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Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 3, Informative) 209

by Lumpy (#48463945) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

I still have SDLT tapes that are still readable after 15 years. Hell I have Bernoulli disks that are still readable. The one working like new drive was packed with it along with an assortment of SCSI cables and a current working SCSI to USB adapter and a linux driver on a CD. hopefully if anyone needs to read that data in the future they will figure it out.

I actually did the same thing 3 years ago for a friend. he arrived with a stack of 9 track tapes and a desktop tape drive. Luckily I was able to find an older PC with an ISA slot and installed the card linux had drivers for it and even had the tools to convert the data to standard ASCII. Read all 20 tapes and handed him a DVD disk with the contents of all the tapes. Made a cool $2000 for sitting and watching tape spin. it was cool.

Comment: Re:Microsoft Windows only (Score 1) 140

by Lumpy (#48448009) Attached to: Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

Dude, Windows admins are 1/5th the price of a good Unix admin. It is a lot cheaper. you can just hire anyone with a MSFT cert and be done with it at a bargain basement price.

No they will not be competent, not even have a clue about stability and security, but that does not matter.

Comment: Re:If you're not driving and not owning... (Score 1) 453

by JaredOfEuropa (#48444331) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars
Taxis are way too expensive for frequent use over longer distances. Rental cars aren't, but they are a pain: you have to go pick them up (and without a car, how are you going to get to the depot) and return them afterwards. Self-driving cars are a game-changer in this market: you could order one on a moment's notice, and have it park itself at your house 15 minutes later. It'll return itself when you're done. And it'll be even better if the company charges by the hour or distance driven.

Besides, people will probably still own cars, just not as many of them. Why drive an SUV or sedan to work every day if it's mostly just yourself in the vehicle? Why own a pickup if you're only using it occasionally to haul stuff? Do you really need 2 cars between you and your spouse if only one of you drives to work every day? If I could easily rent any of those vehicles when the need arises, I might ditch all my cars and get a small EV for my daily commute. But most likely I'd still want to own that car, for practical and economical reasons.

Comment: "4:3" vs "4x3" (Score 1) 328

by DrYak (#48441359) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

It's not 4:3, it's 1:1

Yes. And he was saying "4x3". As in "put 12 display in an array. 3 row of 4 screens each."
You end up with a giant wall, with 4:3 aspect ratio (as each tile is square).

Then you buy 132 more displays, arrange them in 16 columns of 9 (16x9) and you can cover a building's facade with your very own 16:9 tiled jumbo diplay in LD ("ludicrous definition") and create an open-air cinema with your neightbours

But, as he mentionned, driving 144 display tiles in total is going to be a little bit complicated.
(5 display max per Radeon card. 4 Radeon cards per motherboard. 20 displays per PC Tower. You could probably driver 2 tiles per display port using splitters like matrox is down, so you need 1 PC tower per 40 tiles. So at least 4 bit PC towers to drive all this).

But totally worth so you and your neighbours can together brag about being the first "Ludicruous Definition" cinema of the city (256x the resolution of Ultra HD).

Unix is the worst operating system; except for all others. -- Berry Kercheval