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Best Solutions For Massive Home Hard Drive Storage?

daybot FireWire externals (609 comments)

I don't want to have swappable USB drives, I want all hard drives available all the time on my network.

I use daisy-chained FireWire 800 externals as I only have a laptop. Mine is good for 16 devices per port, of which I have one 800 and one 400. So I'm good for 64TB, although that'd be 32 little PSUs, and FireWire externals tend to be quite a bit more expensive per unit than USB externals and of course raw internal drives.

more than 4 years ago

Car Hits Utility Pole, Takes Out EC2 Datacenter

daybot Re:Murphy's law (250 comments)

LOLcats? srsly? I guess you're one of those oldies who still says ROTFL instead of rofl or pastes a link to the roflcopter...

more than 4 years ago

How Old Is the Oldest Computer You Regularly Use?

daybot Re:Specifically...... (543 comments)

The plan is to have it feed the fish while we are away.

Dr Brown, is that you? The terrorists called, they want their plutonium back...

Seriously though, that opening scene put me off automated pet food dispensers for life!

more than 4 years ago

How Old Is the Oldest Computer You Regularly Use?

daybot Re:"new" old stuff (543 comments)

I built a 1GHz Athlon Thunderbird for my Mum in Christmas 2001. She's still using it six hours a day and it still does everything she wants, except streaming video.

more than 4 years ago

Anyone Can Play Big Brother With BitTorrent

daybot Re:An Opportunity (436 comments)

With ISP cooperation you can narrow an IP down to a physical address. At that point, you're screwed.

Speak for yourself. I do all my bittorrenting from open wireless networks ;)

With ISP cooperation you can narrow an IP down to a physical address. At that point, your neighbours are screwed.


more than 4 years ago

Your browser's home page is...

daybot All of the above (496 comments)

Through Top Sites I have a 6x4 grid of thumbnails of my favourite websites. Looked gimmicky first time I saw it, but actually I find it a quick visual way to start my browsing session.

more than 4 years ago

Chinese To Supply 600 MW Wind Farm In Texas

daybot Re:Long cable (453 comments)

Bollocks - misread the summary. I thought it was saying they're building a wind farm in China.

more than 4 years ago

Chinese To Supply 600 MW Wind Farm In Texas

daybot Long cable (453 comments)

providing enough power to meet the electrical needs of around 150,000 American homes.

California really are getting desperate. Also, that's a long cable; they'd better crank the voltage to reduce resistive loss...

more than 4 years ago

Hulu Blocks International Access Via Witopia

daybot Re:"But if you don't want our money, fine" (256 comments)

And what American advertiser is going to want to place ads for videos that are seen in countries where they may not even have an establishment?

There's a huge opportunity being missed here - international targeted ads based on your locality using IP geolocation. McDonald's could pay megabucks for generic worldwide ads, while Tony's Steak House could pay a few thousand dollars for highly targeted ads in Rochester MN. That would really throw the Internet cat amongst the TV network pigeons.

more than 4 years ago

New Threats Against Pirate Bay Owners

daybot Re:silly companies (335 comments)

Metallica make music? When did that start then?

I thought they were just a copyright lobby group?

more than 4 years ago

"Three Strikes" To Go Ahead In Britain

daybot Re:Seriously, write to them (294 comments)

Me too. I was going to paste my letter here, but since I have sent it now, I am frightened of peer review :)

more than 4 years ago

Nigerian "Scam Police" Shut Down 800 Web Sites

daybot Re:This isn't going to help (200 comments)

service generally also being taken to be a good thing.

Clearly you don't own a BMW, where service is generally considered an assault (on your wallet).

more than 4 years ago

How many countries have you visited?

daybot Re:10+ the max? Come on... (958 comments)

And I hate stupid bigots

Sense of humour fail...

Personally I'm English and I love the French, and I love France. Their best exports IMO: women, cuisine, style, cheese, wine, attitude, active lifestyle, Evian, Paris, the Alps (OK, I've moved on from exports...).

more than 4 years ago

How many countries have you visited?

daybot Re:"Forn"? (958 comments)

Good ford, s/correction/whoosh;.

more than 4 years ago

100-Petabit Internet Backbone Coming Into View

daybot Blu-Ray (137 comments)

...or sending about 400 DVDs per second

That's just about enough to cope with today's worldwide porn output, but what happens when the industry switches to Blu-Ray?

more than 4 years ago

BellKor Wins Netflix $1 Million By 20 Minutes

daybot Re:The Objective (104 comments)

I'm in a certain mode before I see some movies I'd rate them quite a bit differently

Absolutely. Every single film I first saw on a plane ranks very low for me.

more than 4 years ago

Using the Sea To Cool Your Data Center

daybot Re:interest prospect (194 comments)

The Sydney Opera House has closed loop saltwater cooling for their A/C - they feed the saltwater pipes a plate of zinc every year, which is used as a sacrificial metal to avoid corrosion. Pretty clever :)

more than 4 years ago



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