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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

AcquaCow I dislike Beats... (188 comments)

...but I appreciate what their marketing team has done for the rest of the headphone industry...

about 8 months ago

New Middleware Promises Dramatically Higher Speeds, Lower Power Draw For SSDs

AcquaCow The problem with this article... (68 comments)

...is that in a properly-designed SSD, there is no such thing as data fragmentation. You lay out the nand as a circular log and write to every bit of it once before you overwrite, and maintain a set of pointers that translates LBA to memory addresses.

Pretty much every SSD vendor out there has figured this out a few years ago.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

AcquaCow Digital scans in a safe deposit box (245 comments)

I have a PDF scan of all important IDs/health cards/etc on a drive in my safe deposit box. It's also where I store my long term email/document archives.

I keep a mirror at home, which is what I update most frequently and any time I go to the bank, I just swap the external home drive with the one in the safe deposit box, go home and rsync the current data to it.

My safe deposit box key lives in a floor safe in my home which should survive even a gas leak explosion/tornado/etc.

-- Dave

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Simple Backups To a Neighbor?

AcquaCow I use a safe deposit box. (285 comments)

Now that you can easily fit 3-6TB in an external enclosure, you can do some pretty flexible things with backups.

Here's my system.

Local 3TB drive in system, mirrored to 2nd internal 3TB drive
Nightly, I rsync that data to a 3TB mirrored NAS
Weekly I rsync that data to a 2nd 3TB mirrored NAS
Monthly, I rsync to an external 3TB enclosure via USB

When I go to the bank to deposit checks every month or two, I swap the 3TB external USB enclosure with an identical one in my safe deposit box.

Only costs me $50 a year for the safe deposit box, and I don't have to worry about my neighbors breaking anything.

Also, I have a 2nd manual version of my backup scripts featuring --delete for when storage starts to fill.

-- Dave

about a year ago

SSDs: The New King of the Data Center?

AcquaCow Re:Long-term, not short-term (172 comments)

Have you looked at the price point of the ioScale cards?

about a year and a half ago

Facebook Silently Removes Ability to Download Your Posts

AcquaCow Nope, it's still there... (1 comments)

Bottom of my settings page...

"Download a copy of your Facebook data."

-- Dave

about a year and a half ago

Mars Explorers Face Huge Radiation Problem

AcquaCow Cliffnotes: It's possible to go to Mars... (283 comments)


That's one of the important pieces to take away from this... we can get to Mars and survive the trip... and can likely do a return trip.

about a year and a half ago

Alcoholism Vaccine Makes Alcohol Intolerable To Drinkers

AcquaCow Re:If only they had a way... (350 comments)

Oh, why the hell am I never logged in when I post stuff like this, lol...

about 2 years ago

Amazon Patents the Milkman

AcquaCow This is actually pretty useful... (365 comments)

...I use it so that I get a new pack of socks every 6 months...

Nothing better than coming home from work to a fresh package of socks!


about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?

AcquaCow Alpha Shade... (321 comments)

The artist draws everything in vector and often puts a lot of little details into each frame.
A vector viewer is available (swf) allowing you to zoom in and appreciate all the little details.


Check them out. Definitely one of the most artsy comics I've seen online.

-- Dave

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

AcquaCow Based on the fingerprints I've seen... (526 comments)

We've been touching monitors for quite a long time without any issue. It's been completely unnecessary up until now, but I doubt there will be many issues with monitors finally responding to user touch and doing something useful in return.

-- Dave

more than 2 years ago

WindowMaker Development Resumes, Has First Release Since 2006

AcquaCow Re:Sweet (192 comments)

Been using NX for years, I love it.

Wish there were some more updates to nomachine... are there any other clients out there that are more up to date?

more than 2 years ago

Is the Time Finally Right For Hybrid Hard Drives?

AcquaCow Re:It'd better happen quick then (311 comments)

The cache on a hard disk is often used as write cache - store incoming data in cache, leave actually committing it to disk until a convenient opportunity arises.

32MB of cache doesn't take that long to flush. 1GB, OTOH...

You're forgetting that a hybrid drive would be using NAND flash vs DRAM... NAND is a NVRAM and won't have to be flushed to disk in the event of a power outage. It is persistent.

That said, they may still use a little bit of DRAM cache in the drive.

-- Dave

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

AcquaCow Re:USB Drive, SAN/NAS, LTO ... (680 comments)

If you aren't needing to store more than 64GB of material then you could substitute "thumb drive" or "CF/SD card and reader" for portable USB drive ... solid state media will be 'safer' for long-term storage but obviously afford less space-per-dollar.

Negative. NAND flash w/o active management is NOT a "safe" storage medium, especially in larger sizes of MLC flash.

NAND cells love to flip bits/etc. just for the fun of it. Unless you have some active process to continually check bits and verify they haven't changed, I would not trust it for long term storage.

It's true that NAND is non-volatile and will store electrons for a long period of time, but there isn't too much of a guarantee that the information recorded stays in-tact for long, unpowered bits of time.

about 4 years ago

AOL Spends $1M On Solid State Memory SAN

AcquaCow Re:Cheap (158 comments)

Once you factor in the total cost of ownership for a disk-based SAN eg: heat/cooling/maintenance/etc... Flash is actually pretty cheap.

more than 4 years ago

Irish Gov't Invests In Color-Coded Fiber Optics

AcquaCow Color coding = Multiplexing? (129 comments)

Sounds like they are just using different wavelength (wavelength = color) lasers to push multiple signals down the same strand...

This is an old idea and is already in use all over the world.

  -- Dave

more than 4 years ago

GIMP Resynth vs. Photoshop Content Aware

AcquaCow I'm sure... (269 comments)

I saw that site a few weeks ago when folks were going gaga over PS's "new" feature (GIMP Resynth has been around for a few years now)...

I'm sure Adobe has seen it, I'm sure Adobe took the time to try and make theirs better.

The question is the Adobe implementation worth the cost of PS, or is the GIMP plugin "Good enough"

That really comes down to the consumer though. I think it is "Good enough" for my needs...I can easily touch-up anything it does that I disagree with.

  -- Dave

more than 4 years ago

Why Text Messages Are Limited To 160 Characters

AcquaCow Re:I'll Be Damned (504 comments)

That's impressive. Who's your cell phone provider and what sort of package do you need to get that deal? The carriers I know of charge 15 to 20 cents per message (although you can get a discount on the first N messages with a package).

I have Verizon and pay $4/month for 400 txt messages...

That's $0.01/message.

And anyone in the US can get that.

  -- Dave

more than 5 years ago



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