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Comment Amazon is pretty up-front about expected data loss (Score 1) 112 112

Unless you pay extra, they say you can expect to lose data stored in S3 on a regular basis. There's nothing wrong with that per se, but it's something you need to plan for.

S3:

Designed to provide 99.99% durability and 99.99% availability of objects over a given year. This durability level corresponds to an average annual expected loss of 0.01% of objects.

http://aws.amazon.com/s3/

EBS:

...Amazon EBS snapshot can expect an annual failure rate (AFR) of between 0.1% - 0.5%, where failure refers to a complete loss of the volume.

http://aws.amazon.com/ebs/

Comment Strange thing to celebrate... (Score -1, Flamebait) 124 124

Doesn't it seem strange to celebrate what was, after all, a major loss for our civilization? The fact that we lost both opening chapters of the space race (Sputnik 1 and Vostok 1) is a national shame, which should be burned into our memory to be sure, but celebrated? Hardly.

Celebrating the victories of our enemies is like spitting on the graves of the hundreds of thousands who died in the cold war.

Comment Re:Jeopardy? Super bowl? Forth Down? (Score 1) 241 241

http://slashdot.org/faq/editorial.shtml#ed850

Slashdot is U.S.-centric. We readily admit this, and really don't see it as a problem. Slashdot is run by Americans, after all, and the vast majority of our readership is in the U.S. We're certainly not opposed to doing more international stories, but we don't have any formal plans for making that happen. All we can really tell you is that if you're outside the U.S. and you have news, submit it, and if it looks interesting, we'll post it.

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