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Comment: Re:Never consumer ready (Score 1) 229

by WinstonWolfIT (#49454479) Attached to: 220TB Tapes Show Tape Storage Still Has a Long Future

I haven't been in a server room in an embarrassingly long time, but I understood enterprise drives to mean hot pluggable with online redundancy. For a not large business, knowing a drive failure would result in no downtime and never having to roll back to tape was worth virtually any premium. In this scenario, tape only came into play when wanting to retrieve deleted data.

Comment: Re:Corollary (Score 1) 278

by WinstonWolfIT (#49401915) Attached to: 9th Circuit Rules Netflix Isn't Subject To Disability Law

That guy in a wheelchair is specifically who I was referencing above. I was involved in ADA in California when it rolled out, working within a consultancy that advised businesses specifically in how to handle this tactic. The fun part is the consultant attorneys were formally qualified to argue to the California Supreme Court, whereas this guy's attorney couldn't get beyond municipal. Good times.

Comment: Pete Townsend as my guide (Score 1) 232

by WinstonWolfIT (#49377047) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology

Townsend wrote about a powerful idea, of the perfect note. Clapton, who crossed paths with Townsend, preferred a simple guitar lick to communicate his ideas. I started as a business consultant with software skills, and I've always considered -- even now as a consulting developer -- a line of code to be the last resort when all else fails -- because of the cost involved. Back before the concepts had buzzwords, I advocated 'just in time' development over 'just in case', and that if you're writing a lot of code you're probably doing it wrong. These days it's called Emergent Architecture on a formal level, and YAGNI informally. Every line of code, every expansion of the technology footprint, should be when all else fails.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 262

by WinstonWolfIT (#49340015) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

In general, they have the right to temporarily detain you if they have reasonable suspicion that you've stolen something. I simply ignore them, and the day one touches my arm will get him fired by the time I'm finished. Even if you "agree" on entrance to have your bag searched when leaving, they can do nothing more than ask you not to return, which is legally binding.

"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich." -- Looney Tunes, Ali Baba Bunny (1957, Chuck Jones)