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Comment: Re:Yay! (Score 1) 219

by TheDarkener (#48591353) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

Thanks for replying, that info is very interesting indeed. Sounds about right I guess, *something* went very wrong with Seagate a while back. I guess I don't have as much experience with higher quality drives like Samsung, Toshiba and Hitachi, but I've sworn by WD for so many years (and don't remember the last time I saw a failed drive from them) that's pretty much all I buy.

Comment: Yay! (Score 1) 219

by TheDarkener (#48589525) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

Now my backups can disappear because my Seagate "Archive" drive took a sh*t 2 years after I bought it.

Seriously. I just went through a stack of 5 Seagate HDDs, from different customers, with a sledge hammer. They all died with S.M.A.R.T. failures.

I wouldn't trust Seagate with my data unless I *wanted* it to self-destruct.

Comment: Re:But how to avoid this? (Score 1) 39

by TheDarkener (#48499065) Attached to: Creative Commons To Pass One Billion Licensed Works In 2015

Thank you. I think Creative Commons is so important in this respect, because it allows the "ripping off" (I don't like that term when it comes to music) while attributing the original artist. I think a lot of artists wouldn't mind (maybe even, gasp, be flattered by) someone taking their work and building upon it. Being a musician myself, I know I would. Of course it all depends on what your personal motive for making music is (money vs. happiness).

I wonder what the music world would be like if it was somehow impossible to make money from it?

Comment: Re:But how to avoid this? (Score 1) 39

by TheDarkener (#48489277) Attached to: Creative Commons To Pass One Billion Licensed Works In 2015

Thanks for the clarification.. I guess I'm just depressed that artists have to deal with this kind of sh*t in the first place, at all, ever. Music is art, and these matters should be (in my idealistic opinion anyway) dealt with within the art community instead of in the courtroom.. What's a better punishment for ripping someone off as a musician: your own music community shunning you, or having to pay money?

Comment: Won't help (Score 1) 107

by TheDarkener (#48419607) Attached to: Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

E-Rate (and other government education tech funding) is a very convoluted, murky system that seems to only benefit large corporations that want those high-bid contracts to sell a bunch of their technology that never gets maintained or repaired. Good ideas, bad follow-through. I've seen it too many times where hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on the next whiz-bang whatever that will save the school from "falling behind the curve", only to see most of it broken or lying dormant 3 years later due to no funding going to the continuance of that technology. It's the biggest waste of money because those who win the contracts don't generally give a sh*t about the students that will supposedly benefit from it all. In the specific case of E-Rate, its nice because it funds the back-end network/server infrastructure mostly - but then you just see horribly configured Windows AD servers that get touched by a million different "sysadmins" and end up less than useless, clogging up the network and workstations with malware.

You want to make a difference? Volunteer at your local school. Install Linux on some old PCs along with edu packages (skolelinux comes to mind) that you don't use any more and give it to their Kindergarten class. They'll love you to pieces. Especially if you come in once in a while and actually teach them some stuff.

Comment: I can see the curiosity aspect.. (Score 1) 187

But seriously, it's like installing Linux on a 1990's Palm Pilot. Sure, you can probably pull it off, but wtf are you going to do with it after you give yourself a pat on the back? Is it really worth the investment? Can't you be spending your time doing something more productive?

Comment: Re:What's "Easy" About This? (Score 1) 176

by TheDarkener (#47866341) Attached to: 3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

Wow, I want to work where you do...where you get up out of your chair and sit immediately back down in some sort of transportation device that takes 5 minutes to get you out of your office so you can walk. ...or you could just get up, walk around the office for 5 minutes, and sit back down, like TFA was saying. =p

"When the going gets tough, the tough get empirical." -- Jon Carroll