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Comment: Re:A BIG thumbs-up so far! (Score 1) 114

by Guspaz (#49456081) Attached to: Daredevil TV Show Debuts; Early Reviews Positive

These are not low-budget productions. They've got a budget of $200 million for the Marvel Netflix stuff, which comprises four shows and a miniseries over roughly three years, or around 60 episodes. That's higher than most non-network shows, like Breaking Bad or Mad Men or The Walking Dead. Not quite Game of Thrones level, but these are still not small budgets... especially considering the limited set building and VFX compared to a show like GoT.

Comment: Re:Never consumer ready (Score 1) 227

by Guspaz (#49456051) Attached to: 220TB Tapes Show Tape Storage Still Has a Long Future

The downside of tape backup is that it's often not practical to restore from. Whenever we've had an incident where somebody messed up, it was decided that it would be less effort to spend multiple person-days rebuilding the data than it would be to restore from backup.

Yeah, it'll help in a catastrophic failure scenario, but sometimes I wish the IT guys would just turn on shadow copies or something, because tapes aren't helping with the "Oh shit, somebody accidentally deleted half the QA server, and it'd take a week to get the tape back from the archive facility, but we can rebuild it by hand in two or three days."

Meanwhile, if we'd had some sort of snapshot-based backup, it would have taken a few minutes at most.

Comment: Re:Never consumer ready (Score 2) 227

by Guspaz (#49453647) Attached to: 220TB Tapes Show Tape Storage Still Has a Long Future

If one of your consumer drives fail, you've got a new one in seconds without any physical activity, because the massive cost savings allows you to keep lots of spare drives on-site as hot or cold spares. Any company that has zero spare drives and must wait for an RMA to get their RAID array back in operation is doing it wrong.

Comment: Re:Never consumer ready (Score 1) 227

by Guspaz (#49453633) Attached to: 220TB Tapes Show Tape Storage Still Has a Long Future

Enterprises still use lots of tape backups. It's still much cheaper and more durable when it comes to backup up servers and physically shipping the data to IronMountain or the like. Iron Mountain's advertising trumpets that 94% of Fortune 1000 companies use their service, so that's a pretty clear indication that tape is alive and well.

Comment: Re:Going off the grid completeletly is stupid (Score 1) 278

by Guspaz (#49453605) Attached to: The Myth of Going Off the Power Grid

Battery University is years out of date. They're citing a cost for Li-ion of $1,000/kWh when in reality prices have dropped to as little as a quarter of that. Tesla, for their part, is currently charging $141/kWh for replacement batteries, no doubt on the assumption that their GigaFactory will get prices that low by the time Tesla batteries need replacing.

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