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Comment Is 100% availability a requirement? (Score 1) 94

If you can live the possiblity that you can't access your data (porn stash?) for a day or two, then you don't need RAID.

Break up the RAID and use the freed-up hard drives for a backup. Buy some extra drives and rotate the backup drives so that there is always at least full one copy off-site, preferably encrypted.

Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 334

And the next thing that will happen is that pharmacies will require you to sign an arbitration agreement before selling you any drugs, so that you cannot effectively sue a drug company that sells bad drugs.

You think that, if you eliminate the powers of the FDA, you will be able to replace that with criminal liability on Big Pharma and its employees? Well then, I have a nice bridge to sell you.

You are so naive. It's saddening.

Comment Re:Captain Kirk says... (Score 4, Interesting) 96

My father was 100 years of when he died. Up until the last 4 months of his life, he was living semi-independently. He lived in his own house, with people coming in to help him with such things as cleaning and preparing meals; other than that, he looked after himself.

I am terrified of the prospect. As some point, I should start living a more risky lifestyle, since 3 out of 4 of my grandparents lived well into their '90s. Maybe I can kill myself in my early '90s through a skydiving accident or something.

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 4, Insightful) 528

account != server.

This is even worse. They did not use a private server, they used a server run by some unknown third party. There is even less control of the security of those emails than the emails on Clinon's server.

Georgia Godfrey, Rice's chief of staff at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, said the former secretary of state did not use email while in the job nor have a personal email account.

LOL. Does anyone believe that? Not even a private email account in 2009? Really?

Comment Re:No, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 306

It would be nice if the conservatives started admitting that birth control is effective birth control.

That will never happen: for too many of them, birth control is merely an excuse for their real motive: control of the bodies of young people. The real goal is not to prevent birth, but to prevent sex taking place.

Comment Re:5%? (Score 1) 76

Stock prices don't affect the bottom line (other than on a IPO of course)

Please, don't do any investments in stocks: you clearly don't understand this well enough.

The question you have to ask is: why did the stock price go down? The answer to which is that investors in the stock market expect that future profits (the bottom line) will be lower. In other words, no, stock prices don't affect the bottom line (but see note), instead, the expected future of the bottom line affects the stock price.

Note: a high stock price can improve a company's ability to raise capital for investment, so in this way a high stock price can affect the bottom line.

Comment Re:This is why (Score 1) 252

My older brother made that bet too with a three-bedroom house in Morgan Hill. Seven years after the Great Recession, he can't retire because the mortgage is still underwater and he's still paying off the down payment borrowed from his wife's 401k plan. He might have to work until the day he dies. What a tragedy.

That sucks. But I would argue that he made two bad decisions. I think that most Silicon Valley property is worth considerably more than at the peak just before the recent recession. Hence, apart from timing his purchase badly, the decision to buy in Morgan Hill was spectacularly bad.

It's my guess that cities that are on the outer reaches of commuting distance to the heart of Silicon Valley experience greater swings in value than those closer in. From a purely financial perspective, he should have realized this and compromised with a smaller house closer in.

I have seen peaks and troughs before, in the UK, one year, my house went up in value by approximately twice my annual salary and then, the following year, down by about my annual salary. I ended up OK, but some of my colleagues bought houses at the peak and were stuck with an underwater mortgage ("negative equity" as it was known in the UK) for many years. Having seen this, I was perhaps more cautious. Perhaps too cautious: I could have bought a house in Silicon Valley earlier and be sitting on more equity now.

Comment Re:Soon: One last update to end all misery (Score 1) 210

DDoS Bots and Trojans will vanish from the planet for 24 to 48 hours until people reinstall Windows on their machines and will access infected sites, get infected again... and the whole thing will start all over again :-)

Quite likely, it'll be worse than before. Many of those machines will be browsing the web without the benefit of all the updates from Microsoft, so a very high infection rate is to be expected.

Comment Re:This is why (Score 1) 252

A studio apartment, no. A three-bedroom house that they can't afford, absolutely.

I live in a nice 4-bedroom house in Silicon Valley, which, when I sell it, I expect it to pay back every penny that I have spent in mortgage interest, property taxes, maintenance, insurance, etc.. I expect its net cost over 15 years to be zero. Even if house prices drop dramatically in the next few years, I can still expect it to have cost less per year than your little box.

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