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Comment Keep your RAID, build a server (Score 1) 179

Keep your RAID-1. It will protect against single disk failure and improve read performance.

Build a server. Just a little one. An old desktop PC will suffice.
Put in a cheap SSD (64GB will do), and a 3 or 4 TB HDD.
Install your OS of choice to the SSD (Debian, BSD, anything low maintenance).
Write or procure a script on the server to rsync the contents of your desktop PC to the large HDD, with the --backup switch, rotating monthly. This way you get overwritten or deleted content put in another folder (usually the day of the month), so you get one month to recover accidentally deleted or overwritten files.
Set this script such that it starts ten minutes after the server boots up, waits another ten minutes, then powers down.
Set the server to Wake on Lan.
Have your desktop PC (or other server if you have one) send a WoL magic packet to the server once a day.
Turn off the server.
If you ever need to retrieve anything, send a WoL packet to the server, wait for bootup, log in and kill the backup script (which should still be sleeping if you do it within 10 minutes).

Voila, cheap robust offline backup.

Comment Re:The whole idea is stupid (Score 1) 195

I'm actually not sure about this. There seem to be a lot of people who are more than happy to post about their crimes and questionable affiliations on their social media accounts, even when they should be pretty sure the police will be looking for them. It certainly won't catch sophisticated terrorists, but it seems like it would probably catch a lot of problem cases since a high percentage of problem cases really are total idiots.

That doesn't make it any less horrifying. Remember back when employers were demanding that people hand over their facebook credentials? Good times.

Submission + - ask Slashdot: Windows RAID / backup advice

An anonymous reader writes: I have approx 2TB of photos. currently sitting on 2 x 4TB "Intel Rapid Storage" RAID1ed discs. I'm about to move to a new PC.

a) keep these exactly as they are
b) move to "Storage Spaces"
c) break the RAID, and set up the second disc as a file-copied backup.

a — The current configuration is OK, but it's a pain if a raid re-sync is needed as it takes a long time for it to check 4TB

b — I've not used Storage Spaces before, but reports seem to show it's good:

it even says in mirrored setup, SS beats HW, although write's take a hit. It's a Good Thing that the discs are 100% identical and removable and readable separately. Downside? unknown territory

c — would lose a (small) amount of resilience, but wouldn't suffer from the raid-sync issues, ideally a Mac-like "TimeMachine" backup would handle file histories.

Any recommendations?

Comment Re:This is the wrong answer (Score 2) 174

This. Make your boss look good and very few other things usually matter. I've fired a guy who worked tons of hours because he was totally inept. I've also managed a guy I considered my MVP even though he was at a remote office and I had literally no idea how many hours he worked or even if he was even coming into the office. Managers value a person who doesn't require much management time and provides a steady stream of good news they can report to their managers.

Comment Re:massive parallel processing=limited application (Score 1) 112

Also, there is caching, and also, some loads are heavy on longish FPU operations.

So... it doesn't quite work out that way. Also, multicore designs can have separate memory.

One example of multicore design that's both interesting and functional are the various vector processor graphics cores. Lots of em in there; and they get to do a lot of useful work you couldn't really do any other way with similar clock speeds and process tech.

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