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Comment: Re:The real test? (Score 1) 283

by MightyYar (#47923649) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

I ran 8 for a year and put up with all of the usability crap, but they lost me when my hard drive died and I found out how crappy the built-in backup software is. The damn thing doesn't save a disk image, nor have a similar way to recover from a completely dead disk. If I have to reinstall from scratch, it sure as hell wasn't going to be 8 again. So now I'm back to 7 and its sane backup program.

Comment: Re: What To Expect With Windows 9 (Score 2) 283

by MightyYar (#47923507) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

Microsoft has every other consumer OS hits going back to Windows 97

I think this probably indicates that they bite off too much in each release. It's actually a common problem when companies try to abandon an incremental development cycle and get a little ambitious.

barely supports metadata, much less user metadata

NTFS supports arbitrary metadata "streams", analogous to xattrs on unix. Windows and applications simply don't make use of them very much.

Also, Microsoft did introduce a new filesystem: ReFS. It is sort-of analogous to zfs or btrfs, but not very well supported in Windows 8 at the moment and not as feature-complete. Still, they seem to be ahead of Apple which is still using HFS.

Comment: Re:Please See: (Score 1) 582

by tmosley (#47919387) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels
Which experiment? You mean the single one done and repeated a few times in the 1800's that don't really apply to Earth's atmosphere?

CO2 is a greenhouse gas on Mars, or compared to a vacuum, or an atmosphere full of monoatomic and diatomic gasses, but it retains LESS heat than the average molecule of gas in Earth's atmosphere. You can see this for yourself if you bothered to look them up, as I did a few years ago.

Comment: Re:Please See: (Score 1) 582

by tmosley (#47919353) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels
Water vapor is short lived, but we have shifted the equilibria. Ignoring that and focusing on the CO2 red herring will both lose you the support of industry and anyone who actually bothers to re-examine the core axiom of AGW, which is, in fact, blatantly, and I think purposefully wrong.

Saying that water vapor isn't a problem because of its short lifespan is like saying MRSA infections are no big deal because the bacteria just die in a few hours anyways.

Comment: Re: #1 Source of Environmental Mercury = Gold Mini (Score 1) 173

by RockDoctor (#47917539) Attached to: Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought
Ah, got you. Still needs appreciable power, but being a continuous load, that's not a major issue. The water makers on board are RO too, feeding and washing a couple of hundred (very) sweaty bodies. But for big fresh water requirements (hundreds of cu. m. ) we bring in non-potable water on one of the flotilla boats.

Comment: Re:Offsite. (Score 2) 256

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:Offsite. (Score 1) 256

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) 256

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) 256

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.

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