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

by molotov303 (#35972922) Attached to: Amazon EC2 Crash Caused Data Loss

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.


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.


...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.

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

by molotov303 (#35790542) Attached to: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin's 1961 Flight Into Space

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

by molotov303 (#35412716) Attached to: Go For It On Fourth Down? Ask Coach Watson

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.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.