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hey_popey writes: I would like to piggyback on the previous "Ask Slashdot" question; do you know of any realistic way to use a tape drive solution at home, not as a backup, but as a regular NAS. I would like, for example, to save the torrents of my linux distributions on it, and at the same time, play the family videos on a computer.
It would seem at a first glance, that the transfer rates and capacity of Linear Tape-Open (1.5TB, 280MB/s in 2010) and the functionality of LTFS would allow me to do that, but I don't know the details, and if this would be economically viable.

Comment Re:hmm (Score 4, Insightful) 228

Of course, not! They do it just for the lulz!
More seriously, for space systems and embedded systems in general, due to resource constraints on-board, you usually cannot fit all the functionality you would like to in one software image. So you keep only what is necessary for the first mission, and then you replace the obsolete ones with the next thing you want to do.
As a simplified example, when you launch a satellite, you will need it to deploy its solar arrays quickly (and do many initialization checks). When that is done, you could imagine changing this part of the software with something else...

Also, they might have had time planning constraints on the project, and needed to launch with a simpler first version of the software, while finalizing the second one. That does happen.

Comment Re:Except (Score 0) 85

at least as measured by IQ

This is the most important part... Don't forget that our definition of intelligence today might be very different from the original "natural" one, as in "surviving in a wild environment". Maybe the bigger brain is better suited for the wildlife thing; from TFA: "Animals with larger brains relative to their body size have been shown to be more likely to thrive when introduced to new places"
On an another subject, I cannot find the curve they're referring to, to predict the brain size from the body's. From what I understand, it seems to be really curvy, not linear, so I am not sure it is that reliable for such predictions...Moreover, it is only applicable to mammals.

Comment Re:Going down kicking and screaming (Score 5, Interesting) 137

The fact that it was working just fine and the population liked and used it will be ignored for the brief moment that your comment is read.

In that case, the fact that it was a horribly ugly and slow even compared to 56k Internet (compare it to an old black-and-white teletext) should also be ignored. I forgot to mention the outrageous charges, even to connect to public administration services; I remember myself waiting for some nation-wide exam results to display, the connection timer was the real source of stress, not the results!

Comment Re:Lockstep, my ass (Score 5, Informative) 565

On the rare occasion I bow down to necessity and buy a laptop, the first thing I do is buy a new license to Windows, wipe the thing, and start fresh.

I am surprised by this part: last time I tried with a Win7 Pro laptop, I was able to use my own license number (the one on the sticker on the laptop case) with another Windows setup disc, without having to purchase a new license!

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