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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

Enry Re:4 years? (255 comments)

All in all this smells like a mathematicians solution to the problem, largely unbounded by real life concerns.

I had the same thought. There's a few realities of storage that are missed here: storage use always increases, disks aren't the only things that fail, rack space isn't free, you usually have staff available already....

This is an interesting idea if your storage is in a place where it can't be reached at all for some reason, but I think NASA and ESA have already done a good bit of research on that.

2 days ago
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

Enry Re:Power Costs (255 comments)

IIRC XFS/SGIs had this built in that there was just enough juice to flush buffers to disk while everything was spinning down.

2 days ago
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

Enry 4 years? (255 comments)

That's not long term. That's the normal life of a storage array. Long term is like 8-10 years.

2 days ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Enry Re:Uh, okay? (374 comments)

What? I was assured that THIS was the year of the Linux Desktop!

3 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Enry Got one almost two years ago, don't use it. (298 comments)

My Nexus 7 is used every day while the iPad is somewhere probably with a dead battery. The Mini seems to be a better size for reading, but it's just too large for anything other than a TV replacement.

3 days ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

Enry Re:Wait, what PII? (204 comments)

Yes and no. In a practical sense you're right and I said as much in the second paragraph. As for the legal definition of PII:

NIST Special Publication 800-122 defines PII as "any information about an individual maintained by an agency, including (1) any information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual‘s identity, such as name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother‘s maiden name, or biometric records; and (2) any other information that is linked or linkable to an individual, such as medical, educational, financial, and employment information."

Part 2 is pretty much met given the data that's being sent to doubleclick. But Part 1 isn't being met. This is an AND statement, so for this to be PII, both parts have to be true.

about two weeks ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

Enry Re:Paradox (200 comments)

Not everyone goes to college to learn how to code. Believe me, I worked at a university for a number of years and nobody there could write code.

about two weeks ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

Enry Re:Paradox (200 comments)

It gives the impression that a high-paying job is relatively easy to get, and that's just not true.

My FIL hired developers out of the local community college for his business. AFAIK they were paid well enough (this was upstate NY) and they were using COBOL, but they did a good job and his business grew. Not every coding position means you'll get $90,000 and options.

But your larger point is still true. Maybe he should have said 'higher paying', but it's all relative.

about two weeks ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

Enry Wait, what PII? (204 comments)

The example that the EFF gave listed general information about a person, but there's nothing that would directly identify the person. No SSN, no address, no name.

Yes, doubleclick and others could use that with other information they already have and determine with some probability who the person is. But that's a separate discussion on expanding what PII is or limiting what kind of data can be stored about a person, either of which I'd be in favor of.

about two weeks ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

Enry Re:Paradox (200 comments)

Community college gives a few things:

1) a stepping stone to a college they might not have been able to get in before
2) a way of getting two low-cost years, then move to a better school and only pay for two more expensive years
3) two more years of education

We have an awesome tech school near my house. Nobody thinks that the graduates are going to become astronauts and doctors, but not everyone has to be a doctor or astronaut. We still need plumbers/electricians/carpenters/mechanics/welders in this country and those kinds of jobs should pay well enough to put a family in the middle class.

about two weeks ago
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The Current State of Linux Video Editing

Enry Re:Not to mention Audio Editing (223 comments)

I got CE for like $30 or $40 back in the day/ Even accounting for inflation, AA is WAY MORE EXPENSIVE. Even after the purchase by Adobe, I think the cost to existing CE users was in the hundreds of dollars. They may have added cool things for power users but for casual users I'd rather wrestle with Audacity.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Discover Compound In Baby Diapers Can Enlarge Brain Cells

Enry Re:Stop, just stop (75 comments)

I hear it's involved in the production of nuclear weapons. How terrible is it? Hitler was addicted to the stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Discover Compound In Baby Diapers Can Enlarge Brain Cells

Enry Stop, just stop (75 comments)

Quit making these dumbass comparisons between everyday products and something scientific unless there's really something to be concerned about. Crap like this leads to people like Foodbabe telling us that the same ingredients in water are also used to degrade iron. It's true, but the fact it's true doesn't mean that water will cause us to rust.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

Enry Not going after you (105 comments)

If you don't know who those people are (and I'll admit I don't) then this isn't for you. It's about getting younger people involved and voting. Older people already vote more regularly, with people in their teens and 20s not voting with much regularity (see 2014). If Obama can reach those voters and get them interested in the process, then he's laying a base for Democrats going forward.

