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Comment: friends/family (Score 1) 268

by Causemos (#47910641) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

You didn't say how much space was needed, but many people have next to nothing on their machines. Copy whatever is appropriate onto as many family/friends machines as possible. Also 1TB drives are very cheap, store copies offsite with those.

Whatever you do, keep it as simple as possible (e.g. no RAID). Reevaluate things every 5-10 years to be sure whatever medium you use isn't becoming obsolete/unreadable.

Comment: It's not a fixed number (Score 2) 611

by Causemos (#47720657) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

The trouble is advertising is not a fixed number. Firms are constantly looking for ways to increase ad revenue from the same product. Let's add a couple more spots. How about some product placement. Lets sell sponsorships for these segments. It's a never ending process.

Ultimately they don't seem to care that they are devaluating the very medium used to get the message across.

Comment: Reminds me of the book Feed (Score 1) 355

by Causemos (#47060059) Attached to: Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

Surprising relevant

From Wikipedia:
Feed (2002) is a young adult science fiction novel written by M. T. (Matthew Tobin) Anderson. The novel focuses on issues such as corporate power, consumerism, information technology, data mining, and environmental decay, occasionally from a sardonic perspective. The novel depicts American society's descent into a culture that revolves entirely around advertising and corporate gain from the perspective of an American teenager and his friends.

Comment: They vary (Score 1) 385

by Causemos (#45412757) Attached to: How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

As with movies, the quality of extras varies greatly. Simple goof reels and dry technical descriptions are one thing, but when they take the time to find real stories in the process it's a whole different world. On a movie you truly like, a good commentary and collection of extras videos can be as enjoyable as the movie itself.

Comment: coatings come off (Score 1) 175

Unless they have some new miracle system, coatings tend to come off over time. If it's anything like glasses, you'll start to see it coming off around the edges and slowly working towards the inside. You'd certainly lose that non-reflective goodness if you had to use a screen protector to avoid this.

Comment: keep old drive around (Score 1) 348

by Causemos (#42381489) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Test Your New Hard Drives?

Usually if I buy a new drive, it's to rotate out an older one. My "test" is to copy the mostly full drive onto the new one and keep the old drive on the shelf for a couple months in case of problems. Most drives either suffer an early death or last a good number of years. After 2-3 months I'll reuse the old drive for other storage needs.

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts. -- Albert Einstein