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Comment Re:Analogy Pendant (Score 1) 205

Brewing beer isn't free. Unless you already own the equipment and ingredients, buying them can run you over $150 per batch. Then you have to count the time-consuming process of sanitizing the equipment, actually brewing beer, bottling it (hope you saved those bottles too!), and then drinking it before it expires (unless you can find some way to pasteurize it). However, if you do decide to do it, it is a very rewarding experience. Not free... but rewarding.

Comment Re:Yikes! (Score 1) 268

I just had this incredible vision of Steve Ballmer in zero-g whipping a chair hard enough that it falls into a stable orbit. One of those plastic, foldable brown ones... maybe with the word "Microsoft" embossed on the back.

Comment Re:Where do they store 4.5TB off site (Score 1) 235

It's simple, the backups are compressed -- they simply remove all those useless zeroes from the binary data.

We should back up the digits 1 and 0 too, just to be safe. In the event of a fire, we want to be able to reconstruct the data, and what will we do if all the 1's get damaged? We'll also have a handy comparison for the 0, so we can insert it back without too much effort when we un-compress the data.

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