As for the 'all other problems being solved' nonsense, take a look at the schedule for Congress over the past few years and see what tough issues they spent their time working on.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

Enry Re:ATI/AMD has had shitty drivers for 20 years (160 comments)

AMD was the only company directly competing with Intel on the desktop/server markets. NVidia and ARM were embedded or other and thus didn't compete directly. Remember that the only reason we're still using x86 hardware instead of Itanium is because AMD bolted 64-bit on and it became a hit. Enough so that Intel uses it now.

AMD likely has (well had) cash from all the other things they did, just like other chipmakers.

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

Enry Re:Jury of your peers (303 comments)

So who serves on juries of those who are mentally unstable, or politicians (or am I repeating myself?)

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

Enry Emoticons make sense (303 comments)

They help go toward intent and mood of the conversation. There's a difference between "I'll kill you" and "I'll kill you :)" as part of a conversation.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Enry Re:No nostalgia for something you use every day. (640 comments)

I had a university as a client last year and they had at least one Windows 3.1 system still in operation in a research capacity. XP is still all over the place.

about three weeks ago
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The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

Enry Research data (177 comments)

Research data usually needs to be kept for 7-10 years after the conclusion of the grant, then usually stored much later after since the people involved have left and nobody knows what to do with it. In our research of a 2PB file server, over 1/2 of the data hadn't been touched in over a year. The desire there is to move the data to cheaper tape backup and free up spinning disk. The problem with that is it's cheaper to buy more spinning disk than it is to buy a brand new tape array that will last for 10-15 years and be able to store a few PB of data. Think of it as initial vs. incremental cost.

But the part about employees leaving and not knowing what to do with their data is a big one. I'm sure there's leftover data from when I parted ways with my previous employer - I was there for 11 years and did a lot of work for them during that time, with data scattered all over the place. But since I'm gone there's no way they can ask me to come back and help, so all they have is what's left and if they delete any of that they have no idea what they're going to lose.

about three weeks ago
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Do We Need Regular IT Security Fire Drills?

Enry Yes (124 comments)

Not much more to be said about it. The staff will know how to react when there's real problems rather than searching for passwords and documentation for some system they haven't touched in 6 months..

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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Let kids do 3D design with BlocksCAD

Enry Enry writes  |  about 4 months ago

Enry (630) writes "To make good shapes you can send to a 3D printer, you need to either know how to draw or how to code. BlocksCAD takes a different route and uses an interface similar to MIT's Scratch which makes it easy for kids or adults with no prior CAD experience to start designing. The end product will be released under an open source license and will run from within a browser, making it easy for anyone to start designing (a standalone desktop app is a stretch goal)."
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Barnes & Noble to spin off Nook?

Enry Enry writes  |  about 3 years ago

Enry (630) writes "Maybe the Nook isn't doing as well for B&N as hoped:

"The bookseller has been banking on the Nook for growth, so news that holiday sales of the basic touchscreen e-reader were disappointing raised investors' fears that Barnes & Noble was struggling to keep up with Amazon.com Inc's Kindle.""

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Job hunting

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 13 years ago

I hate getting fired from newspapers! Or at least being laid off from VA. Yes, I'm one of those poor saps that got caught when VA decided to get out of the hardware business. Sad thing, really, but the severance was nice. Too bad the great Commonwealth of Mass doesn't want to pay me unemployment due to the amount of the severance. Oh well.

Trying to stay in the Linux market. There's a lot of opportunities out there for an all 'round Linux person. Good thing.

I interviewed with a Linux company in California last week. Short review: don't take America West airlines. The jerks didn't hold the plane from Las Vegas to Boston, so I arrived in LV from San Jose just in time to watch the Boston flight pull out of the gate and leave. Without me. And 3 other people. You'd think they would hold the plane for 5 minutes since they knew people were coming in from SJ. The SJ->LV flight was delayed since the oxygen mask for the pilot was defective. I normally would have had about an hour in LV, but instead I had an 8 hour layover and got to take the redeye back to Boston.

This week is another interview with another Linux company. Time to see who makes the better deal. I don't think I'll go wrong either way. But wish me luck.

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