Humans++ => Human Capital++ => Inovation++ => Real Price--. Julian Simon laid this out quite clearly. He even put $10,000 on the line in a bet with Paul Ehrlich that his idea was correct, and won.
Or because governments don't have to make a profit doing it, making it very hard for private companies to compete and stay afloat.
This is a government run fire protection service, not the libertarian privately run one. The big difference is the incentive or lack of incentive of the public service to respond. A private company could surely respond, then stick the homeowner for a large bill. You can certainly pay the full bill for this type of service. Maybe not right away, but over a year it could easily be done. Healthcare can likewise be paid out of pocket. The purpose of insurance is for situations where a person could not financially handle a sudden large liability. Like cancer. Not like fire protection services.
Except that this was a government run service, not a private one. A libertarian paradise would have a private firefighting service that would stick you with a huge bill if you didn't pay yearly dues. Not enough incentive / bad legal structure with this government run fire protection.
Except that this was a government run service, not a private one. A private company would certainly have a profit incentive to fight the fire and stick the homeowner with a huge bill.
Remember, this is a government run service, not private. A private company would see a big profit to be made in fighting the fire and sicking the homeowner with a huge bill.
48 SATA drives onboard a 4U rack, dual six-core opterons, redundant power supply. This thing won't let you down. Go big and heavy with this and it'll cost $1/GB. http://www.oracle.com/us/products/servers-storage/servers/x86/031210.htm Make sure to ask for a discount, only suckers pay full price for Oracle gear.
A single backup using rsync isn't going to cut it. Imagine backing up corrupted data, overwriting other stuff. Also, having all backups on the same network is a bad idea if malware ever gets in. Your second level of backup should probably be tape, making a monthly and a yearly backup. Then store the tapes in a concrete and steel fire safe. Tape has longevity that your other options don't.
Whats crazy is that the 2nd place team as of this writing is Principia College, a school of only 500 students and no engineering dept or major. If they pull out a win it could go down as one of the biggest upsets in college sports(?) history. Of course they would need to beat a team that has millions in funding and its own satellite for weather data and a team of meteorologists.