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Comment: Storing locally will cost you more, not less... (Score 2, Interesting) 326

by winkydink (#40951103) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best On-Site Backup Plan?

in the short run and in the long run. Also, storing locally does nothing to protect you from flood, fire, theft, etc... Backblaze is $5/mo, unlimited storage. I'm sure there are others with similar/better deals. What's a NAS inside a fireproof safe going to cost?

Comment: Document, plan, propose, execute (Score 2) 424

by winkydink (#38281998) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Getting a Grip On an Inherited IT Mess?

You document what's there. You've already started that. Next you document what's deficient. Then you put together a plan that, in stages, makes things better. Then you propose that plan to your management in terms that make sense to business people (happier customers, money saved, disaster avoided, etc...). Then you execute the plan.

Comment: Re:Do you plan to work in the real world? (Score 4, Interesting) 173

by winkydink (#38139282) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Ph.D For Work In Applied Statistics / C.S.?

I have hired five PhD's over the course of my career (maybe more, but five that I remember). All of the where hired based on what they did / what they could do and not on the basis of their theses. Granted my statistical sample is tiny, but there you go.

Civilization, as we know it, will end sometime this evening. See SYSNOTE tomorrow for more information.