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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.

Comment Virginia Tech (Score 1, Insightful) 1144

You all remember the Virginia Tech where one of teachers was an Israeli who had a specific training and could kill the criminal but had no gun.

But I heard that is Virginia there was a mass shooting some years before. But it was NOT the arms free zone. So the students went to the parking, took their gins from their cars and shot the criminal. It's a hint.

The only method that could save you Americans from mass shooting is the perspective for the shooter to be immediately shot. So your Second Amendment is precious.

Comment Re:Any impact outside US? (Score 1) 115

It's never "available". It is supplied with the cable internet contract and is usable only where the distribution network for cable TV exists. In Russia there were lots of small cable TV providers so they had an infrastructure to use it as well as inability to use the telecom cabling since the telecom is a monopoly. In Europe it's quite possible that the cable TV and telecoms are the same structures and so it's preferable to use ADSL.

Comment boundary (Score 1) 115

As I understand it's a modem, not router. So you need either a router or a PPPoE in your computer. My policy is that

1) the boundary between the Internet and my internal network lies between the equipment I control and equipment I don't control. In other words, either I choose the equipment, flash there anything I want and set any password I want - or this equipment is yours, you must do everything to return it in working order. And if you don't - I either go to some other provider or write a complain to Roskomnadzor. It's exactly what happened with my friend and his Motorola DOCSIS modem. The ISP personnel had seizures seeing his number on their phone. They reflashed the modem many times. But he still called them every time the problem occurred. They agreed to pay him to move to any other provider but he refused.

2) Either my router has an ability to install alternative firmwares, or it's not my router. Period.

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