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Comment Re:Come the fuck on (Score 1) 326

I'm currently on a Samsung 840 EVO SSD as my system drive, with a 2TB WD Green, a 3TB HGST Deskstar NAS, and a 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 for storage.

The SSD has around 1 year of actual power-on time, the storage disks each have around 1.5-2 years of power-on time. No failures reported by SMART so far.

You could say I'm sort hedging my bets by not sticking with a single vendor. The SSD will probably be the first disk to go, due to the firmware issues on the 840 EVO drives. It's been good so me so far, though.

Comment Re:Do you buckle up? (Score 2) 174

And if so, do you drive more reckless now that you know that you're more likely to survive a crash because of seatbelt and airbag? Most likely not. Your car is still a wreck if you crash.

Actually, several studies have shown that the number of accidents and fatalities tend to drop when new safety equipment is made mandatory, but starts to rise again a while later, when people get complacent.

For instance, when ABS brakes were introduced on a significant number of new cars sold, the accident rate dropped because people were still driving as if they didn't have ABS. Some years later, everyone had gotten used to the shorter stopping distances and started driving much close to the cars in front, so the accident rate went up again.

Comment Re:Come the fuck on (Score 1) 326

And it's not like data backup is the only use for a deposit box. Keep all your important papers and other things in there too, everything that cannot be kept digitally. The bank is a hell of a lot less likely to burn down or float away than your house is.

It may seem like common sense to a lot of us, but I'm sure someone out there is going to go "oh yeah, good idea!"

Comment Re:Come the fuck on (Score 1) 326

Keeping a disk in the trunk of your car and rotating them out regularly is a good idea, but it depends on the climate where you live. If it's generally nice and temperate, no problem. But if you live in an area that gets either very hot or very cold, that'll kill a hard drive right quick, especially if you don't watch out for condensation.

I appreciate the "my car is almost always with me" reasoning, though :-)

Safety deposit box is a good idea, too. Somewhat more effort involved, but of course that trade-off depends on how important your data is.

Comment Re:Come the fuck on (Score 1) 326

Well, that depends on whether you want to restore everything right now, or if you can pick and choose to only restore the most critical files first, and let the rest run in the background for a couple of weeks.

For me personally, my Google Drive backup is the last resort if both my PC and my NAS go tits-up at the same time, in a lightning strike or natural disaster of some sort. In that case, I don't need all of my backed up data restored instantly, I can start with the most important personal documents and leave the bulk data for later.

Of course, I'm only backing up personal documents and my music collection, if you're backing up major programming projects or something, of course you'll want the whole thing restored as quickly as possible. In that case, an off-site backup somewhere closer with a fatter pipe or a manual weekly disk exchange is probably best. Online backups take a lot less effort, though.

Comment Re:Ensuring freedom requires enforcement (Score 1) 230

The fork of the Linux kernel Torvalds distributes contains the "fragmentation" he claims isn't viable—Torvalds' variant of Linux contains proprietary binaries in it. These blobs of code are removed in the fully-free GNU Linux-libre kernel.

Hold up now, mr. FSF.

The kernel that Linus distributes is the Linux kernel, by definition.

Linux-Libre is a fork for FSF puritans.

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