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Comment: reduce the amount (Score 3, Interesting) 983

by JeffSh (#46462841) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

At home, I didn't feel like paying for 2 large arrays to store my data, so if I rip any media, I always rip it to DIVX. 800 MB for a DVD or even bluray rip is a great economy, saves me money on primary storage and also enables me to back it up. I accept the loss of quality as I can always reference the original media if I want.

Another option in the future may be subscription services which have HD content, thus eliminating my need to roll my own. We'll see what happens there.

Comment: copy paste (Score 2) 248

by JeffSh (#44423043) Attached to: Second SFO Disaster Avoided Seconds Before Crash

copy paste from a forum poster at the link:
@ Roly final thought
By LW on Sunday, Jul 28th 2013 15:45Z

+++Failure to use all available aids, even during a routine VFR approach is a crew or training issue.+++

Planes don't fly themselves... yet. An experienced and attentive pilot is still necessary, who'd have thought?

Comment: Re:I don't buy it. (Score 1) 863

by JeffSh (#43460581) Attached to: ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"

I agree with what you're saying, and I want to add that I think the PC buying cycle with go through the roof once Windows XP reaches official EOL in 2Q 2014. I have tons of customers who are running XP machines who will finally be compelled to buy shiny new Windows 8 boxes. 2Q 2014 is going to be HUGE. There's a lot of pent up demand. All of my customers CANNOT leave windows. A small percentage can, but most are vendor locked in by their CRM vendor of choice. The whole ecosystem is Microsoft and it will be at least 1 or 2 more cycles before the majority of LOB vendors will even be close to platform agnostic.

Comment: Pay for trunk lines (Score 4, Interesting) 505

by JeffSh (#42741073) Attached to: Free Wi-Fi: the Movement To Give Away Your Internet For the Good of Humanity

I am not necessarily going to hate on this, but doesn't the idea kind of undermine the subscriber model of service delivery? One reason we can achieve the individual speeds we do is because of over subscription of available bandwidth, it's not as though each residential customer is actually buying the bandwidth they receive, and so that is how the provider pays for infrastructure to provide the global access they do. Isn't the eventual endgame scenario of this to be in effect undermining itself?

The only way it would not be is if:

1. per subscriber rates were to increase
2. some open source movement to supply trunk lines between point of presences... not sure how that will work out..

Comment: Family (Score 3, Insightful) 418

by JeffSh (#41562645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Retrain?

I find the problem is not so much age but family. I've got 2 kids and I can't spend as much time engrossed in tech as I used to. This is depressing, but I rely on my coworkers to understand as I grow as a person into, hopefully, something more than the straight tech I was before as I learn patience and other traits from having to deal with my life as a father and husband.

Comment: Re:Agreed (Score 2) 566

by JeffSh (#40675739) Attached to: Modest Proposal For Stopping Hackers: Get Them Girlfriends

I don't agree with your thesis. I had a lot of fun with technology when I was a kid. Worse is the feeling I get that tells me Slashdot is one of the few "safe places" where I may actually get someone else to agree with me instead of just saying "hu hu hu sex is fun, let's make stupid jokes about it."

well adjusted 30-something male, job, kids, all the normal things.

Comment: Fascinating (Score 4, Interesting) 98

by JeffSh (#39300581) Attached to: The Numbers of a Life

I find this fascinating. What I find even more fascinating is how can the man sustain such a momentus amount of activity while maintaining a family? Seriously, he works every waking hour of every day, with no interruption of email activity except dinner and sleep... Where does his family fit in? In my case, my wife won't let me, so perhaps this is just my unique situation. Anyone else have commentary on family life vs work/passion life?

Comment: Re:Still continues to be an asshole (Score 1) 576

by JeffSh (#38528172) Attached to: World's Worst PR Guy Gives His Side

He has the typical east coast bravado and dismissive atitude. I don't mean to stereotype EVERYONE from Boston/New York area, but that whole area is infused with people who are just mean. The only way they are equipped to work with other people is through a method of communication that involves a complete lack of tact and understanding.

Ok that is not entirely fair, but it is fair to say that the east coast is where I usually find people like this. Pushy, dismissive, self centered etc.

Comment: technically unfeasable (Score 4, Insightful) 263

by JeffSh (#38067312) Attached to: Steve Jobs Wanted an iPhone-Only Wireless Network

This would not have been feasible, which is why it didn't work. the idea of a carrier pushing through a wifi network with enough coverage space is laughable. The 3g/4g wireless spectrum operates entirely different than wifi because wifi is limited in many ways..

The point is, we can all sit around and throw ideas and himhaw back and forth, but if things don't pass engineering/financial spec the don't get done. Applauding Jobs as a visionary for an idea that failed on technical and financial merit is kinda stupid.

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