build an identical one and keep it far enough away that you need to feel safe? Ideally at least a few blocks away, sync them over a short-haul wireless link. (encrypted of course!) and take the same precautions as you would with anything else?
Oh yeah don't do a flat fire store, make it a SVN repository of course.
I did someting some years ago with 200GB (and later 500GB) drives:
10 drives in a chieftec Big tower. 6 drives go into the two internal drive cases, 4 go into a 4-for-3 mounting with a 120mm fan. Controller: 2 SATA on board and 2 x Promise 4 port SATA conroller 300 TX4 (a lot cheaper than Arcea and kernel native support). Put Linux software RAID 6 on the drives, spare 1 GB or so per drive for RAID1 (n-way) system. Done.
I say you've got it close, except use ZFS instead. Solaris on x86 isn't that bad, especially if you don't plan on doing anything else with the hardware beyond file-serving duties!