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Comment: Re:I find this amusing... (Score 2) 249

by Lord Apathy (#48603651) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Well, you know Sony. Shit in one hand and wish in the other and see what fills up first. The press will crawl through these documents looking for juicy tidbits are in there. Now that you have issued demands like this, they will crawl through with even more zest. It makes you look like you have something to hide.

Comment: Re:Muslims? (Score 1) 869

by Lord Apathy (#48601953) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

I'm not up to date on which religion has actually killed more people. Christianity ran up a pretty impressive body count during the middle ages. Then there was the witch burnings and inquisitions, as well as was happened in the new world with the church there.

Muslims seem to have a more blood thirsty run lately though.

One would think that by the 21 century we would have at least stopped killing each other because we all don't want to believe in the same fairy tales.

Comment: Re:Just in time. (Score 1) 219

by Lord Apathy (#48590341) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

The RAID-5 is not set in stone. RAID-6 is an option that has not been ruled out, odds are I will go that route.

I know about the drive failures in batchs like that. I've been bitten by it before. I usually buy drives from different sources weeks apart. That increases the odds that the drives will come from different batchs. I don't if that affects the reliability of the drives themselves but makes me feel better.

Comment: Re:Just in time. (Score 2) 219

by Lord Apathy (#48589649) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

you are better off with generation-1 than generation-current.

I completely agree. I'm about to retire a rack of 1 TB drives in my NAS and replace them with three 4TB drives in a raid 5 array. The 4TB drives will had to be out a year before I started to trust them.

Live on the bleeding edge with shit your not afraid to lose. Trust your important shit with well tested 2nd or 3rd generation technology.

Comment: Re:"The Caligula of the Department" (Score 1) 355

by Lord Apathy (#48508009) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

But Wilson admits that Watson did motivate him to move beyond the stamp-collecting stage into more disruptive work in evolution.

Sometimes your greatest accomplishment in life is to inspire others to greatness. Watson seems to have other talents but inspiring others to not be like him seems to be his greatest.

Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 647

by Lord Apathy (#48491423) Attached to: Debian Forked Over Systemd

Can I be any clearer?

I don't use it, and I don't recommend anyone else using it ether. Linux has lost its way, and I'm not the only one that thinks that. Corporations have gotten way to much say so in what happens in Linux now that the Open Source community do. Systemd is just one of those things. Being anti-corporation is one of the things that linux was founded on. But now its not really much better than microsoft or apple.

You berate me for wanting to ram my option down your throat but you let corporations like Redhat do the same thing? At least when I'm ramming my option down your throat I'll stop and listen to you scream about it. So far Redhat and the other corporation distros have ignored the community.

Comment: Re:Rather late (Score 1) 313

by Lord Apathy (#48491327) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Vinyl is a 125 year old format and we're still producing that!

Vinyl is a nitch market mainly occupied by young urban hipsters that want the latest cool retro thing, and old hippies that want to recapture lost youth. Toss in there the occasional audiophile that thinks, form some strange reason, the pop, crackle, and hiss of records is some how superior to pure digital music, then you have the entire vinyl market. They could probably all fit in a average sports arena with room for the band.

MP3 is a data format, not a physical object you can pull out and oggle with your non tech friends. I bet these words will never be uttered at any party, "hey come look at my vintage mp3 collection." An as history has shown once a data format outlives its usefulness it is quickly forgotten.

Comment: Re:Rather late (Score 1) 313

by Lord Apathy (#48491263) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

By ripping once to a lossless format you will only have to rip it once in your entire life time. I don't know about you but my time is to precious to me to spend it redoing a process over and over that I could have been done only once.

Oh, one more thing. As far as being "out" CD are farther down the road than mp3s. Of the last 5 systems that I have built over the last years, only one of them has a physical optical drive in it. In a few years optical drives will be like floppies are today. You can still find them but have to make an effort .

Comment: Re:Great, now let's talk filesystems (Score 1) 313

by Lord Apathy (#48486991) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Plenty of lazy wanna-bees do things poorly and put organizations at risk and expense of greater downtime; you seriously make your employer wait for fsck of terabytes of ext3 data?

Sounds like you might be one of those lazy wanna-bees.

First, ext3 is a journaled file system so if you are waiting for a fsck on a it then you probably need to run it. Second, if your in a position where you are having to run a fsck on production data then your an idiot. If the system is so hosed that you have to run fsck, then you take that system out of the rotation and bring the back up system on line. Then you can run fsck at your leisure.

ext is very non-robust, can lose entire filesystem if power goes out at wrong time. And fsck time is enormous compared to superior and more robust filesystems. I administer hundreds of servers, ext only used for boot

I can't recall losing data on a ext3/ext4 file system but I do recall losing it on a rieserfs at one point. Now, if you are in a position where you can lose data in a real production environment because of something as simple as a power outage, then you probably shouldn't be in charge of hundreds of servers. Production servers have dual powersupplies plugged in to independent power sources such as separate UPS. The UPS themselves are only there to keep the systems alive till the generator backups can come on line. Point blank, if you lose data because of a power outage you are a moron.

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