But if it works then you've proven you're smarter than everyone else, and that's obviously more important.
Do your archives contain anything of consequence? These are the only known copies of works by a major dead artist, they're worth taking extra precautions over that your old 16-color horse porn doesn't
Right? What happens if a neckbeard's dandruff flake gets into the drive and thence between the read head and the magnetic disc?
but if the disk was properly stored and was of a good brand
This is pretty typical of Slashdot, really: technical people with some education second-guessing people who do $THING for a living even though they don't have the same knowledge of the field or the circumstances, but by $DEITY they're smart people and they know things, so they're instantly armchair experts.
Let me see... I last used a floppy a couple years ago and it was basically single-use: wrote data to it once, got it back off once, then Bad Sector City. Most of that 10-pack of floppies was the same way.
Granted "modern" 3.5" floppies are much lower quality than what we had in the '80s but your assertion that floppies never break is stupid.
Do any of your random old floppies hold the only known copies of works by a major dead artist? Wanker.
Heh, no. I was never a Miggie user back in the day, I've just got much experience with PC floppies and Murphy.
I would've just stuck the disks in and tried to copy it myself.
Possibly that's because you're an idiot. Floppies and drives degrade just like everything else and taking these extraordinary measures gives a better chance of not permanently damaging something priceless during recovery attempts.
The iPad in particular wants more amperage than older standard iPod/iPhone chargers can supply; it's part of having a larger, more power-hungry screen. It'd be better if all their chargers were identically specced, though.
This makes the Russian media's use of "Fascists!!!!1" to describe anyone the Kremlin doesn't like deliciously ironic.
Pfft. You've never seen anyone being made to quarter soldiers in their homes, have you?
That's propaganda. They have the form of Communism but not the function.
Putin seems to want the USSR back but without Communism as its form of government, though still with the USSR's authoritarianism. Kind of like how China isn't really Communist anymore.
This may depend on where you live, but golf seems like a mid-upper middle class pastime and bowling & mini-golf as lower-mid middle class.
That's a lot fewer jobs than the Republicans killed with their continual obstructionism and focus on social issues.