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Comment Re:Easy - buyt a container. (Score 1) 303

The separate conventional building would be 1) Not a closed steel protection box. You would spend much more money for concrete walls, steel blinds, doors etc than the price of container. 2) Something on a foundation while you just throw a pair of concrete blocks below a container. 3) Realty with lots of corresponding paperwork and legalese.

Comment Re:Problem. Solution. Specification. (Score 1) 303

1. Here in Russia I see no multimode. Single mode only everywhere.
2. Here is some UPS that officially holds up to 300AH batteries. Is it enough?
3. Your walls and everything inside should not be flammable.
4. The steel doors are quite standard here in Russia as well as concrete walls of usual apartment building. And if you use a container then you have steel doors over the windows.

Comment Re:Easy - buyt a container. (Score 1) 303

It took me 1 day to repaint the roof of MY container "office". Also, you would need:
1) Total disk encryption on all your computers;
2) The device that halts all your computers and destroys the keys during intrusion (You can recover keys from your friend that is instructed to return them only in condition that you are free. Since you have no keys they cannot be extorted);
3) The encrypted off-site copy of your disks;
4) Non-flammable walls inside (I used a plywood; it's bad)
5) A video recording system offsite (and you can install some system for your friend in exchange)
6) A second Internet connection, preferably radio.
7) IP door intercom so you can talk to visitors even from the opposite side of Earth.

Forget about the guns and any form of active self-protection: The biggest problem is not robbers but a party van that either is going to find some copyright violation or to check the accusations given by your competitors. They will not find anything but will spend enough time to crash your business.

Comment Re:Some questions and options (Score 1) 366

First you need to ask yourself some questions:
1. what are you trying to protect against? Hard Drive Failure?, Multiple hard drive failures? Fire? Theft? Disk/file corruption? Destruction of your whole home/work? Everything?

Golden words. As our ex-president Medvedev once said, they would be cast in granite.

I'd add one more threat: Party Van.

Comment Re:Tape backup - (Score 1) 366

1. Don't assume anything about the LTO compression.
2. Drives with one digit indicator (Read: IBM and such) are preferable due to the full set of local tests and other useful procedures. Also IBM has much more documentation on it's drives.
3. LTO4 drive would work with LTO3 cartridges. They are cheap but the postage (I live in Russia) make LTO4 a preferable choice.

Comment Re:RAID is NOT backup! (Score 1) 366

There is a LOT of possibility for data to get corrupted while transferred to USB disk. While SATA and USB are covered with some error correction codes, the internal memory of SATA to USB chip isn't. And EVERY USB rack I have ever tried to backup my data has an overheat problem. It does not matter when you copy some DVD movies but when you copy 2TB then the probability of failure nears 100%, with destruction of file system and need to fsck all the backup. You need to add some heat sink to the chip, or else.

Comment Re:ZFS & LTO. (Score 1) 366

LTO4 is my personal choice. Later generations of LTO are more expensive per byte. Both LTO-5 cartridges and drives are more than twice expensive than LTO-4. And LTO-4 are at least faster than my 2-TB HDDs.

You would need much more than 3 tapes. At least 2 generations of backup would need 6 tapes. If you partition your data to portions of not more than 800 GB each and declare some of them frozen, you may economize on tapes. But it's still slightly cheaper and much more reliable than HDDs.

Be warned that the drive would preferably have a 1-digit indicator. Also, I prefer Fibre Channel and Qlogic cards.

Comment Re:visiting a blocked URL? (Score 1) 96

I live in Russia, and there is no forced MITM with replaced certs. The official replaced certs that I have read about were: 1) in Kazakhstan, 2) In Australia where they were limited to some school system (which is understandable due to minors protection laws). The SORM (Read: PRISM) is totally passive and is prevented by law from any modification of traffic. The laws that punish the circumvention of filters are in project only.

Comment In Soviet Russia ... (Score 2) 207

Messengers encrypt YOU!

Being a Russian I just don't beeping care. And maybe I'm even glad that this bill is proposed, because it means that all the official messengers (I mean: companies that provide messenger services using closed source software) will be compromised and the only messengers that are trustworthy will be the open source decentralized ones having no central authority that can be fined.

In such conditions the maximum fine would be 5000 Roubles (less than US$100) which means that the expense of collecting the evidence would not pay up. It's just impossible to interrogate everybody whose traffic comes to some nonstandard port, and it's impossible to prove that it's a messenger and not anything else.

Also I hope that any software that used the outdated HTTP(S) and HTML protocols which have so many builtin security holes will be compromised at last and the only programs that survive would have no such thing as web page phenomenon and correspondingly site phenomenon. For instance, Freenet now supports something like a webpage. But it edits out anything that could be dangerous. RetroShare just has no web page. It displays web links but you should copy them to the browser with full understanding for your actions.

Please understand: This bill is neither Putin's nor the FSB/KGB initiative. The FSB works stealthly. It's the initiative of parlamentaries who propose the laws that just cannot be observed.

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