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Comment Re:Come the fuck on (Score 1) 339

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 Re:America in one sentence (Score 1) 317

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.

Comment These are good changes (Score 2) 48

The daypass thing is mildly more confusing, but I suspect part of the logic is to encourage use of the Binge-On technology, without which towers are likely to get clogged pretty quickly. I also suspect that the soft limit of 27G a month will be torn through pretty quickly by anyone making heavy use of HD video. Go over the 27G and you're "deprioritized" - you'll get full service during quiet times, but you'll be throttled when everyone else is trying to use the network (which is fair, but you probably don't want it to happen to you!)

The big improvement is that Tethering is now an acceptable half-megabit/s, rather than 2G speeds. That makes "Unlimited tethering" actually useful again.

The big question for me is how to encourage video streaming companies to sign up to Binge-On if there's no incentive. In theory, they can just transmit 1080p over HTTPS (protocols like DASH are HTTPS friendly) and T-Mobile will never know.

With the original implementation, the advantage was that your viewers could watch your services without worrying about it coming out of their data. But if data is unlimited...

Submission + - SETI has observed a "strong" signal that may originate from a Sun-like star (arstechnica.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia has detected a strong signal around 11 GHz (which is very unlikely to be naturally-caused) coming from HD164595, a star nearly identical in mass to the Sun and located about 95 light years from Earth. The system is known to have at least one planet.

If the signal were isotropic, it would seem to indicate a Kardashev Type II civilization.

While it is too early to draw any conclusions, the discovery will be discussed at an upcoming SETI committee meeting on September 27th.

Comment Re: see what the Union free work place get's you! (Score 5, Insightful) 258

You are assuming we exist to serve an economy. But an economy isn't a living thing and that's not how it works. An economy has no rights.

The economy exists to serve the people. It has no other justification.

Not all coercion is in the form of physical force. Work for slave wages or starve, for example, is a form of coercion.

Unions are a worker's way of reminding management that without workers, they would have to actually labor themselves or starve.

Comment Re:Phase 2 testing (Score 1) 170

Cool. Now do the same thing 6 more times, without resurfacing.

If he can do it for two months straight around the clock without snapping, my money would be on him doing two years too if he had to/wanted to. Elizabeth Fritzl did 24 years trapped in a cell in the basement, eventually no matter how bad the situation is it eventually just is. Same goes for people with severe disabilities and such, if I ended up in a wheelchair I'd get very depressed right away. But if I live through that first phase I don't see myself saying I've lived a year in a wheelchair but a year and a day is too much. I'd either have found a reason to live - or not - long before that.

Submission + - FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems (yahoo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials.

The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections.

Submission + - F-104 Starfighters to launch CubeSats from Florida (bbc.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has an interesting story about how a famous 1950s jet is being repurposed for use in 2018. From TFA: "The F-104s will fly over the Atlantic Ocean, their pilots taking the jets to around 60,000ft, the jets climbing at an acute angle to give the rockets the right trajectory to leave the pull of the Earth’s gravity." A good read for fans of space and aeronautics.

Comment Re:Come the fuck on (Score 1) 339

It depends on the features used. Regular old btrfs or the mirrored modes work quite well. DO NOT touch the RAID 5 mode with a ten foot pole or there will be tears. That is where the "I lost my data" stories come from.

As for being ahead or behind, ZFS has some advanced features that btrfs is lacking. The reverse is also true. ZFS treats snapshots as special while in btrfs, a snapshot is just a COW clone that happens to be marked read only. Btrfs is a lot more flexible about expanding the filesystem, especially in mirror mode.

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