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

Maxwell Re:The thing about this... (255 comments)

"Yeah, well, just put more disks in it" He forgot a comma. Relax.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Maxwell Re:Archival grade BluRay (250 comments)

"marty, your just not thinking 4th dimension-ally". We're not talking about day to day activities here, we are talking about periodic archiving. First CD drives use different laser than BD (red vs blue). So there is a cost to making BD drive read/write Cd drives. I could see CD write and even CD read being dropped from future BD drives. Actually - can the PS4 read a CD? I don't think it can. So CD's can go away while BD stays.

To your second point I don't want a device I use once every 3 months (or once a year!) stuck in my laptop, thanks. My laptop didn't come with a tape backup either. And I really don't need one in my desktop either - it just gets in the way. I would much rather have a small portable BD burner that I can use to back up all my machines and then put away when I am done with it. And that's what I have.

Enterprise Tape isn't going away, and BD will also be a round for another 10+ years at least. And if BD-XL is used for 4k video probably even longer...

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Maxwell Pair of external HD's (250 comments)

You copy your hard drive every 3 months, but didn't recopy your optical disks for 15 years. And to you, this is 'proof' that HDD are superior?! OK, got it. I suggest reburn every 5 years on optical. You get a fresh disk and a chance to consolidate CD to DVD, DVD to BD etc.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Maxwell BD but getting cloudy... (250 comments)

Still Optical. Every 5 years reburn and consolidate. I just finished this years reburns to BDRE andDVDDL. As data grows, the # of actual physical disks seems to be pretty constant.I also rotated out the last of the CD-Rs this year so I only have DVD+Dl and BDRE in use now.

This may be my last time, as I am now using AWS Glacier for all our personal photos/vids and that accounts for about 100G of the total 150G in content. I also copy everything to a mechanical USB drive and store it at my office. I think AWS + USB will cover me

Our safe is in the basement, on a high shelf. Keep in mind fireproof safes need a disecant as you *will* get moisture in them. Or use zip lock baggies.

5 days ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Maxwell Re:Dupe (840 comments)

great, except that is not what electrical tape is for. You should have used wire nuts (or 'caps') to connect the two wires. Heat degrades electrical tape, and a coffer grinder draws enough current to heat the cable. And it is likely in the kitchen where it may be exposed to more heat anyway. Your friend should smile nicely, thank you, then throw it out and buy a new one...

A proper fix would be to replace the cord at the terminals on the grinder. This would require disassembly, and may not be possible depending on the design. Anything else is a hack. Like the article says "young people are a lost generation who can no longer fix gadgets"

about a month ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Maxwell Re:Dupe (840 comments)

Headlights aren't covered under cars warranty anyway. The EU and Canada/USA have a set of requirements for lighting. Your local cop is not equipped with a photmeter so cant perform the test at roadsise anyway (see FMVVS section 108, 564)

OP was sold a scary story at the dealer.

On topic: there used to be two headlight types in - round and square. Easy to replace. Pop out, pop in. Once that restriction was lifted, they got more complex and more difficult to change the bulb...

about a month ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Maxwell I'll stick with PNG.... (377 comments)

I'll stick with PNG.... because it's fully supported and... Oh, wait. Nevermind.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Maxwell Re:Get an MBA (317 comments)

You sound like a horribly bad PM, the things you complained about are the PM's responsibility . I am sure no one was sad to see you go....

sheesh.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Maxwell Re:Been there done that. Made the leap. (317 comments)

That can work. Making the leap from technology leader to business leader is not easy. It is very tempting to fall back on old, reliable, technology skills like you did. Hey, you were good at that stuff so it is easy. recruiters want you for your past, but you want a different future.

If you do an MBA you have to realize, and accept, that an MBA is not the end . It is the beginning of learning a whole new set of skills you don't have right now.

if MBA is out, I recommend PMP and ITIL. Both applicable to both technology and business side and will help you make the leap...

about 2 months ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Maxwell Re:Algorithm (602 comments)

That's already illegal in most countries (any IFRS country). See Transfer Pricing and 'non arms length transactions' for the details....

about 2 months ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Maxwell Re:Great (602 comments)

And companies don't get any of those services, nor do they benefit from any of those services. Services like IP property rights, employment laws, public education for workers are of no benefits to corporations. As none of that benefits the corporations, they should be free to ship all the profits to Ireland/no tax jurisdictions while continuing to do business in England! Right? Right, not left, right!

about 2 months ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

Maxwell Let's talk userbase.... (193 comments)

So they outsold iPad one quarter? And now they are the leader? What about the previous 15 quarters going back to the ipad launch? They have a LOOOOOONG way to go to replace Ipads.

about 2 months ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

Maxwell Bankrupt? The sky is falling! Really? (329 comments)

"I'm already at peace with the idea that I'm going to go bankrupt," said Larry Ionescu, who owns 98 Chicago taxi medallions.

Then,

'In Chicago, their value has doubled since 2009.'

1) Does not compute
2) diversification, look it up

about 2 months ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Maxwell Re:I agree, except: (390 comments)

Because you cant see the back of it, where the rooster tail is?

My though is why do the TIE's fire? blasters go straight. If you aren't lined up, what's the point of firing?

about 2 months ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Maxwell Re:Spoofing (234 comments)

It's nothing a hundred men or more could ever do.

about 2 months ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Maxwell Re:Um, what? (433 comments)

So your saying Bush is retarded?

about 2 months ago
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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

Maxwell You need a $300 tablet to check out a $15 tool? (82 comments)

Giving staff that have a proven ability to lose wrenches, a tablet, so they can track the wrench doesn't seem like a valid solution....

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

Maxwell Re:Why would you call something Mayo that isn't? (145 comments)

Why not let the Food and Drug Administration an the Code of federal Regulations Title 21 tell you, exactly, what the legal definition of Mayonnaise is?

To quote:

a) "Description. Mayonnaise is the emulsified semisolid food prepared from vegetable oil(s), one or both of the acidifying ingredients specified in paragraph (b) of this section, and one or more of the egg yolk-containing ingredients specified in paragraph (c) of this section."

source:
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=169.140

Now that that is put to bed, care to explain how something that doesn't include eggs, as specified by the FDA, can be called Mayo?

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

Maxwell Why would you call something Mayo that isn't? (145 comments)

Why would you call something Mayo that isn't?

Are your other product names as equally misleading?

about 2 months ago

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