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Comment: Re:There are quite a few haters on this thread but (Score 1) 214

Further, if this was in existence a few decades ago, perhaps we would have nipped Scientology in the bud before it landed in the UK.

If it were in existence ~1400 years ago, perhaps we would have nipped Islam in the bud.

If it were in existence ~2000 years ago, perhaps we would have nipped Christianity in the bud.

And I wonder how many readers agreed with my first line, then threw a shit-fit when they got to my second line.

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Comment: Re:Why ext4 (Score 1) 221

by pla (#49745807) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Has a File-System Corruption Problem, RAID Users Warned
Perhaps, but my point was more that if you want to grow ZFS this is the ONLY way to actually do it, as far as I'm aware. You can't add individual drives to individual "vdevs."

You can replace all the drives in the array with bigger ones, resilvering after each replacement, and when you get to the last one, poof, you magically have a bigger pool. I certainly won't claim that as terribly efficient, though. :)

It has its shortcomings, no doubt. But compared to old-school RAID or even LVM, it takes a huge step forward.

Comment: Re:Why ext4 (Score 1) 221

by pla (#49744171) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Has a File-System Corruption Problem, RAID Users Warned
I will readily admit that as a "shortcoming" of ZFS, but honestly, I don't quite see any obvious use cases for it. On the short term (months), I've only ever needed to *add* storage, never remove it.

On the longer term (years), I have found that I go back and forth on how many drives I need, but when I do eventually upgrade my home NAS to bigger and better hardware, I don't even try to salvage old drives 1/10th the size of modern ones - I bring up the new system, with however many brand new drives I consider appropriate, and clone the old one to the new one.

Comment: Here's why it's better than an S6 or iPhone 6 (Score 4, Insightful) 104

by CajunArson (#49744017) Attached to: Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside

Does the Zenfone have enough performance to get the job done in the real world? Sure.
Does the Zenfone win every benchmark? Nope.
Will the Zenfone be obsolete in 2 years? Yup.
Will the S6 and the iPhone 6 ALSO be obsolete in 2 years while at the same time costing a buttload more upfront? Yup.

And that's why the Zenfone is the winner.

Comment: Re:Why ext4 (Score 1) 221

by pla (#49743283) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Has a File-System Corruption Problem, RAID Users Warned
Ext4 should in theory be the best choice. It's widely used and has a large enterprise support. Lots of business people get angry if it does not work properly.

On a modern system with multiple disks you want to configure as some variety of soft-RAID, ZFS hands-down counts as the clear best choice (short of going for a "cluster" FS). It allows an arbitrary number of extra parity drives (think "RAID 8"), as well as arbitrarily many hot spares; it quickly and easily recovers from having someone pull out all your drives, shuffle them around, and put them back in (for a more real-world version of that - Ever updated your BIOS only to find all your drives remapped?); it detects and (usually) corrects corrupted files; it supports online snapshotting and snapshot exporting to another; it uses dynamically sized storage pools rather than fixed "partitions", and can even grow the underlying total available space.

Comment: Re:Lighter socket in a positive-ground vehicle (Score 1) 822

by pla (#49738655) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax
Then reverse the wires going to the receptacle. An ANSI/SAE J563 receptacle in a positive-ground vehicle would have -12 to -15 V on the can and ground on the tip.

Great idea! Well, right up until whatever you plug in touches anything metal in your car, of course. Then at least you'll have a more exciting day...

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 822

by pla (#49738563) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax
an old diesel would be taxed more than a new Euro-5 compliant one.

Believe it or not, the biggest proponents of mile-vs-gallon based taxes in the US have exactly the opposite intent of what you describe.

Some people feel that a gallon-based tax "unfairly" punishes them for spewing 5x more pollution than someone driving an efficient modern hybrid. And don't even get them started on those bastards driving EVs.

Comment: Re:Good thing climate change isn't real! (Score 1) 292

by Alsee (#49707527) Attached to: Larson B Ice Shelf In Antarctica To Disintegrate Within 5 Years

My first hit for "Global warming"+"times faster" yields this link: As the Earth moved out of ice ages over the past million years, the global temperature rose a total of 4 to 7 degrees Celsius over about 5,000 years. In the past century alone, the temperature has climbed 0.7 degrees Celsius, roughly ten times faster than the average rate of ice-age-recovery warming.

All the opinions you mentioned are, at best, poorly informed.

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