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Comment Different objectives mean different solutions (Score 1) 475

Pick your poison:

- Tape: inexpensive and slow, require frequent testing (backup we do, it's restoration the problem!), usually unreadable after 6 to 12 months or less (that's in production people).

- WORM: more expensive than tape and just as slow, work well in the medium term (meaning 10 years top).

- XFS NAS: faster than the above, require good hardware and a bit more work than either tape or worm. Don't forget to setup replication to multiple systems. May suffer from bitrot in the long term (checksumming/hashing files might be a good idea). Very stable, large capacity file system. Tape backup is always a good idea.

- ZFS NAS: slightly slower than XFS (at least, that's my experience, YMMV). Ultra-large capacity. Snapshotting is just a breeze. Again, replication to multiple, distant systems is mandatory. Very stable file system. Tape backup is always a good idea.

- DNA, 3D crystal lattice, holographic memory: what we are all going to use in the future. Still in beta testing, though.

- DVD: don't make me laugh.

Comment Re:Tapes (Score 1) 475

Tape drives will store your stuff for upwards of 10 years, up to 30 if you store them really well. They're also available in large sizes and is pretty cheap (about a cent per GB).

And if you believe any of that, I have a very interesting investment offer for you...

Comment Re:Black Mirror (Score 1) 204

Oh, come on!

Surely, the Right Honorable Gentleman does not think President Donald J. Trump, the Beloved, Magnificent, Wise, and All-Knowing Autarch or our Republic, would import such a vile thing to the USA, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave!

Why, that would be a treasonous thought of the highest order, worthy of an internal deportation to the Uranium mines of the Great State of Alaska, at the very least!

You have been warned, Citizen! Now, scurry about your business and let President Donald J. Trump, the Beloved, Magnificent, Wise, and All-Knowing Autarch or our Republic, examine the worthy suggestion of his Chinese Peers.

Yours Truly - The NSA.

Comment More prophetic than ever... (Score 5, Insightful) 204

The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct -- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

We are getting there. Thanks for the warning, George. Too bad nobody listened.

Coming soon to a country near you.

Comment Oh brother (Score 5, Interesting) 90

First there was Snowden, now this.

50TB of data stolen? OK, so they caught the guy, but, if he had been a bit less greedy, perhaps he would have gotten away with it.

Seriously, how can anyone trust the NSA to do the right thing (respect human rights, rule of law, due process, yadda yadda yadda) after these two... ahem... "incidents" is beyond me. Is everyone asleep at the wheel at Fort Meade?

And here is something even more disturbing: if a contractor can do this, what makes you think other people at NSA can't do this, for, you know... "fun" and profit?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Comment Re:What part of this is hard to understand? (Score 4, Insightful) 183

You don't seem to realize this: you are a customer. If ISPs are allowed to traffic-shape, they will traffic shape according to THEIR list, not yours.

And you can bet they will prioritize packets according to THEIR friends. So, if they want you to use THEIR voip service, even though it may be so crappy it makes you puke, THEIR service will get priority over everything else. And your VOIP of choice, whatever it is, will be so crappy it will make you go nuts.

This is not about prioritization: it's about who gets the best service. If ISPs are allowed to choose, again, they will choose THEIR "friends", "partners" or "subsidiaries" over your choice.

What's more, if on your ISP VOIP gets crappy because everyone else is busy torrenting, it simply means your ISP is crappy and is not using its money to invest in infrastucture, which ISP the world over have been guilty of, at one point or another.

Educate yourself: https://savetheinternet.eu/en/

Comment Re:Meanwhile the EU is saying... (Score 5, Interesting) 315

The EU being unresponsive to the desires of its populations is exactly why the UK left.

Not on this earth. The UK left because of diffuse and non-concrete fears that large waves of refugees might enter the country, coupled with latent racism against Polish immigrants.

... Not to mention 30 years of vicious, ultra-conservative propaganda against the EU. Just like Fox News in the USA is polluting the political discourse with crappy propaganda, the British tabloids have been spewing nonsense about the EU.

And the fact that both are owned by Rupert Murdoch should tell you a lot...

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