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Comment: Re:Its Urban Trees (Score 1) 289

by angel'o'sphere (#48466579) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

If there is dead squirrel in a transformator, it certainly died not on shortening some power ...
Must be very difficult anyhow to make transformators sqirrel proof.
Who showed them how to get inside? What tools do they use?
Or are they simply smarter than the european ones?

Comment: It's backup kabuki theater (Score 1) 185

by swb (#48465789) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

changing the tapes becomes the whole of the backup maintenance: no one actually verifies that the backup job is running properly. I've been on calls to clients who've diligently changes their tapes nightly, but the backup software has been crashed for months..

I've seen the same thing, but I think the entire backup process is something of a kabuki dance because just seeing "Job success" is a false sense of security in and of itself.

Do you know if the media is usable to restore from? Do you know if the data backed up is capable of actually being used to restore to function whatever system was backed up?

I think most places fall down on these two items. Where I work we are told to do restores from backup media to validate usability -- but just very partial restores, a handful of random files, which really only validates simple to verify data (a common file, small executable, etc). I've seen plenty of instances where the tapes (even LTO) stumbles further into the media -- is it the drive? The specific bit of media?

But almost nobody does a real restore, where they attempt to restore an entire system from backup (which almost always means multiple servers).

Comment: Re:What about long-term data integrity? (Score 1) 367

by c6gunner (#48465033) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

A RAID can be lost or corrupted, or someone can overwrite or delete a file.

And tapes can be lost or corrupted, or someone can burn the building down.

This is an old argument, and every time it gets revisited RAID starts to look better. Overwriting / deletion might have been a concern prior to modern filesystems which incorporate easy and cheap snapshotting, but nowdays that part of the argument just doesn't fly. Corruption is still a concern but, again, that's a risk you take with any backup solution too.

There's no such thing as a guaranteed backup. If you're very rich and very paranoid, you could certainly rig up a "backup solution" that involves copying your data every 5 minutes to 50 different offsite locations in 50 different countries, plus having some cheap third-world-labour transcribe all the zeros and ones to a paper copy for storage in an underground vault. And even that's not 100% because a really big asteroid will result in unrecoverable corruption. In the end it all comes down to how much you're willing to spend and what level of risk you're willing to accept. For most of us who aren't running IT departments that equation comes down to something like "ZFS RAIDZ2".

Comment: Re:Shock-resistance? (Score 1) 367

by c6gunner (#48464989) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Having said that, my ideal laptop would have oodles of storage but the drive would hardly ever need to "spin up" because almost everything I need would fit in the SSD. In "real terms" this would be at least a 128GB SSD plus at least 2TB of less expensive storage.

Try this on for size then. My current laptop has 3 x 1tb drives internal, but they only spin up when I need them to. My many OSs (several flavors of linux, 2 versions of windows, plus BSD) all run off of a single 480gb mSATA Crucial M500 SSD, attached to a cheap M-SATA-to-USB-3 adapter.

All the features you're looking for, plus the portability of being able to use your personal setup on any other computer just by plugging in to a USB port.

Comment: Yes, the gains greatly outweigh that price. (Score 1) 367

by SuperKendall (#48463077) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

So you would pay $1200 for a hard drive "without hesitation"?

100% Yes for that storage space that ran at Samsung's claimed 1.6GB/s speed...

It would make a huge difference for image management where I'm often loading many 60MB TIFF files in the course of looking over processed images.

Now mind you I'd be backing that up on the cheaper "real" hard drives, but for working with that speed would be fantastic and easily worth the money in terms of saved time and frustration over the life of the drive.

The thing is, that drive will probably be more like $5k which is a much harder amount to take... probably $2k is the edge for my own use.

Comment: Re:Has the trend away from blunt force led to this (Score 1) 1023

by swb (#48458583) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

I think the flashlight-as-impact-weapon was just a brief stopover on the trip away from using more traditional blunt force weapons. Take away a baton and suddenly a 6 D-cell mag light is the new baton, unfortunately with characteristics more of a lead-filled blackjack than a high-impact plastic PR-24 "tonfa".

I kind of think that the increasing tactical fetishism of police is almost kind of a symptom as much as it is a cause of police violence. To a certain extent the increasing vilification of the police and the removal of intermediate force from their toolkit has increased their siege mentality, leading to a subverted kind of frustration that plays out in them getting soldiered up.

Don't get me wrong, I think there's a lot wrong with policing, but the wholesale denial going on in "the community" doesn't help either -- treating every police interaction as a wholesale denial of civil rights and refusing to acknowledge minority-on-minority criminality or treating it as some kind of excusable byproduct of discrimination only makes the situation worse.

Comment: Re:Thats science for you .... (Score 1) 249

by angel'o'sphere (#48456799) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

Fat alone makes you fat as well.

I don't get why peope try to neglect this in our days.

Main problem however is the combinaton of fat with carbs.

Your claim: That's carbs making fat make you fat. Is an extreme simplification ... after all it is the fat that is stored in this case, don't eat it: and there is nothing to store. Hence my point.

If all you eat is fat, then your body doesn't store excess fat Ofc it does. It does not store _all_ of it. But it stores as much as it can, giving other stuff it needs to metabolize it.

Sorry, Ketosis has not much to do with it.

Counterexample: Icebears, eating mainly seals. They get fat from the fat of the seals. Escimos/Inuit eating seals or whale meat ... same thing.

Even you get fat if you only eat fatty steaks with Salad and no carbs at all.

Virtually nobody is using up 2500 kcal/day in modern Western society. That's farming energy consumption. The average person would be better served targeting something more like 1500 kcal/day, especially if they are employed in some fashion which employs substantial ass-sitting.
I agree partly. However mental workers also need a lot of callories. I live on something around 1500 when i'm not working. When I work I'm at around 2500. However if you see my other posts regarding this topic in other articles of the previous month: not many agree with you and me here :)

Sorry, ass sittign has not much to do with it ...

Instead of drawing conclusions from one single term (Ketosis e.g.) I suggest to read some books about nutrition :)

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro..." -- Hunter S. Thompson