and stamp this on their forehead
Then they'd start babbling about six-six-six and beasts.
If NASA can't afford to explore space with robots, then what's the point of funding NASA at all?
One word: pork. It's to maintain those Shuttle-era jobs in the districts that already have them!
You're so cuuuuute, I could just pinch your cheeks! I'm gonna slap a big [CITATION NEEDED] on that. How exactly can anybody with the TP, who can barely get the time of day in Congress, where Republicans actually have a majority, have any ability to affect NASA's budget?
Hint: try looking at the very incumbent pork-barrel politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle who are cutting NASA's budget for everything but the prime pork of SLS.
Even though I have no love for Obama, this is one case where he doesn't deserve the blame. He's actually big on funding NASA. The blame is squarely on Congress, who insist on funding the SLS (aka Senate Launch System), for no other reason than to keep Shuttle-era pork jobs in their states, and have actually been cutting NASA's non-SLS budget. They've also been cutting the budget for private companies like SpaceX and Sierra Nevada to develop human crew launch vehicles. This delayed the contracts for private crew launches to ISS, so we're dependent on the Russians for another three years. SpaceX is probably going ahead on their crewed capsule anyhow, but Congress sure is being the opposite of Progress here.
It's still a few years before SLS gets its first unmanned test, then a few years more before it goes up with humans inside. But there's no mission for it. It's too big for LEO (such as trips to ISS), and Congress is solidly against using it for Mars. They want to go to the stupid moon again, which really has little reason for humans to go right now. (IMHO we should be sending up a lot more unmanned missions to the moon, especially since the remote control lag is only a few seconds!)
That's actually what I was originally looking for. The Swift case was a new one to me, but it's the same bullshit with a different bull.
The first thing to do is to not create a single-volume RAID that spans several drives. Each drive should be able to stand on its own. Especially with not-quite-essential data like ripped DVDs. This way if one drive fails, you only have to re-rip one drive of DVDs. But most importantly, you can't erase them all with one command. I'm not sure how submitter's friend happened to do that, but it's exactly the kind of failure that RAID does not protect against!
Sure, it's nice to have one big volume and not have to worry about switching over as they fill up, but unless you have some kind of advanced volume management that can deal with drives disappearing and let you easily add or remove drives of arbitrary sizes, it can come back to bite you.
If you really want redundancy, use mirrored drives, or sync to a mirror volume, or whatever, just don't use RAID 5. Parity RAID seemed like a good idea at the time, but it's just begging for two drives (usually from the same manufacturing lot) to fail at the same time. And the system is loaded way more when you're trying to do recovery, which could cause another drive to fail from the extra stress. Even worse is that the size of modern drives means the sensitive recovery period is going to last longer.
This advice is specifically toward storing large A/V libraries. The really important stuff (financial data, family photos) is going to be smaller. Keep it separated from the big non-essential A/V files and it should be easy to use multiple backup strategies like removable storage and cloud backup.
I know that I, for one, just love seeing a blog where half the comments are stupid trackbacks to some even more mindless vanity blogger. NOT. Agreed, the absolute worst feature ever made. It wasn't even a good idea back when The Web[tm] was young, and people would "share links". Remember that?
Not to mention the obvious SEO spam ("You have a such great web site! This was so informative! Thank you for your post!") that never gets removed, even when the blogger is still replying to posts. It's not just luser bloggers, either, I've seen this on Bunnie Huang's blog! If I ever have a blog, I'm stealing the "all threads automatically close after two weeks" idea from Slashdot.
Oh look, another idiot who knows his grammar as well as he knows the law.
For instance, Swift v. United States
Even though the slaughterhouse supposedly only dealt with intrastate matters, the butchering of meat was merely a "station" along the way between cow and meat. Thus as it was part of the greater meat industry that was between the several states Congress can regulate it.
Seriously, if they keep pulling this shit enough until it eventually hits the Supreme Court, it could possibly be the end of the whole cushy dealer thing.