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Comment Redundancy and Archiving. (Score 2) 414

As several people have said you already answered the question yourself. Spare HDD + Blueray.

You can achieve what you want by also changing the way you think about your data.

How much of your personal data is live? As in, how much of it do you access constantly, and need immediate access to?

Here's what I do, I have discrete HDD set up for each data type (not needed...but I had spare ~500gb drives so it's how I did it) There are broken down to Music, Projects, Video, and Photos. Each of them is synced monthly to a 2TB external drive that is spun up only to do a differential backup.

Data that I haven't accessed in 6 months (mostly phots and old closed projects) is moved to Archival grade DVD and removed from the Archival HDD.

So irreplaceable things (3 decades of photos, years of work) are stored and can be accessed within a few moments, less important but commonly accessed stuff (music and instructional videos, or documents I use every day) are live and backed up on the Archive.

Comment Re:Gods! (Score 1) 722

Greek Gods... because they really are just Roman gods pretending to be someone else...

You do know the Greek gods came first, right?

Whooops, got my mythologies reversed

I should not try and parse the difference between Venus and Aphrodite before coffee.

Servers - Greek Gods (Ares, Dionysus, Zeus etc...)
Faux - Roman Gods. (Mars, Bacchus, Saturn...)

Comment Gods! (Score 1) 722

Windows Servers - Roman Gods
Linux Servers - Egyptian Gods
Faux Servers (Mostly Windows PC's pretending to be servers) - Greek Gods... because they really are just Roman gods pretending to be someone else...

We named all the Printer's after Star Wars Characters... I don't know why.


Big Dipper "Star" Actually a Sextuplet System 88

Theosis sends word that an astronomer at the University of Rochester and his colleagues have made the surprise discovery that Alcor, one of the brightest stars in the Big Dipper, is actually two stars; and it is apparently gravitationally bound to the four-star Mizar system, making the whole group a sextuplet. This would make the Mizar-Alcor sextuplet the second-nearest such system known. The discovery is especially surprising because Alcor is one of the most studied stars in the sky. The Mizar-Alcor system has been involved in many "firsts" in the history of astronomy: "Benedetto Castelli, Galileo's protege and collaborator, first observed with a telescope that Mizar was not a single star in 1617, and Galileo observed it a week after hearing about this from Castelli, and noted it in his notebooks... Those two stars, called Mizar A and Mizar B, together with Alcor, in 1857 became the first binary stars ever photographed through a telescope. In 1890, Mizar A was discovered to itself be a binary, being the first binary to be discovered using spectroscopy. In 1908, spectroscopy revealed that Mizar B was also a pair of stars, making the group the first-known quintuple star system."

COLLADA Contest Winners From Siggraph 2009 31

An anonymous reader writes "COLLADA — the group creating open 3D data standards — announced their latest contest winners at Siggraph 2009. Ordinarily this wouldn't interest me, but the grand prize winner, NaviCAD, really did submit something rather interesting — an iPhone app that lets you explore Google 3D Warehouse models. Of course there's the pinching for zooming in/out, but it also uses the motion sensor to control the view. If you are walking around the inside or outside of a building, as you look around in the real world the view on the iPhone displays the corresponding view."
The Media

Comcast Seeking Control of Both Pipes and Content? 241

techmuse writes "Reuters reports that Comcast may be attempting to use its huge cash reserves to purchase a large media content provider, such as Disney, Viacom, or Time Warner. This would result in Comcast controlling both the delivery mechanism for content, and the content itself. Potentially, it could limit access to content it owns to subscribers to its own services, thus shutting out competing services (where they still exist at all)."

Comment Re:Where do I begin (Score 3, Informative) 582

I'm glad you are not. However, in my experience, you are the minority.

1st Job: Retail IT: 1.5 years - My Manager was actively committing fraud. The Store, District, and Regional Managers didn't care because he wasn't defrauding the company but instead our vendors and it made their bottom lines look good. A head hunter shopped my resume to a potential employer without my knowledge. When they called to followup references the got my manager. In spite of my being on contract, with 5 months to go, my Manager lied to the Store Manager and said I had called in and quit. Imagine my surprise when when I showed up for work the next day.

2nd Job: Pseudo State Agency IT: 3 Years: - When Accounting/HR VP got in a turf war with the IT VP I became a casualty. In spite of being an A+ and MCSE Tech HR decided I did "Data Entry." This meant I would get no pay raises until my new reduced pay rate matched my current pay rate... which would take 13 years. For 9 months the IT VP did nothing while promising action only to finally said "It's not worth the political capital to correct it, you are just a tech, you are replaceable." As note I ws the first tech they had managed to hold onto for longer the 8 months... a trend that continued after my departure.

3rd Job: State Agency IT: 2 Years - Lucrative wiring contract ended up be given to my Managers Brother-in-law. After being 6 months behind schedule announces wiring job is done and I am supposed to sign off on it without testing. I refuse and follow testing protocol. 40%+ failure rate on all the wiring and discovered that even though top of the line commercial switches were paid for consumer grade switches were installed and daisy chained in an unstable configuration. My refusal to sign off on it resulted in me being censured and a poor performance evaluation.
My complaints to higher up were basically answered with "He's a manager and you are not, your opinion is irrelevant."

