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+ - Budget NAS Devices - A distant dream? 2

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Anonymous Coward writes "I recently decided to man up and sort out my mid to long-term storage situation. Having a strict budget of under £200 didn't seem too bad, especially with the low price of hard drives these days. £120 bought me 2 x 2TB Samsung drives.

But how to use them? I like many others am working solely from a laptop these days so a network accessible consumer NAS was needed (with DNLA for streaming to the PS3 also a requirement). Only problem — suitable units from Thecus, Netgear et al seem to cost a couple of hundred themselves. I picked up a budget £50 second-hand enclosure and it's awful — terribly designed software which gives actually no faith in the underlying RAID1 array.

The only alternative appears to be to roll my own — but for £80 how do I achieve this without resorting to an old, load & power-hungry box? Is anyone rolling their own ARM based unit or is Atom the way to go once again? Also, underneath what is everyone using? A flavour of server 'NIX, FreeNAS, unRAID?"
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+ - HarperCollins Destroy Library eBooks After 26 Loan->

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An anonymous reader writes "HarperCollins have decided to change their agreement with e-book distributor OverDrive. They forced OverDrive, which is a main e-book distributor for libraries, to agree to terms so that HarperCollins e-books will only be licensed for checkout 26 times. Librarians have blown up over this, calling for a boycott of HarperCollins, breaking the DRM on e-books--basically doing anything to let HarperCollins and other publishers know they consider this abuse.

Cory Doctorow adds: "DRM is like the Ford Pinto: it's a smooth ride, right up the point at which it explodes and ruins your day. ... And that's why libraries should just stop buying DRM media for their collections. Period. It's unsafe at any speed.

I mean it. When HarperCollins backs down and says, "Oh, no, sorry, we didn't mean it, you can have unlimited ebook checkouts," the libraries' answers should be "Not good enough. We want DRM-free or nothing." Stop buying DRM ebooks. Do you think that if you buy twice, or three times, or ten times as many crippled books that you'll get more negotiating leverage with which to overcome abusive crap like this? Do you think that if more of your patrons come to rely on you for ebooks for their devices, that DRM vendors won't notice that your relevance is tied to their product and tighten the screws?

You have exactly one weapon in your arsenal to keep yourself from being caught in this leg-hold trap: your collections budget. Stop buying from publishers who stick time-bombs in their ebooks. Yes, you can go to the Copyright Office every three years and ask for a temporary exemption to the DMCA to let your jailbreak your collections, but that isn't Plan B, it's Plan Z. Plan A is to stop putting dangerous, anti-patron technology into your collections in the first place. ""

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Ubuntu Replaces F-Spot With Shotwell 361

Posted by timothy
from the such-pretty-pictures dept.
climenole writes "Finally! The much discussed F-Spot vs. Shotwell battle is over. The new default image organizer app for Ubuntu Maverick 10.10 is going to be Shotwell. This is a much-needed change; F-Spot was simply not enough. Most of the times when I tried F-Spot, it just keeps crashing on me. Shotwell on the other hand feels a lot more solid and is better integrated with the GNOME desktop. Shotwell is also completely devoid of Mono."

Comment: Re:If you're on a jury for cases like this, NULLIF (Score 3, Insightful) 296

by Kyaphas (#28413615) Attached to: How RIAA Case Should Have Played Out

If you know enough to nullify it, odds are extremely good that you'll be dismissed during the selection process. As much as we here on slashdot love to poke fun at lawyers, they're usually pretty smart, and will pick a jury they feel will get them the verdict they desire.

Comment: Re:More hype than necessary. (Score 1) 184

by Kyaphas (#26482141) Attached to: February Deadline For Emergency Beacons Approaches

Um, no. It was a Bellanca Super Decathlon, not a homebuilt. Hit up the wikipedia article for more details. What you heard was completely wrong.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Fossett#Death

AvWeb confirmation;
http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/SteveFossett_MissingAviator_SuperDecathlonWreckageFound_198901-1.html

In any formula, constants (especially those obtained from handbooks) are to be treated as variables.

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