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Comment: Re:Glacier at $20/mn expensive? (Score 1) 983

by amaiman (#46465655) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?
A rough estimate of the cost to completely restore 20TB from Glacier is about $2,300. (Mostly outbound bandwidth charges, but also the restoration fee for restoring more than 5% of data in a month.) You might be able to bring the cost down significantly by using AWS Import/Export, but you'd have to go through S3 first (and deal with shipping drives, etc.)

Comment: Re: Crashplan (Score 1) 983

by amaiman (#46465589) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?
The CrashPlan seed drive is limited to a single 1TB drive and you can't add a seed to an existing backup without erasing what's already stored with them. After that, you're subject to the capped upload. (Technically not "capped" according to them, but they divide their total available bandwidth by the number of users and limit you to only your share, so it's effectively capped.)

Comment: Re:also Autodesk software needs local admin to run (Score 2) 139

by amaiman (#40451157) Attached to: AutoCAD Worm Medre.A Stealing Designs, Blueprints

also most Autodesk software needs local admin to run right or at least the older ver of it did.

AutoCAD 2013 (and 2012, and at least a few more versions back) run fine without admin rights. It helps to have write permissions opened up on various AutoCad folders (Program Files\AutoDesk, ProgramData\Autodesk, etc.) to allow for customization, but the application will run fine. Admin rights are only needed at the time of initial installation.

Comment: Re:Business model? (Score 1) 165

by amaiman (#38706112) Attached to: Dropbox Founder Wants To Build the Next Google

My understanding was that they still did only hashing if they had the file already, and would pick random bytes of the file to hash to ensure it *really* was the file they have in their backend storage. I'll have to test tonight with a download.

It will still do the upload de-dupe within your own account. So if you upload a file, and then rename it and upload another copy, that will still happen mostly instantly. If you're going to test it out, make sure to use two separate Dropbox accounts.

Comment: Re:Business model? (Score 2) 165

by amaiman (#38703942) Attached to: Dropbox Founder Wants To Build the Next Google
They removed that feature quite a while ago (the 5-10 second "upload" because the file hash matched another user)...People found a way to game the system to get files they didn't already have (by just distributing the hashes for popular files), so Dropbox disabled the feature (they promised it would return, but it never did and they no longer answer support questions about it). They still do de-duplication internally, though, so that's how they can afford the storage; there's just no benefit for the end-users anymore as far as upload times (the extra uploads to them don't cost anything since Amazon EC2 and S3 don't charge for incoming bandwidth, so they can hash the file on their end before storing a redundant copy.)

Comment: Re:Why is this news? (Score 1) 312

by amaiman (#35232098) Attached to: Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking

One snag - it is impossible to differentiate between legal backup and illegal warez. Both would be in the form of an ISO (or other disc image) and are indistinguishable. Now what do you say to the person who has a huge game collection and all his discs backed up legitimately?

Yep...that's why I said "if you can detect pirated games". The burden is on Sony to figure out how to do that, without punishing their customers or taking away access to legitimately purchased hardware/software (including the legally allowed backup copy)

Comment: Re:Why is this news? (Score 1) 312

by amaiman (#35231330) Attached to: Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking
Mod parent up...This is where we're heading. Also, what about when a new Bluray requires a "firmware upgrade" before it will play? How about content that you paid for on PSN? If you can detect pirated games, sure, go ahead and ban people from playing the pirated game. You can't just go and block out their entire console from the whole network, though, especially if they've paid for content from it.

Comment: Refunds? (Score 1) 312

by amaiman (#35231288) Attached to: Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking
So, if I decide to run Linux on my PS3 (which used to be allowed) so that I can run distributed computing projects using the powerful Cell processor that I paid for when I bought the console, then I'll be permanently banned from the PSN. How do I receive my cash refund for everything that I ever purchased through PSN that I would then no longer be able to access? (Not that I've bought anything since they took away Other OS, but I had bought a few downloadable games and add-ons prior to that)

Comment: No thanks, it's not an improvement (Score 1) 2254

by amaiman (#35008090) Attached to: Slashdot Launches Re-Design
I don't like it (and it looks like I'm not alone). Too much whitespace, annoyances like it jumping to the comments instead of show the main story text at the top after clicking on the link, and everything requires more scrolling due to the larger boxes. I'll give it a few days to see if I get used to the new one, but I'd prefer an option to use the old interface.

Comment: Re:Total price and instant Gratification (Score 2) 725

by amaiman (#34589248) Attached to: Retailers Dread Phone-Wielding Shoppers
Be careful with larger items...I've noticed that Amazon often has a much higher price on certain heavy/difficult to ship things like furniture when they're "Prime Eligible". It's sometimes cheaper to buy it elsewhere (even with a shipping charge) than to get the "free" shipping that's actually built-in to the higher price. For normal stuff (books, electronics, media, etc.), Prime is great.

Comment: Monitor which ads get the best reaction? (Score 5, Funny) 433

by amaiman (#34110002) Attached to: Prepare To Be Watched While You Watch a Movie
From the article: "Within the cinema industry this tool will feed powerful marketing data that will inform film directors, cinema advertisers and cinemas with useful data about what audiences enjoy and what adverts capture the most attention"

Hint: We don't enjoy the adverts, especially after paying almost $12 for a ticket. Perhaps if the whole audience gives the camera the finger through all of the ads, they will get the message? :-)

Comment: Re:Amazon as anonymous proxy? (Score 1) 138

by amaiman (#34099974) Attached to: Kindle Allowing Chinese Unfettered Access To Web
All Kindle browser traffic does go through an Amazon proxy and always has. Going to whatismyip.com from my Kindle returned 8.18.145.128 which is an Amazon proxy server (as opposed to the Sprint address I would get if I went to the same address using a Sprint Overdrive which uses the same 3G network). They do this for a number of reasons, including giving them the ability to control how much data the Kindle devices can consume (they can block content types and sites; for example, you cannot download PDF files to the Kindle through the browser).

The end result, unfortunately, will probably be for China to block the Kindle browser altogether, since they wouldn't be able to easily filter the traffic (unless it's not using SSL, in which case they probably could but it will be clunky). Otherwise, Amazon would have to cooperate and do the filtering on their end.

Comment: Re:Solution (Score 1) 316

by amaiman (#33925208) Attached to: News Corp. Shuts Off Hulu Access To Cablevision
Yeah, that's the main reason why I didn't ditch cable a long time ago (that and a little bit of laziness, the other alternatives are far less convenient than just turning on my DVR and watching TV). I can't get all of the over-the-air channels with an antenna where I live. I do get Fox in HD over-the-air, though.

I'll most likely be doing a combination of either Linux or Windows 7 Media Center recording the over-the-air channels that I can receive with my antenna and getting the rest from Hulu (with proxying around a Cablevision block if necessary), Netflix, Amazon VOD, and iTunes.

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 1) 316

by amaiman (#33925030) Attached to: News Corp. Shuts Off Hulu Access To Cablevision
Part of the issue is that Fox programming can be received over-the-air with an antenna for free. Sure, they should obviously be allowed to charge the cable companies (whatever price the market will bear) for non OTA channels (Fox News, Fox Sports, etc.), but they shouldn't be cutting off what are known as "broadcast basic channels" - those channels are already freely broadcast and funded by advertising. The only cost to the cable companies to carry OTA channels should be whatever it costs Fox to provide them a clean feed of the signal.

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