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Comment Re:RAID is not backup (Score 1) 350

Nonsense. One order of magnitude more, at most. On-line storage costs are on the order of $100 per TB per year.

I was going based on my experience with AWS, which is about $30 per TB per month for spinning storage, or $360 per TB per year. An 8 TB hard drive should typically last you about five years, and costs about $250, or about $6.25 per terabyte per year. That isn't quite two orders of magnitude, but it is pretty close. Of course if you're willing to wait several hours to start getting your data back, you can use glacier storage, and that's cheaper, but there are tradeoffs. :-)

Upload time sucks, but only for the initial upload, which I did two years ago. After that, incremental additions are pretty negligible.

Must be nice. I backed up over 12 GB Sunday night, and that was only one week worth of incremental backups for my personal laptop. Over my DSL connection (soon to be retired), that would have taken two days. It would take several hours even over my new cable modem service. It took five minutes to back up locally. That time difference makes the difference between me being willing to back up regularly and never backing up.

Obviously, YMMV, but I would imagine that somebody with multiple terabytes of personal data is probably either a photographer or videographer, and therefore has the same sorts of nightmare backups that I do. But I'm just guessing here. For all I know, it could be a porn collection. :-)

Comment Re:RAID is not backup (Score 1) 350

Online backup is cheap. Most start at ~$60 a year for unlimited backup.

I'm having a hard time believing that $5 per month is even possible for anything approaching truly unlimited storage. Just storing 2 TB on Amazon glacier storage would cost three times that much. I assume they count on most of their users treating unlimited as tens of gigabytes. If everybody were storing 2 TB, I'd expect those numbers to go way, way up.

But even if you assume that $5 is your total cost from the cloud provider, that still isn't your total cost. After all, time has value, plus your internet connection costs money. Backing up 2 TB over a typical home Internet connection can take anywhere from many days up to years, which means if your storage needs are that large, you're going to want a faster Internet connection or you'll lose your mind. Tack on another $30 a month for that.

In addition, storing your backup in the same location as your main copy is not smart, even if it is in a bunker or fire proof safe.

Hence my suggestion of periodically cloning your RAID and keeping the clone at work.

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 1) 58

WTF? You think Dying from old age is more usual than dying from a fall? you obviously have no idea about the world outside of cities. old age would be an incredibly rare thing to die from in a world full of predators, injuries from falls that lead to death would be many times more common for any animal that climbs, even today monkey's will regularly suffer such fates.

Comment Re:Tape backup - (Score 1) 350

If the videos have been processed to h.264 or h.265 then yes you will see almost no improvement at all. In fact your files will most likely be larger.

However that wasn't the premise I was basing it on. I was basing it on uncompressed mpegs or avi's taken straight off the recording device. That is certainly what I use for my home videos and it wouldn't make sense to process them into something like 264 as it makes them a huge pain to work with in video editing software. I also made an assumption, I know mother of all fuckups, that if he has 2tb of photos they are most likely in RAW. Otherwise that is a whole lot of photos as the OP doesn't mention video at all.....

Comment Re:America in one sentence (Score 1) 419

Those jobs mostly exist for people bad at math. Kinda like sometimes a business will make a desperate play of selling below cost as a desperate ploy to make payroll one more month. It usually doesn't work out.

There are people that incredibly lazy, but there's less of them than you might think.

Comment Re:For what, the last 20 years? (Score 2) 134

Yes, but if by some magic process of having my brother, who is a foreign resident, send me an invoice for "services rendered" or "brand licensing", and I paid this invoice and claimed back all of the the tax I'd otherwise need to pay on the expense, when all my brother is doing is holding the cash on my behalf in a low-tax jurisdiction, then we'd have a situation akin to what's going on with Apple, Google et. al.

Comment Re:Come the fuck on (Score 1) 350

The more versatile part is you can add disks one at a time to btrfs when mirroring and have it make reasonable use of it. If a disk fails and there's enough room left over you can even rebalance on an odd number of drives and be fully redundant until you can get another disk in. All of that together means you can upgrade to new bigger disks without going offline (naturally, performance takes a hit during the upgrade).

At the same time, I also have ZFS in production and no intention to migrate.

Comment Not what you think they are (Score 1) 193

> What are these?

The first one is an Intel processor instruction. Nothing really to do with either Linux or viruses.

The second points out that executables contain unused bytes. In theory,there is space for someone to add code without making the file bigger.

The third never existed in the wild, as far as I can tell.

The fourth is a legit virus.

The fifth is another research curiousity - it allows root to break files. It's supposed to demonstrate a concept for a trojan, but instead if makes them not run at all.

The sixth is somebody's homework, which they titled "a good natured virus". Again, not a virus ever seen in the wild.

The seventh is in a language I can't read.

The eighth is the same site as the second - again talking generally about how someone could go about adding a trojan to an executable. Not a virus.

So one actual virus, in the first eight. I got bored after that. On the other hand, there are over 100,000 known Windows viruses.

Comment Re:America in one sentence (Score 2) 419

My favorite new testament verse: 'If someone won't work, they shall not eat' (para).

Given that at that time, the poor were permitted to help themselves to the edges of the fields, that made sense. If you couldn't even be bothered to go harvest what you needed (assuming you were able), then yeah.

Of course, too many confuse won't work with can't work and no employment available that pays more than it costs.

Submission + - Lost Doctor Story to be released as animation

BigBadBus writes: The lost 1966 Doctor Who story, "The Power of the Daleks" is to be released in an animated version according to the UK Mirror Newspaper. The story is significant as it is the first story to feature the newly regenerated Doctor, starring Patrick Troughton. However, only a few live action clips exist from the story. For weeks now, BBC Worldwide have issued takedown orders to anyone leaking animated clips on YouTube.
There are still 97 live action episodes missing however; the last were unearthed in 2013.

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