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Comment Re:lightroom darktable (Score 1) 259

Interested, I had a look at their website and got a little laugh out of what they had to say about a Windows build:

Microsoft Windows

Unfortunately the community of this commercial distro didn't natively build dt yet.
But there's a better solution for you to try:
Download and burn a live ISO of a Linux distribution.
Reboot your machine.

Comment Re:The seats get smaller, while the average person (Score 1) 819

The market has not increased 400% since 2009. Yes, the market has performed remarkably well since March 2009, but it's only increased a bit more than 200%. (dow jones 3/27/2009 - 7776, 9/7/2014 - 17137)

Investing in DAL (Delta Airlines) five years ago would net you about a 430% return. In case you're wondering, UAL (United Airlines) is more than 700% and LUV (Southwest) is about 280%.

Comment Re:Anthropometrics (Score 3, Insightful) 819

Perhaps you don't like when airlines lose your luggage? Maybe you're travelling for a short time, and all you need is a small carry-on? I rarely retrieve anything from my carry-on, but I still bring it on the flight because I've had luggage lost too many times.

Comment Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (Score 1) 193

You aren't considering power for those spinning drives. The beauty of Blu-Ray in this context are the power requirements For a typical home user, power is rarely given a second thought. In the data center world, power is one of the primary considerations when considering cost.

Comment Re:Thought they used Facebook for all logins? (Score 1) 50

I created my account in August of 2011, and I did not integrate with Facebook. I still have the original email telling me that I'll need to log in with the username I created and a password. Facebook integration definitely came after the initial launch in the US. Perhaps you found out about Spotify after September 2011? From the Spotify wikipedia article:

On 26 September 2011, it was announced that all new accounts would require users to access via a Facebook login[84] but the sign-up restriction was later removed on 30 August 2012, giving users a choice to either log in with Facebook or create a Spotify username.

Comment My account was hacked. (Score 3, Interesting) 50

I had my account 'hacked' and the email address changed. I went through a few days of email exchanges with Spotify support before they would restore access. I've had an account since before FB authentication, but I still have a difficult time believing mine is the only one...

Comment Re:There real reason ... (Score 2) 290

There are many stories that are "gotten" but never actually make it to mass media. I agree with the sentiment that a motivated reporter will usually be able to get a story, but that doesn't mean it gets printed or played on air. Most media outlets have giant corporations as their parent, and often those corporations are heavily influenced by lobbyists and others who are actively working to keep negative news from the press.

Comment Re:Why do you think $.02*12/year/GB is cheap? (Score 2) 335

Let's not forget the cost of the computer to plug these drives into. Also forgetting the management time for backups, and whatever offsite mechanism you're using for DR, whether it's just the price of gas to drive to a friend or family, the power at a second facility, safety deposit box, or whatever it is.

Nobody is saying that you can't do it for cheaper yourself, if you don't place much value on your time. Backing up 1TB at $.02/gb for one year costs $240. A 1TB external drive costs about $70, and we need at least 2 for redundancy. Assuming a 3 year warranty on the drive, and not accounting for any of the additional costs mentioned above, the total cost for 1TB over 3 years would be:

gdrive: $720
usb drives: $140

That's a difference of $580, over 36 months. In exchange for not having to worry about anything relating to my data's safety, in this scenario, I would pay an additional $16/month. Even if If I only had to spend, on average, an hour per month on the backups, I'd still consider the gdrive a better value, and that's not even considering the additional price of doing the backups yourself. All of the potential time dealing with whatever the DR solution is, re-syncing a failed drive and dealing with the RMA process, or any of the other countless issues there are with backups, I find the "cloud" solution works best for me.

YMMV, of course, which is why we all have options.

Comment Re:Market Saturation (Score 1) 506

I agree with this as well. I work in the Seattle area as a linux professional and there is little difficulty in finding companies interested in my skillset. As others have said, there are huge numbers of MS folks here, which likely makes the market for MS stack developers very competitive.

One of the chief duties of the mathematician in acting as an advisor... is to discourage... from expecting too much from mathematics. -- N. Wiener