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Comment NTFS (Score 1) 475

I've been archiving file since the 1980's, and have a ~20TB collection at the moment.

Your potential sources of data loss and solutions are:

1. Problem: Not being able to find the file in all the disks you have.
Solution: Organize stuff, even if that means using twice the number of disks to leave room to add future files in the right place. Use the Library of Congress Cataloging system when possible; They really did think of everything.

2. Problem: Not being able to find a reader for the file. (Thus mis-colored images as the image formats evolve.)
Solution: Use only a few common formats: JPEG, PDF, DOCX, TXT, GIF. Seriously, even avoid TIFF files.

3. Problem: Disk failure.
Solution: Keep multiple copies of everything in different physical locations.

4. Problem: Not being able to read the obsolete disk format (e.g., MFM, RLL, proprietary 1.76MB formatted 3.5" floppies.)
This is what you asked about.
Solution: Keep everything in the MOST COMMON formats available. ZFS is evolving so quickly that you will not be able to find a reader for today's version in 5 years. Stick to NTFS only because FAT32 refuses to deal with large files. Stick to USB enclosures, and make sure you can easily remove the SATA drives to access them directly if necessary.

Comment Re:Another Katrina (Score 0) 457

> 5) As much as people feel the need for karma or justice or revenge or whatever, we DO NOT punish people's lives
> and homes over partisan bullshit. The federal government should (and most probably will) assist in any way that
> they can to help avoid a disaster.

They are in the process of succeeding. It's not America's problem.

Comment They deserve this... (Score 0) 457

The people of California believed the global warming lie that their debt would never end, and they cut funding that should have gone to pay for spillway maintenance.

Bonus points for anyone who can find the original stories that said California was cutting spillway maintenance funds because they would never need the spillways given that global warming was going to cause a never ending drought.

Comment Re:Article has terrible sense of statistics (Score 1) 304

> Black people make up 13% of the US population and 3% of the British population. That means there are far more white people in each population

No, it doesn't. Based on those numbers alone, and without knowing anything else, it could be that both countries are over 80% oriental.

Comment Re:NASA Paper (Score 1) 159

> Getting things back down to Earth is not going to cost a vast amount in energy,
> it's all downhill and the energy required to slow down instead of going splat is
> not enormous.

Please tell me how. You could lift a spacecraft to orbit, put the stuff in it, and bring it back down, but that is not cheap.

It was my impression that EDL (entry/descent/landing) is not easy.

Comment So the TPP is invalid... (Score 1) 192

"Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted."
-- U.S. Constitution, Amendment 8

As I read the rest of the US Constitution, the TPP is invalid, even if it passes.

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
— U.S. Constitution, Article VI, clause 3

So any member of the U.S. Congress who votes for such an unconstitutional law will be guilty of violating their oath of office.

Finally, if I may suggest music to accompany the removal of members of the U.S. Congress: https://www.facebook.com/sonso...

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