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- each of you buy the biggest HDD available
- setup a ssh tunnel in the form of a circle between each family member, where Alice connects to Bob, Bob connects to Charlie, and Charlie connects to Alice.
- each family member then rsync's to the next family member over, where they would do a full rsync of the shared disk, but do an rsync --delete on directories that belong to themselves, so if they delete / move files around, it makes the needed corrections on other family members shared disks without wasting space.
If you are running Windows, you can setup a scheduled task to at a time in the middle of the night to launch cygwin, open the ssh tunnel, and rsync away. If it is linux, setup a crontab. Initial coordination would need to be done to get everything right, but then it would be very automatable.
I do not suggest trying to setup a distributed filesystem across the internet. There are many pitfalls. Whereas this solution, your only concern is, 1) is ssh up? 2) did rsync run? 3) is the disk full?
tried to convert them to real money at the same time. Yeah, that would make it drop and would shut down the exchanges.
Keep mining those bitcoins!
Not in the slightest. MtGox has been in a death spiral for almost half a year. Please read my earlier response.
Anyone in the United States who deals with BTC's likely either uses Bitstamp, BTCe, or localbitcoins and has avoided MtGox like the plague they became. I personally use localbitcoins, because there is no fee's to sell, and you can get people to walk into a branch of your bank and deposit money directly to you and not have to worry about bank wire fee's in order to move your USDs out of an exchange.
The most interesting astronomy gear I've seen the results of recently are from a Pentax digital SLR camera that does image stabilization by moving the sensor, and has a GPS in it. Apparently there's a mode you can use to tell it to track the sky for a really long exposure, so my friend who had it was able to take some good galaxy pictures.
Does your friend post any of these pictures? I'd love to see some.