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Comment: Re:Offsite. (Score 2) 249

by MightyYar (#47914003) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

You have me wondering if using zfs wouldn't be a good option here. You could put the pair of drives in a single enclosure and make them into a pool. Then every quarter or so bring your drives home, update the data, and do a scrub. Thus you get the parity for "free". If your primary backup is also zfs, you can even do a zfs send and get incremental backups for "free" as well.

Of course, now the "all you can eat" online backup services are starting to approach the cost of a safety deposit box :)

Comment: Re:Google Play Music anyone? (Score 1) 577

by tgv (#47912431) Attached to: Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

I expect a bit better from Apple. After all, you pay a ton of cash for their hardware. It just shows that the corporate culture at Apple is moving further and further away from computing and more towards low cost media sales and commission on payments. Too bad, cause I really like OSX.

Comment: Re:Offsite. (Score 1) 249

by MightyYar (#47912087) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Because video isn't data in motion (most of the time), you can just get a safe deposit box and keep a drive there

I agree. However, the nice thing about keeping the data live is that it will benefit from any upgrades you do over the years... what seems like a lot of storage today will be trivial in the future. And you can piggyback on your video storage backup for all of your backup needs. But yeah, the simplest thing to do is copy to a pair of drives and put them in a safe deposit box. From past experience, I would probably add a drive full of parity data as well :)

Comment: Re:Offsite. (Score 2) 249

by MightyYar (#47911055) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

I looked into BTSync and - at least as of a few months ago - it really had trouble with mixed computer OS environments. It would probably be fine for simple video files, but it did not handle all the Mac metadata on Windows, Windows metadata on Linux, etc. There are workarounds, but nothing I felt like dealing with.

Comment: Re:Offsite. (Score 4, Informative) 249

by MightyYar (#47910589) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Definitely this. If you have a buddy or relative willing to have a little NAS box running on their network, you can do something like Crashplan and get offsite backup for "free". I happen to use Crashplan, but rsync would work just fine. Both let you "seed" the initial backup so that you aren't waiting for months to do the initial backup.

Comment: atheism is just another religion (Score 1) 860

by drolli (#47901169) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

we have no idea what is outside our universe. we can only test theories inside the universe.

making testable predictions is the realm of science.

making untestable predictions is the realm of religion.

the hypothesis that there is no god/higher force outside the universe is as untestable as the hypothesis that ther is any kind of god outside the universe.

as a physicist I therefore am agnostic, buy I expect religions not to make any conclusions which affect my life by conclusions from unproven fairytales

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