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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

Zeddicus_Z Re:So DON'T GIVE CHASE (310 comments)

As an Australian I can tell you this is categorically untrue. Each state or territory in Australia has its own state-based police force. Each force has its own policy on high speed chases. In New South Wales (where I live) the NSW Police Force allows officers to pursue vehicles in certain circumstances. Individual officers are supposed to continuously evaluate the situation and call off any pursuit should it become too dangerous to the public. From what one reads in the papers this occurs from time to time. However, every few years or so innocent people are killed in accidents which occur during high speed police pursuits. These accidents are almost always caused by the fleeing vehicle.

about 7 months ago

How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

Zeddicus_Z An exercise in Digital Asset Management (680 comments)

A lot of suggestions I'm seeing are not suitable for anyone shooting RAW, even if only irregularly. Sites like Flickr do not exist to provide disaster recovery for your photography archive and treating them as such will only end in tears.

My photography archive is approximately 100GB in size. I keep it safe in the following way:

  1. Primary datastore lives on PC.
  2. Sync primary datastore to second HDD internal to PC whenever changes are made. I use Beyond Compare for this.
  3. Sync primary datastore to external HDD whenever changes are made. Beyond Compare again.
  4. Burn to blu-ray once I hit my bucket size of ~24GB[1]
  5. Backblaze online backup for offsite disaster recovery. Costs $5/month or less if you sign up for a year.

1. If you care at all about keeping the fruits of your photography labours safe, I cannot recommend highly enough Peter Krogh's "Digital Asset Management for Photographers, 2e". The bucket concept is from there. See http://www.thedambook.com/

about 4 years ago

"Last Lecture" CMU Professor Randy Pausch Dies

Zeddicus_Z Randy was an inspiration (208 comments)

Late last year I was involved in a motorcycle accident and came very close to death. Over the past six months while recovering I've drawn inspiration from a few different sources however the two primary ones have been Man vs Wild (Bear Grylls broke his back at 21 and joined the SAS two years later) and Randy's book. The way Randy approached his diagnosis and how he has tried to live his life since have been great and continued sources of succour and motivation for me as I continue on the path back to 'normal' life.

I really hoped Randy would beat this thing. Given his outlook I thought he had a good chance.

Rest in peace Randy. May your family and friends think of you fondly and often.

more than 6 years ago



Sun to seek injunction against NetApp products

Zeddicus_Z Zeddicus_Z writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Zeddicus_Z (214454) writes "Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz has outlined Sun's response to Network Appliance's recent patent infringement lawsuit over ZFS:
"As a part of this suit, we are requesting a permanent injunction to remove all of their filer products from the marketplace, and are examining the original NFS license — on which Network Appliance was started. In addition to seeking the removal of their products from the marketplace, we will be going after sizable monetary damages. And I am committing that Sun will donate half of those proceeds to the leading institutions promoting free software and patent reform".

Schwartz goes on to outline NetApp's demands in order for its existing patent infringement case against Sun to be dropped:"...unfree ZFS, to retract it from the free software community" and "to limit ZFS's allowable field of use to computers — and to forbid its use in storage devices.""


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