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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

Tynin Re:Many solutions (168 comments)

Cool beans, I'll have to try that out. Thanks!

about 9 months ago
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Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

Tynin Re:Looks more like manipulation (249 comments)

Care to explain why there is anything wrong with someone walking into my bank and depositing money to me?

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

Tynin Many solutions (168 comments)

I think I would have each family member that wants to be part of this shared drive do something like:
- each of you buy the biggest HDD available
- setup a ssh tunnel in the form of a circle between each family member, where Alice connects to Bob, Bob connects to Charlie, and Charlie connects to Alice.
- each family member then rsync's to the next family member over, where they would do a full rsync of the shared disk, but do an rsync --delete on directories that belong to themselves, so if they delete / move files around, it makes the needed corrections on other family members shared disks without wasting space.

If you are running Windows, you can setup a scheduled task to at a time in the middle of the night to launch cygwin, open the ssh tunnel, and rsync away. If it is linux, setup a crontab. Initial coordination would need to be done to get everything right, but then it would be very automatable.

I do not suggest trying to setup a distributed filesystem across the internet. There are many pitfalls. Whereas this solution, your only concern is, 1) is ssh up? 2) did rsync run? 3) is the disk full?

about 9 months ago
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Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

Tynin Re:Looks more like manipulation (249 comments)

This problem has been in the making for months. The reason the price was always ~$150 more than any other exchange was because you couldn't get money out of MtGox, and if you could, it would take a very long time if it ever got processed. There are many theories why this happened, several suggested that whatever bank they were using in Japan was setting some daily limits on how much money they could move. So in turn, in order to get unhitched from MtGox holding your money, you could opt to buy BTC from the exchange, and since everyones money was being held hostage, the people with BTC in the exchange could inflate the price. Watching there 30 day volume and you could clearly see things were grinding to a halt over there for a good long while now.

Anyone in the United States who deals with BTC's likely either uses Bitstamp, BTCe, or localbitcoins and has avoided MtGox like the plague they became. I personally use localbitcoins, because there is no fee's to sell, and you can get people to walk into a branch of your bank and deposit money directly to you and not have to worry about bank wire fee's in order to move your USDs out of an exchange.

about 9 months ago
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Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

Tynin Re:Mut Gox? (249 comments)

It is an acronym for Magic The Gathering Online eXchange. A long time ago in internet time, that was its original purpose.

about 9 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

Tynin Re:This is how slashdot ends. (578 comments)

Thanks, great us of that quote!

about 9 months ago
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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

Tynin Re:Sounds great (238 comments)

Just had 15 the other day.

about 9 months ago
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Military Electronics That Shatter Into Dust On Command

Tynin Offtopic Dice question (221 comments)

Is Dice Holdings that owns /. the same Dice that creates Battlefield? Just curious.

about 9 months ago
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Amputee Has Prosthetic Hand Wired To Nerves

Tynin Re:What a dick move (72 comments)

That struck me as harsh as well, but sometimes life isn't fair. Not everyone gets to bring home the projects they work on.

about 9 months ago
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How loud is your primary computer?

Tynin altcoin mining (371 comments)

Picked up two 290x for my main computer for gaming and altcoin mining. The fan on the 290x's screams louder than any fan I've ever had the misfortune of hearing. I have entire racks of servers that make less noise. Still not sure how I'm going to address this as I don't want to void the warranty, at least not without them burning in for a month.

about 9 months ago
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Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

Tynin Re:Friends have better gear (201 comments)

I had to go out and find some pictures to see how something like that camera could perform at taking galaxy pictures. I'm impressed. It never dawned on me that something like this was so readily available.

about 9 months ago
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Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

Tynin Re:Friends have better gear (201 comments)

The most interesting astronomy gear I've seen the results of recently are from a Pentax digital SLR camera that does image stabilization by moving the sensor, and has a GPS in it. Apparently there's a mode you can use to tell it to track the sky for a really long exposure, so my friend who had it was able to take some good galaxy pictures.

Does your friend post any of these pictures? I'd love to see some.

about 9 months ago
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Candy Crush Maker King.com Has Trademarked 'Candy' For Games

Tynin Re:Other games already use it (169 comments)

Secret of Mana, on Nintendo, most (all?) of the foods that would heal you, were all candy based.

about 9 months ago
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Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall

Tynin Re:Perhaps... (209 comments)

Yup, if you look at the 3 big exchanges that deal with USD, you'll see $1.4 BILLION USD changing hands in the last month for bitcoins. It isn't rare to see a couple million $$$ change hands in small handful of trades.

about 9 months ago
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Supreme Court To Hear Aereo Case

Tynin Re:Money (211 comments)

Thanks for the information, that does make sense, sadly.

about 9 months ago
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Supreme Court To Hear Aereo Case

Tynin Re:Money (211 comments)

The difference is that the antenna isn't on land that you own or lease.

(ipso facto) why does the location of the antenna matter if you are paying a local for that service? what supersedes your ability to find someone that has better reception? especially that this service is _only_ given to others from the same locale (who may not be able to get good reception)?

about 9 months ago
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Supreme Court To Hear Aereo Case

Tynin Re:I'm torn... (211 comments)

Whoosh? evilviper agrees with you.

about 9 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

Tynin Re:Custom Builds (564 comments)

After friends/relatives/neighbors wanted me to work on their pos dell/gateway/emachines/sony.. I talked most of them into building one for their next upgrade instead of going back to shit companys who won't support you anyway unless you pay. alot.

Most of them went for the custom machine easy. Half the price. Better preformance. No crapware on top. And if i have to 'support' them. I don't want to do it for shitty machines. I built more than a few of them for people too. $50.. an hour of my time picking parts. an hour assembling and installing windows. $25 an hour for something i enjoy doing. Everyones happy and it ends up alot less work and downtime/problems for everyone in the future.

You sound like me ten year ago. I know everyone is different, but get out while you can. If you get more friends and family coming to you, you'll find more and more things breaking, more problems coming up, with expectations that your weekends are no longer yours. And more often than not, over time, these same friends and family will begin expecting you to just fix it, and may even get rude or cause you issues if you expect much more than a "Thank You! Till next time I my smoking causes my GPU to fail due to the dust gunk that caked over the heatsink causing it to overheat for the last few months". And somehow, again over time, they'll come to blame you for these problems that you should have been able to warn them about or prevent. I still assist close friends with anything I can help them with, because they aren't assholes, but some "friends" and definitely some family will take advantage of you. If you feel the desire to pursue this line of work, find a way to do it professionally, and only deal with customers.

about 9 months ago

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