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Comment: Re:Delete more (Score 1) 326

by raaum (#40951575) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best On-Site Backup Plan?

"Any pro photographer will tell you that 95% of what you shoot is crap."

That depends ENTIRELY on the kind of photography. For example, if it's portraiture like yearbook photos, or wedding photos, or many other such things, the customer decides what's good and what they want to keep, and they typically have the option of coming back and buying more prints later.

In cases like that, you can't prune. You have to keep it all.

A very good point. However, with some modification, the GP's point still holds.

If the OP is able to prune, he or she should. Film photographers were limited by the cost of film and processing; digital photographers are limited by the cost of storage and backup.

If the OP is unable to prune, for the reasons you note, then the costs of a reliable offsite backup service needs to be included in the cost of his or her services. So, it would cost $X to shoot 1000 photos and make sure that they are available for a year, $2X to ensure availability for 3 years, or $x per year to ensure availability.

Comment: Re:Santorum Has Other Issues (Score 1) 775

by raaum (#39021789) Attached to: Is Santorum's "Google Problem" a Google Problem?

You're forgetting the military. He's collected far more money from active-duty military families than any other candidate.

He may not have the popularity of the other candidates in the Mainstream Media (who all but ignore him anyway, and always have) but his "main base" is much more than just "college students in Iowa". He just stomped the shit out of Santorum in Maine, and wasn't very far behind Romney.

Where "stomped the shit" means that 2000 people out of a Maine population of 1.3 million voted for Paul (about 1000 voted for Santorum). If we assume that the state is about half Republican, then we have a contest so critical and compelling that a whole 0.8% of the state's Republican voters bothered to turn out.

Comment: Re:Pot calling kettle. (Score 1) 334

by raaum (#39021577) Attached to: Best Practice: Travel Light To China

You failed to answer the question if a drone flies over your house and records you mowing your lawn how is that any different then a manned plane, if either is trampling your rights, then what does frequency have to do with it?

What's the difference between looking up the location of your cell phone once a year and every hour?

What's the difference between watching you go into the bathroom and watching you poop?

Comment: Re:Then **you're** naive! (Score 5, Insightful) 201

by raaum (#38938945) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Is Online Engineering Coursework Viewed By Employers?

Dumber than a pile of rocks. Somehow, the removal of all government regulation and control will lead to a paradise?

You realize we had that here in the United States at one point? In the romanticized Old West, John Wayne's character - the irascible lawman - won out over the evil gunslinger. In actuality, whoever had the most money (firepower) did whatever he wanted. Somewhat later, the now-idolized robber barons (Carnegie, Rockefeller) ensured that anyone who didn't play along with their goals starved, while those that did play along were effective slaves.

The reason your great-aunt didn't die of starvation: government (pretty common 100 years ago). The reason your cousin isn't in debtor's prison: government (again, pretty common not that long ago). The reason that the average lifespan has increased from ~50 to ~76 in the past 100 years: government.

If you want to live in a libertarian paradise, move to Somalia.

Comment: Re:Open versus pay journals (Score 1) 237

by raaum (#38659926) Attached to: US Research Open Access In Peril

If you're working in a research/academic setting, you're paying for it either way. It just comes out of different pots of money. And since the publishers are relentlessly hiking institutional subscription rates, your institutional budget for journal subscriptions is getting out of control. What's better: pay a fixed fee up front for something that you (and everyone else) will be able to read anytime, anywhere, or pay an ever-growing recurring fee for something that only people at research/academic institutions can read?

Comment: Re:Yet again, Slashdot is weeks behind (Score 1) 186

by raaum (#37659432) Attached to: A Few Million Monkeys Finish Recreating Shakespeare's Works

I go to 5 or so sites on a daily basis. Slashdot is in that list as a reflex. I'm not scrounging the entire net, yet /. is still reposting stuff from weeks past.

I like slashdot; I've been visiting for 13 years, but it's not often "news for nerds", and similarly rarely "stuff that matters." By definition, news is timely. And the editorial (community) selections lead to "stuff that matters" only the first time around - not on the 4th repost.

Comment: Study funded by equipment manufacturer (Score 3, Insightful) 80

by raaum (#37561650) Attached to: Put On Your 3D Glasses — Class Is About To Start

It's hardly surprising that the study found such an amazing effect, since any study that did not would never have been released to the public.

"The study, conducted by researchers from the International Research Agency on behalf of Texas Instruments" was destined to find that Texas Instruments 3D tools are amazing. What's left unsaid is that the 30 other studies that TI funded didn't find any effect.

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