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Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

Chris Mattern Re:Obsession (117 comments)

Let's put it this way--a full-size jet airliner carrying passengers has *never* been lost without a trace. Not ever. Every one that went down was eventually found.

6 hours ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Chris Mattern Re:maybe not... (273 comments)

Tape sales have dropped in half, but tape capacity has increased 3-fold in the same time.

I would imagine that those who were using more than 1 tape 6 years ago to do their backups would require fewer tapes now to do the same job.

Nope. Because in six years, their backup volume has increased 5-fold. That's how much disk capacity has increased in past 6 years.

yesterday
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Chris Mattern Re:Shyeah, right. (273 comments)

You've missed the OP's point. When a format becomes uneconomic for the mass market, people stop developing for it, because they'll want to do development on something they can sell to a lot of people. It falls behind. This causes more people to stop using it, which causes more people to stop development. The death spiral continues until the format falls so far behind that its continued use can't possibly be justified. Tape isn't all the way there yet, but it's getting there. Look at non-commodity servers (like Sun) for stuff that's further down that path.

You don't need a VTL to keep static, recoverable backups on disk. We do it ourselves, and only keep a few long-term backups on tape. Our save sets on disk are just like save sets on tape would be, except that our backup volumes dynamically allocate and free space as needed. VTLs are kinda dumb, as far as I can see. You give up dynamic space allocation to get...what, exactly?

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Chris Mattern Re:Empty article.. (427 comments)

And the point is that SSDs fill that market need so much better (the fast disks aren't much cheaper, if at all, and they suffer decreased reliability) that there's no point to them.

2 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Chris Mattern Re:I just don't understand (1085 comments)

There were multiple witnesses saying that Mike Brown had his hands up and was not attacking Darren Wilson when he was shot.

There were also multiple witnesses saying he wasn't. The grand jury decided that the he said/she said situation didn't add up to probable cause. What little physical evidence there was tended to support Wilson's version, although it was hardly conclusive.

2 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Chris Mattern Re:The "Protesters" (1085 comments)

But so far the cops are just standing back and letting the looters go at it.

Well, of course. If they did anything to interfere, they'd be racist.

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Chris Mattern Re: In a Self-Driving Future--- (453 comments)

And did you ever notice that the cockpits still have yolks for the pilots?

Well, who doesn't like eating a nice fried egg while they're flying? Perhaps you meant "yokes". If you did:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/w...

Notice the complete absence of yokes. They do get some nice keyboards, though.

4 days ago
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Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

Chris Mattern Re: China's internet will become a smaller intran (128 comments)

They are blocking undesirable content into their own country that a majority of the Chinese public agrees should be blocked.

You, of course, have ceritified polls to back up this statement.

As an additional point, this is not a case of China blocking undesireable content. They are blocking a major portion of the Internet wholesale, regardless of what the content is.

4 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Chris Mattern Re:Insensitive clod (307 comments)

I'm a left wing smoker (both kinds)

You smoke cigars *and* cigarettes?

about a week ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

Chris Mattern Re:I am sure there will be a challenge (137 comments)

You cannot be held liable for the corporation did. You can still be held liable for what YOU did, even if you did it on behalf of the corporation.

about two weeks ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

Chris Mattern Re:I am sure there will be a challenge (137 comments)

No. The only protection is that no one except the corporation is liable for the corporation's debts. You can be found personally liable in a lawsuit, in which case the debt is yours personally and not the corporation's, and the corporation as such offers no protection.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

Chris Mattern Re:Out of band? (178 comments)

No, Patch Tuesday is the normal scheduled time. Windows Update is the main channel.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

Chris Mattern Re:"Out of band?" (178 comments)

Agreed. I read the headline and thought, "They're not offering it through Windows Update? How are people supposed to get it, or even know it exists?"

about two weeks ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

Chris Mattern Re:"I am not a number!" (231 comments)

(Youngsters rejoice; if you missed the original Prisoner TV series, you may have another chance- director Christopher Nolan may be planning a movie version.)

Or, y'know, you can you can get it on DVD or Blu-Ray instead of watching crappy remakes.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

Chris Mattern Re:Level3? (159 comments)

And what a lovely greeting that will be for their customers who *meant* to call them...

about two weeks ago
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R. A. Montgomery, Creator of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books, Dead At 78

Chris Mattern Re:Got you, Mrs. Sampson (80 comments)

Point me to where it says that. In the original post, please.

He said:

"what happens if you flick the extreme of a pencil, in space".

And in a later clarification:

Either the eraser end or the tip of the pencil

Looking back at it, I realize that I did assume that the "flick" wasn't aimed down the length of the pencil, but I think that's a reasonable assumption.

about two weeks ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Chris Mattern Re:The {Mormon} thing and {x} (186 comments)

others stank (space hippies, anyone?)

Ah, c'mon, the space hippies were fun. Herbert!

"Headin' out to Eden, yeah, brother..."

about two weeks ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Chris Mattern Re:The {Mormon} thing and {x} (186 comments)

Voltaire sucks.

C'mon, didn't you enjoy "Expendable" at least a little bit?

about two weeks ago
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R. A. Montgomery, Creator of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books, Dead At 78

Chris Mattern Re:Got you, Mrs. Sampson (80 comments)

Because a force vector that does not intersect with the center of gravity has been applied. That causes the object to spin. It's the same principle as reaction control system thrusters on spacecraft.

about two weeks ago

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