4th Job: University IT: 5 Years: Actually the best of the bunch. Boss was likable and work was low pressure. Boss was continuously on 1/2 time as he was taking a ton of continuing education classes. When he started talking about retirement, and I pointed out that if I was going to take over the Novell network I was going to need a different suite of certs and additional training... magically all of our training money was unavailable and continued to be unavailable for anyone but him. He also had a tantrum when I gave him 8 weeks notice that I was going back to school, basically not talking in anything monosyllable the entire time because he would actually have to do his job for the first time in 5 years.

Each of these are specific instances from each of my jobs, but I could fill pages with their self-serving behavior. Far more often I saw empire building instead of teamwork.


Guitar Hero 5 To Allow Duplicate Instruments, Easy Switching 43

Activision confirmed the existence of Guitar Hero 5 last week, and now they've released details about some of the game's new features. Quoting 1Up: "... the new Party Play mode allows players to swap instruments and difficulties on the fly — even in the middle of a performance. You'll also be able to play Guitar Hero 5 with any combination of instruments, be it four drum kits, two microphones and two guitars, or any other possible configuration of four players." They also listed a few of the songs, which include "All Along the Watchtower" by Bob Dylan and "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash. Meanwhile, their music-game rival Harmonix has revealed the full set list for Rock Band Unplugged, coming out early next month for the PSP.

Comment Frozen in Alaska (Score 1) 1127

A serious entry to the question.

Working in Alaska we had an equipment failure at a microwave bounce station and I was the closest tech. I and a telecomm guy rode snowmobiles about 20 miles back to the site in practically balmy weather of only -10 deg f. However, the bounce station was on top of a 40 foot tower which was perched on rocky hill that rose out of the forest.
There was thermometer helpfully bolted one of the legs of the tower and it only went down to -25 f. It was colder then that.

We climbed to the top of the tower, where the wind was howling like a banshee, open the box... to discover a router that apparently had been missed when we run around upgrading all the equipment 5 years previously. One for which used proprietary embedded OS that I had no experience with. Fortunately, my boss did but she was on the other side of the state. So I jacked my serial cable in, called my boss on the radio, with my laptop randomly freezing and crashing in the cold, bitten by the Artic wind and with crappy static filled radio connection I laboriously reprogrammed the damned router frozen keystroke by keystroke. I took nearly two hours of hell to bring it back up but we did.

Gratefully we climbed down the ladder and prepared to journey home. The snowmachines wouldn't start. The details of fixing THAT is a tale for another thread.

Comment Re:Your choice (Score 1) 958

Ethical... probably not... but he could have it MUCH worse.

I also worked a large University and the department I worked for specialized in statistical analysis. One of the major Government grant groups who we did a lot of work for switched over to a unbelievably complex and buggy contract/grant writing software and required that it and only it be used to submit grant or work requests.

One License = $6000.

And it was so laden with DRM and key-checking that if you suffered a the tiniest bit of latency at ANY step of filling out the grant forms the software locked out out and had to be reactivated by the vendor so you could start the whole grant form over again (no saving.)

It was so burdensome we had one financial manager take early retirement rather then deal with it anymore and when I left they were trying to decide which was more cost effective: hiring a person to deal full time with this one piece of software and it's eccentricities or stop bidding on those grants... losing ~20% of our grant money in the process.


Submission + - Birth, life and death of a photon

Roland Piquepaille writes: "Two days ago, I told you that German physicists had built a single-photon server (read more on Slashdot or on ZDNet). But French researchers also have used ultra cold atoms of rubidium to record the full life of a photon. This was one of Einstein's dreams, but it was thought as an impossible one before. In fact, a photon disappears when it delivers its information. But with what has been described as an 'experimental masterwork,' the physicists have observed the 'quantum jumps' done by single photons for as long as half a second. This discovery should lead to important developments for future high performance computers and quantum computing — and certainly to the field of physics. Read more for additional references and a picture of how the team recorded the full life of a photon — not present in the short AFP article"
Linux Business

Submission + - Microsoft's project to classify Linux users

RJ2770 writes: "Microsoft has started a project for their partners to help identify the personas of different Linux users in an attempt to sway them toward Microsoft products. They've created a web site ( and released a webcast ( amilyid=fc78610a-711d-4de7-9ae5-cc8b57d38d7d&displ aylang=en&tm). Hurry over and find out how Microsoft classifies you!"
The Courts

Submission + - Kaleidescape finally gets its day in court

Naviztirf writes: Kaleidescape, the maker of those $20,000 DVD servers, is being sued by the DVD CCA for "Breach of Contract". Today, Kaleidescape CEO Michael Malcolm will appear in court to defend his company. From the article: "The DVD CCA, which licenses the Content Scramble System (CSS) for copy-protecting DVDs, sued Kaleidescape in December 2004, claiming the maker of video servers breached a contract by building "a system to do precisely what the license and CSS are designed to prevent ... the wholesale copying of protected DVDs," according to a statement released by the DVD CCA back then."

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