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Comment BWAHAHAHAHAHA! (Score 1) 42

GE transforming to a startup? Yeah, and on the same note I'm sure that the local circus elephant will learn to fly and soar through the skies any day now. Seriously, as someone who's been working as a contractor for GE for almost 2 years now, the notion of them becoming a startup is utterly ridiculous. In practice the "startup" changes have meant abandoning personal office space for noisy productivity-destroying open plan offices, appointing someone as "scrum master", slapping a parody of scrum on top of the waterfall model and calling it agile.

Seriously, what the would need to do is shave off about 7 layers of bureaucracy, because right now, something as simple as trying to get QA to accept that the test reports generated by the test automation are not going to be identical to the ones that were previously used when testing was done by hand is a six month political struggle where managers of different departments have to assert themselves in a dick measuring competition. I'd say these guys are about 123 years away from being a startup... :-P

Comment Re:RAID is not backup (Score 2) 191

The problem with cloud-based solutions is that the cost for backing up several terabytes of data is typically several orders of magnitude higher than building your own RAID array, and the performance of Internet-based backup absolutely sucks beyond measure unless you're the sort of person whose data needs are measured in tens of megabytes.

  • To back up 2 TB over a typical cable modem (say 3 megabit upload speed) will take you 61 days. Over typical DSL (300 kilobits per second), it will take almost two years.
  • If you lose your original copy, getting the data back will be almost as painful. On a fairly fast cable modem (30 mbps), assuming the cloud-based backup server can completely saturate your downlink (which is by no means guaranteed), it will take you 6 days of continuous downloading to restore the backup. Over 3 megabit DSL, again, that number goes up to 60 days.

The ideal solution, if you can pull it off, would be to build a small concrete bunker in your yard, run power out to it, put a UPS and power conditioner in there to protect against bad power, put a RAID array in there, wire it with Ethernet to your house underground, put a watertight door on the thing, add a power cutoff that shuts down power if water does get inside (e.g. a GFI breaker and an unused extension cord whose output end is lower than your equipment), and hope for the best.

But more realistically, I would tend to suggest an IOSafe fireproof RAID array loaded up with five 6 TB drives (or maybe even 8 TB drives). Put it in a closet somewhere, and hope for the best. If you want to increase your protection a bit, you could also get two RAID expansion cabinets, store them at work, and periodically bring one home, clone your main RAID array to it, and bring it back

Comment Second verse, same as the first (Score 1) 191

For the 45th time in this thread, RAID is not backup. And all of you who are saying yes it is will change your minds the first time your array blows up and you have no other backup. Let's say you're running RAID 1 or 5. A drive dies. You stick in a new drive. You now better be praying and sacrificing animals in the hopes that you don't have another drive die before the array is rebuilt, which could take 12 hours or more if you're using 2TB or larger drives. If you value your files, then you have something in addition to your RAID array.

If you seriously value your files, you also have a fully automatic offsite backup, and one that retains older versions. I use CrashPlan. $5.99 a month for unlimited backup of one machine. As of the time I'm typing this, I have approximately 860,000 files amounting to 2.6TB backed up (semi-pro photographer). Yes, that first backup took about 3 months, but you gotta start sometime.

Comment Re:Oh boy. Another scam. (Score 0) 65

1) The USA can just say "Give me that guy". And have his head handed over on a plate.

If he's handed over it will be after years of extradition proceedings, involving significant due process, which is the exact opposite of how you characterize it.

2) The nation of which you are national will not lift a finger to help you.

See above.

3) That a stupid copyright issue is the reason for all this. In this case.

He didn't burn a CD for his mom. He ran a huge organization with billions of visitors and tens of millions of dollars, with most of that coming from sharing copyrighted materials.

4) That and more means there is no place on Earth safe from the corporate greed propagated by the USA.

Yes, America invented greed. And copyright law.

Comment Re:Freedom of the code, not the coder (Score 1) 214

Second, GPL does not prevent you from forking, provided the changes made to the fork are made available to people who receive your software.

A lot of nasty stuff gets said about RMS (sometimes by me) but he has stuck to the GPL and not killed off the other version of Emacs despite how much it annoyed him that he had lost control of it.

Comment Re:Oh yawn... (Score 1) 214

It sort of was theoretical until Darl McBride and his lawyer brother decided to use that premise to funnel as much money out of SCO as they could by pretending that code from linux was stolen from SCO and that IBM was financially responsible. Of course they lost, destroying SCO completely, but the legal fees were spectacular leaving them very wealthy perpetrators of a two man scam.

Comment Re:Can't wait for the real Cost Savings (Score 1) 140

Active Directory is just a subset of LDAP and there are plenty of other implementations, including the samba one that is very similar.

Client Access Licenses are the money makers

They almost fit the category of hidden costs and it's almost as if they were designed to cause cost overruns in projects. Since the stuff I support was never ported to MS windows it's been like watching a train wreck happen to others. At least with shitloads per seat product licensing you know exactly how much a project is going to cost instead of having extras come in from nowhere just because someone wants MS remote desktop instead of one of the many alternatives.

When ReactOS performs in the server space

Maybe it already does for the MS platform server software you want to run. Some of it isn't all the complicated.

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