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Comment USB to sata dongle plus 2TB SSD (Score 1) 357

I'm assuming the person thinks the data is important enough to spend a bit of $$$ to make sure it doesn't go .

I'd get one of those USB 3.0 to SATA dongles, connect a 2TB SSD to it and copy the data onto the SSD. Then I'd do a quick checksum to make sure the source and destination copies were the same. Then I'd put that SSD on a shelf somewhere other than where I keep the computer where the data is stored.

Today, that SSD+dongle would likely run you about $700. It's about $500 if you break the backup into a pair of 1TB devices.

A year from now the cost will likely be half that (or less).

Anyhow, that's what I do today, though I only back up about 1TB of pics and important docs. Total cost for me is about $250.


Comment Welcome to the 3rd world (Score 3, Insightful) 71

Welcome to the third world. I suspect this will give some pause to even those corrupt Olympic committee members who accepted the bribes to give the nod to Rio.

People will look fondly back to where the major inconvenience was to put the toilet paper in a trash bin rather than flush it down in Sochi. Brasil has consistently snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at every turn.

I'm all for spreading around the wealth, but there should be some basic litmus test of "you can or cannot achieve even the most rudimentary accommodations for both athletes and visitors. It was pretty clear that Brasil wasn't in a position to pull this off, yet here we are.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 1017

How can anyone be this obtuse? I'm referring to the clown, MightyMartian, not Trump (a high bar for clownhood, indeed). I saw the video of what Trump said. What he clearly is referring to is the complete and utter softball Clinton's carelessness tossed to the Russians/Chinese/skritptkiddies for an espionage target. He's not telling the Russians to hack us. He's basically saying, Clinton made it easy and I'm sure you've got the info. Spare us the theater and just give the folks that want to hold Hillary to account a copy of what she was dangling out there for anyone to take.

I find it even more remarkable that Team Clinton took this bait and now her shenanigans are all over the news again. A more clever approach would have been to ignore Trump. Now he's got the front page again while the Democrats whitewash their nomination process that was clearly rigged to disenfranchise the Sanders crowd from the beginning.

Trump might be an asshole and a windbag, but Clinton is clearly a corrupt politician and a criminal, regardless of how you dance around the facts.

Comment Cisco isn't remotely competitive...their own fault (Score 1) 124

If Cisco was even remotely price competitive, I'd still be a customer. They haven't been remotely close to the best value for ages and that got me looking at alternatives. Adding insult to injury is the rather poor quality of service you get when you place a call to the TAC to have a problem resolved. F that. We probably spend mid-9 figures a year on switch and routing gear. Cisco bids on everything and will show up with an army of sales weens for any meeting, offer to take anyone with a pulse out to dinner/drinks/ and "gentlemen's clubs", but they just don't offer the service or value proposition for anyone who takes the time to make an apples to apples comparison with Arista.

Merchant silicon + decent software stack + stellar customer service works for me.

Comment Re:Omar Saddiqui Mateen? (Score 1) 1718

There was a Norwegian bloke who did a pretty effective job of shooting up a bunch of innocent folks without being a Muslim or coming from the land where it's relatively easy to buy a military style assault rifle.

He managed to get more kills, though I think he wasn't as prolific on the wounding.

Hard to fathom what drives folks like this. Mental illness seems to be the catch all. Of course, the left will use this as another bullet point in their constant march to create a docile and helpless populace by removing legal access to firearms.

Comment Use your powers (Score 1) 114

I'm sure a lot of individuals who peruse this site every day are in a position to recommend and recommend AGAINST vendors. If enough of us at the Fortune X companies blackballed Bluecoat/Symantec/others of that ilk, one would think that would make a difference. After all, NOT buying that $20-50M satchell of poo in favor of another vendor with more transparency times 100's of the largest corporations might make a difference.\

Frankly, if I said "no Bluecoat" tomorrow, I doubt it would even be questioned. Do the needful. :)


Comment The boxes have no brains (Score 1) 100

The cable companies are already moving to a model where the cable boxes in your home have almost no real smarts of their own. There's just enough there to boot linux+busybox, display video content, and render the menus. The heavy lifting, and ALL of the brains (if you can call it that) of the system are handled on the back end by the cable company. Even if you are able to purchase your own box, I suspect you'll be forced to license their software anyway and still get a monthly fee jammed down your throat.

Looking forward to the day where I can just get a pipe to the internet from whatever company and then buy over-the-top TV from the single digit number of stations that I actually watch. That's really what terrifies the cable companies and why they're trying to buy up content providers.

Comment Nuclear war risk (Score 1) 112

I think the North Koreans are going to push the envelope until there is an actual military conflict (whether by intention or by accident due to miscalculation). Either way, the risk of the Korean peninsula winding up as a nuclear battleground strikes me as being rather high. I don't see negotiation as being a successful strategy with them as all previous agreements have been treated more as "temporary guidelines" by the regime. Hopefully, a way is found to bounce the crazies before the folks who are already suffering from pretty dreadful hardship in North Korea pay the ultimate price.

Sad state of affairs.

Comment Re:Content provider vs. service provider (Score 2) 112

Actually no. They are a content AND service provider. You forget that Comcast owns NBC Universal as well.

Personally, I would drop Comcast tomorrow if an alternative broadband provider was available in my area. The instant that happens, I'll be a former customer of their internet service. I don't recall the last time I watched any of their TV or movie content. It's been years. Perhaps someday they'll release something worth watching. Hope springs eternal.

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