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Comment Different objectives mean different solutions (Score 1) 475

Pick your poison:

- Tape: inexpensive and slow, require frequent testing (backup we do, it's restoration the problem!), usually unreadable after 6 to 12 months or less (that's in production people).

- WORM: more expensive than tape and just as slow, work well in the medium term (meaning 10 years top).

- XFS NAS: faster than the above, require good hardware and a bit more work than either tape or worm. Don't forget to setup replication to multiple systems. May suffer from bitrot in the long term (checksumming/hashing files might be a good idea). Very stable, large capacity file system. Tape backup is always a good idea.

- ZFS NAS: slightly slower than XFS (at least, that's my experience, YMMV). Ultra-large capacity. Snapshotting is just a breeze. Again, replication to multiple, distant systems is mandatory. Very stable file system. Tape backup is always a good idea.

- DNA, 3D crystal lattice, holographic memory: what we are all going to use in the future. Still in beta testing, though.

- DVD: don't make me laugh.

Comment Re:Tapes (Score 1) 475

Tape drives will store your stuff for upwards of 10 years, up to 30 if you store them really well. They're also available in large sizes and is pretty cheap (about a cent per GB).

And if you believe any of that, I have a very interesting investment offer for you...

Communications

Hackers Take Over Unsecured Radio Transmitters, Play Anti-Trump Song (arstechnica.com) 99

Ars Technica is reporting that "a certain model of Low Power FM radio transmitter with known vulnerabilities has been targeted in a new wave of radio-station hacks this week." Hackers have taken advantage of an exploit that was known all the way back in April 2016 to take over terrestrial radio stations and broadcast the YG and Nipsey Hussle song "Fuck Donald Trump." From the report: News of the song's unexpected playback on radio stations began emerging shortly after Trump's inauguration on January 20, and the hack has continued to affect LPFM stations -- a type of smaller-radius radio station that began to roll out after the FCC approved the designation in 2000. Over a dozen stations experienced confirmed hacks in recent weeks, with more unconfirmed reports trickling in across the nation. Thus far, the stations' commonality isn't the states of operation or music formats; it's the transmitter. Specifically, hackers have targeted products in the Barix Exstreamer line, which can decode many audio file formats and send them along for LPFM transmission. As Barix told its products' owners in 2016, Exstreamer devices openly connected to the Internet are incredibly vulnerable to having their remote login passwords discovered and systems compromised. The company recommends using full, 24-character passwords and placing any live Internet connections behind firewalls or VPNs. Reports have yet to connect any dots on why the exploit has apparently focused on the YG and Nipsey Hussle song -- though it is fairly popular, having recently finished in the Top 15 of the Village Voice's 2016 Pazz and Jop music critics' poll. Plus, the uncensored lyrics and topical nature are certainly more likely to catch people's attention, especially when played on stations with formats like oldies, classic rock, and Tejano.
Businesses

SpaceX Accident Cost it Hundreds of Millions (fortune.com) 67

Elon Musk's SpaceX lost more than a quarter of a billion dollars in 2015 after a botched cargo run to the International Space Station and the subsequent grounding of its Falcon 9 rocket fleet, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. From a report: The accident derailed SpaceX's expectations of $1.8 billion in launch revenue in 2016, an analysis of the privately held firm's financial documents showed, according to the Journal, which said it had obtained the documents. SpaceX declined to comment on the Journal's report. In a statement emailed to Reuters, SpaceX chief financial officer Bret Johnsen said the company "is in a financially strong position" with more than $1 billion in cash reserves and no debt.

Comment Re:Black Mirror (Score 1) 204

Oh, come on!

Surely, the Right Honorable Gentleman does not think President Donald J. Trump, the Beloved, Magnificent, Wise, and All-Knowing Autarch or our Republic, would import such a vile thing to the USA, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave!

Why, that would be a treasonous thought of the highest order, worthy of an internal deportation to the Uranium mines of the Great State of Alaska, at the very least!

You have been warned, Citizen! Now, scurry about your business and let President Donald J. Trump, the Beloved, Magnificent, Wise, and All-Knowing Autarch or our Republic, examine the worthy suggestion of his Chinese Peers.

Yours Truly - The NSA.

Comment More prophetic than ever... (Score 5, Insightful) 204

The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct -- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

We are getting there. Thanks for the warning, George. Too bad nobody listened.

Coming soon to a country near you.

Comment If your native language is Pundujabit (Score 1) 54

The four biggest companies accounts for 87 percent of the market

Now it might make sense that if the subject is plural (hence, usually ends with an 's') the verb should too. It might make sense if you are normally speaking the jolly old Pundujabit, old chap.

But it's doesn't work like that.

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