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Comment $825 (Score 1) 983

4TB drives sell for $165 right now on Newegg. So five of those would cost $825. Your friend could stick them all into a large PC with multiple bays and create an enormous RAID-0 array of 20TB. Then he could use FreeFileSync to copy those files. Or he could set up another NAS with those 5 4TB drives and just do a copy/sync. It'd take days for the initial load, but it would be backed up. The problem with having that much data on CrashPlan (also my cloud backup of choice) is that it would take so long to restore it -- too long, I'd think. You'd blow all sorts of bandwidth limit to do so. And you can't use their restore-to-door plan for backups greater than 3.5TB. Until we have Google Fiber running everywhere, bandwidth just doesn't make it feasible to push all that data to the cloud.

Comment Robotic Freedom, by Marshall Brain (Score 2) 414

Check out Marshall Brain's Robotic Freedom. He addresses a lot of the discussions we've been having here. A good snippet:

Capitalism Supersized

The following suggestion at first seems impractical because it is so simple: What if we, as a society, simply give consumers money to spend in the economy? In other words: What if the way to achieve the strongest possible economy is to give every citizen more money to spend? For example, what if we gave every citizen of the United States $25,000 to spend? $25,000 sounds impossible the first time you hear it, but consider the possibility.

Would this simple step -- giving money to every consumer -- accomplish the five economic goals set forth in the previous section? Yes. It would be a huge boost to the American economy:

* The economy would be strong because of all of the consumer spending.

* The economy would be stable because income (and therefore spending) would be guaranteed.

* With $25,000 per year to spend, innovators would no longer be forced to work -- they could focus their energy on innovation, living off of the $25K per year they receive. Inventors would have time to invent, writers to write, entrepreneurs to breed new companies, etc. They could devote all of their time to innovation. There would be billions of dollars for people to invest, especially in their own businesses. And investors would have a stable marketplace into which to introduce new products.

Most importantly, it would create a nation where the citizens are truly free. If every person had $25,000 per year in today's dollars to spend, they would be able to live their lives even if they lost their jobs. If robots took their jobs it would not be catastrophic. People would be able to weather the robotic takeover, retrain and move into new careers.

PC Games (Games)

Minecraft Reaches Beta Status, Price Goes Up 279

Eric writes "After over a year of development, Minecraft has hit Beta status today. Minecraft was developed for about a week before its public release on May 17, 2009. With the new milestone, the price of the game has increased to €14.95; when Minecraft moves beyond beta status, it will sell for €20.00. The beta is more focused on polish and content. The aim is to add proper modding support via a stable API, some kind of non-intrusive narrative to help drive the game experience early on, and a late-game goal. Updates will be less frequent, so as to make sure stability is maintained thanks to more extended testing. Despite this, there have already been two beta releases: client and server Beta 1.0 followed quickly by client 1.0_01."

Surgeon Makes Tutorial DVD For Conscious Open-Heart Surgery 170

Lanxon writes "Swaroup Anand, 23, from Bangalore, was fully conscious as he underwent open-heart surgery. An epidural to the neck, administered at the city’s Wockhardt Hospital, numbed his body during the procedure. Dr Vivek Jawali pioneered the technique ten years ago and has recently released a tutorial on DVD, which gives a step-by-step guide to the procedure for other surgeons to watch and learn from."

Submission + - Star Trek Through the Years (

sjwoo writes: "

For the last two weeks, I had intended to write up a little review of the new Star Trek film, but then I got thinking about what this franchise has meant to me. Don't worry — I'm not some loon who knows the stardate of when Kirk took his first swig of Romulan Ale, and I certainly can't translate Shakespeare into Klingon. However, I'm not a casual fan, either. I've seen enough Star Trek to know what the prime directive means or that Uhura's name comes from the Swahili word for freedom.

A personal history piece on Star Trek, complete with my term paper circa 1993."

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