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Comment Spinning, Offline and Offsite (Score 1) 268 268

I also digitized our family VHS tapes and other old stuff.

I keep one copy on my home computer/server for watching and using.
I keep one copy on a USB hard drive in a fire-proof safe in my basement.
I keep one copy on a USB drive in the trunk of my car.
And I copied the data to my dad and siblings hard drives too.

Space

SpaceX Chooses Texas Site For Private Spaceport 113 113

AcidPenguin9873 (911493) writes Today, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that SpaceX has chosen a site at Boca Chica Beach, Texas, as the location where SpaceX will build its rocket launch facility. The Boca Chica site, at the southern tip of Texas near Brownsville and South Padre Island, had been competing with sites in Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico, but had been named the frontrunner to land the site by Musk when he testified to the Texas state legislature in 2013. The spaceport will be the first privately-owned vertical rocket launch facility in the world, and will target commercial customers. State and local governments have pledged to provide a total of about $20 million in incentives to attract SpaceX to the site.

Comment I'm in Grad School (Score 2) 390 390

I'm in grad school right now.

1) I know grad students who are struggling financially

There are at least two people in my program (of about 100 total) who I know personally who are struggling to make ends meet. Their families aren't well off and our program doesn't have funding. They're getting along OK, but they have to live very very tightly, skipping any extra curricular activities, not buying text books, and budgeting both money and food.

I assume that others may be struggling and I don't know it.

2) More of us miss out on things so we don't have to starve

A good number of us work full time or more to pay for things. I've had to not participate in school events both social and scholastic, including guest speakers and class outings. It is very difficult to see a teacher during office hours since I'm supposed to be at work.

I'm not missing out on food, but if food were available I might be able to work less and be more involved.

Comment SelfOSS (Score 2) 287 287

I wanted a web-based reader, and did some searching last night.

I decided I wanted to go with a self-hosted option, and found SelfOSS. It's light-weight, PHP5 and the code is very clean. It can use MySQL or SQLite.

It's a single-person reader, with one username/password supported.

http://selfoss.aditu.de/

You can see a live demo here: http://stuporglue.org/selfoss/

The only downside so far is that with SQLite, the database locks when updates are running. This is fairly quick, but might be an issue for some people.

Submission + - Scientist Solve Spiral-toothed Fossil Mystery

An anonymous reader writes: Fossil evidence has allowed scientists to reconstruct the Helicoprion, the ancient spiral-toothed fish. Scientists were able to answer questions like how that ancient beast of the seas looked like, how it ate, and even the more puzzling mysteries surrounding the Helicoprion: whether the unique saw-like spirals were located inside or outside the fish’s mouth.

Comment Re:LDS Bible translation? (Score 1) 243 243

The official Bible translation for Latter-Day Saints is the KJV.

Small Joseph Smith Translations (JST) are put in the footnotes for reference, and larger translations are kept separately.

LDS Scriptures online (Genesis 1:31): http://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/gen/1?lang=eng#31
None of the footnotes there are JST footnotes.

Joseph Smith Translation: http://www.lds.org/scriptures/jst?lang=eng
No JST for Genesis 1.

Comment Two hard drives and a server (Score 1) 212 212

I have a home media server with all my data on it.

About monthly I back it up to a hard drive which lives in a firesafe in the house. After the backup I swap the hard drive with an identical drive which I keep in the trunk of my car. The car drive goes gets the full back up and goes into the fire safe.

The car is about as offsite as I can afford.

So:
* One online backup on my home server
* One offline backup in a fire safe
* One offline backup in my car

FWIW I have just under 1TB of data, and use rsync to synchronize changes to the disks.

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